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up - people of Canberra get out the beach towels as we have proof the region was once at the bottom of the ocean and may be yet again. And people Queanbeyan have a new mayor.

He's Tim Overall, a well-known name and then successful national service Army officer

businessman, he was raised in Overall. Canberra, the son of Sir John Queanbeyan since 1996. An independent counselor he was week. I caught up with Tim officially declared mayor this

Overall in his favourite place. How was it anyway? had the service already or How was it anyway? Have you

hasn't it started? We can't see anyone. It's round up a the RSL. We're hiding around there now. How are are you? I'm very well. now. How are you? Good. How

see you too. Never done are you? I'm very well. Good to

before. And I was a little apprehensive when I went to the first street, parked the car and went up to the first door and thought, "What's this going to be like?" Within a couple of weeks as I was moving around the streets I was getting a lot of comments from our community that they want to see a change, a fresh approach on council. And as I moved quite a few in the community And as I moved around, I had

saying, "Have you considered running for mayor?" soon. And it was a running for mayor?" See you

soon. And it was a result of

that door knock that I went home and spoke to my wife and said, "Perhaps I should run home and spoke to my wife and I

mayor. There's a lot

I'm hearing. I think that they

are really saying quite clearly in direction for that they want to see a change

Queanbeyan. Michael, how are you? Good to see you. How things? Good. Very excited. lot of work to be things? Good. Very excited. A

now. I've put forward, lot of work to be done

team during the campaign,

landscaped, first-class specific proposal for a

streetscape for the people to

meet and greet outdoor cafes, restaurants. And the other

aspect is bringing our rfr

stunning asset. It's one of front to life. Our river is a

beautifuls a stunning asset. It's one of the

Queanbeyan but, again, there - aspects of Queanbeyan but again there are no places there apart from going for a stroll where

people can go and enjoy the river front. So we have a specific project in mind for that too. society we have a vibrant a Fay area, planning that we must move ahead with is infrastructure and roads planning. There is no agreed plan at this stage for an arterial roads infrastructure that will in the longer term remove the massive volumes traffic which go down our main

that vuz it as a thorough fare. street and the heavy vehicles

I would like to see Queanbeyan become a city trees through the planting of Queanbeyan become a city of

some 10,000 trees over two council terms, say over year s, where a lot of our quite bear suburban street scapes are devoid of tree plantings and actually Avenue yuverns and - avenues plantings and actually become

and we have planting program over many

Overall, was best known as years. Your father, Sir John

Commission. How has his legacy

Queanbeyan mayor? His influence influnss how in your role as

on me was very clear, and it really was all about a philosophy of being able to achieve anything if achieve anything if you put

your mind to it. That was his this building. Will like this legacy. People will understand legacy. People

hurdles. He was never phased building. There were enormous

those and just moved head with the vision and a direction based on Walter

concept planning around brifb's plan and more detailed

So the Commission moved ahead

and dwoond created what is what cities in terms of design I believe one of the leading

the desirable place to cities in terms of design and

live. How will you aim to improve relations with the ACT

- and I will Government? I would like to see

the Chief Minister of the day - - and I will be proposing to

that there be a regular working forum wean the Queanbeyan City

Council and the ACT Government

infrastructure in regard to looking at joint

taskforce need for arterial roads or concern s with regard to long-term water supply should they exist or come to the forefront in the future. We Let's face it, Queanbeyan and have a regular meeting program.

community in a lot of sense of Canberra is really the one

the word in that 60% of those people who live in Queanbeyan

who work actual ly work in the ACT. And something in the order of 40% of Queanbeyan's work force are people who live in Canberra. G'day, Matt, how are by some as Canberra's poor cousin. Does this annoy has had the badge in the past cousin. Does this annoy you? It

of struggle town and Port Cousin but one thing about the people of Queanbeyan is love Queanbeyan. They love Queanbeyan for its Queanbeyan for its cosmopolitan

front, its ufrndz mix, for its beauty, its river

ridge lines and its front, its ufrndz developed

atmosphere feel when it's only

10 minutes from a significant city, a national capital. Those things need to be preserved and more and more we're seeing Canberra people moving to Queanbeyan. So I think that

mantle of Struggle Town or poor cousin dis appeared some years ago. Queanbeyan is one of the centres in fastest growing inland regional

