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Postcodes: Griffith, 2603

Established in 1927, with tree-lined streets and prestigious old-style brick homes, Griffith represents the quintessential Old Canberra suburb.
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Formerly named south Blandfordia, the inner-south suburb is home to several ACT heritage council listed areas including Griffith Oval, St Paul’s Church and the Whitley Houses.

While it is one of Canberra’s oldest suburbs, many Griffith homes have undergone refurbishments in recent years, adding a contemporary feel to the leafy suburb.

Griffith borders Manuka and Narrabundah. At the 2016 census it recorded a population of 4575.

The neighbourhood centres around the much-loved Griffith shops. This retail strip is home to a variety of dining options, both casual and fine dining, alongside your typical shops, and offers immense character. /**/


Clearance rate: 67%

Median price houses: $1.495 million

Median price units: $493,000

Highest selling property in the past 12 months: $2.97 million, 16 Durville Crescent, November 25, 2017.



Duck breast, confit cumquat, roast pumpkin, and fermented daikon at Aubergine. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

The jewel of the Griffith Shops crown, Aubergine is one of the ACT’s most renowned restaurants. It has won an array of accolades on both a national and local scale, and has been given two chef’s hats for seven consecutive years. The ever-changing degustation menu offers delectable seasonal food of high quality and stunning presentation. Our top pick off its current menu is the brown butter ice cream with almond praline and frozen lemon verbena milk – absolutely amazing!

Griffith Vietnamese Restaurant

Signature wall at Griffith Vietnamese Restaurant. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

What sets Griffith Vietnamese Restaurant apart is the many posters adorning its walls with personalised messages and signatures, most of which belong to politicians who have called the venue their go-to for years. This unassuming restaurant is a favourite among pollies and locals alike, and upon eating the food you can see why. Make sure you try the Yummy Chicken, a classic dish that’s one of the chef’s specialities.


Rubicon restaurant’s twinkling fairy light ceiling. Photo: Karleen Minney

The perfect spot for a romantic date night or catch-up over dinner and wine with friends, Rubicon offers a warm and cosy atmosphere through its four small dining rooms and open terrace-style space. Both an a la carte and degustation menu is available showcasing contemporary n cuisine with a twist. If you choose the a la carte, make sure you accompany your meal with the kipfler potatoes in duck fat, serrano and mustard.


M16 Artspace


Bowen Place Crossing 2016 gouache by Christopher Oates, part of his exhibition on Infrastructure at the M16 Artspace last month. Photo: Supplied

An intimate gallery which also offers residencies to local artists, M16 Artspace is the perfect Saturday afternoon activity. The gallery is currently showing finalists from the annual M16 Drawing Prize which seeks to examine, challenge and open a dialogue concerning perceptions of what drawing can be. This runs until December 17. Related: Postcodes: Ainslie, 2602Related: Home of the week: An established oasis in GriffithRelated: Top three: Allhomes’ pick of open homes to see this weekend in Canberra


Mountain Creek Wholefoods

Mountain Creek Wholefoods in Griffith is comfortable and unpretentious. Photo: Mountain Creek Wholefoods Facebook

Comfortable and unpretentious, Mountain Creek Wholefoods is a health food store offering a combination of whole food, vegan cosmetics, health and wellbeing books and vitamins. Each day there is a new selection of healthy freshly baked goods, which unlike most healthy snacks, actually taste naughty!


2 Hayes Crescent

2 Hayes Crescent, Griffith. Photo: Peter Blackshaw Real Estate Manuka

Auction: December 16, 12pm

Agent: Mario Sanfrancesco, Peter Blackshaw Real Estate Manuka, 0412 488 027

EER: 2.5

Canberra’s iconic boundary hedges offer their fortunate owners unrivalled privacy and nowhere is this better expressed than in the leafy Griffith sanctuary of No. 2 Hayes Crescent.

Nestled behind thick foliage and the security of electronic gates is this wonderfully extended and renovated character home.

The cottage originally built in 1927 has been faithfully remodelled by its current owners to highest levels of contemporary living. Design by Peter Byfield, the home has not only delivered a warm and inviting family retreat, but it has also been recognised with a wealth of industry awards.

4 Jansz Crescent

4 Jansz Crescent, Griffith. Photo: Luton Properties Manuka

Auction: February 24, 10am

Agents: Richard and Sophie Luton, Luton Properties Manuka, 0418 697 844 & 0410 750 413.

EER: 4.0

Nestled within a canopy of oak trees and back reserve parkland and ovals, a property of distinction offers generous and flexible living for families.

The standout feature of this home is the indoor swimming pool area, with a spa, sauna and full bathroom. Cathedral ceilings frame a wall of glass looking out onto mature trees. It is fully heated, allowing year-round fun.

This Griffith home allows you to live a lifestyle of convenience, a very short walk from Manuka Village and Manuka Oval and then on to Lake Burley Griffin. An opportunity not to be missed.

33 Carstensz Street

33 Carstensz Street, Griffith. Photo: Belle Property Kingston

Price: By negotiation

Agents: Richard Davies & Louise Harget, Belle Property Kingston, 0414 517 658 & 0412 997 894

EER: 2.5

On a sought-after, tree-lined street, 33 Carstensz Street embraces a stunning fusion of period elegance with seamless contemporary living.

