[ 18 September, 2010; ]
The ACT Governments’ Events operation’s ongoing war with Tourism continues with news of the candle festival this Saturday running into the teeth of the Floriade juggernaut on the other side of the lake.
2010 marks the 1300th anniversary of the ancient city of Nara with whom we share a Sister City relationship.
The 2010 Canberra Nara [...]
One of our sources has sent in this charmless message from Downer.
Just goes to show it’s not just the ‘merkins who are idiots.
The Brumbies have announced their draw for 2011.
1. Saturday, 19 February CA Technologies Brumbies v Chiefs at Canberra Stadium, Canberra
2. Friday, 25 February Rebels v CA Technologies Brumbies
3. Saturday, 5 March CA Technologies Brumbies v Reds at Canberra Stadium, Canberra
4. Friday, 11 March Crusaders v CA Technologies Brumbies
5. Fri/Sat, 18/19 March BYE
6. Saturday, 26 March CA Technologies Brumbies v Waratahs at [...]
Simon Corbell has looked across the solar panels adorning the rooves of Canberra’s well to do and found it pleasing.
So now he’s expanding the feed in tariff scheme:
The Government has agreed to establish an expanded feed-in tariff scheme with the following elements;
– An overall scheme cap of 240 MW of generating capacity;
– Large scale [...]
1. Not paying attention:
Despite the high profile presence and policing activity in relation to Operation Unite over the weekend, a 20-year-old provisional licence driver from Dickson was apprehended seven times over the limit on a major city thoroughfare.
Around 5.15am yesterday (Sunday September 12) police were conducting mobile patrol on Northbourne Avenue in the City when [...]
It’s been a over a week now since the oft promoted Crime Stoppers website underwent an upgrade.
And still, no content.
Which is a shame because it’s a valuable community resource when it’s running.
The Canberra Times brings word that predators are amongst the herd when it comes to carbon friendly retrofitting:
ActewAGL is warning customers to beware of scammers promoting energy-saving devices.
An ActewAGL spokesman said its customers were being telephoned with offers of energy-saving devices costing from $160 to $170. The devices, which plugged into a standard power point, [...]
The Back Page Lead have a piece on how our own Canberra Raiders are the antidote to the Melbourne Storm.
And so without offending the other seven clubs which are still technically in the running, I want to say this: the Canberra Raiders are probably the only one left who can make us completely forget about [...]
The Chiefly Stanhope has announced a policy on roadside memorials which is also online.
Whether grieving bogans will take a blind bit of notice remains debateable. In our post christian era, stripped of time proven grief mechanisms, the new paganism of sacrificial offerings at the site of deaths is a powerful thing.
The policy is:
• The ACT [...]
Blogger “Girl in the City” has posted a lengthy rant on the Canberra driver.
Then there is the driver who attempts to park but doesn’t quite manage to park (a) straight (b) in between their designated lines or (c) without scratching my car. Thanks, alot!!!
Then there is the driver that thinks they are so special that [...]
[First filed: Sep 12, 2010 @ 9:21]
Foxsports reports on the Raiders first win in finals football since 2000.
It was close at 24-22, but six weeks of sudden death has given the former “Faiders” a hard edge.
Piratemonkey made the below suggestions as a comment but I thought it warranted wider consideration:
Solving the teenager and pensioner problem is simple. Once the system has been in place for 6 months cash fares become 5 bucks no matter what, with no pensioner or student discounts availible. Then no one can mess with coins and [...]
1. Problem solved?
Twenty-nine people have been arrested this weekend in the ACT as part of Operation Unite, the stand against alcohol misuse, violence and anti-social behaviour.
Of the arrests made, 24 people were taken into police custody for being intoxicated and disorderly.
These results represent a 36 per cent decrease from last year’s Operation Unite in the [...]
1. Hoodies again:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated burglary and assault which occurred in Dunlop yesterday (September 10) around 6.05pm.
Police attended the Shoobridge Circuit residence where the 26-year-old male victim described how he had returned home and disturbed a single male offender inside the premises. The offender fled through the rear of the [...]
The ABC reports that the CFMEU Secretary Dean Hall has been playing secret squirrel at the Kings Avenue overpass site after being refused entry:
CFMEU secretary Dean Hall says he tried to enter the Kings Avenue flyover construction site about 6.00am to check on safety before a major concrete pour.
But he was refused entry by the [...]
