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Christmas comes early for some community sector workers

By 11 December 2013

Andrew Barr has announced extra money for the community sector:
The ACT Government has agreed to bring forward payments for non-government community and disability organisations so workers can receive pay increases sooner.
This agreement comes after months of detailed discussions between the ACT Government and the Australian Services Union.
The agreement will have no impact on [...]

Joy dishes the arts grants

By 11 December 2013

Joy Burch is playing Santa to arts organisations with our money:
“I am pleased the ACT Government continues to provide strong access to, and participation in, the arts for our community through the ACT Arts Fund,” Ms Burch said.
“The 2014 funding will support a broad range of programs and projects by arts organisations, individual artists, [...]

So that was your Centenary

By 11 December 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is calling it quits on the Centenary, perhaps unable to muster any enthusiasm for the last weeks of the year:
Following more than 1000 community events ranging from a major fireworks display on the ‘very big day’ in March to the parties at the shops across Canberra, Canberra’s Centenary celebrations are coming to [...]

Christmas in the City gears up for some Christmas camel rides

By 11 December 2013
Christmas in the City gears up for some Christmas camel rides

[ 12 December 2013; 12:00 pm; ]

Camels are Australia’s greatest natural resource.

That was a silly sentence, but Camel rides are a blast, and the city is going to be full of them this Thursday.

The carnival is back with twice as many camels

The much anticipated Christmas Carnival in the City will officially open tomorrow (Thursday 12th) at 12pm.

Free activities, live performances [...]

Organisations awarded for efforts to prevent violence against women

By 10 December 2013

Five awards and three accolades were given tonight to commend the important work of several organisations in the fight to prevent violence against women at tonight’s Partners in Prevention Awards.
“The ACT Partners in Prevention Awards recognise the contribution of best practice in strategies, programs and activities that create awareness of gendered violence,” Minister for Women [...]

Grants miss out 2XX

By 10 December 2013

Some unhappiness being expressed on Twitter about Andrew Barr’s latest grants announcements:
Thanks for another kick in the balls #CBR. @ABarrMLA did not announce @2XXFM as a successful applicant of the CSI grant 1/2
— Meg O'Connell (@OConnellMeg) December 10, 2013

Treasurer Barr lists his highlights as:
The 2013-14 Community Support and Infrastructure Grants included $20,000 to Karralika Programs [...]

Legends of Vegas at Belconnen Community Centre

By 9 December 2013
Legends of Vegas at Belconnen Community Centre

[ 20 December 2013; 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. ] BCS is proud to present Legends of Vegas, featuring tributes to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Johnny Cash and Elvis, supported by the Vegas Showgirls from Subsdance Studios.

Friday 20th December, 11am. Theatre@bcs, Belconnen Community Centre. Tickets are $20 or $15 Concession.

Tickets can be purchased from the Belconnen Community Centre reception or by calling 62640232.

For more information, [...]

S*** guys say when they need to say something (animated) #summerofrespect

By 9 December 2013
S*** guys say when they need to say something (animated) #summerofrespect

The ACT Government has entered the exciting world of animated public service announcements:
We all want the right kind of lovin’ this summer.
If you see sexual violence, say something.
www.whattosay.org.au
#summerofrespect
Art Direction — Helani Laisk
Script — Tom Maclachan
Cast — Marcus Costello, Andrew Lindqvist, John Harding
Production — Angela Carnovale, Rachel Hart
Special thanks to:
The Summer of Respect Reference Group
The cool [...]

Helen Watchirs to also be the Public Advocate

By 9 December 2013

I’m buggered if I can see why we would have a human rights commissioner and a public advocate if one woman can do both jobs anyway.
But Simon Corbell has announced that’s what we’re doing:
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced the appointment of Dr Helen Watchirs OAM, to act as the ACT Public Advocate for three months [...]

The New Aged Care Reforms. What do they mean for you?

By 9 December 2013
The New Aged Care Reforms.  What do they mean for you?

In June 2013 the government passed a number of laws, changing the aged care system. The changes are intended to:
1) increase the options available for those requiring aged care
2) provide flexibility and choice on how residents can pay their accommodation costs
3) align fees for aged care services more closely to individual circumstances.
Many of these reforms [...]

