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A moment on hitler parody

By 11 February 2014

With Giulia Jones and Jeremy Hanson appointing themselves the last arbiters of taste for performances they haven’t seen and calling for drastic sanction against people only remotely involved I thought in my capacity as a private citizen I’d like to throw my own 2c in via the great Charlie Chaplin.

Polo fire officially suspicious

By 24 January 2014

ACT Policing is continuing an investigation into a structural fire at the Polish White Eagle Club in O’Connor on Tuesday (January 21).
While the exact method used to start the fire is still to be determined, investigations have concluded the fire was deliberately lit.
In addition to the fire, a safe and cash register were stolen during [...]

Don’t panic about cleaning your phone

By 24 January 2014

The ANU has a slightly strange announcement debunking mobile phone sanitising products (which I have only just learned is a thing):
The popularity of smart phones has seen the emergence of products which claim to kill germs found on the devices because of everyday use. A quick search on the internet has found at least [...]

Scrapping the valuation office

By 24 January 2014

Andrew Leigh is weeping for the Australian Valuation Office which is being scrapped so Liberal spivs can bid to rip off the Commonwealth while pretending to do the work (that’s how outsourcing work).
The 104 year-old AVO, located in the Australian Taxation Office, has been doing an effective job. While the government refers to a projected [...]

Smell of gas in Civic

By 24 January 2014

Firefighters are investigating a smell of gas in a building on Moore Street in the City.
Update to follow.
11:02 AM

Workers have been evacuated as precaution while HAZMAT crews conduct a sweep pf the nine storey building.
A smell of gas was reported on four levels.
ACT Fire & Rescue have three pumpers, the Hazardous Materials Unit, Breathing Apparatus [...]

Dominos Weston and the Man with the Machete

By 24 January 2014

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at a food store in Weston last night (Thursday, January 23).
Around 10:15pm, a man entered Domino’s Pizza on Trennery Street, armed with a machete and demanded cash from the staff. The staff complied and the man fled the store. He was last seen running towards Brierly [...]

Dickson asbestos alert

By 24 January 2014

Worksafe ACT are warning they’re shutting down a chunk of Dickson with all the asbestos blowing around:
WorkSafe ACT has been made aware of possible exposure to asbestos at several businesses backing onto Woolley Street, Dickson, Work Safety Commissioner, Mr Mark McCabe said today.
“WorkSafe ACT has been advised by a local business that asbestos fibres [...]

Australia Day stuff

By 24 January 2014

Australia was founded in a drunken convict orgy in 1788 and today we encourage our youth to remember that spirit and intent.
To that end the Police have sent forth word that they’ll be keeping an eye on things:
ACT Policing will have a highly visible presence at the Australia Day Live concert on (Saturday, January 26) [...]

Nicole Lawder whips them out for charity

By 24 January 2014

The Liberals’ Nicole Lawder is raising awareness of breast cancer screening:
Today, Member for Brindabella Nicole Lawder will undergo a mammogram to encourage more Canberra women over the age of 40 to get their breasts checked and provide early detection of breast cancer.
Ms Lawder will take advantage of the free mammograms for women over the [...]

Police opposing bail for traffic offences

By 24 January 2014

A 28-year-old Gunning man will face ACT Magistrates Court this morning (Friday, 24 January) after fleeing from police yesterday (Thursday, 23 January) afternoon.
About 2.55pm, police attempted to stop the green Holden Commodore on Antill Street in Dickson. The vehicle was in extremely poor condition and had what appeared to be home-made number plates attached.
The driver [...]

Police investigating Greenway grass fire

By 24 January 2014

ACT Policing is investigating a grass fire which occurred in Tuggeranong yesterday (Thursday January, 23).
At about 2.10pm, ACT Emergency Services Agency responded to reports of a fire in a grassed area next to the Lake Tuggeranong Bridge on Athllon Drive.
ACT Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire and police established a crime scene.
A number of witnesses [...]

Turner chooks taking free range to a new level

By 24 January 2014

This just in from a reader:
There is currently a small chook scratching around the premises of Hepatitis ACT at 36 David St Turner (Next to the Polish Club).

Change your Medicare address for a chance to win!

By 24 January 2014

Chief Minister Gallagher is offering a sniff of gold (but just a sniff mind you) in the hope it will motivate you to update your medicare address:
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, has called on new Canberrans to update their residential details with Medicare between now and March 2, for a chance to win $10,000.
“These figures [...]

Killjoys put an end to bike path signage excitement

By 23 January 2014

Following on from yesterday’s excitement regarding bike lane signage in Braddon Jarrod has noted and documented that the offending sign has now been removed.
A pity they left their gaffer tape behind.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

Tony Jackson calls it quits at Basketball ACT

By 23 January 2014

a BOARD COMMUNIQUE has reached us from Basketball ACT:
The board of Basketball ACT wishes to advise the resignation of Tony Jackson as the Chief Executive Officer.
Best of luck to him.

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 24 January 2014

By 23 January 2014

[ 24 January 2014 to 27 January 2014. ]

A long weekend coming up just when you thought you’d got your 2014 groove on.

But what’s worth seeing and doing around Canberra this weekend?

Just leave your thoughts in the comments!

