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I’m not sure the possum will thank them. Images of Canberra

By 21 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
I'm not sure the possum will thank them. Images of Canberra

Neil has alerted us to the latest victim of belt-tightening in Canberra:
Tight-arse Tuesday possum/nesting box, Braddon
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

Anyone want to do the admin for the Australian Christian Lobby?

By 21 January 2014

The Australian Christian Lobby is looking for Canberra staff:
ACL is seeking a highly motivated person to fill the full-time role of Administration Assistant/Receptionist in its national office, Canberra.

The appointment will primarily involve front desk duties such as answering phones, greeting visitors and managing the national office email account. Administrative duties will include significant support [...]

Brendan stamps his tiny feet on stamp duty

By 21 January 2014

For a man with no real power the Liberals’ Brendan Smyth uses the word “must” rather a lot.
In this case he’s telling the government to eat crow over their incompetent stamp duty fiasco:
The ACT Labor government must take every possible step to make sure homeowners are fully compensated after accepting that some of its stamp [...]

What gecko is this?

By 21 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
What gecko is this?

Bec wants to know:
Hi John,
Could you please ask your valued readers for help identifying this gecko I came across in the early hours of this morning?
I was thinking it was a Marbled Gecko, but not too sure…..never seen one in 34 years in the same suburb.
Should I beware our reptile overlords?
Thanks in advance,
Bec

A great tragedy as fire engulfs the Polo

By 21 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
A great tragedy as fire engulfs the Polo

ACT Policing is investigating a fire in O’Connor which occurred in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, January 21).
Around 2.05am, police responded to reports of a structure fire at the Polish White Eagle Club on David Street in O’Connor.
On arrival, police located a significant amount of smoke coming from the rear of the building.
ACT [...]

The Feldons kick off 2014 at The Pot

By 20 January 2014
The Feldons kick off 2014 at The Pot

[ 24 January 2014; ]

This just in:

The FELDONS- Back bigger and better in 2014 @ the newly refurbished Pot Belly, 8.00pm. Chance of rain, apparently…

Empty rental property numbers surging ahead

By 20 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Empty rental property numbers surging ahead

Our quick and dirty survey of AllHomes rental listings has some bad news for property owners with houses piling into the market chasing renters who just don’t seem to be there right now.
It will be interesting to see if the start of graduate and student years does anything to remedy this.

Smyth on the economy

By 20 January 2014

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is taking Andrew Barr to task over the latest economic numbers:
The latest State of the States report released today by CommSec has highlighted the slipping state of the ACT economy and demonstrates ACT Labor’s irresponsible economic management over the past 11 years, Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth said today.
“Today’s report shows [...]

Dominos Florey hit again

By 20 January 2014

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at a food store in Florey last night (Sunday, January 19).
Around 10.10pm, a man entered the Domino’s Pizza store armed with a machete and demanded money.
The employee complied with the demands and handed over a sum of cash.
The man ran from the store and was last [...]

Alleged Molonglo firebug facing court today

By 20 January 2014

A 48-year-old man who suffered burns as a result of a fire in Molonglo will face court today charged with causing a bushfire during the total fire ban on January 16.
Police will allege the man, of no fixed abode, had been found hiding under a bridge after a fire had been deliberately lit near Tuggeranong [...]

Who’s up for a naked Hottest 100 party?

By 20 January 2014

[ 26 January 2014; ] The ACT Nudist Club is letting it be known they’re welcoming the public in for a Hottest 100 Party:

Break away from the ordinary, bring your mates and enjoy 2013′s best beats in the buff! Canberra’s local nudist club is throwing open the gates and cranking up the sound for a Hottest 100 Pool Party [...]

Yes it really was that hot

By 20 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Yes it really was that hot

Matt The Brat has sent this in:
Picture – Heat wave
It felt so hot last week in Canberra I thought I could fry an egg on a shovel.
So I did.
Matt_the_Brat,
Rivett.
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Canberra Ingress Scores 10 January 2014

By 20 January 2014
Canberra Ingress Scores 10 January 2014

After a hectic weekend of strike and counter strike (and as importantly the introduction of regional scores) the local Ingress standings are as follows in Cell PA03-ROMEO-11 (aka Canberra).
The Resistance have opened up a hefty lead over the Enlightened with 13,000 Mind Control Units (if you’re not playing you’re a mind being fought for) to [...]

Chisholm carjacker arrested in Kambah

By 20 January 2014

A 42-year-old man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning charged with aggravated robbery and assault that occurred last week (Friday, 17 January).
Police will allege that the man and a friend approached a woman who was asleep in her car at an address in Chisholm around 5am on Friday morning, physically assaulted her with [...]

Police still looking for guns

By 20 January 2014

ACT Policing has extended the Illicit Firearms Rewards campaign, which launched on October 9 last year, to 30 April 2014.
Last year ACT Policing with the support of the ACT Government and ACT Crime Stoppers launched the Illicit Firearms Rewards campaign, offering public reward payments of up to $5000 for information leading to the seizure of [...]

The great UNI Pub lift debacle

By 19 January 2014

A lift inside the UNI Pub in the city has been forced open by firefighters this morning after it had locked eight patrons inside.
Patrons were isolated for approximately 50 minute before ACT Fire & Rescue were called. Firefighters used hand tools to pry open the doors of the lift releasing the patrons from the London [...]

