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You Are Here Canberra Arts Festival, 5 – 9th April

38 minutes agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

You Are Here Canberra is an annual experimental arts festival taking place in the Canberra CBD from 5-9 April, showcasing our city’s alternative arts and underground creative culture. Now in its seventh year, You Are Here aims to highlight the energy, innovation and talent of Canberra’s artists past and present, presenting and promoting their work in […]

Comment sought on Manuka Oval media centre plan

1 hour agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Draft designs for a new media centre for Manuka Oval are available for public comment via the ACT Government’s Your Say website until 5pm on April 7. The website is at The design will be further refined using feedback from online comments as well as community input presented during workshops and drop-in sessions held […]

Choosing a Gym in Canberra

2 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I’ve been a member of several gyms in Canberra, and have also signed up for a range of fitness activities. If you are thinking about joining a gym, here are a few questions to consider. 1. Do you need to sign up for a fixed period eg six months or more? If so, will you […]

ACT moves to restrict lever action shotgun use

12 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The ACT Government has today introduced legislation that will restrict the use of lever action shotguns in the ACT in line with a national agreement reached in December last year partly in response to increased prevalence of Adler A110 weapons in Australia. The Firearms Amendment Bill 2017 will re-categorise lever action shotguns from Category A […]

Digital & Dissected: Nocturnal Animals (DVD/Blu-Ray)

12 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Nocturnal Animals (2016) Directed by: Tom Ford Tom Ford threatens thrice on second outing as producer, writer and director. From the outset of Tom Ford’s second directorial effort, Nocturnal Animals, we are unsettled. The unconventional opening credits set the tone for a piece which contemplates with cold detachment the more grotesque side of humanity. In […]

Police seek information on missing person Lin Dennien

17 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The police have begun an all out search and rescue for missing person Lin Dennien. Last seen on Sunday near Calvary Hospital, Ms Dennien is 5’3” and Asian in appearance. She was wearing a brown jumper, black pants and a blue scarf. The police are calling for anyone with information on Ms Dennien’s whereabouts to […]

Business Chamber wary about land development restructure

19 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The CEO of the Canberra Business Chamber, Robyn Hendry, has issued a warning to the two bodies that will replace the Land Development Agency (LDA) under legislation introduced in the ACT Legislative Assembly today, saying that while her organisation is “largely supportive” of the new governance structure, consultation with stakeholders will be key to the […]

Six things to do around Canberra this weekend (31 March–2 April)

20 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

As the warm weather continues it is a great weekend to get out and enjoy Canberra’s natural environment. The Canberra Walking Festival is on and Tidbinbilla is putting on a great day for the family this Sunday. But if the indoors is more your thing, it is the last weekend of French Film Festival, Ladies in Black […]

SHOUT will continue to shout as ACT government backflips

21 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

At a time most of us were at lunch yesterday, I received a call from SHOUT confirming that the ACT government had backflipped on its refusal to provide funding. The funding that’s been promised is “transitional funding” for 12 months and will include some “funding to allow [SHOUT] to look at a new business model”. […]

Man, 46, dies after collision with truck near Yass

23 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

A 46-year-old man from Orange died last night as a result of injuries sustained when the sedan he was driving collided with a truck on Lachlan Valley Way near Yass. The driver of the truck, a 68-year-old man from Victoria, was treated by paramedics at the scene before being airlifted to The Canberra Hospital, where […]

Lives are at risk on Commonwealth Avenue Bridge

23 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Using the western path on the Commonwealth Avenue Bridge continues to be hazardous for people on bikes, years after a ‘terrifying near-miss‘ and multiple incidents since then threatening Canberran lives. Strong winds on the bridge, and...Show More Summary

FOY Group Response: more plastic in the sea than fish

FOY Group Ltd Managing Director Stuart Clark has issued a response to David Tuckwell’s opinion piece “On FOY’s refinery, the ACT Greens have missed an opportunity to lead”. There are now eight million metric tons of plastic flowing into the ocean every year. So much that there will be more plastic by weight in the […]

Thousands expected at Refugee Rights rally on Palm Sunday

Thousands of people from Canberra and beyond are expected to converge on Civic Square at 1pm on Sunday April 9 for a demonstration supporting the rights of refugees in Australia’s offshore detention centres. The rally is being organised by the Canberra Refugee Action Committee, with the theme Welcome Refugees, Close the Camps! A vigil will […]

Canberra – A restorative city?

Many Canberrans are not aware that Canberra is part of a movement of cities across the globe who believe that many of the challenges that cities face can be better managed through the use of restorative practices and approaches. This is an approach that encourages community members to work together to resolve the harm caused […]

‘Bush Studies’ by Barbara Baynton

1999, 140 P A funny thing happened on the way to reading this book. I’ve been aware of it for some time, and always thought that I’d read it sometime but I never actually did anything about doing so. Then, … Continue reading ?

Finn musical Ladies in Black ‘utterly brilliant’

Five minutes into opening night of Ladies in Black at the Canberra Theatre last night I had that tingly feeling that told me it was going to be a magical performance. Within eight minutes, I knew that I wanted to book to come again later this week, in a seat nearer to the stage for […]

More and more Australian tourists visiting Canberra

Australian tourists are hitting Canberra in record numbers and splashing more cash than ever before, according to Tourism Research Australia’s annual survey. Domestic visitor numbers climbed 13 percent in 2016 and the total spending figure hit $1.5 billion — up almost 10 percent year-on-year. The growth figures compare favourably to the national average of 4 […]

Five reasons it’s good news if the Brumbies are safe

Brumbies fans don’t come more loyal or passionate than rugby obsessive Michael Cooney, which is why we reckon he’s qualified to brief us all on the benefits for Canberrans of certainty about the team’s future in the capital region 1. Now we might get Adele. It’s not just about sport. Stay with me on this […]

Joyce’s crazy talk on our 100% renewables target is just that

“The ACT saying they want 100 per cent renewables is crazy.” So said that crazy cat Barnaby Joyce on ABC radio’s AM program yesterday, leading to a war of words with ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury on energy matters. It could’ve been worse, I guess. Mr Joyce called the comments of […]

Café Culture Walking Tours

No-one is more passionate about Canberra than Marg Wade, author of Canberra Secrets (now in its 2nd edition, with the 3rd edition imminent). I know, because I have just completed her Café Culture Walking Tour on a beautiful sunny Saturday in the city. There were just eight people to take this tour, one of the first […]

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