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Lawson and Crace cop a native title claim?

By 25 November 2008

The ABC reports that Shane Mortimer of the Ngambrie has sent the Prime Minister’s office a demand that the sensitive flora and fauna of Crace and Lawson be preserved from the growing Gungahlinite sprawl.
“We have a responsibility to make sure that the land here is cared for,” he said.
“This is land that has looked after [...]

Where is Canberra’s Big Book of Public Art?

By 25 November 2008

On Saturday I dropped into the Chisholm shops and noticed this piece of public art.  I am seriously underwhelmed by it.
It did make me ask whether there is a website where you can find out about Canberra’s public art.  Five minutes of Googling and as far as I can tell there isn’t one, although I [...]


By 25 November 2008

I have a friend from America coming to visit me just after Christmas.
One of the things she said that she wanted to do was to see a platypus in the wild.

So, does anyone know of any places around the ACT area where the platypi hang out?
Are they even in the area?
Any other information regarding the [...]

A solution to the Ikea dilemma?

By 25 November 2008

Thanks to for the tip.
An enterprising bunch have found a way to make a business from Ikea’s shameful neglect of their huge Canberra fan base. are taking a truck up to Ikea and bringing back the bits the Ikea nuts can’t live without.
It’ll be fascinating to see how they go.

Jester Ball 2008 – In retrospect

By 24 November 2008

[First filed: November 22, 2008 @ 13:08]

Friday night’s Jester Ball was in many ways a different affair from its predecessor
Partly it was the time of year, still light when doors opened.
Partly it was simply that the new organiser is a woman. It came out in little things like the bar stocking as many varieties of [...]

Schoolies at the Gold Coast – Would you let your kids go?

By 24 November 2008

Watching the news last night and seeing the annual festival of vomit and unplanned pregnancy that is Gold Coast Schoolies Week one thing really piqued my curiousity.
What parent knowingly lets their child head off to this thing?
Wrecking a rental house at Batemans Bay is one thing. At least it’s not so far away and the [...]

A quick walk around Marques In The Park

By 23 November 2008

ACT Motor Clubs’s “Marques In The Park” braved the weather today in John Knight Park on the shores of Lake Ginninderra.
Sitting on a collapsible chair wearing fleece and beanie, sipping on a thermos, seems to be a key skill for attending these things. To be fair the weather was not conducive to lounging around in [...]

Information Request – Mugga Tip

By 23 November 2008

Hey All,
I’m finding myself in the position of having a need to visit the local tip this weekend. But I can’t find any info online about how much it costs to dump there etc…
I just need to take my slat bed and mattress that I am replacing, and my old sofa bed that the cats [...]

Images of Canberra – Kangaroos in the park

By 23 November 2008

Saw these two this morning trimming the grass in an Ainslie park on Officer Crescent.
Pests I know, but still magical in the right context.
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Handmade Markets review

By 22 November 2008

In case you missed the great upswell of publicity among Canberra’s crafty scene, the inaugural Handmade Markets were on today at Albert Hall. (In fact, they’re on until 6pm if you happen to be reading this before then).
Albert Hall was a sort of compromise venue for the markets after they couldn’t get the permanent home [...]

The RSPCA’s 2008 Pets’ Party – CANCELLED

By 22 November 2008

[ 22 November 2008 at 3:00 pm; ] [First filed: November 18, 2008 @ 08:39]

The following has graced my inbox from the RSPCA:

“Hello everyone,

Next Saturday is our annual pets’ party. Come on out to the animal shelter at Weston from 3.00pm for a great afternoons entertainment. We have a jazz band, wine and cheese tasting, plenty of dogs games and an [...]

Restaurant Review: Wagamamas

By 21 November 2008

[First filed: November 20, 2008 @ 16:09]

Wagamama on Bunda St in Civic is a strange beast.
High price global restaurant chains rarely appear in Canberra. Having been there for lunch yesterday I can see why.
This is not to say it’s bad. It was perfectly agreeable in every way.
Amongst it’s admirable qualities is a bar at the [...]

Bouquet for a battler

By 21 November 2008

I want to pay a compliment to my favourite battler, Phyllis who works behind the counter at Brumbys bake shop in Ainslie.
She has a voice like a crow (sorry Phyllis!) looks pretty arthritic and long in the tooth and bitches about behind-the-scenes from time to time, but she is just wonderful – starts [...]

Tim the Lyneham stabbing victim speaks out, and sends in a picture of his wounds

By 20 November 2008

[First filed: November 20, 2008 @ 07:01]

In the discussion of the Lyneham Flats stabbing a new commenter claiming to be the victim has had his say at 4:30 this morning. I’d advise taking this with a grain of salt, but he’s also sent in this picture of his injury:
Thanks for all yr support out there [...]

Who’s a good acupuncturist?

By 20 November 2008

I’m looking for a good acupuncturist in Canberra (preferrably in the South), can anyone recommend someone for me?

Why isn’t P!nk coming to Canberra?

By 20 November 2008

I am bracing myself for the barrage of negative snide comments in response to this post but I don’t care – if someone else can post about Def Leppard then I’m damn well going to have a rant about P!nk.
P!nk had 2 sold out shows at the AIS arena here in Canberra last year [...]

How you say?

By 19 November 2008

Being of foreign extraction, I recently hit on a conundrum. I’ve lived in this fair city for  more than a few years, and have always called it “Canberra”. However I am reliably informed that I live in “Can-Bra”
Where do you live?
Can-berra? (Rhymes with “error”)
Can-bra? (Rhymes with “bra”)
Can-be-ra ? (Rhymes with  “Raw”)
Can-brah? (Rhymes with “borough”)

The promised planters – city beautified?

By 19 November 2008

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 [...]

Civic Pool – big toothpaste tube replaces big poo!

By 19 November 2008

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 [...]

Images of Canberra – Canberra Labor Club – keeping it classy?

By 19 November 2008

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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Canberra’s Cummins Racing in the Dutton Rally this weekend for Heart Kids

By 19 November 2008

[ 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 [...]

Disputing a speeding fine

By 18 November 2008

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. [...]

Rubberneck? Or help?

By 18 November 2008

[First filed: November 17, 2008 @ 18:13]

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?

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A bike rack / free ride scam?

By 18 November 2008

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 [...]

Canberra is the best place to be!

By 18 November 2008

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"]

Dog’s day out – A review

By 17 November 2008

[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. [...]

Cheap Steaks – Where are they?

By 17 November 2008

I post this on behalf of my girlfriend who hasn’t created a login yet….slack!
Hello Riotacters
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 [...]

The Incident at Fugue Bay

By 17 November 2008

[ 30 November 2008 at 3:00 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. [...]

An unusual way to get a date

By 17 November 2008

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”?
Got a local image you want to share with the world? Email it to
If you’re having trouble reading the notice the text reads:
NO DATE [...]

The centenary riesling hits glass

By 17 November 2008

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 [...]

Belconnen Community Festival 2008

By 16 November 2008

[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 [...]

The Curry Kebab – Not as good as you might think

By 16 November 2008

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 [...]

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