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TEDxCanberraSalon 2013: Bring out your ideas!

By 10 April 2013

[ 17 April 2013; ] Now that you’ve recovered from You Are Here and The Village, it’s time to get ready for TEDxCanberraSalon. On Wednesday 17 April, TEDxCanberraSalon will showcase TED talks and Australian presenters with ideas on climate change, technology, and urban design.

If you’re wondering what TEDxCanberra is, it’s been running every Spring since 2010 as an independently organised [...]

The Place to Be – A National Homeless Persons Week Event

By 26 July 2011

This came across my desk and I thought some RiotACT readers might be affected, or know people affected, by homelessness. Homelessness can happy to any of us – all it takes is a run of bad luck like losing your job or getting ill, and suddenly it becomes very hard to pay the rent or [...]

Canberra women talking tax

By 18 July 2011

[ 22 July 2011 at 12:00 pm; ] You’ve all heard the statistics about women’s workforce participation being lower than men’s, lower average weekly pay, and less superannuation on retirement. Some economists have said that tax and transfer systems are contributing to these problems. Canberra women will have an opportunity to tell their story and contribute to discussion of solutions at a consultation [...]

The safest place to have a baby in Canberra.

By 23 June 2011

Canberra obstetrician Dr Andrew Foote is in today’s Canberra Times saying that “public hospital is safe, but private hospital is safer”. He is concerned that since government capped the Medicare Safety Net payments for obstetric services, women with private health insurance are choosing to have their babies in public hospitals because of the gap fees. [...]

What health services do Canberra women want?

By 31 May 2011
What health services do Canberra women want?

Have you ever wished you didn’t have to wait a week to get a GP appointment? Wondered where to go for help after a sexual assault? Wanted a private midwife closer than a one hour drive from Canberra? Know what services the women’s health centre provides?
Australia’s largest network of organisations advocating for women’s equality is [...]

Antiques and old stuff near Canberra

By 15 May 2011

I’m on the hunt for some old kitchenware that is more likely to turn up in a country second hand shop than Canberra antique shops.
Plus a little drive in the country might be good for the overtired three year old on a quiet afternoon.
So can anyone recommend a second hand shop within an [...]

When are the op shops open for donations?

By 27 December 2010 FEATURED ARTICLE

It’s Boxing Day, which means I’m putting stuff in boxes to get rid of so I can make room for all the new stuff the kids were given for Christmas.
But it’s not a good idea to just leave piles of stuff outside the locked-up op shops to be rained on or whatever, and there’s [...]

Does Canberra need cheaper childcare?

By 22 September 2010

The ACT Business Woman of the Year for 2010, Kate Sykes, has told ABC News that the Federal Government needs to implement policies that make childcare cheaper. With childcare centres costing over $75 per child, per day in Canberra, it’s not hard to see why a parent with a low income job struggles to justify [...]

Women tell Julia Gillard “My Body, My Birth, My Right”

By 19 August 2010
Women tell Julia Gillard

We turned out in our thousands in the rain last September at the Parliament House protest. We broke the record for submissions to the National Maternity Services Review in October 2008. We embarassed Julia Gillard in north Queensland on Tuesday, asking her what she’s going to do about women being unable to legally access a [...]

What’s in it for Canberra? A GP Super Clinic!

By 11 August 2010

ALP announcements today (courtesy of ABC News) include some good news for Canberrans who are sick of having to wait a week (or more) to see a GP who doesn’t even bulk bill. They’re going to build a GP Super Clinic, providing after-hours bulk billed GP services to reduce the pressure on hospital emergency departments. [...]

China Town Weston

By 25 July 2010

It’s not often that I eat out. It’s even less often that I attempt to do so with three small children. So tonight we thought we’d test out the children’s table manners and headed off to China Town restaurant in Weston.
Arriving before 6pm but without a booking, we managed to get a table and then [...]

Behold the curry pie

By 6 July 2010
Behold the curry pie

Having been inspired by Johnboy’s curiosity about a Rendang Pie, I finally had some leftover curry in the house and enough motivation to give it a go.
Made thusly:
1. Preheat oven to 200C.
2. Grease and flour two mini pie tins, and line with shortcrust pastry.
3. Cover the bottom of the piecrust with a thin layer of [...]

Google snapping photos of Canberra businesses

By 22 June 2010

This morning I was visited by a Google photograper who snapped photos of my fair trade baby shop – inside and out. No sign of wi-fi detection equipment. Not that I would care, if I had a wi-fi network I wouldn’t leave it open anyway. So what’s this all about?
Google business listings are being photographed [...]

ACT Children’s Plan

By 19 June 2010

The ACT Children’s Plan 2004-2014 has been updated and relaunched as the ACT Children’s Plan 2010-2014.
(You can read the plan here). The Children’s Plan is all about what Canberra needs to do to be a child-friendly city.
A big chunk in the middle of the report, with lots of “Key Actions” listed, is just a re-publish [...]

Wallabies vs Fiji:

By 7 June 2010
Wallabies vs Fiji:

Over 15,000 Canberrans froze their butts off to watch the Wallabies defeat Fiji (49-3) at Canberra Stadium on Satuday night. And it was so worth the frostbite!
The Fijian game plan appeared to be lots of kicking behind the line, which seemed to work OK for them.
Unfortunately, there were also a lot of high tackles [...]

Politics in the Pub

By 13 May 2010

[ 19 May 2010 at 5:30 pm; ] Got this in an email today from The Australia Institute.
GREENWASH: HAS TAX REFORM AND THE BUDGET SOLD THE ENVIRONMENT SHORT?

