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iPads stolen from Red Hill Primary School

By 10 April, 2014

ACT Policing is investigating the theft of 43 Apple iPads from Red Hill Primary School.
Between 4pm Friday (4 April) and 3.30pm Monday (7 April), offenders entered Red Hill Primary School and removed four unmarked cardboard boxes containing a number of 16GB iPad minis and 16GB iPad 2 from an office within the school.
Please be on [...]

Diplomatic / posting clause in residential tenancy agreement

By 10 April, 2014

I am on the verge of taking out a 3 year tenancy on a rental property in Canberra. Having successfully negotiated the rental amount and some capital works with the landlord via the RE agent, I have been lobbed a last minute surprise in the form of a Diplomatic/Posting Clause which gives the landlord [...]

Royalla solar farm – view from the sky

By 10 April, 2014

Every so often I drive past the solar farm out near Royalla…

Windows XP and ACT Health

By 10 April, 2014

So due to a nasty accident about 6 months ago, I’ve been spending a lot of time in offices running ACT Health computer systems – from TCH, to Physio offices in ACT Health Centres.
What I’ve noticed – as recently as today – is that they’re all still running Windows XP.  The system that is now [...]

Website to reveal ‘shonky’ builders

By 9 April, 2014

Canberra residents will soon be able to research builders and their compliance history in the ACT.  A new legislation has been passed by the legislative assembly to create a public register of licence information that will include suspensions, licence cancellations and other disciplinary actions that may have been taken against a builder.
Simon Corbell (Environment and [...]

National Folk Festival due to hit town

By 9 April, 2014

[ 17 April, 2014 to 21 April, 2014. ]

The National Folk Festival hits Canberra again 17-21st April (the Easter weekend). The festival has now been running in Canberra for 22 years. For 5 days Exhibition Park becomes another world – one filled with music, colour and general artistic and creative celebrations.

Along with the music, the festival includes multicultural food stands to keep your [...]

Cannabis bust in Calwell

By 9 April, 2014

ACT Policing seized several mature cannabis plants after executing a search warrant on a Calwell residence yesterday morning. They located 16 large plants, seedlings, dried cannabis and hydroponic equipment in a back room and a further six plants in a greenhouse out the back.
A 25-year-old Calwell man is assisting ACT Policing with enquiries after [...]

Cat killed by dog

By 9 April, 2014

My cat was killed by a dog a couple of days ago. Apart from my own sense of loss and anger, I’m dealing with two weeping and inconsolable children.
If I can find out who owns the dog is there anything I can do?

Job figures – ANZ job ads giveth and the Dept of Environment taketh away…

By 8 April, 2014

The ANZ job ad series released promising numbers yesterday morning, indicating a 1.4% rise in job adds in March. This came after a 4.7% increase in February.
This comes when unemployment in the ACT fell to 3.8% in January, which when combined with the job ad figures gives some hope in the market.
I can’t help [...]

Chief Minister heading to China

By 7 April, 2014

Katy Gallagher is set to join Tony Abbott’s trade mission to China this week with a vision of attracting more investment into Canberra.
The delegation arrive in Shanghai on Thursday and will be joined by the ANU and UC vice-chancellors (Prof. Ian Young and Prof. Stephen Parker), to promote our local universities.
The main focus of the [...]

Seeking tougher laws on residential asbestos management

By 7 April, 2014

Advocates are calling the government to force homeowners with properties containing ‘Mr Fluffy’ loose asbestos to have an asbestos management plan, as this would bring them under the same laws that govern commercial buildings.
The ACT government has issued a ‘recommendation’ that homeowners have inspections done and the subsequent report should be available to any tradespeople [...]

High speed pursuit involving Kambah man

By 6 April, 2014

In a stunt more at home on COPs (that show that always seems to be on depicting hard as nails American cops dealing tough blows to the scumbags of the city) a 22 year old Kambah man fled from police in the early hours of Thursday (April 3rd).
At about 12.30am, police attempted to [...]

Recovering fencing costs from neighbours

By 6 April, 2014

I have a situation whereby a fence needs to be replaced urgently, its too old and in such a state that repair is not an option.
Having done my research the situation I find myself in is one in which I am entitled to replace the fence immediately without consultation with the neighbours and still recover [...]

Daylight savings ends

By 6 April, 2014

After several weeks of dark mornings Canberra’s 2014 daylight saving period came to an end this morning (Sunday April 6).
Clocks move backward by an hour for not only the ACT, but also NSW, VIC, SA and TAS.
Further information on daylight savings and upcoming public holidays can be found here.

ACT Renewable Energy

By 4 April, 2014

I’m one of those people who loves the look of wind farms.  To me, they signal change and technology stepping us forward to a more sustainable future.  Well, that and the rhythmic turning of the turbines is quite meditative.  That said, I don’t have one in my backyard, or over the road or even at [...]

