Canberra’s planners in the 1950s and beyond delivered an infrastructure made for cars. There were even major freeways planned (a story for another day).
The road infrastructure until lately has been fairly successful and, in turn, has encouraged locals to use cars rather than public transport. Cars are part of most people’s daily lives.
We might be [...]
Prison reform has returned to Canberra and we are advised indigenous detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre has risen to 27 percent of our prison population – up from an average of about 18 percent.
The figures are from a very small base, representing 96 people and most citizens would take the sensible attitude the increase [...]
I noticed recently how Jeremy Hanson, for the time being the Leader of the Opposition in the ACT likes to talk about the Government/Unions Memorandum of Understanding as though it was a document drafted by the devil with the express intention of subjugating the ACT Government to the will of the CFMEU.
Mr Hanson was joined [...]
About twelve months ago, my daughter developed swelling and redness in one of her eyes. We were lucky enough to get an appointment with our local GP the same day, but were shocked to be told that we needed to go to Canberra Hospital emergency admissions straight away.
Our GP was concerned that our daughter might [...]
While some people may enjoy the buzz of living within densely population metropolitan cities, there are definite benefits to being in Canberra and being able to head out into the country in a few minutes, rather than struggling down the crowded toll ways.
A big attraction about having the time to travel the regions around Canberra [...]
As we continue with the anniversary of World War I in the media and particularly, yesterday, at the Australian War Memorial here in Canberra, I am at a loss to explain my feelings.
My thesaurus doesn’t help. Nobody regards the events of 100 years ago as a celebration but we are reluctant to admit the [...]
Every time there’s a blockbuster on at the NGA, or a major sporting event in Manuka, and visitors can’t get a park, the NCA and ACT Government send in the parking inspectors and wreck the experience for visitors with a massive revenue-raising exercise.
Interestingly, Dawn Service crowds seem to be exempted. Yesterday morning and for much [...]
I was thinking about the Royal Commission into the construction unions recently and the current call for a Royal Commission into the banks and a couple of things struck me as relevant.
Firstly, the Heydon Commission was a political animal designed to go after a particular union. Fess up, guys, you know that’s the truth. Sure [...]
Does anyone know where the Canberra “rule” about heating staying off till after Anzac Day comes from?
It’s one of those things I’ve always known but can’t remember how I came to know it.
A comment on an earlier RiotACT post on how to survive your first winter here indicates that Canberrans have stuck to [...]
So Mr Fluffy houses have started to be demolished. Fences have gone up around several in my street, including one across the road from me. If a Mr Fluffy has been demolished next door to you or in your street, what is your opinion of the demolition process? Are you satisfied that every safety measure [...]
Looking for cheap all day parking close to the city? There are spaces available in a leafy 72 space all-day carpark, conveniently located just off Elder Street in Braddon.
Only 5 minute walk to the Canberra Centre, and a 2 minute walk to great coffee on Lonsdale Street. Calculating at only $8 per day (paid monthly, [...]
I’m trying to understand the proposal people should register online in order to travel by ACTION bus to this year’s ANZAC Day ceremonies.
While numbers attending the services continue to grow, last year as the anniversary of Gallipoli might have been a high water mark not to be repeated. Of course this should not be [...]
[ 28 April 2016 at 7:00 pm; ]
INNER SOUTH CANBERRA COMMUNITY COUNCIL (ISCCC)
PUBLIC FORUM Thursday 28 April 2016
7.00 pm Wesley Uniting Church Hall
20-22 National Circuit, Forrest
PROPOSED MANUKA OVAL DEVELOPMENT
HOW WILL IT AFFECT YOU?
The ACT Government has received an unsolicited bid from Greater Western Sydney Giants to re-develop the Manuka Oval and surrounds.
You will be affected if you:
live or work in Manuka, Kingston, [...]
Racing now in the Election Cup 2016! We now have candidates in all seats from the major parties. More on this later.
It needs to be acknowledged that there are other candidates running in the ACT election this year besides the major three parties.
We’ll have some independents running and we need to be able to distinguish [...]
The suburb of Braddon in Canberra’s inner north is one that is growing in popularity each day with every addition of a new restaurant, apartment block, or bar. I’m not sure why it’s taken me to long to do a write-up on Braddon, especially because it’s the suburb in which I currently live for another [...]
There are many things about the current ACT Government that are causing concerns, to me and local residents I meet with often – and I think most of us voted for them. Now that’s a worry!
If all that was not enough, then along come a couple of Canberra Times articles concerning the employment of the TAMS Minister’s [...]
One of the most audacious features of the proposed Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan is to transform Lathlain Street into a pedestrian friendly promenade. The Master Plan positions “the Lath” as the premier Belconnen destination, host to shops, markets, live music, street festivals, and other entertainment options as well as health, education and community services.
There was only one nomination following our Best of Canberra – Autumn views call out, perhaps because it was for a contender that was such a shoe-in it wasn’t worth nominating any other site in the city.
The ornamental pears that line the Lake Burley Griffin promenade at Queen Elizabeth Terrace, starting in line with the [...]
I’m about to relocate to Canberra, and am trying to decide which suburb to move to. As the headline suggests, it’s between Braddon and Kingston. I’m a 30 year old professional, married, no kids, looking to buy an apartment and really want a convenient lifestyle with easy access to public transport and things to [...]
Last week I wrote of the ACT injustice of publicly naming people subsequently found not guilty of serious crimes such as rape.
The inconsistency of our law was apparent in the failure to name a stall at the recent night noodle markets from which 27 people allegedly developed food poisoning. The source was not named [...]
I’m wondering if anyone has any suggestions on pet doors suitable for a rental property? (i.e. that don’t leave screw holes/require modifying existing windows/doors)
We have vertical sliding windows which open from the ground up, so I was thinking it might be possible to get something custom-made, or a handy-man to adapt a store-bought pet door, [...]
Over coffee last week, I wandered through the Canberra Times and stopped to look at the insert “The Public Sector Informant”. Now, as a 30 year veteran of both the Commonwealth and ACT Public Services, I don’t usually skim through this stuff. When I said goodbye to the Circus, I didn’t mourn the parting of [...]
The ACT Government this week issued a white paper proposing dramatic changes to liquor licensing laws for nightclubs and bars in a bid to curb late night alcohol-fuelled violence. Under one proposal, venues would have call last drinks at 3am. Alternatively, the Government would reduce the maximum licensed time to 4am and increase the fee [...]
Canberra in autumn is like a jewelry box, with branches covered in foliage of ruby, topaz, champagne diamond and gold everywhere you look.
April is the perfect month to make like a tourist and head out to explore the city’s leafy streets, to climb its hills and to run around any of its lakes. We should [...]
Almost every day I walk by a set of new apartments here in Dickson. These are now part of the history of the push by residents not to have rubbish developments plonked in the area.
It is sad to watch yet another community, namely Red Hill, now being put through the mill. They are not objecting [...]