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Ten things to do around Canberra this weekend (3–5 May) Lifestyle

Zoe Pleasants 2 May 2019
The Canberra International Music Festival is in full flight this weekend with an amazing program of concerts to choose from. Dance Week continues with the Sydney Dance Company in town to celebrate and opportunities to enjoy homegrown dance works at the Belconnen Arts Centre, and the Short & Sweet Theatre...

The late Barrie Dexter: a life story that might change your own life Community

Rachel Ziv 28 April 2019 1
Sometimes in life we are lucky enough to meet someone who is so interesting, so authentic, and so inspirational that just talking to them enriches our lives. Barrie Dexter was one of those people. Relayed by his two daughters, I felt privileged to hear the story of their father, a...

Labor pledges $1 million for women’s sports facilities at Kippax Election

Lachlan Roberts 18 April 2019 4
Labor has promised to fund a $1 million upgrade of sports facilities at the Holt playing fields if elected, which would see separate men's and women's change rooms built at the ground. The home of the Belconnen Magpies footy club will receive improvements to the changing rooms to make them inclusive...

Man charged with attempted murder after stabbing in Mitchell Police Wrap

Lachlan Roberts 17 April 2019
A man has been charged with attempted murder after two men were left in hospital following a stabbing incident in Mitchell on Tuesday morning (16 April). Around 4:30 am, police attended Grimwade Street, Mitchell following reports of a stabbing. It is believed the altercation took place outside the Langtrees VIP...

Outer suburbs in Charitable Fund’s sights as first grants round launched News

Ian Bushnell 5 April 2019 2
The Chief Minister’s new Charitable Fund will focus on meeting areas of need in Canberra's outer suburban areas in its first round of grants, worth $400,000. Chief Minister Andrew Barr launched the grant round, to be managed by community foundation Hands Across Canberra, on Wednesday (3 April) in the City,...

Loss of green space sours release of Kippax Master Plan News

Ian Bushnell 25 March 2019 12
The loss of a great swathe of green space to feed the expansion of the Kippax Fair shopping centre has left a shadow over the Kippax Group Centre Master Plan released today. After four years of community consultation, the final Master Plan paves the way for an upgrade of the...

NSW Election – same same in Monaro, Goulburn and Bega News

Ian Campbell 24 March 2019 18
There's no change in Macquarie Street following this weekend's NSW Election as the Berejiklian Barilaro Government retains power. In Monaro, Goulburn, and Bega, incumbent Coalition members have all kept their seats although some are contending with swings against them. NSW Nationals Leader John Barilaro has increased his margin in Monaro despite expectations...

“Moruya one of the country’s leading drop zones” – Skydive Oz boss Sport

Ian Campbell 21 March 2019
“Moruya also confirmed its status as one of the country’s leading drop zones, along with providing the kind of spectacular coastal backdrop all skydivers yearn to compete in. Even when the weather gods didn’t play friendly, the town itself kept the smile on our faces," says Skydive Oz CEO Paul Smith,...

NSW Election: Monaro candidates fired up by climate, renewable energy issues News

Guest Contributor 11 March 2019
The key issues for the Federal election are still up in the air, but if the Monaro candidates' debate this week was anything to go by, there are plenty of people who believe the NSW election on March 23 will be at least partly a referendum on climate action. Repower...

NSW Election: Will big spending promises bring Barilaro home in Monaro? News

Alex Rea 8 March 2019 4
Election promises are flowing from all quarters as the NSW Coalition government shores up their chances in what could be a potentially close call for the Berejiklian government and for deputy premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro. So who is promising what to Monaro residents, and why? Monaro is...

Dust settles in Canberra as storm passes to the coast News

Lachlan Roberts 13 February 2019
Many Canberrans were left literally biting the dust yesterday as strong winds prompted a dust storm in the nation's capital, leaving a trail of damage as it heads towards the south coast on Wednesday morning (13 February). ACT State Emergency Service received 128 requests for assistance yesterday following damaging winds...

Historic 1840s’ Gunning homestead comes with a rich past, stables and creek frontage Property

Glynis Quinlan 19 January 2019
An attractive heritage-listed homestead built in the 1840s and sitting on 29.2 acres of rich alluvial creek flats is on the market in Gunning and comes complete with red brick stables, a large grain shed and double frontage to Meadow Creek. ‘Boureong Homestead’ on Dalton Road is one of Gunning’s...

