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Let’s can the tram (till October, at least)

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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An act of political bastardry saw the ACT Government sign off last week on the Gungahlin light rail project, almost five months to the day from the October Assembly election.
The proposal has generated massive argument throughout Canberra with a final price of $710 million (ha, ha) for 12km of line to service a small section [...]

Ask RiotACT: Need advice on who to approach about problem with car dealership

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi all.
I’m looking for advice about what to do/lawyer to see about an issue with the dealership that my car is currently being serviced in.
Long story short, it went in to get its windscreen changed. 3 days later they tell me that in reprogramming the car for the new windscreen (yes…it is one of those [...]

A coalition with the Greens? Pigs might fly

By 23 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There has been a bit of hoo hah in the media lately about the possibility of the ALP or the Libs going into coalition with the Greens to form government in the event of a hung Federal parliament.
It got me to thinking – what a lot of hot air and hyperbole!
Firstly the possibility of a [...]

Ask RiotACT: Where to from redundancy for an older gentlemen

By 23 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

A year ago my father-in-law was made redundant from his job where he had spent the last 15 years working. Since then he hasn’t been able to find a job – the main reason is his ability to communicate isn’t the best due to loss of hearing and English is his second language. He seems [...]

Ask RiotACT: Animal bones in air crash memorial forest

By 21 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hey guys!
Awhile ago I was venturing around the air crash memorial forest.  I stopped when I saw some branches broken off and placed weirdly like a door. I moved them and it opened into a circle clearing, in the clearing there were animal heads and other bones placed around the clearing some were also hanging [...]

Ask RiotACT: Makeup artist for darker skin tones?

By 20 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Canberra!
Every time I have my makeup done for a formal event by Napoleon/Chanel/Bobbi Brown, they seem to not know what colour my skin is! My face either ends up looking too dark, or very light and ashy.
So this time I’m thinking of booking an appointment with a private makeup artist. Any recommendations of people [...]

Pre-made home delivered meals in Canberra – Part 1

By 20 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Penne for your thoughts

This is intended to be a 2-3 series of posts detailing some of the different options for pre-made refrigerated (not frozen) meals that can be home delivered in Canberra.
This is for all the busy people out there, the singles who don’t like cooking alone, the people who hate cooking or are really bad at it [...]

Ask RiotACT: Strange object in northern skies at sunset, 18 May

By 19 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Did any Canberrans spot an elliptical shaped object, about 1/10 the width of a Full Moon, in the northern sky yesterday afternoon? From Narrabundah it was clearly visible at about 30º above the horizon between 17:00 and 17:30. The shape had two bright patches on either end, and had a dull strip in the centre. It did [...]

Ask RiotACT: Need to find a good offset printer in Canberra

By 19 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’ll cut right to it. I’m making a large format (~A3 page sizes) photo-book with text that will be around forty pages in length with a hardcover and I want to know everyone’s experiences with offset printers in Canberra and I’d like to hear some recommendations for a good printer.
I’m trying to avoid digital printing [...]

Why Nick Kyrgios stirs white anxieties

By 19 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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After Olympic Head of Mission Kitty Chiller said that Nick Kyrgios ‘doesn’t really understand what it means to be an Australian Olympian’, the Canberran tennis hotshot turned to social media for guidance and support. Over 2,400 of his facebook friends offered mostly encouraging comments.
He also reposted a tweet in which he was told to “go [...]

Ask RiotACT: Whose plane at Canberra Airport today?

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I didn’t get a good look at it, but there is a plane parked over at Fairbairn.
It’s about Boeing 717 size.
The livery on the tail looks like a cross between Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines: It is in Singapore Airlines colours, but the stylised bird is more like a horizontal version of the Lufthansa crane than [...]

Your place in community consultations

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Here’s another sad tale about the ACT Government’s patronising attitude towards residents. This one ends with the latest evidence of an approach to Canberra’s urban development that makes it difficult for members of the community to have their say.
The ACT Government knows well that residents in and around Dickson have a keen interest in [...]

Time for a rethink on Manuka Oval plan

By 17 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Manuka Oval

The Manuka Green proposed development continues with more ducking and weaving than a prize fighter.
What began as 1000 apartments has been cut to 650, nine storey units down to seven, basement car parking increased to 1620 spaces and total costs have fallen from $800 million to $550 million.
A number of physical changes to the plans [...]

