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The last days of the Belconnen Bus Interchange

By 8 January, 2014

Four years later the Belconnen Community Service has brought to YouTube the cinematic tale of the last days of the Belconnen Bus Interchange:
In2Change – Belconnen Bus Interchange (1979 – 2009)
Published on 2 Jan 2014
A short film by Cara Hine – An Artistic Response to Urban Change

The Carnival Parade needs you

By 8 January, 2014

Community Services has just tweeted its need jigglers and jugglers for the Beer And Meat On A Stick Day Parade!
Email the intriguing info@subsdance.com.au to get involved if you have “special talents”.
Be a part of #CBR most exciting street parade at this year's @NatMultiFest pic.twitter.com/eq3eN0BTp1
— Community Services (@CSD_ACT) January 7, 2014

Omar Musa makes TimeOut’s most anticipated list

By 7 January, 2014

TimeOut Sydney has compiled a list of the most anticipated books of 2014.
Lo and behold up there with Hilary mantel and David Malouf is Canberra/Queanbeyan’s own Omar Musa.
Something to look forward to in June.

Canberra is not as it seems

By 7 January, 2014

…for many reasons.
Canberra is being over-run by the resistance. We are an enlightened city, full of enlightened people (mostly), but the ‘intel map’ is depicting that this is not the case. The enlightened seem to be losing the battle. We need more help!
If you’re over 16 and based in the Australian Capital Territory, have an [...]

There’s an archive in that tunnel

By 6 January, 2014

The ABC has a fascinating story of the Noel Butlin Archives at ANU which is built into the space we know of as the Parkes Way tunnel:
More than 30 years ago a hidden bunker was constructed above the Parkes Way tunnel on the Australian National University (ANU) campus.
ANU archivist Maggie Shapley says the two-storey structure [...]

Canberra makes 39 with a bullet!

By 6 January, 2014

The Guardian has included Canberra in its list of Holiday Hotspots for 2014.
Sure, number 39. But on the list!

nightride tomorrow night (tuesday) + free bike fix workshop this weekend

By 6 January, 2014

hey guys
couple of casual cycling events this week.
tomorrow I’m organizing a nightride from belco to the city.  more social than a training ride, we will stopping along the way for a moonlit picnic.  no need to wear stretchy clothes
details via
www.bikeact.org
this weekend cyclejam is running their monthly bikefix at gormon house markets.  use some tools, get [...]

Summernats City Cruise 2014. So many pictures

By 2 January, 2014

I went down to join the throng along Northbourne Avenue and I have to say it’s a very satisfying community experience.
The prohibition on watching from the median strip had gone completely by the by but other than that it was all extremely organised, supervised, and very punctual.
There was one car passenger who appeared to be [...]

New Years Eve 2014 in three pictures

By 2 January, 2014

Pete has sent in three great contrasting pictures of Civic this year for the New Years festivities.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

Andrew Barr thought it was a good New Years

By 1 January, 2014

Andrew Barr has kindly provided a recap of last nights events in the city:
Canberra celebrated the end of a successful Centenary year with explosive celebrations in Civic Square and Garema Place last night, making for a spectacular start to 2014.
Upwards of 45,000 people flocked to the city to enjoy the fantastic line up of [...]

The Nature of the Monkey was… Irrepressible!

By 31 December, 2013

As seen in O’Connor this afternoon, I gather they’re up all around Canberra.
As this nation of bastards competes to see who can be the biggest bastard coated bastard with a soft bastard centre to vulnerable people it’s nice to see someone fighting the fight.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? [...]

TAMS all ready to deal with your festive filth

By 31 December, 2013

Territory and Municipal Services are making sure we all know that their cleaners are raring to get stuck into the horrific mess thousands of revelling drunks will leave behind tonight.
While you are out in town this New Year’s Eve, spare a thought for the city cleaners who will set their alarms before 5 am on [...]

“What do you think about the name Canberra?”

By 30 December, 2013

Over on Yahoo Answers some twink has decided to ask the great mass of ignorance what they think about the name “Canberra”.
So far overwhelmingly negative.

Child Care Info in Canberra?

By 29 December, 2013

Hello all,
Maybe this riot act community could provide a little bit of assistance for some analysis of the current state of mind and positions for families seeking child care.
Here is a hypothetical for you….
Lets assume for conversations sake, that a new child care facility was going to open in the not so distant future.
Again lets [...]

Walking around the ACT uninterrupted. Mission Impossible?

By 24 December, 2013

The ACT SES is congratulating a group of walkers for completing a complete circuit of the ACT borders.
But they note the walkers had to break the trek.
Can it be done in one go?

Blast from the past. Feel the Power of Canberra

By 24 December, 2013

For over a decade the infamous “Feel the Power of Canberra” campaign has been the but of ridicule.
But Loose Brown has just found the vid on YouTube and, well, I don’t know. It’s held up rather well hasn’t it?

