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I’ve got a lender for my land rents! – Stanhope

By 25 February 2009
I've got a lender for my land rents! - Stanhope

The Canberra Times informs us that Comrade Stanhope’s beloved land rent scheme is not yet singing with the choir eternal.
He says he’s found a bank, a secret bank, willing to lend people money to build a house on rented land.
Mr Stanhope defended the scheme as a ”fantastic, successful, still-breathing” project.
He said negotiations with an unidentified [...]

Commonwealth moolah flows to Eddison and Glebe Parks

By 24 February 2009

When we think of “infrastructure projects” we generally like to think of big stuff. Continent spanning fibre-optic lines, double track electrified railway, huge water pipelines, dual carriageways with flyovers, canals, harbours, and dams.
But Mr Stanhope has announced that the first benefits of all this infrastructure splurging are going to be more prosaic.
The funding, from [...]

Another day, another failure on health service delivery

By 24 February 2009

Jeremy Hanson is having another poke at the seemingly hapless Katy Gallagher.
It seems that her fully worked out plans for a secure mental health facility at The Canberra Hospital and a Young Persons unit at Calvary Hospital were both vapourised by reality when it came time to figure out where they were going to fit.
“This [...]

What most inspires you about Canberra history?

By 24 February 2009
What most inspires you about Canberra history?

The Chiefly Jon Stanhope reports that Fraser, Wanniassa Hills and Yarralumla Primary Schools as well as Canberra High are going to have a stab at teaching local Canberra history to their students.
Apparently this was prompted by the impending 2013 centenary of the city’s founding, although one hopes the curriculum isn’t being messed with just because [...]

Pecha Kucha on this Wednesday

By 24 February 2009
Pecha Kucha on this Wednesday

[ 25 February 2009; 7:00 pm; ]

The first Pecha Kucha night in 2009 will take place on February 25 in the NewActon courtyard, kicking off at 7pm. As always, entry to the event is free.

For those new to the idea, Pecha Kucha is a global affair featuring creative folk discussing their ideas. Kicking off in Tokyo in 2002, the event has [...]

5 and 15 minute parking – I don’t get it

By 24 February 2009

When I park in Anketell St outside the Tuggeranong Hyperdome in the short stay area – just next to dear Annette’s office – the 5 minute parking spots are invariably full.  But there are generally vacant spots in the 15 minute parking section.
Why?  I just don’t get it.  Are those of us who use the [...]

Chamber sides with the big end of town, tells members to learn to love the QIC monopoly

By 24 February 2009

The Canberra Times reports that the local chamber of commerce is warning noisy civic shop owners to stop annoying the mighty ALP owned mega corp QIC which now owns the town.
While Mr Peters declined to comment on the majority of allegations against QIC, he did give some advice to retailers claiming the corporation was unfairly [...]

Attention Unit Owners – tell me how to convince the Body Corporate to allow Ducted Evaporative Cooling

By 24 February 2009

My first posting – I live in a Unit complex of 11 Units at Palmerston - all on ground level – I really love Ducted Evaporative Cooling – we had it installed in a previous home at Dunlop – after a few days and nights in the 40′s my wife and I approached our Body Corporate [...]

Revelations in the Lioulios suicide

By 24 February 2009
Revelations in the Lioulios suicide

[First filed: February 23, 2009 @ 16:07]
There’s a short but extremely complicated story on the ABC site about the tragic death of DR. Tania Lioulios after she tried to kill herself in the back of a prison van last July.
Dr Lioulios had complained to the Medical Board that her lover, psychiatrist Hugh Veness, illegally [...]

Balfour funeral

By 23 February 2009

The ESA has announced the funeral details for David Balfour their firefighter killed down in Victoria last week.

The funeral for ACT Fire Brigade Senior Firefighter (qualified) David Balfour will be held tomorrow morning 11am (Tuesday February 24 2009) at Holy Family Catholic Church, corner of Bugden Avenue and Castleton Crescent , Gowrie.

