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'My SPARK experience' with Lisa Goodisson

27 NovemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Ginninderry's SPARK Training and Employment Initiative has had a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of people who have graduated from one of our programs. In this series, we meet previous graduates and see what they're up to now! First up is Lisa Goodisson.

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Unique collaboration drives development of play spaces at Ginninderry

11 NovemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

What makes a great shared community space? Lots of open areas? Plenty of greenery? Some shade? Perhaps even a cubby house? As urban environments become increasingly dense worldwide, open and public play spaces are becoming more important than ever, serving as extended backyards, sites for outdoor physical activity or communal gatherings, and crucial green spaces contributing to urban ecosystems.

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Paul West Masterclass - Fish Tacos

5 NovemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Ginninderry team recently had the pleasure of welcoming River Cottage Australia host Paul West to the GX Display Village for a series of masterclasses. If you missed out on tickets to masterclass series, here's your chance to learn from the master himself.

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Gungahlin College Student Art Showcase

Tuesday 27 October 2020

Gungahlin College is a campus based in the heart of Gungahlin. It has a vibrant community of over a thousand students. There are over 200 students studying Visual Art, Photography and Ceramics at Gungahlin College, teachers include Marianne Mettes, Alison Moulang, and Louise Pinder, assisted by Dan Venables.

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Paul West Masterclass - Rump Steak and Mushroom Salad

23 OctoberBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Ginninderry team recently had the pleasure of welcoming River Cottage Australia host Paul West to the GX Display Village for a series of masterclasses. If you missed out on tickets to masterclass series, here's your chance to learn from the master himself.

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Auction success proves strong demand for medium density sites at Ginninderry.

14 OctoberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Four multi-unit sites went under the hammer at Ginninderry today with all sites snapped up by local builders. It’s the second commercial auction for development sites in Strathnairn to achieve a 100% clearance rate in recent months and Ginninderry Project Director Steve Harding believes the result reflects the growing demand being seen across the project.

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Ginninderry raising the bar when it comes to waste management

8 OctoberBy Ginninderry Project Team

When it comes to waste, the construction industry has traditionally been a big contributor, generating more than 20 million tonnes each year in Australia alone. But instead of heading straight to landfill, a huge portion of that waste could actually be recycled—so long as the right processes are put in place.

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EOI: Pop-up café operator at the GX Display Village

25 SeptemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Invitations are being sought for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a Pop-up Café operator within Ginninderry's GX Display Village. The offer includes exclusive use of a coffee van and all associated equipment (purchased by Ginninderry) and also includes an activation fee as described within the EOI.

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A team effort sees Ginninderry pave the way for recycled asphalt in Strathnairn.

15 SeptemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

The first roads paved with Downer’s innovative recycled asphalt product – Reconophalt – were recently unveiled in Strathnairn. The decision to move to recycled asphalt in Stage 2 will see more than 4,200 tonnes paved, helping to divert soft plastics from 3,094,700 plastic bag and packaging equivalents, glass from 617,640 glass bottle equivalents, toner from 75,600 used printer cartridges and 1,050 tonnes of reclaimed road from landfill.

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Ginninderry featured as part of Sustainable House Day 2020

11 SeptemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Ginninderry will be featured as part of Sustainable House Day on September 20, 2020. Established in 2001, Sustainable House Day is a national event that allows the public to see and learn from the best environmental homes in Australia.

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From plastic bags to streets - Ginninderry spearheads adoption of recycled asphalt in Strathnairn, with 4,200 tonnes planned.

4 SeptemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

An innovative recycled asphalt solution is now being used to build roads in the new stages of Strathnairn. The roads paved in Stage 2 will divert soft plastics from 3,094,700 plastic bag and packaging equivalents, glass from 617,640 glass bottle equivalents, toner from 75,600 used printer cartridges and 1,050 tonnes of reclaimed road from landfill.

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Meet the Babies of Strathnairn

28 AugustBy Niva Pryor

It’s one of Canberra’s newest suburbs, and while Strathnairn is welcoming plenty of new residents as they move to the area, it has also welcomed its first tiny residents who will call the suburb home right from birth.

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Edge - An exhibition by Marsden Art Group

Friday 14 August 2020

Edge by The Marsden Art Group (MAG) is now showing at The Link. MAG is a Canberra artist support group that was established in 2003 by Barbara van der Linden. Each year the group holds an exhibition of members' work where experienced artists mentor and support artists with a disability.

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Artist Profile: Nicole Godding

18 AugustBy Ginninderry Project Team

Since the opening of the GX Art Trail, Nicole Godding has not been idle. The interest shown in her work as displayed in the GX Display Village has been very encouraging and she has taken advantage of this by gathering new images for a collaborative exhibition she hopes to mount towards the end of this year.

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Community Recreation Park nears completion

3 AugustBy Ginninderry Project Team

One of the central features of any local community is its open spaces. The parks and playgrounds where people can visit to relax, get together, or take their children to play.

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Meet the green thumb turning houses into homes.

24 JulyBy Ginninderry Project Team

When you’re building a new house there are so many exciting decisions to be made, but there’s one part that’s often forgotten about — the landscaping. It’s the final piece of the puzzle, the cherry on top, and the final indication that a building site has truly become a home.

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Ginninderry welcomes Parkwood Land Rezoning

20 JulyBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Ginninderry Joint Venture has welcomed the NSW Government’s final approval of the Parkwood Planning Proposal. The decision triggers the realisation of the full benefits of the Ginninderry project, including a $170m investment in green infrastructure, public spaces and community facilities and an economic output of some $609m over the next five years alone.

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GX Artist Profile: Erin Conron

9 JulyBy Ginninderry Project Team

Erin Conron is a glass artist living and working in Canberra. Following a busy year of making in 2018, Erin took the opportunity in 2019 to take a creative "leave of absence" and embarked on a road trip with her family travelling through the Northern Territory, all the while gaining inspiration for new creations in her favoured medium of glass.

