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Braddon Parking

By 31 October 2013

I made a casual observation today about the increasing number of new apartments, shops, and restaurants planned for southeast Braddon (area bounded by Northbourne, Haig Park, Torrens, and Cooyong) and the apparent decreasing number of places to park a car. 
Is ACTPLA planning directed towards making parking difficult for people who do not live in [...]

Still no Giralang shops

By 30 October 2013

The Canberra Times brings the most news I’ve heard on the Giralang shops in a while http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/war-returns-to-woolies-site-20131028-2wccn.html. Doesn’t seem like much of a scoop, other than highlighting that one determined party can seemingly delay development forever and ever.
I’ve lived in Giralang around 8 years and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. Quite clearly, the developer will [...]

Dozspot wins the fight for a greener Green Square

By 23 October 2013

Over the course of his time in the Legislative Assembly the Liberals’ Steve Dozspot has very rarely picked a good cause, and even more rarely has he had a win.
But he’s celebrating a well deserved victory with the grass returning to Kingston’s Green Square:
Off the back of consistent community pressure, the Canberra Liberals Steve Doszpot [...]

Shopping trolley crackdown

By 21 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are bestirring themselves on the subject of shopping trolleys:
Over 40 suburbs will be targeted in the search for abandoned shopping trolleys in an end of year crackdown, Michael Brice, Manager of Licensing and Compliance, City Services, said today.
“Ten shopping trolley collections will be conducted in the lead up to Christmas to pick [...]

Canberra House Annexe to go

By 18 October 2013

The ABC has a report on Morris Property Group’s grand plans to transform the corner of West Row and Alinga Street in Civic:
The 12 levels of residential apartments would include one, two and three bedroom units, as well as a gymnasium, pool and courtyard.
The shopfronts to Canberra House, the Alinga Bridge to Canberra Club connection, [...]

Northsiders get cheaper records

By 15 October 2013

Dynomite Records is trying to get the cool kids of the North to come visit Kambah with a special discount on their facebook page:
Calling all Northsiders!!!! Apparently a lot of people on the Northside think that going to Kambah is like going to the Amazon! So to try and encourage people living north of the [...]

Southquay on Lake Tuggeranong!

By 14 October 2013

Andrew Barr has put forth word on the grandly titled “Southquay” development for the somewhat more prosaic Lake Tuggeranong:
Work is about to start on Southquay, a new mixed use development on the shores of Lake Tuggeranong, which will see the construction of up to 1,000 dwellings and more than 3,000 square metres of commercial space. [...]

Fruit and veg (and other grocery) delivery: How are you going?

By 5 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

As a vegan (and trying to eat more raw food) I am definitely in the market for lots of fruit and veggies, and the mixed seasonal delivery boxes look like a fantastic time saver now that I live in a house with room to store it all.
I’ve done some research for everyone’s benefit (including sifting [...]

My hat. And the future of retail

By 3 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Bear with me here. A huge chunk of Canberra’s economy turns on this hat.
Recently I was in the market for a hat. Fedoras had served me well in recent years but a man needs a bit of variety and really, if you can pick one up in Target how cool can it be? (Nerf guns [...]

Bus Depot Markets moving into the Fitters Workshop (temporarily)

By 26 September 2013

The Economic Development Directorate has announced grand plans for the Old Kingston Bus Depot:
Work to commence early in the new year will secure the future of the much loved and heritage listed Old Kingston Bus Depot which will become an important part of the Kingston Arts Precinct as well as continuing to be the [...]

Hustle & Scout at New Acton

By 2 September 2013

[ 21 September 2013 at 4:00 pm; ]

This just in and sounding hiptastic!

A new event due to hit NewActon on 21 September – Hustle&Scout: Twilight Fashion Market (www.hustleandscout.com.au).

This seasonal market will run from 4-9pm in the Nishi Foyer and will showcase 25 high-end designers and collectors, three live music acts, food by A. Baker, $10 Hustle&Scout cocktails and a fashion show/after party [...]

Need more Good Guys?

By 28 August 2013

For those of you who really like kitchen goods:
The Good Guys Fyshwick branch will be opening its new location – 1 Barrier St, Fyshwick – on Wednesday 4th of September, 2013.
In line with their goal of innovative thinking regarding healthy cooking and good food, The Good Guys Fyshwick has also launched a new range of stylish state-of-the-art kitchens.
Manufactured in Australia, The Good Guys Kitchens have given local families [...]

There’s no such thing as a free chicken

By 22 August 2013

This in from Steve sighted in Supabarn Civic:
“Ladies and gents. It’s bargain time. Free chicken. Yes! You heard right. Free chicken! Get your free chicken here today. Save $1 and pay only $11.99. Hurry now. Free chicken in aisle 12. Cheap as chips!”
And what’s up with the price of chips? Really, it’s just potato chopped [...]

Wee Jasper Markets Sunday 6 October 2013

By 19 August 2013

[ 6 October 2013 at 9:00 am; ] The annual Wee Jasper Markets are on Sunday 6 October 2013, from 9am to 2pm at Fitzpatrick Trackhead Reserve.

The Reserve is 4km South from the village, follow the signs. Wee Jasper is 45 minutes from Yass or just over an hour from Canberra.

The Markets take place on Wee Jasper’s busiest weekend of the year when [...]

Expansion for Westfield Woden

By 15 August 2013

The Australian has word of big changes in Woden:
Westfield Woden is one of the largest in Canberra. The 72,300sq m centre includes a David Jones department store, a Big W discount department store, Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, a cinema complex and more than 200 specialty retailers.
The proposed improvements will include a new bus station [...]

