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Living at an invalid address?

By 1 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have been living at my current house in Bonner for over two years, however, none of the systems recognise the address.
I have this problem with Telstra, TPG and iiNet and do not know which ACT public office I should contact to get it fixed. I know the street numbers are allocated by LDA.

Why are so many of Canberra’s public memorials out of sight, out of mind?

By 1 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over the years I have wondered about the placement of public art and memorials in and around the parliamentary zone. Here are three stories.
A couple of months ago the winner of the Immigration Place design competition was announced. The information available online (including the above image) suggests it will be an intriguing installation. The jury did [...]

Canberra, the age friendly city?

By 30 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Slogans can be used or abused. They can encapsulate a moment in time, or they can serve as hollow reductions etched like a skid mark from the suppository of Australian political wisdom (i.e. “Stop the boats”).
In South Australia there comes a time of year where the state explodes with creativity and merriment. Rundle Mall bustles with [...]

A pedestrian lane for people using phones? Not a bad idea…

By 30 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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News stories have cropped up in the last few weeks about a university in the United States that has painted bright green lanes on the footpath for runners, walkers, and people texting. The university said that the lanes were a lighthearted way to brighten up the campus and get students’ attention. Similar lanes have also [...]

Weekend getaway recommendations

By 30 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Husband and I are planning a last minute, mid-week getaway. Grateful for any recommendations/ thoughts of what we can see and do. Keen to explore regions around Canberra (ie not Sydney). TIA.

Best of Canberra - Pub food

By 30 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and getting a generous, well-priced counter meal at a pub.
Steaks, schnitzels, burgers or seafood – whatever your choice, a good pub feed is never regrettable. While it might not be the fanciest or healthiest of cuisines, when you order food at a pub, you are pretty [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Local wine

By 29 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I love a good wine tasting any day of the week no questions asked, but this weekend Canberra really turned on the weather and gave us the perfect conditions for a little wine tour of the region. 
When we put the call out for your favourite Canberra wine last week, a number of different wineries from across [...]

Why we should encourage MLAs to venture beyond Civic Square

By 29 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The 2016 ACT election will be the most significant election since self-government.
The increase from 17 MLAs to 25 should mean that our local communities are better represented in the Assembly. With five electorates of five members, each electorate now mostly lines up with Canberra’s regions.
Under the current three electorate system, the larger electorate sizes means [...]

One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist

By 29 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last August I wrote about the application of the political paradigm known as the state of fear. It has been employed by bodies politics and dictators since Persian times, reaching a perfection in the days of the Inquisition.
It is the notion that a government (or ruling body/dictator) keeps the community under control by creating a [...]

Where can I find Canberra’s highest streets?

By 28 June 2015
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This is a bit a random I know, but can anyone tell Scentednightgardens which Canberra suburban streets (and respective suburbs) have the highest elevations in Canberra?
I am looking for streets in the suburbs, so places like Hall and Tharwa (ie rural Canberra) are out of scope.  I had a quick look at a simple topographic map and reasoned [...]

End of lease cleaning advice wanted

By 27 June 2015
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Has anyone used End Of Lease Cleaning Australia, or Bond Back Cleaning in Canberra?
I need an end-of-lease cleaner and was quoted a pretty good price from these guys, but before I go ahead I want to know if anyone else has ever had any experience with them?

Canbera tiler recommendations wanted

By 26 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We are renovating our bathroom and need a great tiler as we’re looking at using a patterned floor tile that needs to be matched perfectly.
I have had a look at related posts on this topic, but unfortunately most recommendations are a little out of date, or refer to bathroom contractors rather than tilers. Would greatly appreciate [...]

Why the ACT is stuck in a supermarket time warp

By 24 June 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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A few years ago the ACT Government had a bright idea to confront the problem of the power of the supermarket giants. It introduced a policy to encourage more competition to the usual two or three. It didn’t deliver.
While much was made of this policy when the government’s bureaucracy was developing their so-called master plan [...]

Would you prefer a natural burial?

By 23 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When people pass away, the majority of them are either buried in a coffin or are cremated. But now plans are underway for Canberra’s deceased to be buried without a coffin. To be clear, when this is implemented, it will not be compulsory to be buried coffin-less. It’s a choice.
Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury said [...]

Dumb laws on tree removal

By 23 June 2015
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In Canberra it can be very difficult to remove a tree on your own property. I have had many friends who have large dangerous eucalypts on their property which they have wanted to remove but have been refused permission to do so.
This is a ridiculous (nanny) state of affairs. If it is on your block [...]

How should we select a modern transport system for Canberra?

By 23 June 2015
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The ACT Government has opted for light rail for the next generation of public transport. This decision was driven by the desire to redevelop Northbourne Avenue, change the lease purposes and increase land values along either side of this “entry” road. A lot of Canberrans do not believe that trams are the best transport solution. [...]