There’s also a map [...]

Are there any decent HAND car washes in canberra

By 23 February 2009
Are there any decent HAND car washes in canberra

Well I’ve searched high and low for a decent hand car wash but all I can find a laser washes and brush washes and get yourself soaked by the dollar washes.  I read somewhere that Waves and Gungahlin do handwashing but all I’ve seen when driving past is the brushes section and the self wash.  [...]

Has the economic slowdown finally hit Canberra – or is it just me?

By 23 February 2009

Has the economic slowdown (I noticed they’re not calling it a crisis anymore) finally hit Canberra – or is it just me?
My house was broken into last week. This wasnt totally unexpected as I dont live in the best area of town, but what was taken was very intersting. A piggie bank, a ring, a [...]

Land rent scheme collapses as predicted

By 23 February 2009

Zed Seselja is dancing on the grave of Jon Stanhope’s vaunted land rent scheme that was supposed to help housing affordability.
As predicted lenders wouldn’t have a bar of it leaving the scheme available only to low income earners with enough money sitting around to self-finance construction.
Unsurprisingly the number of people in that situation has turned [...]

Tropfest 2009

By 23 February 2009

I love attending Tropfest in Canberra. It’s one of late summer’s best excuses to pull friends together, spread out the picnic blanket and watch 16 great short films. This year the films were all very entertaining and the perfect weather made for a great night. I think the event organisers do a good job [...]

Paradise at the Business Park

By 22 February 2009
Paradise at the Business Park

Exiting the Airport earlier today, I suddently realised I was driving past a Garden of Eden-like environment.
Where else in Canberra is the grass as green? The fountains as squirty? The statues as relaxed?
The only snake in this garden is, as usual, the people who do not clean the barbeque plate when they’re [...]

All Civic Parking to be Multi-Storey

By 22 February 2009
All Civic Parking to be Multi-Storey

Did we know this?
I’ve just been told by my partner, a manager in the building industry, that they (ie, local construction companies) had recently been notified that, by the end of 2010, all street-level car parks in Civic will be made multi-storey (with smaller ‘footprints’).
Has the rest of the community been ‘notified’?  Has [...]

Looking to meet new people – then why not join Canberra Friendship Group?

By 22 February 2009
Looking to meet new people - then why not join Canberra Friendship Group?

I am looking to expand my social group here in Canberra to share good times and laughs!
I am interested in meeting new people between 30 – 48 for regular outings such as coffee, movies, bushwalks, party/games or DVD nights, dining, dancing, day trips to cotter or coast, BBQs, picnics etc – Single parents also welcome!
If you are interested [...]

Tongue and Groove the new sensation?

By 21 February 2009
Tongue and Groove the new sensation?

The Friday afternoon boozing scene in Civic has a new player that seems to be sweeping all before it.
Tongue and Groove on Bunda Street is always so chokkas when I go past that I haven’t even had a chance to go in and find out what it’s like.
The decor certainly seems to feature a lot [...]

Aggressive cyclists? Or Old biddies can’t keep to the left?

By 21 February 2009

The Canberra Times has a story today (Saturday – not online unfortunately) titled “Fears ‘aggressive’ cyclists may hurt lake pedestrians”. Three ladies in their 60s were going for their regular morning walk when “At least seven cyclists came towards the women at considerable speed. ‘They were approaching so fast that we really just had [...]

Another Government website to gather cobwebs

By 21 February 2009

Here’s a piece of genius from Katy Gallagher’s office.
It’s a grand announcement of “an initiative to assist the growth of philanthropy in the ACT”.
Never mind that Government’s too often turn to private giving for things they really should be doing right themselves. What do you suppose this magnificent initiative is?
The website at www.philanthropy.act.gov.au brings together [...]

Lake closures to be enforced this weekend

By 20 February 2009

After last weekend’s comic efforts to close the lake for health reasons the National Capital Authority has announced that it’s having another go.
Water test results today show that the levels of blue green algae that caused the lake to be closed last Thursday remain high in some areas of the lake.
The NCA has [...]

