Opinion (1251 Stories)

Memo to Canberra’s sports administrators. Get out of your heated box and go sit in the stands

By 11 June 2013

There’s a lot of whining coming out of the Raiders and Brumbies camps (and their associated tame shills we call journalists) about Canberra crowds being on the low side despite the teams playing rather well.
I would humbly suggest that anyone surprised by the turnouts should try getting out of corporate hospitality and try sitting in [...]

Big Bangs Fundraiser @ Tongue & Groove

By 11 June 2013

[ 26 July 2013 at 7:00 pm; ] HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Since 2008, we’ve taken care of over 38,000 kids in 11 countries and donated over $250,000 worth of cash, school supplies, books, toys, sports  equipment, food and medical supplies to schools, orphanages and local youth-based charities, bringing together the most at-risk kids together and developing leaders and carers from the rivers of Bangladesh to the peaks of [...]

Children of Prisoners. Canberra Research Project

By 11 June 2013

The Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU, is currently undertaking research to deepen the understanding of children’s needs by exploring their experiences of parental incarceration.
Commissioned by SHINE for Kids, the research will provide new insights into how services might work more effectively and responsively to reduce future involvement in welfare, health and criminal justice systems, [...]

Removalist Recommendation in Canberra?

By 10 June 2013

looking for careful considerate removalists

Best place for Sunday night roast?

By 10 June 2013

I’m hankering for a roast dinner, just like mum used to make. Sure I can cook my own, but that’s not as much fun for just two people, and I was thinking of asking members of one of the meetup groups to join us.
Does anyone have recommendations for a great place, such as a club [...]

Dear Weetbix #79. Blog by Jay Sullivan

By 6 June 2013

Canberra’s Jay Sullivan is an incredibly funny guy. If you haven’t read his blog, get around it – it’s brilliant:

Snow in the Territory?

By 6 June 2013

Dear RiotACT members
I am wondering where and when snow falls in the ACT. Obviousy Corin is one of the most popular, but do the ranges around Brindabella Rd/Piccadilly Circuis get a share of snowfall?
If I were to continue down Naas Rd towards Adaminaby would I begin to see snow along the roadside? (Not too [...]

Bicentennial trail ?

By 5 June 2013

Cruising google maps in an idle moment, I came across the “Bicentennial trail marked off Stockdale drive. Apparently it’s near Shepherds Lookout, one of my regular haunts. While driving there this morning I couldn’t find it though. I did see two wooden signs, marked “CT”, but they pointed to heavily padlocked gates.
Does anyone have any [...]

Solicitor for conveyancing in Canberra?

By 5 June 2013

Hi Rioters,
I did a quick search of the site but it looks like its been a year or two since this was last asked. I am looking to sell my house in a few months time and will require the services of a decent solicitor who does conveyancing work.
Any recommendations for solicitors (particularly those located [...]

Commuter bus services between Goulburn and Canberra?

By 4 June 2013

Although I grew up in Canberra, I have spent a number of years away with work…only to return very recently.
For family reasons we have decided to settle in Goulburn and commute each day…is there a bus service between GLB and CBR?
Is there enough interest to lobby a private coach service and sustain a service?
Thoughts??? [...]

Best yum cha in Canberra?

By 4 June 2013

Where’s the best yum cha in Canberra? There was a thread on this back in April 2012 that wasn’t particularly conclusive. I’m keen to find out the latest.
I had a wonderful yum cha in Sydney recently at a place named Eight above the Haymarket, and would like to try the Canberra yum cha scene.

Response to the residents of Power Street, Mawson


A response to letters left on the windscreens of people who park in Power Street, Mawson.

High Rise in Reid, yae or nay [With Poll]

By 4 June 2013

Rival Petitions are battling it out on the Internet!
You may remember yesterday’s story on a petition to ban a 15 story high-rise in Reid.
Today we’ve found the counter petition.
The ‘against it’ argument:
Minister Corbell’s planned 15 storey high rise, high density building redevelopment along Cooyong St and Ainslie Ave in Reid must NOT be allowed to [...]

Problem picking up Subtitles broadcast on SBS HD in Canberra

By 4 June 2013

Has anyone noticed problems getting subtitles on SBS One HD using their set top boxes or TV?
I’ve noticed that I can access subtitles on the standard definition version of SBS One only. I think this started happening around about the time the new NITV station started broadcasting.
Computer digital tuners seem ok at picking up [...]

Coast Challenge?

By 4 June 2013

After speaking with some people born in Canberra who are now 30+, a discussion I had involved past times the then teens had in the 80s-90s. Nightly Air Disaster Memorial visits, “bin bowling” all arose, however one struck me as insane and doubtful.
Has anybody here heard of the “Coast Challenge?”
It apparently involves/ed driving to Batemans [...]

Petition to ban High Rise apartments in Reid

By 3 June 2013

We received the following email about a petition from a concerned resident of Reid.
For your information Rioters:
Some publicity on the following would be great!
If you have concerns about urban planning in Canberra, support this petition! Read the comments already made which demonstrate the need for redesign of this development which Minister Corbell appears to be [...]