Suburban Gem: The Indonesian Menu at Asian Food Mart in Kippax Food & Wine

Sophia Brady 19 December 2018 1
Asian Food Mart at Kippax Fair will be celebrating 20 years in business in 2019. The unassuming takeaway wedged between a liquor store and tobacconist in the busy Northside shopping mall has been owned and operated since 1999 by husband and wife team Andrew & Lila Gunawan. At first glance,...

Safer ACT roads ahead with government’s $16m annual resurfacing program Motoring

Lachlan Roberts 10 October 2018 3
Around 230 lane kilometres of roads will be resurfaced and resealed across Canberra thanks to the ACT Government’s annual resurfacing program, which will start this year in the suburbs of Tuggeranong. ACT Roads Minister Chris Steel announced the start of a $16 million resurfacing program on Monday (8 October), which will...

Buying and renting in Canberra just got a little more expensive… but there is hope Property

Rachel Ziv 2 October 2018
It’s getting cheaper to be a renter in Australia, but the news for Canberrans isn’t so positive. The latest Housing Affordability Report from Adelaide Bank and the Real Estate Institute of Australia reveals that in most states and territories across Australia, the proportion of income required to meet average rental...

Giiyong builds a future beyond its fun, colour, and flavours Community

Ian Campbell 25 September 2018
The power and importance of storytelling shone brightly at the Giiyong Festival at Jigamy on Saturday (22 September). The many and varied storytelling formats and styles were part of the magic but the real spark came from the people telling the stories. People with real and current connections to the dark chapters...

You are ‘Welcome’ at the Giiyong Festival this Saturday in Eden Lifestyle

Ian Campbell 20 September 2018
The indigenous and non-indigenous community across South East NSW is excited about this weekends Giiyong Festival at Jigamy, just north of Eden - Thaua Country. Giiyong is Australia's newest Aboriginal festival, incorporating music, art, food, film, literature and spoken word performances, and the first of its kind for southern NSW. Pronounced:...

ACT organisations win grants to make services more inclusive for people with disabilities News

Ian Bushnell 13 September 2018
An Indigenous justice group, breastfeeding association and an arts centre are among 15 recipients of Disability Inclusion Grants worth $100,000 announced by the ACT Government on Wednesday (12 September). The grants will support the 15 organisations with projects to make their services and activities more accessible for people with disability. The...

Ray White Canberra’s winter auction sells almost $11 million worth of property Property

Ian Bushnell 6 September 2018
A Garran property went close to the million dollar mark at Ray White Canberra's Winter Warmer Auction last Thursday night (23 August). Six Harpur Street, Garran, a four-bedroom family home on the market for the first time in 50 years, was the top-priced property at $965,000 on the night, which...

Alleged drink driver’s school zone speeding shocks police Police Wrap

Ian Bushnell 3 September 2018
An alleged drink driver sped through a school zone in Holt at more than 30km/h over the speed limit last Friday afternoon, police say. The incident shocked police, who called it abhorrent. Police said that about 3:45 pm on Friday (31 August), ACT Policing Traffic Operations detected a vehicle travelling...

Goodbye to trailer hassles and hello to tidy gardens as first green bins delivered to Belconnen Community

Glynis Quinlan 13 August 2018 6
Keen gardener Tori Hennig is looking forward to an easier time maintaining the large garden around her 50-year-old Evatt home after becoming the first of thousands of Belconnen residents to receive a green waste bin. Gone are the days when Ms Hennig will have to struggle to reverse her trailer...

Green waste collection to start in Belconnen next month News

Glynis Quinlan 4 August 2018 8
Registrations have opened for Belconnen households wanting a green bin with the new green waste collection service to start in the area on September 3. More than 22,000 Canberra households in Weston Creek and Tuggeranong are currently using the green bins, with more than 3,100 tonnes of green waste collected...

Nine things to do around Canberra this weekend (20–22 July) Lifestyle

Zoe Pleasants 19 July 2018
It is the final weekend to enjoy a number of exhibitions, events and festivals ahead of renewal in the coming weeks and months. It is the last weekend to see the National Gallery's Cartier Exhibition and the National Museum's So You Might Know Each Other: Faith and Culture in Islam...

