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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 [...]

Kingston Arts Precinct Master Plan released

By 23 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Change to Melrose and Eggleston intersection

By 22 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Control and Choice Expo

By 22 May 2014

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 [...]

New trade training centre for Tuggeranong

By 22 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Corbell calls for Liberals to stand up for ACT Projects

By 22 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

For lease indefinitely: Rowland and Lisa’s online engagement

By 21 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Obesity Clinic for Canberra

By 21 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

The uphill path for Generation Y

By 21 May 2014

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 [...]

Awards recognise innovation in disaster resilience

By 20 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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, [...]

Giralang supermarket decision to be challenged in the High Court

By 19 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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.
The [...]

Blog Post: A silver lining to a tough budget?

By 18 May 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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On Thursday morning I popped out to do a bit of shopping and ran into a friend.  I have known him a long time – more than 30 years and he is a mild mannered and generally fairly quiet man.  We said hello and I asked how he was going, expecting our usual mid shopping [...]

Why Manuka is the best part of Canberra

By 17 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

New Local App – Field Guide to Australian Capital Territory Fauna

By 16 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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.
https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/field-guide-to-australian/id867395324?mt=8

Volunteer Week

By 16 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 – Pictionary for a cause

By 15 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 25th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

By 15 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Million Paws Walk 2014

By 14 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 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.

The [...]

Liberal MLA pushing for prostitution exit programs

By 13 May 2014

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 [...]

Success of Urban Development

By 12 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

NAPLAN testing

By 10 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

What’s your local shopping style?

By 9 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Energy drink Dexaprine XR recalled after person hospitalised

By 9 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

The Green Shed pop up book shop

By 8 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Toddler venues during winter in Canberra?

By 7 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

The future of the former Higgins Primary School and Decommissioned Oval

By 7 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 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:

The [...]

Planning improvements open the door for Kingston Centre renewal

By 6 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

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