Carwoola Bush Fire Appeal - A Call to Support the Devastated Community


2/03/2017


Bushfire turned into a raging inferno in Carwoola, east of Queanbeyan near Canberra on Friday 17th February 2017.  Just a few days after the devastating, out-of-control grassfire broke out in Carwoola and Captain’s Flat, east of Queanbeyan, the aftermath has come to light. Eleven homes have been lost, 12 more damaged in a fire and injuring countless wildlife which ripped through 3500 hectares of land at Carwoola.Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council has launched an appeal to help those affected by the grass fire. Council administrator Tim Overall said “This is heartbreaking for our community and, while we will never be able to replace what has been taken from these families, the establishment of the Carwoola Bushfire Appeal fund will allow the community to come together and support those who have been affected,” Mr. Overall said..Following the recent NRL trial game, the Raiders and Knights donated signed jerseys to Council which they are now auctioning via AllBids.com.au. All proceeds go to the Carwoola Bushfire Appeal. The auction closes Wednesday 8 March 2017. AllBids.com.au is proud to be a part of this Community fundraiser Bid here now and support the appeal.

Living the good life on the cheap (or even for free!)


26/02/2017


New to Canberra? Setting up home and want to do it on the super cheap? Or maybe you just love tracking down a bargain? Check out Serina Huang’s recommendations for must-try sources of free and/or cheap goods so that you can live the good life in the nation’s capital without breaking the bank.THE FREE STUFFFreecycleThe Freecycle Network is a global phenomena and, founded in Tucson Arizona in 2003, one of the earliest platforms to encourage gifting. It is based on environmental principles, and Freecycle claims that its recycling initiatives ensures that over 500 tonnes a day of waste are kept out of landfill. There are over 9 million Freecyclers globally. There is one Freecycle group in Canberra with nearly 3,000 members.Buy Nothing ProjectI just LOVE the Buy Nothing Project. Does that sound overly effusive? Not to my way of thinking. I calculate that I have received thousands of dollars’ worth of items since joining the Buy Nothing Project. At a gifting event a few weeks ago I was the lucky recipient of items that would have cost me at least $578 if I had purchased them new. And two days later someone from the group dropped off a brand-new ski jacket that fitted perfectly. Guess what I am going to be wearing down the slopes this winter.But more than the items, what I really love about the Buy Nothing Project is the friendships that I have formed – it is aimed at community building. The Buy Nothing Project is a global phenomena that started on Bainbridge Island, Western Australia. It operates as a series of Facebook groups based on geographic locations. There are several in Canberra. I used to belong to the Northwestern Belconnen chapter before moving house. Once I moved I had to leave that particular group, but luckily I have been welcomed into a new group for the area where I now live.The other thing I really like about the Buy Nothing Project is that because the focus is on giving and receiving within a smaller community you don’t have to prove you are a worthy recipient. In other words, you don’t have to prove you are poor to put your hand up for an item. There are, I find, generally more people giving away than receiving. Or at least, in my own house moving and decluttering that has been my experience as I have been gifting like crazy. It is like a form of karma – when you give freely, what you need tends to come back. One of the most touching stories I have from the Buy Nothing Project was giving away a good quality framed print that no longer suited the room it was in. The lady who took is said she had been meaning to paint something similar for her sister before she died.  And then there was the dress my sister gave me that didn’t suit her, and didn’t suit me, either. But it did suit a Buy Nothing friend who proudly wore it to a job interview (and she looked fabulous in it).GumtreeYou have probably heard of Gumtree, and if you haven’t, where have you been? Gumtree is an Australian-founded classifieds ads site that is so well known and well used that it has almost replaced EBay (in Australia at least) as the place to go to for second hand goods. You can buy and sell almost anything on Gumtree. But it also provides an active platform for giving away things for free.I first found out about the free power of Gumtree when I was trying to gift a double bed mattress I no longer needed. I tried various ways of getting the word out until I tried Gumtree, marking the item ‘free’. It was gone in less than 48 hours to a grateful recipient. To search type in ‘free’ in the ‘I’m looking for’ search box – try it and you will be amazed what is available. You can also request items by placing a ‘wanted’ ad.All ClassifiedsThe classifieds section on All Classifieds works in a similar way to Gumtree. And yes, you can offer up and search for things that cost nothing. Select the ‘I’m Looking For’ window and watch what comes up. Sofa? Firewood? Lamp shades? Kitchen cabinets? Female rat? You would be surprised what people are willing – even desperate – to give away.Buy, sell, swap and giveaway groupsThere are numerous groups on Facebook that promote buying, selling, swapping and giving away. The largest in the ACT is the Canberra Buy, Sell, Swap & Giveaway Group, which has over 40,000 members. There are several other buy, sell and swap Facebook groups in the Canberra region including for fashion and children’s items.Access to the groups are usually restricted, so you will need to apply and be given access to the group by an administrator. Then you are free to look out for bargains or ask for what you want.  