All lanterns will shine on Canberra’s inner north for Light Up Lyneham tonight (24 July).
Organised by the Lyneham Community Association and sponsored by Yowani Country Club, Dickson Tradies and North Canberra Community Council, the event is designed to show off the Canberra suburb in its best light, and encourage more locals to join the Lyneham Community Association.
Everyone is invited to bring their friends and family from 4:00 pm for a sunset lantern walk, illuminated wetlands display, mountain lion dance, live music, community stalls and delicious food.
By sampling what the popular Canberra suburb has to offer, the community association hopes Light up Lyneham visitors will be encouraged to join up.
Association spokeswoman Jocelyn Barbic said the event has been running for four years, although it was cancelled in 2020 because of COVID-19.
Special COVID-19 precautions will be in place this year, with all stallholders safely distanced apart. People interested in attending are asked to pre-register here.
Jocelyn says although the event is a great way for neighbours to get to know each other, it is also a special way to celebrate this time of the year.
“It’s midwinter – we should embrace that,” she says.
“The event was actually started by one family years ago after they came here from Seattle [in the US]. They would do these lantern walks and when they came here, they thought our wetlands would be a great location to do something like that.”
This year’s lantern walk will go for about 1 km and feature 12 installations around the wetlands, including a stained glass window made from milk cartons and cellophane. It will start from Lyneham shopping centre at around sunset, then go around the wetlands before returning.
Jocelyn says the aim of the Lyneham Community Association’s is to foster community identity and involvement; provide a local forum for issues of concern; promote local activities; and advise government on the needs and expectations of residents.
It also contributes to planning of the local and surrounding areas.
Membership to Lyneham Community Association is free and open to everyone above the age of 16 who lives in Lyneham or North O’Connor. You can join the association here.
Every 25th person who joins between now and the end of August 2021 will receive a $25 gift voucher from a Lyneham shop.
For more information, check out the Lyneham Community Association website.
Light Up Lyneham commences at 4:00 pm on Saturday, 24 July, at Lyneham shopping centre. The forecast is for occasional showers, but that won’t stop the walk. Just make sure you bring a waterproof jacket or umbrella.