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Ask RiotACT: Another gym question

By 4 November 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

After 12 months of crossfit, which I loved, it is time to try something a bit cheaper.  I am after a gym at which I can see a trainer maybe once a fortnight (once I get in to the swing of the gym) but who will give me a program to use in between times.  I [...]

Reid three-storey proposal ticks the boxes


Canberra residents have noticed that whenever the Chief Minister and his LDA/Directorate bureaucrats want to send in the bulldozers into an established suburb, that they use the same propaganda. They do this despite the fact that no-one believes the spin, which is not based on an honest translation of the residents’ aspirations as expressed time [...]

Ask RiotACT: Cracks in the wall

By 3 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi folks, I have a 40 or so year old house in Belconnen, built on brick piers instead of a concrete slab, that has a number of cracks in the brickwork.  As I understand it these are a feature of many Canberra properties; they didn’t even get a mention on the property purchase report.
Who can [...]

Best of Canberra view-off – Lookouts

Mt Pleasant

Mt Ainslie is hands-down the best lookout in Canberra. Basically, this is because after hiking all the way to the top it makes you feel like doing a Leonardo di Caprio, “I’m the King of the World!” (Except that actually requires having to catch one’s breath, which takes a bit longer than I would care [...]

Ask RiotACT: Pilates recommendation

By 2 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Rioters,
It’s been a while since there was a pilates post on the site (2009) and I’m sure the pilates scene in Canberra has changed a bit since then.  I’m keen to give it a try – ideally at a dedicated studio with well qualified instructors.
Is there anywhere that you recommend trying for a beginner [...]

North Canberra Community Council on Floriade future

By 2 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Floriade: Canberra's flower festival.

Editor note: It’s been a several weeks since Floriade, but that doesn’t mean the debate about Floriade’s future has gone away. We asked local leaders about where it should go next, and Mike Hettinger, Chair of North Canberra Community Council, was the one to respond.
Question: Should Floriade move to Glebe Park? If not Glebe Park, where?

Floriade should stay where [...]

Eat your Greens! The candidate classes

KURRAJONG ACT Greens candidates

This old Labor warhorse looked at the offerings from the Greens, as announced in the papers and online recently and thought, well, is this all that different?
I am looking at the process and the results of that process.
I have written about the Labor preselections coming up and what those candidates have to produce to get [...]

Top tips for visiting the dog park

By 31 October 2015

Dog parks are a great way for your dog to get some exercise off leash and socialise with other dogs. We’ve prepared a short video with our top tips for making each trip to the dog park enjoyable. See the video for yourself or check out these tips:

Always watch your dog.
Clean up after your own dog and [...]

Ask RiotACT: What happened to Kingston Grind?

By 31 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters,
Does anyone know what has happened to the Kingston Grind cafe? It shut around early September. There was a sign up saying it was closed for renovations. This sign has since been removed. There hasn’t been any activity on their facebook page since the end of June. I’m assuming it has closed / gone [...]

Ask RiotACT: Lightweight plastic bags at Kippax Woollies

By 30 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’m pretty sure that lightweight plastic bags are banned in the ACT. Kippax Woolworths is currently using them, because apparently there is a problem with the supplier. A checkout attendant informed us that it ‘would probably only be for a couple of days’. Is that allowed? Can a shop just put that rule on hold for [...]

Ask RiotACT: Venues open for Rugby World Cup Final?

By 30 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Rioters,
I’m trying to work out what venues are open in Canberra for the Australia v New Zealand Rugby World Cup Final? Kick-off is at 3am on Sunday morning.

Ask RiotACT: Cafe 102 in Fyshwick

By 29 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Does anyone know why Cafe 102 in Fyshwick closed and if the chef (David) and his wife have opened up somewhere else? Went there after a 2 month absence (due to illness) only to find the premises empty.

Locals should be tram’s priority


Just when most locals probably thought that there have been more than enough discussions and surveys about the Canberra’s new light rail (or trams), the ACT Government has launched another consultation on the topic.
But wait – do not despair just yet – this time the focus is not about whether or not, or when or [...]

Barr, Coe in transport war of words


This morning, Chief Minister Andrew Barr issued an entire media release attacking the Liberals over their stance on light rail and public transport ahead of an assembly motion vote on the issue today.
It asked, “Will the Liberals reaffirm their commitment to congestion?” and described the Canberra Liberals as “becoming increasingly isolated with their backward-looking position on transport [...]

Ask RiotACT: Research on Oliver family murders (1980s)

By 28 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I am doing research on Canberra murders. It is rather strange that there has been many murders here but not a lot of information is available on the internet. Does anyone remember the shooting of the Oliver family from (I think) Richardson in the early 80′s? Any information would be appreciated.

Canberra Tales: From a duke’s wet feet to an urban park


Having any urban park is to be celebrated and all efforts should be made to ensure their continued existence. Parks are constantly under threat from various property industry lobbyists who have the ear of government. Glebe Park in Civic, Haig Park in Braddon and Turner and the Dickson Parklands are currently in the eyes of those [...]