One of the features of Facebook groups like this is that you are often alerted when one of your Facebook friends posts an item. It can be interesting to observe – are they moving house? Or just decluttering?Canberra FreebiesThe Canberra Freebies Facebook group has over 12,000 members and is growing. This is a group ONLY for posting about things that are going for free. There is a separate Facebook group just for people to post about items that they want (Canberra Freebies Wanted Requests).Freebies is a popular term on Facebook and you can find all sorts of related freebies groups. But the Canberra Freebies is the biggest and most active in the nation’s capital.THE CHEAP STUFFIf you have a bit of cash to splash, you can pick up some amazing bargains when you know where to look.Allbids, Online Auctions AustraliaAllbids is an online auctions company headquartered in Fyshwick. Do you aspire to live like a diplomat? Then you could pick up items for sale from the US Embassy. If your aspirations are less grand, there are good bargains on household items, too, including whiteboards and furniture. The site has great bargains including from closing down businesses (the portal is selling items from the iconic Yarralumla Bakery – sad for many of the bakery’s regulars but great if you aspire to open a cafe or cater for a large crowd). It also has an extensive selection of tools and hardware items that would be a bargain for tradies or weekend DIY renovators.Auction Barn, 9 Wiluna Street, FyshwickA friend at work told me about this place. Actually he totally raved about this place. He almost totally furnished his house here, including antique and signature furniture, the most impressive being a cherry wood round table that formerly graced a residence of the US Embassy. He purchased the table for $500, but it had been imported from the US at a price many times greater than that.You can make a bid online, but my friend advises to go in person. “You might put in a small bid but on the day there will be other bidders who will trump your bid,” he said. “And there are other bargains as well. You really need to go and check it out.”My perusal of the website indicates there are indeed a lot of bargains, with everything from basic household items to the high end.Kippax Monster Garage Sale, Kippax Uniting Church, Cnr Luke St and Hardwick Cres, HoltSave the date – the  Kippax Monster Garage Sale is held three times a year, and the next one is on Saturday 4 March.Someone (a local) told me that the garage sale always does well because people in Belconnen are avid bargain hunters. Well I certainly was a huge bargain hunter and regular at this garage sale when I lived in West Belconnen so that generalization was true of me. I once even squeezed in a Kippax Monster Garage Sale forage just before boarding a flight for an international trip.  Priorities!  It was worth the rush.My best bargain so far has been an original $3 crockpot. Or maybe the set of six French aqua glass teacups that I purchased over ten years ago and still bring out when entertaining guests. I love how they catch the light when we sit outdoors.What to buy? Cheap furniture, which can be delivered same day for a small sum (often $20) to nearby locations. Prints and artwork – at least one art dealer lurks looking for, and finding, original works by famous artists.  Also electrical goods (I still regret not buying a Hello Kitty toaster), kitchenware, craft and haberdashery and clothes (usually $5 a bag).While there, stop to enjoy a plate of scones or two. They are baked throughout the day to ensure they are always warm and fresh out of the oven. Jean, who has been making them for over 20 years, received a Governor-General’s citation in December in celebration of her baking skills. When you taste her scones you will see why.Best tip is to get there early. Doors open at 8am, and there is always a large queue anxious to get in.Trash n’ Treasure, Jamison MarketsHaving operated for 42 years,the Rotary Club of Belconnen‘s Trash n’ Treasure markets are an institution. “Trash” has been an essential Sunday morning experience for many Canberrans. The event started out life as a car boot market, but now there is a community of regulars selling fresh fruit and produce, home grown items and bric a brac.Money raised from Trash n’ Treasure goes to support the work of the Rotary Club of Belconnen in the community; more than $5 million has been raised since Trash started in 1974. The Rotarians show dedication and commitment in doing what they do even in the depth of winter – you will find a hardy group of volunteers there at 5.30am in cold and dark setting up before the stallholders get there. My ex-husband was, and still is, a member of this club so I know firsthand how much effort goes into Trash.Beyond the money raised for charitable works, Trash plays an important role within the community – especially with those who are struggling financially. Good friends once told me that they migrated to Canberra with very little and money was tight. Having come from Singapore, they were unprepared for the cold reality of winter. “We went to Trash n’ Treasure and I was able to buy warm clothes for my children. I was so happy I cried,” my friend told me.The Green Shed, MitchellThe Green Shed makes going to the tip cool. On a recent tip trip, I was appalled how much STILL gets thrown out, despite the recycling efforts of The Green Shed. Inside the shed you can find sad rows of unwanted items that people just throw out – rows and rows of bikes, prams, books, clothes, plates, bowls – you name it. But there is also a sense of optimism that many of the items will eventually find a loved home before being tossed for good. Items are for sale, but very cheap.  And out the front there are skip bins full of clothes that are FREE.Do you have a favourite source of cheap or free goods in and around Canberra? Let us know in the comments.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Serina Bird Huang https://the-riotact.com/free-free-and-very-cheap/195631

