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Police Wrap – 20 August 2010

By 20 August 2010

1. Getting home the hard way:
ACT Policing is investigating the robbery of a taxi driver in Stevenson Street Torrens, early today Friday, August 20 which resulted in the driver receiving minor injuries.
About 4.45am the taxi driver picked up a man from the Alinga Street taxi rank in the city. The man paid a deposit [...]

Is it time to fire up the shredders?

By 20 August 2010

With the late polls and bookies pointing to a hung parliament (richly deserved after a double small target election campaign of spinelessness by both sides) is it time to panic yet in the corridors of power?
Any of our parliament house or public servants noticing a bout of shredding Normal Administrative Procedure?

Election ‘10 Candidate Questionaire – Sue Ellerman for Canberra

By 20 August 2010
Election ‘10 Candidate Questionaire – Sue Ellerman for Canberra

Sue Ellerman, the Greens candidate for Canberra answers your questions in this election series.
[If you think it reasonable for candidates to answer questions from the public then please email the recalcitrants]
1) whitelaughter asked: Would you support abolishing self-government in the ACT? Please include a “yes” or “no” in your answer.
No, the Australian Greens support self-government [...]

Climbing the mountain – RiotACT rolls over the goose eggs

By 20 August 2010
Climbing the mountain - RiotACT rolls over the goose eggs

Just to note that our rolling month tally of unique visitors is now topping out over 100,000 according to google.
Thank to everyone who’s contributed, commented or just read. (And to be honest, a special thank you to the structural engineers of the GDE)
(And please be nice to all the newbies)

Images of Canberra – A better double Telstrayama

By 20 August 2010
Images of Canberra - A better double Telstrayama

Sean has sent through this corker taken from the shores of Yarralumla Bay.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to images@the-riotact.com

Stanhope to make the willows weep

By 20 August 2010

I like willows.
I like the way they look, the sound they make as they move in a breeze, the way their roots build up a shoreline, the way the highlight a watercourse across a landscape.
And I’ve got a soft spot for ratty and mole
Jon Stanhope does not like willows. His government likes to go [...]

Just what is the tree murder conspiracy trying to tell us?

By 20 August 2010
Just what is the tree murder conspiracy trying to tell us?

This new story in the local news section is a tad less informative than usual.
Any ideas?

Election ‘10 Candidate Questionaire – Lin Hatfield Dodds for the Senate

By 20 August 2010
Election ‘10 Candidate Questionaire – Lin Hatfield Dodds for the Senate

Lin Hatfield Dodds, the Greens lead candidate for the Senate answers your questions in this election series.
[If you think it reasonable for candidates to answer questions from the public then please email the recalcitrants]
1) whitelaughter asked: Would you support abolishing self-government in the ACT? Please include a “yes” or “no” in your answer.
No, the Australian [...]

The Namadgi Management Plan

By 20 August 2010
The Namadgi Management Plan

Yesterday Mr Stanhope announced the release of a new Namadgi National Park Plan of Management. (There’s also a summary.)
Mr Stanhope said the plan includes several recommendations arising from a Standing Committee’s inquiry into the draft management plan including new rules relating to the use of the park for horse riding and events.
“More stringent rules have [...]

Zebras sell out and join tree murder conspiracy

By 20 August 2010
Zebras sell out and join tree murder conspiracy

The Canberra Times has the disappointing news that the formerly recently beloved Lake George Zebras are now engaged in a tacky promotion to sell more dead trees with new printed on it:
The four life-sized sculptures will soon be on display again, but instead of being surrounded by a vast dry lake bed, they will [...]

DIY Wotz on Guide for the weekend of 20 August 2010

By 20 August 2010
DIY Wotz on Guide for the weekend of 20 August 2010

[ 20 August 2010 to 22 August 2010. ]

Rise and shine Rioters, it’s time to share your knowledge, wisdome, and vicarious cool with a city in dire need of all three.

If you know of something worth seeing and doing around town this weekend then post it in the comments.

Brickworks Dreaming

By 20 August 2010
Brickworks Dreaming

[First filed: Aug 19, 2010 @ 10:30]

On 17 August a select audience was shown four options for redeveloping the Yarralumla Brickworks. They’re now online and are:
1. Mothballing. Cost $7 Million. Sheet 1.
2. Cold Shell. Cost $59 Million, provides 320 dwellings and 8,000 square metres of commercial space. Sheet 1, Sheet 2.
3. Adaptation. Cost 117 Million, [...]

