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BARILARO CHECKS OUT
Rugby players are enjoying the
benefits of a revamped Campese Oval
in Queanbeyan, in time for the 2016
rugby union season. The Member for
Monaro, John Barilaro, inspected
upgrades to Campese Oval s irrigation
system made possible through a
$37,000 NSW government grant.
He said the Queanbeyan Whites
history was a proud one, and it was
important facilities were up to
scratch for the future.
TARA COSTIGAN FOUNDATION
Family work to combat violence
Tara Costigan Foundation members Nadia Pessarossi, Michael, Maria and Nathan Costigan.
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
An alleged act of domestic violence
has taken so much from them. But one
year on from Tara Costigan s violent
death her family are standing strong,
determined to be a force in ending this
gravely serious problem.
It began as a nightmare and while
Michael Costigan has made the career
shift to chief executive of the
foundation set up in his niece s name,
he saidthere were still days it didn t
"It has been forever confronting, no
question," he said. "The first three
months was essentially full-time
research for me. Who s out there,
what s working, what s not and what is
He put his business acumen towards
making sure the Tara Costigan
Foundation (TCF) would contribute to
the sector to create benefit rather than
From her funeral, to the huge
turnout at the Walk for Tara fundraiser
and close to $100,000 in donations, Mr
Costigan said throughout it all "we as
a family have been so loved by
"I m getting calls and messages
through Facebook from people saying
how do I get in touch with a Tara s
angel? " he said.
The foundation is yet to launch the
service, but Mr Costigan said TCF was
in the process of selecting a successful
tenderer to deliver the Tara s Angel
"The goal is to start in the capital
region with a minimum of four in the
17/18 financial year, next financial
year we increase it to 10, the year after
we increase it to 20 and start to move
to other rural hubs."
The estimated operation costs of the
positions, funded by TCF, are between
$100,000 and 160,000 an angel, each
year, and each angel could assist up to
12 women, depending on their level of
With things ticking over assembling
the frontline service, TCF has ramped
up its education and advocacy.
Mr Costigan will facilitate a panel
discussion at The National Family
Violence Summit to be held at QT
Hotel from March 17 to 19.
The event, which culminates in the
second annual Walk for Tara, will
draw together people from all sectors,
as well as Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull, Federal Opposition Leader
Bill Shorten MP and 2016 Australian
of the Year Lieutenant General David
"The summit is not a talk-fest," Mr
He said the culture of together we
are strong would be realised at the
event and it would provide a report to
the government similar to benchmark
reports used for the Close the Gap
"It s such a convoluted and complex
problem, it s not a simple matter of
let s find more band aids to fix it," he
said. "We have to get to the heart of it."
DEAKIN CAR PARKING
Businesses rate parking change a fail
Geils Court in
The business community of Deakin
West has called on the ACT
government to admit the expansion of
restricted two-hour paid parking zones
A group of 25 businesses have
signed a letter, sent to all members of
the legislative assembly on February 4,
requesting the change to parking
The Environment and Planning
Directorate s Transport and Major
Project team s replacement of the
coin-operated metres with new ticket
machines resulted in an expansion of
time-limited parking in areas formerly
zoned for all-day use.
Standing in front of the almost
empty large car park east of Geils
Court, adjacent to the Deakin West
Post Office, St Vincent de Paul ACT
chief executive Paul Trezise said it was
plain the outcome was not working.
Rather than adhering to the stated
aim of "supporting local business" he
said the parking changes had caused
Deakin West businesses the maximum
amount of inconvenience and
"I don t understand it because it is
obviously not generating much
revenue for the government when it s
empty," he said.
"It s really about matching the
needs of the area with the parking
National Rural Health Alliance s
Leanne Coleman said the impact had
been noticeable, with staff arriving
early to snare a free park or having to
leave throughout the day at two-hourly
intervals to feed the meter.
"Most of the staff are on lower
salaries around here, working for
charities and non-profits," she said. "It
can be up to $16 per day, close to $100
Snedden Hall & Gallop lawyer
Gerald Santucci has offices on Geils
Court and co-ordinated the business
community s plea.
He said that previously there was
adequate all-day parking for staff so
there was always space for clients in
the short-stay zones, but oversupply of
two-hour zoned parks had created
chaos. "The free unrestricted parking
in Denison Street and Thesiger
Court, now the only all-day parking in
the vicinity, is completely full by
8.30am," he said.
"It is forcing people to park
wherever they can."
He said that while receipt of the
community s letter had been
acknowledged, he was disappointed
weeks had gone by with no response.
"We d like to see is the government
listen," he said. "It s clear the strategy
behind this change was misguided, not
in touch with community needs. We
want it as it was before; two-hour
parking with modern machines and in
the back section of the large car park
free all-day parking as it was before."
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