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How to cat-proof a garden?

By 10 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Reader Zizanio has contacted us via email with a query about cat-proofing a garden.

I have a question for the wonderfully helpful RiotACT community: has anyone cat-proofed a garden? If so, any suggestions as to someone who could design and construct cat-proofing?

Any advice?

Will the Property Council contribute to Canberra Brickworks conservation?

By 10 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Yarralumla Residents Association (YRA) is not surprised by the recent enthusiastic response of the ACT Property Council’s Catherine Carter to the proposed massive development at the junction of Cotter Road, Yarra Glen and Adelaide Avenue, near the Canberra Brickworks.
It is good news that the ACT Government has increased funding for Brickworks conservation to $5 [...]

Best of Canberra – Pasta

By 10 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In my family, pasta is eaten eight days a week – yes, eight. My Italian grandmother, or “Nonna” as I call her, has instilled in me a life-long love of this Italian staple. It’s versatile, delicious and oh so comforting.
Having Italian heritage means my standards are pretty high when it comes to pasta. For me, [...]

Noise in the city, who would have thought?

By 10 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The new pop-up shipping container village in New Acton opened over the weekend (yay!) with the Art, Not Apart festival to follow next weekend. The festival will include stalls selling street food and handicrafts, there’ll be live entertainment, fun and games on the basketball court, and a dance party. Sounds like good fun, right?
Not according [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Tacos

By 9 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I must confess that I was pretty excited to be taste testing tacos for this week’s taste off. Tacos are my favourite and I rounded up a couple of very willing taco-loving friends to come along for the ride.
It was a close contest for Canberra’s best tacos. A few RiotACT readers suggested that Guzman y Gomez, [...]

Restorative justice – a myth?

By 9 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In Australia we have a complex attitude towards the rehabilitation of offenders in our judicial system. We have many in our society who believe in an eye for an eye and hard-line punishment as a means of preventing recidivism.
Few will come out and support good rehabilitative programs. Rather than believing that some offenders can change their aberrant behaviour, [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Loading Zone, Canberra City

By 7 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Living close to the city, I am always looking for delicious breakfast spots; breakfast being one of my favourite meals.
A couple of months ago Loading Zone popped up as a recommended page on my Facebook. The photos drew me in straight away, and when I discovered it was run by an Italian family I immediately [...]

Seeking Inward Bound ANU runners

By 6 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Looking for those mildly crazy people who have run in the ANU’s Inward Bound Event over the years….
Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a great record of who ran, where end point was or who won each year. I would like to put together a nice history of the race with any stories and results you might [...]

Dart boards in pubs in Canberra, little help?

By 5 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi guys,
I have some friends staying with me over the weekend, one of whom is a mad fan of playing darts and has asked me to help him out finding a place to relieve his needs to throw objects at a board.
None of my google skills have managed to help locate a place where you [...]

Work ceased at Giralang shops site?

By 5 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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All work has ceased at the Giralang shops site. There is a rumour of a court injunction from Supabarn. Does anyone have information to clarify the situation?

Braddon hovering on the cusp

By 4 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There’s a 2008 ACT Planning Report for Braddon in which the key priorities are:

To encourage more water- and energy-efficient building design
To continue to improve transport and land use planning outcomes
To pilot projects to showcase central city development and redevelopment opportunities

The report states that this commercial centre should encourage building forms to ensure a cohesive and [...]

Best of Canberra – Tacos

By 3 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s Tuesday and my favourite thing about this day of the week is the humble taco. 
If you are not yet aware of the phenomenon that is Taco Tuesday, it is time to get acquainted. There are a number of institutions in Canberra where you can find cheap tacos to brighten up this mid-week evening. Whatever [...]

What does the ACT think about the death penalty?

By 3 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Inside my backyard shed are two signs that my fiancée and I recently made. The signs read, “Indonesia, we love you but please tell your Government to stop killing Australian citizens”.
Over the past month or so, I have spoken on various radio stations and contributed to numerous public forums against the state sanctioned killing of [...]

Chic Henry and the tram to nowhere?

By 2 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve had a couple of long conversations with Summernats’ Chic Henry, who is tossing up whether to run in the 2016 ACT election.
He told me that the Liberals want him to stand but one of the reasons he hasn’t yet committed is his age. If he were fifteen years younger he’d have no hesitation, but [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Juice

By 2 March 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I quite enjoy a good fresh juice. When I’m out for weekend breakfast with my mates, I’m always the indulgent one that orders a coffee and a juice. This week I put the word out to RiotACT readers for the best juice in Canberra. 
Votes came in for a few of the markets around town – there [...]

Should Norfolk Island be self governed?

By 2 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The bun fight between the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly and the Commonwealth Government regarding governance of the island has been going on for decades.
The island has about 2000 permanent residents and they are Australian citizens. It has an interesting history dating back to 1856 when the bounty mutineers moved from Pitcairn Island to Norfolk Island. [...]

Light rail and intersections?

