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By 10 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Chadwick Clark from Lyneham with his photo City Lights – surreal morning lights in the capital

Twelve talented amateur photographers from Canberra and the surrounding region have had their images selected from 750 entries to feature in the 2015 ActewAGL Postcards From Your Town calendar.
Chadwick Clark from Lyneham was the big winner, receiving a cash prize of $1,000 for his winning photo City Lights – surreal morning lights in the capital, [...]

Bus drivers take ACTION and support people living with cancer

By 5 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACTION bus drivers will be sporting Hawaiian shirts today (Friday 5 December 2014) to raise awareness of ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group’s Hawaiian Shirt Day.
“Across Canberra, ACTION bus drivers will proudly wear a Hawaiian shirt today to support families who have a member undergoing treatment for cancer and we are encouraging commuters to do [...]

Lifeline Canberra celebrates International Volunteer Day

By 3 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Lifeline Canberra is using International Volunteer Day (Friday, 5 December 2014) to publically thank its 550 strong volunteer workforce (300 Telephone Crisis Supporters and 250 Warehouse and Bookfair volunteers). In particular, the organisation wants to thank those who have been volunteering for Lifeline Canberra long-term, in some cases for 20 years.
“Lifeline Canberra has some volunteers [...]

Christmas lights in Civic – doing it for the kids

By 2 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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December has just begun and that means the silly season is among us, and the Christmas lights have been switched on.
I took myself along to the Canberra Christmas lights extravaganza, previously hosted by the Richards family at their home in Forrest, now in Civic in Petrie Plaza – just near the Carousel which is also [...]

Canberra’s Telstra Tower lights up purple all weekend for brain cancer

By 29 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The summit of Black Mountain in Canberra will glow purple tonight, November 29 and tomorrow night, November 30, to shine a light on brain cancer. Purple is the original colour for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation with Charlie Teo who are holding their first official Walk4BrainCancer event in Canberra on Sunday at Stromlo Forest Park [...]

Ambos reunite with baby that couldn’t wait

By 28 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS) has today reunited with a family in less stressful circumstances following the birth of a baby girl on the roadside in Gungahlin.
“It is not uncommon for the ACTAS to be called to pre-hospital baby deliveries and I am pleased to say that dad has managed the situation well with mum [...]

Hot dog! Our favourite Canberra dog swimming areas

By 28 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Is your dog a panting mess, flopped down under a tree or spread out on the kitchen floor tiles getting under your feet?
It’s not much fun going for ‘walkies’ on a sweltering hot Canberra summer day. Instead of letting those dog days get you down, why not take your dog for a swim instead? Even [...]

Champion of India-Australia friendship wins top award

By 28 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A long-time champion of multicultural harmony, particularly relations between India and Australia, was last night named ACT Multicultural Advocate of the Year.
Minister for Multicultural Affairs Joy Burch presented Raj Satija with the accolade at the 2014 ACT Multicultural Awards.
“Mr Satija has been a stalwart of Canberra’s Indian community and encouraged our city to celebrate cultural [...]

An illuminating start to Christmas in the City

By 28 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Today Canberra makes history as the SIDS & Kids ACT Christmas Lights in the City breaks the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the world’s largest LED light image display.
Canberra CBD Limited CEO Jane Easthope is delighted with the record breaking display.
“On behalf of Canberra CBD Limited I’d like to congratulate everyone who participated in [...]

Family Christmas Fair

By 28 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 29 November 2014 at 10:00 am; ]

Costco’s Family Christmas Fair at Majura Park is being held this Saturday to support the NICU at Canberra Hospital.

Fun for the whole family, the Christmas Fair will feature face painting, a jumping castle, petting zoo, a visit from the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Helicopter (subject to operational requirements), visits from the Canberra Raiders and Canberra Cavalry [...]

