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Expression of Interest for Independent Reviewer ACT Government Campaign Advertising
The ACT Legislative Assembly recently passed the Government Agencies (Campaign Advertising) Act 2009. The purpose of the Act is to ensure the appropriate use of public funds for advertising or other communication. The ACT Government is seeking expressions of interest from a suitably qualified person to independently review proposed ACT Government advertising campaigns over $40,000 to ensure they comply with the Act. The Reviewer will provide limited assurance through inquiry, observation and analysis of key documents and information that the Act and guidelines have been adhered to. They will also be required to report bi-annually to the Legislative Assembly. The successful candidate will have extensive experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas: • communications; • media and advertising; and • legal and/or government administration. The successful candidate will need to have the ability to exercise sound judgement in the interpretation of the Act and related guidelines. Remuneration – the successful candidate will be remunerated on a per diem basis, at a rate to be determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. Expressions of interest and a detailed resume should be submitted by Friday 9 April 2010 to: Executive Director Arts, Communications, Events and Protocol Chief Minister Department PO Box 158, Canberra City, ACT 2601 For further information please contact Simon Kinsmore on 62053188 or email

Free energy check-up for your home
With the winter months approaching now is the time to take stock of how to make your home more energy efficient. If you have a house or semi-detached house built before 1996 you are eligible for the ACT Government’s HEAT Energy Audit and for the month of April these comprehensive, two-hour audits are free. The audit is carried out by the Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT) and will provide you with a list of practical actions you and your family can take to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. After your audit, the ACT Government also provides a $500 rebate when you spend $2,000 or more on priority recommendations in your HEAT audit report. For more information phone HEAT on 6260 6165 or visit

Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 4 of the Roads and Public Places Act 1937, of the intention to close the following roads in the ACT. O’CONNOR FRITH STREET: will be closed between the Barry Drive exit ramp onto Frith Street and Dryandra Street. TIME: Tuesday 13 April 2010 (7.00am - 5.00pm). REASON: bridge upgrade. CITY COMMONWEALTH AVENUE SOUTHBOUND ENTRY RAMP: between London Circuit and Commonwealth Avenue. TIME: 8.00pm Saturday 10 April to 6.00am Sunday 11 April and 8.00pm Sunday 11 April to 6.00am Monday 12 April 2010. REASON: London Circuit pavement rehabilitation. CITY LONDON CIRCUIT SOUTHBOUND DIRECTION: will be closed between Edinburgh Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue overpass. TIME: 8.00 pm Sunday 11 April to 6.00am Monday 12 April 2010. REASON: London Circuit pavement rehabilitation. Any person wishing to comment on the above notices may contact Ben McHugh on 6207 2738. DEAKIN KENT STREET: will be closed between Strickland Crescent and Carruthers Street. (Please note local traffic access will be maintained during these works). TIME: 7.00am Saturday 10 April to 5.00pm Friday 7 May 2010. REASON: construction of new roundabout.

Public forum – building energy standards
A consultation forum for local industry and the community on a new national framework for assessing, rating and setting standards for energy use in buildings will be held in Canberra. The framework is being developed under the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency. When: Wednesday 7 April (9.30 - 11.30am) Where: ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) at 16 Challis Street, Dickson RSVP: A public discussion paper on the framework has been released for a consultation period of six weeks. You can download the paper at

Molonglo Valley Strategic Assessment
The ACT Planning and Land Authority invites public comment on the: • Draft Strategic Assessment Report of the Molonglo Valley Plan for the Protection of Matters of National Environmental Significance, which evaluates matters of national environmental significance and recommends a range of management and mitigation measures; and • Framework for the Draft Molonglo Valley Plan for the Protection of Matters of National Environmental Significance, which will set out the policies and procedures to ensure development will not cause unacceptable impacts on matters of national environmental significance. Community drop-in information sessions When: Wednesday 7 April (4.00pm - 7.00pm) Where: Weston Creek at St Peters Anglican Church, corner Parkinson Street and Watling Place, Weston. When: Tuesday 13 April (4.00pm - 7.00pm) Where: Belconnen at Holy Covenant Anglican Church, 89 Dexter Street, Cook. For copies of the reports and details on how to comment, visit or call ACT Planning and Land Authority on 6205 8350. Closing date for comments is COB Friday 23 April 2010.