centres in Australia. We will have a population perhaps double what it is now in 30 years. You've been do You've been doing your exercises to chain? Thanks. You're an Independent, so what Independent, so what do you stand for? I stand for - with stand for? I stand for - with a council team of really working hard for hard for the whole of our community. I community. I am not interested

in sectional politics, or party politics at all. Local government is about the whole community and working hard for the whole community. You only have to see me to know that I'm the mayor,! I am the mayor! Well done, Tim Overall. geologists talk about environmental change, they talk in millions of years. A fascinating new guide to geology of the Canberra region has shed light on our ancient past. And it shows that we were once at the bottom of the ocean. Craig Allen had a rock-hound's tour of the national For those in Canberra's a gee logical hot spot. It might look like a scientisties can tell stories of cat claz mick events that

shaped this part of the kert - cataclysmic events that shaped

this part of the Earth. Volcano, earthquakes, and

massive oi - erosion, erosion that is measured in just meters of a million years. What you see now in Canberra is very much an eroded landscape. But a long time ago, about long time ago, about 400 million years a long time, even in time, that is a long time ago, the Canberra region was a little bit like xa wha the Philippines is today -. It Philippines is today -. It had

lots of volcanoes. It had reefs. It had shallow seas. It had - it was in the tropics. Admittedly it take s a fair bit of imagination but try to consider the Canberra region

covered by water and nearby volcanoes spewing ash like

mount mount. - Mount Pinatubo. For the trained eye, evidence is all around us. If you look down here there are fresh outcrop s that have been broken in the road works. have crystals in there, it's dark grey. That dark grey. That looks like a vol cannic rock to to me vol cannic rock to to me and a

very hard - volcanic rock to me and it is very hard. That bounce s off. For geologist Des Strusz ANZ Doug Finlayson, the

Canberra region has a fascinating region, one they want to share with the

community. Hay they've Britain

a book to help dwe mystify the tell tale signs across the capital 69 It's for the public, the tourist, the stunts in the school, people like that. school, people like that. We

hope we've taken out a lot of the geological language and we hope to make it interesting. Rocks are interesting. For instance, on Black Mountain can see the

That would have been a beach perhaps. You can see limestones on Acton Peninsula. Those would have been the reefs along have been the reefs along the edge of the tropical seas. You

can see the volcanic rocks like we are sitting on Mount Ainslie at the moment. These are some of the volcanic rocks that were erupted that long time ago. Gee yolists call it the Silurian times. New comers times. New comers to Canberra

say the one thing really

lacking here is a beach. Well, they were just a few they were just a few hundred million years too late because

back then the region was at the bottom of tropical seas. Geologist Des Strusz took us to his favourite former beach, well and truly high and dry. You can see these bands coming along here with grey lumps. They're shellfish. Which have been have been caught up in the mud, probably during storms, and buried. What this buried. What this shows, firstly, is that we have rocks in Canberra which were originally deposited in the ocean because the particular fossils we've got here, fossils we've got here, there

are still some around and they arive all living in the ocean. It's just a throw from the airport throw from the airport but Woolshed Creek is one of Australia's most significant fossil fields. The tiny seashells set seashells set into mudstone were first discovered in the 1940s and immediately 1940s and immediately rewrote geological text books. It was the first sure that there were rocks of

that age, as old as that, 430 million year, we could be sure there were rocks as old as that in in eastern Australia. Historically For that very reason, it is now heritage listed site and you will notice I have a pen, hammer. Very important. Please,

this site has suffered in the

past because people have come collecting fossils. And it's now difficult to find any. We 've got these nice lay ers but a lot of the outcrop you

can't find. The Canberra region is internationally renowned for its superb fossil s preserved in limestone. Near Burrinjuck Dam, scientists have found evidence of corals, shells and

most notably early armour plated fish called placoderm. Text book geeology, very - gee lolg, definitely. Closer to home there are other geological sites groups and scientist alike. Er Thousand of cars pass Thousand of cars pass by

here every day and most

motorists would see it only as a road cutting. feature on State Circle, known to science as an unconformity, milestones in the history. It's a magnificent outcrop because it shows outcrop because it shows so much with the Camp Hill sandstone in the Canberra

formation above and the State

Circle shael below of perhaps 10 million years between the two. These beds are suddenly

cut through there and here they are up here again. So the are up here again. So the whole thing has done that. It's

lovely. The timescale is mind benged. But thp th all just ancient history because the Australian landscape is still on the move. Tectonics is something that is going on all

