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Sustainable House Day 2017

18 SeptemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

On Sunday 17 September just over 130 'sustainable' enthusiasts visted The Link to join in the national iniative, Sustainable House Day. Thank you to all of our experts who helped to answer the many questions on energy, building, design and ways to live more sustainably.

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Intergenerational living, lives here

11 SeptemberBy Hoa Luu

The latest buzz word to hit the housing market is around ‘intergenerational living’. The aptly named term describes a growing trend amongst families the world over to shy away from buying a traditional family home, in preference for something a little more enduring – something that will stand the test of time from a practical perspective, when and if, their children flee the nest – that’s right, ‘if’.

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Former SPARK: Marvellous Sigudu

6 SeptemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

From South Africa originally, Marvellous Sigudu came to Australia as a teenager in 2012. Four years later, he was completing year 12 at Hawker College and looking for something to do next.

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Craft your art - poetry, visual arts and music

Sunday 10 September 2017

Have you ever wondered whether you could be an artist? Our latest ‘Crafternoons’ offering will give you the opportunity to try! Explore your own creativity and discover whether you’re a lover of poetry, visual arts, music or all of the above.

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Former SPARK: Rebeka Auva’a

17 AugustBy Emma Sckrabei

Before she found SPARK, Rebeka Auva’a was a housekeeper. While it wasn’t exactly her dream job, she got by, until she suffered an injury at work that forced her to find an alternative occupation.

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Let’s get crafty!

10 AugustBy Susan Davis

Ever wanted to make a macramé plant hanger but didn’t know how? What about honing your photography skills or developing an appreciation for poetry, visual arts or music? Thanks to the ‘Crafternoons’ initiative, part of Ginninderry’s CREATE Arts and Cultural Program, now’s your chance! We’ve even got something for the mini-crafters with our Children’s Art and Photography Workshops.

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Ginninderry Local History Study: Nature, Culture, People, Places

8 AugustBy Susan Davis

Mary Hutchison is a public historian and writer, specialising in collaborative and creative interpretation of history and place.  As part of the Ginninderry arts and cultural program CREATE she is currently conducting a local history study of Ginninderry that encompasses nature, culture, people and places.

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Find your SPARK…

3 AugustBy Ginninderry Project Team

Our trusty training experts have been working hard lately to develop a range of new and returning initiatives to continue providing training and employment opportunities to members of the local West Belconnen community.

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Sparking passion through work experience

20 JulyBy Ginninderry Project Team

On 26 July 2017 history was made at the Ginninderry project team office, with the arrival of year 10 Kingsford Smith High School student Jenny Dao, as the team’s first ever work experience participant.

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Who am I?

18 JulyBy Susan Davis

“Who am I and who is my mob?” is the question being asked by 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Kingsford Smith School in Holt, who are participating in the aptly named joint Ginninderry and Rotary sponsored project.

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SPARK Training & Employment in Yass

Tuesday 15 August 2017

Ginninderry's full-time Training and Employment Manager Emma Sckrabei, whose job is to deliver a unique training and employment initiative, known at Spark will be at Trader & Co on Wednesday 16 August 5:30pm-6:15pm to talk about the program.

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Designing Urban Open Spaces

13 JulyBy Jessica Stewart

Ginninderry’s landscape architects, Cia Landscapes and Colour, and Group GSA have taken our research on mature trees and designed new open spaces for the public and our ecosystems.

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Smart Living – building what’s best for you and the environment

Sunday 16 July 2017

Are you interested in learning more about ‘Smart Living’ options that will be available at Parkwood? Head to Yass’ Trader & Co. Sunday 16 July from 2pm-3pm, for a FREE presentation by our Sustainability Manager, Jessica Stewart, and discover how each and every one of us can build for ourselves and the environment.

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Not just a tree, but a home

6 JulyBy Jessica Stewart

Old trees provide a range of habitats for native mammals (including bats), reptiles, insects and birds, that cannot be provided by younger trees. Their large limbs, dead branches, tree hollows, peeling bark and logs provide all sorts of roosting and nesting opportunities, as well as producing seed, pollen and nectar.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry - Part Thirteen: Formd

22 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been hand-picked to bring the master planned vision for Ginninderry to life. All of the builders were assessed against a number of criteria, in particular their desire and ability to add to the vision for Ginninderry, as well as offering exceptional value for money and quality.

