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$80,000 Participation (Seniors)
Grants funding now available
Canberra-based seniors and community organisations can now apply online for
a share of $80,000 funding under the ACT Government's 2014-15 Participation
(Seniors) Grants Program.
The aim of the program is to improve the quality of life, social participation and
wellbeing for older Canberrans, with priority being given to projects that promote
Canberra as an Age-friendly City and improve opportunities for social inclusion.
Guidelines and online application forms are available at:
Enquiries on: 6205 3113 or 6207 9701.
Applications close Friday, 29 August 2014
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Traditional languages could be on menu for ACT children
Children in the ACT and surrounding
region could soon learn traditional
Aboriginal languages from the Can-
Ngunawal traditional custodian
Tyrone Bell said discussions were
under way with the ACT government
and a program could be running as
early as 2015.
Program plans include an acknowl-
edgement of country in the Ngunawal
language, children s stories, and
games to educate the children.
"We are sitting down with ACT
Education and working on a plan over
the next couple of months, Mr Bell
"We ve identified heads,
shoulders, knees and toes as a song
that could be done in both English and
the Ngunawal language.
He said to have their traditional
language spoken was important to
"It feels like we ve got our soul
back, Mr Bell said.
In support of the program the
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIAT-
SIS) and Ngaiyuriija Ngunawal Lan-
guage Group announced the signing of
a co-operative research agreement to
revitalise the Ngunawal language.
They will support the program with a
number of linguists.
The aim is to provide a fully
functional language that can be used in
the ACT school curriculum.
AIATSIS principal Russell Taylor
said they wanted to strengthen the
cultural connection between the
indigenous and non-indigenous
"AIATSIS holds significant
collections of language records from
all around Australia, and has linguists
on staff to assist communities who
want to revitalise their traditional
languages," Mr Taylor said.
Ngunawal traditional custodian
Dean Delponte said the program could
provide a greater understanding and
appreciation of Ngunawal country.
ACT schools, the public and a
variety of non-government organisa-
tions have shown interest in the further
development of traditional languages
spoken in the region.
HANDS ON FLEECE FUND-RAISER
Woolly creatures pack punch for polio
Queanbeyan Rotary Club president Michael Guilfoyle with daughter Kira, left, and animal science student Elizabeth Boudaher. Photo: ELESA KURTZ
Getting your hands on luxury alpaca
wool just got more affordable.
Queanbeyan Rotary Club is hosting
a hands on fleece fund-raiser this
weekend at Alpaca Magic in Sutton,
offering a rare chance to get up close
to these intriguing animals while
raising money to eradicate polio. The
property just outside Canberra will be
brimming with furry faces, but while
the animals are gorgeous and fluffy,
organisers hope those visiting will
consider the serious mission of
stamping out the disease. "Rotary has
been involved with the End Polio Now
campaign for over 20 years, it s our
main international campaign,"
organiser Natalie Jupe said.
"Our event it s quirky and fun and
we wanted to try something different."
Glynda Bluhm manages 120 llamas
and 80 alpacas on her property and
said while she couldn t devote time
away from the farm to be an active
Rotarian this was her way to help.
With a modest entry fee of $5 a person,
it s hoped $500 will be raised. The
Gates Foundation will donate $2 for
every dollar raised -- effectively
tripling the impact of local
contributions. If polio is the next
disease to be successfully eradicated,
this will represent only the third time
this has ever been achieved worldwide,
after smallpox and rinderpest. Ms Jupe
said polio was an unseen disease in the
modern Australian context but there
were Queanbeyan residents who
would have suffered or seen the impact
of the disease in their lifetime. "The
iron lung at the Queanbeyan Museum
makes people aware that it did affect
people here," she said. "There are
three endemic countries left in the
world that are being targeted by this
Alpacas for Polio Saturday, July
19, 8.30am to 11.30am, at Alpaca
Magic, 2771 Sutton Road, Sutton,
NSW. Tickets (include morning tea):
$5/person, $15/family (2 adults, 2
kids). Contact Natalie Jupe on
0419 161 974.
CANBERRA DEAKIN FC
bid to strip
Some residents are concerned about
the future of the Canberra Deakin
Football Club in light of an application
to strip the group s lease.
But any changes to the lease would
not affect the Grose Street and Hannah
Place site s primary use as a sports
field for games and training, according
to a application for the change.
The club lodged an application to
remove the concessional status of its
current lease and to change the lease
purpose clause to allow ancillary uses
A small-scale mobile phone tower is
on the cards but it would have to be the
subject of a separate development
Such uses could provide financial
support for ongoing maintenance and
oval upgrades, according to the
Deakin Residents Association
president Peter Wurfel said that while
the club was a valued part of the
community, the association questioned
the need to remove the concessional
status and was concerned about
potential future developments.
According to the development
application, any future uses would be
consistent with the Territory Plan and
implemented only after a lease
There were no specific ancillary use
proposals at this stage, it said.
taken off roads
Worksafe ACT has issued prohibition
notices on a local concrete pumping
company from using two of its trucks
until they are properly serviced.
Work Safety Commissioner Mark
McCabe said that operators of plant
and equipment had to appreciate the
importance of complying with the
requirements regarding regular
servicing of these vehicles.
WorkSafe ACT inspectors will not
hesitate to take action to put
equipment like this out of service if the
operators won t comply with their
obligations, he said.
It may be inconvenient for
companies to have to put their trucks
off the road for servicing but that has
to be part of their operational plan.
He also said WorkSafe ACT would
conduct an audit of local concrete
pump hire companies within the next
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