Simon Corbell has joined the supposed caretaker Mark Butler in announcing approval to make even more Gungahlin for better or worse:
The Australian Government today announced it has approved further development in the Gungahlin district in the ACT, following a comprehensive strategic assessment of the region under national environment law.
The Gungahlin Plan has been prepared [...]
Grateful for any recommendations of a handyman-slash-person to perform some small tasks around the home: basic plumbing, tiling, painting etc.
A callout for just one of these (small) jobs is obviously not economical, but if they are handy enough a number of jobs (and some repeat business) might make it worthwhile for someone with the skills [...]
Ben_Dover has gifted us with a few shots of his adventures this morning.
Lovely morning at the lake today, but parky as hell!
The pictures are pretty, but I still have no idea why someone would willingly subject themselves to that time of the day.
This in from Geoff at Lushpup Images:
Taken looking north(ish) from Dairy Farmers Hill in the Arboretum.
I got sleeted upon for this picture … the acorn playground was a little undersubscribed but there were a lot of people up and around.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in [...]
Anybody recommend an honest and reasonable washing machine repair outfit?
I’m in the Weston Creek area.
My four-year-old Fisher & Paykel MW512 is on the blink.
When filling, the water comes in spurts, and the machine will not begin a cycle, sounding the out of balance beep instead.
Suspect the out of balance switch is [...]
Fresh from his comedic turn on In Canberra Tonight Mayor Rattenbury has announced a restructure plan for the iconic Yarralumla Nursery:
As the Yarralumla Nursery heads towards its 100th birthday next year, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced new plans for the historic nursery to consolidate and improve its viability.
“The heritage-listed Yarralumla [...]
Bloomberg have a story on Kevin Rudd taking his Yarralumla mansion back of the market.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has abandoned plans to sell his five-bedroom house in Canberra for A$2.25 million ($2.08 million) following seven weeks on the market.
The house in the suburb of Yarralumla, a five-minute drive from Australia’s Parliament House, was [...]
Yet again, ACTPLA has been caught out approving a development that is non-compliant with their own rules.
The ACAT found that there were so many things wrong that, even if they imposed a number of conditions to achieve improved outcomes, it was still so far removed from compliant that the DA must be refused.
What troubles [...]
This was emailed into us from a Glenn:
We moved into a rental property last weekend, from interstate, and there were no bins.
At the first opportunity we alerted our landlords that we had no means of disposing of our waste or recyclables (Monday).
Our pickup day is Wednesday.
When Wednesday rolled [...]
TAMS have the extraordinary news that West Belconnen is going to look much nicer in twenty years:
The streets of Dunlop will be revamped throughout winter and spring this year with approximately 600 new trees to be planted in the suburb’s streets.
“Territory and Municipal Services recently undertook a comprehensive audit of street trees in Dunlop [...]
We live out of town with a long, tree- and bush-lined drive. The trees grow, of course, and we periodically trim back to avoid damage to larger vehicles; Elgas in particular flags this to us. Some of the growth that needs attention this time is higher up and we are going to have a couple [...]
The Office of Regulatory Services is going to town on the landscaper Todd Daly:
Acting ACT Commissioner for Fair Trading, Jon Quiggin, is warning the ACT public to refrain from doing business with landscaper and builder, Mr Todd Daly, who has been taking deposits for landscaping jobs but not completing the work.
“This is a serious [...]
The ABC has the happy news that Canberra’s hideous rental market is finally coming down:
The latest report by Australian Property Monitors shows the median asking rent for units dropped nearly 5 per cent in the past three months, or $20, to $410 a week.
Over the year, rents fell nearly 7 per cent or $30 [...]
SEE-Change and Alexander Watson have received hundreds of entries in their Coldest House in Canberra competition, with some very worthy finalists selected.
You can see their video entries and find the link to vote by visiting the SEE-Change website.
One lucky winner will receive a home energy efficiency retrofit worth up to $20,000.
Please take a look at [...]
TAMS are letting us know that the arboretum’s bonsai museum has a Japanese visitor givin them some pointers:
“This week Mr Yusuke Uchida from Nagoya, Japan, who worked as an apprentice for four years with renowned bonsai master, Mr Junichiro Tanaka, will be working at the Arboretum, imparting his knowledge of this ancient art,” Mr Taafe [...]
