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Images Of Canberra (1904 Stories)

Empathy from bureaucrats a rare thing

By 29 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It was during a recent North Canberra Community Council meeting that I realised I was hearing something very rare. The presenter was talking about fairly matter-of-fact issues to do with changes to local traffic lights and footpaths and it sounded as though she identified with the issues being dealt with.
Then she said it. She commented [...]

Canberra still learning how to design shareways

By 22 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I recently took the opportunity to observe the new shareway along Bunda Street.
When I first arrived I watched a large bus make its way at speed along the street. Not surprisingly, pedestrians did not insist on their right of way over the oncoming hulk of metal.
I also saw several cars and small trucks that didn’t realise (or care?) that they [...]

Welcome to Canberra! Some thoughts on the ACT’s gateway signs

By 15 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I enjoy the drive between Sydney from Canberra. I do it reasonably often. The mood of the country changes according to the weather, the drought, the latest rains and the time of day. Lake George and the surrounding hills have many moods to be enjoyed.
All of this leads back to how the traveller is welcomed [...]

Lightning strikes near the National Arboretum

By 14 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Forget the Antarctic vortex… How’s this for some impressive Canberra weather?
Photographer Glenn Martin captured these stunning lightning shots behind the National Arboretum on Saturday night. Thanks for sharing, Glenn!
Photo credit: Glenn Martin.

In praise of roadside political statements

By 13 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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While driving south along Limestone Avenue, travellers often encounter messages from the local church. These messages are frequently powerful political statements on current issues.
I thought I would share this latest one as it brings it home just how we should ignore messages about ‘whose team are you on’ and instead be more open and inclusive about dealing with our many [...]

In pictures: Canberra community organisations celebrate NAIDOC Week

By 12 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Six leading ACT community organisations combined to celebrate NAIDOC Week with the theme of ‘Land & Learning’ earlier this week.

The celebrations started with a Welcome to Country, before artist Linda Huddlestone (pictured above) talked about her family and country. She explained how her father’s story of being part of the stolen generation translated into her [...]

More honesty needed for Canberra’s master plans

By 8 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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A study of the ACT’s master planning processes reveals thorough research and consultations to produce a range of comprehensive documents on options for many of Canberra’s established shopping centres.
Despite all this seemingly good work, many Canberra residents feel disenfranchised by the planning system and have little respect for our planning and development bureaucrats. What’s [...]

Why are so many of Canberra’s public memorials out of sight, out of mind?

By 1 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over the years I have wondered about the placement of public art and memorials in and around the parliamentary zone. Here are three stories.
A couple of months ago the winner of the Immigration Place design competition was announced. The information available online (including the above image) suggests it will be an intriguing installation. The jury did [...]

An events park for central Canberra

By 17 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Central Canberra needs a dedicated open space for large special events at any time of the year.
In amongst all the talk (and lack of action) about the rejuvenation of Civic, there is one concept that needs to be seriously debated before lobbyists have their way. For instance, the Property Council talks about bringing more activity [...]

Tired Telstra Tower has sky high possibilities

By 15 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Telstra Tower is one of our most iconic Canberra landmarks. It is something tourists look for when they are lost, and a great relief for Canberrans to see when travelling on the Barton Highway after a seven-hour (or longer) drive from Melbourne.
The Telstra Tower opened on 15 May 1980 and there is something stylishly 1980s [...]

Canberra Beijing Garden – Lennox Gardens

By 10 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In researching the establishment of these Chinese Gardens I came across some of the consultation documents when the public was asked to comment on the gardens being built within Lennox Gardens.
There were objections from individual heritage lobbyists who complained that if the ACT Government was to go ahead with the Chinese Gardens, it would completely wreck [...]

All is not lost for Gungahlin shopping centre expansion

By 3 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The state of Canberra’s shopping centres is a hot topic of conversation at present.
Southlands at Mawson is going through an interesting phase of regrowth and has been the subject of community consultations, Westfield Woden’s tenants are murmuring about difficulties attracting customers and Civic is overdue for an intelligent and creative make-over.
Meanwhile, issues concerning the Dickson shopping precinct remain unresolved. [...]

Westside wonder

By 27 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last July the ACT Government announced plans to develop a shipping container village by the lake on the west side of Commonwealth Avenue. I missed the original announcement, but having now read some of the media releases, I can see that there was a lot of optimism about how this wondrous project was going change our lives.
I [...]

How can Civic be rejuvenated?

By 20 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Urgent action is required by the ACT Government to see Civic regain its position within Canberra as a popular centre, a place with its own character and charm and a precinct that attracts locals and visitors. Having previously outlined the issues behind Civic’s decline (see parts one and two of this series), it is timely [...]

Creating a future vision for Civic

By 13 May 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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There are loads of documents, reports and expert forums regarding the future of Civic. There is an abundance of pretty pictures, bad graphics, meaningless flowery statements and far too much powerpoint planning rhetoric – but what we need is action.
A recent Property Council report emphasised the need for less regulation and more government financial assistance for [...]

