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Best of Canberra: Café strips

By 28 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Bunda St

This week for Best of Canberra we have explored some of the city’s favourite café/restaurant/bar strips. Our hunt was for the best all-in-one spot to grab a bite to eat, a coffee or maybe have a few drinks with friends.
Some responses from our readers included streets such as Emu Bank in Belconnen, Lonsdale St in [...]

Predictions for July 2 and beyond

By 28 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
election vote

Next week it will all be over – temporarily.
The 2016 Federal election has been a mild affair in the ACT and we can confidently predict all four sitting members will be returned despite boundary adjustments due to population which saw the Canberra electorate cross Lake Burley Griffin into the renamed seat of Fenner.
This is in [...]

Ask RiotACT: Trees on Mr Fluffy blocks?

By 28 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi all,
I live close to a couple of Mr Fluffy blocks which I believe are due for demolition soon. They both have a few beautiful backyard trees a fair distance from the houses which would certainly meet the height requirements to be regulated trees. Does anyone know whether these trees will be felled when the [...]

Bad buffering

By 27 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
NBNCo Palmerston 010

I was 11 years old when I bought my first computer. It was 1984, and the machine was a Mattel Aquarius. Rubber keys, cassette tape drive, less than 4 kilobytes of memory, and black and white television as a screen.
Back then, the only way to transfer data was on a cassette tape.
There’s been a trail [...]

Ask RiotACT: Living in Murrumbateman

By 27 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Everyone,
My family and I are considering moving out to Murrumbateman because of the price of buying a house in the ACT and because we like the rural lifestyle. However, we would need to commute to Canberra for work, schools and extra curricular activities on the weekends. We would love to hear from others who [...]

Zed Van Winkle

By 27 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Zed and Tony 2

I was reflecting on an article or two from Amanda Vanstone in the Crimes recently and since she is an opinion piece writer, not a journalist, she can express her views in any direction she likes. I am going to follow her lead. She is an unabashed Liberal and it is widely known, so why [...]

Ask RiotACT: Loud music reaching Deakin, Yarralumla

By 26 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Does anyone know the source of the continuous loud techno rock music possibly coming from the direction of Lake Burley Griffin on Saturday night? It lasted until 2am. Also heard it a few weeks ago. Can hear it over much of the Deakin-Yarralumla part of South Canberra. Thanks.

Ask RiotACT: Watering system / irrigation setup

By 25 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Rioters.
I purchased a house about 6 months ago. It has large established gardens. There was an existing watering system and a large underwater tank. I had a plumber come around and put in a new pump (that can switch between tank and mains) and get everything ready for connection into the piping. I [...]

More to do on affordable housing

By 24 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
housing

Housing affordability remains a hot topic with most Australians. And rightly so, given the fundamental human right for safe and secure housing.
I have previously written about the debilitating effects of homelessness and the comparatively high rate of secondary and repeat homelessness experienced by people in the ACT. This problem is made harder by the fact [...]

Ask RiotACT: School disco DJ

By 24 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi all. I’m trying to find a DJ for my sons 12th Birthday. There is one that has been recommended to me but nobody knows how to contact him. He is “DJ CLIFF”. He plays at some of the primary schools. Otherwise does anyone a good cheap DJ for hire in Tuggeranong?

No monopolies on bigotry in election lead-up

By 23 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Christina Hobbs

“I believe human life begins at conception,” the Liberal Senator said quietly.
Zed Seselja’s response was the last in a line of ACT Federal election candidate answers to the question, “When is an unborn baby a human being?”
It was posed during the Australian Christian Lobby’s Meet the Candidates forum at the Eternity Church in Kambah on [...]

Can the Greens push beyond Zed?

By 23 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Greens Federal candidates for the ACT with Greens leader Richard di Natale.

Election fever is on a soporific snail trail to double disillusion.
Despite all the whingeing or apathy, most voters stick with the two-party trick. The Lib-Nats bore us silly with their jobs-and-growth bleat and the Turnbull factor is a fizzer. Labor is a desperate wannabe full of promises. Are they ready to rule again? Is the [...]

Canberra’s karaoke cultures: Where, why and how do we perform?

By 23 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
karaoke

Canberra, like much of the world, is divided into two karaoke cultures: Eastern and Western.
The Eastern culture can be found at dedicated karaoke establishments like K Bar in Belconnen and Soundbox in Dickson. They cater for international students, new and not so new migrants, and the occasional lost-in-translation businessperson. The bars are hidden away, offering [...]

Ask RiotACT: Should school bus travel be free?

By 23 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Can someone please enlighten me as to why school bus travel is not free in the ACT? A colleague who resides in Qbn and was born in Sydney informs me she never paid for bus travel to and from school in Sydney – and her son gets free daily bus travel each day from Qbn [...]

Ask RiotACT: Call for mortgage payments to become tax deductible?

By 22 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

What do you think would be the impact of a system that allowed personal tax deductions for people who are paying off an owner-occupier mortgage?
This idea would:

benefit everyone that is wanting to pay off the mortgage on their first home;
make the dream of home ownership more possible as the percentage of a persons’ wages that [...]

