Hey, this week is Foster Care Week!
The ACT Foster Care Expo is being held for the first time this weekend to celebrate and the event is open to the public.
Here are the details if you’re keen:
Caring for Canberra’s Vulnerable Children:
ACT FOSTER CARE EXPO
Saturday 14 September 2013
Liam Haven lost 98% of his vision in a bomb blast while on duty in Iraq.
Liam is now planning to walk from Canberra to Sydney to raise money for Soldier On and Guide Dogs Victoria, as well as raise awareness of injured soldiers. He will be accompanied by his guide dog, other injured soldiers, and [...]
Heads in the Clouds, Wheels on the Ground is a 6 month long undertaking by Canberran mates Jimmy Leahey-Butler and Chris Ryan to raise money and awareness for Brain Cancer.
They started their journey from Alaska on the 1st of August and plan to be in Argentina in 6 months time. They’re chronicling their adventures on [...]
UC researchers are studying Crace to see if it is making people happy and healthy.
We haven’t seen much by the way of the results yet, however I will tell you that if they discover that living in a house that looks exactly like every other house on the street while having to pick your garden [...]
A couple of years ago I used riotACT to recruit some Canberrans for a photography documentary/portrait project. Here is the result, finally online. See if you can spot anyone you know.
A really beautiful girl with a real sad story. Her words appear below. Tattooed Canberrans reveal the stories behind their ink: http://danielspellman.com/2013/09/tattooproject/
I got my [...]
A collection of Deakin residents were fortunate enough to be allowed to name their local park. They named it after a poet, which is fine I guess if you like poets.
I would have named it after a Dinosaur.
Rosemary Dobson wrote this poem about Deakin, which is nice I guess.
However Ankylosaurus had a tail club, [...]
The winners of the 2013 ACT Landcare Awards were announced today at a fancy breakfast do.
Dr Ken Hodgkinson and Dr John Fitz Gerald won the ACT Government Quiet Achiever Award fortheir work on grasslands and woodlands.
Glenys Patulny won the ACT Government Environment Community Support Award. Ms Patulny has been a significant supporter of Landcare in [...]
Supporting events, activities, and programs by young people for young people, the Youth InterACT grants offer up to $1,500 and are available to people aged 12 to 25.
A project providing peer support to young refugees and asylum seekers, another staging aBMX competition and a third for a mini-music festival for young people with disability were [...]
Learn to skateboard for FREE this Saturday 7 September 10am – 12pm at Belconnen Skatepark.
Skateboards and safety equipment is provided with qualified coaches sharing the stoke in a relaxed environment.
Kids and adults alike are all welcome.
If you’re under 18 and it’s your first time you just need a parent/guardian to complete the [...]
The Tall Poppy Science Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of Australia’s scientific researchers and communicators.
Dr Niraj Lal won the 2013 ACT Young Tall Poppy Science Award and The Australian National University Medal for the ACT Young Tall Poppy of the year.
Dr Lal’s research in nanophotonics, photovoltaics and renewable energy impressed the judges.
Along with his research [...]
Always looking to help out we thought it best to pass on this little find by the CanMeme team:
Juliet seeks Romeo of “intimate cheeseburger” fame. This mysterious note was dropped in letterboxes of several Civic apartments today. Had to share it.
ACT Partners in Prevention Awards aim to recognise strategies, projects, and activities that help create an awareness of gendered violence, or help prevent violence and sexual assault against women and children in our community.
Nominations opened today, so if you know of a group on individual deserving you might want to put their name down.
There are [...]
I imagine this cause will resonate with more than a few of you, so I shall pass on the information:
After yet another fatality on the Barton Highway last Friday, I have set up a Facebook Group to mobilise the community to promote action on work to duplicate the road.
As an individual it’s hard to be [...]
And before I begin, this is a discussion about bicycle lanes, not a car vs bike thread. To preempt any argument, good bicycle infrastructure benefits everybody, including car drivers.
You may have noticed some unusual bike lanes popping up around Canberra. Unusual, because they run for just few metres near intersections. They do not run the [...]
Joy Burch is reminding people that her massive imposition on the community in the form of vulnerable people checks is rumbling on and you don’t have long to get it done:
More than 18,500 Working with Vulnerable People Checks have now been completed since the registration process commenced, and Canberrans who work or volunteer with children [...]
[ 21 September, 2013; 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ]
This just in and sounding hiptastic!
A new event due to hit NewActon on 21 September – Hustle&Scout: Twilight Fashion Market (www.hustleandscout.com.au).
This seasonal market will run from 4-9pm in the Nishi Foyer and will showcase 25 high-end designers and collectors, three live music acts, food by A. Baker, $10 Hustle&Scout cocktails and a fashion show/after party [...]
