Vulnerable Canberrans left out in the cold when legal funding ends
Community
Judith exhausted her savings sleeping in motels and her car to escape abusive neighbours at her Housing ACT complex and couldn't access crisis or low income accommodation. Kate was facing eviction from community housing after losing her job and caring for two young children including a son with complex behavioural and mental health needs. Monica was fleeing domestic violence and...
Does Canberra need a new, fit-for-purpose multicultural centre?
Community
As Canberra continues to expand rapidly, the city’s infrastructure is struggling to keep pace with the diverse demands of a growing population. A perfect example is the growing need in the capital for a large, multipurpose community centre. At the 2020 ACT election, all major ACT political parties (Labor, Greens and Liberals) committed to building such a centre in Canberra. This...
Dobinsons new bakery already on a roll in Gungahlin
Community
Four months after it closed its city bakery, Dobinsons has opened a new shopfront on Hibberson Street in the Marketplace Gungahlin. It's already proved popular with locals, with morning crowds three deep gathered outside the bakery in its first week. Damian from Gungahlin has been a long time fan of the bakery. He said he was excited that it was...
Well burger me – it’s a day of celebration
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It’s National Burger Day today (if lost socks and lima beans can have one, there’s no good reason why the humble patty shouldn’t get a special day of recognition). And in the spirit of not letting a good marketing opportunity slip by, Aussie healthy burger brand Grill’d has announced it is giving away 7,000 free burgers to customers across the...
‘We couldn’t stand by and do nothing’: grassroots group giving what they can to the homeless
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A group of residents in Gungahlin is putting their heads together and using their hearts to do what they can for Canberra's homeless. Ammie Barrett knows acutely what it's like to be on the streets, having been homeless for 10 years, both in Queanbeyan and Canberra. Now that she can, she's turning her own experience into something positive. She and...
Bloody beautiful: red moon will be visible over Canberra on Wednesday night
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Werewolves beware, a super blood moon will light up Canberra's sky this week, dousing the city in a red glow. As opposed to last month's pink supermoon, the moon will appear red this time due to the total lunar eclipse on Wednesday, 26 May. For sciencey people, this is when Earth moves between the moon and the sun, and the sunlight that passes through...
Hot in the City: Lagom is Gungahlin’s newest cafe
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It’s not often you're greeted with a peacock on top of your coffee, but it’s one of the incredible coffee art pieces you might find on your caffeinated beverage at Lagom. Opening in mid-March at the Gungahlin Marketplace, Lagom has quickly become a popular breakfast, brunch and lunch spot for locals. With an all-day menu, they even have something for...
Reading Canberra’s history through its tree leaves
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To many of us, Canberra is synonymous with trees. In fact, some would argue the Bush Capital looks its best when sporting autumnal colours in its streets, parks and laneways. But that wasn't always the case. In 2015, forest canopy covered 19 per cent of the ACT’s urban area and by 2045 the ACT Government wants to see that hit...
Harrison house fire prompts outpouring of community support
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When a blaze tore through a home in Harrison last Saturday (8 May), a family was left without a home and possessions. Thankfully, nobody was hurt as the whole family was sitting downstairs when the fire began on the home's upper level. The cause of the fire is currently unknown. The Emergency Services Agency (ESA) has confirmed the fire is...
‘We’re all a geek for something’: get your inner nerd on with Canberra’s pop culture community
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While most people would have thought the spate of comic book-inspired movies and television shows, superhero stories and pop culture icons might have wrung the industry dry of any new content, it appears the opposite has happened. During the past year, there has been a huge focus on people turning away from superheroes in tights and capes, and heading towards...
Keep your eyes on the sky – there’s a meteor shower on the way
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If the number of Canberrans down on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin for the recent pink supermoon was anything to go by - there's quite a contingent of keen skywatchers among us. This weekend (Friday, 7 May to Sunday, 9 May) is set to be another great time to keep your eyes peeled and upward. Instead of the moon,...
Your say: Where to see the best of Canberra’s autumn glory
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Few could argue with the fact that Canberra's streets are spectacular in autumn. A drive through some of our leafy suburbs is nothing less than a delight as the green hues of summer turn into autumnal gold. After a hiatus last year, Canberra Tree Week is back, with great events happening across the ACT to encourage Canberrans to appreciate and...
E-scooters the new terror for commuters
Community
I was driving to work the other morning when an e-scooter rider flew out of a side street in front of me and sped off down the path towards Woden. Fortunately, I was slowing down as I approached the roundabout and he was travelling at a rate of knots to make the crossing in time. But dressed in grey garb,...
Canberra crowns its chilli champion as first chilli store to open
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Chilli is red hot in Canberra: a new store with everything for the chilli connoisseur is about to open and the ACT's first chilli champion will soon contest the Australian Chilli Championships. Rob 'the Dragon' Morris was crowned Canberra's chilli champion on 10 April when he survived a contest of fire-breathing proportions against two worthy combatants who ate raw chillies,...
How to commemorate Anzac Day in the capital this year
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While tickets have been exhausted for both the National Ceremony and Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial, all around Canberra, grassroots organisations and small venues will be running their own events to allow the community to join together for Anzac Day. “Whether people are commemorating at home, on their driveway, listening to the bugling of a neighbour or at the...
How to celebrate Earth Day 2021 in Canberra
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Held annually on 22 April, this year's Earth Day is themed Restore Our Earth. There is no better time to think about the little ways in which our actions impact the environment and to see if there are small changes that can be implemented to make a big difference overall. Zoe Anderson, events and projects manager at the Canberra Environment...
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