Opinion (951 Stories)

Coffee shops and community life in Harrison/Gungahlin?

By 22 October 2012

My husband and I are returning to Canberra after three years away and we’ll be renting in Harrison. I’ve never lived in Gungahlin before and I’m sort of familiar with the town centre but not the rest of the area.
I can’t see any Harrison shops on Google Earth but maybe it’s an old picture. Does [...]

Good Weed – Bad Weed? How to identify 27th October – Oaks Estate Community Hall

By 22 October 2012

Weed identification workshop Sat 27th October 9.30-11.30am
Oaks Estate Progress Association, is pleased to support the Molongolo Catchment Group in their ongoing work along the Molongolo River.
For those who want to help with landcare/rivercare in our area, the Molongolo Catchment Group will conduct a Weed Identification Workshop, 9.30-11.30am Saturday October 27th,
Location is at the Oaks Estate  Community Hall, [...]

A new pet dog in Canberra?

By 21 October 2012

We have recently lost our much loved dog and decided that life is unbearable without a pet.  
My wife has decided we must get a miniature poodle.  
Does anyone know of a local source – breeder or rescue?

Kianga complex in Harrison?

By 21 October 2012

Hi guys,
Just relocated from Sydney, first home buyer looking to settle in Canberra.
Wondering if anyone knows much about the Kianga complex of townhouses in Harrison?
Particularly how well they built, any design flaws, or if I should avoid?

Employment scam in Canberra?

By 21 October 2012

In the past week I have received two different unsolicited offers of employment via email that both look a little too generic to be true. They were sent to two separate email addresses, both of which I have used in the past to seek work. Neither email address has ever been “in the public” such [...]

Book launch: Canberra by Paul Daley

By 21 October 2012

Paul Daley will be in conversation with Chris Hammer on Daley’s new book, Canberra, part of the critically acclaimed City Series.
“Canberra is a city of orphans. People arrive temporarily for work, but stay on because they discover unanticipated promise and opportunity in a city that the rest of the country loathes but can’t really do without,” says [...]

The Holocaust as a unique event in history

By 20 October 2012

The Holocaust is a water shed event in the history of the 20th century for both Jews and non-Jews. It forces us as human beings to look at ourselves and ask the eternal question: how was this humanly possible? The universal dimensions of this particular story can and do speak to us all. This presentation [...]

Drinking Hole with Election Coverage

By 20 October 2012

So with the ACT going to the polls tomorrow, and me somehow managing to take an interest in the whole thing, I’m wondering if anyone knows of a venue that will be showing the election coverage and pouring beer?
If I can find a place and get some friends interested it might be a fun evening.

Phillip Green needs to improve the admin at ACT polling places?

By 19 October 2012

I voted at Pilgrim House and found the arrangements a bit slack. The polling box was soft green canvas, and when I went to “drop” mine in, it was so full, and the zip closer so soft and wide, that I could easily have reach in and fished out a handful of votes, with the [...]

New name for Stromlo Crit Track?

By 19 October 2012

The criterium cycling circuit at Stromlo was named the Stephen Hodge Criterium Cycling circuit when it was opened in 2006.
Stephen Hodge has just admitted to doping during his career as a pro cyclist and has since resigned from his current position as vice-president of Cycling Australia.
So I think we need a new name for the [...]

What’s happening with the Albermarle building in Woden?

By 18 October 2012

Does anyone know what’s going on with the Albermarle Building in Woden? 
The ground floor is all boarded up.  It looks abandoned. 
Juliana House in Bowes St, Woden is also deserted.

CHILDREN! not factories [Rumblings at Oaks Estate]

By 18 October 2012

Would you feel good about industrial factories been built on contaminated land in your suburb – and across the road from a childrens playground. Well it seems to be happening in the village of Oaks Estate.
A recent unopposed decision by Queanbeyan City Council (QCC) has meant just that.
As part of a recent LEP process, Railcorp through the QCC sought to have [...]

Canberra Milk Should Be Renamed Tokyo Milk

By 18 October 2012

Just had this email forwarded to me from a local milko at Aussie Farmers Direct.  Didn’t know this!

“Canberra Milk Should Be Renamed Tokyo Milk”
I’ve talked to so many people who don’t realise the brand “Canberra Milk” is now part of the giant Kirin Corporation of Japan’s stable of brands (just like all [...]

Good, Quality Carpet Cleaners in Canberra?

By 18 October 2012

Hi everyone – apologies in advance for a “who’s the best” question, but I can’t think of a better place to ask than RA.
I’m finally getting around to getting our carpets cleaned for the first time since they were put in new a couple of years ago and want to find a good, [...]

autism/ASD questions and party responses

By 18 October 2012

Speaking Out for Autism Spectrum Disorders (SOfASD) asked a series of questions (see here or click to here to download the question document) about how the different political parties in the ACT election would improve outcomes for people affected by ASD in the ACT if they were elected. We received responses from all [...]

Examples of Canberra in prose, verse or song?

