Tag Archives: Canberra

Top Canberra day trips

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I’m a big fan of road trips and regularly get in the car on a weekend to explore. I’ve found there are a lot of places around Canberra within a two- or three-hour drive that cater for most tastes.
Of course, there are beaches on the New South Wales south coast to explore although I try [...]

Restorative justice – a myth?


In Australia we have a complex attitude towards the rehabilitation of offenders in our judicial system. We have many in our society who believe in an eye for an eye and hard-line punishment as a means of preventing recidivism.
Few will come out and support good rehabilitative programs. Rather than believing that some offenders can change their aberrant behaviour, [...]

PHOTOWALK Canberra, 15 March


[ 15 March 2015 at 2:30 pm; ] PHOTOWALK-Canberra is a chance for any person no matter what age or ability to get together and have a lovely walk, get some fresh air and meet other photographically minded people. It is meant to be all inclusive, whether you own a DSLR, a compact or just a phone-cam.

PHOTOWALK-Canberra is completely FREE to attend!

IT IS [...]

Sunrise over Canberra

By 6 March 2015
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This morning’s (Friday 6 March) sunrise over Canberra.

Weekend garage sale guide (7th and 8th March)


To include your listing in an upcoming allclassifieds Canberra weekend garage sale guide, upload your garage sale details for free on
Friday 6 March & Saturday 7 March
3 Brennan Court Jerrabomberra
6-8pm Friday; 8am-4pm Saturday
A massive three-household garage sale with electronics, fridge, bookshelf, teen clothing, women’s clothing, men’s suits, retro furniture, German books, jewellery, kitchen stools, lawnmower, Android tablet [...]

NSW man moves to Canberra; actually likes it


I grew up in a small coastal town of about 10,000 called Pacific Palms. My days were filled with the beach or the lake. Most of my adult life was spent in Sydney with the bustle and noise. I have also traveled around Australia extensively, but I choose to live in Canberra.
I found myself in [...]

What does the ACT think about the death penalty?


Inside my backyard shed are two signs that my fiancée and I recently made. The signs read, “Indonesia, we love you but please tell your Government to stop killing Australian citizens”.
Over the past month or so, I have spoken on various radio stations and contributed to numerous public forums against the state sanctioned killing of [...]

Are you ready to be Enlightened?

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It’s the best time of year again when the evenings are warm – but not stifling, with a cool – but not cold breeze; allowing everyone to come out after dark to explore Enlighten.
For those who don’t know or those new to Canberra, Enlighten is an annual event similar to the popular Vivid event in [...]

Acting for the fun of it with Peter Wilkins

By 27 February 2015

Long-time Canberra theatre teacher Peter Wilkins is running a series of acting courses throughout 2015.
Acting for the Fun of it courses

Acting for the Fun of it
Sunday February 15 – Sunday March 29
A course for beginners. Build confidence. Learn a variety of performance skills. Meet friends.
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Sunday May 10 – Sunday June 10
Practical performance [...]

Weekend garage sale guide (28th Feb & 1st March)

By 27 February 2015

To include your listing in an upcoming allclassifieds Canberra weekend garage sale guide, upload your listing for free to
Saturday 28 February
13 Etheridge Street Page
7am to 12.30pm
Items include baby things (pumps, toys, carriers), household items, furniture and a printer with ink cartridges. More information.
Saturday 28 February
Queanbeyan West NSW (contact seller for exact location)
8am to 4pm
Around 60 years worth [...]

Why is Canberra Australia’s fittest city?


According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data, almost three out of four Canberra residents participate in sport or some sort of physical activity – the highest rate out of anywhere in Australia.
It is pretty easy to see that Canberra is an active city. Everyone I know plays some sort of sport or regularly goes to [...]

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
Joe Bailei

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
Ask Riot

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
Police wrap

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

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


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

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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

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

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

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

[ 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 [...]

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