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Housing problems solved by offering sufficiently unattractive houses?

By 20 May, 2009

The ABC delivers us a masterclass in spin based governance. Jon Stanhope is proclaiming success for his multi-faceted housing strategy. The basis for this claim? Sixty cheaper house and land packages were offered for sale at the Brindabella estate at West Macgregor, but Mr Stanhope says only a thir...


My brother has fallen off his bike

As I was strolling through the Canberra Centre on my lunchbreak chilling out to the dulcit tones of Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry’s ‘Aint Got No Home’, I was approached by a vaguely familiar person. He told me he desperately needed my help. Turns out a tragedy had struck hi...


Adelaide Crows Supporters Group ACT Region wants you!

By 19 May, 2009

Adelaide Crows Supporters Group ACT Region wants you! [ 31 May, 2009; 1:10 pm to 3:10 pm. ] CrowACTive - Adelaide Crows Supporters Group ACT Region 2009 AFL R10, Sunday 31 May, Adelaide v Hawthorn, Football Park, 1:10 pm EST Supporter Group Function: Ainslie Football Club All welcome...


Stanhope warns that he really, really is going to shut down the Belconnen Bus

By 19 May, 2009

It’s a fact of life that a large part of the population (60%?) really do live under a rock. Once you account for those short on time, short on english, or just understandably short of patience with the ACT body politic, it’s amazing anyone pays any attention at all. But when one is turfi...


Maddies Bistro at the Kingo - What a Pleasant Surprise!

By 19 May, 2009

I have much affection for the Kingston Hotel (aka ‘The Kingo’), and have many fond memories of singlies Thursdays (when our large group of Kingston-dwelling buddies would meet for steaks) and the numerous Summer Sunday arvo sessions on the beer veranda. Some twenty years later I still o...


Strange ways at the Pinnacle

By 19 May, 2009

Strange ways at the Pinnacle On one of my all too frequent jaunts around that place of beauty which is the Pinnacle Nature Reserve the other day, I noticed that the kind people of Environment ACT (I presume it to be them in any case) have signposted the tracks there. I wonder if the names were made up to enable [...]...


Improving opportunities and outcomes for people with disability

By 19 May, 2009

Just seen in my inbox, I know a few members here who might be interested The ACT Government is updating its policy framework to improve outcomes and opportunities for Canberrans who have a disability. The policy will guide priority areas for disability policy and service delivery through to 2014. ...


2009 Landcare awards need your nominations

By 19 May, 2009

Simon Corbell has fired the starting gun for nominations for the 2009 ACT Landcare Awards. “The ACT Landcare Awards recognise the efforts of our Landcare heroes – those members of the community involved in natural resource management,” Mr Corbell said. The Awards are open to farmer...


Dreadnaught, Spoil, Forgery & Johnny Roadkill - Gig Review Saturday 9th of Ma

By 19 May, 2009

It’s been quite some time since Aussie metal legeds Dreadnaught have graced the stages of Canberra, so it was with great anticipation that I grabbed my ticket and headed off to the Basement in Belconnen in Canberra for what I hoped was to be a night of great bands, great music, and a great nig...


$10k to get your grass back

By 19 May, 2009

The Canberra Times has the scandalous news that the Kingston traders have been asked to fork out $10,000 a year in exchange for getting a small patch of lawn back in Green Square. The traders have received a letter from Parks, Conservation and Lands asking them to consider collectively funding the ...


Police Wrap - 19 May

By 19 May, 2009

Police Wrap - 19 May 1. Teens with guns: A search conducted by ACT Policing on a Wanniassa home this afternoon (May 15) has recovered four of seven licensed firearms stolen in a burglary yesterday. As a result of the search, three juvenile males – two aged 17 years and one 16 years – are in police custody with char...


Images of Canberra - Mining ruins at Captains Flat

By 19 May, 2009

Images of Canberra - Mining ruins at Captains Flat Pommie Bastard sent in this one from his recent trip to nearby Captains Flat, with the following note: a shot of the copper mine relics at Captains Flat, taken on my recent trip out there. The place has some good interpretive signs and information there, and the view down onto the village is quit...


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