Australian Dance Party’s Move to Zero campaign takes flight
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The ACT election may be over but the party isn't - and the dancing doesn't stop. That's the message from the Australian Dance Party (ADP), which describes itself as "Canberra’s site-specific and change-driven dance company". Their new video series - Move to Zero - uses funky, feel-good short films to suggest that Canberrans can change their everyday behaviour to reduce emissions....
Working-class teacher CJ gets an ARIA nomination from Barnsey
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Christopher 'CJ' Shaw is a working-class teacher at Palmerston District Primary School who has just been nominated for an Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) award for music teacher of the year. The nomination came from the working-class man himself, Jimmy Barnes, via a live video link into the classroom at Palmerston that left the usually vocal CJ speechless. "To get an ARIA...
Keen-eyed social media users help avert ‘cat-astrophe’
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Four young Canberrans probably thought they'd pulled off the purr-fect crime last weekend when they catnapped a large, white feline from the NSW South Coast. Little did they know the lengths Zoe and Andy Pedashenko would go to to find their pampered pet. The aptly named Cat was having his usual stroll on Malua Bay Beach on Sunday, 5 October,...
Zango’s going purple for homelessness
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Homeownership is the great Australian dream. It also conveys a sense of safety and belonging. Walking into your home for the first time is a life-changing moment. But for some Canberrans, even a roof over their heads is a distant dream. On World Homelessness Day, 10 October 2020, Zango, in partnership with local real estate agents, will donate $10 for every open...
Bunnings’ sausage sizzles are coming back! So here’s when you can snag a sanga
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Bunnings in the ACT will begin firing up the barbies this Saturday (3 October), while those just over the border in Queanbeyan and beyond will have to wait another week before snagging a sausage on 10 October. In an election year without the sausage sizzle, and massive pre-poll voting to avoid the rush on election day proper, Bunnings is firing...
Why Gungahlin urgently needs a new, built-for-purpose multicultural centre
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Fair Canberra has been advocating for a new Multicultural Centre to be constructed in (or near) the heart of Gungahlin for the past two years The call for a new facility in Gungahlin come from Fair Canberra Inc members and others, who have appointed out that existing venues around the city are too small or the commercial rates are too...
Would you like onion with your virtual democracy sausage?
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The highlight of every election - the democracy sausage - won't be part of this year's ACT election on 17 October, but a group of Palmerston parents is cooking up an idea that's virtually as good. Kate Baron is a committee member of the Palmerston Primary School Parents and Citizens Association, one of many in Canberra that has been forced to...
Gungahlin’s election wishlist includes MLAs who’ll fight for area’s needs
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Wanted in Gungahlin: MLAs who will be fierce advocates for the area and be accountable for their decisions. That's what's missing from the current bunch, according to a frustrated Gungahlin Community Council president Peter Elford, who has been calling in vain for answers to issues and a plan for how and when the growing district will be completed. The council...
Icon Water Photo Comp celebrates Floriade Reimagined
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A new photographic competition has been launched by Icon Water as part of the Floriade Reimagined festival, with cash prizes to be won. The competition is open to people who live in the ACT or Queanbeyan-Palerang region, and each person can enter up to three photos at the Icon Water website. There will be four prizes of offer, a Major...
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...
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