A statement of refined luxury with premium fixtures throughout, its expansive yet versatile floor plan has been tailored to suit a growing family’s need.

Lush and private gardens provide you with multiple spaces to entertain or relax while the kids play. This spectacular residence presents a remarkable lifestyle opportunity within one of Griffith’s most exclusive enclaves.

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A-League: Kantarovski notches game 150 for Newcastle Jets

Kanta sets sights on being a one-team man, as he notches 150 games with Newcastle Jets MILESTONE MAN: Home-grown midfielder Ben Kantarovski notched his 150th game for the Jets against Perth. Picture: AAP Images
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The ball-winner put his resurgence down to a “combination of factors”.

“It is to do with the players around you and the environment you are in,” he said. “Itis very professional the way we have been working. Everything comes easier when you are fit.Chris Smith and our physio Justin have worked really hard, not just with myself but all the boys.”

Next for Kantarovski and the Jets is the visit by fellow big-improvers Adelaide United on Saturday.

“Hopefully we keep the ball and play some really attacking aggressive football in their half,” Kantarovski said. “Isiais is their main driving force. If we nullify him, it will make life a little easier for us. They have two players suspended and have some others who might be coming back from injury. We are aware of that but by the same token we are going to focus on our game.”

As a teenager Kantarovski, wholed the Young Socceroos to consecutive under-20 World Cups,was scouted by Bayern Munich and spent 10 days on trial with the German powerhouse.

Another overseas opportunity hasn’t arisen and ball-winner said “it is not at the forefront of my mind”.

“It is challenging playing in the A-League,” he said. “Each year the standard has improved. You see that with the quality of players we are attractingto the league. Each year there are new challenges. To go overseas would be a another challenge as well. I am playing good football here, we have assembled a good squad and everyone in the club is happy.”

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Broughton 4

TAGGED: A shearwater with a data logger attached to its leg, so that researchers can learn more about the birds’ habits. Picture: National Parks and Wildlife Serviceinto the darkness over the water – and down the cliff. For Callaghan and her colleagues know that the Gould’s petrel nests in crevices at the foot of the cliff.
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In 2009, after the pest eradication program, they heard a call from below. It was the sound of hope to Callaghan “Yes, it was amazing!”. Using a camera on a burrow scope, they saw a Gould’s petrel incubating an egg.

“We don’t know if they’re new arrivals because of the eradication program, or if they’ve been there a long time,” she says.

The ranger hopes the audio from the “love box” will entice the Gould’s petrel to come in and use the nesting boxes.

“This is just an attempt of helping them establish further,” Callaghan says. “It’s proven to work on Cabbage Tree Island [just to the south of here], so maybe Broughton Island can help expand the pairs.”

About 50 metres to the east along the precipice is another loudspeaker and a cluster of nine small boxes. This speaker plays the white-faced storm petrel’s call. Callaghan has been keenly checking the small boxes for any signs of bird life.

“So far all we’ve found is one feather, which is a promising sign,” she says. “Maybe it [the petrel] has had a sticky beak, we don’t know. It’s still a work in progress.”

“The ultimate goal is that they establish their own burrows, but hopefully this gives that a head-start.

“This is the first season, so we’ll seewhether to leave them here, or to move the boxes.”

Working near the artificial nesting boxes are Associate Professor Brian Wilson, a soil scientist from the University of New England, and Kirsten Drew, a PhD candidate studying the effects of using glyphosate herbicide on the island.

With the battle against weeds, Drewsays, the question of how the herbicide is used is “really significant in this environment”.

All these scientists and environmental officers are working together towards rehabilitating Broughton Island, including producing soil and vegetation maps.

“We’re trying to understand those links between the birds, soils and vegetation, and how that has changed the island,” says Brian Wilson.

DURING the trek back to the huts squatting along Esmeralda Cove, we deviate to scour a grassland area on the island’s eastern edge. Paul O’Keefe saw burrows the day before, and he thought they may have been created by white-faced storm petrels.

Yet after searching the slope, O’Keefe mutters, “No luck today”.

Susanne Callaghan smiles and replies, “We’ll find it.”

THE FUTURESUSANNE Callaghan’s belief that one day the petrels will return and nest on the island is driven by not just optimism but the changes she has already seen.

“Having the longevity to see the changes, it’s the best program I’ve ever been involved in,” she says. “We’ve kicked a massive goal for ecology on the island.”

Others who know and love the island have marvelled at the changes they’ve observedaround them.

“I’ve seen a real improvement in the bird life and the vegetation,” says John “Stinker” Clarke. “I’ve watched the bird life return. To me, it’s been a rebirth.”

As for the island’s future, Susanne Callaghan holds “very high” hopes. The key, she says, is finding “the balance between conservation and recreation”.

“We want people to visit the island, while meeting the needs of the unique ecosystem that it is,” Callaghan concludes.“It’s just about getting everything right.”

