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Hobbs positive on Greens’ chances of taking ACT Senate seat

christina hobbs

The Greens are currently poised to steal the ACT Senate seat out from under the feet of the Liberals Zed Seselja. Zed has been virtually absent from his electorate for the past three years, yet has flown in and under taken one of the most expensive campaigns for a Senate seat in recent history. All [...]

Exploring Canberra’s natural history

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Canberra has a breathtaking beauty and diverse natural environment. You can see it from the top of Mt Ainslie, amongst the tracks winding Black Mountain and along the shores of Casuarina Sands or further afield in Namadgi National Park and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve.
The Bush Capital exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Gallery celebrates exactly this [...]

Ask RiotACT: Florist for Valentine’s Day?

By 12 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

With Valentines Day fast approaching, florists have begun to massively inflate the prices of their products, anticipating the surge in demand on the 12th, 13th and 14th of February.
For those romantics out there who aren’t able to afford a $100 bouquet of a dozen roses, are there any cheaper florists around North Canberra or Civic?
As [...]

Refined approach key to tourism, business growth for Canberra

Jennifer Dwyer Slee

Every city interested in making its mark on the world continually looks for ways to become more attractive to business and tourism. Ways to shine brighter on the world stage, and not just because they are proud of who they are. It’s because building a city’s economy through conferences, events and tourism in general is [...]

Canberra’s top 10 restaurants for 2015 revealed

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The ACT’s top 10 restaurants have been unveiled at The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards held last night in Sydney. The ACT results are:

Italian & Sons
 Farmhouse Restaurant at Pialligo Estate
Capitol Bar & Grill
Ottoman Cuisine

Monster (79) and Aubergine (91) also featured in the top 100 restaurants nationally.
“The overall standard in this country, whether it’s in cafés, bars, casual eateries [...]

The ACT deserves better federal representation. Here’s why.

View from Mt Ainslie

Following the flurry after it was announced that the Northern Territory may achieve statehood by 2018, politicians, pundits, and the media alike were quick to quell the cries that the Australian Capital Territory too could become a state.
Local media pointed out that the ACT would not be left as Australia’s lone territory, as we’d still be [...]

TOTAL FIRE BAN DECLARED in the ACT tomorrow with a SEVERE Fire Danger Rating forecast

By 13 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Emergency Services Agency Commissioner Dominic Lane has declared a Total Fire Ban for the whole of the ACT under Section 114 of the Emergencies Act 2004 from:
12:00am Friday 14 November, 2014 to 11:59pm Friday 14 November, 2014.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting Hot and windy conditions tomorrow with a predicted temperature of 35 degrees.
The [...]

Big improvement in waiting times despite ED’s busiest year

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra’s emergency departments are facing unprecedented demand according to the latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report (AIHW) into emergency departments across Australia, Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher said today.
In 2013-14 Canberra’s emergency departments saw the highest number of people use the service on record with a six percent increase up [...]

Bushfire prone areas identified in the ACT


With a large number of homes identified as being in a Bushfire Prone Area, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, has urged the Canberra community to continue to have their say on the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan during consultation over the next month.
Prepared by the ACT Emergency Services Agency, the draft of the [...]

This week on 7.30 ACT

By 15 November 2013

This in from our friends at the ABC:
1. BALL’S VIEW – Australia is losing the capacity to defend itself, massive military conflict in Asia is threatening and our intelligence service is a waste of money, according to Professor Desmond Ball.
2. THE GARRAN WAY – Four generations of the Garran family [...]

Group to embark on a 306km stroll around the ACT Border

By 2 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

David McGill, Karen Tindall, Lisa Padzensky, and Stephen Goggs are getting ready to step out and about the ACT tomorrow to celebrate the Centenary of Canberra.
The foursome plan do a lap of the ACT on foot, crazy terrain and all.
“To celebrate the Canberra Centenary, from tomorrow, a group of four walkers will begin a journey [...]

ACT Vehicle Registration?

By 20 September 2013

Looking at the list of fees on the registration receipt, couldn’t help but wonder about the “Road Rescue Fee” and “Compulsory Contribution.”
Has anyone gained a service out of these? Or is it an elaborate way to take more money?
Thank you

Tourism is up

By 11 September 2013

A combination of several factors (including promotional campaigns, a certain significant birthday, and an excellent local independent online news site) has lead to a 9% annual increase in the number of domestic overnight visitors coming to the ACT.
This has injected an estimated $1.2 billion into the ACT ecnonomy, so break out the bubbly.
These visitors injected [...]

Latin America in 100 words: Short story competition

By 23 April 2013

Hi RioACTers,
We are only a few days to close the inaugural story contest “Latin America in 100 words”. I would encourage you to send us your short stories. It doesn’t matter if you have never been in Latin America. You would just need to tell us in a sentence, two or more (up [...]

Buzzpost Interview Series

By 4 January 2012

We want to interview, either through audio or video, the hardworking local artists that populate the ACT. We want to ask you the quirky questions that no other interviewer asks. We want to bring you to more and more new audiences in the most interesting way we can. None of this “Who influences you?” rubbish…we want to ask other, more amusing, more interesting questions. We want to know what your songs are about. We want to know your touring stories. We want know what you get a kick out of on stage. We want to know what you’d do on stage if you were drunk enough. We want you and your personality. We want to know what makes you tick, what makes you smile and what really pisses you off.

