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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.
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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 [...]

Tim the Lyneham stabbing victim speaks out, and sends in a picture of his wounds

By 20 November 2008

[First filed: November 20, 2008 @ 07:01]

In the discussion of the Lyneham Flats stabbing a new commenter claiming to be the victim has had his say at 4:30 this morning. I’d advise taking this with a grain of salt, but he’s also sent in this picture of his injury:
Thanks for all yr support out there [...]

Why isn’t P!nk coming to Canberra?

By 20 November 2008

I am bracing myself for the barrage of negative snide comments in response to this post but I don’t care – if someone else can post about Def Leppard then I’m damn well going to have a rant about P!nk.
P!nk had 2 sold out shows at the AIS arena here in Canberra last year [...]

How you say?

By 19 November 2008

Being of foreign extraction, I recently hit on a conundrum. I’ve lived in this fair city for  more than a few years, and have always called it “Canberra”. However I am reliably informed that I live in “Can-Bra”
Where do you live?
Can-berra? (Rhymes with “error”)
Can-bra? (Rhymes with “bra”)
Can-be-ra ? (Rhymes with  “Raw”)
Can-brah? (Rhymes with “borough”)

The promised planters – city beautified?

By 19 November 2008

Back on 28 August the Chief Minister promised to do something about the shabby state of Civic.
In particular he promised:
“To complement the Floriade in the City entertainment, the ACT Government will beautify the heart of the city with the installation of new flower displays and fairy lights through the trees on Northbourne Avenue.”
Over the last [...]

Images of Canberra – Canberra Labor Club – keeping it classy?

By 19 November 2008

I spied the outside of the Labor Club while in Belconnen on the weekend, frankly I was astonished.
With the lack of good bars in Belconnen (honourable exception being the Pot Belly) does keeping up appearances cease to matter?
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Canberra’s Cummins Racing in the Dutton Rally this weekend for Heart Kids

By 19 November 2008

[ 21 November 2008 to 23 November 2008. ]

The Dutton Rally is holding its NSW leg this weekend. The action is largely taking place in the Canberra region:

The event comprises over 30 individual driving exercises and will be based in Goulburn, NSW. Wakefield Park, Fairbairn Park and Sutton Road venues have been confirmed for both Friday and Saturday.

Dan Cummins from Cummins racing, a [...]

Disputing a speeding fine

By 18 November 2008

Has anyone recently had the good fortune to dispute a speeding fine and be successful?
My wife recently recieved a speeding fine (from the fixed camera) on the Monaro Hwy while in the right merging lane about to enter Isabella Drive. We requested the pic and if you squint you can just make out our rego. [...]

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