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Coffee breaks en route to Sydney from Canberra

By 15 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There will be some readers out there who remember well the terrors of driving between Sydney and Canberra before the freeways and motorways. It was not fun, it was bloody dangerous, it took ages and you had to stop once or twice to recover your sanity as much as to get some rest and something [...]

Questions surround domestic violence levy

By 14 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Andrew Barr

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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: Tough plants for Canberra conditions

By 14 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi, I am not much of a gardener, so I need a bit of advice. I have a bit of a garden that faces east with a fence behind it that I need to plant out. I used to have a correa and a federation daisy in there but last winter seemed to kill them. [...]

ACT Budget – the Good, the Bad and the not so Ugly

By 13 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ACT Budget

I’m going out on a limb when I say that I reckon this is the best ACT Budget I can think of, including those with which I had a part in creating.
You would say that, say my detractors. Well not always so. I have been critical of past Budgets because of the lack of attention [...]

Ask RiotACT: Mt Mugga Mugga redevelopments

By 12 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi all,
Does anyone know about the redevelopments up on Mt Mugga Mugga?  I just went for a walk around the perimeter of the old quarry there, and encountered a new road, new fencing, new concrete structures – including what appear to be two new weigh-bridges.

Trump Baby – Another sign of wonder

By 10 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
trump-hair

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 [...]

Who is Canberra’s Batman?

By 9 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Kim and Batman

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 [...]

Trolling: When our worst impulses come to the fore

By 9 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
trolls

With the recent news that a chiropractor has been charged after allegedly leaving racist comments on Senator Nova Peris’ Facebook page, it is fascinating to analyse the mindset of people who feel the need to insult, belittle, and degrade others online.
Clearly many people feel social media is an outlet for expressions and feelings they must [...]

Barr’s budget: no free rides for Canberra’s poorest

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
A lonely bus stop in Oaks Estate

The Barr Government’s announcement yesterday of a free City Loop bus in Civic highlights the utter contempt and disregard shown to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Canberra residents.
Oaks Estate, the government’s own ghetto, continues to have no ACTION bus whatsoever, free or not. But Civic, already saturated with ACTION bus routes providing abundant access will [...]

Exploring the arts with Singapore and Wellington

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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First a positive note. Full marks to the ACT Government for their efforts to achieve direct flights between Canberra and the cities of Wellington and Singapore. Those flights that are coming our way in September are very welcomed, although having a midnight flight into Singapore is not exactly appealing.
Despite that small discomfort, I am sure [...]

Ask RiotACT: Cheap coffee in Canberra – where is it hiding?

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I have recently returned to the take-away coffee market after a number of years sourcing my caffeine through alternative means.  I have been paying around $4.50 for my regular double-shot flat white (or ‘large’ flat white), or around $3.50 for a double espresso straight up, at various places around Civic, Belconnen and Woden.  But I would love to hear about [...]

A Budget four years in the making

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Artist's impression of Civic Plaza

June 7, 2016 is a date the ACT Government has been anticipating for many years. As ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said himself, today’s Budget was the “culmination of four years of work to keep the ACT economy growing”. Its also the last Budget before the October 15 poll.
Faced with a Commonwealth Government unapologetically zapping [...]

Ask RiotACT: Question on Transact VDSL2 & relinquishing the USO

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I was about to sign up to Transact’s switch to VDSL2 with VOIP but apparently that means relinquishing your home phone option AND your Universal Service Obligation telephone rights. I quite like knowing that my home phone will work when the electricity is down. I notice Foxtel’s bundle appears to offer a “copper” home phone [...]

End age of entitlement

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Budget generic

This afternoon the ACT government will deliver the 2016 budget. As there is a local election in October will it be bland, even largely forgettable, like the cautious May federal budget, precursor to the July 2 election?
Or, more likely, will our local effort be directed at appeasing the voters, softening them up for the October [...]

Best of Canberra: small galleries

By 7 June 2016 FEATURED ARTICLE
Beaver Galleries

Did you know that Canberra is home to more than 23 small galleries? I certainly didn’t until I started investigating our city’s lesser-known art scene for Best of Canberra. What I discovered was a vibrant, enthusiastic set of organisations and a new list of dynamic spaces to keep my eyes on.
I’m breaking the small galleries [...]

Ask RiotACT: Where should I list my property for sale?

By 6 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hello Guys,
If I want to sell a property in Canberra, where should I list? Allhomes?
Would be great to get your opinions.
Thanks.

Green bins – so much rubbish!

By 6 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
greenbins

There has been a bit of chatter around lately about a third bin. Usual stuff. NSW has them, why not us? It is good for the environment for people to put their green waste out for collection.
The proponents say that old pensioners can’t get to the green waste area of the tip because they have [...]

