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Mother’s Day on the shareway

Amanda Whitley

You probably associate Mother’s Day with breakfast in bed, or perhaps a civilised high tea. So you may find it a little odd that we’re encouraging you to hang out in the middle of a road this Sunday 10 May. But that’s because this Mother’s Day, Bunda Street is being transformed into a fun-filled street festival packed with activities and entertainment.


It’s a bit of a joint celebration – not only for Canberra mums, but for the Bunda Street shareway… After months of being closed off to traffic, it’s set to open on Monday 11 May, revealing the features that will define it as a ‘shared space’ for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

According to the Territory and Municipal Services’ website, ‘wide kerbs, creative pavement treatments and new landscaping, seating and lighting will help make Bunda Street feel less like a conventional road, more pedestrian friendly and safer for all road users.’

But Mother’s Day on the shareway isn’t just a chance for people to get along and check out a strip of bitumen (although it is a very cool strip of bitumen – how many roads have you seen with gang gang street art?)…it’s a full blown festival!


There’ll be food tasting, pampering sessions, cooking demonstrations, a bike rodeo (which sounds rather intriguing), a bike maintenance workshop, live music, market stalls, street performers, face painting and balloon animals, giant oversized games, kids drawing competitions, street chalk art, prizes, competitions, giveaways and lots more… So, you know, just a small shindig.

Here are five reasons you should get along.

1. You are in desperate need of some pampering

As I write this, my shoulders are somewhere near my ears due to too much time at the computer. If you can relate, make you way to one of these free pamper sessions for a shoulder, neck or arm massage. You can also try out the latest in cosmetics, get your hair primped, watch competition hairdressing cutting demonstrations, get your make up touched up, and partake in a little tea and choccies.

2. You really like food

Local restauranteurs will be whipping up tasting platters, plus there’ll be cooking demonstrations and surprise giveaways. You can satisfy your tastebuds and learn a little something on the way!

3. You like to boogie (but maybe not the nightlife)

Chances are you’re too young to appreciate how very clever that last heading is. Anyhooo. There’s no better time for daggy mum dancing – or dancing of any kind, really – than at the Mother’s Day dance party.

Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to try Latin dance, you can shake your groove thang at Salsabor’s salsa dancing lesson.

4. You like free stuff

Throughout the day there will be loads of great prizes and giveaways right across the shareway. Discover prizes you can win and how to enter competitions here.

5. Someone else will entertain your kids for a few hours

Don’t you wish that face painting and balloon animals, games and kids drawing competitions happened every day? Hand the kids over to your partner, friend or family member and head to the pampering zone, knowing they’re well entertained.


Bunda Street will be full of stalls and closed to traffic. We recommend looking into public transport like ACTION’s bike and ride or park and ride services. If you live nearby how about cycling in and joining the bike rodeo at the event!

the essentials

What: Mother’s Day on the shareway
When: 11 am until 3 pm, Sunday 10 May 2015
Where: Bunda Street, from Genge Street  to Akuna Street
How much: Free

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Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author