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Special Education Election Forum

By 27 August 2008

[ 18 September 2008 at 6:30 pm; ] The ACT Council of P&C Associations, Advocacy for Inclusion & Autism, Asperger (ACT) are holding a ‘Special Education Election Evening’ At 6.30 pm, Thursday 18 September.

The evening will be held at Dickson College, Phillip Avenue, Dickson

Candidates standing for the major parties at the forthcoming ACT election will [...]

National Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week – first time events in Canberra

By 27 August 2008

First Eating Disorders Foundation of the ACTLaunches During National Body Image AndEating Disorders Awareness Week National Body Image and Eating Disorders Awareness Week is held annually during the first week of September. The Eating Disorders Foundation of the ACT (EDFACT) is proud to announce that we are launching ourselves as an official organisation. In celebration we [...]

What has the Community Inclusion Board been doing?

By 27 August 2008

Nothing is as touchy feely as “inclusion”.
The Chief Minister has announced that his much heralded “inclusion board” has in turn announced it’s achievements. (Thanks to poptop for pointing out that the actual report is also online)
The highlights, highlights mind you, are:
“The Board has established a pilot household debt relief and counselling program, examined the causes [...]

Laserderm confusion?

By 27 August 2008

I have a call out to anyone who has had problems with the formerly known Laserderm International within the Melbourne Building Northbourne, now Laserderm Skin Fitness Centre at Garema Court. (this is a post regarding my feelings and my view only)… just in case they want to sue
 Back in 2006, I was talked into purchasing 6 prepaid IPL [...]

Play with Lanka Lions Cricket Club in 2008/09

By 26 August 2008

Hi all,
Lanka Lions Cricket Club would like to invite you to join us this season in the Canberra City and Suburban competition. We have a 1st grade and a 3rd grade team in the competition.
We welcome players of all backgrounds and abilities, and we promote events throughout the season, such as Sri Lankan curry nights, [...]

Neighborhood Watch – where are they?

By 26 August 2008

Does anyone know where I can find info re the neighborhood watch contacts in certain areas? I have never seen a newsletter from them in my mailbox, and i have been living in my house for over 6 years now…
Or doesn’t Kambah have anyone?
[ED - I know of at least one Neighbourhood Watch group which [...]

Geoscience Not-So-Open Day

By 26 August 2008

For many kids, the Science Week is most notable for two things: the Daleks and panning for gold and sapphires at the Geoscience Open Day. Yet anyone who didn’t see the ads  saying that the Geoscience day was “postponed” until October probably had some very disappointed kids on Sunday.
Some were no doubt doubly disappointed if [...]

Simon warns of a holiday scam

By 25 August 2008

Another day, another scam, this time Attorney General Simon Corbell warns that ‘Once in a Lifetime Holidays’ are letting people know they’ve ‘won’ lovely trips to Mexico and Florida and all that’s needed is a credit card number to secure the prize…
“The representative then convinced the resident to give her credit card details to verify [...]

Tess Ryan answers your questions

By 25 August 2008

[First filed: August 22, 2008 @ 15:26]
Last week we called for questions to put to Tess Ryan, an escort and sew sex worker.
Tess has answered the chosen questions in record time and we therefore present the answers to you below. [Possibly NSFW]
1. What’s the story behind the Web standards compliance stuff? Does she run Linux?
When [...]

2008 Gungahlin community survey

By 25 August 2008

The Gungahlin Community Council conducts a community survey every year or so. The survey results help guide our activities. Results from the last survey are here.
In the lead-up to the 2008 ACT Election, this survey is very important for informing candidates and MLAs on issues of importance to our community.
Could you please help us by [...]

Community survey

By 24 August 2008

We are conducting a research study as part of an Australian National University (ANU) course project on community organisations.
It would be greatly appreciated if you could spare about 60 seconds to complete an online survey that we have compiled, and which is available to complete online here.
Thanks for your time.

Gorman House night markets – really very special

By 24 August 2008

Gorman House night markets are on one level pretty much what you’d expect. The same sort of traders and entertainers and food vendors, but at night.
On another level, well, it’s at night.
The dark has a power to transform and the whole event really does have a touch of magic to it. (And before you ask; [...]

The effects of the Alcopops tax (Family Planning in Gungahlin)

By 24 August 2008

Individuals may prefer to consume “Alcopops” because it offers them convenience, the ability to accurately control their alcohol intake, and provides a level of safety from the dangers of drink spiking.
Yet the Federal government chooses to penalize these drinkers and possibly drive them to consume bottle based spirits and mixers where they do not potentially [...]

Interest in forming an ACT Motorised Road Users Association?

By 24 August 2008

As a frustrated motorist who is tired of watching the Govt hand over money and resources to cyclists, I have come to accept that until motorists have a lobby group to compete with Pedal Power we will be treated as second class citizens by this government.
The sooner we have a body that represents the interests [...]

Is There a Tyre Shop Open Sundays?

By 24 August 2008

Hey all
I have 2 flat tyres and it looks like all of the tyre shops are closed for the day today and are closed tomorrow on sundays.
Does anyone know of a tyre place open sundays? Or what my best bet would be?
I have to work tomorrow night :S

We’re bidding for the Commonwealth Games? Is this a cunning plan?

By 23 August 2008

According to gamesbids.com Canberra is in the running to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games:
The Gold Coast will be in competition with the city of Perth, which also officially announced its bid Friday, while Canberra has also said it was bidding.
Leaving aside the question of why any city would want to inflict this barely-glorified sports carnival [...]

