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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 16th 2009
MB INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 16, 2009 9 www.innerwestcourier.com.au NEWS Aussie cyclists streets behind Fiona Brady Elaena Gardner is going overseas to study city-based bicycle advocacy organisations. Picture: SIMON CHILLINGWORTH ~PP297066 SYDNEY'S bicycle user groups groups aren't always well-oiled machines, admits Bike Sydney president Elaena Gardner. ''The BUGs are all pretty much run by volunteers, so whatever the skills of those volunteers are tends to drive what happens for those groups,'' she said. The Summer Hill resident be- lieves Australian BUGs could learn a lot from cycling organis- ations overseas. Now, thanks to a fellowship of about $25,000 from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Ms Gardner will be able to help them do that. The fellowship will enable her to travel abroad to study success- ful cycling advocacy groups, meet experts and bring her find- ings back home. But rather than head to Amsterdam or Copenhagen, as you might expect, she's going to cities in Britain, Canada and the US. ''In terms of what the bicycle advocacy groups in Amsterdam or Copenhagen are doing right now, they are streets and streets ahead of us,'' she said. ''I'm really interested in look- ing at those cities where there's a similar road-use culture to what we have in Australia and they're getting great stuff happening.'' The ''great stuff'' includes highly developed campaigns, pro- fessional structures and innovative funding models. She is particularly looking for- ward to going to Washington DC to observe two organisations that specialise in developing their members' professional skills, such as lobbying, writing skills and web development. ''Ideally, I really hope that when I come back I'll have some idea about how we might set up a group that will help with the on- going professional development of advocates, whether that's just in bikes or across the whole environmental sphere,'' she said. ''Just to make sure we are doing the best job we possibly can.'' Churchill Fellowships Katherine Alexander (Summer Hill): To study contemporary challenges faced by professionals working in child protection in the UK, Norway and the USA. Dr Cristina Bornhofen (Ashfield): To visit centres of excellence in brain injury rehabilitation in the US and UK. Quicknews CCTV DATABASE NSW Police have recently launched the VIEW program which stores CCTV information on a secure database that police can access 24-hours a day. This has already helped solve crimes and proved useful in court when used as evidence. Police are encouraging anyone with a CCTV system in or outside their business to sign up to the program. Details: www.police. nsw.gov.au/cctv---register CHILDCARE, ENROL NOW Community Services Minister Linda Burney wants parents looking for an early childcare institution for their child to enrol now to avoid missing out on a place. She said the programs helped children cope with the move to primary school and keep up with their peers, but that they are filling up fast. Details: www.community. nsw.gov.au BUSINESS SKILLS SEMINAR LOCAL businesses are invited to attend a seminar outlining the keys to achieving financial independence for yourself and your business.The event aims to keep you informed about current issues. The seminar is free to businesses located in the Canada Bay Council area and will be held on Wednesday, July 29, from 7-9pm at Concord Library. Bookings are essential. Call 9911 6524 or email firstname.lastname@example.org IGA COMMUNITY CHEST NOMINATIONS close on Friday for the IGA Community Chest Unsung Heroes Awards. Unsung heroes are people who visit nursing homes, coach local footy teams and volunteer as firefighters. To nominate, visit www.iga.com.au Shedding light on how to save you money Energy-efficient money-saver Vergola is the well-designed, energy-efficient, outdoor roofing system that saves you money by protecting your home from sunlight in summer and capturing it during the cooler months. The Vergola Operable Louvre Roof provides more versatility and functionality to your home by creating a comfortable space that's to be enjoyed all-year-round. To see how the Vergola system could benefit your home, call 1800 802 955 or visit www.vergolansw.com.au CALL 1800 802 955 www.vergolansw.com.au
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