Back on 28 August the Chief Minister promised to do something about the shabby state of Civic.
In particular he promised:
“To complement the Floriade in the City entertainment, the ACT Government will beautify the heart of the city with the installation of new flower displays and fairy lights through the trees on Northbourne Avenue.”
Over the last [...]
The work at Civic Pool has been completed.
Readers might recall that the Duby Dome had come to look like a *cough* large potato.
The new structure keeps the blue and white motif but is ribbed and free standing so the need to keep the pool area pressurised is a thing of the past. Apparently this has [...]
I spied the outside of the Labor Club while in Belconnen on the weekend, frankly I was astonished.
With the lack of good bars in Belconnen (honourable exception being the Pot Belly) does keeping up appearances cease to matter?
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[ 21 November, 2008 to 23 November, 2008. ]
The Dutton Rally is holding its NSW leg this weekend. The action is largely taking place in the Canberra region:
The event comprises over 30 individual driving exercises and will be based in Goulburn, NSW. Wakefield Park, Fairbairn Park and Sutton Road venues have been confirmed for both Friday and Saturday.
Dan Cummins from Cummins racing, a [...]
Has anyone recently had the good fortune to dispute a speeding fine and be successful?
My wife recently recieved a speeding fine (from the fixed camera) on the Monaro Hwy while in the right merging lane about to enter Isabella Drive. We requested the pic and if you squint you can just make out our rego. [...]
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This little snippet has gone up on YouTube, published by “mjguitarhero”. It comes with the following info:
saw this when me nd ma boss were delivering furniture…adelaide avenue overpass in canberra
Understandable to drive by and video? Or otherwise?
Halloween in Australia?
Sure, whatever! Sounds good.
What? No! How dare you?
In the recent discussion about bike racks on buses Miz outlined an interesting scam surrounding the current system of free bus rides for people using the bike racks on the front of ACTION buses.
I’ve heard of people getting a free ride by walking their dusty, spiderwebby (ie obviously unused and probably unride-able) bike to the [...]
When one goes to Youtube and types “canberra” in the search field, this is the first clip that comes up:
Marianne, be careful, you have some competition!
[ED - I'm astonished that the Live In Canberra campaign hasn't taken up the chorus "Canberra - A great place to squiz"]
[First filed: November 16, 2008 @ 15:31]
George (the kelpie of few accomplishments), has been, if not good, then at least not particularly bad lately.
So we took him to Lake Ginninderra this morning to check out the fuss of the “Dog’s Day Out”.
From the start we were immensely impressed by the organisation at a free event. [...]
I post this on behalf of my girlfriend who hasn’t created a login yet….slack!
Please help. I’ve recently relocated to Canberra from Sydney and although I am enjoying all this fair city has to offer I have to say – WHERE’S THE STEAK?
There is steak to be had but it is extremely overpriced, we recently [...]
[ 30 November, 2008; 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Everyone’s invited to come along to the Tuggeranong Arts Centre, enjoy a glass of wine, and hear a reading of a new locally-written play! This will be the first public reading of Trevar Alan Chilver’s latest play, The Incident at Fugue Bay.
After the reading Canberra Dramatics will celebrate 2008 with a few drinks and canapés. [...]
A reader has sent this one in, as seen in the window of Guess in the Canberra Centre.
Ladies, does this appeal to any of you?
Are you ready to “apply in store”?
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If you’re having trouble reading the notice the text reads:
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Chief Minister Stanhope has proudly announced the bottling of the special edition Centenary of Canberra Riesling.
A great deal of effort has gone into selecting some of the best vintage grapes from wineries across the region to develop a great wine to mark 100 years since the Canberra-Yass district was selected as the site for the [...]
[First filed: November 15, 2008 @ 16:17]
With the end of the year fast upon us so too comes the Belconnen Community Festival.
There one finds row after row of worthy institutions and Government agencies set up in little booths hoping that someone, anyone will come by and take a flyer.
A lack of shade ensures only [...]
Pommy Bastard has sent this one in with the following note:
View from the top of Mount Painter in advance of the alleged “storm” coming through Saturday.
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Walking to Civic tonight we were debating whether to dine at the old favourite of Ali Baba, or try the new, and nearly next door “Grill Fusion” which offers on its signage to provide kebabs AND curry.
