Tag Archives: Canberra

Ask RiotACT: Yoga classes specifically for back issues

Ask RiotACT

Does anyone know of a yoga or Pilates beginners class in Canberra that specialises in bad back problems, more specifically mild scheuermann’s kyphosis.
I’m worried about getting a teacher that may not be fully qualified and may cause further damage.

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: Knock-down rebuild options

Ask RiotACT

Hi all.
We have just purchased a block of land in North Canberra and are planning to do a knock-down rebuild. We are currently researching local builders and finding that there are often as many positive as negative reviews about each company.
We would really appreciate any feedback from others who have been through this process recently [...]

Visualising modern Australia – Presentation

By 17 March 2016

[ 13 May 2016 at 5:30 pm; ] What can the audio-visual materials of the National Archives of Australia tell us about social and political change in modern Australia? Frank Bongiorno, author of The Sex Lives of Australians: A History (2012) and The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia (2015), will talk about how major changes public and private life during the 1960s and 1970s can be [...]

The Dismissal: fresh documents and revelations

By 17 March 2016

[ 7 May 2016 at 2:00 pm; ] Speakers Corner

Join authors Troy Bramston and Paul Kelly in conversation about one of the most dramatic moments in our political history – the Dismissal. Fresh documents, revelations and new interviews will change your understanding of this event.

National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace

Saturday 7 May, 2pm

Free, bookings essential:

Artist Nikki Main’s inspirations

By 17 March 2016
NM portrait

[ 19 March 2016 at 11:00 am; ] Artist Floor Talk
Join glass artist Nikki Main in discussion about her inspirations and how they shape her unique work. View her Waterhouse Prize winning entry Flood Stones.
Saturday 19 March: 11am and 2pm
Free, bookings essential:

Memorable characters from Canberra’s past – Speakers corner

By 17 March 2016

[ 10 April 2016 at 2:00 pm; ] Join local author Jenny Horsfield in discussion about some of the remarkable and dedicated men and women who helped build Canberra in the early years. These pioneers feature in her new publication Building a City: CS Daley and the story of Canberra.
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Sunday 10 April, 2pm
Free, bookings essential:

Connect with your nature – art display

By 17 March 2016
Jodie Hatcher

[ 8 April 2016 to 14 May 2016. ] View works produced by artists Ruth Hingston and Jodie Hatcher during the Archives’Connect with your nature artist-in-residence program. A National Archives, Craft ACT and ACT Parks and Conservation Service project.
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Friday 8 April – Saturday 14 May 9am-5pm

Writing Masterclass – Beyond 1915 remembrance

By 17 March 2016

[ 2 April 2016 at 9:00 am; ] Peace Works, a community writing project, is calling for contributions to a publication about the battlefront and homefront during World War I. This master class will assist you to prepare submissions for the November deadline. Funded by an Anzac Centenary Local Grant.
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Saturday 2 April, 9am–1pm
Free, bookings essential: 1915-remembrance-tickets-22671723736

Tuning In: ABC TV 1964-76

By 17 March 2016
Tuning In-coming soon

[ 8 April 2016 to 15 May 2016. ] Gather round the telly and bask in the glow of vintage ABC. From Play School to raunchy romps, Australian life reflected on screen

From the National Archives of Australia audiovisual collection.

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By 11 March 2016

[ 13 March 2016 at 1:00 pm; ] A call to arms! The Canberra chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism is inviting Canberrans to pick up a sword, fight like a knight and learn the arts of medieval warfare over an 9 week “Foundations of Armoured Combat” course commencing on 13th of March.

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international organisation [...]

BarCamp Canberra returns for its 8th year

By 4 March 2016

[ 9 April 2016 at 9:00 am; ] BarCamp Canberra is a free annual event that brings together hundreds of Canberrans for a day of ad-hoc presentations and workshops on topics from technology and government to education and art.

Returning to Canberra for the eighth time in nine years, the event will be held this year between 9am and 5pm on Saturday 9 April at [...]

The Escalators – CD Launch at Smith’s on March 11

By 3 March 2016

[ 11 March 2016 at 7:00 pm; ] With more grooves than a record store, The Escalators tip their fedoras to the sophistication of Swing, the funk of New Orleans, & the rhythmic pulse of Jamaica.

The South Coast collective are celebrating their sophomore release “From The Hip” and bring their show to Smith’s Alternative on Friday, March 11.

Venue: Smith’s Alternative
Date: Friday March 11.
Time: Doors [...]

Groovin The Moo 2016

By 3 March 2016

[ 24 April 2016; ] Groovin the Moo, Australia’s one and only touring regional festival, is set to return to the University of Canberra in 2016 as part of its six date national tour.

The festival has cemented itself for over more than a decade as a crowd favourite, bringing patrons a diverse range of both national and international acts.

This year’s [...]

Canberra is truly a liveable city


No matter which way you look at it, Canberra has had a coming of age in the past decade. Shortly before his retirement in 2011, in an interview for Inside Story Jon Stanhope said:
I think [the ACT] is a better place now than when we came into government – judged any way you want on [...]

