January-June 2013. Welcome to Belconnen Arts Centre
Belconnen Arts Centre

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Belconnen Arts Centre

The Board

Ms Evol McLeod OAM (Chair)

Evol McLeod OAM has worked in arts management and community cultural development for over twenty years.

Positions held include: Manager of Canberra Repertory, Executive Officer and Vice President of the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association, and Director of Tuggeranong Arts Centre. She has worked on many boards and advisory bodies, at both national, state and territory level.

Recognition of her work includes the Chief Minister’s International Women’s Day Award for contribution to the arts and community (ACT) the Centenary Medal for providing services to the Tuggeranong Community through the arts and  the Telstra Business Women’s Award - ACT (IBM Community and Government Award)

In 2008, Evol was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the arts as an administrator and advocate and to the community of Canberra. 

Evol is actively engaged in the arts and voluntary work for community organisations. She is currently the co-cordinator of The Childers Group, the arts advocacy body for the ACT and region.

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Mr Rex Hollier (Treasurer)

Rex Hollier is a CPA who has specialised in public sector financial management and governance practising in both public and private sectors.  He is currently a self employed contractor operating both in Australia and overseas primarily involving financial management and governance in the public sector.  He has been heavily involved in public sector accounting reforms in Australia and in other countries particularly in the areas of financial reporting and governance improvement. 
Rex has been Treasurer and/or Auditor of a number of non-profit organisations over the years.  Having previously served on the Board of Strathnairn Arts Association and as its Treasurer, the new and exciting Belconnen Arts Centre offers an opportunity to serve a wider arts community.
Rex was born and bred in Canberra and is based in the Belconnen area. 

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Mr Graham Bauerle (Public Officer)
Phoenix Players

Graham Bauerle (B.Sc, Dip Ed) was a teacher with the ACT Department of Education, working at several high schools and colleges from 1972. He trained as a teacher of Science but taught French for the last 14 years of his career. He has worked casually as a Migration Skills Assessor at Engineers Australia for the last two and a half years. His main interests have been in amateur theatre, both in performance and governance. He was President of Phoenix Players for 8 years and a committee member for a long time. He is a Life Member of Phoenix Players. He has been the delegate of Phoenix on the Board of BAC since it opened. He has particularly enjoyed performing in musical productions but just loves being on stage in any sort of performance. He enjoys gardening, reading, fishing and spending time with his two grand-sons. One of his major aims is to ensure that the performance space is finally built at BAC.

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Ms Tara Cheyne
Belconnen Community Council

Tara Cheyne completed a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Canberra in 2013, and holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland. She works in the Commonwealth public service.

Tara is a passionate advocate for Canberra and especially Belconnen. Tara is the Deputy Chair of the Belconnen Community Council and runs a popular blog- 'In The Taratory' promoting Canberra and the surrounding region. Tara is involved in a number of community activities, including volunteering at community station Radio 1RPH and judging the Tournament of Minds schools competition.

Tara's strong interest is in fostering community identity and pride, including engaging people through social and traditional media.

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Ms Gillian Harris-Mayes
Human Resources Consultant

Gillian Harris-Mayes has had an extensive career in human resources management and consulting and is currently a recruitment manager in the private sector.  Her early experience in the UK encompassed academia, the manufacturing industry, aircraft engineering and hospital administration.  On migration to Australia in 1991 she located in Canberra and has worked at CSIRO, in Financial Services and as a Human Resources and Training Consultant in both the public and private sector.

Gillian has a strong interest in theatre, music and community cultural development.  She has provided HR consultancy services to a number of arts organisations and also served as a volunteer and Board Member with Tuggeranong Community Arts.

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Mr Paul Hetherington
Associate Professor of Writing, University of Canberra

Paul Hetherington is Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra. He has held numerous board positions in the cultural and university sectors, including as head of the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), member of editorial committee of the Meniscus journal, member of the Board of Manning Clark House, chair of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, chair of the ACT Public Art Expert Advisory Panel, chair of the ACT Cultural Council, and member of the Board of Australian Book Review.

He has published eight full-length collections of poetry, most recently, Six Different Windows (UWA Publishing). His poetry has won a variety of prizes and is part of the online Australian Poetry Library. In 2002 he was the recipient of a Chief Minister’s ACT Creative Arts Fellowship and he was awarded a place on the 2012 Australian Poetry Tour of Ireland. He edited the final three volumes of the National Library’s four-volume edition of the diaries of the artist Donald Friend (shortlisted for the Manning Clark House 2006 National Cultural Awards) and is one of the founding editors of the international online journal Axon: Creative Explorations.

