Tag Archives: Canberra CBD

Plaza would revitalise Civic’s iconic Sydney and Melbourne Buildings: Barr

An artist's impression of the revitalised Sydney and Melbourne buildings precinct.

A proposed plaza between the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings in Civic would help Canberrans reclaim the iconic art deco landmarks and revitalise the precinct, according to ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.
Mr Barr has today invited Canberrans to have a say on a Government strategy to create a series of “urban villages” at key points on [...]

Going for a world record with Christmas light display


Who says it’s too early for talk of Christmas?
This Christmas, Canberra’s City centre will transform into a wonderful festival of lights as the Richards family bring their world record breaking Christmas light display to the CBD.
In 2013, SIDS and Kids ACT Christmas Lights display made headlines around the world when the Richards family decorated their [...]

Christmas in the City gears up for some Christmas camel rides

By 11 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 12 December 2013 at 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 [...]

The Civic Christmas Tree lights up tonight

By 6 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Bring on the pretty lights and Christmas cheer!
The festive season will kick off tonight with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Civic Square from 7pm.
There will be entertainment for the whole family with Christmas carols and a special visit from Santa Claus.
After tonight’s lighting of the tree the Christmas cheer will be taken up [...]

Christmas Carnival in the City

By 5 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 12 December 2013 to 23 December 2013. ]

You Are Here and Canberra CBD are planning 12 days of Christmas events spread about the city in Civic Square, Ainslie Avenue, City Walk, and Garema Place.

There is a whole pile of activities and entertainment listed and everything kick off next Thursday the 12th, so get amongst it.

4.30PM – 6.30PM
6.00PM – 7.00PM
EAT [...]

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 [...]

Pot plants returning to the city

By 14 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Those lofty collections of petunias that make our city pretty (and cause stoned teenagers waiting at the interchange to ponder how tall the guy who waters them must be) are returning!
The weather has just about finally admitted it’s Spring, so lets start gearing up for summer!
On Saturday November 16, the annual summer flower display will [...]

Christmas Carnival in the City

By 12 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Is it too early to start talking about Christmas?
Some of you will no doubt wish to immediately start talking about how much you hate Christmas, so feel free to skip ahead and be a Grinch in the comments below.
For the rest of us though, there’s this little release from Canberra CBD to [...]

Halloween in the City

By 24 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 28 October 2013 to 3 November 2013. ]

Halloween is an American tradition that I wished had more influence here.

Where I grew up as a kid had a huge American pupulation so Halloween was a really big deal, with hundreds of costumed kids and adults flocking the streets at night and mountains of candy to be had.

I was also lucky enough to spend [...]

Civic fairy light upgrade

By 4 September 2013

Canberra CBD have the thrilling news that they’re upping the ante on the fairy light front:
Fairy lights add a twinkle to the night time experience. Our satisfaction survey tells us that you really enjoy these and the flowers in pots. Canberra CBD Limited pays for these. Many of the lights are broken so we [...]

Last chance to skate in the city

By 22 July 2013

Canberra CBD’s excellent Skate in the City event is finishing for the year this Sunday. If you’ve yet to check it out, hey why not go this Sunday?
Or perhaps one of the days between now and Sunday?
Any of them will do.
Canberra CBD Limited CEO Jane Easthope has been thrilled by the turn out at this [...]

225 litres into the pissoirs from 1,200 punters at 180ml each


Canberra CBD has kindly provided details on the usage of Canberra’s new open air pissoirs:
The urinal trial in late-night hot spots in the Canberra CBD has already proven extremely popular with the local community with 225 litres collected over the weekend.
Data showed that an estimated 1200 men had used the urinals over the four nights [...]

Having a wee in late night Civic gets some help


Sometimes we get a media release that leaves us speechless.
Canberra CBD are making known their arrangements to reduce the Civic’s yellow rivers of a late night.
A urinal trial in late-night city hot spots will begin tonight (Thursday 14 March) to gain data on the issue of public and illegal urination.
An initiative of Canberra CBD Limited [...]

Jane Easthope taking the reigns at Canberra CBD as Steve Gregory moves on to the Navy

By 26 February 2013

Canberra CBD has put out the word on a changing of the guard.
New CEO for Canberra CBD Ltd
Canberra CBD Ltd CEO Steve Gregory has announced his resignation from the position effective 8 March 2013. Steve has accepted a national role in the area of defence.
Although sorry to see him go the Canberra CBD Ltd Board [...]

Camels on City Walk

By 13 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Who says camels and sheep don’t mix?
It’s all part of Canberra CBD’s Christmas Carnival in the City.
If you’ve never seen a diaper on a camel this is your chance.
(Kids seem to really like the climbing wall too)

BUMPER BOATS COMING TO CITY WALK! For Christmas Carnival in the City.

By 26 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 10 December 2012 to 21 December 2012. ]

Canberra CBD are letting the world know about the extravaganza of summer fun they’re bringing to City Walk for their Christmas Carnival In The City:

Civic Square, City Walk and Garema Place will be transformed into an adventure playground as Canberra CBD Limited brings Christmas cheer to the City.

