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Tell us your ideas for better services in West Belconnen

By 23 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Do you use human services? Does the term ‘human services’ mean anything to you? It refers to the range of programs or supports that can respond to a person’s needs and can include public/social housing, health and wellbeing, education, disability, childcare, care and protection and justice.
Navigating these services - whether provided by government or non-government organisations – [...]

DESIGN Canberra festival to launch in November!

By 23 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Save the date! DESIGN Canberra is a four-day festival held November 20- 23 celebrating and promoting Canberra’s vibrant and diverse design community. Explore a CBD reACTivated by pop-up installations, talks, exhibitions, and shops; visit MODERN Market to find works by leading local and interstate designers; see your city in a whole new light with the [...]

Do you feel safe walking at night?

By 23 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Something I’ve always attributed to a good lifestyle is being able to go for a walk at night and feel safe to do so. There’s nothing better sometimes than being able have dinner first and head out afterwards avoiding the heat of the day particularly in summer.
But recently talking about it with some friends, it [...]

Free organic gardening workshop and Community Garden Open Day at Crace

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 26 October 2014 at 11:00 am; ]

The Crace Community Garden is throwing open the gates. Gardening enthusiasts can take part in a free organic gardening workshop, or just come along to check out this fantastic community facility and meet the growers.

According to a 2013 Canberra Times article, this “2000-square-metre facility has been described as the Rolls-Royce of community gardens with raised [...]

A master plan for the Australian National Botanic Gardens

By 21 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Australian National Botanic Gardens is developing a 20-year Master Plan that will provide a blueprint for its future development.
“I’m excited to announce that a consortium of architects and landscape architects, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Taylor Cullity Lethlean, have been selected to develop a 20- year Master Plan for the Australian National Botanic Gardens,” said [...]

Zombies in Canberra: Spread the Infection

By 21 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

If it’s true that zombies eat brains they’ll be spoilt for choice in clever Canberra. With the popularity of the walking dead showing no signs of abating, locals can join in – or just watch – the Canberra Zombie Walk 2014. I wonder if any pollies will take part?
The all-ages, free walk takes place on [...]

Autumn Storm (April 1999) – Extract from Meditations in Orange

By 21 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In the meantime the clear skies have darkened and the wind is getting up. After extricating myself from the angry house owner I find myself tasked to roof repairs on a two storey pseudo gothic house. After putting on a harness and checking the belay lines, I climb up a ladder and onto the roof. [...]

The Shiny Bum Singers reveal all – but only once!

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 1 November 2014 at 1:30 pm; ]

Canberra’s very own public service parody troupe, The Shiny Bum Singers, have momentarily escaped their desks to present a return season of Rampant Bureaucracy.

First seen at the National Folk Festival in 2013, this hilarious musical melodrama is back by popular demand for one show only:

When: Saturday, 1 November at 1.30 pm
Where: Weston Creek Community Centre, [...]

RSPCA ACT Pet Expo

By 19 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 1 November 2014 at 10:00 am; ]

This year’s Pet Expo has a mountain of things to do and see! Join us on Saturday 1 November for the second RSPCA ACT Pet Expo!

10:00am – 3:00pm – 12 Kirkpatrick Street Weston ACT.

Pets are welcome to attend – however, must be on a leash at all times.

Animal rescue groups, pet merchandise, dog treats of [...]

Weekend Cafe Hotspot: Kingston & Co, Westfield Belconnen

By 18 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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After trying out two cafes in Westfield Woden I thought it was time to put Westfield Belconnen to the test!
I have a friend that works at Westfield Belconnen and she immediately suggested Kingston & Co. It’s set inside the shopping centre, out the front of Target. I come to check it out on a Friday [...]

Farrer Playschool is enrolling now for 2015

By 17 October 2014

Is your child turning 3 before 30 April 2015?
The FARRER PLAYSCHOOL is a non-profit, community based educational facility for 3 year olds. Our fully qualified teachers use a structured program to help the ‘Playschoolers’ develop the social skills and confidence that will be of value to them in their Preschool year and most importantly it [...]

The Victimisation of Men

By 17 October 2014
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This article has been a long time coming. It seems that most posts I write about dating come with lots of comments from men acting as the victim. The poor blokes who feel like women have these long checklists of criteria a suitable candidate has to meet before having the pleasure of being in their [...]

Pond cleaning

By 17 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Our small garden pond is choked full of plants and needs a cleaning-out by someone who knows what they are doing. Can anyone recommend someone who can do this work?

How Fair(y) is Canberra?

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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One day, I’ll need to admit to my two year old daughter that I’ve made some huge mistakes in life. Some of these hurt others.
Growing up in Canberra as a teenager back in the 80s, amongst other mistakes, I remember laughing at a girl because she talked funny. I look back now through adult eyes [...]

Wedding dress hunt!

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have been asked to be a bridesmaid for the first time Yay! Along with this great honour comes (insert DA DA DA DAAAAA impending doom sound) the hunt for the perfect dress. After what has felt like an eternity for the gorgeous bride and myself after trying on a hundred different dresses and trawling [...]

Where are all the Sunday Sessions?

