Exploring Belconnen’s bustling enterprise scene

THE district of Belconnen is likely one of the unique 18 districts of the ACT, and at this time, some 56 years after it started improvement, stays considered one of Canberra’s most populated.

With greater than 100,000 residents, the realm has develop into dwelling to one of many capital’s most thriving enterprise scenes.

This week “CityNews” heads northside to speak with the Belco companies proud to share their abilities and companies.

Belconnen Arts Centre.

Arts within the coronary heart of Belconnen

BELCO Arts has not too long ago opened a brand new theatre together with two new galleries in an growth that’s permitting the centre to facilitate much more inventive alternatives and experiences.

“As Belconnen grows, our lovely spot by the lake continues to be much more vital as a spot for the neighborhood to attach, be impressed and gasoline their love of the humanities,” says a centre spokesperson.

“We hope everybody who visits Belconnen will spherical their day trip with a go to to Belco Arts – with free entry, 4 fantastic exhibition areas, and a variety of nice drop in actions, it’s at all times a superb time to cease by.”

On November 4, 5, and 12, guests will be capable of expertise “Utopiate”, a present with a blended capability solid that asks the query “would you select a world with out ache?”

Arriving at Belco Arts on October 7 is “Curses to Newton”, an all-ages science circus efficiency with Brett Hoppenbrouwer that can be on for households throughout faculty holidays.

From October there’ll even be new exhibitions opening on the centre, in addition to various inventive workshops led by skilled artists.

“Belco Arts is particular as a result of there’s at all times one thing new, totally different and shocking to see,” says the centre spokesperson.

“We would like your expertise to be distinctive every time you go to.”

Belco Arts, 118 Emu Financial institution, Belconnen. Name 6173 3300 or go to belcoarts.com.au

Wombat Playing cards and Presents proprietor Monica Rolls.

Reward store that highlights all that Australia affords

WOMBAT Playing cards and Presents is a small household enterprise began by Monica and John Rolls in 2015.

“We began as a small market stall promoting selfmade greeting playing cards that I began making once I retired,” says Monica.

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“However we stopped doing markets in the course of the COVID-19 lockdown.”

And, whereas Monica says she liked that markets gave her an opportunity to see extra of Australia, and he or she liked assembly all of the attention-grabbing folks alongside the way in which, it was time to place down some roots nearer to dwelling, and opened the Wombat Playing cards and Presents retailer entrance in Belconnen in July.

“We provide playing cards, kids’s books, puppets and plush animals, coasters and items,” says Monica.

“My husband, John, wished to do metallic artwork, too, and it took off.

“I really like what I’m doing and I really like that I’m attaining one thing by introducing folks to our Australian animals.

“I really like the Australian animals, I simply suppose they’re so distinctive and I really like expressing my pleasure by the shop. It makes me really feel glad when folks are available in and see the merchandise that we now have.”

And, Monica says, she’s grateful for her husband and prolonged household who’ve helped develop the shop into every part it’s at this time.

Wombat Playing cards and Presents, Store 2 31/35 Nettlefold Road, Belconnen. Name 0423 786222, or go to wombatcardsandgifts.com.au


Train courses assist folks of all skills

Arthritis ACT CEO Rebecca Davey.

ARTHRITIS ACT affords a variety of group train courses for folks of any capability and any background, says CEO Rebecca Davey.

“Train is the perfect drugs for persistent situations, nonetheless not all train is similar,” she says.

“In case you are an individual residing with myalgic encephalomyelitis/persistent fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and even some folks residing with lengthy covid, train may simply comprise transferring all of your bigger joints a few instances a day to make sure you keep your mobility. 

“For somebody residing with osteoarthritis, you may need to strengthen all of the constructions across the joint, and somebody with sort 2 diabetes wants some assist making certain their physique releases the power it wants on the proper instances.”

Rebecca says it doesn’t matter if you happen to haven’t been exercising for a really very long time, it’s by no means too late to begin.

“Each individual wants a certain quantity of train every week,” she says.

“We can assist you irrespective of the place you’re in life, with one on one help, group courses specialising in issues comparable to again ache, or applications that can assist you if you happen to’ve been having some falls. 

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“Give us a name and have a chat to our pleasant group about what is perhaps finest for you.”

