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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 [...]

North Canberra Community Council August meeting

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 20 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] The August meeting of the North Canberra Community Council will consider Dickson intersection improvements, an ‘omnibus’ Territory Plan Variation that will affect several sites including the former Downer School and the Cape Street Centre, and a proposal to build a car park on the wooded area adjacent to the Dickson swimming pool.

All interested north Canberra [...]

Will Birdman Rally fly home for Summer?

By 14 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It was just the other day I was chatting to an old friend, over beer of course, reminiscing of the fun events we used to have in Canberra. The V8 Supercars was the first to stir up passion before the conversation flew towards the hilariously entertaining Birdman Rally.
It didn’t take long before we were YouTube-ing [...]

Split system air conditioning woes

By 12 August 2014

This post is more of a courtesy to other people so that they can avoid what we are going through. My husband and I moved to Canberra late last year. Knowing the winter would be cold (duh!) we had a split system air conditioning system installed in January. We paid more – thinking heating was [...]

Belconnen Town Centre survey report

By 4 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Some of you might recall participating in a survey the Belconnen Community Council conducted earlier this year on the Belconnen Town Centre.
The BCC has analysed the results, and prepared a comprehensive report. Themes include the need for more convenient, cheaper and more accessible parking, and a desire for more and better connected street-level amenity. On [...]

4,000 residents challenge poor planning

By 4 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Representatives of Yarralumla residents braved the cold today (Monday 4 August) to present a petition at 8am calling for the withdrawal and reworking of current plans for the Canberra Brickworks and environs.
The Yarralumla Residents Association presented the petition to Member of the Legislative Assembly for Molonglo, Steve Doszpot, who will present the petition to the [...]

The Hyatt – Extract from ‘A Case for Ghosts’

By 4 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 [...]

World Record Attempt at the Canberra Hospital

By 1 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hello all,
I would like to tell you about a fun fundraiser that is occurring on 19th, 20th and 21st of August in the foyer of the the Canberra Hospital starting at 8am and finishing on the Thursday at 10am.
I with lots of help from others we will be attempting to gain the World Record for [...]

Rally for Gaza – Saturday 2nd August

By 31 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A public protest in solidarity with Palestine has been organised for this Saturday, August 2, at 1pm in Petrie Plaza, Canberra.
Over 1000 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli military in the Gaza strip, with over 80 percent of the dead babies and children.
The Israeli Defence Forces have not discriminated in bombing hospitals, UN-run [...]

Online form speeds up registration process for working with vulnerable people checks

By 31 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new online form will help speed up the application process for Working with Vulnerable People registrations, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
More than 55,000 WWVP applications have been received by the ACT Office of Regulatory Services since the program began in November 2012.
“As background checks also need to be conducted for applicants, these registrations have [...]

Random Acts of Kindness

By 30 July 2014

I would like to publicly acknowledge two random acts of kindness I experienced this afternoon.
I am pretty incapacitated at the moment regarding my mobility. After hiring a wheelchair at Westfield Belconnen late this afternoon, I realised my purse was not in my pocket. I returned to the concierge to see if I dropped it while [...]

Going for a world record with Christmas light display

By 30 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Who says it’s too early for talk of Christmas?
This Christmas, Canberra’s City centre will transform into a wonderful festival of lights as the Richards family bring their world record breaking Christmas light display to the CBD.
In 2013, SIDS and Kids ACT Christmas Lights display made headlines around the world when the Richards family decorated their [...]

Bindi Irwin brings her Passion to Floriade

By 30 July 2014
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World-renowned Wildlife Warrior Bindi Irwin is set to bring her bubbly personality to Floriade for the first time this October as part of Family Fun week.
Bindi, who celebrated her 16th birthday last week, will present six workshops in Floriade’s Inspiration Hub on the October long weekend (Saturday 4 October – Sunday 5 October).

Bindi’s infinite enthusiasm [...]

Canberra dog exercise areas – what do you think?

By 24 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Government is consulting on changes to dog exercise areas in Canberra. It’s really important that everyone has their say.
The proposals offer some new off leash areas, for example, Yarramundi Reach on Lake Burley Griffin. But overall the changes will reduce off leash access to Canberra’s urban open spaces for dogs and their owners.

