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Sir Laurence Street to decide on the release of the functional review News

johnboy 8 April 2009 38
There's no way that the functional review, should it ever be released, will live up to the expectation generated by the saga of its secrecy. But it's become the rope in a much needed tug-of-war between executive and parliament here in the ACT. It's fascinating watching a quintessential round-head...

Taking out the trash day? No Functional Review for you News

johnboy 25 March 2009 22
One hopes that a bikie-related double murder and the sudden death of a prominent member of the community was not what prompted Jon Stanhope's office to push out this media release at 7.30pm last night. Because if that was the reason it's a hell of a way to run...

Functional Review News

johnboy 21 June 2006 3
Richard Mulcahy has taken a moment out from editorialising in the Financial Review to put out a media release asking why the Government's super-secret functional review (but not so secret it can't be used to justify anything the Government can't otherwise explain) cost $350,000. That seems a lot for the...

New multi-functional stage to make Arboretum a major performance venue News

Ian Bushnell 14 February 2019 24
The National Arboretum is set to become a permanent performance venue with plans to upgrade the amphitheatre and build a multi-functional performance stage. The Midyear Budget Review has earmarked $210,000 for early planning work for the stage, as well as the proposed hotel for the national attraction. A study and...

ACT Health’s ‘toxic culture’: what staff told the Independent Review News

Ian Bushnell 4 February 2019
It was described as a difficult and disturbing read that laid bare the toxic workplace culture in what ironically are supposed to be places of healing. The interim report of the Independent Review into the workplace culture within the ACT public health system released on Friday (1 February) heard from many...

Review – Photography at ANCA in Dickson Opinion

Paul Costigan 18 June 2015
The current exhibition at ANCA in Dickson presents two photographic artists whose works have direct links back to the 1970s American colour photography. The two artists in the ANCA exhibition are Cathy Laudenbach and Adam Mann. The theme of this joint exhibition is ‘Longing’ — quoting the few words available online:...

Mother & Son – Canberra Theatre (review) Opinion

Steven Bailey 9 February 2015 6
From the grave to light-hearted cheer, the classic Australian TV series Mother & Son  found its way to the Canberra Theatre. The modernised adaptation of the six series, by the original writer Geoffrey Atherden, combines playful and poignant moments that all families experience with the inevitable deterioration of a loved one....

The Hawke Review recommendations in full News

johnboy 16 February 2011
Yesterday's release of the Hawke Review threatens vast and sweeping changes to the ACT Public Service, the structure of Government in the ACT and huge disruption to service delivery if things go wrong. To that end here are the 76 recommendations of the review. How many of them do you...

FOI wittering News

johnboy 11 December 2008 7
I've always thought of Freedom Of Information laws as one of those nice ideas that don't work in practice. Basically unless you can go in yourself and rifle through the filing cabinet there's no bureaucracy on the planet that can't find a dozen ways to stymie a request for information....

Richard Mulcahy’s trouble with the Hotels Association News

johnboy 5 October 2006 2
Jon Stanhope is taking some joy from the troubles surrounding the Liberal head kicker and Shadow Treasurer, Richard Mulcahy. The Canberra Times reported last month that the Australian Hotels Association was to consider the findings of a report into its financial affairs encompassing the time when Mr Mulcahy was its...

Public release of the Costello report? News

johnboy 6 September 2006 18
One of the more charming aspect's of the Stanhope Government slashing and burning of the ACT's public amenities has been the way it has all been justified by Michael Costello's functional review. A secret document might be a pretty poor way to justify actions in public debate, but it's also...

Phillip Oval Proposals News

Pandy 12 July 2006 49
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Overhaul shadowed for Canberra government structure News

Kerces 9 November 2005 9
The Chief Minster has announced a "broad-ranging functional review of ACT government structures and programs" over the next few months. This could be paving the way for a potential split between state and local government functions, which Brendan Smyth informs us Urban Services Minister John Hargreaves told the Council of...

Woden community centre site confirmed with release of design tender News

Ian Bushnell 29 August 2019 3
A new multi-purpose Woden community centre will be built on Callam Street next to the heritage-listed Callam Offices and opposite the bus interchange. A tender for feasibility and design has been released following the ACT Government's announcement last year to proceed with the project and $1.75 million allocated in the...

Renters bubble wrap windows as Canberra shivers through winter News

Lachlan Roberts 23 July 2019 108
Renters in Canberra are taking unusual measures to keep their house warm and keep their energy bills low during the bitterly cold winter months as a new report finds a staggering number of rental properties have the minimum energy efficiency rating. 30-year-old Cameron Van-Lane and his three housemates in Dickson have...

New Arboretum car park to have parking meters as destination grows News

Ian Bushnell 8 July 2019 99
A new sealed, metered car park is to be built at the National Arboretum this financial year to cope with increasing visitor numbers, the impending cessation of bus services and to provide extra revenue for the now iconic destination. The ACT Government has contracted GHD Pty Ltd for $66,000 to...

Luxury townhomes in Turner where time stands still Property

Wendy Johnson 17 April 2019
Prestigious living for discerning professionals, couples and families is coming to Turner. Tempus—the Turner Copperstones—is a curated collection of luxury three and four-bedroom townhomes designed without compromise. This unique, boutique development is perfect for those seeking sophisticated inner-city living combined with the quiet character of the Canberra landscape in one...