Canberra visual arts have been Turnbulled

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last Friday 13th May was sad day, and very much a black Friday, for many in the arts across Australia. It was not simply that many small to medium organisations had lost all or most of their Australia Council funding. What made it hurt even more was the reasons for this drastic situation.
What was being [...]

Bookclub in Canberra seeks members

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
We’re a group of 4 who meet in places around Canberra and the surrounding areas. We meet monthly on weekends to discuss books. We’re looking for new members to join us…
If you like coffee, tea, cake, books and meeting new people, please email us at bookclub2600@gmail.com
Hope to hear from you soon!

Victims of Crime – vocal about VOCAL

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In March last year I posted an article on restorative justice and in it I talked about the types of victims of crimes there were. Primary, secondary and tertiary.
I indicated then that the primary victims, of course, are those who are the immediately affected person, such as a victim of an assault or a kidnapping; [...]

Ask RiotACT: Recommendations – wall removal

By 13 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi I wanted to have a dividing wall removed in my livings rooms but have no idea where to start. Any advice or recommendation for tradespeople would be greatly appreciated.

Changes to licensing fees threaten Canberra nightlife

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Imagine a Canberra nightlife with no life after 3am.
That’s what members of the Keep Canberra Open group believe will happen if proposed changes to liquor licensing are accepted by Parliament.
In an attempt to curb alcohol-related violence in Canberra, a white paper released last month by ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell (Building on Liquor Reform), details [...]

Ask RiotACT: Car respray recommendations (car repair)

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Riot’ers,
Any quality or cost recommendations/considerations for repaint of a car in the Canberra area ? This is private non-insurance work and I would prefer to deal with a shop not a backyard guy.

The ancient art of shopping

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Shopping

Shopping is one of humanity’s oldest pleasures. From ancient Greek agoras to Roman markets to the Turkish Bazaar of the Middle Ages and the modern day shopping mall, people have always liked to come together to shop.
Originally, markets sold food and other essentials as well as luxuries. We still see echoes of these all-in-one destinations [...]

Ask RiotACT: Wanted – Part time commercial kitchen

By 11 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I am on the hunt for an unused commercial kitchen to use out of hours (5-10pm) up to 4 nights a week to boost my small catering business. If anyone knows of an appropriate space please contact me with details!

Civic Square a jumbled, architectural mess

By 11 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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City planners allow for all manner of formal spaces when plotting out the municipal aspects of any new township. In early colonial Victoria it was decided that townships should not have major public squares – city squares – as there was the fear that such spaces may encourage democracy. Heaven forbid!
For most of its life [...]

Release land for people, not profit to fund grandiose plans

By 10 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The review of the National Capital Plan last week provided opportunities for major land releases.
In Ginninderra the CSIRO’s 701 hectare field station site beside the Barton Highway is estimated to make available 6500 housing blocks, the same number as the West Belconnen development which will straddle the ACT-NSW border.
In the south permission has been given [...]

Propaganda radicalised us, then and now

By 10 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was reflecting on the Anzac Day stuff the other week and I confess to some disquiet.
This is when we commemorate the sacrifices of our young men and women in theatres of war in defence of Oz and our way of life.
Let me get this straight though, we sent young men and women overseas [...]

Club asks man in fedora to leave

By 9 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

An acquaintance of my wife’s and I went to dinner on Friday, 6th May, to a local club, located in Tuggeranong district. Wearing a fedora he went to order their meals and was asked to remove his hat. He asked why and also told the security guard that there were people wearing hoodies with their [...]

Ask RiotACT: Electrician for small job?

By 5 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’ve just converted my garage into an office, and need an electrician to add a new powerpoint and data point. Can anyone recommend a reputable sparky who would do a small job like this, preferably this week?
Thanks!

In ACTPLA we trust

By 5 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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With the NCA moving to hand over significant planning powers to the ACT Government, the focus now shifts to how the ACT Government handles such an increase in responsibility for national aspects of this capital city.
I have long held the view that the ACT Government should have far more control over much of the land [...]

They’re ripping up parking lots

By 4 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED 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
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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
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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 [...]

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