Home' Queanbeyan Chronicle : Q Chronicle 27-01-2015 Contents Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10
AUSTRALIA DAY HONOURS
SES volunteers appreciate recognition
Queanbeyan young citizens of the year Brent Hunter and Andrew Daniels, both 22, with Queanbeyan citizen
of the year Andrew Darman (centre) celebrate their accolades.
Photo: Kimberley Granger
Four men from the State Emergency
Service in Queanbeyan were awarded
Australia Day honours in a ceremony
at Queanbeyan Park for their volunteer
work with the unit.
Citizen of the year was jointly
awarded to Andrew Darman and Alan
Jones, while Brent Hunter and Andrew
Daniels took out young citizen of the
The men all agreed the awards were
unexpected but said it was nice to be
recognised for the work they do for the
Mr Darman, who has volunteered
with the Queanbeyan unit for 40 years,
said it was a pleasure to help the public
in times of need.
"Normally when we re called upon,
people have got no idea what to do --
in storms or fires -- and they re a bit
panicky," he said.
"It s good the organisation is around
because it helps out the community,
and the community is appreciative of
the organisation at the end of the day."
Mr Hunter, 22, has been with the
service for six years.
He is operations manager for the
unit and last year he was awarded the
NSW SES young volunteer of the year.
"[The recognition] is not something
I expect or ask for, but it is always
good to be nominated, Mr Hunter
It really shows that people watch
and appreciate what we do.
Other award winners included the
Pink Party for event of the year and
Queanbeyan Hospital Auxiliary for
service group of the year.
Two special awards were presented
to the Charity Book Fair and Father
Kevin Flynn for outstanding service to
COUNCIL WILL OPEN UP
ITS ASBESTOS REGISTER
Potential buyers of Queanbeyan
properties can apply to find out if a
home contains Mr Fluffy asbestos
insulation after council announced it
would make its register of affected
The Heads of Asbestos Co-
ordination Authorities is providing
free ceiling insulation tests on homes
across NSW to determine the full
extent of the toxic legacy.
Nearly 800 Queanbeyan homes
have registered for testing -- 112 tests
have been carried out but all have
come back negative to asbestos.
SUBMISSIONS DUE ON
ELLERTON DRIVE PROJECT
Have you had your say on the Ellerton
Drive extension project? The final
community consultation sessions will
be held on Thursday at 5pm at the
Jerrabomberra community centre and
on Tuesday, February 3, at 5.30pm at
the RB Smith community centre on
Crawford Street. Submissions are due
by February 9 at 4.30pm.
For more information, email
phone 6285 6111.
BACK TO CLASS
Rachel Howden with her boys,
kindergarten student Alex, 3, and
year 1 student Toby, 6, on their first
day at the new Anglican School in
Googong. Photo: Matt Bedford
School, students celebrate day of firsts
Crisp new uniforms, polished black
shoes and a tight clasp on mum s hand
were all comparable features for
students attending their first day back
But for about 60 students, aged four
to eight-years-old, they were not the
only ones starting out.
The doors of the new Anglican
School Googong were cast open on
Tuesday for new starters on its
inaugural first day.
The students, along with their
teachers and principal Ian Hewitt,
checked out classrooms they will get
to know well over the next year.
Mr Hewitt said the feeling was
surreal -- after much planning and
preparation the school community was
finally ready to welcome its students.
"It s amazing to see the reactions on
parents faces when they walk into
school with their children -- it s not like
a school, it is wonderful," he said.
"It s bright, colourful, open and
It feels like a place that you want
to be in."
Mr Hewitt said apprehension was
the overwhelming emotion for young
students on their first days.
He said it was soon inched out by
the excitement of meeting new friends
and learning new things.
The Anglican School Googong was
pitted as becoming "a stellar
institution ... underpinned by
innovative teaching practice and
excellence in academic achievement"
according to its website.
The school is set to expand year on
The first year 7 group will start in
2018 and the first year 12 class will
graduate in 2023.
Mr Hewitt said he was thrilled to see
the new building finally filled with
"[I m most looking forward to]
actually having children in the school,
seeing children back in the classroom
and willing to learn," he said.
DELAYED AMID MOVE
The opening of a new youth mental
health centre has been delayed and the
service will be relocated.
Queanbeyan headspace, designed
for youth going through a tough time,
was due to open this month but it has
been pushed back to March.
The venue, slated to open on the
upper level of the GP Super Clinic
near Aldi, will now open on the corner
of Monaro and Crawford streets,
behind the Westpac Bank branch.
UPGRADE IN STORE FOR
OVAL, RADIO STATION
Campese Oval and QBN-FM are set to
share in $72,000 worth of government
funding to upgrade facilities.
Queanbeyan Rugby will use
$37,000 to upgrade irrigation at
Campese oval while QBN-FM will put
$35,000 towards a studio revamp
which will include sound-proofing and
The money was allocated as part of
the NSW government s community
building partnerships program.
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