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Ms Trenna Langdon
Strathnairn Arts Association

Trenna is a qualified and experienced researcher with a strong background in sustainable heritage management. She currently works as a consultant business analyst for a large government department’s service delivery reform program.

Trenna holds a Masters of Sustainable, Heritage Development (MSHD), Diploma of Art (Ceramics) and a Bachelor of Applied Science.

Ms Julia Mulligan

Julia Mulligan’s interests include organisational governance where she has exercised board responsibilities for statutory authorities and not-for-profit organisations since 1995. She has diverse experience working in both the public and private sectors, including the Commonwealth Public Service across the fields of climate change, natural resource management and World Heritage. In addition she has worked on safety in the ACT construction industry and humanitarian aid in Australia and Southern Africa. 

Through her recent work in the ACT arts sector she has variously filled the roles of Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer and Board member at PhotoAccess where she is a life member.  Julia has a keen interest in both the performing and visual arts and is particularly interested in how the arts can foster community integration as well as cultural growth and development.   

Mr Philip Nizette (B L Arch, Assoc Dip Sculpture)
Landscape Architect

Philip is a Landscape Architect, public artist, public art consultant, community development worker and sculptor with over 28 years’ experience in the field.  He has highly developed skills in landscape architecture, public art, project management and community design/development. 

He has lectured and tutored in Landscape Architecture and community design, and is an advocate for public art, community facilities and events, believing that good urban design, and public art, connect people to their environment and create more liveable places.

Philip has a long association with arts and cultural development in Belconnen: having been a Community Arts worker for the area in 1992; member of the Belconnen Cultural Planning; helped organise several Belconnen Festivals; was a member and former President of Strathnairn Arts; and several community arts and development projects for Belconnen and the Town Centre.

Ms Lora Shaw BA (Asian Studies), LLB (Hons),
GAICD Corporate lawyer

Lora Shaw is a corporate and commercial lawyer with over 15 years experience advising on mergers and acquisitions, major infrastructure and ICT projects, commercial contracts and government services. She also advises private and public companies, government and NFPs on corporate governance issues, with a particular focus on information governance (data protection, privacy, intellectual property and ICT). In 2014, Lora was listed as one of the Australian Financial Review's Best Lawyers in Australia, for Government Practice.

Lora studied at the Australian National University, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) in 1996, and a Bachelor of Laws (with First Class Honours) in 1999. Since being admitted as  barrister and solicitor, Lora has worked in the corporate departments of leading national and international law firms in Canberra, Sydney, Dublin and Tokyo, and in-house in the Tokyo office of a major Japanese trading company.

Lora is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is currently completing an MBA (Executive) at the Australian Graduate School of Management. She is also actively engaged in voluntary work for several community and not-for-profit organisations.

Mr Asmi Wood
Senior Research Fellow & National Centre for Indigenous Studies HDR Programme Manager

BE (The University of Melbourne)
LLB (Hons) (The Australian National University)
PhD (The Australian National University)

Asmi gained a Bachelor of Engineering/Science from The University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Laws, LLB (Hons.) from The Australian National University. He completed his PhD at the ANU in 2011. He is a practising barrister and solicitor in the ACT and teaches at the ANU College of Law.
Asmi received the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence from The Australian National University in 2010 and was nominated for the PM's Award in 2011. Before commencing work at the College, Asmi worked in private practice and in government. His fields of research include the use of force in international law, terrorism, international humanitarian law, legal ethics, comparative law, jurisprudence and Indigenous peoples and the law. He has contributed papers and submissions to various governmental agencies on the computer industry, Indigenous issues, and issues affecting asylum seekers. He is also interested in Indigenous music, language and spirituality.


Adults' Classes

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How to get to Belconnen Arts Centre:

    118 Emu Bank, Belconnen, ACT [Google Maps]
    Tuesday – Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
    Except for regular classes and special events
  • BUS:
    ACTION [Timetable Information] - 300 series buses to Belconnen, get off at Belconnen Community Bus Station and walk down to the Centre, or Route 45 directly to the Centre.
  • CAR:
    Enter eastern end Emu Bank from either Aikman Drive or Eastern Valley Way, from the western end off Joynton Smith Drive or directly opposite the end of Benjamin Way
    See Maps. Parking is available on Emu Bank, Westfield Belconnen and behind Nature Conservation House, or at the Centre (2 hours only)