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Ask RiotACT: Home extension – where to start?

By 24 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello Rioters,
We’re in a small two bedroom single level duplex, but are feeling the squeeze. We’d love to stay in the hood (Narrabundah), so we think extending might be the way to go as we’re unlikely to find a bigger house that we can afford in the area. We’re thinking it might be a good idea to [...]

Ten things I am doing to pay off my mortgage by Christmas

By 6 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In January I announced on my blog that I would pay off my mortgage by Christmas 2016. Last week I caught up with two girlfriends for a frugal lunch.  “How is your goal of paying off your mortgage going,” one of my friends asked me.  “I’m on track,” I told her.  There was some disbelief and [...]

Make your own natural woolmix

By 3 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As winter approaches I busy myself sorting through winter clothes. I try to keep the clothes in my wardrobe, and the kids’ chest of drawers, focused on what we actually wear.  Being frugal, few of my clothes are new or shop bought. As I sort through I focus on my blessings, on feeling blessed to have beautiful, warm [...]

Canberrans, how does your garden grow?

By 28 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In this bush capital there is no shortage of thriving gardens, edible lawns or green-thumbed Canberrans. However, there might be a shortage of inexpensive and accessible short courses on how to take gardening to the next level – going from gardening to creating sustainable, holistic systems.
This July, the Canberra Environment Centre is teaming up with [...]

Ask RiotACT: Watering system / irrigation setup

By 25 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Rioters.
I purchased a house about 6 months ago. It has large established gardens. There was an existing watering system and a large underwater tank. I had a plumber come around and put in a new pump (that can switch between tank and mains) and get everything ready for connection into the piping. I [...]

Ask RiotACT: Tough plants for Canberra conditions

By 14 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi, I am not much of a gardener, so I need a bit of advice. I have a bit of a garden that faces east with a fence behind it that I need to plant out. I used to have a correa and a federation daisy in there but last winter seemed to kill them. [...]

Ask RiotACT: Recommendations – wall removal

By 13 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi I wanted to have a dividing wall removed in my livings rooms but have no idea where to start. Any advice or recommendation for tradespeople would be greatly appreciated.

Display Village puts Moncrieff on show

By 4 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Check out Canberra’s newest suburb, Moncrieff, between 10am and 4pm tomorrow (Saturday) at the Master Builders Association’s Display Village open day.
The event is a collaboration between Master Builders ACT and the Land Development Agency.
Moncrieff borders Ngunnawal, Amaroo and Jacka, as well as the future suburb of Taylor. It’s 4km from the Gungahlin Town Centre and [...]

First Look: The Flower Bar

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Let’s go to the bar and grab a bouquet.
In a previous life, I was the editor of a Sydney-based craft magazine. So it is no surprise that I was enamoured with the Canberra-grown Hooray! Magazine, a magazine all about creating your own perfect celebrations. Hooray! Magazine has continued to be regular reading, even after I [...]

Pick of the Markets: illuminate quotes

By 16 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve mentioned a few times recently how handmade products have taken off. Leading up to Christmas, almost everyone I knew was shopping at handmade markets or making their own handmade gifts to give to their loved ones. I personally love the concept and often wish I had the time to make my own little bits [...]

Pick of the Markets: Suitcase Dollhouse

By 2 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Before Christmas, I headed back to the Kingston Bus Depot Market to check out the Christmas stalls. I was very surprised to see many new stalls that I have never seen before. There were so many stalls, that they flowed over into the Fitters Workshop, which is the building right next door to the market.
It’s pretty [...]

Christmas baking: Decorative sugar cookies

By 22 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Baking is one of the things that I love most in this world, and baking at Christmas is my absolute favourite! Instead of buying gifts for friends, family and work colleagues, I like to give everyone special to me handmade baked treats. I know! Normally the idea of handmade is not a super exciting thought; [...]

Christmas Markets: Kate Ceramics

By 4 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Christmas markets are starting this weekend at Old Bus Depot and will continue to run on both Saturday and Sunday, every weekend until Christmas. It gives you ample time to get your Christmas shopping done, and while you may have already sorted out your Christmas gift shopping list, it’s hard to really account for [...]

Best of Canberra craft-off – creative markets

By 30 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Going to the markets is so exciting! It’s not something that I tended to venture out for but now that I’ve started I’m going to find it very hard to stop.
I seem to have transformed into a hoverer. There are so many creative things to see that it’s hard to avoid buying something from every [...]

Ask RiotACT: Stinky hedge

By 28 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Does anyone else notice that the flowers of this hedge stink? If so, why is there so much of it in Canberra?

Pick of the Markets: Serendipity Soaps

By 28 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’m back! But I’m no longer reviewing weekend hot spots. The team thought it would be fun and something a little different, to review local Canberra markets and the stalls that frequent them. Each week I am going to explore and review a new stall from the various Canberra markets, so watch this space!

I was [...]

Getting the most out of your real Christmas tree

By 27 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Editor note: Next week, we’ll be starting our Christmas gift-maker interview series. Watch this space.

Do you get a real Christmas tree? Curious about giving one a go in place of the plastic alternatives? Ever wondered just where that tree comes from, how it is grown and what on earth those growers do for the non-festive time [...]

Ask RiotACT: Recommendations needed for Canberra tradesmen

By 6 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Canberrans,
We are just about to start renovations on our new home. We need advice for the tradesmen who can do the following. We really want someone who is reliable, knowledgeable and reasonably priced. I’d even be happy with a handyman who would be able to do the lot.
Floor sanding
Carpet laying
Painting
Removal of a small dividing [...]