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As always moving to a new city there are plenty of changes to get used to with East coast vs West coast living. And whilst most of the changes haven’t been too major- a couple of which I’ll address in the coming weeks, the first one that springs to mind, especially given last weekends spectacular weather [...]

Celebrity touch football game

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 9 November 2014 at 2:00 pm; ]

Less than four weeks until kick off…

Thomas, aged 10, of Canberra Grammar School was awarded the inaugural 2014 Rookie Stella Fella in August for his raising of funds and awareness for the work done by Project Futures Limited who assists women and children who have been trafficked and exploited, in Australia and South East Asia. [...]

The Snows of Kosciuszko- Extract from Meditations in Orange

By 14 October 2014

Before long we have teams out searching for evidence of the missing men. All the crews are well equipped with tents, food, warm clothes and whatever else they need if they are caught out in the open. I remain at Seaman’s Hut manning the radio and controlling the movement of the teams. At this stage [...]

Canberra’s cats facing containment

By 14 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Feline freedoms in Canberra could be curtailed if a new report is adopted by the ACT Government. Penned by an academic, Kathy Eyles, from the ANU’s Fenner School and an ACT Government environmental planner, the report is being considered by Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury. The report recommends that cats should be permanently [...]

Life of a binge drinker

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My life as a binge drinker is a revised version of my first book Binge Drinking – How I dealt with it and how I improved my life. I wrote this version so I could publish the book and promote the book to schools and teenagers to hopefully help them think about the consequences of [...]

Whatever happened to the Canberra dinner party?

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

When I came to Canberra in the mid-70s, dinner parties were very much a mainstay of the social scene, primarily amongst couples of course, but singles were included too, especially if there was someone the hosts thought you could be paired off with!
It’s not that there weren’t restaurants and clubs in those days (anyone remember [...]

Why we shouldn’t wait on medicinal cannabis

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Rioters have undoubtedly noticed that the issue of the medicinal use of cannabis is getting a lot of attention right now. It seems a lot people support it – patients, carers, a range of medical professionals, broadcaster Alan Jones, and even the Prime Minister. Despite this, the laws have not changed, and some are arguing [...]

Using your current home loan for new renovations

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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If you feel that your home no longer meets your needs, you may not have to go through the lengthy, stressful process of finding a new home and moving. Renovations let you upgrade your current property to regain that cosy feel. However, renovating your home is a major financial decision. One option that’s available to [...]

Boundless fun at opening of ACT’s first all abilities playground

By 11 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has officially opened the landmark Boundless Canberra all abilities playground, the first of its kind in Canberra and upon completion of all stages the largest.
“This is a hugely exciting day for Canberra. It is the realisation of a dream to build a playground where children of all physical abilities can play [...]

Ape about asparagus

By 11 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The first spears of asparagus have arrived at the Capital Region Farmers Market!!! I have been waiting not so patiently for their arrival for weeks. It turns out they arrived two weeks earlier than last year. When I know it’s spring, I just think… asparagus. But I must be more patient and give the shoots [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Caffe Cherry Beans, Westfield Woden

By 11 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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After being left with a pretty bad impression of Cafe Gaudi, I was determined to find a decent cafe spot in Westfield Woden. While I understand Caffe Cherry Beans is a franchise, it’s still employing local people and if they can provide a better breakfast option than the local cafe in the same centre, who [...]

The great divide – North vs South

By 10 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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So in the first couple of weeks I was living here I heard about the great ‘North vs South’ divide. Old news I know and it’s been covered many a times including on this site and it seems to have even existed back in the days of yore. (Well at least from 1913)
To me it [...]

Swap goods, eat pizza, learn how to fix your bike

By 9 October 2014

From 10am to 1pm this Saturday (11th), the Canberra Environment Centre is holding a Spring Swap.
Bring along your old clothes, books, CDs and anything you would like to trade.
Swapping begins at 11am (come early to set up) and selling swap-meet style begins at 12pm.
The pizza oven will be also be going with a possible organic [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Kebabs

By 9 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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This week I went out in search of Canberra’s best kebab. Nominations sent me off to taste Yarralumla Halal Pide House and Kizmet in Manuka. Everyone I spoke to seemed to be a big fan of Yarralumla. A friend even said ‘If the Yarralumla kebab place doesn’t take it out, I’ll be [...]

FUNC Fitness: a newbie’s tale

By 9 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I was only three steps away from my car towards the entrance of FUNC Fitness when a smiling dude in a baseball cap came out of the door to greet me with a handshake, an introduction and a warm welcome. Well, I thought to myself, that’s a good start. As I came through the door [...]

Suitable suburb for my family

By 8 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am moving to Canberra in December with my husband and 5 children. 3 of our children will be attending primary school, one secondary and one hopefully at ANU next year. We are moving from a small country town in Melbourne and enjoy being involved in our local community. Our children play AFL, netball and [...]

Living more sustainably – one step at a time

By 8 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I know about the importance of limiting our impact on the earth.  I worry about what will be left for my children and grandchildren if we continue to take from the planet without regard for our greater impact.  I recycle.  I switch off lights when we’re not in the room and try not to waste [...]

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