Opinion (1012 Stories)

Umbagong Stones. Stay or go? [With poll]

By 28 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Territory and Municipal Services are looking for public feedback on the stepping stones over Ginninderra Creek:
“The stepping stones have provided local residents with a means to cross Ginninderra Creek since 1993 when Umbagong District Park opened,” Mr Gill said. “A footbridge is also available further up the river near a playground and barbeque area for [...]

Best computer prices and service in Canberra?

By 28 November 2012

What does the hive think about the best shops to buy PC bits and pieces in Canberra?
I know best prices can be found on the web but I want to talk to someone about my purchases.
I’ve had a bit of hit and miss at JBs.
Any views on Officeworks ?

I’ve come to clean the pool!

By 27 November 2012

Bad jokes aside can anyone recommend a good pool repair/maintenance company to do some pool repairs in Canberra?
I have been going to a major franchise/chain store for my regular water checks and chemicals but recently when my pool had issues and needed to be looked at I found them less than satisfactory. 
Bad communication, bad service [...]

Recommendations – personal trainer for postural issues in Canberra?

By 27 November 2012

My question for you fine people is: Can anyone recommend a good personal trainer who deals with issues caused by incorrect posture? Someone who works in the inner north or inner south/Woden would be ideal.
As a bit of background: I’ve had persistent neck/upper back pain for many years and have done the rounds of osteos, [...]

Australia and Europe in conversation – number 10

By 26 November 2012

50 years ago, in March 1962, Sir Edwin McCarthy took up his position as the first Australian Ambassador to the EU. Since then EU-Australia relations have had their ups and downs but today the relationship is broader, deeper and stronger than ever – but many challenges lie ahead.
Every month this year, two or three Ambassadors [...]

Bees dropping from the trees…?

By 26 November 2012

The last two days I have been finding a huge amount of bees dying on my back path. They seem to be feeding on a banksia, which has not been sprayed in any way. It is in proximity to a quince tree which I do spray with Rogor, but that has never caused this problem [...]

Weeds invade public space

By 26 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

The yellow flowered plants which have taken over the Glenlock Interchange former horse paddocks and also some of our roadsides are not lovely seasonable wildflowers but the declared pest plant StJohns Wort.
This weed has a ‘must be controlled’ and ‘protect priority sites’ status in the ACT yet ACT Government has allowed it to florish [...]

No sunscreen, please, we’re Canberran.

By 26 November 2012

My wife was telling me that our prospective pre-school won’t apply sunscreen on children.  The reason is that if they did, they would be required to wash their hands after each child (so it’s not about allergies).  I didn’t find out why they have to wash their hands after each child,  kid cooties being the [...]

Scullin Spy tower?

By 26 November 2012

I forgot to take a picture of it – but I was just wondering what the massive pole on the corner of Chewings St and Southern Cross Drive is all about.
It is very intrusive as it overlooks most of Scullin and Florey.

Danger on the Barton Highway

By 26 November 2012

Place: Barton Highway/Clarrie Hermes Drive traffic lights – heading south.
Time: Anytime from 7:45 to around 8:45 weekdays.
Lights go green.
Three lanes of traffic take off.
Three lanes become two.
Place: Barton Highway/Curran Drive intersection – turning south.
Time: Anytime from 7:45 to around 8:45 weekdays (and around 15 seconds from the above).
Cars turn left into the merge lane and [...]

Inner South Canberra Community Council AGM Tues 27 Nov

By 26 November 2012

7 PM 27 NOVEMBER 2011
1. Welcome – Gary Kent, Chairperson
2. Apologies
3. Guest Speakers
(a) 7 pm “Our changing suburbs – what, when and how and why don’t I know about it?” Craig Simmons Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate ACT Government
(b) 7.30 pm “A proposal to re-zone the majority of [...]

Name Canberra Airport?

By 25 November 2012

Seems like a good idea.
Better then Snowtown or some lame pollie. have a petition.

Improbable Fiction at Theatre 3. A review

By 24 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Last night GoosePig and I fronted up to Theatre 3 to see the opening night of Canberra Rep’s latest outing, Alan Ayckbourn’s Improbable Fiction.
The theatre was filled to capacity, the set was jaw-droppingly good, and then the bad news.
One of the lead characters, Brevis, had been replaced at short notice for health reasons.
An already tricky [...]

What sport is this on Molonglo Reach?

By 24 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

MC has sent these in:
I was cycling around Lake Burley Griffin and saw this at Molonglo Reach.
I’d love to know what the sport is?
My best guess – stand-up paddle boarding polo?!
Whatever it may be, it seems the local cormorants are practicing their goalkeeping skills.

Blow up the humanities? A British perspective on university futures

By 23 November 2012

In Blow Up The Humanities, Professor Toby Miller has provocatively outlined an argument for a new model of humanities teaching and scholarship that will address the social, cultural and economic crises it faces. In England, the newly formed Council for the Defence of British Universities argues the university system is being deliberately designed to subordinate everything [...]

GP with Veterans Affairs Experience

By 23 November 2012

Hi – I am looking for a GP in the south-side /Tuggeranong area with experience in dealing with Veterans Affairs. 
My first GP had no experience and I had significant difficulties in getting my claims processed. 
I now need to make another claim and don’t want a repeat of my earlier problem.

