Opinion (1424 Stories)

Ask RiotACT: Razor wire trap

By 24 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: Car Stereo / Head Unit Installation Recommendation

By 23 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have a 2002 Holden Astra with a Blaupunkt 520 head unit. According to a cursory glance online, it has no option for adding on the feature to hook it up to a iPhone. I would like to purchase a new head unit that can be hooked up to my iPhone, but I have no idea [...]

Ask RiotACT: Belconnen mall – closure of small northside carpark?

By 21 October 2015
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I noticed last week that the new chain link fencing behind the fitness centre actually closes off the small northside carpark on the ground level at Belconnen Mall – does anyone know why or what’s going there?

Dickson Parklands – leave the trees alone

By 21 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: Alfred Deakin High School?

By 20 October 2015
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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 [...]

Best of Canberra swing-off: Golf driving ranges

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Gungahlin Lakes

The thought of a having to play a whole game of golf is absolute agony to me. Attending a driving range is much more appealing.
When the call went out last week, a few suggestions came through to simply visit the local oval and have a hit. However, not having my own clubs nor the desire [...]

A tale of two videos about Canberra

By 19 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Canberra: The Musical

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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: Shirataki Noodles in Canberra?

By 19 October 2015
Ask RiotACT

Does anyone know where to get Shirataki noodles in Canberra, I heard they are great for weight-loss and good for you in general.

School of Music: history and solution


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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: Cash for metal?

By 16 October 2015
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My parents have a lot of old engines and gearboxes and one wrecked car body. Are they worth any cash if I hire a trailer and drop them off at the metal recyclers?

Distressed puppy next door

Ask RiotACT

I am seeking any information anyone may be able to give me about what I can do about a distressed little puppy next door.
Over the weekend, my neighbours appear to have gotten a beautiful new puppy; however, the last two days the people living in the house have all left in the morning and not [...]

Where next with Floriade?


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 [...]

Best of Canberra: Golf driving ranges

Golf driving range

We know all there is to know about golf. We have watched Happy Gilmore. Just tap it in right? Just taaaaaaap it in. Oh, and there was that work Christmas party at a driving range one time – that was fun.
Turns out, it is time to get a bit more into it. Or for those [...]

Ask RiotACT: Are traffic lights the answer?

By 14 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

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 [...]

A walk through the Bowen Place underpass


The Bowen Place underpass has been a long time in coming — and is very welcomed. It is a job well done.
I say that it was a long time in coming as for far too many years now people, as they travelled to and from Kings Avenue to the lakeside, have had to cross over [...]

Ask RiotACT: Hairdressers

By 13 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s time for updated hairdresser recommendations. Who are your favourites?

It’s time to reclaim our School of Music

Peter Tregear

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, [...]

Best of Canberra swim-off – rivers and lakes

Casuarina Sands

I have been in Canberra for four years now and am ashamed to admit that I have not explored the area as much as I should have in that time. Actually, at all. So with the Best of Canberra moving away from food to the best things to do around here more generally, I am [...]

Ask RiotACT: Tailor for ladies clothing

By 12 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi all,
I’m looking to have a range of clothes tailored following substantial weight loss. Can anyone recommend a good tailor? I’d prefer southside or Civic but happy to travel for the right person.

What will the next 25 years bring for the ACT Assembly?

By 12 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Legislative Assembly

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 [...]

Radicalisation or Resocialisation?

By 12 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: Moving to Canberra

By 10 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: Best Sports Lawyer

By 9 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Can anyone tell me the contact details for the best sports lawyer in Canberra please?

Ask RiotACT: Sourcing a pinata

By 8 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

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 [...]

Entrance to new suburb of LAWSON

By 8 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

At the entrance to Lawson on Baldwin Drive to Stockman Avenue there are at least 40 concrete rectangular blocks among planted trees.  These blocks look like standing stones or cemetery headstones!  Can anyone tell me what they are and what is their significance?  Look forward to being enlightened.

Glebe Park is not for Floriade – it’s a park!


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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: Pest control inspections and body corporates

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi folks
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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: Car wreckers in Canberra

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I know of a couple of OK car wreckers in Queanbeyan, but I’m wondering if there are any around that allow you to actually go in and remove parts from their cars yourself? I read something about there not being any such places here because of stricter laws regarding safety etc – not sure if [...]

Feathering eyebrows – recommendations please?

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Has anyone had their eyebrows tattooed – i.e. feathering eyebrows?
I am looking for professional, hygienic, licensed operators in ACT. Any suggestions/experiences are greatly appreciated!

Ask RiotACT: Magpies in our backyard

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi, I have a question that Google can’t seem to answer for me!
We have an issue with magpies that are coming into our backyard to try and steal our food.  TAMS isn’t helpful, as their advice is to steer clear of the area, walk don’t run etc but I can’t exactly avoid my backyard.
They’re not [...]

Best of Canberra ­­– river and lake swims

Dogs swimming in the Murrumbidgee

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 [...]

Wrinklies of the World Unite!


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 [...]

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