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Westside ‘pop-up’ village

By 23 July 2014
Westside 'pop-up' village

Westside @ Acton Park, a ‘pop-up’ village at West Basin on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, will dramatically change the way Canberrans engage with public spaces.
It will be a lively precinct for people to come together for retail, dining and entertainment experiences and will also provide opportunities to participate and engage in a wide [...]

Where are all the ladies?

By 18 July 2014
Where are all the ladies?

I don’t have as many single guy friends as I do single women; however of the few I do, there definitely seems to be a general consensus that approaching women in a nightclub or bar is extremely terrifying.
I’ve heard a lot of excuses such as Canberra women are stuck up or want to know your [...]

Canberra’s Crowd-funding success story

By 17 July 2014
Canberra's Crowd-funding success story

The story advances as Pat and Sancho from The Chop Shop rack up their target of $10,000 within 5 days of launching on crowd-funding website Kickstarter. As you can imagine they are over the moon.
Sancho says, “It has easily etched no.1 in my top 5 moments in life that will flash before my eyes if [...]

Heard of the Ben Chifley Ghost? – A look at Canberra Folklore

By 15 July 2014
Heard of the Ben Chifley Ghost? - A look at Canberra Folklore

If you’ve lived in Canberra for any amount of time, you would have a ghost story or two up your sleeve. It seems that Canberra may well be the most haunted city in Australia.
Since taking up residence in the Capital, I’ve heard several rumours about supposed secret tunnels. I’ve heard just about everything: Old Parliament [...]

Professional Pomposity

By 15 July 2014
Professional Pomposity

I reckon I can count the times I have agreed with Jack Waterford on one of my toes. Imagine my surprise when I found I agreed with what he was saying about the magistrates and their wanting to be addressed by the title Your Honour!
What errant pomposity and arrogance!
We see them appointed (not [...]

Where are all the men?

By 11 July 2014
Where are all the men?

A question asked by a lot of my single friends and if you’ve lived in Canberra long enough you’d know that certain night spots have reputations as to the type of men they attract.
In case you didn’t know or it’s been so long since you’ve been on the dating scene, let me help you.
Mooseheads
Mooseheads is [...]

Canberra’s Wellbeing Report – Worthless Says Steven Bailey

By 10 July 2014
Canberra's Wellbeing Report - Worthless Says Steven Bailey

I think most Canberrans would agree that poverty is the anathema to any just society – especially ours. I also believe that most Canberrans understand that poverty is a form of social humiliation that leaves people not only hungry or homeless but unwanted and uncared for.
According to a recent OECD report, entitled OECD Regional Wellbeing, [...]

Bright Lights – Date City

By 4 July 2014
Bright Lights - Date City

In the last few years Canberra really has become a place where you can have a fun an interesting date, with Winter being probably one of the most interesting times of the year.
As a city we’re starting to more embrace Winter activities rather than expect people to retreat into their houses and emerge for the [...]

Wielding the axe over the Public Sector

By 3 July 2014
Wielding the axe over the Public Sector

It feels a bit like most of Canberra is walking a tightrope at the moment.  Wide Public Sector cuts have been coming for a long time.  I have heard talk of departure lounges and reapplying and testing for jobs.  Whether departments are facing heavy cuts or not, there seems to be a consistent sense of [...]

Being single in Canberra

By 27 June 2014
Being single in Canberra

My idea of dating has been shaped by US TV shows and movies. Since recently becoming single I’ve noticed that dating has changed in an incredible way to what it was just three years ago.
Three years ago I found that people were embarrassed to say they met people through online dating websites, you’d cover up [...]

30 new drinking fountains will be popping up around Canberra

By 18 June 2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today released the results of Canberra-wide consultation on sites for 30 new drinking fountains to be progressively installed across Canberra in the coming months. The first was unveiled on Wednesday morning at the Harrison District Playing Fields.
“As part of the ACT Labor-Greens Parliamentary Agreement, the ACT Government [...]

Mental Health – how to help when someone you love is suffering

By 18 June 2014
Mental Health - how to help when someone you love is suffering

Catching up with a group of close girlfriends for dinner last week, conversation turned to mental health.  As we talked about our experiences and thoughts, the tone was gentle and understanding, the content frank.
It occurred to me a few days later just what an extensive web is spun by mental health issues.  From four of [...]

End of an era for Narrabundah as suspected ‘tyre slasher’ is caught

By 16 June 2014
End of an era for Narrabundah as suspected 'tyre slasher' is caught

It is thought the Narrabundah tyre slasher may have been caught on Saturday night. Collective sighs of relief were sure to be heard across much of the area.
Talk of the tyre slasher started on RiotACT back in February 2010 when ‘DeeDee’ posted, pretty upset at the state of affairs as she had [...]

Helping make Australia what it is today

By 16 June 2014
Helping make Australia what it is today

What do comedian Anh Do, sports commentator Les Murray and scientist Gus Nossal have in common? They’ve all made an invaluable contribution to Australian society, and they all also happen to have come here as refugees.
This week – June 15 to 21 – is Refugee Week, time to recognise and celebrate the contribution of an [...]

Commute in a suit with e-bikes

By 4 June 2014
Commute in a suit with e-bikes

We have received a media release that is a bit of a business plug, but as we would really like to see what Commonwealth Avenue would look like over-run with office workers commuting to the Parliamentary triangle on an electric bike – we had to share it.
Canberrans urged to ‘commute in a suit’ [...]

