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State of the Capital Weekly Political Wrap 30/10/14

By 30 October 2014
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The Fluffy fiasco The announcement on Tuesday that the ACT will receive a concessional billion-dollar loan may come as a relief to many ACT households but for others, the ni...

Many voices for One Canberra multicultural symposium

By 30 October 2014

A new reference group to oversee actions promoting cultural harmony was announced today at a major community forum. Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Joy Burch and Attorney-General Simon Corbell made the announcement at the One Canberra symposium. The symposium fe...

“Ivory Tower” – university fee deregulation (Canberra International Film Festival)

By 30 October 2014
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With deregulation of uni fees going before the Senate soon this is the ideal time for a conversation about what we want higher education in this country to be.  The Canberra I...

No more Mickey Mouse: Close UC Kaleen High and expand Melba Copland

By 30 October 2014 1

I have previously raised the question that perhaps it’s time to close UC Kaleen High School on the grounds that it is costly, under-utilised and increasingly redundant. Despite initial outbursts against my proposal it seems now there is some growing community support and political consideration to...

Beer Day Out – Saturday 8 November

By 30 October 2014 1
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With more than 28 Australian Craft Breweries along with many International Breweries from New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Belgium and Germany... it's going to be a mi...

Poor planning shows Canberra cyclists in a selfish light

By 30 October 2014 10

Go for a drive any Saturday or Sunday through Uriarra crossing to the wonderful natural bush areas of the Brindabella Mountains (that I believe help give Canberra it's iconic bush status), and you will quickly realise you need to look out for not only wildlife but road cyclists who are also out enjo...

ESA Bushfire Survival Plan goes mobile

By 30 October 2014
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Canberrans can now do their bushfire survival plans on their portable devices with the launch of a new mobile app by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell. ...

First sod turned on Canberra IKEA store

By 29 October 2014 7
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Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today joined IKEA Australian Country Manager David Hood to turn the first sod on the IKEA Canberra store. The turning of the sod marks the star...

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Alternative site for the power-station/data centre - Hume after all.

By 5 December 2008 59

The Chief Minister is having a little hissy fit over being forced to compromise by no longer holding a majority in the Assembly. In particular he's petulantly noting that there is a site in Hume proper where the accursed TRE data centre with power generation could go. "At the request of the co...

Water use targets missed, targets reset.

By 5 December 2008 14

ACTEW have sent word that with Canberra ignoring the existing water use targets they're aiming up and lowering the bar. "“As a city, we need to aim for an average consumption of 139 megalitres (ML) per day between December and February,’ said ACTEW Managing Director Mark Sullivan. “T...

A look at the Steve Irwin ride

By 5 December 2008 23

By popular request poptop has sent in these pictures of the remarkable Steve Irwin Ride as seen outside the Tuggeranong Hyperdome Woolworths in May 2007. Slideshow below. I particularly like the "In memory" placque. ...

Brumbies get CA back on board for 2009

By 5 December 2008 9

The Brumbies have announced that the software managers CA have signed up for another season as the major sponsor. They're also talking tough under the new coach: “Our recruitment has been precise and we now have a squad that is certainly capable of bringing home the Super 14 trophy. “Wi...

Tickets to Corinbank 2009!

By 5 December 2008 27

[First filed: December 04, 2008 @ 10:26] With tickets to the 2009 Corinbank Festival going on sale this week we've got two complimentary three day camping passes (RRP ~$180) for one lucky premium member. To enter you either need to be a premium member (or to join up in the next week) and u...

Seasonal spirit 2008

By 5 December 2008 2

CityNews have compiled a list of Caroling opportunities around town this December. Anyone want to share past experiences of these events? Or suggest ones they've missed?...

ACT Policing and cutting your hair in the park

By 5 December 2008 59

The all-seeing eye has come across an amusing blog post by a visiting techie, KeZ who tried to cut his own hair and ended up having an interview with the constabulary: ""Is there any reason you are out here cutting your hair?" the officer, having noticed the scissors, with the trimmer and mirror ...

Images of Canberra - Gateway to the Territory

By 5 December 2008 35

Kerces has been standing on the edge of the Federal Highway in the dark with a tripod and has sent in this night shot of where the ACT begins. Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to images@the-riotact.com If you click on the image you'll get a larger version...

Queanbeyan uber alles in the National Poetry Slam

By 4 December 2008 11

It turned out there were three local entries (out of 18) in the Australian Poetry Slam '08. The final was held this evening at the Opera House in Sydney and broadcast nationally on ABC Radio, Even more exciting two of them, David Finigan (no secret that he posts here as "blind" and Adam Hadley (h...

Motorcycle Lane Filtering, your opinion

By 4 December 2008 111

As a motorcyclist, I lane filter.  I have ever since I got my motorcycle licence 3 years ago.  So far, out of the hundreds of times I've filtered, I've had two people in cars visibly annoyed to the point where one driver deliberately tried to knock me off my bike, that matter was dealth with by...

Panthers get it wrong

By 4 December 2008 24

There are many many reasons why graphic designers are not to be trusted. High among them is their proclivity for lifting stock images, tweaking them a bit and selling them to the client as originals. Which is bad enough at the best of times. When you're a top flight rugby league team tryin...

Giralang shops update

By 4 December 2008 44

The lessee of the Giralang Shops, Nikias Nominees, has advised GRAG that it favours the Woolworths proposal over other possibilities and those parties have been involved in commercial negotiations. Both Nikias and Woolworths have independently indicated to GRAG that they are close to reaching fi...

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