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Record entries for 2016 hospitality awards

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberra’s best hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, bars and cafés – and their employees – were recognised at the 2016 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Hospitality Awards on Monday night. Following a record number of entries, more...Show More Summary

Barista champ film wins Best Australian doco

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Two former Canberrans who made a documentary about the capital’s world champion barista are celebrating an award of their own today after their film, The Coffee Man, won Best Australian Documentary film at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival last night. The doco started out chronicling barista Sasa Sestic’s global hunt for the perfect coffee bean as [...]

Tuckwells fund new ANU residences, possibly on Bruce Hall site

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Billionaire philanthropists Graham and Louise Tuckwell have announced a commitment to the ANU worth about $200 million over 30 years to fund a major expansion of the Tuckwell Scholarship program through the building of two new halls of residence on campus, possibly on the site of Bruce Hall, at a cost of $100 million over [...]

Corbell appointed adjunct professor at UC

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The University of Canberra has appointed Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell as an adjunct professor. As part of the university’s extended community, adjunct professors make a contribution to education and research at the University of Canberra, through sharing their skills and experience. Show More Summary

Apartment glut to dampen unit prices further

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The price of units in Canberra will drop 4 per cent in the next three years – representing a 12 per cent decline in real terms – after falling 4 per cent last financial year due to an oversupply, according to industry analyst and economic forecaster BIS Shrapnel. “There is still a significant pipeline of apartment [...]

International engagement commissioner to coordinate ACT’s global push

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The ACT Government will appoint a Commissioner for International Engagement with support staff as the city prepares for direct international flights to Singapore and Wellington in September. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr led a delegation to Wellington last week and finalised a sister city relationship with the New Zealand capital while there. Canberra already had sister [...]

Is this is the only full contact sport men and women play as equals?

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

[ 16 July 2016 at 7:00 pm; ] Roller derby is the only full contact sport that adult men and women (or any gender) play together as equals, with no rule changes.  And you can see it this Saturday 16 July when Varsity Derby League's Smackademics take on 'The World', a special one-off team for this event. Fresh from a win in Perth against Swan [...]

Why Canberra needs transit lanes – part one

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Well planned transit lanes are the quickest and most cost-effective way to reduce congestion and support the Governments commitment to “increasing the public transport share of all work trips to 10.5% by 2016 and 16% by 2026.” An Australian Study “found that the number of carpoolers … increased approximately 23.4 per cent since the introduction [...]

Appeal dismissed in WorkSafe prosecution

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The ACT Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by a local electrical company that was fined after an electrical apprentice fell while installing solar panels on a roof. The company had appealed against the severity of the fine imposed following a successful work safety prosecution. A WorkSafe ACT investigation found that the apprentice, who fell more than three metres, was [...]

17 proposals in battery storage auction

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

A total of 17 proposals have been received in the Next Generation energy storage auction that will lead to up to $2 million being allocated to five companies to install solar storage in Canberra. The deadline for proposals closed last Wednesday and the successful companies will be announced after proponent capability, product and delivery risks and local investment [...]

ANU celebrates EuroScience with Questacon

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Scientific collaboration between Australia and Europe will be highlighted during the EuroScience Questacon festival this week. The third edition of the annual event stemmed from an Australian National University (ANU) idea to help promote...Show More Summary

Thorrold Town, [Wooloowin], 1882 (Map of the Week)

State Library of Queensland has an extensive collection of historical maps of Queensland, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed online. This Brisbane real estate map from 1882 is advertising 743 allotments of land for sale at Thorrold Town (now Wooloowin). The allotments for sale were situated along George Street (later renamed... Read more

Search on for man lost near Captains Flat after 4WD breaks down

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Police, SES and RFS volunteers are trawling the Tallaganda State Forest near Captains Flat for a 25-year-old man believed to have spent the night in his 4WD. The man contacted Monaro Local Area Command police at 6pm yesterday to report that he was lost in his broken down vehicle. The man is believed to still be with [...]

Traffic disruption on Mouat Street in Lyneham

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Work to repair a burst water main at the intersection of Mouat Street and Goodwin Street in Lyneham is likely to cause driver delays today. Traffic marshals will be in attendance with motorists warned to expect delays in the area between 9.30am and mid-afternoon. A section of road may be fully closed for short periods, with a [...]

Recalcitrant drivers plague Gundagai police

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Gundagai police had to contend firstly with a Learner driver leading them on a chase on the Hume Highway on Friday then on Saturday with a man who they caught twice driving an unregistered car while disqualified – he was later caught a third time at Goulburn and arrested. About 6.35pm on Saturday, police from [...]

Over whistling Bill

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Having been aligned with the traditional Labor values for much of my life, I am at my wits end when I hear Bill Shorten still on his dog whistling path post election.  The campaign is over Bill – you lost – give your negative carping a rest.  Work on yourself and your colleagues in trying to [...]

Determined Brindabelters defence to meet fast Black Hearts

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

[ 6 August 2016 at 6:00 pm; ] Canberra Roller Derby League is back on 6 August. The Red Bellied Black Hearts will take on the Brindabelters in game 4 of the 2016 CRDL home season. The Hearts opened their home season with a win over the Surly Griffins in Game 2. The experienced Bambi von Smash’er teamed up with the Hearts’ new blood [...]

Special Event – Corey Harris

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

[ 24 August 2016 at 8:00 pm; 24 August 2016 at 8:00 pm; ] On his first Australian tour in 16 years, and fresh from a US co-headline tour with Aussie favourite Eric Bibb, Corey Harris returns to our shores for a series of solo shows. Corey...Show More Summary

Elections – a look at the numbers

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I’ve had a look at some numbers from the Australian Electoral Commission since 1996 and it is very revealing to see how our democratic process played out. Here’s some of the numbers for your consideration. John Howard won the 1996 election for the Liberal Party in his own right. The Libs got 75 seats and when he [...]

dinner at Tulum in Balaclava

In conversations with a Turkish friend we have wondered, when so many cuisines have been given a modern makeover in smart restaurants in recent years (such as Sicilian, Armenian and Lebanese), why no one had opened a modern Turkish restaurant.… This post was first published on Fitzroyalty. © Brian Ward.

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