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Witnesses to Gungahlin Lakes assault sought

2 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

ACT Policing is seeking to identify an offender following an assault at the Gungahlin Lakes Club on Monday 25 March 2016. About 1.25am, two males were denied entry at the Club by a security guard. The security guard was then assaulted by the two males. One of the males was restrained however the other fled on foot. The [...]

Recycling excess plastic shopping bags?

4 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

With an election coming up (and the last article on this in 2014 on RA not yielding many decent suggestions) I thought this might be a good time to talk again about plastic bag recycling in the ACT. A few years ago, we made the move to ban the old style non-decompostable plastic bags and rightly [...]

Awesome autumn – Lake Ginninderra walk

4 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Is there anywhere more lovely than Canberra in autumn?  If you’d like to experience some stunning leaf colour and pretty reflections, take a stroll by Lake Ginninderra. We’ve researched a walk that will appeal to everyone – and it’s pram friendly, child friendly and dog friendly too. Interested? Read on! This little gem of a walk follows an easy 2.5 km, [...]

Ask RiotACT: Electrician for small job?

4 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I’ve just converted my garage into an office, and need an electrician to add a new powerpoint and data point. Can anyone recommend a reputable sparky who would do a small job like this, preferably this week? Thanks!

Try Croquet

21 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

[ 8 May 2016; ] Want to try a new sport? Croquet is a combination of physical skill and tactics. Free Come and Try on Sunday 8 May at 1pm on the lawns on the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Coronation Drive Yarralumla - next to the Hyatt hotel.  See

Police seek witnesses to suspicious fires

21 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

ACT Policing, ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service have identified a suspect in a relation to a series of suspicious fires lit in Canberra late last month and are calling for members of the public to come forward to assist with their joint investigation. “To have people lighting fires in an around [...]

The Black Hat Band hosts May Blues Jam

21 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

[ 15 May 2016 at 2:00 pm; ] The Black Hat Band performs classic blues, rock and original compositions. The band plays songs from the traditional standards to lesser known songs from some great blues artists such as Charlie Musselwhite, John Mayall, Gary Moore and adds some rockabilly, R&B and soul. BHB was formed by David Grey (lead vocals and guitar) and Derek Lark [...]

Friday Night Live – Doggn It Blues

21 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

[ 20 May 2016 at 8:00 pm; ] Join us for original Blues for and about Australia. Doggn it Blues is Graeme Druce (vocals, guitar) and John Cupit (vocals, harp). Doggn It Blues won the SBS Blues contest Sydney in 2012 and reached the semi-finals at the International Blues Competition in Memphis in 2013. Harmonie German Club 49 Jerrabomberra Ave Narrabundah Free entry  

Friday Night Live – Blue Eyes Cry

21 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

[ 9 May 2016 at 8:00 pm; ] Slick, modern and funky are words often used to describe multi-award winning blues band Blue Eyes Cry. Hardworking would be another. From the un-air conditioned comfort of its touring van, the band regularly journeys from its home base of Melbourne to perform at festivals and gigs across Australia. Since the May 2013 release of its debut [...]

Friday Night Live – Alanna & Alicia

21 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

[ 13 May 2016 at 8:00 pm; ] Alanna & Alicia are identical twins who blend folk, jazz and roots in their original acoustic songs. Known for their sweet sibling harmonies and natural musical rapport, their original songs sparkle with original, intimate, funny and heartfelt lyrics. Show More Summary

A treat for your Mum for Mother’s Day

23 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

[ 6 May 2016 to 8 May 2016. ] Carl Rafferty presents… “An Affair to Remember” May 6/7/8 at Canberra’s Albert Hall Special MOTHER’S DAY afternoon tea concert with scones and champagne and lots of other goodies! Sunday May 8. You’ll love this celebration of the great love affairs from movies,history and opera. Show More Summary

First Authors Announced for Canberra Writers Festival

23 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Renowned British author AC Grayling and recent Stella Prize winner Charlotte Wood are amongst an exciting first line up for the inaugural Canberra Writers Festival, set to sweep the National Capital from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August 2016. Held across three precincts, with venues including the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, the [...]

Founders sell Bus Depot Markets

23 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The Old Bus Depot Markets at Kingston have new owners, effective immediately, after co-founders Diane Hinds and Morna Whiting sold the business to Iconic Markets and Events Pty Ltd, headed up by Anthony Niravong. Mr Niravong, who is managing director of Iconic Markets and Events, is a Canberra local who comes from a Lao and Thai [...]

In ACTPLA we trust

23 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

With the NCA moving to hand over significant planning powers to the ACT Government, the focus now shifts to how the ACT Government handles such an increase in responsibility for national aspects of this capital city. I have long held the view that the ACT Government should have far more control over much of the land [...]

Julia Johnson + Vorn Doolette at Smith’s

[ 8 May 2016; ] Canberrans will be treated to an special intimate concert on Sunday May 8th at Smith’s Alternative, with Julia Johnson and Vorn Doolette; two of the city’s most successful folk songwriters coming home to play a special one off concert. With a string of fairy lights and guitars in tow, the two will be singing a [...]

Top six things to do in Canberra this weekend (6-8 May)

Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all the Mums out there. This weekend is full of activities that will delight everyone in the family. Our top picks are the Mother’s Day Classic fun run this Sunday, the ice hockey game between Canberra Brave and Sydney Bears on Saturday, and Cirque Africa, a two-hour high-energy African circus [...]

They’re ripping up parking lots

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberra’s planners in the 1950s and beyond delivered an infrastructure made for cars. There were even major freeways planned (a story for another day). The road infrastructure until lately has been fairly successful and, in turn, has encouraged locals to use cars rather than public transport. Cars are part of most people’s daily lives. We might be [...]

Budget 2016 | Fee deregulation scrapped but universities still face big cuts

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The Turnbull Government has abandoned full university fee deregulation but is still banking $2 billion in savings from higher education. Scott Morrison’s maiden budget ditched the controversial proposal, citing community concerns and...Show More Summary

Budget 2016 | ACT reaction

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

At a glance - Chief minister says more than 1000 public service jobs will be lost - Business welcomes tax concessions, intern scheme   ACT chief minister Andrew Barr has slammed budget measures that will make nearly $2 billion in savings after the Coalition reneged on its pledge to scale back public service cuts from next year. Mr Barr said [...]

Budget 2016 | No big splash from Morrison

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The Turnbull Government resisted an election-eve pork barrel, opting instead for a modest suite of budget measures that seeks to avoid antagonising voters ahead of the July 2 poll. Treasurer Scott Morrison’s first budget included tax relief for middle-income earners and small business. But he told parliament on Tuesday night it was not the time to be “splashing [...]

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