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Rally for Gaza – Saturday 2nd August

By 31 July 2014

A public protest in solidarity with Palestine has been organised for this Saturday, August 2, at 1pm in Petrie Plaza, Canberra.
Over 1000 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli military in the Gaza strip, with over 80 percent of the dead babies and children.
The Israeli Defence Forces have not discriminated in bombing hospitals, UN-run [...]

Online form speeds up registration process for working with vulnerable people checks

By 31 July 2014

A new online form will help speed up the application process for Working with Vulnerable People registrations, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
More than 55,000 WWVP applications have been received by the ACT Office of Regulatory Services since the program began in November 2012.
“As background checks also need to be conducted for applicants, these registrations have [...]

Random Acts of Kindness

By 30 July 2014

I would like to publicly acknowledge two random acts of kindness I experienced this afternoon.
I am pretty incapacitated at the moment regarding my mobility. After hiring a wheelchair at Westfield Belconnen late this afternoon, I realised my purse was not in my pocket. I returned to the concierge to see if I dropped it while [...]

Going for a world record with Christmas light display

By 30 July 2014
Going for a world record with Christmas light display

Who says it’s too early for talk of Christmas?
This Christmas, Canberra’s City centre will transform into a wonderful festival of lights as the Richards family bring their world record breaking Christmas light display to the CBD.
In 2013, SIDS and Kids ACT Christmas Lights display made headlines around the world when the Richards family decorated their [...]

Bindi Irwin brings her Passion to Floriade

By 30 July 2014
Bindi Irwin brings her Passion to Floriade

World-renowned Wildlife Warrior Bindi Irwin is set to bring her bubbly personality to Floriade for the first time this October as part of Family Fun week.
Bindi, who celebrated her 16th birthday last week, will present six workshops in Floriade’s Inspiration Hub on the October long weekend (Saturday 4 October – Sunday 5 October).

Bindi’s infinite enthusiasm [...]

Canberra dog exercise areas – what do you think?

By 24 July 2014
Canberra dog exercise areas - what do you think?

The ACT Government is consulting on changes to dog exercise areas in Canberra. It’s really important that everyone has their say.
The proposals offer some new off leash areas, for example, Yarramundi Reach on Lake Burley Griffin. But overall the changes will reduce off leash access to Canberra’s urban open spaces for dogs and their owners.

Curtin [...]

Westside ‘pop-up’ village

By 23 July 2014
Westside 'pop-up' village

Westside @ Acton Park, a ‘pop-up’ village at West Basin on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, will dramatically change the way Canberrans engage with public spaces.
It will be a lively precinct for people to come together for retail, dining and entertainment experiences and will also provide opportunities to participate and engage in a wide [...]

Canberra Tree Week activities – Wednesday and Thursday

By 23 July 2014

The inaugural Canberra Tree Week has already seen many activities that celebrate living in a city surrounded by trees.
Throughout Wednesday 23 July 2014 and Thursday 24 July 2014, residents and visitors alike are invited to take part in more free events, including:
Eucalypts of the Southern Tablelands
What: Join a guided tour of Forest 20 at the [...]

The State of the Giralang Shops Right Now

By 23 July 2014
The State of the Giralang Shops Right Now

So I went for a walk past the Giralang Shops today – and here it what it looks like now…

Across the road

Walking from the road through the shops

View to the right (Old Newsagent, Vietnamese Restaurant, Takeaway, Bakery, Hairdressers)

View to the left (Old Giralang Tavern)

Moving towards Giralang Primary School (In front of the entrance to the [...]

Has Shane Rattenbury thought the medical marijuana question through?

By 22 July 2014

I feel for the families of desperately ill patients interstate who need medical marijuana – but has Shane Rattenbury thought this through? If the ACT becomes the first and only prescribing state/territory, there will be a flood of medical immigrants looking for prescriptions. That might not matter in terms of just prescriptions – but what about the [...]

