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REVIEW OF THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT 1997
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The Government is conducting a review of the Residential Tenancies
Act 1997 ('the Act'), which regulates residential tenancy agreements and
occupancy agreements in the ACT. A copy of the current legislation can be
downloaded from the ACT Legislation Register at
The main purpose of the review is to ensure that the legislation is operating
The terms of reference for the review, discussion papers to assist you in
preparing a submission and online survey are available at
Submissions can be sent to the Residential Tenancies Review Team at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Residential Tenancies Review Team
Legislation, Policy and Programs
ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate
GPO Box 158
CANBERRA ACT 2601.
The Review Team can be contacted by phone on (02) 62070581.
Submissions close on Friday 12 September 2014.
Submissions that are not clearly marked 'confidential' will be made public.
There will be two public forums during the consultation period, please RSVP
for catering purposes to email@example.com or
• Monday 1 September 2014 at 6pm at the Woden Southern Cross Club,
Corinna Room 2
• Friday 5 September 2014 at 12.30pm at the Community Legal Hub,
21 Barry Drive, Turner
7 - Tuesday, August 5, 2014
TRIP TO THAILAND
Canberra Institute of Technology students Amanda Sheehan, left, Lauren Stevenson and
Alison Whittle have an opportunity to work with elephants.
Photo: Mark Sawa
Students grab chance
to work with elephants
For the first time CIT students have been given
the chance to work with the world's largest land
Five final-year students of the CIT animal
technology and veterinary nursing courses have
earned a rare chance to work at an Elephant
Nature Park in Thailand.
The two-week trip to Chaing Mai this month
will allow the students to physically interact
with the animals. CIT student Amanda Sheehan
said bathing, cleaning and administering
medicine were some of the things they were
expected to do.
The elephant sanctuary is also a rehabilitation
centre for rescued elephants and other rescued
animals such as dogs.
Ms Sheehan said her experience was largely
limited to cats and dogs.
"I've never worked with really large
animals,'' she said. "And we are dealing with
animals that are wild. So it could be quite
Animal studies teacher Jackie Trotter, who
will be travelling with the students, said about
20 students applied to take part in the program.
The students get an amazing opportunity to
work with rescue animals, which is something
all our students want to do.
"We chose students who demonstrated they
could cope with the hard, physical work and
long hours," she said. "The whole experience
will be pretty rough in a way. The students will
be working from 6am to about 6pm, it will be
very hot and rainy -- but we are looking forward
Student Alison Whittle said she was not fazed
by the work or conditions.
"I'm looking forward to the whole
experience: learning, hard work and new life
experiences. I feel so lucky and privileged to be
going," Ms Whittle said.
Although student Lauren Stevenson has
experience working with horses, dealing with
elephants was a different matter.
"The sheer size of the animals is a little bit
daunting,'' she said.
The program will form part of the students'
assessment as an industry placement. The
chance to work with the elephants has been
made possible with funding from the federal
Department of Education's VET Outbound
Mobility 2014 program.
WESTON GROUP CENTRE
Draft plan supported, with reservations
Mixed feelings about the future of the Weston
Group centre have emerged in response to the
long-awaited draft master plan with parking,
building heights, diversity and safety among the
Planning and Development representatives
speaking at Weston Creek Community
Council's July meeting said most of the
feedback supported the draft master plan.
However, there were a range of concerns
The main worries raised to date related to car
parking, accessibility, the frequency of bus
services and travel times, the variety of
community services on offer and traffic safety
on Liardet Street and Macnally Street.
Building heights have sparked mixed
feedback with most concerns stemming from
Meanwhile, residents living south of
Parkinson Street have raised concerns about
noise and disruption if the community centre is
shifted closer to their homes.
About 350 residents have voiced their
opinions at drop-in sessions at Cooleman Court
as part of the consultation. Another 57 residents
have submitted feedback forms, while five
stakeholders have completed full submissions.
Community consultation closes on August
10. The final master plan and draft precinct code
are expected to be finalised by the end of the
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