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$7.3m to promote #CBR to NSW, NZ, Asia

5 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The ACT Government will in next month’s Budget commit $7.3 million promoting Canberra domestically and internationally as a business and leisure destination, and $1.5 million to supporting the growth of significant events such as the Enlighten and Canberra Day celebrations. The tourism push will focus on enticing the residents of Sydney and regional NSW and priority [...]

$460K spend on Canberra Theatre Centre security, major show

5 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The ACT Government has announced it will spend $410,000 in next month’s Budget to upgrade security at the Canberra Theatre Centre and commit a further $50,000 to promote the staging of a major show in Canberra. The details of the major show are yet to be announced. The security upgrades will allow the complex to host larger [...]

Celebrating a darker side of #CBR

5 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

[ 28 May 2016 at 7:30 pm; 28 May 2016 at 7:30 pm; ] Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres’ latest art party, CANBERRA OBSCURA, is a celebration of  the ACT’s weirdest sounds and strangest stories. Inspired by the atmosphere and tropes of the...Show More Summary

Italian aviator visits Brisbane during long distance flight (1925)

On August 6, 1925, Brisbane awaited the arrival of Italian aviator Marchese Francesco de Pinedo, chief of staff of the Italian Air Force. Accompanying de Pinedo was engineer Ernesto Campanelli. The pair had left Rome on April 1, their objective a long-distance flight of 55,000 kilometres to Australia and Japan before returning to Italy. The... Read more

Let’s can the tram (till October, at least)

5 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

An act of political bastardry saw the ACT Government sign off last week on the Gungahlin light rail project, almost five months to the day from the October Assembly election. Although Capital Metro, responsible for the work, said construction was six months from commencing, the ACT is committed to the funding. The proposal has generated massive argument [...]

Seven fab facts about Fashfest’s model casting day

5 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

While the rest of you were at the supermarket, watching the footy or hanging out the washing on Sunday morning, RiotACT was swanning around the National Convention Centre with 530 aspiring models. We were at the casting for Fashfest 2016, getting a taste of what to expect when Canberra’s own fashion week gets underway in [...]

Ask RiotACT: Need advice on who to approach about problem with car dealership

5 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Hi all. I’m looking for advice about what to do/lawyer to see about an issue with the dealership that my car is currently being serviced in. Long story short, it went in to get its windscreen changed. 3 days later they tell me that in reprogramming the car for the new windscreen (yes…it is one of those [...]

Auguste Clown Gallery on Johnston St accused of stealing from artists

Auguste Clown Gallery has been open on Johnston St for more than three years, so in the usual lifecycle of these small commercial galleries that sell painting and illustration, it is about due to fail. They’ve lasted longer than Makeshift and Odessa but not as long as Gorker.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

Stefaniak in serious condition after suffering heart attack

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Bill Stefaniak, the former ACT attorney-general and opposition leader, is in a serious condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack while driving last week. Stefaniak, 64, was driving on a service road outside Narrabundah College when he suffered a medical episode and crashed into a street light on Friday, the Canberra Times has reported. He was [...]

Former terrorism prosecutor appointed as magistrate

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

A former counter-terrorism prosecutor has been appointed to the bench of the ACT Magistrates Court. Canberra barrister Glenn Theakston will replace magistrate Peter Dingwall when he retires in August, attorney-general Simon Corbell announced...Show More Summary

Beekeepers must be registered

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberra beekeepers are now required to register their hives to help the ACT government better respond to a possible outbreak of bee-related disease. ACT planning and land management minister Mick Gentleman announced the mandatory system at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands in Fyshwick on Monday. “There is an estimated 500 to 700 beekeepers in the ACT, mainly hobbyists with one to [...]

Have your say on National Arboretum

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberrans can have their say on the future of the National Arboretum by completing a short survey that is now live on the ACT government’s consultation website, Time to Talk. The arboretum celebrated its third birthday this year and since its official opening in February 2013, 1.8 million visitors have passed through its gates. It has become [...]

Missed bin collections

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Due to industrial action, residents in Weston Creek, Woden and Tuggeranong will not have their household waste and recycling bins collected tomorrow (Tuesday 24 May). The action is being taken by the drivers employed by contractor SUEZ. “Due to the large number of suburbs impacted by the industrial action today and tomorrow, catch up collection services will unfortunately [...]

Public housing renewal to continue

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The programme to renew the ACT’s public housing stock will continue, with the Public Housing Renewal Taskforce conducting a second expression of interest process for suitable private residential developments to buy. The first expression of interest, which closed in July last year, resulted in contracts for 14 projects and a total of 157 dwellings. Some of [...]

$10m for digital schools admin system

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The ACT Government will spend up to $10 million developing a more efficient digital school administration system to improve interaction between families and schools and streamline administrative process. ACT Minister for Education Shane...Show More Summary

Flexible Bus extended to Gungahlin for seniors, people with disability

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Residents of Gungahlin will from next month be able to access the ACT Government’s free weekday Flexible Bus service, which collects passengers who have made a booking from their home, takes them to their destination and returns them home. Minister for Transport and Municipal Services? Meegan Fitzharris said seniors and people with a disability in [...]

contour 556: a public art festival for Canberra

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

contour 556 is Canberra’s new public art festival is to be staged from Friday 21st October to Sunday 13th November, 2016 The festival will feature the works of 50 local, national and international artists on display from the National Library of Australia, across the National Gallery of Australia’s Sculpture Garden and Lake Burley Griffin foreshore, through Bowen Park to [...]

Walk in my shoes: digital stories by Muslim women in Canberra

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

[ 4 June 2016 at 2:00 pm; ] Enjoy a special screening of these remarkable stories and gain an insight into what it is like to be a Muslim woman in Canberra in the 21st century. Join Artistic Director Jenni Savigny and digital storyteller...Show More Summary

A coalition with the Greens? Pigs might fly

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

There has been a bit of hoo hah in the media lately about the possibility of the ALP or the Libs going into coalition with the Greens to form government in the event of a hung Federal parliament. It got me to thinking – what a lot of hot air and hyperbole! Firstly the possibility of a [...]

Ask RiotACT: Where to from redundancy for an older gentlemen

6 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

A year ago my father-in-law was made redundant from his job where he had spent the last 15 years working. Since then he hasn’t been able to find a job – the main reason is his ability to communicate isn’t the best due to loss of hearing and English is his second language. He seems [...]

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