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Kaleen High: Perhaps it’s time to close?

By 25 October 2013

For the past 10 years Kaleen High School’s enrolments have been dropping steadily and steeply. If you walk past the play area at lunch now you will see only a couple of dozen kids and in the corridors, I am told, it’s quite sparse during lesson changes. Even the canteen I am also told is [...]

Advice sought to investigate dog bashing in Canberra?

By 24 October 2013

Last week my dog was brutally kicked.  The injuries resulted in the dog having to be euthenased.  The event occured in my backyard.  We are able to get a written document from the vet stating that in her opinion, the dog’s injuries were consistent with being kicked.
I called the police and reported the incident.  They [...]

Employment and Emergency leave in the ACT PS?

By 23 October 2013

I have to be careful what I say here but I am very frustrated right now and want to know if any other RA readers have had a similar experience.
I’m currently an ACTPS employee as well as a volunteer with the Emergency Services Agency, I won’t say which area.  As everyone is aware NSW is [...]

An unexpected death and an unexpectedly good response

By 23 October 2013

Hullo Rioters,
A few months ago one of my mum’s best friends and her husband were visiting from Queensland.  Mum and B had been mates since 1969, a pretty good innings.   B was a few years younger than mum, a very healthy 66.  In the morning her husband woke up, chatted to her, told her [...]

Hairdresser working from home in Carwoola?

By 23 October 2013

About a year ago somebody who had cut my hair a few times at a salon in Queanbeyan, told me she was setting up her own small studio – in her home out at Carwoola. She duly sent me her card some months later, but by that time I’d been suckered in to one of [...]

Tuggeranong land development?

By 23 October 2013

Does anyone have any idea what is going on the land opposite Bunnings at Tuggeranong at all?  
Noticed they have fences up but yet to see any signage as to what is going here.

Welcome to Canberra, home of Australia’s roughest road seals

By 22 October 2013

Looks like now th ACT Goverment’s rock bottom quality, coarse chipseal has come to area’s of Kingston, Red Hill, around Hotel Realm and Yarralumla. So now not only do you get extreeme tyre roar and rumble right as you pass the “Welcome to the ACT” sign, now if you stay in Canberra’s only five star hotel [...]

Peter Incandela. ACT Supreme Court found that he was a fibber

By 22 October 2013

Interesting judgement handed down in the ACT Supreme Court yesterday in the matter of Peter Incandela v Bozo Bobanovic.
Chief Justice Higgins actually did the right thing for a change and found that the Plaintiff in a motor vehicle accident had told many, many lies about how badly he was injured.

The Green and Yellow Bins. Time to swap collections?

By 22 October 2013

The green (landfill) bins are collected every week, and the yellow (recycling) bins once every 2 weeks.
Maybe we are unusual, but as a family of 5 including children in their teenage years, we collect maybe 2 small bags of rubbish per week, leaving our green bin 80% empty each collection day. The recycling bin however [...]

Mozart lecture at Arc Cinema

By 21 October 2013

Lovers of the classical, this may interest you:
Charles Mackerras and His Infinite Gift to Mozart Scholars
24 October 2013, 5:30-6:30pm
Arc cinema, Canberra, ACT
Free, bookings required (02) 6248 2000
What difference does it make if you change the tempo of Mozart? NFSA Scholars and Artists in Residence Fellow, Dr Ian Cook, sought to answer this question when he [...]

Halloween & Trick or Treaters in Canberra

By 21 October 2013

A couple of weeks back we had a very active discussion on our Facebook page about Halloween. One thing this discussion proved is Halloween in Australia is still a vexed event. Some people were for it presenting arguments such as it’s a good way to get out to meet neighbours. Some people were against it [...]

Conservation work at Mt Painter Sunday 3 November

By 21 October 2013

Hi Rioters,
In two weekends time, on Sunday 3 November, Conservation Volunteers and the Friends of Mt Painter will be doing some work at Mt Painter (Cook). FoMP group have a long history of good environmental practice in restoration work in the Mount Painter Reserve, and have been working to restore the biodiversity and the native plant [...]

Have you seen Dominica’s car?

By 21 October 2013

This just in:
My car went missing off Dumas st in McKellar between midnight and 4pm yesterday. It is a 1991 Toyota Camry sedan, blue, some dents, licence plate number YWP-099. If you see it anywhere could you please call me on 62516593 or 0439 429 454. There will be a reward for anyone who has [...]

Governor-General, please dissolve the ACT Government [With Poll]

By 21 October 2013

Quite frankly, I’ve had enough of Katy, Barr, Corbell, and that court jester Rattenbury. They have surely got to be the most irresponsible, dangerous, and seemingly unaccountable excuse for a government within the Australian Federation.
They appear to have largely abandoned any attempt to effectively deliver the core governmental services for which they [...]

Lake Tuggeranong Bike/Walking Path to get cut?

By 19 October 2013

It looks like they are about to close the gate and fence off the Lake Tuggeranong bike/walking path near Reed St South for development.
They have already placed the mesh fences around the area and the bike path passes right through the side of it.
I hope they don’t cut the path and force walkers/cyclists/residents/kids [...]

Santa Paws is coming to town

By 18 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

This is a real thing that real people do.
I did not expect this.
Santa Paws is back!
Bookings are now open so phone us on 6287 8100 and book in your furry friends for
their sitting with Santa and photos courtesy of Petroglyph Photography.
Sunday 10 November. 10:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday 16 November. 10:00am – 3:00pm
RSPCA ACT – 12 Kirkpatrick [...]

