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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 Allhomes.com.au, 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 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 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 [...]
[ 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.
Liberal MLA Giulia Jones will use information gathered during a controversial study tour to push for prostitution exit programs and new co-operation with federal agencies to stop the trafficking of women in Australia, according to The Canberra Times.
Following their recent tour of France, Sweden and Germany where they studied laws that make it illegal to [...]
In a section of the ABC Canberra news on Friday, Charles Landry returned to cast his eye over Canberra’s urban development progress.
Landry (author The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators) wasn’t particularly impressed by Canberra during his previous visit and still finds our centre a bit of a graveyard (which he seemed to think [...]
I noticed an article in the Canberra Times yesterday about NAPLAN, with senior ‘people in the know’ saying there shouldn’t be so much pressure on kids to perform in these tests and that comparisons with countries like Singpaore and Korea were tough yard-sticks, giving their differing approach to education.
I don’t recall doing NAPLAN myself when [...]
With all this talk of IKEA due to hit Canberra and the excitement about no longer having to make that long Sydney trek to collect our flatpacks of brightly coloured laminated furniture, it feels a little unhip to ask whether it’s actually in the best interests of the city to host this multinational.
But as I [...]
One person has been hospitalised after consuming Dexaprine XR Green Apple, which contains illegal levels of caffeine and another substance not entirely unlike amphetamine.
The product was recalled on Thursday.
There was no detail on the location of the person in Australia.
According to The Canberra Times, an ACT Health spokeswoman said the product was sold [...]
Friday, 9 May 2014 (9:00am) will see the official opening of The Green Shed’s new business venture, a pop-up book shop in Garema Place, Canberra.
Goran ‘Tiny’ Srejic and Charlie Bigg-Wither from The Green Shed are partnering with Lifeline Canberra to sell quality second-hand books for $5 each, with $1 from each book sold to [...]
We have not seen a toddler through a Canberra winter yet – so I am after any recommendations from parents on places to go?
I have joined a small playgroup, so I am looking for also a nice venue where a few toddlers can play and have a great time (weekly get-togethers).
I am looking for places [...]
[ 21 May 2014 at 4:30 pm; 24 May 2014 at 11:00 am; ] Looks like there will be some movement on the derelict former school. I guess I’m disappointed to read that the oval, is no longer recognised as an oval – despite the community use. Also a bit sad to read how the oval might be used, if it can be rezoned and partially sold for housing:
Changes to the Territory Plan that incorporate the recommendations of the Kingston Centre Master Plan and Kingston Centre Planning Report have been approved by Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell.
“The Kingston centre is one of the oldest centres in Canberra. These planning changes will allow the centre to respond to population growth [...]
A report on the ABC ACT News on Friday night highlighted an 11% increase in alcohol fuelled violence in Civic, noting alcohol ‘pre loading’ one of the biggest challenges in managing the issue.
I must confess, it’s been a long time since I was out in Civic late on a Saturday night and back [...]
[ 22 May 2014; ]
The Annual Ray White Charity Golf Day is on again with all proceeds going to Camp Quality.
This is a great day on the green for a wonderful cause. The four person Ambrose competition will include light breakfast and lunch, with heaps of prizes given throughout the day.
When: 22 May 2014, 7.30am for a 9.00am shotgun [...]
[ 11 May 2014; ] I heard once that Canberra has one of the highest participation rates for recreational running. I don’t know if that’s true but those of us who do lace on our sneakers for regular runs will already know about the Mother’s Day Classic fun run.
It’s a fund raiser for breast cancer research (you’ll see lots of [...]
On Monday I was riding my bike with my Garmin GPS tracking my way.
At one stage while riding standing up out of my saddle I hit it with my knee and it dropped out of its bracket without me knowing. It appears that this was on Commonwealth Av Bridge (or somewhere close to there) and [...]