There was a good crowd and a great cross-set of community organisations represented at the West Belconnen Commitment 2 Community on Saturday.
I’d like to see our Arts Centres getting new people involved in the arts as well as showing off our existing artists:
Resources like directories of local artists who teach others, bands seeking members, instructions to learn artforms, and “how to” YouTube videos, could all be made available by the Arts Centres. Staff at the centres should see their role as both educational and inspirational.
It may be surprising for many to know that the ACT has the second-highest rate of homelessness in the country:
Put simply, to end homelessness in the ACT we need … more services like the Early Morning Centre in each town centre to support our homeless people and to prevent their stigmatisation [and] better housing responses, including a review of the Affordable Housing Action Plan, to make access to secure homes for all Canberra residents an affordable, achievable goal
Was very impressed by the range and quality of goods available at the mid-winter market at Belconnen Arts Centre when I dropped by recently:
The Kippax Uniting Church runs regular ‘monster garage sales’ to give people access to affordable second-hand goods and as a fundraiser for the church. The one on Saturday was very well-attended this year!
My latest weekly post on the RiotACT is on tackling loneliness:
We often fail to recognise how much work that Canberra’s grassroots organisations, clubs, churches, and government programs do to prevent and cure loneliness every single day just through their existence.
These groups make us feel good about ourselves, encourage commitment to ongoing action, help us to feel in control of what we do, and give us quick access to new social support networks.
It was great to meet other passionate locals who want better services at the West Belconnen Community Forum. I think the ACT Government could do more to promote community spaces around Canberra though – I didn’t even know the room used for this forum was available for hire!
It’s good to see that the ACT Government is continuing to upgrade and repair playgrounds around Canberra. Minister Rattenbury said:
[More than] 108 playgrounds across the ACT will receive upgrades to improve both accessibility and safety.
It would be nice to get a list of what exactly is to be upgraded and where though. Any chance Minister Rattenbury??