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They’re ripping up parking lots

By 4 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra’s planners in the 1950s and beyond delivered an infrastructure made for cars. There were even major freeways planned (a story for another day).
The road infrastructure until lately has been fairly successful and, in turn, has encouraged locals to use cars rather than public transport. Cars are part of most people’s daily lives.
We might be [...]

Inmates are in prison for a reason

By 3 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Alexander Maconochie Centre

Prison reform has returned to Canberra and we are advised indigenous detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre has risen to 27 percent of our prison population – up from an average of about 18 percent.
The figures are from a very small base, representing 96 people and most citizens would take the sensible attitude the increase [...]

Document ‘drafted by the devil’? Hardly.

By 2 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
thL5DHOZIY

I noticed recently how Jeremy Hanson, for the time being the Leader of the Opposition in the ACT likes to talk about the Government/Unions Memorandum of Understanding as though it was a document drafted by the devil with the express intention of subjugating the ACT Government to the will of the CFMEU.
Mr Hanson was joined [...]

UC sub-acute hospital to deliver super service

By 28 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
IMG_9376

About twelve months ago, my daughter developed swelling and redness in one of her eyes. We were lucky enough to get an appointment with our local GP the same day, but were shocked to be told that we needed to go to Canberra Hospital emergency admissions straight away.
Our GP was concerned that our daughter might [...]

A nicer Nerriga Road trip to Nowra

By 27 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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While some people may enjoy the buzz of living within densely population metropolitan cities, there are definite benefits to being in Canberra and being able to head out into the country in a few minutes, rather than struggling down the crowded toll ways.
A big attraction about having the time to travel the regions around Canberra [...]

Best we forget?

By 26 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Australian War Memorial

As we continue with the anniversary of World War I in the media and particularly, yesterday, at the Australian War Memorial here in Canberra, I am at a loss to explain my feelings.
My thesaurus doesn’t help. Nobody regards the events of 100 years ago as a celebration but we are reluctant to admit the [...]

Median strip parking OK on Anzac Day but not for other events?

By 26 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Car parking

Every time there’s a blockbuster on at the NGA, or a major sporting event in Manuka,  and visitors can’t get a park, the NCA and ACT Government send in the parking inspectors and wreck the experience for visitors with a massive revenue-raising exercise.
Interestingly, Dawn Service crowds seem to be exempted. Yesterday morning and for much [...]

Royal Commission or ICAC

By 25 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ICAC

I was thinking about the Royal Commission into the construction unions recently and the current call for a Royal Commission into the banks and a couple of things struck me as relevant.
Firstly, the Heydon Commission was a political animal designed to go after a particular union. Fess up, guys, you know that’s the truth. Sure [...]

Should heaters stay off till Anzac Day?

By 22 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Cat with heater

Does anyone know where the Canberra “rule” about heating staying off till after Anzac Day comes from?
It’s one of those things I’ve always known but can’t remember how I came to know it.
A comment on an earlier RiotACT post on how to survive your first winter here indicates that Canberrans have stuck to [...]

Any concerns re Mr Fluffy demolitions?

By 22 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

So Mr Fluffy houses have started to be demolished. Fences have gone up around several in my street, including one across the road from me. If a Mr Fluffy has been demolished next door to you or in your street, what is your opinion of the demolition process? Are you satisfied that every safety measure [...]

Cheap all-day parking in Braddon

By 21 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Approximate site of parking available

Looking for cheap all day parking close to the city? There are spaces available in a leafy 72 space all-day carpark, conveniently located just off Elder Street in Braddon.
Only 5 minute walk to the Canberra Centre, and a 2 minute walk to great coffee on Lonsdale Street. Calculating at only $8 per day (paid monthly, [...]

Celebrating suburban coffee

By 20 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Sitting down on a recent Sunday to catch up with a friend over a cup of coffee (or two) in Braddon, reminded me of why it is not my favourite place to go on a weekend – let alone during the week.
There has been a lot said by the marketers of Canberra about the ‘cool’ places [...]

Online ANZAC bus bookings, rise of internet an issue for the computerless

By 19 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Computer transactions

I’m trying to understand the proposal people should register online in order to travel by ACTION bus to this year’s ANZAC Day ceremonies.
While numbers attending the services continue to grow, last year as the anniversary of Gallipoli might have been a high water mark not to be repeated. Of course this should not be [...]

Manuka Oval Proposal : ISCCC Forum Thurs 28 April

By 18 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 28 April 2016 at 7:00 pm; ]  

INNER SOUTH CANBERRA COMMUNITY COUNCIL (ISCCC)

 PUBLIC FORUM Thursday 28 April 2016

7.00 pm Wesley Uniting Church Hall

20-22 National Circuit, Forrest

PROPOSED MANUKA OVAL DEVELOPMENT

HOW WILL IT AFFECT YOU?

The ACT Government has received an unsolicited bid from Greater Western Sydney Giants to re-develop the Manuka Oval and surrounds.

You will be affected if you:

live or work in Manuka, Kingston, [...]

ACT Election ’16 – now on!

By 18 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
legislative-assembly

Racing now in the Election Cup 2016! We now have candidates in all seats from the major parties. More on this later.
It needs to be acknowledged that there are other candidates running in the ACT election this year besides the major three parties.
We’ll have some independents running and we need to be able to distinguish [...]