Dickson trees declared worth saving

By 22 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
DicksonParklands-P1170191

Any tree is worth saving. Any group of trees is always worth fighting for. But I also acknowledge that when absolutely necessary any tree can be replaced.
Decisions about our trees should not be about individual trees but more about the long-term number of trees that form Canberra’s famous urban forest. I have long argued that if [...]

Let’s extend 100m rule to booths at Federal poll

By 21 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Voting illustration

One third of voters will pre-poll for the July 2 Federal election, we are told. Not all of this high number will be out of town on the day. Many are doing so for convenience. They have better things to do with their time on the Saturday: shopping, sport, children’s sport or whatever.
Leaving [...]

Ask RiotACT: Canberra’s most walkable suburbs?

By 21 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

My husband and I are looking to buy in Canberra. We are hoping to find a >1000 sq meter block that offers views. We would either buy a house or build one on an empty lot. Budget is flexible.
Since we have dogs which require a great deal of walking I’m wondering which Canberra suburbs are best for this [...]

Best of Canberra Callout: Café strips

By 20 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Lonsdale Street

I love the way that Canberra has distinct neighbourhood business districts—there’s a sense that everyone has a little section of shops nearby and their own local cafés and bars. But often we only know our closest ones best. Why not take the time to explore a part of the city you don’t often get to? [...]

When ex-military politicians use the uniform to campaign

By 20 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Rising Sun Bdge

There was a good article in The Canberra Times from John Warhurst late last week on the use of defence uniforms as part of political campaigns. It’s worth a read.
I’m at a bit of a loss as to why the whole issue is such a big deal.
I agree with some of the commentators who have [...]

One number still valid on Senate ballot paper

By 20 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Senate ballot paper sample

Given the advertising starting this weekend on the new rules for voting for the Senate, the Australian Electoral Commission is keeping very quiet on the fact you can still just number one box above the line and your vote is still valid and will get counted.  It’s called the Savings Provision and in a nutshell [...]

Ask RiotACT: What happened to the computer fairs?

By 18 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Rude awakening for me. Planned on going to one of the weekend computer fairs (annual event – if that). Looks like they have shut up shop in the ACT. The websites that listed upcoming events are now bare of ACT fairs.
Anyone know what happened and why? I assume it is just a sign of inadequate [...]

Ask RiotACT: Where to rent for around $350, near shops and gym

By 17 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’m relocating to Canberra around January 2017 with my husband (we are both in our 20s). He will work in the Russell Offices area. We are still searching for the best suburb for renting.
We are looking for a place that:

will cost max $350 per week (can slightly go higher if the place rightly [...]

Ask RiotACT: Adult singing lessons

By 16 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’m interested in singing lessons for an adult. Just for enjoyment. Can anyone recommend a teacher?
Thanks!

Ask RiotACT: Whatever happened to Commonwealth Park?

By 15 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

As a kid, growing up in Canberra in the 70′s and 80′s, I remember Commonwealth park as a pristine park, a place where families met on weekends for picnics, cricket on the green grass (throw a footy depending on the season), ponds galore and well manicured gardens.  It was a part of Canberra that everyone could [...]

Coffee breaks en route to Sydney from Canberra

By 15 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Marulan-P1180077

There will be some readers out there who remember well the terrors of driving between Sydney and Canberra before the freeways and motorways. It was not fun, it was bloody dangerous, it took ages and you had to stop once or twice to recover your sanity as much as to get some rest and something [...]

Questions surround domestic violence levy

By 14 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Andrew Barr

The ACT budget announcement of $21.4 million to address the territory’s domestic violence can only be welcomed, however there are questions.
I have written earlier about the lack of research into why domestic violence is so prevalent, acknowledging some reasons for its insidious presence across all sections of society – a fact recognised by the Chief [...]

Ask RiotACT: Tough plants for Canberra conditions

By 14 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi, I am not much of a gardener, so I need a bit of advice. I have a bit of a garden that faces east with a fence behind it that I need to plant out. I used to have a correa and a federation daisy in there but last winter seemed to kill them. [...]

ACT Budget – the Good, the Bad and the not so Ugly

By 13 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ACT Budget

I’m going out on a limb when I say that I reckon this is the best ACT Budget I can think of, including those with which I had a part in creating.
You would say that, say my detractors. Well not always so. I have been critical of past Budgets because of the lack of attention [...]

Ask RiotACT: Mt Mugga Mugga redevelopments

By 12 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi all,
Does anyone know about the redevelopments up on Mt Mugga Mugga?  I just went for a walk around the perimeter of the old quarry there, and encountered a new road, new fencing, new concrete structures – including what appear to be two new weigh-bridges.

Trump Baby – Another sign of wonder

By 10 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
trump-hair

Another sign of wonder. This one we came upon while walking down a street in Auckland. That hair should be a registered trademark.
FYI – the advertiser, Powershop, is a NZ electricity supplier. There’s also a video online that is worth a look –  be ready to wonder and laugh - click here.

If you missed Paul’s earlier post containing curious and [...]

Who is Canberra’s Batman?

By 9 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Kim and Batman

I ask this question, not in search of a vigilante to save our city from ruin, but rather to consider what heroism, villainy and justice might mean in the nation’s capital. One could achieve the same thing by substituting Batman with Wonder Woman, Wolverine or a ninja turtle. But the caped crusader is particularly instructive [...]

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