Kaleen fire

By 18 January 2014

A light fitting in a three-bedroom home caused a small electrical fire tonight in Kaleen.
Firefighters rushed to the Tyrrell Circuit residence following an Emergency Triple Zero (000) call at 8.29pm and extinguished the fire which caused minimal smoke damage to the home.
The occupants safely self evacuated and fire crews are now ventilating the property before [...]

Another tip fire at Mugga Lane

By 18 January 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service are working to extinguish a fire at the Mugga Lane Resource Management Facility.
The size of the rubbish fire is approximately eight metres by five metres and is contained.
Crews are using Compressed Air Foam as well as earthmoving equipment to extinguish the small fire.
8:09 PM

Firefighters have [...]

Water bombing helo for a 10m fire at Blue Range Hut

By 18 January 2014

The ACT Rural Fire Service is working to extinguish a grass and scrub fire burning at Blue Range Hut in the Uriarra Forest.
The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at ADVICE.
The ACT Rural Fire Service has multiple units on scene including a water bombing helicopter and a Remote Area Firefighting [...]

THANK GOD FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS!!!!

By 18 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
THANK GOD FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS!!!!

The Bureau has the blessed news that we’re in for a storm!
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Orange, Canberra, Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, Cobar and Bourke.

Please god let it be.

The smoke’s blowing in from interstate

By 18 January 2014

The ACT Emergency Services Agency is currently receiving calls from the public concerned about the presence of smoke over Canberra.
The smoke is coming from a fire at Araluen, south of Braidwood, in NSW.
There are currently no fires burning in the ACT.
4:24 PM
[Courtesy ESA]

Dickson restaurant fire

By 18 January 2014

A fire at a Dickson restaurant has been extinguished this afternoon.
ACT Fire and Rescue was alerted to the fire in a kitchen in a Woolley Street premise at 12.53pm.
Fire crews arrived to find the fire already extinguished by the occupants.
Firefighters are now conducting a search to ensure there are no signs of fire within the [...]

ESA says you don’t have to mow the lawn today

By 18 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
ESA says you don't have to mow the lawn today

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) urges the community to be sensible while outdoors today while a TOTAL FIRE BAN is in place.
The use of power tools and outdoor machinery that can create a spark, such as angle grinders and lawn mowers, should be avoided today.
Gas and electric BBQ’s can be used today but only [...]

Firebombing to get away from the cops works about as well as expected

By 18 January 2014

A man who used a homemade incendiary device in an attempt to elude police last night was arrested in Belconnen and will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (Saturday, January 18).
Around 7.25pm, police were conducting a routine patrol in the Belconnen area when they detected an orange Daewoo sedan being driven erratically.
The driver [...]

Melty roads

By 17 January 2014

Roads ACT is currently placing crushed stone on a number of roads throughout Canberra to prevent damage from the heat. Signs warning of loose stones are posted at all sites where this treatment has been applied.
Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the heat and watch for loose stone signage. In some areas [...]

Total fire ban for Saturday too

By 17 January 2014

ACT Emergency Services Agency Commissioner Dominic Lane has declared a Total Fire Ban for the whole of the ACT under Section 114 of the Emergencies Act 2004 from:
12:00am Saturday 18 January, 2014 to 11:59pm Saturday 18 January, 2014.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting hot conditions tomorrow with strengthening northwesterly winds ahead of a cool easterly [...]

More heat stuff: Falling Branches!

By 17 January 2014

The ACT Government is warning the community to be aware of falling branches from large trees in the ACT.
During periods of extended heat conditions large trees, particularly Eucalypts, have been known to drop large branches as a method of surviving the conditions.
The community should take care when seeking shade or parking vehicles under large trees [...]

ActewAGL feeling the heat on power poles

By 17 January 2014

ActewAGL has announced they’re scaling back today’s power outages for fear of being lynched by angry mobs:
Based on the latest weather forecasts, we have reviewed our planned maintenance schedule and made the decision to postpone 2 of the previously scheduled electricity interruptions for today.
These two jobs, which are pole replacements had the potential to [...]

Legal advice for Canberra artists

By 17 January 2014

Joy Burch is putting the word out there that the ACT Government is chipping in for the Arts Law Centre of Australia:
ACT artists and arts organisations will have access to free or subsidised legal advice thanks to a national partnership to revamp the Arts Law Centre of Australia, to which the ACTGovernment is contributing $10,000. [...]

Parkes Way closures for triathlon festival

By 17 January 2014

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of a temporary road closure of westbound lanes of Pasrkes Way and a nearby car park for the Triathlon ACT January Festival 2014.
The westbound lanes of Parkes Way between Kimgs Avenue and Glenloch Interchange will be closed from 6am to 12.30pm Sunday 19 January [...]

Little Mac and The Monster Men present Monster Stomp. Local music video

By 17 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Little Mac and The Monster Men present Monster Stomp. Local music video

Here’s fun one to get us into the weekend.
Monster Stomp! The title track from Little Mac and The Monster Men’s first EP, released 2013.
It has therefore been duly added to our Canberra Music Playlist, now 111 songs strong!:

Time to shine climate nuts! Mayor Rattenbury opens the gates of hell!

By 17 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Time to shine climate nuts! Mayor Rattenbury opens the gates of hell!

As if the whole city wasn’t irritable enough as the bricks of our homes start to glow from the accumulated heat.
Now Shane Rattenbury has been unable to restrain himself and has linked the heatwave to carbon emissions thereby kicking off the most annoying argument known to man.
As Canberra faces its third consecutive day of extreme [...]

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