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‘Shock and outrage’ at six-storey Curtin shops plan; rally 11am today

9 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The Curtin Residents Association (CRA) is hoping hundreds of people will attend a rally at Curtin shops at 11am today to express their concerns about a development application for a proposed six-storey commercial and residential building overlooking the shopping centre square. The building that could be demolished as early as this October is currently home […]

Homegrown Me helps start up foodies thrive in Canberra

11 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

When mother of two, Georgina Prasad, took long service leave from her public service job last year to pursue a passion of healthy food, she never thought that within a single year she would be the proud owner of an online food marketplace and a mobile commercial kitchen in Canberra. But interest in her business Homegrown […]

My Summer: Vanessa Jones

11 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

West Belconnen resident and independent candidate for Ginninderra at last year’s ACT election decided to put together a My Summer that better reflected the lives of people who live in the outer suburbs, because while Manuka Pool has been a popular inclusion in the series, it’s not so convenient for those who live beyond the […]

Farewell party for Canberra’s last parking meter

The last of the city’s single-space meters was removed from Braddon this morning with a little fanfare, ACT politics-style, with not one by two MLAs lifting the meter off its pole. Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman (right) was joined by young gun Member for Yerrabi Michael Pettersson (left) for the Lonsdale Street […]

Police seek help to Paul Williams, 52, missing since November

ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to locate missing 52-year-old man, Paul Williams. Mr Williams was last seen by a family member in Oxley on Tuesday, November 1 last year however there was another sighting in the Canberra City towards the end of November. He was reported missing to police on January 7 this […]

This man held up Narrabundah supermarket with a knife: police

ACT Policing has released photograph of a man who on the evening of January 3 threatened staff at the Narrabundah supermarket with a knife before jumping the counter, taking cash from the register the fleeing on a bicycle. Police hope the photograph may lead to a member of the public providing information to assist in […]

Great expectations!

In Part One of this two-part article, I am looking at apartment living in Canberra. There has been a lot of talk about affordable housing recently, or should it be rebranded ‘unaffordable housing’? With the last ACT election there were vague promises to do something about the plight of first home owners from both major […]

Snowy Mountains – a great place to visit in Summer

The Snowy Mountains, only a couple of hour’s drive from Canberra, are best known for their winter sports but for me the region is equally attractive in summer with great walks, water sports and fishing drawing streams of visitors. The summit walk from the top of the chairlift at Thredbo is top of any bucket […]

Ask RiotACT: Best internet service provider West Macgregor

Hi, We are moving to West Macgregor in a couple of weeks time. Just wondering which is the best ADSL2+ service provider around that area? It is not in the area where NBN is available now. We are currently using TPG ADSL2+ which we are happy at the moment with speed around 9MB/s. Cheers.

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

2 days 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

2 days 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

2 days 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

2 days 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 […]

Is childcare unnecessarily expensive in Canberra?

2 days 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

3 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

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

3 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

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 […]

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

3 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

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)

3 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

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

3 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

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 […]

Urban Roadworks – and a quiet chuckle

3 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

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 […]

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