Screaming out for Independence in Braddon

By 22 July 2014
Screaming out for Independence in Braddon

Braddon is pumping. It’s pretty much your one stop shop. You can indulge in a delicious breakfast at Elk and Pea, get a killer haircut at AXIS, stop for a cold pressed juice and some scrumptious bread at Autolyse and then grab some groceries from the IGA on your way home. One problem: there is [...]

No Childcare? Try au pair?

By 21 July 2014
No Childcare? Try au pair?

Rising childcare waiting lists in Canberra with no immediate solution in sight, is driving families to seek options elsewhere. Nanny agencies and au pair placement services are overloaded and the hunt for a solution to look after precious children is becoming competitive.
Many families are placing unborn children on childcare waiting lists to guarantee a spot, [...]

RiotACT Face off: Yarralumla Development

By 21 July 2014
RiotACT Face off:  Yarralumla Development

For our second RiotACT Face Off, we invited The Yarralumla Residents Association and John Miller (Executive Director of the Master Builders, ACT) to answer the following question:
Is the proposed development of the area surrounding the Yarralumla Brickworks simply inevitable change in progress, aligned with society needs, or does it represent the end of a community [...]

Capital Metro consultation heads to Gunghalin

By 19 July 2014

Capital Metro Agency staff will be in the Gungahlin Village Shopping Centre, near the Coles supermarket, today (19 July) to further discuss the proposed design for light rail in Canberra.
Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, who will be in attendance during the morning, urged Canberrans to visit the team at Gungahlin and to find out [...]

Education Systems Limited

By 18 July 2014
Education Systems Limited

In John Dewey’s book Democracy and Education he writes, ‘it is illiberal and immoral to train children to work not freely and intelligently but for the sake of the work earned’. I agree with him, and think so too would most Canberrans. To see a teacher teaching well, full of compassion and creativity, is surely [...]

When good art turns bad

By 16 July 2014
When good art turns bad

I received a letter from my daughter’s school some time ago letting parents know that the board had met and decided that should Rolf Harris be found guilty, a painting of his would be removed from display at the school. They have since removed the painting and returned it to the ACT Government, for [...]

Ginninderra Falls: How to open this treasure to the public?

By 16 July 2014
Ginninderra Falls: How to open this treasure to the public?

Sometimes no matter how much we want something, real life just gets in the way. So it is with Ginninderra Falls, the beautiful bit of Kakadu right here in Canberra that has been closed for 10 years now despite everyone involved wishing it wasn’t.
In a recent RiotACT poll, 90% of you said you think Ginninderra [...]

LDA Consultation Process Lacks Integrity

By 16 July 2014

The Yarralumla Residents Association does not share David Dawes’ definition of community engagement as noted by him in the Canberra Times on July 14 (Letters ‘Engaging the Public’). Genuine community engagement involves regular dialogue rather than three years of silence between consultations.
Genuine consultation means responding to community concerns. The community expressed concern in 2010 about [...]

Homeless People

By 14 July 2014

While walking across Hobart Place in Civic last Monday morning at 8.00am in zero degrees temperature on the way to work, I came across a person curled up in what passed for a sleeping bag on the concrete floor of the shelter opposite the entrance to the AMP Building.
I say ‘person’ because it wasn’t possible [...]

Capital Metro Consultation Heads to Dickson

By 11 July 2014

As a part of the ongoing Capital Metro consultation, agency staff will be at the Dickson Shopping Centre tomorrow (12 July) to discuss the proposed design for light rail in Canberra.
Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, urged Canberrans to visit Dickson to have their say on how they want light rail to look.
“There will be [...]

New intensive therapeutic service for vulnerable children

By 10 July 2014

A $3.05 million intensive support service providing multi-disciplinary trauma support for vulnerable children was opened today by Minister for Children and Young People Mick Gentleman.
The Trauma Recovery Centre will provide a therapeutic service for children to the age of 12, who have experienced trauma as a result of abuse and neglect.
“The Trauma Recovery Centre, or [...]

