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Fringe Festival producer announced

By 1 September 2014

Local artist Chenoeh Miller will be the producer of the 2015 fringe festival, to be held in conjunction with the National Multicultural Festival, Minister for the Arts Joy Burch said today.
Ms Miller was chosen by an independent panel of peers after Ms Burch called for expressions of interest in the role in July.
“I congratulate Chenoeh [...]

Water leak at Barton building

By 1 September 2014

Firefighters have evacuated approximately 200 workers as a precaution from Pharmacy House, National Circuit and Brisbane Ave, Barton, following a water leak on the top floor.
Crews were alerted to the water leak in the Plant Room following an Emergency Triple Zero (000) call at 1.03pm.
The leak is currently being isolated by ACT Fire & Rescue [...]

Commencement of Information Privacy Act

By 1 September 2014

The Information Privacy Act 2014 commenced today, bringing into place a new system for protecting privacy in the ACT.
The Act promotes the protection of individual privacy by regulating the handling and management of personal information by ACT public sector agencies.
“It requires agencies to protect personal information and manage it in a responsible, transparent and balanced [...]

Double pass to see 360 on Wednesday night

By 1 September 2014

We’ve got a double pass to see 360 at the University of Canberra on Wednesday 3rd of September.
To enter, tell us the name of his latest album in the comments section below.
We’ll let the winner know tomorrow morning.

Face-fit release of offender to five robberies

By 1 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Face-fit release of offender to five robberies

ACT Policing has released a face-fit of a man they believe is responsible for five aggravated robberies in Canberra from earlier this year.
Since April there have been five armed robberies with similar descriptions of the offender and modus operandi, causing Detectives from Criminal Investigations to look at one person being responsible.
The man is described as [...]

RiotACT Face Off: Should road rules be the same for motorists and bikes?

By 1 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
RiotACT Face Off: Should road rules be the same for motorists and bikes?

For this Face Off, we decided to launch headlong into a long standing topic of local debate. We invited the Executive Director of Pedal Power ACT, John Armstrong and Summernats creator, Chic Henry to answer the following question:
Should road rules be the same for motorists and bikes?
John Armstrong

Of course – why shouldn’t they [...]

Statement from the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister regarding Mr Kurt Steel

By 31 August 2014

We were very sad to learn this morning that the Australian killed in the terrible bus tragedy in Bolivia is Kurt Steel, media adviser to the ACT Deputy Chief Minister.
Kurt was an enormous contributor to the ACT Government, having served as a policy adviser and more recently in a media adviser role.
He was [...]

Counterfeit notes located in Dickson

By 31 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Counterfeit notes located in Dickson

ACT Policing is warning Canberra businesses to be on the look out for counterfeit money following the discovery of imitation notes used in Dickson.
A total of three counterfeit $100 notes were used at three separate stores in Dickson. The notes were used to purchase goods on Friday, 29 August.
Acting Superintendent of South District Jo Cameron, [...]

Riot Weekly Top 5 (30th August 2014)

By 31 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Riot Weekly Top 5 (30th August 2014)

This week we have been requested to offer the Top 5 posts for comments along with the Top 5 posts for readership, so here you go.
Of most interest to Rioters this week…
Top 5 for Readership
Taking pole position is ‘Road Rage in Canberra’, talking about the rising tension on Canberra roads.
Coming in second is [...]

7.30 ACT – what to expect from tonight’s program

By 29 August 2014
7.30 ACT – what to expect from tonight's program

7.30 ACT on the ABC
Friday August 29th

HEART ATTACK TERRITORY – Canberra fares badly in a recent report putting us ahead of the national average when it comes to heart disease. Certain southern regions of the ACT did especially poorly – although the reasons are perhaps a little more complicated and a little less alarming than [...]

Motorcycle lane filtering to be trialled in the ACT

By 29 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced that a two-year trial of motorcycling lane filtering will commence in the ACT from 1 February 2015.
“Motorcycle lane filtering is when a motorcyclist moves between stationary or slow moving vehicles in the same lane. It is not the same as lane splitting which is done at higher speeds and [...]

