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An unexpected death and an unexpectedly good response

By 23 October, 2013

Hullo Rioters,
A few months ago one of my mum’s best friends and her husband were visiting from Queensland.  Mum and B had been mates since 1969, a pretty good innings.   B was a few years younger than mum, a very healthy 66.  In the morning her husband woke up, chatted to her, told her [...]

The sunny side of Marriage Equality, the spiteful ignorant nutballs it upsets

By 23 October, 2013

While I have some serious reservations about using gay and lesbian couples in kamikaze waves against the Abbott Government there is a plus side to yesterday’s love in at the Legislative Assembly.
Staggeringly ignorant Queenslanders really don’t like it:
Brisbane, Australia
21 hrs ago
The sexually sick creeps that live in the Australian Capital Territory are about to let [...]

A team effort to tame

By 22 October, 2013

Have an awful garden? Live in Belconnen? Maybe some volunteers will fix it up for you (probably not).
This Saturday, volunteers from BCS, Housing ACT, and Beer Wine Spirits will band together to clean up 10 lucky gardens in the Belconnen area as a part of the 10/10 project.
The 10/10 Project began as an opportunity for [...]

Garbage trucks run riot

By 22 October, 2013

Rioter Glenn has just sent us this disturbing image of the aftermath left behind after some sort of nightmarish “trucks gone wild” type scenario.
If only Canberra had some sort of dark hero to protect it.
Just got home to find this intriguing sight left by my garbage truck.

Break out the rainbow bubbly, we’re the gay marriage Capital! (For now)

By 22 October, 2013

Shane Rattenbury has made it known that it’s gay marriage a go go in the ACT at least until the High Court weighs in:
Leader of the Australian Greens, Christine Milne joined ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury at the ACT Legislative Assembly today to celebrate the ACT becoming the first jurisdiction to legislate for [...]

I for one am thrilled to be living in a rocking Federation

By 21 October, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has announced the ribbon cutting at the Federation Rocks display.
Sadly not a memorial to Cold Chisel, Powderfinger and The Angels, instead we have a large rock representing each state and territory as part of what is hoped will one day be a larger geological reference.
The display, at the entrance to the [...]

Animal sales codified

By 21 October, 2013

Shane Rattenbury has announced a brave new world of animal sales regulation:
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced that a new enforceable code of practice for the sale of animals will begin in the ACT on 21 October 2013.
“This new Animals Sales Code is an important milestone in animal welfare reform [...]

Prime Minister flags Arlington-style war cemetery for Canberra

By 19 October, 2013

Finally a suitable use for Haig Park!!!
[ED - The SMH explains.
While the concept of a National Cemetary may have merits any linkage to Arlington shows facile ignorance (looking at you Tones) unless they're planning a brutal protracted civil war to kick it off.
What is being proposed would work better as a National Cathedral for [...]

Emergency Volunteering Program launch at the Old Bus Depot Markets

By 18 October, 2013

Because sometimes bad things happen there needs to be good people who will help. If you have the time and ability, this may be one of the most important things you could do.
Volunteering ACT is launching the Emergency Volunteering Program at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston, on Sunday 20 October at 10.30am.
The program is [...]

Musical bikes gone missing ahead of The Canberra Pursuit

By 16 October, 2013

The Centenary Team are asking for help tracking down stolen musical bikes:
Three musical bikes have gone missing ahead of a large-scale Centenary of Canberra event this Friday night, as bike makers continue efforts to create 100 musical bikes for The Canberra Pursuit.
The General Manager of the Centenary of Canberra, Adam Stankevicius, is asking the public [...]

Canberra no longer metropolitan as far as Fairfax is concerned

By 16 October, 2013

The Australian is gleefully reporting that the Canberra Times has been downgraded from a metropolitan daily to community news:
THE newspaper of the nation’s capital is no longer considered a metropolitan title, with publisher Fairfax Media announcing this afternoon it was shifting masthead The Canberra Times from the metro news division to its Australian Community Media [...]