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GX Artist Profile: Al Phemister

1 JulyBy Ginninderry Project Team

Al Phemister is a sculptor and arts advocate living in Yass. COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on his working life and his art practice. 2020 looked to be a year of opportunities for Al but the pandemic brought with it the cancellation or postponement of workshops in schools and with Southern Tablelands Arts; the cancellation of proposed exhibitions; and being stood down from his work at Canberra’s iconic recycling and re-use business, the Green Shed.

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Let Us Not Forget - exhibition

26 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

Statement from the Artist: "The recent summer of drought and fire in Australia had an enormous influence on my work, particularly my printmaking. I used the immediacy of the printmaking process to express my sorrow over the losses caused by drought then fire and my anger over the lack of action on the part of policy makers.

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GX Artist Profile: Stephanie Corkhill-Hyles

17 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

Stephanie Corkhill-Hyles is a painter working from her studio in rural New South Wales. Since the opening of the GX Display Village she has continued working on her practice and held a solo exhibition at Texas Jane in Wagga Wagga in December 2019.

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SPARK: Conservation Land Management & Horticulture Program

5 JuneBy Niva Pryor

SPARK in partnership with the Canberra Institute of Technology (RTO Code: 0101) and the Ginninderry Conservation Trust are delivering an innovative program focused on providing accredited training within the Horticulture and Conservation Land Management sector.

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GX Artist Profile: Nicola Dickson

3 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

Nicola Dickson is a painter and multi-media artist living in Canberra and working from her studio in Fyshwick. Nicola maintains a busy practice and is working towards a solo exhibition at the Beaver Galleries in Canberra (currently) planned for July of this year.

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Winter energy saving tips with Jess Stewart

2 JuneBy Jessica Stewart

Take advantage of the sun o Dry your clothes indoors in the sun rather than using your dryer o Use appliances/set timers too o Open up your curtains and blinds during the day to let in the winter sun (don’t forget to close them once the sun is down)    Close up those gaps and cracks o Draught proofing will give you your best bang for buck!

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GX Display Village open this long weekend!

29 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Link sales and information office at Ginninderry will be open this long weekend  and in line with Stage 2.1 of the ACT Government’s Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions Roadmap, display homes will also be open with a maximum of up 20 people at any given time.

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White City, Black Shadows virtual exhibition

26 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Due to our responsibility in relation to the COVID-19 restrictions the Link Art Space has transitioned to an online platform and the following is information about our second “Virtual Link Exhibition”.

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Artist Profile: Debra Jurss

26 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Debra Jurss is a glass artist living and working in Canberra. Among her recent achievements was winning the 3-D section of the Hornsby Art Prize in October 2019.

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Artist Profile: Kate Bender

15 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Kate Bender is a painter living and working in Bungendore just outside Canberra. As well as being a full-time artist, she is a supporter/carer for her young daughter.

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Ginninderry launches report to measure vision progress

13 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Ginninderry's vision is to be a sustainable community of international significance in the Capital Region. This vision is factored into every decision the project takes and we are committed to regularly measuring our progress against the range of objectives that support it.

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Chris Walton honoured with Strathnairn street name

11 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Long before it was something most people even thought about, Chris Walton was passionate about sustainability. Chris grew up in the city of Brisbane, and he possessed a deep love for the ocean and nature, along with a strong desire for looking after the planet.

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Inside Canberra’s zero energy home

7 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

A home that creates the same—or more—energy than it consumes? It may sound like something futuristic, or at least the kind of abode restricted to the upper end of the price spectrum, but Zero Energy Homes are a real thing.

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SPARK Programs - COVID-19 Update

1 MayBy Niva Pryor

The SPARK team is working hard to ensure that our programs can still be delivered in some way, shape or form during this challenging time. Please see information below for the status of all upcoming programs.

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Artist Profile: Michele England

28 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

Michele England works across a number of artistic mediums but principally in painting and textiles. Since the launch of the GX Art Trail in October 2019 she has continued her practice and in February of 2020 she began a Master of Philosophy degree at the ANU School of Art and Design, and has since been absorbed in reading and painting in her studio.

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Trading Hours - Anzac Day long weekend

24 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

We wish to inform you that The Link Sales & Information Centre will be closed on Saturday 25 April for Anzac Day and reopen on Sunday 26 April at 10am. All display homes in Ginninderry’s GX Display Village are now open for private inspection, strictly by appointment only.

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Artist Profile: G.W.Bot

17 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

G.W.Bot is a painter, printmaker and sculptor who lives and works in Canberra. Bot is the creator of Ginninderry’s landmark sculpture The Little Eagle Glyph that greets visitors to the suburb of Strathnairn and symbolises the sense of place and connection with the land that underlies the Ginninderry development.

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Easter trading hours

9 AprilBy Niva Pryor

The Ginninderry team wishes you all the best for a happy and safe Easter break. The Link will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday but open on Saturday 11th April and Monday 13th April from 10am - 4pm.

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GX Artist Profile: Angharad Dean

7 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

Angharad Dean is a painter and printmaker who works full-time on her practice. Since the launch of the GX Art Trail in October 2019 she has continued to develop her chosen mediums of oils, acrylics, ink and prints.

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The River’s Edge - Online Exhibition

3 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

Due to our responsibility in relation to the COVID-19 restrictions the Link Art Space has transitioned to an online platform and the following is information about our first “Virtual Link Exhibition”.

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GX Artist Profile: Kim Shannon

1 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

Kim Shannon lives and works in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. She is an active member of the Bowral Art Society and as well as participating in exhibitions she passes on her considerable skills in running painting classes.

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Ginninderry Conservation Trust gets to work with Board and staff appointments

18 MarchBy Ginninderry Project Team

Ginninderry’s innovative Conservation Trust has officially commenced work with the appointment of its inaugural Board and support staff. The first stage being 240 hectares of conservation area along the Murrumbidgee River in west Belconnen will be protected by the new Conservation Trust, which heralds a new era for the sustainable management of conservation assets within a developing community.

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Big Little Things Exhibition

Wednesday 19 February 2020

OBSERVATIONS OF INTERCONNECTEDNESS WITHIN MULLIGANS FLAT   Rachael Robb presents artworks that are inspired by her Honours research project in Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, highlighting its wonderful flora and fauna, including the bettongs and echidnas, quolls, curlews and shinglebacks.

