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Why are we on the innovation bandwagon?

By 7 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Bike helmet laws — baby steps

By 7 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
bike-helmets

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 [...]

Revamped Dickson DA – mediocre at best

By 7 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: getting my RSA in the ACT

By 5 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hello,
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 [...]

Planning an elopement: deciding on the location

By 5 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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So what happens after you’ve made the decision to elope, or even just get married? Where do you even start? There are so many things to consider.
We are quite lucky that we had already planned a trip to visit Mike’s dad in Macedonia this year, so we decided to kill two birds with one stone [...]

Ask RiotACT: upholsterer for loose cover

By 4 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

 

I have a heavy three-seater couch with loose down cushions, covered in winter fabric, that needs a removable linen summer cover made for it (and it will be too much trouble to get it out of the house and to an upholsterer).
Professional upholsterer recommendations needed, thanks in advance!

Best of Canberra callout – Tennis clubs

By 2 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Marist College 1982 year book

By 2 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
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 [...]

Archi-tales: The failure of domestic architecture

By 2 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Grand building plans will lead to congestion, and at what cost?

By 1 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: finding pet-friendly rentals

By 29 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi all,
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? [...]

Canberra is truly a liveable city

By 29 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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No matter which way you look at it, Canberra has had a coming of age in the past decade. Shortly before his retirement in 2011, in an interview for Inside Story Jon Stanhope said:
I think [the ACT] is a better place now than when we came into government – judged any way you want on [...]

Ask RiotACT: Recommendations for a psychiatrist

By 26 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

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 [...]

What tradie should I call for mould damage in kitchen?

By 25 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

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 [...]

Mount Ainslie design winners announced

By 25 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Take a very hot day, take a small crowd of press and politicians and a few designers – and where would you head on a day of 36 degrees in Canberra. Stay inside maybe? Not this lot – there was something important to be done.
Up they went to the very top of Mount Ainslie. They [...]

What’s the planning process for adding a toilet/shower to a garage?

By 24 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Ask Riot

Hi guys,
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 [...]

The Canberra Hospital – a patient journey

By 24 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
The Canberra Hospital

How many of you have had a gall stone or similar? I just had my first and the excruciating pain was a thing to behold.  Idiotically, I thought it would pass and only did something to fix it after ten days of agony. I get the Idiot-of-the-Week Award.
Anyhow, it gave me cause to see from [...]

Best of Canberra callout: Running routes

By 23 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Running FH

Melbourne has the Tan, Sydney has Centennial Park and here in Canberra, we have Lake Burley Griffin.
But the popular Bridge to Bridge track is just one of dozens of options when it comes to heading out for a run, as I learnt when I joined a running group that meets in a different part of [...]

Supernode issue causing poor internet access

By 23 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

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 [...]

No bike helmet idea a can of worms for Government

By 23 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Cycling without a helmet

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 [...]

Dickson under threat from ad hocery!

By 22 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Best of Canberra: secondhand bookshops

By 22 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Barr in background as Manuka Oval plan lands

By 17 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 fog around the ACT’s Heritage Strategy

By 17 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Best of Canberra callout – secondhand bookshops

By 17 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Best of Canberra – Bike paths

By 17 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

The problem of public land and private sport

By 16 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: Help with MacBook

By 16 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’m looking for someone to take a look at my MacBook which is not in a good way. Can anyone recommend a good Mac repairer?

Ask RiotACT: Swimming Lesson Recommendation

By 15 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi all,
I have a 7-year-old son who I am looking to get swimming lessons for (preferably private). Ideally this is on the south side.
Do you have any recommendations?
Cheers

The power of language

By 15 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: Florist for Valentine’s Day?

By 12 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

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?
As [...]

Ask RiotACT: portrait photography recommendations

By 11 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’m looking to get a ‘family’ photoshoot – myself, partner and our dog – and looking for recommendations of good photographers – perhaps more creative/original-type artists, more than stock-standard studio portrait type. Thanks in advance!

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