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The most liked brand in town?

By 17 December, 2013

2B have sent this in about their ongoing marketing survey:
…just one of the answers the Canberra Media and Brand Survey will show. We can tell you the current top 3 (not in order) are Supabarn, Canberra Milk and Canturf.
Of Canberra’s national sporting brands the Brumbies, Raiders and Capitals are the current front runners and [...]

Parties at the Shops rides forth again in 2014

By 17 December, 2013

One of the better parts of the Centenary progam, Parties at the Shops have announced they’re coming around again next year:
From 8-16 March 2014, Canberrans will be invited to celebrate Canberra’s 101st birthday at the second instalment of the highly successful Centenary of Canberra project, Parties at the Shops.
Through the support of the Land [...]

100 years of Fire and Rescue in Canberra

By 17 December, 2013

ATS T. has added this great look back at the history of the ACT’s fire services to YouTube.
Sadly without any other text or attribution.
Some great nostalgia there and haven’t they come a long way?

A centenary column and time capsule for City Hill

By 17 December, 2013

Canberra CBD have announced they’re not done with the Centenary:
Winding down from a vibrant Centenary Year, Canberra CBD Limited is gifting a sculpture and time capsule to the people of Canberra.
Preparations have begun for the unveiling of the Canberra Centenary Column sculpture and time capsule on 11 March 2014 atop City Hill.
Jane Easthope, CEO of [...]

Reflecting on the Centenary.

By 16 December, 2013

I was there
World+Dog is chiming in to give their thoughts on Canberra’s Centenary Year.
But aside from it being my job to share opinions on such things I’m also unusually positioned to comment for two reasons.
1) I’ve been writing about it for the best part of a decade.
2) I am actually a signed up Centenary Volunteer [...]

This was the best year ever

By 14 December, 2013

Far too often crap for brains types try to hark on about how the old ways were best and call for a return to yesterday.
Think Progress has a refreshing seasonal story on why the year just gone was the best one that ever was.
Which is no excuse not to try and do better here in [...]

Simon’s planning a park for Chisholm

By 13 December, 2013

Simon Corbell has announced progress in his plans for a Chisholm park:
A vacant block in Chisholm, previously earmarked for development, has moved one step closer to becoming a park today following a move to change the land’s zoning.
“Draft variation 326 to the Territory Plan proposes to rezone Chisholm section 590 from CZ4 Local Centre [...]

Helen Razer on Canberra’s protest scene of the 1980s (and Nelson Mandela)

By 13 December, 2013

Helen Razer’s written an excellent article on Crikey (the most excellent articles annoy peckerheads and this seems to have hit the spot) about Nelson Mandela and the hoopla surrounding his death.
But for Canberrans there’s a lot on the 1980s protest scene that is worth revisiting.

Amnesty Protest outside of Lao Embassy this Monday

By 12 December, 2013

Amnesty are organising a protest at the Lao Embassy this Monday over the disappearance of Sombath Somphone.
Amnesty International Australia supporters will stage a protest outside the Lao Embassy in O’Malley this Monday 16 December 2013 at 10am, to call for the immediate return of Mr Sombath Somphone.
Sombath is a well-known and respected member of [...]

Simon’s screwed the pooch. High Court throws out Marriage Equality

By 12 December, 2013

As expected the High Court has ruled against Simon Corbell’s gay marriage laws.
Will he have the decency to resign?
More to come.

Shane Rattenbury says it’s up to the Federales now:
ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury has called on the Federal Government to now legislate for an end to marriage discrimination after the High Court has [...]

Safe shelter pleased with pilot

By 12 December, 2013

Safe Shelter in Canberra have announced the results of their review of pilot operations in 2013.
Here are the recommendations:
Based on the stakeholder feedback collated above, the Safe Shelter Management Committee are now progressing a number of recommendations for 2014 which include:
• Expansion of the Safe Shelter Project to more nights of the week at [...]

