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Why does Tuggeranong stink?

By 12 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Have you been affected by the unpleasant smell in Tuggeranong? Do you know where it’s coming from?
In recent weeks residents of the territory’s southern suburbs have complained about a foul stench and now the Canberra Liberals are on the case. Shadow Minister for the Environment Nicole Lawder has called on the Government to act to [...]

ACT election headaches ahead for candidates

By 12 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The 2016 ACT Assembly election obviously will be a watershed, not least because the legislature finally has increased to a properly representative 25 members.
I say ‘not least’ because there are a number of sleeping issues (headaches?) that candidates and successful MLAs will face.
Whomever forms government next October will need 13 of the 25 elected representatives, [...]

Canberra street names on song

By 12 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Every suburb in Canberra has a theme; from Australian rivers and lakes, to judges, to poets and butterflies, to architects. And now there’s going to be a music themed suburb. Moncrieff in the Gungahlin region has been named after soprano Gladys Lillian Moncrieff and it was announced last week that all the streets in Moncrieff [...]

Should dogs be allowed in Weston Park?

By 11 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am extremely concerned to learn that dogs on leash are now allowed in Weston Park. Dogs will not be able to access the miniature railway or children’s playground area. Weston Park is full of wildlife, kangaroos, swans, ducks, swamp hens and many parrots and other birds. During the week when traffic and people numbers are [...]

Australia Day: Festival or Funeral?

By 11 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I took out Aussie citizenship when I was 20. Up till then it hadn’t occurred to me that there was any benefit to being a fully-fledged citizen when I could get all the benefits as a British subject, having been born in England and migrating out to Oz when I was three years old. I [...]

Ask RiotACT: tile regrouter recommendations

By 8 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi guys: does anyone have any recommendations on tile regrouters in Canberra? Thank you.

First look: Jenny Tiffen tries out Uber

By 7 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My husband and I went to the Gold Coast early last month. It was an amazing, kid-free trip. Since it was just the two of us, we thought we would try something new. Your first time with anything is always something to remember. It’s all a bit scary and I am the first to admit, [...]

Charities should pool resources to set example for nation

By 5 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Festive and giving season is over and we are into the New Year and its resolutions.
Two happenings now occur. The telephone stops ringing and the post stops delivering appeals from charities. If you listen carefully you can hear 2016 resolutions being broken all over Canberra.
What these two occurrences have in common is that [...]

Play it cool this summer

By 4 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Heat stress and heat stroke are no joke. A 2014 study found that since 1900, they have been responsible for more natural, non-disease related deaths than any other cause, including floods, cyclones, bushfires, and storms combined. Twice as many people died from heat stroke during the period of 2009 Black Saturday fires than from the [...]

Canberra tales: Blue Poles at the Museum of Australia

By 30 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There is talk in the art world about the National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) changes to their permanent collection galleries and how this has included the movement of the famous Jackson Pollock painting, Blue Poles, from its long historic position downstairs to the upstairs galleries.
So when we talk of Blue Poles, the connection is normally [...]

Is Mr Fluffy planning variation worth a Backyard Bonus?

By 29 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Maybe the answer to DV 343, which is causing angst among Mr Fluffy owners and their neighbours, lies in a Backyard Bonus or BYB. Readers will recall the ACT government is allowing dual occupancy building on established residential blocks cleared due to asbestos contamination under this planning variation. It’s a nice little earner [...]

Why I don’t set New Year’s Resolutions, but I do set goals

By 29 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE

According to a University of Scranton study, only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions. So why do we put so much pressure on ourselves by setting a New Year’s goal? Why is it so important to make the decision to do or not do something in order to accomplish a personal goal or break a habit on [...]

Ask RiotACT: Southside Hairdressers

By 24 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi there,
My usual hairdresser did a terrible job on my hair this last week and it’s the last straw if you know what I mean. I’m looking for hairdresser recommendations for the Southside, but my budget does not extend to Cataldos.
Thanks.

Ask RiotACT: Buying in ‘old’ Dunlop

By 24 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Everyone!
Can anyone share some buying advice for old Dunlop? Specifically Lance Hill Ave/Evelyn Owen Crescent?
Looking to buy a 4-bed in the area; I have a young family so I’m wondering if its worth looking there?
Thanks.

A Christmassy Ask RiotACT: favourite Christmas / seasonal songs

By 23 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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A Christmassy ‘Ask RiotACT!’
I love this time of year, though by this time a lot of us are fed up with Christmas music – usually because we only hear the same few songs over and over again while we shop.
Retail staff must go bonkers!
It’s such a pity we don’t hear a much wider range of [...]

Mt Ainslie should not become an archi-park

By 23 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I am not sure how many times I have driven people up Mt Ainslie take in the magnificent panoramic views. It remains the best lookout to take in Canberra’s urban infrastructure, to appreciate the planning that underpins the city’s layout and to witness just how the nation’s capital is nestled in the landscape.
The facilities at [...]

