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Showtime event scaled back as 40-degree days loom

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

With temperatures in the capital forecast to reach as high as 40 degrees and above on Friday and Saturday, the first event cancellations are coming in. Showtime in the City, a mini carnival scheduled for this weekend as a preview to the Canberra Show later this month, will now only run from 4.30pm till 9.30pm […]

Beyond the tyranny of distance: Blainey talk at NLA tonight

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I clearly remember my first long distance overseas trip (Sydney to Hong Kong on a Qantas Boeing 707). It wasn’t the first time I had flown but it was my first overseas trip and my first time in a “new jetliner”. Leaving Sydney, I caught a glimpse of familiar landmarks and beautiful Sydney Harbour: the […]

ACT Chief Planner – to be or not to be?

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Following a couple of pieces in the local press, one would think that the ACT Government’s planning was in turmoil because key people are on the move. I can see what the journalists are trying to portray – that these changes cause big trouble for the Chief Minister. Seriously? I doubt it – change happens […]

ACT Government fixation with traffic lights

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I read recently that back in the early 70s Canberra had only two sets of traffic lights but now there are well over 300 and increasing rapidly by the day. Admittedly the population and hence the number of vehicles on the road have both increased substantially but do we really need so many lights. There used […]

Ask RiotACT: Financial advisor recommendations

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Hi Rioters. I understand this topic has been raised previously, but I’m looking for any recent recommendations for financial advisors. I’m looking for someone who is willing to look at different options, not only residential investments and, if possible examples of success stories. Thanks.

Yarralumla Bakery to close leaving ten jobless

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Rising rents mean Yarralumla’s bakery is set to close after 33 years in business on February 18, with fittings to be sold on Allbids.com and several staff, including one who had worked for the family-run operation for 20 years, left jobless. The owner, baker and pastry chef Greg Hoitink, will continue to operate Pastries on […]

Man, 61, charged with arson over Belconnen fire yesterday

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

ACT Policing has arrested a 61-year-old Belconnen man following a unit fire in Belconnen that caused an estimated $400,000 in damage yesterday. Police attended a unit complex in Belconnen following reports that a residence was well alight. The blaze was extinguished by ACT Fire and Rescue. One female occupant was transferred by the ACT Ambulance […]

Fear, sneers and game ideas turn Keith Woodman into The Trapper

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Is Trapper, the bloke behind the big bakeries at Braidwood and Goulburn, a bushman who got the idea while baking damper, or a builder from Duffy with a vivid imagination? Keith Woodman is both and more, a man terrified of failure and unafraid of trying new ideas. Sneers ignited his determination to rise out of […]

Airport promotes marriage equality as pollies fly in

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Our Federal politicians were welcomed upon their arrival at Canberra Airport for the first sitting week of the year yesterday by a sustained campaign supporting marriage equality. It’s the second year in which Canberra Airport has run such a campaign, which will this year feature electronic signage from the Equality Campaign’s new national advertising campaign […]

Le Couteur’s planning independence benefits community

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Like other small political parties over the years, the Australian Greens appear to be facing internal problems from a NSW splinter group, Left Renewal. Fortunately the issue has not spread to the ACT Greens, however differences exist concerning planning between our local representatives. Caroline Le Couteur, the newish Greens MLA, has shown a refreshingly critical […]

Ask RiotACT: What’s up with the shopping trolley locks?

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Hi Rioters. There seems to be a bit of a standoff going on with the shopping trolleys and the locks.  Round here, all of the trolleys have been fitted with locks, but they are helpfully tied back with zip ties. Both Coles and Woolworths are doing it. I guess they have complied with the legislation […]

Goose yes, gander no: Immigration hypocrisy

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Nothing will put one into a state of temporary frenzy than a good rally or demo. On Saturday, I marched with a couple of hundred people from the Mint Oval to Parliament House in support of a walk from Adelaide to Canberra by Adam Richards and his son Ned. Adam is an Adelaide lawyer and […]

Nine enters the fray, but what is the future for TV news?

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I cannot understand why Nine would invest in setting up a bulletin for the Canberra region and not hire a local journalist as its anchor. How can a Sydney-based news presenter be expected to connect with ACT viewers, and vice-versa? The first ever Nine News Canberra bulletin will air tonight, from 6pm till 7pm. Plenty […]

Welcome back to business in the Canberra region

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

          Does anyone remember that old show “Welcome Back, Kotter”? I know. I know. I am no spring chicken … but the tune was catchy and it echoes in my mind as I write this post. We are now into February, and the long, lazy summer is behind us (well … […]

Is unit-heavy development too focused on ACT’s central basin?

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberra’s generous six week holiday season is over and we can look ahead to see what 2017 offers. I see more bread and circuses as our ACT government continues to indulge developers while making money from land sales and keeping unions on-side from the resulting job opportunities. Indeed there is to be a smorgasbord of […]

Police call for footage of Rose Cottage brawl

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Did you or someone you know capture footage of the fight at Rose Cottage in Gilmore on Saturday night? One man was injured and police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with video, photographs or information to contact them. Police attended the venue at around 10.30pm on Saturday in response to reports of a fight. […]

Ask RiotACT: Bathroom renovations in Canberra

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Hello Rioters. I am looking for recommendations to renovate my ensuite and a bathroom in Canberra. I am looking for a reliable, honest, timely professional who is not going to cost me an arm and a leg. If you have any suggestions based on your recent experiences I would like to hear about it. I […]

Reminder: Canberra United semi at 8pm tonight

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The W-League semi-final between Canberra United and Melbourne City FC today is at 8pm, not 2pm as originally advertised, having been pushed back till after the 5pm A-League clash between the Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United due to the heat. It’s currently 34 degrees in Canberra (at 1pm). Members of the Canberra Raiders and […]

Leaders around the world trumpet the benefits of bike riding

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Since his re-election last year, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has pledged $30 million to fixing Canberra’s bike infrastructure, and made a New Year’s resolution to ride more. His government’s financial commitments have made it clear that bike-riding is important to the ACT, and Barr is putting his bike where his money is – posting […]

West Belco advocate slams state of playground

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Former independent candidate for Ginninderra Vanessa Jones has called on the ACT Government to make basic improvements to a local playground in Higgins that features only a non-functioning bubbler and a swingset. Ms Jones reckons it’s about time the ACT Government showed some love to the suburb of Higgins, an affordable suburb that is home […]

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