NCA lifts building heights for Lyneham section of Federal Highway News

Ian Bushnell 9 April 2019 4
Southwell Park in Lyneham will remain as it is but building heights on a key area of the Federal Highway will increase as a result of changes made to the City and Gateway Urban Design Framework after the recent consultation on the proposed amendment to the National Capital Plan. Assistant...

Renters deserve a better deal Opinion

Caroline Le Couteur MLA 2 February 2019 42
Rental properties are people’s homes, and renters need to know they have adequate protections to ensure basic housing security. Our current rental laws offer inadequate protections for renters. Canberra’s high rents and low rental vacancy rates (less than 1 per cent vacancy) mean that renters lack choice and bargaining power...

The Best Gyms in Weston Creek Best of Canberra

Staying fit and healthy is an ongoing endeavour that requires the right tools and equipment. Belonging to a good gym is a key piece to your fitness routine success. With your busy schedule and the million things you do each day, you may not have time to visit multiple gyms...

The Best Interior Designers in Canberra Best of Canberra

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Looking to transform your interior from drab to fab? With the help on an experienced interior designer, you can give your home an entirely new feel and fresh atmosphere. Finding an interior designer with an eye for detail and an understanding of space functionality can be a real challenge. That’s...

The Best Flooring Specialists in Canberra Best of Canberra

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Are you renovating your floors or building a new home? Choosing a floor can be a daunting task. There are so many flooring options on the market, from timber to bamboo, to tiles and vinyl. Expert advice to guide you through the process will ensure a result you will be...

Form and function combine for affordable luxury at The Foundry Residences Property

Wendy Johnson 31 October 2018
Affordable luxury. In many ways, The Foundry Residences, in Taylor, has it all. This bespoke offering of 36 contemporary townhomes is centrally located while offering quiet suburban living. The contemporary design mixes form and function in these exclusive townhomes, designed by award-winning DNA Architects, who have delivered some of Canberra’s...

The Best Electrical Services in Canberra Best of Canberra

Electrical services are a necessity for every household and business premise. From lighting design and installation to communications, we all require reliable, safe, and long-lasting electrical equipment. What’s more, improper installation and faulty or poorly made electrical equipment can put our homes and offices and the people within them at...

How an offbeat and vivacious Canberra dance program is changing lives Community

Belconnen Arts Centre 18 February 2018 5
Dance for Wellbeing classes at Belconnen Arts Centre utilises a variety of multicultural dance and music styles; in one session, participants move in pairs to Indigenous Australian didgeridoo music, then perform an Israeli folk dance as a group. Creative Program Officer Philip Piggin and his team have created an environment full of encouragement,...

Canberra’s Best Architects Best of Canberra

Architects blend imagination and pragmatism, formulating homes, buildings, and spaces with functionality and style. It’s important you enlist the services of an architect that understands your vision and can help make that a reality. So, if you’re looking to hire an architect for your residential or commercial project, this article...

RiotACT Announcement: Social login now active and new policies in force News

Michael McGoogan 22 May 2017
Hey RiotACT Community! As heralded in my recent post, I am excited to announce that our developers have completed Facebook, Twitter, and Google login to RiotACT and that the new policies in relation to RiotACT editorial direction, contribution, sponsored content, and moderation are now in effect. Facebook, Twitter and Google...

Deceased estates: What to do with all the assets and how to know what’s valuable Community

Rachel Ziv 10 March 2017 2
The death of prominent Canberra architect Alastair Swayn made headlines last month, when it was revealed that the proceeds from the sale of the Estate would be given to his foundation, which supports young architects and designers. But what you may not know is that the Estate includes a collection...

Barr’s budget: no free rides for Canberra’s poorest Opinion

A_Cog 8 June 2016 27
The Barr Government’s announcement yesterday of a free City Loop bus in Civic highlights the utter contempt and disregard shown to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Canberra residents. Oaks Estate, the government’s own ghetto, continues to have no ACTION bus whatsoever, free or not. But Civic, already saturated with ACTION...

UC sub-acute hospital to deliver super service Opinion

Kim Fischer 28 April 2016 9
About twelve months ago, my daughter developed swelling and redness in one of her eyes. We were lucky enough to get an appointment with our local GP the same day, but were shocked to be told that we needed to go to Canberra Hospital emergency admissions straight away. Our GP...

Archi-tales: The failure of domestic architecture Community

Paul Costigan 2 March 2016 37
  Along with some very pointed questions that were posed at the recent talk at the Albert Hall, there were a couple about the lack of government leadership in emphasizing the value of good design and the importance of architecture. Sadly along with many other questions asked, there were no...

An exclusive look at Next Gen, Lyneham Lifestyle

Jenny Tiffen 4 June 2015 10
I am a gym junkie. You could even call me a gym-tart because I'll workout anywhere. So, it probably doesn’t surprise you that I leapt at the chance to check out the new Next Gen Health and Lifestyle Club that has totally revamped a large chunk of Lyneham. I felt...

FUNC Fitness: a newbie’s tale Lifestyle

Angela Hutton 9 October 2014
I was only three steps away from my car towards the entrance of FUNC Fitness when a smiling dude in a baseball cap came out of the door to greet me with a handshake, an introduction and a warm welcome. Well, I thought to myself, that’s a good start. As...

Strive Holistic Personal Training: Helping you reach your health goals News

Advertising Feature 6 August 2012
It was breast cancer that put personal trainer Tanya Gendle on to the path of holistic health. Today she draws on her experiences to help others to nurture their health and fitness at Strive Holistic Personal Training. “Being told I had breast cancer at the age of 27 was devastating....
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