Got a charity that needs money? Call The Green Shed

By 16 October, 2013

This just in from Elaine at The Green Shed:
The Green Sheds located at the Mitchell and Mugga Resource Management Centres are calling on Canberra-based charities and not-for-profit organisations to contact them to be placed on their fundraising list.
The last Wednesday of each month is charity day at the sheds – where 100% of the total [...]

Commitment to Canberra statements

By 16 October, 2013

The Poms in Oz forum has just kicked off a rather entertaining discussion on what to write in Commitment to Canberra statements.
So far there’s just one suggestion which I thought was rather good:
I like Canberra and I totally want to live there. I dislike the sea and don’t want to live near it. That means [...]

Anti-vaccination nutjob being promoted by The Hierophant

By 16 October, 2013

I don’t mind too much the Hierophant herbalist above the Griffith Shops  charging high prices for plastic dragon and dolphin figurines,  and if many of their clients are people whose “spiritual” schtick is to buy blown glass “cosmic” objects made in sweatshops by Chinese workers, I guess whether that’s ultimately harmful is for economics experts. [...]

Tomorrow is Ride2Work Day

By 15 October, 2013

Shane Rattenbury already knows your excuses for not participating in ride to work day, and has answers for them… well some of them.
Don’t be lazy, try riding to work tomorrow.*
You might just like it.
Is your place of work, school or recreation out of reach on bike? Then why not combine a bike ride with a [...]

Taking a look at the enlarged Cotter Dam

By 15 October, 2013

With the Tokyo Bureau Chief in town we went for a look at the enlarged cotter dam and the new piece of public art; Flow.

To be honest 15 tonnes of concrete sculpture is a little underwhelming in the context of the entire dam wall.
It does have a blurb replete with explanation if you’re into that [...]

Happy Birthday Queanbeyan, have some trees!

By 15 October, 2013

Katy Gallagher met with the Mayor of Queanbeyan Tim Overall today in order to present the ACT’s Birthday gift to our favourite neighbor Queanbeyan.
It’s a lot of trees, like 1000 of them.
I hope Queanbeyan likes trees.
“To help celebrate Queanbeyan’s milestone birthday of 175 years and to commemorate the special relationship between our two cities, approximately [...]

Try the trail!

By 15 October, 2013

[ 27 October, 2013; 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. ] As we get more excited about the opening of the Centenary Trail, TAMS are putting forth word on their “Try The Trail” day:

The time has almost come for the official opening of the long-awaited Canberra Centenary Trail.

From 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday 27 October 2013, a ‘Try the Trail Day’ will be [...]

Mount Rogers 40th Birthday Fun Family Festival

By 15 October, 2013

Mount Rogers Primary in Melba is turning 40 it seems, and to celebrate they’re putting on a festival, and it looks kind of awesome.
Laser tag? At a school fete? Brilliant.
I had friends who went to Mount Rogers so I used to go to the festivals there when I was a kid, and I always felt [...]

Chuggers at Woden Plaza

By 15 October, 2013

Was at Woden Plaza yesterday, (Monday) and was approached by a young lady near the fruit n vegie shop on the corner collecting for some Charity.
After engaging me in small talk “like gee its cold in Canberra, I’m from Sydney” I replied “Your just after my credit card details arent you” at which [...]

Michael Linke moving on from the RSPCA

By 14 October, 2013

The RSPCA ACT has announced the resignation of their high profile and long serving CEO Michael Linke:
The CEO of RSPCA ACT, Michael Linke, has today announced that he will be leaving RSPCA ACT after eight and a half years as RSPCA ACT’s first CEO.
“We have a saying at RSPCA – happy/sad days. Today is [...]

Explainer: can the Commonwealth override the ACT on marriage equality?

By 14 October, 2013

By Anne Twomey
The ACT’s Marriage Equality Bill, which is expected to pass parliament later this month, has revived the controversy about who can legislate for same-sex marriage, with the Commonwealth proposing to challenge the territory’s law.
Despite some bravura statements on both sides, most recognise that the issues are not cut and dried. It all comes [...]

Public Forum: What’s Wrong with Abbott’s Refugee Policy?

