Urgent action is required by the ACT Government to see Civic regain its position within Canberra as a popular centre, a place with its own character and charm and a precinct that attracts locals and visitors. Having previously outlined the issues behind Civic’s decline (see parts one and two of this series), it is timely [...]
There are loads of documents, reports and expert forums regarding the future of Civic. There is an abundance of pretty pictures, bad graphics, meaningless flowery statements and far too much powerpoint planning rhetoric – but what we need is action.
A recent Property Council report emphasised the need for less regulation and more government financial assistance for [...]
I’ve met a lot of people overseas who end up travelling to Australia. While Canberra is not on the must do lists of all tourists (the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and the Great Barrier Reef are usually the top tourist spots among the people I know), Canberra sometimes gets a look in for those interested [...]
Several decades ago, the centre of Canberra provided a very different shopping experience. Civic was a series of pedestrian plazas with a small complex named The Monaro Mall. In 1989 this mall was enlarged to become the first Canberra Centre. There were howls of protest at the time about how the government’s deal to sell off [...]
What do you do after a massive gym workout that’s left you shattered? Eat your calories back in Thai food, obviously. I took myself off to Zen Yai in Civic for a lunch time treat that’s a bit more interesting than your average salad.
Zen Yai is in a pretty accessible location in Civic situated in [...]
December has just begun and that means the silly season is among us, and the Christmas lights have been switched on.
I took myself along to the Canberra Christmas lights extravaganza, previously hosted by the Richards family at their home in Forrest, now in Civic in Petrie Plaza – just near the Carousel which is also [...]
ACT Policing is appealing to a man who may have witnessed a sexual assault in Glebe Park, Civic, on Saturday night (November 29).
A 35-year-old woman was walking from the City Bus Interchange around 11.30pm when a man, whom she knew as an acquaintance, offered to walk with her.
As they walked through Glebe Park the woman [...]
ACT Policing is calling for witnesses to a serious assault in Civic on Sunday morning (24 August).
About 2.30am, police attended the front of Mooseheads on London Circuit after a man approached security staff stating he and a friend had been assaulted by an unknown man in the southern end of the Pitts Street car park.
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault outside a Civic nightclub in the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday August 17).
About 12.40am, security staff refused a man entry to the Academy nightclub on Bunda Street, Civic. The man became aggressive and engaged a bystander in a short verbal argument before striking him, causing him [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault which occurred at the taxi rank near Bailey’s Corner on London Circuit in Civic early this morning (August 8).
Around 3.45am three males were standing at the taxi rank when one male has struck another with his hand causing the victim to fall to the ground.
A second male [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault which occurred in Civic on Saturday morning (July 26).
About 6am police were called to East Row after receiving a report of an assault. A person of interest has been identified in relation to this matter.
A number of witnesses were in the vicinity and may be able to [...]
ACT Policing has charged an 18-year-old Curtin man following the aggravated robbery of a bus driver in Civic last night (Wednesday, July 23).
About 11.35pm, a male caught an ACTION bus from Watson to the City Bus Interchange. He was the sole passenger on the bus. Once the bus arrived at the City Bus Interchange the [...]
A report on the ABC ACT News on Friday night highlighted an 11% increase in alcohol fuelled violence in Civic, noting alcohol ‘pre loading’ one of the biggest challenges in managing the issue.
I must confess, it’s been a long time since I was out in Civic late on a Saturday night and back [...]
So I was thinking about riding my bike into the city when I go out for an evening, but I know that leaving it locked up in an open bike rack is has reasonable chance of it being vandalized or stolen. Are there any safe spots to lock a bike in the city at night? [...]
Firefighters are investigating a smell of gas in a building on Moore Street in the City.
Update to follow.
Workers have been evacuated as precaution while HAZMAT crews conduct a sweep pf the nine storey building.
A smell of gas was reported on four levels.
ACT Fire & Rescue have three pumpers, the Hazardous Materials Unit, Breathing Apparatus [...]
Steve has sent in this interesting scene from the corner of Northbourne and Barry Drive.
Someone obviously didn’t spend enough time playing tetris.
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ACT Policing has released the facefit image of a suspect from an alleged historical sexual assault in December 2012.
Between 1.30 and 2am on Friday 21 December, the victim was in the City interchange waiting for a taxi when she was approached and propositioned by the alleged offender. The victim refused, and entered a yellow ‘maxi-cab’ [...]