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SPARK Community Services Taster Program 2020 Info Session

Tuesday 25 February 2020

SPARK Ginninderry and Canberra Institute of Technology proudly support training and employment initiatives for local people. SPARK in partnership with Canberra Institute of Technology (RTO Code: 0101) are delivering an accredited training program focusing on skills development, work experience and potential employment within the community services sector.

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15 JanuaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Ginninderry team is pleased to welcome Peter Delaney from Home Affordability Solutions to the GX Display Village this weekend for two information sessions.

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Exhibition: A Palette of Pioneer Places

Tuesday 7 January 2020

“A Palette of Pioneer Places” by Canberra watercolour artist Isla Patterson exhibited recently at the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre and is now showing at the Link Art Space until 17th February.

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Information sessions: How to boost your home deposit

Saturday 18 January 2020

Looking to get into the home market but falling short on your deposit? The team from Home Affordability Solutions can help! With their proven customised solutions, Peter Delaney and this team will be hosting two information sessions at Ginninderry's, GX Display Village to run through the many options that are available to everyday consumers.

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Jobseekers find path to employment through Spark program

7 JanuaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

Eleven local jobseekers are now on a path to employment after graduating from Goulburn's first Ginninderry SPARK Program delivered by TAFE NSW. The participants undertook three skill sets in construction at TAFE NSW Goulburn as part of a venture that saw SPARK Ginninderry unite with the PCYC Goulburn, Goulburn Place Plan and the Southern Regional Business Enterprise Centre.

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Rotary Nature Grove

17 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

When International Rotary President, Ian H S Riseley, issued a challenge to every Rotarian to plant a tree each by earth day, April 2018, the local Rotary clubs committed resources into creating a nature grove at Strathnairn.

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Exhibition: Kim Shannon - From then to now

Thursday 12 December 2019

This exhibition is a retrospective of artworks by local regional artist Kim Shannon dating back to early works from 2007 with most recent work in 2019. It explores variations on interiors and still life in a captivating fusion of colour and movement.

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Expression of Interest: Choir Conductor

Wednesday 11 December 2019

The With One Voice Ginninderry Choir is seeking expressions of interest from suitably skilled people to conduct our choir from February, 2020.   About Our Choir: With One Voice Ginninderry Choir is an un-auditioned choir that aims to provide a fun space to sing and create new friendships.

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See GX in a new light - twilight opening this Saturday

Saturday 7 December 2019

Join us this weekend to see GX in a new light with special twilight opening hours on Saturday with live music and a visit from Santa. Plus, enjoy food from some of Canberra's favourite vendors including Grease Monkey, Tikka Stand and Here's the Coffee.

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Hedditch name lives on at Ginninderry

2 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

The streets of Ginninderry’s first suburb Strathnairn are named after many remarkable individuals, among them is Mabel Emily Hedditch OBE, after which Hedditch Court gets its name.

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FREE Open Air Cinema featuring Jumanji

Saturday 7 December 2019

Join us on Saturday 7 December as Ginninderry's GX Display Village goes wild with a free screening of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle!   Escape to the jungle for a night of relaxed family fun as Ginninderry brings the outdoor cinema experience to Belconnen.

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GX Display Village - what's on this weekend

Saturday 23 November 2019

GX is set to come alive this weekend with live music, a kids zone and a series of tiny-house talks. Plus check out 'The Queen' (the world's first electric converted Land Rover Bushranger 6x6), chat to our friends from Belconnen Community Service and, on Sunday, meet Katie and Alex from House Rules who will be sharing their styling inspiration, just in time for the festive season.

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GX Display Village - what's on this weekend

Saturday 16 November 2019

Soak up the spring sunshine and walk the streets of GX this weekend to discover how Ginninderry is inspiring a new way of living. More than a display village, here you’ll find cutting-edge display homes, explore sustainability and local art trails, learn about the latest in design and building trends and be amazed by Mini-G – our very own ‘tiny house’.

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Strathnairn – Stage 2, Release 2 Ballot Results

8 NovemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

The ballot for Strathnairn – Stage 2, Land release 2 was drawn at 5 pm today, 8 November 2019. If you are an approved applicant you will receive an email to confirm your Draw Number and Block Selection Session on 16 November 2019.

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GX Display Village - what's on this week

Saturday 9 November 2019

Walk the streets of GX and discover how Ginninderry is inspiring a new way of living. More than a display village, here you’ll find cutting-edge display homes, explore sustainability and local art trails, learn about the latest in design and building trends and be amazed by Mini-G – our very own ‘tiny house’.

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Towards the 'Little Eagle Glyph' Exhibition

Wednesday 23 October 2019

This exhibition looks at the processes involved in the creation of the Ginninderry Landmark Sculpture 'Little Eagle Glyph' by Canberra-based artist G W Bot. As well as images of the fascinating processes involved in the production of the finished bronze artwork, the exhibition includes examples of the artist's graphic work and 3 marquettes (models) made prior to the final selection of the 'Little Eagle Glyph'.

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GX Display Village - Huge Opening Weekend

Saturday 26 October 2019

GX is a new way of experiencing a new way of living. More than a display village, here you’ll find 16 cutting-edge display homes, explore sustainability and local art trails, learn from a range of fascinating speakers and demonstrations and be amazed by Mini-G – our very own ‘tiny house’.

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Pro Hart Avenue Ashphalt Works

11 OctoberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Huon Contractors will soon be undertaking restoration works on Pro Hart Avenue (formerly Stockdill Drive) in Holt. The location of the works will be between the Drake Brockman Drive intersection and Lionel Rose Street.

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Ginninderry launches Australian first electric-bike sharing initiative

23 SeptemberBy Niva Pryor

Ginninderry today became the first greenfield development in Australia to roll out electric-bike sharing with a new e-bike fleet. The installation of e-bike sharing underpins Ginninderry’s position as the only ‘6 Star Green Star - Communities’ rated development in the region and forms part of an integrated active travel strategy that includes a network of dedicated cycle lanes.

