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Land Development Agency’s obscure news about Northbourne


The ACT Government’s Land Development Agency (LDA) has just circulated a media release that I think was meant to be good news and was supposed to inform us that something is about to happen along Northbourne Ave.
Apparently the LDA/Chief Minister’s Directorate is very happy about a decision by the Heritage Council to list seventeen buildings. [...]

Windscreen washers on Northbourne are local legends


Most of the intersections along Northbourne Avenue have a resident windscreen washer.
Northbourne’s windscreen washers are all men, and it’s often difficult to tell their ages as their faces are obscured by sunglasses, facial hair and sometimes a baseball cap. These men are at their post almost all day, every day. I’ve often said they’re the hardest working [...]

Seeking a new future for Canberra planning

By 26 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
planning dickson

The Canberra heritage lobby is engaged in a public stoush with the government as a result of the heritage ruling to hang onto one of the Northbourne Towers. I disagree with the heritage decision, as my view is that these towers are not worth fighting for.
However, I share the concern that we will most likely [...]

Canberra’s development dilemma

dickson flats

Canberra is undergoing a metamorphosis. Until now, it has grown outwards, slowly engulfing farms and spitting them back out as suburbs, terraforming the landscape from grazing pastures to a white collar playground. Shopping centres, cars, cafes, the tame opiates of the archetypal Canberran.
The age and maturity of this town is becoming more obvious, however. As [...]

Is there a place for billboards in Canberra?

By 30 July 2014

As I navigate through the winding streets of Canberra, taking in the beautiful mountains and cityscape, I can’t help but be amused by the very rare billboard seeking my attention.
It’s usually the amusing ‘on-premise’ Canturf puns, pitched along the Monaro Highway coming past Fyshwick, which we’ve all grown to love, or the giant billboard on [...]

Redevelopment of Northbourne Avenue begins


The transformation of Northbourne Avenue will soon begin with the lodging yesterday of the Development Application for the demolition of the Dickson Flats on the corner of Northbourne Avenue and Morphett Street.
Once the DA has been approved, the Land Development Agency will engage a civil contractor to undertake the demolition of the flats, and [...]

Northbourne Ave slums… demolish or preserve?

By 26 June 2014

I refer to an article in the Canberra Times about the slums they refer to as public housing, located in some of the most prime real estate in Canberra.
The real estate these flats sit on could be sold off and developed, providing a budget windfall for the ACT government, providing hundreds if not thousands of [...]

Witnesses sought; rock thrown at moving vehicle


ACT Policing is investigating an incident where a car received significant damage when it was hit by a large rock while driving on Northbourne Avenue on Monday morning (9 June).
About 12:55am, the vehicle was travelling north along Northbourne Avenue, Lyneham, when a large rock was thrown at the car by an unknown person/s on the [...]

The City Cruise is tomorrow!

By 1 January 2014

[ 2 January 2014 at 12:00 pm; ] TAMS are giving notice that the Summernats City Cruise is going down tomorrow at Midday:

The ACT Government today provided details about how people can safely enjoy the Summernats City Cruise at midday on Thursday 2 January 2014, as well as the temporary disruption it will cause to motorists and pedestrians.

The Cruise takes place between [...]

Taylor Lewis Schmidt gets 20 years for the Northbourne murder

By 9 December 2013

The ABC brings word that Taylor Schmidt, 22, will not be eligible for parole for the next 12 years for his role in the murder on Northbourne Avenue of Liang Zhao.
The 27-year-old victim was beaten to death with a baseball bat and a machete, and robbed of his mobile phone and $21.
Mr Zhao had [...]

Justice Refshauge cocks up sentencing Liang Zhao sentence

By 15 October 2013

The ABC has the depressing news that the sentence of the un-named teenage killer of Liang Zhao on Northbourne Avenue has been further reduced:
Last week in the ACT Supreme Court, Justice Richard Refshauge sentenced the 19-year-old offender to 17 years in jail.
But because he was a juvenile at the time of the murder he was [...]

Northbourne murderer gets 10 years

By 8 October 2013

The ABC has the news on the sentencing of a man who can’t be named because he was a juvenille when he brutally murdered Liang Zhao on Northbourne Avenue in 2011:
Today in the ACT Supreme Court, Acting Chief Justice Richard Refshauge sentenced the 19-year-old to 17 years jail.
But under ACT law he will be [...]

Cycling Tips for Northbourne

By 28 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Here’s a great first person perspective of the trials and challenges of cycling Northbourne Avenue:
A quick video I made with some of my tips for cycling on Northbourne Avenue in Canberra.
Please remember to set to 720p+. These are only my tips, so don’t get carried away

Northbourne mugging facefit

By 20 September 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

ACT Policing have released a facefit of a man believed to be involved in an aggravated robbery in Braddon on Tuesday (September 17).
Around 5.30pm, a 25-year-old female was walking along Northbourne Avenue in Braddon when she was approached by a male, demanding cash.
The victim did not comply with the demand and continued on walking. [...]