Way back in 2007 Tom Woodward ran the first of what would be two Jester’s Balls.
On the strength of that experience a lot of people rushed to get a piece of the Bohemian Masquerade Ball.
And many elements were there. Lots of interesting people, many of them very beautiful.
There was wonderful costuming to gawk at [...]
Senator Humphries has been officially given the nod by the electoral commission to retain his place.
His office has now sent out the sort of media release normally associated with a sore loser:
THE TRUTH BEHIND THE GREENS SPIN CYCLE
Despite the hundreds of thousands of dollars, the dodgy polls, and the blatant fear campaign run by the [...]
The ABC has the happy news that students in the ACT have outperformed the rest of the country in NAPLAN testing:
The latest results shows ACT students continuing to perform above the national average.
In most areas, ACT students are the best performing in the nation or are just below students from Victoria or NSW.
One suspects [...]
Chief Minister Stanhope is congratulating local firm Australian Scientific Instruments on their winning the ACT Export Awards.
The full list of winners is:
– Inland Trading Co (Aust) Pty Ltd – Agribusiness Award
– Lucy Media Pty Ltd – Arts and Entertainment Award
– Shaw Vineyard Estate – Emerging Exporter Award
– Funnelback Pty Ltd – Information and Communication Technology [...]
Mr Stanhope has released the review of the Heritage Act 2004 and promised to let us know what he thinks of the 111 recommendations early next year.
The take home from the executive summary appears to be this bit:
Having operated for five years, it is apparent there are many issues which should be addressed. [...]
One of our many Andrews has sent in this skewed view from the arboretum.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Canberra Times has a story on the demise of the little understood “virtual court” proposed by Simon Corbell, after the Greens said no.
The ACT Government’s proposal to add a third tier to the Canberra court system is dead in the water despite having allocated $900,000 for the idea in this financial year.
Attorney-General Simon [...]
The Liberals’ Vicki Dunne is stamping her feet that Labor’s Joy Burch has nothing to say about the troubled Bimberi youth detention centre:
“Bimberi opened about 18 months ago, but already there is a litany of serious incidents, the latest being one involving serious self harm,” Mrs Dunne said.
Mrs Dunne noted there have been:
More video from ACTEW on their massive construction at the Cotter Dam expansion.
This time around the new plant from Colorado making better concrete than previously available.
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The ABC informs us that Dickson’s beloved Tak Kee Roast Inn (the place with those tasty, tasty ducks hanging in the window) has had its fine for being run like an authentic chinese restaurant bumped on appeal from $1,500 to $6,900 (as well as having the regrettable incident re-broadcast).
I for one will be [...]
This in from the ESA:
7:35am Friday 10 September 2010 – Working smoke alarm leads to quick escape A woman has had a lucky escape from a house fire in Canberra’s south this morning.
The woman was woken by a working smoke alarm just after 2 o’clock and safely escaped her home in Bonython Street at [...]
Well, it says so in the Herald Sun.
[ 25 September, 2010; ] [First filed: Sep 9, 2010 @ 9:33]
RiotACT favourite Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens are launching their album at the Street Theatre. Here’s what they had to say about it in their media release:
Three years after the success of their first release, Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens launch their highly anticipated sophomore album, [...]
[ 10 September, 2010 to 12 September, 2010. ] [First filed: Sep 9, 2010 @ 11:09]
OK rioters, time to shine.
Share with the world your knowledge and wisdom.
Tell us in the comments what’s good to see and do around Canberra this weekend.
It was 3 September when Jon Stanhope announced the Hawke review into the ACT Public Service.
Today Zed Seselja has responded.
(Any other opposition leader I’ve covered in well over a decade in this game would have responded the same day, at worst the next, but Zed’s a bit special)
He’s not a fan:
“The reality is that this [...]
[ 18 September, 2010; 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. ] ACTEW’s announced you too can get up and have a look at the monster Cotter Dam expansion program.
Enjoy a day out at the Cotter, wander the new boardwalk along the river and grab a front row seat on the new amphitheatre style viewing platform to watch the live action at the Cotter Dam worksite. [...]
The Greens are celebrating Canberra’s northern electorate of Fraser recording a 19.84% vote to the Greens.
Today’s official declaration of results from the Australian Electoral Commission confirms that the ACT is the greenest part of Australia.
“This election has seen the ACT Greens achieve their best ever result of 19.84% in Fraser, with an historic swing [...]