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Time for a rethink on Manuka Oval plan

By 17 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Manuka Oval

The Manuka Green proposed development continues with more ducking and weaving than a prize fighter.
What began as 1000 apartments has been cut to 650, nine storey units down to seven, basement car parking increased to 1620 spaces and total costs have fallen from $800 million to $550 million.
A number of physical changes to the plans [...]

Canberra visual arts have been Turnbulled

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last Friday 13th May was sad day, and very much a black Friday, for many in the arts across Australia. It was not simply that many small to medium organisations had lost all or most of their Australia Council funding. What made it hurt even more was the reasons for this drastic situation.
What was being [...]

Bookclub in Canberra seeks members

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
We’re a group of 4 who meet in places around Canberra and the surrounding areas. We meet monthly on weekends to discuss books. We’re looking for new members to join us…
If you like coffee, tea, cake, books and meeting new people, please email us at bookclub2600@gmail.com
Hope to hear from you soon!

Victims of Crime – vocal about VOCAL

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Victims of crime 2

In March last year I posted an article on restorative justice and in it I talked about the types of victims of crimes there were. Primary, secondary and tertiary.
I indicated then that the primary victims, of course, are those who are the immediately affected person, such as a victim of an assault or a kidnapping; [...]

Ask RiotACT: Recommendations – wall removal

By 13 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi I wanted to have a dividing wall removed in my livings rooms but have no idea where to start. Any advice or recommendation for tradespeople would be greatly appreciated.

Changes to licensing fees threaten Canberra nightlife

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
keep-canberra-open

Imagine a Canberra nightlife with no life after 3am.
That’s what members of the Keep Canberra Open group believe will happen if proposed changes to liquor licensing are accepted by Parliament.
In an attempt to curb alcohol-related violence in Canberra, a white paper released last month by ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell (Building on Liquor Reform), details [...]

Ask RiotACT: Car respray recommendations (car repair)

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Riot’ers,
Any quality or cost recommendations/considerations for repaint of a car in the Canberra area ? This is private non-insurance work and I would prefer to deal with a shop not a backyard guy.

The ancient art of shopping

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Shopping

Shopping is one of humanity’s oldest pleasures. From ancient Greek agoras to Roman markets to the Turkish Bazaar of the Middle Ages and the modern day shopping mall, people have always liked to come together to shop.
Originally, markets sold food and other essentials as well as luxuries. We still see echoes of these all-in-one destinations [...]

Ask RiotACT: Wanted – Part time commercial kitchen

By 11 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I am on the hunt for an unused commercial kitchen to use out of hours (5-10pm) up to 4 nights a week to boost my small catering business. If anyone knows of an appropriate space please contact me with details!

Civic Square a jumbled, architectural mess

By 11 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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City planners allow for all manner of formal spaces when plotting out the municipal aspects of any new township. In early colonial Victoria it was decided that townships should not have major public squares – city squares – as there was the fear that such spaces may encourage democracy. Heaven forbid!
For most of its life [...]

Release land for people, not profit to fund grandiose plans

By 10 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
tuggeranong

The review of the National Capital Plan last week provided opportunities for major land releases.
In Ginninderra the CSIRO’s 701 hectare field station site beside the Barton Highway is estimated to make available 6500 housing blocks, the same number as the West Belconnen development which will straddle the ACT-NSW border.
In the south permission has been given [...]

Propaganda radicalised us, then and now

By 10 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
nasho medal

I was reflecting on the Anzac Day stuff the other week and I confess to some disquiet.
This is when we commemorate the sacrifices of our young men and women in theatres of war in defence of Oz and our way of life.
Let me get this straight though, we sent young men and women overseas [...]

Club asks man in fedora to leave

By 9 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

An acquaintance of my wife’s and I went to dinner on Friday, 6th May, to a local club, located in Tuggeranong district. Wearing a fedora he went to order their meals and was asked to remove his hat. He asked why and also told the security guard that there were people wearing hoodies with their [...]

Ask RiotACT: Electrician for small job?

By 5 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’ve just converted my garage into an office, and need an electrician to add a new powerpoint and data point. Can anyone recommend a reputable sparky who would do a small job like this, preferably this week?
Thanks!

In ACTPLA we trust

By 5 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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With the NCA moving to hand over significant planning powers to the ACT Government, the focus now shifts to how the ACT Government handles such an increase in responsibility for national aspects of this capital city.
I have long held the view that the ACT Government should have far more control over much of the land [...]

They’re ripping up parking lots

By 4 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra’s planners in the 1950s and beyond delivered an infrastructure made for cars. There were even major freeways planned (a story for another day).
The road infrastructure until lately has been fairly successful and, in turn, has encouraged locals to use cars rather than public transport. Cars are part of most people’s daily lives.
We might be [...]

Inmates are in prison for a reason

By 3 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Alexander Maconochie Centre

Prison reform has returned to Canberra and we are advised indigenous detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre has risen to 27 percent of our prison population – up from an average of about 18 percent.
The figures are from a very small base, representing 96 people and most citizens would take the sensible attitude the increase [...]

Document ‘drafted by the devil’? Hardly.

