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The European Menace

By 17 April 2009

I briefly heard her deputy chiefliness on ABC this morning responding to a caller concerned about the rapid rise in the population of European wasps.  I remember when they were first detected in Canberra, and there was great concern to eradicate them wherever possible.  Well, it hasn’t worked.
I had breakfast in Manuka last weekend, and it [...]

Diagnosis? Canberra Hospital has a heart

By 17 April 2009

My father died of cancer last year. 
Yesterday I received a letter from Dr Khurana (Canberra Hospital Neurosurgery) offering condolences. 
Throughout my father’s treatment, the often stressed staff at Canberra Hospital remained sympathetic and supportive, even when my father became cranky and irritable.  This letter from Dr Khurana adds to my conviction that we Canberrans [...]

More Burger van stuff – Brodburgers

By 17 April 2009

Stopped in to try the new food van on Bowen Drive, south bound (in the small carpark where the swans and ducks get a free feed).  I’d rate the burger – super lean beef, salsa, leafy greens, swiss cheese – as a 10/10 for quality, and at $9 6.5/10 for value.
Although the place doesn’t seen [...]

Canberra Graff (part one)

By 16 April 2009

The magic of YouTube brings part one of pankrialsteve’s survey of graffiti around Canberra, complete with the following note:
Some of the better pieces from around Canberra and the ACT.
Part two should be coming soon…
P.S If you know of any spots in the ACT that you would like to see in the next video, let me [...]

What is the Ainslie Arts Centre for?

By 16 April 2009

Here’s an interesting tidbit from this week’s Culturazi newsletter:
Ainslie Arts Centre Out of Action
Inquiring recently whether I could hire a room at the Ainslie Arts Centre, I was first directed to Canberra Youth Music who were acting as centre management, only to find they’d recently relinquished control back to ArtsACT. Ringing the ArtsACT contact, I [...]

Images of Canberra – Thunder over Mount Ainslie

By 16 April 2009
Images of Canberra - Thunder over Mount Ainslie

CoffeeGeek has sent in this HDR picture of stormclouds over our city with the following note:
I have this one I took roughly 4 weeks ago on a Friday afternoon. I can’t remember the date. The hill in the distance to the right is Mount Ainslie, and the road crossing the view is the Gungahlin bypass. [...]

Garema Place screen busted and aint getting fixed

By 16 April 2009

CityNews have an interesting piece on the general decrepitude of Canberra, particularly Garema Place.
DESPITE researching clear community benefits, the ACT Government is in no hurry to replace the screen and broken canopy in Garema Place with a digital one.
The original screen was intended also to be used as a canopy, tilting to cover performers [...]

Free whooping cough vaccine to combat negligent parents

By 16 April 2009

Katy Gallagher has announced that in an effort to stem Canberra’s reversion to the dark ages she’s going to pick up the bills of oxygen thieving parents who have failed to vaccinate their children against whooping cough.
ACT Health Minister, Katy Gallagher MLA, today announced that parents of babies under 12 months of age and grandparents [...]

David Jones closed

By 16 April 2009

DJ’s in Civic has had extensive water damage from its sprinkler system and may be closed for weeks.

Minimal risk at Cooleman Court

By 16 April 2009

The Canberra Times has a bit on the trouble at Cooleman Court where asbestos has been found in the aircon and shops have had to close:
Four Cooleman Court shops are gradually reopening after an asbestos scare late last week.
The shops were closed on Thursday when asbestos-related material found in an air-conditioning duct months ago [...]

NCA Wrap for 16 April

By 16 April 2009
NCA Wrap for 16 April

1. Heritage planning for LBG underway:
Andrew Smith, Executive Director with the NCA says:
‘Once finalised, the management plan will ensure that Lake Burley Griffin and adjacent lands are protected in accordance with their heritage significance.’
This is the second phase of public consultation undertaken by the NCA. The first stage included the preparation of a [...]

Water Tanks Information Talk

By 16 April 2009

[ 23 April 2009; 6:30 pm; ] SEE-Change hosts:  Water Tanks: Your questions answered. 

What size to get? How to locate and set up a tank? What rebates are available?

Come learn not only from the professionals but hear what advise others have, who have already experienced the potential pitfalls of installing a rainwater tank.

Julene and Ricki from local firm, Get Tanked, will [...]

Snowtown empire expansion information sessions

By 16 April 2009

[ 15 April 2009; 9:00 pm; ] Information sessions about Snowtown’s empire expansion plans:

Thursday 16 April 2009
12:00pm to 12:30 pm and 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Friday 17 April 2009
12:00 pm to 12:30pm and 1:00pm to 1:30pm

At Alastair Swayn Theatrette, 33 and 35 Brindabella Circuit, BBP.

Super School Rant

As a former student (graduate) from one of the primitive predecessors of the so-called Super School concept, I am ready to speak out about the priorities and spending from these schools.
At A***** School, year 3-10 students share the same grounds, with no privacy from each other, the seniors (9/10′s) sharing classes with many year 8′s, [...]

Venues to cocktail?

By 15 April 2009

Some friends are looking for a venue to have a cocktail party for up to 50 people.
Outdoorsy location is preferred.
Any input ?

School leaving age to jump to 17

By 15 April 2009
School leaving age to jump to 17

[First filed: April 14, 2009 @ 09:55]

Very very quietly, without a media release, the ACT Department of Education and Training has slipped out it’s “Pathways to the future” paper.
The paper is dated February 2009, but the DET website reckons it was released on the ninth of this month.
The Canberra Times, however, is now onto it. [...]