Behold the giant dandelion. What is it?

By 22 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

BeeJay76 has sent this in:
Came across this heroic specimen on Gubur Dhaura in Franklin. Is it a different species, or is it the magical earth on the hill?
Your thoughts hive mind?

Have you seen Des? Lost dog

By 21 November 2012

Cslwn has sent this in:
My cousin’s dog has been missing since Monday the 19th midday. He is a small, male brindle with a white chest and black collar.He answers to the name Des.
It is very likely that he has been picked up yet has not been returned to the RSPCA or pound.
My cousin, my [...]

Dog Groomer Canberra Inner-South?

By 21 November 2012

Can anyone recommend a good and friendly/dog loving groomer in Canberra’s inner south? Mobile is preferable but not necessary.  The main thing is that the groomer likes dogs and treats them well.  My pooch is a cavoodle.

The Survivalist Terrier of Monaro Highway

By 21 November 2012

Anyone lose a dog (I think it’s a terrier, maybe a yorkie) out along the Monaro Highway near Southcare Helicopter?  
I first noticed the dog near the RFS Open Day a couple of weeks ago.  Riding home along the highway, I saw it again on Monday in roughly the same area on the median strip. [...]

Hercules overflight Friday

By 20 November 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Defence are giving notice that the RAAF’s retiring C-130H Hercules will be flying down Anzac Parade on Friday as part of their last hurrah:
One C-130H will conduct a flypast of Canberra at 3.20pm, approaching Mt Ainslie from the North/North East before overflying the Australian War Memorial and Anzac Parade at 175 metres altitude.
It will then [...]

Is the Human Rights Commission game worth the candle? [With poll]

By 20 November 2012

The Australian is taking a red hot shot at the ACT Human Rights Commission. (Google the headline and click through to get around the paywall).
The author doesn’t understand the funding arrangements of the ACT Government which somewhat undermines the other claims but it remains an intriguing read and has some telling statistics:
The ACT has [...]

Is magpie swooping season over for another year?

By 20 November 2012

Is it safe for me to get back on the bike?
Specifically in the Inner South.

Save the Sarawak Rivers. Canberra information night

By 19 November 2012

[ 26 November 2012 at 7:00 pm; ]

This just in:

The Malaysian state of Sarawak is about to be transformed by a major programme of dam construction which will displace tens of thousands of people and destroy hundreds of square kilometres of forests and farmlands.

Come and hear directly from Sarawak campaigners about the grim situation they face and the Australian company, Hydro [...]

Centre of Gravity Series launch and public lecture

By 19 November 2012

[ 21 November 2012 at 5:30 pm; ] On November 21, The Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) will launch its new policy paper series: The Centre of Gravity (COG) Series. The Series will launch with a public lecture by Rory Medcalf, of the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Rory is author of the first paper in the Series, Pivoting the Map of Asia: An Indo-Pacific [...]

Neighbours pool leaking in Canberra?

By 19 November 2012

Neighbours pool seems to be leaking. Can we force something to be done about it they won’t do anything?

Rule of Law, Democracy, and the Ombudsman

By 19 November 2012

[ 22 November 2012 at 4:00 pm; ] The origins and development of the ombudsman institution are outlined and the significance of the ombudsman is addressed from the perspective of two parameters, democracy and rule of law, that form and shape both the context in which the institution  functions and its ability to serve citizens effectively. The contribution of the ombudsman institution to [...]

Event drinks policy at Canberra Stadium?

By 15 November 2012

Last night at Canberra Stadium the plastic lid from my water bottle was taken by security prior to entry. Why I asked?
”Don’t know” was the reply.
Joked about the dangers of plastic lids, then was mightily irked to discover that water and softdrink was being sold inside the Stadium with their [...]

Bede Tongs – Kokoda & Oaks Estate Veteran – Thankyou!

By 15 November 2012

The Canberra Times has an article that touches lightly on the life of Bede Tongs. 
The OEPA, on behalf of the residents of Oaks Estate, would like to recognise Bede for his significant contribution and support given to Oaks Estate.
Bede is a committed long time resident of the Oaks Estate community, returning in the immediate post war period where he [...]

Should ambos pay for someone else’s cockup? [With Poll]

By 15 November 2012

The ABC reports that overpaid ambulance officers are being asked to hand the money back, despite the overpayment not being their fault.
The Transport Workers Union (TWU) says 80 per cent of frontline ambulance officers have received letters saying they have been significantly overpaid because of errors in personal leave records.
The errors were revealed in [...]

Looking for a Rheumatologist for Fibromyalgia in Canberra?

By 15 November 2012

Hello Mind Hive.
Does anyone know of a rheumatologist in Canberra that deals with Fibromyalgia patients?
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Hillier Family Fundraiser

By 15 November 2012

This has come in for your consideration:
Concerned friends of the Hillier family are organising a fundraiser…
John and Linda have two delightful boys who, despite their disabilities (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Autism and Diabetes), enrich the lives of their parents and all of us who know them.
We thank you in anticipation of your support and hope [...]

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