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6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I do not have a positive view of the planning regimes here in Canberra. Surprised? Whenever I write a post about planning there are often responses that defend the planning bureaucracy. The real problem here is the subject of the debate – planning and development as it is administered by the ACT Government. Once upon a [...]

Ask RiotACT: How long to wait for kitchen repairs before complaining?

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

We have problems with a kitchen that was installed late last year. We have contacted the installer about the problems and they have promised to attend to them. However they claim they are really busy doing new work elsewhere and as we are on their maintenance list they will get to us when they have time. It has [...]

Movie: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Oh NO!! I thought as I settled into my seat, looked around, and realized that I’d just paid good money to go to a kid’s movie, and worse still, there were kids sitting all around me. When did I become … Continue reading ?

Marie-Antoinette’s harp coming to town

Had you been around in October 1789, would you have been one of the 7000 women marching on the Chateau de Versailles to demand Louis XVI address the issue of poverty in his nation, or one of the 3000 or so well-powdered, high-powered aristocrats, courtesans and ministers swanning around amongst the gilded furnishings inside with [...]

Tip-offs lead to arrest of alleged car wash burglar

Community-supplied information has enabled police to arrest a 20-year-old Theodore man in relation to multiple burglary and property damage offences that occurred at three self-serve carwashes located in Calwell, Tuggeranong and Belconnen...Show More Summary

‘Nige’ Johnson quits Mix106.3 for ESA Media

Nigel Johnson is leaving Mix 106.3 after almost 19 years on Canberra’s FM airwaves and only months after he switched from 104.7 to Mix following the controversial axing of his then long-time co-breakfast presenter Scott Masters. Mr Johnson will join the ACT Emergency Services Agency’s media and communications team. He has worked in various roles at [...]

Fairer Federal representation for the ACT

When the original Constitution of Australia was drafted, States were guaranteed an equal number of Senators and a minimum of five members in the House of Representatives. The intent was to ensure that States with bigger populations could not disregard the will of the smaller States. The ACT does not have any similar guarantees in the [...]

Ask RiotACT: How much are parking fines in Canberra?

I would’ve thought there’d be a list published somewhere listing the penalties for various infringements but I can’t seem to find this. How do they determine how much you are charged?

Friday Night Live – Keith Hall & Pat Dow Blues Band

[ 29 July 2016 at 8:00 pm; 29 July 2016 at 8:00 pm; ] Keith Hall & Pat Dow Band are a national – and international – Blues/Roots Band. Touring their latest album, Pat’s searing electric blues guitar, combined with Keith’s power vocals...Show More Summary

International Blues Music Day

[ 6 August 2016 at 2:00 pm; 6 August 2016 at 2:00 pm; ]

Canberra pays its respects for the French victims

As I pulled up to the car park opposite the French Embassy in Canberra, a lone figure was visible huddled on the grass, holding a candle and apparently deep in thought as they didn’t even look up as I pulled in. As I hopped out, it was another quiet and peaceful night in Canberra, across [...]

Unidentified Gympie couple

Two quarter plate hand coloured ambrotype photographs of a prosperous-looking, unfortunately, unidentified couple. The exposed images are housed in their original thermoplastic Union case with “Angel and cherub/Morning” design, with their working brass hinges and clasp. Show More Summary

This Week in Port Phillip in 1841: 8-15 June 1841

Oh dear, I’ve fallen so far behind with all of these. House renovations and conferences seemed to get in the way and I’m quite embarrassed by my tardiness. Apologies. THE ‘DIGNITY’ BALL And we’ve all been waiting so long for … Continue reading ?

PM promotes Seselja to junior ministry

Commentators’ tips that ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja would score a junior ministry in progressive Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s post-election reshuffle – apparently to appease angry conservative elements in the Federal...Show More Summary

Wall, Coe score in shadow cabinet reshuffle

Brendan Smyth’s departure has made way for renewal with his fellow Brindabella MLA Andrew Wall and Alistair Coe the principal beneficiaries of Jeremy Hanson’s Shadow Cabinet reshuffle today following the news that Mr Smyth will leave...Show More Summary

Fast train’s Canberra snub a win for Yass, Goulburn

I reckon ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr is just as disappointed as I am in the latest proposal for a very fast train between Sydney and Melbourne, and for the same two reasons: because it bypasses – nay, snubs – the national capital; and because even if it does defy the odds and go ahead, [...]

Rose to play Sub-Zero Party in Bush Week

The coolest event of the week is about to hit sub-zero temperatures as ANUSA presents the biggest party of Bush Week, the Sub-Zero Party, at the ANU Bar from 7.30 this Friday.  Elizabeth Rose | Slow Turismo | Megan Bones Ticket Prices (18+ Event Only)ANU Student: $12Student Outside of ANU: $20General Admission: $30 plus $5 booking [...]

Gympie on track : opening of the Brisbane – Gympie railway 1891

Railway building in Queensland initially concentrated on routes from various ports on the coast into the interior of the state to the extent that by 1890 there were eleven separate railway systems operating in Queensland. The first step in linking them together in what would be the North Coast Railway Line was the long talked... Read more

Ask RiotACT: Greening the Kingston Foreshore

Hi, What thoughts do others have in respect to enhancing the greening initiatives for the concrete corridors around the foreshore? I am a firm believer that the foreshore cannot have enough trees/shrubs. Some actions have been taken with respect to plants/vegetation but with consideration to views being impeded by level one apartments upwards there are other options available [...]

Photography at Nishi Gallery – Beauty In This

Beauty In This is a wonderful photography exhibition, by Maryanne Voyazis, on for a short time at Nishi Gallery, New Acton. This exhibition is about the pain a family experienced in that final week as their much loved mother slipped away after ten years of illness. The photographer, and daughter, Maryanne Voyazis captured these images in the room [...]

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