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Canberra – a little piece of somewhere other than Australia

By 25 February 2015

What’s up with Canberra’s obsession with feral and introduced trees and shrubs?
I think Canberra fits much better into a European landscape – one filled with deciduous trees and no understorey – rather than an Australian landscape of diversity and bush. Unfortunately, the Canberra look is perpetuated by a government-led planting regime that reinforces its un-Australian appearance.
What [...]

Safe Shelter for homeless men seeks volunteers

By 25 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Safe Shelter, which provides overnight shelter for homeless men during winter, is looking for volunteers to undergo training and to staff the shelters this coming winter.

Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old, have completed the two-night training course, hold a Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card, and be willing to spend a minimum of one night [...]

The reality of being homeless in Canberra

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT, a jurisdiction that boasts the highest and most evenly distributed income in the nation, is experiencing a homelessness crisis.
According to Homelessness Australia, on any given night one in 200 people in Australia are homeless. A quarter of homeless Australians are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, and 30 per cent were born overseas.
The ACT’s homelessness rate [...]

Does the Color Run mislead participants?

By 23 February 2015
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The Color Run is a terrific event in terms of being genius marketing and it encourages local community participation.
Both my teenage daughters were in teams with their school friends. It cost me $130 ($65 each). I thought this was expensive for a ‘run’ and to have some coloured powder thrown over you. They assured me [...]

Six people ejected from World Cup cricket match

By 19 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Six people were ejected from the ICC Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at Manuka Oval yesterday (Wednesday, February 19), although police were pleased with the overall crowd behaviour.
An enthusiastic and lively crowd of more than 10,900 spectators attended the day-night international sporting fixture.
ACT Policing’s Operation Commander for the event, Superintendent Rob Wilson, [...]

Two years in the capital

By 19 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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This week I mark two years in Canberra. This is a milestone for me given I despise the cold and I wasn’t sure if I’d make it once I discovered what winter was like.
When I first moved here, I made a promise to myself that I would give it a minimum of two years in [...]

A day at the 2015 National Multicultural Festival

By 16 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Every year I mark the National Multicultural Festival in my calendar, making sure I make no other social plans. Canberra’s Multicultural Festival sees most of the Canberra City streets blocked off and lined with stall after stall of food, drinks and information of every nationality you can think of; from Poland to Italy, Macedonia and [...]

Get outdoors and enjoy these hikes around Canberra

By 12 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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If you’re looking for ideas to get out and enjoy Canberra’s summer days while they last, I’ve recently discovered some great hikes less than an hour from Canberra City. Bored of the usual Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura hikes that I’ve done numerous times now, I came across some like-minded people who recommended hiking in [...]

Have your say on smart parking in Canberra

By 6 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Planning Mick Gentleman have invited Canberrans to share their views on plans to transform parking in the ACT.
A public discussion paper, Smart Parking – transforming parking in the ACT, is now available on the ACT Government’s Time to Talk website for consultation, which will take place for one month [...]

Childcare challenges

By 12 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For as long as I have been a mother I have been aware of the cost of childcare and impact it has on the family budget if parents either have to or choose to work.
In Australia we are reasonably lucky to have government subsidy on childcare, which, frankly, makes it vaguely affordable for many families [...]

Canberra – Donut capital of Australia

By 12 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’m no town planner; never claimed to be. However, I have lived in Canberra for 47 years and I’ve seen the city grow from a large country town into a cosmopolitan city.
There is much to love about Canberra, especially my part of heaven: Tuggeranong. But I’ve extolled its beauties and benefits and its drawbacks for decades. [...]

Taxi drivers stealing phones

By 17 December 2014
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After enjoying a sensible night in Civic a little while ago now, and before I had met my beautiful fiancé, I had an incident with a lovely lady, a devious taxi driver, and my phone.
I remember being happily driven to an abode which was not mine at about 2am. Unexpectedly, and not by my volition, [...]

Spring weeds swap in on this weekend

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 1 November 2014 at 8:30 am; 2 November 2014 at 8:30 am; ]

Swap your invasive weeds for beautiful native plants.

This Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 of November 2014 from 8.30 am until 4.45 pm, the biannual weed swap is on. Visit the green waste recycling centres at either Canberra Sand and Gravel in West Belconnen or Corkhill Bros near the Mugga Lane landfill. Bring invasive weeds [...]

Automatic garage roller doors

By 23 October 2014

Hi,
We are replacing our very old garage doors with auto roller doors.  Anybody got any recommendations on a good reliable firm.
Thanks

Canberra – Shenzhen intern program connects future innovation leaders

By 23 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new StudyCanberra student intern program between Canberra and Shenzhen will attract the best and brightest students from Shenzhen to Canberra and will give local students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in Shenzhen, the home of a major technology company in the world, Chief Minister and Minister for Higher Education Katy Gallagher said today.
The [...]

Dan Kelly live performance & Chris Endrey in Conversation

By 10 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

 
It’s that time again; the Canberra Environment Centre is holding its annual fundraising event but this year with a twist, and a cocktail.
Chris Endrey, beloved host of In Canberra Tonight, will sit down with David Pope (cartoonist for the Canberra Times); Shane Rattenbury (ACT Greens member for Molonglo); and Simon Sheikh (Former Director of GetUp), [...]