Brand Canberra Response: The Roundabout Crew

By 24 December, 2013

The Roundabout Crew have taken their inimical look at Brand Canberra, aka, the hashtag.
And, well, it’s worth a look.
Original Brand Canberra video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpsPVf…
Music by: Yahtzel – High with me

Vale the Hon Russell Fox AC QC

By 23 December, 2013

The Law Society has noted the passing of the ACT’s first Chief Judge:
The President of the ACT Law Society, Mr Martin Hockridge, today expressed his sadness at the passing of the Hon Russell Fox AC QC.
“Mr Fox was a prominent member of the legal profession within the ACT for many years,” Mr Hockridge said. [...]

Open Invitation to Christmas Lunch

By 23 December, 2013

Woden Community Service (WCS) is hosting a Christmas Day Lunch for people who may not have family or friends to share the festive season.
The event provides an opportunity for people who may be on their own at this time of year to come and connect with others in their local community.
Lunch is free to attend [...]

Spanish Club Narrabundah

By 23 December, 2013

The Spanish Club at Narrabundah is alive and doing well….regardless of what is being said about it. A good financial position and strong membership base.
The next major function is the New Years Eve dance with Sydney Latin band ‘BATUKA’ and dinner for $50.00, start time is 7.00 pm,  so come earlier to meett up contact [...]

Hats off to the Canberra Times. You Win.

By 23 December, 2013

Some people have a go at me periodically for the lightweight nature of some stories we let other people post.
But we have to dip our lids at the Canberra Times latest bold venture into superficiality which apparently required two journalist’s efforts to inform Canberra that a blogger of no renown is going to go to [...]

It’s not quite mooning the google car, but close

By 22 December, 2013

This just in from Greg:
Found this amusing image on Google maps.
Lane Place, Spence.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

Canberra’s a nice place to settle down… if you enjoy being discontent

By 21 December, 2013

A Cold Chisel Christmas – with special mention of Canberra
includes the line:
“And Canberra’s a nice place to settle down… if you enjoy being discontent”

Sod turned for Common Ground

By 20 December, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has joined with Mayor Rattenbury to kick off construction for a Common Ground homelessness facility:
Construction has commenced on what will be one of Canberra’s most significant projects to address homelessness, providing affordable and stable accommodation and support services to the most vulnerable in the community.
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, and Minister for [...]

Indigenous grants

By 20 December, 2013

Mayor Rattenbury is playing santa to 24 recipients of a $120,000 poll of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Grants Program:
“The aim of the grants programs is to provide funding support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people towards leadership, training and development opportunities and to showcase the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander [...]

Civic’s pissoirs return

By 19 December, 2013

Canberra CBD have the thrilling news that the rivers of gold will once again be checked as the troughs will be laid out again for the city’s inebriates:
Following a successful trial during the Easter holiday season, portable urinals will return to the Canberra City centre this evening.
Brought to you by property owners in Civic, Braddon [...]

Kids a drag this summer? Dump them at Vikings!

By 18 December, 2013

Communities@Work have the exciting news that they’ve teamed up with the Vikings Clubs to take those pesky brats off your hands:
The Vikings Group in conjunction with Communities@Work are proud to be launching the Communities@Work’s Vikings Sports School Holiday Program. Commencing on Monday 6 January 2014, the program will provide high quality care with engaging and [...]

What’s WIN News doing at 7pm?

By 18 December, 2013

You’d think a major shift of the local news would get more of a statements but we just get, on the WIN website Now at 7PM.
If it persists one would think the broadcast from Wollongong presented by drunks, crammed full of ads, will get its clock cleaned by the ABC News.

Bus Depot Markets shuffling into the Fitters’ Workshop

By 18 December, 2013

It’s so thrilling to see the great war upon the print makers for control of the Fitters’ Workshop has been fought and won so soap shaped like cake can have a home:
The Old Bus Depot Markets will return with a fresh look in 2014, with a new and interesting stall set up commencing on [...]

Poor old Jack Waterford is entertainment now?

By 18 December, 2013

It’s a sad sad day when Canberra’s most holy of sacred cows, the Canberra Times’ “Editor at Large” Jack Waterford is banished from news or even opinion and can be found lurking in entertainment.
We’re not entirely sure what the confused Canberra Times reader looking for Bieber hit (rather than going straight to TMZ) is going [...]

Behind the scenes on Tennyson Crescent

By 17 December, 2013

Screencraft media have sent in their spectacular look at all the Richards family have done with their Guinness World Record Christmas light display on Tennyson Crescent in Forrest, raising money for SIDS and Kids ACT.
Well worth a look.

The most liked brand in town?

By 17 December, 2013

2B have sent this in about their ongoing marketing survey:
…just one of the answers the Canberra Media and Brand Survey will show. We can tell you the current top 3 (not in order) are Supabarn, Canberra Milk and Canturf.
Of Canberra’s national sporting brands the Brumbies, Raiders and Capitals are the current front runners and [...]

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