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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
There are many tales to be told about the design and the delivery of Australia’s Parliament House. There is one that involves a very clever person who realised he had the opportunity to use an everyday object as part of his own business branding.
Way back when the architecture team was being put together by Mitchell [...]
There is talk in the art world about the National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) changes to their permanent collection galleries and how this has included the movement of the famous Jackson Pollock painting, Blue Poles, from its long historic position downstairs to the upstairs galleries.
So when we talk of Blue Poles, the connection is normally [...]
I am not sure how many times I have driven people up Mt Ainslie take in the magnificent panoramic views. It remains the best lookout to take in Canberra’s urban infrastructure, to appreciate the planning that underpins the city’s layout and to witness just how the nation’s capital is nestled in the landscape.
The facilities at [...]
When Jon Stanhope commented on his disappointment – or was it frustration – with the lack of the ACT Government’s achievement in delivering on social housing, it struck a note with anyone who likewise considers that the LDA/directorate is focused on land sales at the expense of urban development and issues such as social housing.