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Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 21 December 2014
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The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous w...

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: A.BAKER, NewActon Pavillion

By 20 December 2014 1
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My day job sees me frequenting A.BAKER ... once ... more like twice a day. I am always experiencing food envy at 9am when I am waiting for my extra hot skinny latte. Eye-catching b...

A Look Around Canberra: Calwell

By 19 December 2014 7
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Heading down the Monaro this week to check out the Tuggeranong suburb of Calwell. Like last week’s visit to McKellar, I’d never been to Calwell before (with the exception o...

Jobs for the Boys – Take that Zedley!

By 19 December 2014 5
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So, let’s get this right? The Labor Party, particularly in NSW, wrote the rulebook around jobs for the boys. For rewarding faithful servants of the cause with sinecures over...

Emergency Services unite for bushfire arson warning

By 20 December 2014

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch is urging residents to be vigilant in reporting suspicious activity following several grass fires across the ACT in the past few weeks. ACT Fire & Rescue, the ACT Rural Fire Service, along with ACT Policing, see an increase in deliberately lit...

Don’t forget the tree this Christmas…

By 20 December 2014
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RSPCA ACT have just had a delivery of fresh, beautiful Christmas Trees! Don't miss out on your tree this year, come down and visit us at 12 Kirkpatrick Street Weston ACT 261...

Police gearing up for a Safe Summer

By 19 December 2014
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Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch and Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers yesterday launched ACT Policing’s 2014-15 Safe Summer campaign, urging the communit...

Canberra Centre Parking Machines – Out of Order

By 19 December 2014 6

When you consider how much the Canberra Centre must be earning from its paid parking in the city, I find it incredible that they seem incapable of keeping their money spinners in working order. I guarantee that on at least 50% of visits to the centre, one or more machines are not working.  I can...

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DIY Wotz on guide for the weekend of 9 January

By 9 January 2009 30

[First filed: January 08, 2009 @ 09:36] Well, I'm sure there's more options than the solitary one suggested by the pillar... What's worth heading out to see and do this weekend? Knock yourselves out in the comments. ...

Public Housing tenants happier! More included! Hooray!

By 9 January 2009 16

John Hargreaves is cracking open the bubbly after the latest Housing ACT Client Satisfaction Survey showed a happy bunch of campers in public housing. ""I am delighted with the results of the 2008 Client Satisfaction Survey which show overall satisfaction with Housing ACT has increased from 68% t...

Outdoor basketball courts in Belco area?

By 9 January 2009 17

Anyone know of an outdoor basketball court in the Belconnen region with public access? Any information will be contributing greatly to me getting off my arse and getting regular exercise. Sorry for the mundane post Rioters, but short of driving around schools emitting carbon and looking like a...

Ambulance service asks you not to be stupid

By 9 January 2009 61

The ABC brings word that a five year old had to be rescued from a baking car yesterday (presumably before winter returned). This has prompted the ambulance service to ask people not to lock kids in cars on hot days. Apparently leaving the window cracked open is not good enough. If only you cou...

Alice Cottee makes a move into the Fringe

By 9 January 2009 21

The interesting bit of any arts festival is generally the "fringe". In Canberra the Fringe now appears to be a wholly independent entity going by the name of "Fringe 09" and even I can barely remember what it's a fringe of. In any event Fringe Director Jorian Gardner has announced that the ir...

How many mowers for one small park?

By 9 January 2009 38

I was amazed this morning by the spectacle of a small park in Ainslie getting mowed. Not that the mowing was taking place. Ainslie is much better serviced than, say, Macquarie. But that one tiny park was being mowed by five (one, two, three, four, FIVE) ride on mowers. They had to stay ...

Mark Parton channelling the parrot's malignant brain?

By 9 January 2009 54

Sweet holy jesus. Check out this rant from near-run ACT political candidate and 2CC morning presenter Mark Parton. Here's some of my favourite highlights: The youth of our nation are out of control. The jackass generation who believe that it's really funny when someone else gets hurt have n...

The first HMAS Canberra in colour

By 9 January 2009 28

The all-seeing eye of RiotACT spotted a new blog entry on the first HMAS Canberra, lost at the Battle of Savo Island and now a good chunk of the iron in the Iron Bottom Sound. The entry isn't remarkable for it's information, the wikipedia entry has much more. But I've never seen such a good c...

More stupid undergraduate degrees from our universities

By 9 January 2009 59

The Canberra Times has a piece on moves by ANU and UC to offer ever more specialised "degrees" to students fresh out of year 12. ANU's proudly touting a "Bachelor of Genetics" for future paternity testers to spend three years working towards. Meanwhile UC is promising a "Bachelor of Urban and Reg...

Our taxes at work at Summernats - the Australian "Armygeddon"

By 9 January 2009 28

Rare Spares Australia has given us this peek into the the Defence Force's presence at the summernats - The Australian Regular Army has released or should I say unleashed it's latest recruiting tool - Armygeddon. A Blown 7Ltr 6 wheel drive landrover that produces 700 HP and can do 6,5,4,3 an...

Slow Internet Access since Christmas?

By 9 January 2009 33

I'm wondering if anyone else has noticed the very slow internet browsing speeds that have plagued some Canberra ISPs since just after Christmas? At least two ISPs that seem to be affected are iiNet and Optus. There are Whirlpool threads on this here and here. Theories range from secret gove...

Step Up/Step Down, comes to Canberra - in a small way

By 8 January 2009 9

Katy Gallagher has announced the opening of a new mental health facility based on the "Step Up/Step Down" model of care. "Step Up /Step Down provides an early intervention or early discharge option for people as an alternative to hospitalisation or after discharge from hospital. The residential f...

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