Cellar Door: A new weekly wine market launching in NewActon Food & Wine

Sophia Brady 17 July 2018
Canberra has a wonderful burgeoning wine scene and kicking off on Saturday 21st of July the NewActon Precinct is launching a new weekly wine market called ‘Cellar Door’. This will make it easier to meet the regions top winemakers, taste their wares and purchase a bottle or two without having...

Nine things to do around Canberra this weekend (13–15 July) Lifestyle

Zoe Pleasants 12 July 2018
No need to hibernate this weekend. The World Curry Festival is on at the Wintervention in the city along with the ice skating rink and circus shows in the mini Spiegel Tent. Questacon is celebrating Mid-Winter Nights with science shows, fire twirling, stargazing, and food; and Sound and Fury are...

Free NAIDOC family festival this weekend Community

Belconnen Arts Centre 10 July 2018
Celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture this NAIDOC Week at NAIDOC in the North! To be held at Kingsford Smith School in Holt on Saturday 14 July from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, this free, family-friendly event invites the Belconnen and wider Canberra community to enjoy Aboriginal and Torres Strait...

Because of Her, We Can…! Lifestyle

Belconnen Arts Centre 16 June 2018
According to the 2016 Census, more than 6,500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples live in the ACT, with just over half of that figure being women. This NAIDOC Week, we're inviting Canberrans and those from the surrounding region to join us in celebrating the often unrecognised contributions these women...

Canberrans urged to shop around for petrol before long weekend as prices jump by 5.5cpl Motoring

Glynis Quinlan 6 June 2018 22
Canberra motorists are being encouraged to shop around before filling up this Queen’s Birthday long weekend with Canberra’s petrol prices jumping by 5.5 cents per litre (cpl) over the last few days and differing significantly between suburbs. Canberra had the unwanted distinction of being the most expensive capital city for...

Every Thread Counts: Creating a stunning clothing collection from natural dyes Lifestyle

Nina Gbor 20 May 2018
Every Thread Counts is the ethical clothing label that makes beautiful, stylish clothes using botanical dyes and natural fibres. Many of the plants and trees used to fashion this beautiful collection are found right here in Canberra.  The label’s founder, Barbara Wheeler is an innovative designer and maker that uses natural,...

Canberra Secrets: Your key to the Capital Community

Wendy Johnson 4 May 2018
Margaret Wade has thrown Canberrans a challenge. To experience a new Canberra secret at least once a month. It’s true that we sometimes get into a rut with our social activities but now there’s no excuse, with the third edition of Canberra Secrets: Your Key to the Capital, which Margaret...

Twelve things to do around Canberra this weekend (4–6 May) Lifestyle

Zoe Pleasants 3 May 2018 2
It is currently Tree Week and Dance Week so hug or climb a tree, or enjoy dance performances under the stars, at a market or in a theatre. The Spiegeltent is still camping out the front of the Canberra Theatre while Tom Gleeson is performing his latest show, Sure Thing, inside the Theatre 7:30 pm,...

Construction commences on Ginninderry development, more land releases this year Property

Ian Bushnell 30 April 2018
Construction work has begun on the Ginninderry housing project, with local civil engineering company Huon Contractors Pty Ltd awarded a $30 million plus contract to complete civil construction for the development’s first suburb, Strathnairn. The master planned Ginninderry development is set to deliver a substantial proportion of Canberra’s greenfield land...

Five things to do around Canberra this weekend (27–29 April) Lifestyle

Zoe Pleasants 26 April 2018
This weekend promises to be filled with culture and spectacle. The Canberra International Music Festival opens on Friday night with a Gala concert at the Fitters' Workshop in Kingston, and the Spielegent Tent is back for another season with the cabaret show, Blanc de Blanc headlining the program. It is the...

Manslaughter, reckless conduct charges laid over hospital work-site death News

Ian Bushnell 19 April 2018 1
Multiple charges, including manslaughter and reckless conduct, have been laid in relation to the 2016 death of a worker on the construction site of the new University of Canberra Hospital in Bruce. The charges have been welcomed by Unions ACT and noted as significant by the Government, and come after...
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