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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Strong attendance for Anzac services

An estimated crowd of 35,000 visitors gathered at the Australian War Memorial for the 2019 Anzac Day Dawn Service on Thursday 25 April.

Memorial Director Dr Brendan Nelson said the figures show “the enduring connection so many people have to Anzac Day and what it represents for our servicemen and servicewomen – and indeed for all Australians”.

An estimated 10,000 people also attended the National Ceremony and veterans’ march.

2020 enrolments open

ACT public schools are now taking enrolments for the 2019 school year.

Every child from Kindergarten to Year 12 is guaranteed as place at their local public school. ACT Education Minister Yvette Berry said there had been a growth in enrolments, which would now mean some schools no longer have space for “general out of area” students, while some will. All schools will consider “exceptional cases” related to student wellbeing.

More than 49,000 children in the ACT attend one of the 88 public schools.

For more information, visit education.act.gov.au

Women with cents

Small business owner and mother of two, Natasha Janssens is on a mission to shift the way women think about money.

Founder of Women with Cents, Canberra local Ms Janssens has written Wonder Woman’s Guide to Money to encourage women to prioritise their money management.

She says it is especially important as a recent UBS study found that millennial women – more than any other generation – are leaving investing and financial planning decisions to their husbands and partners; a decision that can leave many women in very vulnerable positions when things don’t go according to plan.

Ms Janssens will launch her book at Dymocks Canberra on Saturday 4 May at 11am where women will be invited to have their money questions answered.

New ambulances hit the road

Twelve new state-of-the-art ambulances have joined the ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS) fleet, with the design influenced by feedback from paramedics.

This includes: maximising the working area inside the vehicles to improve patient care and paramedic safety; an ergonomic powered chair, which allows easier movement and greater safety for paramedics while caring for a patient; and an electric step, which also automatically activates when the vehicle door opens and closes, providing safer movement in and out of the ambulance.

The new ambulances are in addition to ACTAS fleet upgrades, which include fitting ambulances with electric stretchers, power loaders and new defibrillators.

Lane leaving ACT ESA role

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) is on the hunt for a new Commissioner following the announcement that Dom Lane is to depart the role after six and a half years of service.

Mr Lane is taking up a position as the Chief Executive of the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission.

The ACT Government said an acting Commissioner will be appointed until a recruitment process takes place to ensure continuity and aid the transition of a new permanent Commissioner.

Chief Engineer appointed

The ACT Government has appointed Adrian Piani as Chief Engineer. The role will support the ACT Government’s efforts to implement its $2.8 billion infrastructure pipeline.

The appointment is a joint role of Chief Engineer and Executive Group Manager Infrastructure, Finance and Capital Works.

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