Charity Auction in aid of Sam Willoughby - The BMX Bandit


24/02/2017


Let us tell you about Sam Willoughby. Sam Willoughby is a game-changer in the world of BMX racing. Since bursting onto the scene winning back to back Junior Elite World Titles in 2008 and 2009, Sam has won just about every title imaginable. Alongside his unmatched pro winning streak in USA BMX history, he has won 3 overall USA BMX National #1 Pro titles, multiple Elite Men World Titles, multiple Australian National Titles and is a 2x Olympian with a Silver Medal performance during the 2012 London Olympic Games.
                                   
On Sept 10, 2016, Sam had a training accident on the local Chula Vista BMX track where he was airlifted to the hospital and operated on that evening due to sustaining fractures in his C6 and C7 vertebrae which severely compressed his spinal cord and left him with no movement below his chest. The operation involved removing his C6 vertebrae, replacing it with a titanium cage, and fusing his C5-C7 vertebrae with a plate and 4 screws. Fortunately, this surgery was successful enough at decompressing his spinal cord and aligning his vertebrae that no second operation for further stabilization was necessary. However, trauma to the spinal cord at this extent is not an overnight recovery and leaves us with an extremely unknown prognosis. At this stage, Sam has regained use of his arms and is slowly regaining slight sensations in his legs. The recovery process is a long and ongoing challenge for Sam, and as such any support that can be offered by the broader community is greatly appreciated.Currently on auction at ALLBIDS, we have a Clipsal 500 experience for two. All proceeds will go to Sam. The experience includes:2 x 2017 4 –day Barry Sheene Pit Straight Grandstand Tickets2017Value: $330 per ticket March 2-51 x 2017 Clipsal 500 Adelaide Supercars Hot LapValue: ‘Money Can’t Buy’Friday 3 March 2017 between 4:30pm & 6pm. Exact time to be confirmed with winner closer to the event

ALLBIDS to bring the hammer down on the Mate 9 Porsche


8/02/2017


Huawei to auction a limited edition Mate 9 Porsche for Tour de Cure Charity.To celebrate the release of the Huawei Mate 9 this week, Huawei are auctioning one of a very limited number of Mate 9 Porsche Smartphones on ALLBIDS.com.au. The auction will run from Wednesday 8 February until midday Friday 10 February 2017. The winner will be announced at World Square on Friday February 10th at 1230pm. The proceeds from the auction will go to the charity Tour de Cure.Tour de Cure is a tier 1 cancer charity that has raised more than $25m since 2007. They have funded over 250 cancer research, support and prevention projects that, in turn, have seen 18 scientifically recognized cancer breakthroughs. Huawei have been a long term partner of Tour de Cure since 2011 and all the proceeds from the Porsche Design Mate 9 Charity Auction will be donated to Tour de Cure.The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 is a limited edition Smartphone that combines Porsche Design’s signature brand aesthetic with Huawei’s mobile engineering expertise, giving high-demanding individuals unprecedented luxury and performance in the palm of their hand.“This phone is the hottest mobile phone in Australia – it will be one of a kind and anyone who already has a Porsche or wants to own one would love have it – besides bidding on the ALLBIDS site is really great fun and you’ll be supporting a great cause” Jordan Rapana, Canberra Raiders.“The Mate 9 Porsche is not available for sale in Australia. We are proud to be auctioning one of only three devices that Huawei currently have in the country.” Rob Evans, CEO ALLBIDS “With over 100,000 registered users nationally we are excited to support the auction and see which state the phone will end up in. To bid on the Mate 9 Porsche Smartphone, simply visithttps://www.allbids.com.au/auctions/817761/porsche-design-huawei-mate-9-limited-edition-smartphone-to-support-tour-de-cure

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Yarralumla Bakery to close leaving ten jobless


7/02/2017


Rising rents mean Yarralumla’s bakery is set to close after 33 years in business on February 18, with fittings to be sold on Allbids.com and several staff, including one who had worked for the family-run operation for 20 years, left jobless.The owner, baker and pastry chef Greg Hoitink, will continue to operate Pastries on Perry, his other bakery at Chapman, but everyone else who works in the Yarralumla business, ten staff in total, will be out of a job later this month as a result of the closure.In a post on Facebook, the bakery thanked customers and staff past and present for their support over 33 years and announced the closure, attributing it to “the landlord asking for unrealistic rents”.

The soon-to-be unemployed include manager Scott Gorham, who has worked there for three years alongside another full-time staff member, Barbara Brooker, who has provided two decades of service to the business since joining the team as a schoolgirl.“She’s a barista and sandwich hand,” Mr Gorham said of the stalwart Ms Brooker. “Like all of us, she’s an all-rounder … in a small business, everyone’s got to do everything.”On the baking side, an apprentice and a kitchen hand will lose their jobs, adding to number of baking specialists out of work in Canberra following the sudden closure of Braddon bakery and cafe Autolyse last month.The Yarralumla Bakery’s last trading day will be February 18, and the store has to be empty by the end of the month.Equipment currently on site is being auctioned on Allbids.com.Asked whether the staff would be looking for similar work in food preparation and service, Mr Gorham said, “I think everyone’s looking for anything now.”The team RiotACT met at the bakery today spoke highly of Mr Hoitink, who had told them of the impending closure last Wednesday.“He’s had negotiations with the landlord for the last three years, and can’t come to any agreement,” Mr Gorham said.Business had been steady, though the bakery manager noted that there had been an impact from two new cafes in the Yarralumla shopping precinct as well as coffee shops at nearby Deakin shops and at the Equinox building in Deakin West.The family-run business had operated on the site for 33 years.“The father owned it before this and then the two brothers have had it, now Greg’s here on his own,” Mr Gorham said.The popularity of the Turkish Pide House next door had been a positive for the bakery.“It’s a good drawcard … both feed off one another,” the manager said, agreeing that it was a good position for a business “so long as they can afford the rent”.“It just keeps going up, year after year after year,” he said.Yarralumla Bakery staff will remain at work until February 18. The bakery is at 49 Novar St, Yarralumla and the phone number is (02) 6282 3371.Pictured are Barbara Brooker, who has worked at the bakery for two decades, and manager Scott Gorham. The pair are among several staff looking for work as a result of the impending closure. Photo: Charlotte HarperThis article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Charlotte Harper https://the-riotact.com/yarralumla-bakery-to-close-leaving-ten-jobless/194481

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Carwoola Bush Fire Appeal - A Call to Support the Devastated Community
Bushfire turned into a raging inferno in Carwoola, east of Queanbeyan near Canberra on Friday 17th February 2017.  Just a few days after the devastating, out-of-control grassfire broke out in Carwoola and Captain’s Flat, east of Queanbeyan, the aftermath has come to light. Eleven homes have been lost, 12 more damaged in a fire and injuring countless wildlife which ripped through 3500 hectares of land at Carwoola.Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council has launched an appeal to help those affected by the grass fire. Council administrator Tim Overall said “This is heartbreaking for our community and, while we will never be able to replace what has been taken from these families, the establishment of the Carwoola Bushfire Appeal fund will allow the community to come together and support those who have been affected,” Mr. Overall said..Following the recent NRL trial game, the Raiders and Knights donated signed jerseys to Council which they are now auctioning via AllBids.com.au. All proceeds go to the Carwoola Bushfire Appeal. The auction closes Wednesday 8 March 2017. AllBids.com.au is proud to be a part of this Community fundraiser Bid here now and support the appeal.