DEAKIN FOOTPATH AND CARPARK: Duff Place (eastern side) between number 6 and number 12 will be closed. TIME: 7.00am Monday 12 April to 5.00pm Monday 17 May 2010. REASON: Deakin Shopping Centre refurbishment. STIRLING / WARAMANGA/ WESTON NAMATJIRA DRIVE SOUTHBOUND DIRECTION: will be closed between Parkinson Street and Hindmarsh Drive. NAMATJIRA DRIVE NORTHBOUND DIRECTION: will be closed between Bunbury Street and Hindmarsh Drive.(Please note local traffic access will be maintained at all times during these works) TIME: Monday 12 April to Thursday 22 April 2010 (9.30am - 4.00pm weekdays and 7.00am - 6.00pm Saturday) REASON: asphalt overlay of the Hindmarsh Drive / Namatjira Drive intersection. DUFFY FOOTPATH: Jindabyne Street (eastern side) between Eppalock Street and Burrinjuck Crescent. TIME: 7.00am Saturday 10 April to 5.00pm Monday 10 May 2010. REASON: installation of new water main. YARRALUMLA LADY DENMAN DRIVE: Scrivener Dam Bridge will be closed between the National Zoo and Aquarium main entrance and the Scrivener Dam car park located on the southern side of Scrivener Dam. TIME: 9.30am to 4.00pm Friday 16 April 2010 and Tuesday 27 April 2010. REASON: critical maintenance to the sluice gates of Scrivener Dam. CITY FOOTPATH: located on the western side of West Row Park between Canberra House and London Circuit will be closed. TIME: 7.00am Saturday 10 April to 5.00pm Saturday 15 May 2010. REASON: West Row Park improvements. GUNGAHLIN GRIBBLE STREET: will be closed between Ernest Cavanagh Street and Anthony Rolfe Avenue. TIME: 7.00am Saturday 10 April to 5.00pm Friday 28 May 2010. REASON: upgrade of Gribble Street / Anthony Rolfe Avenue intersection. HOLT FOOTPATH: Luke Street (northern side) between Starke Street and Hardwick Crescent. TIME: 7.00am Saturday 10 April to 5.00pm Wednesday 22 December 2010. REASON: building construction. CITY FOOTPATH: Bunda Street at the intersection of East Row.There will be no pedestrian movements across Bunda Street on the eastern side between East Row and Mort Street. TIME: 7.00am Saturday 10 April to 5.00pm Saturday 8 May 2010. REASON: Bunda Street refurbishment. Any person wishing to comment on the above notices may contact Colin Evans on 6207 6821. Barriers, warning and diversion signs to be erected on site. Rifaat Shoukrallah Delegated Officer Roads ACT Locked Bag 2000 Civic Square ACT 2608

ACTION bus services for Easter
ACTION buses will be operating on a Sunday timetable for the Easter Monday public holiday. Saturday and Sunday will be running on normal schedules. For further information visit or call ACTION Information on 13 17 10.

Death Cap mushroom season is here again
ACT Health is reminding people to steer clear of the world’s most deadly mushroom – the Death Cap. All parts of this mushroom are poisonous, and eating just one mushroom can be fatal. With the significant risks involved, avoid picking mushrooms yourself, and purchase them from your local supermarket instead . The fully-grown Death Cap mushroom cap is silky smooth, and its colour varies from white to greenish-brown. The gills are white – unlike the pink or brown gills of the common field mushroom. The Death Cap mushrooms grow mainly near established oak trees in autumn as the weather becomes cooler. You should not eat any mushroom unless you can be certain that it’s not poisonous. Anyone who suspects that they might have eaten Death Cap mushrooms should seek urgent medical help at hospital emergency departments, or by calling the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26 (24 hours).

Codification of the Change of Use Charge
The ACT Government is currently undertaking a second round of consultation on the proposed codification of the Change of Use Charge. A report has been released for discussion with the community and is available at The consultation will remain open until 23 April 2010 and the Government welcomes submissions from the community. For further information please email

Sex industry notice
Some sex workers have been tricked or forced into sex work. Some have no choice over who they have sex with or what kind of sex work they do. They may not have access to the same health and safety services or work conditions as other sex workers. If you think this could be you or someone you know, you can help yourself and them by reporting it to the Australian Federal Police hotline 1800 813 784 or by emailing All information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Tidbinbilla Extravaganza
Enjoy a great day out in Canberra’s wilderness backyard. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve’s annual open day will be packed with activities and great entertainment. Free shuttle buses will take you to explore a range of feature sites in the park. When: Sunday 11 April 2010 (11.00am - 3.00pm) Where: Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve Visit or call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81 for more information.

Symptoms of Pandemic H1N1 influenza (swine flu)
Pandemic H1N1 influenza (swine flu) was the most common strain of influenza in Australia during 2009 and is expected to return for a second wave this year. Approximately 15 confirmed cases are currently being reported in Australia each week. The symptoms of swine flu and seasonal influenza include high temperature; cough; runny or stuffy nose; sore throat, body aches; head ache; chills; and tiredness. Some people who have had swine flu have also reported vomiting and diarrhoea. It is important to keep a close watch on people with influenza and seek medical attention immediately if you or your family member experience severe flu symptoms. People with existing chronic medical conditions such as, respiratory disease, diabetes, obesity, weakened immune systems or pregnant women, are at increased risk of serious health complications from influenza. The most effective measure in preventing influenza is vaccination. To protect yourself against swine flu, book an appointment now with your GP or call the Community Health Intake Line during business hours on 6207 9977. For seasonal flu vaccine book an appointment with your GP.

Materials Recovery Facility and Landfill Open Day
A fun, educational and inspiring activity for the school holidays! Come and see for yourself where all your household recycling and rubbish goes to in the ACT. See and learn about the other facilities available to help us reduce, reuse and recycle. Be ‘blown away’ by the visual impact of the tour and ask those tricky questions you have always wondered about. When: Tuesday 13 April 2010 (four sessions – 9.30am, 10.30am, 1.00pm and 2.00pm). Each session runs for approximately 1 hour. Where: Materials Recovery Facility, corner Monaro Highway and Mugga Lane, Hume Bookings are essential and can be made by calling Canberra Connect on 13 22 81. Limited spaces are available.

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