Community (6456 Stories)

Civic pool on track for summer

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Civic Pool

We went for a quick dip at Civic Pool (known as Canberra Olympic Pool these days) yesterday afternoon and learnt that work to repair the expensive leak from the outdoor diving pool is going well. A staff member told us the diving pool and neighbouring toddler pool are due to re-open in November. The future [...]

Imaginarium FAMILY DAY – National Library of Australia

By 5 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 11 October 2015 at 1:00 pm; ]

Imagine the possibilities of libraries through stories, games and play. Explore 3D printing, 3D pens and fantastic Makey Makey interactive demonstrations. Watch as vocabulary skills are put to the test in the grand final of the ACT Scrabble competition. Plunge into the realm of riddles with David Astle, or sketch portraits using your own device. [...]

Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program HOST FAMILIES

By 3 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) was established in 1981 and it operates under an agreement between the Australian and Indonesian governments. It aims to provide wider opportunities for young people of Indonesia and Australia to appreciate the culture, development and way of life of each other’s country.
This year the city phase of the AIYEP [...]

Wanniassa High School Year of 1990 School reunion

By 2 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 10 October 2015 at 6:00 pm; ] A reunion for all year 10 students and teachers of Wanniassa High School in 1990. The reunion is being held on Saturday 10 October, 6pm at the Tuggeranong Vikings Club in Erindale. If you are interested in attending please phone Naomi on 0423 987 955.

Have your say: draft Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan

By 2 October 2015

The Belconnen Community Council had a very active role in facilitating community engagement in initial consultations on what should be in the Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan. The eagerly awaited draft Master Plan has now been released and this again presents an important opportunity to have your say on issues you feel strongly about – [...]

South East Tuggeranong Residents Association community workshop and AGM

By 30 September 2015
Isabella shops

[ 13 October 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]

Do you like living in the catchment of Theodore, Calwell, Chisholm, Isabella Plains, Richardson and Gilmore?

As a community we need to move forward and build the kind of place we call home. There is no doubt our suburbs need more attention in the way of community facilities-swimming pools, sports fields, indoor sport centres, environment, local [...]

289 children in the Canberra will be homeless tonight

By 29 September 2015

[ 16 October 2015 5:00 pm to 17 October 2015 7:00 am. ] 289 Canberra children will not have a safe and secure place to sleep tonight. Is this the Canberra we want to live in?
Last year over 700 people registered for the Canberra Community Sleepout, raising over $106,000 for homelessness services. This year, the Sleepout is aiming for 1,000 Canberrans sleeping out. Will you to take a stand?
You can [...]

A look around Canberra – Hughes

By 25 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The suburb of Hughes in the Woden Valley is situated around the middle of Curtin, Phillip, Garran, and Deakin. It was named after former Prime Minister (according to the suburb sign ‘controversial Prime Minister’) William ‘Billy’ Hughes. The suburb was gazetted on 20 September 1962.
Hughes is one of those suburbs that I knew wasn’t exactly cheap, but [...]

Amber Nichols lends her voice to support Carers ACT

By 23 September 2015

[ 10 October 2015 at 10:00 am; ]

Carers ACT will be celebrating the contribution unpaid carers make with local The Voice contestant Amber Nichols heading its Canberra Cares event.

The free event, to be held 10am-3pm Sunday October 10, launches this year’s ACT Carers Week.

Canberra Cares will feature live music, local performers, great food, family fun, handmade markets, a community information expo, and [...]

Canberra weekend garage sale guide (19th and 20th September 2015)

By 18 September 2015
allclassifieds canberra garage sale banner

[ 19 September 2015 at 7:00 am; 20 September 2015 at 8:00 am; ]

Canberra garage sales this weekend in Conder, Holt, Dunlop, Florey, Queanbeyan, Karabar, Garran, Bruce, Kambah, Weston, Hackett, Palmerston, Dickson, Wanniassa, Watson, Torrens and Lyneham. Happy Friday!

Saturday 19 September

5 O’Grady Place Wanniassa
7am to 12pm
Browse through a huge range of baby, kids, adult and household items, all at affordable prices. New items are added every month with [...]

A look around Canberra – Greenway

greenway lake tuggeranong

The suburb of Greenway in Tuggeranong is named after Francis Howard Greenway who was a colonial architect. It was gazetted on 17 October 1986.
Greenway has two standout features: Lake Tuggeranong and the Hyperdome shopping centre.
The lake was created in 1987 by the construction of a dam which coincided with urban development in the area. It [...]

