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Best of Canberra – Autumn views

By 12 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Manchurian Pears with National Gallery

There was only one nomination following our Best of Canberra – Autumn views call out, perhaps because it was for a contender that was such a shoe-in it wasn’t worth nominating any other site in the city.
The ornamental pears that line the Lake Burley Griffin promenade at Queen Elizabeth Terrace, starting in line with the [...]

Ask RiotACT: Where to go? Braddon or Kingston?

By 12 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Canberrans,
I’m about to relocate to Canberra, and am trying to decide which suburb to move to. As the headline suggests, it’s between Braddon and Kingston. I’m a 30 year old professional, married, no kids, looking to buy an apartment and really want a convenient lifestyle with easy access to public transport and things to [...]

Our lives are full of privacy breaches

By 12 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
privacy

Last week I wrote of the ACT injustice of publicly naming people subsequently found not guilty of serious crimes such as rape.
The inconsistency of our law was apparent in the failure to name a stall at the recent night noodle markets from which 27 people allegedly developed food poisoning. The source was not named [...]

Ask RiotACT: Pet Door at Rental Property

By 11 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi,
I’m wondering if anyone has any suggestions on pet doors suitable for a rental property? (i.e. that don’t leave screw holes/require modifying existing windows/doors)
We have vertical sliding windows which open from the ground up, so I was thinking it might be possible to get something custom-made, or a handy-man to adapt a store-bought pet door, [...]

Help with a statutory warranty for new homes issue

By 10 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

Help – I need advice on getting defects rectified please.
I bought a newish house that had been used as a “Display Home” by the builder/developer.  It was around 6 months old when I bought it. It had never been lived in, evident by the fact the gas hot water wasn’t on and the water tank [...]

Police v Burch and CFMEU

By 10 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police barrier

Over coffee last week, I wandered through the Canberra Times and stopped to look at the insert “The Public Sector Informant”. Now, as a 30 year veteran of both the Commonwealth and ACT Public Services, I don’t usually skim through this stuff. When I said goodbye to the Circus, I didn’t mourn the parting of [...]

Face off: Calling last drinks at 3am

By 7 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Frank Condi

The ACT Government this week issued a white paper proposing dramatic changes to liquor licensing laws for nightclubs and bars in a bid to curb late night alcohol-fuelled violence. Under one proposal, venues would have call last drinks at 3am. Alternatively, the Government would reduce the maximum licensed time to 4am and increase the fee [...]

Looking for a financial planner in Canberra

By 7 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

I am looking for a financial planner in Canberra. I have been recommended three in particular, Milestone Financial, Rise Financial and Whybrow and Associates.  Has anyone had any dealing with any of these financial planners?  Do you have any other suggestions?

Ask RiotACT: Reasonable Hairdresser with Great Colourist

By 7 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi,
I am new to Canberra and I am looking for a new hairdresser.
I live at Turner but I am happy to drive anywhere for a decent and reasonably priced hairdresser.
I have red hair so I need to get my hair coloured every four weeks to maintain the shade, and so I do not want to [...]

Best of Canberra – autumn views

By 7 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Gorman Arts Centre

Canberra in autumn is like a jewelry box, with branches covered in foliage of ruby, topaz, champagne diamond and gold everywhere you look.
April is the perfect month to make like a tourist and head out to explore the city’s leafy streets, to climb its hills and to run around any of its lakes. We should [...]

Ask RiotACT: sports high schools

By 6 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hello Rioters. Just reaching out to find out what your opinions are on good high schools in Tuggeranong, specifically ones that have good sports programmes.
Thanks.

Proud to be a NIMBY

By 6 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Almost every day I walk by a set of new apartments here in Dickson. These are now part of the history of the push by residents not to have rubbish developments plonked in the area.
It is sad to watch yet another community, namely Red Hill, now being put through the mill. They are not objecting [...]

Ask RiotACT: Buying hay

By 5 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi, I’m getting married in Yarralumla next year and I would like to use hay to achieve a rustic vibe. Does anyone know where to get some? I have only found the green and round bales.
Thanks in advance.

No name, no shame: preventing the destruction of reputations

By 5 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

Last month a domestic violence charge against footballer El Masri was dismissed as was a similar less recent charge against another footballer. However in New South Wales, unlike the ACT, the women who bought the actions were named.
Here in Canberra we have a long and sorry history of publicly destroying reputations by publishing the names [...]

How does our public begging problem compare to that in other cities?

By 5 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

According to the Canberra Times, panhandlers are on the rise in Manuka. I don’t like the prospect of these people hassling retirees my mum’s age. Is it me or is Canberra worse than other cities for public begging? I spend a fair bit of time in Sydney and I have never had a [...]

