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Maroochydore’s first aeroplane (1922)

About noon on February 1, 1922, the first landing of an aeroplane in Maroochydore caused a great deal of excitement among onlookers. The initial concern that the descending Avro 504 biplane was making a forced landing on the beach proved groundless, though Captain Percy William Snell and Lieutenant Stanley Wooldridge Bird (accompanied by their dog,... Read more

Police issue CCTV of assault in Civic nightclub

ACT policing are seeking witnesses after a man was assaulted by another male attacker at around 4.10am on Sunday January 8 inside Mooseheads nightclub in Civic. Police responded to a report of an altercation involving a number of people, which resulted in a male victim suffering facial injuries. The alleged offender is described as Caucasian […]

Notorious bushranger’s grave may be uncovered in Goulburn’s CBD

Foundation work near an historic Goulburn building may uncover the body of a notorious murderer hanged nearby in 1840. Thomas Whitton was Goulburn’s most famous bushranger. An archaeological assessment report has uncovered a significant part of Goulburn’s early history, which may include Whitton’s grave. Show More Summary

Eight things to do around Canberra this weekend (10–12 February)

It is going to be hot this weekend, so best take it easy. Why not head to The Street Theatre, and just for something different in Canberra, hang out with a polarising politician? On Saturday night check out Charlie White’s photos at the Fitters Workshop in Kingston. If you are feeling active, go for a colourful 5km run […]

Ray White Canberra rebrands as Civium Property Group

There’s a new full-service real estate agency in town, with Ray White Canberra and Civium Strata People joining forces to become Civium Property Group late last year. The family-owned, Phillip-headquartered business now offers services including strata management, agency services, project sales, finance and property management. Show More Summary

The new face of homelessness

Meet the new face of homelessness. Female. Single. Older. While a comfortable retirement beckons for many older people, there is a growing group of women who are facing a nightmare of poverty, homelessness and hopelessness. The economic disadvantages facing many women are well known, but we generally consider what the impacts of this multiple disadvantage […]

This Week in Port Phillip 1842: 16-23 January 1842

This entry contains a lengthy description of the execution of two indigenous prisoners I’m rather embarrassed that I’ve fallen behind with my weekly summaries of what happened in Port Phillip at this time in 1842.  Largely it was because I’m … Continue reading ?

Ask RiotACT: recommendation on home wifi setup?

Hi Rioters. I have recently moved into a double story house in Lyons. I have my wireless router / internet connection in a spare bedroom upstairs. I have a home office downstairs. I have been having a lot of performance related issues with my internet. It consistently drops out, and I find speeds are all […]

‘Australian Women War Reporters: Boer War to Vietnam’ by Jeannine Baker

2015, 272 p. Each night I sit down to watch the ABC news and just accept as a matter of course the presence of Lisa Millar in London, or Anne Barker in the Middle East telling me what new tragedy has occurred … Continue reading ?

Showtime event scaled back as 40-degree days loom

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

With temperatures in the capital forecast to reach as high as 40 degrees and above on Friday and Saturday, the first event cancellations are coming in. Showtime in the City, a mini carnival scheduled for this weekend as a preview to the Canberra Show later this month, will now only run from 4.30pm till 9.30pm […]

Beyond the tyranny of distance: Blainey talk at NLA tonight

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I clearly remember my first long distance overseas trip (Sydney to Hong Kong on a Qantas Boeing 707). It wasn’t the first time I had flown but it was my first overseas trip and my first time in a “new jetliner”. Leaving Sydney, I caught a glimpse of familiar landmarks and beautiful Sydney Harbour: the […]

ACT Chief Planner – to be or not to be?

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Following a couple of pieces in the local press, one would think that the ACT Government’s planning was in turmoil because key people are on the move. I can see what the journalists are trying to portray – that these changes cause big trouble for the Chief Minister. Seriously? I doubt it – change happens […]

ACT Government fixation with traffic lights

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I read recently that back in the early 70s Canberra had only two sets of traffic lights but now there are well over 300 and increasing rapidly by the day. Admittedly the population and hence the number of vehicles on the road have both increased substantially but do we really need so many lights. There used […]

Ask RiotACT: Financial advisor recommendations

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Hi Rioters. I understand this topic has been raised previously, but I’m looking for any recent recommendations for financial advisors. I’m looking for someone who is willing to look at different options, not only residential investments and, if possible examples of success stories. Thanks.

Yarralumla Bakery to close leaving ten jobless

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Rising rents mean Yarralumla’s bakery is set to close after 33 years in business on February 18, with fittings to be sold on Allbids.com and several staff, including one who had worked for the family-run operation for 20 years, left jobless. The owner, baker and pastry chef Greg Hoitink, will continue to operate Pastries on […]

Man, 61, charged with arson over Belconnen fire yesterday

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

ACT Policing has arrested a 61-year-old Belconnen man following a unit fire in Belconnen that caused an estimated $400,000 in damage yesterday. Police attended a unit complex in Belconnen following reports that a residence was well alight. The blaze was extinguished by ACT Fire and Rescue. One female occupant was transferred by the ACT Ambulance […]

Fear, sneers and game ideas turn Keith Woodman into The Trapper

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Is Trapper, the bloke behind the big bakeries at Braidwood and Goulburn, a bushman who got the idea while baking damper, or a builder from Duffy with a vivid imagination? Keith Woodman is both and more, a man terrified of failure and unafraid of trying new ideas. Sneers ignited his determination to rise out of […]

Airport promotes marriage equality as pollies fly in

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Our Federal politicians were welcomed upon their arrival at Canberra Airport for the first sitting week of the year yesterday by a sustained campaign supporting marriage equality. It’s the second year in which Canberra Airport has run such a campaign, which will this year feature electronic signage from the Equality Campaign’s new national advertising campaign […]

Le Couteur’s planning independence benefits community

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Like other small political parties over the years, the Australian Greens appear to be facing internal problems from a NSW splinter group, Left Renewal. Fortunately the issue has not spread to the ACT Greens, however differences exist concerning planning between our local representatives. Caroline Le Couteur, the newish Greens MLA, has shown a refreshingly critical […]

Ask RiotACT: What’s up with the shopping trolley locks?

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Hi Rioters. There seems to be a bit of a standoff going on with the shopping trolleys and the locks.  Round here, all of the trolleys have been fitted with locks, but they are helpfully tied back with zip ties. Both Coles and Woolworths are doing it. I guess they have complied with the legislation […]

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