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The baby wombats need your help

By 11 December 2008

The RSPCA has been been hit by a spate of orphaned baby wombats and other native wildlife.
“RSPCA ACT has been overwhelmed with injured and orphaned native animals during the hotter months of the year. Used to caring for wombats on an individual basis from time to time, RSPCA ACT wildlife staff are currently caring [...]

Canberra ABC Centres Saved from the Chop.

By 11 December 2008

The ABC is reporting that the beancounters putting the squeeze on Eddie Groves’ testes and his company ABC Learning, will keep the ACT centres in Russell and Aranda operating.
The Queanbo centre is still keeping its head above the water with the usual cash injection from the Government for vital services in a marginal seat.
Good news [...]

So who are all these interested Summernats bidders?

By 11 December 2008

The Canberra Times’ Megan Doherty has been having a dig and asking motorsport venues if they’ve been approaching Canberra’s Chic Henry for the chance to host his Summernats hoonfest.
Oddly enough she wasn’t able to find any despite Chic’s annual claims that they’re lining up for the chance to take it off our hands.
The Western Sydney [...]

Free christmas gift wrapping today at Mawson shops

By 11 December 2008

After leaving lunch at the Mawson club today and returning to my car, I notice this in the car park.

LOL. Yes. Yes, i did.

Queanbo knows where to put the Petunias

By 11 December 2008

In the continuing series Images of Queanbeyan, here is proof that Queanbeyan, unlike Canberra, knows where to put the Petunias.
Earlier, we had sad proof that the ACT Government did not know where to put the Petunias. They put them up on poles, in bowls. And down they came.

The ACT Government needs to fund a fact-finding [...]

The Radiance Dance Project – “The Human Touch” photos and information session today yesterday.

By 11 December 2008

[First filed: December 10, 2008 @ 10:05]

Like most sensible men in Canberra I’ve always got time to talk to Min Mae. In common with those men, despite never having seen her express any anger, I’ve also picked up a certain air about her suggesting it would be a very, very bad idea indeed to be [...]

Corinbank 2009 – First lineup announcements

By 11 December 2008

The Corinbank Festival is running from 27 February to 1 March 2009.
The first round of pre-sales sold out in just two days the other week, before there were even any announcements about the line-up.
Now the first line-up announcement has been made via a media release containing this crucial paragraph:
The first line-up announcement for Corinbank includes: [...]

The Green plan for saving schools in the future

By 10 December 2008

Our highly paid Liberal team has had nothing to say this week despite a slew of Government policy initiatives.
The Greens Meredith Hunter, on the other hand, has announced legislation she’s bringing in to improve consultation around educational issues:
ACT Greens Parliamentary Convenor Meredith Hunter has submitted a Bill to the Legislative Assembly which will amend [...]

It appears there is no god.

By 10 December 2008

As seen in Braddon.
The pretty blonde driving the Peugeot is also wearing a hat saying “Paris” just in case you didn’t get that she really, really digs Paris.
It just seems so unfair.

Super school not so super? Or – West Belconnen gets the hose again.

By 10 December 2008

The Canberra Times has an explanation of the unfolding disaster occurring at the Kingsford Smith School in Holt (aka “The West Belconnen Super School”, aka “Ginninderra High”).
It was going to be a preschool-year 10 facility. On that basis foolish parents enrolled their children and bought school uniforms for the school’s first year of operation next [...]

The New Sheriff is going to clean up this town

By 10 December 2008

Our Brave Leader is really settling into his new role as Mayor of Canberra heading up the Department of Territory and Municipal services.
Firstly he’s getting tough on event organisers leaving their signs around town:

The Crimes (Bill Posting) Amendment Bill 2008 will require event organisers to take reasonable steps to ensure their event is not [...]

Padlock worries

By 9 December 2008

I’ve just noticed an official-looking black padlock which has mysteriously appeared on the tap at the front of my house to which is affixed a garden hose.
What does it mean?
Have I been dobbed in by my neighbours for excessive water usage after switching it on twice in the last six weeks?
It isn’t actually stopping [...]

Birds in the Diamonds, in the sky.

By 9 December 2008

[First filed: December 09, 2008 @ 10:16]

If you can pick your way through the construction site that is the parliamentary triangle you might see an interesting addition to one of Canberra’s better known pieces of public art.
“Diamonds” replaced the much loved suspended globe at the National Gallery after lightning eliminated that earlier work. It’s never [...]

Xmas at Gorman House Markets: We have what you need!

By 9 December 2008

Xmas at Gorman House Markets.
We have what you need!
A christmas shopping experience that rewards you with a entertaining day out, Fun for the kids, Delicous food, Tasty drinks and most inportantly stalls brimming with unique and creative christmas presents for everyone you love.
Come have a day with us.
Every Saturday 10am until 4pm.
Ainslie Ave Braddon
Contact Cathy
02 [...]

Canberra Stadium Security goes High Definition

By 9 December 2008

A Canadian company called Avigilon have put out a media release touting their success in winning the contract to provide our very own Canberra Stadium with a “High Definition (HD) surveillance system to monitor patrons, ensuring improved public safety and overall venue security”
Apparently 11 face recognising cameras will now be scanning the crowd identifying trouble [...]

Canberra Christmas lights 2008 – mapped.

By 9 December 2008

I have been creating a google map with the Christmas light locations within the ACT region. Ive taken lists from a couple of web sites and added the in.
Have a look:
http://opshop.org/christmas. Hope it helps people find the best places in town.
Please help out by added any missing locations and voting for the good [...]