Crowdfunding effort to fight for safety improvements to the Barton Highway

By 4 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Barton Highway

Help make safety improvements to the Barton Highway an election issue!
The next Federal election is due very soon.  The Barton Highway is now in a marginal seat.We need to print posters, bumper stickers, voting leaflets and other promotional stuff to raise political awareness of the safety issues. I need you to donate $2 (or more) and [...]

Working Canberrans can’t afford to lose penalty rates

By 4 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Retail worker

A cut to penalty rates is a reduction in wages that working Canberrans can’t afford and don’t deserve.
I hope you enjoyed your break over the expanded Easter public holiday. Please spare a thought for the nurses, paramedics, firefighters, engineers, retail and hospitality workers who kept Canberra going.
These working Canberrans spent time away from their loved [...]

Ask RiotACT: Buying new car interstate

By 4 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I am new to buying cars and I have read some articles from RiotACT dating back to 2011 about not buying new cars in Canberra due to:

The overpricing issue compare to Sydney.
The attitudes of the salesman being, I would say not hungry enough for the sales, to try to accommodate a reasonable offer, or – in [...]

Being an innovator (Part 2: Doing)

By 4 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Process. A way of thinking is the core that underpins great innovation, but the active part of that process is just as important. The way any idea travels from conception to realisation is what will make it great, or not so great.
Good innovation is about taking an idea to do more than is being done, [...]

Call for fair reporting on recent bombings

By 4 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Bombings

A couple of friends of mine featured in a Canberra Times article on Tuesday last week, about the bombings in Lahore on Sunday evening. Mohammed Ali is a Pakistani ex-pat who’s lived here for years and runs Forum Australia which is an interfaith discussion forum for all manner of issues and Diana Abdel-Rahman is an [...]

Ask RiotACT: Feijoas in Canberra?

By 3 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

For those of you who know what this delicious and tangy yet sweet fruit is all about, do you know if they’re easy to come by in Canberra?
If anyone had the foresight to plant their own trees and now finds they have more than they can eat, I would willingly buy some from you!  … Actually, [...]

Ask RiotACT: Yoga classes specifically for back issues

By 1 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Does anyone know of a yoga or Pilates beginners class in Canberra that specialises in bad back problems, more specifically mild scheuermann’s kyphosis.
I’m worried about getting a teacher that may not be fully qualified and may cause further damage.

The Murrumbidgee River Corridor plan: an open letter

By 30 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
The hall at Greenway. Photo: Stephen Caldicott

This is a letter of grave concern to the long term ecology and quality of the Murrumbidgee River by the proposed changed to development and building codes within the Murrumbidgee River corridor along Section 46 Greenway, also known as the area west of the Tuggeranong Town Centre.
It is not a protest against sensible planning and [...]

As RiotACT: Ending a periodic tenancy?

By 30 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Does anyone know whether a periodic tenancy has to end exactly on the day of the week/ fortnight/month we normally would pay rent?  I know we have to give at least three weeks notice, but would we have our rent partially refunded or prorated if the date we vacate was in the middle of our [...]

Lake Burley Griffin – What would Menzies do?

By 30 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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One of the pleasures of this city is to sit down by Lake Burley Griffin in the evening to watch the light fade. For someone born on the NSW coast, it is not quite the same as watching the surf roll in – but it is a very calming experience.
The lake is a real gem. [...]

The problem with penalty rates for public holidays and weekends

By 29 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
A barista at work

Some say that if you play your cards right in the United States, there are so many public holidays across the land of the free, religious, patriotic, union etc, that you never need work.
No doubt that would be impossible, but the issue has arisen here in Australia and thus the ACT through the question of [...]

Ask RiotACT: bike parking at the airport?

By 29 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’m going to the airport next week and I am considering about getting there by bike because the bus doesn’t look like it goes too close. So, question: are there bike racks or something at the Canberra airport which would keep a (pretty dodgy) bike safe for two weeks?

Ask RiotACT: Recommendation for Cat Specialist

By 28 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

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 [...]

Corporate tax cuts benefit workers?

By 28 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
bigbiz

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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: Best secondary schools – public and private?

By 24 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi. We are moving to Canberra in a few months and I want to know people’s opinion of the best secondary schools in ACT.  I have two sons – one in year 8 and one in year 9.  Open to all options.

Best of Canberra grocery delivery services

By 23 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Vegies to Your Door

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 [...]

Responding to the new Dickson supermarket DA

By 23 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

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