By 18 October 2012

With the centenary fast approaching, the hive mind might care to ruminate on the finest examples of this ruined sheep station as depicted in prose, verse or song.  What should be on the centenary committee’s bookshelves or playlists next year?
i’m not after works by canberrans, but about canberra.  anyone?
a contemporary song that pops into my [...]

Help! Lost hearing aids on the bus

By 18 October 2012

I catch a bus from Albert Hall to the Marcus Clarke bus stop every day.  I think I caught a 300 yesterday morning. 
I left a red enviro bag on the bus, with a not particularly delicious lunch of broccoli, a tomato and tuna in it, along with today’s Canberra Times and some mints. 
Sadly, [...]

Can you buy land in the ACT?

By 17 October 2012

This is going to sounds like a dumb question. But I’ve been told that if you purchase a house in the ACT, you don’t actually own the land – you will get something like a 100-year lease from the ACT government. However, if this is true, I don’t understand the land rent program, [...]

Book launch: A beginner’s guide to climate change

By 17 October 2012

A Short Introduction to Climate Change by Tony Eggleton
A Short Introduction to Climate Change was written to explain climate change – one of the most important issues of our time – to everyday people with enquiring minds. It covers developments in climate science over the past 250 years and shows that recent climate change is [...]

Circus For Life Festival

By 16 October 2012

[ 19 October 2012 to 10 November 2012. ] It is three days from the beginning of Canberra’s very own circus festival, Circus for Life! The festival opens this Friday night, at Warehouse Circus HQ in Chifley, with, the productions Around the World (Circus Style) and Mad as a Hatter.

Around the World (Circus Style) is a magical globe-trotting journey around the wonders of the [...]

Double Shopping Trolley in Canberra? Where?

By 16 October 2012

Hello Rioters, I was hoping for some help. I am trying to find out which supermarkets on the South side of town have the trolleys where two toddlers can sit side by side up the top.
Not the baby capsule we are past that stage but would like to be able to fit some groceries [...]

Shoplifting from Woolworths

By 16 October 2012

I was chatting with a Woden Woolies employee the other morning after we both saw a ‘criminal genius’ trying to shop lift a UDL (puting it in his pocket right in front of me whilst said employee was watching him in the mirror – he put it back and left the shop). 
The employee told me that that [...]

Australia and Europe in Conversation – 31 October 2012

By 16 October 2012

Australia and Europe in Conversation at the ANU Centre for European Studies 31 October 2012

Canberra Rep’s 2013 season – Make a date!

By 16 October 2012

Canberra Rep launched its 2013 season on Friday night – the plays are:
1) Calendar Girls by Tim Firth, directed by Catherine Hill – auditions 16-18 November 2012, performs 14 Feb-2 March 2013.
Based on the Helen Mirren/Julie Waters film, two friends come up with the idea for a fund-raising calendar with a saucy difference – but [...]

By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life

By 16 October 2012

Meet “Australia’s literary microphone mistress”. Times Literary Supplement.
Former presenter of ABC’s Radio National The Book Show, Ramona Koval, will speak about By the Book, a story about reading and living, and of the authors that have written themselves into her life: from Oliver Sacks to Oscar Wilde, Christina Stead to Grace Paley.
In it, Koval discusses her [...]

Exciting Times at SEE-Change

By 16 October 2012

These are exciting times for an action based community organisation like SEE Change. What can you imagine to engage more people in transitioning Canberra to a new future?
Positions on our executive committee are open to everyone with a desire to be part of our work – no matter what their experience or previous involvement with [...]

And congratulations to our Tokyo Bureau Chief

By 16 October 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Keen eyed readers may have noted a disruption in the usual service over the last week.
Far more important than an ACT election was the marriage in Bali over the weekend of my brother (and good friend to all the RiotACT founders) Samuel “Bo” Griffiths to Ioana Neagu.
So our sincere congratulations to the happy couple.
Bo is [...]

Woden cats (again)

By 15 October 2012

Firstly, cat haters should stop reading now. You can hate cats on your own time – this is not a post which requires your attention or input.
I have tried to engage the RSPCA on this issue with no luck, despite an offer to pay the costs involved. So I am opening up [...]

Gross mismanagement of Government Funds

By 15 October 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

How is it okay for the government to waste so much of our money on Public Art in Canberra?
The “scrap metal” on the Gungahlin drive cost us $750,000 !!!!
Imagine you had $750,000 …… what could you do with it? Surely you could do more than buy a scrap pile of metal? The government should be [...]

Canberra parking… dodgy… clown van… style?

By 15 October 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Posted on Reddit today. It looks like a setup for a film/photoshoot but not sure. Looks somewhere industrial. Anyone got an idea?

Terribad neighbours.

By 14 October 2012

Where I live has been relatively quiet. Apart from the odd person relieving me of the burden of a full tank of petrol. We had a neighbour that was troubling. Except for the odd screaming and banging in his house or eyeballing me, it wasn’t too much of an issue.
They moved out, we cheered and [...]

Greens and snail fodder

By 14 October 2012

There was a topic recently suggesting shredding documents and to then use the result as wormfood to get rid of sensitive material.
I just got back from an overseas business trip to discover the children had again totally ignored bringing the mail in. Kids these days don’t even use email, so you can imagine how much [...]

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