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How to teach reading at any age

5 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

With the school year back in full swing, our little Canberran cherubs are settling into their new years and new classes, getting to know their lovely new teachers. Personally I am a newbie to the school system – with my eldest just beginning Kindergarten this year. Having grown up in Sydney I absolutely love the ACT’s preschool system, […]

The Sugar Deli comes knocking

5 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

You may have seen the social media buzz around The Sugar Deli which officially launched in Canberra last week. A simple premise this ‘digital dessert parlour’ offers the opportunity for Canberran’s to have a box of homemade treats delivered to their home or workplace. I was fortunate enough to have a box delivered by The […]

Blackberry hunting in Canberra

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

You could pay between $3.50 and $8 for a small punnet of blackberries. Or you could pick your own. I am a huge urban forager. I must admit that the thought of eating weeds does not inspire many people, and I have been on the receiving end of jokes by my family. But eating wild blackberries – well, […]

Vale Carol Lloyd

This week Queensland lost influential singer-songwriter Carol Lloyd, who passed away in Brisbane after a long illness. Lloyd was part of Brisbane’s music scene during the 1970s as frontwoman of the band Railroad Gin. The band is best known for their 1974 single A Matter Of Time. The single reached the number 1 spot in... Read more

Braidwood treasure Mona re-opens in style

The new owner of Mona Farm and Historic Home at Braidwood will tomorrow throw open the gates for a Grand Opening (well, re-opening) of the Pride and Prejudice-esque rural property, five star luxury retreat and function venue. Mona has played host to hundreds of Canberran’s weddings in years gone by, as well offering sumptuous accommodation […]

Update – Canberra Metro Light Rail Project

I recently attended a public meeting that was put on by Canberra Metro regarding the early planning stages of the Light Rail Project. The purpose of the meeting was to update us on the implementation, the actual construction phases of the Light Rail and give us an idea of where we are at right now […]

Grass fire east of Queanbeyan

Properties are under threat along Widgiewa Road, Whiskers Creek Road, Yilgarn Road and Captains Flat Road as a fast moving grass fire burns approximately 10 kilometres east of Queanbeyan towards Whiskers Hill. Five trucks are already in attendance and firefighting aircraft are on the way. The NSW Rural Fire Service encourage people to stay up […]

Have you been blackmailed by an online dating contact?

ACT Policing is urging anyone who may have been blackmailed by a contact met through an online dating application to come forward as four boys face court this morning charged over similar incidents. An 18-year-old Mawson man will face the ACT Magistrates Court and three teenagers will face the ACT Children’s Court this morning following […]

Rare Birds grassroots entrepreneurial movement comes to Canberra

The great thing about being a business owner in Canberra is that entrepreneurial inspiration, support and advice are never far away. When I have problems related to scale, I look at OnTheGo Sports founder Mick Spencer, who turned $150 into one of the world’s fastest growing sports apparel brands. Dreaming about expanding internationally? Intelledox, my old employer, […]

What you need to know about the National Multicultural Festival

Canberra’s annual National Multicultural Festival will celebrate it’s 21st birthday in the centre of Canberra this weekend, starting at 4pm on Friday afternoon. #NMF2017 (also known as “meat on a stick day” by Canberra regulars) is set to provide a fun and free family-friendly weekend that includes activities for everyone, music shows, more food and […]

Three die in water tank tragedy near Gunning

Two men and woman, all believed to be in their 60s, died while in an in-ground cement water tank on a rural property near Gunning last night. Police understand one of the men collapsed while working in the tank at the property on Veterans Road, leading to the second man and the woman attempting to […]

Ask RiotACT: any recommendations for a good three room family tent?

Hi Rioters, I am looking for any recommendations of a decent three room family tent for weekends away with my wife and two girls. I have looked at the ranges in Anaconda, BCF and Rays Outdoors, but struggling to find any reliable reviews of the tents on offer. Would appreciate any advice people may have. […]

A statement from Ricardo De Marco regarding ACT Health action against Ricardo’s Cafe

The RiotACT has received the following statement from Ricardo de Marco, the operator of Ricardo’s at Jamison, in response to our story earlier today about the cafe’s closure following a salmonella outbreak. At the end of January, ACT Health notified us that approximately 15 people had become ill after drinking smoothies at our Belconnen café. […]

Salmonella outbreak closes Ricardo’s at Jamison and Central Cafe Gungahlin

Two Canberra cafes, Ricardo’s at Jamison and Central Cafe Gungahlin, remain closed after an outbreak of salmonella led ACT Health to investigate food handling procedures and processes. ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly said the Health Protection Service had identified the outbreak and that staff from the service had inspected a café in Belconnen […]

Six things to do around Canberra this weekend (17–19 February)

The main event this weekend is the National Multicultural Festival. Join the crowds and head to the city to enjoy a smorgasbord of food, drink and performances from around the world. There are number of spin-off events to enjoy as well, including the Food & Wine Expo at the Convention Centre and the Canberra FRINGE […]

PM’s XI must start earlier to attract young fans

Two small boys in our house are asleep on their feet this morning after staying up an hour past their bedtime to see Adam Voges hit 50 runs off 29 balls in his final international appearance during last night’s Prime Minister’s XI match under lights at Manuka Oval. It was a warm, clear evening, with […]

Pay for bags, scan my own shopping – now pay for a trolley!?

I’ve been seeing them around for a while now – token slots on Woolworths and Coles shopping trolleys that require a $1 or $2 coin to release the chain. Up until this week I have remained blissfully ignorant of their purpose, having never walked into a store and found them chained up. Until this week! […]

‘Reading in Bed’ by Sue Gee

2007, 344 p. Although I’m well aware that I probably fit a reading-market segment very neatly (retired, university-educated, politically progressive, book-grouper, ABC watcher) I don’t like reading books that feel as if they have been written precisely to fit a … Continue reading ?

The ACT is a model on how to deliver action on climate change

As Australia sweltered through record breaking temperatures last weekend, the issues of climate change and energy security continue to be the subject of some of our most contentious national political debates. While an unusual alliance involving business, unions, the conservation movement and community sector plead with politicians to agree on how to respond to these […]

Ask RiotACT: where to fill LPG camping gas bottles?

Hello Rioters, maybe someone can help me with this one. I use small Primus LPG gas cylinders for camping and my usual filling place, Southern Innovation in Mitchell, advised me this week they will be closing their filling facility due to safety concerns over the proximity of a new parking area next door to them. Due […]

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