Curtin [...]

Westside ‘pop-up’ village

By 23 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Westside @ Acton Park, a ‘pop-up’ village at West Basin on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, will dramatically change the way Canberrans engage with public spaces.
It will be a lively precinct for people to come together for retail, dining and entertainment experiences and will also provide opportunities to participate and engage in a wide [...]

Canberra Tree Week activities – Wednesday and Thursday

By 23 July 2014

The inaugural Canberra Tree Week has already seen many activities that celebrate living in a city surrounded by trees.
Throughout Wednesday 23 July 2014 and Thursday 24 July 2014, residents and visitors alike are invited to take part in more free events, including:
Eucalypts of the Southern Tablelands
What: Join a guided tour of Forest 20 at the [...]

The State of the Giralang Shops Right Now

By 23 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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So I went for a walk past the Giralang Shops today – and here it what it looks like now…

Across the road

Walking from the road through the shops

View to the right (Old Newsagent, Vietnamese Restaurant, Takeaway, Bakery, Hairdressers)

View to the left (Old Giralang Tavern)

Moving towards Giralang Primary School (In front of the entrance to the [...]

Has Shane Rattenbury thought the medical marijuana question through?

By 22 July 2014

I feel for the families of desperately ill patients interstate who need medical marijuana – but has Shane Rattenbury thought this through? If the ACT becomes the first and only prescribing state/territory, there will be a flood of medical immigrants looking for prescriptions. That might not matter in terms of just prescriptions – but what about the [...]

Screaming out for Independence in Braddon

By 22 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Braddon is pumping. It’s pretty much your one stop shop. You can indulge in a delicious breakfast at Elk and Pea, get a killer haircut at AXIS, stop for a cold pressed juice and some scrumptious bread at Autolyse and then grab some groceries from the IGA on your way home. One problem: there is [...]

No Childcare? Try au pair?

By 21 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Rising childcare waiting lists in Canberra with no immediate solution in sight, is driving families to seek options elsewhere. Nanny agencies and au pair placement services are overloaded and the hunt for a solution to look after precious children is becoming competitive.
Many families are placing unborn children on childcare waiting lists to guarantee a spot, [...]

RiotACT Face off: Yarralumla Development

By 21 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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For our second RiotACT Face Off, we invited The Yarralumla Residents Association and John Miller (Executive Director of the Master Builders, ACT) to answer the following question:
Is the proposed development of the area surrounding the Yarralumla Brickworks simply inevitable change in progress, aligned with society needs, or does it represent the end of a community [...]

Capital Metro consultation heads to Gunghalin

By 19 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Capital Metro Agency staff will be in the Gungahlin Village Shopping Centre, near the Coles supermarket, today (19 July) to further discuss the proposed design for light rail in Canberra.
Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, who will be in attendance during the morning, urged Canberrans to visit the team at Gungahlin and to find out [...]

Education Systems Limited

By 18 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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In John Dewey’s book Democracy and Education he writes, ‘it is illiberal and immoral to train children to work not freely and intelligently but for the sake of the work earned’. I agree with him, and think so too would most Canberrans. To see a teacher teaching well, full of compassion and creativity, is surely [...]

When good art turns bad

By 16 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I received a letter from my daughter’s school some time ago letting parents know that the board had met and decided that should Rolf Harris be found guilty, a painting of his would be removed from display at the school. They have since removed the painting and returned it to the ACT Government, for [...]

Ginninderra Falls: How to open this treasure to the public?

By 16 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Sometimes no matter how much we want something, real life just gets in the way. So it is with Ginninderra Falls, the beautiful bit of Kakadu right here in Canberra that has been closed for 10 years now despite everyone involved wishing it wasn’t.
In a recent RiotACT poll, 90% of you said you think Ginninderra [...]

LDA Consultation Process Lacks Integrity

By 16 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Yarralumla Residents Association does not share David Dawes’ definition of community engagement as noted by him in the Canberra Times on July 14 (Letters ‘Engaging the Public’). Genuine community engagement involves regular dialogue rather than three years of silence between consultations.
Genuine consultation means responding to community concerns. The community expressed concern in 2010 about [...]

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