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RSPCA Million Paws Walk – Help break a Guinness World Record!

By 20 April 2015
RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2015

[ 17 May 2015 at 9:00 am; ]

The biggest doggy event of the year is back again for 2015! This year’s Million Paws Walk will be bigger and better than ever with live music, doggy agility and stacks of entertainment throughout the day!

At this year’s Million Paws Walk RSPCA ACT will also be attempting the Guinness World Record for most dogs wearing [...]

Upcoming events at Ginninderra Falls

By 19 April 2015

[ 17 April 2015 at 7:30 pm; 21 April 2015 at 9:00 am; 23 April 2015 at 12:00 pm; ] The following Ginninderra Falls events are coming up this month:

21 April 2015
From 9:00am
The Ginninderra Falls Biodiversity Working Group will meet with Riverview to discuss the issues connected with a 300 metre conservation corridor, plans for a visitor hub, and the need for further work on endangered species.

21 April 2015
From 7:30pm
The Ginninderra Falls Association will give a [...]

Playground review – Nature Discovery Playground, Tidbinbilla


I have memories of being a kid out at Tidbinbilla – quiet family BBQs soaking up the serenity of the Aussie bush. I can also still hear the sound of my screams when an emu decided that once the BBQ meat was cleared, a plastic bobble in my hair looked just as appetising. About six [...]

Yellow Food Van fundraiser at Cheeky Chicken Childcare

By 17 April 2015

[ 17 April 2015; ] Cheeky Chicken Early Learning Centre is today holding its weekly fundraiser for the Yellow Food Van.

You can follow our link for info, pop along to our centre to give a donation or go to the Yellow food Van web site to donate.

Please help us support this very worthwhile charity as they make a massive difference [...]

A look around Canberra – Pearce

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Pearce is a quiet little suburb in Woden, located at the foot of Mount Taylor and tucked away between the neighbouring suburbs of Chifley, Mawson and Torrens. Like many of Canberra’s suburbs, Pearce is named after a prominent politician, Sir George Pearce, who remains the longest-serving senator and longest serving minister in Australia’s federal history.

I’ve [...]

Weekend garage sale guide (18th and 19th April 2015)

By 17 April 2015

Canberra garage sales this weekend in Gordon, Evatt, Farrer, Scullin, Hawker, Oxley, Franklin, Torrens, Ngunnawal, Turner and Kambah. Happy Friday!
Saturday 18 April
48 Clancy Street Evatt
7am to 1pm
Furniture, China, kitchen items, dinner sets, electrical goods, pram, cot, records, clothing, Raiders football signed from 1989 premiership team, stamp albums and more.
11 McAlpine Place Farrer
7.30am to 2pm
Moving sale [...]

Bikes4Africa needs your unwanted bikes!


Two generous Canberrans are collecting, restoring and transporting second-hand bicycles to disadvantaged communities in Africa – and they need your help.
Bikes4Africa is a backyard project created by Michael Skene and Leigh Guilmartin, which this year aims to send 500 restored bicycles to Africa to be distributed by the Bicycling Empowerment Network.
“I’ve been to a few [...]

Fyshwick childcare centre lockout

By 14 April 2015

Staff of the Artemis Family Learning Centre in Cessnock Street, Fyshwick found themselves locked out of the building yesterday morning. Apparently some dispute regarding the lease of the building.
This Canberra Times article refers to “20 families” being turned away. The centre is licensed for 125 kids, so it is likely that a lot more families [...]

Guided tour of Geoscience Australia’s laboratories

By 13 April 2015

[ 22 April 2015 at 11:00 am; ] Ever wanted to find out how rocks, oil, gas and water are analysed? Now’s your chance! Following a brief introductory overview, take a tour through some of Geoscience Australia’s laboratories.

Numbers are limited to 60, with bookings required via Eventbrite. The tour will take 40-50 minutes, departing from the Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre.

Safety considerations: All visitors [...]

Petition to urge Canberra vets to participate in the National Desexing Network

By 12 April 2015

Hi! It would really mean a lot to me and many other Canberrans if you could please take a minute out of your day and sign this petition and share it around.
The ACT is currently the ONLY state in Australia that is not part of the National Desexing Network. The NDN is a nationwide referral [...]