Breathe Dance Studios host Typhoon Haiyan Zumba Fundraiser

By 12 December, 2013

Get fit, have fun, raise money for some unfortunate people who really need it.
Breathe Dance Studio will be holding a Zumba charity event to be hosted by Zumba instructor Julia Eaton (and some special guests) on Sunday 15 December with all proceeds to go to Unicef.
The event will be held at the studio (the [...]

Canberra’s 10th Inclusion Awards Winners

By 11 December, 2013

The Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards have attracted record numbers of submissions this year. Tomorrow night the awards will be handed out to people and organisations that have worked to create better and more inclusive environments for people living with disability.
Congratulations to the winners.
Here’s the list.
“We received a record 63 nominations this year in the nine [...]

Christmas comes early for some community sector workers

By 11 December, 2013

Andrew Barr has announced extra money for the community sector:
The ACT Government has agreed to bring forward payments for non-government community and disability organisations so workers can receive pay increases sooner.
This agreement comes after months of detailed discussions between the ACT Government and the Australian Services Union.
The agreement will have no impact on [...]

Joy dishes the arts grants

By 11 December, 2013

Joy Burch is playing Santa to arts organisations with our money:
“I am pleased the ACT Government continues to provide strong access to, and participation in, the arts for our community through the ACT Arts Fund,” Ms Burch said.
“The 2014 funding will support a broad range of programs and projects by arts organisations, individual artists, [...]

So that was your Centenary

By 11 December, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is calling it quits on the Centenary, perhaps unable to muster any enthusiasm for the last weeks of the year:
Following more than 1000 community events ranging from a major fireworks display on the ‘very big day’ in March to the parties at the shops across Canberra, Canberra’s Centenary celebrations are coming to [...]

Christmas in the City gears up for some Christmas camel rides

By 11 December, 2013

[ 12 December, 2013; 12:00 pm; ]

Camels are Australia’s greatest natural resource.

That was a silly sentence, but Camel rides are a blast, and the city is going to be full of them this Thursday.

The carnival is back with twice as many camels

The much anticipated Christmas Carnival in the City will officially open tomorrow (Thursday 12th) at 12pm.

Free activities, live performances [...]

Organisations awarded for efforts to prevent violence against women

By 10 December, 2013

Five awards and three accolades were given tonight to commend the important work of several organisations in the fight to prevent violence against women at tonight’s Partners in Prevention Awards.
“The ACT Partners in Prevention Awards recognise the contribution of best practice in strategies, programs and activities that create awareness of gendered violence,” Minister for Women [...]

Grants miss out 2XX

By 10 December, 2013

Some unhappiness being expressed on Twitter about Andrew Barr’s latest grants announcements:
Thanks for another kick in the balls #CBR. @ABarrMLA did not announce @2XXFM as a successful applicant of the CSI grant 1/2
— Meg O'Connell (@OConnellMeg) December 10, 2013

Treasurer Barr lists his highlights as:
The 2013-14 Community Support and Infrastructure Grants included $20,000 to Karralika Programs [...]

Legends of Vegas at Belconnen Community Centre

By 9 December, 2013

[ 20 December, 2013; 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. ] BCS is proud to present Legends of Vegas, featuring tributes to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Johnny Cash and Elvis, supported by the Vegas Showgirls from Subsdance Studios.

Friday 20th December, 11am. Theatre@bcs, Belconnen Community Centre. Tickets are $20 or $15 Concession.

Tickets can be purchased from the Belconnen Community Centre reception or by calling 62640232.

For more information, [...]

S*** guys say when they need to say something (animated) #summerofrespect

By 9 December, 2013

The ACT Government has entered the exciting world of animated public service announcements:
We all want the right kind of lovin’ this summer.
If you see sexual violence, say something.
www.whattosay.org.au
#summerofrespect
Art Direction — Helani Laisk
Script — Tom Maclachan
Cast — Marcus Costello, Andrew Lindqvist, John Harding
Production — Angela Carnovale, Rachel Hart
Special thanks to:
The Summer of Respect Reference Group
The cool [...]

