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Every Thursday afternoon, we package up the five most-read RiotACT stories [...]

Ask RiotACT: Issues with IVAR Villa (Franklin)

By 1 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I have purchased an off-the-plan property in IVAR Villa (Franklin) a few months ago. I was advised that construction would start in September 2015 but nothing has happened yet. I would like to know if anyone else has had this type of experience with off-the-plan properties and the options that I have.
Also, has anyone purchased a property in [...]

Ask RiotACT: What’s happened to the Sunrise Cafe in Civic?

By 30 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Anyone know what has happened to the owner of the Sunrise Cafe in the City Bus Interchange?  About 6 weeks ago he put up a sign closed for 2 weeks due to ill health.  Now the cafe is all covered up.
This Cafe has been an institution in Canberra and will be sorely missed.

What is a police caution and do we have to do anything?

Ask Riot

My brother was recently pulled over and given a caution from a police officer.
We understand that he shouldn’t gain any demerit points or get a fine but does anything else happen?
Thanks all responders.

Moving to Canberra’s inner suburbs?

Ask RiotACT

I’m from Sydney and moving to Canberra for good. My husband is renting in Gunaghlin but as a family we would like to move to an area that has established public schools for my kids. We have heard great things about Turner School/Lyneham Primary/ Lyneham High in inner North, and Garran Primary/Curtin Primary/Red Hill Primary/Telopea [...]

What is happening with the bus network?

Ask RiotACT

Yesterday morning I took the bus from Phillip to Civic at about 8am, or I should say, I eventually took the bus from Phillip to Civic, getting on a bus at 8:40am. The 300 series buses were few and far between and when they did come, they would (or could not stop) as they were full.
When I [...]

Riot Weekly Top 5 (20th September 2014)

By 21 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Another week gone and here are the most popular posts of the week (firstly by readership and then by comments) including confirmation on Capital Metro, disappointment over Myer’s decision not to set up in Woden and a bit of religion thrown into the mix!
Top 5 for readership
1. ‘No Myer for Westfield Woden after all?’
2. ‘Capital Metro endorsed [...]

Road rage on Monaro today almost killed us

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

My partner and I are very lucky to be alive this afternoon….
At approx 3:10pm this afternoon, we experienced horrific road rage directed at us on the Monaro Hwy. It happened in the direction going from Civic to Hume about 1km or so of the Alexander Maconochie Centre. An “electric blue” coloured ute (pretty sure it was [...]

Riot Weekly Top 5 (13th September 2014)

By 14 September 2014

Another week gone and in case you missed anything, here are the Top 5 stories for readership, followed by the Top 5 for discussion.
Our most widely read post this week was: Something happening at Cooleman Court – 6 police cars suddenly turned up.
A close second was: Parking in Braddon – something needs to be done.
Coming [...]

Riot Weekly Top 5 (30th August 2014)

By 31 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

This week we have been requested to offer the Top 5 posts for comments along with the Top 5 posts for readership, so here you go.
Of most interest to Rioters this week…
Top 5 for Readership
Taking pole position is ‘Road Rage in Canberra’, talking about the rising tension on Canberra roads.
Coming in second is [...]

Help looking for a designer to change the front of our house

By 14 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know any good designers or builders that could transform and refresh the front of our house in Theodore to a contemporary look.

Would BusPlus system be a viable transport solution?


Matthew kindly sent in a link to an article in the Canberra Times which we missed amidst all the heated discussions over light rail, suggesting it may stimulate some good discussion.
Given all the conversations had in the past few weeks over public transport in the ACT, would this potentially provide any answers or [...]

Mother’s Day Classic

By 30 April 2014

[ 11 May 2014; ] I heard once that Canberra has one of the highest participation rates for recreational running. I don’t know if that’s true but those of us who do lace on our sneakers for regular runs will already know about the Mother’s Day Classic fun run.

It’s a fund raiser for breast cancer research (you’ll see lots of [...]

Important RiotACT announcement


RiotACT is now under new ownership and management. The site has been bought by a small group of local business people keen to see RiotACT survive and thrive. Before they make any changes or adjustments to the site, they have asked to hear from you, the community who make RiotACT what it is.
As many of [...]

All your wall calendars sucking? May we present the RiotACT Parking Calendar for 2014

By 8 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Taking the best of parking photos, arrange by month in the iPhoto Calendar tool, add in the ACT Public Holidays, hey presto a pdf calendar to sneak down to your office reproduction room to bogart the glossy paper while the place is quiet.
(Also anyone who can get one of the relevant car owners to pose [...]

State of the Riot 2013

By 1 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

It’s time to look back at the vital stats for this site in 2013 and see what the most read stories and most searched for people were.
(All numbers courtesy Google Analytics)
Despite some technical disasters during the year we still racked up a very satisfying 7% increase in the all important Unique Visitors to 1,509,617.
Pageviews [...]

Goodbye 2013. We are afloat on rivers of crap and the boat is sinking

By 31 December 2013

Cracked has a good article on the rising tide excrement trying to clog every potential avenue of information.
Here in Canberra looking back on the year it’s just as awful with things that look a bit like news filling up our letterboxes and the airwaves.
With no meaningful clashes of ideology (Labor being the party of big [...]

Here’s hoping you’re all having a merry Christmas

By 25 December 2013

2013 has been, for many of us, harder than we ever imagined it would be.
But on Christmas Day it’s important to remember that love and laughter are far more important than the things in our life.
I hope you all have a great day and night.
But if not remember the cricket starts tomorrow.

