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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 [...]

Gay Marriage decision reserved to 12 December

By 3 December, 2013

World+Dog is tweeting that we find out next week what the High Court thinks of the ACT’s gay marriage efforts:
The High Court has reserved its decision on the Federal Govt's challenge of our same sex marriage bill until next week
— PRIME7 Canberra News (@PRIME7CanNews) December 3, 2013

ACTION’s yellow bus stop posts find a new life

By 3 December, 2013

TAMS are letting us know what they plan to do with the iconic yellow bus stop markers that have adorned Canberra’s bus stops for decades as they give way to NXTBUS posts:
Vases, carver’s mallets, sculptures and the legs of a workbench are some of the pieces the old ACTION wooden bus posts are being ‘turned’ [...]

Faceless by Jeff Thompson. A serialisation, Part 4

By 3 December, 2013

[If you're coming in late, start at Part 1]
Judy and Raymond sat on the double bed in what had become ‘their’ room in the house. They sat cross-legged facing each other. Judy at one end and Ray at the other. Holding hands. Eyes closed. Breathing.
“There’s something blocking your base chakra Ray, I can feel it. [...]

Gudgenby Cottage awaits

By 3 December, 2013

TAMS are letting people know that the Gudgenby Reay-Cut Cottage is available for hire:
Canberrans were today encouraged to consider the historical Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in Namadgi National Park for their community based activities and projects.
“Hudson’s Ready-Cut Homes were at their peak in the first half of the 20th century and Canberrans have the opportunity [...]

Have your say on Mugga Lane Solar Park plans

By 2 December, 2013

The Mugga Lane Sular Park developmenmt application is on public display.
The design is still at a conceptual level, however they are inviting and welcoming feedback and inputs into the design.
Those of you who like plans, or live around the area may well want to take a peek.

Same-sex marriage and the High Court: previewing the arguments

By 2 December, 2013

By Anne Twomey, University of Sydney
This week, the High Court will begin hearing the Commonwealth’s challenge to the ACT’s Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013. But don’t expect lofty rhetoric about equality; the case is really about the inconsistency of laws, not human rights.
In addition to the Commonwealth and the ACT, Australian Marriage Equality (AME) [...]

Katy breaks out the pom poms, hooray for for us, for everything, and for the Centenary

By 2 December, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is telling us everything is awesome:
The Centenary celebrations have inspired increased local pride in Canberra with nine out of ten respondents to a new survey saying they had promoted positive feelings about the national capital and had an increased knowledge of its history, Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher revealed today.
The centenary has [...]

Visual Design for Researchers

By 1 December, 2013

Would you like to know more about visual design for creating a visual research output, like a poster or presentation? Would you like to improve your visual communication skills or learn more about how to approach visual design? The Visual Design for Researchers workshop aims to help you get started with the visual design process [...]

Canberra Quiet On Actual Riot?

By 1 December, 2013

I felt a bit like David Attenborough at around 2 am last night as I got to witness the annual migration of the graduating students of Marist College from Civic to Woden.
I watched in awe as this 100 – 200 strong group of mainly intoxicated young men in varying stages of undress rampaged through [...]

Canberrans helping victims of Typhoon Haiyan

By 30 November, 2013

Come celebrate Christmas at the Philippine Embassy while helping to raise funds to assist victimes of typhoon Haiyan.
Canberra’s local Filipino community will be hosting its annual Christmas celebration tomorrow in the grounds of the Philippine Embassy while there’ll also be a fundraising drive to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Alistair [...]

Giralang shops saga comes to a close

By 29 November, 2013

Simon Corbell is all a quiver after an appeal which was stalling plans to provide Giralang with a nice new shopping complex was dismissed by the Court of Appeals today.
Check out our Giralang Shops tag and just look at how long this saga has been going on for.
Giralang’s supermarket closed in 2004, I bet the [...]

StakeMyRep challenges Skaters to compete online for prizes

By 29 November, 2013

Just heard about this StakeMyRep site where Canberran skaters compete to make cooler skating videos than each other.
This sounds kinda fun, hopefully they get some great footage out of it.
So this project involves, skateboards, YouTube, and social media? Prepare to get grumpy and not understand what’s going on old people!
StakeMyRep.com, the unique new social website [...]

2013 Multicultural Award Winners announced

By 29 November, 2013

Last night Canberran individuals and organisations were recognised for their contribution to Canberra’s multicultural community.
Canberra’s multicultural champions were tonight recognised at the 2013 ACT Centenary Multicultural Awards.
Among this year’s award winners was human rights champion Marion Le who was named ACT Multicultural Advocate of the Year and the Canberra Islamic Centre which was awarded [...]

New sex and gender diversity legislation introduced today

By 28 November, 2013

New legislation to improve the legal recognition of sex and gender diverse people in the ACT will be introduced in the Legislative Assembly today, says Simon Corbell.
The biggest and most important change is that individuals no longer have to undergo surgery to legally change their sex on their birth certificate.
I’ve met people who have saved [...]

CBR, Canberra’s city brand unveiled

By 28 November, 2013

In September 2012, the ACT Government began the development of a city brand for Canberra.
The city brand is designed to build on the success and momentum of our Centenary year and is a way for people to better understand and engage with Canberra as a place to live, work, visit, learn and invest.
Our sectors
Science, Research, [...]

