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Senior ASIC executive charged with historic child sex abuse

By 11 February 2016
Peter Cuzner

Former ACT schoolteacher and ASIC regional commissioner for the ACT Peter Cuzner, of Kaleen, pleaded not guilty in court today to charges relating to the alleged abuse of a tee...

Five things to do in Canberra this weekend (12, 13 and 14 February 2016)

By 11 February 2016 1
multiculturalfestival

We’ve scoured the Internet to find the top five things happening in Canberra this weekend. My picks would be the Royal Australian Mint Open Day on Saturday where you can learn ab...

Ask RiotACT: portrait photography recommendations

By 11 February 2016 3
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, mo...

Thanks for the memories Canberra

By 11 February 2016 5
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After hiking my way around Canberra and finding fun road trips in the area, it’s time to farewell the nation’s capital. As a ring-in public servant hailing from Brisbane...

Planning Minister seeks bright ideas from afar

By 11 February 2016 2
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On a recent visit to Wollongong I observed the notices for and then read about the consultations for a major project: Wollongong – A City for People. Being a frequent visitor...

Greens home entry, dope-testing laws part of cannabis ‘witch hunt

By 11 February 2016 4
Marijuana

New laws introduced by Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury this week will give police the power to force their way into a person’s home in order to test someone who is suspected...

Ask RiotACT: Port Salut Cheese availability

By 10 February 2016 9
Ask RiotACT

Hello friendly friends! Just wondering if anyone knows where/if it is possible to buy Port Salut cheese in the Canberra/Queanbeyan region? I do believe some Coles stores as ...

Urban Renewal its coming your way!

By 10 February 2016 6
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There’s a talk at the Albert Hall here in Canberra on Tuesday 16 February. The title for this session definitely sounds as though a focus group of bureaucrats have signed off...

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CPD takes up cudgels against the efficiency dividend

By 7 December 2010 8

The Centre for Policy Development has pushed out a paper on why the public service's efficiency dividend is not such a great idea. The key points of the paper are listed as: -- The Efficiency Dividend is counterproductive – not only is it starting to have a harmful impact on service deli...

Carnage at Smiths Road Bridge (with slideshow)

By 7 December 2010 3

Jason has been out in parts southern checking out the damage to the Smiths Road bridge over the Gudgenby River. He's sent in this report with a load of pics (slideshow below) Not having much to do, I scooted down to check out the Smiths Road bridge with a friend today. Please find an attac...

ACT Residents, Getting Older and Working Longer

By 7 December 2010 3

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released its latest expose on the characteristics of the ACT. In the 12 months ending August 2010, there were an estimated 75,700 ACT residents aged 55 years and over, making up 26% of the ACT civilian population. Just over 40% of them (or 30,500 people) we...

It's going to get a little weird.

By 6 December 2010 29

Hullo all. Just letting you know the site's having some major surgery performed on it tonight. So from the time this note appears we can't promise your contributions will make it to the other side. Apologies for the inconvenience....

Police Wrap - 6 December 2010

By 6 December 2010 12

[First filed: Dec 6, 2010 @ 9:17] 1. Idiot: ACT Policing’s Specialist Response and Security (SRS) officers, with the assistance of ACT Policing Operations, have rescued a man and his three children after their kayak upturned on the Murrumbidgee River today (December 5). Around 5.24pm poli...

The Googong Spillway in action

By 6 December 2010 12

Thanks very much to everyone who sent in photos of The Big Wet. The slideshow is looking great. Above is an incredibly lavish video of the Googong spillway (the dam they said would never fill) in action posted to YouTube with this note: The extraordinary rainfall in the Canberra region thr...

Progress measurement - Crime, Sports, and Safety

By 6 December 2010

The ACT Government's Measuring Our Progress site has spat at some new data. So here we go: -- Offences against the person/property shows a gloomy red down arrow with the news: The number of property offences has increased slightly over the reporting period. -- Participation in sports/physical ...

Roads re-opening after the big wet

By 6 December 2010 7

ACTPol_Traffic is reporting on Twitter that "Uriarra Road, Point Hut Road, and Cotter Road now open" as the city dries out. With the dams over-brimming any further rain is going to fit the rivers hard and fast though....

New heights of crap acronyms reached by the InSPIRE Centre

By 6 December 2010 11

Andrew Barr has breathlessly announced that work has begun out at UC for: The Innovative Sustainable Practical Interactive Research in Education (InSPIRE) Centre, which will be the centre for teacher training and research in the use of ICT in education, has received $2 million from the ACT Labor ...

Wrong man given credit for rescue?

By 6 December 2010 17

I am writing to complain about the inaccuracy of a story on the front page of a major Canberra newspaper today. The events described in the story 'Quick thinking saves woman from torrent' gives credit to the wrong man for saving a young woman from a car that had slid into a drain on Lady Denman...

Does the Children and Young People Act 2008 need changing?

By 6 December 2010 17

[Click to view] On 25 November the above email was sent in, instructing us to remove stories which the Department of Disability, Housing, and Community Services considered to be in breach of the Children and Young People Act 2008. Those stories have now been removed. But the larger issue ...

Hume Hilton full to the brim

By 6 December 2010 33

It is without much astonishment that we read in the Canberra Times that the Alexander Maconochie Centre, functionally operational for just a year, has run out of capacity and needs to either be expanded or to start bunking up the inmates. Sold as a 300 bed facility it turns out the operational ca...

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