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Boredom Capital of the Country! Yeah Right!

By 8 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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How many times have you heard that Canberra is boring, there is no night life and it is the boredom capital of the country? This really irks me a lot.
I can remember belting (metaphorically speaking) the Canberra bashers from the federal parliament for their mistaken and populist views expressed viciously whenever they needed to [...]

Intergenerational Crime: Can we break the cycle? (A free community forum)

By 6 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 30 September 2014 at 5:30 pm; ] ANU Prisoners Advocacy (ANUPA) presents its annual free public forum. This year we are tackling the issue of intergenerational crime. Have you ever wanted to know:

How is criminal behaviour perpetuated within family lines?
How are children shaped by the criminal decisions of their family?
Does being a victim of crime as a child mean you are more [...]

CBR 100 Challenge – is it pricing many locals out of participating?

By 5 September 2014
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Earlier this week a new fitness challenge was announced.  Celebrating the newly joined up Centenary Trail, the CBR 100 Challenge includes team participation to walk 25, 50 or 100km along with solo runs of 50 or 100km (yes, you read that right).
I thought this sounded like a really nice thing to do (the team walk, [...]

No Teddy Bears’ Picnic

By 5 September 2014

If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise!
Members of the Yarralumla Residents Association checking on the state of the ACT government’s planned remediation of the Brickworks asbestos dump were surprised to find what appears to be asbsestos lying on the ground just outside the perimeter fence that has been [...]

Gungahlin Community Council AGM

By 5 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 10 September 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] The Gunghalin Community Council will hold its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 10th September at the Gungahlin Library from 7.30pm.

All Gunghalin residents are encouraged to attend this meeting where all Executive and Committee positions will be declared vacant.

AGENDA

7.30 Opening and Welcome.
Apologies.
Minutes of previous AGM held on 11 September 2013.
Presentation of President’s Report for 2013-2014.
Presentation of [...]

Tuggeranong Community Council AGM 2014

By 4 September 2014

It was good to see a great turnout for the TCC Annual General Meeting on 2 September. It was even better to see members reaffirm confidence in the TCC leadership by voting them back into office for a second term. There are also two new faces on the team.
Eric Traise was re-elected unopposed as President [...]

Graffiti and how to stop it

By 4 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Is there anyone in Canberra who can tell me how to remove graffiti from a colourbond fence?  I spent 3yrs saving up for a large fence which backs on to a main street only to have it pristine for 6mths. Then the animals defaced it (they are too awful to be called artists).  As the [...]

Violent Drunks – Bars not to Blame

By 4 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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About eight years ago, I punched a man in the face at the Kingston Pub. I’m not proud of it, but I’m not exactly sorry about it either.
Occasionally, after a bit of liquid courage, it wasn’t uncommon for me to throw down a bit of cash on the pool table. But one night, things turned [...]

Local Leaders – Mikaela Danvers (Canberra Creatives)

By 3 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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While Canberra may be better known for its policy makers than its crafting abilities, it is also home to an emerging creative community using craft to bring people together.
Leading this charge is designer, photographer, blogger and founder of Canberra Creatives, Mikaela Danvers. Since launching Canberra Creatives in 2012 as an online community for like-minded creative [...]

Ice Ice Baby – the changing face of charity

By 3 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over the weekend my husband was nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge.  So, on Sunday afternoon (thankfully a pretty nice day given it was still officially winter) he sat out in the garden while my two daughters poured a bucket of iced water over his head and I filmed it.  He then came inside, donated [...]

Political dilemmas

By 2 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

As a person who likes to be involved in my community, and indeed am, politics has become quite a frustration for me lately.
I feel really compelled to join a particular political party on a federal level – happy to disclose, the ALP – because I am completely unimpressed with the various agendas of the other [...]

Queanbeyan Cinema – more red tape

By 30 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Rioters,
Unsure if you’ve been following the epic drama over the border in Queanbeyan.
In a nutshell, we’ve been clamouring for a cinema for 18 years, and it’s come to the boil for the last 6 months. Over this 6 month period, council has been provided with an opportunity and a space to build [...]

Wheelchair stolen in Dunlop

By 29 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all,
Long time lurker, wish I was making a first post in better circumstances.
My sons wheelchair was stolen from the boot of our car overnight, and I’m hoping someone may have seen it or have some information which will lead to it’s return. We live in Dunlop, very close to the walking/bike tracks, and I’m [...]

TAMS being misleading about Domestic Animal Services statistics?

By 29 August 2014

I frequently come across people saying that the DAS pound in Canberra has a 95% rehoming rate, and that this is one of the best in the country. I have always believed this figure which is reported in the TAMS (Territory and Municipal Services) Annual reports and other official documents. A friend of mine recently [...]

Cerebral Palsy – call for support

By 29 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A note from one of our Rioters – a mum, talking about her son’s fight to walk.
Ollie’s Cerebral Palsy Dream
Oliver (Ollie) is two and a half years of age, and at two was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP).
Ollie’s CP is due to congenital cytomegalovirus infection (CMV), which has also left him profoundly deaf in [...]

Young, vulnerable and homeless in Canberra – how YouthCARE is helping

By 27 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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He’s been in trouble with the law. Minor stuff, but his family don’t want to help and don’t want him around. He was 15, with an alcohol problem. YouthCARE Canberra (formerly Open Family ACT) found him and offered him a hand. Today, he’s an apprentice with a part-time job. And he doesn’t need to drink [...]

Zombies, Cryptographers, Skywhale…what’s your favourite?

