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The sheep are in so much trouble. Bush Pack on City Walk

By 24 October 2011

There’s been no word from ArtsACT, but there’s a wonderful new piece on City Walk waiting for ingenious drunks to find a way to ruin it.
Called “Bush Pack” by its creator Amanda Stuart it is a beautiful expression of both the joy and the menace of wild dogs.
For mine this is the best of what [...]

Pole retaliation underway

By 15 October 2011

On Thursday we exposed the pole based takeover of Civic’s spaces, possibly as a precursor to the long awaited stripper invasion.
Not a day went past before the forces of resistance had swung into action.
This pole was felled at some point on Thursday night and such was the shock to our pole installing overlords that it [...]

Honkytonks. New bar in Garema Place

By 15 October 2011

So last night I had my name on the door for the opening of the new bar on Garema Place, which (in the interests of disclosure) a friend has a stake in.
It’s called Honkytonks, it’s where Mama’s Trattoria used to be, and it’s going to be a bit of thing (at least until the new [...]

The Civic Pole Farm

By 13 October 2011

As a regular cyclist through Civic (although for those keeping score at home let it be noted that I do once again own a car) I do wonder from time to time why we need quite so many poles getting in the way.
The corner of Northbourne and Alinga is probably the worst for a busy [...]

You Are Here to kick on in 2012, and they want your contribution

By 12 October 2011

The You Are Here festival has announced they’re going to do it all again in 2012.
They’re keen to get your involvement this time around:
But enough about us – who are YOU? Let us know who you are and what you do, and what you WANT to do. Tell us what you think Canberra is missing [...]

Cube employee arrested for indecent acts to women

By 30 September 2011

A 37-year-old Kaleen man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Friday, September 30) charged with two acts of indecency.
About 2.50am ACT Policing Beats members were notified of an incident at the Cube nightclub in Civic where two women were allegedly subject to indecent acts by an employee.
Police attended the club where they arrested the [...]

Evacuations at the Avenue

By 28 September 2011

The ACT Fire Brigade has evacuated 80 people from a city residential building after receiving reports of a fire.
Firefighters responded tonight to the Avenue apartment complex on the corner of Moore Street and Barry Drive Turner to find smoke from burning food in an oven set off a smoke alarm.
7:20pm Wednesday 28 September 2011

Fire [...]

Another assault outside the Quick and Go

By 11 September 2011

ACT Policing arrested three men early this morning following an assault on a shop manager in Civic (Saturday, September 10).
About 1.50 am the men entered the Quick and Go convenience store located on the corner of Northbourne Avenue and Alinga Street, City. They were observed by a shop attendant to place a number of items [...]

Burns at Hogs Breath Civic

By 6 September 2011

Two men have been taken to the Canberra Hospital by the ACT Ambulance Service after sustaining burns in a Civic resturant.
The ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire Brigade where called to Hogs Breath Cafe on London Circuit just before 5 o’clock this afternoon.
Intensive care paramedics arrived to find two male patients in their twenties. One [...]

More cunning prefabrication from the ANU Exchange

By 27 August 2011

To a non construction worker it’s fascinating watching a modern building going up. The new ANU Exchange seems to be using more prefabrication than most of the other buildings that have been going up around Civic.
But it looks like a smarter way to do things.

The giant apple-raspberry drink. Images of Canberra

By 25 August 2011

Well what else would you expect to see on East Row at lunchtime?
And what giant things would you like to see?
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to images@the-riotact.com .

Is Civic Dying?

By 23 August 2011

I had a few minutes to kill this morning in Civic and I was struck by the growing number of empty shops in the city, especially in the Centrepoint complex.
Is this just a repeat of the boom/bust cycle for Civic or are we seeing a long term trend emerge?

Veterans Park revamp

By 12 August 2011

The Economic Development Directorate has published a pdf of proposed works on Veterans Park in the heart of Civic.
Interesting to see that building marked as “future Stockland Development”.

Down to meet their makers

By 10 August 2011

John has sent in another great shot of the construction of the forthcoming Manhattan apartments in Civic with this dramatic note:
What Fowell Mansfield Jarvis & Maclurcan shall design with podium to lessen turbulence, so shall another mob rent asunder, for the temporary reprieve of chaotic Binara winds.
Their toil is nearly complete, and yet [...]

Spitting blood on the police

By 1 August 2011

Two ACT Policing officers were exposed to blood and saliva by an aggressive, abusive 28-year-old male outside a Canberra nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Around 2.15 on Sunday morning (July 31), members of the City Beats Team approached a small group causing a disturbance in Alinga St, Civic, and where one man was [...]

He’s got a big punch. Civic king hitter arrested.

By 26 July 2011

ACT Policing has arrested an 18-year-old man and charged him with intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm, following an incident in Civic on Sunday morning.
Police will allege that around 5.30am on the corner of Northbourne Avenue and Alinga Street in Civic, the alleged offender callously struck the 41-year-old Irish tourist in the face, causing the victim [...]

