19 December 2018

Top ten Facebook videos on The RiotACT in 2018

| Amy M
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GoBoat Canberra business developer Jon Balzanelli and Garran resident Becky McFarlane with Buster, Rufus and Big Mac. Photos: Glynis Quinlan.

Which Facebook videos resonated most with RiotACT readers in 2018?

The top ten reflected the diversity of the year that was, with two of the top three Facebook moments focusing on the Pierces Creek bushfire as it threatened Canberra’s south in early November. Other clips ranged from the serious to the frivolous, with an analysis of the ACT Budget sharing a top ten spot with stories about Lego and pooches on Lake Burley Griffin.

Here are the ten highest-ranking Facebook videos on The RiotACT for 2018.

10. Official unveiling of Canberra’s first light rail vehicle

In a year in which stories about the progress of Canberra’s light rail project were consistently popular, our live footage from the Mitchell Depot for the official unveiling of the first light rail vehicle led the pack. RiotACT readers keen to get their first look came in at number six on the top ten videos this year.

9. The Brickman Experience brings awesome LEGO to Canberra

When a Ferrari, a spaceship and a giant flower came to the nation’s capital in LEGO form as part of The Brickman Experience just in time for the September school holidays, RiotACT readers were quick to check out our sneak preview.

Our time-lapse clip of the world’s largest LEGO flower being built came in at number ten on this year’s list of most popular Facebook videos.

8. Impacts of the 2018 Budget on the Canberra region

The ACT Budget was handed down in June, and we came to you live from Hotel Realm in Barton where Andrew Sykes, RSM Canberra Business Advisory Partner, delivered his summary of the impacts of the 2018 Budget for the Canberra region to over 200 attendees.

7. Why Canberrans love Kingston Foreshore

In spring, Ian Campbell took a stroll along one of Canberra’s most popular dining and recreational precincts, Kingston Foreshore. He checked out some of the waterfront hub’s restaurants, cafes and bars, and asked Canberrans what they love about the precinct.

Their answers? Space, sunshine, a place to relax, a picturesque environment and a strong sense of community. Hit play to take a look.

6. Canberra’s online reality show Decorate for a Difference kicks off

Canberra’s first online reality show Decorate for a Difference kicked off in 2018 at Ikea, and Jason Roses was there to meet the local contestants. Their goal? To raise $1 million for children’s charities in Canberra and overseas by decorating Raize the Roof’s charity house in Bonner.

5. Canberra pooches have a pawsome time on a GoBoat

As the warm weather returned to the capital after a chilly winter, we brought you the news that Canberra’s dogs are ‘going mutts’ about the news that GoBoat Canberra is 100 per cent doggo-friendly. Our clip of pooches Buster and Rufus donning life vests to take to the water had a ‘pawsome’ response from readers.

4. Exciting news about Region Media

It was a huge year for The RiotACT, and our announcement live from the HQ of Region Media announcing RiotACT‘s new executive team attracted a huge response.

Journalist and ex-ABC broadcaster Genevieve Jacobs has taken on the role of Group Editor, former News Editor at The Canberra Times Ian Bushnell is on board as News Director, and former ABC Radio staffer Ian Campbell has the role of Regional Director.

Together with ex-ABC sports commentator Tim Gavel and former Canberra Times Business Editor John Thistleton, the trio lead the Region team, breaking news and telling local stories via The RiotACT, About Regional and Breaking 24/7.

3. Bushfire updates as Pierces Creek moved towards Canberra

As the Pierces Creek bushfire burned south-west of Canberra amid fears that some suburbs on the edges of the capital could be threatened, and firefighters worked to extinguish the fire and strengthen containment lines, Lachlan Roberts reported live from Cotter Road with the latest updates.

2. Launch of locally-made film Blue World Order

In April, we reported live from Dendy Cinemas where for the first time ever, the entirely Canberra-produced full-length film Blue World Order was set to enjoy an exclusive season.

Ahead of the opening night screening, Director Che Baker said the film was shot entirely in Canberra with local crew and explained more about what audiences can expect.

1. Tidbinbilla staff in the box seat capture footage of fire frontline at Pierces Creek

Coming in at number one in our list of top ten Facebook videos this year was rarely-seen footage of water-bombing aircraft in action.

During the Pierces Creek fire in November, the staff at Tidbinbilla Deep Space Tracking Station were just 3km from the Pierces Creek front line and had a box seat for the action. Richard Stephenson shared this amazing video with RiotACT readers.

Our readers are an important part of the conversation, and in 2019 we invite you to join the increasingly lively comment stream on our social media platforms to share your videos, photos and comments about all things Canberra.

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