Election ‘10 Candidate Questionaire – Hannah Parris for the Senate

By 19 August 2010
Election ‘10 Candidate Questionaire – Hannah Parris for the Senate

Hannah Parris, the Greens second candidate for the Senate answers your questions in this election series.
[If you think it reasonable for candidates to answer questions from the public then please email the recalcitrants]
1) whitelaughter asked: Would you support abolishing self-government in the ACT? Please include a “yes” or “no” in your answer.
No, the Australian Greens [...]

Young Canberra man lost, then dead at the snow

By 19 August 2010

News.com.au has the sad tale (thanks to Jessieduck for the heads up) of a young Canberra man coming unstuck at Mt Buller:
The Canberra man’s body was found at about 11am (AEST) near Saint Christopher’s Creek, 1km from the popular mountain village and ski spot, the Herald Sun reports.
Police have revealed the man left a licensed [...]

The Gary and Lin Show

By 19 August 2010

Labor’s Kate Lundy doesn’t have to sully herself with the undignified matter of wooing voters.
But the Liberals’ Gary Humphries and the Greens’ Lin Hatfield Dodds want to have an education debate. They’ve got, as far as I can be bothered to tell, the same decades old boring argument on just how much public money we [...]

Four Canberra women make the Wallaroos starting XV!

By 19 August 2010

Brumbies media have directed our attention to the Australian Rugby Union’s announcement of the women’s team to take on Wales in the Women’s Rugby World Cup being played in England.
Of particular note for us is that four Canberra women have made the run on side; prop Lindsay Morgan, number eight Alex Hargreaves, and wings Sharni [...]

CIT fashion students get in on the Colour Of Fashion

By 19 August 2010
CIT fashion students get in on the Colour Of Fashion

[ 25 September 2010; 6:00 pm; ]

Emilia Rossi of Carmen Steffens has put out a media release on an upcoming fashion show featuring works by our own CIT fashion students to raise money for Marymead.

Cor da Moda’s being held at the Audi Centre on Melrose Drive and they’ve got some incentives for getting in fast for tickets:

‘This year we have 200 [...]

Police Wrap – 19 August 2010

By 19 August 2010

1. 207 drivers busted doing what everyone does:
A targeted campaign by ACT Policing which began two weeks ago has resulted in 207 motorists being issued with Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) for using their handheld mobile phones while driving.
The campaign, which began on August 1, has been conducted in cooperation with the ACT government’s road [...]

ANU wants your fat fingered child!

By 19 August 2010

The ANU has a story on research they’re doing on clumsiness and their need for 50 children to test:
Ms McLeod will look at how proprioception, or the sense of knowing where one’s limbs are in space, develops in children and whether this plays a role in being clumsy – a condition known as developmental [...]

Extra ACT voters

By 19 August 2010

The Australian Electoral Commission has announced that following GetUp!’s High Court win there are now 247,659 enrolled electors in the ACT.
This is up from 246,436, so a gain of 1,223.
Interestingly the youth age groups are not overwhelmingly represented in the gains:
18: +157
19: +105
20-24: +199
25-29: +224
30-34: +175
So more about grown ups moving to town and [...]

William Paul Bellew gets his conviction downgraded to a slap on the wrist

By 19 August 2010

The ABC informs us that William Paul Bellew, 54, a convicted enthusiast of Simpsons themed child pornography, has had his sentence of a year’s weekend detention downgraded to a six month suspended sentence and a 12 month good behaviour bond.
Sound fair to you?

NCA pauses for thought building the Kings Avenue Overpass

By 19 August 2010

The National Capital Authority is letting everyone know that their concrete pour for the Kings Avenue Overpass is not going to happen on 28 August.
Instead they’re going to have a look at lessons learned from the Barton Highway bridge collapse.
So a blockage on the far distant Barton Highway is going to further delay people [...]