Southquay SQ1 Greenway Tuggeranong – Empire Global

By 28 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We’re thinking of buying a unit in the new Greenway development Southquay SQ1 across from Bunnings (Tuggeranong).  The developer has a number of large unit block projects in progress, but where interested in looking at any of their completed projects. Can anyone provide information about any of their ‘completed’ projects/developments?Thanks.

Community celebrations this weekend for official opening of The RUC at Turner

By 27 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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This weekend the Canberra community is invited to celebrate the official ‘birth day’ of The RUC at Turner after the merger of The ACT Rugby Union Club, known as The RUC Barton, with the Canberra North Bowling Club.
The birthday celebrations will take place at the new The RUC at Turner this coming Sunday 30 November.
The [...]

Do you know the next Canberra Citizen of the Year?

By 25 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is encouraging Canberrans to celebrate our community’s most outstanding contributors by nominating them for the 2015 Canberra Citizen of the Year Award.
“Canberra is full of generous, talented and hard working people and this award is a fitting way to recognise and thank them publicly for their efforts,” the Chief Minister said.
“It [...]

Christmas cheer arrives in the City

By 25 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has released details of the 2014 Christmas festivities in the City culminating around the dazzling SIDS and Kids world record attempt lights display in Petrie Plaza.
“This year the City Centre Christmas displays will be combined into the one space to allow families to easily see a 10 metre high Christmas tree [...]

Record nominations for Inclusion Awards

By 24 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A record number of people and businesses have been nominated in this year’s Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards, which recognise the contributions made to welcome, encourage and support people with disability in our community.
This year 79 nominations were received across four categories for a range of people, businesses and organisations, including healthcare provider Aspen Medical, local [...]

Write for Rights at the Pub – Sunday 30th November

By 24 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 30 November 2014 at 2:00 pm; ] Write for Rights is an annual campaign for Amnesty International. More than 2 million letters were written last year, and over 140 countries were involved.

This year, we will be focusing on six important cases. One case is Daniel, a 21 year old student in Venezuela who was arrested on the way home from an anti-government [...]

Chief Police Officer urges community to support Men in Uniform stalls

By 21 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Police Officer for the ACT Rudi Lammers is urging the community to support the Men in Uniform stalls from 10am-2pm tomorrow (Saturday November 22) and donate to the White Ribbon Foundation by purchasing merchandise and swearing the oath.
Chief Police Officer for the ACT Rudi Lammers – a White Ribbon Ambassador – said [...]

A new way to find affordable housing

By 20 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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On Monday Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr unveiled the new Allhomes & REIACT kiosk, a quick and easy way for Community Housing clients to find affordable housing in Canberra.
Those searching for affordable rental accommodation can now find properties in their desired area with the tap of a finger, as well as print all the relevant information and agent [...]

Belconnen Community Council AGM 2014

By 18 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Agenda for Annual General Meeting – 18 November 2014.
Venue: 7:30pm at the Community Room, Belconnen Library (upstairs)
1. Welcome & Apologies
2. AGM

Acceptance of 2013 AGM Minutes
Report from the Chair
Appointment of the Auditor
Report from the Treasurer

The BCC received the following nominations for vacant committee positions at the 2014 AGM. All nominations are from members eligible to serve [...]

When the Dragon Came (2003) – Extract from Meditations in Orange

By 18 November 2014

The next morning, Sunday, is hot and still, almost as an epitaph to the events of the day before. At the depot I wait in the hazy early morning air and smoke a number of cigarettes before the team arrives. Everyone is tired and dirty from the terrifying events of the previous night and all [...]

Community Council to consider Light rail, Mr Fluffy

By 17 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 19 November 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] Wednesday’s North Canberra Community Council meeting will feature a Capital Metro presentation on light rail, a COTA presentation on elderly persons accommodation and a discussion of the Mr Fluffy buyback scheme. It will also consider ACT electoral boundaries, the proposal to re-zone the area to the east of the Dickson swimming pool, and the proposed [...]