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SPARK meets industry workforce needs with a new training and employment program in community care

21 JuneBy Emma Sckrabei

SPARK in partnership with the Canberra Institute of Technology and Belconnen Community Service is delivering a new and innovative accredited training program focusing on skills development, work experience and employment within the community care sector, to be known as Belconnen Community Care Pre-Employment Program Specifically targeting people living within the Belconnen and the wider region, the program will provide.

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Land aplenty for Canberra newbies and Ginninderry future residents

13 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

According to 32-year old civil engineer, Amila Perera, his wife, 32-year old Chamila, and their five-year old son Imeth, buying-into Ginninderry’s unique community is a once in a lifetime opportunity; which thanks to a lucky draw, is one they’ll be enjoying the reality of, for years to come.

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Flexi-Living – a place to call home for this lucky couple!

2 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

Exciting times are ahead for this young couple, who are celebrating the recent announcement they are to be Ginninderry’s first Flexi-Living series buyers. Canberra-locals 22-year old self-employed makeup artist Tara Florence and her partner, 22-year old electrician, Connor McCallum sat down with the team recently to share their insights on why they, as first home buyers, were inspired to purchase in Ginninderry’s first suburb Strathnairn, what sets it apart from other developments, and in particular, the unique Flexi-Living series.

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From SPARKs to flames – bright futures for Yass grads!

1 JuneBy Emma Sckrabei

Another remarkable milestone was reached today for SPARK, with 12 participants from the Yass Construction Program celebrating their graduation. Over the course of the 12-week program, participants developed a range of skills and techniques, including but not limited to concreting, paving and brick-laying.

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Take your tour of Ginninderry’s Flexi-Living series

29 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Step inside Ginninderry’s unique Flexi-Living series, with our new range of animations designed to bring the concept to life! See the diversity in these integrated designs, as you take a virtual tour through seven homes in the new suburb of Strathnairn.

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Bright SPARKS shine at graduation!

26 MayBy Emma Sckrabei

Today we had the opportunity to celebrate our latest 19 SPARK participants who graduated as part of the West Belconnen Administration Pre-Employment Program. The program has been running out of Charnwood for the past three months and it is amazing to see how far all participants have come in that time.

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Locals flock to ‘Meet the Builders of Ginninderry’

22 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Cupcakes, advice on available house and land packages and designs were a-plenty at Ginninderry’s Builders’ Information Night, where prospective buyers took advantage of the unique opportunity to seek advice and input from Ginninderry’s builders on their range of housing designs and available house and land packages.

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Find your dream home at our Builders' Information Night

Thursday 18 May 2017

Looking to purchase a house and land package within Ginninderry’s new suburb of Strathnairn? Don’t miss the opportunity to meet some of our partner builders next Thursday 18 May at The Link, 90 Stockdill Drive, Holt (adjacent to Strathnairn Arts Association).

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Little Legends and Legendary Girls football programs launched

9 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Ginninderry yesterday announced a new community partnership with the Belconnen Magpies Football Club (BMFC). Ginninderry’s corporate sponsorship will see the joint venture become naming rights sponsor for the Belconnen Cats and Magpies Junior Football Club Auskick programs, along with the BMFC youth girls’ football program.

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How Ginninderry is endeavouring to alleviate the housing affordability challenge

5 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

In the planning and preparation for the Ginninderry project we are mindful of the ever-growing challenge of housing affordability in the ACT. Creating a variety of housing options, that meet all levels of the market, should be a priority for all new housing developments, and it’s a priority that we are focusing on in our first stage at Ginninderry.

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Ginninderry receives commendation at national awards

4 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Ginninderry has taken out a commendation in the Planning Institute of Australia’s (PIA’s) 2017 national awards for Public Engagement and Community Planning, recognising their ongoing commitment to effective stakeholder and community engagement.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry - Part Eleven: Bode Living

27 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been hand-picked to bring the master planned vision for Ginninderry to life. All of the builders were assessed against a number of criteria, in particular their desire and ability to add to the vision for Ginninderry, as well as offering exceptional value for money and quality.

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Sliding Doors - with a difference

26 AprilBy Susan Davis

Friday 21 April signaled a special occasion in time for the Ginninderry project, with the installation by ACT Steelworks of two perforated, powder coated steel screens completing the current entrance way to the project office and multi-purpose community centre, The Link.

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Canberra’s Little Eagle travels a long way  

20 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

A small GPS tracker attached by a harness to the back of a male Little Eagle over a year ago is revealing surprising information about one of the ACT’s vulnerable birds of prey, Minister for the Environment Mick Gentleman said today.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry – Part Ten: Renaissance Homes

20 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been hand-picked to bring the master planned vision for Ginninderry to life. All of the builders were assessed against a number of criteria, in particular their desire and ability to add to the vision for Ginninderry, as well as offering exceptional value for money and quality.

