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Calls to reduce election waste

The ACT Greens have called on all ACT political parties to reduce the use of “wasteful single-use” items during election campaigns.

Greens spokesperson for the environment Shane Rattenbury said many MLAs are committed to doing all they can to reduce single-use items in the community.

“There’s an opportunity here for all Members to reaffirm this commitment by limiting the use of single-use promotional material in our collective election efforts.”

The ACT Greens say they are committed to reducing waste, by recycling and repurposing items such as signs and do not use balloons in their election campaign efforts.

Women in trades grants

The ACT Government’s Women in Trades Grants Program has opened for round two applications, encouraging women in the ACT to take up a ‘traditional trade’.

Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Meegan Fitzharris said the program aims to support women who want to enter traditional trade industries but don’t know where to start.

Minister Fitzharris said these grants “provide women the opportunity to learn a traditional trade. Having more women in industry can be really beneficial to local employers, which many are starting to realise.

“I heard some really great stories from women who got involved in a trade through the grants program, and are now well on their way to a fulfilling career here in Canberra on a worksite or as a tradesperson.”

The ACT Government launched round one of the program in March this year, which has resulted in three projects that engaged up to 70 female participants in pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships.

For more information about round two of the grants program, visit cmd.act.gov.au. Grant applications close 20 December. 

Emily’s List event

Labor women have represented the seat of Canberra and Namadgi for almost 40 years. What’s changed in politics and Parliament in that time? What’s stayed the same?

Join Ros Kelly, Annette Ellis and Gai Brodtmann for an evening of conversation moderated by the Labor candidate for Canberra, Alicia Payne on Tuesday 13 November 6pm at the National Press Club, Barton. This historic event will bring these women together for the first time ever.

All funds raised will be donated to Emily’s List to contribute to Labor women candidates in the Federal election.

Tickets: $30-$60. RSVP essential; book online at trybooking.com/YUYO

Cook celebrates

On Saturday 10 November, residents of Cook will celebrate at the first ever ‘Celebrate Cook’ event.

Hosted by family business The Cook Grocer, the event will be a ‘joint birthday party’, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the gazetting of the suburb of Cook and the grocer’s 15th year at the Cook shops. Residents are invited to gather for food, entertainment, stalls and birthday cake.

Entry to the celebration is by gold coin donation to the Ricky Stuart Foundation’s Emma Ruby House, located nearby to the Cook shops.

Celebrate Cook will be held on Saturday 10 November 2-7pm at the Cook shops.

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