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Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm NOW OPEN in the Canberra Outlet Centre

By 17 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra Outlet Centre is proud to be the first retail destination in Canberra to welcome iconic American kitchen and homewares brands Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm. Stocking everything for your home including indoor and outdoor furniture, bedding, bathroom accessories, rugs, lighting, decorative accessories, dining, kitchen products and gifts.
Canberra Outlet Centre is [...]

Not your average blowfly

By 9 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Thanks to Craig for sending this one in…
“One for the insect lovers. Saw this strangely patterned fly(?) in the backyard today. It’s about the size of a blowfly. A search of CSIRO, google etc didn’t show anything that had these kinds of patterns. I assume that the markings are a kind [...]

High number of wasp reports

By 5 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Reports to the European Wasp Hotline of wasps seeking sites and establishing nests in suburban Canberra are the highest in many years, the ACT Government has announced.
“After months in hibernation the queen wasps are now visiting homes and gardens and often getting into people’s houses in their search for food,” said Julie Garbode, Manager, Planning [...]

Ridding weeds forever?

By 2 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have areas in my yard that are forever over-grown with weeds. I’ll pull them out only for them to return weeks later. I don’t want to grow anything in these areas as they’re paved areas that look better paved. Is there any legal substances that can be applied that will render the area useless [...]

Are there any recommendations for companies that can dig up and re lay drains attached to down-pipes?

By 1 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I really need all my downpipe drainage tested, and probably have a few drainpipes that need to be dug up and re-laid. It’s likely to be quite a big job and will definitely end up with a few trenches in the front & back garden so it’d be really good to know which company in Canberra to [...]

Spring weeds swap in on this weekend

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 1 November 2014 at 8:30 am; 2 November 2014 at 8:30 am; ]

Swap your invasive weeds for beautiful native plants.

This Saturday 1 November and Sunday 2 of November 2014 from 8.30 am until 4.45 pm, the biannual weed swap is on. Visit the green waste recycling centres at either Canberra Sand and Gravel in West Belconnen or Corkhill Bros near the Mugga Lane landfill. Bring invasive weeds [...]

ESA Bushfire Survival Plan goes mobile

By 30 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberrans can now do their bushfire survival plans on their portable devices with the launch of a new mobile app by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell.
“The single most important thing Canberra households can do to get ready for bushfires this summer is to complete a bushfire survival plan,” Mr Corbell said.
“Experience from [...]

Bogong Capital of the World?

By 30 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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A couple of weeks ago over a cocktail at Honkytonks a friend pre-warned me of a plague like no other that was about to hit Canberra. Intrigued I valiantly yelled “Tell me more”! Well perhaps it wasn’t quite like that but I was certainly interested. So apparently Canberra is a victim of Bogongs. Many of [...]

Free organic gardening workshop and Community Garden Open Day at Crace

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 26 October 2014 at 11:00 am; ]

The Crace Community Garden is throwing open the gates. Gardening enthusiasts can take part in a free organic gardening workshop, or just come along to check out this fantastic community facility and meet the growers.

According to a 2013 Canberra Times article, this “2000-square-metre facility has been described as the Rolls-Royce of community gardens with raised [...]

Pond cleaning

By 17 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Our small garden pond is choked full of plants and needs a cleaning-out by someone who knows what they are doing. Can anyone recommend someone who can do this work?

How Fair(y) is Canberra?

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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One day, I’ll need to admit to my two year old daughter that I’ve made some huge mistakes in life. Some of these hurt others.
Growing up in Canberra as a teenager back in the 80s, amongst other mistakes, I remember laughing at a girl because she talked funny. I look back now through adult eyes [...]

Canberra’s cats facing containment

By 14 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Feline freedoms in Canberra could be curtailed if a new report is adopted by the ACT Government. Penned by an academic, Kathy Eyles, from the ANU’s Fenner School and an ACT Government environmental planner, the report is being considered by Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury. The report recommends that cats should be permanently [...]

Using your current home loan for new renovations

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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If you feel that your home no longer meets your needs, you may not have to go through the lengthy, stressful process of finding a new home and moving. Renovations let you upgrade your current property to regain that cosy feel. However, renovating your home is a major financial decision. One option that’s available to [...]

Suitable suburb for my family

By 8 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am moving to Canberra in December with my husband and 5 children. 3 of our children will be attending primary school, one secondary and one hopefully at ANU next year. We are moving from a small country town in Melbourne and enjoy being involved in our local community. Our children play AFL, netball and [...]

Living more sustainably – one step at a time

By 8 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I know about the importance of limiting our impact on the earth.  I worry about what will be left for my children and grandchildren if we continue to take from the planet without regard for our greater impact.  I recycle.  I switch off lights when we’re not in the room and try not to waste [...]

Feedback on National Patios

By 25 September 2014

I’m looking at having National Patios build me a new deck and would appreciate any experience you may have had with them. Thanks!

