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Another day at the Cricket, another Manuka Oval failure

By 15 January 2014

I had a great day yesterday, it revolved around going to the cricket but that was the least of it really.
Swimming in Manuka Pool, sitting in the baking sun, drinking beer and joking around in a fun crowd, lunch at the Kingston Hotel, cycling around the lake after the game, sacking out on Aspen Island [...]

New bulky goods site near the airport rumbles ahead

By 15 January 2014

Simon Corbell has announced the ever expanding airport precinct is going to keep doing its thing:
A draft variation to free up a large a block of land near the airport for bulky goods retailing, warehousing, freight and distribution has been approved by the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell.
Draft variation 324 [...]

Holt mugging

By 14 January 2014

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery in Holt on Sunday night (January 12).
About 9.30pm a 30-year-old man was walking along Luke Street in Holt, behind the Kippax Uniting Church, when he was approached by four male youths, one of whom demanded his wallet and phone.
The man has refused at which point one [...]

Police view of Summernats 2014

By 14 January 2014

ACT Policing has uploaded their take on Summernats 2014 for our edification.

Rental listings surging back into the market

By 14 January 2014

Our quick and dirty survey of rental listings on AllHomes shows the new year getting back into gear with a big rush of new properties listed as available for rent.
One suspects this is in part some holiday backlog but next week will tell the tale.

George Gregan bringing his brand back home

By 14 January 2014

One has to admire the way that George Gregan surveyed the post-retirement world, realised that coffee concessions in large office blocks are a licence to print money, and used his star power to wow board room fanboys into giving him those concessions.
Hospitality Magazine informs us that the big guy (where it matters, so we hear) [...]

Merging Social Services and Human Services

By 14 January 2014

The ABC brings word of a possible mega merger coming to the public service:
The Federal Government has flagged the possibility of merging the Department of Social Services with the Department of Human Services.
Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews says such a merger could create “substantial” savings.
He has indicated the move could lead to redundancies in the [...]

1,539 tonnes of e-waste in 2013

By 14 January 2014

Shane Rattenbury is putting a brave face on a mountain of outdated tech and tvs thrown out last year:
Over 1,500 tonnes of e-waste was recycled in 2013, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury announced today.
“From 1 January to 31 December 2013, the Canberra community handed over 1,539 tonnes of televisions and computers [...]

Ginninderra Creek run dry

By 14 January 2014

This in from Owen:
The Drought !
Here is a view looking downstream of the stepping stones across Ginninderra Creek. (See Google maps, -35.215528,149.027915 )
I’ve never seen it like that before, and will be interesting to see what things are like at the end of the week.
Get the impression they are not releasing any water out [...]

400,000 Canberrans before the next election

By 14 January 2014

Andrew Barr has released new estimates of the ACT Population growth.
While still expanding it’s slower than last projected which is going to have some big bad effects on the local economy and anyone who’s leveraged to take advantage of the old figures:
New official population projections for the ACT are being issued today. The ACT Government [...]

Alleged bad cop to face the beak

By 14 January 2014

The Australian Federal Police Professional Standards unit has summonsed a 27-year-old Macgregor man over an allegation that he breached the secrecy provisions of the Australian Federal Police Act (1979).
The man will be appearing in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (Tuesday 14 January 2014).
It will be alleged by police that the breach of the secrecy [...]

Want to see all those Blumers ads again? Your lucky day is here!

By 13 January 2014

Viewed in the mind’s eye of hindsight Blumers ads have always been on our TV screens and always been much the same.
In the most giving of gifts all of the Blumers ads are now in one place on YouTube thanks to an account called Injury lawyers.
A strange little trip down memory lane to be [...]

Canberra Connect’s year in review

By 13 January 2014

Someone from TAMS has valiantly returned from the coast to put together Canberra Connect’s year in review:
Canberrans contacted Canberra Connect over 7.3 million times last year, with more than 718,000 calls, over 34,000 pieces of electronic feedback, 6.1 million online visits and 510,000 shopfront customers.
“It is fantastic to see the growth of this service, [...]

CSIRO rolling out the cosmos

By 13 January 2014

[ 1 February 2014 to 28 March 2014. ]

The CSIRO is letting us know about the fruit of their work with artists:

Canberra artists have been working with CSIRO to ‘capture the cosmos’. The result is an exhibition of astronomically inspired work by the Artists Society of Canberra’s Abstract and Experimental Group that will show at CSIRO Discovery Centre from 1 February.

Astronomical images have [...]

A new tourism bus

By 13 January 2014

ACT Tourism is giving a plug to the latest tourist bus plying the streets of Canberra. This time a fetching double decker:
A new sightseeing, hop on hop off bus service has started operating in Canberra.
The Canberra City Explorer runs daily, servicing 13 stops within the city and Parliamentary Triangle, including Parliament House, National Gallery [...]

The fun police will be out in force

By 13 January 2014

ACT Policing are warning all patrons attending tomorrow’s (14 January) encounter between Prime Minister’s XI and England at Manuka Oval that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
Acting Superintendent Matt Corbitt said police and security will be closely monitoring crowd behaviour and would act to ensure the safety of all patrons. Manuka oval is no [...]

Tuggeranong Parkway roadworks

By 13 January 2014

TAMS are warning that their ever popular “digging up the roads” is coming to the Parkway:
The ACT Government will be undertaking resurfacing works on the Tuggeranong Parkway from Tuesday 14 January to Friday 17 January 2014 resulting in partial road closures.
Works will be conducted on the Tuggeranong Parkway as follows:
– southbound lanes at [...]

