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Ask RiotACT: Pilates recommendation

By 2 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Rioters,
It’s been a while since there was a pilates post on the site (2009) and I’m sure the pilates scene in Canberra has changed a bit since then.  I’m keen to give it a try – ideally at a dedicated studio with well qualified instructors.
Is there anywhere that you recommend trying for a beginner [...]

Follow our lead on Uber: Barr

Andrew Barr

Minutes after taking his first Uber ride in Canberra today, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr called on his counterparts in other states to adopt his regulatory model for ride-sharing.
“I am calling on other leaders around the country to look at the ACT model and to put that in place across the country because it will [...]

Ask RiotACT: Venues open for Rugby World Cup Final?

By 30 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Rioters,
I’m trying to work out what venues are open in Canberra for the Australia v New Zealand Rugby World Cup Final? Kick-off is at 3am on Sunday morning.

Bill to block anti-abortion protests

By 29 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Anti-abortion protests will be banned outside ACT abortion clinics after government MLAs rejected Liberal amendments to a Greens bill on exclusion zones in such scenarios.
Labor MLAs will support a Greens bill that would secure exclusions zones around abortion clinics; despite the Liberals submitting a proposal that removes critical parts of the legislation, according to Minister of Health Simon Corbell.
“People requiring [...]

Locals should be tram’s priority


Just when most locals probably thought that there have been more than enough discussions and surveys about the Canberra’s new light rail (or trams), the ACT Government has launched another consultation on the topic.
But wait – do not despair just yet – this time the focus is not about whether or not, or when or [...]

Surviving the Godzilla pollen season


Welcome to the hay fever capital, where we’re dealing with a record pollen count, so high that an asthma reliever may be a lifesaver for someone who has never had asthma till now.
According to ANU researcher Professor Simon Haberle pollen levels here are twice as high in 2015 compared to last season. And last season [...]

Greens MLA slams airport arms ads

By 28 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

As Greens MLA rather than with his ACT Government Ministerial cap on, Shane Rattenbury has today called on the Canberra Airport to remove arms industry advertising from its premises.
Mr Rattenbury is seeking support from the ACT Legislative Assembly for a motion on the issue after the No Airport Arms Ads presented a petition with 1500+ [...]

Barr, Coe in transport war of words


This morning, Chief Minister Andrew Barr issued an entire media release attacking the Liberals over their stance on light rail and public transport ahead of an assembly motion vote on the issue today.
It asked, “Will the Liberals reaffirm their commitment to congestion?” and described the Canberra Liberals as “becoming increasingly isolated with their backward-looking position on transport [...]

New Chief Scientist a ‘why not’ kinda guy

Alan Finkel

Catriona Jackson
Scientists have welcomed the news that science entrepreneur and publisher Dr Alan Finkel is to be the next Chief Scientist for Australia, and with good reason.
Finkel is a successful businessman, science publisher, respected neuroscientist and university Chancellor. He has first hand understanding of the relationship between science and productivity, between research and creating good [...]

ACTION, Capital Metro to merge under Transport Canberra umbrella

By 27 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Transport ACT

A new single agency, Transport Canberra, will oversee the territory’s light rail and bus network from July 2016 when light rail contract negotiations are complete, putting an end to any speculation that ACTION may be privatised.
There will be no change to the ACTION and Capital Metro brands at this time and Minister for Capital Metro [...]

Canberra Grammar to go co-ed

Canberra Grammar School

Private school parents and students in the capital are either celebrating or having conniptions today after learning the Canberra Grammar School will become a co-educational school from Year 3 to Year 12.
The news means Canberra girls will be able to take the HSC from 2018, an option previously unavailable to them.
Parents can apply for places [...]

Police issue facefits in Harrison aggravated robbery case

By 26 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has released two facefit images following an aggravated robbery in Harrison on Tuesday 13 October.
About 12.45pm, three to four males approached an unoccupied running vehicle outside a residence in Harrison.
The owner, who was a short distance away, confronted the offenders and was pushed to the ground by one of the males.
The offenders then fled in [...]

‘Horrible’ kids’ behaviour forces cafe to close

By 26 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Heather's House of Cakes

A family-friendly Belconnen café has shut its doors after seven months in business to rethink its structure because of “horrible” behaviour from kids and their parents in and around the café’s playroom.
Heather’s House of Cake set out to provide an environment that would appeal to parents with babies and young children, but not all families [...]

Third time lucky for Esguerra?

By 26 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Indra Esguerra

Shane Rattenbury’s chief of staff, Indra Esguerra, her boss and former MLA Caroline Le Couteur are the Greens’ lead candidates for the 2016 territory elections.
Esguerra was a Greens candidate for the Senate at the last Federal election alongside lead candidate Simon Sheikh and ran for the seat of Fraser in 2010.
The long-time political staffer said [...]

Beware light rail cost blow-outs

By 26 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Well, what a debacle that mess in the ACTON Tunnel was. It’s hard to imagine in this city of ours how much of a headache an over-height truck can cause. However, due to the unfathomable use uf ‘asbestos’ tiles on the roof of this decades old structure it did indeed cause a headache. What this [...]

Kick Ass Social Media and Marketing Workshop Coming To Canberra!

By 26 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Chrissy and Carly - Little Blog Big Blog Workshop Classes

[ 14 November 2015 at 10:00 am; ]

We are Christina and Carly and we have a confession to make. We met online. It sounds a bit creepy but trust us, it isn’t. We’ve both been blogging for over 15 years (combined) and the best thing we’ve ever done was take our blogging and business journeys off line.

Question. How are you feeling about your blog or [...]

