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Celebrating a piece of country in city
MINDERS OF THE TUGGERANONG HOMESTEAD
Minders of Tuggeranong Homestead's Jennifer Horsfield.
Photo: Emma Kelly
A small group of volunteers are
celebrating 21 years of protecting and
enhancing a historic homestead
nestled in the heart of Tuggeranong --
a job that requires a regular dose of
elbow grease and the odd cup of tea.
Jennifer Horsfield joined Minders
of the Tuggeranong Homestead about
15 years ago and now leads the group,
which was originally formed by a
cluster of local residents concerned
about a potential subdivision of the
Two decades later heritage
protections shelter the site, but the
group s dedication to preserving and
enhancing a "country oasis in the
middle of suburban development"
hasn t waned.
The minders are now fighting for a
portion of the $85 million in federal
funding to revive waterways across the
ACT to establish wetlands along the
now dry Tuggeranong Creek, which
weaves through the site.
Wetlands would improve
biodiversity on the property and help
filter and clean the water that goes
down into Lake Tuggeranong," Mrs
The original water course is a
common thread from the indigenous
Australians who gathered at the site
during early European settlement until
construction of the homestead.
Mrs Horsfield is particularly
interested in World War I
correspondent Charles Bean s
connection to the homestead, where he
wrote much of his official war history
before moving to Sydney.
"I had lived in England where
historic homes and the people who
lived in them have a much greater
profile. I thought this farm, this
property, needed to be looked after,
Mrs Horsfield said.
Minding the homestead has
combined Mrs Horsfield s love of
gardening with her many writings
about the property s history.
Officially a land care group,
volunteers undertake regular plantings
and gardening bees. The group has
also guest speakers and hosts
occasional afternoon teas.
"It would be lovely to have some
more people who were happy to get
their hands dirty and get involved.
FRED HOLLOWS SCHOOLS
AWARDS ARE NOW OPEN
Nomination are open for the ACT
Fred Hollows Schools Awards to
recognise inspiring young people in
years 3 to 6. Minister for Education
and Training Joy Burch said the
awards recognised students who
demonstrated good citizenship,
compassion and community service.
The foundation s co-founder, Gabi
Hollows, said Fred would have been
proud that the foundation had inspired
young students to dream big and help
others. Nominations close on August
22, 2014. For more information, or to
nominate a student, visit
MERICI STUDENTS PAY
RESPECTS TO VICTIMS
Students and staff of Merici College
recently held a memorial for the
passengers of Malaysian Airlines
flight MH17, which was blown out of
the sky killing 298 people. The girls
planted 36 trees in the grounds of
Merici College to represent the 36
Australians who died in the attack
over the Ukraine. The plants will
form a hedge as a symbol of growth,
protection and love. The plants will
grow side by side just as the victims
GIANT GAME OF AFL
AT MANUKA OVAL
The Giants take on North Melbourne
in Round 20 of the Australian
Football League at Manuka Oval on
Saturday, August 9. Both teams know
the oval but the Giants have attracted
a strong following and will want to
reward their Canberra fans with a
win. The bounce takes place at
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