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Gungahlin College Student Exhibition

Tuesday 10 September 2019

The exhibition from Gungahlin College at Ginninderry is comprised of 26 artists who are studying year 11 and 12 students from Gungahlin College. Students studied a number of courses including Photography, Visual Art and Ceramics.

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Information Session: Ginninderry Constructionn Program - 2019

Thursday 5 September 2019

SPARK Ginninderry, Strathnairn Arts Association, and Quality Training in Construction proudly support training and employment initiatives for local people. SPARK in partnership with Strathnairn Arts Association, artsACT, Quality Training in Construction (RTO code: 41039), Training Fund, Authority and Skills Canberra are delivering an innovative accredited training program focusing on skills development, work experience and employment within the construction sector.

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Building at Ginninderry information night

Thursday 29 August 2019

Join us and discover all you need to know about designing and building at Ginninderry. Meet the Ginninderry team and our partner builders, have your building and design questions answered and chat to us about land sales and the range of house and land packages on offer.

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2019 SPARK Women Return to Work Program

Friday 27 November 2020

SPARK in partnership with Career Shop and the ACT Government Office for Women are delivering an innovative program focusing on women entering and returning to the workforce.

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Exhibition: A Curator Collects

Thursday 1 August 2019

A Curator collects. The artworks on display represent a very small sample of a collection that has developed over many years. My collection is wide-ranging and diverse and includes art from the Ancient World (Egypt, Greece, Rome); Asia (China, Japan, Tibet, India, Indonesia); Africa New Guinea and Melanesia.

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Enrolment Session: Community Services Taster Program

Wednesday 31 July 2019

  SPARK in partnership with Canberra Institute of Technology (RTO Code: 0101) are delivering an accredited training program focusing on skills development, work experience and potential employment within the community services sector.

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Enrolment Session: Goulburn Construction Program

Tuesday 30 July 2019

SPARK Ginninderry proudly supports training and employment initiatives for local people. SPARK in partnership with PCYC Goulburn, Goulburn Place Plan, Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre and TAFE NSW (RTO Code: 90005) are delivering a new and innovative accredited training program focusing on skills development, work experience and potential employment within the construction sector.

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Got buzz about Belco?

1 JulyBy Niva Pryor

Through our engagement activities, we have been fortunate to see the incredible sense of community in action across the greater Belconnen region. And we think there are some great stories to share! To that end, we are launching an initiative called Belco Buzz.

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Project delivery team 'digs deep' to win two civil construction awards

1 JulyBy Ginninderry Project Team

Together with our partners Huon Contractors and Calibre Group we were delighted to be awarded the CCF Earth Awards 2019 Winner PROJECT VALUE UP TO $2 MILLION in May and most recently, the Master Builders Association Civil – Hydraulic Award for the design and construction of the Ginninderry Sewer Vortex Structure.

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Enrolment Session: SPARK Hospitality Pre-Employment Program

Thursday 25 July 2019

SPARK Ginninderry and Canberra Institute of Technology proudly supports training and employment initiatives for local people.  SPARK in partnership with Canberra Institute of Technology (RTO Code: 0101) are delivering an innovative accredited training program focusing on skills development, work experience and employment within the hospitality sector.

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Strathnairn - Stage 2, Release 1 Ballot Results

14 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

The ballot for Strathnairn - Stage 2, Land release 1 was drawn at 10am today, 14 June 2019. If you are an approved applicant you will receive an email to confirm your Draw Number and Block Selection Session on 22 June 2019.

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Riverview takes a stand against modern slavery

9 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

While the prevalence of modern slavery in Australia may seem low, there is a growing need for our property and construction industries to be aware of the vulnerabilities they are exposed to through their extended supply chains.

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SPARK Regional Construction Program - Yass Graduation

30 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Congratulations to today's graduates who have now completed a Certificate I in Construction.  The group enjoyed a BBQ at Zac's Place with many now continuing on with the second stage of the program, to complete a Certificate II in Construction.

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CHATTEL: An exhibition by Amardeep Shergill

Friday 10 May 2019

CHATTEL is now showing at The Link. This exhibition includes artworks in two different mediums Six works were created in 2018 after Amardeep Shergill spent three months in Switzerland and time in India.

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WANTED: Pop-up cafe operator at The Link

1 MayBy Niva Pryor

Opportunity is now available for a Pop-up café operator at The Link – Ginninderry’s first multipurpose centre within the suburb of Strathnairn. Invitations are being sought for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for a Pop-up Café at The Link – an activated multipurpose hub which includes the Ginninderry Project Office and Sales Office.

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SPARKs fly as Ginninderry training initiative moves south

12 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

Ginninderry’s SPARK training and employment initiative is expanding to provide courses in southern Canberra. Delivered by the Ginninderry Joint Venture with the assistance of the ACT Government, SPARK provides training for Canberrans to help them get into work.

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Ginninderry Trust seeks community input

13 MarchBy Ginninderry Project Team

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST HAVE NOW CLOSED. More than 590 hectares of conservation area along the Murrumbidgee River in west Belconnen will be protected by a new Conservation Trust.

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Another Little Eagle to be tracked as part of research study

15 FebruaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Ginninderry project team is now in the third year of a research project looking at the movement of the Little Eagle and ecology in and around the ACT. Working with the ACT Government, CSIRO and researchers from ANU, we've been tracking four adult males and a number of chicks.

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SPARK Early Childhood Education and Care Information Session

Wednesday 6 March 2019

SPARK in partnership with North Belconnen Community Association Inc. YMCA Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology - RTO 0101 are delivering an innovative accredited training program focusing on skills development, work experience and employment within the Early Childhood Education and care sector.

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Note to our subscribers

11 JanuaryBy Cathy Liu

We are conducting a survey among our mailing list subscribers, to find out about housing preferences and community attitudes towards land development in the ACT region.

