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Enlighten unveils the 2015 program

THE 2015 Enlighten festival, wherein national institutions are wonderfully illuminated, has launched its program. From indie-pop band Alpine to the aerial performance, Elements, and the quirky Physics of Beer workshop at Questacon, Enlighten’s program provides plenty of reasons to venture out after dark. Enlighten’s Adelina La Vita says this year’s program integrates entertainment offerings from […]


Woden Park sports facility redevelopment complete

SHANE Rattenbury, has toured the newly redeveloped Woden Park sports facility. The new $7 million facility includes an International Association of Athletics Federation compliant synthetic athletics track, joining the Australian Institute of Sport as the only other one of its kind in the ACT. “The redevelopment of Woden Park has been enthusiastically welcomed by the […]

Canberra Confidential / Lauren for the Assembly?

THE mysterious Braddon Punter’s Club has assembled the odds in what it calls its “New Year’s Stakes” and has Barnaby Joyce a 2/1 possibility of becoming Deputy Prime Minister; it’s predicting (3/1) a hung parliament in Queensland; a 4/1 chance of Tony Abbott facing a leadership challenge and, most intriguingly, the club is tipping basketballer […]


Your chance to see how a shipping container stacks up as a home

COMMUNITY group SEE-Change, in collaboration with ACTSmart and the ACT Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects, are again having regular sustainable house tours throughout 2015. The first home in this tour will be open on Sunday 22 February between 2-4pm in O’Connor, and is a converted shipping container with an aquaponics system and organic […]

Upgrades at the shops

SHANE Rattenbury says work has started on a $950,000 series of upgrades to shopping centres in Charnwood, Griffith and Theodore. “The three shopping centres will see improvements in amenity, public access, safety and security through a number of minor upgrades,” Shane said. “Work on Charnwood shops will commence on Tuesday, and will include new signage […]

Work underway at the Majura Pines mountain bikes trails

SHANE Rattenbury has announced the commencement of trail construction at the Majura Pines recreation area. “I am very excited to announce that construction of mountain bike trails in the recreation area at Majura Pines will commence on Monday 19 January 2015,” Shane said. “$270,000 has been allocated for works at Majura Pines which includes the […]

Jeremy Hanson sides with pregnant women against postcode discrimination

LIBERAL Leader Jeremy Hanson says reports that ACT Health is considering banning expectant mothers from the north of Canberra from having their babies at the Canberra Hospital should be ruled out by Health Minister Simon Corbell. “The reports that ACT Health is considering banning women from the north of Canberra from going to the Canberra […]

Tribute: the late Joy Warren

By Judith Crispin THE sparkly-eyed matriarch of Canberra’s arts scene, has celebrated her last New Year’s Eve. Solander Gallery’s Joy Warren passed away before dawn on Saturday January 3. She leaves two sons, an extended family and a wide circle of friends. Most Canberrans knew Joy as the long serving owner-curator of Solander Gallery, launched […]


This week in beer… brews for the summer

SUMMER has arrived and what better way to enjoy summer than with a few nice, cold beers. Conventional wisdom generally suggests that on these hot summer days, it’s worthwhile to drink easier to drink, lighter flavoured beers, such as lagers, pilsners and wheat beers. However, this craft beer lover feels you shouldn’t discount other styles […]

Sleep with the animals – new accommodation at Zoo and Aquarium

“SLEEP with some of the world’s most dangerous and endangered animals,” National Zoo and Aquarium founder and owner Richard Tindale advises. Tindale, with Mal Meninga and Ricky Stuart, yesterday unveiled one of the most unusual new accommodation prospects in Canberra, the Jamala Wildlife Lodge. Ten years in the planning, Richard and Maureen Tindale have long […]

‘A great get-together’ – Enlighten 2015

BATHED in a gentle violet wash of light,  ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr this morning  launched the program for ‘Enlighten 2015’. But while lighting up Canberra may be the focal theme of this event, to run from late February to early March next year, but noodles and exotic food seemed to be on the organisers’ […]