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Fact checking statements about Dickson Parklands

By 28 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There have been inaccurate media statements and comments online by the bureaucracy and others about the actions of residents to save the Dickson Parklands.
Here are some key points about the debate for the Dickson Parklands

There was a series of well attended workshops in late 2014 on the future of the Parklands. Since then there was [...]

Recommendations for motorcycle service in Canberra

By 28 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello fellow rioters
I recently inherited a BMW K100 (1983). It’s hasn’t run in a fair while and I just want to get it serviced to make sure I don’t ruin anything by getting it going myself and riding it.
Can anyone recommend a bike mechanic in Canberra, maybe one that does BMW and or older bikes?
Thanks [...]

Best of Canberra – Hangover food

By 28 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A thumping headache, a dry mouth and dizzy spells – all signs that last night consisted of one too many tequila shots or a little too much gin. 
Despite what you might think about the existence of a hangover cure, there are some foods that you just crave when you’re in that post-alcohol state. Whether it’s [...]

The ACT deserves better federal representation. Here’s why.

By 28 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Following the flurry after it was announced that the Northern Territory may achieve statehood by 2018, politicians, pundits, and the media alike were quick to quell the cries that the Australian Capital Territory too could become a state.
Local media pointed out that the ACT would not be left as Australia’s lone territory, as we’d still be [...]

Which are Canberra’s most disadvantaged suburbs?

By 27 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was surprised to see a few of the suburbs that are mentioned and even more surprised to see a few that have lifted off the bottom shelf (including Kingston!)
An interesting read and I think it’s useful for Canberrans to know which areas of our city have the most need so we can help out [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Winter desserts

By 27 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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After last week’s call out, there are two possible scenarios for Canberra’s winter dessert situation. Either, there aren’t many places that serve warm desserts, or the cold weather doesn’t bother RiotACT readers who are all happy to eat ice cream in sub-zero temperatures. Either way, the top two nominations for best winter desserts in Canberra were Koko [...]

Here’s what’s wrong with this year’s ALP national conference

By 27 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It seems every time I open a newspaper or turn on the radio or TV, I hear someone commenting on what is happening at the ALP national conference this year in Melbourne.
As I write this, it is the Friday before the conference and I get the feeling that it is a bit like Good Friday, [...]

Barr kicks Dickson residents (again)

By 24 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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After seven months of silence since the last workshop to discuss the future options for the Dickson Parklands (Section 72 Dickson), the Dickson Residents Group asked for a meeting to ask a range of questions. This meeting happened on Thursday afternoon (23 July).
To our surprise we were told that two sections of the site [...]

Does Canberra need 1am lockouts?

By 24 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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On Monday the ACT government released a discussion paper on alcohol-related crime.
Among other things it talks about lockouts like the ones in place in Kings Cross (i.e. no one allowed into clubs after 1am), making drinks more expensive, and possibly forcing Civic venues to close at 3am as opposed to 5am.
There’s evidence for and against [...]

Tara Costigan’s boys need their family to come together

By 22 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It was a murder that shocked the nation’s capital to its core. A young mother killed in her Canberra home in front of her own children. It is now up to our judicial system to explore how and why such a beautiful caring mother had her life cut so tragically short.
What is certain, is that this incident [...]

What’s better: Fixed rate or variable rate home loan?

By 22 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am going to borrow home loan from the bank and have three options: fixed rate, variable rate and half and half.
Would you please advise here what option I should take. You are welcome to comment on ‘owner occupier’ or ‘investment’, and three different options because your comment may benefit others even if it does [...]

Best of Canberra – Winter desserts

By 22 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Winter in Canberra? Forget about the waistline.
For me, when the weather regularly hits sub-zero overnight, all bets are off when it comes to comfort food, particularly the sweet stuff. In my opinion, there isn’t much that beats a warm decadent dessert to take the chill off a cold winter’s night.
This week I am looking for [...]

Canberra still learning how to design shareways

By 22 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I recently took the opportunity to observe the new shareway along Bunda Street.
When I first arrived I watched a large bus make its way at speed along the street. Not surprisingly, pedestrians did not insist on their right of way over the oncoming hulk of metal.
I also saw several cars and small trucks that didn’t realise (or care?) that they [...]

Foam cutting in Canberra?

By 21 July 2015
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Does anyone know where we can get a good price on getting some new foam inserts cut for our couch in Canberra.  The back cushions are down filled and they are sagging and a bit sad so thought replacing the feathers with foam might be a good idea.

Best of Canberra taste off – Fresh sandwiches and rolls

By 21 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Good quality bread and fresh ingredients are the makings of a great fresh sandwich or roll. This is what I was looking for when I put the call out for Canberra’s best sandwiches and rolls last week.
When it came to the votes, a number of cafes, bakeries and sandwich shops got a nomination. Cafe D’Lish [...]

Do Canberrans want to talk to the trees?

By 21 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I recently read an article in which the city of Melbourne gave trees email addresses so citizens could report problems…
“The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.”…
…”Melbourne’s email-a-tree service is one in a litany of municipal projects aimed at leveraging [...]

