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Celebrate Human Rights Day with a Women’s Gathering

By 30 November 2008

[ 10 December 2008 at 2:00 pm; ] Date: Wednesday 10th December 2008
Time: 2- 4 pm
Venue: Women’s Centre for Health Matters Building 1, Pearce Community Centre, Collett Place PEARCE

Come and celebrate Human Rights Day with the Women’s Centre forHealth Matters.

There will be belly dancing, massage, and cardmaking.

Light refreshments will be provided, and lucky door prizes drawn.

It is a great opportunity to [...]

Struggletown Council become apostrophe deniers!

By 30 November 2008

Queanbeyan City Council is inviting members of the community to suggest names to be added to its Street Naming Register for new streets within the City.
“Our city’s population expected to almost double within the next 30 years,” said Queanbeyan Mayor, Cr Tim Overall. “Council is in the process of planning for significant [...]

Massive Police presence last night, Civic.

By 30 November 2008

I don’t know if anyone else noticed, but Civic was swarming with Police last night.
It looked like there was a big breath testing thing going on: heaps of traffic pursuit cars, and a lot of breath testing stations too. People were getting pulled over everywhere! Did anyone here get breath tested? Anyone get caught drink [...]

Artsound FM Radiothon, 21-30 November (including Open Day on Sun 30 Nov)

By 30 November 2008

[ 21 November 2008 10:00 am to 30 November 2008 6:00 pm. ] [First filed: November 17, 2008 @ 15:28]

I was going to rabbit on here about all of the things going on during the Radiothon, but the poster pretty much says it all.

Tune in and turn up on Sunday 30 November for the open day — lots of music of all genres, including a bit of gritty [...]

Subtle Sabotage in Supermarkets – parents beware!

By 29 November 2008

If you ever wondered how shelf packers maintain their sanity, other than building barricades of cartons across the aisles?  Here is an example of an Evil Packing Genius’s cunning work, spotted at Woolies in Tuggeranong this morning.
How many sleep-deprived parents are now at home, stuffing their offspring with Chicken and Tuna Temptations?

Men’s Haircuts

By 29 November 2008

In the past month, I’ve seen an explosion of guys with crazy hair styles.
All sorts of strange short styles and crazy colours.
It got me thinking, where can you go in Canberra to get a decent trim without Fabio wanting to mouse and tint your locks for $200?
So straight male Rioters, where do [...]

Carneywatch – Stonefest!

By 28 November 2008

Mish_Mash has reported a Todd Carney Facebook sighting.
Looks like he’s had trouble sorting out the visa, but having a good time regardless.

Bag Checks at Retail Stores

By 28 November 2008

Is it just me, or is anyone else in Canberra getting sick of sales staff and security guards requesting to look in their bags when when leaving a shop?  Nearly every store I frequent has adopted this policy in some form, and most of them don’t seem to understand that there is a Code of [...]

Are you a contractor or between jobs? Interested in joining a walking group?

By 28 November 2008

I’m a contractor but have been ‘between jobs’ for about two months now. Perhaps you’re like me and currently looking for work? If so, you know how isolating it can be when all your peers are at work and you’re at home doing job applications and not talking to anyone!
So, I wondered who the other [...]

Charity Fundraiser Locations?

By 28 November 2008

I am currently working for a not-for profit charity organisation and I am in charge for the fundraising events for 2009.
We are going to hold the ever popular sausage sizzle (but with roast rolls) in early 2009. I am aware that businesses like Hravey Norman and Bunnings have allocated spots in their car parks for such [...]

So what is “Ghosting in Canberra”?

By 28 November 2008

guitarhero246 has posted this for our enjoyment on YouTube with the following note:
“I know, I know. The first thing you’ll probably think is “That’s not ghosting!”, but it started off properly, but it got a bit out of hand. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it!!!”
I’ve spent a whole ten minutes scouring the internet and can’t [...]

Free TV…Free TV…Free TV…?

By 28 November 2008

I’ve seen a few TV ad’s this week announcing something like 15 new free to air channels being made available in Canberra in 2009.
I’ve tried Googling the subject, and so far I’ve come up with all kinds of speculation – whats the deal, anyone know?

What has happened to Canberra’s booners?

