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Canberra knit in – 10 June

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I have a not-so-secret admission: I love knitting. I don’t get to indulge as often as I would like, but in cooler months I turn up to afternoon tea soirees or playdates with a bag of unfinished projects in tow. I was glad to know that I am not alone and that there is a […]

Is your Canberra accountant making you money?

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Not sure who to trust for business advice in Canberra? If you only use your accountant for taxes, then you are overlooking an important resource. An external accountant often has vital knowledge about your industry and its key players, which can support you in running your business. For example, just a quick catch-up can give […]

Same love, same rules

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

You may have seen these postcards and posters in cafes, bars, and offices around Canberra in recent weeks. Despite looking a little like a marriage equality campaign, these images are actually about domestic and family violence. On Friday 19 May, two days after the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (aka IDAHOBIT, which includes […]

Architecture, Common Ground & Pushing The Boundaries

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Part of the local debates about the future of the Dickson parklands has been the introduction into the conversations that the government intends to demolish the Northside Community Centre to build an apartment tower along the lines of Common Ground in Gungahlin. Given the years of trickery around the future of the Parklands, people quite […]

Yakitori Jin, Haberfield

Sydney's newest yakitori joint has just opened in Little Italy. You read that right. And judging by the dinner crowds midweek, Haberfield locals can't get enough of it. Yakitori Jin is heaving when we visit on a Wednesday night, crowded...Show More Summary

Protecting intimate privacy, not just sex

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The Greens believe that we need to strengthen ACT criminal laws to specifically address the issue of non-consensual sharing of intimate images. That’s why we have released a discussion paper and draft legislation and are inviting community feedback to ensure we are in step with the experiences of Canberrans. We cannot afford to wait and […]

‘Surviving Peace: A Political Memoir’ by Olivera Simic

2014, 188 p It’s not often that I open up a book and find myself thinking “Hey! I was there!” I did in this book, though, where Olivera Simic starts by describing an encounter at a law and history conference … Continue reading ?

Government to crack down on misuse of disabled parking spaces

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The ACT Government today signalled that it is planning to crack down on the misuse of disabled parking spaces. During a 2017-18 ACT Budget media conference, Chief Minister Andrew Barr said there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that mobility parking permits are being traded and passed around. “If you’re using a disability parking spot […]

Ratepayers feel the pinch as ACT Government spends up on infrastructure in 2017-18 Budget

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The ACT Government believes it is on track for its budget to be back in balance in the 2018-19 financial year despite the Mr Fluffy hit on its books in 2014 and a big-spending infrastructure program for health, schools and public transport. However, ratepayers will feel the pinch with rates to again rise by around […]

ACT Budget 2017-18: At a glance

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has this afternoon handed down a big spending 2017-18 Budget containing few surprises and confirming his predictions of a return to surplus in 2018-19. To find out how the Budget will affect your hip pocket, click here OVERVIEW Projected deficit of $83.4 million with an expected return to surplus of $9.7 million […]

ACT Budget 2017-18: The hip pocket hits

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberrans will face several increases to existing rates, fees and levies under the 2017-18 Budget handed down by ACT Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr this afternoon. For an overview of today’s Budget, see ACT Budget 2017-18: At a glance The biggest hip pocket hit for Canberrans in this ACT Budget comes in the form of rate increases, […]

The Cats have spoken. THIS WEEK ONLY: $99 adoption at RSPCA ACT

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The month of May has been all about dogs thanks to Million Paws Walk but our feline friends are set to change all that! They want the dog talk to end and prove once and for all that anything dogs can do they can do better. That includes finding their forever homes! The RSPCA ACT […]

Innovation meets quality at Wamboin winery Contentious Character

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

There is a buzz out in Wamboin, with the newest (yet established) winery releasing its latest vintage this week. For months, foodie friends have tantalised with Instagram photos and blogs of the menu from the restaurant. Now, in my capacity as a writer for the RiotACT, I was privileged to be amongst some of the […]

Street tree champions greening Goulburn

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Look for gums says nurseryman Doug Rawlinson when I begin my search for Goulburn’s oldest tree. Mr Rawlinson says the biggest and oldest tree in the district could be a 600 year-old eucalyptus out past the Braidwood Road. On his place, Kentgrove homestead, stand two 300 year-old gums. Long gone are the two gum trees […]

Calling graffiti ‘street art’ is very Orwellian

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

After years of deliberation and aided by the New South Wales decision to introduce a container deposit scheme on empty soft drink cans, the ACT has sensibly agreed to start its own scheme in 2018. If South Australia is any guide, our highways and byways should see a lot less litter.  Given the industry will […]

Canberra’s elite sleep on the street for charity

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

St Vincent de Paul has launched its 2017 CEO Sleepout, aimed at educating the general public about poverty while raising money for Vinnie’s night vans. As part of this effort, on 22 June at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, Canberra’s CEOs will sleep on the street in cardboard boxes for one […]

CCTV footage released of assault in Civic nightclub

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

CCTV footage has been released by ACT Policing of an assault which occurred inside the Cube nightclub. About 1.20 am on Sunday 28 May 2017, a man was on the dancefloor when he was struck in the head by a male offender. After the altercation, the offender, accompanied by another male, left the club. The […]

More early intervention services for children with depression and body image issues in $3 million Budget initiative

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Primary school-aged children showing early signs of common mental health concerns such as depression and body image issues will receive better access to counselling services following a $3 million initiative in tomorrow’s 2017-18 ACT Budget. Show More Summary

Bucking the trends #15 – Technowand

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Charisma. Few have it, so when you come across someone with charisma, you notice. When it is a warm, inviting charisma, it’s even more enticing. Such is the gift that Rahul Chawla (an Indian immigrant who fell in love with Canberra), possesses. We are so lucky to have him here, because, his, is the kind of business we […]

Higgins woman found guilty after RSPCA seized dog with chain embedded in throat

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

A Higgins woman has entered into a good behaviour order for 12 months and been given a five-year animal ban following an incident last year where the RSPCA seized a dog with a chain embedded in its throat. (Warning some people may find the images in this article distressing). The RSPCA ACT today reported that […]

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