In 2019, The RiotACT‘s digital and social media audiences continued to grow and thrive. Our Facebook page hosted lively discussions about local events, news and people. It saw passionate debates and vibrant conversations about life and the things that matter to residents of Canberra and the surrounding region.
Ahead of the time that many Canberrans make their annual pilgrimage to the coast, we brought you the news that the South East Local Land Services biosecurity team is encouraging Far South Coast fishers to keep an eye out for carp after a 76 cm, 9 kg female specimen laden with over 1 million eggs was caught in a Bega lagoon.
Here’s some advice from South East Local Land Services about what to do if you catch a carp while fishing at the coast.
In November, Braidwood cattle farmer Martin Royds made the astonishing claim that he can supply the town with back-up water if the Shoalhaven River runs dry. Thanks to Mr Royds’ regenerative farming practices, he has 14 major weirs across erosion gullies that are holding on to water, with some full to the brim.
The police union says legalising cannabis in the ACT will only complicate the issue, after new cannabis possession laws were passed in the Legislative Assembly in 2019. Under the new legislation, which was put forward by Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson, adults will be allowed to possess 50 grams of cannabis and grow up to four plants in their home.
When Antonia and Sasha Basic arrived in Canberra from Croatia in 2014, they had $2000, four suitcases and no plans. But in October, they realised a dream by opening the Magic Kitchen Vegan Cafe in Kingston. Here’s more about the dynamic duo and their new venture.
The ACT Government plans to upgrade two sections of Monaro Highway before Canberra heads south for the 2020 snow season, after yet another fatal crash on the busy highway.
Transport Canberra and City Services has released a tender for the design and construction of Monaro Highway improvements, including construction of a two-kilometres of a northbound overtaking lane between Williamsdale Road and Royalla Drive.
It’s been named one of the “most god-awful smells in the world” and it seems it can even be confused with a gas leak, with the smell of the durian fruit leading to 550 people being evacuated from the University of Canberra Library in May. Firefighters evacuated students and staff from the building in under six minutes following reports of a strong smell of gas.
They then investigated the source of the smell and found it came from an unexpected source – part of a durian fruit left in a bin near an air vent!
Woolworths supermarkets in Canberra are set to join a national trial that will allow customers to buy products in reusable containers rather than single-use plastic packaging, we reported in November. The scheme will be trialled in supermarkets before a full launch in 2021. Here’s more about how it will work.
As part of her early morning routine, Libby Oakes-Ash takes her small dog Charlie for a walk, but after a traumatic experience that left her small pup with several puncture wounds, she now carries a large pipe in her hand, we wrote in October.
The Canberra Irish Club had been in trouble for a long time. Their financial position was so dire that the club was on the brink of folding. But in 2019 we reported that the board decided on a course of action that would reinvigorate the club and turn its fortunes around – and it hasn’t looked back since.
While sittin’ at the table deciding which Canberra suburb to parody next, the morning crew from Mix 106.3FM threw the rule book out the window … and it landed in Queanbeyan. To the strains of Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler, 106.3 immortalised our cousins over the border with a song about a man on a bus bound for Queanbeyan. Click the story above to hear it for yourself.
We hope you’ve enjoyed taking a trip through the highlights of 2019 on RiotACT. We look forward to bringing you all the news and top stories about Canberra and the region again in 2020.