The people next door have erected a coiled razor wire trap along their side fence. I’m not sure whether it’s to keep kids or roaming cats from entering the yard but it looks rather nasty.
The Environment and Planning Department say it is illegal and to contact the Police and the RSPCA. The Police said that [...]
The Dickson Parklands (bureaucratically classified as Section 72 Dickson) have been the subject of questionable proposals for a couple of years by the ACT Government through the LDA and the linked development directorate.
The most notorious foray was the insensitive proposal that the trees on the corner of Cowper and Antill should be cleared for a [...]
My son is in year 8 and currently attends Marist College, but because of bullying he wants to change schools. He’s also developed anxiety and depression because of the bullying so I think a co-ed environment might work better for him. We’re considering the local high school, however I’m not sure about the public school [...]
A few years back the ABC TV program The Beast poked fun at the capital with a cringe-inspiring video, ‘Canberra: The Musical’, mocking our roundabouts, fake lake and bureaucratic heritage.
One redeeming feature was a cameo appearance by the late great Peter Harvey at the end. Sorry to those of you who involved producing it, yes, it’s [...]
The issue of the School of Music being slow poisoned by the ANU has attracted many conversations and opinions, most of which are in favour of a resurrected or valued institution and most of which are critical of the ANU’s treatment of the School. And rightly so. It is solely responsible for the slow death [...]
As mentioned in an earlier post, the ACT Government is under pressure from the National Capital Authority to move Floriade out of Commonwealth Park west.
Many people agree that it is time to rethink some aspects of Floriade. It has been much the same for decades – so yes it is indeed timely to refresh this [...]
Recently the ACT Government put out a flyer about road changes coming for the Gungahlin area. Amongst these was the proposal to signalise the large roundabout at the intersection of the Barton Highway, William Slim and Gundaroo Drives.
Does anyone else think that putting traffic lights on the roundabout is a half-baked solution and that the [...]
Earlier this year, my business partner and I attempted to produce a small opera in Canberra. Having been buoyed by a successful seasons in Hong Kong, we thought we’d bring it to the place we love and call home.
It was impossible. The lack of suitable venues, coupled with an inflexible attitude from government-funded arts bureaucrats, [...]
The first sitting day of the ACT Assembly in May 1989 was not smooth. Accusations flew about backstabbing Opposition deals being done for thirty pieces of silver; members mournfully noted that the first Assembly included at least four members who thought the Assembly should not exist at all:
Bill Wood (Australian Labor Party): We have not [...]
The radicalisation of the young 15-year-old killing an innocent man has shocked the country. The arrest of what seems to be a cabal of radicalised young men of Muslim faith surprises no one and their influence over a seemingly innocent and impressionable young man doesn’t surprise many of us either. That is because we have [...]
I’m wondering if I can get local advice on where to live in Canberra.
We might be settling in Canberra long term and will look to rent first before buying, so ideally want to rent in a place we will be able to afford to buy in. Generally looking for a family-friendly neighbourhood where we can [...]
My dear hive mind of rioters,
My little astromonkey is having a birthday party this Sunday [11/10] and now desperately wants a pinata. I’ve seen a few places do on-line sales but don’t want to risk non-delivery in time for this event. The party shop line rings out and other [insert search engine of choice] aren’t much [...]
More than thirty years ago there was a very vocal community campaign to halt the complete takeover of Glebe Park.
The proposal by a large development company in partnership with the then government (how things change!) was to take out the trees and to change the northern section the park to an event space for a [...]
Can anyone enlighten me as to what the responsibilities of body corporates are in relation to pest inspection/control in the ACT. A family member is looking at buying a townhouse and thinks they may need to get their own pest inspection report done on the unit. If this does reveal problems how is responsibility [...]
Until now, the RiotACT’s Best of Canberra has been limited to food-related experiences, but with a new editorial team on deck, we thought it was time to give the series a bit of a shake up. There is more to life than food, after all.
First up, then, to coincide with this balmy weather and today’s [...]
1 October was the International Day of Older Persons. This the day that we celebrate and respect the contributions of older persons in our community and indeed in the world community.
Most people know with the increasing advances in death prevention, the percentage of older persons in our community is expected to increase dramatically in the [...]