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SPARK Regional Construction Program Enrolment Session 19 Feb 2019

Tuesday 19 February 2019

The Ginninderry SPARK Training and Employment Initiative proudly supports training and employment opportunities for the local community. SPARK in partnership with Zac's Place, Yass Community Garden, TAFE NSW and the Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre are delivering another innovative accredited training program focusing on skills development, work experience and potential employment within the building and construction sector.

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Making a world of difference

17 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

You know you’re doing something right when your work towards creating a sustainable community of international significance is attracting organisations from around the world, Australia and locally, wanting to learn more.

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Exhibition: Escape into Nature

Thursday 20 December 2018

‘Escape into Nature’ is a series of illustrations depicting characters interacting with the natural world. Whether it be someone looking after a potted plant or someone out on a bushwalk.

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Awarded for leading the way in Inclusion

7 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Each year the Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards provide the opportunity to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work being done in our community to include and engage people with disability.

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The power of induction cooking

3 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Our team recently visited Alaine Chanter at Foodish Cooking School to see induction cooking in action. Here, well known chef David Wei from Mr Wei's Restaurant, shows us why professional chefs are choosing induction cooktops over other options.

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SPARK Hospitality Pre-Employment Program 2018

29 NovemberBy Emma Sckrabei

Congratulations to the participants of the SPARK Hospitality Pre-Employment Program, who graduated today. Well done to all for your hard work and commitment. Here's a few snapshots of their journeys.

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Down Syndrome Awareness Month

5 NovemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Thanks to WIN News Canberra for capturing this story on Down Syndrome Awareness Month featuring some of our incredible staff. Down Syndrome Awareness Month has been particularly meaningful for employees at property developer Ginninderry Community.

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Springfest 2018

28 OctoberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Canberra put on a beautiful day for this year's Springfest at Ginninderry and Strathnairn Open Day. Thank you to all of our fabulous local artists, musicians and food & craft stallholders for bringing The Link to life with your gourmet dishes, talents and wares.

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A family affair on Fairbrother Street!

19 OctoberBy Ginninderry Project Team

It was fantastic to welcome Tony and Ros Fairbrother to Gininderry this week and take them out on site to the future Fairbrother Street in Strathnairn. The street has been named after Tony’s brother Dr Jeffory Graham Fairbrother AM (1934–2015) Pictured: From left: Steve Osarek, Huon Contractors with Tony and Ros Fairbrother   Jeff Fairbrother made a significant contribution to the poultry industry through research and advisory roles, and the development of regulatory policies on animal health and welfare, food safety standards, quarantine and biosecurity.

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Excitement in the air today with Ginninderry’s first major auction a success

18 OctoberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Three terrace packs and one multi-unit site went under the hammer today with all four parcels of land being snapped up by local builders. Located in Stage 1, the land is adjacent to the existing Strathnairn Arts precinct and the future community recreation park, with easy access to the natural attractions that set Ginninderry apart.

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Exhibition: Towards Abstraction

Saturday 10 November 2018

Tin Shed Art Group (TSAG) is a changing group of artists who have been presenting annual exhibitions for the past twenty four years. Each year they select a theme that is interpreted by the artists using their unique viewpoints and styles.

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October update: Stage 1 Drake-Brockman Drive road changes and upgrade now complete

10 OctoberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Works along Drake-Brockman Drive are now completed as part of a three-stage approach to the upgrade and enhancement of the road corridor. The Stage 1 upgrade works focused on the implementation of Local Area Traffic Management measures which are specially designed to address existing driver behaviour and safety issues along the corridor.

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Springfest 2018

Sunday 28 October 2018

In conjunction with Strathnairn Arts Open Day, SPRINGFEST will be held at The Link on 28 October, from 10am-4pm. Markets Earth-friendly markets, hosting local makers who use sustainable materials and methods, as well as pre-loved treasures, and a range of food including multicultural offerings.

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Exhibition: Waterways

Thursday 27 September 2018

Waterways is a new exhibition of works by five artists exploring the theme of waterways, examining life on the lake, the fleeting moments of nature, seaside architecture, travel and separation.

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Ginninderry Living Lab represented in Geneva

7 SeptemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

The Ginninderry Living Lab is an extremely exciting part of this new community. The Ginninderry Living Lab provides a framework to allow long term research programs to occur over the lifetime of the 40-year project to explore and deliver best practice thinking over time.

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Creating the fabric of streets through patterns

28 AugustBy Ginninderry Project Team

What is it about some suburbs or towns or even cities that permeates them with their sense of place, their air of uniqueness, that feeling that there’s nowhere else in the world quite like this.

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Sustainable House Day 2018

Sunday 16 September 2018

The Link located in our first suburb Strathnairn will be holding tours, talks and demonstrations for the public on Sustainable House Day -  Sunday, 16  September.

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Cat containment areas expand to protect Canberra's native wildlife

15 AugustBy Ginninderry Project Team

Ginninderry  has today welcomed the new ACT Government cat containment legislation with Conservation Manager, Jason Cummings saying, “Our Ginninderry Conservation Corridor is being established to protect endangered wildlife and provide recreation opportunities for our community.

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A Hat of Many Dreams

Saturday 25 August 2018

“A Hat of Many Dreams” is a contemporary collection of portraits and stories depicting individuals of our Canberra here and now. For almost three years, Akka Ballenger Constantin has spent her time interviewing and photographing people from all walks of life, hoping to open an honest dialogue by exploring their dreams: current and forgotten ones.

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Westfield’s new Local Hero creating SPARKs for local people

13 AugustBy Ginninderry Project Team

  After helping to create some 175 jobs and over 200 work experience opportunities for local people, Ginninderry’s Emma Sckrabei has today been chosen from 23 entrants, as one of the three winners in the Westfield Local Heroes program – an initiative which recognises the work of those who promote social well-being and harmony in our community.

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Legends Continue to Grow with Ginninderry

10 AugustBy Ginninderry Project Team

Since the Ginninderry Joint Venture began its community partnership with the Belconnen Magpies Football Club (BMFC) in 2017, the Little Legends Auskick and the Legendary Girls programs have done nothing but grow, not only in size but also in their sense of community.