World AIDS Day Free Community BBQ Breakfast

By 17 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 1 December 2014 at 7:00 am; ] Please join us at the World AIDS Day Market on Monday 1 December in Garema Place in the City.  This event will include a free community BBQ breakfast provided by the AIDS Action Council, information and education stalls and entertainment.  The event is designed to raise awareness in the community about issues surrounding HIV and [...]

Significant Canberrans honoured in the heart of the city

By 14 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
2014 Honour Walk Recipients

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today announced eight high profile Canberrans including sporting champions, community leaders and former chief ministers will be added to the ACT Honour Walk in Civic.
“It is a great privilege to honour eight Canberrans whose contributions to this city will be immortalised in the ACT Honour Walk,” the Chief Minister said.
“Women’s basketball [...]

Lyneham oval land grab: Private Sport on Public land?

By 12 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Leasing of public land for development without community consultation?
Removing Public land so a Private School can build a “Community Facility” the community will have to pay to use?
www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/new-sports-facilities-for-private-college-set-for-lyneham-oval-20141109-11idf9.html
Development Application: 201426427
Period for representations closes: 19/11/2014
www.planning.act.gov.au/topics/have_your_say/

Farmers Markets in Canberra – are they truly ‘regional’?

By 11 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I went to the Capital Regional Farmers Market on Saturday morning. I don’t go to farmers markets that often, but go when I can because I like the concept of supporting local producers and skipping the ‘middleman’ supermarket chains.
I have to say I was shocked to see a stall from Tweed Valley selling [...]

2014 ACT and Region Motorcyclist’s ANNUAL TOY RUN

By 10 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Annual Toy Run organised by the Motorcycle Riders Association ACT for over 34 years and this year hosted by Old Parliament House, in support of the Salvation Army.
The Annual Toy Run marks 34 years of fundraising by motorcyclists to raise funds and bring gifts for the charities of Canberra to aid those less fortunate [...]

Belconnen Police Station open day tomorrow

By 7 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 8 November 2014 at 10:00 am; ] Belconnen Police Station will open its doors to the community on Saturday, November 8, between 10am and 2pm for its Open Day and Security Expo.

The Open Day and Security Expo will feature a guided tour of Belconnen Police Station, free security product giveaways and advice to help you secure your home or business, and fun [...]

Looking for a new sport? Try dragon boating!

By 5 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 8 November 2014 at 9:15 am; ] Females from teenagers to over forties are invited to join Diamond Phoenix for a fun paddle on Lake Burley Griffin. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried a water sport before, we’ll help you get started.

Dragon boat racing is fast growing fun sport, with thousands of participants in over 60 countries. It’s a great way to [...]

Over $10,000 in prizes on offer as we countdown to run for your lifeline

By 5 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Lifeline Canberra CEO Ms Carrie-Ann Leeson has announced that overwhelming corporate support for the inaugural ‘Run for your Lifeline Canberra’ Fun Run and Half-Marathon will see over ten thousand dollars ($10,000 AUD) worth of prizes and give-aways on offer at the scenic new Majura Parkway event, Sunday 23 November 2014.
The business community in the Nation’s [...]

The ‘fro’s gonna go!

By 5 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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After growing his hair for almost two years, Brumbies and Wallabies winger Henry Speight has decided that ‘the fro must go’ in the name of charity.
Henry is a supporter of the Walk On, Walk Strong (WOWS) Foundation, a charity in his home country of Fiji which supports children with cancer and their families. [...]

High number of wasp reports

By 5 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Reports to the European Wasp Hotline of wasps seeking sites and establishing nests in suburban Canberra are the highest in many years, the ACT Government has announced.
“After months in hibernation the queen wasps are now visiting homes and gardens and often getting into people’s houses in their search for food,” said Julie Garbode, Manager, Planning [...]

2015 ACT Australians of the Year announced

By 4 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher congratulated the 2015 ACT Australian of the Year Award recipients at a special awards ceremony at the National Museum of Australia last night.
“Each year the Australian of the Year Awards shine a light on individuals who have gone above and beyond to contribute to both our local Canberra community and [...]

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