Sensis has some bad news about their survey of business confidence in the ACT:
The ACT has recorded the largest fall in business confidence among small and medium businesses of any state or territory over the past quarter, with confidence now below the national average.
The November Sensis Business Index results show confidence levels among ACT [...]
What does the hive think about the best shops to buy PC bits and pieces in Canberra?
I know best prices can be found on the web but I want to talk to someone about my purchases.
I’ve had a bit of hit and miss at JBs.
Any views on Officeworks ?
Mayor Rattenbury is asking Chapman residents to express their views on upgrades to the local shopping centre:
“Following consultation, the Government will release a draft design of the Chapman Shops upgrades. It will address issues such as public safety and security, parking, street furniture, signage, stormwater, lighting, landscaping improvements and accessibility.
“We will display this draft design [...]
The Chief Health Officer is warning that regardless of what you think about Peter Slipper’s text messages you don’t want to be hanging onto some batches of mussels:
On 2 November 2012, a national recall was announced for mussels that may be contaminated with a naturally occurring biotoxin called paralytic shellfish toxin. Shellfish may accumulate this [...]
Hive mind – where do you recommend buying a new laptop and extended international warranty package?
[ 7 December 2012; 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm. ]
Ethical and eco-friendly gifts, food, music and a starry summer evening at the Canberra Environment Centre.
Stalls, Music, Wine and Food
Avoid the crush and the shopping centres, have some dinner, listen to some live music, and do your christmas shopping:
– Organic, Free Range, Fair Trade and Local Food Produce
– Solar Panels, Rainwater tanks and Compost Bins/Worm [...]
Do you want to buy beautiful and inexpensive Christmas cards, and help your favourite charity at the same time?
The Charity Card Shop opens at the City Uniting Church, Pilgrim House, Northbourne Ave, Civic on Monday, 29 October 2012. It will be open from 10 –3.30, Monday to Friday until Thursday, 13 December 2012.
Hundreds of cards [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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***?
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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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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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), [...]
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 [...]