Put your taste buds to the test for Canberra’s best hot cross buns
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As we head into Easter, it's time to put your taste buds to the test to find the most delicious hot cross buns in Canberra. How does your local bakery stack up against the big supermarkets that have been diligently tempting us with all things chocolate since they took down their Christmas decorations in late December? The hot cross bun...
Hot in the City: All you can eat burgers, fried chicken and more at Grease Monkey
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Grease Monkey has been flipping burgers, pouring beers, frying chicken and serving a range of tasty snacks at their Braddon venue since 2015. The popular burger joint launched their Gungahlin store in April 2020 and you can also taste their delicious burgers at Phillip and Stromlo. They recently launched their Gorilla Filla all you can eat deal at their Braddon...
Lights go out on landmarks for Earth Hour 2021
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Old Parliament House and Canberra's iconic telecommunications spire, Telstra Tower, will be among the ACT landmarks blacking out tonight as part of Earth Hour. The lights will go out at 8:30 pm as part of the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment. This year, one-in-three Australians are expected to participate in the symbolic ‘switch off’ event, including 410 schools,...
From car engines to corflutes, we bust some myths on recycling
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When a car engine made its way from a recycling bin to one of the ACT's recycling centres for sorting, the ACT Government knew it had some overenthusiastic recyclers. Then there were corflutes. Lots of corflutes. Now in the wake of World Recycling Day on 18 March, the ACT Government is stepping up its message for Canberrans to be more...
Publicly operated crematorium in Gungahlin to meet needs of growing city
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Canberra now has a second crematorium that meets the religious and cultural needs of the ACT's growing population. The capital's first publicly operated crematorium opened in Gungahlin on Monday, 15 March. A 2018 review of cemeteries and crematoria found one in 10 people who have a religious or cultural need for burial or cremation did not have this service available to them...
Pandemic workers named Canberra Citizens of the Year
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Not even an hour after being honoured with one of the ACT's most prestigious awards, pathologist Lynette Chairuka was back at work in a molecular lab where COVID-19 testing is undertaken. The hard work and dedication from Canberrans like Ms Chairuka, both on the front line and behind the scenes, led to this year's Canberra Citizen of the Year award going to all...
Canberra’s ‘Urban Sketchers’ preserving a record of the city
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Canberra, as the oft-repeated refrain goes - is changing rapidly - and who better to record these changes in real-time than a group of keen local artists? Leonie Andrews and Sally Black are both members of the Canberra chapter of 'Urban Sketchers', an international community of sketchers who get out and draw what they see all around them. Ms Andrews...
Canberra Day appeal’s huge success is testament to a generous community
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Hands Across Canberra organisers had been a little uncertain ahead of this year's Canberra Day appeal. They'd asked locals to give emergency support last year during the height of COVID-19, and were unsure how deep our pockets would still be. The results of the appeal, run on 9 and 10 March, have astounded them. At the time of writing, the...
Do you have a bluey in your Canberra backyard?
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Every year The Guardian runs a readers’ poll for bird of the year, which is effectively a vote for Australia’s favourite bird – a significant poll indeed. Sadly no-one has yet taken on the daunting task of organising Australia to vote for its favourite reptile, although I live in hope. If it were to happen, I’m confident the laidback eastern blue-tongue...
Recycling retirees help raise money for charity
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Recycling savvy retirees have helped raise more than $5700 for educational grants and local charities through the Country Women’s Association Gungahlin (CWA). Originally hoping to raise around $10 or $20 a month for baking ingredients when the 10-cent container deposit scheme started in the ACT in 2018, the CWA souffle continued to rise once The Grove retirement village in Ngunnawal came onboard.  Kay,...
Audrey’s parents didn’t realise she was having an epilepsy seizure
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The Burke family can see light at the end of the tunnel after a terrifying five months of uncertainty following their eight-year-old daughter Audrey’s epilepsy diagnosis. With the Walk for Epilepsy event fast approaching, the family is sharing its story in the hope of increasing awareness of the condition and to help support Epilepsy ACT. Audrey's mother, Rebecca, a sufferer...
Make every step count for Gift of Life’s walk this week
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If you are heading out for a walk this week, there is an extra reason to make those steps more meaningful by supporting the annual Gift of Life DonateLife Walk from 22-28 February. More than 2300 people have registered for the walk that raises awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation and registration. One of the unanticipated benefits of...
Take 3: Where to find cinnamon buns in Canberra (or make your own)
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Let me clear something up right from the get-go: I'm talking about cinnamon buns, not the cinnamon scrolls (aka cinnamon escargot) made with the delicious, flaky pastry. I'm talking up the soft, bready, sweet and sometimes gooey, cinnamon buns. The ones topped with a generous smear of cream cheese icing. You know the ones, right? I've made them many times...
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