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The City to Lake spin

By 27 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There’s been a load of positive mainstream press about the wonders of the ACT Government’s major project for the centre of Canberra, The City to Lake Project.
Till now I had not paid particular attention to the project beyond noticing the general spin that this development will bring many benefits to Civic. And there is no doubt that Canberra’s [...]

Ask RiotACT: Greening the Kingston Foreshore

By 18 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Kingston Foreshore

Hi,
What thoughts do others have in respect to enhancing the greening initiatives for the concrete corridors around the foreshore?
I am a firm believer that the foreshore cannot have enough trees/shrubs.
Some actions have been taken with respect to plants/vegetation but with consideration to views being impeded by level one apartments upwards there are other options available [...]

Is planning an issue for the ACT elections?

By 6 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When the ACT Government made its announcement that the DA for the supermarket complex in Dickson had been approved, it set off a curious chain of events.
The manner in which the announcement was handled by the government has increased the evidence of the growing gap between our elected politicians and the issues and aspirations of the voters.
I first became aware of [...]

Sharing your space

By 6 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There’s a 1989 song by Pere Ubu, Flat, that has the following lyrics, “In the early part of the 20th Century, Deep inside the American wilderness, In the state of Kansas – 82,000 square miles of flat – There were two automobile cars. On July 5th 1904 they ran into each other”.
Then there’s the story [...]

The reptilian women of Canberra

By 30 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Niki Johnson and Claudia Corrigan

Niki Johnson and Claudia Corrigan know exactly where they want to go and how to get there.
This uncommon confidence has much to do with the fact that on a daily basis they are entangled with snakes, fight off salt water crocodiles and pursue errant frogs and lizards.
Both young women are senior volunteers at the Canberra [...]

Dickson trees declared worth saving

By 22 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Any tree is worth saving. Any group of trees is always worth fighting for. But I also acknowledge that when absolutely necessary any tree can be replaced.
Decisions about our trees should not be about individual trees but more about the long-term number of trees that form Canberra’s famous urban forest. I have long argued that if [...]

Canberra’s queuing culture: How do we line up?

By 26 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Noodle Markets queuing

Canberrans are instinctive queuers. Recently, I have witnessed this at the Westside Shipping Container Village; on the mornings of ALDI’s special deals days; at a bicycle and fleecy clothes sale; and in front of a football registration sausage sizzle. Where there is much demand, somewhat uncertain supply and in the absence of guide ropes and [...]

Your place in community consultations

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Here’s another sad tale about the ACT Government’s patronising attitude towards residents. This one ends with the latest evidence of an approach to Canberra’s urban development that makes it difficult for members of the community to have their say.
The ACT Government knows well that residents in and around Dickson have a keen interest in [...]

Civic Square a jumbled, architectural mess

By 11 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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City planners allow for all manner of formal spaces when plotting out the municipal aspects of any new township. In early colonial Victoria it was decided that townships should not have major public squares – city squares – as there was the fear that such spaces may encourage democracy. Heaven forbid!
For most of its life [...]

Awesome autumn – Lake Ginninderra walk

By 6 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Is there anywhere more lovely than Canberra in autumn?  If you’d like to experience some stunning leaf colour and pretty reflections, take a stroll by Lake Ginninderra. We’ve researched a walk that will appeal to everyone – and it’s pram friendly, child friendly and dog friendly too. Interested? Read on!
This little gem of a walk follows an easy 2.5 km, [...]

In ACTPLA we trust

By 5 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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With the NCA moving to hand over significant planning powers to the ACT Government, the focus now shifts to how the ACT Government handles such an increase in responsibility for national aspects of this capital city.
I have long held the view that the ACT Government should have far more control over much of the land [...]

Celebrating suburban coffee

By 20 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Sitting down on a recent Sunday to catch up with a friend over a cup of coffee (or two) in Braddon, reminded me of why it is not my favourite place to go on a weekend – let alone during the week.
There has been a lot said by the marketers of Canberra about the ‘cool’ places [...]

Best of Canberra – Autumn views

By 12 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Manchurian Pears with National Gallery

There was only one nomination following our Best of Canberra – Autumn views call out, perhaps because it was for a contender that was such a shoe-in it wasn’t worth nominating any other site in the city.
The ornamental pears that line the Lake Burley Griffin promenade at Queen Elizabeth Terrace, starting in line with the [...]

Urban Redevelopment Awards for Canberra

By 1 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Sometimes you do have to wonder about things that come your way. Today I have to report on a media release that was sent around on a new set of federal awards.
As I looked through them I just sat here amazed. Seems not everyone thinks the same about some of the things being built and [...]

Walking the Centenary Trail in 8 Days: AIS to Wright

By 31 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Have you ever thought about walking the Centenary Trail? The 145km loop was established in 2013 to celebrate Canberra’s Centenary, and passes over our picturesque mountain scapes, rivers, fields and forests. Not only will you see stunning natural scenery, you’ll also explore many of Canberra’s suburbs and the Parliamentary Triangle, discovering hidden gems and visiting [...]

Lake Burley Griffin – What would Menzies do?

By 30 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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One of the pleasures of this city is to sit down by Lake Burley Griffin in the evening to watch the light fade. For someone born on the NSW coast, it is not quite the same as watching the surf roll in – but it is a very calming experience.
The lake is a real gem. [...]