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Living the good life on the cheap (or even for free!)
New to Canberra? Setting up home and want to do it on the super cheap? Or maybe you just love tracking down a bargain? Check out Serina Huang’s recommendations for must-try sources of free and/or cheap goods so that you can live the good life in the nation’s capital without breaking the bank.THE FREE STUFFFreecycleThe Freecycle Network is a global phenomena and, founded in Tucson Arizona in 2003, one of the earliest platforms to encourage gifting. It is based on environmental principles, and Freecycle claims that its recycling initiatives ensures that over 500 tonnes a day of waste are kept out of landfill. There are over 9 million Freecyclers globally. There is one Freecycle group in Canberra with nearly 3,000 members.Buy Nothing ProjectI just LOVE the Buy Nothing Project. Does that sound overly effusive? Not to my way of thinking. I calculate that I have received thousands of dollars’ worth of items since joining the Buy Nothing Project. At a gifting event a few weeks ago I was the lucky recipient of items that would have cost me at least $578 if I had purchased them new. And two days later someone from the group dropped off a brand-new ski jacket that fitted perfectly. Guess what I am going to be wearing down the slopes this winter.But more than the items, what I really love about the Buy Nothing Project is the friendships that I have formed – it is aimed at community building. The Buy Nothing Project is a global phenomena that started on Bainbridge Island, Western Australia. It operates as a series of Facebook groups based on geographic locations. There are several in Canberra. I used to belong to the Northwestern Belconnen chapter before moving house. Once I moved I had to leave that particular group, but luckily I have been welcomed into a new group for the area where I now live.The other thing I really like about the Buy Nothing Project is that because the focus is on giving and receiving within a smaller community you don’t have to prove you are a worthy recipient. In other words, you don’t have to prove you are poor to put your hand up for an item. There are, I find, generally more people giving away than receiving. Or at least, in my own house moving and decluttering that has been my experience as I have been gifting like crazy. It is like a form of karma – when you give freely, what you need tends to come back. One of the most touching stories I have from the Buy Nothing Project was giving away a good quality framed print that no longer suited the room it was in. The lady who took is said she had been meaning to paint something similar for her sister before she died.  And then there was the dress my sister gave me that didn’t suit her, and didn’t suit me, either. But it did suit a Buy Nothing friend who proudly wore it to a job interview (and she looked fabulous in it).GumtreeYou have probably heard of Gumtree, and if you haven’t, where have you been? Gumtree is an Australian-founded classifieds ads site that is so well known and well used that it has almost replaced EBay (in Australia at least) as the place to go to for second hand goods. You can buy and sell almost anything on Gumtree. But it also provides an active platform for giving away things for free.I first found out about the free power of Gumtree when I was trying to gift a double bed mattress I no longer needed. I tried various ways of getting the word out until I tried Gumtree, marking the item ‘free’. It was gone in less than 48 hours to a grateful recipient. To search type in ‘free’ in the ‘I’m looking for’ search box – try it and you will be amazed what is available. You can also request items by placing a ‘wanted’ ad.All ClassifiedsThe classifieds section on All Classifieds works in a similar way to Gumtree. And yes, you can offer up and search for things that cost nothing. Select the ‘I’m Looking For’ window and watch what comes up. Sofa? Firewood? Lamp shades? Kitchen cabinets? Female rat? You would be surprised what people are willing – even desperate – to give away.Buy, sell, swap and giveaway groupsThere are numerous groups on Facebook that promote buying, selling, swapping and giving away. The largest in the ACT is the Canberra Buy, Sell, Swap & Giveaway Group, which has over 40,000 members. There are several other buy, sell and swap Facebook groups in the Canberra region including for fashion and children’s items.Access to the groups are usually restricted, so you will need to apply and be given access to the group by an administrator. Then you are free to look out for bargains or ask for what you want.  One of the features of Facebook groups like this is that you are often alerted when one of your Facebook friends posts an item. It can be interesting to observe – are they moving house? Or just decluttering?Canberra FreebiesThe Canberra Freebies Facebook group has over 12,000 members and is growing. This is a group ONLY for posting about things that are going for free. There is a separate Facebook group just for people to post about items that they want (Canberra Freebies Wanted Requests).Freebies is a popular term on Facebook and you can find all sorts of related freebies groups. But the Canberra Freebies is the biggest and most active in the nation’s capital.THE CHEAP STUFFIf you have a bit of cash to splash, you can pick up some amazing bargains when you know where to look.Allbids, Online Auctions AustraliaAllbids is an online auctions company headquartered in Fyshwick. Do you aspire to live like a diplomat? Then you could pick up items for sale from the US Embassy. If your aspirations are less grand, there are good bargains on household items, too, including whiteboards and furniture. The site has great bargains including from closing down businesses (the portal is selling items from the iconic Yarralumla Bakery – sad for many of the bakery’s regulars but great if you aspire to open a cafe or cater for a large crowd). It also has an extensive selection of tools and hardware items that would be a bargain for tradies or weekend DIY renovators.Auction Barn, 9 Wiluna Street, FyshwickA friend at work told me about this place. Actually he totally raved about this place. He almost totally furnished his house here, including antique and signature furniture, the most impressive being a cherry wood round table that formerly graced a residence of the US Embassy. He purchased the table for $500, but it had been imported from the US at a price many times greater than that.You can make a bid online, but my friend advises to go in person. “You might put in a small bid but on the day there will be other bidders who will trump your bid,” he said. “And there are other bargains as well. You really need to go and check it out.”My perusal of the website indicates there are indeed a lot of bargains, with everything from basic household items to the high end.Kippax Monster Garage Sale, Kippax Uniting Church, Cnr Luke St and Hardwick Cres, HoltSave the date – the  Kippax Monster Garage Sale is held three times a year, and the next one is on Saturday 4 March.Someone (a local) told me that the garage sale always does well because people in Belconnen are avid bargain hunters. Well I certainly was a huge bargain hunter and regular at this garage sale when I lived in West Belconnen so that generalization was true of me. I once even squeezed in a Kippax Monster Garage Sale forage just before boarding a flight for an international trip.  Priorities!  It was worth the rush.My best bargain so far has been an original $3 crockpot. Or maybe the set of six French aqua glass teacups that I purchased over ten years ago and still bring out when entertaining guests. I love how they catch the light when we sit outdoors.What to buy? Cheap furniture, which can be delivered same day for a small sum (often $20) to nearby locations. Prints and artwork – at least one art dealer lurks looking for, and finding, original works by famous artists.  Also electrical goods (I still regret not buying a Hello Kitty toaster), kitchenware, craft and haberdashery and clothes (usually $5 a bag).While there, stop to enjoy a plate of scones or two. They are baked throughout the day to ensure they are always warm and fresh out of the oven. Jean, who has been making them for over 20 years, received a Governor-General’s citation in December in celebration of her baking skills. When you taste her scones you will see why.Best tip is to get there early. Doors open at 8am, and there is always a large queue anxious to get in.Trash n’ Treasure, Jamison MarketsHaving operated for 42 years,the Rotary Club of Belconnen‘s Trash n’ Treasure markets are an institution. “Trash” has been an essential Sunday morning experience for many Canberrans. The event started out life as a car boot market, but now there is a community of regulars selling fresh fruit and produce, home grown items and bric a brac.Money raised from Trash n’ Treasure goes to support the work of the Rotary Club of Belconnen in the community; more than $5 million has been raised since Trash started in 1974. The Rotarians show dedication and commitment in doing what they do even in the depth of winter – you will find a hardy group of volunteers there at 5.30am in cold and dark setting up before the stallholders get there. My ex-husband was, and still is, a member of this club so I know firsthand how much effort goes into Trash.Beyond the money raised for charitable works, Trash plays an important role within the community – especially with those who are struggling financially. Good friends once told me that they migrated to Canberra with very little and money was tight. Having come from Singapore, they were unprepared for the cold reality of winter. “We went to Trash n’ Treasure and I was able to buy warm clothes for my children. I was so happy I cried,” my friend told me.The Green Shed, MitchellThe Green Shed makes going to the tip cool. On a recent tip trip, I was appalled how much STILL gets thrown out, despite the recycling efforts of The Green Shed. Inside the shed you can find sad rows of unwanted items that people just throw out – rows and rows of bikes, prams, books, clothes, plates, bowls – you name it. But there is also a sense of optimism that many of the items will eventually find a loved home before being tossed for good. Items are for sale, but very cheap.  And out the front there are skip bins full of clothes that are FREE.Do you have a favourite source of cheap or free goods in and around Canberra? Let us know in the comments.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Serina Bird Huang https://the-riotact.com/free-free-and-very-cheap/195631

