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Ask RiotACT: House relevelling: ‘jack and pack’ recommendations?

Hi all, A leaking toilet has resulted in some fairly significant shifting in my house structure (more than the usual – yes it’s Canberra clay). It needs to be dealt with before I do anything in the way of even minor renos. The previous owners ‘jacked and packed’ between the brick piers and the timber […]

Cage Fighting in Canberra

Kim Huynh attends a cage fight to consider the nature of violence and entertainment in Canberra. See this RiotACT article by Doug Dobing for Ben Edwards’ background story. Before his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) debut last Saturday night, I asked Ben ‘The Guv’ Edwards what we should expect from the fight. The Guv playfully responded, […]

Embrace your inner elves: Christmas is closer than you think!

Suppose Christmas got repackaged in such a way we were able to concentrate on the really fun activities, such as relaxing, hanging out with family and friends, and eating yummy Christmas inspired food, rather than parking hassles, drawing up lists, endless shopping and having to the clean the house? Wouldn’t that be wonderful! Well, that […]

Bundaberg State High School now on the Queensland Heritage Register

The Queensland Heritage Council recently announced that several buildings at Bundaberg State High School have been added to the Queensland Heritage Register. The Queensland Heritage Register is a list of places that have cultural heritage significance to the people of Queensland. Show More Summary

Telstra Business Awards – Innovation is not just about technology!

There is no doubt that within our local Canberra Business Community, we have a very strong contingent of innovative, technology-based companies who emanate from, or are supported by, our research institutions. And as we have already reported here, many of them are worthy finalists for the Telstra Business Awards coming up later this week. Indeed, […]

Here’s why I’m not moving to the NBN on the Southside

The National Broadband Network (NBN) had the potential to revolutionise Australia’s internet infrastructure. Fast and reliable broadband is vital to the way we will provide health services, deliver a world class education, do business, deliver smart infrastructure and build a strong and growing economy. That is why my Federal Labor colleague, Gai Brodtmann MP has […]

Ask RiotACT: Buying a townhouse when you own a dog

Hi Rioters, I have a two year old, medium sized dog and I am in the process of trying to buy a townhouse. I have made a formal offer that has been accepted by the owners, however, after reading through the contract I have found that there is a clause stating that animals are not […]

New Coles at Amaroo gets smart with parking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

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

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