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Appointment with ACT speech therapy

By 3 December 2008

Hi all,
I have been to an appointment with a speech therapy, and have been stoned walled.
[ED - This is a followup to an earlier story]
They refuse to diagnose Dylan and say he has a delay in expressive language, which doesnt help me much. They told me in the beginning to start signing to [...]

Mark Parton – hey 2ca, we need that afternoon bloke in the mornings!

By 2 December 2008

This afternoon I heard Mark Parton on 2ca, and couldn’t believe it.  What a breath of fresh air on that tired sounding AM station!
I used to listen to him on 106 until he left and I switched to Art Sound.
But driving past the Albert Hall in a taxi today (where I still remember Sherbet performing [...]

Welcome two Canberrans back from a round-Australia cycling fundraiser!

By 2 December 2008

If you happen to be somewhere near Lennox Gardens at 3pm on Tuesday, take a flag or just your hand and wave Pete Maguire and John Dow in from their epic round Australia bicycle ride. Pete has raised some huge sum of money for the Cerebral Palsy Association in the process of riding 15,000 [...]

Get yore summer water saver packs while they’re hot!

By 1 December 2008

Actew has announced an exciting summer water saver pack, available for free if this stuff excites you.
The pack includes such goodies as:

a 4-minute shower timer,
stickers for the kids,
an outside tap hanger to help you to be a waterwise gardener,
helpful tips for saving water inside and outside your home, and

Try to [...]

Would you like a whole free keg of tasty Zierholz beer?

By 1 December 2008

[First filed: October 09, 2008 @ 18:11
Second filing: October 13, 2008 @ 16:02]

RiotACT is pleased to announce the latest of its give-aways for premium members.
At the end of November three lucky premium members will have their name drawn out of a hat by Christoph Zierholz. They will each win a whole 10 litre mini keg [...]

Anyone know anything about the guy in the crane?

By 1 December 2008

Went out to an impro event at the street theatre last night. At 6.45 some of the cast called the police because a guy was sitting on the top of the crane / scaffolding at one of the building sites across the road. He was quite distressed, and we could hear him calling [...]

Bad girls blue in Civic

By 1 December 2008

The Canberra Times has a piece on rumoured violence in Lyneham High School spilling onto Civic streets.
“My daughter’s a naughty little girl, but she doesn’t deserve to be smashed in the face.”
The Education Department was unable to comment at this stage for privacy reasons, but said it would make sure all possible support for the [...]

The Great Ainslie Topiary Hedge

By 1 December 2008

The occupant of the house at the intersection of Officer and Tyson in Ainslie has been very busy.
A very ordinary hedge has been transformed into a topographic wonder.
I guess when you’ve got a hedge of such thick and lush qualities it’s a shame to waste it.
But they weren’t satisfied with that.
Having sculpted it masterfully they [...]

Tuggeranong Community Festival 2008

By 30 November 2008

Someone tell Belco, Tuggers has them totally P0wnd.
Despite a superior setting in many ways the Belconnen Community Festival offers the participant little except a venue to wander around in search of anything at all of interest before departing disappointed.
Tuggeranong on the other hand was packed with interesting things to see, do, and spend money on.
Sure [...]

Celebrate Human Rights Day with a Women’s Gathering

By 30 November 2008

[ 10 December 2008 at 2:00 pm; ] Date: Wednesday 10th December 2008
Time: 2- 4 pm
Venue: Women’s Centre for Health Matters Building 1, Pearce Community Centre, Collett Place PEARCE

Come and celebrate Human Rights Day with the Women’s Centre forHealth Matters.

There will be belly dancing, massage, and cardmaking.

Light refreshments will be provided, and lucky door prizes drawn.

It is a great opportunity to [...]

Struggletown Council become apostrophe deniers!

By 30 November 2008

Queanbeyan City Council is inviting members of the community to suggest names to be added to its Street Naming Register for new streets within the City.
“Our city’s population expected to almost double within the next 30 years,” said Queanbeyan Mayor, Cr Tim Overall. “Council is in the process of planning for significant [...]

Artsound FM Radiothon, 21-30 November (including Open Day on Sun 30 Nov)

By 30 November 2008

[ 21 November 2008 10:00 am to 30 November 2008 6:00 pm. ] [First filed: November 17, 2008 @ 15:28]

I was going to rabbit on here about all of the things going on during the Radiothon, but the poster pretty much says it all.

Tune in and turn up on Sunday 30 November for the open day — lots of music of all genres, including a bit of gritty [...]

Subtle Sabotage in Supermarkets – parents beware!

By 29 November 2008

If you ever wondered how shelf packers maintain their sanity, other than building barricades of cartons across the aisles?  Here is an example of an Evil Packing Genius’s cunning work, spotted at Woolies in Tuggeranong this morning.
How many sleep-deprived parents are now at home, stuffing their offspring with Chicken and Tuna Temptations?

Carneywatch – Stonefest!

By 28 November 2008

Mish_Mash has reported a Todd Carney Facebook sighting.
Looks like he’s had trouble sorting out the visa, but having a good time regardless.

Charity Fundraiser Locations?

By 28 November 2008

I am currently working for a not-for profit charity organisation and I am in charge for the fundraising events for 2009.
We are going to hold the ever popular sausage sizzle (but with roast rolls) in early 2009. I am aware that businesses like Hravey Norman and Bunnings have allocated spots in their car parks for such [...]

So what is “Ghosting in Canberra”?

