In September, 137 candidates were formally declared ahead of the upcoming 2020 ACT Election, the Brumbies won the inaugural Super Rugby AU competition and pre-schoolers enjoyed a teddy bears’ picnic with aged care residents at St Andrews Village in Hughes.
The 2021 Summernats festival (Summernats 34) has been delayed to January 2022, but a new, reduced capacity Summernats Rev Rock ‘n’ Roll festival in Canberra in March 2021 will tide rev heads over. The Summernats Rev Rock ‘n’ Roll festival will be staged at EPIC from 5 to 7 March 2021 – the Canberra Day long weekend – with a maximum of 5,000 spectators and entrants to be allowed, far down from the 100,000 fans and 2,000 vehicles usually in attendance at the January event.
Months of hard work and sacrifice by the entire Brumbies playing group and staff were validated last Saturday (19 September) when they were crowned Super Rugby AU champions. The Canberra-based side defeated the Queensland Reds 28-23 in front of a sell-out (reduced capacity) 6,000 strong crowd at GIO Stadium to win their first title since 2004. However, it’s straight back on the road for 13 of the Brumbies, who join the 44-man Wallabies squad for their upcoming test campaign. With a total of 16 uncapped players in the squad, it will be a rejuvenation for the Australian side under new coach David Rennie after bowing out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in the quarterfinals.
One of Canberra’s worst kept secrets has been announced today (28 September), with foundation sponsor Canberra Milk set to be the Canberra Raiders’ front of jersey sponsor for the 2021 season. Capitol Chilled Foods have stepped in for what looks likely to be a single season, placing Canberra Milk on the front of the Raiders jersey after Huawei ended their near decade-long sponsorship a month ago. That decision left the Raiders in a tough spot given their on-field and training clothing needs to be manufactured and imported by November.
Despite being ages apart, residents at St Andrews Village and children at Hughes Preschool were the best of friends at a teddy bears’ picnic this week (26 September). The pre-schoolers and residents (main picture above) got together to enjoy a piece of Floriade: Reimagined the youngsters had planted in a garden bed at the aged care village back in May. To celebrate the blooming of the bulbs, the group organised the teddy bears’ picnic party – with all residents and children bringing along their own toy. The young and young-at-heart enjoyed one another’s company while socially distanced, and the children treated the residents to a dance.
Today’s formal declaration of candidates for the 2020 ACT Legislative Assembly election might feel like the calm before the storm, as all 137 candidates are now formally declared ahead of pre-poll voting opening on Monday 28 September. The ACT Electoral Commission held the formal declaration at The Playhouse Theatre in Civic this morning (24 September) with a limited capacity of 100 people for the sake of social distancing, and also live streamed the event. The total number of candidates was down four from 2016’s total, but there remains plenty of options for voters across the five electorates.