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What gecko is this?

By 21 January, 2014

Bec wants to know:
Hi John,
Could you please ask your valued readers for help identifying this gecko I came across in the early hours of this morning?
I was thinking it was a Marbled Gecko, but not too sure…..never seen one in 34 years in the same suburb.
Should I beware our reptile overlords?
Thanks in advance,
Bec

A great tragedy as fire engulfs the Polo

By 21 January, 2014

ACT Policing is investigating a fire in O’Connor which occurred in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, January 21).
Around 2.05am, police responded to reports of a structure fire at the Polish White Eagle Club on David Street in O’Connor.
On arrival, police located a significant amount of smoke coming from the rear of the building.
ACT [...]

Child care cost

By 21 January, 2014

How much are people willing to pay for child care spots in Canberra?
Prices seem to be $105 – $112 per day in a central location… as to the quality… well… that seems debatable according to all the research I have been doing.
$120 – $165 a day in Sydney and waitlists do not exist in a [...]

ACT Government Committed to Unaffordable Housing

By 20 January, 2014

The good folk over at Macrobusiness have been doing an excellent job over the past week highlighting the ACT Government’s outrageously terrible and damaging policy when it comes to supplying land for new homes (see here, here, and here).
Despite strong population growth, stratospheric house prices, and the ACT Auditor General finding the ACT’s land release [...]

Smashed Car Windscreen – asking for assistance from the lovely Bonner People.

By 20 January, 2014

Hello Fellow Rioters,
Long time reader first time poster
First I would like to say have been reading this site for a good 5+ years now, very much entertaining, especially on your Cyclists vs Cars topics haha, you guys crack me up
The Reason I am writing this in for today is that I have a [...]

Empty rental property numbers surging ahead

By 20 January, 2014

Our quick and dirty survey of AllHomes rental listings has some bad news for property owners with houses piling into the market chasing renters who just don’t seem to be there right now.
It will be interesting to see if the start of graduate and student years does anything to remedy this.

Drakeford Drive as according to Territory and Municipal Services

By 20 January, 2014

It’s not simply your mind playing tricks on you, Drakeford Drive is intentionally awful to cars running against peak traffic flow, by design.
(Ie: catch one red and you’ll probably catch them all)
http://www.tams.act.gov.au/roads-transport/traffic/trafficsignals/drakeford_drive

Another ACTION whinge, but I think it’s justified.

By 20 January, 2014

I have been catching a bus to work as of late. Some days I start work around 12pm, and I don’t work in the city or a town centre.
Today I was walking down to the stop to catch the 11:13am bus. I always attempt to get to the stop 6 to 7 minutes early because [...]

Smyth on the economy

By 20 January, 2014

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is taking Andrew Barr to task over the latest economic numbers:
The latest State of the States report released today by CommSec has highlighted the slipping state of the ACT economy and demonstrates ACT Labor’s irresponsible economic management over the past 11 years, Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth said today.
“Today’s report shows [...]

Dominos Florey hit again

By 20 January, 2014

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at a food store in Florey last night (Sunday, January 19).
Around 10.10pm, a man entered the Domino’s Pizza store armed with a machete and demanded money.
The employee complied with the demands and handed over a sum of cash.
The man ran from the store and was last [...]

Alleged Molonglo firebug facing court today

By 20 January, 2014

A 48-year-old man who suffered burns as a result of a fire in Molonglo will face court today charged with causing a bushfire during the total fire ban on January 16.
Police will allege the man, of no fixed abode, had been found hiding under a bridge after a fire had been deliberately lit near Tuggeranong [...]

Who’s up for a naked Hottest 100 party?

By 20 January, 2014

[ 26 January, 2014; ] The ACT Nudist Club is letting it be known they’re welcoming the public in for a Hottest 100 Party:

Break away from the ordinary, bring your mates and enjoy 2013′s best beats in the buff! Canberra’s local nudist club is throwing open the gates and cranking up the sound for a Hottest 100 Pool Party [...]

Yes it really was that hot

By 20 January, 2014

Matt The Brat has sent this in:
Picture – Heat wave
It felt so hot last week in Canberra I thought I could fry an egg on a shovel.
So I did.
Matt_the_Brat,
Rivett.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

Chisholm carjacker arrested in Kambah

By 20 January, 2014

A 42-year-old man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning charged with aggravated robbery and assault that occurred last week (Friday, 17 January).
Police will allege that the man and a friend approached a woman who was asleep in her car at an address in Chisholm around 5am on Friday morning, physically assaulted her with [...]

Police still looking for guns

By 20 January, 2014

ACT Policing has extended the Illicit Firearms Rewards campaign, which launched on October 9 last year, to 30 April 2014.
Last year ACT Policing with the support of the ACT Government and ACT Crime Stoppers launched the Illicit Firearms Rewards campaign, offering public reward payments of up to $5000 for information leading to the seizure of [...]

The great UNI Pub lift debacle

By 19 January, 2014

A lift inside the UNI Pub in the city has been forced open by firefighters this morning after it had locked eight patrons inside.
Patrons were isolated for approximately 50 minute before ACT Fire & Rescue were called. Firefighters used hand tools to pry open the doors of the lift releasing the patrons from the London [...]

