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Politicians blind to population growth concerns

By 22 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Sustainable Australia party founder William Bourke.

The recent Federal election saw the Sustainable Australia Party (ignored by the mainstream) field candidates and shortly before polling day at a local level the ACT Government announced 4550 residential dwelling sites would be released in 2016-17.
What these two events have in common is increasing community concern about population growth and continuing political failure to [...]

Canberra’s taverns: Give your local a go!

By 21 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Moby Dick's Tavern, Kippax

Lately, I’ve been trying to drink a little more. My goal is to down one beer every weeknight.
I’m obviously not a habitual drinker and don’t plan to be. But I like how a beer helps me to unwind, marking that important shift from daytime labour into night-time leisure.
Because there’s not always beer in the fridge [...]

Ask RiotACT: Tree roots invading property

By 21 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

We have recently moved into a house. Our neighbour has a lovely tree but the tree roots are moving over to our property where it has lifted our driveway so much that there is now a 20cm ledge into our garage that our car has trouble getting into. The driveway has cracked and lifted to [...]

ACTPLA is no more

By 20 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
BUNYIP-2

I do not have a positive view of the planning regimes here in Canberra. Surprised?
Whenever I write a post about planning there are often responses that defend the planning bureaucracy. The real problem here is the subject of the debate – planning and development as it is administered by the ACT Government. Once upon a [...]

Ask RiotACT: How long to wait for kitchen repairs before complaining?

By 20 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

We have problems with a kitchen that was installed late last year.
We have contacted the installer about the problems and they have promised to attend to them.
However they claim they are really busy doing new work elsewhere and as we are on their maintenance list they will get to us when they have time.
It has [...]

Fairer Federal representation for the ACT

By 19 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Parliament House

When the original Constitution of Australia was drafted, States were guaranteed an equal number of Senators and a minimum of five members in the House of Representatives. The intent was to ensure that States with bigger populations could not disregard the will of the smaller States.
The ACT does not have any similar guarantees in the [...]

Ask RiotACT: How much are parking fines in Canberra?

By 19 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I would’ve thought there’d be a list published somewhere listing the penalties for various infringements but I can’t seem to find this.
How do they determine how much you are charged?

Canberra pays its respects for the French victims

By 19 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
French embassy tribute

As I pulled up to the car park opposite the French Embassy in Canberra on the weekend, a lone figure was visible huddled on the grass, holding a candle and apparently deep in thought as they didn’t even look up as I pulled in. As I hopped out, it was another quiet and peaceful night [...]

Fast train’s Canberra snub a win for Yass, Goulburn

By 18 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
A still from CLARA's promotional video for their proposed high-speed rail network.

I reckon ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr is just as disappointed as I am in the latest proposal for a very fast train between Sydney and Melbourne, and for the same two reasons: because it bypasses – nay, snubs – the national capital; and because even if it does defy the odds and go ahead, [...]

Ask RiotACT: Greening the Kingston Foreshore

By 18 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Kingston Foreshore

Hi,
What thoughts do others have in respect to enhancing the greening initiatives for the concrete corridors around the foreshore?
I am a firm believer that the foreshore cannot have enough trees/shrubs.
Some actions have been taken with respect to plants/vegetation but with consideration to views being impeded by level one apartments upwards there are other options available [...]

Gone to the dogs: Greyhound racing ban necessary

By 18 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
greyhound 2

It seems as though the community out there is a bit divided about the banning of greyhound racing in Canberra.
The weird thing is that the ACT Labor Government is taking the lead from the NSW Liberal Government and the NSW Labor Opposition is opposing that ban. I’m still waiting to find out what the local [...]

Ask RiotACT: Trees in Kingston

By 16 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

I saw them in Dawes Street in Kingston, but no doubt they are elsewhere in Manuka and Kingston. Apparently they are about 100 years old.

Ask RiotACT: Can a red light camera get you for a u-turn?

By 15 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

So tonight I was travelling home, and I did a u-turn at an intersection which wasn’t marked with a no u-turn sign, and as I was almost all the way around, a big flash went off behind me.
I have only experienced something like that once before, the time I did 65 in a 60 zone [...]

Smyth appointment a bombshell for Libs

By 15 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Brendan Smyth

The ACT Government has struck a significant blow to the Canberra Liberals just weeks before the ACT election by appointing Deputy Opposition Leader Brendan Smyth to a plum public service job that could’ve been designed just for him, he is so well qualified for it: he will be the Canberra’s first commissioner for international engagement [...]

Government no show in Dickson

By 15 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
dickson-P1160948

The question on the minds of residents within the inner north at the moment is how to deal with the latest shenanigans by the ACT Government around decisions for the Dickson Group Centre.
Local residents have been organizing a debate and information session about the latest approval for the new supermarket complex in Dickson. When the [...]

Ask RiotACT: 2017 offers for ACT public pre/primary schools – anyone received?

By 15 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

We applied for our daughter to enrol into preschool in the Woden area. We applied before the cut-off and expected to hear back with an offer of a place by now. Nothing in mail /e-mail.  The next deadline is in 2 weeks to appeal. Tried ringing the school, answering machine (school holidays! What sort of [...]

City mourns a master artisan

By 14 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Robert Foster

Today, I’m going to fill our FINK jug with flowers and put it in our front window to celebrate the life of its creator, Robert Foster, the Canberra designer-maker who founded FINK, and fostered the talents of so many artists in our city.