Canberra CBD is celebrating an estimated 3,000 public urinators being diverted from the walls of our fair town to their pissoirs over the festive period:
A second round of urinal trials in Canberra CBD late-night hot spots during the Christmas, New Years Eve and Summernats period has finished with successful results once again.
Data collected recorded an [...]
Andrew Barr has kindly provided a recap of last nights events in the city:
Canberra celebrated the end of a successful Centenary year with explosive celebrations in Civic Square and Garema Place last night, making for a spectacular start to 2014.
Upwards of 45,000 people flocked to the city to enjoy the fantastic line up of [...]
As revellers welcomed in the New Year ACT Policing was highly visible in Canberra with a strong focus on road safety and anti-social behaviour.
New Year’s Eve Operation Commander Superintendent Brett Kidner said it was a challenging night but that police were generally pleased with the behaviour of the crowds.
“Overall people were well-behaved with no major [...]
Territory and Municipal Services are making sure we all know that their cleaners are raring to get stuck into the horrific mess thousands of revelling drunks will leave behind tonight.
While you are out in town this New Year’s Eve, spare a thought for the city cleaners who will set their alarms before 5 am on [...]
A 30-year-old Gordon woman was arrested this morning after she allegedly assaulted a police officer in Civic.
The officer sustained minor facial injuries as a result of the assault.
Around 3.50am this morning, members of ACT Policing’s Regional Targeting Team intervened in a verbal argument outside Mooseheads in Civic, between the woman and security from the licenced [...]
Mayor Rattenbury is looking for your feedback on town centre speed limits:
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today invited Canberrans to provide feedback in relation to the 40 kilometre per hour (40 km/h) speed limit precincts in the Civic, Belconnen and Tuggeranong town centres.
“Following the successful introduction of reduced speed limit precincts [...]
ACT Policing is seeking to identify two women who were involved in the theft of a piece of a statue in Petri Plaza on Sunday (December 8) morning.
Around 12.30am the Three Fat Men statue in Petri Plaza, Civic was vandalised and the smallest ‘fat man’ taken.
Police would like to speak to the women pictured in [...]
This just in to us via Twitter.
ArtsACT need to try harder on vandal-proofing.
Or just electrify after hours.
Saddened to see Keld Moseholm's "On the staircase" is missing a man again. Disgusting vandalism. cc @The_RiotACT http://t.co/1wOeN2TQkm
— Sonja Barfoed (@SonjaBarfoed) December 8, 2013
UPDATE: Intriguingly this morning only one little man is missing:
ACT Policing has arrested a man after he allegedly assaulted a police officer early this morning (Saturday, December 7).
Around 1.30am officers attended a disturbance at Verity Lane in the city and saw a large group of men behaving aggressively.
The officers identified themselves and instructed the men to move back.
At this point a man quickly advanced [...]
ACT Policing has arrested a 42-year-old Ainslie man after a burglary occurred at a jewellery store in Civic last Saturday night (November 30).
The burglary occurred around 10pm at a jewellery store on Mort Street, Civic where a substantial amount of jewellery was stolen. During the burglary a man wearing distinctive clothing was captured on [...]
This just in from RFS:
I noticed that when I alerted the RiotACT masses to the imminent arrival off The Imperial Cupping Room there was some discontent. Some of your readers were of the opinion that this part of Civic was still deficient in regards to cafes. Said individuals will be pleased to learn that [...]
A 19-year-old Queanbeyan man is today facing drug charges after he was arrested after an incident in a Canberra night club yesterday morning (December 1).
Around 3.30am yesterday police attended a City night club in response to a call from security.
The man allegedly had been speaking to a woman he knew and forced a capsule believed [...]
ACT Policing were required to respond to numerous incidents of disorderly behaviour and traffic hazards by graduating students from Marist College in Civic early this morning (Sunday, 1 December).
Around 2am police received reports of over 120 students congregated in the Pitts car park, Civic prior to commencing a walk southbound along the Commonwealth Avenue finishing [...]
Well, I assume workmen. But there’s only one in the picture.
TAMS have started on the Civic Christmas tree!
“The spectacular 21 metre high Christmas tree is a great Canberra tradition and will again be the centrepiece of Civic Square in the lead up to Christmas,” said Darran Quade, Acting Senior Manager of Property Projects and Services, [...]