A trip to the Ice Hockey – Spectating at a Canberra Knights game

By 19 August 2010
A trip to the Ice Hockey - Spectating at a Canberra Knights game

[First filed: Aug 18, 2010 @ 10:46]

On Saturday night I was invited to check out the last Canberra Knights home game of the season.
I’d been advised there’d be two tickets waiting at the ticket office and that if I wanted a good seat I’d need to turn up around 4.30, or just rock up at [...]

Election ‘10 Candidate Questionaire – Indra Esguerra for Fraser

By 19 August 2010
Election ‘10 Candidate Questionaire – Indra Esguerra for Fraser

Indra Esguerra, the Greens candidate for Fraser answers your questions in this election series.
[If you think it reasonable for candidates to answer questions from the public then please email the recalcitrants]
1) whitelaughter asked: Would you support abolishing self-government in the ACT? Please include a “yes” or “no” in your answer.
No, the Australian Greens support self-government [...]

Insatiable Banalities Podcast # 128 – Marji Curran and Adam Hole

By 18 August 2010
Insatiable Banalities Podcast # 128 - Marji Curran and Adam Hole

Canberra’s (possibly the world’s) least reliable podcast surprises everyone by once again rearing its grizzled head.
So get clicking on the Insatiable Banalities podcast number 128, featuring Canberra’s pro-tourers, Adam Hole and Marji Curran.
Track list:
Steel on Steel. 6:36
My Own Shelter. 23:45
Nobody’s Fault but Mine. 48:34
Take it Back. 65:44
Save Me. 74:33
Travelin’. 85:16
For the devotees, the podcast [...]

Canberra’s first registered electric car arrives

By 18 August 2010
Canberra's first registered electric car arrives

Mr Stanhope is celebrating the arrival in Canberra of a Wollemi Systems’ new electric car.
It was manufactured by Victorian-based Blade Electric Vehicles, which converts the Hyundai Getz to an all-electric motor and operating system.
Mr Stanhope congratulated Wollemi Systems for supporting the renewable energy technology.
“As a city designed for motor vehicles, Canberra is an ideal [...]

Do you want your questions answered?

By 18 August 2010
Do you want your questions answered?

On 2 August we sent out our candidate questionnaire to those seeking elected office in the Commonwealth Parliament representing the people of this Territory.
The questions were drawn from those asked by our readers.
With three sleeps to go it is a little disappointing that our 5,000+ readers a day (stats above courtesy of Google) are held [...]

Police Wrap – 18 August 2010

By 18 August 2010

1. One Thuggie Nabbed:
ACT Policing has charged a 17-year-old south Canberra youth with multiple offences after he was arrested near a residence in Kambah yesterday morning (Tuesday, August 17).
Police will allege that over a number of months the youth has been involved in a range of criminal incidents in the Tuggeranong Valley in which [...]

Have you seen Natasha Hall?

By 18 August 2010

NSW Police are asking for help to find missing Queanbeyan woman 23-year-old Natasha Hall:
Sometime yesterday morning 23-year-old Natasha Hall left her home in Gilmore Road, Queanbeyan after informing her family she was going to a local TAFE.
Natasha was reported missing to police after she failed to return home in the afternoon.
There are serious concerns [...]

Liberals on the GDE Collapse

By 18 August 2010

The Gungahlin Drive bridge collapse happened on Saturday afternoon.
By Tuesday afternoon, between 4.40pm and 5pm they managed to put their response online (dated 16 August mind you):
“I was shocked to see the images of the bridge collapse. It is a terrible situation and on behalf of the Canberra Liberals, I would like to pass [...]

Just what do the Liberals think about light rail?

By 18 August 2010

Greens candidate Lin Hatfield Dodds is asking unkind questions of the Liberals’ Gary Humphries:
“Gary Humphries in a debate with me on ABC Radio made it clear that he didn’t support Light Rail for Canberra, saying:
ABC’s Alex Sloan: “Fairy Tale stuff Mr Humphries?”
Mr Humphries: “It certainly is.”
Mr Humphries went on to add: “You can’t make those [...]

Consultation extended in the eastern broadacre

By 17 August 2010

Andrew Barr has announced that he’s extending the discussion on the Eastern Broadacre (aka the land that’s along the rail line and away from Canberra houses).
Many Canberrans are taking an interest in this paper and I want to ensure that as many people as possible get to have their say on this important piece of [...]

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