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Census: ACT records Australia’s largest population growth

4 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The ACT has recorded the largest population growth of any state or territory over the past five years according to 2016 Census data released today. An extra 40,175 residents have been added to the ACT since the 2011 Census, with 397,397 usual residents counted on Census night – an increase of 11.2 per cent. The […]

Canberra business takes on the world, and wins

5 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Giant, Trek and Specialized, the big 3 of bicycle brands make up 80% of the market. 95% of these bikes are built in China or Taiwan.  Not Goodspeed.  Today Canberra’s own Goodspeed Bicycle Co. designs and builds bicycles in Canberra. It didn’t start this way. The bike shed from which Goodspeed operates was only completed in 2015 […]

Fiery lava hotpot at Red Chilli Sichuan Restaurant

5 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

What’s the best way to warm up on a cold Canberra night? A steaming hot pot. The most authentic spicy Sichuan hot pot in Canberra is at Red Chilli Sichuan Restaurant. A while ago I was at a function at the Chinese Embassy, and, as is often the case being a foodie, the topic turned […]

Canberra disowns dirty little secret at Dalton

6 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

So how clean and renewable is the ACT’s power plan to combat climate change? Well, it’s the best in Australia on any measure says the ACT Government. Wind and solar energy investment, more and more battery storage, and divesting in fossil fuel companies. The investment includes a subsidy to achieve the 100 per cent renewable […]

Canberra crowned Aussie bacon capital

6 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

It’s official – Canberra makes the best bacon in Australia! Move over Canberra’s landmark tourist attractions and make way for the bacon lovers of Australia to descend on the home of Australia’s tastiest bacon – Griffith Butchery. The business started by Richard Odell in 1989 defeated 125 entrants from around Australia to win the top […]

West Basin development needs more scrutiny

6 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Win some, lose some. The container village is moving from Lake Burley Griffin but the West Basin infill is proceeding. And if you pause and think much of our central lake is being eroded by development with only the manicured area between the two bridges currently under no threat. East of King’s Avenue Bridge the […]

Ask RiotACT: Eagle syndrome support

11 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Hi. Eagle/Eagle’s Syndrome sufferers – anyone in the Canberra area who would like to get in touch I’d like to hear from you. Perhaps there is a need for an informal meetup/support network? For those of you who don’t know what eagle syndrome is…

ACT apartment building to decline while houses and renovations make comeback

The construction of new apartments which has underpinned Canberra’s building activity in recent years is forecast to fall for the next two years, according to the ACT’s latest housing report card. However, in contrast to the national picture, the ACT’s building market is expected to remain solid, with construction of detached housing predicted grow strongly […]

Changing as a player doesn’t mean changing as a person

Sarah McAppion has always been a local, even by distance. Canberra born and bred Sarah spent the majority of her youth playing basketball, whether through the AIS, Weston Creek Woden Dodgers or simply playing with her friends. Realising her dreams at such a young age, the guard made her intentions clear. McAppion led her under-14’s ACT […]

‘The Legacy’ by Kirsten Tranter

2010, 438 p. Like all good titles,  the title ‘The Legacy’ is a double-barrelled one.  It could refer to the unexpected financial bequest that sets the chain of events in this novel into action, or it could refer to the … Continue reading ?

Movie: ‘Whiteley’

A friend recommended this, and I was wondering how I’d like it as she is very art-minded and I’m not.  The late Brett Whiteley has been in the news recently because of a courtcase which rested on whether some paintings … Continue reading ?

Missing Heritage – The Queensland Railway Times

Ever experienced the terrible disappointment of discovering a gap in our holdings, missing issues which for some reason were never acquired by State Library of Queensland. Sadly, in the case of the Queensland Railway Times, only two issues exist in our collection (February 2, 1914 and November 1914). Published in Ipswich by the Queensland Railway... Read more

Bucking the trends #17 – GG’s Flowers

Having recently attended the Canberra Regional Finals for the Australia Post Pitchfest at the National Convention Centre, I had the privilege of hearing five amazing young entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas; the standard was high and the pitches were all most convincing. So much so, that it was a difficult decision to pick the winner, […]

Mount Pleasant Heights, [Holland Park and Greenslopes], 1918 (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 1918 advertises 227 allotments of land for sale at Mount Pleasant Heights estate in the Brisbane suburbs of Holland Park and Greenslopes. The allotments were situated... Read more

Strong interest in buying Belconnen’s iconic food markets

Interest is already strong in purchasing one of Canberra’s oldest and most iconic fresh food markets as part of a distinctive mixed use precinct development. Nine interested parties from Canberra and Sydney are already exploring the opportunity to buy Belconnen Fresh Food Markets and associated development sites, with expressions of interest not due to close […]

Hanson – a new low!

Is there any sector or cohort of Australian society that Pauline Hanson has not yet insulted? She reminds me of that joke meme on Facebook recently which said: “to those people I have offended, I apologise and to those I haven’t, take a number and I’ll be with you shortly.” To generalise a bit, because […]

Vandals cause $10k in damages to Gunganlin bus shelters

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

ACT Policing are seeking witnesses following several incidents where vandals have caused at least $10,000 in damage to ACTION bus shelters across Gungahlin. Eight ACTION bus shelters throughout Ngunnawal and Gungahlin where shattered overnight on Monday 19 June. A further 15 bus shelters were damaged during the previous week overnight on Thursday 15 June. “It’s […]

Canberra Curry Festival Chilli Eating Competition is back!

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

As part of this year’s World Curry Festival, Canberra will again be hosting a fiery Chilli Eating Competition on both Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July, to determine who in Canberra can handle the most Scovilles! Think you can handle the heat? Sadly it’s too late to register now as entries have closed. But you should […]

What’s your worst Canberra road rage experience?

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

It’s been a while since I’ve encountered a real example of road rage, and it got me thinking – when has this happened to you? The other evening I was driving home, after a trip to the chemist no less, to pick up all the drugs to treat my first decent flu of the season. […]

Photographer Michelle Kroll opens new corporate photography studio in Mitchell

3 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Popular local photography business Another Happy Customer, run by veteran photographer Michelle Kroll, has rebranded to AHC Studios – opening a brand new studio in a double-storey warehouse in Mitchell. Michelle, who began as a photographer in the Air Force in 1991, developed her reputation as a corporate photographer while running media production company Dynamic […]

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