Police put dangerous drivers on notice

By 29 August 2014

ACT Policing is warning Canberra drivers it will not tolerate dangerous driving, after a week of appalling driver behaviour in the capital.
Last weekend; Saturday and Sunday (August 23 and 24), ACT Policing caught 23 drink drivers – which is almost one drink driver caught every two hours. Seven of those drivers were identified as being [...]

Cerebral Palsy – call for support

By 29 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Cerebral Palsy - call for support

A note from one of our Rioters – a mum, talking about her son’s fight to walk.
Ollie’s Cerebral Palsy Dream
Oliver (Ollie) is two and a half years of age, and at two was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP).
Ollie’s CP is due to congenital cytomegalovirus infection (CMV), which has also left him profoundly deaf in [...]

What’s on this weekend? 30th and 31st August 2014

By 29 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
What's on this weekend?  30th and 31st August 2014

As Winter draws to a close and we look to the blossoms with the hope of warmer weather and longer days, two days remain to get through that final push to Spring. The fact that they both form a weekend makes it all the sweeter.
A few recommendations from the RiotACT team to start with:
John [...]

Best of Canberra – parma taste off

By 28 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - parma taste off

This week our taste test took us in search of Canberra’s Best Parma, or chicken parmigiana for those not in the ‘know.
Nominations gave us two favourites – Edgar’s Inn in Ainslie and Shorty’s Bar in the City.
Taste tests were undertaken over lunch times, with Edgar’s Inn up first. For those of you who haven’t [...]

Search warrants reveal drugs, weapon and steroids

By 28 August 2014
Search warrants reveal drugs, weapon and steroids

ACT Policing Criminal Investigations detectives executed search warrants on a vehicle and residence as part of Taskforce Nemesis targeting the criminal activities of outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCGs).
The first search warrant executed on a residence in Casey resulted in an amount of anabolic steroids being located and seized.
The second search warrant on a vehicle located a [...]

Seven aggravated robberies linked to one offender

By 28 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Seven aggravated robberies linked to one offender

ACT Policing Criminal Investigations Detectives believe seven aggravated robberies which were committed this year are linked.
Police believe one man is responsible for the armed robberies of five small businesses across Canberra, and two in Queanbeyan, since April, based on descriptions provided by witnesses and modus operandi.
About 6.45pm on Sunday 13 April a man entered the [...]

Cubby houses set to rock Floriade

By 27 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Independent Property Group Foundation will be the second charity partner for Floriade 2014.
The Foundation joins animal welfare organisation RSPCA ACT, which was announced as a charity partner last month. Both charities will enhance Floriade’s festival atmosphere with a range of experiences and events designed to raise awareness of their important causes.
In an exciting [...]

Recall of Infinity electrical cables

By 27 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Recall of Infinity electrical cables

Canberrans who had electrical work done in their homes between 2010 and 2013 should heed safety messages following a recall by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission of electrical cable known as ‘Infinity’ cable, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
“The cable was sold in the ACT between 2011 and 2013, however it may have been available [...]

Male cyclist treated for injuries

By 27 August 2014

Firefighters from ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics are currently on scene at Barry Drive and Clunies Ross Street, Acton following a bicycle collision.
ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics are treating the male cyclist, aged in his 50′s, for a head injury and a chest injury. The male patient will [...]

The Wharf Revue is back and OPEN FOR BUSINESS

By 27 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
The Wharf Revue is back and OPEN FOR BUSINESS

[ 30 September 2014; 8:00 pm; 1 October 2014; 8:00 pm; 2 October 2014; 8:00 pm; 3 October 2014; 8:00 pm; 4 October 2014; 2:00 pm; 8:00 pm; ]

Everyone’s favourite lampoonists return for another annual instalment of The Wharf Revue packed full of their trademark irreverent, anarchic political satire. Amanda Bishop and newcomer Douglas Hansell join revue veterans Jonathan Biggins and Phillip Scott for more razor-sharp satire in Open for Business at Canberra Theatre Centre from 30 October to 4 September.

Fresh [...]

