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bed room noise

By 10 February 2014

I’m not making it news, I just need people’s advice how to handle this situation. Due to the nature of this problem, if you want to make joke, please go away as I’m serious. If you offer help, much appreciated.
I’m living in a house, the next house’s window opens to our windows very closely. I [...]

Cyclists dismount

By 5 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Jellyware sent this in with an interesting question – is following the rules as an act of civil disobedience?
What do you think?

TCC Meeting 4 Feb 2014

By 4 February 2014

[ 4 February 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] The Tuggeranong Community Council kicks off 31st year with its first meeting for 2014 to be held on Tuesday 4 February. The Guest Speakers include Canberra Airport Planning Director, Noel McCann, who will address the TCC on Canberra Airport’s 2014 Draft Master Plan.

The other speakers will be from the ACT Government who will talk on [...]

Magnets in the sky – Public lecture, Prof Bryan Gaensler

By 31 January 2014

[ 4 February 2014 at 5:30 pm; 4 February 2014 at 5:30 pm; ] Stars, planets and galaxies are all magnetic.  “Cosmic magnetism” plays a vital role in controlling how stars and galaxies form, age and evolve. Closer to home, these naturally occurring magnetic fields drive the evolution of species, protect the Earth from harmful particles, and are vital for the navigation of birds and other animals.

Professor Bryan Gaensler [...]

$500 reward for lost dog

By 29 January 2014

Genie went missing after let out from the groomers in Macquarie on 3rd January 2014. We are offering a $500 reward for her safe return.
Please email sarah_meadows@hotmail.com and include a photo of our dog if you have found her. We will only be responding to authentic claims of having our dog.
If you know anything at [...]

Engagement Party Ideas…

By 29 January 2014

Hello!
I’m struggling to plan an engagement party. I really don’t want to spend a lot as my partner and I are paying off one mortgage and saving for another property… But I love the idea of high tea in the gardens. Which has given me the idea to rent out high tea items/ tablets etc for a [...]

Hundred Swords ‘meet-n-greet’!

By 29 January 2014

[ 2 March 2014 at 4:00 pm; ] Do you fancy yourself a Hobbit battling hordes of goblins? Maybe you just fancy yourself?

The Hundred Swords is a Canberra-based ‘battle sports’ group. We are involved in melee battles of a medieval/fantasy nature using foam and latex weapons.

This Sunday at 4pm we are having a special session for new players and the curious. No need [...]

Ainslie mobile phone base station proposal

By 28 January 2014

Over the weekend we became aware of a development application to build another mobile phone base station with 11 antennas in the bush next to the ACTEW substation in Ainslie near the corner of Chisholm and Duffy Streets, just 90 metres away from residences and around 500 metres away from Baker Gardens Pre-school and Campbell High School.
The [...]

A great tragedy as fire engulfs the Polo

By 21 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

ACT Policing is investigating a fire in O’Connor which occurred in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, January 21).
Around 2.05am, police responded to reports of a structure fire at the Polish White Eagle Club on David Street in O’Connor.
On arrival, police located a significant amount of smoke coming from the rear of the building.
ACT [...]

Child care cost

By 21 January 2014

How much are people willing to pay for child care spots in Canberra?
Prices seem to be $105 – $112 per day in a central location… as to the quality… well… that seems debatable according to all the research I have been doing.
$120 – $165 a day in Sydney and waitlists do not exist in a [...]

Who’s up for a naked Hottest 100 party?

By 20 January 2014

[ 26 January 2014; ] The ACT Nudist Club is letting it be known they’re welcoming the public in for a Hottest 100 Party:

Break away from the ordinary, bring your mates and enjoy 2013′s best beats in the buff! Canberra’s local nudist club is throwing open the gates and cranking up the sound for a Hottest 100 Pool Party [...]

Ingress in Canberra. A new player guide

By 17 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Welcome readers, as I attempt to introduce you to the wonderful world of Ingress, which is currently taking off in Canberra and worldwide. You may have seen two ‘strange’ articles on here recently relating to Ingress, and have wondered what it is all about. This is my attempt as a brand new player to help [...]

A good use for your old specs

By 15 January 2014

Breaking the long summer silence of the Liberals, Andrew Wall is rallying support for an excellent cause:
Canberrans are being called on to donate their old glasses and improve the sight of visually impaired people in the poorer communities of Asia, Africa and the Pacific, Member for Brindabella Andrew Wall said today.
“The Lions club of [...]

Shane’s seeking graffiti

By 15 January 2014

Mayor Rattenbury has sent word that five “legal graffiti canvases” are awaiting paint:
Five legal graffiti sites in Tuggeranong and South Canberra will receive a paint over in the coming week to provide a fresh canvas for people to create new pieces of legal graffiti, said Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.
“Legal graffiti [...]

Police view of Summernats 2014

By 14 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

ACT Policing has uploaded their take on Summernats 2014 for our edification.

400,000 Canberrans before the next election

By 14 January 2014

Andrew Barr has released new estimates of the ACT Population growth.
While still expanding it’s slower than last projected which is going to have some big bad effects on the local economy and anyone who’s leveraged to take advantage of the old figures:
New official population projections for the ACT are being issued today. The ACT Government [...]

