Joy Burch has announced that the ACT now has a “Swimming Pool and Water Park Based Aquatic Activities policy”.
Ms Burch said the revised policy struck a balance to allow these events to take place in a fun, relaxed environment, while also making sure that all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure student safety.
“The policy [...]
Beautiful weather, last days of the school holidays, decided to take Junior Gasman (aged 9) to the opening weekend of the National Arboretum.
With consideration to health, environment, carbon and fun, we decided to ride our bicycles. From Belconnen to the front gate of the Arboretum, we had bicycle paths and lanes. At the main entrance [...]
A man couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend a birthday.
A cracking game of cricket with the home side getting home and over 640 runs scored.
An afternoon and evening sitting on the grass on the hill with friends and a very great amount of beer.
The lights at Manuka were magnificent.
Sadly the catering was [...]
Jayme Collins has alerted us to his concept page for a floating pool and beach in Lake Burley Griffin at Regatta Point:
Concept for a floating public swimming pool & beach at Regatta Point, Canberra. The pool is connected by a series of large terraces with outdoor seating, bar and live music area. The adjacent [...]
[ 2 February 2013; 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. ] Chief Minister Gallagher is letting it be known that there is to be a community festival to open the arboretum:
“The opening of the Arboretum is the realisation of many years of work to transform the site, which emerged from the ashes of the devastating Canberra bushfires, to be transformed into a place of beauty, tranquillity, [...]
I’ve been bragging to relatives for months about how fun it is to ride a bike around Canberra and surrounds, and they’ve decided to visit the ACT and see it for themselves.
My relatives are older adults who probably couldn’t ride more than 30 minutes or so, so I wanted to ask readers of [...]
The facebook invite seemed innocent enough:
Why not ease that Australia day hangover with a float down the beautiful Murrumbidgee river from Tharwa to Point Hut picnic area this Sunday!
This is mainly a flat water trip over a sandy river bed with the odd class one (smallest size) rapid. All you need is an old pair [...]
I’d like to hire a 4wd to drive to certain spots such as Blue Waterholes and across the Brindabellas from Tumut.
I intend to stay on the formed roads and drive very carefully. I know that some car hire companies in some other states will allow their vehicles to be taken on to unsealed [...]
Simon Corbell has announced the launch of the latest “Canberra and Queanbeyan Cycling and Walking Map”:
“Canberrans love to get out and about and enjoy all of the walking and cycling paths our city has to offer and now the latest update to the walking and cycling map will give greater certainty during journey planning and [...]
Normally my morning tea of choice for catching up with friends is at the Hyatt but shock – horror – this is no more! The Hyatt now only offers afternoon tea with 2 sessions (starting at 11am) at a large-ish price……
Problem is I need a 10am start and I would rather not pay $52 per person!
Over the last few weeks I seem to have had more beggars approaching me in Civic wanting money.
Also, there have appeared to be a lot more syringes and empty methadone containers in North Canberra.
Has anyone else noticed more of these adornments to this fine city of late, and can explain why?
The kids are keen to climb Black Mountain during this school holiday period.
I wonder if someone can advise on how long it takes to do the walking track from the Botanic Gardens at a gentle pace?
It may be 14 January but the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate have just posted an announcement dated 7 January on the good news they’re stocking Gungahlin Pond with 6,000 baby Murray Cod:
ecreational fishers and the environment will benefit from the release of 6000 Murray cod fingerlings into Gungahlin Pond on 8 January, Environment and [...]
For those seeking to escape the scorching heatwave about to pound down on us by going to the coast, a couple of words of warning:
1. The bluebottles are in biblical proportions if the wind is coming in right. I took the above shot on North Broulee on New Year’s Day.
2. The reason I couldn’t share [...]
Having recently acquired a new puppy, I am in the process of looking for a good quality, reliable vet for all his medical needs.
