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Bushfire prone areas identified in the ACT

By 26 June 2014

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

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

Hey!
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

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, http://www.scanact.net/ 
Have a listen in for those who haven’t seen it (http://www.scanact.net/scan/scan.pls), 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 www.alphalink.com.au/~parkerp/scan.htm
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 http://www.actplasticbags.net.au

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;
ALP:
Free buses
Light rail proposal
LIB:
Excluding stamp duty from new house buyers
GREEN:
CAP:
OTHER:
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 [...]

Budget highlights 2008 – 2009 pamphlet

By 18 June 2008

I just received the pamphlet telling me what the ACT govt money is being spent on for the next financial year.
the best example is the literacy on the $2m duplication for athllon drive – ANKATELL Street, not Anketell Street.
read it, i urge you…

ACT Pollies receive 4.1% pay rise

By 11 June 2008

ABC news is reporting that the ACT Remuneration Tribunal has given the OK for ACT Pollies to receive a 4.1% pay rise. a backbencher to $113,000.
Backbencher will now get $113,000.
The pay rise is 2 per cent less than last year’s increase.
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope’s salary will increase to $236,000.

ACT Year 12 – what the …..?

By 10 June 2008

For reasons best known to myself, although a therapist may have some ideas, I searched out the website for the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (www.bsss.act.edu.au). OK, I was trying to work out how ACT Year 12 results are calculated and to consider whether an acquaintance who sends his sons to Boys Grammar, [...]

Trevor Kaine dead at 80

By 6 June 2008

The ABC is reporting that tributes are coming in for former chief minister Trevor Kaine who died recently at the age of 80.
Trevor Kaine served as the Liberal opposition leader in the ACT’s first Legislative Assembly under self-government and became the Territory’s second chief minister seven months later.
Mr Kaine suffered a stroke five years [...]

Norvan … the Maverick?

By 31 May 2008

This week I received a brochure in my mailbox advertising this new Community Alliance Party. Seeing that the election is only a few months away I am quite sure that it wont be the last. The brochure promised open government, improved services and lower rates and charges this seems like they are on the right [...]

Deb Foskey to Hang Up Her Hat

By 30 May 2008

It’s rumoured that ACT Greens MLA Deb Foskey has decided not to recontest her seat at the assembly at this years ACT Government elections. There’s no press release on the ACT Greens site or her web page, but ABC 666 is running with the story quoting Foskey as saying that she’d like to move back [...]

Where’s Zeddy?

By 16 May 2008

The CityNews is reporting that instead of doing what the Leader of the Opposition ought to be doing and representing the people in the Assembly when the ACT budget reply speeches were being given, instead he was caught skiving off attempting to line the party pockets with pieces of gold at a fundraising dinner with the business [...]

Liberals Preselection

By 21 April 2008

Good to see the Liberals have at long last got a team up and running to challenge Stanhope at the October election.
There was very little opposition for the positions – reflective of the Party leadership and direction at present – but it was good to see some sitting Liberal member’s outpolled.
In Molonglo, the hopeless Jacquie [...]

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