As we walk back through the grasslands, surrounded by a sea glistening like lapis lazuli, and looking over to the mainland so close in distance and yet so far in mood, you’re left feeling that Broughton Island and the seabirds it could help cradledeserve nothing less than getting everything right.

Ranger Susanne Callaghan

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Are we there yet? There’s one thing driving Bennelong voters mad

News SHD Prime Minister of Malcolm Turnbull speaking to the media in the Bennelong Electorate with John Alexander, Liberal for Bennelong before the bi-election next Saturday, Top Ryde Shopping Centre Saturday the 9th of December 2017 News SHD Picture by Fiona Morris Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten and Labor candidate for Bennelong Kristina Keneally visit St Charles Catholic Primary school in Ryde, Sydney, Tuesday, December 12, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING
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John Alexander cut a lonely figure out the back of West Ryde shops, gazing upon the ugly concrete plaza on the first Saturday of the Bennelong byelection campaign. I thought we should say “Hi”.

Accompanied by my 12-year-old son, we asked Mr Alexander about an issue that bothered my child. Whether we agreed with his argument or not, it was a good start. We were going to talk about issues this campaign.

We were going to unearth some fresh ideas to solve the first-world problems so prevalent in our electorate. How would our children ever afford university and a house? Or even one of those? Why are children excluded from the local school because the catchments are so badly skewed? Will the NBN work when it eventually gets here? Will the overcrowded, late, half-cancelled buses get me home in time for dinner with my family? Ever? Can anyone afford to have two parents working when childcare costs are through the roof? Can they afford not to?

At worst, we would get promised a heap of good stuff as each party desperately tried to buy our vote. I would hear the magic words “working families” every day.

But something went horribly wrong on the way to the ballot box.

The next day, the first robopoll call came. It felt like a Labor push-poll as one of the questions asked: ‘Which issue are you most concerned about? Press 1 for cuts to this. Press 2 for cuts to that, and so on.”

Then came a robocall from Mr Alexander. Then another poll. After about five calls I lost count.

Instead of smart ideas and promises – save for a bus interchange and a new high school that both parties had previously promised in some guise at state level – we have had to suffer a campaign of each party endlessly criticising the other party or candidate. Every. Single. Day. And mostly at dinner time via robocalls. Never mind they are cannibalising state promises: the federal government holds the purse strings.

“You can’t trust Malcolm Turnbull with (insert talking point du jour here)”, repeats Labor candidate Kristina Keneally. A colleague reports she has had daily robocalls from Labor, all slamming Turnbull. Possibly this is unwise, as the first poll, despite it showing rising support for Keneally, also showed 59.7 per cent of Bennelong electors picked Mr Turnbull as preferred prime minister compared to just 40.3 for Bill Shorten.

“Don’t let Kristina Keneally do to Bennelong what she did to NSW,” repeats John Alexander’s mouthpiece for the day. Last week it was Premier Gladys Berejiklian on the robocall. On Tuesday it was Julie Bishop at a press conference. On Tuesday at 6.37pm, John Howard was on the robocall telling me something about stability or predictability. I was still on my bus. It was 48 minutes late. (By the way, if the Premier wants to ring me again, I want to talk about public transport, not Kristina Keneally.) (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = ‘https://connect.facebook苏州夜场招聘/en_GB/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.11’; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));

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Paul McCartney’s amazing gesture

Newcastle girls get a golden ticket from Paul McCartney himself | PHOTOS, VIDEO Kristy Wetzel, Jade Green, Frances Dolan and Helen Gregory at the Paul McCartney gig.
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Helen Gregory, Frances Dolan, Jade Green and Kristy Wetzel at the Paul McCartney gig.

Paul McCartney at the Sydney gig.

TweetFacebookEcstatic Newcastle girls at the Paul McCartney gig. Frances Dolan, who was handed the tickets, added:“I was walking to the seats screaming. Thiswas not in my wildest dreams a possibility!”.

Another of the foursome, Helen Gregory, said:“When it happened, Jade and I were in tears. It was more than we couldhave ever imagined. We felt incredibly lucky”.

She also said on Facebook: “Thank you Sir Paul and your ticket fairy for picking us out of the thousands! This will always be such a surreal but cherished memory!”

Helen, a Newcastle Herald journalist, is a massive Beatles fan.

She’s visited Liverpool and Abbey Road in London.She even went to the Beatles Cirque duSoleil show in Las Vegas.

“I was doing all those things thinking I’d never getthe chance to see him [Paul McCartney] live,” she said.

Jade said the foursome had paid $120 each for their nosebleed tickets, butthe upgraded tickets were worth $2000 each.

Given that the crowd contained 25,000 people, Jade felt like she’d won the lotto.

“It was a golden ticket,” she said.

Helen said it was “way better than anything Willy Wonka could deliver”.

Turns out it wasSir Paul himself who organised this lovely gesture.

Apparently he reserved 24 ticketsin the front and second rows,dead centre to the stage, for random fans.

During the show, Paul was deliberately making eye contact with thislucky lot.

The four Newcastle girls responded, screaming his name in delight like teens at a Beatles gig in the 1960s.

We always preferred John over Paul. Now we might reconsider.

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