Best of Canberra – Lookouts

By 27 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Canberra view

I love a good lookout. Sometimes you have to work hard and climb to the top of a mountain for it and it’s all worth the while when you get there. Other times you can arrive in the car and pity the people who have chosen the hard way.
So this week I am looking for [...]

Is the World Health Organisation telling ‘porkies’?

Bacon and egg roll

Well, another day another new report suggesting yet another food group is going to kill us all! The assertion overnight from the World Health Organisation that processed meats like bacon and sausages cause cancer, and red meats probably do too – will have butchers around the globe in a panic. It’s silly, alarmist and above all else [...]

Best of Canberra yoga-off: Yoga Classes

Hangetsu Yoga

When the call went out last week for the best yoga classes, some readers suggested the best way to do yoga was self-practice. I can appreciate that yoga classes are expensive and it’s not always easy to attend classes at the time they are scheduled, but unfortunately I don’t have the discipline to be at [...]

Ask RiotACT: Property manager?

By 26 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hello Rioters, we have just bought an investment property in the inner north – a two bed unit.
Can anyone recommend a property manager or have any insights into which agencies are good?  LJ Hooker seem to have a lot of rental properties. Independent did the sale but they don’t seem to do much rental work in [...]

We all owe you a debt, Mary Porter AM MLA


Mary Porter AM, MLA. Where do I start?  Here is a woman who has devoted her entire adult life to community service in real time.  I’ve met and served with many pollies who have professed to be servants of the people but when you scratch the surface, you find that community service was a means [...]

The NDIS will transform lives – here’s why


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is expected to be in full operation in the ACT by July 2016. All children are now eligible to join the NDIS, with only adults born after 1 July 1965 yet to be inducted into the scheme. All other States and Territories will commence their full implementation shortly afterwards [...]

Ask RiotACT: Razor wire trap

By 24 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

The people next door have erected a coiled razor wire trap along their side fence. I’m not sure whether it’s to keep kids or roaming cats from entering the yard but it looks rather nasty.

The Environment and Planning Department say it is illegal and to contact the Police and the RSPCA. The Police said that [...]

Ask RiotACT: Car Stereo / Head Unit Installation Recommendation

By 23 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I have a 2002 Holden Astra with a Blaupunkt 520 head unit. According to a cursory glance online, it has no option for adding on the feature to hook it up to a iPhone. I would like to purchase a new head unit that can be hooked up to my iPhone, but I have no idea [...]

Ask RiotACT: Belconnen mall – closure of small northside carpark?

By 21 October 2015
Ask RiotACT

I noticed last week that the new chain link fencing behind the fitness centre actually closes off the small northside carpark on the ground level at Belconnen Mall – does anyone know why or what’s going there?

Dickson Parklands – leave the trees alone

By 21 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Dickson Parklands (bureaucratically classified as Section 72 Dickson) have been the subject of questionable proposals for a couple of years by the ACT Government through the LDA and the linked development directorate.
The most notorious foray was the insensitive proposal that the trees on the corner of Cowper and Antill should be cleared for a [...]

Ask RiotACT: Alfred Deakin High School?

By 20 October 2015
Ask RiotACT

My son is in year 8 and currently attends Marist College, but because of bullying he wants to change schools. He’s also developed anxiety and depression because of the bullying so I think a co-ed environment might work better for him. We’re considering the local high school, however I’m not sure about the public school [...]

Best of Canberra swing-off: Golf driving ranges

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Gungahlin Lakes

The thought of a having to play a whole game of golf is absolute agony to me. Attending a driving range is much more appealing.
When the call went out last week, a few suggestions came through to simply visit the local oval and have a hit. However, not having my own clubs nor the desire [...]

A tale of two videos about Canberra

By 19 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Canberra: The Musical

A few years back the ABC TV program The Beast poked fun at the capital with a cringe-inspiring video, ‘Canberra: The Musical’, mocking our roundabouts, fake lake and bureaucratic heritage.
One redeeming feature was a cameo appearance by the late great Peter Harvey at the end. Sorry to those of you who involved producing it, yes, it’s [...]

Ask RiotACT: Shirataki Noodles in Canberra?

By 19 October 2015
Ask RiotACT

Does anyone know where to get Shirataki noodles in Canberra, I heard they are great for weight-loss and good for you in general.

School of Music: history and solution


The issue of the School of Music being slow poisoned by the ANU has attracted many conversations and opinions, most of which are in favour of a resurrected or valued institution and most of which are critical of the ANU’s treatment of the School. And rightly so. It is solely responsible for the slow death [...]

Ask RiotACT: Cash for metal?

By 16 October 2015
Ask RiotACT

My parents have a lot of old engines and gearboxes and one wrecked car body. Are they worth any cash if I hire a trailer and drop them off at the metal recyclers?

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