Can anyone recommend a Canberra vet specialising in cats. I have a 15 year old diabetic cat that is on the verge of remission.
The vet practice that I’ve been going to for the last ten+ years has been recently taken over by new management. My cat has been going downhill over the last six months [...]
Years ago, before I went in to politics and indeed before I took any real interest in the subject, I wondered how this theory of making large corporations more profitable would automatically mean better conditions for the workforce which supported it. The so-called “trickle down effect”.
Instinctively, I thought this was nonsense. I reckon I was [...]
Yesterday, three separate food deliveries arrived at our place. It felt like Christmas (not least because our fridge is now overflowing), but was really all about choosing the Best of Canberra grocery delivery services for RiotACT.
The first box to arrive was a supermarket delivery, the second two big boxes full of fruit and vegetables plus [...]
It will come as no surprise to regular RiotACT readers that I will be lodging comments on the revised Dickson Development Application: 201426717. I have posted my current draft below to see what others think.
Ultimately of course, the final submission will reflect my views. So I do urge others to make their views known to [...]
Clean Up Australia has finished for another year and despite a lack of pre-publicity, 247 tonnes of rubbish was collected by dedicated groups of volunteers throughout Canberra.
One wonders however if the law of diminishing returns has set in, that in spite of the increase of tonnes collected across Australia (16,657 in 2016 to date compared [...]
Normally these days I have only a passing interest in federal politics because in the main it has been pretty boring due to its repetition. Labor got rid of Gillard in favour of Rudd to ameliorate the impending electoral disaster. The Libs tossed Abbott in favour of Turnbull to ameliorate the impending electoral disaster.
Plus ca [...]
Are you aged 18-30 and live in the ACT? Do you gamble or know another young person that does? If so, we want to hear from you!
The Youth Coalition of the ACT is currently looking for participants for interviews and focus groups for their Young People and Gambling Project. The project’s aim is to develop [...]
We have just purchased a block of land in North Canberra and are planning to do a knock-down rebuild. We are currently researching local builders and finding that there are often as many positive as negative reviews about each company.
We would really appreciate any feedback from others who have been through this process recently [...]
What to review for Best of Canberra when you’re stuck at home on crutches and not allowed to drive? There could be no better time for me to look at grocery delivery services in the capital, surely.
I feel a bit torn about getting my groceries delivered. I miss the interaction with the staff at the [...]
For this week’s Best Of, I dug out an ancient tennis racquet and took to the local tennis clubs of Canberra.
Late January saw the Forrest Tennis Club celebrate its 90-year anniversary. Steeped in history, it was Canberra’s first tennis club and boasts six synthetic grass tennis courts. In the leafy suburb of Forrest it is [...]
The first impression of Canberra from the north is of trees. They line the highway into the city and as you drive through the inner north suburbs, the urban forest is ever present. This remains the historic perception of the nation’s capital city.
Yet in recent times the agencies involved in the city’s development, particularly in [...]
The new piece of ‘must have’ technology these days isn’t the latest iPhone or perhaps a remote control helicopter drone (though they are pretty cool), but rather a dash cam. Dash cams are basically exactly what they say, a camera for your car dashboard. The idea is that it records the road and other vehicles around you [...]
Even before self-government Canberra was known as Australia’s ‘social laboratory’, the place in which our then Federal rulers could experiment with various new ideas.
Nothing since has changed. Under Assembly control the mouse still roars although it is now known as ‘progressive’ legislation.
Nevertheless a few anomalies remain, including a euthanasia law which under what is [...]
This parking inspector parked his car in a loading zone today in Forrest, while he gave out tickets to cars around the corner. I know emergency vehicles are allowed to park safely where they need to to carry out their duties… but this struck me as a bit of a stretch.
The ACT and Australian Road [...]
Hipsters. Hippies. Punks. Goths. Beatniks. Nerds. Subcultures are a comparatively modern thing, becoming more common as cities have grown larger. They are both made possible by mass production and the Industrial Revolution, and a reaction against the modern society that has arisen because of them. There are many subcultural groups from the past century, each [...]
On the 4th of May last year I commented on the Seselja proposal to expand across the Murrumbidgee River to expand the Tuggeranong Valley by building a heap of new homes. I am dead against it for the time being and said so then and haven’t changed my view. The post attracted about 1600 views and [...]
I am looking for anyone who has had dealings with “ACT Strata Management Service” and a couple of names/addresses of complex/apartment/townhouses that are managed by them? The reviews on google are quite bad, but we have heard a decent review or two also. If anyone could help that would be great!
Firstly, I wanted to say that I got some great tips on this site before moving to Canberra recently so thanks.
We have recently moved to Amaroo (renting) and I’m trying to decide where to buy a house later in the year to settle down with the family.
I’ve been doing a lot of research on AllHomes [...]
It has been absolutely no surprise that the ACCC has given the go-ahead for Coles to buy out five Supabarn stores, with three of them being here in Canberra. It was also no surprise to read that politicians and others were able to gloss over the effect this is to have on something they most often talk about [...]
I bet someone out there knows the answer to this! Now that the public service seems to outsource scribing for APS interviews, how much do agencies actually charge per hour for the scribes they send out? I know the scribe is paid around $50/hour for interview attendence and drafting up the reports, but how much [...]
Has anyone else noticed that the anti-tram sentiment around town seems to have subsided since the announcement last month of the appointment of Canberra Metro consortium to build the first stage of the light rail network starting in June?
The level of noise about light rail seems to have dropped on RiotACT, on social media and, [...]
The good people of Canberra, when they are in an optimistic mood, still believe there is a planning authority (ACTPLA) that consists of a learned group of experts who collectively make evidenced based and objective decisions on planning and development. Sadly this is not the reality.
Do we still have a planning authority?
About ten years [...]
We’re not from Canberra but have lived here a couple of years now. We’re considering buying a house/townhouse/apartment and looking for a little extra local knowledge: we gather that the building regulations and building laws may have been reformed in 2004? (We may have this wrong).
Leaving aside Fluffies and low-EER old buildings, does the 2004 change in regulations mean we should be [...]
Having tested out several running tracks in recent days in a bid to discover Canberra’s finest for this article, I can recommend the shores of all of our lakes, because all offer views, a mostly car-free course and somewhere decent to get coffee and a snack at the end.
However, I’ve decided that the winning [...]
Okay, hive mind. I know Easter fare such as hot cross buns have been on supermarket shelves since about Boxing Day, but can anyone shed light on where one might avail oneself of a supply of gluten free hot cross buns? Preferably north side, but willing to travel to make a little astromonkey happy.
While the national media is arguing about an early Federal election and the pros and cons of an accompanying double dissolution, local political groups are taking a much more focused approach because unlike the rest of Australia, the ACT faces two elections this year.
The wisdom of establishing a fixed four year term to expire about [...]
Hello, have you lived here for a while? Can you give me, a newcomer to the area, any opinions about which electricity company offers the cheapest rates? The place I am moving into has electric wall heaters as the only heating option for the approaching chilly winter. I’m just trying to get an idea of how [...]
Innovation is a buzz word, which is a bad thing. It’s bad because innovation is important and it’s hard. By letting it become a buzz word and everyone jumping on the bandwagon it makes it difficult to distinguish between real innovation and general evolution.
I can’t think of any type of business, organisation, department or agency that [...]