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Open Gardens Australia pulling up stumps

THE Open Gardens Australia Board of Directors has decided to make the 2014-2015 season the not-for-profit organisation’s last. The decision was made in light of developments in the economy and technology that have seen Open Gardens Australia experience increasing financial pressures over a number of years, leading to uncertainty for its long-term viability. CEO, Liz […]

Garage Sale Trail Image – Male Seller

Garage Sale Trail’s ready for your registration

GARAGE Sale Trail is gearing up for its second year in Canberra and fourth in Australia. It’s a day of simultaneous garage sales across the country on October 25 and encourages Australian households, schools, community groups and other organisations to get involved to declutter, reuse, meet their neighbours and make some money. Sellers can register […]

Fireweed menace spreads to Coombs

CANBERRANS are again being urged to report infestations of the pest plant Madagascan Fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis) after it was discovered in Coombs. “Fireweed was discovered on Monday at several locations around a pond in Coombs,” Stephen Hughes, Biosecurity Manager, Territory and Municipal Services said. “Unlike the Fireweed infestations found last week on public and private […]

A major review of renting and public housing in Canberra

SIMON Corbell has announced a review into the Residential Tenancy Act to ensure the Act operates effectively and fairly. “This is an important review that will ensure we have an appropriate balance between the rights of tenants and landlords,” Mr Corbell said. “It gives everyone an opportunity to have their say about whether the law […]

Canberra real estate volatile and down for the year

AUSTRALIAN Property Monitors’ Quarterly Housing Report has mixed news for Canberra’s real estate sector: Canberra’s recent pattern of volatile house price activity continued during the June quarter. Despite an increase of +2.2% during the June quarter, it is the only city to record a fall in house prices over the 2014 financial year. They note […]

Madagascan Fireweed

Beware the Madagascan Fireweed!

CANBERRA’S Biosecurity Manager Stephen Hughes is asking us all to keep our eyes peeled for the Madagascan Fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis) which has been detected in Forde, Franklin, Chisholm, Casey, Lyneham and Crace. “Infestations of Madagascan Fireweed have been detected in recently laid couch turf in nature strips and other public and private land in the […]


Could your house be sold without your knowledge? Simon Corbell has put out a warning!

SIMON Corbell is warning real estate agents to be on high alert for property scams after the arrest this week of three people by South African Police in connection with the attempted fraudulent sale of a home in Western Australia. “A property scam can result in a home being sold without the lawful owner’s knowledge […]