The philosophical conundrum of abandoned beer

By 8 December 2008

I came across this sight in Ainslie this afternoon and it raised so many questions. (For the hard of seeing it’s a sealed, full, bottle of VB)
Why would anyone leave a full beer behind?
Have they done something nasty to it and re-sealed it? (A bogan trap of sorts, if you will)
Are they planning to come [...]

Urban and Small Space Vegetable Gardens – help from the Environment Centre

By 8 December 2008

The Canberra Environment and Sustainability Resource Centre has developed “edible garden starter kits” designed specifically to suit Canberra’s climate and urban spaces. 
Growing some of your own food reduces “food miles” and the environmental impacts of conventional agriculture.  It also provides you with delicious fresh food that is generally more nutritious than what is available from the supermarket.
If you [...]

Chic Henry spins in ever decreasing circles at ever increasing pace

By 8 December 2008

According to the ABC, Chic Henry has had a gutful, and is using the same breath to tell everyone that Summernats is here to stay, but might move to Sydney if the price is right.
He also continues to cry poor, stating that he only has four days a year to make his salary.
There there, Chic. [...]

City Beautified? Well they can’t say we didn’t warn them…

By 7 December 2008

[First filed: December 05, 2008 @ 23:18]

Laurel Waits came across this scene in civic this week.
RiotACT readers had already speculated on the ways these things could be brought down.
More scary is that if it wasn’t dragged down by drunks it fell down on it’s own.
Good luck to anyone they land on.

Big, scary hornets – worse than the eurowasp?

By 7 December 2008

I’ve been noticing an increase in big scary, native (I think) hornets around the place.
We first noticed them walking up the big hill in Lyons some weeks back, but now they’re in the garden. Haven’t been able to get a snap yet, but they are very big – at least 5cm long and with a [...]

Truth in advertising?

By 7 December 2008

One of the stranger (or perhaps more depressingly predictable) things about Canberra is our rules on advertising signage. You can’t put up a billboard. But if you can write it with flowers and pay off the Government you can still advertise on prime real estate down Northbourne Avenue. Assuming, that is, your outfit is adjudged [...]

Festivals funding!

By 7 December 2008

Our Brave Leader has announced the events that are getting a share of the $220,000 going this year for festivals.
“Canberrans will benefit from a series of exciting festivals and events staged throughout 2009 that cater for a variety of interests and activities,” Mr Stanhope said.

2009 ACT Festival Fund Recipients (in alphabetical order)

Applicant

Purpose

Amount Approved

ACT Writers Centre

To [...]

Where Art and Alcohol Collide

By 6 December 2008

I followed my own advice and went along to have a look at the 2008 ANU Art Graduate Exhibition. At midday on Saturday, there was every indication that the grand opening the previous night had been quite a big affair – lots of bottles and glasses through the School of Art and almost nobody [...]

Sometimes you just really need a nap… right now…

By 6 December 2008

Taken at Shell Tuggeranong, early Sat morning around 0530. Possibly the result of a hard night at PJs.
With Parliament and the Pacific School games in Canberra this week, accommodation has been at a premium.
Finding anywhere to get your head down for some sleep has been a mission.
This guy succeeded…

The stage is set for Christmas in the City

By 6 December 2008

The Chief Minister is proudly touting a night of chrimbo cheer in Civic Square (the bit off London Circuit in front of the theatre).
In particular Canberra’s official Christmas tree is lighting up, having had the star put on top personally by the ActewAGL supremo, Michael Costello earlier in the week.
“”Christmas in the City promises to [...]

The National Portrait Gallery – reviewing a salute to influence

By 6 December 2008

It’s not every week a new national institution opens.
Shoe-horned in front of the High Court we now have a National Portrait Gallery. It’s a beautiful example of the new school Australian modernist architecture and, as a building I’ll confess to falling in love with it.
On the other hand we have a National Gallery of Art, [...]

Guide Dogs’ marketing strategy … what do you think?

By 6 December 2008

I just took a selling call from the Guide Dogs – naturally want to support them, so though RSPCA is my first animal welfare option to help out financially, I thought ‘OK, I’ll spend 5 or 10 dollars’. The caller said they had calendars for $12.95, so I thought, OK, bit more than I [...]

twenty 600 reasons to hate magazines

By 6 December 2008

For the most part, I couldn’t care less about magazines, much less ones in Canberra, and the rubbish attempts at them here are usually a joke, but for some reason the last year has seen rise to few magazines.
I read Frankie and Yen, and at least have an understanding of what looks good, [...]

Images of Queanbo – The Big Poo

By 6 December 2008

There is gold in Queanbeyan. Many people only see the edges as they return from the coast, or the main street as they visit Spotlight or the Central Cafe. However! There are things in Queanbeyan worthy of a major tourist town.  And foremost among them, I give you: The Big Poo.

But they didn’t stop at [...]

A look at the Steve Irwin ride

By 5 December 2008

By popular request poptop has sent in these pictures of the remarkable Steve Irwin Ride as seen outside the Tuggeranong Hyperdome Woolworths in May 2007.
Slideshow below. I particularly like the “In memory” placque.

Seasonal spirit 2008

By 5 December 2008

CityNews have compiled a list of Caroling opportunities around town this December.
Anyone want to share past experiences of these events? Or suggest ones they’ve missed?

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