Talking Points

* THE Holmes a Court Gallery has launched a new exhibition of contemporary Australian prints from Melbourne’s Australian Print Workshop entitled ‘People in a Landscape’. Curated by APW director Anne Virgo, the exhibition highlights the achievements of 20 leading Australian artists who have used the Workshop’s printmaking services and facilities over the past five years, focusing on the ways in which these artists have approached the concepts of landscape and figuration. The exhibition encompasses a range of printmaking techniques including etching, lithography, linocut and woodcut.

* THE AUSTRALIAN Association of Constitut-ional Law, in conjunction with the University of Notre Dame, is conducting a seminar on the topic ‘Planning for a New Republic’ at the university on October 7 and 8. The seminar will address the process of popular decision-making about a Republic, how the ground should be prepared for a new Republic Referendum, models for presidential selection – including a directly elected president – plus the radical option of an executive presidency.

* TRENT Lisle, a Perth student who is studying to be a civil engineer, has won the prestigious GHD Directors’ Scholarship valued at $5,000. Mr Lisle is in his fourth year of a five-year Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and Bachelor of Commerce (Management and Finance) degree at UWA.

* EPIC Energy’s Southern Loop Pipeline Project has been awarded the WA Case Earth Award for projects valued over $10 million. The Category 3 award was presented to Epic Energy, Theiss Pty Ltd and Fluor Daniel, which worked as an alliance to construct a 58 km natural gas pipeline from Wagerup to Worsley last year. The Southern Loop Pipeline runs alongside the existing Dampier to Bunbury natural gas pipeline and was built to transport additional gas to the upgraded Worsley Alumina refinery.

* THE KINGS Park Wildflower Festival has been officially opened and is expected to attract some 50,000 visitors over the next ten days. Now in its 37th year, this year’s festival covers seven hectares of Kings Park and has the theme ‘Traditional and Contemp-orary Uses of Western Australian Flora’. The Botanic Garden is filled with mass displays of kangaroo paws, pink everlastings, banksias and more. Other features include the award-winning Chelsea UK Flower Show and Japan Flora 2000 exhibits.

* THE YOUNG Western Australian Transport & Logistics Professional of the Year for 2000 Awards are open for nominations. The winner will be given the opportunity to visit an International Transport & Logistics Conference, all expenses paid, to the value of $7,000.

* BANKWEST Agribusi-ness is holding a series of wheat marketing seminars throughout the WA wheatbelt region. The full day seminars will show growers how to take advantage of new marketing alternatives such as the AWB Basis Pools. Key speakers will include BankWest agribusiness analyst Richard Koch and BankWest manager of financial markets Wayne Smith.

* MISSION Australia has launched its Christmas card catalogue to help raise funds for disadvantaged young people. The catalogue contains 12 designs by eight young people who participated in Mission Australia’s youth programs including Beyond the Wall, a project that aimed to deter young people from illegal graffiti by providing them with artistic alternatives. To order a catalogue, call Perth City Mission on 9421 1199.

* A SEVEN-year project to catalogue all WA flora has culminated in The Western Australian Flora – A Descriptive Catalogue, giving a detailed overview of WA’s botanical history. It lists flowering months, flower colour and distribution of 11,922 ferns and flowering plant species recorded from the State’s deserts, tropics, sandplains and native forests.

* FOOT Health Week is nearing its end and the public only has until 5pm October 13 to take advantage of the State Podiatry Association’s free information line (1800 688 248). The service aims to improve public awareness of the services offered by podiatrists, and members of the public can call in with any queries about foot pain or problems.

* THERE has been a record response to this year’s WA Indigenous Business Awards, with the number of entries up by more than 25 per cent over 1999. A new category has been introduced for business initiatives taken by Community Development Employ-ment Projects organisations. Finalists will be announced late October and the winners on November 24.

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