A look around Canberra: Braddon

By 15 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
The Hamlet

The suburb of Braddon in Canberra’s inner north is one that is growing in popularity each day with every addition of a new restaurant, apartment block, or bar. I’m not sure why it’s taken me to long to do a write-up on Braddon, especially because it’s the suburb in which I currently live for another [...]

Seeking transparency in the ACT Government

By 14 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There are many things about the current ACT Government that are causing concerns, to me and local residents I meet with often – and I think most of us voted for them. Now that’s a worry!
If all that was not enough, then along come a couple of Canberra Times articles concerning the employment of the TAMS Minister’s [...]

Ask RiotACT: international finance advice

By 13 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi hive mind,
Does anyone know of a Canberran financial advisor who is able to give advice on international matters? What we need is personal (i.e. retirement, savings, superannuation financial advice) for us as we may be moving to Pommy land.
Thanks in advance.

Lathlain now – For a better Belconnen

By 13 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Lathlain Street sign

One of the most audacious features of the proposed Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan is to transform Lathlain Street into a pedestrian friendly promenade. The Master Plan positions “the Lath” as the premier Belconnen destination, host to shops, markets, live music, street festivals, and other entertainment options as well as health, education and community services.
With [...]

Best of Canberra – Autumn views

By 12 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Manchurian Pears with National Gallery

There was only one nomination following our Best of Canberra – Autumn views call out, perhaps because it was for a contender that was such a shoe-in it wasn’t worth nominating any other site in the city.
The ornamental pears that line the Lake Burley Griffin promenade at Queen Elizabeth Terrace, starting in line with the [...]

Ask RiotACT: Where to go? Braddon or Kingston?

By 12 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Canberrans,
I’m about to relocate to Canberra, and am trying to decide which suburb to move to. As the headline suggests, it’s between Braddon and Kingston. I’m a 30 year old professional, married, no kids, looking to buy an apartment and really want a convenient lifestyle with easy access to public transport and things to [...]

Our lives are full of privacy breaches

By 12 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
privacy

Last week I wrote of the ACT injustice of publicly naming people subsequently found not guilty of serious crimes such as rape.
The inconsistency of our law was apparent in the failure to name a stall at the recent night noodle markets from which 27 people allegedly developed food poisoning. The source was not named [...]

Ask RiotACT: Pet Door at Rental Property

By 11 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi,
I’m wondering if anyone has any suggestions on pet doors suitable for a rental property? (i.e. that don’t leave screw holes/require modifying existing windows/doors)
We have vertical sliding windows which open from the ground up, so I was thinking it might be possible to get something custom-made, or a handy-man to adapt a store-bought pet door, [...]

Help with a statutory warranty for new homes issue

By 10 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

Help – I need advice on getting defects rectified please.
I bought a newish house that had been used as a “Display Home” by the builder/developer.  It was around 6 months old when I bought it. It had never been lived in, evident by the fact the gas hot water wasn’t on and the water tank [...]

Police v Burch and CFMEU

By 10 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police barrier

Over coffee last week, I wandered through the Canberra Times and stopped to look at the insert “The Public Sector Informant”. Now, as a 30 year veteran of both the Commonwealth and ACT Public Services, I don’t usually skim through this stuff. When I said goodbye to the Circus, I didn’t mourn the parting of [...]

Face off: Calling last drinks at 3am

By 7 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Frank Condi

The ACT Government this week issued a white paper proposing dramatic changes to liquor licensing laws for nightclubs and bars in a bid to curb late night alcohol-fuelled violence. Under one proposal, venues would have call last drinks at 3am. Alternatively, the Government would reduce the maximum licensed time to 4am and increase the fee [...]

Looking for a financial planner in Canberra

By 7 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

I am looking for a financial planner in Canberra. I have been recommended three in particular, Milestone Financial, Rise Financial and Whybrow and Associates.  Has anyone had any dealing with any of these financial planners?  Do you have any other suggestions?

Ask RiotACT: Reasonable Hairdresser with Great Colourist

By 7 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi,
I am new to Canberra and I am looking for a new hairdresser.
I live at Turner but I am happy to drive anywhere for a decent and reasonably priced hairdresser.
I have red hair so I need to get my hair coloured every four weeks to maintain the shade, and so I do not want to [...]

Best of Canberra – autumn views

By 7 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Gorman Arts Centre

Canberra in autumn is like a jewelry box, with branches covered in foliage of ruby, topaz, champagne diamond and gold everywhere you look.
April is the perfect month to make like a tourist and head out to explore the city’s leafy streets, to climb its hills and to run around any of its lakes. We should [...]

Ask RiotACT: sports high schools

By 6 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hello Rioters. Just reaching out to find out what your opinions are on good high schools in Tuggeranong, specifically ones that have good sports programmes.
Thanks.

Proud to be a NIMBY

By 6 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Almost every day I walk by a set of new apartments here in Dickson. These are now part of the history of the push by residents not to have rubbish developments plonked in the area.
It is sad to watch yet another community, namely Red Hill, now being put through the mill. They are not objecting [...]

Ask RiotACT: Buying hay

By 5 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi, I’m getting married in Yarralumla next year and I would like to use hay to achieve a rustic vibe. Does anyone know where to get some? I have only found the green and round bales.
Thanks in advance.

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