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New flexible bus system to improve transport for disadvantaged

By 18 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Tuggeranong Town Park Master Plan available for public viewing

By 18 June 2014

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 [...]

30 new drinking fountains will be popping up around Canberra

By 18 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Weston Centre Draft Master Plan released for public consultation

By 18 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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, [...]

Farmers Market donates $50k to Snowy Hydro SouthCare

By 18 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Nominations for ACT Book of the Year Award

By 17 June 2014

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 [...]

PHOTOWALK Canberra is on Sunday 22nd

By 17 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 22 June 2014 at 3:00 pm; ]

Hi guys,

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 [...]

Helping make Australia what it is today

By 16 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

National Portrait Gallery Dance Off – Round 3!

By 12 June 2014
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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 [...]

Tradeswomen deliver on Housing ACT properties

By 11 June 2014

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 Letter Writing Sessions

By 11 June 2014

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 [...]

Live-time petition signing to support humane treatment of refugees

By 11 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Lighting up Canberra’s dog parks

By 10 June 2014

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 [...]

Local Food Initiative – making it easier to buy local produce (and free event 11 June)

By 10 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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, [...]

Canberra’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List congratulated

By 9 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 recognise one local star

By 6 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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, [...]

Gungahlin Community Council Business Breakfast

By 5 June 2014

[ 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 [...]

WANTED – Children’s books for 2-5 year olds

By 5 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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.
Rachel
(If [...]

The Kingston Foreshore – Canberra’s new dining district?

By 5 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Rock ‘n’ Roll @ The Rex

By 4 June 2014
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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 [...]

A Place to call home? Migrant hostel memories

By 4 June 2014
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[ 30 May 2014 to 30 September 2014. ]

The National Archives are currently displaying a series of photos capturing the life of migrants to Australia post WWII. Whether for a long or short stay, many people spent their early days on Australian shores in hostels across a number of locations in the Country.

The exhibition contains vivid photographs of Australia’s migrant hostels with [...]

Government needs to catch tyre slasher

By 3 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Labor government needs to commit to catching the notorious Narrabundah tyre slasher as the Canberra community raises its voice about the ongoing vandalism to residents’ property being inflicted, Member for Molonglo Giulia Jones said today.
“Today in the Legislative Assembly I will table a petition signed by more than 270 Canberrans calling on Simon [...]

Refurbished memorial site in Watson

By 2 June 2014

The ACT Government and National Capital Authority have recently completed an upgrade to a park in Watson that has long recognised the sacrifice made by those who have served and died for our country in war.
The Apex Memorial and Junior Farmers Memorial, which will be renamed Valour Park, has now been revitalised and made more [...]

Improving offender rehabilitation by extending Throughcare

By 2 June 2014

Minister for Corrections, Shane Rattenbury, today announced the increased investment in the 2014-15 Budget of $2.176m over two years to extend the Throughcare program.
“The Throughcare Unit was established to address the many challenges associated with detainees re-entering the community and is focused on reducing recidivism. The program identifies support needs across the areas of housing, [...]

How can we get a fair go for our student asylum seekers?

By 31 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Dickson College students have published an open letter about one of their fellow students. The letter says that every week, when he applies to the Department of Immigration for a weekly visa extension, he has to explain that if he goes “back home” to where he was born he may be murdered by someone whose [...]

Windscreen cleaning at traffic lights

By 30 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have never been a big fan of windscreen washing at traffic lights.
I was surprised to see it used on the corner of Melrose and Hindmarsh as a bit of a fundraiser a few times for a local women’s Aussie Rules competition, but REALLY surprised to see it used by the Fire Brigade (must have [...]

ACT Employers recognised at employer support awards

By 29 May 2014

Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann MP has congratulated four Canberra employers who were recognised for their exceptional support of Australian Defence Force Reservists at the ACT Employer Support Awards overnight.
The Erindale Pharmacy, Focus ACT, Communities at Work and the Canberra Hospital were the winners of the four categories of awards.
Ms Brodtmann thanked the winners [...]

Sponsorship Money for Dragons Abreast

By 28 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Last Saturday, The Green Shed donated a $500 sponsorship to Dragons Abreast.
Dragons Abreast will use the money for the creation of graphic design for their tshirts, trophies and prizes for the corporate teams competing in the annual Dragons Abreast Corporate Regatta on 20 September this year.
Co-owners Elaine Stanford (pictured third from left) and Sandie Parkes [...]

Support for International Flights into Canberra

By 28 May 2014

Funds to attract direct international flights and develop domestic aviation partnerships will be delivered in the 2014-15 ACT Budget.
An additional $600,000 will go towards the Cooperative Airline Stimulus Fund bringing the funds total to $1.1 million. The fund will support international and domestic cooperative marketing campaigns that will stimulate demand and further grow the [...]

Tuesday Night Trivia?

By 27 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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People of Canberra!
My trivia group is looking for a new place to participate in Trivia on Tuesday evenings? Preferably somewhere with good food and an early finish so we can eat and play at the same time!
Is there anywhere people can recommend? In the city would be ideal!

Help save bears and orangutans

By 26 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Emergency services to target female recruits

By 25 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

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