Canberra Confidential / Revealed: Real life on the light rails

day-in-the-life-orange-web-croppedday-in-the-life-orange-web-croppedNOW that the taxpayers look like being lumbered with the squillion dollars for the light rail project, CC thought it worth sharing the dumbed down way costly Capital Metro illustrates a “transformative” day in the life of the two per cent of the town who will be riding the rails (and, laughably, eating big chickens and dreaming of the tram) in 2019.

Coming home to Slim Dusty

FANCY building a dream home on Slim Dusty Circuit? That’s one of the possible choices for intending occupants of the emerging Gungahlin suburb of Moncrieff, where the street names are dedicated to “musicians and those associated with the field of music”.

The names of the suburb’s first seven roads have been determined as: [Chrissie] Amphlett Street, Bernard Heinze Avenue, [June] Bronhill Street, [Johnny] O’Keefe Avenue, Slim Dusty Circuit, [Frank] Yamma Way and Hoffman Street – delightfully named in memory of local music identity Bill Hoffman, who was the principal classical music critic for “The Canberra Times” for decades.

Construction of roads and services for this stage of Moncrieff are slated for sometime between January and July 2016.

Mrs Q wants you

Nichole Overall.

Nichole Overall.

“MRS Queanbeyan”, author Nichole Overall, is hosting a 1920s-style “Moonlight Cocktail Party” to mark Queanbeyan’s 176th birthday and the first anniversary of the launch of her award-winning book, “Queanbeyan – City of Champions” at the Mill House Cafe, 7pm-9pm, on September 27.

Over the last year Nichole has also been conducting the “Mysterious Queanbeyan by Moonlight Tours”. Proceeds from the cocktail party ($25 or $40 per couple, which includes a light buffet and drinks) will go to the Queanbeyan Children’s Special Needs Group. Bookings to

Denim and son

WHEN Fashfest co-founder and ad-man-around-town Clint Hutchinson saw Braddon Tailors showcase denim suits on the catwalk at Fashfest this year he had to have one.

Before the idea faded, Clint was being measured at Canberra’s Braddon Tailors for a suit to wear at a family wedding in Switzerland this month. Made from 8-ounce indigo denim and sourced from a famous Japanese mill, the tailors promise the suit will develop a beautiful patina and soften with wear.

But one wasn’t enough. Clint ordered extra material to have a suit tailored for Mini-Me, infant son Noah. This time it was Fashfest designer Perpetually Five doing the honours, complete with a baby tie.

Clinton Hutchinson and son Noah... together in denim.

Clinton Hutchinson and son Noah… together in denim.

Money for publicists

IT seems the Department of Defence has more money than sense in these austere days that are seeing public servants being hoiked out of jobs across the city.

Here’s the rub: we’re alerted to a ho-hum story announcing a Canberra female recruit has joined the Royal Australian Air Force to pursue a career as an aeronautical engineer (imagine that?). But what isn’t ho-hum is that the alert and press release come all the way from Melbourne public relations company Progressive PR, who tell us they “do some editorial support for Defence Force Recruiting”.

Snack-led discovery

RESEARCH watch: We’ve discovered where Canberra’s obesity problem is coming from. According to a panting press release: “New research by Woolworths has revealed how the recent winter months in New South Wales led to an increase in ACT’s snacking habits.”

Worryingly, how NSW weather affects our snack consumption is not explained, but you might like to know that the Territory’s most popular time to snack is between 2pm and 5pm on Tuesdays. Or not.


“CityNews” Artist of the Year 2013 Christopher Latham. Photo by Gary Schafer

“CityNews” Artist of the Year 2013 Christopher Latham. Photo by Gary Schafer

OUCH! “We have been working very hard behind the scenes to create a new Festival feel for your enjoyment in 2015,” begins the latest newsletter from the Canberra International Music Festival, which goes on to read like a slap in the face to departed director Chris Latham. “Putting all the great F’s back into CIMF, such as Fun, Fine music and musicians, Fine dining, Fabulous Friends and of course a great Festival atmosphere.” Latham could doubtless add his own “F” to the list…

CANBERRA Grammar School has replaced departed communications manager Clare Dahlstrom with a Civic-based public relations company. Capable Clare has joined the comms team at the Brumbies.

THE ACT Public Trustee is laudably holding two free public seminars as part of next month’s Will Week. If that isn’t enough, there is the lure of a lucky door prize of a free will voucher “for all women attendees and attendees 60 years of age and over”. Men, 59 and under, can leave before the draw.


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