This got us thinking that a good naan or roti bread could play host to a dryish curry forming [...]
Here in the RiotBunker we’ve thoroughly enjoyed being able to wash our cars on a hot day for the first time in years.
If you too have been celebrating this rare opportunity to do things people from developed countries take for granted, then be sure to take a picture and send it in to email@example.com and [...]
Devil_n_Disquiz took this one last night in Banks as the storm line came through.
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Gus’s Cafe have advertised in this morning’s CBR Times classifieds for a kitchenhand, a cook, floor staff and a barista – and specified “no experience required”!
Um, wonders, does this mean that Gus’s standards are so high that they take all recruits through rigorous training on hiring them … or that they don’t expect to [...]
[ 16 November, 2008; 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. ] One for the woofers.
The Chief Minister is frantically coming to grips with Territory and Municipal Services and seems determined to play the part of Mayor for the next four years.
As part of the catch up he is this morning letting us know that tomorrow is the “Dog’s Day Out” on the shores of Lake Ginninderra.
Alas, fellow RiotACTers, another Canberra icon is following the Dickson Tradies Schnitzel into oblivion. Allens, purveyers of all sorts of third tier brands has been taken over by Harris Scarfe and all its stores are in the process of being re-branded. Depite its inherent dagginess, it’s always held a special place in my heart.
For the first time in many a year tomorrow it will be legal to wash your car.
So if you are giving your pride a joy a loving sponging why not get a photo of it and send it in to us? ( email@example.com )
While bikinis are welcome it’d be nice to get some prime Riot [...]
The Chief Minister is on the air on ABC radio as I write. He is once again pushing the line that Assembly interference in the planning process of his precious power station will put us on the path to Wollongong Council.
Having spent the last year living in the Illawarra, and having met a few of [...]
Last night the ACT Australians of the Year were announced at the National Museum. The winningest Canberrans in 2009 were:
The ACT Australian of the Year 2008 is Indigenous leader Professor Michael Dodson AM.
Professor Michael Dodson is widely recognised as a proud, courageous and humble Aboriginal leader who has spent his adult life trying to explain [...]
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It’s a little known secret. But a few times a year the hospitality school at the Canberra Institute of Technology runs an “Industry Icons” night when the most successful chefs in Australia come to cook with the students and present a major dinner.
Cooking experimental cuisine for 250 might seem [...]
New user Manhole has jumped in on September’s story about fingerprinting of customers in Sultan’s Nightclub. It was an interesting post so I’m reproducing it here:
How informed do you have to be before your opinion is worth something?
This is post number 78 and its the first to mention that the fingerprint and ID scan system [...]
The ABC informs us that the controversial Tralee development has gained the approval of Queanbeyan Council.
The proposal is now off for sale to the highest bidder on Sussex Street before the NSW Government makes a decision.
If it goes ahead it might at some point impinge on Terry Snow’s plans to turn Canberra Airport into an [...]
I don’t know about anyone else but I don’t suffer form hayfever. I never have, and I believed quite rightly that I would never ever.
Having said that, for some reason I have been stricken with hayfever for the last month and it’s really knocking me about due to lack of sleep, red sore eyes and [...]
This one’s from the fence around the huge hole in the ground where the Civic Greater Union cinema used to be.
This was old when God was a boy. But it’s nice to see the memory remains.
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[ 15 November, 2008; ] Volunteers are needed to help support the Belconnen Festival Saturday 15 November 10am -5pm at Margaret Timpson Park, Belconnen ACT.
The Belconnen Festival hosts a full program of music and dance performance, kids’ space, arts and craft village, food stalls, youth festival, and the new Future Footprints environment and sustainability expo.
The Belconnen Festival [...]
I went out to the Stromlo Forest Park this morning to have a look at what they’ve done out there. It’s a very extensive community facility and, when the trees grow will probably be very beautiful.
Being the sort who likes to read plaques I was curious about the tiny writing on the pillar in the [...]
The Shadow Minister for Health, Jeremy Hanson, is jumping all over today’s AMA report card on public hospitals:
““The ACT remains last in the country for attending to Emergency Department patients within the recommended time. The ACT Emergency Departments’ performance on this measure has plummeted under the Stanhope Government since 2002, from top of the league [...]