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Sex offender rehabilitation program, refund?

By 19 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Today the ACT courts added a couple extra years to the Belconnen Library serial child sex offender sentence. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/belconnen-library-child-molester-to-serve-extra-three-years-jail-20140818-105d87.html
It was his sixth conviction for offences against children.
At what point do we say enough is enough, this obviously isn’t working?
Who is delivering this service and who’s responsible for ensuring offenders are allowed to reenter the community without further harming our [...]

IKEA in the ACT? It’s not all good news

By 19 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Whip out your Allen keys; IKEA is coming to the Capital.
Whilst a vast majority of Canberrans are rejoicing at the prospect of purchasing trendy and affordable furniture without having to take a day trip to Sydney and lug it all back down the Federal Highway, others are considering the downfalls of the Swedish flatpack furniture [...]

Beryl Women Inc. – Call for History Project Participants

By 19 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Beryl Women Inc. (formerly Beryl Women’s Refuge) will be celebrating its 40th birthday next year (yes – we’ve been operating in Canberra since 1975!), and is keen to have the history recorded in a book.  We are particularly interested in telling our history through the experience of women who have been involved with the organisation as Clients, [...]

If you build it, they will come…

By 19 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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ACT Sports Minister Shane Rattenbury refuses to recognize his Field of Dreams moment even though it’s staring him in the face.
He’s missing a real opportunity by not getting behind the push to build a new ice rink which would provide more time and opportunity for Canberrans who follow – or would like to if facilities [...]

Analysing the New ACTION Network – Part 1

By 18 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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So ACTION has released its long awaited Network 14. They are promising more buses that are more direct. This is being achieved by culling late night services with low patronage. This is the first ever network that has been designed using data from MyWay – an electronic ticketing system that tracks where you get on [...]

August 2014 Belconnen Community Council Public Forum: Omnibus Territory Plan / Belconnen Town Centre Survey results

By 18 August 2014
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[ 19 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; ]

The August 2014 Public Forum for the Belconnen Community Council will be held at:

7.30pm, Tuesday 19 August 2014 in the
Community Room above the Belconnen Library
Chandler Street, Belconnen

Representatives from the Community Services Directorate and the Economic Development Directorate will discuss the Omnibus Territory Plan Variation sites, especially those in Belconnen at Kaleen (former bocce club) and [...]

Disability Carers – A Plight

By 18 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I wanted to start a conversation about a subject which came to my attention the other night and see what other rioters thought.
A guy I know was a professional graphic designer but had to give up his job to care full time for his disabled father. He survived on the carers’ allowance. His [...]

Riot Weekly Top 5 (17th August 2014)

By 17 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The week starting 9th August saw popular themes of food, politics and drug busts topping the popular posts chart along with a call for advice.
The best read post of the week was ‘Police locate illicit drug lab in Hume’
This week’s most popular post was courtesy of ACT Policing. They held up traffic southbound on the [...]

Gas bill problem

By 16 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hey all, long time reader but first time poster looking for advice!
Today, I received a gas bill for the amount of $4000.00! It was quite a shock because since I moved into the property, I haven’t received a single gas bill. I moved into the property around 3 years ago and when I moved in, [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Little Oink, Cook Shops

By 16 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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For the next stop on my tour of suburban cafes I decided to head north and check out Little Oink, a new addition to the Cook Shops.
Little Oink opened in April this year and has become a quick favourite for locals. Considering how kid friendly this place is I can see why it’s also become [...]

Canberra cabbage cravings

By 15 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Do you have a history with cabbage? Thankfully, I don’t have any of the horrid soggy cabbage memories so many people have from childhood. I know cabbage as a versatile, tasty and nutritious vegetable that is at its prime this time of year. The trick seems to be not to boil it. There are five [...]

Looking for Underwater Metal Detector

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hello, does anyone know if there is a place in Canberra region that has underwater metal detectors available to hire, specifically for personal usage?
I haven’t had much luck using google search.
Any information would be greatly appreciated!

The Serious Side of Dating

By 15 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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While talking about dating can either tickle the funny bone or hit a raw nerve on some, when it comes to taking your pursuits online keeping yourself protected is a serious business!
According to the ACCC, in 2013 more than $25 million was lost to online romance scams – in Australia! While you’d think in this [...]

Do poor Canberrans drive cars?

By 14 August 2014

Two questions about Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey’s recent comment -
“the poor don’t have cars or actually drive very far”
1. How does the Treasurer know how far poor people drive, if they are lucky enough to have a car?
2. Can anyone from the ACT Liberals explain what Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey was trying to say or [...]

Help looking for a designer to change the front of our house

By 14 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know any good designers or builders that could transform and refresh the front of our house in Theodore to a contemporary look.

Canberra – Democracy Denied

By 14 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Democracy is certainly not perfect, and the ACT is no exception.
In 2016 the ACT Legislative Assembly will increase its members from 17 to 25; there is some merit to this proposition. For its population, the ACT currently has the lowest level of democratic representation in Australia (both at the federal and territory levels). An increase [...]