Namadgi bike race this Sunday in Namadgi National Park

By 18 October 2013

To whom it may concern, some totally sweet mountain bikes are going to be doing mountain bike related things this weekend.
The ACT Government would like to advise the public that The Namadgi Beast, a mountain bike race through the southern parts of Namadgi National Park, is on this Sunday 20 October 2013 from 8 am [...]

Pedicure recommendations in Canberra?

By 17 October 2013

Hello rioters,
My feet are in a rather dreadful state, I will not overshare the details except to note that the problems are aesthetic rather than infectious.
Can anyone recommend a place for a pedicure with nice staff who are not going to recoil at my dry skin and chipped nails and make me [...]

Rental property carpet and inspections in Canberra?

By 17 October 2013

So we’re living in a rental at the moment and we’ve just got a notice that we’ve failed our inspection and that there’ll be a re-inspection.
This is quite surprising as we’re generally fairly clean. In past inspections, we haven’t made any extra effort at all and things have been fine.
So we suspect that as we [...]

The return of native bees in Canberra? Nope, hoverflys

By 17 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

I was long ago told these little guys are native bees.
But I’ve only ever seen them on their own before.
Now across the Inner North I’m seeing huge numbers of them.

Anyone else noticed this as unusual or have any ideas as to why?
UPDATE: Thanks to Switch for correcting me, they’re hoverflys.

Where to put that stinking bag of rubbish after a weekend at the coast house

By 16 October 2013

I know this is a ‘first world’ question, it is just that I would like to know what other people do with their household rubbish when staying at a holiday home down the coast (in my case, a relatives house). RiotACT responses will be used in an ongoing family debate!
Do people:
a) put the rubbish in [...]

Urthboy to launch NFSA Theatrette

By 16 October 2013

[ 25 October 2013 at 7:30 pm; ] Award winning Sydney based hip-hop artist Urthboy has been invited to launch the National Film and Sound Archive’s new theatrette.

Urthboy will be providing a talk, a presentation and a small performance about his approach to music

Urthboy, one of Australia’s most eminent hip-hop artists, will make a very special appearance at the National Film and Sound [...]

Brian the ANU bus driver gets appreciated

By 16 October 2013

Here’s a cute story on the ANU site.
I imagine some of you dear Rioters may have been given a lift by Brian at some point in your life.
Well if you ever felt the need to let him know you appreciated it, now’s the time.
It started out as a “temporary job” that was supposed to last [...]

It’s all your fault! The ultimate cyclist troll?

By 16 October 2013

On Ride2Work day it’s probably worth having a chat about a proposal from Pedal Power, who would like the national road rules changed to:
“place the responsibility for a crash involving a bicycle and another vehicle on the driver of the other vehicle, unless the driver can prove that the person on the bicycle was clearly [...]

Library opening hours being cut down

By 16 October 2013

Some sad news for library fans.
New library opening hours will commence from Monday 2 December 2013, Director, Libraries ACT, Vanessa Little, announced today.
“We’ve had a look at usage patterns across our nine ACT public library branches, as well as the growing use of Libraries ACT’s online resources. The new opening hours will take into [...]

Anti-vaccination nutjob being promoted by The Hierophant

By 16 October 2013

I don’t mind too much the Hierophant herbalist above the Griffith Shops  charging high prices for plastic dragon and dolphin figurines,  and if many of their clients are people whose “spiritual” schtick is to buy blown glass “cosmic” objects made in sweatshops by Chinese workers, I guess whether that’s ultimately harmful is for economics experts. [...]

Ask RiotACT: A letter about a dead pigeon

By 15 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

We just received a letter that is equal parts polite and intriguing (I’ve never noticed this either), so what’s the answer Rioters?
Good afternoon RiotACT,
I was having coffee with two of my beautifully wonderful and lovely female colleagues (sorry – they read this and I need the brownie points) when we noticed a dead concrete pigeon [...]

Po is missing from Fisher

By 15 October 2013

This just in:
Hi I am wondering if I could post something about a missing dog on your website……
MISSING FROM ARDLETHAN STREET, FISHER
A beautiful little male Tibetan Spaniel, Tan in colour, very cute got out on Sunday night, and we have been unable to find him anywhere.
He is a little timid around males, answers to Popo [...]

Teen-Friendly Beautician?

By 14 October 2013

Hello Hive Mind,
I need the services of a friendly beautician for Ms Downer, preferably on the northside.
With any natural beauty now gently eroding into magnificent ruin, I rarely call upon members of this profession.  
Any recommendations?

Tomato time in Canberra?

By 12 October 2013

Down at Magnet Mart today there were dozens of people loading up trolleys with tomato seedlings and bushes. They were also the hottest item going from the plant guy at the markets.  Honestly, I must have seen at least 100 plants being carried out of those locations.
To my way of thinking it’s still a bit [...]

So when is a social media sackable offence not a sackable offence??

By 12 October 2013

Well, when the offender is a former politician.
A relatively junior public servant, Michaela Banerji, was sacked from the APS for expressing negative views about current policy on asylum seekers, yet public servant Jon Stanhope appears to be allowed complete freedom to express similar views (the journalist disguised the comments as referring to “ALP” policy, [...]

Guided bird watching tour in Namadgi

By 11 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 13 October 2013 at 8:00 am; ]

TAMS are offering the chance to go bird watching with an expert:

“Namadgi National Park is often described as a bird paradise or bird haven and, on Sunday13 October 2013, there is an opportunity to join a ranger for a morning of bird watching,” said Brett McNamara, Manager of Regional Operations, National Parks and Catchments.

“Namadgi [...]

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