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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 […]

Tenant artists share a bond

THE annual Canberra Tenants Union art exhibition will be opened by Canberra/Queanbeyan rapper and writer, Omar Musa this Wednesday, September 24–and for the first time it’s at Belconnen Arts Centre. According to Leigh Watson, executive officer of ACT Shelter, they already have about 40 entries and are expecting a good crowd of artists and members […]

Canberra Confidential / Arthur plans to be a big hit

THIS is determined Arthur Wilks, 81, on the comeback trail from multiple episodes of surgery including a snapped achilles tendon, who will represent the ACT in the Australian veterans table tennis championships in Tasmania, next month. Octogenarian Arthur, a retired school principal who last year published a history of ACT table tennis, will be joined […]

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Realm, East, and QT win national hotel awards

CANBERRA’S best hotels and venues were honoured with national accolades at the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Awards for Excellence last night. Hotel Realm, East Hotel and Lucky’s at QT Canberra beat their interstate counterparts to win National AHA Awards – with Hotel Realm winning Australia’s Best Meetings and Events Venue for the third year […]

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ACT Sports Hall of Fame re-opens

SHANE Rattenbury has re-opened the ACT Sports Hall of Fame in its new home at the University of Canberra Sports Commons. “Many of the names and faces central to the history of sport in Canberra are members of this Hall of Fame,” Shane said. The ACT Sports Hall of Fame currently has more than 100 […]


Black Opal Stakes cracks group racing

CANBERRA Racing Club is celebrating the upgrade of the Seppelt Black Opal Stakes from a Listed race to Group 3 status by the Australian Racing Board. “The upgrade of the Black Opal to Group Three status is a deserved recognition of the very high quality of Canberra’s most famous race. Over many years the Black […]


Health grant recipients announced

THE ACT’s Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Pengilley has announced six successful Health Promotion Innovation Fund grant applicants, who will receive up to $15,000 for their innovative health promotion projects. “The Health Promotion Innovation Funding is aimed at improving overweight and obesity outcomes as well reducing smoking and harmful alcohol consumption,” Andrew said. The successful […]

Wartime leadership on show in Menzies exhibition at Old Parliament House

IF the Museum of Australian Democracy’s new exhibition, “Menzies: By John Howard” curated, “however tenuously” as the curator himself put it, by former Prime Minister John Howard, serves to demonstrate anything, it is the vast gulf which lies between the Menzies and his admiring successors. For the very photograph chosen as the key image for […]