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Best of Canberra callout: Running routes

By 23 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Running FH

Melbourne has the Tan, Sydney has Centennial Park and here in Canberra, we have Lake Burley Griffin.
But the popular Bridge to Bridge track is just one of dozens of options when it comes to heading out for a run, as I learnt when I joined a running group that meets in a different part of [...]

Supernode issue causing poor internet access

By 23 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

We have been long suffering and attempting to find a solution to our extremely poor internet access in inner Canberra.
We have been able to identify the root of our problem. A supernode on our street identified by the TransACT/iinet techo as being “stuffed” and needs a serious upgrade or (simple) replacement. The normal quick fix of [...]

No bike helmet idea a can of worms for Government

By 23 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Cycling without a helmet

The Road Safety Action Plan 2016-2020 among other of its 39 recommendations asks that risks and any potential benefits be investigated of allowing people to ride bicycles without a helmet in low speed environments.
Apart from allowing the breeze to ruffle your helmetless hair – but only in selected areas – the other benefit is the [...]

Dickson under threat from ad hocery!

By 22 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Anyone who has been through the Dickson shops lately will have noticed an unsettling trend. The number of vacancies is increasing.
Meanwhile there are currently many proposals floating about that will have an effect on the future of this inner north Canberra Group Centre – the official title for the Dickson commercial/shopping precinct.
The most notorious is [...]

Best of Canberra: secondhand bookshops

By 22 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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So, Semester 1 of 2016 started back at University last week. In the midst of worrying, whilst at the same time generally procrastinating about the amount of reading I already have to do, it seemed like a great time to visit secondhand book shops this weekend.
My first stop was at Beyond Q, located in the [...]

Barr in background as Manuka Oval plan lands

By 17 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Whether by strategic design or not, the ACT Government has not been closely involved in the reveal this morning of an unsolicited plan by the GWS Giants AFL club and Melbourne property behemoth Grocon to revelop Manuka Oval and its surrounds.
The $800 million redevelopment plan, called Manuka Green (manukagreen.com.au), would feature 4750 new permanent seats [...]

The fog around the ACT’s Heritage Strategy

By 17 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT Government has commenced a period of consultations for the development of a five-year heritage strategy (see links below this post).
Many heritage debates are contentious. Especially when things get complicated given the political influence of the property sector who constantly bang on about cutting ‘red tape’ on heritage matters which usually means they want [...]

Best of Canberra callout – secondhand bookshops

By 17 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
bookstore

There is a continuous debate regarding hardcopy or digital when it comes to books.
I own a Kindle and it is the perfect companion when travelling, easy to download hundreds of books to one place while on the move and compact for fitting in with all your belongings. I love it. Conversely, there is also [...]

Best of Canberra – Bike paths

By 17 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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This week’s callout for the best bike paths in Canberra yielded some fantastic suggestions. If you are new to Canberra, cycling or just looking for a different track, be sure to check out the comments from our readers here.
A few mentioned how bike paths are nostalgic to them, ingrained into past memories and I [...]

The problem of public land and private sport

By 16 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Flinders Oval at Griffith

With moves afoot to try to ban greyhound racing in the ACT attention again is directed to the public benefits of sport here in Canberra.
We are well served for facilities and although there are occasional complaints about the allocation of grounds most sporting bodies are accommodated.
However two issues are cause for concern.
The provision of expensive [...]

Ask RiotACT: Help with MacBook

By 16 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’m looking for someone to take a look at my MacBook which is not in a good way. Can anyone recommend a good Mac repairer?

Ask RiotACT: Swimming Lesson Recommendation

By 15 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi all,
I have a 7-year-old son who I am looking to get swimming lessons for (preferably private). Ideally this is on the south side.
Do you have any recommendations?
Cheers

The power of language

By 15 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra schools and community groups will be celebrating International Mother Tongue Language Day next week. The United Nations-sponsored event has promoted “linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism” since 1999.
These days English is the standard global language of business, computing, science and travel. Around half of the pages on the entire internet are in English. Trying [...]

Ask RiotACT: Florist for Valentine’s Day?

By 12 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

With Valentines Day fast approaching, florists have begun to massively inflate the prices of their products, anticipating the surge in demand on the 12th, 13th and 14th of February.
For those romantics out there who aren’t able to afford a $100 bouquet of a dozen roses, are there any cheaper florists around North Canberra or Civic?
As [...]

Ask RiotACT: portrait photography recommendations

By 11 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’m looking to get a ‘family’ photoshoot – myself, partner and our dog – and looking for recommendations of good photographers – perhaps more creative/original-type artists, more than stock-standard studio portrait type. Thanks in advance!

Thanks for the memories Canberra

By 11 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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After hiking my way around Canberra and finding fun road trips in the area, it’s time to farewell the nation’s capital.
As a ring-in public servant hailing from Brisbane, I wasn’t sure if Canberra was the place for me. I didn’t even know a soul here when I first arrived. But I thought I’d give it [...]

Planning Minister seeks bright ideas from afar

By 11 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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On a recent visit to Wollongong I observed the notices for and then read about the consultations for a major project: Wollongong – A City for People. Being a frequent visitor to this wonderful coastal city, I have some understanding of the urban issues facing that city’s local council.
There is a very common unresolved issue [...]