Kaleen fire

By 18 January, 2014

A light fitting in a three-bedroom home caused a small electrical fire tonight in Kaleen.
Firefighters rushed to the Tyrrell Circuit residence following an Emergency Triple Zero (000) call at 8.29pm and extinguished the fire which caused minimal smoke damage to the home.
The occupants safely self evacuated and fire crews are now ventilating the property before [...]

Another tip fire at Mugga Lane

By 18 January, 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service are working to extinguish a fire at the Mugga Lane Resource Management Facility.
The size of the rubbish fire is approximately eight metres by five metres and is contained.
Crews are using Compressed Air Foam as well as earthmoving equipment to extinguish the small fire.
8:09 PM

Firefighters have [...]

Water bombing helo for a 10m fire at Blue Range Hut

By 18 January, 2014

The ACT Rural Fire Service is working to extinguish a grass and scrub fire burning at Blue Range Hut in the Uriarra Forest.
The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at ADVICE.
The ACT Rural Fire Service has multiple units on scene including a water bombing helicopter and a Remote Area Firefighting [...]

THANK GOD FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS!!!!

By 18 January, 2014

The Bureau has the blessed news that we’re in for a storm!
Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Orange, Canberra, Goulburn, Wagga Wagga, Cobar and Bourke.

Please god let it be.

The smoke’s blowing in from interstate

By 18 January, 2014

The ACT Emergency Services Agency is currently receiving calls from the public concerned about the presence of smoke over Canberra.
The smoke is coming from a fire at Araluen, south of Braidwood, in NSW.
There are currently no fires burning in the ACT.
4:24 PM
[Courtesy ESA]

Dickson restaurant fire

By 18 January, 2014

A fire at a Dickson restaurant has been extinguished this afternoon.
ACT Fire and Rescue was alerted to the fire in a kitchen in a Woolley Street premise at 12.53pm.
Fire crews arrived to find the fire already extinguished by the occupants.
Firefighters are now conducting a search to ensure there are no signs of fire within the [...]

Southern Air Conditioning & Refrigeration – had a great experience

By 18 January, 2014

I am calling these guys the Compassionate Air Conditioning Guys and I have so much gratitude for them.
My mother was discharged from hospital post-surgery on the Monday and we returned home to discover that her air-conditioner was broken.
I did a Google search and called around and eventually got a hold of Nick at Southern Air [...]

On the subject of melty roads

By 18 January, 2014

After reading the Melty Roads post, I thought I’d send some images of the stones that were hastily laid at the Cooleman carpark during one of the hot days before Christmas (20 Dec 2013).
This carpark was only resurfaced in the last 6 months.
The work crews putting this down must have had a few to do [...]

ESA says you don’t have to mow the lawn today

By 18 January, 2014

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) urges the community to be sensible while outdoors today while a TOTAL FIRE BAN is in place.
The use of power tools and outdoor machinery that can create a spark, such as angle grinders and lawn mowers, should be avoided today.
Gas and electric BBQ’s can be used today but only [...]

Firebombing to get away from the cops works about as well as expected

By 18 January, 2014

A man who used a homemade incendiary device in an attempt to elude police last night was arrested in Belconnen and will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (Saturday, January 18).
Around 7.25pm, police were conducting a routine patrol in the Belconnen area when they detected an orange Daewoo sedan being driven erratically.
The driver [...]

Melty roads

By 17 January, 2014

Roads ACT is currently placing crushed stone on a number of roads throughout Canberra to prevent damage from the heat. Signs warning of loose stones are posted at all sites where this treatment has been applied.
Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the heat and watch for loose stone signage. In some areas [...]

Total fire ban for Saturday too

By 17 January, 2014

ACT Emergency Services Agency Commissioner Dominic Lane has declared a Total Fire Ban for the whole of the ACT under Section 114 of the Emergencies Act 2004 from:
12:00am Saturday 18 January, 2014 to 11:59pm Saturday 18 January, 2014.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting hot conditions tomorrow with strengthening northwesterly winds ahead of a cool easterly [...]

More heat stuff: Falling Branches!

By 17 January, 2014

The ACT Government is warning the community to be aware of falling branches from large trees in the ACT.
During periods of extended heat conditions large trees, particularly Eucalypts, have been known to drop large branches as a method of surviving the conditions.
The community should take care when seeking shade or parking vehicles under large trees [...]

ActewAGL feeling the heat on power poles

By 17 January, 2014

ActewAGL has announced they’re scaling back today’s power outages for fear of being lynched by angry mobs:
Based on the latest weather forecasts, we have reviewed our planned maintenance schedule and made the decision to postpone 2 of the previously scheduled electricity interruptions for today.
These two jobs, which are pole replacements had the potential to [...]

Legal advice for Canberra artists

By 17 January, 2014

Joy Burch is putting the word out there that the ACT Government is chipping in for the Arts Law Centre of Australia:
ACT artists and arts organisations will have access to free or subsidised legal advice thanks to a national partnership to revamp the Arts Law Centre of Australia, to which the ACTGovernment is contributing $10,000. [...]

Parkes Way closures for triathlon festival

By 17 January, 2014

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of a temporary road closure of westbound lanes of Pasrkes Way and a nearby car park for the Triathlon ACT January Festival 2014.
The westbound lanes of Parkes Way between Kimgs Avenue and Glenloch Interchange will be closed from 6am to 12.30pm Sunday 19 January [...]

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