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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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 [...]
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, 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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? [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]