Five minutes with Andrew Dale, The G Spot
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Who is Andrew Dale? I’m the co-founder of The G Spot food van in Gungahlin, which I opened with my wife Lee-Anne back in 2001. Now it’s run by my daughter Laura and her wife, Sophie. Best recent dining experience: I used to love going to Akiba when my daughter was head chef there, but recently The District in Crace for a...
Spring brings a major influx of visitors to Canberra to feast on our flowers
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There's no need for alarm about the seasonal influx – every spring our gardens, bushlands and wetlands are enriched by a huge number of birds arriving from warmer places to the north where they’ve been sensibly avoiding Canberra’s winter. (There are a couple of exceptions to this pattern, but we’ll get to them.) They’ll breed here, outside the window, in...
Getting to the bottom of Canberra’s little green boxes
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We understand light poles, bus stops and park benches. And humankind was very nice to make electricity wires for birds to sit on. But there are other items dotted around the place that remain a mystery: roadside green boxes. It turns out there are two main types of green boxes in the ACT. The first is one that is perhaps...
From the Murray River to political currents: James Milligan’s journey to becoming an MLA
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It's a fair bet James Milligan is the first professional water ski instructor to end up in the ACT Legislative Assembly. But for the Gungahlin-based MLA, it's all about community and being involved where you live. As a child growing up along the Murray River, he played golf, cricket and anything he could get his hands and feet into. He's...
Protecting our natural beauty, one human at a time
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They're known as the 'Humans of Mulligans Flat', and like their very distant cousins in New York, the vast protected land mass on the edge of Canberra's new suburbs is providing sanctuary in the toughest of times. During Canberra's first COVID-19 lockdown, in 2020, rangers at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, a 1200-hectare site in Canberra's northeast, noticed an increase in...
Painted rocks turn Canberra walks into artistic, whimsical treasure hunts
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Have you stumbled across small, hand-painted rocks on your walks recently? The playful pastime is becoming a growing trend in the ACT. Across Canberra, locals are lovingly applying artworks to rocks and then placing them in public parks, paths and other places for strangers to find. Native animals, flowers, book characters, superheroes, fruit and messages of hope – the rocks spark...
Suzanne Orr: how a Facebook boss and Tony Abbott made a Gungahlin MLA
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Suzanne Orr may be as Canberran as they come, jumping from hospitality and tourism to the public sector and local government. The Yerrabi MLA wears her Canberra origins on her sleeve as she talks passionately about her local area and how her three decades in Giralang shaped the way she approaches her job. But it was American business powerhouse, Facebook...
When thousands of bees swarm all over Canberra, who you gonna call?
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Massive swarms of honey bees travel around the ACT in search of a new home at this time of year, and local beekeepers are on call to ensure they don't choose the wrong one. After all, a hive in the wall cavity of your house is a major and potentially costly problem. Bees can also stake a claim in tree...
Canberra-designed ‘SkyCockatoo’ travels the world but not as you might think
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Forget the Skywhale; there's a new hot air balloon in town. 'SkyCockatoo' is currently touring the skies of Canberra and beyond, albeit in a slightly different way. The cheery cockatoo head is a photo filter available on the social media platform Instagram. Users point their phone camera at any scene and the cockatoo balloon is superimposed onto it, including its own...
Meet the gardener behind this berry wholesome online community
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Annette Bunfield is a Canberra gardener who has been using Facebook to help others grow bumper backyard strawberry crops. With warm days ahead of us, now is a great time to get stuck into the garden and connect with communities of like-minded local gardeners online. Annette’s Southside home has an impressive garden with hundreds of strawberry plants, a colourful collection...
Artistic expression brings migrant women together
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The Migrant Women’s Art Group creates not only art but also community. It's a free art group for women who have migrated to Australia and live in the Gungahlin region.   The group’s first project was on belonging, and artists brought an object from their culture for the class to draw. “We would get to know more about that object, and...
Calls for native bird on ACT’s emblem to be listed as endangered
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With it's slate-grey body and bright red head, Canberra is the only city in Australia the gang-gang cockatoo chooses to call home. But there are concerns its numbers elsewhere are dwindling. The population of the native bird has been relatively stable in the ACT region for the past 30 years, but the rest of southeast Australia has seen a 69...
Cue the hay fever as lawn mowing season starts up in the ACT
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"Spring is in the air" is really just another way of saying "hay fever" is in the air. Canberra's bumper pollen season is about to get worse as the ACT Government rips the dust covers off the lawnmower fleet and revs them into action for a bumper grass season. ACT Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel said even...
How far would you go to chase down your missing package?
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When a package goes missing, it's a pain. When a package with sentimental value goes missing, it's painful. Palmerston woman Tanya Wright knows this feeling well. Since July – before the ACT was in COVID-19 lockdown – she has been expecting a package from her mother-in-law who lives in Hervey Bay, Queensland. In the package is a handmade cardigan, a red beanie,...
More than $15,000 of free, fresh produce delivered to large families in need
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The Canberra community has again shown its calibre when it comes to helping neighbours in need, with businesses and local leaders banding together to supply $15,000 of fresh produce and meat to large multicultural families in quarantine. Deputy Opposition Leader Giulia Jones put in the call to Andrew Dale from the G-Spot in Gungahlin, asking for help and support. Not...
The only iconic bus shelter where adding your art is actively encouraged
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They've been immortalised in earrings, cartoons and mugs, but it's most likely the first time a Canberra bus stop has been recreated in cardboard. It was the combination of an unprecedented amount of spare time and inordinate amounts of cardboard that led Palmerson's Kirrily Burnett on what would turn out to be a bit of an adventure. After unsuccessfully trying...
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