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Top ten opinion posts on The RiotACT in 2017

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

In 2017, The RiotACT’s correspondents provided thoughtful opinion pieces on the issues important to Canberrans. Among the most-read stories were pieces about transport, with the light rail eliciting robust discussions as did posts about dangerous drivers on the Kings Highway and poor behaviour towards cyclists. Also ranking in the top 10 was an article about […]

Canberra’s ambulance response times boosted by extra staff and resources

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Ambulance response times will be boosted in Canberra with the city set to receive a full new ambulance crew and two new ambulances in 2018. ACT Emergency Services Minister Mick Gentleman said that 24 additional staff will be recruited in addition to the recruitment of 11 paramedics currently underway. Mr Gentleman said that demand for […]

Goulburn’s mouth-watering fat factory for leaner 2018

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Good news at the start of 2018 for anyone resolving to improve their diet and enjoy their food. You can use suet again, the hard white animal fat and magic ingredient in pastries and basting roasts. More good news. Feel free to soak up and eat dripping that smells of roast beef on Sundays. Because […]

How to use your super to buy your first home

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

If saving for your first home is on your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2018, you might want to investigate the federal government’s new First Home Super Saver Scheme. Announced in the 2017-2018 budget, and introduced into Parliament in early September, the scheme essentially allows individuals to make additional contributions into their super accounts […]

Well-behaved Canberra crowds welcome in the New Year

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

More than 35,000 revellers flocked to the city last night to take part in Canberra’s New Year’s Eve celebrations – enjoying free entertainment, a dance party and two spectacular fireworks displays. Police report that the crowds were generally well-behaved but in the course of the evening nine people were arrested for being intoxicated and disorderly, […]

New Year’s Day at the seaside, 1907

This photograph from our collection was purportedly taken on New Year’s Day in 1907 and depicts crowds of people enjoying the beach near Moora Park at Sandgate, which today is part of the Brisbane suburb of Shorncliffe. The Brisbane Courier newspaper reported on the popularity and special events held at Sandgate on the first day... Read more

Police cars rammed following attempted burglary at Domino’s Fyshwick

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Two men in a stolen white van allegedly attempted to steal a safe from Domino’s Pizza in Fyshwick early on Saturday morning – colliding with police cars twice as they fled the scene. ACT Policing is asking for public help in investigating the attempted burglary which occurred around 6.55 am on Saturday, December 30. Police […]

Top ten news posts on The RiotACT in 2017

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Many of the most-read news stories on The RiotACT this year reported on violence: a race-hate bashing of Chinese college students at Woden interchange; two dangerous dog attacks; and carloads of men harassing women cyclists in Canberra’s inner north. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom, with the top ten also featuring a tongue-in-cheek April […]

Something for everyone at Openair Cinemas’ summer festival of film

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Canberra’s clear, warm summer nights present the perfect opportunity to sit back and enjoy the latest film releases, cult classics and family favourites at the American Express Openair Cinemas, which kick off 11 January on the Patrick White Lawns in Parkes. Organisers are also promising 40 events – including live music, DJ performances and fine food […]

Canberra Business and Volunteering ACT – Business and community making a difference

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The practice of corporate giving to the Not-For-Profit (NFP) sector is not a new concept, but it has dramatically evolved over the past few years, into a brand-new model that is conducive to community citizenship of the very best kind. I was reminded of just how dramatically different this landscape has become at an event […]

‘In the Shadow of Gallipoli’ by Robert Bollard

2013, 224 p. I know that historians often get railroaded into a title for their book by marketing-oriented publishers, and I can’t help thinking that the title of this 2013 book was chosen with one eye on the then-upcoming centenary … Continue reading ?

Summer is here and Batemans Bay is very tempting!

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

For my annual pre-Christmas mini-vacation, I headed to a long-time favourite coastal destination, Batemans Bay. There seems to be some confusion about who the original “Bateman” was, but there is no doubt the name is synonymous with getting away to the coast for a summer holiday and enjoying some relaxed seaside living. I particularly love Sandbar […]

Top ten motoring posts on The RiotACT in 2017

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

From road trips to road rage, this year’s most-read motoring stories covered the full range of driving experiences in and around the nation’s capital. Unsurprisingly, articles by motoring writer Jane Speechley dominated the top ten list, which ranged from the futuristic Tesla cars for hire in Canberra to the strangest sights spotted on ACT roads, […]

Government announces road closures for New Year’s Eve celebrations

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The ACT Government is implementing a number of temporary road closures ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations in the City. The road closures will be in place from 31 December 2017 to 1 January 2018 at various times. Closure locations and times: The following roads will be closed from 8.40 pm to 9.30 pm Sunday 31 […]

Summer Capsule Wardrobing: Transforming your party outfits from glam to casual in 60 seconds!

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

We’re well into summer holidays, events, and the party season! Many Canberrans have been attending weddings, functions, partying hard and heading to the coast. It’s easy to stay stylish on the regular and pack light for those trips away when you master the art of capsule wardrobing. Whether it’s your New Year’s Eve ensemble, your […]

Pygmy marmosets and lemur babies add to attractions at Canberra’s zoo

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Weighing in at just 100 grams each, two female pygmy marmosets are the first of a new species to arrive at the National Zoo & Aquarium as part of an influx of new animals to the zoo family. Shy little Adora and her twin sister Sofia have made the trek from the Symbio Wildlife Park […]

‘Neither Power Nor Glory’ by Paul Strangio

2012, 392 p. I was too young to vote at the 1972 Federal election that brought Gough Whitlam to power. Until Gough came along, it seemed to me that politicians were always grey men in hats, exemplified for me by … Continue reading ?

Irreplaceable steam locomotive parts stolen in a series of robberies

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Two men were seen fleeing the closed Canberra Railway Museum after allegedly stealing priceless parts from a historic steam locomotive on Boxing Day. A local plumbing business owner was alerted to the two unknown men after his mastiff started barking as the men fled the scene. A number of priceless parts of a historic 139-year-old […]

Christmas Eve parking ticket surprise for Canberrans

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Imagine this: It is Christmas Eve, and you are rushing back to your car after a busy day shopping. You know you have overstayed on your paid parking, but you pray that you haven’t received one of those nasty yellow infringement envelopes. As you approach your vehicle, you notice that dreaded envelope on your windscreen. […]

Top ten property posts on The RiotACT in 2017

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

The RiotACT readers love reading about dream homes, if the most read property content in 2017 is anything to go by. Half of the top ten property-related stories were profiles of unique and impressive homes for sale, almost all written by Glynis Quinlan. Rounding out the list were stories from a range of contributors about […]

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