Blog Post: Death Cafe sparking conversation

By 26 May 2014
Blog Post: Death Cafe sparking conversation

According to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, half of Australian’s will die without a will.  Half?  That’s a bit hard to believe really.  I didn’t have a will until I was in my 30s and had my first child, but there wouldn’t have been anything to argue over or remedy so I wasn’t too [...]

For lease indefinitely: Rowland and Lisa’s online engagement

By 21 May 2014
For lease indefinitely: Rowland and Lisa's online engagement

Offering light-hearted views and plenty of potential for growth, this thirty-something year old ‘unit’ is officially off the market.
When Rowland Fischer placed his ad on Allhomes.com.au, his description was carefully worded and aimed at just one special person. Described as being ‘well looked after for the past two years, but now in need of a [...]

Girls in Technology

By 16 May 2014
Girls in Technology

‘Tech Girls are Superheroes’ was launched at the ANU today. A program for school aged kids, using cartoon characters to encourage girls into careers in IT. 
I think it’s kind of cool, but ‘they’re still trying to attract girls into Technology?’  I could kind of understand that it was something requiring specific campaigning 20 years [...]

Human Brochure to share local knowledge

By 7 May 2014
Human Brochure to share local knowledge

This week 101 Local Humans will be invited to help promote their city as part of Visit Canberra’s award-winning Human Brochure campaign.
The Human Brochure is a ‘living, breathing travel brochure’ which encourages participants to share their experiences in and around Canberra via social media.
The first Human Brochure took place over two weekends in October 2012 [...]

Telstra Business Women’s Awards

By 7 May 2014
Telstra Business Women’s Awards

With a 20 year history of sharing and recognising the achievements of local businesswomen, the Telstra Business Women’s Award nominations open on the 26th May 2014.
Nominations are accepted from both states and territories and close midnight on the 14th of July.
There are 5 award categories including 3 qualifying categories (1-3):
1. Business Owner Award
2. Private [...]

Where to see the Royals (assuming you’re that way inclined)

By 18 April 2014
Where to see the Royals (assuming you're that way inclined)

Next week we will be sharing our fair city with real life Royalty.  As ‘Wils and Kate’ or ‘the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’ (depending on how familiar you feel, or how formal you may or may not be) prepare to visit, and my house goes into some form of light excitement over this, it [...]

ACT mum of the year

By 7 April 2014
ACT mum of the year

Belinda Nunn has been named 2014 ACT Barnados Mother of the Year.
Isabella Plains based Ms Nunn, 37, won the accolade after taking on a somewhat heftier load than most. Along with caring for her own three children, she also fosters her niece and supports her twin sisters three children (after her sister’s death [...]

Royal Visit to Canberra (Well kids venues really)

By 5 April 2014

Well the announcement that all you Royal Watchers have been waiting for – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, will visit Canberra in April with their nine-month-old baby, George.
The Royal visit itinerary notes April 24 and 25 as the dates and incorporating the Anzac Day march and service at the [...]

When turning, do you have to give way to a pedestrian?

By 25 March 2014

You’re driving south along Allara Street past the Civic Pool, and making a 45 degree left turn into Dive Lane which leads to the pool car park. If you proceed, there is a danger that you will collide with a person who is walking parallel to Allara Street, across the end of Dive lane.
According to [...]

Giant mountain bike – Stolen from O’Connor

By 24 March 2014

I am not sure if riotACT would be helpful however I will do my best to spread as much as I can. My much loved boulder 1 Giant mountain bike has been stolen overnight – I have reported it to the police earlier today – the image of bike is here: http://i62.tinypic.com/33o5imu.jpg 
The bike can be identified [...]

Bike Searching

By 18 March 2014

Hiya. I am looking to get into cycling (the non lycra type!). I am overweight and havent ridden in a hundred years. Does anyone know what a good bike would be for the likes of me? I have researched and it seems that 36> spokes is the go as well as a damn comfortable seat!! [...]

Food treats delivery to TCH?

By 12 March 2014

I have a friend who is in TCH for a couple of weeks and I’d like to send him some yummy home baked type treats as a cheer-you-up. I’m on the coast so need somewhere that delivers. Does such a place exist?

Young guitar busker

By 12 March 2014

Would anybody know the name or contact for the young kid (about 10 y.o.) that occasionally busks with his electric guitar outside the Canberra Centre. His dad is usually there with him somewhere. thx

Emergency after hours dentist

By 11 March 2014

A family member visiting Canberra at the moment has developed an infection following wisdom teeth extraction a couple of weeks ago. Where can you find an after hours dentist?

jogging through the city late night

By 5 March 2014
jogging through the city late night

I was out in the city tonight and I saw these guys jogging through civic at 10:30pm
anybody know what this was all about?

Canberra Talent

By 14 February 2014

While listening to 666 last week, I was surprised to hear (during a review of the new movie Tracks) that Mia Wasikowska (lead actress in said movie) was born in Canberra. I was so surprised that it got me to thinking about how little I hear about Canberra born and/or raised artists – or anyone [...]

bed room noise

By 10 February 2014

I’m not making it news, I just need people’s advice how to handle this situation. Due to the nature of this problem, if you want to make joke, please go away as I’m serious. If you offer help, much appreciated.
I’m living in a house, the next house’s window opens to our windows very closely. I [...]

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