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Are you sick of being consulted yet?

By 7 May 2009

Our brave, beloved, and most of all Chiefly Leader has unleashed a tsunami of consultation with which to bludgeon the whingers into submission.
Topics for consultation this month include:
– BelconnenTown Centre Improvements
– Proposed southern cemetery
– Draft ACT Kangaroo Management Plan
– Lyons shopping centre upgrades
– Tuggeranong Town Park Stage
– Waramanga shopping centre upgrades
– Stromlo Forest Park Master [...]

Skip-bin etiquette

By 7 May 2009

Time for some of your views on skip-bin etiquette
Background. I rented a 3×3 skip-bin for a week over the last long weekend to get rid of some rubbish around the home. Old books, furniture, kids toys and so on. These things cost about $200-$300 depending on size and for how long. Over the course of [...]

Phenomenon 2009 – Phenobition

By 7 May 2009

[ 5 June 2009 to 8 June 2009. ] Queen’s Birthday long weekend
5 – 8 June 2009
Daramalan College,
Dickson Canberra ACT

Phenomenon 2009 (Phenobition) is a gaming convention held in Canberra over the June 2009 long weekend (June 5-8 for those of you who want exact dates.)

Pheno provides role-playing, RPGA, boardgames and miniatures games as well as special events such as the Tryptich, banquet and the [...]

So what did we build this city on?

By 7 May 2009

Say what you like about Allawah Court, it seems to generate a better (or at least more lyrical) class of graffiti than the moronic tagging found in more well to do neighbourhoods.
On Ainslie Avenue today I noticed this one proclaiming “We built this city on smack and roll”.
While I’m not one to ever disparage the [...]

How does one compain about senior public servants?

By 7 May 2009

Hello Riot Act. Long time reader, first time poster. I have a small question and thought someone on here might have a sensible answer.
How does one officially complain about the actions of a Senior ACT public servant?
Several of my friends have children with Disabilities and are dependant on the Government for funding.
The problem [...]

The Perth view of Ross Solly

By 7 May 2009

The All Seeing Eye has picked up a Perth blogger apparently unhappy with the offerings of their own local ABC presenter Eoin Cameron. They’re even more unhappy with the repartee with Canberra’s own Ross Solly.
If he’s winning ratings, Mugabe has to have a hand in the voting results. I had the misfortune to hear 10 [...]

Bugger all drugs and dangerous goods – what’s wrong with today’s kids?

By 7 May 2009

The Canberra Times reports that there were 26 cases of students found with illegal drugs in public schools last year (no mention of the teachers), and just five cases of dangerous items (sharpened rulers etc).
This really is unnacceptable. What’s wrong with the kids of today? There should be far more of this stuff going around.
Or [...]

Psychiatry in Canberra.

By 7 May 2009

Why is it that there are no bulk billing psychiatrists in canberra any more?
Mine has just decided to go from $0.00 to $200.00 just to write a script.
What concerns me is the unavailability of psychiatric care for people other than the rich or extremely poor. 

Images of Canberra – The fire on the hill

By 7 May 2009

Coffeegeek took this first photo yesterday of the burning on Black Mountain, complete with the loop of the National Museum.
Later in the evening Ban took this one of the ongoing smouldering.
Got more? Email them in to

Finally TP3000 took this one from Fairbairn Park.

The Cook Cat Killer Cuts Loose?

By 6 May 2009

This is a quick follow up on pommy bastard’s previous post.
If this person has taken or killed our cat in Cook please tell us so I can tell the kids and old pensioner next door to stop looking for her. 
I understand that this may be same all lost cat news for some people but [...]

Assembly stymies Government efforts to sack the EPIC board

By 6 May 2009

[First filed: May 05, 2009 @ 12:45]
Brendan Smyth informs us that the Assembly has voted down ACT Government efforts to abolish the board of Exhibition Park In Canberra (aka EPIC, aka “The Showground”).
“This is a great decision for common sense; EPIC has been performing very well under the current Board and now will be able [...]

No picnic for the RUC as tables stolen

By 6 May 2009

As I arrived at work today I noticed that the beer garden outside the ACT Rugby Union Club on Blackall Street in Barton looked a bit bare.  Last night thieves stole two of the RUC’s solid wood picnic tables kindly leaving an empty space where they once belonged.  
The tables stolen are made from heavy [...]

Stick-ing point – defining defending

By 6 May 2009

Following some of the postings about crime in the ‘burbs recently, I have taken to accessorising my usual walking equipment of one staffy and/or one mastiff with a sturdy stick. 
I was striding along confidently when a person decided to pull up in their car and shout out at me that it was illegal for [...]

Foggy drivers

By 6 May 2009

This morning I had to come into work, which is unusual for me as I normally work the afternoon shifts. Coincidentally, the wife needed the car this morning, for a trip to the dentist, so that left me with the bike as my transport. Nothing I like better than a spin into work on the [...]

Preschool comes to the office?

The internal walls of my building have been adorned with ‘flu avoidance posters from the Department of Health (they came from but the link does not seem to be working at the moment…).
The posters contain incredible suggestions like putting tissues in the bin and washing your hands *gosh!*.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I lurve [...]

Whatever has happened to the Downer shops?

By 5 May 2009

[First filed: May 05, 2009 @ 09:05]

Back in 1988 quite a bit of bicentennial money was spent on the Downer shops. A very nice precinct was created, almost like a monastic cloister.
Having lived in Downer a couple of times it was something I really appreciated.
Over the years the fortunes of the shops has waxed and [...]

