Home' The Chronicle : Canberra Chronicle 08-03-16 Contents 13 - Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Walking festival will showcase city
to the city's
Walkers from across the world will
descend on our trails next month for
the recently internationally recognised
Canberra Walking Festival as the first
event for the non-competitive
Up to 700 entrants from Europe,
Asia and the United States, as well as
throughout Australia will pound the
popular paths in the 25th instalment of
the festival between April 1 and 3.
The jointly established series by
IML Walking Association and the
International Federation of Popular
Sports focuses on active walking and
President of the Canberra Two Day
Walk Incorporation, Diana Marshall,
said although the event will involve the
Centenary Trail, there will be other
activities on offer to display
sculptures, national institutions, the
Arboretum and the Australian Botanic
"We are offering a wide range of
walks over five days instead of just our
usual weekend," she said. "The walks
aim is to showcase the best of
Canberra with plenty of variety."
Mrs. Marshall said the non-
competitive status of the event allows
participants to be sociable with people
from all nationalities, whilst boosting
their health and well-being.
"The idea is to give people a
challenge to not just do the shortest
distance available, but to push
themselves to walk further than they
thought possible," she said.
"For most people exercise is mental
thing, and if they take on a challenge
they will be surprised with how well
they can do."
The Heart Foundation sponsored
event will include various self-guided
options from 10km to the full
marathon distance of 42.2km, as well
as guided walks aimed primarily at the
under eight year olds and over 75 year
Mrs Marshall encourages walkers
of all ages and fitness levels to join in
the fun. "Although it has been running
for 25 years and has an international
presence with walkers coming from
countries far and wide, there has been
little brand recognition locally and so
few people in Canberra have heard of
it," she said.
A bus service will be provided to
transport competitors from the walk
control centre in Barton to the start of
the walks along the Centenary Trail.
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The ACT government has repealed part of the
expansion of restricted two-hour parking in
Deakin West, but the business community there
feels the outcome was poorly handled.
A group of 25 businesses signed a letter, sent
to all members of the legislative assembly on
February 4, outlining how the oversupply of
two-hour limited paid parking installed in
January was hampering business in the area.
An ACT government spokesperson
confirmed the official had been directed to "fix
the situation so there was a range of parking
options available to business and their visitors",
with new signs erected to reflect the changes
installed last week.
"The car park will now be one-third two-
hour pay parking, and two-thirds all day pay
parking, bringing the precinct in-line with other
local business areas around Canberra," the
"The cost of the all-day pay parking will be
$8.50, the lowest daily rate in the ACT."
Coordinator of the business community s
plea, Gerald Santucci, said the community was
calling for free parking to be restored in the car
park but saw the outcome of reducing the daily
metre feeding from $16 to $8.50 as "an
Three weeks after sending the community s
signed letter to all Members of the Legislative
Assembly, Mr Santucci said he had still had no
response from the government, and felt the
issue had only progressed because of Liberal
Member for Molonglo Steve Doszpot.
"I think it s very good they have come to the
realisation they made a mistake but they
haven t told us that or admitted to it," he said.
"It was all done in a very poor way. Mr Doszpot
was the one person in the assembly that was
communicative and accessible to us."
Mr Dozpot said he was just doing his job as
an elected local member and listening to the
"There a quite a few gaps in what should
have been done and what has been done," he
"I took up the cudgel on their behalf. There
was no consultation, the government has gone
and made the changes at a certain cost, and
whatever the costs, they now have to be
However the ACT government downplayed
Mr Doszpot s role.
"Mr Dozspot did not ask us about this until
it was already fixed," the spokesperson said.
DIZZYING ARRAY OF TALENT
Canberra Theatre will host Burlesque Idol
Australia 2016 in the World Famous Spiegltent
on March 12. The event, founded by Lola
LaBelle in 2010 in London, will feature a
dizzying array of talent, a comedian host and
three judges. From 10.30pm onwards expect to
see some of the country s top performers from
glamorous vegas-inspired showgirls and
comediennes who will have the whole room
laughing, to poets, opera singers, and so much
more. Tickets: $45, Concession $40 at
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