Ask RiotACT: licensed electrician in north Belconnen

By 22 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello. I’m looking for a licensed electrician with a reasonable rate per hour. Ideally, with no call out so preferably local to install LED downlights.
Also, does anyone know how long it would take to put new LED lights in to replace existing downlights which currently have halogen. It’s a straightforward change over; no holes need to be cut [...]

Ask RiotACT: looking for rental advice

By 22 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello Riotact. Does anyone have some advice on renting out a property in Canberra? Hopefully, we will be out by end of January and looking to rent out the property — but looking at returns (the agents are after approx. 10% and the land tax adds onto expenses), I’m unsure what is the best way to go. Can [...]

Housing ACT should deal with ‘undesirables’ who give public tenants a bad name

By 22 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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This season of goodwill and new beginnings might not be the most suitable to raise the issue of Housing ACT’s relocation plans for its Northbourne Avenue and Braddon tenants, nevertheless I think I owe it to these often much maligned people to do so.
There have been numerous complaints in the media about the new sites [...]

Ask RiotACT: Canberra Xmas Lights

By 21 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Looking to drive around the suburbs and check out the Xmas lights that families put up. Any suggestions for the best ones?

Best of Canberra – Archery

By 21 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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“Clear to shoot!”
This is what I eagerly await to hear when lining up on the archery range. Three arrows don’t take long to dispel and I am super keen to try and practice the next round as soon as I can.
Braving the heat of Sunday (I lie, I love this hot weather), I took to [...]

Antarctic trip – Part one – Chile

By 21 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s a bit Chile on the way to Antarctica so a stopover afterwards in sunny Argentina was just the job. I had a couple of bucket list items which needed ticking off.
They were to set foot on all continents on the planet and to step foot on the soil of Antarctica. This trip was to [...]

Ask RiotACT: Belconnen-area primary schools

By 19 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am moving to Canberra in the new year and will be working in Belconnen, so I am looking at the surrounding suburbs. Are there any recommendations for primary schools in that general area?
I would like to avoid the schools where bullying is more likely to be a problem (obviously).

Ask RiotACT: Price of having new taps installed?

By 18 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi friends, can anyone advise me on the expected cost of having some new taps installed/existing taps moved in my garden? The potential sites all have close access to existing water supply so there shouldn’t be much drama.
Also, do I need a plumber for this or could a landscaper or handyman do the job? Appreciate any advice.

Ask RiotACT: Looking to re-finance. Advice welcome.

By 17 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi there. I have a 1BR investment unit in Gunghalin I bought for $290,000 five years ago. Agents tell me now it is lucky to be worth $250,000 (thanks ACT Government for flooding 1BR units onto the market – overkill springs to mind). I rent it furnished for $340 per week. I owe $240,000 on it and [...]

Parton quits morning radio … but wait, there will be more

By 17 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Mark Parton began his career in radio at the age of 17. Thirty-two years later, 16 of which were spent in Canberra, Parton will retire from local station 2CC as one of the most respected and recognised voices in the ACT.
No hullabaloo or humiliation mark Mark’s departure. He retires with grace and style knowing that [...]

Ask RiotACT: Certificates of occupancy

By 16 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi everyone! I was hoping someone could give me some advice.
We’re looking to buy a house and have discovered in the contract a DA approval for a brand new kitchen that was built a few years ago. This kitchen has no Certificate of Occupancy. We like the house and weve been told inspections and paperwork [...]

A Christmas wish: urban leadership

By 16 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When Jon Stanhope commented on his disappointment – or was it frustration – with the lack of the ACT Government’s achievement in delivering on social housing, it struck a note with anyone who likewise considers that the LDA/directorate is focused on land sales at the expense of urban development and issues such as social housing.
I [...]

Refined approach key to tourism, business growth for Canberra

By 15 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Jennifer Dwyer Slee

Every city interested in making its mark on the world continually looks for ways to become more attractive to business and tourism. Ways to shine brighter on the world stage, and not just because they are proud of who they are. It’s because building a city’s economy through conferences, events and tourism in general is [...]

Ask RiotACT: Individual property pipe maps

By 15 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all — long time lurker, first time poster.
We moved into a house in October and I’m having trouble figuring out the water taps in the backyard. The problem is none of them work!
I’ve found one water outlet underneath a shrub but when you turn the handles no water. Same goes for another freestanding tap [...]

Mount Ainslie revamp – let’s improve but not go over the top

By 15 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last week the government announced plans to hold a design competition for a revamp of the Mount Ainslie summit.
At the moment, there’s not a lot up there. Some benches, an info sign, some parking spots and that’s about it. And I reckon that’s exactly how it should stay.
I’m not opposed to new benches or new [...]

Assembly’s maturity in planning a matter of opinion

By 14 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I see amendments to the National Capital Plan are due for approval before Christmas. Essentially this will pass greater responsibility for local planning decisions to an ACT government.
Granted there have been two rounds of community consultation on an exposure draft prepared by the National Capital Authority (NCA). Thus, while the final approval will again be [...]

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