Canberra’s weirdest Airbnb listings

airbnb homepage

Canberra is a weird and wonderful place. Its Airbnb offerings are no exception.
There are over 200 Airbnbs available for rent in Canberra, with private rooms starting at $29, and entire apartments or houses available from $71 per night.
Here are two of the strangest Airbnb listings in the nation’s capital:
1. The Harry Potter cupboard
One of the cheapest rooms available [...]

15 things to do in Canberra this weekend (19 and 20 September 2015)

By 17 September 2015
co-lab science meets street art

[ 19 September 2015 to 20 September 2015. ] This weekend’s highlights include Floriade, 50 years of the ANU School of Music, the Lifeline Canberra bookfair and a Scrabble competition. What are your plans?

1. Co-lab: Science meets street art at Westside
Come to Westside Acton Park this Saturday from 10am to 6pm to see what happens when science meets street art. Co-lab is a creative collaboration between [...]

Local leaders – Lisa Robey (Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation ambassador)

Lisa Robey

When a close family friend died three months after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Lisa Robey turned to fundraising to help improve survival rates. 
“My mum’s best friend, who I had always called Aunty, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010. She died a few months later. It was devastating for everyone,” Lisa, a marketing manager and [...]

Personal Histories International Artist Book Exhibition at UNSW Canberra

By 15 September 2015
Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 2.49.50 pm

[ 1 October 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

The Personal Histories International Artist Book Exhibition highlights the dynamic world of contemporary artists’ book practice, with contributing artists from over 16 countries who attempt to reconfigure and reignite our relationship with the book.
This exhibition intimately catalogues a perspective of individual life experience exploring various structures and content, with curator Robyn Foster inviting us to contemplate our evanescent relationship with books at [...]

Lifeline’s biggest ever Canberra bookfair this weekend

By 14 September 2015
Screen Shot 2015-09-14 at 11.44.26 am

[ 18 September 2015 at 9:00 am; 19 September 2015 at 9:00 am; 20 September 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
Join us at Exhibition Park this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the BIGGEST ever Lifeline Canberra Bookfair! With over 120 tonnes of books, CDs, DVDs, comics, puzzles, games and more –  there’s something for everyone.
Our full range of fiction and non-fiction books, including rare books and collectables, children’s books, textbooks and foreign language books. You’ll also [...]

Tuggeranong: A treasure hidden in plain sight?

By 14 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Like many other locals, I was disheartened to read last week’s media coverage suggesting that Tuggeranong was dying and losing its soul.
It was disappointing to hear that my community, a place I have grown up in and loved for three decades, to be portrayed as a deficient and soulless place which people flee, in place [...]

Cool video of Canberra in the 1920s

By 11 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Canberra in the making video

Just came across this compilation video of Canberra in the 1920s, via the National Film and Sound Archive. Interesting footage of Old Parliament House being built, the Hyatt (I think) and early Civic.
Thought it was worth sharing! Check it out here.

A look around Canberra – Yarralumla

Yarralumla suburb sign

One suburb that almost always makes the list of the ACT’s top three most expensive suburbs is Yarralumla. Nestled in the inner south, between Parliament House, Lake Burley Griffin and Curtin, Yarralumla was named for an Aboriginal word meaning ‘echo’. The suburb was first gazetted in 1928.
Yarralumla is home to a whole whack of embassies and official [...]

Family and Community Day at the National Archives of Australia

By 11 September 2015

[ 28 September 2015 at 10:00 am; ]

Bring the kids for family fun activities including origami boat making, old fashioned games, a discovery trail and an Archives selfie!

Take a tour of our new exhibition Life Interrupted: Gallipoli moments, and see our beautiful 1920s building.

Visit ‘Ask a Reference Officer’ to ask anything and everything about searching the Archives’ collection!

If you’ve never seen the [...]

Canberra weekend garage sale guide (12th and 13th September 2015)

By 11 September 2015
allclassifieds canberra garage sale banner

[ 12 September 2015 at 7:00 am; 13 September 2015 at 8:00 am; ]

Canberra garage sales this weekend in Red Hill, Chifley, Braddon, Fisher, Deakin, Giralang, Weston Creek, Curtin, Evatt, O’Connor, Monash, Hughes and Torrens. Happy Friday!

Saturday 12 September

13 Bavin Street Curtin
7am to 11.30am
Books, magazines, cookware, crockery, cushions, desk lamp, a full set of golf clubs and bag, baskets, costume jewellery, plus furniture including vintage cane chairs, butlers [...]

Dancing in the streets? Nope, too much red tape


Spring is finally here, which means the silly season is fast approaching. As we emerge from hibernation to enjoy the warmer weather and sunshine, I’m looking forward to enjoying some community and outdoor events without three layers of woollies.
If you want to hold any kind of event that is open to the public in Canberra, the [...]

