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Community Living Project Expo and Market @ The Albert Hall

By 28 November 2012
Community Living Project Expo and Market @ The Albert Hall

[ 1 December 2012 at 10:00 am; ]

Come along to the Albert Hall this Saturday the 1st of December between 10am and 2pm for the International Day of People with Disability Expo and Market. This is a FREE community event, so it’s not just for people with disability and their families, EVERYONE’S INVITED! Come see all the wonderful, varied talents of people [...]

Anime.AU.12 coming to Canberra

By 31 July 2012

[ 11 August 2012; ] Do you like disturbing gender roles? The ANU Anime Society has announced that we’re playing host to Australia’s big Anime bash:

For immediate release

ANU Anime Society hosts Anime.AU.12 convention.

The ANU Anime Society will be hosting Anime.AU.12; an anime, manga and gaming convention in the Manning Clarke Centre at the Australian National University on Saturday between [...]

Brian Schmidt’s nobel goes on display at Questacon

By 31 July 2012

The ABC has word that Canberra’s Nobel Laureate has put his nobel prize on display at Questacon:
Professor Schmidt and his team won the 2011 Nobel Physics Prize for their groundbreaking discovery that the expansion of the universe is speeding up over time, not slowing down as widely assumed.
They also found that the universe is [...]

John Foulcher’s The Sunset Assumption launching at Paperchain

By 31 July 2012

[ 9 August 2012 at 5:45 pm; ] John Fouclher was far and away the best poetry teacher I ever had in my education.

Paperchain have sent details of his latest book launch:

Please join us for the launch of ‘The Sunset Assumption’ by John Foulcher.

The book will be launched by Susan Hampton.

Thursday August 9
5.45 for 6.00pm

RSVP Wednesday August 8
Telephone 6295 6723 or

John Foulcher’s [...]

Greens on Liberal waterways accusation: ‘no water policy of their own’

By 31 July 2012

ACT Greens have released a formal response to Vicki Dunne’s attack of their waterway plans this morning.
“Liberal and Labor were all at sea yesterday making a flurry of statements to hide the fact they had no water policy of their own ready to articulate. They were caught on the hop and their statements prove it,” [...]

Gallagher announces Canberra Readers’ Festival for September

By 31 July 2012

Katy Gallagher has announced that Canberra will be holding the first Canberra Readers’ Festival this September at the Playhouse. So far three attending authors have been announced: Kate Grenville, Anita Heiss, and Bryce Courtenay (and, a little research suggests, Melina Marchetta).
“The Canberra Readers Festival promises to be an entertaining and energetic event for locals as [...]

UberGlobal at CareersXpo featuring RiotACT, Yepgot, Stagebitz

UberGlobal at CareersXpo featuring RiotACT, Yepgot, Stagebitz

[ 1 August 2012 11:00 am to 2 August 2012 11:00 am. ]
Attendees at this year’s Canberra CareersXpo will have the unique opportunity to hear from some of the region’s youngest and most successful business people.

Among the companies that will be sharing their expertise is UberGlobal, one of Australia’s most successful and fastest growing web technology services companies. UberGlobal provide customised domain and web hosting solutions to [...]

Can’t see the road for the trees

By 31 July 2012
Can't see the road for the trees

Madam Cholet has sent in this photo with the description “Saw this on my way home yesterday afternoon. The load was bouncing about like you wouldn’t believe, and I got out from behind it as soon as I could, although as he was a bit of a lead foot I didn’t manage to get to [...]

Want to be a Park Ranger?

Want to be a Park Ranger?

The ACT Government is looking for new ACT Parks and Conservation Rangers.
“The ACT Government’s annual Ranger recruitment is a great opportunity for people who enjoy working outdoors to play a vital role in the conservation and land management of ACT’s parks and reserves,” Mr McNamara said.
“We are looking for entry level Ranger Grade One and [...]

ACTEW Water raises prices because of water conservation

By 31 July 2012

ACTEW Water expects an increase in Canberra’s water charges starting next financial year, the ABC has reported. This will apparently be due to water restrictions, water consumption and new water security projects.
It seems as though we may have gotten a little carried away by conserving water to the point where ACTEW has to raise prices [...]