Does Canberra need the ACT? [With Poll]

By 22 December 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Canberra and the ACT, they’re often treated as if the two are synonymous. Certainly on this site we’re guilty of using the words interchangeably.
Having been established under Section 125 of the Constitution to resolve the Melbourne / Sydney impasse we were unceremoniously dumped into a state of Self Government in 1988 when the Hawke Government [...]

Canberra Camping Advice?

By 18 August 2011

I was looking for any tips regarding camping in and around the ACT. I’m a novice camper and really was just interested in 2 nights relaxing by a campfire. However, things don’t appear this simple. I understand a lot of sites don’t allow open fires (even in winter) and some require a 4WD (which I [...]

Getting rid of Jervis Bay?

By 4 July 2011

The Canberra Times reports that the tiny patch of Jervis Bay administered by the Commonwealth as an addendum to the ACT (it never was much of a port) might be handed back to NSW:
A historic shake-up has been canvassed to improve services in Jervis Bay, amid concerns about a ”poor standard of housing” and [...]

Canberra artist needs your votes

By 15 June 2011

I was having a browse on the internet the other night and found a strange competition being run by Telstra. It was called DDIY or Don’t Do It Yourself. It seems you have to create an interesting way to carry one of their wifi devices.
The comp is in its last week but I realised the [...]

All Barr None – Urban Planning in the ACT

By 19 November 2010

A few short month ago we came home to see a deck being build about 1.5 metres from our fence. The deck was the height of the fence – just under 2 metres. Interesting we thought. Must give the neighbour a nice view of our back yard, bedroom and toilet. Great!
Decided to contact ACTPLA and [...]

They’re off and racing in Election ’10

By 2 August 2010

[First filed: Jul 31, 2010 @ 12:00]

So the AEC has bestirred itself this morning to let the general public see the lists of candidates.
For those who like it raw the relevant pages are Canberra and Fraser.
Disappointingly the multi-party weirdness of the down ticket seems to be a thing of the past with only the no-quite-defunct [...]

Is it too soon or too late in buying a property in Canberra?

By 19 April 2010

I have started thinking about getting a property in Canberra, preferably a freestanding house. Is it too soon or too late?
Recently I realised the housing prices have gone up so much in the last few years. I’m worried it will continue to rise. If this is true, then will it be better to buy now?
Will [...]

Statehood for ACT

By 14 February 2010

Is there a good reason we haven’t become a State of Australia?
If we did we’d get equal representation in the HoR and Senate and also prevent the Federal Government from flipping our laws as they see fit.
The NT have already taken (apart from the failed referendum) big steps down this path. Why can’t [...]

What do the Brumbies do with Matt Giteau?

By 24 November 2009

All the world’s rugby media is agape bearing witness to the implosion of Matt Giteau as the Wallabies crumble to lows not seen in many of our lifetimes.
So what to do when he gets back here to Canberra?
Apparently the Wallaby backline isn’t good enough to partake of his genius, will the Brumbies be up to [...]

Emergency Services scanning right on your desktop.

By 12 October 2009

Hey riot act, first time poster, long time reader.
I came across this site today, 
Have a listen in for those who haven’t seen it (, basically I’m asking about its legality? Should I NOT be listened to this? Because I have done some research and I read that…
Taken from
Contrary to widespread belief, scanning is [...]

Should Plastic Bags be Banned from the ACT?

By 31 August 2009

An online discussion forum has just been launched by the ACT Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water inviting the community to have a say about whether plastic bags should be banned, what alternatives there are and whether a levy should be applied to the use of bags. 
The site is at

ACT Women’s Cricket hits the big leagues

By 18 June 2009

While the men still can’t get a go, Cricket Australia has announced that the ACT has been admitted into the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) and inaugural Women’s Twenty20 competition for 2009-10.
The new competition will provide additional opportunities for Australia’s elite women’s cricketers to play Twenty20 cricket, an important consideration given the Commonwealth Bank Southern [...]

Quite a large ant in Kambah

By 24 December 2008

In view of the pathological interest the RiotACT Community takes in all forms of Formicidae, here is my contribution to the influx of giant ants [complete with a coin for scale]. While not 4-5 cm and thick as my thumb, this ant has the value of having been photographed. She and her sisters [...]

The ACT Australians of the Year

By 14 November 2008

Last night the ACT Australians of the Year were announced at the National Museum. The winningest Canberrans in 2009 were:

The ACT Australian of the Year 2008 is Indigenous leader Professor Michael Dodson AM.
Professor Michael Dodson is widely recognised as a proud, courageous and humble Aboriginal leader who has spent his adult life trying to explain [...]

The prison doors open…

By 15 September 2008

[First filed: September 11, 2008 @ 14:56]
The Chief Minister has announced the opening of his great legacy, the Alexander Maconochie Centre in Hume.
Or, as Mr. Stanhope would prefer for it to be known:
“the first Australian prison built according to human rights principles.”
More info on the prison and a lovely picture of Simon Corbell can [...]

Election promises watch

By 10 July 2008

As we are entering the silly season for the upcoming Territory election I felt that it may be handy to have an online election promise list/ watch. (Like fuelwatch but probably more helpful)
To start;
Free buses
Light rail proposal
Excluding stamp duty from new house buyers
Please fill in as you see necessary. Please note, this thread is not [...]

ACT wants to keep child protection power

By 3 July 2008

The SMH is reporting that the The ACT government wants to retain responsibility for managing child protection services, despite a recent case of young children found living in squalor in a Canberra suburb.
The matter is likely to be discussed at Thursday’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting of federal, state and territory leaders in Sydney.
“Child [...]

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