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Top pastry skills come to Bungendore

Top pastry skills come to Bungendore from Manila via Jeddah and Braidwood by Maria Taylor It took Nerson Cuevas on an interesting journey to get himself and family to a business in Bungendore from his home country of the Philippines, via Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Braidwood. But now the master pastry chef is

Young refugees and migrants: thinking outside the square

Farz Edraki sits down with ANU research fellow, Dr. Sean Perera Imagine if instead of spinning the same “stop-the-boats” message, the government focused on ways new arrivals can contribute to Australian society? That’s precisely what Sean Perera, Research Fellow at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at the

Jenny Bowker – Quilt artist & people person

By Stephanie L Anderson Having spent 15 years living in the Middle East, Canberran Jenny Bowker [pictured below] has experienced things many of us will never know. Her memories of Syria, Jerusalem, Egypt and Jordan are expressed through her artwork. Originally trained as a painter at the ANU Bowker later turned

One hundred years of community nursing

by Shirley Sutton At the beginning of 1911, Canberra, the national capital, was on its way in a modest, yet determined fashion. The federal parliament had decided that the Yass-Canberra site would be the capital’s home. Surveyor Charles Scrivener and his team had completed the job of identifying the borders of

Local hero Ally Durr treks for her friend

Ally Durr may rightly be claimed as a regional ‘hero’ as well as a local one. The Carwoola schoolgirl who attends Karabar High scooped up the honour of Queanbeyan ‘Young Australian of the Year’ in January. Karen Lovatt tells us why. Picture this: a 16-year-old girl, on a trail across mountains,

Off to Europe for promising Bungendore cyclist

by Karen Lovatt It began as Mitch Lovelock-Fay’s biggest weakness in triathlons. Now, it’s taken him to Europe for a new career phase. “I started as a triathlete,” Lovelock-Fay said. “I was told I needed to work on my bike segment a bit more, and then it just went from there.” “It” turned

The nobel art of winemaking

by Peter Davies Our district is home to a very talented scientist and winemaker – Nobel Prize winner Professor Brian Schmidt. The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics was recently awarded to Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt, and Adam Riess for the 1998 discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of

An animated career: from Queanbeyan to Cannes

by Nichole Smith She may stand at only 30cm tall, but Tegan the vegan has generated widespread appreciation for the talents of her creator, local film-maker Marisa Martin. Tegan is a polymer clay puppet and the star of Tegan the Vegan, a 13-minute film in the style of the clay animation antics