Vicki Dunne targets Greens’ waterways program: no money and no chance (Updated with Greens’ response)

By 31 July 2012

Following the Greens’ announcement yesterday of their $30.5 million program to keep Canberra’s water features healthy, Vicki Dunne (ACT Shadow Nature Conservation and Water Minister) has accused them of spending money they don’t have in an attempt to achieve something they can’t do.
“It appears the ACT Greens have committed to spending money that hasn’t been [...]

HUNG: Canberra street artist exhibit

HUNG: Canberra street artist exhibit

[ 2 August 2012 to 30 September 2012. ]

We’ve been informed of a free art exhibit showcasing the work of Canberran street artists at Soju Girl gallery:

Local artist Dale Newbery has assembled a collection of works by some of Canberra’s best street artists to be [...]

August 2012 at The Phoenix

By 30 July 2012

[ 1 August 2012 to 31 August 2012. ] For your calendars:
Thursday 2nd 9pm
The Streetlight Parade
Pocket Fox

Saturday 4th 9:30pm
The Vee Bees
The Vaginabillies

Monday 6th 8pm
Canberra Musicians Club presents The Bootleg Sessions
The Glaciers
Zoi (Japan)
Amber Nichols
Hayley Shone

Tuesday 7th 7:30pm
The Phoenix Quiz
Andrew and Shannon’s Classic Trivia

Thursday 9th 9pm
Los Chavos

Saturday 11th 9:30pm
The King Hits
The Professor
Bacon Cakes

Monday 13th 8pm
2xx Local ‘n’ Live presents The Bootleg Sessions
Beth n Ben Band
The Burley [...]

ACT Policing seeking witnesses to learner driver crash

By 30 July 2012

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident around noon today (Monday, July 30) in which a maroon-coloured VS Holden Commodore sedan ran off the road at high speed and hit trees.
The incident occurred northbound on Drakeford Drive, in Bonython.
The only occupant of the Commodore, a 21-year-old learner driver from Calwell, received injuries to his [...]

ACT Greens start program to improve health of water features

By 30 July 2012

The ACT Greens today launched a program to address the upkeep of Canberra’s water features. The Cleaner Lakes and Waterways program is costing $30.5 million and includes:
· $250,000 for an integrated management plan for Molonglo Catchment
· $185,000 for carp [...]

Indian food Coles style

By 30 July 2012
Indian food Coles style

Jason has sent in the above photo, taken in Coles Belconnen.
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Charity Bin Pilot Project 2012 to stop illegal dumping near bins

By 30 July 2012

On Saturday Katy Gallagher announced a new trial program to resolve illegal dumping next to charity bins. The trial will begin on Wednesday and involve relocating charity bins in Weston Creek shopping centres to Cooleman Court and enhancing enforcement on unmoved bins (more detail here).
“Charity bins are a great way for people to donate clothing, [...]

ACT Labor ignoring carbon tax costs to hospitals, says Humphries

By 30 July 2012

Senator Gary Humphries has accused the ACT Labor government of ignoring the costs of the carbon tax on Canberran hospitals. Most of Australia has by now released information about the additional costs to hospitals, but the ACT is yet to do so.
“The ACT Labor government says it is still conducting analysis to examine how much [...]

Canberra Celebrity Charity Apprentice Campaign

Canberra Celebrity Charity Apprentice Campaign

[ 24 November 2012; ]

The Cerebral Palsy Alliance has contacted us to let us know about their Canberra Celebrity Charity Apprentices Campaign, which has so far raised over $13,000.
The concept for this campaign consists of 12 high profile Canberrans to become Canberra Celebrity Charity Apprentices. Each Apprentice is fundraising for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance for a period of [...]

Plans to build secure mental health facility – “a missing part of our system”

By 30 July 2012

Katy Gallagher has announced that the ACT Government intends to build a 15-bed medium security mental health facility for mentally ill people involved in the criminal justice system.
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher says a review has found the ACT requires a medium security facility.
“I understand that this is needed, I think this is a missing [...]

