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WANTED – Children’s books for 2-5 year olds

By 5 June 2014

My daughter’s childcare centre is a not for profit centre (part of South side children’s services) – they are struggling with resources and have hardly any books! They’ve put out a call for more books. Does anyone out there have old childrens books that they’d be happy to part with?
Any donations would be gratefully received.
(If [...]

The Kingston Foreshore – Canberra’s new dining district?

By 5 June 2014
The Kingston Foreshore - Canberra's new dining district?

In Canberra it is commonplace for the newest establishments to be flooded by locals making it difficult to sample the delights of the Nations Capital’s newest eateries and bars for months. However, visiting the Kingston Foreshore for a meal provides to be an eerily quiet experience. Possibly being compared to its ‘flashy’ Sydney cousin, Darling [...]

Rock ‘n’ Roll @ The Rex

By 4 June 2014
Rock 'n' Roll @ The Rex

UPDATE – 3.35pm 11 June – Unfortunately lack of numbers has forced this event to be cancelled. Sincere apologies from YouthCARE Canberra if there has been any inconvenience caused.
Rock ‘n’ Roll @ The Rex is a 50′s-style charity fundraiser night with all funds going to YouthCARE Canberra and St John’s Care.
YouthCARE Canberra provides pro-active outreach [...]

A Place to call home? Migrant hostel memories

By 4 June 2014
A Place to call home?  Migrant hostel memories

[ 30 May 2014 to 30 September 2014. ]

The National Archives are currently displaying a series of photos capturing the life of migrants to Australia post WWII. Whether for a long or short stay, many people spent their early days on Australian shores in hostels across a number of locations in the Country.

The exhibition contains vivid photographs of Australia’s migrant hostels with [...]

Government needs to catch tyre slasher

By 3 June 2014

The ACT Labor government needs to commit to catching the notorious Narrabundah tyre slasher as the Canberra community raises its voice about the ongoing vandalism to residents’ property being inflicted, Member for Molonglo Giulia Jones said today.
“Today in the Legislative Assembly I will table a petition signed by more than 270 Canberrans calling on Simon [...]

Refurbished memorial site in Watson

By 2 June 2014

The ACT Government and National Capital Authority have recently completed an upgrade to a park in Watson that has long recognised the sacrifice made by those who have served and died for our country in war.
The Apex Memorial and Junior Farmers Memorial, which will be renamed Valour Park, has now been revitalised and made more [...]

Improving offender rehabilitation by extending Throughcare

By 2 June 2014

Minister for Corrections, Shane Rattenbury, today announced the increased investment in the 2014-15 Budget of $2.176m over two years to extend the Throughcare program.
“The Throughcare Unit was established to address the many challenges associated with detainees re-entering the community and is focused on reducing recidivism. The program identifies support needs across the areas of housing, [...]

How can we get a fair go for our student asylum seekers?

By 31 May 2014
How can we get a fair go for our student asylum seekers?

Dickson College students have published an open letter about one of their fellow students. The letter says that every week, when he applies to the Department of Immigration for a weekly visa extension, he has to explain that if he goes “back home” to where he was born he may be murdered by someone whose [...]

Windscreen cleaning at traffic lights

By 30 May 2014

I have never been a big fan of windscreen washing at traffic lights.
I was surprised to see it used on the corner of Melrose and Hindmarsh as a bit of a fundraiser a few times for a local women’s Aussie Rules competition, but REALLY surprised to see it used by the Fire Brigade (must have [...]

ACT Employers recognised at employer support awards

By 29 May 2014

Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann MP has congratulated four Canberra employers who were recognised for their exceptional support of Australian Defence Force Reservists at the ACT Employer Support Awards overnight.
The Erindale Pharmacy, Focus ACT, Communities at Work and the Canberra Hospital were the winners of the four categories of awards.
Ms Brodtmann thanked the winners [...]

