Wondering why there’s a spike in interest in echidnas? Let’s get straight to the point
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So why is November the echidna's favourite month of the year? The answer to this, and other pointed questions, will be answered here, today, in what we like to call - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Echidnas (But Were Afraid to Ask). We've enlisted the help of echidna expert, Mulligans Flat sanctuary volunteer, photographer - and civil engineer...
Canberra region to ‘eclipse’ the week of rain with a Friday night lunar show
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On Friday, 19 November, from approximately 7:45 pm to 9:30 pm, the Canberra region will be treated to its second lunar eclipse of 2021. Dr Brad Tucker, from Mount Stromlo Observatory, explained the phenomenon of the partial lunar eclipse and what Canberrans can expect to witness as the moon goes around the Earth and into its shadow. "What actually happens...
Peli-please-can I go again? Pelican Place is Gungahlin’s hidden gem
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I always get a little nervous when I look at a menu and see that they're doing a lot. It's become a new wave of sorts. Rather than the more traditional culturally styled restaurants, more and more seem to open today with a diverse array of offerings. So when I arrived at Pelican Place Gungahlin on Saturday night and saw...
Get in the spirit of no waste this November and follow the Garage Sale Trail
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If you Marie Kondo'd your life in lockdown, then it can mean only one thing – it's time to get out on the Garage Sale Trail again. Just like the car boot and garage sales of times gone by, whether you're selling or buying this year, it's all in the spirit of no waste. Each year, it's estimated the Garage Sale Trail...
The Vital Signs for Canberra are strong, but report says not everyone in our community is OK
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"Everyone in Canberra thinks that everyone else is Canberra is doing fine, but they're not." says Peter Gordon, CEO of community foundation Hands Across Canberra. He's holding a copy of the second ACT 'Vital Signs' report, which is just the 10th such report produced in any Australian jurisdiction. It's a collaboration between Hands Across Canberra and the Snow Foundation, a...
New friendships and life skills the silver lining of lockdown at Project Independence
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Residents at the Project Independence complex in Harrison made the most of Canberra's recent COVID-19 lockdown by getting to know each other better. From Zumba and bingo to highly anticipated daily team relays in the driveway, the residents formed new bonds with their neighbours in the social housing development, which is designed to help people with an intellectual disability acquire their own...
Canberra’s Indian community set to celebrate Diwali
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It is an exciting time in Canberra as COVID-19 lockdown is lifting and restrictions are finally easing. It is even more exciting for people of Indian origin all across the world because Diwali, one of the most anticipated festivals, is coming soon. Diwali is celebrated not only in India, but in many countries that have a historical Indian connection. The...
Take a walk down Rosella Street to see what all the chirping is about
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A walk along 'Rosella Street' is a little different than most. It's not actually a street, but rather an online community allowing users to buy, rent and sell in a sustainable way and ultimately reduce waste and the impact of consumerism on the planet. Despite this lofty ambition, the ethos that guides Rosella Street and the team of two behind...
The Nightmare on Flemington Road is creepin’ it real in Gungahlin this Halloween
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The nightmare continues ... for the third year running, the Nightmare on Flemington Road will bring terror to the people of Gungahlin. The Harrison house, renowned for the ghastly, gigantic spider which sits on its roof every October in the weeks leading up to Halloween, will adopt a pirate theme this year to begin the next generation of nightmares. "We've...
Countdown to Christmas with an advent calendar of locally sourced goodies
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A swig of Summer Gin from The Canberra Distillery, some Sticky Plum Sauce from Queanbeyan, a bar of spice-scented soap from Bungendore, a miniature bottle of Strawberry and Ginger Dessert Sauce from Murrumbateman, black garlic from Braidwood, and a Christmas candle from Yass. All of that and more has been artfully packaged into a tray to create our region's very...
Yerrabi Pond to receive floating wetland alongside its new rotunda
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Gungahlin's Yerrabi Pond will receive long-awaited upgrades after a floating wetland was confirmed for the pond alongside its new rotunda. The wetland will be 1000 square metres and form part of the ACT Government's Healthy Waterways Program. The wetland is only the second floating wetland in the ACT. "The floating wetland in Lake Tuggeranong was launched in March," Minister for...
Sanctuary in the suburbs reopens for Twilight Tours
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Once you walk through the predator-proof fence, it's like going back a century in time. Sure, you can hear the faint hum of cars – after all, you're only metres from one of Canberra's most populated areas, Gungahlin – yet you could be in another world. Mulligans Flat Woodlands Sanctuary, at Forde, has just restarted its Twilight Tours following the COVID-19...
National Bird Week calling Canberrans to backyards to count their feathered friends
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Boasting more than two hundred recorded bird species, Canberra has more birds to admire than any other capital city in Australia. That's why to coincide with National Bird Week – which commenced on Monday, 18 October, and runs until Sunday, 24 October – BirdLife Australia is calling Canberrans to their backyards to count the birds they see. Last year's campaign saw...
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