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BUSY BODIES MAKE A CHANGE
Personal trainer Lee Campbell and the winner of the Heart foundation celebrity challenge Paul Walsh.
Photo: Jamila Toderas
Tyreless challengers prove dauntless
It s the spare tyre Canberra s finest
aren t afraid of showing off.
Fourteen of the capital s busiest
people lost the combined weight of an
industrial truck tyre to prove anyone
can make time to improve their health.
University professors, radio DJs and
even a certain Canberra Times books
editor took part.
After 12 weeks of early morning
training, they hauled the earthmoving
tyre around the Manuka Pool on
Wednesday to demonstrate just how
far they d come.
The group also raised close to
$30,000 while shedding 1.5 metres
around their collective waistlines
during this year s Heart Foundation
ACT Canberra Celebrity Heart
Paul Walshe was crowned challenge
winner after bringing in more than
$7000 for the Heart Foundation.
With his pants a little looser and a
new spring in his step, the ActewAGL
marketing director said saying no to
seconds at dinner helped him to drop a
couple of kilos.
I m the eldest of nine children so
food was scarce sometimes growing
up and you always ate what was there.
You never left anything behind,
mum and dad taught me to eat up so
therefore I had to change that habit a
bit. You can always have it cold for
lunch the next day, he said.
Mr Walshe, 55, decided to take up
the gauntlet after the father of a
childhood friend died following
complications from a triple bypass.
He put in four sessions a week and
ran up to five kilometres on his days
off.Personal trainer Lee Campbell
returned to guide this year s batch of
celebrities on their journey to better
The owner of B.Firm said the
challenge was getting them up and
All exercise counts. It s just about
those modifications we can make for
health and wellbeing and learning how
to exercise without hurting ourselves,
Mr Campbell said.
Within three to six weeks you ll
notice a change and then it s about
The ACT Heart Foundation s chief
officer Tony Stubbs believed the small
changes they made during the 12-week
challenge would be lifesaving .
And not all of those changes
required a personal trainer or waking
up at the crack of dawn either.
Firstly they can reduce their intake
of sugary drinks, the other is to have a
smaller coffee so you re not having as
much milk, to not have the muffin at
the morning tea and to think about how
you can have more fruit and vegetables
in your diet as well. Enough changes
can make a significant difference, Mr
FUEL INJECTION FOR VALLEY
Bidders fork out for new Molonglo petrol station site
Auctioneer Andrew Cooley at Telstra Tower for an auction for a service
station site at Weston Creek that sold for $5.75 million. Photo Jay Cronan
A petrol station for Molonglo Valley is
one step closer after a site sold at
auction last Wednesday.
The site sold for $5.75 million,
which was well over the reserve price.
The winning bid came from a
Sydney-based company that agents
from Raine & Horne Commercial in
Canberra said owned several service
stations as well as other business
The 17 registered bidders included
local developers and representatives of
major service station and fast-food
It was not bought by Coles or
Woolworths, the agents said.
The 6937 square metre site was
zoned as a service station and a
restaurant or takeaway shop would
also be allowed.
The new petrol station would also
be a much-welcomed second station
for the area.
Neighbouring Weston Creek s
23,000 residents relied on a single
station at Cooleman Court, which
sometimes ran out of fuel and
regularly had long queues.
The site of the new station is north-
west of the Cotter Road and
Kirkpatrick Street intersection, easily
accessible from the Tuggeranong
The choice of site follows a petition
launched by Canberra MP Gai
Brodtmann more than 12 months ago
for a petrol station at the intersection.
Settlement is due on February 1,
2016, according to the ACT s Land
Development Agency website.
A Canberra entrepreneur has won a
2015 National Disability Award for
her work connecting people with a
disability with jobs.
Jessica May founded Enabled
Employment in 2014 after having
trouble finding suitable employment
when, following the birth of her first
child, she was diagnosed with a panic
The online and for-profit labour hire
service works with employers to find
job opportunities for skilled people
with a disability.
Earlier this year, Enabled
Employment partnered with ride-
sharing company Uber, linking war
veterans with post-traumatic stress to
the uberX platform.
Under the arrangement, veterans
who signed up paid no commission --
usually 20 per cent -- on all fares
during the first three months.
Judges awarded Ms May and
Enabled Employment the Excellence
in Community Accessibility Award for
their innovative approach in
meeting the needs of employers and
skilled employees with disability.
In November, Ms May won the
Australian Start-Up Award at the
National Telstra Business Women s
The ACT s Rebus Theatre was also
a finalist in the 2015 National
DISTRICT CONSIDERS TRAFFIC SOLUTIONS
Gungahlin residents go feet first in Hibberson Street survey
A majority of people surveyed on the
future of Gungahlin s Hibberson
Street say they would like to see it
become car free or more pedestrian
Labor backbencher Meegan
Fitzharris launched the survey last
August, asking the community for
feedback on possible changes to traffic
conditions on what is one of the
district s busiest streets.
Options for the area could include a
total ban on cars, a new shareway
space, reduced speed limits for cars of
20kmh or nighttime-only access for
The results are in and it s clear
people want to see more feet on
Hibberson Street, Ms Fitzharris said.
Nearly three-quarters of the more
than 700 respondents said they would
like to see the street permanently
closed to traffic or become a
pedestrian first area.
Forty-nine per cent said the best
solution was for the street to be
permanently closed to cars and
motorcycles, while 18 per cent
suggested it should be turned into a
shareway like Civic s Bunda Street.
More than half of those surveyed
said they would be more likely to go
into the town centre if it was closed to
traffic, and 73 per cent also believed
closing the road to cars would not be
bad for local business.
Whether it could impact local shops
and businesses negatively was yet to
be determined, but Ms Fitzharris said
the next step for Hibberson Street
will be to get feedback from those
Ms Fitzharris also said she would
talk to Minister for Planning Mick
Gentleman about how we can
advance this discussion and better
understand any impact on traffic
management and planning in the town
I think any changes to the town
centre should be about creating better
places for people and vibrant public
spaces, Ms Fitzharris said.
RURAL SCHOLARSHIP TO
PROVIDE FOR HOUSING
A new scholarship targeting rural
students with an interest in science,
technology, engineering and maths has
been announced at the Australian
Two students from the Riverina and
Wagga Wagga region will receive
$10,500 each over a three-year degree
to support their accommodation at
It was hoped the scholarship would
also support females in this area.
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