Yes Joe, I’ve applied the sniff test, and something stinks

By 21 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The question circulating among many political junkies at the moment is simple: How long can the Speaker survive?
The headlines don’t look good, with calls to permanently ground the high-flying Bronwyn Bishop. There’s the ‘turbulence’ of that $5000 helicopter flight, plus further revelations of additional chopper trips, thousand-dollar-a-day limo rides and an additional $80,000 expense claim.
I very [...]

Breaking the cabal – how can we create more diversity in decision-making positions?

By 20 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Do you feel that Canberra is a diverse place to live? At work, is your organisation’s board or executive team as diverse as the people it represents?
Most public service organisations make a point of “celebrating Australia’s diversity,” however, the statistics on who reaches the top tell a different story.
While women now make up 40 per [...]

To hell in a hessian bag

By 20 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Since I seem to be destined for Hades for my support for same sex marriages and asylum seekers, I may as well prepare for the inevitable. Part of my preparation is what happens to my mortal remains after I kark it.
I have some knowledge of the post-death system in Canberra and I have been agitating [...]

Where can I buy balance bikes in Canberra?

By 18 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m looking for a bike store in Canberra that has good service and knowledge about kids balance bikes?
Also, any recommendations for the type or brand would also be useful.
Our daughters (two and four years old) are a little on the small side and need to be fitted for an appropriate balance bike.

North Canberra Community Council General Meeting 21 July 2015

By 17 July 2015

[ 21 July 2015 at 7:30 pm; ] Our next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on 21 July, at the Majura Function Room, Majura Community Centre, 2 Rosevear Place Dickson.
Our guest presenters will be Labor MLA for Molonglo Meegan Fitzharris, and the Asbestos Response Task Force.
We have asked Ms Fitzharris to respond to the following questions:

In relation to the governments publication Engaging Canberrans – [...]

Locksmith recommendations in Canberra?

By 17 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi hive,
I want to get someone to install two deadbolt locks on two of my internal doors, but I don’t know of any reputable Canberra locksmiths
Can anyone recommend a good one?
Cheers

Fluffy factions: The sad side story of the asbestos saga

By 17 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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One of the saddest stories (and there are many) to come out of the Mr Fluffy fiasco is the emergence of what I’ve termed the ‘Fluffy factions’.
As the ACT Government has wrestled with how to respond, and negotiated the bum deal it got from the Feds, it has become apparent that no matter the solution, it [...]

Do I have to accept a TOU electricity meter?

By 16 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I just got a letter from ACTEW saying they want to fit a TOU Meter .
My meter is fine. Do I have to accept it?
I’ve heard people’s electricity bills go up and to save any money you have to run things like washing machines and clothes dryers after 1:00am .

Has NASA forgotten Canberra and the moon walk?

By 16 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The first moon walk was on 20 July, 1969. I know Canberra was important – but who else remembers?
I found out a few months ago while on a holiday visit to Florida, USA. As well as the art deco delights of Miami South Beach and the alligators of the Everglades, Florida is home to [...]

Welcome to Canberra! Some thoughts on the ACT’s gateway signs

By 15 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I enjoy the drive between Sydney from Canberra. I do it reasonably often. The mood of the country changes according to the weather, the drought, the latest rains and the time of day. Lake George and the surrounding hills have many moods to be enjoyed.
All of this leads back to how the traveller is welcomed [...]

Why Higgins is the ideal site for a West Belconnen community hub

By 15 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A new childcare facility for up to 122 children is being proposed for a vacant block near Kippax.
This block is located adjacent to Southern Cross Drive and accessible from Hardwick Crescent. Instead of building a facility near busy roads, perhaps the old Higgins school site, next to the Higgins oval, would be more suitable?
The Higgins site [...]

How can I get ADSL in Chifley?

By 14 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The short version –>
iPrimus got connected (believe uses Optus network) – took five minutes to load Gmail inbox page (discontinued the service).
iiNet connect a phone line via Telstra tech for ADSL – two days later received a text that the property is too far from exchange/too much loss can not continue to connect ADSL.
Netspeed longreach [...]

Best of Canberra – Fresh sandwiches and rolls

By 14 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I rarely buy my lunch when I’m at work during the week. I almost always take my lunch with me, but there are just some mornings when sleep is a bigger priority and there is no food in the fridge that I can throw together on my way out the door. On those days, I [...]

Home detention is fine, so long as we don’t go soft

By 14 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It was encouraging to see the charismatic ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner John Hinchey come out in support of community correction sentences (also known as home detention) yesterday.
The idea of low risk offenders remaining within the community – so long as they contribute in a positive way – has always made more sense to me than periodic [...]

12 Canberrans to follow on Twitter in 2015

By 14 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Twitter is the social networking service where anything goes. Whether you’re a journalist tweeting the news in real time, a politician communicating with the public, or an everyday Joe Blow tweeting sweet nothings into the digital ether, Twitter is shaped by our politics and culture.
Compared to other cities, I’d say Canberra isn’t too mad about [...]

In praise of roadside political statements

By 13 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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While driving south along Limestone Avenue, travellers often encounter messages from the local church. These messages are frequently powerful political statements on current issues.
I thought I would share this latest one as it brings it home just how we should ignore messages about ‘whose team are you on’ and instead be more open and inclusive about dealing with our many [...]

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