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Preview: Cavalry hoping for triumphant return

It’s been a while since the Canberra Cavalry have graced the diamond at Narrabundah Ballpark. Since hosting Perth Heat in mid-December, the Cavs have been on the road, making trips to Perth and Melbourne respectively. After a mixed festive season, they will be looking to kickstart their charge towards the finals. What happened last week? […]

Manuka Oval Media Centre call-in not cricket, say community groups

Community groups are alarmed at the second use of call-in powers to approve a major development at Manuka Oval, this time for the $11.6 million Media Centre at the southern end of the ground. Minister for Planning Mick Gentleman used his call-in powers to approve the four-level, 19 metre tall development before Christmas so that […]

Greyhound industry calls out Government on push polling

The Canberra Greyhound Racing Club has blasted the Government’s polling last year on the industry as misleading and designed to support its goal of cutting public funding and banning dog racing. The telephone polling by Orima Research in early 2017 showed that 67 per cent of respondents favoured the removal of “subsidies” to the greyhound racing […]

Self-help finance book and movie thriller top popularity lists at ACT libraries

Canberrans are keen to find out how to better manage their money and enjoy relaxing with a good movie thriller if the list of the most popular books and DVDs in ACT libraries in 2017 is anything to go by. Self-help finance book The Barefoot Investor: The only money guide you’ll ever need by Australian Scott […]

Summernats organisers make a good start in cleaning up its reputation but more work to do

The Summernats juggernaut has rolled in and out of town once again, bringing with it more than  100,000 visitors – the majority of them from interstate. It is now a Canberra institution but one that is working to shed its reputation as a hotbed for sexual harassment and intimidation, and signalling a wish to be […]

2017: Canberra’s biggest turn in 20 years

We may have been able to hide Canberra’s charms from the rest of Australia for over a century, but it seems the secret is out. According to Census data released in mid 2017 from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the ACT recorded the largest population growth rate of all states and territories. At the end […]

ACT records the nation’s highest increase in job vacancies

The ACT has recorded the highest increase in job vacancies in Australia – with public sector jobs on their way back up and private sector opportunities also looking healthy. The number of job vacancies in the ACT rose a substantial 15.2 per cent over the three months to November 2017 – a much higher percentage […]

Charles Archer and the squatters chair

Bob Norris lay sprawling back in a shabby but comfortable old squatters’ chair, his leather-cased legs lying along the extended arms, and his head back amongst the cushions; a good-looking fellow, with the clear, brown skin of bush life, and hair that kinked in spite of its close crop. A curly, well-browned calabash was gripped... Read more

The RiotACT Gig Guide (10 – 16 January)

This week’s RiotACT Gig Guide features Guyy & The Fox, some of Canberra’s hardest working folkies, who will be playing on Wednesday as part of Acoustic Pints, alongside The Lowlands, Cam Byers and Endrey. As many know, The Phoenix needs your support, so get along to the show from 8 pm! It’s still summer holidays, […]

Time to admit growing Canberra has a crime problem and the thin blue line is stretched to the limit

Yet another small supermarket has been held up at gunpoint, this time in North Lyneham on Friday. It adds to a growing catalogue of similar crimes, often involving a firearm, being committed across Canberra. Service stations, suburban shops and community clubs all seem to be soft targets for desperate offenders and organised criminals. Even my […]

E-bike adventures taking off with special school holiday deal for Canberrans

Canberra’s first electric bike adventure tours have sped off to a strong start, with city visitors taking to a ‘heart of Canberra’ tour and Canberrans now offered the chance to create their own adventures by hiring the bikes at a discount rate for the month of January. The new e-bike adventures offered by Canberra Urban […]

Gungahlin is a future slum – Really?

  A couple of weeks ago I wrote on the threats to biodiversity caused through inappropriate developments across Canberra. One responder commented, “some of the new suburbs look like slums in the making with too much concrete.” Someone else then stated that they were tired (insulted) with the linking others were making between high-density developments […]

Ask RiotACT: Roadworthy Certificate mess up

Hi Rioters, Just a quick question here, my best friend and roommate bought a car from a close friend and neighbor which is fine, but in order to get it registered he, of course, had to get a roadworthy certificate. Problem is, barely 48 hours after getting the certificate and registration his radiator was malfunctioning really […]

Canberra! Let’s Save The Phoenix!

Musicians get a heck of a raw deal sometimes in the nation’s capital. If it’s not copping huge parking fines while trying to load gear into a venue, it’s lugging amps from a carpark located in another galaxy. Some people will not even give local music a chance; the Canberra branding rendering it an automatic […]

Backyard breeders care for cash, not dogs

Over three stress-filled months, out-of-control dogs led Goulburn Mulwaree Council rangers to question their choice of employment. Unregistered, left to roam, or allowed off leash, dozens and dozens of dogs attacked other dogs, cats, people and other small pets in people’s backyards. When spring and warm weather arrived, the rangers were run off their feet. […]

Al Shami, Merrylands

Where can you eat Syrian food in Sydney? We're glad you asked. Head to Al Shami in Merrylands where they’re serving up dishes from both Syria and neighbouring Lebanon to a non-stop arrival of ex-pats. Couples? Friends? Families? They’re...Show More Summary

Pizza delivery person robbed of money – and the pizzas

A Domino’s Pizza employee was robbed on the way to deliver an order in Giralang yesterday (Monday, 8 January). ACT Policing said that at about 4.20 pm the employee went to Balamara Street when he was grabbed from behind in a choke hold by a male, who demanded money. The male took the employee’s money […]

Now I understand Summernats … maybe

Normally, on a very hot day with an extreme fire danger, the sight of a huge cloud of smoke visible from the top of Mt Ainslie would strike fear and dread in the heart and minds of firefighters and most Canberrans. But the word “normal” does not fit well with Canberra’s annual Summernats celebration of […]

Canberra Cavalry announces $5m redevelopment of Narrabundah ballpark

ACT Government funding of $5 million will allow the Canberra Cavalry Australian Baseball League club to redevelop its home ground at Narrabundah and pitch to higher level US players and Asian teams wanting to play in Australia. Announcing the redevelopment of MIT Ballpark, Cavalry General Manager Dan Amodio said the club wanted to bring the […]

P-plater mobile phone use to be targeted in licence review

  The ACT Government will target the use of mobile phones by younger drivers as it moves to overhaul the conditions for provisional licence holders and likely bring them more into line with other jurisdictions. Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury said work on a discussion paper was well under way so consultation could begin […]

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