Canberra Connect’s year in review

By 13 January 2014

Someone from TAMS has valiantly returned from the coast to put together Canberra Connect’s year in review:
Canberrans contacted Canberra Connect over 7.3 million times last year, with more than 718,000 calls, over 34,000 pieces of electronic feedback, 6.1 million online visits and 510,000 shopfront customers.
“It is fantastic to see the growth of this service, [...]

Cosplay at CANCON 2014

By 13 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 25 January 2014 to 27 January 2014. ]

Before the internet existed lonely Canberra nerds had to go to CanCon to discover to our delight that there were human females who shared our interests.

It’s hard to explain today just how many suicides that would have prevented.

Having in the intervening years gone heavy on the male-centric table top war games we see they’re [...]

Canberra, all covered in slime

By 11 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Last week I let pestiness post a call to arms for Canberrans to join her faction in Google’s game Ingress.
Thus intrigued I fired up the copy of Ingress on my phone that I’d flunked out of training with a year ago.
The software has upgraded a few times since then, which I suspect is why it [...]

Five new Official Visitors!

By 10 January 2014

Simon Corbell has announced not one but five official visitors for the ACT have been appointed:
“Official visitors work to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, across diverse environments,” Mr Corbell said.
“They perform an invaluable service to our community, as communicators and problem solvers, observers and reporters.
“They are the eyes and ears of Ministers [...]

Hackett residents taking bus comfort into their own hands

By 10 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

This in from Rob:
New Action Bus Stop in Hackett
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2XX needs bosses

By 9 January 2014

Community radio station 2XX is advertising for both an assistant manager and (again) for a station manager. For the latter role, you’ll need to be prepared to work 30hrs a week for just $44k a year (a few thousand less than the guy working a deep frier at one of Canberra’s local clubs) doing a [...]

The Canberra Poems of P.S Cottier on Immortal Muse

By 9 January 2014

The Immortal Muse website has featured the works of P.S. Cottier related to Canberra.
There’s a lot there, and a lot worth thinking about.
Perhaps best of all is “Houses of Gungahlin”:
What space for expansive thought or emerald memory
in these distorted castles, hunch­backed yet grown giant,
perched on desecrated hills, cubist shrines to ugly Gods?
With their whole [...]

Piss successfully taken in Civic

By 9 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Canberra CBD is celebrating an estimated 3,000 public urinators being diverted from the walls of our fair town to their pissoirs over the festive period:
A second round of urinal trials in Canberra CBD late-night hot spots during the Christmas, New Years Eve and Summernats period has finished with successful results once again.
Data collected recorded an [...]

Small reduction in charity bin dumping

By 8 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

The ABC is claiming a small 10% drop in the amount of crap being illegally dumped on charities:
During the Christmas break there was a 10 per cent drop in the amount of waste being left at collection points under the guise of a donation.
Over the past few years several charities have removed collection bins [...]

The last days of the Belconnen Bus Interchange

By 8 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Four years later the Belconnen Community Service has brought to YouTube the cinematic tale of the last days of the Belconnen Bus Interchange:
In2Change – Belconnen Bus Interchange (1979 – 2009)
Published on 2 Jan 2014
A short film by Cara Hine – An Artistic Response to Urban Change

The Carnival Parade needs you

By 8 January 2014

Community Services has just tweeted its need jigglers and jugglers for the Beer And Meat On A Stick Day Parade!
Email the intriguing info@subsdance.com.au to get involved if you have “special talents”.
Be a part of #CBR most exciting street parade at this year's @NatMultiFest pic.twitter.com/eq3eN0BTp1
— Community Services (@CSD_ACT) January 7, 2014

Omar Musa makes TimeOut’s most anticipated list

By 7 January 2014

TimeOut Sydney has compiled a list of the most anticipated books of 2014.
Lo and behold up there with Hilary mantel and David Malouf is Canberra/Queanbeyan’s own Omar Musa.
Something to look forward to in June.

Canberra is not as it seems

By 7 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

…for many reasons.
Canberra is being over-run by the resistance. We are an enlightened city, full of enlightened people (mostly), but the ‘intel map’ is depicting that this is not the case. The enlightened seem to be losing the battle. We need more help!
If you’re over 16 and based in the Australian Capital Territory, have an [...]

There’s an archive in that tunnel

By 6 January 2014

The ABC has a fascinating story of the Noel Butlin Archives at ANU which is built into the space we know of as the Parkes Way tunnel:
More than 30 years ago a hidden bunker was constructed above the Parkes Way tunnel on the Australian National University (ANU) campus.
ANU archivist Maggie Shapley says the two-storey structure [...]

Canberra makes 39 with a bullet!

By 6 January 2014

The Guardian has included Canberra in its list of Holiday Hotspots for 2014.
Sure, number 39. But on the list!

nightride tomorrow night (tuesday) + free bike fix workshop this weekend

By 6 January 2014

hey guys
couple of casual cycling events this week.
tomorrow I’m organizing a nightride from belco to the city.  more social than a training ride, we will stopping along the way for a moonlit picnic.  no need to wear stretchy clothes
details via
www.bikeact.org
this weekend cyclejam is running their monthly bikefix at gormon house markets.  use some tools, get [...]

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