August Notices

By 23 August 2008

We’re reviving the notices section on RiotACT.
Notices will be consolidated through the month and bumped back onto the front page every Saturday. Just use the contact form, or email john@the-riotact.com. Things for sale, events, notifications, warnings, personals, knock yourselves out.
And so here they are:
4 September
Passy says:
Socialist Alternative meets every Thursday at 6 pm in [...]

Death at the Playhouse?

By 22 August 2008

Around 7:10pm, I was wandering away from the Canberra Playhouse with a friend after making some inquiries about My Fair Lady tickets.
While wandering down to catch the bus home, we saw an ambulance pull into the courtyard, not in a rush, no lights blaring, no siren, nothing.
A while later my friend (who was meant [...]

Wasps: help still needed

By 22 August 2008

Just a quick reminder that once again Dr Phillip Spradbery who runs the European wasp and insect identification hotline is in need of a live European wasp nest to continue his vital experimentation to find a means of controlling their spread in Australia.
Anyone finding one (rare this time of year) is urged to contact him [...]

North-South Divide, or 10 things I like about…

By 22 August 2008

Top 10 things I like about the Northside:
– Walking up to Mt Ainslie from behind the War Memorial, particularly when the Balloons are up and there is snow on the mountains
– Dickson pool in summer
– Lonsdale St trendy shops
– Corroboree Park trees
– The Dendy
– Bollywood Marsala Indian takeaway at Dickson
– The AIS learn to swim program (I [...]

The Oz Music Show on 2XX this Saturday

By 22 August 2008

Heya guys!
Thought I’d give you a bit of a run down of this week’s Oz Music Show (2XX 98.3fm), Saturday 5-7pm!!
I’ll be having a chat to KarismaKatz who are launching their new CD as well as Canberra band Lame Excuse who will also be coming into the studio with CD GIVEAWAYS (plus I believe some [...]

Reasons why the ACT is better than NSW – The Australian Federal Police

By 22 August 2008

In our ongoing series of things which are better in Canberra I present the Australian Federal Police.
Do you think in NSW community forums are flooded by concerned police eager to point out to everyone exactly why they’re wrong? Taking such care to set everyone straight so that they may sin no more? I don’t think [...]

Most popular Google searches by Canberrans

By 21 August 2008

News.com.au has posted a news article about the most popular searches that have been conducted by Australians on the Google search engine. 
The article reports that the most popular searches conducted by people in the ACT are ‘politics’, ‘facebook’ and ‘porn’.  It must be a really slow news day.
[ED - they left off pot!]

Youth InterACT Grants

By 20 August 2008

[First filed: August 20, 2008 @ 08:32]
Katy Gallagher has announced the happy recipients of some very small grants for worthy youth projects.
Each getting around $1,500 the winners are:
Eden Daniels – Family Day
Aron Walsh – Stromlo High Café
Stephanie Levy – Save a Mate Chill Out Tent
Elena Sione – Samoa Youth Culture and Traditions Awareness
Melissa Aveyard – [...]

Offally good tucker.

By 20 August 2008

This thread and this one have awaken in me a hunger for more delicious offal.
Any recommendations as to which café or restaurant in Canberra serves a nice dish of devilled kidneys, crumbed brains, tripe and onions, stuffed hearts, pigs liver or any other offalicious dish?
Where can I get a good black pudding or haggis?  How about some [...]

Stuffed Animals

By 20 August 2008

What’s the go with the stuffed animals nailed to trees all along the Kings Highway?
Surely someone here knows the story?

New to Canberra and keen to get involved in amateur theatre….any advice?

By 20 August 2008

Hi all, I’ve been back in Canberra for a few months now after an absence of many years, and I’m keen to do some amateur acting.
Does anyone know of any groups that would let amateurs audition? I’m 25 and don’t have any experience beyond high school plays…
Cheers!

Anyone for some Chekov? Free Rain does Three Sisters

By 20 August 2008

Free Rain Theatre have put together a great cast of local talent for their production of Chekov’s Three Sisters now running at the Canberra Theatre.
More details on the Canberra Theatre website.

Firies home safe from California

By 20 August 2008

John Hargreaves has announced that the Canberra firefighters dispatched to help battle California’s raging wildfires (Tim Rhodes, Scott Farquhar, and Neil Cooper) have returned home safely.
“The three ACT fire fighters worked on a fire complex called Siskiyou located in northern California which has been said to require snow fall to completely extinguish the fire.
“Our fire [...]

Finding My Sperm Donor Siblings and Father

By 20 August 2008

I have a desire to one day find my Half Brothers and Sisters and possibly the man that made it all possible, my Sperm Donor. But first let me tell you a bit about my story, and I would love to hear yours too.
On my 18 Birthday my Parents shared the story of how my [...]

Three Kinds of Lies: The Use and Misuse of Statistics

By 19 August 2008

‘Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics’ is a familiar catch phrase but how did this mathematical science develop such a sinister reputation?
Experience the power of statistics in this entertaining and interactive presentation of a serious subject from Australia’s largest collector of data – the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Discover the impact of some famous (or [...]

Stories related to the current health crisis in Canberra

By 19 August 2008

I’m sure this topic has come up a number of times, so sorry if I’m posting something old news.  Since moving to Canberra from Queensland five years ago, I have been constantly amazed at problems with the public health system here.
Having a chronic illness, I often have to see GP’s at a moments notice, or [...]

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