Civic an urgent urban planning problem

By 6 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Several decades ago, the centre of Canberra provided a very different shopping experience. Civic was a series of pedestrian plazas with a small complex named The Monaro Mall. In 1989 this mall was enlarged to become the first Canberra Centre. There were howls of protest at the time about how the government’s deal to sell off [...]

Review: Urban Suburban at CMAG

By 27 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Canberra Museum and Gallery has a major exhibition of local visual arts with the focus on artists’ views of life in this city.
This is an exhibition of art created in the Canberra region about where people live as opposed to the usual image of the city as the national capital. Hence the title Urban Suburban. [...]

A review of Canberra’s public memorial artwork

By 22 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Public sculpture commissioned in the memory of our dignitaries has been known to cause a stir amongst art lovers as well as those who take a position on public art.
In recent days there’s been chatter internationally about a statue erected back in 2009 to honour Lucille Ball, which sparked a Facebook group titled We love Lucy! [...]

Commonwealth Place: A landscape to be celebrated

By 15 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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One of the local manifestations for Centenary of Federation in the year 2001 was the building of Commonwealth Place down on the side of the lake in the axis between Parliament and Mount Ainslie.
This key site was initially listed as a possible place for the new Parliament House and hence it remained as an open [...]

Canberra’s Magna Carta Place

By 25 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the 13th Century English King’s agreement to the terms as set out in the Magna Carta. The original charter was more about getting a better deal for the church and the nobles rather than most of the population. Over time with additions and alterations, this document became important in [...]

Sunrise over Canberra

By 6 March 2015
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This morning’s (Friday 6 March) sunrise over Canberra.

Are you ready to be Enlightened?

By 3 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Juice

By 2 March 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I quite enjoy a good fresh juice. When I’m out for weekend breakfast with my mates, I’m always the indulgent one that orders a coffee and a juice. This week I put the word out to RiotACT readers for the best juice in Canberra. 
Votes came in for a few of the markets around town – there [...]

Local leaders – John Marshall (Frugii)

By 28 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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When Canberra’s own artisan ice cream brand, Frugii, won RiotACT’s Best of Canberra ice cream taste off earlier this month, I knew I had to meet the man behind the most delicious ice cream in the capital, John Marshall.
I meet John at his home in O’Malley, which has a basement commercial kitchen for making ice [...]

Cheap eats – Two Hands (Fyshwick)

By 28 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Fresh Food Markets aside, Fyshwick doesn’t have a big reputation as a foodie destination. But there are more than a few great cafes tucked between the kitchen shops and furniture warehouses if you know where to look.
One of these is Two Hands on Lyell Street. When I used to work in Fyshwick it was [...]

RiotACT contributors support RSPCA ACT

By 27 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

A Look Around Canberra: Kingston

By 9 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Just past the Parliamentary Triangle is the leafy inner south suburb of Kingston, one of the ACT’s oldest suburbs with a brand new development at the Foreshore as well as sparkling apartments going up just about every couple of months.
This suburb was named after Charles Kingston, Premier of South Australia from 1893-99 and was the [...]

Where to eat on the South Coast

By 24 December 2014
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Whether you’re after some really good fish and chips, a meat pie or a fancy dinner for two, here’s a short guide to some of the South Coast’s most loved restaurants, cafes and takeaway shops.
Fish and chips 
No trip down the coast is complete without fish and chips for dinner. My recommendation for all things battered [...]

Hyper-Canberra

By 7 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Josh Chaffey has amazed and engaged Canberra this morning by posting a YouTube video of Canberra through the eye of his Canon camera. We’ve all seen the gorgeous photos of Canberra that get shared around on the regular and even the beautiful time-lapse videos that emerge every now and again. This time Josh has taken [...]

Ode to Canberra – Round 4

By 7 July 2014
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The winner of the RiotACT Ode to Canberra Competition Round 3 is…
Ezy with ‘Foggy commute to work via the lake’. Congratulations Ezy – a double pass to Palace Cinema is on its way to you.
Round 4 is now open, so send us your photos of Canberra – give Ezy some competition (they’ve won two [...]

Ode to Canberra Round 3 Winner

By 4 July 2014
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The winner of Round 3 is Ezy with ‘Foggy commute to work via the Lake’ with 46% of the vote.
This is the second win in a row for Ezy – congratulations.
We’ll be sending out a double pass to Palace Electric.
New competition starts Monday.

Ode to Canberra (round 3) – Shift to fortnightly competition. More time to get your photos in!

By 16 June 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The winner of the RiotACT Ode to Canberra Competition for last week is…
Ezy with ‘Cooleman Ridge looking to the Brindabellas’. Congratulations Ezy – a double pass to Palace Cinema is winging its way to you.
Round 3 is now open, so send us your photos of Canberra. We have now extended the competitions to [...]

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