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A centenary column and time capsule for City Hill

By 17 December, 2013

Canberra CBD have announced they’re not done with the Centenary:
Winding down from a vibrant Centenary Year, Canberra CBD Limited is gifting a sculpture and time capsule to the people of Canberra.
Preparations have begun for the unveiling of the Canberra Centenary Column sculpture and time capsule on 11 March 2014 atop City Hill.
Jane Easthope, CEO of [...]

Coffee Bitch #92 Uro Coffee, Batemans Bay

By 17 December, 2013

A rainy day at the Bay finds me perusing the second hand espresso machines
and snorting roasting aromas while I wait, not too long, for my coffee.
Uro really lifted the game at the Bay with small volume roasting, and repairs and sales of home espresso machines.
Slow to pick up, it is now quite busy with a [...]

Reflecting on the Centenary.

By 16 December, 2013

I was there
World+Dog is chiming in to give their thoughts on Canberra’s Centenary Year.
But aside from it being my job to share opinions on such things I’m also unusually positioned to comment for two reasons.
1) I’ve been writing about it for the best part of a decade.
2) I am actually a signed up Centenary Volunteer [...]

A. Baker’s New Years all about the food and the booze

By 16 December, 2013

Acton’s A. Baker have emailed us their New Year’s plans and I have to admit I’m thinking it would do for me and Goosepig nicely:
A. Baker is holding a ticketed event this New Year’s Eve, celebrating food and wine from the Canberra region.
From 7pm-1am A. Baker will be offering a 10 course grazing menu matched [...]

Hairdresser Recommendations in Weston Creek?

By 16 December, 2013

Hi Rioters!
Having just relocated over to Weston Creek from the other side of town, I’m hoping that the hive mind may have a few recommendations for hairdressers in the area.
Basically, looking for reasonable prices and good service.
Thanks!

Paving advice in Canberra?

By 16 December, 2013

I need to get some back yard paving done and I’d be very grateful for any recommendations from rioters about who I should use.

Body corporate document inspection fees

By 16 December, 2013

Has anyone recently attempted to inspect the documents of a body corporate before purchasing a unit/apartment?
I was quite surprised when advised it would be $155 for the place I was looking into. Does it seem [ridiculously] steep to anyone else?

Best walks around the city

By 14 December, 2013

There have been plenty of great discussions about the best bushwalks but where do you walk if you aren’t able to (or choose not to) get out of town?
Popular choices include:

Black Mountain
Mount Ainslie
Mount Taylor
Red Hill
Lake Burley Griffin bridge loop

I used to laugh at people driving places to go for a walk but it really [...]

This was the best year ever

By 14 December, 2013

Far too often crap for brains types try to hark on about how the old ways were best and call for a return to yesterday.
Think Progress has a refreshing seasonal story on why the year just gone was the best one that ever was.
Which is no excuse not to try and do better here in [...]

Off and racing with an MoU

By 13 December, 2013

Joy Burch has announced a new agreement on the future of racing in the ACT:
The ACT Government has today signed an inaugural Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Canberra Racing Club, the Canberra Harness Racing Club and the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club, outlining the strategic agenda for the local racing industry over the next four [...]

Simon’s planning a park for Chisholm

By 13 December, 2013

Simon Corbell has announced progress in his plans for a Chisholm park:
A vacant block in Chisholm, previously earmarked for development, has moved one step closer to becoming a park today following a move to change the land’s zoning.
“Draft variation 326 to the Territory Plan proposes to rezone Chisholm section 590 from CZ4 Local Centre [...]

Helen Razer on Canberra’s protest scene of the 1980s (and Nelson Mandela)

By 13 December, 2013

Helen Razer’s written an excellent article on Crikey (the most excellent articles annoy peckerheads and this seems to have hit the spot) about Nelson Mandela and the hoopla surrounding his death.
But for Canberrans there’s a lot on the 1980s protest scene that is worth revisiting.

Dry cleaners? Recommendations in Canberra?

By 13 December, 2013

Just wondering if anyone is able to provide some up to date recommendations for a good dry cleaner for a wedding dress and some silk dresses?
With thanks!
Mrs Padoof

Early Bird Tickets for the Canberra Marathon now available

By 12 December, 2013

Attention people with great legs and a love of pain and sweat, your event approaches!
Any keen running Rioters out there. I started getting into running whenI’ve finally hit that age where I can’t eat whatever I want without having to buy progressively larger trousers, but I’ve never gotten enthusiastic enough to try a running event [...]

Please register your distress beacon before you need to use it

By 12 December, 2013

It seems like common sense, but sometimes the obvious things are the easiest to forget.
NSW Police and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) are encouraging distress beacon owners to ensure they have a current GPS encoded 406MHz beacon registered with AMSA following an increase in incidents relating to out-dated and unregistered beacons.
Between October 2012 [...]

Amnesty Protest outside of Lao Embassy this Monday

By 12 December, 2013

Amnesty are organising a protest at the Lao Embassy this Monday over the disappearance of Sombath Somphone.
Amnesty International Australia supporters will stage a protest outside the Lao Embassy in O’Malley this Monday 16 December 2013 at 10am, to call for the immediate return of Mr Sombath Somphone.
Sombath is a well-known and respected member of [...]

Simon’s screwed the pooch. High Court throws out Marriage Equality

By 12 December, 2013

As expected the High Court has ruled against Simon Corbell’s gay marriage laws.
Will he have the decency to resign?
More to come.