Evatt and Florey shops getting the works

By 12 August 2013

TAMS are after your thoughts on revamps to the Florey and Evatt shops:
Manager of Design and Development, Diana Hill, today invited members of the community to provide feedback on Florey shops and Evatt shops to help inform the forward design studies for the future upgrade of the public spaces at these shopping centres.
“Members of the [...]

Meatballs with furniture coming to Snowtown?

By 8 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Canberra Times has been thrown a bone about Ikea’s interest in the new Majura Parkway Estate.
Normally Canberra is too small a market for an IKEA. But we do have a transient population, lots of money, and a love of Scandinavian style.
For what it’s worth last year I wrote a poem about IKEA for Bad [...]

Sometimes you just have to step back and assess your work. Images of Canberra

By 7 August 2013

@rosannabeatrice has sent in this intriguing signage from the Macpac store in Braddon.
It sounds painful.
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Does ANY cafe/restaurant in the ACT meet your service expectations?

By 31 July 2013

In recent years, most restaurants/cafes in Canberra have adopted outrageous, non-customer friendly policies regarding bill payments. As one of many people who don’t use cash, eating out with friends is quickly becoming a nightmare.
For example, at one popular venue:

We do not split bills. Minimum 10.00 for card transaction. All prices are GST inclusive. Surcharge applies [...]

Note to Coles Jamo, India is in Asia

By 10 July 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Aisle 6 at the Jamison Coles gave me the gears this lunchtime for some reason.
Do Coles perpetuate racist ideas in their over simplified food presentation? Or do they merely reflect the unthinking prejudices of the lumpen proletariat?
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A look at the plans for the Chapman Shops

By 8 July 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are sharing their plans to upgrade the Chapman Shops:
Manager of Design and Development for Parks and City Services Diana Hill today announced that the final sketch plans for the Chapman shops upgrade, which includes new community gathering spaces, lighting, bike racks, landscaping and improved access, are now available for public viewing.
“The proposed upgrade of [...]

Has anyone gone through fair trading in Canberra? Any tips?

By 3 July 2013

Hello hivemind,
I’m going to be taking a retailer through fair trading to enforce the consumer right to exchange of faulty goods – has anyone been through this before? what can I expect?
Also, if this route fails I will be taking them through small claims court – does anyone have any experience going through the [...]

But what will the dogs drink? Images of Canberra

By 1 July 2013

One for Grammar Nazis.
I spotted this in Kingston over the weekend… I wanted to get a red marker out and correct it!
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Erwin Schrödinger* setting up shop on City Walk?

By 1 July 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

This in from Stephen:
Yes, we are not quite open
I met the City Walk store owner just after snapping this photograph. “Can I help you?”, he asked in a wary manner.
The man was well built, slightly shorter than I, but I imagined he could pack a punch that would sent me straight to the emergency [...]

Simon says give me your thoughts on planning Kingston

By 28 June 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has announced the kickoff of Draft Variation 314 to nut out the future of the Kingston Centre:
“Draft Variation 314 (DV314) to the Territory Plan draws on findings from the Kingston Centre master plan and includes controls on development of the car park on Eyre Street and increases to some building heights in the [...]

Truffle Time 2013!

By 21 June 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 23 June 2013 to 31 July 2013. ]

The Truffle Festival is letting us know about this year’s events:

This year Sherry is joining with the Fyshwick Markets to celebrate the Canberra & Capital Region Truffle Festival. Along with providing exclusive supply to the markets, Sherry is also running truffle hunts every Saturday until 17 August. And for the ultimate truffle experience the hunts [...]

Trouble at the markets?

By 21 June 2013

The ABC has a strange complaint about the Saturday Farmers Market getting too many punters in which is somehow bad for business:
Beef and lamb producer Phil McCormack, from Crookwell on the NSW Southern Tablelands, says his market sales have fallen by 25 per cent in the last 18 months.
Mr McCormack says the weekly event [...]

Prinstant giveaway celebrating 2 years

By 12 June 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

As a special thankyou to all the Rioteers who have come to us for printing, you are all encouraged to visit our website www.prinstant.com.au and click on the ‘Free Giveaway’ button to enter our free raffle.
We are a proudly Canberran family business and we are celebrating 2 years successful trading in Fyshwick and Majura. [...]

How do you drive a car into a shopping mall?

By 12 June 2013

Help me Riot Act!
I frequent the Belco mall every 3 or 4 weeks… but this has been confusing me for months.
To the extent that I’ve measured the cars. I’ve measured the door ways. I’ve tried to assess the angles between the door ways and this location. They can’t have just been driven through the nearest [...]

Majura Parkway planning fail

By 6 June 2013

Brendan Smyth is having some fun with Simon Corbell’s planning efforts with the Majura Parkway:
It was revealed that Simon Corbell as Planning Minister was asked by businesses at the Majura Park Shopping Precinct to provide on and off access from the Majura Parkway to the northern end of the Majura Park Shopping Precinct. He declined, [...]

The SK80s! A retro roller disco

By 6 June 2013

[ 29 June 2013 at 6:00 pm; ]

Take a radical ride back to the 80s with Varsity Derby League as we host a truly truly truly outrageous 1980s roller disco – the SK80s! – at Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium on Saturday June 29 at 6 pm. The dance floor will be open to all roller and inline skaters to like, totally, show off [...]

Entrance exam at the Belco SuperCheap Auto

By 6 June 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

This in from Andrew:
Can it be that hard to work out what ‘push’ means?
Perhaps the clientele of SuperCheap auto Belconnen need more help than most shoppers to get in and out.
These instructions made my day.

Which of course brings to mind the genius of Gary Larson.

Got an image of Canberra [...]

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