Foster, 53, died yesterday in a head-on collision on the Kings Highway at [...]

Six Pokémon Go meet-ups in Canberra this week

By 14 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
PokemonGo

It’s the app that’s captured Canberra and the world. In less than a fortnight, more people are searching for exotic pocket monsters than they are for love and companionship via Tinder. If it hasn’t done so already, Pokémon Go will soon knock Twitter off its perch in terms of user numbers.
The Pokémon franchise plays upon [...]

Coffee breaks Canberra to Melbourne

By 13 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Long-Track

Apparently if you chose to drive straight through to Melbourne from Canberra, it can take as little as just under seven hours. I have not attempted this. Instead we like to meander -  take our time - see a gallery exhibition or two - and stop for a coffee and snack whenever the urge hits.
If you have not driven [...]

Why Canberra needs transit lanes – part one

By 12 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Northbourne Ave

Well planned transit lanes are the quickest and most cost-effective way to reduce congestion and support the Governments commitment to “increasing the public transport share of all work trips to 10.5% by 2016 and 16% by 2026.” An Australian Study “found that the number of carpoolers … increased approximately 23.4 per cent since the introduction [...]

Elections – a look at the numbers

By 11 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Election Day

I’ve had a look at some numbers from the Australian Electoral Commission since 1996 and it is very revealing to see how our democratic process played out.
Here’s some of the numbers for your consideration.
John Howard won the 1996 election for the Liberal Party in his own right. The Libs got 75 seats and when he [...]

Ask RiotACT: off the plan contracts

By 9 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

Hi Rioters.
Does anyone have experience with rescission of contract when purchasing off the plan?

Medicare: our nation’s greatest gift

By 8 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
medicare

There is probably no policy that better defines modern Australia than Medicare. First legislated by the Whitlam government in 1974 as Medibank, Medicare guarantees free hospital services for public patients in public hospitals, and provides benefits for out-of-hospital medical services and most notably consultations with GPs or specialists.
Medicare was and is a positive transformational force [...]

Male feminists: do they really exist?

By 7 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
malcolm turnbull

Male feminism is arguably on the rise.
During the federal election campaign Malcolm Turnbull reaffirmed that he’s a feminist even though Julie Bishop thinks the label is “not useful”. The ultra-cool Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has promised to talk about his commitment to feminism until it’s regarded as normal and “there is no more reaction [...]

Ask RiotACT: Recommendation for solicitor for wills

By 7 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

Hello,
I am seeking recommendations for local ACT Solicitors proficient in preparing Wills and Living Wills. I have searched RiotACT and not found an answer to this specific request.
Nothing too complex required – wills and living wills prepared for a married couple. I would also appreciate an idea of what this service costs.
Thank you [...]

Is planning an issue for the ACT elections?

By 6 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ACTPLA-P1130148

When the ACT Government made its announcement that the DA for the supermarket complex in Dickson had been approved, it set off a curious chain of events.
The manner in which the announcement was handled by the government has increased the evidence of the growing gap between our elected politicians and the issues and aspirations of the voters.
I first became aware of [...]

Sharing your space

By 6 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Lake-Burley-Griffin-P1170280

There’s a 1989 song by Pere Ubu, Flat, that has the following lyrics, “In the early part of the 20th Century, Deep inside the American wilderness, In the state of Kansas – 82,000 square miles of flat – There were two automobile cars. On July 5th 1904 they ran into each other”.
Then there’s the story [...]

Ask RiotACT: TV reception since the big swap

By 5 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

Is anyone else having problems since WIN and TEN did their swap? I am only picking up ABC (phew) SBS (also phew) and the new NINE which is channel 5 and its subsidiaries.

The good, the bad, and the hilarious – election wrap-up

By 5 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Leaders of the world

So, it’s been a crazy 72 hours. I’d like to start with a quote from a friend of a friend on social media, which sums up the current situation quite well.

Before we get into the heavy analysis of the results themselves, lets take a look at the lighter side of the past 3 days first.
First [...]

Will the City Loop bus be a hit or miss?

By 4 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
City loop bus side view

Will the new free City Loop bus, which commenced operations today, attract sufficient users to make it worth running?
The smart-looking loop bus will be whizzing around town till October at least, reminding us all of the benefits of convenient public transport (like trams) ahead of the ACT Legislative Assembly election that month. But will it [...]

OPH, Lyneham our #democracysausage picks

By 4 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
The sausage sizzle at Old Parliament House. Photo: Siobhan Heanue/ABC

Demand was so high for democracy sausages on election day that some Canberra supermarkets ran out of snags altogether, leaving sizzle organisers scouring shopping centres to replenish their stocks and meet the relentless election day demand.

According to Twitter, Australians published one tweet per second featuring the hashtag #sausagedemocracy on Saturday. The #snagvotes and #sausagedemocracy phenomenon [...]

Brexit – Broke-it

By 4 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Brexit

I saw it coming but went into denial. I didn’t think a smidgen over 50% of a country like Britain could be so reckless, so isolationist, so insecure in a global environment.
I didn’t think the leave-like-lemmings herd mentality would have such consequences. I didn’t believe that wiser heads would not prevail and a tsunami of [...]

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