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GROUP GROWS TO NATIONAL PROMINENCE
Healthy walkers follow in founder's footsteps
Queanbeyan Health Walking Group founder Geoffrey Schmidt receives
a Monaro Service Award for encouraging others to exercise.
Queanbeyan Health Walking Group
founder Geoffrey Schmidt received a
Monaro Service Award for his tireless
work promoting healthy lifestyles in the
Starting with only a handful of
regular members in 2006 when the
group he began, it now has close to 200
members, making it the largest Heart
Foundation Walking Group in NSW and
the fourth largest in Australia.
One of 32 volunteers to receive an
award of this kind this year, Mr
Schmidt, 71, said he was surprised to be
"Really it s an award for the group,"
he said. For many of us it s a great
social outlet and a way to mix while also
getting some low-impact exercise.
Members, ranging in age from 30 to
80-plus gather at the Riverside Plaza
every Thursday morning and walk a
variety of routes ranging in difficulty.
Monaro MP John Barilaro said Mr
Schmidt was one of the many individu-
als who quietly made a difference in the
"There are many unlauded, unrecog-
nised individuals like Geoffrey, said Mr
"These people go above and beyond
the definition of their role with little
recognition to make the community they
live in a better place."
ELLERTON DRIVE ON DRAWING BOARD
Cyclists demand safety first in new road design
Sean Clutterbuck with
children Eric, 2, Tara, 4, and
Flynn, 6, and fellow
Queanbeyan cyclist Edward
Hood at the intersection of
Edwin Land Parkway and Old
Picture: GEORGINA CONNERY
Cyclists are intensifying
pressure on all levels of
government to commit to
building safe crossings for
riders and pedestrians as part of
the roadway plans for the
Ellerton Drive Extension.
Queanbeyan Bicycle User
Group leader Sean Clutterbuck
wrote to Leader of the National
Party MP Warren Truss after the
announcement of $50 million in
combined NSW and Federal
government funding for the
The letter called for a
commitment to provide graded
underpasses or overpasses, to
ensure riders and pedestrians
from surrounding suburbs can
use the road without engaging
with what has been predicted to
be a busy road corridor with
"We really think it s a great
idea to be removing the heavy
through-traffic from the
Queanbeyan CBD but it s just a
bit of shame that it s going to be
redirected through another town
centre," he said.
"We would hate to see the
building of a new road and then
a tragic accident that could have
been avoided by design early
The current proposals
indicate road shoulders will be
used for on-road cycling and an
off-road path will be built to run
alongside the 80km/h stretch.
Sports cyclist Edward Hood
commutes from Queanbeyan
East to Canberra every day and
said accommodating access and
ensuring there were crossings
for active transport users was
"Overpasses and underpasses
are common in the ACT so I
don t see why Queanbeyan
can t do the same," he said.
"They mean no waiting or
engagement with traffic so there
are efficiencies both ways."
is built by
Member for Eden-Monaro
One of the real joys of being the
Member for Eden-Monaro is you get
to meet with some quite amazing
people from all walks of life who are
making a major contribution to our
A prime example was a meeting I
had with the Queanbeyan Children s
Special Needs Group, which I
visited in May this year.
Chief executive Ken Roberts has
ably led a truly dedicated team
providing care and teaching for
Queanbeyan and district children.
Ken is now retiring from that
position, and I wish to publicly
thank him for his service.
The group offers early
intervention for 45 children under
school age through home visits and
playgroups, support in preschools,
assistance with transition to schools,
a small toy library, a learn-to-swim
program, speech therapy and wide-
ranging parent support.
It was inspiring to meet the hard-
working staff who have to confront
They are special people helping
It is a visit to an organisation like
this Special Needs Group that
reminds you just how lucky we are
to have people of this calibre
helping our children to take on
challenges and build their skills and
confidence. We are all the richer for
Peter Hendy is the federal
Member for Eden-Monaro, and
his website is
Artists given respite in clever solution
ART AND ENTERTAINMENT
Former Texan, Jessica Markham, with her
son, Austin, amid 4th of July celebrations at
Picture: ELESA KURTZ
A temporary solution for artists forced to leave
the Artists Shed has been provided by the
Queanbeyan Special Needs Group.
Artists will have a short-term space at the
former Men s Shed site, adjacent to Benedict
House, until Queanbeyan Special Needs Group
has it redeveloped.
"We are happy to be able to contribute to a
short-term solution for these artists," Quean-
beyan Children s Special Needs Group chief
executive Caitlin Buxton said.
She said the space would provide temporary
accommodation for three to four months, before
The alliance is supported by the Markham
family, who has recently taken up the running of
They will repurpose the external kitchen
backing onto the site and lease three studio
spaces. They ve also offered to host concerts
and exhibitions on the ground floor Rose room
at Benedict House.
Rory Markham has provided legal advice and
helped the artists to incorporate.
He said this interim solution has given artists
the ability to keep creating and stay in the
community as the search continues to find more
permanent accommodation in the local area.
While a new era began on Saturday as artists
moved in, Jessica Markham put her own stamp
on things by hosting a Texan-style feast on the
Friday night to celebrate July 4 - Independence
Day in the US. Glad to have little hands helping
her with the preparations, Mrs Markham said
preparing everything together with her 3-year-
old son, Austin, was a moment she d remember
in years to come. "Austin has made some of the
garland in the room, and helped in his own
way," she said. "We couldn t have done it
without the help of our staff. It is very exciting
and will be great memories."
More than 40 guests took part, enjoying juicy
watermelon salads, beef sliders, traditional
apple pie and cinnamon ice cream, all washed
down with Coke floats.
She incorporated a twist to the traditional 4th
of July fare by adding chilli and corn bread to
warm things up .
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