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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 [...]

Real Estate prices going down down down

By 1 November 2013

The dinner party bores have fallen silent as the ABC reports on Canberra’s ever softening real estate market:
the situation in Canberra is different where real estate prices slipped 1.5 per-cent in October.
The Housing Industry Association (HIA) says uncertainty over public service jobs is driving the fall.
HIA senior economist Shane Garrett says the easing of [...]

Solar Powered Air Conditioning – Get (almost) free cooling this Summer

By 1 November 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

How does an air conditioner that uses less energy than a light bulb sound?
Run by solar panels during the day, the Alexander Watson’s solar powered air conditioner consumes only 30 watts. Compare this with the 550 watt consumption of a traditional system and you find yourself with a 94% saving off your cooling bill.
Check [...]

Trade your weeds for native plants

By 31 October 2013

Quick go steal your neighbors weeds, they have value now!
The weed swap will run from 8:30am-4.45pm on Saturday the 2nd and Sunday the 3th November.
“On Saturday 2 November and Sunday 3 November 2013, the biannual Weed Swap will be held at green waste recycling centres, Canberra Sand and Gravel in Belconnen and Corkhill Bros near [...]

Local Food Security Mini Expo

By 31 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 16 November 2013 at 11:00 am; ]

Fusion Canberra will host a Local Food Security Mini-Expo on the 16th of November at their premises at the Carleton Street Shops, Kambah, to demonstrate different ways to get fresher, healthier and cheaper food closer to home.  From 11 am to 3 pm, a variety of fun and engaging activities will be available for everyone [...]

Braddon Parking

By 31 October 2013

I made a casual observation today about the increasing number of new apartments, shops, and restaurants planned for southeast Braddon (area bounded by Northbourne, Haig Park, Torrens, and Cooyong) and the apparent decreasing number of places to park a car. 
Is ACTPLA planning directed towards making parking difficult for people who do not live in [...]

Kitchen and bathroom renovation in Queanbeyan?

By 28 October 2013

Hi everyone
I’m trying to arrange a kitchen and bathroom renovation for a rental property in Queanbeyan at the moment. I’ve called a number of the companies that people have recommended on here but am not having much success in finding someone who can do it at short notice. The place is vacant now and I’d [...]

Watch out for them yellowjackets

By 28 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

TAMS are warning that it’s the time of year to keep your eye out for European Wasp nests:
The ACT Government is asking local residents to be on the look-out for European wasps and to report nests around their homes as soon as possible.
“Residents should watch for wasps flying in and out of walls in the [...]

How can we build houses that better withstand bushfires?

By 25 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

By Douglas Brown
As we are currently witnessing, transferring the suburban house into a setting susceptible to bushfires causes a lot of problems.
Put simply: if you are going to live in a bushfire area you should expect to live in a home that is designed and built differently. Our challenge is to create a new, better [...]

Work in the City? Imagine being able to walk to work! Apartments in O’Connor from just $329,000

By 24 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

GEOCON are excited to announce the group’s latest release of 23 exclusive apartments located on Macarthur Ave in the inner north suburb of O’Connor. Chelsea Village is like nothing else you will find in the inner north, set amongst wide tree-lined streets and established houses, you’ll find it hard to imagine yourself anywhere else.
Chelsea Village [...]

A team effort to tame

By 22 October 2013

Have an awful garden? Live in Belconnen? Maybe some volunteers will fix it up for you (probably not).
This Saturday, volunteers from BCS, Housing ACT, and Beer Wine Spirits will band together to clean up 10 lucky gardens in the Belconnen area as a part of the 10/10 project.
The 10/10 Project began as an opportunity for [...]

The Green and Yellow Bins. Time to swap collections?

By 22 October 2013

The green (landfill) bins are collected every week, and the yellow (recycling) bins once every 2 weeks.
Maybe we are unusual, but as a family of 5 including children in their teenage years, we collect maybe 2 small bags of rubbish per week, leaving our green bin 80% empty each collection day. The recycling bin however [...]

Behold the Draft City Plan

By 21 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Chief Minister Gallagher and Simon Corbell have this morning unveiled their draft city plan, which has it’s own website and the draft plan as a snapshot pdf and a full report.
The draft City Plan sets a vision for the development of the city centre, including improved public spaces, transport choices and opportunities for growth.
“This [...]

Property Council declare their plans for us

By 18 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Property Council have announced their Centenary Declaration:
The Declaration calls for catalyst infrastructure projects to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits to the community, including an agreement with the Commonwealth on funding for High Speed Rail.
“We are calling for the revitalisation of our city centre under the stewardship of a new, well-resourced and professional Civic [...]

Canberra House Annexe to go

By 18 October 2013

The ABC has a report on Morris Property Group’s grand plans to transform the corner of West Row and Alinga Street in Civic:
The 12 levels of residential apartments would include one, two and three bedroom units, as well as a gymnasium, pool and courtyard.
The shopfronts to Canberra House, the Alinga Bridge to Canberra Club connection, [...]

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