Faces of Canberra: Gino Giucci the Mowing King
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Next time you see a tractor mowing the side of the road in Gungahlin or Belconnen, slow down and give the guy a wave. It's more than likely Gino Giucci, Canberra's Mowing King, or one of his five crew members. The job they do for Canberra not only maintains our beautiful garden city's look, it ensures our roadsides are clear...
Who took Mario? Quest begins to find the life-sized cutout taken from Gungahlin
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A perfectly placed and spray-painted cardboard cutout of cult cartoon character Mario has gone missing from Gungahlin Drive. There have been sightings of the Mario caricature around Canberra, but the search is on to return the much-loved Mario to his home atop a concrete air-pipe that has added plenty of colour to the daily grind on Gungahlin Drive. "The world would...
Gungahlin creates more than just a pretty picture
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More than just a mystery at the end of the tram line, Gungahlin is home to a multitude of gorgeous scenery, and an incredible range of talented artists and designers to capture it. A snapshot of this beauty and talent is on show now with the Postcards from Gungahlin online exhibition, part of the Gungahlin Arts program which is managed by...
Could your pet be Canberra’s next top model?
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If anecdotal evidence is any guide, owning a pet made lockdown bearable for thousands of Canberrans. Now's the chance to share your four-footed, feathered or finned friend with the world in the DVCS 2021 Pets of Canberra Calendar! Money raised from the calendar will go towards supporting people experiencing family, domestic and intimate partner violence by helping fund the pivotal services provided by...
Icon Water uses recycled glass to contribute to a circular economy
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In its ideal form, a circular economy is a system where products and the resources that make them can be reused, repaired, remade and recycled, with absolutely nothing going to landfill. This may seem like a far-fetched idea, but there are companies that are working towards it, already figuring out the nuts and bolts of circular economies on various scales....
Jacka stoush shows government needs to get own house in order
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ACT Labor may be spruiking their green credentials after wedging the Opposition in the Assembly last week over housing affordability and the Liberals' thought bubbles about opening new development fronts west of the Murrumbidgee in Tuggeranong and in Kowen Forest in the north, but it also needs to look at keeping its own house in order. Planning and Land Management...
Gungahlin’s strong community deserves less rubbish on the streets
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Growing up in Yarrawonga in regional Victoria, I remember fondly the strong sense of community that the town had and how tight knit the people were. My parents ran a small restaurant and so I grew up serving tables, washing dishes and meeting everyone who came through the door – tourists and locals alike. Attending the local school, hanging out...
Calls for more Lifeline crisis supporter volunteers as demand surges
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Every 30 seconds a Lifeline telephone crisis supporter starts another potentially life-saving conversation. Every call is different, every scenario unique, but there is an overarching commonality between the calls, especially during COVID-19. "People want someone who is able to listen to you at your ugliest moments, when you are at your most vulnerable," Lifeline Canberra's Programs Manager and trainer Alisha...
New generation of play spaces show kids are just naturals at it
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A quiet revolution is taking place across Canberra's suburbs as the way children play, learn and interact with nature changes, or perhaps reverts to previous less complicated times. ACT families have embraced the nature play movement, in which the traditional slide and swingset playground makes way for a natural setting that makes use of trees, rocks, logs, ropes, sand and...
Yerrabi MLA argues for self reliance and future opportunities post COVID-19
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Times of crisis have historically presented opportunities for significant social and economic reform. The time of this coronavirus pandemic is no different. The COVID-19 crisis has made governments around the world dramatically change their policies. In Australia, it has reminded us just how dependent we have become on other countries. Gone are the days when globalisation was the watchword -...
Getting gas ready for winter for safety and efficiency
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The winter solstice has passed, marking the official start to winter, and as the temperature drops and 70,000 Canberra households fire up their gas heaters, Evoenergy is reminding Canberrans that now is the time to have their gas appliances checked. Gas heaters unused for six months of the year can build up dust, debris and even insects’ nests so it’s...
Feels like community spirit in Gungahlin, shining through in hard times
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The extraordinarily difficult summer, marked by bushfires and smoke, was followed by our current public health emergency and economic crisis. Our community has been through a lot. We’ve all seen the significant impact that this is having across Canberra – for thousands of Canberrans who face unemployment, for business owners struggling to support their staff, grassroots sport struggling to keep...
Running 145kms around Canberra on the Centenary Trail – Stage 7
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Last week I shared with you Running 145kms around Canberra on the Centenary Trail - Stage 6 where my journey started at North Watson and takes me to Mulligans Flat car park in Bonner. This week I bring you the final stage of 7 where my journey picks up at Mulligans Flat car park in Bonner and takes me back...
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