Ask RiotACT: No condition reports for apartments in ACT?

By 5 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’ve been looking for property to buy in the ACT and notice that it’s compulsory to get a condition report done for a house, but not for ‘Class A’ properties like units or apartments. When asking around agents or others about this, the answer is usually just ‘look in the body corp minutes’ or ‘I’ll [...]

Creating a Cafe: The build is over … almost!

By 4 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
creating-cafe-logo

So my dad had left, it was now close to the end of December and we were in a mad scramble trying to book in our well-organized mess of tradies. Most tradesmen were kind enough to squeeze us into their busy schedule before the Christmas break; most of them had been contracted since the very [...]

Ask RiotACT: Federal Election pre-poll voting places in Canberra?

By 4 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Does anyone know where in Canberra I can cast a vote before election day? And is it open now?
 
 

Busways, Capital Metro and greenhouse emissions

By 3 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Bus stop

A Gungahlin to Civic busway offers greater overall economic benefits than Stage 1 of Capital Metro, and will probably cause fewer greenhouse emissions.
This story begins in 2012. Labor needed to win most of the four Greens seats at the October election if it was to avoid another term of minority government. The Greens had promised [...]

Ask RiotACT: Desperately seeking a diesel mechanic

By 3 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

My partner and I are in desperate need of getting our diesel Ford Ranger serviced by a good mechanic. As we are new to the area we don’t know of anyone who specialises in diesel and 4wd vehicles.
We are in Turner but would happily go anywhere for a good quality service.
Please help us.
Thank you.

Bogans: Why they have risen and are looked down upon

By 2 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Upper Middle Bogan

Whatever happened to the Canberra’s booners? The same could be asked of Sydney’s westies, Hobart’s chiggas or Brisbane’s bevans.
In the early 1980s booners could be immediately identified by their tight black jeans, flannel shirts and ugg or desert boots. Stereotypically, they struggled to find work and cared little for mores and manners.
Perhaps the most enduring [...]

Ask RiotACT: Front door replacement – recommendations

By 2 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Our front door is bowed (10mm at the top) and has had better days… We would like to replace it – any recommendations for a carpenter who could put in a nice door?
Thanks for any advice.

Ask RiotACT: Asbestos removal companies in Canberra

By 1 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi All.
There’s an old thread from 2007 – I’m looking for recommendations these days for removal of bonded asbestos? Primarily concerned about safety.
Cheers.

Patterns that lead to domestic violence

By 31 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
The Jacka residence in which the boy was killed in February.

The ACT Government has released three reports upon domestic and family violence. They are comprehensive complex documents which highlight the need for much greater cooperation between the many agencies addressing this serious social problem.
Please note there is nothing new about this violence. People, mainly women, have been walking into doors for years and [...]

First frost reminds us winter is coming … tomorrow

By 31 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Frosty windscreen

Happy winter’s eve, everyone. It’s time to pull out the jug of warm water and the ice scraper, the first frost is here – the first in our suburb, anyway.
Canberra temperatures fell to below zero at 4.41am, and were back up to 2 degrees by 8am. The skies are clear with not a hint [...]

Baby, it’s cold outside

By 30 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
fog

The forecast was for an overnight minimum of 4 degrees, but the mercury dipped to -1.8 at around 11.30pm and it’s still 0 out there now as families head off for school and work at 8am this morning. The city is shrouded in fog, too.
We’d love to see your fog photos on our Facebook page [...]

Ask RiotACT: ACT-wide shortage of plastic cat tray liner bags

By 30 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

So recently I started using these new nifty bag liners that stretch around the cat litter tray and when you are done just fold up and in the bin, so much less mess and so much easier to handle than using newspaper or similar.
Anyway I went to get some this week, and to my surprise [...]

Dutton offensive on asylum-seekers

By 30 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ss new australia

When I came to Australia in 1952, I couldn’t speak English, I couldn’t count to 10 and I came by boat. If Minister Dutton had been on the wharf, would he have turned my boat back?
I know heaps of people who run restaurants, market stalls, who are builders and taxi drivers. I know many hard-working people [...]

Ask RiotACT: Seeking outdoor dance floor

By 29 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi all, I’m looking for somewhere that will hire out a dance floor that can be set up outside (6x6metres) in Canberra. The only place I’ve found so far is YesEvents in Bowral NSW. Does anyone know of anywhere else? Barlens and Canberra Spits and Party hire only have indoor ones.
Thanks.

Signs of life and wonder

By 29 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Gungahlin-P1180104

Apparently the residents of Gungahlin have had enough of being a lower priority to other areas of Canberra.
According to the road signs off the new Majura Parkway, Gungahlin has gone it alone as a city. It is now separate to the rest of Canberra. Have a look at the sign above; Canberra is to the left and [...]

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