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Proud to be a NIMBY

By 6 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Almost every day I walk by a set of new apartments here in Dickson. These are now part of the history of the push by residents not to have rubbish developments plonked in the area.
It is sad to watch yet another community, namely Red Hill, now being put through the mill. They are not objecting [...]

Ask RiotACT: Buying hay

By 5 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi, I’m getting married in Yarralumla next year and I would like to use hay to achieve a rustic vibe. Does anyone know where to get some? I have only found the green and round bales.
Thanks in advance.

No name, no shame: preventing the destruction of reputations

By 5 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

Last month a domestic violence charge against footballer El Masri was dismissed as was a similar less recent charge against another footballer. However in New South Wales, unlike the ACT, the women who bought the actions were named.
Here in Canberra we have a long and sorry history of publicly destroying reputations by publishing the names [...]

How does our public begging problem compare to that in other cities?

By 5 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

According to the Canberra Times, panhandlers are on the rise in Manuka. I don’t like the prospect of these people hassling retirees my mum’s age. Is it me or is Canberra worse than other cities for public begging? I spend a fair bit of time in Sydney and I have never had a [...]

Crowdfunding effort to fight for safety improvements to the Barton Highway

By 4 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Barton Highway

Help make safety improvements to the Barton Highway an election issue!
The next Federal election is due very soon.  The Barton Highway is now in a marginal seat.We need to print posters, bumper stickers, voting leaflets and other promotional stuff to raise political awareness of the safety issues. I need you to donate $2 (or more) and [...]

Working Canberrans can’t afford to lose penalty rates

By 4 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Retail worker

A cut to penalty rates is a reduction in wages that working Canberrans can’t afford and don’t deserve.
I hope you enjoyed your break over the expanded Easter public holiday. Please spare a thought for the nurses, paramedics, firefighters, engineers, retail and hospitality workers who kept Canberra going.
These working Canberrans spent time away from their loved [...]

Ask RiotACT: Buying new car interstate

By 4 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I am new to buying cars and I have read some articles from RiotACT dating back to 2011 about not buying new cars in Canberra due to:

The overpricing issue compare to Sydney.
The attitudes of the salesman being, I would say not hungry enough for the sales, to try to accommodate a reasonable offer, or – in [...]

Being an innovator (Part 2: Doing)

By 4 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Process. A way of thinking is the core that underpins great innovation, but the active part of that process is just as important. The way any idea travels from conception to realisation is what will make it great, or not so great.
Good innovation is about taking an idea to do more than is being done, [...]

Call for fair reporting on recent bombings

By 4 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Bombings

A couple of friends of mine featured in a Canberra Times article on Tuesday last week, about the bombings in Lahore on Sunday evening. Mohammed Ali is a Pakistani ex-pat who’s lived here for years and runs Forum Australia which is an interfaith discussion forum for all manner of issues and Diana Abdel-Rahman is an [...]

Ask RiotACT: Feijoas in Canberra?

By 3 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

For those of you who know what this delicious and tangy yet sweet fruit is all about, do you know if they’re easy to come by in Canberra?
If anyone had the foresight to plant their own trees and now finds they have more than they can eat, I would willingly buy some from you!  … Actually, [...]

Ask RiotACT: Yoga classes specifically for back issues

By 1 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Does anyone know of a yoga or Pilates beginners class in Canberra that specialises in bad back problems, more specifically mild scheuermann’s kyphosis.
I’m worried about getting a teacher that may not be fully qualified and may cause further damage.

The Murrumbidgee River Corridor plan: an open letter

By 30 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
The hall at Greenway. Photo: Stephen Caldicott

This is a letter of grave concern to the long term ecology and quality of the Murrumbidgee River by the proposed changed to development and building codes within the Murrumbidgee River corridor along Section 46 Greenway, also known as the area west of the Tuggeranong Town Centre.
It is not a protest against sensible planning and [...]

As RiotACT: Ending a periodic tenancy?

By 30 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Does anyone know whether a periodic tenancy has to end exactly on the day of the week/ fortnight/month we normally would pay rent?  I know we have to give at least three weeks notice, but would we have our rent partially refunded or prorated if the date we vacate was in the middle of our [...]

Lake Burley Griffin – What would Menzies do?

By 30 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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One of the pleasures of this city is to sit down by Lake Burley Griffin in the evening to watch the light fade. For someone born on the NSW coast, it is not quite the same as watching the surf roll in – but it is a very calming experience.
The lake is a real gem. [...]

The problem with penalty rates for public holidays and weekends

By 29 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
A barista at work

Some say that if you play your cards right in the United States, there are so many public holidays across the land of the free, religious, patriotic, union etc, that you never need work.
No doubt that would be impossible, but the issue has arisen here in Australia and thus the ACT through the question of [...]

Ask RiotACT: bike parking at the airport?

By 29 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’m going to the airport next week and I am considering about getting there by bike because the bus doesn’t look like it goes too close. So, question: are there bike racks or something at the Canberra airport which would keep a (pretty dodgy) bike safe for two weeks?