Sponsorship Money for Dragons Abreast

By 28 May 2014
Sponsorship Money for Dragons Abreast

Last Saturday, The Green Shed donated a $500 sponsorship to Dragons Abreast.
Dragons Abreast will use the money for the creation of graphic design for their tshirts, trophies and prizes for the corporate teams competing in the annual Dragons Abreast Corporate Regatta on 20 September this year.
Co-owners Elaine Stanford (pictured third from left) and Sandie Parkes [...]

Support for International Flights into Canberra

By 28 May 2014

Funds to attract direct international flights and develop domestic aviation partnerships will be delivered in the 2014-15 ACT Budget.
An additional $600,000 will go towards the Cooperative Airline Stimulus Fund bringing the funds total to $1.1 million. The fund will support international and domestic cooperative marketing campaigns that will stimulate demand and further grow the [...]

Tuesday Night Trivia?

By 27 May 2014
Tuesday Night Trivia?

People of Canberra!
My trivia group is looking for a new place to participate in Trivia on Tuesday evenings? Preferably somewhere with good food and an early finish so we can eat and play at the same time!
Is there anywhere people can recommend? In the city would be ideal!

Help save bears and orangutans

By 26 May 2014
Help save bears and orangutans

Canberra is hosting several exciting events to help celebrate World Environment Day on 5 June. A particular focus will be on raising much-needed funds and to become more informed about the dire situation bears and orangutans are facing. Saving bears and orangutans is reaching crisis point – orangutans could be extinct in the wild in [...]

Emergency services to target female recruits

By 25 May 2014

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today announced that $160,000 has been set aside for a campaign to boost gender diversity within the territory’s emergency services.
“The Government is developing and implementing a Women in Emergency Services Strategy to attract and retain more women to emergency services, particularly focusing on increasing the number [...]

Kingston Arts Precinct Master Plan released

By 23 May 2014
Kingston Arts Precinct Master Plan released

The Land Development Agency (LDA) has released the Master Plan for Section 49 Kingston, otherwise known as the ‘Kingston Arts Precinct’ or ‘Kingston Cultural Precinct’.

The 5.4 hectare site, bounded by Wentworth Avenue, Eastlake Parade and Giles Street, contains historic buildings such as the Kingston Glassworks, Fitters’ Workshop and the Old Bus Depot Markets.
Retaining the heritage [...]

Change to Melrose and Eggleston intersection

By 22 May 2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, has announced work has started on improvements to the intersection at Melrose Drive and Eggleston Crescent in Chifley.
“The intersection was planned to be changed in 2012, preventing a right hand turn from Eggleston Crescent, however we received feedback from the community that further improvements were needed,” said [...]

Control and Choice Expo

By 22 May 2014

Locals are being urged to attend today’s Control and Choice Expo to experience some of the supports and services that will be on offer under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said “The NDIS will begin in the ACT on 1 July this year. The Expo is the first of its [...]

New trade training centre for Tuggeranong

By 22 May 2014

Students in Canberra’s south will be able to explore careers in hospitality, horticulture, construction and the automotive industry with the opening of a new trade training centre in Canberra’s south.
ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today took part in the opening of the $8.1635 million Tuggeranong Sustainable Learning Trade Training Centre, based at [...]

Corbell calls for Liberals to stand up for ACT Projects

By 22 May 2014

Canberra Liberals leader Jeremy Hanson should take up the issue of Tony Abbott’s health and education budget cuts rather than attacking transformative infrastructure projects that will generate jobs and stimulate the ACT economy, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
“Jeremy Hanson shows a lack of vision and direction with his attack [...]

For lease indefinitely: Rowland and Lisa’s online engagement

By 21 May 2014
For lease indefinitely: Rowland and Lisa's online engagement

Offering light-hearted views and plenty of potential for growth, this thirty-something year old ‘unit’ is officially off the market.
When Rowland Fischer placed his ad on, his description was carefully worded and aimed at just one special person. Described as being ‘well looked after for the past two years, but now in need of a [...]

