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his unique combination ensures a realistic costing of your
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would only cost 30K and your price is 50K --- why? he answer
is easy! Designers are rarely involved in costing or building
ABC Constructions offers not only exceptional visualisation
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• An appraisal of your existing home and possible siting
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• Fully itemised pricing
• Fixed price contract and specifications
• Comprehensive wor schedule, showing you when
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Pair celebrate life of love and adventure
Glenda and JohnMapleson still hand in hand after 50 years.
Glenda and JohnMapleson on
their wedding day, November 28,
Within a year of meeting John
Mapleson in 1964, Glenda Cooke
agreed to become his wife.
The couple will celebrate their 50th
wedding anniversary at a party
surrounded by family and friends in
Canberra on November 28.
Both born in Geelong, John and
Glenda met through friends while in
John, 74, said it was good luck he
was stood up by his date and instead
met the love of his life.
"Glenda was in Melbourne training
to be a nurse and I met her through her
brother Barry who I used to play
football with," John said. "We're both
mad Geelong Cats fans and still love
watching sports together."
The two were married at St
George's Presbyterian Church in
Geelong and shortly after moved to
Canberra with their two young
John's work with the Department of
Foreign Affairs meant the family spent
several periods abroad in Thailand,
Singapore, England and America.
Glenda said making a promise to
have plenty of adventures together was
one that had served them well.
The pair share a passion for travel as
well as a dedication to more than a
decade's work for Meals on Wheels.
"He is a man with many good
qualities and not many bad ones,"
Glenda said. "And he is always full of
They agreed the key to a successful
relationship was to forgive and forget,
accept each other's weaknesses and
cherishing the strengths.
"He can't cook," Glenda said. "But
I love cooking so that's always
worked. I look after inside and he
looks after the outside the house."
The couple, who usually travel
together to mark their anniversary, has
decided this year to celebrate with
"John has bought a beautiful ring
for me," Glenda said. "He is getting a
replacement set of golf clubs."
Member for Canberra
Did you know only 42 per cent of
18-29 year old Australians believe
democracy is preferable to any other
kind of government? And 400,000
19-24 year olds didn't enrol to vote in
the 2013 Federal election?
Since I've been elected, I've become
increasingly concerned about the level
of disengagement of young
Australians in politics and the
You cannot realise change without
being engaged. You cannot improve
lives without being engaged. You
cannot make a difference without
And you can't complain if you
aren't prepared to have your say.
So, rather than speculating on the
reasons why, last week I sought the
views of young Canberrans in a pilot
youth forum at St Mary MacKillop
Eight enthusiastic Year 11 and 12 St
Mary MacKillop, Daramalan and
Narrabundah College students took
part in the pilot, where they discussed
a range of issues including "On their
best day our politicians are ..." and
"On its best day our parliament is ..."
The pilot was all about listening to the
students and the discussion was
considered, passionate and
The students highlighted the need
for education in schools on politics,
democracy and government. Sure,
most schools study civics, but this was
seen as too early in a student's
development and lacking practical
application. So should civics be
incorporated into the senior
curriculum, and teach students how to
enrol to vote and the responsibility that
comes with it? Most importantly, the
value of our precious democracy?
Given the success of the pilot -- and
thank you to the principals, educators,
staff and students who made it possible
-- I will conduct more youth forums
across Canberra schools in 2015.
It's vitally important young
Australians are engaged in our
democratic process, so they can shape
our nation into a place they are proud
to call home.
EUROPEAN WASP ALERT
Danger of major aggressive swarms worries officials
The number of European wasps taking
over in Canberra's gardens and homes
are at historic highs, Territory and
Municipal Services is warning.
TAMS program manager Julie
Garbode warned if left uncontrolled,
queen wasps' nests can get as big as
a basketball with up to 5000 worker
wasps'' and if disturbed, the wasps
would attack in swarms and sting
The wasps produce a potent alarm
pheromone that acts as a recruitment
signal for the wasps within the nest,''
she said. [They] will vigorously
defend their home.''
Ms Garbode said the large queens
had recently come out of months of
hibernation and were conducting their
ACT house invasions in search of
She said they had imposing yellow
and black livery'', were up to 25mm in
length and had a formidable sting''.
Ultimately each queen wasp
represents a potential nest.
Last year in Canberra, nearly
60 per cent of all reported European
wasp nests were built inside house
structures such as cavity walls and
roof spaces, with the remainder built
Ms Garbode said her mother-in-
law's house had been the target of an
attack, after they discovered a nest
while doing some minor renovations
on the property.
A cloud of wasps developed and
they had to get the pest control in.''
She advised those attacked to apply
an icepack to the site of the sting to
reduce pain and swelling. If they
experience any difficulties breathing,
this indicates a severe allergic reaction
and emergency attention must be
Residents with infested homes are
strongly advised to engage a qualified
pest controller and can contact the
European Wasp Hotline on 6162 1914
for free advice, or visit the TAMS
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