Civic head injuries. Nothing good happens after 2am.

By 24 July 2011

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident in the city early this morning (Sunday, 24 July).
About 5.30am police received a report of an unconscious man lying out the front of the Quick and Go convenience store on the corner of Northbourne Avenue and Alinga Street.
Upon arrival police found an unresponsive man lying on the [...]

QIC moves on the last car park on Cooyong Street

By 22 July 2011

The Canberra Times brings word of plans by QIC to convert the last carpark left on Cooyong Street into apartments, office space, and another slew of retail.
The development application proposed demolishing an existing outdoor car park along Cooyong Street and building a mixed-use development with multiple towers up to 14 storeys high.
They will comprise [...]

Bus tow? No problem!

By 21 July 2011

As seen in Civic this afternoon.
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The sky brought down to earth. Manhattan demolition winds up

By 19 July 2011

The demolition on Akuna Street to pave the way for the Manhattan Apartments has been a subject of ongoing fascination.
John has sent in another great set as the diggers in the sky come down to earth with this note:
Here ya go, today’s ground-breaking activity. You can see where the digger is breaking through into [...]

The Mama’s Trattoria go-round

By 18 July 2011

Canberra CBD has tweeted that the much loved Mamas Trattoria has re-opened in the Melbourne building.
Meanwhile the old Mamas site in Garema Place is being re-fitted to emerge as a new, much needed, bar under the name of Honkytonks.

Getting stabby in Civic

By 16 July 2011

ACT Policing has arrested a 22-year-old Nicholls man after a man was stabbed in Civic overnight.
Police will allege an altercation occurred between the two men outside a pizza store on London Circuit around 3am today (Saturday, July 16).
Police attended the store shortly after the incident occurred, where the alleged offender had been detained and disarmed [...]

Another empty shopfront in Garema Place?

By 14 July 2011

The Australian pub seems to have shut its doors and stolen away into the night.  Outdoor furniture gone, windows covered over, no more repetitious 70′s and 80′s soundtrack.  Gone forever?
The ice skating rink has really injected some welcome life and colour into the space, but as someone who’s worked here for about six years, I [...]

Civic road closures, Akuna and Bunda Streets

By 14 July 2011

Territory And Municipal Services are warning that they’re digging up roads around Civic again:
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that the following roads in the City will be temporarily closed (weather permitting):
- Bunda Street (between Petrie Street and Binara Street) and;
- Akuna Street (between Cooyong Street and approximately 60 metres [...]

Long term parking in the City?

By 13 July 2011

I have a bit of a quandary, I’m living in an apartment building that doesn’t supply me with a car park.  I live in the city and have checked out the Target carpark (expensive and have a looong waiting list), and also the Convention Centre (also pretty expensive, plus it’s insecure – I’ve had my [...]

Brown water in the inner north

By 12 July 2011

ActewAGL are warning that their maintenance program, and the discoloured water it brings, is coming to the Inner North with Reid, Campbell, Braddon, Turner, Ainslie and the City expected to be hit.
If you’ve still got mucky water on Wednesday call 13 11 93.

Skate in the City taking shape

By 29 June 2011

Garema Place is getting pretty crowded with all the activity setting up the ice rink this afternoon.
More details on the Canberra CBD page.
It’s all meant to be kicking off on Friday.

Uni Pub to undergo mitosis

By 28 June 2011

The Canberra Times has the intriguing news that the owners of the Uni Pub (and the Civic Pub and Kingston Hotel) are planning to duplicate the facility on London Circuit.
The new hotel, which is yet to be named, will comprise three storeys and a basement housing cloakrooms and toilets. Mr Dawn said he expected it [...]

New Acton Burning.

By 23 June 2011

More as it comes to hand.
UPDATE 1: We’re hearing new acton completely on fire. Will check.
UPDATE 2: As you can see the Hotel Diamant is really blazing away. More as soon as we know.
UPDATE 3: Fire brigade believe they’ve got it under control.
UPDATE 4: We’re hearing the fire started in the roof above the hotel [...]

Canberra in the 80s. Then and now.

By 23 June 2011

Threepaws has sent in these pictures of Canberra in the 80s. Your correspondent has then spent part of this morning running around Canberra trying to match the shots. I’ve monochromed to match where appropriate. Above is the old bus interchange administration centre where one could seek guidance and assistance on buses and even buy tickets.
And [...]

A fisheye on Civic. Images of Canberra

By 21 June 2011

Richard has sent in some fisheye lens photos he took of Civic in the sunnier yesterday of, er, yesterday.

From Heaven To Earth. Manhattan Demolition Part 2

By 17 June 2011

Following on from our earlier explorations of the ambitious demolition project on Akuna Street, John has sent in another big set of pictures.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it to images@the-riotact.com .
Here’s the full slideshow of this set:

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