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Charity Auction in aid of Sam Willoughby - The BMX Bandit
Let us tell you about Sam Willoughby. Sam Willoughby is a game-changer in the world of BMX racing. Since bursting onto the scene winning back to back Junior Elite World Titles in 2008 and 2009, Sam has won just about every title imaginable. Alongside his unmatched pro winning streak in USA BMX history, he has won 3 overall USA BMX National #1 Pro titles, multiple Elite Men World Titles, multiple Australian National Titles and is a 2x Olympian with a Silver Medal performance during the 2012 London Olympic Games.
                                   
On Sept 10, 2016, Sam had a training accident on the local Chula Vista BMX track where he was airlifted to the hospital and operated on that evening due to sustaining fractures in his C6 and C7 vertebrae which severely compressed his spinal cord and left him with no movement below his chest. The operation involved removing his C6 vertebrae, replacing it with a titanium cage, and fusing his C5-C7 vertebrae with a plate and 4 screws. Fortunately, this surgery was successful enough at decompressing his spinal cord and aligning his vertebrae that no second operation for further stabilization was necessary. However, trauma to the spinal cord at this extent is not an overnight recovery and leaves us with an extremely unknown prognosis. At this stage, Sam has regained use of his arms and is slowly regaining slight sensations in his legs. The recovery process is a long and ongoing challenge for Sam, and as such any support that can be offered by the broader community is greatly appreciated.Currently on auction at ALLBIDS, we have a Clipsal 500 experience for two. All proceeds will go to Sam. The experience includes:2 x 2017 4 –day Barry Sheene Pit Straight Grandstand Tickets2017Value: $330 per ticket March 2-51 x 2017 Clipsal 500 Adelaide Supercars Hot LapValue: ‘Money Can’t Buy’Friday 3 March 2017 between 4:30pm & 6pm. Exact time to be confirmed with winner closer to the event