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Clothing Revival by Jane Milburn of Textile Beat

Saturday 16 June 2018

We explore fresh ways of dressing by upcycling existing natural-fibre garments. The clothing surplus in wardrobes and op shops presents a creative opportunity to revive, adapt and mend garments to suit ourselves while exploring unique style.

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Drake-Brockman Drive road changes and upgrades

5 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

As part of Ginninderry’s first stage of works for the new suburb of Strathnairn, residents in west Belconnen who use Drake-Brockman Drive (DBD), would have recently noticed changes along this corridor.

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Conservation Council World Environment Day Dinner

2 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

Ginninderry proudly sponsors the ACT Region Conservation Council. The team attended the conservation council’s World Environment Day Dinner on Saturday June 2 and got to meet some other very interesting guests; a pair of endangered lizards, the Grasslands Earless Dragon and Striped Legless Lizard.

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New Music Program for Capital Region schools

31 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

https://youtu.be/2_W0GlL8BNY The Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) have just launched their new Music in MY School program at schools across the Capital Region and Yass Valley Shire, providing inspiring and meaningful classical music experiences to school students and their teachers.

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Celebrating Reconciliation Week at Strathnairn and The Link

29 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Ginninderry acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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ZUU Community Bootcamp

Sunday 3 June 2018

ZUU IS ABOUT MORE THAN FITNESS Movement is the foundation of all humans - with reduced movement comes higher injury risk. Have you thought of the impact being injured could have in your life? Many people carry injuries from traditional training.

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The Future at Ginninderry: Parkwood ReGeneration Precinct

24 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Part of the vision for the Ginninderry development is to “ReGenerate” the large ex-Government site on Parkwood Road to create a fantastic green open space surrounded by places and spaces for cafes, performances, artisans and cottage industry.

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Breathe Easy – A Northbourne Avenue Study

20 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Since 2011 Riverview Group has proudly supported the ACT Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards and sponsored the Young Environmentalist Award. In 2017 Ginninderry’s Community and Cultural Planner, Susan Davis first met Ben Maliel, the recipient of a High Commendation at the ACT Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards 2017.

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Exhibition: A Change of Clothes

Thursday 24 May 2018

A Change of Clothes is an immersive exhibition that raises awareness of the devastating environmental and social impacts of global fast fashion and presents options for how consumers can dress for good.

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Trees of Ginninderry

15 MayBy Ginninderry Project Team

Trees play a vital role in determining the character of any new or established development. Recognised for their healing properties and mind-body health benefits, recent findings are also purporting the role of trees in reducing urban heat and increasing property values; but when all is said and done, it is large canopy trees and lush greenery that make for a beautiful streetscape.

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Construction commences on Canberra’s newest masterplanned development

27 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

Construction work has begun on the Capital Region’s newest master planned development representing a major milestone for the Ginninderry project, which is set to deliver a substantial proportion of Canberra’s greenfield land supply and offering affordable, sustainable and innovative housing.

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Incorporating Active Travel principles into Ginninderry

24 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

Active travel is any mode of travel that involves physical activity and is an effective way to incorporate exercise into your daily life. Active travel is a way of getting around that’s better for the environment, better for you, and safer for everyone.

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Response to Ginninderra Falls Association, Murrumbidgee - Ginninderra Gorges National Park: Information Note 57

23 AprilBy Ginninderry Project Team

On the 21st of April 2018 the Ginninderra Falls Association posted the following item on the GFA web site: Murrumbidgee - Ginninderra Gorges National Park: Information Note 57 Submitted by Darryl Seto on Sat, 21/04/2018 - 4:00pm As reported in the Canberra Times on 2 April "The joint venture behind the huge Ginninderry cross-border residential development has applied for an environmental impact statement exemption for the vast bulk of the land release on the territory side of the border.

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Exhibition: Songs from my grasslands

Saturday 21 April 2018

“Songs from my grasslands” is a project born from the synaesthetic collaboration of two local artists sharing their mutual passion for arts. The Grasslands are the special headspace where Akka Ballenger Constantin spends a lot of her time, wandering with a camera in her hand.

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The Long-Term Benefits of Switching to Solar

20 AprilBy Jessica Stewart

This month the ReNew Magazine published an article in their April 2018 issue comparing energy costs over 10 years for houses with gas appliances, electrical appliances, and electrical appliances with solar panels, based on a study by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA).

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Tackling the Urban Heat Island Effect

6 AprilBy Jessica Stewart

Late last year, the CSIRO published a report commissioned by the ACT Government exploring the impact of the Urban Heat Island Effect in Canberra. Its findings have been the subject of much discussion, most recently by Minister Shane Rattenbury on ABC Radio in Canberra.

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Reflection - an exhibition by Marsden Art Group

Wednesday 7 March 2018

The Marsden Art group (MAG) is a Canberra artist support group established in 2003 by Barbara van der Linden. Members come together once a month to share information and to receive encouragement and feedback when needed.

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Inspiring a new way of living and a new generation of musicians

1 MarchBy Susan Davis

There is compelling research to suggest children exposed to music at a young age may have better learning potential than those who aren’t. Findings such as these are the inspiration behind Ginninderry’s decision to partner with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) for their Education Program, Music in MY School.

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Restoring and preserving the Belconnen Farm Heritage Precinct

1 MarchBy Hoa Luu

Recently, the Ginninderry team began works to preserve the Belconnen Farm Heritage Precinct as part of the project’s ongoing conservation commitment. Belconnen Farm is a significant farm group with a succession of buildings, and remnants of various archaeological resources which all contribute to an understanding of the use and development of the place since the 1830s.

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Ginninderry’s first veggie patch is on the grow

1 MarchBy Jessica Stewart

Back in December of 2017, Ginninderry’s future residents met for the inaugural Ginninderry Future Residents Eve, and among the night’s events everyone got together to plant a veggie patch outside the Link.

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The Queen will soon make Ginninderry her home

1 MarchBy Jessica Stewart

Back in January, our new site vehicle arrived at its temporary home in Murrumbateman. It’s a six wheeled, twelve-seater ex-military Land Rover Defender Perentie that used to be a troop carrier – known affectionately as “The Queen”.