Obesity Clinic for Canberra

By 21 May 2014

A new obesity clinic has opened in Canberra, to tackle one of the region’s biggest health concerns, according to the ABC.
With almost one in three ACT adults and one in four Year Six children overweight or obese, the Obesity Management Service will assist by offering consultations with a range of medical professionals.
Services are available at [...]

The uphill path for Generation Y

By 21 May 2014

On Monday night’s Q&A I watched as a fairly gutsy young graduate from Tasmania questioned Mr Hockey on the new rules around unemployment benefits for those under 30.  I was pretty impressed.  Obviously a well-educated fellow, although the Treasurer came back more than once with ‘Under 30s will earn or learn’, this man pressed, citing [...]

Awards recognise innovation in disaster resilience

By 20 May 2014

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, is encouraging Canberrans to nominate individuals or organisations who have made a significant contribution to disaster resilience in the ACT.
Nominations for the 2014 Resilient Australia Awards are open until 2 July.
“The Resilience Australia Awards are a perfect opportunity to recognise members and organisations in our community, [...]

Giralang supermarket decision to be challenged in the High Court

By 19 May 2014

The High Court of Australia has granted an alliance of north Canberra businesses leave to appeal from a decision of the ACT Court of Appeal last November which found that the group did not have standing to challenge the decision of ACT Planning Minister, Simon Corbell to approve a redevelopment of the Giralang Local Centre.
The [...]

Blog Post: A silver lining to a tough budget?

By 18 May 2014
Blog Post: A silver lining to a tough budget?

On Thursday morning I popped out to do a bit of shopping and ran into a friend.  I have known him a long time – more than 30 years and he is a mild mannered and generally fairly quiet man.  We said hello and I asked how he was going, expecting our usual mid shopping [...]

Why Manuka is the best part of Canberra

By 17 May 2014
Why Manuka is the best part of Canberra

I love Manuka because it’s just so quiet on weekdays heading into winter.
Oddly enough, the quieter it gets the more I get to know everyone and it feels like a local suburban shopping centre that just happens to be surrounded by businesses, big government and VIPs.
It’s the local shopping centre whose local residents (to cast [...]

New Local App – Field Guide to Australian Capital Territory Fauna

By 16 May 2014
New Local App - Field Guide to Australian Capital Territory Fauna

Looking for a weekend to escape to nature?
The Museum of Victoria has developed an app for a local tour of the Nations Capital and its fauna. The app features over 400 species, including mammals, birds, fishes, reptiles, frogs and invertebrates.

Volunteer Week

By 16 May 2014

This week is National Volunteer Week. 
Given the recent budget, it occurred to me that volunteers are going to be even more vital to our community than ever.  But with increased household pressures for many, is people’s ability to volunteer likely to be affected?
Do you volunteer?  Or, work for an organisation reliant on volunteers?  What is [...]

Drawtism – Pictionary for a cause

By 15 May 2014
Drawtism - Pictionary for a cause

Drawtism is a fun game that uses Pictionary to help understand the communication challenges faced by people with autism while raising funds to overcome these challenges. Do you remember the last time you played Pictionary and you couldn’t be understood by your team? Frustrating right? That’s exactly what Drawtism is about! So this June, sign [...]

Canberra’s 25th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

By 15 May 2014
Canberra's 25th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

Canberra’s International AIDS Candlelight Memorial 2014
The AIDS Action Council of the ACT is proud to bring you Canberra’s 25th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial.
A space to remember those who have gone too soon and recommit to continuing more than 30 years of international HIV activism, so the grief and stigma faced in the past is not [...]

Million Paws Walk 2014

By 14 May 2014
Million Paws Walk 2014

[ 18 May 2014; ]

It’s time again for Canberra’s canine community to come together and raise funds for RSPCA ACT.

The Million Paws Walk is Canberra’s premiere pet event where animal-lovers can mingle, chat and celebrate their furry friendships. It is a great day of family-friendly fun designed to entertain, inform and educate the community about important animal welfare issues.

The [...]

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