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The bar is rising for Belconnen
Owner of the Basement in Belconnen Lance Fox standing in front of the new fit out.
Photo: Melissa Adams
Belconnen s bar scene is enjoying a
renaissance with new
establishments springing up and
old watering holes undergoing
The Basement, 54B and The Pot
Belly are three pubs in the
Belconnen CBD gaining increasing
popularity among patrons.
The Pot Belly recently made a
high-profile transformation into a
craft beer pub while The Basement,
one of Canberra s best live music
venues, has undergone major
refurbishments over the past year
since new management took over.
Lance Fox, who owns The
Basement, said it used to be a "dive
bar" where outsiders were almost
afraid to walk in.
But over the past year he d made
some big changes to create a more
inviting space for people.
"More people are just wondering
in off the street -- a lot more young
people and a lot of people that just
don t want to go to nightclubs, Mr
There used to be a concentrated
bar scene in Belconnen about 25
years ago where a number of pubs
cloistered together gave rise to
heavy drinking sessions.
Mr Fox said that scene faded out
in Belconnen and now a new scene
was emerging that was more adult
He said owners were also
discussing collaborations to
promote Belconnen s bar scene.
54B owner Tom Reaby said
Belconnen had everything it needed
in terms of bar options and it was a
matter of getting the word out.
"The idea for this place, 54
Benjamin, was to make people feel
like they were in their own living
room," he said.
"The staff are super friendly and
a lot of people say it reminds them
of the [television] show Cheers,
Mr Reaby said.
He said he wanted to get away
from the old binge drinking days of
"Sure you are going to pay a bit
more for your drinks but I think the
atmosphere and the quality of the
product going over the bar is a lot
better," he said. Meanwhile, Two
Before Ten in Aranda is expected to
open a bar soon while the
University of Canberra has recently
opened The Well--anewbarand
NAIDOC WEEK 2015
Restoration of art works on Reconciliation Place
About $100,000 of works to
upgrade a national memorial
dedicated to Australia s journey
towards indigenous reconciliation
has been completed in time for
NAIDOC Week 2015.
Restoration of a series of 17 art
works making up Reconciliation
Place, at the heart of the
parliamentary triangle, has been
under way since March.
First opened in July 2002 after a
national design competition, the
monument covers the promenade
linking the National Library and the
High Court and includes works by
indigenous and non-indigenous
Each work was chosen to
celebrate the achievements,
partnerships and connections of the
nation s shared reconciliation
National Capital Authority chief
executive Malcolm Snow said the
completion of the work had been
timed to coincide with NAIDOC
Week celebrations. Their condition
will be closely monitored in the
Our contractor has worked very
closely with us to understand how
these pieces would have been
designed, he said.
We looked at each individually
and 16 of the pieces required
significant restoration work.
They ve all been brought back
to their original condition, with the
text, the images, materials and the
surfaces being restored to their
former glory. He said the area
deserved a higher profile among the
capital s many visitors and tourists.
It is a very compelling story. It
is a story that is complementary to
our growth as a society and
therefore we continue to promote
Reconciliation Place on our website
. . . and through applications that
help people plan their journey.
NAIDOC Week, a national
celebration of the history, culture
and achievements of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander peoples,
continues until July 12.
National Capital Authority
education and outreach officer
Roslyn Hull invited visitors and
Canberrans to join a special
walking tour of Reconciliation
Place on Thursday.
I think the work is incredibly
important and it is a great credit to
Ken Gibson, and the rest of the
team who worked on this, that these
art works are so beautiful now, she
said. If I had every person in
Canberra and every family visit
Reconciliation Place, I d still want
more people to visit.
For more information on
Reconciliation Place and walking
tours, visit the National Capital
Record number of teams in 25th Kanga Cup
Freezing temperatures couldn t
wipe the smiles off the faces of
thousands of junior footballers
ahead of the 25th anniversary of the
The largest youth international
football tournament in the southern
hemisphere kicked off with a gala
opening ceremony at Canberra
Stadium on Sunday.
A record number of 350 teams --
including representatives from New
Zealand and South Korea -- have
converged on Canberra for the
week-long celebration of the world
game starting Monday.
Grounds across Canberra will be
in full swing over the next five days
with divisions ranging from under-
9s to under-18s for both boys and
A constant among all the growth
and changes of the tournament has
been the Belnorth club. They are
the only club to field at least one
team in every Kanga Cup.
Belnorth president Stephen
Holley said the club was proud of
its achievement as it put a greater
focus on player development.
This is giving us a little bit of
an extra push that we need to
instigate change, Holley said.
We re bringing it back to the
foundation level and making sure
all of our kids are having fun.
It s special to be the only club
to have been there since the start.
Holley played in the Kanga Cup
himself, but with rivals Belwest
from under-11s to under-16s.
It was the best school holiday
of the year because you got to play
football over the holidays.
We tend not to focus on the
results at this age group, it s more
about participation and making
sure everyone is being a good
The Kanga Cup has attracted
teams from across the globe in
Teams from the US, England,
Denmark, Italy, Russia, Georgia,
South Africa, Chinese Taipei,
Malaysia, and Fiji have all taken
part. Four teams from New Zealand
and two from South Korea will add
an international flavour to this
year s tournament.
Tournament director Myke Kelly
said the addition of the overseas
teams demonstrated the appeal of
the Kanga Cup.
It s fantastic we have six teams
from overseas competing in the
25th edition of the Kanga Cup.
It s a testament to their strong
commitment to the tournament that
they have been able to raise the
funds to come to Canberra for the
competition and to experience a
different culture. We are sure that
they will enjoy their stay and they
are welcome guests.
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