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Best Canberra city hike for a ladies’ picnic

By 14 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m planning a little afternoon picnic for my best friend’s hens (more of a ladies lunch than wild booze and penis straws) in October.
Keen to do an easy hike with great views of Canberra but it must have road access so that we can hopefully utilise My Sweet Alice and have car access in-case [...]

Canberra tales: Keep the home fires burning

By 12 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It was not that long ago that winter in Canberra meant that the air was filled with smoke.
These grey blankets across the capital were in part made up of the smoke from the very popular wood-fired heaters used within many Canberra homes. Other additions to the annual smoking events were backyard fires lit to burn [...]

Parking fines at hospitals – if only all visitors had someone like Laura

By 11 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Hearts were warmed around the world on Monday when a post from popular Facebook page Canberra Mums went viral. A mum had been in hospital with her nine-week-old baby and after being discharged she found a parking fine on her car.
She opened the envelope to find a note from ‘Laura’ who had paid the fine [...]

Vicki Dunne must resign

By 11 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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As the theme of abusing political privilege continues to permeate from side to side and state to state, let us focus the lens on the ACT.
With the departure of Australia’s fair-minded, unprejudiced, and graceful Speaker of the House, Bronwyn Bishop, Australian politicians of all stripes are holding hands, bunkering down, and bracing for a long [...]

Best of Canberra – Hole-in-the-wall cafe

By 11 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s a pretty well known fact that Canberra has more than its fair share of cafes. Everyday I join the rest of Canberra’s coffee lovers (and let’s face it, that’s most people) in the line at my local cafe to grab a takeaway caffeine fix before work or at morning tea, or sometimes even both.
This [...]

Inadequate disclosure of Canberra Centre parking credit card processing fee

By 11 August 2015
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With the introduction of the new parking machines and gates the Canberra Centre has also snuck in another change – a processing fee for using a credit card to pay for parking.
I found this out after I saw a medium sized sign in the carpark foyer saying something like “you can now pay at the [...]

Feedback on Mawson Primary?

By 10 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We are moving to Canberra and trying to decide on a primary school for our son. I know about the in/out of area info for enrolment. I really like the idea of the bilingual program at Mawson Primary. Does anyone have any comments about the school? Other schools we’re considering are Farrer or Torrens.
Thanks!

Best of Canberra taste off – Schnitzel

By 10 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
The Tradies upside-down love heart shaped chicken schnitzel.

Last week I put the call out to find Canberra’s best schnitzel, or schnitty, as it’s often called.
Nominations came in for Schnitzel Haus, the RUC in Barton, Capital Golf Club and Zierholz, but the two most popular candidates were the Dickson Tradies and the Austrian Club. So I took to the streets to taste off one [...]

Residents write to planning minister about the Dickson Parklands

By 10 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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As reported earlier, the Dickson Parklands (Section 72 Dickson) has been identified as critical to ensuring that Canberra’s growing inner north population can access arts, recreation, cultural and other community facilities.
To assist this process, residents groups from the inner north Canberra have written to the ACT Planning Minister, Mick Gentleman, requesting a public meeting about [...]

Canberra, why so wasteful?

By 10 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT has been ahead of the curve when it comes to municipal waste management for almost two decades now. It was the first government in the world to set a zero waste goal all the way back in 1996.
The no waste by 2010 goal may not have been achieved, but we successfully lifted our [...]

No wonder the public thinks pollies are crooks

By 10 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Last week I wrote about the Brongate saga from the Apple Isle. Well, I’m still here enjoying the fantastic scenery, pleasant people, fabulous eating establishments and the weather!
The snow hit in the middle of the week and to get to our destination, we had to drive through a blizzard with snow coming horizontally at us. [...]

Bought a used car and shocked by bills

By 9 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I bought a used car from a dealer in Fyshwick. Since I am still resolving my complaint with them I will not mention the name for now.
My purchase was based on the information that nothing I needed to know other than the paint problems and that is the reason they offered my price.
However my regular [...]

Evolution of Crace from bushland to suburb (and the devolution of the Garden city).

By 7 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Canberra Times has this week published photos tracing the evolution of Crace from bushland to suburb. 
The gutters are nearly touching! Didn’t anyone who built out there want a garden?
Can the people living in Crace open a window without hearing what the neighbours are watching on TV? Can they hear each other when they flush a [...]

New Indian street food on Mort Street?

By 7 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Was walking down Mort Street the other week and noticed a new Indian Street food store was opening where the ACT Chook Shed was. Was hoping someone could tell me the name of it and if it has opened yet?

Wanted: Quality replacements for the Currong Apartments

By 7 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There’s no doubt that the ACT Government has put an emphasis on communications and marketing when it comes to particular urban developments. This is very evident in the number of media statements in circulation.
There’s one media statement currently circulating about the pending demolition of the Currong Apartments in Braddon on the edge of Civic. To [...]

Providing number plate for paid parking – is it compulsory?

By 6 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Just wondering if you can legally be fined for inputting an incorrect number plate when paying for parking.
The Wilson long-stay carpark behind the Civic police station makes you enter your number plate when you purchase a ticket. I presume this is to stop people handing their ticket to someone else when they happen to [...]