Playground review – Gowrie shops playground

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This week’s play experts, Artie (4 years), Clyde (2 years) and Kaden (18 months) decided we needed a location close to a café to keep the pesky grown-ups happy, so we returned to a local favourite of ours at the Gowrie shops. This playground has always been a crowd pleaser for us with a little [...]

Australian Heritage Week events in the ACT


[ 12 April 2015 to 19 April 2015. ] Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja is encouraging families, parents, teachers, and community groups in Canberra to get involved with Australian Heritage Week.

“Australian Heritage Week starts this Saturday and runs until 19 April 2015,” Senator Seselja said today.

“Australian Heritage Week is an important and lively celebration that encourages us to reflect on the stories and [...]

A look around Canberra – Wright

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Wright is the first of 13 suburbs to be built in the Molonglo Valley, a massive development project that will eventually connect Weston Creek to Belconnen and house 55,000 residents.
There are a few things I like about Wright, which is named after Australian poet and writer Judith Wright McKinney.
The first is that it is possible [...]

Weekend garage sale guide (11th and 12th April)


[ 11 April 2015 7:30 am to 12 April 2015 12:30 pm. ]
Canberra garage sales this weekend in Isabella Plains, Karabar, Gowrie, Bonython, Conder, Wanniassa, Bruce, Harrison and Watson, plus a poultry sale in Yass. Happy Friday!
Saturday 11 April
101 Kinloch Street Bruce
7am to 12pm
Homewares, some furniture, women’s/mens clothing, pet accessories, lots of kitchen wares.
5 O’Grady Place Wanniassa
7am to 1pm
Fundraising garage sale to fund projects that support children [...]

What’s on this weekend? 11th and 12th April 2015

By 9 April 2015

[ 11 April 2015 to 12 April 2015. ]

From reptile and amphibian fiestas to the Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival, there’s something to satisfy everyone this weekend in Canberra. Let us know your plans in the comments below – and enjoy the rest of the four-day working week!

Sports/outdoor activities 

Work off those Easter chocolates with a free outdoor workout lead by local fitness trainer [...]

Tuggeranong Community Council meeting tonight

By 7 April 2015

[ 7 April 2015 at 7:30 pm; ] A quick note to let you know the next Tuggeranong Community Council (TCC) meeting will be held on Tuesday 7 April 2015.

Guest speakers include representatives from YWCA Mura Lanyon Youth and Community Centre and ACTEW AGL.

The meeting will commence at 7.30pm in the upstairs formal dining room at the Southern Cross Club in Greenway.

New members [...]

Love Tuggeranong life? Tuggeranong Action Group wants to hear from you

By 7 April 2015

[ 14 April 2015 at 8:00 pm; 16 April 2015 at 6:30 pm; ] Do you love living in Tuggeranong?

Are there things you would like to see improved?

Do you want to make a difference in your community?

Tuggeranong Action Group (TAG) is a new grassroots organisation established to advocate and represent the interests of the Tuggeranong Valley. We are proud to live in Tuggeranong, and aim to get locals more [...]

The National Folk Festival – Of the people and for the people

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For the 49th time the National Folk Festival opened its arms to artists and audiences alike and, for five perfect days, washed away from the soul the dust of everyday life. The National Folk Festival continues to be the festival of the people and for the people; a time and place for a collective imagination [...]

Playground review – Eddison Park, Woden

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Woden’s Eddison Park is a slice of Canberra’s history, taking its name from the family who farmed the land in the early 1900s. The area now provides wide green spaces for families to enjoy, including a playground.
This week, Kaden (18 months) and I went to explore this park and enjoyed the leafy green spaces it has [...]

Weekend garage sale guide (Easter long weekend)

By 3 April 2015

Get in early to grab a bargain at these Canberra garage sales over the Easter long weekend. With only a few garage sales scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, don’t miss your chance to find a secondhand special.
Saturday 4 April
3 Burnside Street Watson
8am to 1pm
Kitchen appliances, books, CDs, clothing, technology equipment, some furniture and miscellaneous goods.
Sunday [...]

A look around Canberra – Reid

By 3 April 2015
Reid Map

If you live in Reid, you are living in one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs. Populated by approximately 1,583 Canberrans, Reid is situated right next to the Canberra city and is on the left-hand side as you drive up ANZAC parade, towards the War Memorial.