Zed, Giralang Primary, and the Rats of Tobruk

By 9 December 2013

For reasons beyond all sanity Senator Zed Seselja is launching a DVD about brutal siege warfare at a Primary School today.
Senator Zed Seselja will today launch Giralang Primary School’s DVD featuring the Rats of Tobruk.
The DVD is a result of Giralang Primary winning a Department of Veterans Affairs Schools’ Grant to establish the Rats [...]

Have your say on Hughes shops

By 6 December 2013

Feedback is being requested on the draft plans for the Hughes shops upgrades.
Let them know what you think Hughesians!
The ACT Government today invited members of the community to provide feedback on the draft plans for the upgrade of public spaces at the Hughes shops.
“Members of the community are invited to attend drop-in information sessions [...]

Zed wants your thoughts on childcare

By 5 December 2013

Senator Seselja is looking for your input to an issues paper on child care:
Senator Seselja said the Productivity Commission will take a holistic view to reform, including looking at issues facing mothers returning to the workforce, rural, regional and remote communities, shift workers, and disadvantaged and vulnerable children. “The work lives of Australian families are [...]

Caped Crusader Wanted

By 5 December 2013
Caped Crusader Wanted

Seen on Seek.com this morning:
Caped Crusader
Must have a cape and mask
Because he’s the hero Canberra deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt him because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.
UPDATE: Screenshot thanks to niftydog:

Beard related BBQ times

By 5 December 2013
Beard related BBQ times

[ 8 December 2013; 12:00 pm; ]

Canberra’s facial hair fan club, Canbeards, are putting on a bit of a BBQ this Sunday at Black Mountain Peninsular.

If you have a beard, like beards, or just really like BBQs you should probably check it out.

Help fund Sam King’s new studio space

By 4 December 2013
Help fund Sam King's new studio space

Sam King has great hair, and works his butt off in the Canberra music scene.
He’s been recording and producing albums for Canberra bands since he was a teenager, and he’s pretty darn good at it.
He’s put up a Pozible to get together the last of the cash he needs to build his own studio space, [...]

Strong Women: Circus Sisters exhibition at Tuggeranong Arts Centre

By 4 December 2013
Strong Women: Circus Sisters exhibition at Tuggeranong Arts Centre

[ 5 December 2013 to 17 December 2013. ]

Warehouse Circus continue to be one of my favourite organisations ever. They do excellent work and continue to not just pump out fantastic circus performers, but straight up help people in all sorts of wonderful circussy ways.

This exhibition chronicles their work with a group of 11 young women with disability, and sounds rather cool.

It’s only [...]

Sunday by the Lake to support Snowy Hydro SouthCare

By 4 December 2013
Sunday by the Lake to support Snowy Hydro SouthCare

This Sunday head down to Lake Burley Griffin to partake in champagne and Bocce, like gentlemen.
Be a gentleman this Sunday.
Wear a monocle if you have one.
This Sunday, 8 December is the inaugural Moet & Chandon ‘Sunday by the Lake’ supporting Snowy Hydro SouthCare. The event will be held in a purpose built marquee space at [...]

Footballers will attempt to wrap your presents to raise money for charity

By 4 December 2013
Footballers will attempt to wrap your presents to raise money for charity

[ 7 December 2013; 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ]

Known for their delicate touch, their love of craft, and their impeccable attention to aesthetic detail, a meat-tray (that’s the collective noun) of footballers will graciously punch, chew on, slam dunk, wrap your Christmas presents for you in exchange for a gold coin donation to charity.

It’s the thought that counts.

I joke, but this is a [...]

Gay Marriage decision reserved to 12 December

By 3 December 2013

World+Dog is tweeting that we find out next week what the High Court thinks of the ACT’s gay marriage efforts:
The High Court has reserved its decision on the Federal Govt's challenge of our same sex marriage bill until next week
— PRIME7 Canberra News (@PRIME7CanNews) December 3, 2013

ACTION’s yellow bus stop posts find a new life

By 3 December 2013
ACTION's yellow bus stop posts find a new life

TAMS are letting us know what they plan to do with the iconic yellow bus stop markers that have adorned Canberra’s bus stops for decades as they give way to NXTBUS posts:
Vases, carver’s mallets, sculptures and the legs of a workbench are some of the pieces the old ACTION wooden bus posts are being ‘turned’ [...]

