Over the years I have wondered about the placement of public art and memorials in and around the parliamentary zone. Here are three stories.
A couple of months ago the winner of the Immigration Place design competition was announced. The information available online (including the above image) suggests it will be an intriguing installation. The jury did [...]
Slogans can be used or abused. They can encapsulate a moment in time, or they can serve as hollow reductions etched like a skid mark from the suppository of Australian political wisdom (i.e. “Stop the boats”).
In South Australia there comes a time of year where the state explodes with creativity and merriment. Rundle Mall bustles with [...]
News stories have cropped up in the last few weeks about a university in the United States that has painted bright green lanes on the footpath for runners, walkers, and people texting. The university said that the lanes were a lighthearted way to brighten up the campus and get students’ attention. Similar lanes have also [...]
There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and getting a generous, well-priced counter meal at a pub.
Steaks, schnitzels, burgers or seafood – whatever your choice, a good pub feed is never regrettable. While it might not be the fanciest or healthiest of cuisines, when you order food at a pub, you are pretty [...]
I love a good wine tasting any day of the week no questions asked, but this weekend Canberra really turned on the weather and gave us the perfect conditions for a little wine tour of the region.
When we put the call out for your favourite Canberra wine last week, a number of different wineries from across [...]
The 2016 ACT election will be the most significant election since self-government.
The increase from 17 MLAs to 25 should mean that our local communities are better represented in the Assembly. With five electorates of five members, each electorate now mostly lines up with Canberra’s regions.
Under the current three electorate system, the larger electorate sizes means [...]
Last August I wrote about the application of the political paradigm known as the state of fear. It has been employed by bodies politics and dictators since Persian times, reaching a perfection in the days of the Inquisition.
It is the notion that a government (or ruling body/dictator) keeps the community under control by creating a [...]
This is a bit a random I know, but can anyone tell Scentednightgardens which Canberra suburban streets (and respective suburbs) have the highest elevations in Canberra?
I am looking for streets in the suburbs, so places like Hall and Tharwa (ie rural Canberra) are out of scope. I had a quick look at a simple topographic map and reasoned [...]
We are renovating our bathroom and need a great tiler as we’re looking at using a patterned floor tile that needs to be matched perfectly.
I have had a look at related posts on this topic, but unfortunately most recommendations are a little out of date, or refer to bathroom contractors rather than tilers. Would greatly appreciate [...]
A few years ago the ACT Government had a bright idea to confront the problem of the power of the supermarket giants. It introduced a policy to encourage more competition to the usual two or three. It didn’t deliver.
While much was made of this policy when the government’s bureaucracy was developing their so-called master plan [...]
When people pass away, the majority of them are either buried in a coffin or are cremated. But now plans are underway for Canberra’s deceased to be buried without a coffin. To be clear, when this is implemented, it will not be compulsory to be buried coffin-less. It’s a choice.
Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury said [...]
In Canberra it can be very difficult to remove a tree on your own property. I have had many friends who have large dangerous eucalypts on their property which they have wanted to remove but have been refused permission to do so.
This is a ridiculous (nanny) state of affairs. If it is on your block [...]
The ACT Government has opted for light rail for the next generation of public transport. This decision was driven by the desire to redevelop Northbourne Avenue, change the lease purposes and increase land values along either side of this “entry” road. A lot of Canberrans do not believe that trams are the best transport solution. [...]
We are now almost a month into winter and these colder Canberra nights call for hearty meals that warm you right up from the inside out. With colourful curries, rich sauces and enough chilli to get your blood pumping, Indian cuisine makes the perfect winter food.
Last week we put the call out for Canberra’s best [...]
My husband and I are studying through Kaplan Professional online. We are looking for someone who would be able to supervise our exams in Canberra.
We are happy to pay for the supervision. We will need to sit 4-5 exams over approximately 8-12 months. They need to take place in a public place with internet access.
I was wondering if anyone can advise us regarding the settlement and pre-settlement inspection of our newly built townhouse.
We were called to make an appointment for the pre-settlement inspection last week so we did and came in to see the builder, inspected and such. There were a few things making me feel very uneasy:
- No [...]
Central Canberra needs a dedicated open space for large special events at any time of the year.
In amongst all the talk (and lack of action) about the rejuvenation of Civic, there is one concept that needs to be seriously debated before lobbyists have their way. For instance, the Property Council talks about bringing more activity [...]
Indian food is much like Indian dancing – exciting, colourful, a little bit saucy and a lot spicy. I know I say this most weeks about most foods, but Indian is definitely one of my favourite cuisines.
My love of Indian food began when I worked in an Indian restaurant during high school and really took [...]
[ 16 June 2015 at 7:30 pm; ] Shane Rattenbury (Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Justice, Sport and Recreation; Minister Assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform) will present to the North Canberra Community Council meeting on 16 June.
Steve Doszpot (Shadow Minister for Education and Training, Sport and Recreation, Ageing and ICT) will also make a brief presentation.
The Economic Development Directorate will [...]
It might not be the best time of year for eating dinner outdoors, but when it comes to street food, even the cold winter nights aren’t keeping Canberrans away. This weekend I ventured out of winter hibernation to find Canberra’s best street food as voted by you in last week’s call out.
From the votes, it [...]
According to the Canberra Times, the Property Council has concluded that Canberra’s planning system is overly bureaucratic, without a strong strategic direction. That the assessment system is difficult to navigate. That third-party appeal rights can frustrate the prompt determination of applications, and third-party exclusion zones should be expanded. That the appeals process is to be avoided, and [...]
The Telstra Tower is one of our most iconic Canberra landmarks. It is something tourists look for when they are lost, and a great relief for Canberrans to see when travelling on the Barton Highway after a seven-hour (or longer) drive from Melbourne.
The Telstra Tower opened on 15 May 1980 and there is something stylishly 1980s [...]
JOB VACANCY – ASYLUM SEEKER TURNAROUND PROJECT
The Commonwealth Government is inviting expressions of interest for multiple positions in its Border Protection Force.
Identify boat load of asylum seekers by boat manifest or physical evidence
Advise to Royal Australian Navy and Customs vessels that applicant has the required number of asylum seekers
Advise to RAN and Customs that [...]
Well written, well read. That’s the motto of Canberra print title City News. But as Canberrans turned the first page to read this week’s featured article, a turgid diatribe written by Nick Jenson proclaiming that he and his wife may divorce if gay people are allowed to legally marry, the ACT found itself at the centre [...]
In researching the establishment of these Chinese Gardens I came across some of the consultation documents when the public was asked to comment on the gardens being built within Lennox Gardens.
There were objections from individual heritage lobbyists who complained that if the ACT Government was to go ahead with the Chinese Gardens, it would completely wreck [...]
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