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Do you know the next Canberra Citizen of the Year?

By 25 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is encouraging Canberrans to celebrate our community’s most outstanding contributors by nominating them for the 2015 Canberra Citizen of the Year Award.
“Canberra is full of generous, talented and hard working people and this award is a fitting way to recognise and thank them publicly for their efforts,” the Chief Minister said.
“It [...]

Christmas cheer arrives in the City

By 25 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has released details of the 2014 Christmas festivities in the City culminating around the dazzling SIDS and Kids world record attempt lights display in Petrie Plaza.
“This year the City Centre Christmas displays will be combined into the one space to allow families to easily see a 10 metre high Christmas tree [...]

Record nominations for Inclusion Awards

By 24 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A record number of people and businesses have been nominated in this year’s Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards, which recognise the contributions made to welcome, encourage and support people with disability in our community.
This year 79 nominations were received across four categories for a range of people, businesses and organisations, including healthcare provider Aspen Medical, local [...]

Write for Rights at the Pub – Sunday 30th November

By 24 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 30 November 2014 at 2:00 pm; ] Write for Rights is an annual campaign for Amnesty International. More than 2 million letters were written last year, and over 140 countries were involved.

This year, we will be focusing on six important cases. One case is Daniel, a 21 year old student in Venezuela who was arrested on the way home from an anti-government [...]

Chief Police Officer urges community to support Men in Uniform stalls

By 21 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Police Officer for the ACT Rudi Lammers is urging the community to support the Men in Uniform stalls from 10am-2pm tomorrow (Saturday November 22) and donate to the White Ribbon Foundation by purchasing merchandise and swearing the oath.
Chief Police Officer for the ACT Rudi Lammers – a White Ribbon Ambassador – said [...]

A new way to find affordable housing

By 20 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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On Monday Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr unveiled the new Allhomes & REIACT kiosk, a quick and easy way for Community Housing clients to find affordable housing in Canberra.
Those searching for affordable rental accommodation can now find properties in their desired area with the tap of a finger, as well as print all the relevant information and agent [...]

Belconnen Community Council AGM 2014

By 18 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Agenda for Annual General Meeting – 18 November 2014.
Venue: 7:30pm at the Community Room, Belconnen Library (upstairs)
1. Welcome & Apologies
2. AGM

Acceptance of 2013 AGM Minutes
Report from the Chair
Appointment of the Auditor
Report from the Treasurer

The BCC received the following nominations for vacant committee positions at the 2014 AGM. All nominations are from members eligible to serve [...]

When the Dragon Came (2003) – Extract from Meditations in Orange

By 18 November 2014

The next morning, Sunday, is hot and still, almost as an epitaph to the events of the day before. At the depot I wait in the hazy early morning air and smoke a number of cigarettes before the team arrives. Everyone is tired and dirty from the terrifying events of the previous night and all [...]

Community Council to consider Light rail, Mr Fluffy

By 17 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 19 November 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] Wednesday’s North Canberra Community Council meeting will feature a Capital Metro presentation on light rail, a COTA presentation on elderly persons accommodation and a discussion of the Mr Fluffy buyback scheme. It will also consider ACT electoral boundaries, the proposal to re-zone the area to the east of the Dickson swimming pool, and the proposed [...]

World AIDS Day Free Community BBQ Breakfast

By 17 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 1 December 2014 at 7:00 am; ] Please join us at the World AIDS Day Market on Monday 1 December in Garema Place in the City.  This event will include a free community BBQ breakfast provided by the AIDS Action Council, information and education stalls and entertainment.  The event is designed to raise awareness in the community about issues surrounding HIV and [...]

Significant Canberrans honoured in the heart of the city

By 14 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
2014 Honour Walk Recipients

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today announced eight high profile Canberrans including sporting champions, community leaders and former chief ministers will be added to the ACT Honour Walk in Civic.
“It is a great privilege to honour eight Canberrans whose contributions to this city will be immortalised in the ACT Honour Walk,” the Chief Minister said.
“Women’s basketball [...]

Lyneham oval land grab: Private Sport on Public land?

By 12 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Leasing of public land for development without community consultation?
Removing Public land so a Private School can build a “Community Facility” the community will have to pay to use?
www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/new-sports-facilities-for-private-college-set-for-lyneham-oval-20141109-11idf9.html
Development Application: 201426427
Period for representations closes: 19/11/2014
www.planning.act.gov.au/topics/have_your_say/

Farmers Markets in Canberra – are they truly ‘regional’?

By 11 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I went to the Capital Regional Farmers Market on Saturday morning. I don’t go to farmers markets that often, but go when I can because I like the concept of supporting local producers and skipping the ‘middleman’ supermarket chains.
I have to say I was shocked to see a stall from Tweed Valley selling [...]

2014 ACT and Region Motorcyclist’s ANNUAL TOY RUN

By 10 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Annual Toy Run organised by the Motorcycle Riders Association ACT for over 34 years and this year hosted by Old Parliament House, in support of the Salvation Army.
The Annual Toy Run marks 34 years of fundraising by motorcyclists to raise funds and bring gifts for the charities of Canberra to aid those less fortunate [...]