Extreme Heat Warning now stretching from Tuesday to Saturday

By 13 January 2014

This just up on the Public Health Alerts:
ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly and ACT Ambulance Service Chief Officer Mr David Foot today warned Canberrans that prolonged extreme heat conditions are forecast for the ACT this week from Tuesday 14 January until Saturday 18 January.
“We are all susceptible to heat-related stress and illness, which [...]

Breizh at Ainslie. It’s hard to review what you cannot eat

By 13 January 2014

Breizh Cafe at Ainslie shops promises to bring “Treasures from Brittany” but treasure is rarely easy to come by and at Breizh it’s harder than it should be.
Last week we rolled in around 11.30 to be told the kitchen would not be re-opening until 12.
By the time we’d looked at a menu, ordered orange juice [...]

Satis at Watson. Brunch review

By 13 January 2014

Satis at Watson shops is an excellent place to drag your hangover for weekend brunch.
The exterior is a touch pokey, around a dog-leg from the IGA, but inside it is cool, inviting, and very dim.
There is an extensive wine rack, there are around 10 spirits and three of them are gin (Hendricks, Bombay, and Tanqueray [...]

Simon’s firebug fears

By 13 January 2014

Simon Corbell has shared his concerns over arson:
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, is urging residents to be vigilant in reporting suspicious activity following several grass fires around the region.
Very high temperatures are expected this week and the Emergency Services Agency may declare Total Fire Ban days.
Deliberately lit grass fires and [...]

Cosplay at CANCON 2014

By 13 January 2014

[ 25 January 2014 to 27 January 2014. ]

Before the internet existed lonely Canberra nerds had to go to CanCon to discover to our delight that there were human females who shared our interests.

It’s hard to explain today just how many suicides that would have prevented.

Having in the intervening years gone heavy on the male-centric table top war games we see they’re [...]

Tip fire at Mugga Lane

By 12 January 2014

Firefighters are working to extinguish a rubbish fire at the Mugga Lane Resource Management Facility.
Twelve tankers are on scene with a commander.
ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service crews were alerted to the fire by multiple Emergency Triple Zero (000) calls.
The first was made at 5:20pm.
Update to follow.
5:39 PM

Crews are cutting a path [...]

Don’t panic, it’s just Yahoo invading your privacy

By 12 January 2014

ACT Policing have tweeted an explanation of the low flying plane taking photographs of you.
Seen a low flying light plane in Canberra? Don't worry, it's just 3D imaging for Yahoo Maps. Keep an eye out for it all this week.
— ACT Policing (@ACTPolicing) January 11, 2014

Well that’s OK then.
(It has been interesting watching Marissa [...]

Canberra, all covered in slime

By 11 January 2014

Last week I let pestiness post a call to arms for Canberrans to join her faction in Google’s game Ingress.
Thus intrigued I fired up the copy of Ingress on my phone that I’d flunked out of training with a year ago.
The software has upgraded a few times since then, which I suspect is why it [...]

This month at The Phoenix

By 11 January 2014

[ 1 January 2014 to 31 January 2014. ] This just in to keep us all grooving!

Saturday 11th 8:30pm
Holy Eucharist Line Label Launch
Matthew Elias
Crmwll
Northumberland
Stenxh
Tim Pearce

Monday 13th 8pm
2XX LocalnLive Presents Bootleg Sessions
Time and Weight
Johnny Roadkill
Bacon Cakes
Dylan Hekimian

Tuesday 14th 7:30pm
Andrew and Shannon’s Pub Trivia

Wednesday 15th 8pm
BAD!SLAM!NO!BIRTHDAY!BISCUIT!

Thursday 16th 9pm
Revellers
Yoko Oh No
The Union Pacific
Grenadiers

Saturday 18th 9:30pm
All In A Year
No Assumption
Suburban Haze
Office Jerk

Monday 20th 8pm
The Bootleg Sessions
The [...]

Morning on Lake Burley Griffin. Images of Canberra

By 11 January 2014

Ben_Dover sent this in:
Swan LBG this am
Nice peaceful scene down at the lake on this morning’s dog walk.
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Extreme heat warning

By 10 January 2014

The Health High Command are warning that it’s going to be bonkers hot next week and that might kill you:
ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly and ACT Ambulance Service Chief Officer Mr David Foot today alerted Canberrans to the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast of extreme heat conditions occurring in the Territory from next week.
“It [...]

EDD wants you to leave the car behind when going to the cricket

By 10 January 2014

The funsters at the Economic Development Directorate are expressing a preference for cars not to be driven to the PM’s XI:
If you’re going to the Prime Minsters XI V’s England match at Manuka on Tuesday, your best bet is to leave the car at home and catch an ACTION bus, and it won’t cost you [...]

Five new Official Visitors!

By 10 January 2014

Simon Corbell has announced not one but five official visitors for the ACT have been appointed:
“Official visitors work to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, across diverse environments,” Mr Corbell said.
“They perform an invaluable service to our community, as communicators and problem solvers, observers and reporters.
“They are the eyes and ears of Ministers [...]

The New Year hasn’t really started until it’s BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

By 10 January 2014

[ 15 January 2014; 7:30 pm; ]

Facebook brings the news we’ve been waiting for:

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! gives you a stage microphones an audience MCs judges scores The Master of Conflict and adding for your two minutes of your original material on the Phoenix stage for prizes!

So many prizes, all first prizes!

BECAUSE BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! IS THE POETRY SLAM!
AND WANTS YOUR WORDS!

And because we are the [...]

Hackett residents taking bus comfort into their own hands

By 10 January 2014

This in from Rob:
New Action Bus Stop in Hackett
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