New friendships and life skills the silver lining of lockdown at Project Independence
Community
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
Community
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
Community
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
Community
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
Community
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
Community
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
Community
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
Community
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...
Notes from the kitchen garden: Summer is coming, so are pumpkins, melons and cucumbers
Community
Wandering through our large cold climate kitchen garden this time of year, I can't help thinking about pumpkins: the lush, tangled greenery of the pumpkin vine and broad leaves taking over bare garden spaces with the magic fruit of the vine hiding underneath. Pumpkins are another great pantry staple that can help feed your household from March right through to...
Local artist’s colourful posters capture Canberra and encourage vaccination
Community
Canberra's sense of community during the COVID-19 lockdown has inspired local artist Sophie Cazabon to decorate the streets of Canberra with homemade posters encouraging people to get vaccinated.  “I love the sense of community coming from COVID-19 restrictions, seeing the chalk drawings on the pavement, painted rocks and communal artworks in Canberra,” says Sophie, who also works as a youth social...
Community to choose name and uniform of new public school in Throsby
Community
A new public school in the Gungahlin suburb of Throsby will open its doors to students in 2022, but before that happens it needs to settle on a name and uniform design, and it's calling on the community to help. Children, families, teachers, local organisations and the broader Canberra community are invited to vote for their preferred name and uniform...
Icon Water is watering the Floriade blooms and asking Canberra to talk
Community
The blossoms of Floriade bring life and joy to the Canberra community, announcing the start of spring and the rebirth of nature around the ACT. Sadly, the current COVID-19 lockdown means Floriade has once again been reimagined so the goal this year is to bring a little piece of the festival of flowers to each suburb in Canberra. And for the...
The bush stone-curlew rises to notoriety as hatching video emerges online
Community
PhD researcher at the ANU Fenner School Shoshana Rapley captured the hearts of the online community when she posted a video of the exact moment a baby bush stone-curlew began to hatch. Ms Rapley has been working with the bush stone-curlews at North Canberra's Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, surveying the breeding population of the native bird which disappeared from the ACT...
Love our town? We’re looking for your stories and photos about Canberra and the region
Community
We used to believe that nobody was really 'from Canberra'. It was a town of floating public servants, in and out for a few years. As we've matured and generations have come to love the place, our stories have grown. We're looking for your photos and your stories to help us trace that history and lay down some new tales...
You’re invited to navigate a personal mental health trail this October
Community
October is Mental Health Month, and there's never been a year in which monitoring one's mental health has been of such importance. The impact of extended COVID-19 lockdowns is acknowledged as being detrimental to a community's mental health, and last week the ACT Government boosted funding to the community mental health sector to support people who need it. Mental Health...
Fears for Casey community facilities as Government refuses to commit on blocks
Community
There are growing fears that long-expected community facilities to support the Casey Group Centre in Gungahlin will not eventuate, as the ACT Government continues to brush off calls for more certainty about upcoming land releases. Gungahlin Community Council president Peter Elford says the planning directorate is refusing to be pinned down about the future of Blocks 12 and 13 Section...
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