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"With One Voice Ginninderry" Choir

Tuesday 26 September 2017

With One Voice Ginninderry choir unites people of all ages, from all faiths and all walks of life: migrants, people with disabilities, job seekers, executives, seniors, students, refugees, asylum seekers and more.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry – Part Nine: Rawson Homes

13 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been hand-picked to bring the master planned vision for Ginninderry to life. All of the builders were assessed against a number of criteria, in particular their desire and ability to add to the vision for Ginninderry, as well as offering exceptional value for money and quality.

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Ginninderry registrations continue to grow after opening weekend

11 AprilBy Ross Hincksman

Registrations for Ginninderry’s first sales release are now in full swing after a big weekend of activity at our community sales and information sessions. The public’s response to the release was overwhelmingly positive from the moment registrations opened at 9am on Saturday morning.

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Building a Sustainable Community

8 AprilBy Jessica Stewart

Sustainability means a lot of different things to a lot of people. To me, a sustainable community is one which has been planned and built with a focus on connectedness, consideration for the environment and custodianship.

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The Link – open for business

7 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

Ginninderry’s multi-purpose community centre, The Link, officially opened today ahead of what promises to be a weekend full of activity to support the first sales release.

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Ginninderry Community Information Sessions

Saturday 8 April 2017

Registrations for the first release in Stage 1 of Ginninderry’s suburb of Strathnairn will commence at a series of community information sessions on Saturday 8 April and Sunday 9 April.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry – Part Eight: Sienna Homes Building Group

6 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been hand-picked to bring the master planned vision for Ginninderry to life. All of the builders were assessed against a number of criteria, in particular their desire and ability to add to the vision for Ginninderry, as well as offering exceptional value for money and quality.

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Ginninderry as a connected community

4 AprilBy Susan Davis

Ginninderry will be a place where everybody feels welcome, comfortable and included. My role as Community and Cultural Planning Manager is finding out what it is that people do, what their values are and how they want to live at Ginninderry.

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Housing diversity at Ginninderry

31 MarchBy Stephen Harding

My role as Ginninderry Project Director is effectively to be the overall governance of the project. Ginninderry is a spectacular setting surrounded by the beautiful hills of the Brindabella’s and the Murrumbidgee river.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry – Part Seven: SM Precision Building

29 MarchBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been hand-picked to bring the master planned vision for Ginninderry to life. All of the builders were assessed against a number of criteria, in particular their desire and ability to add to the vision for Ginninderry, as well as offering exceptional value for money and quality.

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All things right about SignOnSite

28 MarchBy Imran Khan

Head contractor of Ginninderry’s multi-purpose community facility, The Link, and local construction company Manteena have thrown their support behind the technologically savvy construction site management platform, SignOnSite, demonstrating their commitment to ensuring the highest standards of construction site safety are maintained on the project at all times.

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SPARK – caring for our community!

25 MarchBy Ginninderry Project Team

When it comes to empowering members of the local community to pursue further education to improve long-term employability, SPARK has it. For the 15 participants of all ages registered to attend the latest initiative – the Belconnen Community Care Pre-Employment Program – 18 and 19 July were exciting days, as they met for the first time during orientation ahead of course kick-off the following week.

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Ginninderry’s vision for sustainability

24 MarchBy Jessica Stewart

Since work first began in 2009, Ginninderry has been planned as a sustainable community. Together with new residents of Ginninderry, we will work to create a community that showcases the world’s best practice in nature conservation, urban design, construction and long-term liveability.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry – Part 6: McDonald Jones Homes

16 MarchBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been handpicked to bring the master planned vision for Ginninderry to life. All of the builders were assessed against a number of criteria, in particular their desire and ability to add to the vision for Ginninderry, as well as offering exceptional value for money and quality.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry - Part 5: Gracious Living Constructions

9 MarchBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been handpicked to bring the master planned vision for Ginninderry to life. All of the builders were assessed against a number of criteria, in particular their desire and ability to add to the vision for Ginninderry, as well as offering exceptional value for money and quality.

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Understanding householder attitudes to renewable energy futures

7 MarchBy Jessica Stewart

The residential energy market is in a state of change. Advances in energy efficient appliances, falling battery storage prices and continued uptake of solar PV are providing householders with more control over the systems that they install and their ongoing cost of energy.

