The Crace Embrace

Posted 19 May 2018

Story by CBR Canberra

As one of Canberra’s newest suburbs, Crace puts the C into community bringing together residents through regular events and activities. Plus it has some pretty cool features:

Canberra’s first revolving house
Rotating 360 degrees to follow the sun, this amazing home is the design of local builder John Andriolo, who first thought of the concept as a 10-year-old, inspired by the teachings of Italian physicist, Galileo. Using solar panels to generate enough electricity to power the home all year round, you’d never get tired of the views!

Everything’s rosy
With all plots snapped up before it was open, the Crace Community Garden is a popular place for local green thumbs to put down roots!

The 2000-square-metre facility has been described as the Rolls-Royce of community gardens. Featuring 30 raised garden beds, secure fencing, composting, irrigation systems, and a barbecue area, it’s blooming marvellous for bringing people together—and helping others. All excess produce is donated to a nearby Community Pantry that supports low income families.

It has its own Facebook page
Christmas carnivals, Halloween parties, even stargazing on the hills. The Crace Facebook page is like a digital noticeboard for locals, listing all the community events and activities. It’s also used to get in touch with the owners of wandering doggies, advertise items for sale or giveaway, and any news that will be of interest to residents. We’ll ‘Like’ that.

Bookswapping
When locals have finished with their favourite bestseller, they just pop it into the Street Library box and choose another book that someone else has left behind. Seems like everyone’s on the same page!

A league of its own
Spanning 4.5 hectares, the huge outdoor recreation park in Crace is a first for Canberra. Featuring a state-of-the-art outdoor gym, multi-use full sized sports court with lighting—for basketball, netball and soccer, a tennis half court and hitting wall, a cricket net, playground and BBQ amenities, it gives a whole new meaning to taking ‘a walk in the park’.

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