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High rating for
Uber in capital
Uber has logged 20,000 trips in its first
month in the ACT, prompting the ride-
sharing business to label Canberra its
fastest growing Australian market.
Since being welcomed by Chief
Minister Andrew Barr on October 30,
the company has signed up 350 drivers
in the ACT and carried about 10,000
passengers. Uber s own data showed
most drivers worked part-time and
drove about 19 hours per week,
earning more than $30 per hour in
A spokesman said 95 per cent of
trips in Canberra had resulted in a four
or five star rating for the driver, the
highest average of any Australian city.
The median time from rider request
to pick up was 3.1 minutes and the
company said more than a third of trips
were requested between 6pm and 3am
on Friday and Saturday nights.
BE A TABLETOP DRAGON RACER
Local team creates arty boardgame
Creators of new board game Dragon Racer, Luke English and Rose Hammer, with the game.
Photo: Rohan Thomson
Mary Lynn Mather
A talented trio is putting Canberra on
the board internationally, at least when
it comes to fantasy, strategy and fun.
Good friends Myles O Neill, Luke
English and Rose Rocky Hammer
are about to unleash their brand new
game, Dragon Racer, on a willing
world of players.
It all began when Mr O Neill and
Mr English won the best
undergraduate business plan prize
when they were at the Australian
We couldn t have done it without
the original support we received from
the Canberra business development
program, Innovation ACT, said Mr
The two had wanted to make a
board game, which they originally
called Adaptation, but that morphed
into the Dragon Racer concept.
They developed it over the period
from 2012 to 2014, under the label of
Thylacine Games, with Ms Hammer
handling the images.
As a visual arts student rather than
the biggest board game geek , her
strength was in creative design and
I thought the art would enhance
the game a lot, Ms Hammer said.
What she did not count on was how
very long it would take to create the
pictures digitally, from conception to
completion , using Photoshop and a
The art is what drew a lot of people
in because it s all very pretty and
organic, Mr English said.
Players get attached to the dragons
Designing, play testing and
developing the board game has been a
labour of love and it took a long time
for the team to be happy with the end
We poured our heart into this
project and our final game has been
very well received, said Mr O Neill,
who now works in San Francisco.
Last year the trio ran a successful
Kickstarter campaign for their
initiative, with more than 500 backers
funding the venture.
The community has been very
excited to have something like this
coming out of Canberra, Ms Hammer
It s nice to know the locals are on
board with you.
She said many people had donated
a bit extra to name a dragon card.
Dragon Racer will be launched on
Saturday, December 12 at 2pm at the
Manager of the Garema Place store,
Glenn Doyle, warned that Dragon
Racer stock was very limited .
Visit playdragonracer.com to get
more insight into the game, which has
been formulated to appeal to
experienced gamers and novices alike.
HERITAGE STARLIGHT SIGN
Repaired, moved drive-in movie theatre sign up for comment
Workers put the final touches on
the restored Starlight drive in
cinema sign which has been
returned to the Federal Highway.
Photo: Rohan Thomson
The ACT Heritage Council has called
for public comment on the Starlight
drive-in cinema sign s heritage
registration, but does not intend to
reopen debate about whether it should
The sign was registered as a heritage
site in 2012, the same year it was
blown down in a storm. With repairs
finally done, it was reinstated in
October on the road verge 10 metres
from its original site, now a privately
owned apartment block.
Because the sign was moved, the
Heritage Council must amend the
original heritage listing. It notified the
change and the public has until
December 17 to make submissions on
The registration says the Starlight
sign remains as the only tangible
reminder in the ACT of the iconic era
of drive-ins which dotted the
Australian landscape from the mid-
20th century and were immensely
popular from the 1950s until the
It was thought to be the only
original drive-in theatre sign in
Australia which still stands in its
The world s first drive-in opened in
1933, in New Jersey. In 1954,
Melbourne became the first Australian
city to get a drive-in, which was
popular among families with babies,
and teenagers on dates. The Starlight
drive-in was opened in Canberra by
George Kimli in 1957, and had in-car
speakers and a screen claimed to be
one of the biggest in Australia at the
In January 1957, The Canberra
Times reported that the giant screen,
70 feet high [21 metres] and 100 feet
wide [30 metres] is a combination of
style and strength , built of tubular
steel and able to withstand a 112km/h
The site included a playground for
children and ultra-modern equipment
in the kitchen so the cafeteria could
cater for even fastidious tastes .
The drive-in operated for 37 years,
from 1956 until 1993. In 1987, George
Kimli sold the venue and it closed in
1993. A second drive-in, the Sundown,
operated in Narrabundah from 1969
CASH FOR DEVELOPMENT
OF SPORTS TECHNOLOGY
The University of Canberra has
received $300,000 from the ACT
government to develop new sports
technology and collect data to tackle
major health issues. ACT Chief
Minister Andrew Barr used a pop-up
cabinet in Belconnen last Thursday to
detour past UC and announce two
$150,000 grants from the
government s CBR Innovation Fund.
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