New Moncrieff park opens

A new Moncrieff park named in honour of two famous Australian musicians, both with the surname Dawson, was officially opened last week.

The ceremony at Dawson Park, on Slim Dusty Crescent – all Moncrieff streets are named after musicians – recognised the contributions of Smoky Dawson and Peter Dawson to the Australian music industry. read more

Group programs begin for 2017 at Child and Family Centres

The Child and Family Centres are the cornerstone of early intervention and prevention services, providing universal and targeted parenting support programs.

The Child and Family Centres are the cornerstone of early intervention and prevention services, providing universal and targeted parenting support programs.

Group programs include Learn, Giggle and Grow for parents and children up to five years; Cool Little Kids which provides strategies for parents to help young children with anxiety; the Atfaal Family Playgroup at Gungahlin for Muslim families; and the South Sudanese Group at West Belconnen. read more

Giggle & Wiggle returns with new booking system at Gungahlin Library

Libraries ACT’s popular children’s learning program Giggle & Wiggle returned this week with some changes at Gungahlin LIbrary. read more

Playgrounds set for upgrades across Canberra

Young Canberrans will benefit from playground upgrades that will be rolled out from early this year and will include new shade sails, a greater range of equipment and safety improvements.

“Four playgrounds in Evatt, Florey, Gowrie and Gungahlin will receive an investment of $900,000 for major upgrades that will provide a range of fun new equipment for kids of all ages,” Minister for Transport and City Services Meegan Fitzharris said today. read more

Have your say on smoke free ACT public playgrounds

Canberrans are encouraged to have their say on whether playgrounds in the ACT should be declared smoke-free – the first areas to be declared under new legislation passed by the Legislative Assembly in March to help keep our community healthy.

Assistant Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris has released a discussion paper and opened a four-week community consultation to seek feedback on restricting smoking in public playgrounds and play spaces frequently used by children and families. read more

Palmerston author travels to the Gold Coast to launch latest book

Children are cheering for Canberra author Leanne Shea Langdown and her little friend Cheer Chick Charlie.

The Cheer Chick Charlie novels are a fan favourite for primary aged children and with Book 8 released on the weekend, there was much excitement surrounding the book release party. read more

Gungahlin Movie Marathon rolls out the red carpet in June

Gungahlin’s first Movie Marathon fundraiser will be held from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 June 2016 at Gungahlin College, local Gungahlin MLA Meegan Fitzharris announced today.

“I’m very excited to announce that the Gungahlin Movie Marathon will offer a weekend full of movies from 17 to 19 June. read more

Extra buses to Skyfire and free services home

Canberrans heading to Skyfire this Saturday are urged to avoid parking hassles by catching one of ACTION’s special Skyfire services to and from the event.

ACTION buses, in partnership with Hit 104.7, will provide additional services to take Canberrans to Lake Burley Griffin with free chartered return services to major bus stations afterwards. read more

Help your kids stay cyber smart for free

Helping your kids stay cyber smart and safe when online is easy with new evening programs starting next week at Libraries ACT.

Sessions will be offered for free by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner as part of a national program of Cybersmart initiatives. These are part of a six month pilot program being used at Libraries ACT that could possibly be rolled out across other libraries around Australia in the future. read more

Six of the best local swimming spots

With a very hot weekend ahead, the ACT Government shared with us six of Canberra’s best swimming spots to cool off.

“One of the great things many people don’t realise about Canberra is that we have a range of beautiful swimming spots. The Murrumbidgee River Corridor possesses a number of hidden treasures including Uriarra Crossing, Casuarina Sands, Kambah Pool, Pine Island and Cotter Bend,” said Brett McNamara, Regional Manager, National Parks and Catchments. read more

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