Canberra’s Wellbeing Report – Worthless Says Steven Bailey

By 10 July 2014
Canberra's Wellbeing Report - Worthless Says Steven Bailey

I think most Canberrans would agree that poverty is the anathema to any just society – especially ours. I also believe that most Canberrans understand that poverty is a form of social humiliation that leaves people not only hungry or homeless but unwanted and uncared for.
According to a recent OECD report, entitled OECD Regional Wellbeing, [...]

Improving social participation for older Canberrans

By 9 July 2014

More than $80,000 in funding for programs to support older Canberrans was opened up today by Minister for Ageing Mick Gentleman.
“These Participation (Seniors) Grants aim to improve the quality of life, wellbeing and social participation for older Canberrans, allowing them to remain connected and socially active in our vibrant and diverse community,” Mr Gentleman said.
“They [...]

Dear Jemima Skelley – Buzzfeed

By 8 July 2014
Dear Jemima Skelley - Buzzfeed

Dear Jemima Skelley,
Thanks so much for dissing on our town.
When people criticise Canberra as you did, it always makes me smile. We understand that Canberra bashing is a wonderful sport which is one of the reasons that we haven’t cracked it for half a million residents. Our city is still a well kept secret, but [...]

Yarralumla resident opposition to brickworks development gathers pace

By 8 July 2014

Today’s article in the Canberra Times (online edition) -
highlights some of the issues, although we suggest there was probably closer to 250 attendees than 150 as reported.
Primrose Rioradn was unfortunately unable to stay until the end of the meeting when a motion was put forward and virtually unanimously carried to endorse the YRA sponsored petition [...]

2014 Telstra Business Awards

By 8 July 2014
2014 Telstra Business Awards

The annual Telstra Business Awards, hosted by QT Hotel, was a luminous event for the who’s who of Canberra business.
With five award categories to be decided there was high tension in the air as finalists nervously awaited the results. Andrew Daddo hosted the evening and helped to lighten the mood with his off-screen charm as [...]

Call for transparency in public buildings with asbestos

By 7 July 2014

We have received the following note from a reader, Maria.
With all the talk about asbestos being found everywhere including childcare centres recently, shouldn’t the ACT government release a list of affected public-use buildings that are known to contain asbestos? Such as scout halls and other childcare centres that people would visit for children’s [...]


By 7 July 2014

It seems pretty clear to me that the residents of Uriarra Village, just west of Canberra are about to be royally shafted by the ACT Government.  They’re fighting to have this proposed solar farm moved to another location, but the Government is clinging to process and moving forward to make it happen.
I don’t know anyone [...]

High calibre road safety applications result in record trust fund allocation

By 3 July 2014

High quality applications submitted to the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust have resulted in a record allocation of almost $1m for 18 projects to support research and events which will benefit road safety in the ACT and region.
Chair Don Aitkin, AO was very enthusiastic about the overall quality of applications considered by the Trust. [...]

Waterwatch keeps its eye on our local waterways

By 2 July 2014

Our local waterways will be in good hands with the announcement of ACT government funding for Waterwatch, which keeps an eye on catchment areas across the Canberra region.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell said ACT government funding of $270,000 would fill a hole created when Commonwealth funding through the Caring for our [...]

ISCCC Public Forum about the new development both sides of Adelaide Avenue near Brickworks

By 2 July 2014

[ 7 July 2014; 7:00 pm; ] The ACT Government is planning to build a new housing development for 4,000 people on both sides of Adelaide Avenue, where it meets the Cotter Road near the Canberra brickworks. This will have a massive impact on all Canberra residents living or working nearby and using local transport links.

You will be affected if you:

live or [...]

New era for people with disability in the ACT

By 1 July 2014

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was officially launched in the ACT today, ushering in a new era for people with disabilities, their families and carers.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the NDIS would transform the lives of more than 5,000 Canberrans who will gradually move into the new scheme [...]

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