By 1 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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According to Capital Metro:

Who will have priority at traffic lights?
A level of priority is typically provided for light rail to help the service run efficiently. This occurs as a part of planning that helps the light sequencing to support the major traffic flow (such as the inbound traffic in the morning peak). This means that [...]

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 screen repairer?

By 28 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I recently cracked the screen on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
Trying to find the best place to get it repaired because I’ve experienced a lot of dodgy people…
Hope you can help. Much appreciated.

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: The Juggernaut, Braddon

By 28 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Have you been looking for the Juggernaut? If you were wondering where this coffee trailer has been, well it’s been everywhere! After opening on West Row in the city last year, the Juggernaut moved out to Aranda shops temporarily, until Sunday night when it appeared on Lonsdale St, Braddon.
The Juggernaut has been a favourite coffee [...]

Cheap gym in Tuggeranong?

By 27 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m putting this in the “Ask RiotACT” section in the hopes I can find a good solution from someone with a bit of knowledge of Tuggeranong.
I’ve been out of work for a while, and have recently picked up some work for a few months near the Hyperdome.  Because some of the shifts might finish just after [...]

Possum beater on video not convicted

By 26 February 2015
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I am outraged by the results of one of our most recent animal cruelty cases. As published in The Canberra Times today, Lyons resident Domaneco Zizi escaped conviction after attacking a possum with a pole and eventually killing it.
In this case, our RSPCA ACT inspectors received actual video footage of the attack.
Furthermore, although we were unable [...]

Canberra GP recommendations

By 26 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was wondering if anyone can recommend a GP in Canberra who takes the time to listen and explain things to you, and preferably specialises in chronic disease?
Also, does anyone know of a chronic illness support group in the ACT?
Thankyou.

Seeking a new future for Canberra planning

By 26 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Canberra heritage lobby is engaged in a public stoush with the government as a result of the heritage ruling to hang onto one of the Northbourne Towers. I disagree with the heritage decision, as my view is that these towers are not worth fighting for.
However, I share the concern that we will most likely [...]

Recommendations for good, reliable builder?

By 25 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I know there have been lots of comments regarding builders on the site (most advising that I should run to the hills in fear), but we have taken the plunge and we are building a house so I would love some feedback.
We are looking to build a sustainable, energy efficient, modern feel house and would like [...]

Canberra – a little piece of somewhere other than Australia

By 25 February 2015

What’s up with Canberra’s obsession with feral and introduced trees and shrubs?
I think Canberra fits much better into a European landscape – one filled with deciduous trees and no understorey – rather than an Australian landscape of diversity and bush. Unfortunately, the Canberra look is perpetuated by a government-led planting regime that reinforces its un-Australian appearance.
What [...]

Costco petrol no longer cheaper?

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I filled up at Costco on 22 January at $1.16 per litre. Checking Woolies fuel app on 23 January it would appear that the airport is the same price as most other outlets in the ACT at $112.9.
Does this mean that Costco is no longer offering cheaper petrol than anywhere else? I thought this would happen. [...]

Advice for sick Kay Parris Magnolia plant?

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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 Hi, new to this forum and hoping someone can help!
Two weeks ago I planted a beautiful Kay Parris Magnolia in our front yard. Western facing, full sun, created a garden bed filled with lovely soil with the typical Canberra clay beneath it. It has now turned rather ill looking.

The bottom leaves are becoming dry and [...]

Dickson Woolworths – I hope you’re not in a rush!

By 24 February 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We all hate having to navigate through a packed supermarket and we all hate waiting for a loooong time at the checkout, but surely copping both of these annoyances at once is pretty uncommon, right? Not if you shop at Dickson Woolworths.
I challenge anyone to go to Dickson Woolworths to buy a handful of groceries [...]

Best of Canberra – Juice

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Apple, orange or breakfast juice – growing up, my juice options were often limited to that sad trifecta. But juice has really lifted its game in recent times. These days I can slurp down a juice with just about any combination of fruit, vegetables or even herbs if I am so inclined.
This week I am [...]

Does the Color Run mislead participants?

By 23 February 2015
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The Color Run is a terrific event in terms of being genius marketing and it encourages local community participation.
Both my teenage daughters were in teams with their school friends. It cost me $130 ($65 each). I thought this was expensive for a ‘run’ and to have some coloured powder thrown over you. They assured me [...]

Netball clubs at Arawang or Deakin?

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m keen to back into (relatively) competitive weekend netball after a few years off, and I’m looking for a club to join, preferably at Deakin or Weston Creek.  I’m in my mid-twenties, so I’m interested in the seniors competitions. I’d like to play for a team that is social, but also competitive.
Any information about registration dates [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off - Hot chips

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Well didn’t hot chips turn out to be a popular topic? This week, RiotACT readers got passionate about who serves up the best fried potato in Canberra.
Overwhelmingly, Kingsley’s Chicken was the favourite, getting more than twice the votes of any other places suggested by readers. The next most popular was Grill’d, with a special mention [...]

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