ACT Businesswoman of the Year title goes to ADF health chief Georgeina Whelan

Georgeina Whelan

The army officer with responsibility for the healthcare of 71,000 Australian Defence Force members has been named the 2015 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Businesswoman of the Year.
Georgeina Whelan, Director-General, Garrison Health Operations, Joint Health Command for the Australian Department of Defence, learnt of the honour at a dinner to mark the awards at the National [...]

We need a Mr Fluffy inquiry now: Hanson

facebook mr fluffy demolition

Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has called on the ACT Government to begin a board of inquiry into the Mr Fluffy crisis immediately so that it can report back before the 2016 election.
Mr Hanson said that as the first anniversary of the Government’s decision to go ahead with a buyback scheme for Mr Fluffy [...]

Intensifying challenges in Canberra require leaders to pick up their pace

By 23 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

True leaders don’t walk the corridors of power – they stride.
The nation’s capital is where pivotal decisions are made, and it’s an ever-changing, high-pressure environment many aspire to being part of. It’s inspiring, exciting and can be extremely rewarding.
However, to be considered a serious player, an Executive MBA is now considered essential, and the QUT [...]

NewActon continues to impress

By 22 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Planning Institute of Australia has awarded its Great Place Award to the NewActon precinct as part of the ACT 2015 Awards for Planning Excellence.
The institute’s judges praised NewActon’s strong sense of identity in what was once a disconnected development.
Speaking at the awards on Wednesday night, the institute’s ACT President, Michael Jollon said “NewActon is [...]

Operation Phoennix dismantles drug dealers across the ACT

By 22 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
police wrap

ACT Policing officers working as part of Operation Phoennix have seized a quantity of methylamphetamine (ice), with an estimated street value of over $550,000.
During the operation, four people were arrested in relation to drug and property offences. Another four persons will be summonsed to appear before court in relation to drug offences at a later [...]

Threat to Seselja real: Rattenbury


Liberal Senator Zed Seselja faces a real threat from just-announced Greens candidate Christina Hobbs because Labor Senator Katy Gallagher will attract a higher vote for Labor than was the case at the last election, according to ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury.
“Those middle-of-the-road voters who move between the Labor and the Liberal parties will be strongly [...]

Ex-UN adviser takes on Seselja

By 22 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Hobbes and Di Natale

The Greens have confirmed that Canberra-born economist and former United Nations humanitarian adviser Christina Hobbs will battle it out with Liberal incumbent Zed Seselja for the non-Labor ACT Senate slot come the next Federal election.

Federal Greens Leader Richard Di Natale announced her candidacy and introduced all four ACT Greens candidates for the next Federal election, [...]

ACT to restrict e-cigarette use

By 21 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT regulation of electronic cigarettes will become more restrictive in line with NSW and Queensland next year under planned changes to legislation related to the devices.
The new laws will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to children and place restrictions on their promotion via advertisements, display and marketing. It will also prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in smoke-free areas.
ACT Health [...]

Look, McFly, it’s a hoverboard!

By 21 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ANU hoverboard

As the world prepares for Marty McFly to come Back to the Future today, an ANU scientist has this morning demonstrated a prototype hoverboard.
In the 1989 movie Back to the Future 2, Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel forward to October 21, 2015 and experience amazing technologies including a levitating skateboard.
Dr Graham Walker from the [...]

Tunnel collapse truck had no permit

By 21 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Tunnel collapse

ACT Roads Minister Mick Gentleman says the truck that caused the Acton tunnel collapse yesterday morning did not have the required permit for oversized vehicles/loads.
Mr Gentleman told ABC Radio that ACT Policing were still investigating the incident and it was a matter for them whether to press charges against the driver or his employer and [...]

Behind the light rail survey

By 21 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Survey methodology

Surveys into whether we Canberrans are for or against the ACT Government’s planned light rail system have been in the news all week, and many of our readers have questioned the research methods used.
We contacted Piazza Research, the Phillip-based company contracted to undertake surveys on light rail for the ACT Government, to find out how [...]

Asbestos risk after Acton tunnel collapse

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 1km exclusion zone has been established around Acton Tunnel on Parkes Way to manage asbestos risk after its collapse this morning. Emergency services are advising Canberrans to expect delays on our roads this afternoon (see below for details of redirections).
The tunnel collapsed after an excavator on the back of a loader ripped 60 metres [...]

Police call for info on jail assault

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
police wrap

ACT Policing has identified three persons of interest in relations to the assault of a detainee at the Alexander Maconochie Centre in April this year and asks members of the community who may have information about the incident to contact Crime Stoppers as the investigation continues.
The assault investigation commenced after a man detained at the Alexander Maconochie [...]

Hospital staff woes ‘diabolical’: Hanson

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Nurse job ad

Shadow Minister for Health and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has issued a statement describing staffing issues in the Intensive Care Unit at the Canberra Hospital as “diabolical” and linking the problems with the cost of light rail.
Nurses at the hospital have lodged an industrial dispute over staffing levels in the unit. ACT Health [...]

IKEA in the ACT – the countdown is on

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In four weeks, on November 16, IKEA will throw open the doors to its much awaited Canberra store. I personally have been excited for this for quite some time and am in desperate need of a new lounge so I can’t wait.
I wrote about IKEA’s opening in Canberra a little over a year ago and discussed [...]

Two die in Berridale smash

By 19 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
police wrap

Two people have died in a collision between a 4WD and a semi-trailer at Berridale near Jindabyne.
The accident happened before 9am this morning but NSW police have urged motorists to avoid the area throughout the day.
The driver and a passenger in the 4WD died at the scene. The driver of the semi-trailer was airlifted to [...]

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