Tree kangaroo joey at the Zoo

By 23 January 2014

The ABC informs us that the National Zoo and Aquarium’s Goodfellow’s tree kangaroos have been getting jiggy and produced a rare yet super-cute joey:
A pair of rare tree kangaroos has started a family at the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra, with the arrival of little Mani.
Goodfellow’s tree kangaroos are rarely bred in captivity [...]

Greenway grassfire

By 23 January 2014

The ACT Rural Fire Service and ACT Fire & Rescue are currently responding to a grass fire burning at Athllon Drive, Greenway.
The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at ADVICE.
Seven units are at the scene.
The fire is located near the Lake Tuggeranong dam wall and is burning in a westerly [...]

Chief Minister Gallagher opens 300 more student rooms at UC named after Patricia Cooper

By 23 January 2014

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has announced she’s worked her magic at UC’s new Cooper Lodge:
The latest addition to student accommodation at the University of Canberra which will provide almost 300 more spaces for students to live and learn has been officially opened today by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.
Named after a celebrated ACT teacher, Patricia [...]

Zed Seselja and Shia LaBeouf

By 23 January 2014

Those folk leading worthwhile lives may not have realised Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf has been in some trouble lately for plagiarism.
Somehow this has lead to Grantland’s Hollywood Prospectus dragging Canberra’s Liberal Senator Zed Seselja into the mix.
Zed is pleased enough to have retweeted it:

Good to see the erudite @ZedSeselja's maiden speech getting worldwide attention through [...]

Double demerits this weekend

By 23 January 2014

Joy Burch is reminding us that double demerits are in force over the weekend to celebrate the birth of our nation:
Acting Attorney-General Joy Burch has appealed for Canberrans to slow down, wear seatbelts and drive safely this Australia Day holiday weekend with double demerit points to be in force.
“Double demerit points will apply to [...]

Greenway Vinnies burgled

By 23 January 2014

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a burglary at a St Vincent de Paul store in Greenway yesterday (Wednesday January 22).
Police believe the offender/s gained access to the store through the front doors sometime between 6.30pm Tuesday night (January, 21) and 8.30am yesterday morning (Wednesday January 22).
Police were called to the store after an employee [...]

Kambah flasher gets handsy

By 23 January 2014

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an indecent assault which occurred on Sunday (January 19) in Kambah.
About 6.00pm, a female was riding a bicycle through the underpass at O’Halloran Circuit in Kambah. A male was standing in the underpass with his genitals exposed. The male grabbed the female off her bike and placed his genitals [...]

Man and dog attack at Old Parliament House

By 23 January 2014

A 40-year-old Parkes man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a 71-year-old man on the front lawns of Old Parliament house yesterday (Wednesday 22 January).
Around 10.40am, police were called to the location after receiving reports of two men fighting, with one man striking the other with a large stick.
Police arrived at the scene to find [...]

What do you mean it won’t fit? Images of Canberra.

By 23 January 2014

Steve has sent in this interesting scene from the corner of Northbourne and Barry Drive.
Someone obviously didn’t spend enough time playing tetris.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it through to images@the-riotact.com .

Zine Emporium!

By 22 January 2014

[ 23 March 2014; ]

This just in!

howdy riot folks….

2014 may very well be the ‘year of the horse’ but for the collective at the canberra zine emporium we’re calling it the ‘year of the zine’!

would be super ace if you could mention our zine fair on riotact. you’ve been fabulous supporters in the past year, and were kicking of [...]

Police want to speak to this handsome face about an alleged sexual assault

By 22 January 2014

ACT Policing has released the facefit image of a suspect from an alleged historical sexual assault in December 2012.
Between 1.30 and 2am on Friday 21 December, the victim was in the City interchange waiting for a taxi when she was approached and propositioned by the alleged offender. The victim refused, and entered a yellow ‘maxi-cab’ [...]

Exciting new bike lane signage in Braddon

By 22 January 2014

Tim has sent this little corker in.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

Chic Henry transitions from Liberal Stooge to Liberal

By 22 January 2014

The Canberra Times has the interesting news that Mr Summernats Chic Henry is now a paid up member of the Liberal Party:
Summernats legend Chic Henry has joined the ACT Liberal Party and has his sights set on a seat in the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2016.
The former Australian Motorist Party candidate has signed up to [...]

TAMS want you out fishing

By 22 January 2014

Territory and Municipal Services are actively encouraging you to get out fishing on our lakes and rivers:
ACT residents are encouraged to make use of the many great fishing spots in the region, including Uriarra Loop Track, Black Mountain Peninsula, Dairy Flat, the trout waters below Bendora Dam and in Googong Reservoir.

Police now on the trail of the golfing vandals of Gungahlin

By 21 January 2014

ACT Policing is investigating reports of vehicles and residences being damaged across several Gungahlin suburbs Sunday (19 January) night.
At least ten Harrison, Bonner, Palmerston, Forde and Amaroo residents were targeted, in what are believed to be related incidents. Windows and lights of parked vehicles were targeted. In the majority of cases golf balls were located [...]

Paperwork moves ahead for the UC Hospital

By 21 January 2014

Chief Minister Gallagher and the University of Canberra have announced a deed signing today:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra, Professor Stephen Parker have today signed a deed to allow for work on the University of Canberra Public Hospital (UCPH) to move into the design phase.
“Our [...]

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