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It lit up the faces of Canberrans
throughout the silly season but the
2015 Christmas Lights in the City
has raised $200,000 for SIDS and
Like moths to the flame more than
100,000 people came to check out the
gleaming display and wander through
the illuminated tunnel during its
month-long presence in City Walk.
The highlight of the display was the
Canberra Christmas Tree, which
claimed the Guinness World Records
title for most lights on an artificial
SIDS and Kids ACT chief
executive Lisa Ridgley said the
money raised would boost the
organisation s capacity.
I m so grateful to the Canberra
community and I m thrilled with the
number of people who travelled far
and wide to witness this magical
display," she said.
"Our organisation is now in a
position to expand our nationally
recognised education program and
further enhance our bereavement
Canberra CBD Limited chief
executive Jane Easthope said the
spectacular would not have been
possible without the ACT government.
While Christmas may be over
for another 11 months she said
planning was already under way for
this year s event.
ACT team in a winning mood
Sarah Ashleigh, 16, of Farrer, Michael Louey, 47, of Casey, and Chloe Nash, 29, of Conder, will compete in the
2016 Australian Deaf Games in Adelaide.
Photo: Melissa Adams
They are fit, determined and ready to
face the nation s best but what stands
these ACT athletes apart from many
others is their prowess in sports for the
deaf and hearing impaired.
Chloe Nash, of Conder, will be
competing in the women s netball and
mixed touch football events at the
Australian Deaf Games held in
Adelaide between January 9 and 16.
The 29-year-old was born
profoundly deaf and said the different
ways everyday sports were played
might seem strange to hearing people
watching deaf competition for the first
Imagine yourself playing wearing
ear plugs, how you would play and
hear the whistle? she said.
We all complete without our
hearing aids or other devices such as
cochlear implants. We can t hear
anything without our hearing devices,
so we use the flag and signals to attract
attention -- no whistle needed.
The ACT Team has 25 athletes
competing in five sports: netball, touch
football, table tennis, tennis and
This year will be 16-year-old Sarah
Ashleigh s first time representing the
ACT at the national games.
The Farrer student will compete in
netball as well as the 100-metre, discus
and shotput events.
For me, taking part in the
Australian Deaf Games means that I
can meet new people all over Australia
who are deaf and experience the
energy and enthusiasm that the deaf
community has when playing their
chosen sports, she said.
The 2016 games is the first where
Fiji will compete against athletes from
across Australia however as hype
builds before the mixed touch football
sunny Queensland is being touted as
the biggest threat.
Queensland is the team to watch,
as they are the undefeated champions
for the past three nationals, Ashleigh
Michael Louey, 47, of Casey, was
glad to return to Adelaide for the
games this year. It was there at the
1994 Australian Deaf Games he was
first named an Australian champion
while representing Victoria.
He has since competed at
tournaments including the Australian
Deaf Games, National AWD
Championships, Australian Open
Championships, Australian Veterans
Championships, Asian Pacific
Veterans Championships, Asia Pacific
Deaf Games and Deaflympics.
Representing Australia is
everyone s dream come true, this is the
biggest achievement of my life, he
Having played for hearing clubs
throughout his career too, he said deaf
competition had a certain intensity.
With any activity, sign language is
used by the deaf, he said. Hand
waves, signal and gestures make it
easy to focus on the game and better to
communicate with each other.
Effective communication and
motivation is important on every level
Follow the ACT team during the
games at facebook.com/
Sharp drop in prohibition orders for restaurants
Four restaurants were shut down in the
ACT in 2015 for posing an immediate
public health risk.
It s a dramatically lower number
than in 2014, when more than a dozen
restaurants were shut by health
authorities after being hit with
With the Health Protection Service
performing a similar number of
inspections each year, the directorate
attributes the improvement to better
working relationships between
restaurant owners and food
The Health Protection Service has
made a conscious effort to provide
restaurant owners with the most recent
information about food safety
processes, the regulatory environment
and ways of integrating these
processes into their everyday
business, a spokesman said.
ACT Health s name and shame
list shows that since 2011, 14
restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets
in the ACT have been hit with fines
totalling more than $86,000 for
breaches of food safety standards.
In 2015, seven restaurants were
added to the list when they were
successfully prosecuted and fined for
breaching the food standards code,
ACT Health said.
That number does not correspond
with the number of restaurants shut
down, because it can be anywhere
between one and three years before
breaches discovered at inspection are
finalised in court.
Among the eateries taken to court
and fined for food safety breaches in
2015 were a vegetarian restaurant,
sushi shop and a Thai restaurant, all
for allowing cockroaches into food
Kingsland Vegetarian Restaurant
was fined $16,000 in February for
eight food safety breaches, two years
after inspectors discovered the live and
dead cockroaches in the kitchen of the
The owner said he had a moral
aversion to killing cockroaches but
later brought in a pest control team on
a regular basis and had appointed a
food safety supervisor.
A Woden Plaza sushi shop owner,
of the now-closed Sizzle Bento, was
also fined for safety breaches that put
customers at risk, including
cockroaches in the food preparation
area and keeping the display cabinet
The proprietor of Lao Thai Kitchen
in Holt, before it closed, allowed
cockroaches to breed and die inside
food tubs, on floors, walls and
benches, and had to pay thousands of
dollars in fines.
The restaurant was inspected in
February 2014, when inspectors also
found food stored in washing-up areas,
sauces left on benches for eight hours
at a time and ice build-up in chest
Out of 2929 registered food
businesses, ACT Health inspected
2368 and issued 388 improvement
notices for June 2014-15.
That compares with 2851 registered
food businesses for 2013-14, with
2171 inspections performed and 357
improvement notices issued.
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