It’s not a nature strip issue. The hedge is growing in the neighbour’s yard, along the side fence. It’s higher than a two-storey house and it blocks the light in the downstairs rooms.
I’ve pruned it back to the fence but the sheer height of the photinia still causes an issue for reaching the canopy.
There is apparently [...]
Though Fisher is bordered by well-known suburbs like Waramanga, Chapman and Chifley, it’s so small and unassuming that even some long-term Canberrans haven’t heard of it. I grew up in Fisher (my parents and grandparents still live there), and I remember that as a kid it was easier to tell people I lived in Weston [...]
The ACT Rural Fire Service will conduct a hazard reduction burn tonight at Guises Creek.
An area of approximately four hectares of grass fuel will be removed during the burn.
The ACTRFS Guises Brigade will be in attendance with four units.
The burn is expected to start around 6pm.
Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made to [...]
In recent weeks there has been lots of community discussion about people busking, begging and generally loitering at the Dickson shops. Last week I was listening to a local radio station, and during this particular segment listeners called in to complain about being pestered by the local ‘riff-raff’.
Listeners complained of being harassed and even assaulted on their way to [...]
Farrer Playschool is still accepting enrolments for 2015.
Farrer Playschool is a non-profit, community based educational facility for three-year-olds*. Our fully qualified teachers use a structured program to help the ‘Playschoolers’ develop the social skills and confidence that will be of value to them in their Preschool year and most importantly it is LOTS OF FUN!
Playschool sessions [...]
Every year I mark the National Multicultural Festival in my calendar, making sure I make no other social plans. Canberra’s Multicultural Festival sees most of the Canberra City streets blocked off and lined with stall after stall of food, drinks and information of every nationality you can think of; from Poland to Italy, Macedonia and [...]
Fadden Pines playground has wide open spaces for the whole family, including the dog! While Fadden Pines has undergone changes throughout the years, in its current form it offers BBQ areas, equipment for young and older children, as well as luscious green space for setting up your own fun. This week, my 18-month-old play expert, Kaden, [...]
For this week’s instalment I decided to revisit the Woden Valley. It’s such a nice part of the ACT and I like it a lot – Mawson was calling.
Mawson was gazetted on 12 May 1966 and is named after Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson. The street theme also matches the suburb namesake, with streets named after [...]
The annual Maxim Invitational Tennis Charity event met and exceeded fundraising expectations at the North Woden Tennis Club yesterday.
The event was hosted by Maxim Chartered Accountants who brought together 32 local businesses to compete and raise money for local organisations Kulture Break and TADACT.
Returning in its fifth year it was well and truly another successful [...]
When travel agents recommend that holidaymakers take in the sights and sounds of New Zealand on foot, they probably don’t mean trekking 100km of stunning but gruelling terrain in just 36 hours.
The 100km Oxfam Trailwalker event to be held at Lake Taupo in March is definitely no holiday. And members of the Canberra Crawlers, the [...]
The John Knight Memorial Park on the shores of Lake Ginninderra is a potential wonderland for Canberra families. Whether you want to ride scooters, watch ducks or have a turn on the flying fox, John Knight has it all. This week I had some older experts, Josh (11 years) and Sophie (8 years), to show me [...]
Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Planning Mick Gentleman have invited Canberrans to share their views on plans to transform parking in the ACT.
A public discussion paper, Smart Parking – transforming parking in the ACT, is now available on the ACT Government’s Time to Talk website for consultation, which will take place for one month [...]
Just over a week ago, we asked the community to help us find the culprits of a vicious act of animal cruelty where nine underweight puppies were found abandoned in a box in Higgins with one of them with such horrific injuries that he had to euthanised immediately.
The Canberra community chose to get involved by [...]
[ 21 February 2015 9:15 am to 22 February 2015 10:00 am. ]
Help to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer in the Queanbeyan City community by donating or participating in Queanbeyan’s Relay for Life event this month.
Organisers are encouraging all local community members and businesses to get involved and hit the track during the 24-hour event.
From the event organisers:
Relay For Life is a chance for communities to [...]
This weekend RiotACT introduces a new regular feature, the playground review. Our expert reviewer, Kate Buscombe, visits playgrounds across Canberra to give parents and carers the low down on what’s new, fun and interesting when it comes to play.
The Boundless playground is a relatively new play space that lays claim to being an all-ages and all-abilities domain.
