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CANBERRA AUTHOR'S NEW BOOK
Canberra author Jenny Bond was inspired by a story she found about Franklin D. Roosevelt and his housekeeper.
Author bases story on 'daring' US president
It is not quite a tale of two cities but
author Jenny Bond discovered while
writing her second novel that the
capitals of Australia and the United
States are not that different.
In researching The President's
Lunch, Bond was surprised by how
similar the political epicentres were.
"I went to Washington to research
the book in 2013, Bond said. "I
thought Canberra was a very pretty
city but a little bit lacking. I thought it
was unique in this way.
"But then I went to Washington and
it is very similar. Obviously there are
more monuments and more history
there but it is a very similar city.
She said after visiting Washington
she came back to Australia with a
much greater appreciation of
Although the current Australian
political climate doesn t inspire her,
she said living in the capital did.
The President's Lunch covers the
period of Franklin D. Roosevelt s
presidency and his troubled
relationship with his housekeeper.
"American history is something that
I ve been interested in since my
university days, Bond said. "I came
across this funny story about FDR and
his housekeeper and their very strained
relationship. It all just fell together.
Her research expanded into a study
of FDR s reign, his politics, his
methods and the period.
"The housekeeper story became a
sub-plot and the history of it became
the main story, Bond said.
A Canberran for five years, she
started the book in late 2011.
"I think FDR was such a brave and
daring leader and he had to be because
of the time he was president. He had to
be audacious in a lot of his policies. I
think that is what Australian politics is
Group calls for government action
Fed up with excuses for not doing
something about the woeful condition
of Lake Tuggeranong, the
Tuggeranong Lake Carers group has
petitioned the ACT government to act.
More than 3000 signatures have
been presented to the Legislative
Assembly by Shadow Minister for
Environment Nicole Lawder.
The petition called on the ACT
Labor government to get on with
building the promised Tuggeranong
"The delay in the clean-up of Lake
Tuggeranong and development of the
Tuggeranong Wetlands is placing a
huge onus on community
organisations which are forced to deal
with poor amenity around the lake,
Ms Lawder said.
"For years the lake has suffered
from outbreaks of blue green algae,
thereby restricting its use."
Minister for the Environment Simon
Corbell said water quality issues in
Canberra reinforced the need for the
ACT to adopt a more co-ordinated and
systematic approach to managing
He said the government was moving
forward with the project to address
Lake Tuggeranong water quality after
securing federal government funding
in February this year. The agreement
between the ACT and federal
government will provide $85 million
towards cleaning up Canberra s lakes
Mr Fluffy crisis will make us stronger
Member for Canberra
Right now there are tens of thousands
of Canberrans facing a world of
uncertainty because they live in, have
lived in or have worked in a Mr Fluffy
I ve spoken to dozens of Canberra
families over the last few months who
have all expressed the same concerns:
the fear that they are facing financial
ruin because their greatest investment
can t be sold, the anguish over the
long-term health concerns for their
friends and families, and the lingering
uncertainty over what will happen
I want to assure these families that
their political leaders are listening, and
working hard behind the scenes to try
and achieve a result.
Last month I organised a meeting
with the Commonwealth Minister
responsible for asbestos Senator Eric
Abetz, the founder of the Fluffy
Residents Action Group Brianna
Heseltine and ACT federal
representatives to discuss the issue.
Senator Abetz was impressed with
our bipartisan approach and listened
intently to Brianna, who eloquently
told the powerful and personal stories
of those living in a Mr Fluffy home.
The Commonwealth Government is
working with the ACT Government to
assess the full scope of the Mr Fluffy
I know there are some people who
might be frustrated with the time this
is taking, but it is important that we get
the response right. We simply cannot
afford to get it wrong again.
I know these are difficult times, but
it is in times of crisis that our
community is at its best.
I have been impressed with the
support affected families are showing
to one another, and the support being
shown by the wider Canberra
We will get through this crisis, and
we will be a stronger community
because of it.
ANU head of Glass Workshop
The winner of Ranamok 2014 will be
announced this evening (Tuesday) at
the 20th and final season of the key
Australian glass art prize.
The prize was founded by Andy
Plummer and Maureen Cahill in 1994
as a means to promote glass as an art
form to the public and has since
become one of the principal platforms
to gauge innovation within the art
"It s gone around the world and to
major galleries," Mr Plummer said.
"The prize is important to the local
scene and has served to supercharge
the careers of a number of artists."
For better or worse, Mr Plummer
said while cultivating a reputation for
the prize over the past two decades he
has been known as "the glass guy".
He said he was looking forward to
keeping hold of the nickname after the
prize by furthering his own glass
practice in his Sydney studio.
The 64-year-old former investment
banker credits the early success of the
prize to his business networks.
"I have probably raised $2.5 million
over 20 years. The hallmark of the
prize is that it satisfied all the players,
both the sponsors and artists all got a
lot out of it, he said.
Finalists works this year range
from delicate sculptural pieces to
ornate embroidered fibreglass and a
striking wearable glass cloak.
Australian National University head
of glass workshop, Richard Whitely,
has been a finalist in the prize for nine
years and while he is a finalist again
this year, he said tipping a winner is
"Glass is a very elastic material and
can be used in lots of ways. People
look to the Ranamok each year for
what is new and what is happening in
contemporary glass, he said.
The end of the Ranamok prize will
be a loss for the art world, Mr Whitely
said, but one that would soon be filled
with alternative celebrations of glass
as a medium in the visual arts.
"Andy and Maureen had a vision of
what contemporary glass needed," he
REAL ESTATE AWARDS
ACT property professionals celebrate excellence
The best of Canberra s real estate
industry were celebrated at the 2014
Awards for Excellence on Saturday
Independent Property Group took
out a solid share of the awards winning
seven of the 23 presented during the
Agent Jonathan Charles from the
Woden office was named the
residential salesperson of the year and
Mark Larmer from the Civic office
took out the Auctioneer of the Year.
Independent Property Group was also
named the large residential agency of
the year and received the
The agency s Hannah Gill took out
the residential property manager
award for the second year in a row
while Josephine Jankovic was
awarded corporate support person of
the year and Renee Bink collected the
There were more than 50
nominations for the 2014 Real Estate
Institute of the ACT Awards for
Excellence, which was held at the
LJ Hooker Tuggeranong was named
the medium residential agency of the
year while Cream Residential won the
small residential agency of the year.
CBRE was named the commercial
agency of the year and the agency also
received the community service
award. CBRE s Mark Nicholls was
named the commercial salesperson of
the year and Donna Sciacca won the
commercial property manager of the
year. Real Estate Institute of the ACT
president Michael Kumm said the
year s nominees had again raised the
standard for the industry.
A number of the category winners
will go on to represent the ACT in the
REIA National Awards, which will be
held in Perth in March next year.
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