By 2 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I noticed recently how Jeremy Hanson, for the time being the Leader of the Opposition in the ACT likes to talk about the Government/Unions Memorandum of Understanding as though it was a document drafted by the devil with the express intention of subjugating the ACT Government to the will of the CFMEU.
Mr Hanson was joined [...]

UC sub-acute hospital to deliver super service

By 28 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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About twelve months ago, my daughter developed swelling and redness in one of her eyes. We were lucky enough to get an appointment with our local GP the same day, but were shocked to be told that we needed to go to Canberra Hospital emergency admissions straight away.
Our GP was concerned that our daughter might [...]

A nicer Nerriga Road trip to Nowra

By 27 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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While some people may enjoy the buzz of living within densely population metropolitan cities, there are definite benefits to being in Canberra and being able to head out into the country in a few minutes, rather than struggling down the crowded toll ways.
A big attraction about having the time to travel the regions around Canberra [...]

Best we forget?

By 26 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Australian War Memorial

As we continue with the anniversary of World War I in the media and particularly, yesterday, at the Australian War Memorial here in Canberra, I am at a loss to explain my feelings.
My thesaurus doesn’t help. Nobody regards the events of 100 years ago as a celebration but we are reluctant to admit the [...]

Median strip parking OK on Anzac Day but not for other events?

By 26 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Car parking

Every time there’s a blockbuster on at the NGA, or a major sporting event in Manuka,  and visitors can’t get a park, the NCA and ACT Government send in the parking inspectors and wreck the experience for visitors with a massive revenue-raising exercise.
Interestingly, Dawn Service crowds seem to be exempted. Yesterday morning and for much [...]

Royal Commission or ICAC

By 25 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ICAC

I was thinking about the Royal Commission into the construction unions recently and the current call for a Royal Commission into the banks and a couple of things struck me as relevant.
Firstly, the Heydon Commission was a political animal designed to go after a particular union. Fess up, guys, you know that’s the truth. Sure [...]

Should heaters stay off till Anzac Day?

By 22 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Cat with heater

Does anyone know where the Canberra “rule” about heating staying off till after Anzac Day comes from?
It’s one of those things I’ve always known but can’t remember how I came to know it.
A comment on an earlier RiotACT post on how to survive your first winter here indicates that Canberrans have stuck to [...]

Any concerns re Mr Fluffy demolitions?

By 22 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

So Mr Fluffy houses have started to be demolished. Fences have gone up around several in my street, including one across the road from me. If a Mr Fluffy has been demolished next door to you or in your street, what is your opinion of the demolition process? Are you satisfied that every safety measure [...]

Cheap all-day parking in Braddon

By 21 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Approximate site of parking available

Looking for cheap all day parking close to the city? There are spaces available in a leafy 72 space all-day carpark, conveniently located just off Elder Street in Braddon.
Only 5 minute walk to the Canberra Centre, and a 2 minute walk to great coffee on Lonsdale Street. Calculating at only $8 per day (paid monthly, [...]

Celebrating suburban coffee

By 20 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Sitting down on a recent Sunday to catch up with a friend over a cup of coffee (or two) in Braddon, reminded me of why it is not my favourite place to go on a weekend – let alone during the week.
There has been a lot said by the marketers of Canberra about the ‘cool’ places [...]

Online ANZAC bus bookings, rise of internet an issue for the computerless

By 19 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Computer transactions

I’m trying to understand the proposal people should register online in order to travel by ACTION bus to this year’s ANZAC Day ceremonies.
While numbers attending the services continue to grow, last year as the anniversary of Gallipoli might have been a high water mark not to be repeated. Of course this should not be [...]

Manuka Oval Proposal : ISCCC Forum Thurs 28 April

By 18 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 28 April 2016 at 7:00 pm; ]  

INNER SOUTH CANBERRA COMMUNITY COUNCIL (ISCCC)

 PUBLIC FORUM Thursday 28 April 2016

7.00 pm Wesley Uniting Church Hall

20-22 National Circuit, Forrest

PROPOSED MANUKA OVAL DEVELOPMENT

HOW WILL IT AFFECT YOU?

The ACT Government has received an unsolicited bid from Greater Western Sydney Giants to re-develop the Manuka Oval and surrounds.

You will be affected if you:

live or work in Manuka, Kingston, [...]

ACT Election ’16 – now on!

By 18 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
legislative-assembly

Racing now in the Election Cup 2016! We now have candidates in all seats from the major parties. More on this later.
It needs to be acknowledged that there are other candidates running in the ACT election this year besides the major three parties.
We’ll have some independents running and we need to be able to distinguish [...]

A look around Canberra: Braddon

By 15 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
The Hamlet

The suburb of Braddon in Canberra’s inner north is one that is growing in popularity each day with every addition of a new restaurant, apartment block, or bar. I’m not sure why it’s taken me to long to do a write-up on Braddon, especially because it’s the suburb in which I currently live for another [...]

Seeking transparency in the ACT Government

By 14 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There are many things about the current ACT Government that are causing concerns, to me and local residents I meet with often – and I think most of us voted for them. Now that’s a worry!
If all that was not enough, then along come a couple of Canberra Times articles concerning the employment of the TAMS Minister’s [...]

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