the time. We don't live in a static world. We live static world. We live in a dynamic world. This results in all sorts of things. We get earthquakes around small earthquakes mind you, but

still all quite measurable and so tectonics is something that is happening here and now. So don't get too attach ed to Canberra landscape. region's long-term geological future looks just as violent future looks just as violent as its its past. And who knows - Canberra could in a few million years be Creative people talking about creative things. Pecha Kucha Night is a forum where artistic work is easily and

informally shown. Starting in Japan, it Japan, it spread to over 100 cities right across the cities right across the world. As the Stateline team recently

discovered, Pecha Kucha Canberra is up there with the best, showcasing local and vibrant talent. Pecha Kucha - first of all

the term means the sound of conversation, it's conversation, it's Japanese term. It was term. It was started by two architect s who had been to

bunch of conferences and had

been to a lot of long presentations that went on forever and they wanted something Chartres and punchy, unlike what I am doing

currently: We saw one in Melbourne, got quite inspired.

We got in touch with one group and peppered them with emails enthusiastic, riddicously long emails saying Canberra would really suit this kind of event. We would love to do it. We would love to do it. And to their credit they responded their credit they responded to our lack of experience absolute enthusiasm. The way

Pecha Kucha works is 20 people and they present 20 slides and each slide goes up for 20 seconds. So they're up there for a total of 6 minutes 40 seconds. The idea of it is that everyone has the same platform from which to work from. So you mite have your famous next to your recent next to your recent graduate

who did a cool uni project and

they have the same amount of time to present their images. I get into bamboo

sculptures. I like doing

installations so people can

experience the space and have these gentlemen here, recent graduates. We had a quick look through the quick look through the slides last night and we kind of got out what we wanted to talk about with each one. about with each one. But, yeah, I think it will be flying by

the pants really. The whole way along the process, we all come to moments where we have serious doubts. This is a wedding that was - we had a bit of a laugh when we designed the structure saying it's like a cathedral. We heard two weeks We heard two weeks after that they had actually used it as a wedding space. I am an artist, and I compose picture and I compose picture s that are usually naked but tonight I which was performance art. This is Ash and he and I put is Ash and he and I put on a little show little show at the front. And it was called Tableau Peep Show.: I think Show.: I think when I present I will giggle and be extremely vague and possibly

of the things I want to say. There was a whole bunch of roving performers. So lots of chaos, these guys are the vague ranlts. - vague ranlts. Sorry, the ranlts. Sorry, the horny vague ranlts painted Michael, as you can see. And they did a

beautiful job of that. As for strategy force getting through tonight, I am - strategies for getting through tonight, I am starting with lime cordial. Ly be the be the presenting portraits from the national folk festival in Canberra in 2008. Yes, I am nervous but it's a good sort of

nervous. I think it's great how someone with embody the establishment soon as they put on a Visy vest. The live performance, I think that is the puty of it. As a photographer I don't often get a chance to stand up in front of people. . I enjoy the way he is holding his camera way James bonds would hold his PP 7. This is Joel, it PP 7. This is Joel, it 's so

hard to imagine him appear like a child. The next photo is of Anna, she became Anna, she became my first Facebook friend born in the '90s. I guess it's '90s. I guess it's inevitable the year is nouz 2008 and all these coming out of the network. I

have an application in front of RTACT and if anyone can influence that decision, that would be very nice. Really

surprised from the concert. I think it's very cool. Everyone has a time limit so they has a time limit so they can't go on too great that these great that these things happen and people get the opportunity to talk and they happen all

over the world jievenlth it's really good and personal. It's nice, I guess, for the lay person that doesn't know that much about art to have it explained a bit better in person. person. The last Pecha Kucha there was a food artist and he presented food with their choices of dips of whether you were in debt or whether you weren't and that's the way you had to decide on what sauce you had with your

had with your temp pure ya. It caught me - caught me - tempura: It caught me off-guard actually. Yeah, I

was kind of happy with the way it went. There was a couple of things that I didn't think flowed as well as I could have. Everyone got the idea that we enjoy what we do. I would like to see Kenny do it and at the same time I would like to see and present like to see and present and have my whole take on the whole thing. I think I did OK. I

managed to say everything that I wanted to say. I think I wanted to say. I think most of the time I was a little off track. But, um... that's alright. The reason we do this is to get what we do out there and connect with other people because making art because making art makes

everything worth while, you know. I didn't have really many nerves. The last time my hands shook didn't. I spoke very quickly. I had written a lot of words and I wasn't speaking into microphone microphone for part of it, apparently. It's exciting. I am happy. If people aren't leaving with some kind of inspiration,

we're not doing our jobs properly. That's we're doing our jobs properly because people seem quite fired up after these evens and sleep

off what s after the event and the next day wake up and work on something new. As a child, Canberra author Jack Heath's dream was to write a book and

it hasn't taken d 22-year-old long to make it come true. Jack Heath took some time out from

writing his fourth to speak with Melissa Polimeni.