Greens’ home entry, dope-testing laws part of cannabis ‘witch hunt’

By 11 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Marijuana

New laws introduced by Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury this week will give police the power to force their way into a person’s home in order to test someone who is suspected of driving with alcohol or certain drugs in their system.
Yes, there are preconditions and safeguards. For instance, such an intrusion can only occur [...]

Ask RiotACT: Port Salut Cheese availability

By 10 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hello friendly friends!
Just wondering if anyone knows where/if it is possible to buy Port Salut cheese in the Canberra/Queanbeyan region? I do believe some Coles stores as well as Harris Farm supermarkets in Sydney stock it, however I’m yet to find any in Canberra.
Thanks in advance.

Urban Renewal – it’s coming your way!

By 10 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There’s a talk at the Albert Hall here in Canberra on Tuesday 16 February. The title for this session definitely sounds as though a focus group of bureaucrats have signed off on it.
The title is: Urban Renewal – a partnership with the community.
These words are meant to be harmless, non-threatening and inoffensive (well not too [...]

Face-off: A mandate for light rail?

By 10 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Corbell vs Coe

Our occasional Face-off series is back to look at one of the most-debated issues around town right now. Plenty of RiotACT readers already have a view on this question, but we decided to give Simon Corbell and Alistair Coe the opportunity to set out their opposing views on what has become a key issue leading [...]

Best of Canberra callout – bike paths

By 9 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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To continue with all things fitness related, let’s take a look at Canberra’s best bike path for Best of Canberra this week.
This town is the cycling capital of the nation with a great network of cycle paths and off-road trails. Whether it is recreational or used as a mode of transport, Canberrans love their [...]

Ask RiotACT: wasps on neighbours’ property

By 9 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi guys, I wanted a few opinions. My elderly neighbours have been collecting (I use this term loosely) wasps for some years now. They are paper wasps and not the European ones, thank goodness.
We have talked to them about it and even offered to remove the nests for them (at our expense if need be). [...]

A chance to reassess airport security controls

By 9 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Airport screening

It’s great news that Singapore Airlines will be flying direct to Canberra opening up Asia, Europe and New Zealand in September. No more obligatory journeys to Sydney, either bussing down or transferring, again by bus, from domestic to international terminals or vice versa – an antiquated embarrassing procedure for Australia’s major airport. Or often [...]

Talk for parents of gifted children tonight, playgroup starts tomorrow

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Gifted Families Support Group talk tonight and playgroup from tomorrow
Dr Kerry Hodge speaking about Supporting the gifted: Young child’s social and emotional development
This Talk is targeted at parents, teachers, early childhood teachers, psychologists and others interested in gaining further knowledge to improve the outcomes and wellbeing of gifted children.
Date: Tonight
Venue: Franklin Early Childhood School
135 [...]

Best of Canberra – Bootcamps

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’m happy to say that I can raise my arms well enough to be able to punch out this article. My arms, core and legs have certainly let me know they are sore after my efforts this week but in a good way.
The call out for the best bootcamp in Canberra brought in quite [...]

Barr joins with premiers in pledge on asylum seekers

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Barr pledge

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has joined premiers of Victoria, NSW, Queensland and South Australia in pledging support for refugee children and their families threatened with return to Nauru after last week’s High Court decision.
Mr Barr wrote on Facebook yesterday:
My friend [Victorian Premier] Daniel Andrews, has written to the Prime Minister about the future of [...]

Ask RiotACT: Concerns about chemicals used at shoe repair

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Recently, I had some black leather shoes repaired. In addition to rebuilding the heel they also dyed parts of the leather that had worn away (eg the back of the shoe).
Soon after collecting the shoes I noticed a strong soapy smell coming from the areas that had been dyed black.
After a quick search on the [...]

Opposition should respect convention and cease attacks on Burch

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Legislative Assembly

Conventions are regarded in Westminster parliaments as almost as sacrosanct as formal parliamentary procedures set out in such illustrious handbooks as that produced by Odgers and May.
House and Senate Standing Orders are the “bible” and the “rule of law” in parliamentary procedures and govern everything from rules of debate to time limits for discussion, [...]

Ask RiotACT: solicitor recommendation (winding up family trust)

By 6 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi all,
I’m looking for a solicitor who is able to do the work involved in the winding up of a family trust. Does anyone know of one who is reliable and doesn’t charge the earth?
Thanks in advance,
Peter

Planning an Elopement: making the decision

By 6 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Enageged

On top of my already busy schedule – full time pencil pusher, part time writer for the RiotACT and new business owner — I am also currently organising my wedding for June this year.
I know what you are thinking, and yes, quite often I also find myself thinking how insane I am for trying to squeeze so [...]

Ask RiotACT: Road rules & riding to school

By 5 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Children who walk or ride to school should know the road rules that apply when they cross a road. They should also know to what extent they can trust drivers to act according to those road rules.
Picture the following situation:
* a child is riding to school along a footpath, and continues straight ahead to cross [...]

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