Paying parents to sit on school boards

By 5 May 2009

The Canberra Times brings word that Andrew Barr is considering paying parents encourage them to get involved with school boards.
He said he was ”not suggesting directors’ fees a la company board of management, but it might be worth considering tying in some money to make a broader range of parents participate and to recognise that [...]

The prescient debate on the founding of the ANU

By 5 May 2009

The ANU Reporter’s Jane O’Dwyer has had a look at the heated parliamentary debates of 1946 surrounding the foundation of Canberra’s Australian National University.
The concerns of Adair “Chill” Blain, Member for the Northern Territory, seem particularly far sighted:
He also feared the rise of ‘rat-bag’ views would infest the University though the inclusion of the [...]

Pumpkin season closes with golden shower

By 4 May 2009

[First filed: May 03, 2009 @ 17:27]

For the past five or so years I have been growing various types of pumpkins in the vegie patch, but have been underwhelmed with some of the varieties in Canberra’s climate.
Both the Queensland blue and Jap varieties produced well, but were a bit tardy on the ripening stage at [...]

A wintry view from Mount Stromlo

By 4 May 2009

While we bask in autumnal sunshine today it’s worth remembering the taste of winter we had last week.
Pommie Bastard has sent in this picture he took from Mount Stromlo.
Got an image of Canberra to share with the world? Email it to

ESA Wrap – 4 May

By 4 May 2009

1. Belconnen Mall ablaze:
The ACT Fire Brigade has extinguished a fire inside Coles Supermarket at Westfield Belconnen.
At approximately 6.15pm, 7 fire units responded to the call, with the fire contained to 2 aisles.
Smoke was extracted from the building, and an estimated 700 people were evacuated. The ACT Ambulance Service was also on scene [...]

Whopping great maternity leave scheme for the ACT PS.

By 4 May 2009

Jon Stanhope has announced that the ACT Government is going to lead the way on paid maternity leave:
“The ACT Government will introduce the nation’s most generous whole of government paid maternity leave scheme for public sector workers and double bonding leave, Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope announced today.
The 2009-10 Budget provides funding of $7.06 million over [...]

High Praise for the Tuggeranong Vet Clinic (Fadden Vet) and ‘Pets at Peace’

By 4 May 2009

This week was a horrible week for our family, as Mum’s much-loved dog suffered some sort of stroke/brain damage on Tuesday and quickly went downhill as the week progressed. I can’t speak highly enough of the staff at the Fadden vet when dealing with us this week – they were just amazing (they are always fantastic, but never more [...]

Swine flu morons strike Canberra

By 3 May 2009

The Canberra Times reports that Canberra is not immune to the swine flu idiocy sweeping the world.
Chemists are struggling to keep up with demand for masks and anti-bacterial handwash as Canberrans become increasingly nervous about swine flu.
Good luck with your anti-bacterial treatments on a virus you cretins.
For avoiding the spread of all flus in general [...]

Stuck in a hole in Belconnen

By 3 May 2009

The ABC has the happy news that a 31 year old drunk has needed the help of the fire brigade to get out of a hole last night at the Belconnen Skate Park.
Some practice for the rescue team and a trip to hospital for facial injuries ensued.

Vanishing Cat Sign.

By 2 May 2009

On a trip to Cook shops yesterday, I checked as  always do, the “local notice board”. It’s a source of bargains, and not a few lunatic services/ courses /get rich quick schemes. (“Knit your own feng-shui garlic dream-catchers, make $$$$!”).
However one notice was rather astonishing. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me, so I [...]

Lost Cat – Woden Area

By 2 May 2009

My much loved cat has been missing since 28th April 2009 from the Phillip flats (across from Woden Plaza – behind the new development site). She is a female grey tabby answering to the name ‘Bree’. She was last seen wearing a red collar (although she has been known to get out of it before [...]

Canberra Sustainable Careers Expo

By 1 May 2009

[ 4 June 2009 at 4:00 pm; ]

Here’s something for younger readers trying to figure out what to do with their lives. This from the email that came in:

We are a small group of youth working to organize Canberra’s first Sustainable Careers Expo, seeking skills and energy from passionate people.

We are looking to promote environmental courses, jobs/careers, volunteering opportunities, and support for [...]

ACTEW keep their friends close and their enemies closer out at the Cotter

By 1 May 2009

ACTEW have announced that they’d like Canberrans with an interest in the Cotter precinct (and I know there are quite a lot of you who are) to sign up and join the “Friends of the Cotter”.
Who should join the Friends of the Cotter?
The group is made up of interested members of the public who choose [...]

Lights at Belconnen Dog Park?

By 1 May 2009

Does anyone know if there are plans to install lights at the Belconnen Dog Park?
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to get there before dark.

May Day for smokers in ACT Health

By 1 May 2009

Katy Gallagher has announced that D-Day has arrived for the hard-smoking health workers of Canberra.
All ACT Health facilities will be smoke free from today, marking another step in the ACT Government’s program to reduce the harmful effects of tobacco smoke.
ACT Health Minister, Katy Gallagher MLA, said smoking would now only be permitted in approved [...]

Take-away tip-off for vegetarians looking for some fried goodness – Chisholm Takeaway

By 1 May 2009

Time for a good news food story!  As a vegetarian, take-away options at the “local” are often limited to chips, potato scallops and – if you’re lucky – a toasted sandwich. 
The Chisholm Takeaway has bucked the trend and come up with the most delicious vegie-patty-roll combo.  A huge serving of fresh salad, perfectly fried [...]

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