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Advice on fixing dodgy retaining wall

By 29 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Fellow Rioters, I am looking for some advice in relation to an issue I have with a well known Canberra Building company.
In short, the builder constructed two properties that share a common boundary, with one property have a site cut requiring a 800 high retaining wall to be built.
Within two years of construction both the retaining [...]

A look around Canberra – Narrabundah

By 26 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Narrabundah, located in Canberra’s inner south, draws its name from the language of the Ngunnawal people; however there are several interpretations online as to what the exact meaning of Narrabundah is. One online contribution says it means ‘bird of prey’, while another says ‘little hawk’.
This suburb is very old, being gazetted in 1928. In the [...]

Canberra weekend garage sale guide (27th and 28th June 2015)

By 26 June 2015
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Canberra garage sales this weekend in Macquarie, Casey, Queanbeyan, Scullin, Macgregor, Wanniassa, Cook, Holt and Ngunnawal. Happy Friday!
Saturday 27 June
51 Blackman Street Macquarie
7am to 4pm
Clearing of ex shop stocks of patchwork fabric, needlework, crochet threads  knitting wool, huge range of threads, Japanese Embroidery supplies, sewing needles, scissors , haberdashery, kits, books, beads and more.
34 Conway Street [...]

Costa Georgiadis in Canberra for Canberra’s Backyard Heroes

By 19 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 2 July 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]

Big personality of the gardening world, Costa Georgiadis, is dropping in on Canberra once again for the Canberra Environment Centre’s Backyard Heroes.

The event is on July 2nd and is a casual panel-style event at the Food Coop Shop and Cafe, hosted by Costa. It’s an opportunity to meet and uncover the everyday Canberrans engaging in innovative [...]

Arboretum hosts Italian bonsai expert

By 5 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 12 June 2015 at 5:00 pm; ]

The National Arboretum Canberra is inviting bonsai and penjing enthusiasts, or anyone looking to enjoy a wonderful evening at the Arboretum, to spend a few hours with Italian architect and renowned international bonsai artist, Mauro Stemberger, for a live demonstration on creating a beautiful bonsai artwork.

National Bonsai and Penjing Collection Curator, Leigh Taafe, said Mauro [...]

Canberra’s friendliest off-leash dog meeting places

By 17 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE

Did you know that most Canberra neighbourhood ovals and sports fields (areas that are irrigated), and lots of parks around our suburbs are designated dog off-leash areas?
Dog walkers in the know meet up in these areas, usually late afternoon, to chat while their dogs play together, chase balls, socialise and sniff.

These areas generally ‘self-select’ for [...]

Converting ducted gas to electricity in Canberra

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Has anyone out there got any experience of having a ducted gas heating system converted to an electrically powered system?
I am thinking of doing this (because of the expectation of prices increases, the divestment movement, and the fracking issue) but am hopeful that it is possible to reuse the same ducts and vents, and just replace [...]

An ode to all lost pets

By 4 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Earlier this week a good friend of mine suddenly lost her 11-year-old dog, Zoe (pictured above, in her prime), to heart failure. I’m sure the death of a close mate or relative would have been just as painful for her. It absolutely broke her heart.
It’s funny how pets do this to us. They come into [...]

Canberra launch of Home Truths by Mandy Nolan

By 23 April 2015
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[ 6 May 2015 at 5:45 pm; ]
For anyone who has ever dreamt of owning, building, renovating or perhaps bulldozing their home, or for those who have actually done it and survived, this collection of witty insights and reflections on how and where we live makes compulsory reading.
In Home Truths, Mandy explores poet Anne Sexton’s assertion that ‘women marry houses’. With great [...]

RSPCA Million Paws Walk – Help break a Guinness World Record!

By 20 April 2015
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[ 17 May 2015 at 9:00 am; ]

The biggest doggy event of the year is back again for 2015! This year’s Million Paws Walk will be bigger and better than ever with live music, doggy agility and stacks of entertainment throughout the day!