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Sights set on first sales release

2 MarchBy Stephen Harding

After ten years of detailed planning, the first sales release at Ginninderry is just around the corner. Ginninderry is a master planned community. This means that right from the beginning, we have a vision for how it will take shape, a vision created after extensive community consultation.

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The Conservation Corridor Management Trust

1 MarchBy David Maxwell

The Ginninderry project will create a 595 hectare conservation corridor along the Murrumbidgee River and Ginninderra Creek. In addition to its role in protecting important endangered species and ecological communities, the corridor will be a great asset for nature based recreation for the Belconnen community; it will cross the border and include land in both the ACT and NSW.

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The Link - From Vision to Reality

23 FebruaryBy Kevin Miller

As an architect, the hardest stage is the translation of the design into built form. Although it is the main outcome, this is where the design and vision can sometimes get lost through miscommunication or cost reduction measures such as value management.

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SPARK – committed to the community

21 FebruaryBy Emma Sckrabei

For Ginninderry’s SPARK program giving back to the local community is something we’re not just passionate about, but is the driving force behind our SPARK initiative.

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Charny Carny returns in 2017!

Saturday 25 March 2017

The Charny Carny is a Carnival held in West Belconnen on an annual basis for the past 14 years. It’s purpose: to support two schools and the local scout club. This year, ownership of the Charny Carny has changed from a formerly institution-led initiative, to one run purely by members of the West Belconnen community.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry - Part 4: Rojas Constructions

18 FebruaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been handpicked to bring the master planned vision for Ginninderry to life. All of the builders were assessed against a number of criteria, in particular their desire and ability to add to the vision for Ginninderry, as well as offering exceptional value for money and quality.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry - Part 3: APA Homes

10 FebruaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been handpicked to bring the master planned vision for Ginninderry to life. All of the builders were assessed against a number of criteria, in particular their desire and ability to add to the vision for Ginninderry, as well as offering exceptional value for money and quality.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry – Part Two: Ideal Building Solutions

3 FebruaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been handpicked to bring the master planned vision for Ginninderry to life. All of the builders were assessed against a number of criteria, in particular their desire and ability to add to the vision for Ginninderry, as well as offering exceptional value for money and quality.

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Meet the Builder of Ginninderry - Part One: Achieve Homes

1 FebruaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been handpicked to bring the master planned vision for Ginninderry to life. All of the builders were assessed against a number of criteria, in particular their desire and ability to add to the vision for Ginninderry, as well as offering exceptional value for money and quality.

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Ginninderry brandmark – as diverse as the project itself

17 JanuaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

After significant consultation, the name Ginninderry was chosen for our new community that will span the western boundary of the ACT and NSW. Ginninderry is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning ’sparkling’ or ‘throwing out little rays of light’.

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Nine turtles saved by volunteers at Strathnairn

15 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

The team responsible for conducting the Frogwatch Census, the highly successful annual frog monitoring program at West Belconnen and many other sites across the ACT, set their minds to rescuing turtles earlier this month.

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SPARK and Manteena partnership kicks employment goals

13 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

The SPARK Ginninderry Training and employment initiative has achieved some major accomplishments this year including graduations, employment opportunities, high-quality building outcomes for the local community from live training sites and highly engaged students.

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The vision for the sustainability precinct at Ginninderry

24 NovemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Ginninderry project team is exploring exciting new uses for the open space in and around the ACT’s former landfill site located in West Belconnen. The ultimate vision for the old landfill site is to turn it in to a sustainability precinct.

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Ginninderry architects scoop top national award

14 NovemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Ginninderry project team would like to congratulate architects McGregor Coxall, whose ‘West Belconnen Open Space Strategy’ has been acknowledged for its work in positioning Ginninderry as a world-leading, green community by receiving the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) National Award for Land Conservation.

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Learnings to inform the future of Ginninderra Falls

20 OctoberBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Ginninderra Falls Working Group recently visited the Apsley Falls, near the town of Walcha, in the Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales. Apsley Falls is in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park and showcases amazing waterfalls that drop over 60 metres off the tablelands into the Apsley Gorge and then flow into the Macleay River system below.

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Have your say on the amended proposal for Kippax Fair

Tuesday 26 September 2017

Kippax Fair has been working to develop a proposal to enhance the group centre – creating opportunities for expanded retail and vibrant community hub. The new proposal has been developed following consultation with the community on two draft plans (including the ACT Government draft master plan).

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Renewable Energy Research Workshop

Tuesday 20 September 2016

The next workshop in our renewable energy research project,  funded by ARENA, is being held next Tuesday 20 September 2016 and this time we are specifically interested to hear your thoughts on the subject of gas.

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