Page 4728 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 19 October 2011

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… the lack of after-school care options for disabled teenagers, where they receive extra learning and social opportunities, was “a major system failure”.

Her opinion is shared by numerous families in similar circumstances. Diana Nasr is a single mother with two disabled children. A few years ago her caring role became too much and, consequently, she gave up work. She, like Mrs Aygemang, is frustrated that the older her children get the less likely they are to get into specialty services. Carers such as Ms Aygemang and Ms Nasr are being celebrated nationally this week.

We need to recognise that without the dedication and support of Australia’s unpaid carers and the support they provide to family and friends who are frail, have a disability, an illness or chronic condition, many Australians would not be able to continue living at home or participate in the community.

This week is an opportunity to acknowledge the enormous contribution and dedication that carers throughout Australia make to the quality of life for so many of their loved ones.

Mount Rogers Explorer Day

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.40): On Sunday, 25 September I was pleased to attend and participate in the Mount Rogers Explorers Day. The Mount Rogers Explorer Day was developed as an information day for residents who live in the area surrounding Mount Rogers to draw attention to the benefits of having such a wonderful asset in their backyard. The Mount Rogers Landcare group, under the guidance of coordinator Rosemary Blemings, organised displays and giveaways on the day. The event was well attended, with up to 60 people attending at some stage throughout the day.

Ginninderra Catchment Group provided a barbecue lunch and information about other Landcare groups within the catchment, while Mount Rogers Landcare group organised a guided walk and provided games, including a horseshoe toss and an egg and spoon race.

The Mount Rogers Landcare Group undertakes activities to improve the biodiversity of the Mount Rogers reserve. Its activities involve weed management, planting native vegetation, erosion control and community awareness and education. Working bees take place twice each month. Since 1999, the group has contributed $100 worth of plants as a lucky door prize and is always keen to encourage participation and new membership.

The Ginninderra Catchment Group is an incorporated umbrella group of community volunteers working in the water catchment of the Ginninderra. There are a number of separate Landcare groups operating under the GCG, operating across the catchment, including the Dunlop Environment Volunteers, Friends of Aranda Bushland, Friends of Mount Painter, Macgregor Landcare Group, Mount Rogers Landcare Group, North Belconnen Landcare Group, Umbagong Landcare Group, Friends of the Pinnacle, Giralang Pond Landcare Group and Holt Community Parkcarers.

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