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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 [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Fresh produce

By 13 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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After last week’s call out for Canberra’s best fresh produce I did some research to find out which fruit and vegetables are currently in season in the Canberra region. Citrus is particularly big right now with lemons, oranges and mandarins at their best. On the vegetable side of things, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, English spinach, potatoes and [...]

Gimme shelter: Fixing homelessness in the ACT

By 13 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Imagine living through the Canberra winter chill without a roof over your head.
This July, three organisations doing very important work to address homelessness celebrated important milestones. The Early Morning Centre in Civic celebrated 10 years of providing free meals to homeless people and helping them access the support and services they need to get their [...]

I want to go on Q&A

By 13 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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What is it about the conservative right wing zealots in this country that they have to have vendettas about unions, Labor Party people and the disadvantaged?
Is it in their DNA?
The number of royal commissions which have come and gone targeting unions and the Labor Party are too numerous to mention, have cost tens of millions [...]

‘Snow big deal until I actually see it!

By 10 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s been more than a decade since Canberra’s last decent snowfall. But while experts say there’s a good chance of snow this weekend, Marcus Paul isn’t holding his breath.
May 28 back in the year 2000. This, apparently, was the last time Canberrans got a little snow crazy.
Yeah, we’ve been excited by the prospect of some local natural [...]

Best place for massage/acupuncture in Canberra?

By 10 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m rather new to Canberra and have a chronic condition that requires massage and acupuncture when it flares up.
I’ve been looking for someone who does both, but there seem to be a lot of options.  I’d like something central to the city if possible, but I could always bus to a great place if it’s [...]

Advice on compulsory third party insurance?

By 9 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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When my wife re-registered her car in the ACT, she selected GIO as the CTPI provider.
Yesterday she had cause to contact the GIO regarding a comprehensive insurance renewal and was advised that her CTPI insurance was not with the GIO and therefore she was not entitled to a discount.
ACT Road Users advised that third party premiums [...]

Landscaper recommendation in Canberra

By 8 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m in need of a landscaper in the Gungahlin area that is good, affordable and reliable. Anyone you would recommend?
Thanks in advance.

More honesty needed for Canberra’s master plans

By 8 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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A study of the ACT’s master planning processes reveals thorough research and consultations to produce a range of comprehensive documents on options for many of Canberra’s established shopping centres.
Despite all this seemingly good work, many Canberra residents feel disenfranchised by the planning system and have little respect for our planning and development bureaucrats. What’s [...]

Does Canberra have too many coffee shops?

By 7 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There’s no doubt Canberrans love their coffee. A new cafe pops up every five minutes, and research published by Roy Morgan earlier this year found that 68 per cent of us had visited a cafe for coffee in the last three months. This puts Canberra ahead of Sydney and Melbourne when it comes to the caffeine [...]

Best of Canberra – Fresh produce

By 7 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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My dad grew up on an orange farm and has instilled in me a love for only the freshest and in season fruit and vegetables. There is just something so satisfying about biting into the first apple of the season or tossing a salad with crisp lettuce leaves and juicy fresh tomatoes.
Unfortunately, I think it [...]

Where can I find good coffee in Belconnen?

By 7 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve recently started working in Belconnen and I’m yet to find a really great coffee shop nearby. Any suggestions?
I really liked Lava when I worked in Phillip, as well as Two Hands, ONA and Celestinos when I was in Fyshwick. Where in Belconnen serves up a comparable flat white?
All suggestions welcome.

5 unmissable views for those new to Canberra

By 7 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I don’t know what it is about looking out over a city from its highest points, but it gets me going. This week I set out to find Canberra’s top five unmissable views – and discovered that ranking them was no easy task.
If you’re a long term Canberran, you’re probably familiar with most of these lookouts. [...]

Does anyone know what happened to Cafe Bamboo in Braddon?

By 6 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My wife and I had a favourite Chinese restaurant, Cafe Bamboo, on Lonsdale Street in Braddon. It was forced to close as their building was demolished to make way for new apartments.
Does anyone know if the owner moved to a new location? I meant to ask but forgot, and when I walked by, it was [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Pub food

By 6 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Pub food is great winter food – hearty, down-to-earth and honest. When I go out for a pub meal, I’m looking for a comforting feed that won’t leave me hungry. This week’s taste off for Canberra’s best pub food definitely delivered in that department. 
Votes came in for pubs all over Canberra and the surrounding region, [...]

No bets on Abetz

By 6 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The latest little pearlers from Senator Abetz just about say it all for me. Straight out of the moral code of the 1950s! Anyone opposing his view should get out of the kitchen.
Abetz is trying to tell me that I am bound for Hades. He insults my marriage, and his view that children may well need [...]

Where can I find kids’ interior shops in Canberra?

By 4 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m new to Canberra and want to decorate my children’s bedrooms. (1, 3 & 8 years)
Can the more knowledgeable here point me in the direction of any good shops with products for Children’s interiors around town? Any help would be great!
Thanks for your help!

Dentist recommendations in Canberra?

By 3 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Can anyone recommend a good and gentle dentist, please? I’ve read the ones that were submitted in another query in 2011 and just wonder if there are any more recent dental recommendations. Thanks for any help you can offer.

What’s happening on the corner of Belconnen Way and Bindubi St?

By 3 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone know what is happening on the corner of Belconnen Way and Bindubi Street? Adecco (construction company) have dug out the old car park on Bardi Place, opposite Canberra High, but I can’t figure out if they are simply extending it or whether something else is also going up.

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 [...]

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