On Saturday 29 July 2017 the Lyneham Community Association held the inaugural Light Up Lyneham event and over 500 people joined us.
It featured a Lantern Walk at sunset around the beautifully lit Lyneham Wetlands, live music, food and product stalls, and the brilliantly lit lion from the Prosperous Mountain Lion Dance group.
The aim of this event was to mark half way through winter and brighten a cold winter night. The depths of winter can be very cold in Canberra and we don’t have a strong culture of celebrating aspects of winter. We’re inclined to turn inwards and stay at home, so this event was created to remind people about the strong community ties that exist in their neighbourhood.
This event was kindly supported by Pete Lyon (of The Cashews fame) who provided his wonderful music to warm the event, the stall holders at the event — Lyneham Primary School P&C, the Black Mountain Girl Guides, North Canberra Burley Griffin Girl Guides, the Crossroads Church, Lisa Tozer from The Interview Coach, and Lisa Burkart’s Recycled Winter Clothing. We received funding for the event from the North Canberra Community Council who in turn are funded by the ACT Government.