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Best of Canberra – Street food

By 9 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra’s street food scene has seen a bit of a revival of late. From food vans to shipping containers, there are a whole bunch of new food vendors that have hit Canberra’s streets in the last year or so. They join a few well-established institutions to make Canberra’s street food scene alive and very well.
This [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Pho

By 8 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra’s recent string of sub-zero mornings and only slightly warmer days have made it perfect pho weather. A hot, lightly spiced bowl of steaming broth, beef, rice noodles, bean shoots and chilli can raise your core temperature in a way few other foods can.
There were several strong contenders for this week’s taste off, with Simply [...]

Let’s clean up Canberra’s early childhood education mess

By 8 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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High quality childcare improves learning outcomes for children.
It’s that simple, or at least it should be. Unfortunately, in the ACT, when you have children under four you are forced to navigate a system that is a bit of a mess.
Some parents can’t access childcare places, while others can’t afford them. People are forced to sign [...]

ANU to go smoke-free (but not really?)

By 3 June 2015
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I’ve just read this ABC article on the ANU’s smoking ban. The current ban is being extended to the whole campus including electronic cigarettes, but further down it turns out that licensed venues and residential areas will be exempt.
It begs the question – why the exemptions? ANU is citing health grounds … and you’d think disinhibited [...]

All is not lost for Gungahlin shopping centre expansion

By 3 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The state of Canberra’s shopping centres is a hot topic of conversation at present.
Southlands at Mawson is going through an interesting phase of regrowth and has been the subject of community consultations, Westfield Woden’s tenants are murmuring about difficulties attracting customers and Civic is overdue for an intelligent and creative make-over.
Meanwhile, issues concerning the Dickson shopping precinct remain unresolved. [...]

Moved house, electricity bills skyrocketed. Why?

By 2 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We moved house just under a year ago from a two-bedroom, one bathroom to a 3.5-bedroom, two bathroom in the Queanbeyan area and have tripled our electricity costs (from $290 in the biggest quarter to almost $700 in our biggest quarter – summer).
I initially thought it may be due to us having used the reverse [...]

Buying a home in the ACT made easier for some

By 2 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Housing affordability is a hot topic at the moment. Yesterday it was reported that out of all the capital cities in Australia, Canberra experienced the biggest jump in home values in May.
I’m currently looking to buy my first home, and it’s not an easy task. I’ve experienced a lot of competitiveness both at open homes [...]

ACT public housing hurting senior citizens

By 2 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Public housing tenant Sandra Picker (pictured above) fears for her future after receiving a letter from the ACT Government’s Community Services Directorate stating that her application to be moved to a safer environment could not be progressed unless she provided the department with a list of police job numbers dating back years.
After experiencing a good [...]

Best of Canberra – Pho

By 2 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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From Saigon rolls stuffed with pate, crisp vegetables and pork to handmade rice paper rolls and bottomless bowls of noodle soup, Vietnamese street food has a lot going for it.
This week we’re on the hunt for one of Vietnam’s most recognisable culinary exports: pho. Inexpensive, filling and fresh, it’s no surprise that this famous noodle soup [...]

Advice on renovating Narrabundah worker’s cottage

By 1 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone have experience renovating the original Narrabundah workers cottages?
If so, any advice? For instance, do you know:

How close to the front boundary you can extend
How hard/easy it is to extend from the steel frames
If asbestos removal ends up costing a fortune, etc?

I know that due to the steel frames and truss roof, none of the [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – French toast

By 1 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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French toast is probably one of the most decadent breakfast meals you can eat, and when I put the call out for Canberra’s best last week, I wasn’t quite prepared for the reality of starting my day with something so rich two mornings in a row. It’s rare that I can’t finish a meal, but [...]

Time for the Commonwealth to stop trashing Canberra’s town centres

By 1 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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As recent articles have reported, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection is considering moving its 4000 employees out of Belconnen. Tender documents have revealed the department is looking to lease 80,000 square metres of building space in one precinct.
More recently, the Department of Finance assumed responsibility for this decision as part of a broader accommodation review announced [...]

Monash Drive – which route?

By 27 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Thanks for the views and comments on my previous post, Light rail or Monash Drive. If Monash Drive is to be reconsidered, then the next question is what are the possible routes for this road, as it was only pencilled in on earlier city plans. One possible route is shown on the map above, although there [...]

Westside wonder

By 27 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last July the ACT Government announced plans to develop a shipping container village by the lake on the west side of Commonwealth Avenue. I missed the original announcement, but having now read some of the media releases, I can see that there was a lot of optimism about how this wondrous project was going change our lives.
I [...]

Don’t worry, animal cruelty will only cost you $123

By 26 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It took two operations to remove the fishhooks that were ingested by a Staffordshire bull terrier owned by a 26-year-old Canberra woman, who was fined $123, banned from owning animals for ten years and sentenced to a 12-month good behaviour order, as reported across the territory this week.
Two dogs were seized by the RSPCA and found [...]

Feedback on Woden primary schools?

By 26 May 2015
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Just looking for feedback on Curtin and Hughes Primary schools. If you have kids going there or you teach there, what is your opinion of the school/s? Great, poor, average? Is one better than the other for accelerated learning? Any feedback appreciated, thanks.

