[ 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
While walking across Hobart Place in Civic last Monday morning at 8.00am in zero degrees temperature on the way to work, I came across a person curled up in what passed for a sleeping bag on the concrete floor of the shelter opposite the entrance to the AMP Building.
I say ‘person’ because it wasn’t possible [...]
As a part of the ongoing Capital Metro consultation, agency staff will be at the Dickson Shopping Centre tomorrow (12 July) to discuss the proposed design for light rail in Canberra.
Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, urged Canberrans to visit Dickson to have their say on how they want light rail to look.
“There will be [...]
A $3.05 million intensive support service providing multi-disciplinary trauma support for vulnerable children was opened today by Minister for Children and Young People Mick Gentleman.
The Trauma Recovery Centre will provide a therapeutic service for children to the age of 12, who have experienced trauma as a result of abuse and neglect.
“The Trauma Recovery Centre, or [...]
I think most Canberrans would agree that poverty is the anathema to any just society – especially ours. I also believe that most Canberrans understand that poverty is a form of social humiliation that leaves people not only hungry or homeless but unwanted and uncared for.
According to a recent OECD report, entitled OECD Regional Wellbeing, [...]
More than $80,000 in funding for programs to support older Canberrans was opened up today by Minister for Ageing Mick Gentleman.
“These Participation (Seniors) Grants aim to improve the quality of life, wellbeing and social participation for older Canberrans, allowing them to remain connected and socially active in our vibrant and diverse community,” Mr Gentleman said.
Dear Jemima Skelley,
Thanks so much for dissing on our town.
When people criticise Canberra as you did, it always makes me smile. We understand that Canberra bashing is a wonderful sport which is one of the reasons that we haven’t cracked it for half a million residents. Our city is still a well kept secret, but [...]
Today’s article in the Canberra Times (online edition) - http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/yarralumla-resident-opposition-to-brickworks-development-gathers-pace-20140707-zszft.html
highlights some of the issues, although we suggest there was probably closer to 250 attendees than 150 as reported.
Primrose Rioradn was unfortunately unable to stay until the end of the meeting when a motion was put forward and virtually unanimously carried to endorse the YRA sponsored petition [...]