Ask RiotACT: Cracks in the wall

By 3 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi folks, I have a 40 or so year old house in Belconnen, built on brick piers instead of a concrete slab, that has a number of cracks in the brickwork.  As I understand it these are a feature of many Canberra properties; they didn’t even get a mention on the property purchase report.
Who can [...]

15 things to do in Canberra this weekend (10 and 11 October 2015)

By 8 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There is so much on this weekend we had to make some tough calls to put this list together. You could spend a day of beautiful garden wandering at The Tuliptop Gardens Festival, learn about bonsai-keeping with the Canberra Bonsai Society, or kick back to Mental As Anything at the Gundaroo Music Festival. Other top [...]

Ask RiotACT: Pest control inspections and body corporates

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi folks
Can anyone enlighten me as to what the responsibilities of body corporates are in relation to pest inspection/control in the ACT.  A family member is looking at buying a townhouse and thinks they may need to get their own pest inspection report done on the unit.  If this does reveal problems how is responsibility [...]

Ask RiotACT: Magpies in our backyard

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi, I have a question that Google can’t seem to answer for me!
We have an issue with magpies that are coming into our backyard to try and steal our food.  TAMS isn’t helpful, as their advice is to steer clear of the area, walk don’t run etc but I can’t exactly avoid my backyard.
They’re not [...]

Kitchen dilemma

By 4 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi, Riotact, hoping someone among your community can offer some advice on this matter. Have just moved into a new house with an induction stove top. And NONE of our cookware is suitable! Is there any alternative to buying all new cookware?

Grass and weeds in Haig Park – What are they?

By 21 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

I’ve recently moved to Canberra and have just rented a place.
The property condition report says that I have a healthy “lawn” but it looks like tufts of whatever that green stuff in Hague Park and around Canberra is. There appears to be remnants of a traditional lawn in small patches underneath.
Wondering if anyone can tell [...]

A rare and brief display of orchids at the Botanic Gardens

By 19 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 19 September 2015 9:00 am to 28 September 2015 4:30 pm. ]

For a brief few days, the public can experience the charm of native Dendrobium orchids as the Australian National Botanic Gardens is opening its Research Glasshouse to visitors.

Usually open only to researchers, the Gardens’ Research Glasshouse is currently consumed with the fragrance and colour of hundreds of cool temperate orchids.

The prolifically flowering Dendrobium speciosum plants [...]

Canberra weekend garage sale guide (19th and 20th September 2015)

By 18 September 2015
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[ 19 September 2015 at 7:00 am; 20 September 2015 at 8:00 am; ]

Canberra garage sales this weekend in Conder, Holt, Dunlop, Florey, Queanbeyan, Karabar, Garran, Bruce, Kambah, Weston, Hackett, Palmerston, Dickson, Wanniassa, Watson, Torrens and Lyneham. Happy Friday!

Saturday 19 September

5 O’Grady Place Wanniassa
7am to 12pm
Browse through a huge range of baby, kids, adult and household items, all at affordable prices. New items are added every month with [...]

Canberra’s weirdest Airbnb listings

By 17 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra is a weird and wonderful place. Its Airbnb offerings are no exception.
There are over 200 Airbnbs available for rent in Canberra, with private rooms starting at $29, and entire apartments or houses available from $71 per night.
Here are two of the strangest Airbnb listings in the nation’s capital:
1. The Harry Potter cupboard
One of the cheapest rooms available [...]

Seeking recommendations for render repairs in Canberra

By 17 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

Does anyone have recommendations for a renderer or suitably skilled handy person capable of a smallish non-urgent render repair job?
I’m not sure of the exact size but I’m guessing around 5 to 10 square meters ….. so not a huge job. Hopefully someone with suitable expertise can tell me also why the previous render in [...]

Cool video of Canberra in the 1920s

By 11 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Just came across this compilation video of Canberra in the 1920s, via the National Film and Sound Archive. Interesting footage of Old Parliament House being built, the Hyatt (I think) and early Civic.
Thought it was worth sharing! Check it out here.

Canberra weekend garage sale guide (12th and 13th September 2015)

By 11 September 2015
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[ 12 September 2015 at 7:00 am; 13 September 2015 at 8:00 am; ]

Canberra garage sales this weekend in Red Hill, Chifley, Braddon, Fisher, Deakin, Giralang, Weston Creek, Curtin, Evatt, O’Connor, Monash, Hughes and Torrens. Happy Friday!

Saturday 12 September

13 Bavin Street Curtin
7am to 11.30am
Books, magazines, cookware, crockery, cushions, desk lamp, a full set of golf clubs and bag, baskets, costume jewellery, plus furniture including vintage cane chairs, butlers [...]

Selling property in the Valley? Ray White Tuggeranong has you sorted.

By 10 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When it comes to buying and selling property in Canberra, it’s hard to go past Ray White Tuggeranong.
The Lanyon-based real estate agency won the Medium Residential Agency of the Year Award at the 2015 REIACT Awards for Excellence, held last month.
With eight sales agents and a property management team, the agency holds the current record [...]

Canberra weekend garage sale guide (5 and 6 September 2015)

By 4 September 2015
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[ 5 September 2015 at 8:00 am; 6 September 2015 at 9:00 am; ]

Canberra garage sales this weekend in O’Connor, Kambah, Macgregor and Karabar. Happy Friday!

Saturday 5 September

7 Atholbar Way Karabar
8am to 4pm
Bric a brac, toys, clothes, Ford ute, bike rack for car and more.

20 Boobialla Street O’Connor
8.30am to 3pm
Very large house, therefore very large garage sale. Pricing will be low as we must get rid of everything. [...]

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