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A negative property sector

By 17 October, 2013

The Property Council is gloomy:
Concern about declining demand for office space and domestic economic conditions are suppressing confidence in the ACT property industry.
The latest Property Council/ANZ Property Industry Confidence Survey shows a shift in sentiment from 94 on the index for the September 2013 quarter to 99 for the December 2013 quarter. A score of [...]

Southquay on Lake Tuggeranong!

By 14 October, 2013

Andrew Barr has put forth word on the grandly titled “Southquay” development for the somewhat more prosaic Lake Tuggeranong:
Work is about to start on Southquay, a new mixed use development on the shores of Lake Tuggeranong, which will see the construction of up to 1,000 dwellings and more than 3,000 square metres of commercial space. [...]

Tomato time in Canberra?

By 12 October, 2013

Down at Magnet Mart today there were dozens of people loading up trolleys with tomato seedlings and bushes. They were also the hottest item going from the plant guy at the markets.  Honestly, I must have seen at least 100 plants being carried out of those locations.
To my way of thinking it’s still a bit [...]

Super Sparky Electrician to the rescue!

By 10 October, 2013

Last night, around 7pm, the power went off to our fridge, freezer, etc. They were storing a few hundred dollars worth of just purchased cold foods.
I was panic stricken, probably because I was already under stress with my husband very ill in hospital.
I called Vic from Super Sparky who has done excellent work at [...]

Rental prices falling

By 10 October, 2013

If the previously unprecedented sight of “for rent” appearing on Canberra’s streets wasn’t enough the ABC has data on the long awaited holes opening up in the market:
The latest Australian Property Monitors report shows median asking rents for houses in Canberra dropped 3.6 per cent, from $480 to $463 a week, in the September [...]

Lawn and gardening tips for Canberra?

By 8 October, 2013

I moved to Canberra last year, bought a house early this year and had turf laid in my backyard last month.
Most gardening websites have told me to water lawns daily until established, then slowly move towards a once weekly regime. But after having spoken to a couple of locals, they claim that many websites do [...]

Canberra Rates Rant

By 6 October, 2013

Well, I have just received my latest rates notice, and it is almost $1000 more than last year. This is because I am just above the magical “you are a sponging plutocrat” level of of my land apparently being worth more than $450,000.
I would not mind so much if it was being matched by genuine [...]

Land rent to be retargeted

By 5 October, 2013

Months late and after 5pm on a long weekend Friday the 12 August Summary of Cabinet Outcomes slithered onto the internet as part of “Open Government”.
It’s the usual opaque document hinting at decisions without detailing them.
But it did have one unusually direct statement:
Land Rent Amendment Bill 2013
Cabinet agreed the Land Rent Amendment Bill 2013 and [...]

2013 South and West Regional Orchid Show & Conference

By 4 October, 2013

[ 5 October, 2013 to 6 October, 2013. ]

On this weekend at the Wesley Centre in Griffith, come along to see:

– Displays by regional orchid societies
– Conference program including presentations by orchid specialists
– Orchids from commercial and local hobbyists for sale
– Free advice and potting demonstrations
– Food and drink available

Saturday 5 October 2013
9:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday 6 October 2013
noon – 4:30pm

Wesley [...]

Dumping on private property advice

By 4 October, 2013

Hi folks,
Just wondering if anyone has any advice regarding dumping. My family have a few homes being built at the moment and it isn’t quite finished. Anyway someone or more than one person has decided these houses are dumping grounds. We’ve found all sorts of random stuff like old doors, garbage and local kids keep [...]

NBN, internal home enclosures in Canberra?

By 3 October, 2013

NBN has come to my street and I am looking to wall mount behind the family PC in a central main living area rather than in the garage or a cupboard.
Does anyone have any recommendations on an NBN specific enclosures (or something to keep it all neat in a public space)?

Smyth rouses and notices ACTEW’s price grab

By 2 October, 2013

The Liberals Brendan Smyth has finally responded to Friday’s news that ACTEW are appealing the ICRC determination on water price rises:
The Canberra Liberals are calling for answers after ACTEW made an application to the ICRC to review its water and sewerage price determination made on June 26 Shadow Treasurer, Brendan Smyth said today.
“This comes [...]

Solid Hardwood Timber floor in Canberra?

By 2 October, 2013

Hi all,
I am renovating our place and are looking for some reasonably priced hardwood flooring.
We are not wanting engineered boards just solid timber. We are particularly interested in spotted gum timber, but interested in all timber. If anyone knows a good place to purchase cheap flooring, let me know.
Additionally we are looking for someone [...]

Looking for a reliable mowing/gardening contractor in Canberra? Tuggeranong area?

By 27 September, 2013

It has been a while since we have updated the collective wisdom on a good gardening/mowing contractor and I am not sure how LMR went after the last request.
My ever growing patch of weeds in the back yard needs professional help. Does anyone know of a good, reasonably priced and reliable gardener/mowing contractor to [...]

Are the rates tripling?

By 24 September, 2013

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is triumphantly pointing to rising rates as proof rates will triple (as of course they will over sufficiently long time frames, just as all of us will die).
Mr Barr can end this argument today. Surely, before he embarked on his tax changes, he calculated what the effect on the rates of [...]