Apology to Mr David Richards, Barrister Canberra

By 19 December 2013

Between 28 November 2013 and 12 December 2013 we hosted on our website material posted by one of our registered users in respect to Mr David Richards and his Christmas Lights Display at his residence in Red Hill in the Australian Capital Territory. That material was defamatory of Mr Richards and entirely untrue. It had [...]

We’ve won an award!

By 12 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

And Smart Company’s Best Search Strategy award for 2013 goes to…
We tell no lies.

RiotWRAP Episode 18 with Alison McGregor

By 22 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Hey look it’s Alison McGregor!
Actress, burlesque performer, everything else!
This week Barcham and Johnboy film from inside some very echo-ey caves.
Alison likes calling out jerks.
Barcham is old.
Alison has a public safety message about earplugs.
Johnboy defends the sex lives of shift workers.
All on this weeks episode…

Jerk Cyclist.
3.25 – 8.00
Strange residential noise problem in Canberra.
8.00 – 14.20
Police [...]

We apologise for the inconvenience, and we need your help.

By 21 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

So as some of you noticed we’ve been having technical difficulties for the last week.
A lot of very clever people have worked very, very hard to find the problems, and deal with them. We’ve now had the all clear from Google.
If you missed us, you should sign up for a paid subscription.
Because without your money [...]

RiotWRAP Epsiode 17 with Sean Hannigan

By 18 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Stories you don’t want to have missed.
Hey look it’s Sean Hannigan!
Manager and overload of the Phoenix Pub!
This week Barcham goes native.
Sean had a nice burger.
Johnboy is scared of dinosaurs.
Barcham tries to get free beers.
Sean does the best segway.
All on this weeks episode…

People like free burgers.
0.45 – 4.50
Chuggers chuggers everywhere!
4.50 – 8.20
Why does Tony Abbot [...]

RiotWRAP Episode 16

By 8 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Stories you don’t want to have missed.
Hey look it’s just us!
This week we things get weird quickly.
Barcham doesn’t realise it’s started.
Johnboy can’t remember the maths.
Barcham wants a bad-boy image.
Johnboy and Barcham would like to try Google Glass please.
All on this weeks episode…

– RIP Lindsay the Northbourne window washer. 1.20 – 5.40
– Giulia Jones having [...]

RiotWRAP Episode 15 with Simon Milman

By 1 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Stories you don’t want to have missed.
Hey look it’s Simon Milman!
He plays with Los Chavos, performs as Coolio Desgracias, and does a bunch of other stuff around town.
Check out his Bandcamp page here.
This week we wonder what kind of a service Imperial Cupping may be.
Simon offers some safety tips for carpentry.
Barcham wonders if he can [...]

RiotWRAP Episode 14 with Andrew Galan

By 25 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Hey look it’s Andrew Galan!
He’s a poet who wrote a book!
You can buy it here!
Or you can go check out his webpage here at Huitzilihuitl’s Reign of Death!
This week Andrew knows a lot about tanks.
Johnboy respects people who know a lot about tanks.
Barcham knows very little about tanks.
Tanks are not a topic that is discussed.
All [...]

The RiotWRAP Episode 11 with special guest Ellie Malbon

By 20 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Stories you don’t want to have missed.
Hey look it’s Ellie Malbon!
Local word-wizard and poetry master!
Check her out at the Front Cafe next Friday.
Puppy feet are visible behind Johnboy.
Barcham errrs a lot.
Ellie could do with a job come December if you’ve got one.
Exactly how many birds are murdered every second by wind turbines?
All on this weeks [...]

RiotWRAP – Episode 10 with special guest Elena Kirschbaum

By 13 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Stories you don’t want to have missed.
Hey look it’s Elena Kirschbaum!
She does a lot of things, and some of those things can be found on her site Highwire Entertainment.
Also, check out Kids, Creatures and 100 Harlequins.
Elena has opinions about food.
Barcham breaks a bottle while reaching for a magazine.
Digits get doubled.
Johnboy has hidden his puppies.
What is [...]

RiotWRAP Episode 9 with Emily McKay

By 6 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Hey look it’s Emily Mckay!
Check out her YouTube channel Moppethead!
This week we extend our coverage from solely doing stories about the ACT to doing stories about the ACT and about American celebrities.
Johnboy clones himself.
For some reason the auto-focus never leaves Barcham.
Emily wonders why food is so trendy.
All on this weeks episode…

RiotWRAP for the [...]

Pets and landmarks is a thing now…

By 3 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Because you asked for it, because Johnboy is a big softy when it comes to animals, and because I’m here for him to offload the actual work onto, we now have Furday.
It’s not Caturday because:
A) We’re not limiting it to cats. (We’re not limiting it to [...]

RiotWRAP Episode 8 with Penelope Asterisk

By 30 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Stories you don’t want to have missed.
Hey look it’s Penelope Asterisk!
Check her out on the Sass and Tease page.
Her connection isn’t great so occasionally she transforms into her profile picture, but we forgive her.
Johnboy and Barcham are clean shaven.
Barcham and Penelope are terrible at taking out the trash.
Johnboy thinks high visibility vests may not cause [...]

RiotWRAP Episode 7 with Rosanna Stevens

By 23 August 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Stories you don’t want to have missed.
Hey look it’s Rosanna Stevens!
From Scissors Paper Pen, check out their website or twitter!
This week we’re impressed by a man’s skills with a fork!
We solve a crime!
We fail at maths!
Well to be fair, we never actually tried to do maths.
All in this weeks instalment of the RiotWRAP!

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