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Coffee shops and community life in Harrison/Gungahlin?

By 22 October 2012

My husband and I are returning to Canberra after three years away and we’ll be renting in Harrison. I’ve never lived in Gungahlin before and I’m sort of familiar with the town centre but not the rest of the area.
I can’t see any Harrison shops on Google Earth but maybe it’s an old picture. Does [...]

Another one bites the dust: proposed sale of Hawker IGA to Woolworth

By 18 October 2012

In what looks like another nail in the coffin of competitors to the big two supermarket chains — as well as validation of community concerns expressed during the mishandled draft Hawker Master Plan process — Woolworth has made an offer for the Hawker IGA.
There are a lot of interesting things about this, not least [...]

Shoplifting from Woolworths

By 16 October 2012

I was chatting with a Woden Woolies employee the other morning after we both saw a ‘criminal genius’ trying to shop lift a UDL (puting it in his pocket right in front of me whilst said employee was watching him in the mirror – he put it back and left the shop). 
The employee told me that that [...]

Potential Ikea store for Canberra?

By 16 October 2012

In a story in the Herald yesterday morning, an Ikea spokesman said there was potential to build a store in Canberra as part of an Australia-wide expansion.
Ikea in Canberra: hit or s***?

How the hell did they get that in there?

By 16 October 2012
How the hell did they get that in there?

Many thanks to Dave who has pointed out that Google Maps StreetView includes the interior of Lyneham’s Book Lore second hand bookstore.
The strange properties of L-Space as exhibited by second hand bookstores was well noted by Terry Pratchett but it’s nice to see demonstrated.
Give it a go, walk right in…
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Liberals to think about South East Tuggeranong

By 9 October 2012
Liberals to think about South East Tuggeranong

The Liberals have promised to think lots about what to do in South East Tuggeranong if elected:
ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Deputy Opposition Leader Brendan Smyth announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will conduct a comprehensive audit of existing community facilities in South East Tuggeranong, and upgrade Calwell oval.
“It is [...]

Simon promises heaven in Erindale

By 18 September 2012
Simon promises heaven in Erindale

Simon Corbell is not letting the caretaker convention get between himself and his ministerial letterhead.
Today he’s unveiled a master plan for the vexed Erindale group centre complete with a transport hub:
Shoppers and workers at the Erindale group centre are set to benefit from an extra 1200 car spaces, a new bus station, better walking and [...]

Liberal dreams for Erindale

By 11 September 2012
Liberal dreams for Erindale

Bear in mind that the Liberal road for electoral success runs through Tuggeranong when you consider their latest policy of improvements to Erindale:
ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Urban Services Minister Alistair Coe announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will immediately improve the look of Gartside Street in Erindale [...]

Fire at Belconnen Mall

By 9 September 2012

ACT Fire & Rescue is responding with multiple units to Belconnen Mall following reports of a fire.
All levels of the centre are currently being evacuated.
Update to follow.
10:55am Sunday 9 September 2012

Firefighters have located the smoke and the presence of an electrical smell on level two of Belconnen Mall.
There has been no sign of any fire [...]

Mount Gingera Trail Pics (Aug 2012)

By 8 September 2012

I went up the Mount Gingera trail a few weeks ago, thought I’d post up a few pics..  Was a bit dangerous though as I kept losing the track under the snow (and I was on my own), so I’m happy to mark it out a bit better during the spring.  Any suggestions?  A few [...]

This is an angry rant about Bunnings warehouse.

By 5 September 2012

Why does Bunnings warehouse promote customer service so much in their ads when really it is totally crap at the actual stores?. This is my experience anyway. Prepare for a long and boring story and feel free call me a typical Canberra whinger and ask if I have taken my medication (I didn’t when this [...]

Apple store opening this weekend. Free T-shirt!

By 4 September 2012
Apple store opening this weekend. Free T-shirt!

[ 8 September 2012; 10:00 am; ]

Yes the long awaited Apple store is finally opening in the Canberra Centre this Saturday and the first thousand punters through the door get a t-shirt no purchase required.

The wait is over (for those who were waiting)

We are too stupid to have fun magnets

By 29 August 2012
We are too stupid to have fun magnets

Justice and Community Safety have announced they’re not going to let us have small high powered magnets:
ACT Commissioner for Fair Trading, Brett Phillips, has today announced that certain adult magnetic products that are unsafe for children will be banned from sale in the ACT.
Most Australian States and Territories are proposing to impose an interim ban [...]

Farmers Markets extending their opening hours

By 28 August 2012

The EPIC Farmers Markets are a religion to many of you. So it’s of vital importance to those people that the opening hours are being extended.
So if you want to get in first for the good stuff it’s now a 7:30am start.
Canberra’s popular Saturday morning market, the Capital Region Farmers Market at Exhibition Park in [...]

Ripped off by Zamels?

By 25 August 2012

In one of those weird “I was looking for something else” discoveries I found this interesting article on the ACCC web page relating to false advertising by Zamels Jewelers. http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1070709/fromItemId/142 Now I’ve never shopped at Zamels, but I am sure many Canberrans have. It makes for interesting reading. For example;
“The court found that, by using [...]

Simon capping supermarket sizes

By 24 August 2012

Into a complex supermarket debate in which the operators are politically active strides Simon Corbell to announce big is bad when it comes to local centre supermarkets:
The ACT Labor Government will cap the size of any future proposals for supermarkets in local centres to a maximum of 1000m2 to support local businesses and local jobs, [...]

