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that suit current Mocca clients? Is that an additional childcare centre? Does that mean the tennis courts can stay with Telopea Park School?

If the Services Club is built on the Mocca site apparently with the assistance of Defence Housing, how will that impact on current traffic and parking pressures at Manuka? Has the Manuka business community been consulted, and exactly what is happening on the old Services Club site? Has a hotel development been given the nod? Some locals suggest one has. What will that do to parking pressures on even mid-size crowds at Manuka Oval? What discussions has the government had with the community over the Manuka Oval master plan that may or may not necessitate further resumption of Manuka Oval, another rumour doing the rounds in the absence of genuine and open dialogue with the community?

When you realise that all of this is occurring in the Chief Minister’s own electorate, you have to question the government’s interest in and concern for what the community thinks. Is this complacency arising from being too long in government? I think it is, and so do increasing numbers of Molonglo residents. The respective school and childcare communities know they have right and fairness on their side, and they will not give up. Nor will the Canberra Liberals waiver in our support for them getting a fair go.

Radio Print Handicapped

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (4.34): On 20 June I had the pleasure of joining the volunteers, members and supporters of Canberra’s Radio Print Handicapped in celebrating 30 years of the service broadcasting to our community. Radio 1RPH “turns print into sound”. The service gives print handicapped people access to newspapers, books and other printed material, read as it was written over the radio. Print handicapped people include, amongst others, those who are blind or vision impaired, those severely affected by arthritis, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis or dyslexia, and those from a non-English-speaking background who understand English but cannot read it.

1RPH has estimated that about 10 per cent of people in the Canberra region are print handicapped. Everybody wants to stay connected—connected with their community, connected with what is happening around them. The way in which we meet that need may differ from person to person, but for so many people it means picking up the daily paper or a magazine. That is why the work of Radio 1RPH is so valuable—it keeps people in our community in the loop, people who might otherwise struggle to get news and information independently.

Listeners can hear the original stories and opinion pieces as they were written by print journalists and other writers. These read pieces can have different angles and greater depth than similar topics covered by radio journalists, for example. For 30 years listeners have been able to access the local, national and international news of the day whilst also being kept abreast of other stories and information about their community. 1RPH delivers over 28 hours of live newspaper readings every week. But it also broadcasts regular book readings, including children’s books, and a range of special theme programs. The station also broadcasts information about services of interest to the print handicapped, such as those provided by organisations for the vision impaired.

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