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REVIEW OF THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT 1997
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The Government is conducting a review of the Residential Tenancies
Act 1997 ('the Act'), which regulates residential tenancy agreements and
occupancy agreements in the ACT. A copy of the current legislation can be
downloaded from the ACT Legislation Register at
The main purpose of the review is to ensure that the legislation is operating
The terms of reference for the review, discussion papers to assist you in
preparing a submission and online survey are available at
Submissions can be sent to the Residential Tenancies Review Team at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Residential Tenancies Review Team
Legislation, Policy and Programs
ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate
GPO Box 158
CANBERRA ACT 2601.
The Review Team can be contacted by phone on (02) 62070581.
Submissions close on Friday 12 September 2014.
Submissions that are not clearly marked 'confidential' will be made public.
There will be two public forums during the consultation period, please RSVP
for catering purposes to email@example.com or
• Monday 1 September 2014 at 6pm at the Woden Southern Cross Club,
Corinna Room 2
• Friday 5 September 2014 at 12.30pm at the Community Legal Hub,
21 Barry Drive, Turner
MARRIED AT GOLD CREEK CHAPEL
Drama on dance floor all part of big day
NewlywedsSamantha and Andrew Hutcheon. Photos:Tess Godkin
Recently married? Send a photo and your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Samantha and Andrew Hutcheon
didn't waste any time between
becoming engaged and getting
Less than a year after Andrew
popped the question to Samantha, nee
Little, the two wed in front of 70
friends and family on May 24.
"It was a quick engagement -- we
didn't waste any time," Samantha said.
"Andrew proposed to me [but] I
picked out the ring, so I knew it was
coming. He proposed at home and
took me out for dinner at The
The couple met about five years ago
during navy training in Melbourne.
A year later they moved to Sydney
together before making Canberra their
home about three years ago.
Family and friends travelled from
all over Australia to witness Samantha
and Andrew's marriage at Gold Creek
Chapel, followed by a reception at The
Deck at Regatta Point.
"I've always looked at that little
chapel and loved it and imagined it for
a wedding," Samantha said.
"I'm from South Australia and
Andrew is from Victoria so we had a
lot of interstate guests. We thought the
view at The Deck would be beautiful
Samantha and Andrew married in a
somewhat traditional, yet relaxed,
"The ceremony was beautiful -- it
went so fast," Samantha said.
"We had a really good celebrant, so
it was fun and relaxed."
Guests enjoyed a laid-back
reception by the lake that evening,
despite a little drama.
"It was a great night," Samantha
"We had a token drunk guy and
Andrew's aunty broke her ankle on the
dance floor [but] everyone was having
a good time. The MC was great -- he
was a standout."
After the big day Samantha and
Andrew honeymooned in Fiji.
A playschool and a disability support
group are in limbo as the ACT
government juggles consultation
about the redevelopment of the
former Higgins Primary School and
Higgins Oval site.
Both groups use the old school for
their activities but confusion and a
lack of communication from
government have raised concern that
serious disruption could result if the
groups are forced to move out at
Possums Playschool co-ordinator
Margie Sciacca said not knowing
what was about to happen created
"Our biggest concern is finding
out when we have to be out of this
building,'' Ms Sciacca said.
"But we don't have another
building to go to at the moment. We
are getting pretty anxious about
Both groups said they had
received only vague responses from
the ACT government about what
Sharing Places executive director
Sue Healy said she had made
inquiries to the ACT government
more than a year ago but there had
been little response.
"They're leaving us in limbo,'' Ms
ACT Property Group spokesman
Daniel Bailey said the Possums
Playschool licence could be
terminated without cause with six
months' notice, or shorter if mutually
However he said their relocation
to another local community facility
property could be prioritised.
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