Faceless by Jeff Thompson. A serialisation, Part 4

By 3 December 2013
Faceless by Jeff Thompson. A serialisation, Part 4

[If you're coming in late, start at Part 1]
Judy and Raymond sat on the double bed in what had become ‘their’ room in the house. They sat cross-legged facing each other. Judy at one end and Ray at the other. Holding hands. Eyes closed. Breathing.
“There’s something blocking your base chakra Ray, I can feel it. [...]

Gudgenby Cottage awaits

By 3 December 2013
Gudgenby Cottage awaits

TAMS are letting people know that the Gudgenby Reay-Cut Cottage is available for hire:
Canberrans were today encouraged to consider the historical Gudgenby Ready-Cut Cottage in Namadgi National Park for their community based activities and projects.
“Hudson’s Ready-Cut Homes were at their peak in the first half of the 20th century and Canberrans have the opportunity [...]

Have your say on Mugga Lane Solar Park plans

By 2 December 2013

The Mugga Lane Sular Park developmenmt application is on public display.
The design is still at a conceptual level, however they are inviting and welcoming feedback and inputs into the design.
Those of you who like plans, or live around the area may well want to take a peek.

Same-sex marriage and the High Court: previewing the arguments

By 2 December 2013
Same-sex marriage and the High Court: previewing the arguments

By Anne Twomey, University of Sydney
This week, the High Court will begin hearing the Commonwealth’s challenge to the ACT’s Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013. But don’t expect lofty rhetoric about equality; the case is really about the inconsistency of laws, not human rights.
In addition to the Commonwealth and the ACT, Australian Marriage Equality (AME) [...]

Katy breaks out the pom poms, hooray for for us, for everything, and for the Centenary

By 2 December 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is telling us everything is awesome:
The Centenary celebrations have inspired increased local pride in Canberra with nine out of ten respondents to a new survey saying they had promoted positive feelings about the national capital and had an increased knowledge of its history, Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher revealed today.
The centenary has [...]

Visual Design for Researchers

By 1 December 2013

Would you like to know more about visual design for creating a visual research output, like a poster or presentation? Would you like to improve your visual communication skills or learn more about how to approach visual design? The Visual Design for Researchers workshop aims to help you get started with the visual design process [...]

Canberra Quiet On Actual Riot?

By 1 December 2013

I felt a bit like David Attenborough at around 2 am last night as I got to witness the annual migration of the graduating students of Marist College from Civic to Woden.
I watched in awe as this 100 – 200 strong group of mainly intoxicated young men in varying stages of undress rampaged through [...]

Canberrans helping victims of Typhoon Haiyan

By 30 November 2013

Come celebrate Christmas at the Philippine Embassy while helping to raise funds to assist victimes of typhoon Haiyan.
Canberra’s local Filipino community will be hosting its annual Christmas celebration tomorrow in the grounds of the Philippine Embassy while there’ll also be a fundraising drive to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Alistair [...]

Giralang shops saga comes to a close

By 29 November 2013
Giralang shops saga comes to a close

Simon Corbell is all a quiver after an appeal which was stalling plans to provide Giralang with a nice new shopping complex was dismissed by the Court of Appeals today.
Check out our Giralang Shops tag and just look at how long this saga has been going on for.
Giralang’s supermarket closed in 2004, I bet the [...]

StakeMyRep challenges Skaters to compete online for prizes

By 29 November 2013
StakeMyRep challenges Skaters to compete online for prizes

Just heard about this StakeMyRep site where Canberran skaters compete to make cooler skating videos than each other.
This sounds kinda fun, hopefully they get some great footage out of it.
So this project involves, skateboards, YouTube, and social media? Prepare to get grumpy and not understand what’s going on old people!
StakeMyRep.com, the unique new social website [...]

2013 Multicultural Award Winners announced

By 29 November 2013

Last night Canberran individuals and organisations were recognised for their contribution to Canberra’s multicultural community.
Canberra’s multicultural champions were tonight recognised at the 2013 ACT Centenary Multicultural Awards.
Among this year’s award winners was human rights champion Marion Le who was named ACT Multicultural Advocate of the Year and the Canberra Islamic Centre which was awarded [...]

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