You want me to work Sunday? Then pay what’s fair!

By 5 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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So this debate has reared up again. Penalty rates.
Depending on which side of the argument you might be – I believe something needs to be done, and soon.
The rates (some upwards of $50 per hour) are quite simply unsustainable in the long term if we need a strong and growing small business sector.
However, this new push [...]

Calling Canberra’s dodgy fiddle players!

By 5 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m new to Canberra and play fiddle (but not very well). I’m keen to meet up with other not-very-good fiddle players so we can enjoy playing together, without worrying about being a bit rubbish. Anyone interested?!
I figure we can meet in someone’s home, or cheaply rent a church space or something, once a month to share [...]

Canberra tales: NGA steps to nowhere

By 5 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) opened its new wing in 2010 and amongst several key improvements was the realignment of the main front entrance. This new southern entrance makes sense and is totally logical. It has not always been so.
The former entrance was via a ramp that was a bit of puzzle to the [...]

Rhinoplasty surgeon recommendation Canberra

By 4 August 2015
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Hi all,
I’m looking for recommendations for the best/most experienced rhinoplasty surgeon in Canberra? Thanks!

30km speed limit in school zones?

By 4 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Government would like community views to be expressed on reducing the speed limit around schools to 30kmph – but there has been nothing posted on the ‘Time to Talk’ website yet, so let’s start the community discussion here.
I think 40kph is slow enough – I do not want the speed limit to be dropped to 30kph [...]

Should we digitally name and shame Canberra’s bad drivers?

By 4 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I love social media sites, especially those community notice boards. Occasionally they throw up little gems like these:
“And the employee of the week goes to…. the wing nut from xxx Company driving a white Territory xxx number plate  through Murrumbateman this morning. Your skill in driving that motorcyclist off the road at the end of the overtaking [...]

Best of Canberra – Schnitzel

By 4 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Going out for a schnitty is about as Aussie as drinking a VB tinny at a John Farnham farewell concert. It’s a very safe bet, at least amongst my friends, that at any time of any day, someone is up for a schnitzel feed.
Everyone has their own schnitzels that they swear by, and this week, [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Hangover food

By 3 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last week I put the call out for Canberra’s best hangover food and the results did not surprise me. 
Apart from the one vote that came in for a steaming bowl of pho from Pho Phu Quoc, for the most part, everyone seems to agree that the best hangover food is something a little bit salty [...]

Bronwyn Bishop and the trough of entitlement

By 3 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Hi there from the Apple Isle. I’m doing a Grumpy Old Grandad’s Terror Tour of Tassie with an old mate of mine.  He’s 75 and I’m a bit younger.
The trip down the Hume Highway was great – easy as!
The trip across the ditch on the boat was another thing altogether. Sick as!
A lay over in [...]

Women’s team sports in Canberra? (For a beginner)

By 1 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all,
I was hoping to find a women’s sports team to train with on weeknights or weekends. I haven’t played any team sports in a while but am keen to try something new while also meeting new people (I recently moved interstate).
I’ve had some trouble tracking down info for women wanting to get into a sport [...]

Roof ventilation advice in Canberra?

By 31 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am just hoping for some advice from other Canberrans who have some experience with installing any of the various types of roof ventilation in their home. Basically what did you pick and why, what was the cost, and was it successful?
We have a small house in a new subdivision that was built in 2012 [...]

Canberra ghost stories wanted!

By 31 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all, I’m looking at writing a new book regarding ghosts and hauntings in the Canberra/ ACT area. As such, I would appreciate any stories anyone has and are happy to tell (and have published, anonymously or otherwise).
At present I have manuscript being edited by Schiffer Books in the US regarding UK ghosts and have [...]

Boo-hoo, Adam

By 30 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There’s plenty in the news cycle this week about AFL star Adam Goodes.
Or should that be indigenous star? Or maybe Australian of the Year, AFL legend and Aboriginal rights campaigner Adam Goodes.
After all, I don’t want to offend. Or even worse, appear racist.
Either way, I’m of the opinion the man is always playing the victim. He’s called [...]

Rooftop solar – recent experiences in Canberra?

By 29 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Thinking of installing solar power to our house. Orientation is ideal, and whilst not looking to make money, I would love to escape the clutches of ACTEW (or whatever they’re called this week).
Would appreciate any feedback re: supply and installation of (say) a 4Kw system, and how it has performed.
The majority of advertisers on Google require [...]

Empathy from bureaucrats a rare thing

By 29 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It was during a recent North Canberra Community Council meeting that I realised I was hearing something very rare. The presenter was talking about fairly matter-of-fact issues to do with changes to local traffic lights and footpaths and it sounded as though she identified with the issues being dealt with.
Then she said it. She commented [...]

Fact checking statements about Dickson Parklands

By 28 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There have been inaccurate media statements and comments online by the bureaucracy and others about the actions of residents to save the Dickson Parklands.
Here are some key points about the debate for the Dickson Parklands

There was a series of well attended workshops in late 2014 on the future of the Parklands. Since then there was [...]

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