Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury today encouraged Canberra commuters to take advantage of the convenient park and ride permit sites and bike and ride facilities.
“Park and ride makes it easier for Canberrans to get to commute each day. We’ve made the service easier to use by introducing three month permits to replace [...]
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today released new dog exercise area maps for community consultation. The maps clearly define where people can take their dogs, showing on and off-leash areas as well as dog prohibited areas.
“The new dog exercise maps aim to provide a balance between providing spaces for dogs to exercise [...]
Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are preparing for the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), with two events to share information about how it will work.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said it was important to engage the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with the NDIS, which begins in the ACT [...]
Plans to encourage development and revitalise the Tuggeranong town centre will consolidate the existing centre by reducing car dependency and locating more people closer to existing businesses.
Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, today approved Territory Plan draft variation 318, which will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly.
“The strong message we’ve received from the [...]
Applications open for Young Women’s Enrichment Grants
Girls and young women with a particular passion – be it sports, music or beekeeping – are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Audrey Fagan Young Women’s Enrichment Grants program.
Applications for the grants program are open to girls and women aged 13-18 who are residents of the ACT and [...]
The YRA is concerned that current ACT Government plans for clearing up asbestos and other contamination at the Canberra Brickworks in Yarralumla are inadequate and vastly underestimate the costs. We understand that the plans are not fully consistent with the regulatory framework that applies to contaminated sites, in particularly asbestos, in the ACT. The YRA [...]
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the ACT and surrounding regions for Monday.
The State Emergency Services advises that people move vehicles under cover or away from trees and secure or put away any loose items around their house, yard and balcony.
And of course, keep clear of fallen power [...]
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, will be guest speaker at the next Tuggeranong Community Council meeting on Tuesday 1 July 2014. He will talk on projects to improve water quality in Lake Tuggeranong. You will recall the Lake will be one of the recipients of the more than $80M that has [...]
ACT Policing and the Gungahlin Marketplace are joining forces this weekend for Project Safe Plate, combatting number plate theft by providing free tamper-proof screws to motorists.
This Saturday (June 21) between 10am-2pm, motorists are encouraged to bring their vehicles to the Gungahlin Marketplace car park on the corner of Gozzard and Ernest Cavanagh Streets, where officers [...]
Canberra is stunning in the winter – the frost, the fog on the lake, the trees changing colour. But, Canberra gets bitterly cold and for one night every year Canberran business leaders, members of the ACT Government and community leaders spend a night sleeping on the street to raise money and awareness about homelessness. [...]
ACT Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson will brave the winter conditions for another year, joining other Canberra leaders for the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout tonight.
“In my 22 years in the Army I have spent hundreds of nights outdoors sleeping rough and I have great sympathy for the hardships of the people who are forced [...]
I’ve been reading up on the possibility of asbestos being present in older houses in the ACT and would like to get it assessed.
I have come up with a list of questions to ask:
Do you have any licence restrictions? (I read about the possibility of some assessors not being able to check above 2.4 m)
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, has announced a new ‘community transport’ initiative to better meet the transport needs of the aged, people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other transport-disadvantaged Canberrans.
“In conjunction with the introduction of the bus network in the middle of this year, we will also pilot [...]
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced that the final master plan for Tuggeranong Town Park, which includes ideas for an enlarged picnic and barbecue area, upgraded play spaces and a new toilet block, is now available for public viewing.
“The needs of the community have significantly changed since the Town Park was [...]
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today released the results of Canberra-wide consultation on sites for 30 new drinking fountains to be progressively installed across Canberra in the coming months. The first was unveiled on Wednesday morning at the Harrison District Playing Fields.
“As part of the ACT Labor-Greens Parliamentary Agreement, the ACT Government [...]
Canberrans can have their say on the long-term environmental, social and economic security of the Weston group centre with the launch today of consultation on the Weston Group Centre Draft Master Plan.
Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the master plan will guide the development of the centre to be a more attractive, [...]