Well, I remember telling people they wanted to be a writer pretty much

life. I was reading non-stop and as soon as I and as soon as I worked out there were these people who wrote these books an got paid to do it., I just decided that's what I wanted to be. So any time anyone asked me about my plans for the future I said I was going to be a writer but it didn't occur to

writing until I was 13 years old when I was becoming dis heartened with the books I got in school everything was acty, there was a lot of eating disorders and parenting divorce, misery, mental illness and there's a place for that kind of fiction but I was teenage boy and so the only things I things I was interested in was helicopters and explosions so I start writing start writing about. That and then it got away from me. I finished it when I was 17 finished it when I was 17 and went I didn't expect that to happen so, I sent happen so, I sent it to a

publisher and then I didn't think of

it. But then they wrote back and said, "We like and said, "We like it. Can you

make it longer?" And I said,

OK, how much longer and they just wanted 40-45,000 words, but I thought's the a lot of I was excited to be deeming

with the push publisher. And then I sent it back to they asked me to make it shorter and I did because I was

excited to be dealing with a publisher. I now write

full-time. I was studies go back go back to uni but when would get another chance like. This

the odds are stacked so highly against awe against awe authorise they're only one in every 10,000 manuscripts written published and so now I've been so incredibly lucky it feels I have to earn my big break. have to earn my big break. I've been given this massive chance

and now I have to work really hard so I can prove that I deserve it, if deserve it, if that makes sense. It's one thing to enjoy reading as child, it's What was that exact you thought - was it when the publish er sent back your manuscript and said they were interested? What was the you thought you could do a bit of a day dreamer and I've always thought big. When I first started writing the novel, I remember telling my millionaire by the time I was 10 years old because I figures

it would take me two weeks to write and another two weeks to edit and I could find edit and I could find a

publisher in the months after

that and a film deal an it would all come together. would all come together. It didn't really all come together and I realised hang on, I'm a writer. It's what I am Until the publishers called Until the publishers called me and they you a contract for this book and would you be interest ed in write ing a sequel. Then it

spun out of control. I guess it was a gradual realisation that this is who I am now. This is my career and it could well be what I'm doing for the rest of my life. I hope it is. The plan is to write one book a year from now until I'm dead. It may sound like an ambitious sound like an ambitious plan but Jack Heath is well on his way. way. His latest action-packed offering, 'Money Run', centres around two teenage geniuses with a plan to steal $200 million from a billionaire. Ashley Arthur, my main main character, was inspired by what I think a lot of teenage girls are going through at the moment. We're feminist world they are told they can achieve anything, they can become politician, athletes, win Nobel prize athletes, win Nobel prize s, whatever. But like all of us they go on to become ordinary people. And so I can imagine how dis hearten ing it must be to be told you have limitless potential and to be potential and to be squashed into an ordinary life. And that's what's happen ed to Ashley. The is brilliant and

very talented in a numb of areas but she's been there's no way she can use those talents so she rebels against it. She is not stealing

because she's greedy or because she's a bad person but because she wants to be somebody. She wants to use that talent. What is it you love about writing? The part of writing that that I love most is just the feeling of sitting down in a chair with my eyes closed and

imagining. Just imagining what

would make a good book. I

wonder what sort of book that I would like to read as and work out how to write it. If you can sum it it. If you can sum it up, what's been the secret to your success? Perseverance and against are really against are really important because people the whole way along that this can't be done novels are published, the odds are stacked against are stacked against you, you should have a backup plan, you should go off and get a proper job and in many cases those were pieces of really good advice. I should have gone off and got a proper job and I

don't know where I'd be if I had. But I guess I just got lucky. But you really do make your own luck. And that's the pram for the week. Until next week, goodbye. Closed Captions by CSI

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