More injury prevention: Protect your hands!

By 14 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Moving on from my last post on injuries, today I wanted to talk about the importance of wrapping your hands correctly, for punching the mitts for fitness or obviously actual boxing. In my early days in the sport I never really paid too much attention to looking after my hands. They didn’t hurt so I [...]

Will Birdman Rally fly home for Summer?

By 14 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It was just the other day I was chatting to an old friend, over beer of course, reminiscing of the fun events we used to have in Canberra. The V8 Supercars was the first to stir up passion before the conversation flew towards the hilariously entertaining Birdman Rally.
It didn’t take long before we were YouTube-ing [...]

Cat Kennel / Cat Sitter – Medium Term

By 13 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am on a humanitarian responder roster and I have been asked to prepare to deploy to Gaza/Iraq/Syria/Afghanistan (actual posting tbc). First step is to find a safe, stress-free environment for my two cats. The postings normally last three months so I am looking for options:- kennel, house sitter, shelter. Has anyone got any suggestions? [...]

How to maintain sensitivity to heritage in old buildings

By 13 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra is now reaching an age where, in the older parts of town at least, decorating our shops and drawing attention to promotions requires an extra sensitivity to heritage values.
The good news is that for the most part, we’re taking care of our old buildings and although there have been some interesting architectural clashes, the [...]

Crack open a cold one…

By 13 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I promise you all that I really was going to attempt my first Parkrun last Saturday morning (it’s a free, timed 5km run, held every Saturday at a park near you, I’ll tell you more once I’ve done one). I had it planned all week. Then I aggravated a recurring knee injury while showing off [...]

Power Corrupts Absolutely

By 13 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Did anyone notice the oceans of salivation over Eddie Obeid’s, Joe Tripodi’s and Ian MacDonald’s discomfort when sprung by the NSW ICAC? All those Labor haters thought the wrath of God had finally arrived on those scumbags.
I need to say that I love Labor desperately. The Party has been good to me and [...]

Split system air conditioning woes

By 12 August 2014

This post is more of a courtesy to other people so that they can avoid what we are going through. My husband and I moved to Canberra late last year. Knowing the winter would be cold (duh!) we had a split system air conditioning system installed in January. We paid more – thinking heating was [...]

Best of Canberra: Chicken Parma

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I will never forget the day my English husband sampled his first chicken parma. After a long day of beer drinking with friends in Melbourne (whilst on a holiday out from England) someone suggested we ‘go for a parma’. Intrigued and slightly scared, hubbie found himself faced with a schnitzel the size of [...]

Free speech? Free-ish maybe…

By 12 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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A very long time ago when I was starting out in radio one of the old hands told me sadly that even though we had access to a moderately powerful transmitter, there were many important things that needed be said but could never be heard on the home receiver because “they” wouldn’t allow it.
Whether that [...]

Booklet: Tales of Canberra Boy

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I came across the below online booklet by Dave Wheeler recently where he describes his life growing up in Canberra over the past 40+ years. It’s a nice if somewhat quirky read, for those of you who’ve lived in Canberra in the 70′s and 80′s you’ll find the locations events he mentions a fascinating trip [...]

School Principal’s Budget Autonomy Trial

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know when the report into School Principal’s Budget Autonomy Trial will be released? The trial was significantly scaled back after 18 months in July last year which raised a more than a few eyebrows. I for one am curious to know if the principal’s came in on budget? Did they appropriate the money [...]

It’s time to let go of the Starlight

By 12 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Long-time residents of Canberra will remember the old Starlight drive-in cinema that used to be at Watson, near the end of the Federal Highway, with its bright neon sign proudly glowing for all who entered Canberra to see. Brand new residents of Canberra will have no idea what I’m talking about. The younger generation probably [...]

Whats the Trick for Getting Tradies to Turn Up in Canberra ????

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Well, I’m not sure about the need for “infrastructure stimulus” projects in Canberra.   If there is, I hope those projects wont be relying on local tradies to do some of that work.
I have heard numerous similar stories to this, but now I have experienced myself :
For a few weeks now, I’ve been looking for an [...]

Small job concreting job

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m looking to employ someone to do small a job concreting at my home. I thought I would reach out to the RiotACT audience to see if anyone has a recommendation? Also are there any companies I should avoid? Thanks in advance.

Restaurant bookings

By 11 August 2014
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I went to one of my favourite places on Sunday morning for breakfast – Ricardo’s at Jamison. I haven’t been there for several months now so I was somewhat surprised when I turned up at 10am to find a lady out the front taking names. Apparently Ricardo’s now take bookings. The lady was very friendly, [...]

Recommendations for handy man/woman

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m looking for a handyman/woman who would assist me with making our garden sustainable and accessible for our three sons with disability. I’m learning the principles of permaculture and our garden has zones. Our house came with an old chook shed that we would like to clean out and reuse and also make a run [...]

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