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Summerfest 2018

26 FebruaryBy Ginninderry Project Team

Not even rain mid-show could put a dampener on Ginninderry's family-friendly celebration -  Summerfest, which was a fantastic evening of live music, dance and theatre performances.

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Claire Primrose Selected Works Art Exhibition

Monday 19 February 2018

Based in Queanbeyan, Claire Primrose studied Visual Art at the Australian National University, majoring in Printmaking and graduated in 1997. She has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Art Education and has taught both Visual Art and Dance at various high schools in Canberra.

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"With One Voice Ginninderry" Choir

Friday 27 November 2020

FEEL GOOD, DO GOOD, SING FOR GOOD AND JOIN WITH ONE VOICE! You’re invited to experience the joy, freedom and inspiration of song at Ginninderry With One Voice choir!

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SPARKs fly in 2017

22 JanuaryBy Emma Sckrabei

It was a big year for Ginninderry’s unique training and employment initiative, SPARK. The program has grown over the course of 2017, partnering with local and national groups to help residents of the Capital Region reach their full potential.

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Spring into Summer, with Summerfest!

Saturday 24 February 2018

After the roaring success of Winterfest and Springfest, Ginninderry continues its tradition of seasonal celebrations on Saturday 24 February 2018 with SUMMERFEST - Ginninderry’s family-friendly celebration of summer with live music, dance and theatre performances from local artists including: Simone Penkethman  Simone Penkethman is a Canberra based singer, guitarist and songwriter.

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New Year’s Reflections and Resolutions – Jessica Stewart

12 JanuaryBy Niva Pryor

2017 was a busy year for Ginninderry’s Sustainability Manager, Jessica Stewart – particularly on the education front! Over the course of the last 12 months, Jess attended a number of national forums where she met with like-minded experts to share ideas and present the vision and approach to sustainability at Ginninderry.

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Ginninderry future residents delight in inaugural eve

18 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

On Friday 15 December 2017, members of Ginninderry’s future community gathered to celebrate the first of many, ‘future resident initiatives.’ The night dubbed Ginninderry’s Future Resident Eve sought to provide future community members the opportunity to take a tour of their blocks, before dinner and entertainment in the form of our very own With One Voice Ginninderry Choir singing Christmas Carols, the unveiling of the Ginninderra Creek Mosaic art feature, a visit from Santa and plantings in the Ginninderry communal garden.

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Ginninderry project update - December 2017

18 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Community & stakeholder engagement news Community stakeholder and engagement opportunities have been abundant in November and December, with a variety of activities taking the form of several notable project team members presenting at the recent Canberra Design Festival, Energy Matters Forum, NAWIC Smart Cities breakfast, and Canberra Urban Regional Futures (CURF) Annual Forum 2017.

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So – what is a Smart Community and how do we build one?

18 DecemberBy Jessica Stewart

A smart community is one that puts connectivity at its centre – connectivity of its people and data. A smart community is one that is enhanced with technology – allowing it to become a platform for not only the collection of real-time data but the sharing and analysis of this data for the benefit of the community.

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Ginninderra Creek Mosaic Art Project

18 DecemberBy Susan Davis

What do you get when you put an artist, a historian, an Aboriginal Elder and some high school students together? You get a beautiful mosaic which tells the story of Ginninderra Creek, a natural waterway on the boundary of the Ginninderry project which holds important memories for the local people, the rural families who farmed both sides of the creek and the Ngunnawal people.

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SPARK participants graduate in sensational style

15 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

It’s been a busy bee year for organisers and participants of Ginninderry’s training and employment initiative SPARK, with a total of nine programs delivered in the ACT in 2017, and one in Yass.

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SPARK participants graduate in sensational style

14 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

It’s been a busy bee year for organisers and participants of Ginninderry’s training and employment initiative SPARK, with a total of nine programs delivered in the ACT in 2017, and one in Yass.

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Biosensitivity: A new way to save the world

8 DecemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Biosensitivity is a term created by Stephen Boyden of the Frank Fenner Foundation (FFF) to describe a way of living that is best both for people and for nature. The FFF Team believes that just being sustainable isn’t enough, and that society needs to be respectful of nature, aware of their impact and ensure no damage is done to the world’s ecosystems.

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Renewable Energy Day 2017 tour

27 NovemberBy Jessica Stewart

It was a great turn out at Ginninderry on Saturday 25 November for the Renewable Energy Day 2017 tour. Sustainability Manager Jessica Stewart took the time to show participants around The Link building and demonstrate sustainability in action!

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Former SPARK: Vicki-Ann Middlemis

23 NovemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

From a young age, Vicki-Ann Middlemis had always wanted to work in childcare, but found it was never the right time so turned to cooking instead. Her first job was in a café, where she worked for five years as a chef, before briefly becoming a nanny.

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Sculpture in the Paddock Presents ON THE MOVE

Thursday 9 November 2017

Opening at the Link between 9 November and 13 December 2017. This amazing collection of works is from Yass Valley Schools Program and proudly supported by YASSarts and the Ginninderry  Create Program.

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Former SPARK: Georgia Elith

27 OctoberBy Ginninderry Project Team

Before SPARK, Georgia Elith worked part-time as a waitress in the National Gallery of Australia’s café, but after completing a double degree in visual arts and music from the University of Canberra her goal was to find a fulltime job.

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Crafternoons: make a macrame owl!

Sunday 22 October 2017

Macrame is the art of knotting string in patterns to make decorative items. Learn all the knots required to create a classic macrame owl - no experience necessary.

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Top honours

28 SeptemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

It’s been an exciting few weeks for our clever team of innovators and future leaders here at Ginninderry, who have picked-up no less than three nationally recognised awards! Setting the tone in August of things to come were the announcements at the Property Council Awards night that Ginninderry's Sustainability Manager Jessica Stewart had won the Future Leader award, and Riverview Group the 2017 Business of the Year award.