By 27 August 2014

Hi All
As per my previous posts on RiotAct, I run a little website called Capital Yarns. I invite social media users to nominate three items, and I then write a bespoke short story featuring all three, set in Canberra. The idea began when I created bedtime stories for my two daughters based on three items [...]

Asbestos Remediation at the Canberra Brickworks

By 27 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The YRA looks forward to the ACT government’s Information Session on Remediation of the Canberra Brickworks to be held at the Albert Hall from 7pm to 8pm on September 3, 2014 (Wednesday): http://www.yarralumlaresidents.org.au/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Remediation_Letter-to-Residents-201408.pdf
We are disappointed that the ACT government has not yet released the full Remedial Action Plan to the public, but appreciate that they have [...]

Ladies, come and try dragon boating

By 27 August 2014

[ 6 September 2014 at 11:00 am; 11 October 2014 at 11:00 am; ] Come and try the fast-growing sport of dragon boating! Females from teenagers to over fifties are invited to join Diamond Phoenix for a fun paddle on Lake Burley Griffin. Try something new, improve your health and fitness, and make new friends in a supportive environment that caters for the social to the competitive paddler.

Bring: water [...]

Getting tough on school canteens

By 26 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I was living in the UK when Jamie Oliver started his campaign against school lunches – to remove ‘turkey twizzlers’ (I was always a bit afraid to ask what these were) and other nutrient free items from canteens and replace them with good, healthy (real) food.
This was at least 5 years ago. So, I was [...]

Organic semi-conductors – Public Talk, Associate Professor Vipul Bansal

By 26 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 2 September 2014 at 5:30 pm; ] In the world of nanotechnology, organic semiconductors are potentially revolutionary.

These eco-friendly carbon-based materials have unique properties which can be used in a huge range of futuristic devices, from flexible electronics to high-tech bandages to help us heal.

In the next talk in our public speaker series, Associate Professor Vipul Bansal will discuss this emerging applications now [...]

Hope for Canberra’s street cats

By 26 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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When a family decides they’re ready to bring a furry friend into their lives, they typically – much to my dismay – head to a pet store at their local mall to take their pick from teeny tiny kittens and puppies, often the product of puppy farming and backyard breeders. Some families do the more [...]

Duntroon– Extract from ‘A Case for Ghosts’ (Part 4)

By 26 August 2014

History has shown us that ghosts and the supernatural seem to be commonplace and that a large percentage of people in the western world, indeed from all races and religions, not only believe in ghosts but have also experienced something that they believe is of a supernatural origin. Indeed, many people have reported the same [...]

Sunday Siren Series – Women Songwriters in the Round

By 22 August 2014

There is a new music series beginning at Smiths Alternative. It’s called Sunday Siren Series. It’s on the 3rd Sunday of each month. The series is the brain child of songwriter Lisa Richards and Smith’s co-owner Meryl Hinge. At every show, Lisa will be joined on stage by 2 local women singer songwriters. “We will sit on stage together [...]

A Canberra Sunday tradition marks 20 years

By 22 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra’s Old Bus Depot Markets are celebrating 20 very successful years in operation next month. They will mark the occasion on Sunday 14 September.
“The Old Bus Depot Markets have been a Canberra Sunday tradition since 1994,” said one of the Old Bus Depot Markets’ Directors, Diane Hinds.
“We’re so thrilled to be celebrating 20 years in [...]

Late fees for parking fines not justfied

By 21 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It is interesting that we are attacking the banks and now the telcos over late payment fees when our own local government can be included.
I deservedly incurred a parking fine of $91 and forgot to pay it on time. For my troubles I am hit by an administrative charge of $34. This is over 33% [...]

Homelessness in Canberra and Elvis

By 21 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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At the end of last year my girlfriend and I were walking down one of the main drags of Montevideo, Uruguay. I smelt pot in the air, and as the crowd thickened so did the smoke. President of Uruguay José Mujica, affectionately known as ‘Pepe’, had just legalised the use of marijuana. He has also [...]

Blundell’s Cottage – Extract from ‘A Case for Ghosts’ (Part 3)

By 19 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

History has shown us that ghosts and the supernatural seem to be commonplace and that a large percentage of people in the western world, indeed from all races and religions, not only believe in ghosts but have also experienced something that they believe is of a supernatural origin. Indeed, many people have reported the same [...]

Terrific Tuggers walk – dog and kid friendly

By 19 August 2014
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Looking for a great walk in Tuggeranong that’s not too long, which is dog and kid friendly, and includes a great cafe to boot?

We’ve just researched a beautiful walk showcasing a typical slice of the best Tuggeranong has to offer. It starts and ends at the Gowrie shops and only takes a relaxed 90 minutes to [...]

Beryl Women Inc. – Call for History Project Participants

By 19 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Beryl Women Inc. (formerly Beryl Women’s Refuge) will be celebrating its 40th birthday next year (yes – we’ve been operating in Canberra since 1975!), and is keen to have the history recorded in a book.  We are particularly interested in telling our history through the experience of women who have been involved with the organisation as Clients, [...]

Disability Carers – A Plight

By 18 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I wanted to start a conversation about a subject which came to my attention the other night and see what other rioters thought.
A guy I know was a professional graphic designer but had to give up his job to care full time for his disabled father. He survived on the carers’ allowance. His [...]

Consultation starts on draft plan for endangered wallaby

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new action plan for the endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby will better help the species recover from near extinction, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said today.
“Action plans protect local species by outlining strategies for their appropriate identification, protection, survival and re-introduction,” Mr Corbell said.
“We learned much about the conservation needs of the brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale [...]

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