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24/02/2017
ALLBIDS to bring the hammer down on the Mate 9 Porsche
Huawei to auction a limited edition Mate 9 Porsche for Tour de Cure Charity.To celebrate the release of the Huawei Mate 9 this week, Huawei are auctioning one of a very limited number of Mate 9 Porsche Smartphones on ALLBIDS.com.au. The auction will run from Wednesday 8 February until midday Friday 10 February 2017. The winner will be announced at World Square on Friday February 10th at 1230pm. The proceeds from the auction will go to the charity Tour de Cure.Tour de Cure is a tier 1 cancer charity that has raised more than $25m since 2007. They have funded over 250 cancer research, support and prevention projects that, in turn, have seen 18 scientifically recognized cancer breakthroughs. Huawei have been a long term partner of Tour de Cure since 2011 and all the proceeds from the Porsche Design Mate 9 Charity Auction will be donated to Tour de Cure.The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 is a limited edition Smartphone that combines Porsche Design’s signature brand aesthetic with Huawei’s mobile engineering expertise, giving high-demanding individuals unprecedented luxury and performance in the palm of their hand.“This phone is the hottest mobile phone in Australia – it will be one of a kind and anyone who already has a Porsche or wants to own one would love have it – besides bidding on the ALLBIDS site is really great fun and you’ll be supporting a great cause” Jordan Rapana, Canberra Raiders.“The Mate 9 Porsche is not available for sale in Australia. We are proud to be auctioning one of only three devices that Huawei currently have in the country.” Rob Evans, CEO ALLBIDS “With over 100,000 registered users nationally we are excited to support the auction and see which state the phone will end up in. To bid on the Mate 9 Porsche Smartphone, simply visithttps://www.allbids.com.au/auctions/817761/porsche-design-huawei-mate-9-limited-edition-smartphone-to-support-tour-de-cure

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8/02/2017
Yarralumla Bakery to close leaving ten jobless
Rising rents mean Yarralumla’s bakery is set to close after 33 years in business on February 18, with fittings to be sold on Allbids.com and several staff, including one who had worked for the family-run operation for 20 years, left jobless.The owner, baker and pastry chef Greg Hoitink, will continue to operate Pastries on Perry, his other bakery at Chapman, but everyone else who works in the Yarralumla business, ten staff in total, will be out of a job later this month as a result of the closure.In a post on Facebook, the bakery thanked customers and staff past and present for their support over 33 years and announced the closure, attributing it to “the landlord asking for unrealistic rents”.

The soon-to-be unemployed include manager Scott Gorham, who has worked there for three years alongside another full-time staff member, Barbara Brooker, who has provided two decades of service to the business since joining the team as a schoolgirl.“She’s a barista and sandwich hand,” Mr Gorham said of the stalwart Ms Brooker. “Like all of us, she’s an all-rounder … in a small business, everyone’s got to do everything.”On the baking side, an apprentice and a kitchen hand will lose their jobs, adding to number of baking specialists out of work in Canberra following the sudden closure of Braddon bakery and cafe Autolyse last month.The Yarralumla Bakery’s last trading day will be February 18, and the store has to be empty by the end of the month.Equipment currently on site is being auctioned on Allbids.com.Asked whether the staff would be looking for similar work in food preparation and service, Mr Gorham said, “I think everyone’s looking for anything now.”The team RiotACT met at the bakery today spoke highly of Mr Hoitink, who had told them of the impending closure last Wednesday.“He’s had negotiations with the landlord for the last three years, and can’t come to any agreement,” Mr Gorham said.Business had been steady, though the bakery manager noted that there had been an impact from two new cafes in the Yarralumla shopping precinct as well as coffee shops at nearby Deakin shops and at the Equinox building in Deakin West.The family-run business had operated on the site for 33 years.“The father owned it before this and then the two brothers have had it, now Greg’s here on his own,” Mr Gorham said.The popularity of the Turkish Pide House next door had been a positive for the bakery.“It’s a good drawcard … both feed off one another,” the manager said, agreeing that it was a good position for a business “so long as they can afford the rent”.“It just keeps going up, year after year after year,” he said.Yarralumla Bakery staff will remain at work until February 18. The bakery is at 49 Novar St, Yarralumla and the phone number is (02) 6282 3371.Pictured are Barbara Brooker, who has worked at the bakery for two decades, and manager Scott Gorham. The pair are among several staff looking for work as a result of the impending closure. Photo: Charlotte HarperThis article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Charlotte Harper https://the-riotact.com/yarralumla-bakery-to-close-leaving-ten-jobless/194481


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7/02/2017
Delivery/Pickup
Each auction listing will clearly identify how you can take delivery of the item you are bidding on. Some listings would have description “Local Pickup or Contact us for Freight” which means item is available for local pickup only, however you can contact AllBids to arrange a Freight (charges applicable). Some auction listings would have both options “Freight or Local Pickup”Whereas some items might also be delivery only as they aren’t shipped from the warehouse and are “Freight Only”Large items like industrial equipment and cars might be local pick up only. Make sure you check the item description to understand what freight charges might be applicable to your winning bid. If your item is less than 25kg you can use the freight calculator to determine the cost of delivery to your door. Just enter the postcode or suburb name and click on “Calculate”. If you are logged in it will automatically display the freight amount.

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1/02/2017
Looking for specific vehicle
Simply navigate to allbids.com.au and select AllBids Car Auctions. Use the 'Refine search' option to select the make/model/year etc. vehicle that you are looking for.