Why it’s best to stay indoors – parenting in public places

By 15 April 2009

As I waited to be served at Subway in the Hyperdome, I watched with fascination as a child clambered atop the counter, leaned over the cash register and started pressing random buttons. 
My main interest was the mother’s reaction to this.  Nothing for a few minutes.  Then, when she finally noticed my focussed attention, she [...]

Images of Canberra – Pommy Bastard’s storm clouds clouds over Stromlo

By 15 April 2009
Images of Canberra - Pommy Bastard's storm clouds clouds over Stromlo

Another landscape from Pommy Bastard, this time of clouds sweeping up on the Mt Stromlo observatory.
(Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to images@the-riotact.com)

Easter public holiday surcharges

By 15 April 2009

[First filed: April 13, 2009 @ 08:09]
I just finished working my duly rostered shifts over the easter weekend, having been asked to work over Easter as other staff were away for the weekend.  I agreed to the shifts, to help out over a busy period, as I work in a fast-food based business and most [...]

“Race ‘n’ Taste” for the Anzac Day long weekend

By 14 April 2009

[ 27 April 2009; ]

I’ve just had a moderately interesting media release drift across my desk.

The “OutInCanberra Race ‘n’ Taste” is kicking off for the first time on the Anzac Day holiday Monday at the racecourse Thoroughbred Park.

Here’s the blurb:

Offering something for every level of enthusiast, taste and budget, OutInCanberra Race ‘n’ Taste will boast a wide variety of [...]

An end to bushfire season

By 14 April 2009

The ACT Emergency Services Agency has announced the end of bushfire season tomorrow, following the weekend’s rain.
“The official bushfire danger period will formally finish on Wednesday 15 April 2009,” Acting ESA Commissioner David Foot said.
“The end of the season was extended by two weeks on 31 March 2009 due to continued hot and dry [...]

Guns rolling in for the amnesty

By 14 April 2009

Simon Corbell has announced that at the midpoint of his firearm amnesty 66 guns have been surrendered including 9 prohibited weapons:
“I am very encouraged to see Canberrans getting involved in the amnesty and continuing to make our community a safe place to live,” said Mr Corbell.
“Often these firearms are not obtained for illegal purposes, but [...]

Thai Food Festival?

By 14 April 2009

Does anyone know the details of this year’s Thai Food Festival?
I think it’s on this Sunday but I had passed the (tiny-fonted) sign before I could read it all.
If anyone could fill me in, please, it would be greatly appreciated!

The Tamils are coming

By 14 April 2009

The ABC is warning that hundreds of Tamils are threatening to descend on The Lodge today in protest over their losing the long running Sri Lankan civil war.
The demonstrators will move their protest from the Prime Minister’s residence in Sydney to The Lodge in Canberra today.
Organisers say they are expecting several thousand protesters to descend [...]

Your chance to show off your pet

By 14 April 2009
Your chance to show off your pet

The RSPCA is announcing that they’re now taking bookings for places in their very popular calendar.
So if you want to support the organisation and also get your furry/feathery/scaly friend a degree of vicarious fame this is your big chance.
Apparently the dates are handed out on a first come, first served basis so you need to [...]

Dirty tricks against Giralang Shops Development

By 14 April 2009

In the last fortnight pamhplets have been mailed to every house in Giralang. The pamphlet opposes the Woolworths development at the derelict shop site and is attributed to “Combined Residents Action Group”. Sound familiar? It seems that it was intended to deceive Giralang residents into believing it came from the Giralang Residents Action Group (GRAG). [...]

Spraying the urban forest?

By 14 April 2009

Apologies for the lack of pics. Some months ago, I noticed the fences facing Sulwood Drive along the bottom of Mount Taylor in Kambah looked different – someone had spraypainted palms and trees on the mostly colorbond fences.
Since then its spread to Lyons and Mawson areas as well. At first I thought this was an [...]

Who are the traditional owners?

By 13 April 2009

The Canberra Times has jumped all over this bit of hilarity . Apparently a stoush has erupted between two indigenous groups over the traditional ownership of Canberra. The Ngunnawal people are currently recognised as the traditional custodians of the land, but the title is contested by the Ngambri people.
The standing disagreement took a dramatic turn [...]

Pass me another elf, sergeant… I’ve split this one. – Phenomenon 2009 open for registration

By 13 April 2009
Pass me another elf, sergeant... I've split this one. - Phenomenon 2009 open for registration

For those of you who like pretending they’re someone or something else every now and then, word reaches the RiotLAIR that registrations have opened for Phenomenon 2009 (this year themed “Phenobition”, and nothing to do with orcs or elves despite my headline)
It’s taking place over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend (5-8 June) at Daramalan College. [...]

Drug drought?

By 11 April 2009

The Canberra Times is carrying police claims of major victories in their war on illicit drug production and supply.
Speaking after releasing results of the haul, Detective Superintendent Nicholas Bingham said police targeting of cannabis crops had a significant effect on production. ”We have seen the crop sizes reduce dramatically from thousands some years ago to [...]

Images of Canberra – The Moon and Telstrayama

By 11 April 2009
Images of Canberra - The Moon and Telstrayama

Pommy Bastard took this one from his haunt at the Pinnacle last night.
Enjoy.
(Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to images@the-riotact.com)

Katy slips a bung to the West Belconnen Health Cooperative

By 11 April 2009

With systemic problems creating what’s looking like a collapse of the general practice medical network in Canberra it’s nice to see something being done.
On the other hand Katy Gallagher’s announcement that the taxpayer is paying $220,000 to fit out a privately owned Community Health and Well-being Centre for West Belconnen looks more like fiddling at [...]

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