Bodies in Lake Burley Griffin

By 26 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Lake Burley Griffin has had its fair share of bodies, acting as a watery grave for several unfortunate souls in the last century. Some met foul play, one woman’s body was found 14 years later and ruled as a suicide. She was still strapped into her car, basically a skeleton, but her clothes were still [...]

Best of Canberra – French toast

By 26 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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French toast is one of those decadent weekend breakfast dishes from my childhood. My parents used to make us French toast when we didn’t quite make it through the loaf of bread that week and it was starting to go stale.
These days I’m more likely to have French toast when I’m out for a weekend [...]

Gate installation recommendations

By 25 May 2015
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I am moving into a new property and there is no side gate. I would like to know of any recommendations please.
I would also like a functional lock with a key on the gate as this will be used to access the house on a daily basis. It is a bit wider so a panel [...]

Do Canberra mums agree with Senator Gallagher on PPL?

By 25 May 2015
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Senator Katy Gallagher has written a powerful response to the Prime Minister’s accusation that Canberra mums have/are double dipping when it comes to the matter of paid parental leave.
I’m curious to know where Canberra women (and families) stand on the issue. What do you think?

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Coffee

By 25 May 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It was with some hesitation that last week I put the word out there for Canberra’s best coffee. To many people coffee is absolutely sacred and you wouldn’t dare mess with them before they’ve had their morning fix. I can relate to that – I buy at least one coffee every day and am that [...]

A perspective on the new ACT electorates

By 25 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Electoral Commission has just confirmed the new boundaries for the five electorates in the 25-seat Legislative Assembly.
This is the biggest change since the modified D’Hont system was replaced with the Hare-Clark system, which was modified to have Robson rotation.
It fixes a glaring anomaly in the one vote, one value concept by making all [...]

New Optus 4G in Canberra – good, bad, or ugly?

By 24 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A few years ago there was a RiotACT thread regarding poor Optus 3G reception in Tuggeranong. It turned out that this was a pretty common problem for Optus customers across Canberra.
Since that time, Optus has rolled out a new 4G network in Canberra. The coverage maps on the Optus website only show “4G – Outdoor” [...]

Where to buy wholesale meat or even half a pig in Canberra?

By 23 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi guys,
This might sound weird, but I have been looking into ways to buy half a pig or lots of uncut meat at wholesale price but found nothing so far. Most butchers will sell for higher price than the big two supermarkets.
Is there any abattoir or farm in Canberra or nearby that will sell uncut [...]

Weekday breakfast in the city?

By 22 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A group of colleagues and I go out for breakfast before work once a fortnight. We meet at 7:30 and then usually have a quick breakkie, some coffee and catch up before heading to work around 8:30.
We try not to go to the same place too many times but we are running out of venues! [...]

Would market price car parking work in Canberra?

By 21 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Yesterday I was walking through Commonwealth Park and I noticed that the nearby carpark, which was always full before pay parking was introduced, was almost completely empty.
There were two cars in the carpark, both paying the daily rate of $12 (I think). This means that the government’s return after spending thousands of dollars on installing [...]

Public housing stigma continues

By 20 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was sorely disappointed to read the front page of The Canberra Times yesterday morning in which the people of Gungahlin were objecting to the presence of salt and peppered public housing in their suburbs.
My concern stemmed from a series of experiences and I so wish that they rethink their objections and become a welcoming society [...]

How can Civic be rejuvenated?

By 20 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Urgent action is required by the ACT Government to see Civic regain its position within Canberra as a popular centre, a place with its own character and charm and a precinct that attracts locals and visitors. Having previously outlined the issues behind Civic’s decline (see parts one and two of this series), it is timely [...]

Windscreen washers on Northbourne are local legends

By 19 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Most of the intersections along Northbourne Avenue have a resident windscreen washer.
Northbourne’s windscreen washers are all men, and it’s often difficult to tell their ages as their faces are obscured by sunglasses, facial hair and sometimes a baseball cap. These men are at their post almost all day, every day. I’ve often said they’re the hardest working [...]

Best of Canberra – Coffee

By 19 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Someone once told me that Canberra has more cafes per capita than any other city in the world. I don’t know how true that is, but it is no lie that we are a city of coffee drinkers.
Canberra’s specialty coffee scene is booming, there are a few places now that roast their own coffee and [...]

Does the ACT Government care about domestic violence… enough?

By 19 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My great-grandmother experienced domestic violence for most of her life.
In front of her four children, she was continuously beaten and humiliated. As she contemplated the bleakness of her future, she bravely began to plan an escape with her children. Her two sons helped her save the money she needed in order to rescue her family [...]

West Belconnen needs infrastructure before housing expansion

By 19 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Reading this Sydney Morning Herald article about central Sydney, I wonder what the exact plans are for expanding housing in West Belconnen.
It would be good if the ACT government upgraded infrastructure before 11,000 new homes are built in the Macgregor-Holt area.
A 50m indoor pool at Kippax, a third supermarket at Kippax (Coles or Costco), an ACT government [...]

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