Democracy is certainly not perfect, and the ACT is no exception.
In 2016 the ACT Legislative Assembly will increase its members from 17 to 25; there is some merit to this proposition. For its population, the ACT currently has the lowest level of democratic representation in Australia (both at the federal and territory levels). An increase [...]
Moving on from my last post on injuries, today I wanted to talk about the importance of wrapping your hands correctly, for punching the mitts for fitness or obviously actual boxing. In my early days in the sport I never really paid too much attention to looking after my hands. They didn’t hurt so I [...]
It was just the other day I was chatting to an old friend, over beer of course, reminiscing of the fun events we used to have in Canberra. The V8 Supercars was the first to stir up passion before the conversation flew towards the hilariously entertaining Birdman Rally.
It didn’t take long before we were YouTube-ing [...]
I am on a humanitarian responder roster and I have been asked to prepare to deploy to Gaza/Iraq/Syria/Afghanistan (actual posting tbc). First step is to find a safe, stress-free environment for my two cats. The postings normally last three months so I am looking for options:- kennel, house sitter, shelter. Has anyone got any suggestions? [...]
Canberra is now reaching an age where, in the older parts of town at least, decorating our shops and drawing attention to promotions requires an extra sensitivity to heritage values.
The good news is that for the most part, we’re taking care of our old buildings and although there have been some interesting architectural clashes, the [...]
Did anyone notice the oceans of salivation over Eddie Obeid’s, Joe Tripodi’s and Ian MacDonald’s discomfort when sprung by the NSW ICAC? All those Labor haters thought the wrath of God had finally arrived on those scumbags.
I need to say that I love Labor desperately. The Party has been good to me and [...]
This post is more of a courtesy to other people so that they can avoid what we are going through. My husband and I moved to Canberra late last year. Knowing the winter would be cold (duh!) we had a split system air conditioning system installed in January. We paid more – thinking heating was [...]
I will never forget the day my English husband sampled his first chicken parma. After a long day of beer drinking with friends in Melbourne (whilst on a holiday out from England) someone suggested we ‘go for a parma’. Intrigued and slightly scared, hubbie found himself faced with a schnitzel the size of [...]
A very long time ago when I was starting out in radio one of the old hands told me sadly that even though we had access to a moderately powerful transmitter, there were many important things that needed be said but could never be heard on the home receiver because “they” wouldn’t allow it.
Whether that [...]
I came across the below online booklet by Dave Wheeler recently where he describes his life growing up in Canberra over the past 40+ years. It’s a nice if somewhat quirky read, for those of you who’ve lived in Canberra in the 70′s and 80′s you’ll find the locations events he mentions a fascinating trip [...]
Does anyone know when the report into School Principal’s Budget Autonomy Trial will be released? The trial was significantly scaled back after 18 months in July last year which raised a more than a few eyebrows. I for one am curious to know if the principal’s came in on budget? Did they appropriate the money [...]
Long-time residents of Canberra will remember the old Starlight drive-in cinema that used to be at Watson, near the end of the Federal Highway, with its bright neon sign proudly glowing for all who entered Canberra to see. Brand new residents of Canberra will have no idea what I’m talking about. The younger generation probably [...]
Well, I’m not sure about the need for “infrastructure stimulus” projects in Canberra. If there is, I hope those projects wont be relying on local tradies to do some of that work.
I have heard numerous similar stories to this, but now I have experienced myself :
For a few weeks now, I’ve been looking for an [...]
I’m looking to employ someone to do small a job concreting at my home. I thought I would reach out to the RiotACT audience to see if anyone has a recommendation? Also are there any companies I should avoid? Thanks in advance.
I went to one of my favourite places on Sunday morning for breakfast – Ricardo’s at Jamison. I haven’t been there for several months now so I was somewhat surprised when I turned up at 10am to find a lady out the front taking names. Apparently Ricardo’s now take bookings. The lady was very friendly, [...]
I’m looking for a handyman/woman who would assist me with making our garden sustainable and accessible for our three sons with disability. I’m learning the principles of permaculture and our garden has zones. Our house came with an old chook shed that we would like to clean out and reuse and also make a run [...]
I have some friends coming down to Canberra and they are looking for a Farmstay or similar… like a nice warm and cosy home with a fireplace… to stay for a weekend
Two adults, two young kids and a Gen Y tagging along.
Any help with ideas will be appreciated
I was surprised to find out that the trees and grass outside Dickson pool are being demolished for a temporary bitumen carpark.
This is a terrible shame. Once these big trees are gone they will never come back. If the carpark is temporary then why put down bitumen?
The location for this carpark is the corner of the intersection of Cowper and Antill [...]
For this week’s Taste Off, steak was on the menu. It may not be the friend of vegetarians, but for meat lovers world wide, sometimes there is nothing better than a good steak.
Your votes pointed us in two directions, both polar opposites in the steak race. The first was the Charcoal Grill, who [...]
The emergence of the enlightened catch up of the Liberal Party (and hopefully their Coalition Party colleagues, the Nationals) to allow MPs a conscience vote on same sex marriage is very welcome.
When I heard about this about-face, I ruminated on the old question about the separation of Church and State. I think it [...]
Katy Gallagher addressed the National Labour Women’s conference on the weekend, talking as the most senior elected member of the Australian Labor Party. Her core message was ‘women can and do make a difference.’ I wholeheartedly agree. But it’s going to take a massive mindshift in our society to draw a better balance for women [...]
Inspired by many posts over the years on the RiotACT, I thought it was again time to question what lurks beneath the muddy depths of Lake Burley Griffin. My latest Canberra short story was inspired by three items nominated via social media:
Llloonng Exposures + Clouds + Chilly Canberra Morning
Let me know what you think. [...]
On the day news came through that it had been found Peter Slipper had dishonestly used parliamentary taxi vouchers to travel to wineries, callers started ringing in to the radio program I was presenting.
Some said that in the scheme of things, misusing taxpayer funds to the tune of $954 didn’t seem like that big of [...]
Hands up (or should I say ‘paws up’) who has been to a cat café before? Probably not many of us have.
There are approximately 150 cat cafes in Japan, and around 30 throughout the rest of the world with Australia’s first cat cafe opening its doors last week.
A cat café sounds like a crazy concept. [...]
Some of you might recall participating in a survey the Belconnen Community Council conducted earlier this year on the Belconnen Town Centre.
The BCC has analysed the results, and prepared a comprehensive report. Themes include the need for more convenient, cheaper and more accessible parking, and a desire for more and better connected street-level amenity. On [...]