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LONG RIDE 2016
Enthusiasts tackle prostate cancer
Mark Webb, of Gungahlin, has found his niche, taking to the road for a good cause. Photo: Melissa Adams
Mary Lynn Mather
The blue ribbon may be less
recognisable than its pink counterpart,
but about 3300 Australian men die of
prostate cancer a year.
For Mark Webb, of Canberra, the
statistic is one of several good reasons
to set off on a journey to Western
Australia s picturesque Margaret River
on his Kawasaki VN 1700 Vulcan
He is preparing to join hundreds of
motorcycle enthusiasts on the Long
Ride 2016, raising awareness and
funds for the Prostate Cancer
Foundation of Australia.
Mr Webb, who is passionate about
men s health , said there were things
that set prostate cancer apart from
This one kills nine men a day, he
said. More men died of prostate cancer
than women died of breast cancer.
There s a whole raft of charities
you can ride for, but this, for me,
is the big one.
He said 425 people had registered
for the national initiative, with about
60 of them from Canberra.
We re a small city, but we hold our
own from a numbers point of view,
The ride is not limited to men, and
his wife, Janet Hartmann, plans to do
it for the second time.
Mr Webb said they would make a
detour through Adelaide to pick up his
sister-in-law and niece along the way.
This will be the third time he hits
the highway for this particular cause,
although he has also got on his bike
for the Black Dog Ride, among others.
I ve found my niche in life,
he said, before turning the key and
allowing the cruiser to give a few
The foundation relied on the
generosity of participants such as
Mr Webb to continue its work, NSW
national manager Kathryn Ross said.
We are delighted that so many
people have signed on to be a part
of the Long Ride initiative.
Prostate cancer may be a male-
only disease, but it affects entire
communities, she said
According to the Australian
Institute of Health and Welfare, almost
20,000 Australian men will be
diagnosed with the disease this year.
To find out more, see
To donate to the initiative, see
A new survey shows a brighter future
for the national capital, with
confidence increasing dramatically
over the past year.
Combined with other recent reports,
it suggests Canberra has turned the
corner on the slowdown induced by
public service job cuts.
The latest Sensis Business Index
shows the ACT was the only region to
record a decline in business confidence
in the December quarter, from 47 to 38
on the company s scorecard.
However, the ACT businesses
surveyed are the most optimistic in the
nation about capital expenditure.
Confidence among [small and
medium businesses] in the ACT [is]
reduced but it is still around the
national average and far advanced on
one year ago when it was at the bottom
of the pack, the report says.
Sales and profitability remained
weak last quarter but they are expected
to lift this quarter and the prognosis for
prices, employment and wages is also
At a national level, business
confidence has jumped to its highest
level in almost five years.
The index for the ACT had fallen to
nine a year ago, reflecting lack of
confidence among consumers and the
business community, as Canberra was
hit by cuts to the federal public service.
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Call to end 'piecemeal' approach to water funding
The Tuggeranong community is
calling for the ACT government to
make a long-term commitment to
water quality in the next budget.
Tuggeranong Community Council
president Glenys Patulny said after
years of relentless lake closures it was
time the government s piecemeal
approach was scrapped and a stable
funding stream established to target
water quality across the territory.
Her suggestion, made as part of the
ACT Budget consultation process, was
to direct a portion of water abstraction
charges collected from the community
to this end.
She said a lot of big-picture thinking
had been done since February 2014
when the Commonwealth agreed to
allocate $85 million over four years for
ACT water quality projects if the ACT
government contributed $8.5 million.
She said the ACT Basin Priority
Project funding injection was not a fix-
"What happens in a couple of years
time when the federal money
finishes?" she said.
We need to make sure water
quality is considered a significant and
regular part of the budget. The ACT
government has to make sure they
have the money to maintain it all."
A spokeswoman for the Chief
Minister, Treasury and Economic
Development Directorate said Ms
Patulny s proposal was "currently
being considered" as part of the budget
Water abstraction charges for both
potable and non-potable use are
classified as territorial revenue.
"While this revenue is not
specifically hypothecated, the
government continues to make
considerable investments in relation to
improving water quality, the
She said, for example, the
government collected $25.3 million in
2014-15 for the water abstraction
charge and invested $24 million on
water quality improvement in the same
Ms Patulny said the southern
catchment had been short-changed in
comparison to the investment in
wetlands, weirs and pollution
mitigation in Canberra s north.
"Millions has been spent up there
but nothing spent in Tuggeranong
since the whole thing was set up 30
odd years ago," she said.
However, the government said
investment in Lake Tuggeranong and
the southern catchment was
Scoping for the expansion of the
Isabella Weir Spillway, expected to
cost between $10 million to $15
million, has totalled $658,000 to date.
Programs targeting stormwater
improvement, gross pollutant traps,
pollution control, and waste demand
management amounted to $9.74
million and the Lake Tuggeranong/
southern catchment received its share,
the spokeswoman said.
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