Bungee trampolines, camel rides, bumper boats and rock [...]

Canberra CBD gets another three years

By 10 April 2012

The Summary of Cabinet Outcomes for 26 March has an interesting tidbit:
City Centre Marketing and Improvements Grant
Cabinet agreed to renew the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Grant and reappoint Canberra CBD Limited to administer the Grant for an additional three years. The Grant is funded through an amendment to the Rates Act 2004, introduced [...]

Rollerskate in the city needs your support!

By 9 January 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

A lunchtime observer of Roller Skate In The City in Garema Place has much to ponder.
One wonders at the lack of a hand rail at a roller rink, why the letters CBD have been embossed metre high onto the skating surface, and where all those disco balls have been hiding up until now?
Deeper questions arise, [...]

Rollerskate in the City launches

By 16 December 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Fleetwood Mac were blaring, a painted line marked out a skating area in Garema Place, roller soccer was being perpetrated, Andrew Barr was talking to a camera, yep it must be the launch of Roller Skate In The City.

Canberra CBD have put out a media release with all the details.
Tickets are now on sale for [...]

Graffiti police to hit the Civic and Braddon streets

By 1 December 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Word reaches us that Canberra CBD Limited is planning to commission security patrols to deter graffiti in their target area of Civic and Braddon.
They had this to say on the subject:
Nothing specific as yet. We are currently finalising the locations but can confirm that Braddon will be a particular target. We have the [...]

Skate in the city revived for summer

By 28 November 2011

[ 5 January 2012 to 6 February 2012. ] Canberra CBD Ltd announced an open air roller skating rink will be opened in Garema Place in the new year.

The rink will be open From 5 January, to 6 February in 2012.

The rink will feature roller discos, retro movie nights, and the seemingly obligatory roller derby.

The rink will be similar to the ice skating rink [...]

You Are Here to kick on in 2012, and they want your contribution

By 12 October 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

The You Are Here festival has announced they’re going to do it all again in 2012.
They’re keen to get your involvement this time around:
But enough about us – who are YOU? Let us know who you are and what you do, and what you WANT to do. Tell us what you think Canberra is missing [...]

Pura Vida In The City!

By 8 September 2011

[ 17 September 2011 to 6 October 2011. ]

Canberra CBD has released a program of events for Civic over the coming weeks put on by Frank Madrid.

[First Published on: Sep 8, 2011 @ 11:32]

Skate in the City winds up. What did you think?


Skate in the City wound up yesterday after a magical July of family fun in the heart of the city.
If you went what did you think?
Here’s a slideshow of photos taken by Brian on Friday.

Skate in the City taking shape


Garema Place is getting pretty crowded with all the activity setting up the ice rink this afternoon.
More details on the Canberra CBD page.
It’s all meant to be kicking off on Friday.

Skate in the City marked out and kicked off


The movers and shakers gathered in Garema Place this morning for the media launch of Skate In The City.
As you can see from the photo there’s no ice yet but the skating area has been marked off and is soon to be filled with 24,000 litres of water.
Andrew Barr has put out a media release:

Phone bookings open for Skate in the City

By 31 May 2011

Canberra CBD are informing us that their wildly anticipated ice skating in Garema Place is now taking telephone bookings on 0400 505 284.
It’s going to be running through July.
Apparently there’s some sort of hitch with booking over the intertubes.

Stephen Gregory takes the reins at Canberra CBD.

By 12 May 2011

Canberra CBD’s In The City Canberra website is letting us know that Stephen Gregory is taking over from Linda Staite as the CEO.
Mr Gregory commences his role on 30 May after two successful years as the CEO of Snowy Hydro SouthCare. During this time he has lead a major boost in profile for the rescue [...]

Ice rink confirmed for Garema Place in winter 11!


CanberraCBD have announced the planned ice rink in Garema Place is confirmed as going ahead.
We are very pleased to confirm that our major project for this Winter will be installing an ice skating rink in Garema Place. The rink will be open to the public for day and night time skating sessions during the [...]

AntiSocialFifteenYearOldFire (otherwise known as: Yes!)


On the last night of You Are Here, we held a party to coincide with FM 104.7?s Skyfire. Skyfire is a free fireworks display over Lake Burley Griffin synchronised to the sounds of a special music mix broadcast by FM 104.7.
As much as we would have loved to attend Skyfire, You Are Here decided not [...]

The Theatre Stream of the You Are Here festival


You Are Here: Theatre Stream
One of the integral limbs of the You Are Here program is the Theatre stream, which features an array of extraordinary performers from around the country (and beyond).
Ten short works by ten different artists and companies will be presented in back-to-back double-bills.
Alongside such lynch pins of the ACT scene as [...]

What is the point of this whole You Are Here thing?


This is a note from one of the peeps behind the upcoming You Are Here, taking over vacant shopfronts and found venues in the Canberra CBD from this Thursday 10 until Sunday 20 March to present a battery of music, theatre, visual arts and performance events. I’m writing to ask for your thoughts and input [...]

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