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Canberra sets new world record

22 August 2015 In: Study, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, General

Amateur astronomers in Canberra have smashed a world record for star-gazing. A group of enthusiasts gathered at the Australian National University to observe the night sky, simultaneously, with telescopes and binoculars. The group of more than 1800 people set about their task to set a world record for the largest amount of people looking up at the night sky at the same time. The record attempt started badly as the city of Canberra was covered…

Canberra Uni’s offer ‘best prospects’

19 August 2015 In: Study, Jobs, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, General

Universities in Canberra, Australia provide graduates with the best prospects of gaining full-time employment, according to the latest Good Universities Guide. In its’ latest rankings, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University each received three stars for teaching quality while ACU, ANU and UC all received a four-star rating for graduates getting a full-time job. The ACT has a 40% interstate student intake compared with just 9% in Victoria. In other ratings, ANU…

80% ‘green’ energy for Canberra

10 August 2015 In: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Technology, General

Canberra is leading the way in wind farm technology and 80% of the city’s energy will be derived from renewable energy sources within the next three years. Two new giant wind farms will help to power up to 106,000 homes as Canberra continues its plans to become a city powered by renewable energy. Environment Minister Simon Corbell says that when the new 200 megawatts of capacity come online in three years time 80% of Canberra’s…

Canberra cyclist wins world gold

05 August 2015 In: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Sport, General

Canberra is the home of the world’s most successful paracyclist. Sue Powell, who is based in the city, won gold and silver medals at the London Olympics three years ago. After a string of cycle race victories since then, Powell this week won a silver medal at the C4 women’s road race in Switzerland, four minutes behind winner Shawn Morelli from the USA. A day earlier Powell, 48, finished fourth in the C4 women’s individual…

Canberra comes alive in winter

23 July 2015 In: Travel, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, General

There is no shortage of fun to enjoy in Canberra this winter, with over 35 exciting and engaging events being staged around the city. Embrace winter with a wonderful array of warming events, frosty fun activities and indulgent dining. It is the perfect time to snuggle up in front of a fire with a big glass of Canberra District cool climate wine during events like the month-long Fireside Festival. Winter is a great time for…

Canberra is ‘coolest small capital’

17 July 2015 In: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, General

Officials from the ACT Government have been promoting Canberra as the world’s most liveable city and coolest small capital during the Asia Pacific Cities Summit. The summit in Brisbane, attended by over 1000 Mayors and city leaders from across the Asia Pacific region, focussed on four themes – global cities, digital cities, future cities and cities for people. The ACT Government’s participation in the Summit included a trade stand in the ‘Market Square’, and provided…

Canberra in vital Pluto role

16 July 2015 In: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Technology, General

Scientists in Canberra, Australia are playing a key role in the New Horizons Pluto mission. A space centre in Canberra is a transfer station for images and data being beamed back from NASA’s New Horizons satellite that is passing the distant planet. The satellite is 5.3 billion kilometres away and is now at the start of a 16 month process to beam back a decade’s worth of saved data from its journey. Canberra’s Deep Space…

Canberra celebrates ‘Tree Week’

12 July 2015 In: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, General

Canberra Tree Week is a chance to appreciate and celebrate the beautiful and exceptional trees and forests to be found in the city. Tree Week begins on Monday 20 July 2015 and will come to a close on Sunday 26 July 2015, which is National Tree Day. Discover the many benefits trees give to our community, local wildlife and the Canberra environment at one of the many activities happening around Canberra from Monday 20 July…

Top radio stations in Canberra

11 July 2015 In: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Entertainment, General

Canberra 104.7 FM is the most popular radio station in the ACT but it’s losing many of its’ young listeners. Canberra 104.7 FM remains the most-listened-to station with an 18% share of total audience. The station plays mainly chart-based music and well-known ‘oldies’. It is also the most-listened-to station during afternoons and drive-time periods. Despite its popularity 104.7 FM has suffered the biggest loss of listeners aged between 10 and 17, with a drop of…

‘Green’ rail network for Canberra

26 June 2015 In: Travel, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, General

Canberra’s new light rail project, a multi-million dollar network linking Civic to Gungahlin in Canberra’s north, will be 100% powered by renewable energy. The new Capital Metro project will help the government to achieve a target of 90% renewable energy by 2020 – the time in which stage one light rail will be operational. “This will enable the Capital Metro project to be 100% green energy powered,” said environment minister Simon Corbell. The ACT government…

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