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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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Opening tomorrow at the National Archives in Canberra: The Waterhouse Natural

By 25 September 2014

From tomorrow, Canberrans can see nature through the eyes of the artist with the winning and highly commended artworks from The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2014 at the National Archives of Australia in Canberra. This prestigious exhibition, on show for a limited time, is an annual favou...

Feedback on National Patios

By 25 September 2014 1

I'm looking at having National Patios build me a new deck and would appreciate any experience you may have had with them. Thanks!...

Cricket Nets

By 25 September 2014 4

Hello again. Just wondering if anyone knows of any cricket practise nets close to Gordon? I know there are some in Chisolm but thats a bit far to travel....

New measures for ESA to tackle emergencies

By 25 September 2014

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today put forward proposed new laws designed to minimise the risk of bushfires and improve public safety. “I introduced the Emergencies Amendment Bill into the ACT Legislative Assembly to assist our community, particularly rural land ...

Playground at Eddison Park

By 25 September 2014 2

Does anyone know what's going on with the playground at Eddison Park?  There is little playground which is great for young children (toddlers) at the skate-park end of the park.  I went a few times through the winter and parts of it seemed to be roped off (it looked like the soft flooring was disi...

Best of Canberra Taste Off - Pastries

By 25 September 2014 3
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For this week’s taste off I sported my elasticated trousers and went on the hunt for Canberra’s Best pastries. I should clarify here that for me, pastries are sweet and genera...

Riot Wellbeing Column - send in your questions

By 25 September 2014
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Have you ever thought about increasing your wellbeing? Or, wondered what impact natural therapies could have on anything that might be concerning you health wise? Decipheri...

Poor privileged Pete

By 25 September 2014 22
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The former Parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper has managed to avoid the Go-Slow (as an ex-lawyer who worked with me as producer used to refer to the House of Correction). He...

Tanning Beds – Major Parties Destroy another Small Business

By 25 September 2014 40
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We’re all going to die, actually, many of us already have. In fact, I think my life is going to be rather short compared to others but regardless of that, Betty Gobin owns a ...

Health and Safety responsibility vs stupidity

By 25 September 2014 11

I was driving along Hindmarsh Drive yesterday morning and noticed the red light camera at the Parkway intersection being fixed.  A guy in a high vis vest up a high ladder fixing the camera with a spanner (I assume) in one hand, as the other held a cigarette.  If this guy falls off, who is responsi...

Unauthorised Building Contract Changes

By 24 September 2014 7

I would appreciate some informed opinion about a legal matter please. We have a building contact for a new home that we signed a while ago. The contract went through several revisions. We recently found out that there were some allowances in the original version that were later dropped. Neithe...

Parking Uni House style

By 24 September 2014 2
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Caught at lunch time yesterday at Uni house ANU... nice small car took two spots!!!! Displayed no parking permit as well! Moral car owner of the year, hope he got two fines for...

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