How Canberran are you?

By 29 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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How Canberran are you? It’s a question that’s tough to answer. How would you answer that? Are you more qualified as a Canberran if you’ve been to Mooseheads, the War Memorial, the Hyperdome, and the Balloon Festival? Not quite. But one Canberran, let’s just call them HCAY, has curated a fun way for Canberrans to [...]

Responding to the new Dickson supermarket DA

By 23 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It will come as no surprise to regular RiotACT readers that I will be lodging comments on the revised Dickson Development Application: 201426717. I have posted my current draft below to see what others think.
Ultimately of course, the final submission will reflect my views. So I do urge others to make their views known to [...]

Enlighten artists unpaid but ‘ecstatic’ about mentorship opportunity

By 19 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Mark Kelly at Enlighten. Photo: Emma Kelly

The ACT Government has defended a program under which some of the artists involved in the creation of architectural projections in this year’s Enlighten program received mentoring and had their costs covered but were not paid for their artworks.
Four of the artists, Mark Kelly, Melinda Heal, Riley Post and Tianli Zu, were mentored by staff [...]

The bush capital needs more trees – not less

By 16 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The first impression of Canberra from the north is of trees. They line the highway into the city and as you drive through the inner north suburbs, the urban forest is ever present. This remains the historic perception of the nation’s capital city.
Yet in recent times the agencies involved in the city’s development, particularly in [...]

Pushin’ the pram – pram-friendly and dog-friendly walking in Canberra

By 12 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE

Ever wondered where you can safely push your pram in Canberra – and take your dog for an off leash run at the same time?
We’ve researched some fun walks in various areas of Canberra that are paved the whole way and dog friendly as well. So you can definitely keep fit, take bub on an [...]

Canberra’s lost planning authority

By 9 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The good people of Canberra, when they are in an optimistic mood, still believe there is a planning authority (ACTPLA) that consists of a learned group of experts who collectively make evidenced based and objective decisions on planning and development. Sadly this is not the reality.
Do we still have a planning authority?
About ten years [...]

Revamped Dickson DA – mediocre at best

By 7 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Dickson-antill

I don’t think the residents will be holding celebrations about what is being proposed for the new supermarket complex here in downtown Dickson.
Dickson is the main commercial/shopping hub for the inner north of Canberra and most residents would agree that it is overdue for a revamp. We know too well what the problems are. There [...]

Archi-tales: The failure of domestic architecture

By 2 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Along with some very pointed questions that were posed at the recent talk at the Albert Hall, there were a couple about the lack of government leadership in emphasizing the value of good design and the importance of architecture. Sadly along with many other questions asked, there were no satisfactory answers.
When it comes to domestic [...]

Mount Ainslie design winners announced

By 25 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Mount-Ainslie-lookout

Take a very hot day, take a small crowd of press and politicians and a few designers – and where would you head on a day of 36 degrees in Canberra. Stay inside maybe? Not this lot – there was something important to be done.
Up they went to the very top of Mount Ainslie. They [...]

Canberra Tales: Lake George

By 24 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Let’s start with the reality of this claim. Lake George is not in the ACT.
But as the lake and its surrounding landscapes are part of the experience of travelling to and from the capital – it is very much part of the Canberra landscape to be enjoyed.
I drive past frequently and have come to admire [...]

The fog around the ACT’s Heritage Strategy

By 17 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT Government has commenced a period of consultations for the development of a five-year heritage strategy (see links below this post).
Many heritage debates are contentious. Especially when things get complicated given the political influence of the property sector who constantly bang on about cutting ‘red tape’ on heritage matters which usually means they want [...]

Urban Renewal – it’s coming your way!

By 10 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There’s a talk at the Albert Hall here in Canberra on Tuesday 16 February. The title for this session definitely sounds as though a focus group of bureaucrats have signed off on it.
The title is: Urban Renewal – a partnership with the community.
These words are meant to be harmless, non-threatening and inoffensive (well not too [...]

Billboard? What billboard?

By 27 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Billboards have long been part of our culture and have been popping up here there and anywhere all over the place throughout the world. We seem to love to clutter up our landscape with anything that makes money.
A visit to Tokyo includes, whether you want to or not, the viewing of walls of illuminated billboards [...]

A sculpture walk though Civic

By 20 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When reading the latest thought bubbles from the property lobby, it was difficult to avoid laughing out loud. In their quest to improve Civic business activity, the Civic property lobby has recommended that the ACT Government should hand over money to assist in the refurbishment of the Melbourne and Sydney buildings.
Let’s be clear — these [...]

A look around Canberra – Red Hill

By 15 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Red Hill in the inner south is probably the only suburb in Canberra that is named after exactly what it is: a red hill. The red soil in the area is believed to be why early settlers named it Red Hill. It’s an older suburb with a gazettal date of 20 September 1928 and is [...]

Dogs, ducks and dubious decisions

By 13 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Dickson Wetlands have been a success both as a water-engineering project (providing water for the nearby sports grounds) and as attractive open space parkland.
From the day it was opened, people have been going there from the surrounding suburbs to enjoy the amenities – mainly just to walk. In addition to the care-free meanderers, there [...]

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