Tag Archives: civic

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


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


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.


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.


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


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


Following on from our earlier explorations of the ambitious demolition project on Akuna Street, John has sent in another big set of pictures.
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Here’s the full slideshow of this set:

Before the morning. Late night Civic in pictures.


“babingtonfilms” has posted a piece explaining Andrew Babington’s photography project of late night photography in Civic.
There’s a lot of striking imagery there.
The book “Before The Morning” is available on Blurb.

The Red Herring kaput


Facebook has the sad news that the Red Herring Cafe has ended its brave experiment with running a different sort of coffee shop in Civic.
Dear Loyal Patrons of the Herring,
I’m afraid I have bad news. Probably the worst news I’ve ever had to break to anyone. Sure, no one’s died, nothings burnt down or been [...]

Civic glassing witnesses wanted.

By 6 June 2011

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an alleged ‘glassing’ incident in the city in the early hours of Sunday morning (June 5) which left a 19-year-old man with lacerations to his face.
Around 3am Sunday, police were called to a night club in the city in relation to an altercation between two men. Prior to police [...]

Phone bookings open for Skate in the City

By 31 May 2011

Canberra CBD are informing us that their wildly anticipated ice skating in Garema Place is now taking telephone bookings on 0400 505 284.
It’s going to be running through July.
Apparently there’s some sort of hitch with booking over the intertubes.

I for one welcome our indigenous overlords


We haven’t seen any announcement as to why the Australian Aboriginal Flag (that’s its name) flies proud over Civic this morning.
UPDATE: We’ve been informed that it’s for reconciliation week.

Civic jaywalkers


Car drivers and bike riders cop a lot of flak when it comes to road accidents but civic pedestrians seem to have a death wish when they illegally cross the road (corner of Northbourne Ave and London Crt.).
The next corner at Alinga St and Northbourne is even worse.
Has anyone tried to enforce Jay [...]

Reviewed – Lunch at The Hermitage

By 21 May 2011

About a month or so ago I was introduced to The Hermitage, off Civic Square, across from the Legislative Assembly, next to the Canberra Museum. Being impressed with my $30 lunch special that day (i.e. an imaginative antipasto entree, a scotch fillet main, and a glass of wine from a bottle that sells for $17 [...]

Big stink in Civic

By 21 May 2011

ACT Policing took eleven people into custody after a series of disturbances in Civic overnight (Saturday, May 21).
Around 4.30am, police responded to a disturbance outside a nightclub where a group of up to 15 men were fighting. Police intervened and took four men into custody for breach of the peace, failing to move on and [...]

Well at least they didn’t drive home. Images of Canberra

By 17 May 2011

P1 has sent in this gem taken from the parking lot next to the ATO building in Civic.
Champagne, Russkis, and a parking ticket. That’s one big night out!
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Stephen Gregory takes the reins at Canberra CBD.

By 12 May 2011

Canberra CBD’s In The City Canberra website is letting us know that Stephen Gregory is taking over from Linda Staite as the CEO.
Mr Gregory commences his role on 30 May after two successful years as the CEO of Snowy Hydro SouthCare. During this time he has lead a major boost in profile for the rescue [...]

A particularly stupid mugger

By 29 April 2011

ACT Policing has arrested a 29-year-old Torrens man for a robbery in Civic on Sunday evening (April 24).
About 10.45pm the female victim was walking towards the intersection of East Row and London Circuit when she was approached by a man who asked her for some money. The man offered to exchange phone numbers so he [...]

Costly reverse park fail

By 27 April 2011

ACT Policing has arrested a 41-year-old man from Kaleen, after he was caught drink driving twice in four hours on Saturday night (23 April).
About 7.45pm on Saturday night a City Station patrol observed a blue Toyota Camry attempting to reverse park in Binara Street. Police conducted a roadside breath test which returned a positive result.
The [...]

Alinga Street taxi rank. Caption contest


As seen at the Alinga St taxi rank in Civic this morning.
A pint of beer or cider for the best caption.
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Ice rink confirmed for Garema Place in winter 11!


CanberraCBD have announced the planned ice rink in Garema Place is confirmed as going ahead.
We are very pleased to confirm that our major project for this Winter will be installing an ice skating rink in Garema Place. The rink will be open to the public for day and night time skating sessions during the [...]

Found: black poodle x (Civic)

By 14 April 2011

Found outside the ATO building in Civic. He’s not very big, maybe a year or so old, with a grey collar engraved with “Tommy” and a phone number. I’ve been trying the phone number all morning but it’s switched off.
He’s currently at work with me, and I have called the pound who say rangers will pick him [...]

Where write for a complaint about an ACTION bus?

By 12 April 2011

A serious incident happened on an ACTION bus 2 weeks ago whereby the bus driver did nothing to aid the victim. I need advice as to who to write a complaint to or how to take this matter further?
The ACTION website only has a generic address to write to and I want to make sure [...]

Candle Lighting Ceremony

By 9 April 2011

[ 4 May 2011 at 5:45 pm; ] Candle Lighting Ceremony to remember those who have died as a result of domestic violence, 4th May, 5.45pm Garema Place

2XX FM launches its new radio program

By 8 April 2011

[ 18 April 2011 at 4:00 pm; ] LOCAL ‘N’ LIVE
Sat April 16th 2011
Garema Place, Civic 10-4 pm


Brass’ere                    12.30pm

The Ellis Collective      1.15pm

D’Opus & Roshambo 2.30pm

+ Pete Akhurst, Alice Cottee, Heidi Gill

and more great local acts throughout the day

The Local ‘n’ Live Radio show starts April 18th 4-6 pm, Monday to Friday on 98.3FM

For more information or live streaming visit

$10 lunches in review. A wrapup


Having had an exciting few weeks we’re scaling down the $10 lunch review series.
If a new player comes onto the scene we’ll publish another one. But it’s been breaking my heart to buy bad lunches (or even just OK lunches) and eat them when I know the gems that are available.
So here are the highlights [...]

Civic lunch venue for group

By 23 March 2011

I know there have been similar posts in the past, but with all the new eateries that have sprung up around Civic in the last year or two I am wondering whether anywhere has emerged as a particularly good venue for groups of 20 or more?
By this I mean somewhere that does not insist on everyone ordering [...]

ReLoved Pop-Up Shop and Clothes Swap this weekend

By 16 March 2011

[ 18 March 2011 to 20 March 2011. ] For YOU ARE HERE, Re-Loved will be taking over a vacant shopfront and transforming it into a fashion mecca.

The space will be used as a studio throughout the festival, where designers will create and sell new garments in a co-operative pop-up shop.

Designers participating in the event include; Lisa Barrett, [...]

20 police break up a Civic blue

By 14 March 2011

ACT Policing officers responding to reports of a disturbance in the early hours of Sunday morning (March 13) were required to draw their batons and use Oleoresin Capsicum spray to protect a security staff member being assaulted outside a Civic nightclub.
Police were called to the Northbourne Avenue location around 12.30am on Sunday morning after reports [...]

Winter Wonderland in Civic

By 7 March 2011

The ABC has the exciting news that Canberra CBD is planning to run an ice rink in Garema Place this July:
Canberra CBD Limited, which represents property owners in the city, wants to set up an ice skating rink in Garema Place to attract shoppers back into the city centre.
CEO Linda Staite says the ice [...]

Charming Downer Man

By 1 March 2011

A 20-year-old Downer man will appear in ACT Magistrates Court this morning after he assaulted two police officers in the City early today (Tuesday, March 1).
Around 1.20am today, police patrolling in Civic stopped to question four people walking from Garema Place to Alinga St. One of the men was identified as in breach of his [...]

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