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Crowds expected as Majura Festival showcases heritage farm living on Canberra’s doorstep

9 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Up to 8,000 people are expected to don their country wear on Sunday and find out what farm living is like without even leaving Canberra. The inaugural Majura Valley Bush Festival aims to introduce Canberrans to a farming community dating back to the early 1840s which sits on our doorstep. Located to the north of […]

Road Trip: Jenolan Caves

11 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Fancy an adventurous road trip complete with stunning scenery and subterranean exploration? Look no further than Jenolan Caves. Getting there Jenolan is just a three-hour drive from Canberra, via Goulburn. Where to stay Jenolan Caves House is the main hotel, with a gorgeous exterior reminiscent of a European ski lodge, and a charming, if somewhat […]

ACT firefighter struck by cancer in line of duty recognised in national ceremony

11 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberra firefighter Station Officer Simon Fensom, who died last October of cancer related to his work as a firefighter, was among those remembered this morning at the annual National Memorial Service for Fire and Emergency Services Personnel recognising workers who have died in the service of their community in the past 12 months. Station Officer […]

Police investigating suspicious fire in Mawson

12 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

ACT Policing are investigating a suspicious fire in Mawson last night which has caused major damage to the Serbian Club building. ACT Fire & Rescue and police were alerted to the fire when several people called the Emergency Triple Zero number around 7 pm after seeing a large amount of smoke coming from the roof of […]

Canberra company launches global children’s song and dance TV program

13 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Innovative Canberra startup company Skoolbo launched a new global children’s television program during a visit to Singapore this week as part of an ACT business delegation. The educational program for young children, known as Preschool Play, has been likened to a modern version of Sesame Street and was launched at the Australian International School in Singapore. […]

Faces of Canberra: Harry Rose

14 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Each week Rachel Moore is on the hunt to find out what makes Canberra special to all the wonderful folks who live here. Harry Rose is a fifth generation farmer’s son from the Kybeyan Valley, dedicated family man and local artisan jeweller producing some of the world’s most special and unique pieces. From an early […]

Eight things to do around Canberra this weekend (28–30 April)

14 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

It cannot be the weekend already, it hardly feels like the week started. This weekend is all about culture. Adding to the Spanish Film Festival and Canberra and Region Heritage Festival which are currently on, the Canberra International Music Festival starts this weekend, there are a couple of good plays on at the Canberra Theatre, […]

Moving public servants out of Canberra simply doesn’t add up

16 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

It’s been just over a week since Nationals Senator Fiona Nash announced a policy of Australian Public Service ‘decentralisation’, where portfolio ministers will need to justify why their departments and agencies shouldn’t be moved out to regional areas. In this time it’s become clear that the policy hasn’t been properly thought out. A proposed ‘template’ […]

What makes a space feel safe?

17 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Feeling safe in an area makes a big difference to who uses a public space, and what they do there. Recently, we asked Canberrans to contribute to a Safety Map for the Women’s Centre for Health Matters, identifying areas that feel safe or unsafe and why they feel that way. We’ve had a recent focus […]

Award shines spotlight on ACT business women

Nominations for the Telstra ACT Business Women’s Awards opened last week, aimed at acknowledging the achievements of business women across the territory. “We are encouraging businesses across Australia… to nominate women they feel would be deserving of such a prestigious award, and, of course, women can nominate themselves,” said Joe Pollard, the Chief Marketing Officer […]

Naming light rail stops after nearby streets makes sense

Which light rail stop will you use most often once stage one is completed next year? Dickson Interchange when heading for a Chinese meal or EPIC and Racecourse for a day at the track? You won’t need to think about where each station is as you ponder this because the Government has sensibly named the […]

Canberra couple pioneers coconut oil

Heard of coconut oil?  It’s the new latest ‘it’ ingredient, made popular, in part, because of the Paleo Diet. But long before it graced the shelves of health food stores (or even supermarkets), one Canberra couple were innovating in the production of coconut oil. Dr Dan Etherington was an agricultural economist and development lecturer at […]

A safe place to head for if you are homeless in Canberra

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, most of us are lucky to return each evening to a home that is warm, safe and comfortable. For the growing number of people facing homelessness however, winter in the Capital presents huge challenges and adversity. Thankfully there are people that are trying to make […]

Canberrans paying more for petrol, medical services and child care

Canberra’s inflation rate has risen by 0.6 per cent in the March quarter this year, with householders paying more for petrol, medical services and child care. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released yesterday show that the national consumer price index rose by 0.5 per cent in the March quarter and by 2.1 per cent in […]

Ask RiotACT: Serpentine timing belt replacement Canberra/Qbn

Hey guys. Does anyone know of a good place in Canberra or Queanbeyan that does a reasonable price on replacing timing belts? I have an oldish BMW 120i and not really looking to get charged an arm and a leg on a new one. Kind regards, Andriana

Narrabundah man, 31, charged over random attack in Phillip

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

A 31-year-old Narrabundah man has been charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm over an alleged attack on a man he did not know outside the Hellenic Club yesterday afternoon. Security staff had thrown the alleged offender out of the Hellenic Club at around 5.40pm yesterday and police say he struck the victim while crossing Matilda […]

Ngunnawal elder applauds ‘long-needed’ justice trial

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Typically a fleeting formality among event proceedings, the Welcome to Country at today’s launch of Yarrabi Bamirr, a program designed to help reduce over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the ACT justice system, was a highlight. Yarrabi Bamirr translates as “stand tall” in the Ngunnawal language, so it was appropriate that young Ngunnawal […]

Construction begins on $5.9m Centre for Innovation and Learning at Caroline Chisholm School

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

As the pace of technological change quickens, Canberra schools and universities face the daunting prospect of preparing students to enter a rapidly evolving workforce. Two-thirds of the fastest-growing occupations now require Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) skills. Show More Summary

MIRANDA DEVINE: Please Stop Whining. I’ve Got It So Good.

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Folks, I’m sad to report that Miranda Devine is at it again. Her latest bravery is to descend to the ever-novel and surely Walkley-demanding sport of pissmoaning about Canberra. And you can see what has her so upset. Canberrans are committing the unacceptable crimes of working reasonable hours; going to cafes; exercising (far) more than […]

Caroline Le Couteur and the mysteries of planning

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberra’s planning system remains super complicated and out of reach of ordinary citizens. With this in mind, I sought time to talk to someone who probably has more knowledge than most – being Caroline Le Couteur MLA. Besides being the local member for a Southside electorate, Caroline is the chair of the ACT Legislative Assembly’s Planning […]

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