The view from Mount Tennent – Images of Canberra

By 30 July 2012
The view from Mount Tennent - Images of Canberra

Nathan sent in this photo of Canberra, taken at the top of Mount Tennent.
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Residents object to building embassies on Yarralumla parkland

By 30 July 2012

A proposal to build embassies on Stirling Park and near the Old Canberra Brickworks in Yarralumla has been met with vocal objections from residents. This proposal was introduced after plans to build in Red Hill were dumped due to high land prices.
Local resident Peter McGhie says the parkland should be preserved.
“It is a piece [...]

National Missing Persons Week 2012 launched today

By 30 July 2012

This is a joint media release with the Australian Federal Police and New South Wales Police.
Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Tony Negus and New South Wales (NSW) Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione will join forces to launch National Missing Person’s Week in Sydney today.
The annual campaign is coordinated by the AFP’s National Missing Persons Coordination Centre [...]

Brumbies pick up Pocock for three-year deal

By 30 July 2012

Wallabies captain David Pocock has signed on with the Brumbies for a three-year deal, starting next year when his Wallabies commitments are complete.
Pocock said he was looking forward to a fresh start with the Brumbies.
“I’m incredibly thankful to the Emirates Western Force and the people of Perth for the support they have given me over [...]

Raiders smashed by Knights 36 to 6

By 30 July 2012

The Raiders lost against the Newcastle Knights last night at Canberra Stadium.
The Canberra Raiders have been defeated by a rampant Newcastle Knights 36-6 in their Round 21 clash at Canberra Stadium.
Trailing 12-0 at the break, the Raiders couldn’t handle the Knights after Sandor Earl was sin-binned and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs left the field injured, missing a [...]

Fyshwick road closures August 6 – 12

By 29 July 2012

We’ve been alerted of yet more upcoming road closures, in Fyshwick this time, from Monday August 6th to Friday August 12th.
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that the southbound on-ramp to the Monaro Highway from Newcastle Street will be closed from
6 am Monday 6 August 2012 to 6 pm Sunday [...]

Lake Burley Griffin and the Carillon. Images of Canberra

By 29 July 2012
Lake Burley Griffin and the Carillon. Images of Canberra

Longshanks sent in this image of the Carillon and lake, taken on Thursday morning.
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National Missing Persons Week

By 29 July 2012

ACT Policing is supporting National Missing Persons Week (29 July – 4 August), with this year’s campaign focusing primarily on young people as one of the key groups at risk of going missing in Australia.
The campaign titled ‘Take the time to let someone know’ aims to reach out to young people and encourage them to [...]

Katy Gallagher wants to give us free Wi-Fi too

By 28 July 2012

Katy Gallagher has come out with a few election promises of her own at an ACT Labor conference, and one of them’s looking suspiciously familiar. She’s promising to spend $1.6 million on a mobile dental clinic, and going full out on $3 million over four years to get free Wi-Fi on all ACTION buses, bus [...]

21 new recruits for ACT Policing

By 28 July 2012

ACT Policing will welcome 21 new officers into the ranks as recruits are sworn in as Constables of Police in front of friends and family at the AFP College in Barton today (Friday, July 27).
The group commenced the recruit course on January 30 2012 and underwent 26 weeks training at the college to prepare them [...]

Canberra Raiders teach kids about healthy lifestyles

By 28 July 2012

The Canberra Raiders have joined up with loop to launch the “loop Raiders Recess Program”, which will involve the Raiders visiting schools around the ACT to “provide the students with a healthy eating and activity guide full of fun facts and activities for the kids” and share their own stories.
Raiders Captain David Shillington believes that [...]

Return to Bimberi as Government claims improved conditions

By 28 July 2012

After last year’s report on the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre which suggested that there were serious issues with the running of the centre, the ACT Government believes that conditions have been greatly improved after the implementation of over a hundred new recommendations. However, others have not shown complete faith in the changes:
Human Rights Commissioner Helen [...]

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