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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]