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1/02/2017
Inspection of the Items
We have a Canberra warehouse where we store a lot of our items. This means you can inspect pretty much anything you want to bid on. If the Item is not located in our warehouse, we expressly state that on the listing and you will need to contact ALLBIDS to enquire about the available time and conditions for viewing.We also provide our buyers with confidence that the items are as described. If you cannot inspect the item physically but need more information you can ask a question online and we will get back to you within 4 business hours.

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1/02/2017
Placing a bid on your own item
Vendor agrees that neither he or she nor his/her representative will bid on items under the agreement. If a Vendor wins their own item/s, the vendor will be liable to pay the agreed Vendors Commission, Listing fee/s and the Buyer’s Premium as outlined in the Users Terms & Conditions and the item/s is to be collected and removed from ALLBIDS Auctions within the designated time frame in the Users Terms and Conditions. Vendor agrees not to withdraw any property subject to this agreement unless agreed to by ALLBIDS Auctions and the payment of all charges, costs, and the commission (both the buyer’s premium and Vendor’s fees) due if the item has been sold.The vendor of the items may place one bid on the items they put to auction on the day of closing. The vendor bid must be disclosed to ALLBIDS and will only be allowed if approved by ALLBIDS in the event that the level of the auction is substantially below an agreed liquidation value.

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1/02/2017
Unsold Property
As per AllBids terms & conditions, property not sold shall be reclaimed within ten days following notification by ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions. Property remaining after 10 days will be subject to storage charges of $5.00 per day per lot. All charge must be paid before the property will be released. ALLBIDS On-Line Auctions reserve the right after an additional 20 days to resell the property unreserved.

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1/02/2017

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Menslink
Menslink

Allbids provide an outstanding service to charities like Menslink in a number of ways.

Firstly, Allbids helps us reach audiences well beyond the capacity of Menslink. We’re a very small charity, but having their online platform enables us to achieve much better results than what’s possible with our own resources. At our last auction - which raised over $100,000 for us - we had bidders from all around Australia bid on our items - Allbids managed the payments and collection for us without any issues.

Secondly, Allbids staff were on hand during our Big Night Out to manage the whole process - setting out the displays, helping guests at tables bid for silent auction, managing payments - they couldn't have been more helpful.

Finally, Allbids are always available for the items that we might get to auction from time to time - nothing is too much trouble for them.

Their support for Menslink - and other charities - over the years has been fantastic. They've helped promote our work to their clients, helped us raise far more money from auction items than we could have alone or on other platforms and have been a delight to work with. I could not recommend them more highly and hope to continue the partnership for many years to come

Martin Fisk

Karinya House
Karinya House

I am writing to extend our sincere appreciation to ALLBids for their recent support of our 2017 Karinya House Annual Mother’s Day Gala Dinner, held on 5 May 2016. We especially thank Jo, Louise and the ALLBIDS staff who assisted with the online auction pages for Karinya House. The support also provided by Jo, Louise and the team at the event itself and post the event to finalise the auction was also outstanding and so greatly appreciated.

Karinya House for Mothers and Babies is a community based, not for profit organisation serving the ACT and surrounding regions. In its twentieth year of operation, Karinya provides supported accommodation and outreach services to pregnant and parenting women in crises and their children. In August 2016 Karinya, with specialist funding for construction from the ACT Government, opened its new Home and transitioned to our purpose-built facility, doubling residential capacity, and creating a designated area for specialised outreach and group services. This new facility, whilst significantly enhancing service delivery, has also increased our annual operating budget.

This is the first year we have had the availability of an Online Auction House to support the Gala Dinner. The Gala Dinner is our premier fundraising event, and it is vital to us that the event generates as much financial support as possible. We were unaware prior to be contacting by Louise, that ALLBIDS offered the Online Auction service to Not for Profit Organisations entirely free of any sales commissions or other fees and charges. We were somewhat apprehensive, as is the case with something new and untried at times, but Louise and Jo, at our first meeting were completely assured that the ALLBIDS service would be fantastic and easy. They, and the ALLBIDS processes and outcomes, did not disappoint. And the whole ALLBIDS experience and result far exceeded our expectations!

As a community based organisation, it is important to note, that we generate around half of our operating revenue each year through financial donations and sponsorships from Corporates, Philanthropic Trusts & Foundations, local businesses, individuals and families. In addition we are supported through pro bono professional services as well as in kind material donations.

The support of ALLBIDS through their Charity & Community Auctions service is an outstanding and innovative form of community engagement. ALLBIDS are to be congratulated on providing this wonderful service and supporting community service organisations such as Karinya House. I am pleased to confirm that for Karinya House, the addition of ALLBIDS as part of our Gala Dinner Event and Team (sorry we are claiming your team as part of our team now!) made a significant difference to the fundraising proceeds from the auction component of our Gala Dinner. Proceeds from the Auction were 73% higher than the prior year’s Gala Dinner. This is outstanding, and it certainly gives us impetus to source a greater number of donations for next year’s Gala Dinner Auctions.

We are very thankful to have ALLBIDS as part of our Karinya family. We do hope this partnership will be one we can rely on for future events. Please extend our thanks to the ALLBIDS Board, Executive and Staff Team for the support provided for the 2017 Gala Dinner. I commend ALLBIDS for their demonstrated professional competence, experience, and dedication, as well as their generosity and example in corporate citizenship and care for some of the most vulnerable women and children in our community.

