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Sod turned for Common Ground

By 20 December 2013

Chief Minister Gallagher has joined with Mayor Rattenbury to kick off construction for a Common Ground homelessness facility:
Construction has commenced on what will be one of Canberra’s most significant projects to address homelessness, providing affordable and stable accommodation and support services to the most vulnerable in the community.
Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, and Minister for [...]

Floriade numbers for 2013

By 20 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Andrew Barr is palpably thrilled with a booming Floriade and expanding nightfest:
Floriade has again achieved outstanding results in 2013, recording the second highest overall attendance, the biggest NightFest and the greatest economic return to the ACT in the event’s history.
A total of 448,987 visitors attended the capital’s 30-day spring festival, making it the second [...]

Real Estate Industry admits 2013 was awful, promises 2014 will be better

By 18 December 2013

The Financial Review is doing some serious cheerleading for Canberra property prices.
After a year of cherry picking numbers to say things are OK there is finally in hindsight a recognition that the last year was not good.
But never fear! Cherry picking the numbers again we can promise happy times are here again in 2014!

Simon wants a conversation about the construction industry

By 18 December 2013

Simon Corbell is kicking off a consultation on Canberra’s construction industry:
The ACT Government is calling on interested parties to contribute to a discussion paper on the regulation of construction design and inspection practitioners as part of the government’s commitment to improving building quality in the ACT, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, [...]

Behind the scenes on Tennyson Crescent

By 17 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Screencraft media have sent in their spectacular look at all the Richards family have done with their Guinness World Record Christmas light display on Tennyson Crescent in Forrest, raising money for SIDS and Kids ACT.
Well worth a look.

Five beautiful Canberra residences?

By 17 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Property Observer is taking us through “five of the most gorgeous properties currently listed”.
I don’t think any of them will be troubled by Kevin McCloud.
I mean seriously. O’Malley twice?
They are taking votes but at the moment appear to only have two votes, one of which is mine, and I didn’t like any of them.

Rental supply still rising

By 17 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Our quick and dirty tracking of the allhomes rental listings is showing the torrent of new properties into the market has started to ease.
But the total number of properties available has gone up again (slightly) indicating they’re still not getting filled the way they used to.

Paving advice in Canberra?

By 16 December 2013

I need to get some back yard paving done and I’d be very grateful for any recommendations from rioters about who I should use.

Body corporate document inspection fees

By 16 December 2013

Has anyone recently attempted to inspect the documents of a body corporate before purchasing a unit/apartment?
I was quite surprised when advised it would be $155 for the place I was looking into. Does it seem [ridiculously] steep to anyone else?

Simon’s planning a park for Chisholm

By 13 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Simon Corbell has announced progress in his plans for a Chisholm park:
A vacant block in Chisholm, previously earmarked for development, has moved one step closer to becoming a park today following a move to change the land’s zoning.
“Draft variation 326 to the Territory Plan proposes to rezone Chisholm section 590 from CZ4 Local Centre [...]

Simon’s vision for Tuggeranong

By 11 December 2013

Simon Corbell has announced Draft Variation 318 to make Tuggeranong the Paris of Southern Canberra:
Draft variation 318 to the Territory Plan proposes amending the Greenway precinct map and code to raise maximum building heights in the town centre.
“While allowing greater building heights the variation will protect and accentuate key views of the distant hills [...]

Advice on living peacefully with heavy smoking neighbours?

By 10 December 2013

I’m a non-smoker living in a low-level apartment complex. I’m on the ground floor and have a fellow non-smoking flatmate. Occasionally we have friends around who smoke outside, which makes it hard to complain about other smokers in the complex.
However, new people moved in upstairs about three months ago – two couples, with a toddler [...]

Rental listings still pouring into the market but starting to move

By 9 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Some interesting results from this week’s quick and dirty scan of allhomes rental listings.
The daily listings continued very strong. But the relatively slight increase in overall listings indicates a lot of homes were either filled, or taken off the market.

Where to buy a rocking chair in Canberra?

By 7 December 2013

Hello Rioters,
My mother’s well loved and used rocking chair has gone to its eternal reward. I would like to buy her a new one for Christmas but all the standard furniture retailers have proven fruitless.
Has anyone seen one anywhere on their travels?
I want a standard wooden type one not a cane one. (Have [...]

Duplexes to need DAs

By 5 December 2013

Simon Corbell has announced he’s bringing duplex houses under the Development Application umbrella:
“The unique character of duplexes means their demolition and alteration can have significant impact on the adjoining duplex.
“Anyone wanting to demolish and rebuild a duplex or make major alterations will have to lodge a development application, which gives neighbours the opportunity to [...]

Lawson auction goes swimmingly

By 3 December 2013

Andrew Barr is celebrating the great success of his Lawson auction:
The popularity of Belconnen’s newest address was demonstrated with buyers for all of the 73 residential blocks auctioned in the suburb of Lawson.
Lawson is certainly a unique offering as it is a greenfield development while at the same time also being an infill site [...]

One-off house cleaning advice in Canberra?

