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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 [...]

Canberra Tales: Branding and the Parliamentary Gardens

By 6 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Canberra tales: Blue Poles at the Museum of Australia

By 30 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Mt Ainslie should not become an archi-park

By 23 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

A Christmas wish: urban leadership

By 16 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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.
I [...]

Catch a meteor shower early tomorrow

By 14 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The night sky over Australia will be lit up by the Geminid meteor shower in the early hours of Tuesday, with up to 100 meteors per hour streaking across the sky.
Send us your photos of the meteor shower via email, Facebook or Twitter so we can share them with our readers tomorrow.
Astronomers expect the annual shower to [...]

CMAG lands John Olsen’s ‘Brindabellas’

By 9 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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One of Australia’s greatest living artists, landscape painter John Olsen, has gifted his new work, Brindabellas, to the Canberra Museum and Gallery for its permanent collection.
Mr Olsen (AO OBE) gifted the painting last night at an event for donors to the Museum’s Canberra Region Treasures Fund.
The work is already on display at the gallery and [...]

The fascination of the Capital Region Farmers Market

By 9 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It has now become a habit for thousands of Canberrans to jump into their cars on Saturday morning and to drive to North Canberra and to make their way to a very special local retail event. According to those who run this market, the Rotary Club of Hall, about 6,000 people show up each [...]

Archi-tales: Northbourne heritage

By 2 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The decision by the ACT Heritage Council to heritage list 17 of the Northbourne housing precinct does confuse the developments being proposed for the gateway to Canberra.
While the government has agreed to leave the 17 listed buildings, it will promptly go ahead with the demolition of other Northbourne buildings identified to be sold and the [...]

Canberra Tales: Huts of protest

By 25 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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If you happen to be driving past the South African Embassy in Canberra, you may notice a lonely and disused sentry box on the corner near the entrance to the embassy and its residence. Today, this corner of Canberra is very quiet and most people drive by without giving any thought to the place this [...]

Minister plans to do something about planning – yay!

By 23 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT has a Planning Minister and he has put out a document titled — Statement of Planning Intent.
Putting aside that the title sounds as if it was the outcome of a long series of bureaucratic focus meetings, it is great to see the minister, Mick Gentleman, put into words something of a vision for [...]

Share the SIEV X memorial story as refugee crisis continues

By 18 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There are so many stories to be told around the installation of the memorial to the 353 people who drowned while attempting the journey to Christmas Island on 19th October, 2001. I have visited the SIEV X memorial site at Weston Park numerous times and the impact has not reduced.
With each pole representing an individual [...]

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