As part of this year’s tenth birthday celebrations, the Capital Region Farmers Market has just announced a very generous donation of $50,000 to the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter Service.
“Snowy Hydro SouthCare is a fabulous community service organisation, and we are delighted to be providing a substantial donation to assist with its services,” said Tony [...]
Canberra writers are encouraged to nominate their works for the 2014 ACT Book of the Year Award, Minister for the Arts Joy Burch said today.
The $10,000 prize is open to ACT writers who have had a contemporary work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry published in the 2013 calendar year.
“The ACT is home to many excellent [...]
[ 22 June 2014 at 3:00 pm; ]
Have decided to try the National Arboretum again (3rd time lucky!). As you may remember the first time there were fee issues (all resolved) and the second time it poured rain!
So this time I hope we are lucky. The grounds are open until 5.30pm so I am suggesting 3-5pm to get the last [...]
What do comedian Anh Do, sports commentator Les Murray and scientist Gus Nossal have in common? They’ve all made an invaluable contribution to Australian society, and they all also happen to have come here as refugees.
This week – June 15 to 21 – is Refugee Week, time to recognise and celebrate the contribution of an [...]
News is in! The National Portrait Gallery were triumphant over New Zealand’s Otago Museum and are now into the third round of the international Museum Dance-off. The NPG, who are the only Australian entrant, took Trans-Tasman glory last week thanks to your support, and finished the day with 65% of total votes. Today, the NPG [...]
Two new public housing homes built by a team dominated by tradeswomen have been handed over to the ACT Government, Minister for Women Joy Burch said today.
The two adaptable dwellings in Richardson were built by Housing ACT, in conjunction with Ruiz Constructions, over 10 months between August 2013 and May 2014. In all, 14 tradeswomen [...]
Amnesty International is hosting an evening Letter Writing Group this Wednesday, 11 June at our office: Lower Ground Floor
Manpower Building, 33-35 Ainslie Avenue. Civic (just up from the Canberra Times fountain). We meet on the second Wednesday of each month. You can arrive any time between 5pm and 6pm, write as many letters as you [...]
On Saturday June 28, in a Canberra-first ‘live petition’ citizens’ initiative, a mass gathering of Canberra groups and individuals will vote on a motion to be presented to Parliament, demanding humane treatment for refugees.
The event will take place at ANU’s Llewellyn Hall at 6pm and is hosted by Canberra’s Refugee Action Committee. Addressing [...]
Shane Rattenbury has announced plans to install lighting in Canberra’s dog parks, in response to dog owner’s requests so that they can exercise their dogs after dark.
“Lighting has already been installed at the Belconnen, Forde and Yarralumla dog parks and will be lighting up the Casey and Tuggeranong dog parks in the next couple of [...]
A couple of recent articles have suggested that buying good local produce is pretty important to some of our readers, so we thought you may be interested in an event hosted by the Food Hub this week.
The Local Food Initiative (a project aimed at making it easier for producers, distributers and lovers of fresh, [...]
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, has today congratulated the many Canberrans recognised for their exceptional contribution to the community in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
The Chief Minister said that the 69 Canberrans who are recipients of Queen’s Birthday Honours this year have all shown outstanding dedication in their chosen fields and have made an enormous [...]
Independent Property Group yesterday recognised the efforts and achievements of one local star with the culmination of their latest Change Reaction charitable initiative.
Representatives from Independent and FM104.7 surprised Suzanne Tunks at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, where she was presented with the title of “Community Hero”.
Suzanne nominated The Stella Bella Little Stars Foundation, [...]
[ 22 July 2014 at 7:00 am; ] The Gungahlin Community Council will be hosting a business breakfast on July 22nd from 7am -8.45am at the Kamberra Winery on Northborne Avenue.
The theme for this breakfast is ‘Enhancing Business Opportunities in Gungahlin’ with guest speakers Mr. Jeremy Hanson M.L.A and Chris Faulks from Canberra Business Council. This is the second breakfast to be hosted [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]