Ask RiotACT: Recommendation for Cat Specialist

By 28 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Can anyone recommend a Canberra vet specialising in cats. I have a 15 year old diabetic cat that is on the verge of remission.
The vet practice that I’ve been going to for the last ten+ years has been recently taken over by new management. My cat has been going downhill over the last six months [...]

Corporate tax cuts benefit workers?

By 28 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Years ago, before I went in to politics and indeed before I took any real interest in the subject, I wondered how this theory of making large corporations more profitable would automatically mean better conditions for the workforce which supported it. The so-called “trickle down effect”.
Instinctively, I thought this was nonsense. I reckon I was [...]

Ask RiotACT: Best secondary schools – public and private?

By 24 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi. We are moving to Canberra in a few months and I want to know people’s opinion of the best secondary schools in ACT.  I have two sons – one in year 8 and one in year 9.  Open to all options.

Best of Canberra grocery delivery services

By 23 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Vegies to Your Door

Yesterday, three separate food deliveries arrived at our place. It felt like Christmas (not least because our fridge is now overflowing), but was really all about choosing the Best of Canberra grocery delivery services for RiotACT.
The first box to arrive was a supermarket delivery, the second two big boxes full of fruit and vegetables plus [...]

Responding to the new Dickson supermarket DA

By 23 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It will come as no surprise to regular RiotACT readers that I will be lodging comments on the revised Dickson Development Application: 201426717. I have posted my current draft below to see what others think.
Ultimately of course, the final submission will reflect my views. So I do urge others to make their views known to [...]

New tactics needed as littering on the rise

By 22 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
litter

Clean Up Australia has finished for another year and despite a lack of pre-publicity, 247 tonnes of rubbish was collected by dedicated groups of volunteers throughout Canberra.
One wonders however if the law of diminishing returns has set in, that in spite of the increase of tonnes collected across Australia (16,657 in 2016 to date compared [...]

Our ‘unrepresentative swill’ of a Senate

By 21 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Senate chamber

Normally these days I have only a passing interest in federal politics because in the main it has been pretty boring due to its repetition. Labor got rid of Gillard in favour of Rudd to ameliorate the impending electoral disaster. The Libs tossed Abbott in favour of Turnbull to ameliorate the impending electoral disaster.
Plus ca [...]

WANTED: 18-30 year olds in the ACT for paid & confidential interviews/focus groups

By 18 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Are you aged 18-30 and live in the ACT? Do you gamble or know another young person that does? If so, we want to hear from you!
The Youth Coalition of the ACT is currently looking for participants for interviews and focus groups for their Young People and Gambling Project. The project’s aim is to develop [...]

Ask RiotACT: Knock-down rebuild options

By 17 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi all.
We have just purchased a block of land in North Canberra and are planning to do a knock-down rebuild. We are currently researching local builders and finding that there are often as many positive as negative reviews about each company.
We would really appreciate any feedback from others who have been through this process recently [...]

Did you know that Skyfire clashes with Earth Hour?

By 17 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Did you know that Skyfire happens on the Earth Hour weekend? Not only that, but at exactly the same time? So are we all going to be at the waterfront with our fondues, watching the fireworks?

Best of Canberra callout – grocery delivery services

By 16 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Fruit and vegetables

What to review for Best of Canberra when you’re stuck at home on crutches and not allowed to drive? There could be no better time for me to look at grocery delivery services in the capital, surely.
I feel a bit torn about getting my groceries delivered. I miss the interaction with the staff at the [...]

Best of Canberra – Tennis clubs

By 16 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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For this week’s Best Of, I dug out an ancient tennis racquet and took to the local tennis clubs of Canberra.
Late January saw the Forrest Tennis Club celebrate its 90-year anniversary. Steeped in history, it was Canberra’s first tennis club and boasts six synthetic grass tennis courts. In the leafy suburb of Forrest it is [...]

The bush capital needs more trees – not less

By 16 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The first impression of Canberra from the north is of trees. They line the highway into the city and as you drive through the inner north suburbs, the urban forest is ever present. This remains the historic perception of the nation’s capital city.
Yet in recent times the agencies involved in the city’s development, particularly in [...]

Dash cams forcing accountability on roads

By 15 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The new piece of ‘must have’ technology these days isn’t the latest iPhone or perhaps a remote control helicopter drone (though they are pretty cool), but rather a dash cam. Dash cams are basically exactly what they say, a camera for your car dashboard. The idea is that it records the road and other vehicles around you [...]

Euthanasia law an anomaly but issue is a national one

By 15 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
euthanasia

Even before self-government Canberra was known as Australia’s ‘social laboratory’, the place in which our then Federal rulers could experiment with various new ideas.
Nothing since has changed. Under Assembly control the mouse still roars although it is now known as ‘progressive’ legislation.
Nevertheless a few anomalies remain, including a euthanasia law which under what is [...]

Ask RiotACT: ACT Parking Officer parked in loading zone

By 14 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

This parking inspector parked his car in a loading zone today in Forrest, while he gave out tickets to cars around the corner. I know emergency vehicles are allowed to park safely where they need to to carry out their duties… but this struck me as a bit of a stretch.
The ACT and Australian Road [...]

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