Youth workers recognised at YOGIES

By 27 November, 2013

Tonight Joy Burch announced the 2013 winners of the YOGIE Awards which represent outstanding practice working with 12 to 25 year olds.
Congratulations to all the winners.
“Tonight’s nominees and winners demonstrate the commitment, dedication, excellence and support provided by the sector in supporting our young people,” Ms Burch said.
“I thank and congratulate all tonight’s nominees [...]

Canberra disability advocates get national recognition

By 27 November, 2013

The contributions of Canberrans Ann Procter and Huy Nguyen to the disability sector were acknowledges and celebrated last night at the National Disability Awards where Ms Procter was a joint recipient of the Lesley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement in Disability and Mr Nguyen received the Emerging Leaders Award in Disability.
Good things happening to [...]

Giulia Jones takes up cudgels against ‘ol dick ‘n balls

By 27 November, 2013

The Liberals’ Giulia Jones is making a push for Canberra’s playgrounds to be made more to her liking.
Playgrounds across Canberra are in need of a spruce up and they should offer more for mums and dads while providing a learning environment to boost fitness and health, Member for Molonglo Giulia Jones said today.
“Today in [...]

Christmas Giving Trees (Groceries) in Canberra?

By 27 November, 2013

Is anyone aware of any charities/charity giving trees in Canberra that are accepting groceries and non-perishables in the lead up to Christmas?

ACT Population to grow. Official

By 26 November, 2013

Many media outlets are getting their panties in a bunch over today’s ABS population numbers.
And it’s true there’s one set of projections which have the population up to nearly a million by 2061.
There’s another series that gets us to a more sedate 612,000.
It’s worth bearing in mind that Washington DC has a population of 600,000 [...]

Have some thoughts on Kaleen and Wanniassa street improvements?

By 26 November, 2013

Shane Rattenbury ask asked for feedback on the proposed changes to Maribyrnong Avenue in Kaleen and Sternberg Crescent in Wanniassa.
Go check out what’s what and get back to Shane on it. If sure the Hive mind here will have a few suggestions.
“Traffic calming schemes are a proven road safety treatment. Canberra’s residential neighbourhoods should, as [...]

Payroll tax concessions for hiring Young Persons with Disability

By 26 November, 2013

Andrew Barr has announced the passage of a bill to help young school leavers with disability get jobs:
Young persons with disability will have a helping hand to enter the workplace with organisations now able to receive a payroll tax concession for employing school leavers with disability.
A Government bill passed in the Legislative Assembly [...]

Canberra Tracks. One site to rule them all

By 26 November, 2013

Simon Corbell has announced a new website to keep tabs on all the tracks:
The Canberra Tracks network of heritage signage has come of age with a brand new interactive website giving full access to the intriguing stories of numerous sites across the ACT, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell announced today.
“Until [...]

So many ways to give locally this Christmas

By 26 November, 2013

We’re less than a month off Christmas now, so it’s time to start thinking about ways to make others happy, because that’s what Christmas is all about.
For many people struggling to make ends meet, Christmas is the hardest time of the year rather than the most joyful. This holiday season, one in every 13 Canberrans [...]

The Richards go one up in the great global christmas decorations war

By 25 November, 2013

No less than the Houston Chronicle is marvelling at Canberra’s Richards family who have reclaimed their world record for the most christmas lights on a residential property:
An Australian family has reclaimed their Guinness World Record by stringing up more than half a million Christmas lights around their suburban home.
Guinness World Records official Chris Sheedy [...]

Kyall Green’s Story

By 22 November, 2013

A mother and father should not have to bury their son but this is what David and Jackie Green were faced with when their beloved 22 year old son Kyall died in a car accident earlier this year.
A few months before Kyall died, he had talked to his parents about wanting to help others by [...]

Walk around the lake for charity

By 21 November, 2013

[ 24 November, 2013; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. ]

This Sunday the 24th just so happens to be Lakewalk 2013, so you know what to do.

Lake/walking/fitness/charity win/win/win/win.

It’s simple math.

The walkathon is on this Sunday 24th November, between 10am and 1pm. It starts at regatta point, commonwealth park and takes a loop circuit to Aspen Island and back. All monies raised go towards funding therapies [...]

Gorilla Fairies are not the Sly Fox

By 20 November, 2013

Well aren’t things getting interesting down Sullivans Creek as Gorilla Fairies get down to community gardening?

ANU lecturer wins excellent award

By 20 November, 2013

Dr Carol Hayes is a senior lecturer from the ANU College of Asia and Pacific, and she just won an award for Teaching Excellence at the Australian Awards for University Teaching, which is all sorts of great.
The citation for the award praised Dr Hayes’ leadership in Japanese studies across Asia and the Pacific.
Hayes has been [...]

Design a feature for the Aboretum

By 20 November, 2013

Shane Rattenbury today launched a comptition to design an “experimental” feature for the Engineers Australia Pin Oak Forest at the National Arboretum Canberra.
There’s a $30,000 prize to whomever happens to make the raddest feature that “demonstrates the ingenuity and creativity of engineering”.
“As part of Canberra’s centenary celebrations, engineers together with designers and people with a [...]

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