The Centenary team have sent in some pictures from Skywhale’s outing at the University of Canberra yesterday.
We thought you might like to see these Skywhale photos from this morning at the UC Open Day. Skywhale’s number 1 fan, Adam, travelled from Sydney to see her. He also went to Dark Mofo in Hobart to [...]
Andrew Barr has the happy news of locals picking up bravery gongs:
Among those praised were Canberra couple Mr Jason Roff and Mrs Jodie Roff. In April 2009 the pair spotted smoke coming from a house as they drove down Langdon Avenue in Wanniassa. They pulled over and
Mr Roff called triple zero as they ran [...]
The War Memorial has announced the installation of new bronze panels bearing the names of the dead to add non-warlike operational fatalities:
A historic decision was made by the Council of the Memorial on 6 March 2013 to amend the criteria for the Roll of Honour to include Defence personnel who have died in non-warlike operations.
Sure it’s windy, but who cares?
If you haven’t been out for a walk yet today then there’s still time, but don’t go wasting it!
Let’s have a look at the forecast
OMFG 24 on Sunday and Monday!!!
Aslan has roared and the White Witch is reaching for the kitchen knife!
ACT’s suburb of Franklin is to receive a beginner’s element attached to a junior playground – not a skatepark as indicated in the June Chronicle newspaper.
Thanks to Redbox design group for the following info:
“We recognise the need in the community to provide opportunities for the very beginner skater and bike rider to develop the necessary [...]
The Centenary of Canberra are stepping up their game with what is obviously some sort of trap designed to lure interesting ex-Canberrans back into the fold.
Have your friends and family moved interstate? Invite them to share their Canberra story and they will go in the draw to win a luxury Centenary of Canberra weekend [...]
The all seeing eye has turned up a Yahoo Sport picture of Don Bradman here in Canberra:
9th February 1963: Australian cricketer Don Bradman, statistically the greatest batsman ever, strolls onto the pitch to bat at Canberra, where the MCC are playing the Prime Minister’s XI. Sir Donald Bradman (1908 – 2001) was the first cricketer [...]
An auction for a good cause, get to it Rioters:
Auctions, Raffles, food, beer, wine, soft drink and all proceeds coming directly back to Zac to assist in his rehabilitation.
19.30 Friday, 6 September 2013, Olympus Room, Hellenic Club Woden.
Here is my build of the Canberra City Centre in the new Simcity for PC.
It’s not a perfect representation due to the limitations of the game, but it’s essentially accurate. Let me know what you think and if you would like to play the map I’m sure there is a way to share it!
The $14.6 billion contribution that volunteers make to Australian society will receive a substantial boost from the nation’s newest customer-owned bank, Beyond Bank Australia, under a new three-year partnership with Volunteering Australia.
The 100 per cent customer-owned bank has become the major national partner of Volunteering Australia, which represents the nation’s six million volunteers and many [...]
Snowy Hydro SouthCare is letting us know about their latest daring rescue:
On Monday 26 August, the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Schlink-Hilton Hut (near Guthega) in the Kosciusko National Park to retrieve an injured cross country skier. The 84 year old male had sustained injuries including possible broken ribs.
He was initially [...]
Construction begun today on a project that sadly isn’t called “Project Pleasant Pooping.”
Upgrades to public toilets at both Dickson and Kambah shops are underway, and the old toilets at Maryborough Street in Fyshwick are being completely demolished and replaced.
There are public toilets at Dickson shops? Maybe the upgrade is to make them visible.
“The sites for [...]
Feeling generous and looking for a cause?
The Conservation Council sent us this:
We are dedicated to protecting the environment – so dedicated that we are in training for the Canberra Times Fun Run this September as a fundraiser, and we are asking for your support as we ‘run for the environment’.
Support us by donating to the [...]
An ongoing disappointment is the lack of official skywhale merchandise with desperate whaleheads having to make their own hats out of free condoms.
Thankfully Jimbocool has discovered mother nature, as always abhorring a vacuum, is stepping up to the plate:
The influence of Skywhale is everywhere! It is now imprinted in the DNA of the [...]
This in from Deborah:
Just as we rejoice the first sightings of hot cross buns (usually on new Years Eve) let us rejoice again at the sight of that Christmas speciality ‘Mince Pies’ on sale (and on special!) in August!
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to firstname.lastname@example.org [...]
Are you a public servant? Do you own a camera?
Well lucky you, you can enter this competition!
The Institute of Public Administration Australia would like you to be a part of their 2013 conference. All you have to do is take a photo and submit it to their ‘A day in the life of a public [...]