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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 […]

Light rail rant

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

I was ambivalent about the light rail. That is until I bought an apartment two minutes walk from one of the tram stops. Now suddenly I have become a huge light rail tram fan. I can’t wait until it is up and working so that the kidlets and I can whiz into Civic for the […]

Innovative ANU start-ups to benefit from $200 million investment agreement

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The Australian National University will be able to further its leading role in developing new start-up ventures in key medical and computing areas thanks to a new investment agreement. The university will benefit from a new $200 million investment agreement between London-listed IP Group Plc, Australia’s Group of Eight universities and the University of Auckland. […]

How light rail helps case for child care in Mitchell

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The advent of light rail has helped sway a tribunal to overturn ACT Government planners objection to a proposed child care centre at Mitchell. ACT Planning and Land Authority, the Environmental Protection Authority and a health expert thought Mitchell, a suburb of noisy trucks, bulk garden supplies and a toxic chemical fire in 2011 was […]

Knifepoint car jack in Manuka

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

A father of four is in shock after his car and wallet were stolen at knifepoint. The incident occurred in Manuka this morning. At 5:30 AM on Sunday the 4th of June, the victim reverse parked in the undercover carpark below Coles Manuka. Before exiting the vehicle, a man wearing a balaclava and wielding a large knife entered the passenger seat. The […]

Movie: Things to Come (L’avenir)

  (French, English subtitles) I liked this movie- a lot. My 88 year old father hated it. Nathalie is a middle-aged university philosophy lecturer, fully immersed in the academic life of teaching, reading and writing text-books. Her long-standing series of … Continue reading ?

Seven tips to reduce Canberra winter energy bills

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberra. Winter. It is the one thing that residents elsewhere in Australia consistently use against us as a reason not to visit. And yes, it is cold. The best way to overcome the cold is to make your home nice and snug, and I am going to show you some ways to do that without […]

The (Canberra) politics of food

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Is it possible to separate politics from food? Of course not, considering issues as diverse as malnutrition, farming, retail monopolies (or duopolies), obesity, health and safety, just to name a few! Don’t even get me started on the oversaturated and brutal nature of the Canberra cafe and restaurant trade. I sometimes think Canberra food customers […]

17-year-old girl indecently assaulted in Gungahlin

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

A 17 year-old-girl was indecently assaulted near the playground adjacent to the bike path at Yerrabi Pond on Thursday 1 June 2017. About 5.30 pm, a man who was riding a dark coloured mountain bike, dismounted and started talking to the girl. The girl walked away from the man along a path near Mirrabei Drive. […]

Canberra’s participation in the 1967 referendum

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

National Reconciliation Week spans two significant anniversaries in our national life, the 1967 Referendum and the Mabo decision. This year we are marking the 50th anniversary of the first and the 25th anniversary of the latter. These significant anniversaries are a chance to stop, pause and reflect on what has been achieved since, and the […]

Photographic exhibition of beards at QT Canberra

3 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The phenomenon of facial hair has enjoyed a distinct renaissance over the past decade, serving to remind us all of the cyclical nature of fashions and trends. From the bearded lady to bushy hipsters, a series of photographic works of people sporting impressive and interesting facial hair is on display in the lobby at QT […]

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