Helen Watchirs to also be the Public Advocate

By 9 December, 2013

I’m buggered if I can see why we would have a human rights commissioner and a public advocate if one woman can do both jobs anyway.
But Simon Corbell has announced that’s what we’re doing:
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced the appointment of Dr Helen Watchirs OAM, to act as the ACT Public Advocate for three months [...]

The New Aged Care Reforms. What do they mean for you?

By 9 December, 2013

In June 2013 the government passed a number of laws, changing the aged care system. The changes are intended to:
1) increase the options available for those requiring aged care
2) provide flexibility and choice on how residents can pay their accommodation costs
3) align fees for aged care services more closely to individual circumstances.
Many of these reforms [...]

Zed, Giralang Primary, and the Rats of Tobruk

By 9 December, 2013

For reasons beyond all sanity Senator Zed Seselja is launching a DVD about brutal siege warfare at a Primary School today.
Senator Zed Seselja will today launch Giralang Primary School’s DVD featuring the Rats of Tobruk.
The DVD is a result of Giralang Primary winning a Department of Veterans Affairs Schools’ Grant to establish the Rats [...]

Have your say on Hughes shops

By 6 December, 2013

Feedback is being requested on the draft plans for the Hughes shops upgrades.
Let them know what you think Hughesians!
The ACT Government today invited members of the community to provide feedback on the draft plans for the upgrade of public spaces at the Hughes shops.
“Members of the community are invited to attend drop-in information sessions [...]

Zed wants your thoughts on childcare

By 5 December, 2013

Senator Seselja is looking for your input to an issues paper on child care:
Senator Seselja said the Productivity Commission will take a holistic view to reform, including looking at issues facing mothers returning to the workforce, rural, regional and remote communities, shift workers, and disadvantaged and vulnerable children. “The work lives of Australian families are [...]

Caped Crusader Wanted

By 5 December, 2013

Seen on Seek.com this morning:
Caped Crusader
Must have a cape and mask
Because he’s the hero Canberra deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt him because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.
UPDATE: Screenshot thanks to niftydog:

Beard related BBQ times

By 5 December, 2013

[ 8 December, 2013; 12:00 pm; ]

Canberra’s facial hair fan club, Canbeards, are putting on a bit of a BBQ this Sunday at Black Mountain Peninsular.

If you have a beard, like beards, or just really like BBQs you should probably check it out.

Help fund Sam King’s new studio space

By 4 December, 2013

Sam King has great hair, and works his butt off in the Canberra music scene.
He’s been recording and producing albums for Canberra bands since he was a teenager, and he’s pretty darn good at it.
He’s put up a Pozible to get together the last of the cash he needs to build his own studio space, [...]

Strong Women: Circus Sisters exhibition at Tuggeranong Arts Centre

By 4 December, 2013

[ 5 December, 2013 to 17 December, 2013. ]

Warehouse Circus continue to be one of my favourite organisations ever. They do excellent work and continue to not just pump out fantastic circus performers, but straight up help people in all sorts of wonderful circussy ways.

This exhibition chronicles their work with a group of 11 young women with disability, and sounds rather cool.

It’s only [...]

Sunday by the Lake to support Snowy Hydro SouthCare

By 4 December, 2013

This Sunday head down to Lake Burley Griffin to partake in champagne and Bocce, like gentlemen.
Be a gentleman this Sunday.
Wear a monocle if you have one.
This Sunday, 8 December is the inaugural Moet & Chandon ‘Sunday by the Lake’ supporting Snowy Hydro SouthCare. The event will be held in a purpose built marquee space at [...]

Footballers will attempt to wrap your presents to raise money for charity

By 4 December, 2013

[ 7 December, 2013; 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ]

Known for their delicate touch, their love of craft, and their impeccable attention to aesthetic detail, a meat-tray (that’s the collective noun) of footballers will graciously punch, chew on, slam dunk, wrap your Christmas presents for you in exchange for a gold coin donation to charity.

It’s the thought that counts.

I joke, but this is a [...]

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