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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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Enjoy incredible prize-winning artworks exhibited alongside inspiring historical content from the collections of the National Archives of Australia and the South Australian Museum.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, [...]
[ 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 [...]
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!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
[ 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 [...]
It’s magpie season again. It’s that time of year when cyclists ride around with cable ties sticking out of their helmets like echidnas, and pedestrians wear sunglasses on the back of their heads, ducking nervously as they walk beneath a tree.
Magpies swoop as a means of protecting their eggs or newly hatched babies. Some magpies [...]
The High Court of Australia, which opened in 1980, is the tallest building on the southern central foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin. Its architectural style, being brutalist concrete and glass, is not exactly friendly.
Looking at the building from the north it is out of proportion with its surroundings. I have long regarded the building as [...]
I left Canberra over 12 months ago, with plans to explore new opportunities overseas.
It was a reluctant departure. Over the course of 18 years, I grew to love the territory in a way I could not have imagined when I first arrived in ’93. Though the sheep paddocks could still be found, I had been [...]
[ 14 October 2015 to 18 October 2015. ]
The Japanese Film Festival (JFF) has announced its 2015 program for the Canberra leg of the national festival, opening 14 October at Capitol Cinemas Manuka, and bringing the finest of Japanese culture to the silver screens of Australia.
Carefully curated by The Japan Foundation in Sydney, the Festival’s Canberra program will feature an eclectic line up of [...]
The ACT Government’s 2014 Digital Canberra Action Plan is an important part of the vision for Canberra’s future. But more can be done.
The city’s newly appointed Chief Digital Officer has been tasked with assisting in the roll out of the CBR free Wi-Fi network, encouraging a connected and inclusive community by improving digital access, and creating online tools [...]
New animal breeding legislation to outlaw puppy and kitten farms in the ACT was introduced this week.
The female cats and dogs used in puppy and kitten farms are impregnated as often as possible without regard for their health and welfare. They are often deprived of social interaction, exercise and responsible health care for their entire [...]
Canberra residents have the perception, or at least the aspiration, that the elected ACT politician appointed to be the planning minister will oversee the future planning and development of the city on behalf of the residents.
In a recent article the former chief minister, Jon Stanhope, listed one of his disappointments as not being able to deal [...]
If you are a regular taxi user, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Uber, the upstart company that is threatening taxi industries all over the world.
Already operating in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, Uber hopes to start operating in Canberra by October, with 1000 people already expressing interest in becoming drivers.
Uber works by providing [...]
[ 1 September 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]
Ever felt the sting of public shaming on social media? Jon Ronson has.
Head to the National Library on Tuesday 1 September as Ronson talks about his latest book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. Inspired by the theft of his identity through a fake Twitter account, Ronson interviewed individuals involved in high-profile cases of online public shaming.
I’m looking for an accountant in Canberra who is good with Xero and patient with very small business owners. Any suggestions?
My tax returns aren’t super complicated, but in addition to a full-time job I run my own business (as a sole trader) on the side. I will also be looking to rent out an investment [...]
[ 15 August 2015 at 11:00 am; ]
Canberra is set to get hooked on snags as local butcher David Peddle launches his book Sausages: History, Mystery, Mastery.
The book will be launched on Saturday August 15 from 11am-2pm at Cooking Coordinates at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets. You can see David cook his legendary kangaroo and beer sausages – and then try them!
So this debate has reared up again. Penalty rates.
Depending on which side of the argument you might be – I believe something needs to be done, and soon.
The rates (some upwards of $50 per hour) are quite simply unsustainable in the long term if we need a strong and growing small business sector.
However, this new push [...]
I’m new to Canberra and play fiddle (but not very well). I’m keen to meet up with other not-very-good fiddle players so we can enjoy playing together, without worrying about being a bit rubbish. Anyone interested?!
I figure we can meet in someone’s home, or cheaply rent a church space or something, once a month to share [...]
In the last few months I have noticed a lot of people reporting stolen cars, smashed windows and thefts on various online community notice boards. I wasn’t sure if crime had spiked or whether online posts were encouraging more people to come forward.
ACT Policing recently confirmed that there has been an 80 per cent increase [...]