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likely for region
deputy mayor Steve
Taskovski is renewing
calls for an A-League
team for the region.
Photo: Gemma Varcoe
There has been renewed calls for the region s
own A-League team with former deputy mayor
of Queanbeyan Steve Taskovski backing the
latest bid. He said such a team would change
the lives of talented players in Queanbeyan and
They aspire to play for the A-League team
in their area, and at the moment they have to go
to Sydney, to Melbourne, Taskovski said. All
of our players are playing around the country
with other region s clubs.
Taskovski has called on the whole region to
be involved, and to build on the historical
sporting links already strong between
neighbouring Canberra, Queanbeyan, Goulburn,
Cooma, the South Coast and the Riverina.
The talented players in these cities, we can
monitor them, and we can get the coaches to
monitor them, he said. If they re good we can
bring them to an academy and raise them to
become one of the nation s top players.
There have been previous attempts to bring a
top-tier footballing squad and associated
development academy to the nation s capital.
Between 2008 and
2012 a mammoth
combined with the
of the ACT
a move in
securing a licence
funding fell $1
million short of
the minimum $6
Federation Australia and plans were disbanded.
Instead, both the now-defunct Gold Coast
United and Northern Queensland Fury became
part of the new 10-team venture.
Due to financial woes, Northern Queensland
made an exit from the competition in 2011 while
the Gold Coast bowed out in 2012 after a string
of controversies involving its owner, Clive
Palmer, resulted in a revoked licence.
Queanbeyan and Canberra again lost out to
the development of another Sydney-based squad
in 2012, and to this day remains the only
national capital city in the world without
representation of a football club within the
country s top-flight division--afactTaskovski
said was pathetic for the region.
What we need now is to form as a group, to
refurbish Seiffert Oval, and to make it playable
for these sorts of games, Taskovski said.
Monaro Panthers vice president Richard
Vanderpol said he would love to see an
A-League team brought to the area, and
suggested calling the squad Capital Coast FC,
rather than Canberra United, in order to
encompass the region in its entirety.
However FFA chief executive David Gallop
has all but ruled out the possibility of a top tier
team for the Canberra region and Vanderpol
doubts a change of mind will occur any time
My understanding is that the FFA CEO has
said that the Canberra region will not have an
A-League team and I can t see Capital Football
putting a bid in, he said.
Why we need to clean up our ACT
Chairman and Clean Up Australia founder Ian Kiernan urges everyone in
the territory to tackle rubbish hotspots together. Photo: Elesa Kurtz
The ACT s waterways are the most
polluted in Australia and cigarette
butts are mostly to blame, a new
snapshot of the ACT s environment
Litter in Canberra s creeks, river
and lakes accounted for two-fifths of
the 248.6 tonnes of rubbish removed
by Clean Up Australia volunteers last
year, the organisation s chairman and
founder Ian Kiernan said.
An average of 646 items was found
discarded in our waterways last Clean
Up Australia Day, with cigarette butts
accounting for a third of all rubbish
removed, the report showed.
amount of rubbish from previous year,
making our water 45 per cent "dirtier"
than those in NSW and 47.5 per cent
more those in Victoria, Mr Kiernan
They re the worst in the country.
This is a very serious situation and one
that can easily be fixed by the attention
of Canberrans. Cigarette butts are still
the most common item found in the
water sadly. People need to take
personal responsibility, he said.
Because Canberra s waterways are
like strainers for the Murrumbidgee
River, Canberra s Clean Up Australia
volunteer Lesley McGrane said Lake
Tuggeranong is choking on beer cans,
bottle lids and straws washed down
from suburbia - and its wildlife is too.
Sometimes you see the rings from
bottles stuck around ducks. I know
people who ve found animals here
dead with rubbish stuck in their
stomachs. There s a family of swans
on here and I m surprised that they re
still actually here because it s so
polluted, especially when the blue
green algae is in the water, she said.
While the number of beverage
containers found dropped slightly (37
per cent of the total rubbish count in
2014 and 20.6 per cent in 2015) Mr
Kiernan said this could be decreased
even further by adopting a container
deposit scheme in the ACT.
The report revealed rubbish picked
up in parks accounted for close to a
quarter of all litter items found in the
ACT last year.
Clean up Australia Day is on March
6. Schools Clean Up Day is On March
4 while Business Clean Up Day is on
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