Barbara Hanrahan: Words + Art | Exhibition Opening

By 25 February 2016

[ 10 March 2016 at 5:30 pm; ] Join UNSW Canberra for the opening of an exhibition bringing together the prints and prose of Australian artist and novelist Barbara Hanrahan. Assembling pieces held by UNSW and local private collectors, this exhibition presents Barbara Hanrahan’s prints alongside her unique imaginative fiction, displaying the fertile relationship between her visual and textual languages.

Register here!!


Mount Ainslie design winners announced


Take a very hot day, take a small crowd of press and politicians and a few designers – and where would you head on a day of 36 degrees in Canberra. Stay inside maybe? Not this lot – there was something important to be done.
Up they went to the very top of Mount Ainslie. They [...]

Ask RiotACT: tile regrouter recommendations

By 8 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi guys: does anyone have any recommendations on tile regrouters in Canberra? Thank you.

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 [...]

Sign o’ the Times

By 7 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Every day we are surrounded by symbols. Some symbols are nearly universally recognised, like the marriage ring, the Jewish star and the peace sign. The strongest symbols and brands also have what marketing types call “imbued meaning”: the ability for people to infer values just by seeing the brand image associated with a product or [...]

An ACT Coat of Arms for our next century

By 3 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
An alternative Coat of Arms of the ACT

As the ACT begins its second century, and the Republic is becoming the talk of the town, the ACT Government has a golden opportunity to provide a fitting symbol for Canberra’s next century as a city.
I am referring to the Canberra Coat of Arms (pictured below), whose symbols no longer reflect the values and ideals [...]

Coming Soon — ‘Magnified’: 12 years of the Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize

By 20 November 2015

[ 27 November 2015 to 28 March 2016. ] Celebrate 12 years of The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize at the National Archives this summer.

Enjoy incredible prize-winning artworks exhibited alongside inspiring historical content from the collections of the National Archives of Australia and the South Australian Museum.

A partnership exhibition developed and curated by the National Archives of Australia and South Australian Museum.

Opening next Friday, [...]

Barbershop is more than a Shave and a Haircut!

By 6 November 2015

[ 5 December 2015 at 2:00 pm; ] Canberra’s premiere male barbershop chorus, the Canberra Chordsmen, are presenting “A Very Merry Concert” on the 5th of December at the Wesley Uniting Church in Forrest. Off the back of a very successful performance at the national Barbershop Harmony Australia Convention, receiving the highest score in our club history and the most improved chorus award, the [...]

Social soccer sessions in Canberra on Sundays!

By 6 November 2015

Hiya RiotACT,
I posted a thread over at reddit to see who is interested in having a social soccer session every Sunday. It seems quite a few people are interested so thought to see if anyone here would be as well.
Head over to the /r/canberra thread i started and comment if you are interested in attending!
Source: [...]

Follow our lead on Uber: Barr

Andrew Barr

Minutes after taking his first Uber ride in Canberra today, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr called on his counterparts in other states to adopt his regulatory model for ride-sharing.
“I am calling on other leaders around the country to look at the ACT model and to put that in place across the country because it will [...]

Best of Canberra swim-off – rivers and lakes

Casuarina Sands

I have been in Canberra for four years now and am ashamed to admit that I have not explored the area as much as I should have in that time. Actually, at all. So with the Best of Canberra moving away from food to the best things to do around here more generally, I am [...]

Best of Canberra ­­– river and lake swims

Dogs swimming in the Murrumbidgee

Until now, the RiotACT’s Best of Canberra has been limited to food-related experiences, but with a new editorial team on deck, we thought it was time to give the series a bit of a shake up. There is more to life than food, after all.
First up, then, to coincide with this balmy weather and today’s [...]

Civic pool on track for summer

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Civic Pool

We went for a quick dip at Civic Pool (known as Canberra Olympic Pool these days) yesterday afternoon and learnt that work to repair the expensive leak from the outdoor diving pool is going well. A staff member told us the diving pool and neighbouring toddler pool are due to re-open in November. The future [...]

Getting back into Canberra life


Hanging out on the edge of rocks became a standard activity for me overseas.
Rather than deal with Canberra winter I fled to spend the summer in Europe.
I know, I know … winter’s not that bad, but as a former Queenslander I’ll always choose summer over the coldest months.
After three months away, returning to the [...]

A new look for Belco?

Belconnen Master Plan aerial view

Do you think the CIT Bruce campus should move to be next to Westfield Belconnen? Do you want 18-storey high-rises on the sites of the old Belconnen Remand Centre?
Consultation officially starts today on the draft Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan. It’s an important document that will shape both Belconnen and the broader ACT for the [...]

ACT Government gives Uber the green light

Uber website

Rideshare business Uber has the green light to operate legally in the ACT from next month.
The ACT Government announced this morning that it will introduce reforms to regulate ridesharing operators and taxi drivers/owners in a bid to provide Canberrans with safe, flexible and affordable ridesharing services while reducing costs for taxi drivers, owners and passengers.
See [...]

289 children in the Canberra will be homeless tonight

By 29 September 2015

[ 16 October 2015 5:00 pm to 17 October 2015 7:00 am. ] 289 Canberra children will not have a safe and secure place to sleep tonight. Is this the Canberra we want to live in?
Last year over 700 people registered for the Canberra Community Sleepout, raising over $106,000 for homelessness services. This year, the Sleepout is aiming for 1,000 Canberrans sleeping out. Will you to take a stand?
You can [...]

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