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Good quality veggie garden plants in Canberra?

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have had mixed success with Bunnings and Rodneys in terms of range and quality of veggie seedlings/plants.
Can anyone recommend a favourite nursery or gardening supplier in Canberra, with a large range and good quality plants?
Thanks!

5-star luxury living at The Curzon in Wright

By 3 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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There are display homes. And then there’s The Curzon, a breathtaking two-storey display home built by Mayfair Homes on Wright’s prestigious Xenica Street.
Mayfair Homes director Steve Kolak says that The Curzon, which draws its inspiration from five-star hotels around the world and has won several awards including Display Home of the Year (over $500,000) at [...]

JB Hi-Fi HOME Superstore NOW OPEN at the Canberra Outlet Centre

By 2 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Canberra Outlet Centre is very excited to welcome the newest retail addition to the homemaker centre, the highly anticipated JB Hi-Fi HOME superstore!
JB Hi-Fi already offer customers a home entertainment bonanza; all the latest in big screen full HD smart TVs, the biggest range of computers and accessories, digital still, digital video, compact system, [...]

New app attracts over 1200 users

By 1 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Over 1200 ACT residents have now signed up for the free MyWaste app to help keep track of household waste and recycling information.
“We are getting a steady increase in users of the MyWaste app with an average of over 30 downloads each week,” said Trevar Chilvar, Education Officer, ACT NOWaste.
“The app improves the way the [...]

The 360 story

By 1 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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What a year! A relatively new comer to the Canberra building scene (10 Years) and a first time entrant into the HIA awards, 360 Building Solutions was awarded best CUSTOM BUILT HOME for $350,000 – $500,000.
Dean, the director of 360 Building Solutions is a proud Canberra man who is a qualified Carpenter by trade. Dean [...]

Reliability, safety and security of ACT electricity supply at risk following unprecedented AER draft decision

By 27 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has today released a draft decision drastically reducing and backdating expenditure allowed on the ACT’s electricity distribution network for the period 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2019.
ActewAGL Chief Executive Officer Michael Costello said, “This decision does not make sense. ActewAGL currently has the cheapest and most reliable network in [...]

Would you trade in stability for free rent?

By 27 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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With a big question mark over future stable employment for some Canberran’s, it has seen the rise of a new, but old kind of trend. There is no doubt and well documented that there will be potentially a whole generation that will struggle to ever be able to own their own piece of the world; [...]

Canberra Custom Knife Show

By 26 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 7 December 2014 at 10:00 am; ] It’s on again, bigger than ever, at the Tharwa Village Hall.

Come and see what the local knifemakers have been up to. See fine handmade knives for sale as well as talk to the makers about their craft. A big focus this year is kitchen knives.

There are more than twenty makers coming from all over. We [...]

Asbestos removal companies?

By 25 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The last post I could find about this was from back in 2009, so hoping someone may have some more recent recommendations.
I’m planning to renovate our bathroom and ensuite, and we’ve had confirmed that the wall material is bonded asbestos sheeting.  I want to basically gut the bathrooms, replace the wall material, and start from [...]

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.

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