I have narrowed my search down to the Weston Creek Vet in Warramanga, or The Gables Vet Clinic in Monash.
Has anyone had any experiences with either of these Vets to possibly make my decision [...]
With the Christmas break now over for us un-lucky ones, just wondering who’s back at work this week?
Since Canberra has basically ground to a stand still and the workplace is a little dead (2 people in the office anyone!) just wondering what are some of the best time wasters to make the day go [...]
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury is suggesting the best walking tracks to hit around town if you’re in need of suggestions:
“The Granite Tors walking trail within Namadgi National Park offers a seven kilometre, three hour walk that takes visitors through tall forests to a natural viewing platform created by massive granite boulders [...]
DanW has sent in some pictures of yesterday’s hang gliding over the Lake George escarpment.
there is no word for the elation and awe inspiring display of nature one experiences when one joins three friends rising on the sweet smelling sea breeze to a wispy cloudbase as the sun sets through thick air behind the Brindabellas…
Thanks to Sam for the tip. Marco Bohr’s Visual Culture Blog has turned its global blowtorch to the subject of Canberra’s footpaths.
My new photographic project Right of Way addresses the failures of a modern project and the clash between urbanity and nature. Photographed in Canberra – an early example of a completely planned city [...]
Shane Rattenbury spreading the word on swimming spots around Canberra now the hot weather is hard upon us:
“Renovated in 2010, Casuarina Sands is a great place to relax and have a picnic, with barbecue facilities, shelter, drinking water, picnic tables and toilets. After a swim in the river take a stroll upstream to the historic [...]
[ 23 December 2012; 3:00 pm; ] Blue Christmas service: a reflective service acknowledging feelings of grief, pain and loneliness that Christmas sometimes brings.
At Holy Covenant Anglican Church, 89 Dexter Street, Cook, Sunday 23 December, 3 pm.
[ 16 December 2012; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. ]
Get your tight jeans and thick rimmed glasses out; the New Acton Suitcase Rummage is back!
This in from New Acton:
Suitcase Rummage started in Brisbane with a couple of people wanting people without pretension and markets without a mardi gras of racks and banners. Coupled with NewActon, they’re encouraging Canberrans to fill some suitcases with [...]
The ABC is having a go at the various arms of ACT Education which have been, through competing arse-coverings, bringing an end to swimming at schools:
The ACT Government is reviewing a controversial safety policy that has led some schools to cancel swimming carnivals.
Under the policy, students are not allowed to take part in school [...]
I love Corinbank.
I love going to Corinbank, I love coming back from Corinbank, and I love being up there at Corinbank.
If you’ve been living under a rock and have no idea what I’m talking about it’s a music and arts festival held in the mountains outside Canberra. They have a website.
There is art, and there’s [...]
Mayor Rattenbury has announced the Cotter Reserve is opening again for camping on 1 December.
“Canberrans have been travelling to the Cotter Reserve since 1908. It is Canberra’s original recreation area and remains a popular destination for picnickers, families and tourists,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“The Cotter Campground, which is situated at the junction of the Cotter and [...]
36%RH feels humid.
My question for you fine people is: Can anyone recommend a good personal trainer who deals with issues caused by incorrect posture? Someone who works in the inner north or inner south/Woden would be ideal.
As a bit of background: I’ve had persistent neck/upper back pain for many years and have done the rounds of osteos, [...]
Simon Corbell has announced the release of the Briggs report into workplace safety in the ACT construction industry.
“The Government commits to providing a detailed response to each recommendation of the inquiry by the end of February 2013. In the interim, I can announce today that the Government will immediately take action on the report’s findings [...]
[ 30 November 2012 to 2 December 2012. ]
For those not of a Corinbank bent we have word of the National Cherry Festival at Young this weekend:
The town of Young in NSW will this weekend host the 2012 National Cherry Festival. For three days, 30 November – 2 December, the 63rd National Cherry Festival will offer a highly colourful program of [...]