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Committing ourselves to sustainability – the Sustainable House Day way

28 SeptemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

On Sunday 17 September 2017, The Link building held tours, talks and a cooking demonstration for the public to celebrate Sustainable House Day. Established in 2001, Sustainable House Day is a national event that allows the public to see and learn from the best environmental homes in Australia.

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Springfest

Saturday 14 October 2017

In conjunction with Strathnairn Arts Open Day, SPRINGFEST will be held at The Link on 14 October, from 10am-5pm. From performing artists and handmade crafts to a puppet show, choir performance and a footy clinic, this social and community event will keep the whole  family entertained! View the 2017 Springfest Program HERE.

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Sustainable House Day 2017

18 SeptemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

On Sunday 17 September just over 130 'sustainable' enthusiasts visted The Link to join in the national iniative, Sustainable House Day. Thank you to all of our experts who helped to answer the many questions on energy, building, design and ways to live more sustainably.

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Intergenerational living, lives here

11 SeptemberBy Hoa Luu

The latest buzz word to hit the housing market is around ‘intergenerational living’. The aptly named term describes a growing trend amongst families the world over to shy away from buying a traditional family home, in preference for something a little more enduring – something that will stand the test of time from a practical perspective, when and if their children flee the nest – that’s right, ‘if’.

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Former SPARK: Marvellous Sigudu

6 SeptemberBy Ginninderry Project Team

From South Africa originally, Marvellous Sigudu came to Australia as a teenager in 2012. Four years later, he was completing year 12 at Hawker College and looking for something to do next.

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Craft your art - poetry, visual arts and music

Sunday 10 September 2017

Have you ever wondered whether you could be an artist? Our latest ‘Crafternoons’ offering will give you the opportunity to try! Explore your own creativity and discover whether you’re a lover of poetry, visual arts, music or all of the above.

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Former SPARK: Rebeka Auva’a

17 AugustBy Emma Sckrabei

Before she found SPARK, Rebeka Auva’a was a housekeeper. While it wasn’t exactly her dream job, she got by, until she suffered an injury at work that forced her to find an alternative occupation.

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Let’s get crafty!

10 AugustBy Susan Davis

Ever wanted to make a macramé plant hanger but didn’t know how? What about honing your photography skills or developing an appreciation for poetry, visual arts or music? Thanks to the ‘Crafternoons’ initiative, part of Ginninderry’s CREATE Arts and Cultural Program, now’s your chance! We’ve even got something for the mini-crafters with our Children’s Art and Photography Workshops.

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Ginninderry Local History Study: Nature, Culture, People, Places

8 AugustBy Susan Davis

Mary Hutchison is a public historian and writer, specialising in collaborative and creative interpretation of history and place.  As part of the Ginninderry arts and cultural program CREATE she is currently conducting a local history study of Ginninderry that encompasses nature, culture, people and places.

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Find your SPARK…

3 AugustBy Ginninderry Project Team

Our trusty training experts have been working hard lately to develop a range of new and returning initiatives to continue providing training and employment opportunities to members of the local West Belconnen community.

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Sparking passion through work experience

20 JulyBy Ginninderry Project Team

On 26 July 2017 history was made at the Ginninderry project team office, with the arrival of year 10 Kingsford Smith High School student Jenny Dao, as the team’s first ever work experience participant.

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SPARK Training & Employment in Yass

Tuesday 15 August 2017

Ginninderry's full-time Training and Employment Manager Emma Sckrabei, whose job is to deliver a unique training and employment initiative, known at Spark will be at Trader & Co on Wednesday 16 August 5:30pm-6:15pm to talk about the program.

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Designing Urban Open Spaces

13 JulyBy Jessica Stewart

Ginninderry’s landscape architects, Cia Landscapes and Colour, and Group GSA have taken our research on mature trees and designed new open spaces for the public and our ecosystems.

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Smart Living – building what’s best for you and the environment

Sunday 16 July 2017

Are you interested in learning more about ‘Smart Living’ options that will be available at Parkwood? Head to Yass’ Trader & Co. Sunday 16 July from 2pm-3pm, for a FREE presentation by our Sustainability Manager, Jessica Stewart, and discover how each and every one of us can build for ourselves and the environment.

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Not just a tree, but a home

6 JulyBy Jessica Stewart

Old trees provide a range of habitats for native mammals (including bats), reptiles, insects and birds, that cannot be provided by younger trees. Their large limbs, dead branches, tree hollows, peeling bark and logs provide all sorts of roosting and nesting opportunities, as well as producing seed, pollen and nectar.

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Meet the Builders of Ginninderry - Part Twelve: PBS

22 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

A select number of local builders have been hand-picked to bring the master planned vision for Ginninderry to life. All of the builders were assessed against a number of criteria, in particular their desire and ability to add to the vision for Ginninderry, as well as offering exceptional value for money and quality.

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SPARK meets industry workforce needs with a new training and employment program in community care

21 JuneBy Emma Sckrabei

SPARK in partnership with the Canberra Institute of Technology and Belconnen Community Service is delivering a new and innovative accredited training program focusing on skills development, work experience and employment within the community care sector, to be known as Belconnen Community Care Pre-Employment Program Specifically targeting people living within the Belconnen and the wider region, the program will provide.

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Land aplenty for Canberra newbies and Ginninderry future residents

13 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

According to 32-year old civil engineer, Amila Perera, his wife, 32-year old Chamila, and their five-year old son Imeth, buying-into Ginninderry’s unique community is a once in a lifetime opportunity; which thanks to a lucky draw, is one they’ll be enjoying the reality of, for years to come.

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Flexi-Living – a place to call home for this lucky couple!

2 JuneBy Ginninderry Project Team

Exciting times are ahead for this young couple, who are celebrating the recent announcement they are to be Ginninderry’s first Flexi-Living series buyers. Canberra-locals 22-year old self-employed makeup artist Tara Florence and her partner, 22-year old electrician, Connor McCallum sat down with the team recently to share their insights on why they, as first home buyers, were inspired to purchase in Ginninderry’s first suburb Strathnairn, what sets it apart from other developments, and in particular, the unique Flexi-Living series.

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