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Ex-public servants speak: Scott Monson

By 8 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In this exclusive excerpt from Life without lanyards, former public servant Scott Monson shares his journey from struggling with a stutter to professional speaker and trainer.
Joining the public service was my first real job. It was all a big adventure for me. I moved up from Tasmania to Canberra to train as a naval architect [...]

Drug raid at Playground Bar

By 7 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing Regional Targeting Team members from City Police Station conducted a search warrant in the City on Friday night (4 September).
Around 10.30pm, police executed the warrant in line with section 187 of the Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 at the Playground Martini and Tapas Bar in Garema Place, to locate evidence in relation to [...]

Witnesses sought to Haig Park robbery

By 7 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at Haig Park in Braddon on Friday (4 September).
About 8.00am, the victim was walking through the park when he was grabbed from behind, pushed into a tree and threatened with an electric pulse device. The offender then frisked the man and left on foot with a [...]

Tuggeranong – The Cinderella of the south


There was no surprise that the latest survey of migration in Canberra had Tuggeranong losing so many of its burghers to Gungahlin. Tuggeranong is indeed the Cinderella of the South and always was and always will be.
This is because the planners, pollies and mandarins both commonwealth and territory have decided it shall be so.
I saw [...]

Have you seen Kathleen?

By 6 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
kathleen bautista

ACT Policing is asking for assistance in locating missing 19-year-old Gordon woman, Kathleen Bautista.
Kathleen was last seen in Chapman at about 7.00am on Saturday 5 September 2015. She was last seen driving a black Hyundai i30 bearing registration number YHE47L.
Kathleen is described as being about 165cm (5’5’ft) tall, with a slender build, and shoulder length [...]

Police targeting distracted drivers

By 3 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is warning drivers to keep their eyes on the road and off their mobile phones during a month of driver distraction targeting in September.
Police will target driver distraction offences, which include using a hand-held mobile phone and can attract fines of up to $357 and three demerit points.
Traffic Operations Officer in Charge Station [...]

Border Force by tram

By 3 September 2015
Barcelona tram

Just a nuance about last week’s Operation Fortitude demo in Melbourne.  I’ll bet most of the demonstrators (not to be confused with rioters), got the site at Flinders Street Station by tram – read light rail.

Ha ha.
As the Newcastle song goes……….. Don’t you ever let a chance go by, oh Lord.
(Photo: Barcelona tram)

Police seek Tuggeranong Parkway hoon

By 2 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is searching for a green Camry Sedan bearing registration number YGC14U which was seen driving dangerously between 3.15pm and 3.30pm on Sunday 30 August.
The car had two males on board and was travelling southbound on Drakeford Drive from Kambah, and was last seen driving through a red light and heading towards Monash.
Traffic was [...]

Local leaders – Camilo Potocnjak Oxman and Rish Ratnam (Implement Imagination)

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Implement Imagination co-founder Camilo Potocnjak Oxman (pictured above, right) describes teaching as a very rewarding chronic condition.
“The thing about teaching is that it’s not a job, or even a vocation. It’s a chronic condition. You contract it at a certain point and then you have to deal with it for the rest of your life,” [...]

Blowing up the interwebs as easy as un, deux, trois!


Well I fell for it, hook, line and sinker! Take a pretty girl, add a beautiful exotic accent (well, I thought it sounded sexy), a sob story and voila … you have instant marketing campaign reaching millions of people on the internet and mainstream media.
They call it guerrilla marketing. An advertisement strategy concept designed for [...]

Seeking a planning minister for Canberra


Canberra residents have the perception, or at least the aspiration, that the elected ACT politician appointed to be the planning minister will oversee the future planning and development of the city on behalf of the residents.
In a recent article the former chief minister, Jon Stanhope, listed one of his disappointments as not being able to deal [...]

$50 load ups in ACT pokies will be allowed – if it’s recommended

By 1 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Yesterday during the #CBRCabinet event held via the Periscope app, Minister Joy Burch confirmed that $50 poker machine load ups will be allowed if the current committee reviewing ACT pokie legislation recommends it.
Despite promises that other measures will curtail problem gambling issues, I have absolutely no doubt that allowing $50 load ups will increase problem gambling [...]

Should we ban smart watches while driving?

woman driving wearing smart watch

Using a mobile phone while driving has been an offence for quite some time now. But what about sending an SMS from an object that isn’t a phone?
My partner bought an Apple Watch on the weekend. Besides the fact that I think this product is a pointless piece of junk and a huge waste of [...]

The bright stuff: Project Lighting goes from strength to strength

maryanne gore project lighting

If you’ve bought a light fitting in Canberra, Queanbeyan or the South Coast in the past 40 years, there’s a good chance you’ve visited Project Lighting.
The Canberra-founded, family-run business has sold lights and light fittings since 1972. From its small beginnings in Altree Court in Phillip, it has grown to six locations across the ACT [...]

Quality gym near Civic/Ainslie/Dickson?

By 1 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I am a student looking for a quality gym near Civic, Ainslie or Dickson. Hopefully I can get fit. I am looking for a price around $10 – $20 a week.
Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

Why we need safe access zones outside Canberra’s abortion clinics

act health moore street

Many years ago, as a student of the Australian National University, I’d often ride my bike past the ACT Health building in the city and wonder why the front was often tasselled with such a ghoulish gathering. Perhaps it was a mimed version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show… in slow motion?
Always in a rush, [...]

More speed cameras for the ACT – effective or waste of money?

By 31 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government has announced it will expand the territory’s speed camera network from today, with at least 30 new locations for mobile speed vans being trialled by the end of next month, and the vans on duty an extra 120 hours per week.
The more the merrier as far as I’m concerned. Anything that slows [...]

