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 [...]
I wrote about the compulsory wearing of bike helmets back in 2014 suggesting that the laws were ill-conceived, arbitrary and downright dangerous.
I talked about the benefits of cycling and admitted happily that helmets do in fact prevent soft tissue injury and hairline fractures. But I also suggested that the increased head mass due to the [...]
I don’t think the residents will be holding celebrations about what is being proposed for the new supermarket complex here in downtown Dickson.
Dickson is the main commercial/shopping hub for the inner north of Canberra and most residents would agree that it is overdue for a revamp. We know too well what the problems are. There [...]
UK working visa holder here. Just wanting some advice on getting my RSA, I saw some websites that offer them very quickly and relatively cheap. Can anyone confirm if this is a legit way to acquire the RSA or can anyone point me in the right direction. CIT’s website states that to get an RSA [...]
Australians love their tennis. Obviously, the Australian Open is our favourite time to remember this and we are all about tennis for an entire fortnight each year. (Also, if Channel 7 hasn’t told you who your favourite My Kitchen Rules contestant will be by the end of it … I just don’t know what TV [...]
I would like to find an 1982 year 7 Marist College Canberra year book for some research I’m doing about my Uncle who has now passed away. Can anyone please provide me with a copy or does anyone have a copy I can borrow? Any help or information about year 7 1982 Marist College Canberra [...]
Along with some very pointed questions that were posed at the recent talk at the Albert Hall, there were a couple about the lack of government leadership in emphasizing the value of good design and the importance of architecture. Sadly along with many other questions asked, there were no satisfactory answers.
When it comes to domestic [...]
Promises, promises … My head is spinning at the cornucopia of exciting building developments so far announced for Canberra.
There is a new on-site convention centre, a new stadium to replace Civic pool, the City to Lake unit extension over at West Basin and there is the tram.
The container park on the futsal slab has been [...]
Does anyone have any suggestions for finding a pet-friendly rental in Canberra?
I’ve been scouring allhomes and Domain but so many listings say either ‘no pets considered’ or, if not specified, a follow up call to the estate agent confirms that no pets are allowed.
Are there any agents who are known for advertising pet-friendly properties? [...]
I’m currently seeing someone but I have an issue with some medication he wants to put me on and I would like a second opinion. If anyone knows of a psychiatrist who has good people skills and a professional demeanour, could you please advise.
(I have previously had a bad experience with a psychiatrist who was [...]
I’d be grateful for recommendations of tradespersons for an issue we have in our kitchen.
Our dishwasher had a leak for a few weeks before we had it repaired. Now we think the flooring underneath must have some mould damage because there’s a very strong musty smell.
What kind of tradie do i need? A flooring person [...]
Is it a painful planning process to add a shower and possibly a toilet to a garage? I’ve had a look at the planning.act.gov.au web page but it really isn’t clear. I would assume there must be some sort of planning process though before a plumber can tie into the sewer/stormwater?
Any advice would be [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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?