The Australia Institute’s Executive Director Richard Denniss will discuss the state of play in environmental policy in the context of tax reform, the Budget and the deferral of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

Wednesday, 19 May
5.30pm for [...]

Update on Inner North Community Fair

By 9 May 2010

Here’s the original story about the Inner North Community Fair.
Got some more details about who and what you can see at this event. It’s on Sunday 16 May from 11am til 3pm at Hawdon Oval in Dickson. It’s organised by the ACT Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water to promote awareness of [...]

Inner North Community Fair

By 25 April 2010
Inner North Community Fair

[ 16 May 2010 at 11:00 am; ]

The ACT Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water have organised an Inner North Community Fair on Sunday 16 May, 11am til 3pm, at Hawdon Oval in Dickson.

Apart from having a great time and seeing what else happens in our local community to support the environment, they’d like people to check out the proposed [...]

New walk-in medical centre opens 18 May

By 24 April 2010

Here’s the details
This is a free walk-in medical centre (no appointment required) run by ACT Health to take some of the load off the Emergency Department at Canberra Hospital.
Will also be cheaper than seeing a CALMS clinic doctor if you need to see a GP quickly but can’t get an appointment for a week.

Flint in the Vines

By 20 April 2010

Sunday being a stunningly beautiful day, I thought it was too nice to be indoors. So a quick motorcycle ride took us to Murrumbateman, where we checked out the just-opened-this-week Flint in the Vines. Having had a good experience with the dinner menu at Flint in New Acton late last year, I knew the food [...]

Kids Craft Activity at Playdates for the Planet

By 23 March 2010

[ 25 March 2010 at 10:00 am; ] If you’re looking for a free, fun activity with your toddler or pre-schooler, this could be just the thing! Playdates for the Planet are doing some fun kids craft with recycled materials at Weston Park on Thursday 25 March from 10am. Look out for our flag at the covered BBQ area at Weston Park in [...]

Free infant massage course for carers of special needs babies

By 2 February 2010

Got this on email this morning, it looks like a great way for parents to bond with a baby or child with additional healthcare needs. I’m no scientist, but I can see only good things coming from babies getting lots of gentle, caring physical contact with their parents or carers.
CIT’s Skills for Carers are offering [...]

West Belconnen Health Co-op has opened in Charnwood

By 30 January 2010

I spotted this and thought “what a great idea!”. West Belconnen Health Co-op has opened in Charnwod, with members able to see a GP at bulk-billing rates. A year’s membership varies from $10 for a single pensioner, to $50 for a family with no Health Care Card. Think about the gap fees that many Canberra [...]

Free financial literacy course for Gungahlin residents

By 12 January 2010

I saw this flyer and thought it might be useful for anyone in Gungahlin who made a New Year’s Resolution to get their budget in order.
Free financial literacy Course open to parents and residents living in Gungahlin!!
The first 2 hour session commences on Monday the 1st of February 2010, 10am to 12 pm for 4 [...]

Calvary Private Hospital in new building from 2012

By 23 December 2009

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you would have heard that the ACT Government and Calvary have done a bit of a hospital/hospice deal. ACT Government buys Calvary Hospital from the Little Company of Mary for $77m, and sells them Clare Holland House (a palliative care hospice) for $9m. [...]

The spirit of Christmas – Wishing Tree for foster children

By 6 December 2009
The spirit of Christmas - Wishing Tree for foster children

Life in foster care can be extremely difficult for some children, and Christmas time does have a way of bringing home the difficulties people are facing, so it would be fantastic if we could make bring these children that little bit of extra joy this Christmas by providing them each with a gift.
Queanbeyan Carers Support [...]

Second Hand Sunday – 29 November 2009

By 15 November 2009

Second Hand Sunday is on again on 29 November 2009. Details are on the TAMS website.
I must say, I’m getting more and more annoyed with the concept. When I lived in Melbourne, we had hard waste day a few times a year. You could put all your junk (old furniture, broken toasters and TVs, pretty [...]

Family & Community Day – What’s On

By 3 November 2009

ACT Government, the unions, and Mix 106.3 have put on a Family & Community Fun Day in Glebe Park from 12pm til 4pm today.
Jumping castle, face painting, family fashions on the field, make your own fascinator, BYO picnic or buy from the food and drink stalls (there will be a Lions charity sausage sizzle), plus [...]

Woden Community Festival

By 31 October 2009

Just got back from the second annual Woden Community Festival and thought I’d post a review for those who might want to go along next year.
I went to last year’s festival, and it looks like the organisers – Woden Community Services – have learned a lot from their first experience. This year, they had the [...]

Fun and games to get government action on climate change

By 21 October 2009

[ 24 October 2009 at 1:30 pm; ] [Ed] First filed here but now with more info

GetUp! and 350.org have joined forces to hold events all over the planet on Saturday, 24 October. They want governments in every country to take action to keep our CO2 levels below 350ppm (parts per million) to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Details from GetUp!’s website, where you can [...]

Beer + Bubs is on!

By 3 October 2009

I posted a while back about Beer + Bubs starting in Canberra. I hear a lot of gossip in the birth community in Canberra, and although I have nothing to do with this I do know it’s being run by a woman who really knows her stuff.
Check it out here – it will be [...]

Chifley unit development stopped by residents group

By 3 October 2009

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ABC News is reporting that a proposed development in Chifley has been deemed “too big” and won’t be going ahead.
While I’m a fan of higher density housing close to shops and public transport hubs, these two cul-de-sacs don’t look like the best sites in Chifley for four two-storey unit blocks. There’s been discussion [...]

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