Northbourne murderers plead guilty

By 29 August 2013

The ABC has the news that the two Northbourne flats denizens who killed Liang Zhao as he tried to walk home in 2011 have plead guilty:
Two men have pleaded guilty in the ACT Supreme Court over the 2011 murder of Liang Zhao, 27, on Northbourne Avenue in Canberra.
Taylor Lewis Schmitt, 22, and a 19 [...]

Spring is coming

By 8 August 2013

Poetix is excited about spring.
Real blossom as snapped on Northbourne. And a strange, big blue thing hovered above.
Got an image of Canberra

One cyclist almost takes out another


I thought of the Riot when I saw this happen in front of me on the weekend on Northbourne.
What other readership/viewership could appreciate the multiple themes of red light running, cyclists and almost carnage?
Clip taken with the Aldi dash cam.
Comparing it with other clips I think my next dash cam won’t be [...]

Northbourne does not need to be completely dug up

By 12 July 2013

This morning the Canberra Times had a story so reeking of the pungent stench of BS that it didn’t seem to even warrant a reply:
The construction of the first stage of the Capital Metro light rail network will require all of the road surface on Northbourne Avenue to be dug up and replaced.
The project would [...]

As seen on Northbourne Avenue. Well played


This in from Chris:
Mudflappers are not surprising however antenna the height of trees?
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Northbourne at night. Images of Canberra


The irrepressible Konrad Lenz has posted this to facebook and given us permission to use it:
Bus stop, Northbourne Ave, night
The Register recently described instagram as “looking at the world through urine filled goggles” but I still liked this one enough to share.
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Then and Now. The Sydney Building


Pressing on with the Then and Now shots Historygeek has prepped up for us.
Today we have the Sydney Building.
More tomorrow!

Then and Now. Northbourne Avenue

By 11 June 2013

Historygeek has sent us a series of pictures we’re going to drip feed daily for the next week or so.
Today we have Northbourne Avenue.

The Summernats SuperCruise 2013

By 4 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

For those who missed it Damian Haas has blogged extensively on yesterday’s summer nats Supercruise.

Ice Queen smashes into police roadblock on Northbourne

By 22 November 2012

A 30-year-old Kambah man was arrested following a police pursuit, which ended when his vehicle collided with a police vehicle on Northbourne Avenue this morning (Thursday, November 22).
Around 4am, a Belconnen patrol attended Thynne Street, Bruce in response to reports of men breaking into vehicles. On arrival, police saw two vehicles, a white Toyota Vienta [...]

The bike lane is for…? (They see me rollin’)

By 6 September 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Damien Haas has sent in this intriguing user of a bicycle lane seen today heading down Northbourne Avenue.
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Canberra bashing as street art?


The corner of Northbourne and Alinga is the beating heart of the city.
So one would assume that if someone wrote “I HATE CANBERRA” in foot high letters across the Northbourne Avenue axis and it was there for several weeks it had some sort of official sanction?
High visibility and lined up with all the flagpoles and [...]

Darwin man summonsed for Northbourne sexual assault

By 23 April 2012

A 30-year-old man from Darwin has been summonsed to face the ACT Magistrates Court this week on sexual assault charges.
Police will allege the man sexually assaulted a 27-year-old woman in the early hours of Saturday morning, March 17, in her apartment on Northbourne Avenue.
Between 3 and 4 am the woman was walking back to her [...]

Left turn to Tuggeranong…


Walking down Northbourne this arvo something about the large roadsign on the southbound side just before Cooyong St / Barry Drive caught my attention. This says:
- Straight ahead: Woden, Queanbeyan, Cooma
- Right turn: Belconnen
- Left turn: Glebe Park, Tuggeranong
What? Straight ahead for Cooma but turn left for Tuggers? Does this make sense to [...]

It sure looks like we’re getting a bus lane down the Northbourne Median Strip


At his press conference this lunchtime Simon Corbell was keen to stress that all the options are being considered.
But consider these two points:
1. The press conference was held on the Northbourne Avenue median strip.
2. The media release has these paragraphs:
“These cost estimates by URS Australia Pty Ltd, show that Bus Rapid Transit is estimated to [...]

Born on Northbourne Avenue

By 27 March 2012

The ACT Ambulance Service has assisted in the delivery of a baby girl in the back seat of a car.
The parents of the baby girl were on route to The Canberra Hospital when they were forced to pull over at the corner of Northbourne Avenue and Alinga Street, Canberra City, as the baby’s head had [...]

Do you know this alleged rapist?


ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the man in the image who is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 27-year-old woman in the early hours of Saturday morning (March 17).
Between 3 and 4 am the woman was walking back to her apartment on Northbourne Avenue from the CBD when she was approached [...]

Keizo Ushio’s cookie cutter fired up on Northbourne. New public art

By 28 February 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

Adamthebastard has captured the latest public art to have the plastic sheets removed around Civic.
On the intersection of London Circuit and Northbourne Avenue there now stands Keizo Ushio’s “dream lens for the future”, which seems to be falling into the dreary sub-type of Canberra public art I like to think of as “circles placed square [...]

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