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Calling Canberra women with innovative ideas

By 20 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

YWCA Canberra is inviting Canberra women and girls to further their professional aspirations by applying for a Great Ydeas grant.
YWCA Canberra’s Great Ydeas small grants program provides grants of up to $2000 to local women and girls, so that they can pursue a professional development opportunity, pilot a project or business idea, or address a need [...]

What can I do about an overgrown hedge ?

By 20 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

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 [...]

A look around Canberra – Fisher

fisher shops

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 [...]

Hazard reduction burn tonight at Guises Creek

By 18 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

“Scum” at the Dickson shops… really?

By 17 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Musician and local icon Sydney

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 still accepting enrolments for 2015

By 16 February 2015

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 [...]

A day at the 2015 National Multicultural Festival


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 [...]

Playground review – Fadden Pines (Fadden)

Fadden Pines playground 1

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, [...]

A look around Canberra – Mawson

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Maxim Invitational Tennis Charity event raises $156,000

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Canberra team tackles poverty one step at a time

By 12 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
oxfam trailwalker

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 [...]

Playground review – John Knight Park (Belconnen)

Snake equipment

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 [...]

Have your say on smart parking in Canberra

By 6 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

A look around Canberra – Kaleen

By 6 February 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

I took myself back to the Belconnen region this week for A Look Around Canberra and got lost on the way to Kaleen. Mainly because I thought I knew where it was without using a GPS, and partially because I couldn’t find the usual suburb signs that are on just about every corner. I found [...]

Time to do something to fight animal cruelty

By 4 February 2015
rspca act

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 [...]

Queanbeyan Relay for Life, 21-22 February

By 2 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 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 [...]

Playground review – Boundless (Kings Park)

boundless playground canberra

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.
A [...]

A look around Canberra – Curtin

By 30 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 [...]

High Fidelity – a Canberra premiere

By 28 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
high fidelity play canberra

[ 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 [...]

Learn to play mandolin!

By 28 January 2015

[ 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 [...]

RiotACT contributors support RSPCA ACT

RiotACT contributors Steven Bailey and Alex Craig

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 [...]

Canberrans honoured in Australia Day awards

By 26 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Letterboxing for puppies dumped in Higgins

By 23 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
abandoned puppies canberra

[ 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 [...]

Artist or not, painting sessions are worth a try

By 22 January 2015

Looking for something new to try in Canberra, I came across a one off painting session on Groupon and thought I’d give it a go.
I signed up with the knowledge that I can’t draw or paint. My skills in this area are as basic as folding paint inside a piece of paper and opening it [...]

Canberrans horrified by puppy bashing

By 21 January 2015
abandoned puppies canberra

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. [...]

One flag, one day and one country…

By 21 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
Australia day stock

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 [...]

Participants wanted for online mental health study

By 20 January 2015

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 [...]

Making friends when you’re new to Canberra


The start of the year typically sees an influx of people move to the capital for work or university.
I relocated from Brisbane to Canberra nearly two years ago for work. I had been au pairing in Europe in the 12 months prior to the move and was in serious need of earning a proper wage after [...]

Elderly pets swelter – give them shelter

By 7 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Local leaders – Joanna Allebone (YWCA Canberra and Martial Women and Girls)

By 7 January 2015
joanna allebone

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 [...]

Tharwa Drive to close temporarily in January

By 29 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

One Canberra reference group members announced

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
John Hargreaves, Azra Khan and Joy Burch 1

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 [...]

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