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Seven things to do around Canberra this weekend (20–22 January)

3 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Plenty of national institutions are keeping their doors open late over the weekend, and providing an idyllic setting to have a drink and listen to some live music. You could unwind after work Friday at either the National Arboretum or the National Portrait Gallery, and enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon lakeside at the National Museum […]

Mums and dads of Bega to share in Vegemite coup

8 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

We’re happy little Vegemites here at RiotACT HQ today, having learnt that one of the most successful businesses in the capital region, Bega Cheese, has bought the iconic Vegemite brand, returning it to Australian hands. Imagine going home and telling your family you’re bringing Vegemite back home, and not just to Australia, but to the […]

Fyshwick fire overnight may be bikie gang-related: police

10 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a suspicious fire at a building in Fyshwick which occurred during the early hours of this morning and which it believes to be Outlaw Motorcycle Gang-related. About 12.15am, ACT Policing attended a report of a fire at a building in Isa Street, Fyshwick. The building was alight and ACT […]

Police seek family of child found on Princes Hwy at Albion Park

10 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate the family of a young boy found this morning in Albion Park Rail in the Illawarra. The boy, who is described as being three to four years old, has a tan complexion with darm brown curly hair and green/hazel eyes. He was found wearing a blue pyjama […]

Adams Estate, Newmarket, 1911 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This real estate map from 1911 advertises over 50 allotments of land for sale at the Adams Estate in the Brisbane suburb of Newmarket. The allotments were situated along South Street, Alderson Street, Wilston... Read more

Is childcare unnecessarily expensive in Canberra?

11 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

There is no denying that childcare is expensive in the ACT. A report released by the Productivity Commission last year found that Canberra parents pay some of the highest fees in the country. A quick look at the website www.mychild.gov.au this week reveals that parents are paying anywhere between $90 and $127 a day for […]

Grassfire at Sutton out of control, Mulligans Flat Rd closed

A fire just north of Canberra at Mulligans Flat near Sutton is burning out of control, which has led to the closure of Mulligans Flat Road at the NSW border. The NSW Rural Fire Service has set the alert level for the blaze to watch and act, which means there is a heightened level of […]

Police seek witnesses to assault in Gungahlin Marketplace carpark

A woman was assaulted by a female attacker at 5pm on December 30 in the Big W underground carpark at the Gungahlin Marketplace, according to ACT Policing, which is seeking witnesses to the incident. The woman was standing at the parking ticket machine near the bottom of the escalators when she was approached by the […]

Redmond Barry’s house in East Melbourne

There’s a couple of derelict mansions in Clarendon Street. When I first read about the neglect of Valetta, I thought that it was the increasingly ramshackle mansion down near Alexandra Pde that I had assumed that belonged to the Pullman … Continue reading ?

Movie: Hell or High Water

I’ve seen this described as a ‘Neo-Western’ which is what it is, I suppose, with lots of shoot-em-up and Texan drawls that are almost incomprehensible to my little Aussie ears. But it’s more than this. Set in a dry, featureless … Continue reading ?

Ask RiotACT: Are there more mice around than usual this summer?

I’m wondering whether it’s just us or whether there are more mouse around Canberra this summer than in previous years. I joked to my mum the other day that there were so many mice scuttling about it seemed to be a plague and she laughed, having lived through actual mouse plagues growing up in the […]

Don’t be a butt head, put it in the bin (or in a tin)

With the entire region on high alert and facing a total fire ban, it’s more important than ever that you do not flick your cigarette butts out the window, Canberra. If you have enough money to smoke cigarettes, you can clearly afford a vessel to safely dispose your cigarettes butts in. People who smoke cigarettes […]

Entire region in extreme fire danger as blaze near Tarago roars on

The ACT and surrounding region with the exception of the Snowy Mountains area face a total fire ban today, with the entire Southern Ranges area deemed to be in extreme fire danger as a blaze continues to burn out of control near Tarago. The Southern Ranges include the Goulburn Mulwaree, Queanbeyan-Palerang, Upper Lachlan and Yass […]

Medical legacy in Far North Queensland

Guest blogger – Cairns Historical Society. Charles Campbell Baxter-Tyrie, born in Rattray, Perthshire, Scotland in 1871 graduated at Edinburgh University in 1892. In his early career he wrote extensively on a variety of topics for medical publications including the Lancet. In 1904 he migrated to Queensland with his family aged 33 years. Registering with the Medical... Read more

Urban Roadworks – and a quiet chuckle

Here in Dickson there has been a very long series of road works. As part of one of the latest, an extra lane was added and changes were made to the traffic lights on a corner near the shops. On a couple of occasions I walked past to hear supervisors exclaiming something such as ‘wasn’t […]

Theatre meets dance party in The Courtyard Studio

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

A night at the Canberra Theatre’s Courtyard Studio where you can jump into the bath with the actors and talk philosophy? ZOE PLEASANTS previews Shadow House Party, which opens tonight and runs till Saturday Is it a theatre show? Is it a party? With an emphasis on a night out to the theatre being fun, Shadow […]

Recognise these five elements of business success?

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Having spent the last 18 months interviewing business owners who have been in business for more than ten years, the elements of “success” are never far from my thinking. What is it that makes a particular business spectacularly successful over time? So far, I have identified some components that I will share with you. These […]

This Week in Port Phillip 8-15 January 1842

Twelfth Night Well, it was the week after New Year and some people celebrated Twelfth Night (which I gather is more significant in England than it is here in Australia). Twelfth Cakes were available from Mr Burgin the pastrycook in … Continue reading ?

Fire burning out of control near Wamboin: NSW RFS

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

A grass fire near Wamboin is burning out of control, the NSW Rural Fire Service advises. The service issued a warning about the grassfire near Norton Road and Wirreanda Road, Wamboin, at 12.31pm today, saying the blaze was moving east towards Ryans Road. The fire was approximately 7km west of Bungendore and out of control. […]

Goulburn CBD looks to counter Canberra’s Costco and IKEA

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Majura Parkway has brought Costco, IKEA and bulky goods shops to within 45 minutes of Goulburn. The giant multinationals’ business model is to draw customers from the region as well as Canberra. But instead of being a threat to surrounding retailers, this can be turned into an opportunity for Goulburn, says Warwick Bennett. Mr Bennett, […]

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