Swap goods, eat pizza, learn how to fix your bike

By 9 October 2014

From 10am to 1pm this Saturday (11th), the Canberra Environment Centre is holding a Spring Swap.
Bring along your old clothes, books, CDs and anything you would like to trade.
Swapping begins at 11am (come early to set up) and selling swap-meet style begins at 12pm.
The pizza oven will be also be going with a possible organic [...]

School Holiday Guide Spring 2014

By 27 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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And so it is time once again for school holidays. Love it or loathe it, there’s no escaping it!
Here are a few ideas from us on how to keep the kids entertained during the break. What are your favourite activities the keep the kids occupied? Any hidden treasures we should know about? [...]

Parking: Caught in the ACT

By 26 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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A major bonus of life in the ACT up to now has been that there is enough road for the cars (most of the time) and adequate reasonably priced or no charge parking. This is not the case in Sydney and Melbourne, where officials have been publicly proclaiming for years that there are “just too [...]

Kings Cross’s younger sibling

By 21 August 2014
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Has Canberra’s squeaky clean reputation of being the perfect place to raise a family been tarnished… and what can we do to fix it?
Residents of Canberra are typically more worried about a five minute traffic jam then being afraid of walking alone at night. With the recent violent incident at the front of a popular Canberra night [...]

Will Birdman Rally fly home for Summer?

By 14 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It was just the other day I was chatting to an old friend, over beer of course, reminiscing of the fun events we used to have in Canberra. The V8 Supercars was the first to stir up passion before the conversation flew towards the hilariously entertaining Birdman Rally.
It didn’t take long before we were YouTube-ing [...]

Vocal Fireworks by The Song Company

By 13 August 2014

Vocal Fireworks
Featuring Danish guest director Bo Holten
Marking the final stage of a four year cycle based on the elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire, The Song Company celebrate the heat and raw passion of FIRE and the music that expresses it, in their latest program Vocal Fireworks.
As part of their 30th Anniversary celebrations, Australia’s [...]

How to maintain sensitivity to heritage in old buildings

By 13 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra is now reaching an age where, in the older parts of town at least, decorating our shops and drawing attention to promotions requires an extra sensitivity to heritage values.
The good news is that for the most part, we’re taking care of our old buildings and although there have been some interesting architectural clashes, the [...]

Is Canberra Infested by a Brain-Eating Zombie Virus?

By 6 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi All
Just a quick note to say I am about to take down my short story about whether Canberra is infested by a brain-eating zombie virus. It was inspired by a reader’s request to include three items in a yarn set in Canberra (and a dash of 1950s US Cold War zombie movies):

Gold Creek Lolly [...]

Is there a place for billboards in Canberra?

By 30 July 2014
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As I navigate through the winding streets of Canberra, taking in the beautiful mountains and cityscape, I can’t help but be amused by the very rare billboard seeking my attention.
It’s usually the amusing ‘on-premise’ Canturf puns, pitched along the Monaro Highway coming past Fyshwick, which we’ve all grown to love, or the giant billboard on [...]

Canberra’s Crowd-funding success story

By 17 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The story advances as Pat and Sancho from The Chop Shop rack up their target of $10,000 within 5 days of launching on crowd-funding website Kickstarter. As you can imagine they are over the moon.
Sancho says, “It has easily etched no.1 in my top 5 moments in life that will flash before my eyes if [...]

New exhibitions

By 14 July 2014
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Munyunga

It’s most appropriate to kick off my reviews for RiotACT with this show presented by gallery@bcs as part of its RESPECT series celebrating NAIDOC week. Munyunga, meaning Eagle Hawk in the Ngarigu language, is a mixed media exhibition exploring the theme of “Kootopan” (Oneness) featuring local and South Coast artists Colleen Dixon, David Dixon, Dianne [...]

Kick-start the Canberra Creatives

By 9 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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What do we get when we combine all the key people of influence from the Canberra creative scene together and grant them access to an abandoned warehouse in Braddon for 4 months?
Well, we get The Chop Shop!
Pat Rose from Coy and Sancho Murphey from Sancho’s Dirty Laundry have joined forces to bring us the ultimate [...]

Canberra crime reports continue to fall

By 8 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has continued to experience a decline in reported offences according to the April to June quarterly crime statistics for 2014, which show a 15.9 per cent decrease across the ACT when compared with April to June 2013.
All of the eight patrol regions, as defined by the ACT Policing Crime Statistics website, experienced a [...]

Which local charities should I give to?

By 17 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

It appears that my job will be relatively safe after the budget but that may not be the same for everyone in the ACT. I am pretty much aware that not everyone is on the big dollars and am thinking about changing the charities I donate to so I can ensure that more of my [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Market Wrap

By 11 April 2014
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The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan.
SALES
Highest Sale: $1,500,000
Lowest Price: $110,000
Average Sale Price: $569,870
62 sales properties had price reductions
110 properties went under offer
126 properties SOLD!
196 properties have come onto the market
47 Properties up for auction this coming weekend
RENTALS
Highest Rental: $1,955 per week
Lowest Rental: [...]

Sutton Country Fair and Ute Muster

By 12 March 2014

[ 15 March 2014 at 10:00 am; ] The Sutton Country Fair and Ute Muster is on Saturday 15th March at Sutton Primary School, Bywong St, Sutton – just ten minutes from Canberra.
It is a community day of fun for all with entertainment, music, games, rides, raffles and prizes, plus the popular Ute Muster.
Check out the Utes competing for prizes in various categories [...]

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