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Would you prefer a natural burial?

By 23 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When people pass away, the majority of them are either buried in a coffin or are cremated. But now plans are underway for Canberra’s deceased to be buried without a coffin. To be clear, when this is implemented, it will not be compulsory to be buried coffin-less. It’s a choice.
Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury said [...]

Dumb laws on tree removal

By 23 June 2015
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In Canberra it can be very difficult to remove a tree on your own property. I have had many friends who have large dangerous eucalypts on their property which they have wanted to remove but have been refused permission to do so.
This is a ridiculous (nanny) state of affairs. If it is on your block [...]

How should we select a modern transport system for Canberra?

By 23 June 2015
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The ACT Government has opted for light rail for the next generation of public transport. This decision was driven by the desire to redevelop Northbourne Avenue, change the lease purposes and increase land values along either side of this “entry” road. A lot of Canberrans do not believe that trams are the best transport solution. [...]

Best of Canberra – Local wine

By 23 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I can think of no better way than to spend a Sunday hopping from cellar door to cellar door in and around Canberra, tasting wine and chatting to our local winemakers. This week’s taste off topic is one for the wine connoisseurs among us, as well as everyone else who just enjoys a good glass [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Indian

By 22 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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We are now almost a month into winter and these colder Canberra nights call for hearty meals that warm you right up from the inside out. With colourful curries, rich sauces and enough chilli to get your blood pumping, Indian cuisine makes the perfect winter food. 
Last week we put the call out for Canberra’s best [...]

Awe and anger at Lake Mungo

By 22 June 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Ever been to Lake Mungo, down from Broken Hill and up from Mildura? Climbed the dunes at the Walls of China on the lunette? If you have you will have come away affected for the rest of your days.
I went there on my Broken Hill trek recently and was blown away.
For those unfortunate never to [...]

After a delicious ‘meal’ not an artistically perfect ‘morsel’

By 21 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We have eaten at 20 or so restaurants in Canberra and several top-rated ones serve ridiculously small portions. Last one, when the mains arrived the good wife and I spontaneously looked at each other and laughed.
So we would like to enjoy a meal sized portion, where haven’t we tried yet?

Exam supervisor wanted

By 17 June 2015
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My husband and I are studying through Kaplan Professional online. We are looking for someone who would be able to supervise our exams in Canberra.
We are happy to pay for the supervision. We will need to sit 4-5 exams over approximately 8-12 months. They need to take place in a public place with internet access.
We [...]

First time buying an off the plan property

By 17 June 2015
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I was wondering if anyone can advise us regarding the settlement and pre-settlement inspection of our newly built townhouse.
We were called to make an appointment for the pre-settlement inspection last week so we did and came in to see the builder, inspected and such. There were a few things making me feel very uneasy:
- No [...]

An events park for central Canberra

By 17 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Central Canberra needs a dedicated open space for large special events at any time of the year.
In amongst all the talk (and lack of action) about the rejuvenation of Civic, there is one concept that needs to be seriously debated before lobbyists have their way. For instance, the Property Council talks about bringing more activity [...]

Best of Canberra – Indian

By 16 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Indian food is much like Indian dancing – exciting, colourful, a little bit saucy and a lot spicy. I know I say this most weeks about most foods, but Indian is definitely one of my favourite cuisines. 
My love of Indian food began when I worked in an Indian restaurant during high school and really took [...]

Rattenbury heads lineup at next North Canberra Community Council meeting

By 15 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 16 June 2015 at 7:30 pm; ] Shane Rattenbury (Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Justice, Sport and Recreation; Minister Assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform) will present to the North Canberra Community Council meeting on 16 June.

Steve Doszpot (Shadow Minister for Education and Training, Sport and Recreation, Ageing and ICT) will also make a brief presentation.

The Economic Development Directorate will [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Street food

By 15 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It might not be the best time of year for eating dinner outdoors, but when it comes to street food, even the cold winter nights aren’t keeping Canberrans away. This weekend I ventured out of winter hibernation to find Canberra’s best street food as voted by you in last week’s call out. 
From the votes, it [...]

Can the Planning Minister bring planning back under control?

By 15 June 2015
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According to the Canberra Times, the Property Council has concluded that Canberra’s planning system is overly bureaucratic, without a strong strategic direction. That the assessment system is difficult to navigate. That third-party appeal rights can frustrate the prompt determination of applications, and third-party exclusion zones should be expanded. That the appeals process is to be avoided, and [...]

Tired Telstra Tower has sky high possibilities

By 15 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Telstra Tower is one of our most iconic Canberra landmarks. It is something tourists look for when they are lost, and a great relief for Canberrans to see when travelling on the Barton Highway after a seven-hour (or longer) drive from Melbourne.
The Telstra Tower opened on 15 May 1980 and there is something stylishly 1980s [...]

Job vacancy: Asylum seeker turnaround project

By 15 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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JOB VACANCY – ASYLUM SEEKER TURNAROUND PROJECT
The Commonwealth Government is inviting expressions of interest for multiple positions in its Border Protection Force.
Job description

Identify boat load of asylum seekers by boat manifest or physical evidence
Advise to Royal Australian Navy and Customs vessels that applicant has the required number of asylum seekers
Advise to RAN and Customs that [...]