Canberra Cross Country Ski Club open night

By 3 June 2013

This just in:
The CCCSC club open night is an opportunity to meet members and find out about the club, its lessons and tours to the nearby snowfields, snow camping and cross country ski gear. The club is for people of all skiing levels. The club promotes people increasing their skiing and skills, having fun, joining [...]

The Better Place legacy?


Wandered past this Saturday at Belconnen markets.
So, with Better Place gone tits up, do these things still work? Are there actually any current users?
It looks like we at least got something for our money, assuming ACTEW was a secured creditor and will get a cut of the wind up?

Slow socialising, not speed dating – Fri 14 June, from 6 pm

By 1 June 2013

Fine dining, new people in a warm and cozy place at the top of Red Hill?

Dinner night for singles looking for like-minded friends or a potential partner at one of Canberra’s breathtaking views.
Relaxed conversation and dining to allow a natural environment to meet and get to know other
participants.  No online profiles or rushed speed [...]

Adios WIN ACT nightly news team

By 1 June 2013

Seeing this article in the Canberra Times prompted me to post here.
I don’t even watch WIN normally (nor sports in the news), but when I first moved to ACT and saw Danielle Post and Greg Thomson presenting their nightly news I am astounded by how refreshing honest and friendly they are, and have much praise [...]

Kings Cross to Braddon. How I lost my sleep-in.

By 31 May 2013

At 7.17am this morning, I was lazing in bed, scrolling at the morning news on my iPhone, enjoying the warmth of my doona – In any case, just doing my thang.
Out of no-where, as is usually the case, comes the sound that pierces my ear drums.
‘Evacuate the building – whooooo woooo’.
The f***in fire alarm is going off [...]

West Belconnen Tip temporarily closed

By 30 May 2013

A quick notice from Territory and Municipal Services.
The West Belconnen Resource Management Centre located on Parkwood Road in Macgregor will be closed for road works from 5 pm on Sunday 2 June until 7 am on Monday 10 June 2013.
The closure is due to road resurfacing works to the public forecourt area of the [...]

Any recommendations for a Carpet Repairer in Canberra?

By 30 May 2013

Due to an unfortunate mishap with a hot iron in a carpeted room, I have a carpet in need of a cut-and-paste repair job by a carpet layer.
It is in a prominent location so I need an experienced and reliable person to do a good job of it. Any recommendations?

Recommend restaurant that caters for dietary requirements?

By 30 May 2013

Hi all
My wife and I are finally getting the chance to go out on a date night for the first time since the birth of our daughter 3 months ago. We want to go to a restaurant however we have limitations on what my wife can eat due to a number of intolerances our daughter [...]

Foggy opinions at Canberra Airport

By 29 May 2013

It is SO sweet of Canberra Airport to be so magnanimously and altruistically concerned about Commonwealth Public Servants’ travel in the Canberra Times.
Maybe if they allowed some proper public transport to the airport, it would reduce the overall cost of the travel (the parking/taxis at each end, there and back, can easily add up to [...]

Witchcraft on Mount Ainslie?

By 29 May 2013

Hi I’m a Year 12 Student who is doing a school documentary on Canberra witchcraft and was just wondering if any one has any contacts I could interview to help my project?
Whether it is for or against, I’m more just interested in the story of the coven, and looking to find out as much as [...]

Who gives way on Cotter Road?

By 29 May 2013

Going out this morning, I have to pass though the mess that is McCulloch St/Cotter Road/Lady Denman drive. We now have single lane working at the lights in McCulloch Street, guided by a road worker doing point duty. But the lights are still on, making things very confusing for some. Coming back, wanting to turn [...]

Needing cash for breakdown. Where to get quick money?

By 29 May 2013

Hi, I have just received the bad news that my 7 year old car is almost dead, it needs major work now. My problem is having just moved to Canberra and paying so much money to relocate, rental bond etc I have no money left, but I really need my car.
I am trying to [...]

Scissors Paper Pen hosts Comic workshop

By 29 May 2013

That amazing collective of creatives, Scissors Paper Pen, just hit us up with some news about a really interesting sounding workshop coming up in June run by the ex-Canberran/now-Vermontian Eleri Harris.
The whole deal costs $15 ($10 for members), has food and drinks provided, and will teach you a bunch of skills on how to make [...]

End a rental lease early in Canberra?

By 29 May 2013

Just wondering what your experiences are in terms of leaving a rental earlier than the lease end.
So I’ve been living in a place for about 1.5 years. We signed on for another year lease in Feb (should’ve asked for month to month I know…)
Recently, we found out there may be an opportunity for me which [...]

Games Writing workshop at ACT Writers Centre this weekend

By 28 May 2013

If like me you think that that writing and gaming are probably two of life’s greatest pleasures, then the following news may pake you wee a little in excitement.
Also like me.
ACT Writers Centre are running a workshop dealing with writing for and designing games this weekend.
Writing For Games with Rik Lagarto
10-4pm, Saturday 1 June
This workshop [...]

Meteoroid Over Canberra

By 28 May 2013

Did anyone see the Meteoroid over Canberra last night (27th May) at about 11.30pm??
I was watching from Gungahlin towards Civic last night and it came in extremely fast and was clearly in the atmosphere, and burnt out with a very bright magnesium flash at the end. It literally only happened over a second. It was [...]

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