Images of Canberra – Things hotting up at the National Archive?

By 20 February 2009
Images of Canberra - Things hotting up at the National Archive?

[First filed: February 19, 2009 @ 15:50]

Came across this at the Australia Day Live concert a few of weeks ago.
I don’t think anyone but the strangest of people have ever seen the National Archives quite this way before.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to images@the-riotact.com
UPDATED: The plot [...]

Ramblings and Rumblings from a Local Belly

By 20 February 2009

Those inclined to reduce their environmental footprint will be fascinated to read about an attempt by Canberra’s Hannah and Tom to eat only locally produced food over the summer.
They set themselves the challenge of eating only what grows, moos or chews within a 150km radius of their home.
Hannah has recorded the entire experiment in [...]

Your chance to have a say on the Play Space Strategy

By 20 February 2009

Many of us like to complain about the terrible impact risk aversion has had on children’s play grounds over the last 20 years.
TAMS has now released the “Draft Accessible Inclusive Playgrounds in the ACT – Play Space Strategy”. Which is your chance to actually have some input into the process.
For those who’d like to see [...]

Task Group Bravo at Beechworth

By 20 February 2009
Task Group Bravo at Beechworth

“RawhideKid No 2″ has sent in this picture of our brave Emergency Services people on deployment down in Victoria.
This was taken at the Beechworth Staging Area.

Bike lanes for motorcycles?

By 20 February 2009

Motorcycle riders using bicycle lanes
I would love to hear everyones opinion on motorcycle riders using bicycle lanes to get past traffic jams.
I myself don’t like it it, but I guess if I was stuck in traffic on a motorcycle sucking in car fumes I would do it as well.

Cyclist slagging – the other side

By 20 February 2009

I have a nice thing to say about Canberra cyclists.
I do not cycle. I have two bicycles but everytime I look at them they make me feel a bit off and in need of a chardy or two.
About a fortnight ago, I was on my way to work when my car felt all wrong. I [...]

No exemption for the private school rowers – and still they went on – NO WAIT – NCA cocks it up again!

By 20 February 2009
No exemption for the private school rowers - and still they went on - NO WAIT - NCA cocks it up again!

[First filed: February 19, 2009 @ 08:51]

Earlier in the week we had widespread complaints about the independent schools rowing regatta and its appalling organisation which created widespread conflict between the well heeled rowers parents and every other user of the lake shore.
A lot of you found this curious at the time as the lake was [...]

Literary lovers: Speed dating for book lovers, Fri 20 Feb, 6.30pm – single men wanted!

By 19 February 2009

[ 20 February 2009; 6:30 pm; ] [First filed: February 18, 2009 @ 09:15]

Book a night of romance

Guests are invited to bring their favourite book as an ice-breaker and take a chance on meeting a like-minded, book-loving new friend at our event Literary Lovers: Speed Dating for Book Lovers.

It’s not just for singles – it’s also for people who just like talking [...]

Kingston Shops and urban decay

By 19 February 2009

Recently we discussed watering the grass in Kingston’s Green Square.
Yesterday a medical appointment took us to Canberra and I took the opportunity to fill in some time wandering around Kingston shops in general and the Green Square in particular.
The purpose of this post is to let those who were in favour of watering [...]

Planning slashed to sluice the stimulus

By 19 February 2009

Andrew Barr has announced that he’s removing any planning barriers that might be hindering the spending off all the stimulus money before they hit the bottom of the barrel and the real pain begins.
“I was pleased to be able to tell today’s meeting that the ACT Government will alter planning regulations to ensure schools can [...]

Don’t panic about the smoke

By 19 February 2009

The ESA has made the following statement:
Smoke across the ACT
Winds this afternoon are responsible for directing smoke across the ACT from bushfires interstate. Currently there are no fires in the ACT. ACT fire towers are manned and on normal bushfire alert.
So everyone stay cool.

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