A look around Canberra – Swinger Hill


When I first moved to Canberra I made a friend that lived just near Swinger Hill. The first time I drove past on the way to her house I screamed with laughter at the name of this suburb. Just under five years later and I’m much more restrained, but I still manage a bit of [...]

Duffy Primary School and community fete

By 4 September 2015

[ 20 September 2015 at 10:00 am; ]

Join us as we travel ‘Around the World’ in one day! Fun, games and refreshments – a great family day out.

Activities include Reptiles Inc, second hand books, SES and fire brigade displays, cultural dance performances, face painting and tattoos, plant stall, putt putt golf, jumping castle, lucky dip and badge making.

Special appearance by the Brumbies, [...]

Canberra weekend garage sale guide (5 and 6 September 2015)

By 4 September 2015
allclassifieds canberra garage sale banner

[ 5 September 2015 at 8:00 am; 6 September 2015 at 9:00 am; ]

Canberra garage sales this weekend in O’Connor, Kambah, Macgregor and Karabar. Happy Friday!

Saturday 5 September

7 Atholbar Way Karabar
8am to 4pm
Bric a brac, toys, clothes, Ford ute, bike rack for car and more.

20 Boobialla Street O’Connor
8.30am to 3pm
Very large house, therefore very large garage sale. Pricing will be low as we must get rid of everything. [...]

Meet world cycle adventurer Jeremy Scott

By 2 September 2015

[ 7 September 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
Meet Jeremy Scott at the launch of the Big Heart Appeal.
As a toddler, Jeremy Scott had a huge hole in his aorta valve that cruelly denied him the opportunity to live the life of a normal healthy child. At just four years of age Jeremy underwent Open Heart Surgery.
34 years later with practically no experience or [...]

RSPCA ACT celebrates 60 years of animal welfare work

Vintage RSPCA

The year was 1955. The polio vaccine passed its first large scale test, Elvis Presley made his TV debut, the Vietnam War began and Robert Menzies was Prime Minister. It was also the year that RSPCA ACT was born.
Sixty years is a long time to do anything, but what began as 23 dedicated individuals has [...]

A look around Canberra – Dickson

dickson suburb sign

The suburb of Dickson in Canberra’s north was named after Sir James Dickson, one of the founders of the constitution and premier of Queensland in the late 1800s.

Dickson gets the tagline ‘Canberra’s Chinatown’ a fair bit, due to the large number of Asian restaurants and grocery stores on Woolley Street. There’s Dickson Dumpling House, The [...]

Canberra weekend garage sale guide (29 and 30 August 2015)

By 28 August 2015
allclassifieds canberra garage sale banner

[ 29 August 2015 at 7:00 am; 30 August 2015 at 8:00 am; ]
Canberra garage sales this weekend in Queanbeyan, Harrison, Red Hill, Ngunnawal, Kambah, Wanniassa and Curtin. Happy Friday!
Saturday 29 August
12 Cruikshank Street
7am to 4pm
Wide range of household items.
20 Derrima Road Queanbeyan
8am to 11am
Furniture, puzzles, bric-a-brac. Will be cancelled if raining.
5 O’Grady Place Wanniassa
8am to 12pm
Toys, clothes, books, DVDs, clothing, kitchenware, games, sports gear, linen, bags, baby [...]

A look around Canberra – Duffy

duffy suburb sign

The suburb of Duffy, located in the Weston Creek region on Canberra’s south side, was named after Sir Charles Gavan Duffy – one of the earliest Victorian premiers. 
Duffy is quite a nice suburb, very leafy and quiet, with plenty of nice houses. It’s a pretty popular suburb and house prices are on the rise. 
Sadly, when [...]

Chifley Preschool spring fair

By 20 August 2015

[ 13 September 2015 at 10:00 am; ]

This just in:
Chifley Preschool Spring Fair, to be held at the preschool, 60 Maclaurin Cres, Chifley on Sunday September 13 2015 from 10am – 1.30pm.


Local recording artist to feature in national advertising campaign

By 20 August 2015

Singer Mike Lang and producer duo, Daniel and Josh Pinkerton, have won the chance to feature in the national Mind Body Business advertising campaign.
Lang and the Pinkerton brothers collaborated to create the electronic song ‘Revolution in You,’ which took out the top prize over dozens of entries from across Australia.
Film production house Blue Clay Creatives [...]

Follow The RiotACT
Get Premium Membership
Advertisement Newsletter Sign Up

Images of Canberra

RiotACT Proudly Supports
Copyright © 2014 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.