Looking for a builder for a small renovation in Canberra

By 12 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone have a recommendation for a very small renovation? We have a glass sliding door in our kitchen that goes to the outside and we would like to get it closed off and a bench-high window put in.
We are hoping to get our kitchen redone soon but need to get this sliding door removed [...]

New low in marriage equality debate

By 11 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Well written, well read. That’s the motto of Canberra print title City News. But as Canberrans turned the first page to read this week’s featured article, a turgid diatribe written by Nick Jenson proclaiming that he and his wife may divorce if gay people are allowed to legally marry, the ACT found itself at the centre [...]

Canberra Beijing Garden – Lennox Gardens

By 10 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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In researching the establishment of these Chinese Gardens I came across some of the consultation documents when the public was asked to comment on the gardens being built within Lennox Gardens.
There were objections from individual heritage lobbyists who complained that if the ACT Government was to go ahead with the Chinese Gardens, it would completely wreck [...]

Best of Canberra – Street food

By 9 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra’s street food scene has seen a bit of a revival of late. From food vans to shipping containers, there are a whole bunch of new food vendors that have hit Canberra’s streets in the last year or so. They join a few well-established institutions to make Canberra’s street food scene alive and very well.
This [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Pho

By 8 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra’s recent string of sub-zero mornings and only slightly warmer days have made it perfect pho weather. A hot, lightly spiced bowl of steaming broth, beef, rice noodles, bean shoots and chilli can raise your core temperature in a way few other foods can.
There were several strong contenders for this week’s taste off, with Simply [...]

Let’s clean up Canberra’s early childhood education mess

By 8 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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High quality childcare improves learning outcomes for children.
It’s that simple, or at least it should be. Unfortunately, in the ACT, when you have children under four you are forced to navigate a system that is a bit of a mess.
Some parents can’t access childcare places, while others can’t afford them. People are forced to sign [...]

ANU to go smoke-free (but not really?)

By 3 June 2015
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I’ve just read this ABC article on the ANU’s smoking ban. The current ban is being extended to the whole campus including electronic cigarettes, but further down it turns out that licensed venues and residential areas will be exempt.
It begs the question – why the exemptions? ANU is citing health grounds … and you’d think disinhibited [...]

All is not lost for Gungahlin shopping centre expansion

By 3 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The state of Canberra’s shopping centres is a hot topic of conversation at present.
Southlands at Mawson is going through an interesting phase of regrowth and has been the subject of community consultations, Westfield Woden’s tenants are murmuring about difficulties attracting customers and Civic is overdue for an intelligent and creative make-over.
Meanwhile, issues concerning the Dickson shopping precinct remain unresolved. [...]

Moved house, electricity bills skyrocketed. Why?

By 2 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We moved house just under a year ago from a two-bedroom, one bathroom to a 3.5-bedroom, two bathroom in the Queanbeyan area and have tripled our electricity costs (from $290 in the biggest quarter to almost $700 in our biggest quarter – summer).
I initially thought it may be due to us having used the reverse [...]

Buying a home in the ACT made easier for some

By 2 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Housing affordability is a hot topic at the moment. Yesterday it was reported that out of all the capital cities in Australia, Canberra experienced the biggest jump in home values in May.
I’m currently looking to buy my first home, and it’s not an easy task. I’ve experienced a lot of competitiveness both at open homes [...]

ACT public housing hurting senior citizens

By 2 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Public housing tenant Sandra Picker (pictured above) fears for her future after receiving a letter from the ACT Government’s Community Services Directorate stating that her application to be moved to a safer environment could not be progressed unless she provided the department with a list of police job numbers dating back years.
After experiencing a good [...]

Best of Canberra – Pho

By 2 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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From Saigon rolls stuffed with pate, crisp vegetables and pork to handmade rice paper rolls and bottomless bowls of noodle soup, Vietnamese street food has a lot going for it.
This week we’re on the hunt for one of Vietnam’s most recognisable culinary exports: pho. Inexpensive, filling and fresh, it’s no surprise that this famous noodle soup [...]

Advice on renovating Narrabundah worker’s cottage

By 1 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone have experience renovating the original Narrabundah workers cottages?
If so, any advice? For instance, do you know:

How close to the front boundary you can extend
How hard/easy it is to extend from the steel frames
If asbestos removal ends up costing a fortune, etc?

I know that due to the steel frames and truss roof, none of the [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – French toast

By 1 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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French toast is probably one of the most decadent breakfast meals you can eat, and when I put the call out for Canberra’s best last week, I wasn’t quite prepared for the reality of starting my day with something so rich two mornings in a row. It’s rare that I can’t finish a meal, but [...]

Time for the Commonwealth to stop trashing Canberra’s town centres

By 1 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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As recent articles have reported, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection is considering moving its 4000 employees out of Belconnen. Tender documents have revealed the department is looking to lease 80,000 square metres of building space in one precinct.
More recently, the Department of Finance assumed responsibility for this decision as part of a broader accommodation review announced [...]

Monash Drive – which route?

By 27 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Thanks for the views and comments on my previous post, Light rail or Monash Drive. If Monash Drive is to be reconsidered, then the next question is what are the possible routes for this road, as it was only pencilled in on earlier city plans. One possible route is shown on the map above, although there [...]

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