By 14 October, 2013

[ 29 October, 2013; 6:30 pm; ] Event starts 6:30pm. Free refreshments from 6pm. Speakers including Senator Sarah Hanson-Young. All welcome.

Location: Haydon-Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank), Australian National University.

A ‘three-star’ general appointed to use military force to stop asylum seekers. A ‘blackout’ on reporting the numbers of refugees arriving by boat. Sending vulnerable men, women and children seeking our assistance to remote [...]

Queanbeyan Relay for Life 2014

By 11 October, 2013

Registrations are now open for the 2014 Queanbeyean Relay for Life. If you like life, relays, Queanbeyan, or just helping raise money for the Cancer Council then this might just be for you.
You can register here: You can also check the event’s Facebook Page to learn more.
They’re also looking for local business to [...]

Derek Bogle – Cheese Artist

By 11 October, 2013

I saw this on Facebook last night – three local Canberra comedians (Nick Smith, Edwina Nelson and Chris Ryan) have teamed up with some friends to tell the story of Derek Bogle, Cheese Artist. Not bad.
A profile of renowned Australian cheese artist Derek Bogle
Produced by Michelle Harris, Edwina Nelson, Chris Ryan, Colin Simpson and [...]

Brandis v. Corbell in the lawyering stakes

By 10 October, 2013

The ABC has word that the Federales are going to take the ACT Gay Marriage laws to the High Court for striking down just as soon as we make them:
The Federal Government plans to challenge ACT same-sex marriage laws in the High Court when the territory enacts legislation.
The ACT Labor Government expects the law [...]

5 worst and best things about Canberra according to two teenage girls

By 10 October, 2013

I do love a good YouTube video about Canberra, and today I found two from user Eloey Skitz. Who seems to be two girls, maybe one is Elory and one is Skitz? I don’t know. It’s not important.
Firstly the girls list the top 5 things they hate about Canberra:

There is the prerequisite “Canberra has nothing [...]

Platypus stowaway returned to Angle Crossing

By 10 October, 2013

TAMS have a cute story on a platypus taking an unusual interest in the engine bay of a Toyota Hilux and going for a ride:
A young female platypus has survived a 15 kilometre journey in the engine bay of a Toyota Hilux which had driven through water at Angle Crossing at the Murrumbidgee River south [...]

Haunted Canberra. 10min Documentary being filmed in Canberra

By 9 October, 2013

Hello Everyone,
My name is Ellen Lee and I am a fourth year student at the University of Canberra studying Film Production and International Relations.
As a part of our final unit we are to create a short 10 minute long film. Haunted Canberra is a documentary that is taking a closer look at the ghost stories [...]

Tommy Fynn wins Belcopalooza Oz Skateboarding Championships!

By 9 October, 2013

This past weekend saw one of Australia’s largest skate pilgrimages hone in on Canberra’s Belconnen Skatepark for Belcopalooza 2013.
Tommy Fynn, Tim Williams, Reece Warren, Bjorn Johnston, Matt Cheney, Bugs Fardell, Gabriel Summers, Jack Kirk, Max Couling, Shane Azar, Mitchell Howse, Alex Campbell, Harry Clark, Andrew Brophy, Sam Giles, Robert Pace, Marty Girotto, Sammy Winter, [...]

I-Day Expo and Market at the National Museum of Australia

By 8 October, 2013

[ 30 November, 2013; 12:00 am to 2:00 pm. ] ACT Community Living Project and the National Museum of Australia are joining forces to put on an expo and markets to celebrate I-Day.

At the moment they’re looking for stall holders so if you’re keen to get involved check out their stall holders invitation.

The Expo is a celebration of the skills, abilities and achievements of people [...]

Boorowa and the Running of the Sheep

By 6 October, 2013

Thanks to Zan’s very helpful tip in the Wotz on guide I was aware of Boorowa’s Running of the Sheep.
Having previously been ignorant of Boorowa’s very existence I hit up Google Maps and was surprised to learn it was a mere 1 hour and 18 minutes from the Inner North of Canberra.
Thus Goosepig and I [...]


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