Family violence support


The ACT Government has made changes to the Safer Families Grants program to allow easier access to grants for people who have experienced domestic and family violence.

Grants up to $2,000 are available to assist people who have experienced or are experiencing violence to rebuild their lives. Total funding of $409,000 was committed over four years in the 2018-19 budget.

Under the changes, a person no longer has to apply for a rental bond loan to be eligible, and the range of assistance that a person can apply for has expanded to include legal costs, pet care, mortgage and rental payments and other costs associated with establishing or sustaining a family home.

The revisions also expand referral pathways to include private, community, government, social and health and justice sector agencies that work with people to address the impact of family violence, as well as the Domestic Violence Crisis Service.

For more information about the Safer Families Grants program, visit

CGGS appoints new principal

Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) has announced the appointment of a new school principal.

Anna Owen, currently the Deputy Principal of Brisbane Girls Grammar School, will begin her new role at the commencement of the 2019 school year. She has previously held senior positions at a number of other schools.

Ms Owen says she is “honoured” to be appointed as the 15th principal of CGGS.

“I am a strong believer in girls’ education and look forward to leading a century-old community that is actively working to create a world where anything is possible for young women.”

Chair of the CGGS Board Belinda Moss said Ms Owen is an “inspiring contemporary educator”.

“Her breadth of experience, energy and passion for empowering young women make her an ideal fit to lead Canberra Girls Grammar School.”

Who is the ‘Seafood King’?

Queanbeyan will crown its ‘Seafood King’ on 26 November, as NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro squares off against chef at the local Walsh’s Hotel, Michael Bagley.

The pair has met before, in 2014, when Mr Bagley’s lasagne was voted the favourite over Mr Barilaro’s.

“I’ve got years of family tradition behind my seafood recipes, so I am looking forward to showing Mick a thing or two about real cooking,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Being the underdog gives me the advantage and I’m looking forward to beating Mick in the kitchen.”

Mr Bagley, who has run Michael’s restaurant at Walsh’s Hotel for over 10 years, says his seafood skills are “second to none”.

“If I can beat him with my lasagne prowess, I can beat him with my seafood skills. I’m looking forward to winning the Queanbeyan cooking king title for a second time.”

Mr Barilaro and Mr Bagley will be required to prepare seafood dishes for a blind tasting by a judging panel of ‘local icons’.

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