Canberra goes to Brazil

By 4 April, 2014

Canberra’s Ben Williams has been selected as Australia’s representative for officiating on field at the fifa world cup in Brazil in June this year.  Well done Ben!
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-31/act-sport-teacher-fifa-world-cup-referee-brazil/5357272

How do Canberra Libs get out of the wilderness?

By 28 March, 2014

In his opinion piece in today’s Canberra Times, former Liberal Senator for the ACT Gary Humphries has said that the Canberra Liberals face a continued stretch in the wilderness unless they change their conservative ways.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/long-march-in-the-wilderness-ahead-for-local-liberals-20140327-zqni1.html
I vote Liberal because I don’t think the Labor Government has been doing a good job, but I know many readers [...]

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 [...]

ACT Assembly going to 25

By 25 March, 2014

Ben Raue at the Tally Room has a post up estimating the electoral impact of the change to 5×5 electorates in the ACT.

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 [...]

Can I sue an ACT public servant for abuse of public office? “

By 24 March, 2014

I have evidence of  an ACT government public servant acting on orders to commit an act which has caused me great detriment.The public servant was ” impliedly authorized to commit the act which caused me harm/loss.”*
Given  the advice given by Robinson* that” malfeasance in public office  is a personal tort, it is personal to the [...]

Speed Camera Slam

By 21 March, 2014

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-speed-cameras-slammed-in-report-20140320-355a7.html
In the biggest surprise od the century turns out our speed cameras are rather defective, useless at reducing speed, unplanned and only designed around the budget and not safety.
Its the hospital waiting times on wheels.

“There is no strategic basis for making decisions for integrating the use of the ACT’s four speed camera systems as the [...]

North Canberra Community Council public meeting 19 March

By 19 March, 2014

[ 19 March, 2014; 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. ] The next meeting of the North Canberra Community Council will be held from 7.30pm to 9pm on 19 March 2014, at ACT Sports House, 100 Maitland Street, Hackett.
The meeting will include:
National Broadband Network update – Michael Tyler, Community Account Manager, NBN Co.

Braddon Club update: Report on our appeal against the deconcessionalisation of the Braddon Club [...]

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!! [...]

Halal certified – is it out of control and being forced onto our kids

By 17 March, 2014

So I find out by accident that Melrose High School is pushing Halal onto the students there.  Cooking a traditional Aussie breakfast but no bacon because that’s not allowed in the school kitchens, traditional Aussie breakfast is bacon and eggs so WTF is going on, and than the camp only has Halal certified foods.  So [...]

Canberra’s anti-gay psychologist in the news again

By 17 March, 2014

After gaining media prominence by uttering his misogynist homophobic views and implying they were backed by psychological science, the Psychological Board placed restrictions on Philip Pocock’s practice. He is now apparently appealing the decision of the national psychology registration board by complaining to the ACT administrative appeals tribunal.
http://m.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/philip-pocock-punished-for-views-on-homosexuality-20140312-34ltc.html
Does anyone in the RiotAct hive know how [...]

Reporting Suspected Corruption/Fraud in the ACT Government

By 17 March, 2014

In  a previous post, I have questioned why there is not the equivalent of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) that exists in NSW, does not have a similar agency in the ACT for those who wish to report  suspected corruption or fraud committed by or against the ACT Government.
Given the recent allegations made against [...]

Post Election Analysis: Coalition Govt to destroy Communist Canberra

By 17 March, 2014

Unless the South Australian Labor Party can conjure a minority government from the ashes of last night’s state elections, the ACT will be the only Labor government left in the country.
Will this go unnoticed in Cabinet (or more specifically, the powerful Expenditure Review Committee who run the country)? Will the likes of Abbott, Hockey, Truss, [...]

Australian Education Union you gotta be kidding?

By 17 March, 2014

This year I am starting my diploma in Education at UC and recently saw a presentation from some union advocates about, unions, the high level of union representation among teachers, blah blah blah. During the Q&A we discovered that school Principals and Deputy Principals can be full union members of the AEU.
To me this is [...]

Belconnen Community Council Public Meeting: Does every suburb need a local centre? Why/why not?

By 17 March, 2014

[ 18 March, 2014; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] This months public meeting will be in the form of a community discussion about the future of local centres.

Belconnen is unique amongst the Canberra town districts in having so many local centres in a state of decline. Three no longer exist and six have lost their supermarket. Come along and tell us what [...]

Public Forum: Labor and Refugees – Pathways to Change

By 16 March, 2014

[ 18 March, 2014; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ] Yvette Berry invites you to this Refugee Action Committee event.

6:30PM on Tuesday, 18 March
Manning Clark Centre, Lecture Theatre 4, Australian National University

Federal Labor supports mandatory detention for asylum seekers, offshore detention on Manus Is. and Nauru and the rejection of all coming by boat. But many Labor members and supporters do not. This forum features [...]

Where can one safely park a bike in civic?

By 14 March, 2014

So I was thinking about riding my bike into the city when I go out for an evening, but I know that leaving it locked up in an open bike rack is has reasonable chance of it being vandalized or stolen. Are there any safe spots to lock a bike in the city at night? [...]

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