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Canberra Confidential / Graffiti in a new guise

ONLY in clever-clogs Canberra? Watson reader and gardening writer Cedric Bryant loves reading biographies, so much so that to feed his insatiable appetite he’s joined the Dickson library and is cutting a swathe through their shelves. With no little distress and irritation he reports of the curious habit of previous borrowers scarring the margins of […]

Katy wonders where all the extra Emergency Department patients are coming from

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher has expressed some satisfaction at improved statistics from Canberra’s emergency departments while expressing some concern at rising numbers of patients turning up seeking help. “The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report (AIHW) report shows that ACT emergency departments saw the highest percentage increase in presentation numbers with a 5.8% when […]


This week in beer… New Zealand!

WITH the Australian National Homebrewers Conference successfully concluded, it won’t be long till our attention will switch to another great Canberra beer event; the Beer Day Out and Canberra Beer Week. As has been the case with the last few This Week In Beer… articles, this latest piece looks at some of the big players […]

New statistics on elective surgery waiting times

CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher says she is encouraged by the latest data on elective surgery waiting times. “The ACT Government has been focusing resources on elective surgery wait times in the public health system and has developed partnerships with several local private hospitals to have more surgeries performed and I am pleased to see this […]

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Ebola preparations here in Canberra, local cases to be treated locally

WITH the deadly Ebola virus occupying minds we thought it was worthwhile asking what Canberra’s own health authorities have been doing should we be unlucky enough to have a case. An ACT Health spokeswoman confirmed that a local case would be treated here at Canberra hospital, not sent to Sydney. She offered up these points:

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What do you want from an outdoor fitness station in Theodore?

SHANE Rattenbury is asking for your thoughts on new outdoor fitness stations planned for three new locations across Canberra. “Fitness stations will be installed at Tuggeranong Town Park, John Knight Memorial Park in Belconnen and Theodore Neighbourhood Oval to provide for those with an active lifestyle and encourage others to get active as part of […]


Liberation Day comes for the sausage sizzlers

CHIEF Minister Gallagher has announced new laws to reduce red-tape for food businesses and community groups by removing the need for not-for-profit groups to appoint a food safety supervisor when fundraising. “The ACT Government listened to the concerns raised by members of the community about some of the requirements that were placed on local community […]

Canberra Confidential / The sexy ‘spooktacular’

“EERIE ecdysia” is the promise from Canberra’s burlesque and cabaret-inspired Sass and Tease Collective, who are putting together a sexy halloween “spooktacular” at Teatro Vivaldi in the ANU on October 31. Ecdysia? Nude dancing, and the night’s stars include local burlesquers  Ivy Ambrosia, Ursula Wolfe and Şeker Pare, Tiffany Blue and Abel Fox and the […]

River festival a ‘new tradition’ for Queanbeyan

“CITYNEWS” snapper Gary Schafer wasn’t the only Queanbeyan resident out on the river yesterday, as his pictures show. The sunny weather saw Queanbeyanites come out in force to watch the kayaking, dragon-boat racing and water ball fun. There were also fishing workshops, lantern-making and a bike-powered cinema that showed a short movie made by Queanbeyan […]

Canberra Confidential / Snappers showing off

THIS is photographer Geoff Comfort’s aerial shot of a gravel carpark, in Tuggeranong and it scored him a gold award at the recent Australian Professional Photography Awards. Geoff has curated the work of 15 leading Canberra photographers for a special exhibition of award-winning images inspired by Floriade’s final-week outdoors and adventure theme. The exhibition will […]

Canberra’s Michael Milton to be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame

THIS Thursday in Melbourne Canberra’s remarkable paralympic athlete Michael Milton will join the greats of Australian sport in the Hall of Fame. Milton competed in five Winter Paralympic Games between 1988, when he debuted in his first international competition at just 14 years, and 2006 – collecting six gold, three silver and two bronze medals. […]

John Olsen launches new art fund at CMAG

THE Canberra Museum and Gallery has just declared itself a teenager. The 16-year-old has just marked its coming-of-age by launching a major funding initiative, “the CMAG Fund for Canberra Region Treasures.” First in line to donate at an exclusive launch late last week in CMAG, was one of Australia’s most eminent artists, the 86-year-old John […]