By 28 November 2008

[First filed: November 27, 2008 @ 10:58]

On a recent thread johnboy answered the question “what on earth is a booner” with:
much like a westie but wearing an iron maiden tshirt and tighter jeans.
mostly extinct.
As someone who came of age in Canberra during the heyday of the booner—the 80s and 90s—this got me thinking.
During these glorious [...]

The Venue cops some big fines

By 27 November 2008

I had thought The Venue had died a controversial death some months ago, can anyone clarify that?
In any event Simon Corbell has announced that the company running the Erindale boozer’s sole director has copped a slew of fines.
“”The company’s sole director was fined in the ACT Magistrates Court for employing security staff without holding a [...]

UC does nothing on binge drinking

By 27 November 2008

The ABC has the thumping headline “Uni takes on student binge drinking culture”.
Sounds like a great way to cruel enrollments I thought.
But then it turns out that all that’s happened is researcher Amanda George has been paid to state the bleeding obvious: A lot of students get hammered.
The Uni is going to “now try [...]

ABC Childcare Centres

By 27 November 2008

With ABC Childcare Centres having gone belly-up and the Federal Government having forked out however-many millions of dollars to keep the centres open, the Canberra Times has a story about the ABC Childcare Centres in the Canberra region that will be “subject to further review”.
ABC Childcare’s webiste has an extended list here.
Given how hard it [...]

Interested in joining a bookclub?

By 27 November 2008

Hi, I am new to Canberra and was looking for a book club to join on the northside. I have seen from previous posts that there does not appear to be many so I thought I might set one up. Please send me an email at if you are interested.
Not sure what books will [...]

Oxfam Christmas Fair

By 27 November 2008

[ 29 November 2008 at 10:00 am; ] The advice on the Oxfam Christmas Fair explains one of the concerns raised by Genie about the Handmade Fair – Oxfam is charging an entry fee.

Nevertheless, Oxfam are a worthwhile organisation and you might consider supporting them too.

The Christmas Fair will be held Saturday 29 November. It’s a great chance to get your Christmas shopping [...]

Speech therapy ACT not up to standard

By 27 November 2008

Hi all I am mitcore and I have joined this group to see if I could get voices to help make the goverment stand up and listen to the shortage of speech therapist and other specialist in the area.
We do not have enough, I am going on Stateline to voice this opinion and to get [...]

Not ANOTHER car crash in Ainslie?

By 26 November 2008

Yep! Same suburb, same street, same curb, very similar result.
About 2.30am Monday, I heard the familiar screeeeech boom crash tinkle followed by eery silence sound that I associate with young men driving late, late at night. Once again, a car missed the bend, mounted the curb, smashed a tree, and spun around a few times, [...]


By 26 November 2008

[First filed: November 17, 2008 @ 15:37]
Hey guys. 
I’m new to Riotact but I really need your help.
8 days ago a ferret named Jules went missing from Sid Barnes Cres in Gordon (right near the shops).
The chances of finding her alive are really really slim, I know that – but please if you [...]

Zeff’s rises from the ashes

By 26 November 2008

After months lying derelict since it caught fire in June Zeffirelli’s in Dickson is showing signs of life.
The interior looks ready for business and men in overalls were hard at work removing the graffiti yesterday.
Most importantly they’re hiring.
Student who like going to restaurants, but can’t afford a real one rejoice!

Canberra Goss – The suspense is killing me

By 26 November 2008

[First filed: 11:21 21 November 2008]

It looks like our friends who have been thinking about asking “them” for a better website for Canberra might finally be getting what they want.
The Canberra Goss website proclaims that it is going to do something more useful than run a hideous flash animation sometime on Monday.
Intriguingly it promises to [...]

Any Waiter/Waitress Experiences Lately?

By 26 November 2008

What is going on? Seriously our Waiters/Waitresses service here in Canberra is somewhat losing there touch. If you have visited Melbourne lately you will know what I mean, the staff in Melbourne are brilliant.
I wont say which cafe in Manuka I am referring to, But if you eat in Manuka you will soon figure out the one. [...]

A darker side of Christmas

By 25 November 2008

John Hargreaves has announced the start of the 2008 Domestic Violence Christmas Program.
Sadly over the festive period there’s also a need for additional crisis accommodation for women and children escaping domestic violence.
To this end 10 Housing ACT properties are being set aside as additional crisis accomodation.
Statistics suggest at least a couple of RiotACT readers should [...]

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 [...]

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