Best of Canberra – Local wine

By 23 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I can think of no better way than to spend a Sunday hopping from cellar door to cellar door in and around Canberra, tasting wine and chatting to our local winemakers. This week’s taste off topic is one for the wine connoisseurs among us, as well as everyone else who just enjoys a good glass [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Indian

By 22 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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We are now almost a month into winter and these colder Canberra nights call for hearty meals that warm you right up from the inside out. With colourful curries, rich sauces and enough chilli to get your blood pumping, Indian cuisine makes the perfect winter food. 
Last week we put the call out for Canberra’s best [...]

Awe and anger at Lake Mungo

By 22 June 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Ever been to Lake Mungo, down from Broken Hill and up from Mildura? Climbed the dunes at the Walls of China on the lunette? If you have you will have come away affected for the rest of your days.
I went there on my Broken Hill trek recently and was blown away.
For those unfortunate never to [...]

After a delicious ‘meal’ not an artistically perfect ‘morsel’

By 21 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We have eaten at 20 or so restaurants in Canberra and several top-rated ones serve ridiculously small portions. Last one, when the mains arrived the good wife and I spontaneously looked at each other and laughed.
So we would like to enjoy a meal sized portion, where haven’t we tried yet?

Exam supervisor wanted

By 17 June 2015
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My husband and I are studying through Kaplan Professional online. We are looking for someone who would be able to supervise our exams in Canberra.
We are happy to pay for the supervision. We will need to sit 4-5 exams over approximately 8-12 months. They need to take place in a public place with internet access.
We [...]

First time buying an off the plan property

By 17 June 2015
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I was wondering if anyone can advise us regarding the settlement and pre-settlement inspection of our newly built townhouse.
We were called to make an appointment for the pre-settlement inspection last week so we did and came in to see the builder, inspected and such. There were a few things making me feel very uneasy:
- No [...]

An events park for central Canberra

By 17 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Central Canberra needs a dedicated open space for large special events at any time of the year.
In amongst all the talk (and lack of action) about the rejuvenation of Civic, there is one concept that needs to be seriously debated before lobbyists have their way. For instance, the Property Council talks about bringing more activity [...]

Best of Canberra – Indian

By 16 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Indian food is much like Indian dancing – exciting, colourful, a little bit saucy and a lot spicy. I know I say this most weeks about most foods, but Indian is definitely one of my favourite cuisines. 
My love of Indian food began when I worked in an Indian restaurant during high school and really took [...]

Rattenbury heads lineup at next North Canberra Community Council meeting

By 15 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 16 June 2015 at 7:30 pm; ] Shane Rattenbury (Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Justice, Sport and Recreation; Minister Assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform) will present to the North Canberra Community Council meeting on 16 June.

Steve Doszpot (Shadow Minister for Education and Training, Sport and Recreation, Ageing and ICT) will also make a brief presentation.

The Economic Development Directorate will [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Street food

By 15 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It might not be the best time of year for eating dinner outdoors, but when it comes to street food, even the cold winter nights aren’t keeping Canberrans away. This weekend I ventured out of winter hibernation to find Canberra’s best street food as voted by you in last week’s call out. 
From the votes, it [...]

Can the Planning Minister bring planning back under control?

By 15 June 2015
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According to the Canberra Times, the Property Council has concluded that Canberra’s planning system is overly bureaucratic, without a strong strategic direction. That the assessment system is difficult to navigate. That third-party appeal rights can frustrate the prompt determination of applications, and third-party exclusion zones should be expanded. That the appeals process is to be avoided, and [...]

Tired Telstra Tower has sky high possibilities

By 15 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Telstra Tower is one of our most iconic Canberra landmarks. It is something tourists look for when they are lost, and a great relief for Canberrans to see when travelling on the Barton Highway after a seven-hour (or longer) drive from Melbourne.
The Telstra Tower opened on 15 May 1980 and there is something stylishly 1980s [...]

Job vacancy: Asylum seeker turnaround project

By 15 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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JOB VACANCY – ASYLUM SEEKER TURNAROUND PROJECT
The Commonwealth Government is inviting expressions of interest for multiple positions in its Border Protection Force.
Job description

Identify boat load of asylum seekers by boat manifest or physical evidence
Advise to Royal Australian Navy and Customs vessels that applicant has the required number of asylum seekers
Advise to RAN and Customs that [...]

Looking for a builder for a small renovation in Canberra

By 12 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone have a recommendation for a very small renovation? We have a glass sliding door in our kitchen that goes to the outside and we would like to get it closed off and a bench-high window put in.
We are hoping to get our kitchen redone soon but need to get this sliding door removed [...]

New low in marriage equality debate

By 11 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Well written, well read. That’s the motto of Canberra print title City News. But as Canberrans turned the first page to read this week’s featured article, a turgid diatribe written by Nick Jenson proclaiming that he and his wife may divorce if gay people are allowed to legally marry, the ACT found itself at the centre [...]

Canberra Beijing Garden – Lennox Gardens

By 10 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In researching the establishment of these Chinese Gardens I came across some of the consultation documents when the public was asked to comment on the gardens being built within Lennox Gardens.
There were objections from individual heritage lobbyists who complained that if the ACT Government was to go ahead with the Chinese Gardens, it would completely wreck [...]

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