Man and teen to face court over Scullin burglary

By 31 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing apprehended a 27-year-old man from Queanbeyan and 14-year old teen from Florey, for burglary on a house in Scullin on Saturday (29 August).
About 2pm, the two alleged offenders entered the rear yard of a residence in Ross Smith Crescent and forced entry through a side sliding door.
A short time later, the owner came [...]

New Canberra Brickworks plan a win for the community

By 31 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
artists impression yarralumla brickworks

The Yarralumla Residents Association welcomes the government’s scaled down development plans near the Canberra Brickworks and looks forward to further discussion about the details within the new designated boundary.
We acknowledge the efforts of our members, local residents and people across Canberra who have raised their concerns during recent years. Such efforts have made the government [...]

To go or not to go, that is the question

By 31 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon will today reveal whether he will continue as head of the trade union royal commission after he was embroiled in a conflict of interest scandal.

Many would expect I would have little sympathy for Heydon, and that I would take the view that this is a political witch hunt lacking legitimacy.

Many would suggest that I would [...]

RSPCA ACT celebrates 60 years of animal welfare work

Vintage RSPCA

The year was 1955. The polio vaccine passed its first large scale test, Elvis Presley made his TV debut, the Vietnam War began and Robert Menzies was Prime Minister. It was also the year that RSPCA ACT was born.
Sixty years is a long time to do anything, but what began as 23 dedicated individuals has [...]

Uber is coming to Canberra. Will you use it?


If you are a regular taxi user, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Uber, the upstart company that is threatening taxi industries all over the world.
Already operating in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, Uber hopes to start operating in Canberra by October, with 1000 people already expressing interest in becoming drivers.
Uber works by providing [...]

Bloomin’ great Aranda walk – spring flowers, great views, dog friendly

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It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a pleasant stroll around Aranda with native flora in full bloom. We’ve just researched this easy walk taking just over an hour through Aranda’s pretty parks featuring stunning native flower displays.

The walk starts and ends at the old Aranda shops site, now occupied by the dog friendly Two [...]

Have you seen these antique books?

By 28 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
antique books

On Wednesday 5 August, ACT Policing commenced an investigation into a burglary in Dickson. Amongst stolen items of property, there were three antique books which were located in a safe.The books are very distinctive atlases and they are potentially the last in circulation. The offender may be oblivious to their worth and they may have [...]

Local politics: Here’s what you missed this fortnight

ACT Legislative Assembly

ACT Labor membership continues to grow
It might be due to Tony Abbott, it might be due to Andrew Barr or it even might be due to Jeremy Hanson but membership of the ACT Labor Party has reached new heights.
There are now more members of the ACT Labor Party than members of the Canberra Liberals and ACT [...]

Stolen goods worth $300,000 seized in Phillip

By 26 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
stolen goods haul

ACT Policing executed two search warrants yesterday (Tuesday, 25 August 2015) at a residence in Chisholm and business in Phillip.
About 8.00am, members of the Criminal Investigations Crime Targeting Team executed two section 187 Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 search warrants after information was received from the public.
A male person of interest was present at the [...]

Public talk: Nanoscience – are nanoparticles alive?

By 26 August 2015

[ 6 October 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

In the world of science fiction, nanotechnology is often shown as swarms of micro-machines that act without the need for human supervision. Much like their biological counterparts, these imagined devices even sometimes possess their own intelligence.

In this talk, Dr Amanda Barnard will take us through the latest advances in nanotechnology and answer the fantastic question: [...]

Burned kitten update: Two people to be prosecuted

By 25 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
burned cat

Yesterday, RSPCA ACT Inspectors asked the public for help on another horrific case involving a severely burned kitten that was dumped at the Weston shelter last Thursday night.
RSPCA ACT can now confirm that briefs of evidence against two people are being compiled to be submitted to DPP for prosecution in relation to this case.
Chief Executive [...]

Pop-up cabinet in Woden

By 25 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 2 September 2015 at 9:00 am; 3 September 2015 at 9:00 am; ]

Meet your local ministers and have your say on local issues at the ACT Government’s pop-up cabinet in Woden next week.

The Woden pop-up cabinet is the first of several that will take place at town centres across Canberra in coming months.

In addition to the pop-up cabinet, there will also be opportunities to engage with ministers [...]

Living Green Festival 2015

By 25 August 2015
living green festival canberra 2015

[ 4 October 2015 at 10:00 am; ]

The Living Green Festival is turning five!

Come along to the Albert Hall on Sunday 4 October from 10-4pm and experience a kinder shade of green.

There will be over 80 food and market stalls selling plant-based foods as well as sustainable, fair trade and cruelty-free products and services. Plus live entertainment, workshops, talks on environmental, animal [...]

AAMI and GIO CTP insurance premiums to decrease from 17 September

By 24 August 2015

The ACT Compulsory Third-Party (CTP) Insurance Regulator today announced that CTP insurance premiums charged by Suncorp Insurance for its AAMI and GIO brands will decrease from 17 September 2015 for a number of ACT motor vehicles.
Premiums for AAMI Insurance will decline significantly, with a family car premium falling by $25.00 to $565.00 from $590.00, equivalent [...]

RSPCA appeals to public for information on severely burned kitten

By 24 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
rspca act video footage

RSPCA ACT Inspectors are asking the public for help on another horrific case involving a severely burned kitten.
At approximately 6:04pm on Thursday night someone left a severely burned kitten outside a door at the RSPCA ACT shelter. The kitten was left in a red milk crate which had a pillow in it. A towel was [...]

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