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Art 'confronting but nurturing'
Cancer inspired Fredrika Rose's exhibition More Than a Body at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.
A brush with cancer and a globe-
trotting childhood have informed and
inspired a burgeoning body of work by
Canberra artist Fredrika Rose.
Despite having the Emerging Artists
Support Scheme prize under her belt,
the ANU School of Art student was
initially reluctant to disclose what
inspired her to create the larger-than-
life textile sculptures in her exhibition
More Than a Body: Organic
The quirky warmth of Exhuming
Casanova, a tactile bundle of pink silk,
silicon and human hair perched on a
blank wall, is a stark contrast to the
darker tale behind it: her father s battle
with pancreatic cancer.
Unsure how to cope, Rose became
intrigued by cancer on a molecular
level. This inspired the large replica of
the sporadic growth of pancreatic
"When you re going through
something traumatic you don t really
acknowledge your process of coping,"
she said. It became a very loving
process and very intimate. Each pod is
representative of a cell and the hair is
representative of hair loss during
chemotherapy. With something blown
up, I think, it becomes more real . . .
it s confronting but still nurturing."
Other works in More Than a Body
shift between confrontation and
comfort, and reflect Rose s broader
interest in perceptions of the human
body. The Swedish-born artist said
moving from the somewhat
conservative culture of Jordan, where
she spent most of her childhood, to the
more feminist community in Canberra
ignited her exploration of the female
form in a more controversial way.
"Comparing the two has allowed me
to find a narrative between the human
body and how we understand it.
More Than a Body: Organic
Perception is on display at
Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Reed Street,
Greenway until August 2.
Council sets capped price on water supply
Queanbeyan City Council has negoti-
ated a capped price increase of 5 per
cent each year for the next three years,
as part of a water supply pricing
agreement with ACTEW.
The price set in the agreement, soon
to be finalised, is just one of the factors
that make up the water consumption
charges paid by residents, but Quean-
beyan City Council general manager
Gary Chapman was confident the
agreement would provide more assur-
ances around pricing in future.
The ACTEW agreement means
council can have greater certainty
about controlling price increases over
the next three years and ensures the
cost of water purchased from ACTEW
is kept as low as possible, Mr
Residents need to be aware that the
water abstraction charge and utilities
tax, which makes up a component of
residents water charges, are ACT
government charges which are deter-
mined annually and council has no
direct control over these prices.
In 2014-15 the water supply price
with ACTEW increased by 4.5 per
cent and residents wore a rise of
9.5 per cent on water consumption
charges. Queanbeyan City Council s
corporate strategy and finance group
manager Kerry McMurray said similar
levels of increase each year is some-
thing residents would have to get used
A 9.5 per cent increase will be
typical year-on-year for the next three
year period at which point the pricing
will be reassessed, she said.
Both council representatives said
water prices had been increasing at a
greater rate in recent years due to
decades of unsustainably low price
The new water consumption rates
for 2015-16 will be publicly released
in April 2015.
EXTRA SESSION FOR
An additional ACT Older Persons
Assembly consultation will be held in
Tuggeranong this Thursday, July 10.
The extra session has been
included to meet demand for daytime
consultation further south.
The session will be held from 1pm
to 3pm at Tuggeranong Seniors
Centre, 101 Cowlishaw Street,
Greenway. RSVP: 6205 0303. Light
refreshments will be available. For
more information, phone 6205 0749
or visit www.ageing.act.gov.au
POLICE RELEASE DESCRIPTION
Search on for machete robber
NSW Police are looking for a man
who wielded a machete in two armed
robberies of Queanbeyan businesses
on Monday, June 30.
He was first seen at 2.55pm
threatening staff and making away
with a sum of money from
Queanbeyan West Veterinary Hospital,
Staff there described the assailant as
being 185cm tall, of solid build and of
Pacific Islander appearance.
Later that evening at 6.35pm, a male
of similar appearance and also in
possession of a machete held up New
Planet Supermarket in Gilmore Place
and took off towards Tharwa Road
with another sum of money.
Queanbeyan Police acting inspector
Graeme Bailey said officers had
interviewed a suspect in relation to the
crimes and said there were strong links
between the two incidents.
Both business owners targeted in the
armed robberies declined to comment
but said no one was harmed.
Anyone with any information can
contact Queanbeyan Police on
MEDICAL CENTRE A
A northside medical centre has been
recognised for safe practice. Scullin
Medical Practice has received the
Australian General Practice
Accreditation Limited s award of
chairman Dr Richard Choong said the
award recognised the practice s
significant investment in improving
patient services. The practice team
spent 12 months meeting general
Tourist facility to fill shortage of visitor accommodation
School children and sporting groups
visiting Canberra will soon find it
much easier to organise their stay in
the capital when a $12.8 million
tourist accommodation development
near Exhibition Park is completed in
Stage one of the new tourist
accommodation along the Federal
Highway will provide short stay
dormitory-style accommodation with
kitchen and dining hall facilities for up
to 480 visiting school children.
There will also be 46 serviced
caravan and camping sites.
EPIC general manager Liz Clarke
said the ACT government had
identified a shortage of short term
caravan and camping accommodation
for visiting schools and sports groups
"The first stage will commence as
soon as the development application
has been approved, with completion
anticipated by February 2015, Ms
"Planning for the subsequent stages
will commence on completion of the
The tourist facility will be
developed and operated by FreeSpirit
Resort and Holiday Park Management.
The company intends to undertake
the project in three stages. Stage two
will consist of short stay cabins,
recreational facilities and additional
serviced caravan and camping sites.
Stage three will increase the number
of short stay cabins again and provide
FreeSpirit spokesman David
Johnston said they were keen to move
the development into stages two and
three immediately after stage one was
FreeSpirit has existing operations in
the Northern Territory, South Australia
and Queensland. He said they were
very excited about creating the tourist
park in Canberra.
The company had ambitious plans
to begin the development in 2013 after
successfully winning the tender for the
site in 2012, but environmental
assessments took longer than
Mr Johnston said the ACT
government did all they could to
accelerate the process but it just took
ARREST FOR POISON
MEATBALL DOG BAITING
A 42-year-old Bonner man has been
arrested after trying to poison dogs
with meatballs laced with Ratsak
poison. Police say the man was seen
walking past the rear entrance of a
Bonner residence around 6pm on
Friday before removing a number of
meatballs from a plastic bag and
throwing them into the backyard. The
owner of the residence noticed her
dog sniffing one of the meatballs and
saw multiple meatballs scattered
throughout the backyard. The dog did
not consume any of the meatballs and
was unharmed. The meatballs were
seized by officers and taken to a
forensic lab for analysis. The Bonner
man was arrested a short time later
while walking up an adjacent street.
He will appear before the ACT
Magistrates Court on July 25.
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