Top ten Facebook videos on The RiotACT in 2018

Amy McPhillips 19 December 2018

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.

We are LIVE from Mitchell Depot where the official unveiling of the first Light Rail Vehicle is currently taking place.

Posted by The RiotACT on Tuesday, 16 January 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.

Time lapse of the world’s largest LEGO flower being built

A Ferrari, a spaceship and a giant flower are coming to the nation's capital for a new exhibition and they all have one thing in common: they’re made of LEGO.The colourful models are just three from of over 60 models in the LEGO exhibition The Brickman Experience which opens at Exhibition Park in Canberra these school holidays.Watch the time lapse below to see the world's largest LEGO flower being built. http://ow.ly/rLev30lETn6

Posted by The RiotACT on Sunday, 2 September 2018

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.

A look at the 2018 Federal Budget – Andrew Sykes, RSM Canberra Business Advisory Partner

We are 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 this evening. Keep an eye on the RiotACT in the next day for Andrew's full presentation, and meanwhile, there is more budget-related news here. http://ow.ly/PqRT30jUkWJ

Posted by The RiotACT on Wednesday, 9 May 2018

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.

The Kingston Foreshore is one of Canberra’s most popular dining and recreational precincts. The waterfront hub is bursting with restaurants, cafes and bars, has access to some fabulous running tracks and walking loops, and the peaceful wetlands are just nearby. Ian Campbell dropped in to learn more about what attracts people to the Foreshore and asked them 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. http://ow.ly/sorn30mkLiy

Posted by The RiotACT on Thursday, 18 October 2018

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.

Decorate for a Difference

The RiotACT came to you LIVE from IKEA as Canberra’s own exciting online reality show Decorate for a Difference kicked off. Jason Manuel R met the local contestants who were given exclusive after-hours access to IKEA as they prepared to decorate Raize the roof's charity house in Bonner that will be auctioned in October, aiming to raise $1 million for children’s charities in Canberra and overseas.

Posted by The RiotACT on Monday, 30 July 2018

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.

Pooches in life vests can take to the water on Canberra’s self-drive GoBoats

Canberra’s dogs are ‘going mutts’ about the news that GoBoat Canberra is ‘100% doggo-friendly’. ‘Big Mac’ the bulldog, ‘Buster’ the blue heeler and ‘Rufus’ the parson russell terrier (all shown in this video) are among the range of dogs to take to the water in one of the popular self-drive electric picnic boats. The cuteness factor is ‘pawsome’ given that the pooches get to wear their own life-jackets, which come in a variety of sizes.

Posted by The RiotACT on Sunday, 23 September 2018

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.

LIVE from the HQ of Region Media in Canberra with an exciting announcement about Region Media Group, an amalgamation of 12 media platforms in the Canberra region and across the surrounding NSW area.Journalist and ex-ABC broadcaster Genevieve Jacobs has taken on the role of Group Editor for Region Media, former News Editor and Chief of Reporting Staff at The Canberra Times Ian Bushnell is on board as News Director, and former ABC Radio Regional Presenter and Content Manager Ian Campbell has the role of Regional Director. Together with ex-ABC sports commentator Tim Gavel and former Goulburn Post Editor and The Canberra Times Business Editor John Thistleton, the trio will be leading the Region team, breaking news and telling local stories via The RiotACT, About Regional and Breaking 24/7.Region Media – Local Everywhere! Join the conversation now via @The RiotACT, About Regional and Breaking247.

Posted by The RiotACT on Tuesday, 23 October 2018

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.

We are LIVE at Cotter Road with the latest update on the Pierce's Creek bushfire. Head to the RiotACT website or click on this link for more information: http://ow.ly/ccbn30mt13d

Posted by The RiotACT on Thursday, 1 November 2018

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.

Blue World Order: The Film – exclusive season opening

We're LIVE from Dendy Cinemas Canberra where local film maker, Che Baker, is launching his feature film, Blue World Order: The Film, which was shot entirely in the Canberra region with local crew. http://ow.ly/bUVT30jOcI4

Posted by The RiotACT on Thursday, 3 May 2018

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.

Pierce's Creek bushfire Tidbinbilla water bomber

Tidbinbilla Deep Space Tracking Station is just 3km from the Pierce's Creek fire frontline. Staff are safe, but have a box seat for the action. Richard Stephenson shared this amazing video with RiotACT viewers. For more information: http://ow.ly/ccbn30mt13d

Posted by The RiotACT on Thursday, 1 November 2018

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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