By 3 December 2013

We’ve sold our home and will be moving out shortly. To save time and energy, we’re considering hiring a cleaning company to come in a do a clean of our home before settlement. However, having never hired a cleaner before, I have no idea about the costs involved.
Can any Rioters (a) recommend a cleaning company/person [...]

It’s raining rental listings!

By 3 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

My quick and dirty mapping of daily AllHomes rental listings has shown another week of properties flooding onto the market (see graph above).
But surely some of those are being taken up?
Well last week when we checked there were 2350 rental listings for the ACT on AllHomes.
This week there are 2959.
At long, long last, it is [...]

Selling a house privately in Canberra. My 2013 experience

By 3 December 2013

As promised a few months ago, here is my experience of selling a house in the ACT. If you don’t want a long read then here are the highlights for you:

It’s pretty easy to sell a house privately, you don’t need a real estate agent.
Banks can be annoying to deal with.
Lawyers are not the fastest at responding [...]

Rent Reduction. How to ask in Canberra?

By 25 November 2013

Afternoon all,
I have a question that I would like some Riot-Act input to …
I am currently renting a property in Canberra for lets say $570/ week. As many of you have commented, rents seem to be dropping and there isn’t a huge market at the moment. Due to this, a property that is directly behind [...]

Canberra rental listings graphed over time. 25 November 2013

By 25 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

We realise it’s not a perfect metric. But suspect it might be an interesting one to track over time.
Allhomes have a page which tells one the number of rental listings they’ve had for a given date.
And I’ve started plugging each day into a spreadsheet which in turn yields the above graph. We’ll update weekly.
It’s worth [...]

Gorilla Fairies are not the Sly Fox

By 20 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Well aren’t things getting interesting down Sullivans Creek as Gorilla Fairies get down to community gardening?

So where is Tone’s ghost house?

By 18 November 2013

SBS has an intriguing story of the $3,000 a week house DPMC are renting for the Prime Minister while he goes all monastic in the AFP College:
Senior DPMC official Elizabeth Kelly said the department signed a 12-month lease on August 31, a week before the September 7 federal election.
It signed even though neither Mr [...]

Liberals say “I told you so” on Leave Variation Charges

By 18 November 2013

It seems simple enough. If someone is getting a windfall from the public kindly letting them build apartments on a chunk of land that was not zoned for it when they bought it then they owe the public back a slice of the action.
The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth, however, is still raging against this imposition on [...]

Tricky Ricky moves into the Rudd Palazzo

By 17 November 2013

Perth Now is taking an interest in new Raiders’ Coach Ricky Stuart’s move into Kevin Rudd’s old Yarralumla house:
RICKY Stuart loves a celebrity mansion. When he started coaching at the Cronulla Sharks he bought Ian Thorpe’s waterfront home on Burraneer Bay in the shire.
Now he has moved to Canberra and is living in former prime [...]

Strange residential noise problem in Canberra

By 17 November 2013

I live in a unit complex with a neighbor above me. I recently bought a new sound system with subwoofer.
I usually watch action movies/thrillers starting at about 6pm until 8pm. I know my neighbor wakes early(around 5am) so thats why I cut the sound around 8pm so they can sleep.
My hearing is fairly sensitive so [...]

Simon’s plans for Pialligo

By 11 November 2013

Simon Corbell has announced his plans for Pialligo:
Heritage and semi-rural character will be maintained in the Pialligo master plan whilst promoting small scale commercial development, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell said today.
“The ACT Government has been working closely with the Pialligo local community to produce a master plan that guides Pialligo’s [...]

The ghosts of Constitution Avenue ride again

By 9 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Mayor Rattenbury is out for his first Constitution Avenue Rodeo.
A stretch of road dominated by gravel car parks and bordered by Canberra’s oldest graveyard will, we are repeatedly promised, be transformed into the Paris of the South.
Anyway, here’s Shane’s stab at it:
Work is progressing on the upgrade of Constitution Avenue with design plans now finalised [...]

Hydraulic engineers in Canberra

By 6 November 2013

Hi all,
I have a very wet underfloor to the family castle. Despite a fan bringing in outside air for 6 hours a day, for the last year or two, the humidity is constantly high.
I have already applied a number of quite excessive drainage solutions, but have reached the point where I need a better brain.
Any [...]

Hurrah for Actew Water cries Actew Water

By 4 November 2013

Actew Water are letting us know how great the tap water is:
Following the positive report this week showing Canberra’s drinking water receiving a top ranking at 95% satisfaction , a new Drinking Water Quality Report 2012-2013 has been released which illustrates the high quality of Canberra’s drinking water.
The report shows that the ACT [...]

The secret to a front fence in Canberra?

By 4 November 2013

Is anyone able to shed any light on how the rules and regulations of front fences are interpreted and enforced (or not) in Canberra? In our street in Ainslie there are at least half a dozen house with fully enclosed yards, not to mention “property demarcations” that are more than double/triple the height specified by [...]

Geocon celebrate their 27 story approval for Belconnen

By 1 November 2013

Belconnen’s suddenly sprouted manhattanesque skyline is getting an even bigger 27 story tower as GEOCON have announced they’ve been successful with planning approval:
GEOCON is very excited to announce that its proposal to build Canberra’s tallest residential building has today been approved by the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA). The approved development will be located [...]

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