Government funding helps keep historic train on the rails

By 26 August 2014

A Canberra-based steam locomotive, the largest and most powerful in Australia, will be operational thanks to an ACT Government grant to help it meet new national rail safety laws, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
The 265-tonne 6029 Beyer-Garratt steam locomotive is presently being restored by the Australian Railway Historical Society ACT Division. It is the [...]

Best of Canberra – Cakes

By 26 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - Cakes

The Best of Canberra series has been good to me so far. I’ve sampled great curry, fabulous steak, superior burgers and surprising laksa. This week I’m showing one of my own cooking weaknesses… baking! Given that my mum’s birthday is coming up, I want to know about Canberra’s Best Cakes.
If you [...]

Man arrested outside Canberra’s jail

By 26 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 19-year-old Kambah man was arrested by ACT Policing yesterday (Monday, 25 August) after allegedly throwing contraband into the Alexander Maconochie Centre.
About 11.20am police received a report of a suspicious man throwing a number of items over the fence, into the yard of the jail.
Police located the man in a paddock near Lanyon Drive where [...]

Witnesses sought to copper theft

By 26 August 2014
Witnesses sought to copper theft

ACT Policing is investigating the theft of copper fibre optic cables from Campbell yesterday (25 August).
Between 3pm on Friday (22 August) and 10.30am yesterday, two 40m lengths of Huber Suhner copper fibre optic cable and two 30m Andrew Heliax copper feeder cable (copper cable with Styrofoam) were taken.
The items, valued at approximately $25,000, were stolen [...]

ACT have your say on child care reform!

By 26 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT have your say on child care reform!

ACT residents are being encouraged to have their say about making child care more affordable, flexible and accessible as new analysis shows the ACT had the largest increase in enrolments in the nation.
The analysis coincides with the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning continuing its public hearings in Canberra today.
Federal [...]

Police seek witnesses to Fyshwick ram raid

By 25 August 2014
Police seek witnesses to Fyshwick ram raid

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated burglary which occurred in Fyshwick last night (Sunday August 24).
About 11.50pm, ACT Policing received a report that a Honda Prelude had collided with the front windows of Optus World on Wollongong Street, Fyshwick. The collision caused extensive damage to the shop front, with an initial estimated cost [...]

Witnesses sought to assault in Civic

By 25 August 2014
Witnesses sought to assault in Civic

ACT Policing is calling for witnesses to a serious assault in Civic on Sunday morning (24 August).
About 2.30am, police attended the front of Mooseheads on London Circuit after a man approached security staff stating he and a friend had been assaulted by an unknown man in the southern end of the Pitts Street car park.
The [...]

Drunk driver damages multiple vehicles

By 25 August 2014
Drunk driver damages multiple vehicles

ACT Policing arrested a 74-year-old man on Sunday evening (24 August), after his vehicle collided with several vehicles in Weston.
About 6pm, the man drove his white Mitsubishi Verada sedan toward the exit of the car park to the Weston Canberra Irish Club on Parkinson Street. He collided with a parked Subaru Impreza sedan, which forced [...]

Review of guardianship laws

By 25 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced a review of the Guardianship and Management of Property Act 1991.
The review will be undertaken by the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council, headed up by Professor Simon Rice.
“The Guardianship and Management of Property Act provides an important framework for the support of people who have limited decision-making capacity, for example [...]

Robin Williams Tribute Screening

By 25 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Robin Williams Tribute Screening

[ 31 August 2014; 6:00 pm; ]

The ANU Film Group, Australia’s largest film society, will be celebrating the life and legacy of the late Robin Williams with a special tribute screening of two of his most beloved films – Dead Poets Society and Good Morning, Vietnam – on Sunday 31 August at 6 PM.

Membership of the ANU Film Group is open [...]

Witnesses sought to attempted aggravated robbery

By 24 August 2014
Witnesses sought to attempted aggravated robbery

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an attempted aggravated robbery which occurred in Monash last night (Saturday, August 23).
About 9pm, three males entered the Panda Chinese Restaurant, located at Monash Shops off Barraclough Crescent. One of the males was carrying a short axe and demanded cash from the staff.
The male attempted to flee with the [...]

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