I was keen to head back to the Woden Valley this week for A Look Around Canberra, as it’s been several weeks since I’d done one of the suburbs there. I decided to have a look around the leafy suburb of Curtin.
Named after John Curtin, Labor Prime Minister from 1941-1945, this suburb is nestled between [...]
[ 6 February 2015 8:00 pm to 21 February 2015 8:00 pm. ]
Nick Hornby’s book High Fidelity, and the subsequent John Cusack movie, became an instant classic for a generation that postponed entry into adulthood, or ‘coming-of-age’, from adolescence until middle age.
Local theatre company Phoenix Players is bringing Hornby’s timeless, witty story to the stage. High Fidelity is a rock musical unlike any other. With all-original music inspired by the [...]
[ 1 February 2015; ] COZMO (Capital of Australia Mandolinata) Learning Groups 2015
The next semester-long COZYMO Learning Group programs start on Sunday 1 February 2015 . Whether you’re young in experience or in age, you are most welcome!
These programs offer you a great opportunity to begin or to continue to learn a plucked stringed instrument: mandolin, mandola, mandocello and guitar.
Did you catch [...]
Over 50 volunteers took part in a campaign on Sunday morning (25 January) to assist an RSPCA ACT investigation into an act of animal cruelty that shocked Canberra last week.
On Wednesday last week, nine five-week-old puppies were found in a box near Kingsford Smith Drive in Higgins, one of which was severely injured and had to [...]
Several Canberrans are receiving Australia Day Honours in 2015 for the exceptional contribution they all make to the community in a variety of fields.
Canberra is a community made up of so many passionate, talented and giving individuals, and I am proud to call this city home. To all of the Canberrans who have received accolades [...]
[ 25 January 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
As inspectors continue to appeal to the community for information relating to a serious case of animal cruelty regarding several abandoned puppies this week, RiotACT contributors Steven Bailey and Alexandra Craig have organised a letterbox drop to help find the culprit.
From Steven and Alexandra:
Please help us to help the RSPCA by letterboxing the suburb of [...]
RSPCA ACT inspectors are appealing to the community for any information relating to a serious case of animal cruelty. Yesterday morning, a man found nine five-week-old puppies in a box near Kingsford Smith Drive in Higgins.
The abandoned and underweight animals were handed in to the RSPCA shelter in Weston where they were examined by staff. [...]
I must confess I hadn’t given a great deal of thought to the Australian flag until I returned to these shores in 2012. I found it very easy when out of Australia to have limited thought about our culture and heritage, and subsequent historical unease.
In London, I celebrated Australia Day like many other Aussies, in [...]
Researchers from the Australian National University are seeking Australians aged 18 years and older to participate in an online study investigating how the tendency to reflect, ruminate, or be mindful contributes to the development of stress, anxiety, depression or sleep difficulties.
Upon the completion of two 20-minute surveys, participants can enter a prize draw to win [...]
With temperatures set to soar across Australia this summer, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is reminding pet owners, that like elderly humans, many older pets need extra help to cool down.
AVA spokesperson, Dr Jacqui Ley said that older pets tend to find hot weather difficult to cope with.
“While younger animals can manage the heat by [...]
A passion for community storytelling inspired Joanna Allebone, director of corporate relations and communications at YWCA Canberra and co-founder of Martial Women and Girls, to start working in the not-for-profit sector over a decade ago.
“In 2004 I had the opportunity to go out and do a broadcast internship at Goolarri Media, which is an indigenous [...]
The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) today announced a temporary road closure as part of the construction of the new South Tuggeranong Fire & Rescue station.
“The building of the new emergency services facility on the corner of Drakeford Drive and Tharwa Road is at an advanced stage and is on schedule to be completed in [...]
Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch today announced the final membership of the reference group tasked with overseeing actions to promote community harmony identified at the landmark One Canberra Symposium.
“The tragic, criminal events in Sydney have underscored the importance of maintaining a socially cohesive community, where people of [...]
Elaine Stanford and Sandie Parkes (coowners of The Green Shed) presented a cheque for $10,000 to Lisa Salerno of Boundless Canberra last week.
The Green Shed accepts a range of unwanted items that can be resold, such as books, furniture, bikes, clothing, gardening items and sporting goods, preventing a huge amount of perfectly good items going [...]