At this year’s Million Paws Walk RSPCA ACT will also be attempting the Guinness World Record for most dogs wearing [...]

Winter workshops: Cheese making, bread baking, growing bushfoods and more

By 10 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Canberra Environment Centre has released its new batch of workshops scheduled to run over the next few months. Workshops are held almost every Tuesday and Saturday with making blue vein cheese next up this Saturday 11 April.
Other topics cover a wide range of skills including cooking from scratch and sustainable home design. Old favourites [...]

Canberra landscaper and horticulturalist recommendations

By 5 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There are of course older requests and responses on this topic, but it would be great to have some updated views on this ‘perennial’ question in Canberra!
Does anyone have good recent experience with a reliable and knowledgable landscaper/horticulturalist in Canberra….someone who can give advice on, and undertake, some garden renovation work at a fair price……installing/improving [...]

Advice on inground pools in Canberra?

By 21 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We are looking at buying a new inground pool for our home in Canberra and would like to know if there any particular pool builders I should avoid and/or contact for a quote, especially from those who have been through this process over the last few years in Canberra.
Currently looking at Narellan Pools, Country Pools [...]

How to cat-proof a garden?

By 10 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Reader Zizanio has contacted us via email with a query about cat-proofing a garden.

I have a question for the wonderfully helpful RiotACT community: has anyone cat-proofed a garden? If so, any suggestions as to someone who could design and construct cat-proofing?

Any advice?

Weekend garage sale guide (28th Feb & 1st March)

By 27 February 2015
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To include your listing in an upcoming allclassifieds Canberra weekend garage sale guide, upload your listing for free to allclassifieds.com.au.
Saturday 28 February
13 Etheridge Street Page
7am to 12.30pm
Items include baby things (pumps, toys, carriers), household items, furniture and a printer with ink cartridges. More information.
Saturday 28 February
Queanbeyan West NSW (contact seller for exact location)
8am to 4pm
Around 60 years worth [...]

Recommendations for good, reliable builder?

By 25 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I know there have been lots of comments regarding builders on the site (most advising that I should run to the hills in fear), but we have taken the plunge and we are building a house so I would love some feedback.
We are looking to build a sustainable, energy efficient, modern feel house and would like [...]

Advice for sick Kay Parris Magnolia plant?

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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 Hi, new to this forum and hoping someone can help!
Two weeks ago I planted a beautiful Kay Parris Magnolia in our front yard. Western facing, full sun, created a garden bed filled with lovely soil with the typical Canberra clay beneath it. It has now turned rather ill looking.

The bottom leaves are becoming dry and [...]

What can I do about an overgrown hedge ?

By 20 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s not a nature strip issue. The hedge is growing in the neighbour’s yard, along the side fence.  It’s higher than a two-storey house and it blocks the light in the downstairs rooms.
I’ve pruned it back to the fence but the sheer height of the photinia still causes an issue for reaching the canopy.
There is apparently [...]

Cost of continuous flow hot water system?

By 19 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all,
Newbie here – please be kind Our electric tank hot water system has died, leaving us without hot water. Instead of paying to get it fixed we thought we may as well get a continuous flow hot water system (gas) installed, as we’ve been talking about it for a while, but have never [...]

Roof glare

By 15 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone know the rules re glare from metal garage’s and solar panels? I cannot open my kitchen blinds for several hours every afternoon due to blinding glare from a neighbours garage that was bad enough before he recently added solar panels.
I asked actpla if the panels were legal ( garage is only a meter [...]

Roof rebedding & repointing

By 8 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Just want to get an update from the Canberra community about who to avoid and who people can recommend to do rebedding and repointing of a tile roof. In particular, I would like to hear from people who had this done a few years ago, who did the work and what is the condition of the roof [...]

Unwanted clothing

By 1 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We have just had a huge wardrobe cleanout and have everything from brand new items still with tags through to much-worn things.  Mr Catty says charities won’t take any clothing and it’s a waste of time taking them. He wants to take them all to the tip, but my scruples won’t let me; there are [...]

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 [...]

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