Shane Rattenbury says it’s up to the Federales now:
ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury has called on the Federal Government to now legislate for an end to marriage discrimination after the High Court has [...]

Safe shelter pleased with pilot

By 12 December, 2013

Safe Shelter in Canberra have announced the results of their review of pilot operations in 2013.
Here are the recommendations:
Based on the stakeholder feedback collated above, the Safe Shelter Management Committee are now progressing a number of recommendations for 2014 which include:
• Expansion of the Safe Shelter Project to more nights of the week at [...]

Breathe Dance Studios host Typhoon Haiyan Zumba Fundraiser

By 12 December, 2013

Get fit, have fun, raise money for some unfortunate people who really need it.
Breathe Dance Studio will be holding a Zumba charity event to be hosted by Zumba instructor Julia Eaton (and some special guests) on Sunday 15 December with all proceeds to go to Unicef.
The event will be held at the studio (the [...]

The Arboretum, for all your festive needs

By 12 December, 2013

TAMS want us to know that be it Advent or New Year’s Eve the National Arboretum wants your business:
How would you like to celebrate the New Year from one the best vantage points in Canberra? The National Arboretum Canberra will ring in 2014 in style with the glitz and glamour of The Great Gatsby.
“The official [...]

Canberra’s 10th Inclusion Awards Winners

By 11 December, 2013

The Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards have attracted record numbers of submissions this year. Tomorrow night the awards will be handed out to people and organisations that have worked to create better and more inclusive environments for people living with disability.
Congratulations to the winners.
Here’s the list.
“We received a record 63 nominations this year in the nine [...]

Christmas comes early for some community sector workers

By 11 December, 2013

Andrew Barr has announced extra money for the community sector:
The ACT Government has agreed to bring forward payments for non-government community and disability organisations so workers can receive pay increases sooner.
This agreement comes after months of detailed discussions between the ACT Government and the Australian Services Union.
The agreement will have no impact on [...]

On a window at Kippax

By 11 December, 2013

P1 sent us in this image:

I have no words.
P1 may be speechless, but Alex Jones is never lacking in words.
As a bonus treat, here’s a video where Alex Jones compares the NFL to Stalin for not wanting to let people bring guns into their games:

Coffee Bitch #91 Central Cafe, Gungahlin

By 11 December, 2013

The kind of glitzy suburban yik where vynol and laminex rule.
(well it is a shopping mall).
All smiles and service however the coffee takes seven minutes to arrive at my table, which is up there with the slowpoke champions.
And no they weren’t busy.
Central is located on one corner of the mall, very busy with shoppers; with [...]

Joy dishes the arts grants

By 11 December, 2013

Joy Burch is playing Santa to arts organisations with our money:
“I am pleased the ACT Government continues to provide strong access to, and participation in, the arts for our community through the ACT Arts Fund,” Ms Burch said.
“The 2014 funding will support a broad range of programs and projects by arts organisations, individual artists, [...]

Simon’s vision for Tuggeranong

By 11 December, 2013

Simon Corbell has announced Draft Variation 318 to make Tuggeranong the Paris of Southern Canberra:
Draft variation 318 to the Territory Plan proposes amending the Greenway precinct map and code to raise maximum building heights in the town centre.
“While allowing greater building heights the variation will protect and accentuate key views of the distant hills [...]

So that was your Centenary

By 11 December, 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher is calling it quits on the Centenary, perhaps unable to muster any enthusiasm for the last weeks of the year:
Following more than 1000 community events ranging from a major fireworks display on the ‘very big day’ in March to the parties at the shops across Canberra, Canberra’s Centenary celebrations are coming to [...]

Christmas in the City gears up for some Christmas camel rides

By 11 December, 2013

[ 12 December, 2013; 12:00 pm; ]

Camels are Australia’s greatest natural resource.

That was a silly sentence, but Camel rides are a blast, and the city is going to be full of them this Thursday.

The carnival is back with twice as many camels

The much anticipated Christmas Carnival in the City will officially open tomorrow (Thursday 12th) at 12pm.

Free activities, live performances [...]

Organisations awarded for efforts to prevent violence against women

By 10 December, 2013

Five awards and three accolades were given tonight to commend the important work of several organisations in the fight to prevent violence against women at tonight’s Partners in Prevention Awards.
“The ACT Partners in Prevention Awards recognise the contribution of best practice in strategies, programs and activities that create awareness of gendered violence,” Minister for Women [...]

Grants miss out 2XX

By 10 December, 2013

Some unhappiness being expressed on Twitter about Andrew Barr’s latest grants announcements:
Thanks for another kick in the balls #CBR. @ABarrMLA did not announce @2XXFM as a successful applicant of the CSI grant 1/2
— Meg O'Connell (@OConnellMeg) December 10, 2013

Treasurer Barr lists his highlights as:
The 2013-14 Community Support and Infrastructure Grants included $20,000 to Karralika Programs [...]

Renting a commercial kitchen in Canberra?

By 10 December, 2013

I am starting up a small event catering business selling my home grown pork and so far have done all of the cooking at the venue.
This is proving too hard for a couple of things and my home kitchen isn’t suitable and will need far too many modifications to meet food hygiene standards, [...]

Advice on living peacefully with heavy smoking neighbours?

By 10 December, 2013

I’m a non-smoker living in a low-level apartment complex. I’m on the ground floor and have a fellow non-smoking flatmate. Occasionally we have friends around who smoke outside, which makes it hard to complain about other smokers in the complex.
However, new people moved in upstairs about three months ago – two couples, with a toddler [...]

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