Jo Saccasan

Australian Customs and Border Protection
Australian Customs and Border Protection

ALLBIDS has had an ongoing 2 year contract partnership with Australian Customs regarding removal and disposal of The Department’s redundant IT assets nationally.

The main type of assets being disposed of are: servers, networking equipment, Department specific equipment (eg. Passport scanners) as well as generic IT such as PCs Notebooks and Monitors.

Over this period of time, ALLBIDS has facilitated the removal and disposal of IT assets from secure working environments in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth.

We also has organised and facilitated regional and remote pickups and disposals of IT equipment from areas such as Townsville, Cairns and even offshore on Thursday Island.

ALLBIDS has also followed all security protocols for The Department in regards to removal and disposal of the IT assets.

Matthew Smith

Department of Parliamentary Services
Department of Parliamentary Services

ALLBIDS had facilitated all IT disposals for The Department over the past 5-6 years. The majority if these disposals have been from The Department here in Canberra consisting of generic IT and Department-specific assets such as servers, audio visual networking equipment & other networking assets. ALLBIDS has disposed of all redundant and refreshed IT equipment over this period and tailored asset tracking and Management Reports back to the Department in a format that integrates back into their reporting mechanism. ALLBIDS has also been fully compliant with all collection and disposal protocols in regards to asset disposal from secure working environments.

Wayne Evans

IP Australia
IP Australia

ALLBIDS has an ongoing disposal agreement in place with IP Australia since 2007. Over this time ALLBIDS had facilitated the disposal of the Department’s IT assets primarily in Canberra but from several locations around Australia including Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide. The main asset types being disposed of have been generic IT assets (PCs, notebooks, monitors) as well as networking gear including Servers, networking switches, audio/visual equipment and other general IT assets. We have tailored reporting back to The Department to track IT asset management in a format that they can easily integrate back into their systems to close and reconcile the asset management.

Wayne O'Brien

Australian Bureau of Statistics
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Allbids has an exclusive ongoing disposal contract in place with The Department for IT disposals over the past 3-4 years from their central location here in Canberra as well as multiple sites around Australia. This Department one of our larger disposal contracts for the disposal of IT equipment and regularly dispose and manage redundant IT equipment such as generic IT (PCs, notebooks, monitors) as well as large quantities of networking equipment (servers, switches, storage arrays) and other Department-specific IT assets. Allbids regularly facilitates and organises IT disposal from Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth as well as more remote sites such as Tasmania, Northern Territory and regional areas. Allbids also tailors our asset tracking and reporting back to the Department in a format that integrates back into their asset disposal and management systems. Allbids has facilitated not just the IT asset disposal but also the collection and freight logistics required at a national level to maximise returns back to the Department.

David Shaw

Car Purchase
Car Purchase

I bought my son a ford laser on here and although it was older (1991) I didn't expect much for our $1200 spent ! Especially considering it had 12months rego. I couldn't have had a more pleasant surprise ! It's a pearler and we found out later my folks new the owner and he was a mechanic who lived opposite them and he nurtured it. It had service books up to date and it runs so so well, uses no oil or water and has brand new tyres ! It's a 1.8 ghia too . The paint is great and the interior is as new . Needless to say my son loves it and has already fitted some nice alloy wheels and a kick ass stereo. The car is Worth twice what we paid for it at retail Level ! All bids rock. Thanks !!!! This is a true testimonial by a real customer !!! I'm not the type to do this either BUT was just so impressed.

Rotorboy68

No hesitation recommending ALLBIDS service
No hesitation recommending ALLBIDS service

I approached Allbids to assist me to liquidate the plant and equipment owned by one of my clients. The client owned and operated a quarry on the outskirts of Canberra

Following an illness the client needed to completely restructure their business, which resulted in client selling off all the business assets

Due to the size and scale of the operation all the equipment was sold from the existing location. This saved the client valuable time and money by not having to pay removal costs and freight.

Allbids took complete control of the whole operation and used their extensive database to access buyers. The complete process was seamless with Allbids managing all inspections, enquiries, delivery and logistics whilst providing me with a complete audit trail for each asset sold.

I have no hesitation in recommending the services of Allbids. They turned the surplus assets of our client into cash.

ROCKS

Recent car purchase
Recent car purchase

I bought an excellent Subaru L1800 wagon via Allbids' auction site, and I want to report back that the car was in excellent condition, as described. The photos were accurate and showed what I needed to see as a potential buyer.  We were able to inspect the car on location, including starting it and letting it run, and testing the clutch and brakes.

The staff were friendly and helpful. For me, this was a really good experience all around, and I recommend Allbids unreservedly to potential bidders.

kobold

Allbids is a brilliant website/service
Allbids is a brilliant website/service

I would like to say that Allbids is a brilliant website/service.  For our family it serves as a valuable resource in locating goods we need to buy, as well as purchasing some great bargains.  It has been a fantastic way for me to make some extra cash by selling unwanted goods that we no longer use.

itsdone

Furnished with items purchased from Allbids
Furnished with items purchased from Allbids

We are building a house and also renovating two existing cottages on a rural property. We have found Allbids to be an excellent source of materials for the renovation job - the cottages will be largely furnished with items purchased from Allbids, and we are using recycled building materials and tools - many of which are also from Allbids.

It will be 12 months before the projects are finished but I will send you photos when complete - might be useful as an example of what can be achieved with the services of Allbids. Thanks again

heather46

Spreading the word to every one
Spreading the word to every one

I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful job Allbids is doing and that I am still spreading the word to every one I know! Allbids is providing a service that has been needed for a while and it seems to be getting better all the time!

Again Thanks a Million

farmergirl