Greens want ever more rigid planning control over supermarkets

By 24 August 2012

The Greens’ Caroling Le Couteur has announced the Select Committee on ACT Supermarket Competition Policy has dropped the report on its Inquiry into ACT Supermarket Competition Policy:
“This report is a call to action. The regulations for supermarkets are not clear enough and are creating major uncertainty for businesses and local communities,” ACT Greens Planning spokesperson, [...]

Damage to Scullin Shops upgrades

By 20 August 2012
Damage to Scullin Shops upgrades

With the upgrade works at Scullin Shops only having been recently completed with the last fortnight, already there has been some major damage caused to part of the new guard railings installed, with a 1 guard rail almost completely taken off and part of another section sheared off entirely. I first noticed the damage on [...]

The Mark of Jobs in the Canberra Centre

By 13 August 2012
The Mark of Jobs in the Canberra Centre

We’ve known for a long time that Apple was opening a store in Canberra. But the location has been the subject of much speculation.
Threeze has sent in this pic with the following note:
This is totally happening, right?
(old Esprit space, top floor, Canberra Centre, this morning)

Reading the fine print at Aldi. Images of Canberra

By 13 August 2012
Reading the fine print at Aldi. Images of Canberra

Kargrieg The Dwarf has sent this in with the following note:
My wife snapped this with her phone at Aldi (Belconnen Mall) earlier yesterday.
I can’t tell whether this counts as false advertising
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A trolley missing a fundamental part. Caption contest

By 13 August 2012
A trolley missing a fundamental part. Caption contest

As seen on Mort Street this morning.
Knock yourselves out readers!
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Are you really so vacuous as to change your vote over plastic bags? [With Poll]

By 6 August 2012

It started with the Canberra Liberals having a mumble to the Canberra Times about wanting to see the review of the plastic bag ban before the election.
But then the seething fury of all Canberra’s angry old men lifted them up like a raging tide and we now have a media release promising a complete overturn [...]

Where to find fiberglass and craft foam supplies in Canberra?

By 3 August 2012

So given that store-bought LARP weapons (soft foam swords for role-playing games) tend to be quite expensive (mainly because of shipping costs) I have been trying to make my own. However finding materials in Canberra is almost as difficult. The first thing I need is fiberglass rods (the rules of the LARP requires fiberglass cores), [...]

Giralang shops; you know the story by now…

By 3 August 2012

Sometimes it pays to unwrap The Chronicle after all.
Possibly old news, but I wasn’t aware the long, long awaited, much, much needed redevelopment of Giralang shops is headed back to court for the 437th time, delaying work indefinitely.
Admittedly I’m not interested enough in researching the legal side of it – but is this how it’s going [...]

New level of automation in Canberra supermarkets?

By 30 July 2012
New level of automation in Canberra supermarkets?

Why hasn’t this innovation been more widely publicised?

Teen Chefs wanted for competition at Belconnen Markets

By 23 July 2012
Teen Chefs wanted for competition at Belconnen Markets

Got a budding whiz in the kitchen at home?
Belconnen Markets are calling for Teen Chefs to take part in their competition.
Teen Chefs competition has kicked off for 2012 and we are targeting all teenagers in the Canberra region to take part in this exciting competition!
Since starting out in 2009, Teen Chefs has encouraged students [...]

Where to get cargo shorts and a straw cowboy hat in Canberra in July?

By 23 July 2012

So later in the week I’m handing you lot over to the untender mercies of Editorial Resource No 2 and jetting to Japan for the RiotACT Tokyo Bureau Chief’s bucks night.
Now the bucks proceedings are at the Fuji Rock festival which means your correspondent needs clothing suitable for a summer festival.
In particular I’d like [...]

Small Business Owners Battling Exorbitant Rent Increases

By 22 July 2012

Many commercial tenancies in local shops are forced to endure rental increases of 300% and are walking away from their businesses. Many tenants are on monthly agreements and so have no security. Commercial tenants may have agreements that include water; insurance and other add ons to rent that increase these costs.
Small business owners are [...]

Costco photo printing – any good?

By 20 July 2012

Just wondering if anyone has had photos printed out at Costco, and is able to comment on the price/quality?

There goes the parking in Dickson as the biggest car park becomes a supermarket

By 20 July 2012
There goes the parking in Dickson as the biggest car park becomes a supermarket

To great fanfare this morning Andrew Barr has announced nothing much we didn’t already know.
The site for the second full-line supermarket at the Dickson Group Centre has been released for sale.
The site is the car park adjacent to Woolworths and the library. The development will also include the construction of an Aldi supermarket.
This project will [...]

Andrew Barr saws the plank to open Masters at Majura Park

By 18 July 2012
Andrew Barr saws the plank to open Masters at Majura Park

Andrew Barr is spruiking the Woolworths group lastest venture, Masters Home Improvement, now open out at the airport.
This morning I joined Ben Camire, National Operations Manager of Masters Home Improvement, to officially open Canberra’s first Masters Home Improvement store at Majura Park.
The new Masters store will contribute some 170 new jobs and boost employment located [...]

The barter system alive and well in Westfield Woden?

By 11 July 2012
The barter system alive and well in Westfield Woden?

Saw this yesterday in ground floor toilets of Westfield Woden, near the cinemas.
It seems you can pay for parking with a squirt of urine instead of coins – the barter system alive and well!
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