By 28 November 2008

guitarhero246 has posted this for our enjoyment on YouTube with the following note:
“I know, I know. The first thing you’ll probably think is “That’s not ghosting!”, but it started off properly, but it got a bit out of hand. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!!!”
I’ve spent a whole ten minutes scouring the internet and can’t [...]

What has happened to Canberra’s booners?

By 28 November 2008

[First filed: November 27, 2008 @ 10:58]

On a recent thread johnboy answered the question “what on earth is a booner” with:
much like a westie but wearing an iron maiden tshirt and tighter jeans.
mostly extinct.
As someone who came of age in Canberra during the heyday of the booner—the 80s and 90s—this got me thinking.
During these glorious [...]

UC does nothing on binge drinking

By 27 November 2008

The ABC has the thumping headline “Uni takes on student binge drinking culture”.
Sounds like a great way to cruel enrollments I thought.
But then it turns out that all that’s happened is researcher Amanda George has been paid to state the bleeding obvious: A lot of students get hammered.
The Uni is going to “now try [...]

ABC Childcare Centres

By 27 November 2008

With ABC Childcare Centres having gone belly-up and the Federal Government having forked out however-many millions of dollars to keep the centres open, the Canberra Times has a story about the ABC Childcare Centres in the Canberra region that will be “subject to further review”.
ABC Childcare’s webiste has an extended list here.
Given how hard it [...]

Interested in joining a bookclub?

By 27 November 2008

Hi, I am new to Canberra and was looking for a book club to join on the northside. I have seen from previous posts that there does not appear to be many so I thought I might set one up. Please send me an email at if you are interested.
Not sure what books will [...]

Oxfam Christmas Fair

By 27 November 2008

[ 29 November 2008 at 10:00 am; ] The advice on the Oxfam Christmas Fair explains one of the concerns raised by Genie about the Handmade Fair – Oxfam is charging an entry fee.

Nevertheless, Oxfam are a worthwhile organisation and you might consider supporting them too.

The Christmas Fair will be held Saturday 29 November. It’s a great chance to get your Christmas shopping [...]

Speech therapy ACT not up to standard

By 27 November 2008

Hi all I am mitcore and I have joined this group to see if I could get voices to help make the goverment stand up and listen to the shortage of speech therapist and other specialist in the area.
We do not have enough, I am going on Stateline to voice this opinion and to get [...]

Not ANOTHER car crash in Ainslie?

By 26 November 2008

Yep! Same suburb, same street, same curb, very similar result.
About 2.30am Monday, I heard the familiar screeeeech boom crash tinkle followed by eery silence sound that I associate with young men driving late, late at night. Once again, a car missed the bend, mounted the curb, smashed a tree, and spun around a few times, [...]


By 26 November 2008

[First filed: November 17, 2008 @ 15:37]
Hey guys. 
I’m new to Riotact but I really need your help.
8 days ago a ferret named Jules went missing from Sid Barnes Cres in Gordon (right near the shops).
The chances of finding her alive are really really slim, I know that – but please if you [...]

Canberra Goss – The suspense is killing me

By 26 November 2008

[First filed: 11:21 21 November 2008]

It looks like our friends who have been thinking about asking “them” for a better website for Canberra might finally be getting what they want.
The Canberra Goss website proclaims that it is going to do something more useful than run a hideous flash animation sometime on Monday.
Intriguingly it promises to [...]

A darker side of Christmas

By 25 November 2008

John Hargreaves has announced the start of the 2008 Domestic Violence Christmas Program.
Sadly over the festive period there’s also a need for additional crisis accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence.
To this end 10 Housing ACT properties are being set aside as additional crisis accomodation.
Statistics suggest at least a couple of RiotACT readers should [...]

Where is Canberra’s Big Book of Public Art?

By 25 November 2008

On Saturday I dropped into the Chisholm shops and noticed this piece of public art.  I am seriously underwhelmed by it.
It did make me ask whether there is a website where you can find out about Canberra’s public art.  Five minutes of Googling and as far as I can tell there isn’t one, although I [...]


By 25 November 2008

I have a friend from America coming to visit me just after Christmas.
One of the things she said that she wanted to do was to see a platypus in the wild.

So, does anyone know of any places around the ACT area where the platypi hang out?
Are they even in the area?
Any other information regarding the [...]

Jester Ball 2008 – In retrospect

By 24 November 2008

[First filed: November 22, 2008 @ 13:08]

Friday night’s Jester Ball was in many ways a different affair from its predecessor
Partly it was the time of year, still light when doors opened.
Partly it was simply that the new organiser is a woman. It came out in little things like the bar stocking as many varieties of [...]

Information Request – Mugga Tip

By 23 November 2008

Hey All,
I’m finding myself in the position of having a need to visit the local tip this weekend. But I can’t find any info online about how much it costs to dump there etc…
I just need to take my slat bed and mattress that I am replacing, and my old sofa bed that the cats [...]

Images of Canberra – Kangaroos in the park

By 23 November 2008

Saw these two this morning trimming the grass in an Ainslie park on Officer Crescent.
Pests I know, but still magical in the right context.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to

Handmade Markets review

By 22 November 2008

In case you missed the great upswell of publicity among Canberra’s crafty scene, the inaugural Handmade Markets were on today at Albert Hall. (In fact, they’re on until 6pm if you happen to be reading this before then).
Albert Hall was a sort of compromise venue for the markets after they couldn’t get the permanent home [...]

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