Roofing – Replace Tiles with Colourbond

By 9 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am looking at replacing our tired and cracking tiled roof with Colourbond. I have recieved two quotes which are reasonably comparable.
One quote came from a small business: Simply Guttering and Roofing.
The second came from WR Engineering.
I am hoping people can let me know if anyone has either positive or negative comments about either of these [...]

Recommendation for building designer or architect

By 4 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all,
Have seen some older posts with recommendations but after some up to date info?
My husband and I are thinking about an extension to our house and would be doing it as owner builders (getting in tradies for lots of parts but essentially project managing it ourselves) and I’m after some recommendations of building designers or [...]

Hans J. Wegner Master Modernist Icon furniture exhibition presented by Designcraft

By 3 September 2014

[ 6 September 2014 to 21 September 2014. ] To mark a very significant occasion, Designcraft is proud to present “Master Modernist Icon”, a retrospective exhibition celebrating Hans J. Wegner’s 100th birthday.

In the world of design, it would be difficult to find a furniture designer, craftsperson, architect, artist or design student who has not heard of, or been inspired by the work of legendary [...]

Gas bill – Conversion Factor

By 3 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ActewAGL suddenly changed our Conversion Factor from about 0.6 to 0.9 and claims that all of a sudden we are using about 60% more Units than our previous bill (even though someone moved out of our place 3 months ago and was not replaced).
ActewAGL have reissued an old bill and a issued new one which [...]

Recommendations for home Improvements/renovations

By 2 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi there
I’m looking to do some improvements on my home and would appreciate some recommendations on reliable, great quality businesses who can help me with the following:

New wardrobe cupboards
Removal of old carpet and installation of new flooring (floating timber floors)
Kitchen/Bathroom renos (incl. floor and wall tiling)
Painting (interior)
Concreting/Paving/Landscaping (small area)

I am on a budget and would like [...]

Wanted: a reliable bobcat operator

By 29 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m after a reliable bobcat operator that knows how to drive a bobcat properly and will actually turn up when a time has been agreed. Have had a couple of recent bad experiences. Prefer north side, any advice appreciated!

Help looking for a designer to change the front of our house

By 14 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know any good designers or builders that could transform and refresh the front of our house in Theodore to a contemporary look.

Seeking a good reasonably priced range-hood installer

By 30 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I need someone who can remove a gas oven and replace it with an electric oven. I would also like to install a range-hood (where there hasn’t been one before – it will also need ducting through the roof).  Does anyone have any good experiences preferably on the south side of town?

Turf (reasonable condition) or clean fill available Crace

By 23 July 2014

We are replacing our turf with loose gravel. In Crace.   It seems a pity that the turf – either as turf (in reasonable condition) or as good quality loose fill – is going to go to waste.  Anybody need it?  You’d have to take it up yourself.  No need to take it all.

Canberra Tree Week activities – Wednesday and Thursday

By 23 July 2014

The inaugural Canberra Tree Week has already seen many activities that celebrate living in a city surrounded by trees.
Throughout Wednesday 23 July 2014 and Thursday 24 July 2014, residents and visitors alike are invited to take part in more free events, including:
Eucalypts of the Southern Tablelands
What: Join a guided tour of Forest 20 at the [...]

RiotACT Face off: Yarralumla Development

By 21 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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For our second RiotACT Face Off, we invited The Yarralumla Residents Association and John Miller (Executive Director of the Master Builders, ACT) to answer the following question:
Is the proposed development of the area surrounding the Yarralumla Brickworks simply inevitable change in progress, aligned with society needs, or does it represent the end of a community [...]

Landscaper recommendation

By 4 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We want to replace our grass with loose gravel, and replace the dead plants in our hedge.   Small front area and even smaller side area. In Crace.   Not up to doing it ourselves.  We’d like a neat and permanent job.  Any recommendations?

Disposal fees waived for loose-fill asbestos home owners

By 23 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT government will waive disposal fees where houses containing loose-fill asbestos are renovated or demolished, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Simon Corbell, announced on Saturday.
“The government has made the decision to waive these fees following recommendations from the Asbestos Regulators Forum, and is part of a suite of measures to address [...]

Architects honour the National Arboretum and Light rail design

By 16 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Institute of Architects annual award ceremony was held at the weekend. The event took place at the REX hotel – an interesting choice of venue to celebrate good design…
Simon Corbell announced the winners of the light rail station design ideas competition.
“I am very pleased that the ACT Chapter of the [...]

Better ways to weed out an old enemy

By 12 June 2014

Weed management in the ACT and regional communities will be easier with the launch of the ACT and Southern Tablelands Weed Spotter website and smartphone app, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
“Combating noxious weeds is problematic all around Australia, but we now have another way to help weed them out,” [...]

Tradeswomen deliver on Housing ACT properties

By 11 June 2014

Two new public housing homes built by a team dominated by tradeswomen have been handed over to the ACT Government, Minister for Women Joy Burch said today.
The two adaptable dwellings in Richardson were built by Housing ACT, in conjunction with Ruiz Constructions, over 10 months between August 2013 and May 2014. In all, 14 tradeswomen [...]

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