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NSW man moves to Canberra; actually likes it


I grew up in a small coastal town of about 10,000 called Pacific Palms. My days were filled with the beach or the lake. Most of my adult life was spent in Sydney with the bustle and noise. I have also traveled around Australia extensively, but I choose to live in Canberra.
I found myself in [...]

Braddon hovering on the cusp


There’s a 2008 ACT Planning Report for Braddon in which the key priorities are:

To encourage more water- and energy-efficient building design
To continue to improve transport and land use planning outcomes
To pilot projects to showcase central city development and redevelopment opportunities

The report states that this commercial centre should encourage building forms to ensure a cohesive and [...]

Are you ready to be Enlightened?

enlighten 2015 canberra

It’s the best time of year again when the evenings are warm – but not stifling, with a cool – but not cold breeze; allowing everyone to come out after dark to explore Enlighten.
For those who don’t know or those new to Canberra, Enlighten is an annual event similar to the popular Vivid event in [...]

Weekend garage sale guide (28th Feb & 1st March)

By 27 February 2015

To include your listing in an upcoming allclassifieds Canberra weekend garage sale guide, upload your listing for free to
Saturday 28 February
13 Etheridge Street Page
7am to 12.30pm
Items include baby things (pumps, toys, carriers), household items, furniture and a printer with ink cartridges. More information.
Saturday 28 February
Queanbeyan West NSW (contact seller for exact location)
8am to 4pm
Around 60 years worth [...]

Safe Shelter for homeless men seeks volunteers

By 25 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Safe Shelter, which provides overnight shelter for homeless men during winter, is looking for volunteers to undergo training and to staff the shelters this coming winter.

Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old, have completed the two-night training course, hold a Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card, and be willing to spend a minimum of one night [...]

The reality of being homeless in Canberra

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Joe Bailei

The ACT, a jurisdiction that boasts the highest and most evenly distributed income in the nation, is experiencing a homelessness crisis.
According to Homelessness Australia, on any given night one in 200 people in Australia are homeless. A quarter of homeless Australians are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, and 30 per cent were born overseas.
The ACT’s homelessness rate [...]

Abode Hotels and Canberra Hospital Foundation join forces to help families

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Health Simon Corbell will attend a partnership event at Abode Woden today to celebrate the partnership between Abode Hotels and the Canberra Hospital Foundation that will ease the burdens placed on families of patients receiving care at nearby Canberra Hospital.
The Canberra Hospital Foundation supports families that find themselves [...]

Anzac centenary commemorated through the arts

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today announced over $80,000 in funding for two arts and culture projects as part of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program.
From the media release:
The ACT’s Centenary of Anzac commemorations received a boost today with Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja today announcing [...]

Playground review – Chifley Play Space (Chifley)

Small equip

Whether you’d like to run, climb and explore or sit back and share a meal, Chifley Play Space is a great place for the whole family. My experienced play experts Artie (four years) and Clyde (two years) gave the equipment at Chifley a go this week and let me know their verdict!

Chifley Play Space has three key [...]

Know of a Canberra Protestant church run by the congregation?

By 21 February 2015
Ask RiotACT

Anybody got a suggestion for a Protestant church in Canberra or surrounds run by the congregation? I.e. not the hierarchical Episcopal model, with a Bishop with sweeping powers, nor the Presbyterian model with elders elected by the congregation.

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 [...]

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