The suburb was originally constructed to provide housing for public servants in preparation [...]

Playground review – Bonython local playground

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The unassuming southside suburb of Bonython is home to a local playground that is well maintained and an absolute treat to visit. Kaden (18 months) and I decided to see what this spot had to offer.
Nestled amongst the quiet streets of Bonython is the local playground, situated closest to Morice Place. Kaden and I parked [...]

Find a club at the CAP Expo

By 27 March 2015
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[ 28 March 2015 at 11:00 am; ]

Thinking about joining a social club or group? Come to the Connect and Participate (CAP) Expo!

The CAP Expo is a free community event on Saturday 28 March featuring over 140 social, recreational, cultural, artistic, and sporting groups.

It’s an opportunity for Canberrans of all abilities and ages to join groups and build social connections around common [...]

Kangaroo shot with arrow in Queanbeyan


On Tuesday morning, a resident of Greenleigh in Queanbeyan looked out onto her driveway and saw a young kangaroo. He was hurt. He hadn’t been hit by a car as you might guess. He had been shot with a bow and arrow. The arrow was still inside him, piercing his chest through to his posterior shoulder.
Thanks to [...]

Weekend garage sale guide (28th March)

By 27 March 2015

[ 28 March 2015 at 7:00 am; ]

It’s garage sales galore this Saturday in Canberra, with second hand bargains for sale in suburbs including Yarralumla, Conder, Charnwood, Holt and Queanbeyan. 


5 Kiddle Cres Richardson
7am to 3pm
A massive clear out with three households. everything from kitchen appliances, toys, clothing, kids toys, baby gear and so much more. PLEASE NO PRE 7AM EARLY BIRDS.

26 Kavel [...]

A look around Canberra – Doing time in the Rivetto Ghetto

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I maintain that Canberra is a well-kept secret (although I am told there are now license plates surfacing which say ‘ACT – it’s not as bad as you think’ in which case the secret may be out). Within Canberra, there are a few rare gems that are easily overlooked and I would count Rivett as [...]

Registrations open for Run for Teal, Batemans Bay

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[ 25 October 2015; ]

Come and support Ovarian Cancer Australia by running, walking or crawling your way around the stunning coastal town of Batemans Bay this October.

With four course options ranging from 6km to a full marathon, it’s a fun run for all ages and fitness levels. Funds raised will be donated to the research arm of Ovarian Cancer [...]

Why did Smith’s Alternative really close?

By 25 March 2015

One of Canberra’s most loved performance venues announced last week that it would cease its operations indefinitely. This week, Smith’s Alternative is in receivership.
The cosy venue in the Melbourne Building has undergone many machinations throughout the past three decades. From its slow transformation from a bookshop to an arts hub, it has always catered for [...]

Canberra’s Magna Carta Place

magna carta place

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the 13th Century English King’s agreement to the terms as set out in the Magna Carta. The original charter was more about getting a better deal for the church and the nobles rather than most of the population. Over time with additions and alterations, this document became important in [...]

Free family night at PCYC this Saturday

By 24 March 2015
pcyc family fun night

[ 28 March 2015 at 5:00 pm; ]

PCYC Erindale is hosting a family fun night this Saturday (28 March) between 5pm and 7pm .

There will be face-painting, balloon modeling, science experiments, Tots tumbling as well as music from DJ Panda.

The theme is Crazy hair and there will be prizes for the best and most craziest hair on the night.

For more details go to CPCYC [...]

DVCS Blue & White Gala Ball

By 24 March 2015
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[ 16 May 2015 at 6:30 pm; ]
Join Rosie Batty, Kate Ceberano, Jane Caro and DJSal for the Domestic Violence Crisis Services’ Blue & White Gala Ball on Saturday 16 May. Raise awareness of domestic violence and funds for services assisting those subjected to domestic violence in the ACT.
Tickets are $200 per person and include three course meal with sparkling, white and red [...]

Road trip from Canberra: Yarrangobilly Caves


My last RiotACT article talked about some of the day trips you can take around Canberra to explore the great outdoors. Yarrangobilly Caves was one of the day trips on my to do list and last weekend, I got in the car and ventured out into the Snowy Mountains to explore the caves.
The route I [...]

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