Simon worries about the honesty of real estate agents

By 20 September, 2013

Simon Corbell is expressing concern that real estate agents don’t seem to have had any enthusiasm for learning about their obligations to inform potential buyers:
“Recent months have shown a general lack of awareness by some people in the real estate industry about their obligations to disclose information to potential buyers when selling property or land [...]

Simon uncertain, what’s energy efficiency to you?

By 19 September, 2013

Simon Corbell is wondering how important energy efficiency is to tenants:
The ACT Government wants to find out if tenants would take into account the energy efficiency of homes when choosing rental properties, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
“Higher energy efficiency translates into lower power bills, so knowing [...]

Coe calls for planning reform

By 18 September, 2013

Won’t anyone think of the property developers?
Well, the Liberals Alistair Coe is bravely taking up cudgels on their behalf:
Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Alistair Coe will call on the Government to undertake a comprehensive review of the Territory Plan with a view to simplifying the document.
At present, the ACT’s planning system is far too [...]

Campbell goes high rise!

By 12 September, 2013

Andrew Barr has announced the start of high density development in Campbell:
Work is about to start on a new mixed-used development on a 6.4 hectare site on the corner of Constitution Avenue and Anzac Park in Campbell.
The site will be include medium- and high-density development in five parcels, and will include an opportunity for a [...]

Want to see why your bill was so high?

By 10 September, 2013

We’ve just come out of one of the warmest Winters on record but many Canberrans wouldn’t know it after receiving their energy bills. Even in warmer Winters, houses that leak heat need their heater working overtime. Chances are, if your house struggled to retain heat this Winter, it’s going to have a hard time keeping [...]

Denman Prospect not going englobo

By 9 September, 2013

The Economic Development Directorate has announced the LDA will develop Denman Prospect themselves:
The Land Development Agency will develop the new Molonglo suburb of Denman Prospect rather than sell the 100 hectare site as an englobo parcel.
The decision was taken following extensive negotiations with a potential purchaser which finally proved to be unsuccessful.
“While it is [...]

Paving contractors. Recommendations?

By 4 September, 2013

I require someone to do some paving work in my backyard.
It would be a small job (5-8 sq m) involving curved edging and paving around a drain.  
I’m in the inner north. 
Can anyone recommend a reliable paver who charges reasonable rates?

Lawson finally kicks off

By 3 September, 2013

Andrew Barr has announced the long delayed development of Lawson is getting started after all that unpleasantness with the PCB’s left over by the Navy:
Set on 100 hectares, Lawson will have a mix of about 1850 low, medium and higher density dwellings, and include a small retail centre and community facilities.
Almost half of [...]

Bamboo flooring supply and install

By 28 August, 2013

After a recent kitchen reno, I decided to replace my old lino and carpet in the lounge/dining area with floating bamboo flooring.
Got quotes from about five different companies, including Anderson Flooring and Carpentry, who I eventually went with.
Can’t rave about them enough!
Troy did an amazing job and at a really competitive price. [...]

Deck the halls with boughs of holly! The mince pies have arrived!

By 26 August, 2013

This in from Deborah:
Just as we rejoice the first sightings of hot cross buns (usually on new Years Eve) let us rejoice again at the sight of that Christmas speciality ‘Mince Pies’ on sale (and on special!) in August!
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com [...]

Simon brings the love for granny flats

By 23 August, 2013

Simon Corbell has announced he’s making it easier to build “secondary residences”:
A new regulation has been made to cut costs and red tape for owners who wish to build a ‘secondary residence’ on their block, the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell announced today.
The new use of ‘secondary residence’ came into effect [...]

Water sensitive urban design review

By 22 August, 2013

Simon Corbell is trying to drum up enthusiasm for a review of water-related development decisions:
“The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate will undertake the inquiry into the 40% reduction in water usage in new developments and refurbishments/extensions. The review is a key component of the Water for the future – striking the balance which is the [...]

Throsby planning

By 21 August, 2013

Economic Development have put forth word that they’re getting stuck into laying out the new suburb of Throsby in Gungahlin:
Following the recent approval by the Commonwealth Government of the Gungahlin Strategic Assessment Biodiversity Plan, the Land Development Agency is taking the first steps towards the development of the new suburb of Throsby with the [...]

BodyCorp Gate Blocking Visitors Access

By 19 August, 2013

Hi,
I have lived in my townhouse for almost a year, which is inside a large open complex with a 12 standalone townhouses and communal carport/carpark.
Prior to buying the place, the executive committee and the body corporate had organised and funded to install a large security gate around the complex – which is opened by a [...]

First gas bill $1484.83!

By 17 August, 2013

Should my gas bill be $1483?

Fireweed on the march again

By 16 August, 2013

TAMS are warning that the Madagascan Fireweed menace is still merrily bobbing along:
Canberrans are urged to be on the lookout for infestations of Madagascan Fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis) which have been detected in the Gungahlin area.
“Infestations of Fireweed have been detected in large numbers close to the boundaries of Gungahlin Hill, Gungaderra, Mulangarri, Percival Hill, Mulligan’s [...]

Good carpet and rug cleaner recommendations in Canberra?

By 14 August, 2013

Hi all, we have a couple of rooms of carpet and a few large loose thick-woven rugs that Mrs Snarky wishes to get cleaned.
My experience with carpet cleaners has been mixed, ranging from “No Obvious Change Apart From Now Being Poorer”, through “Carpets Clean But Soggy For Hours After”, through (most recently at my [...]

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