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CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE AND THE ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE BAND
IN ASSOCIATION WITH CANBERRA LABOR CLUB PRESENT
TUES 16 FEBRUARY, 11.00AM & 12.30PM
All proceeds to support: Lifeline Canberra
FIRE AND RESCUE RECRUITMENT
Women offered equal opportunity
Station officer Gina Kikos says the firefighter recruitment process is stringent, and female applicants receive
no special treatment.
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
The ACT has become the first
jurisdiction in Australia to employ
affirmative action in its firefighter
Applications for ACT Fire and
Rescue s recruit college opened last
Monday, with half of its 16 places
set aside for women.
There are currently six women
firefighters in a force of more
The college will begin in June, with
applications to close on February 14.
ACT Fire and Rescue came under
fire in 2014 after an investigation
revealed bullying and sexism was
rife within the service.
The emergency services minister
at the time, Joy Burch, announced
the move to improve female
representation within firefighter ranks
in November last year.
ACT Fire and Rescue chief officer
Mark Brown said the service was
optimistic that it would attract a large
number of women during the next
We ve had about 300 people come
to our information sessions, and a
large proportion of those have been
women, he said.
The selection process is very
strenuous. It s very difficult to get
through, but we re hoping with a large
number of applicants, we ll get more
females making it through to the
Mr Brown said that although the
fitness component was where a lot
of potential firefighters got stuck,
there was a range of cognitive and
psychometric tests applicants had
It s not all about the physical, but
the physical tends to be one of the
hardest parts, he said.
Women haven t necessarily seen
firefighting as a career, so it s about
breaking down those stereotypes
and showing them women can
Station officer Gina Kikos said part
of breaking down those stereotypes
was increasing the prevalence of
women in marketing material, but
female applicants received no special
treatment when it came to selection.
This is not an easy job, and it s not
suited to everybody. We don t have
barriers as such. It s just not the type
of work everybody wants to do. It s
like not everyone wants to be a nurse
or a teacher, she said.
As a station officer, I look at
firefighters doing a job, not so much as
males and females, which is why our
recruitment process is so stringent.
The first Belconnen Community
Council public meeting for 2016 will
be at the Belconnen Community
Services theatre on Swanson Court
at 7.30pm on February 16.
We will be seeking to elect a new
chairman or chairwoman, and
committee member. If you have an
interest in community issues and are
an eligible member, please consider
nominating. For further information,
Belconnen has many artists and
galleries, including Strathnairn, the
Belconnen Arts Centre and a small
permanent gallery at the BCS building.
At our February meeting, the
Belconnen Artists Network will talk
about their efforts supporting local
artists and one another.
The Ricky Stuart Foundation will
talk about a respite centre for young
people with a disability being
constructed in Cook through a
partnership with the ACT government.
It will provide a positive respite
experience for young people aged 13
to 18 with disability and their families.
Canberrans have made a major
contribution to the development of the
Ricky Stuart Foundation, and Teen
House will make a big difference to
families in Belconnen who need
support and respite care.
In a similar vein, a representative
of Newpin, which is seeking to operate
a support service for children in care
in Macgregor, will also speak. The
Newpin strategy aims to provide
support for children and young people
in difficult circumstances so that they
can live the best lives possible and
grow up safe and connected.
For more information, see our
website, belcouncil.org.au, or our
Acting chairman Damien Haas
ANU SCHOOL OF MUSIC
GETS NEW LEADER
Former public service commissioner
Andrew Podger has been appointed
to steer the future of the troubled
Australian National University School
of Music. Staff and students were
informed of the appointment last
Tuesday, with Professor Podger to
report to new vice-chancellor Brian
Schmidt by August after conducting
widespread public consultation.
Death cap mushrooms sighted earlier than usual
Distinctive characteristics of the
death cap mushroom are the white
gills, greenish cap, skirt-like
hanging ring on the stem and sac
at the base of the stem.
Canberra s chief doctor has issued a
public safety warning after the
discovery last week of deadly death
cap mushrooms in several locations.
The wild mushrooms are normally
spotted during autumn months but a
deluge of rain and cooler temperatures
has led to early sightings in the capital.
Independent botanist Richard
Windsor said he had noticed death cap
mushrooms in Glebe and
Commonwealth parks as early as mid-
January close to children s play
There have been a number of
poisonings including four fatalities
associated with death cap mushrooms
in Canberra since 2000. In light of
these sightings, I m reminding the
Canberra community that death cap
mushrooms are extremely poisonous
and can easily be confused with other
wild mushrooms, ACT Chief Health
Officer Dr Paul Kelly said.
Death cap mushrooms grow
mainly near established oak trees in
the wet, warm weather typically
observed in late summer and autumn.
Four ACT residents were poisoned
by the mushrooms last year with two
transported to Sydney for medical
treatment after suffering liver
The four people lived in the same
house and ate the mushrooms in the
same meal. As little as five grams -- or
a teaspoon -- of a death cap mushroom
is enough to kill an adult.
Dr Kelly said Canberrans should not
pick or eat any wild mushroom as it
was extremely difficult for even
experienced collectors to identify the
death cap variety.
All parts of the death cap
mushroom are poisonous, and eating
just one can be fatal, he said.
Cooking the death cap mushroom
does not make it safe to eat.
Anyone who suspects they may
have eaten death cap mushrooms
should seek urgent medical attention at
a hospital emergency department.
Kelly said people treated for poison
immediately after consumption had a
better chance of survival. He also
urged people to only purchase
mushrooms from reputable suppliers.
The Canberra Outlet Centre
is being transformed into
an exciting shopping and
Come and fnd out what's in store
at the Centre.
Community drop in sessions
11am to 1pm Saturday 13 and
Sunday 14 February
Near the Food Court,
Canberra Outlet Centre
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