Arthritis ACT, Constructing 18, 170 Haydon Drive, Bruce. Name 1800 011041 or go to arthritisact.org.au

Heaps of flavours to combine and match at Goodberry’s Belconnen.

1000’s of flavours to find at native creamery

GOODBERRY’S Creamery is Canberra’s unique frozen custard and finest dessert vacation spot, says proprietor Chris Maley.

“Our product is scrumptious, all pure and has no preservatives,” he says.

“The frozen custard is made and tastes the way in which ice cream was once within the olden days whenever you introduced it straight out of your native dairy.”

Working from 11am to 10pm seven days every week, Chris says Goodberry’s has an infinite choice of scrumptious flavours to find.

“We’re finest identified for our incredible Frozen Custard Concretes. Goodberry’s can create any flavour mixture to go well with any style,” he says.

“You select your base flavour, vanilla, chocolate or flavour of the week, then you definitely get to decide on whether or not you need Oreo, Violet Crumble, caramel fudge, chocolate, and a lot extra.

“Our flavour of the week is basically standard. Final week it was Whittaker’s Blondie, this week it’s Biscoff Cheesecake, then subsequent week it’s Mars Pods.

“Our frozen custard can also be gluten free with a wide array of gluten-free toppings and mix-ins.”

Over its 20 years of operation, Goodberry’s has develop into one thing of an establishment in Canberra and it’s nonetheless rising, says Chris.

“Hold your eyes peeled for a Gungahlin Goodberry’s subsequent yr,” he says.

Goodberry’s, 4/25 Lathlain Road, Belconnen and a couple of/20 Gartside Road, Erindale. Go to goodberrys.com.au

Artistry M Hair proprietor Marina Belibassakis.

Marina’s new salon makes prospects ‘appear and feel good’

MARINA Belibassakis opened her personal hair salon, Artistry M Hair, three weeks in the past.

“I’ve been hairdressing for 20 years, freelancing for the previous three years and it was simply time to open up my very own salon and do my very own factor.

“That is my journey, this can be a step into doing my very own factor, management my very own selections and have extra freedom and suppleness, which is the dream,” she says.

“It’s good seeing your work strolling round on folks, and simply making folks appear and feel good. I like assembly folks from all walks of life and making and maintaining these relationships.

“We do cuts and hues, and we’re good at it,” she says.

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Marina has a freelancer working along with her at Artistry M Hair.

“We’ve been working collectively for some time, Hair by Genevieve is her enterprise title,” says Marina.

“We offer a protected atmosphere, we’re skilled, we do the very best that we are able to and we love what we do, and we make it enjoyable.

“We all know what we’re doing, we’re making Artistry M Hair inviting and we’re approachable.”

Artistry M Hair, Store 70/27 Wiseman Road, Macquarie. Name 5105 7304 or 0422 348694, or go to artistrymhair.com.au


Proprietor of Transtate Tyres Belconnen Adrian Heffernan.

Greater than 40 years of tyres and suspension companies 

ANYONE on the lookout for an ideal deal on main manufacturers of wheels or tyres, don’t go previous Transtate Tyres, says CEO Adrian Heffernan.

“We’ve acquired all the most important manufacturers you already know and belief, so that you received’t want to buy round to search out what you need,” says Adrian.

“Our characteristic model is Toyo tyres which could be very aggressive in efficiency and value within the 4WD vary. We additionally promote Pireelli, Continental, entry stage tyre manufacturers and far more.”

With their Belconnen retailer having been in operation for greater than 4 many years and two different shops working in Tuggeranong and Queanbeyan, Adrian says Transtate’s reasonably priced pricing represents a number of the finest offers round.

He additionally says they’ve acquired a brand new workshop working in Belconnen, the place they’re specialising in suspension, logbook servicing, 4WD raise kits and brakes – companies which might be accessible throughout all their places.

“We even have a wide range of latest trailers for private use at Belconnen and we’ve acquired some tradesman trailers too,” he says.

“We satisfaction ourselves in offering a high-quality {and professional} service in the direction of our prospects, all at an reasonably priced value which received’t break your pockets.”

Transtate Tyres, 2 Egan Court docket, Belconnen (6253 2244), 1/347 Reed Road, Tuggeranong (6293 2538) and 141-143 Uriarra Street, Queanbeyan (6299 6747). Go to translate.com.au

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Ian Meikle, editor