Belconnen Police Station open day tomorrow

By 7 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 8 November 2014 at 10:00 am; ] Belconnen Police Station will open its doors to the community on Saturday, November 8, between 10am and 2pm for its Open Day and Security Expo.

The Open Day and Security Expo will feature a guided tour of Belconnen Police Station, free security product giveaways and advice to help you secure your home or business, and fun [...]

Looking for a new sport? Try dragon boating!

By 5 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 8 November 2014 at 9:15 am; ] Females from teenagers to over forties are invited to join Diamond Phoenix for a fun paddle on Lake Burley Griffin. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried a water sport before, we’ll help you get started.

Dragon boat racing is fast growing fun sport, with thousands of participants in over 60 countries. It’s a great way to [...]

Over $10,000 in prizes on offer as we countdown to run for your lifeline

By 5 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Lifeline Canberra CEO Ms Carrie-Ann Leeson has announced that overwhelming corporate support for the inaugural ‘Run for your Lifeline Canberra’ Fun Run and Half-Marathon will see over ten thousand dollars ($10,000 AUD) worth of prizes and give-aways on offer at the scenic new Majura Parkway event, Sunday 23 November 2014.
The business community in the Nation’s [...]

The ‘fro’s gonna go!

By 5 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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After growing his hair for almost two years, Brumbies and Wallabies winger Henry Speight has decided that ‘the fro must go’ in the name of charity.
Henry is a supporter of the Walk On, Walk Strong (WOWS) Foundation, a charity in his home country of Fiji which supports children with cancer and their families. [...]

High number of wasp reports

By 5 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Reports to the European Wasp Hotline of wasps seeking sites and establishing nests in suburban Canberra are the highest in many years, the ACT Government has announced.
“After months in hibernation the queen wasps are now visiting homes and gardens and often getting into people’s houses in their search for food,” said Julie Garbode, Manager, Planning [...]

2015 ACT Australians of the Year announced

By 4 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher congratulated the 2015 ACT Australian of the Year Award recipients at a special awards ceremony at the National Museum of Australia last night.
“Each year the Australian of the Year Awards shine a light on individuals who have gone above and beyond to contribute to both our local Canberra community and [...]

Whole of football forum in Canberra

By 3 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Football Federation Australia will be in Canberra on Monday 10th November to engage with key stakeholders as part of the Whole of Football Plan consultation process. The meeting will be held in the West Lounge at Canberra Stadium at 6:30pm.
RSVP is essential. Please register your intent to attend at businessmanager@capitalfootball.com.au. There is no registration fee [...]

Where are the mowers?

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know what is happening with the Government mowing at the moment? From Northside to Southside everywhere there is grass over waist height…. and not a single mower to be seen!
Yes, there have been perhaps 2 mowers out recently hitting the median strips around the busy roads, but frankly this is a poor effort [...]

Charity Christmas Card Shop

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Charity Christmas Card Shop will be opening on Monday 3 November, with lots of beautiful and very inexpensive cards and gifts from local charities.

Aircraft Down (2001) – Extract from Meditations in Orange

By 28 October 2014

On the grass near the terminal sit numerous helicopters but at this stage no-one is going anywhere as the fog seems to get thicker and thicker. By 6.00 am we should be seeing sunlight but instead are greeted by an ugly grey sky that refuses to break. We drink more coffee and sit around, bored [...]

New cookbook the culmination of ten years of Farmers Market history

By 28 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As part of its tenth birthday celebrations this year, the Capital Region Farmers Market is launching its very own cookbook on Saturday 1 November 2014.
“This past year has been a big year of celebrations for us, and this cookbook really is the culmination of ten years of Farmers Market history,” said Vic Gibbons of the [...]

Life-changing kilometres

By 28 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Last year over half a million people ran and completed a full marathon. There is something about this race that just attracts people young and old.
For one small band of runners, including ActewAGL General Manager Retail Ayesha Razzaq, completing this year’s New York City Marathon on Sunday 2 November is about changing lives.
“The marathon coincides [...]

Independent Property Group: A Charitable Initiative

By 27 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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If you attended Floriade this year (and according to Andrew Barr you most certainly did!) you might have noticed a number of deluxe children’s cubby houses on display. Well, on the very last day of the festival of flowers, Independent Property Group auctioned and raffled the 4 custom-built pintsized dwellings and in doing so raised [...]

Looking for our first Irish sean nos dance army

By 26 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We’re looking for enthusiastic people who’d like to learn some simple and energetic dance steps for performance at the 2015 Canberra Multicultural Festival.
Perhaps you like great rhythm, perhaps you have some Irish family connections somewhere or maybe you just like trying new things?
It’s also a fun way to keep fit & healthy and something you [...]

Fitz’s Challenge Heroes – Riding for a Reason

By 24 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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With Fitz’s Challenge just a few short days away the excitement of the riders testing their capabilities and pushing themselves to their limits is building.
But it is worth remembering also, that many of the riders are participating in the challenge for very personal reasons and a very worthwhile cause…
As in previous years the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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