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TUGGERANONG ARTS CENTRE
Exhibition by artist Mariana del Castillo and I stopped at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre.
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Del Castillo finds beauty in discarded objects
When Mariana del Castillo picks up a
stained or broken object she sees more
than just chipped wood or soiled wool.
The self-confessed hoarder's latest
exhibition is true to her mysterious,
slightly creepy portfolio of tactile
installations, sculptures and craft
recycled from discarded items.
But adding the finishing touches to
and I stopped has been a particularly
therapeutic process for del Castillo,
who returned to her homeland,
Ecuador, earlier this year for the first
time in four decades -- just a month
before her mother died.
Del Castillo isn't one to venture too
deeply into the personal details behind
her work, but many of the more
intimate pieces in her current
exhibition at Tuggeranong Arts Centre
are "dripping with a lot of emotion" --
particularly a collection of jewellery
that kept her hands busy during
countless hours in hospital.
"I would not normally exhibit my
jewellery [but] I decided to exhibit
these because they were so poignant,"
she said. "We celebrate death. My
mother's passed, but now I'm in a
good place because it's time to
celebrate her life."
Seeing beauty in the ugly has
undoubtedly influenced del Castillo's
art of recycling.
Fur-lined coats, army blankets,
crutches and a chair are just a sample
of the items that find a new lease of life
in the collector's most recent
exhibition of work, including the large,
eclectic installation that won her the
2013 Lakeside Award.
"I do have a vision where I can see
something stained and ugly and I can
find love in that," del Castillo said.
"I live in Queanbeyan, where people
throw so many things out. I suppose
with the culture I come from, a Third
World country, people ... value
everything. They make things, they
build things. It was liberating that in
this exhibition, I could just make."
and I stopped is on display at
Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Reed
Street, Greenway, until August 2.
Airborne fibres to be monitored
The removal of asbestos from the
Yarralumla brickworks site has been
given the green light.
A development application for the
removal of contaminated soil from the
area was approved on July 7.
A number of conditions have been
introduced to ensure remedial work
sufficiently addresses waste removal,
contamination assessment and traffic
The final cost of the project will not
be determined until further
assessments of the scope of the work
and the volume of contaminated
material on-site are carried out.
Similarly, the storage of
contaminated material including
asbestos will rely on the outcomes of
A number of extra conditions will
ensure the project addresses issues
raised by several stakeholders
including the ACT Heritage Council,
ACT Health and the Environment
Among these is the daily reporting
of airborne fibre monitoring results to
relevant stakeholders. The DA only
covered the removal of contamination
from the old dump site.
ACT contributes to disability scheme
In July I had the pleasure of meeting
some of the individuals who will be
part of the first group to go through the
National Disability Insurance Scheme
trial in the ACT. It was quite a big
milestone for the ACT, particularly for
people with a disability, their families
and the broader Canberra community.
In attendance were Glenn and Trish
Mowbray, who have three adopted
sons with Down syndrome. I am
inspired by both Glenn and Trish,
particularly with how optimistic they
are about the scheme and the benefits
that each of their sons will be able to
enjoy by being able to make their own
During the day I also had the
opportunity to chat to Alex, who
receives care from Hartley Lifecare.
He was very happy to have a chat and
I was encouraged to hear that he and
his family were positive about the
changes that he will also benefit from.
Over the past few months,
particularly in my role on the NDIS
committee, I have been speaking to
many individuals and communities
about how we can make the process
easier for everyone. The NDIS has the
power to transform many lives for the
better. However, it must be
remembered that it is a trial stage and
that means there will be mistakes and
lessons to learn.
I am pleased that Canberra has been
chosen as one of the first trial sites
across the country. It will help ensure
that our scheme is built on strong
foundations. I'm very hopeful that the
NDIS can be delivered in a way that
will improve the lives of people with
disability, their families and their
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
With snow on the mountains and frigid
temperatures blanketing the city,
Canberra is doing its best to have a
white Christmas in July celebration.
There are many options this year for
those who want to celebrate the event.
If you don't want to snuggle up in
front of an open fire with a glazed ham
and a bon bon you could instead head
to a fresh food market, hunker down in
an old English pub or even take a train
trip for a mid-year Christmas fix.
Canberra Railway Museum
spokesman Graeme Stanley said they
had been running the mid-year events
for about 20 years.
"We have a band playing on the
train and there is dancing in the dance
car,'' Mr Stanley said.
The trip boasts a Northern
celebration that will blow off the
winter blues for the remainder of the
He said with recent events getting a
little out of hand they've changed the
rules about BYO alcohol this year.
If a train ride doesn't take your
fancy, get along to the Belconnen
Fresh Food Markets on Saturday, July
Markets spokeswoman Ashleigh
Paterson said they had planned for
their biggest Christmas in July event
She said there would be live music,
kids' crafts, a cooking demonstration
from My Kitchen Rules stars Andrew
and Amelia as well as free tastings.
"Christmas in July transforms the
markets into a bustling hub of
Christmas cheer, with market stalls
dropping their prices in celebration of
the big day,'' Ms Ashleigh said.
"All Canberra residents are invited
to soak up the Christmas spirit, with a
variety of activities for all ages taking
place all throughout the day.''
Christmas in July at the
Belconnen Fresh Food Markets
events begin from 10.30am with
free tasting all day.
To organise a ride on the
Christmas in July party and dance
express call 6232 6405 to make a
The Christmas in July theme is
running all month at the George
Harcourt Inn, Nicholls.
Proposal paves way for development
Canberra's social housing is set for a
major shake up with early plans to
develop 17 new and existing sites
across the capital.
Blocks in Griffith, Red Hill and
Narrabundah are among locations
earmarked for future housing develop-
ments as part of the drafted Omnibus
Territory Plan Variation.
The early plan has been drawn up in
line with the ACT government's
Public Housing Asset Management
Strategy 2012--2017. It forms part of a
broader platform to reduce concentra-
tions of disadvantage in Canberra and
support people who are not eligible for
public housing but struggling to find
Six possible sites for new building
opportunities were presented to last
week's Inner South Canberra Com-
munity Council meeting.
Areas under consideration include
land either side of the Harmonie
German Club of Canberra on
Jerrabomberra Avenue; land
immediately south of the Red Hill
shops; Griffith's Stuart Flats; and
Narrabundah's Gowrie Court, which
backs on to Jerrabomberra Oval. A
slither of land alongside
Jerrabomberra Oval will also be
considered as part of the proposed
zoning changes to provide greater
Other land on the cards as part of the
omnibus package includes land east of
Fyshwick's Canberra Outlet Centre
and around Symonston's Amtech
The blend of future private and
public housing will be determined by
the Minister for Planning at a later
stage, according to government
representatives at the meeting. Higher
density would be considered where
appropriate and any revenue ploughed
An Environment and Planning
Directorate spokeswoman said the 17
draft variations have been combined to
enable the community to appreciate
the overall issues that underpin the
plan. She said all community councils
and housing tenants will be consulted
on the proposed sites.
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