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New Coles at Amaroo gets smart with parking

4 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Coles’ Amaroo supermarket is one of four new sites in the country to now have an electronic guidance system to make parking easier and prevent congestion Coles selected global company Smart Parking to install its innovative guidance technology at Amaroo, where it will help direct drivers to available car parking spaces quickly and easily. Smart Parking said in-ground […]

Tricycle Cafe, Hobart

One of Hobart's best cafes is also the most hidden. There are no signs for Tricycle Cafe, and few would think to venture inside the Peacock Theatre foyer in the Salamanca Art Centre to find it. Look for the two tricycles hanging on an inside wall and you'll know you've made it. Show More Summary

The burqa out of habit

4 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

We see and hear many people gasping at horror at the sight of a burqa or a niqab. Cries of diminishment of women, exploitation of women and the potential for a cover up of the body to assist terror. For me, the burqa and niqabs are symbols of a religion practised by women. Whether the […]

Ask RiotACT: New Calvary Private Hospital set to open August 2017

5 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Calvary Private Hospital in Bruce is set to open next month in a brand new purpose built building, across the road from Calvary public emergency department. There has been a slight delay, with some damage caused by a water leak delaying the opening by 4 weeks, from end of July to end of August. How […]

In search of Canberra’s perfect Eggs Benny

5 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I recently got involved in an interesting discussion about what makes a perfect Eggs Benedict (now commonly known as Eggs Benny). I was at a Pialligo Estate Academy masterclass and we had spent the morning creating a range of delicious sauces and dressing. The grand finale was conquering an authentic Hollandaise Sauce, consisting of butter – […]

Television comes to South East Queensland (1959)

On July 1, 1959, television sets went on sale in Queensland for the first time. Retailers had agreed not to sell television sets before this date, so that there would be “orderly marketing”. The Courier-Mail reported that retailers had spent an estimated £50,000 ($1.3 million today) preparing for the sale. It was estimated that 300... Read more

Movie: Twentieth Century Women

  Set in Santa Barbara in 1979 this is a coming of age story told from the perspective of fifteen year old Jamie, whose single-mother Dorothea draws on the ‘village to raise a child’ metaphor when she feels at a … Continue reading ?

Repaired Blundells Cottage to reopen with new displays

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberra’s historic Blundells Cottage by Lake Burley Griffin will reopen today (Saturday) after nine months of repairs and the installation of new displays. National Capital Authority Chief Executive Malcolm Snow said that last October...Show More Summary

Canberra Day Trips: Bungonia National Park

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Bungonia National Park has a well-deserved reputation as the adventure capital of the Southern Tablelands. It’s an exciting outdoor wonderland offering caving, canyoning, rock climbing, abseiling, hiking and impressive views. There are around 200 wild caves in the park, not to mention waterfalls, plunge pools and wildlife. Show More Summary

Retire in style on the Wallaga lakefront

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

How’s the serenity? But this is a long way from Bonnie Doon. Set on the Wallaga Lake foreshore only five minutes’ drive from Bermagui on the South Coast, this contemporary as-new property on the market for $888,000 would be ideal for someone ready to take early retirement and enjoy the fabulous lifestyle on offer. Built to take full […]

Winter warmer escapes north of Canberra

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Looking for a short escape from the chill of Canberra in the coming winter months?  Sick of all the road works and disruption throughout the city and are looking for some clean country air? How about a relaxing drive north of the city along the Barton Highway, through the Yass Valley and encompassing some of […]

Faces of Canberra: James Bramboeck

Each week Rachel Moore is on the hunt to find out what makes Canberra special to all the wonderful folks who live here. There are some people who just make your day better. An extended and warm salutation, a quick-witted humorous remark, or even the most common question of all, “How are you”, whilst actually wanting to […]

Vale Dr Rod Fisher, Brisbane historian

Last month saw the passing of respected Brisbane historian Dr Rod Fisher in Brazil. Rod had been an longstanding member and former president of the Brisbane History Group as well as researching and authoring a variety of publications, including Diggles down under : Brisbane via Sydney from Merseyside 1855-80 (2003); Boosting Brisbane : imprinting the... Read more

Two Canberra restaurants make Australia’s Top 100

Two Canberra restaurants have made the Australian Financial Review’s Top 100, with perennial star Aubergine at Griffith Shops coming in at 89 and Hotel Hotel’s Monster Kitchen and Bar at 90. The AFR said Ben Willis’s “highly craftedShow More Summary

Canberra youth win at Australian Karate Tournament

Karate students from around Australia competed in the 2017 Independent Kyokusin Alliance (IKA) national championships at the Australian Institute of Sport, earlier this month. One hundred and twenty fighters participated in this annual event, with kata (martial arts pattern of movements), controlled-contact and full-contact tournaments. Show More Summary

Public housing furore reflects true cost of tram

Is Canberra in financial strife as a result of the light rail project? Recent big-ticket cancellations like that of the planned convention centre, confusion about whether a new sports stadium will be built and then the Government’s initial refusal to fund SHOUT a trifling $110,000 raise concerns that the ‘progressive’ development of our city is […]

Ask RiotACT: What should police do about rear end crashes?

Hi RiotACT Community, ACT Policing’s 14efforts to discourage tailgating have so far proven ineffective. Every year Canberra has more than three thousand rear end crashes. That’s more crashes than are caused by alcohol, speeding or mobile phones. Their October 2015 campaign was a spectacular failure, catching a mere six drivers for tailgating. They could have […]

Mobile hot showers for Canberra’s homeless coming soon

Canberra’s homeless can soon look forward to a hot shower as well as clean clothes thanks to the Orange Sky laundry service. Fourteen months after expanding its operations to the national capital, Orange Sky has tripled its volunteer staff to 74, received a $50,000 donation from ACT Health that will keep its laundry van on […]

Eight things to do around Canberra this weekend (14–16 July)

This weekend features good theatre shows, great live music, performance art and volleyball. The Street Theatre is opening its production of Nick Payne’s critically acclaimed play, Constellations which crosses parallel universes. Canberra Youth Theatre is remounting its engaging 2016 work, The Verbatim Project which crosses generations. Show More Summary

ANU needs to pull its weight in the housing crisis

Last year, my university announced a $165 million accommodation deal that would cover 3760 beds. To do so, they struck a honeymoon deal with two big investment firms. The Australian National University would get the pay-check they need to pay off their infrastructure debt, and the investors would get a 30-year lease on the accommodation. […]

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