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 [...]
Last month a domestic violence charge against footballer El Masri was dismissed as was a similar less recent charge against another footballer. However in New South Wales, unlike the ACT, the women who bought the actions were named.
Here in Canberra we have a long and sorry history of publicly destroying reputations by publishing the names [...]
Help make safety improvements to the Barton Highway an election issue!
The next Federal election is due very soon. The Barton Highway is now in a marginal seat.We need to print posters, bumper stickers, voting leaflets and other promotional stuff to raise political awareness of the safety issues. I need you to donate $2 (or more) and [...]
A cut to penalty rates is a reduction in wages that working Canberrans can’t afford and don’t deserve.
I hope you enjoyed your break over the expanded Easter public holiday. Please spare a thought for the nurses, paramedics, firefighters, engineers, retail and hospitality workers who kept Canberra going.
These working Canberrans spent time away from their loved [...]
I am new to buying cars and I have read some articles from RiotACT dating back to 2011 about not buying new cars in Canberra due to:
The overpricing issue compare to Sydney.
The attitudes of the salesman being, I would say not hungry enough for the sales, to try to accommodate a reasonable offer, or – in [...]
Process. A way of thinking is the core that underpins great innovation, but the active part of that process is just as important. The way any idea travels from conception to realisation is what will make it great, or not so great.
Good innovation is about taking an idea to do more than is being done, [...]
A couple of friends of mine featured in a Canberra Times article on Tuesday last week, about the bombings in Lahore on Sunday evening. Mohammed Ali is a Pakistani ex-pat who’s lived here for years and runs Forum Australia which is an interfaith discussion forum for all manner of issues and Diana Abdel-Rahman is an [...]
This is a letter of grave concern to the long term ecology and quality of the Murrumbidgee River by the proposed changed to development and building codes within the Murrumbidgee River corridor along Section 46 Greenway, also known as the area west of the Tuggeranong Town Centre.
It is not a protest against sensible planning and [...]
Some say that if you play your cards right in the United States, there are so many public holidays across the land of the free, religious, patriotic, union etc, that you never need work.
No doubt that would be impossible, but the issue has arisen here in Australia and thus the ACT through the question of [...]
Can anyone recommend a Canberra vet specialising in cats. I have a 15 year old diabetic cat that is on the verge of remission.
The vet practice that I’ve been going to for the last ten+ years has been recently taken over by new management. My cat has been going downhill over the last six months [...]
Years ago, before I went in to politics and indeed before I took any real interest in the subject, I wondered how this theory of making large corporations more profitable would automatically mean better conditions for the workforce which supported it. The so-called “trickle down effect”.
Instinctively, I thought this was nonsense. I reckon I was [...]
Yesterday, three separate food deliveries arrived at our place. It felt like Christmas (not least because our fridge is now overflowing), but was really all about choosing the Best of Canberra grocery delivery services for RiotACT.
The first box to arrive was a supermarket delivery, the second two big boxes full of fruit and vegetables plus [...]
It will come as no surprise to regular RiotACT readers that I will be lodging comments on the revised Dickson Development Application: 201426717. I have posted my current draft below to see what others think.
Ultimately of course, the final submission will reflect my views. So I do urge others to make their views known to [...]
Clean Up Australia has finished for another year and despite a lack of pre-publicity, 247 tonnes of rubbish was collected by dedicated groups of volunteers throughout Canberra.
One wonders however if the law of diminishing returns has set in, that in spite of the increase of tonnes collected across Australia (16,657 in 2016 to date compared [...]
Normally these days I have only a passing interest in federal politics because in the main it has been pretty boring due to its repetition. Labor got rid of Gillard in favour of Rudd to ameliorate the impending electoral disaster. The Libs tossed Abbott in favour of Turnbull to ameliorate the impending electoral disaster.
Plus ca [...]
Are you aged 18-30 and live in the ACT? Do you gamble or know another young person that does? If so, we want to hear from you!
The Youth Coalition of the ACT is currently looking for participants for interviews and focus groups for their Young People and Gambling Project. The project’s aim is to develop [...]
We have just purchased a block of land in North Canberra and are planning to do a knock-down rebuild. We are currently researching local builders and finding that there are often as many positive as negative reviews about each company.
We would really appreciate any feedback from others who have been through this process recently [...]
What to review for Best of Canberra when you’re stuck at home on crutches and not allowed to drive? There could be no better time for me to look at grocery delivery services in the capital, surely.
I feel a bit torn about getting my groceries delivered. I miss the interaction with the staff at the [...]
For this week’s Best Of, I dug out an ancient tennis racquet and took to the local tennis clubs of Canberra.
Late January saw the Forrest Tennis Club celebrate its 90-year anniversary. Steeped in history, it was Canberra’s first tennis club and boasts six synthetic grass tennis courts. In the leafy suburb of Forrest it is [...]
The first impression of Canberra from the north is of trees. They line the highway into the city and as you drive through the inner north suburbs, the urban forest is ever present. This remains the historic perception of the nation’s capital city.
Yet in recent times the agencies involved in the city’s development, particularly in [...]
The new piece of ‘must have’ technology these days isn’t the latest iPhone or perhaps a remote control helicopter drone (though they are pretty cool), but rather a dash cam. Dash cams are basically exactly what they say, a camera for your car dashboard. The idea is that it records the road and other vehicles around you [...]
Even before self-government Canberra was known as Australia’s ‘social laboratory’, the place in which our then Federal rulers could experiment with various new ideas.
Nothing since has changed. Under Assembly control the mouse still roars although it is now known as ‘progressive’ legislation.
Nevertheless a few anomalies remain, including a euthanasia law which under what is [...]
This parking inspector parked his car in a loading zone today in Forrest, while he gave out tickets to cars around the corner. I know emergency vehicles are allowed to park safely where they need to to carry out their duties… but this struck me as a bit of a stretch.
The ACT and Australian Road [...]