I live in Forde and I’m looking at renewing my house insurance. App $500 for hounse insurance+flood cover Vs app $360 for house insurance with no flood cover.
I am rather new to Canberra so any info about flood history, sort of floods that damage homes, will be appereciated.
I know there have been posts about dreadful and inconsiderate neighbours in the past but does this one from Waramanga take the cake or what?
Imagine living next to a construction eyesore for nearly 40 years!! What is wrong with these people?? If they can ‘scrape together’ $70k for legal fees, surely they can afford [...]
Abode – The Apartment Hotel is very excited to announce that it’s third hotel, Abode Woden, is award-winning before the doors have even opened.
Due to open in August, Abode Woden won the Commercial Sustainable Construction category at the 2013 Master Builders Association Excellence in Building Awards, held last week.
The award is very fitting with the [...]
My friend lives in Hawker and I have noticed that a particular group of units on Springvale Drive all seem to be selling up. What gives? Is there something wrong with these units? Are they falling to pieces? Asbestos? Termites? Fear of a property bubble? (so many new units being built that this last fear [...]
Based on several recommendations here around 2011, I asked John Lanz of Purr-fect Bathrooms (http://www.purr-fectbathrooms.com.au/) to do a handful of tiling and plumbing fix-it jobs in my newly-purchased house. Frankly, on this occasion I was less interested in the price and more interested in finding someone who would do a good job. The work involved various [...]
The Government’s decision to use call-in powers to allow the Brumbies’ development in Griffith to proceed, when it does not comply with the Government’s own planning regulations, has set a dangerous precedent. As the current legislation stands, when the Planning Minister uses his/her call-in powers to approve a development, an appeal to the ACT Civil [...]
We are a family of 3 – 2 adults and 1 child – plus an elderly cat.
Over the past 3 and a bit weeks, we have applied for 8 rental properties with no success. In one case, the Agent failed to do due diligence in checking with the owner as to whether they would accept [...]
The Village Building Company wants you to know about their land donation:
The Village Building Company has delivered on its long held promise of support to the Jerrabomberra community by donating a significant parcel of land to Jerrabomberra Public School.
As part of its ongoing collaboration with the New South Wales Department of Education, Village Building [...]
Simon Corbell is making it known Variation 306 to the Territory Plan is going into effect from 5 July:
“While all development applications lodged from 18 June will be assessed against the new provisions, there will be a grace period for development applications lodged before this date, allowing them time to be assessed under the current [...]
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Do you think your house is the coldest in Canberra – poor insulation, big draughty gaps and single glazed windows that run with water each morning?
Don’t despair because you can fix it – and it won’t cost the earth. Book a free seat at the Coldest House in Canberra Retrofitting Workshop this Wednesday evening and [...]
Now that Winter is upon us our gas heaters are in full use. I recently read an article about the death of two little boys due to Carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide poisoning and I was wondering who do I get to test my heaters?
They are the old wall heaters and are original to the [...]
Hey, I posted about Charnwood a few days ago and learnt many many useful things! I would appreciate your views on Palmerston, Gungahlin.
Is it a safe place to consider buying a house for a small family?
I’ve heard about new suburbs growing next to Palmerston. Thanks!
Simon Corbell is celebrating a mere rise in electricity prices of 3.5% next year.
Canberrans will continue to have the cheapest electricity prices in Australia despite a modest rise in prices of 3.5% approved by the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
“Despite this increase, [...]
Andrew Barr is celebrating the opening of Belconnen’s latest high rise:
Today I officially opened Altitude, the newest residential and mixed-use development in the Belconnen town centre.
Featuring three towers of 18, 7 and 6 stories, altitude has 348 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, with the ground floor featuring a mix of commercial office, retail, cafe and [...]
The Land Development Agency has YouTubed the launch of the new Kingston Harbour:
Minister for Economic Development Andrew Barr MLA officially opened the Kingston Harbour and surrounding landscaping on 12 June 2013. Here are the highlights of the event.
I’m looking for someone to install a pet door in my house. Any recommendations?
I left a message a couple of times at one business and they never called me back.
Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you!
Hello, I am looking at buying a house in Charnwood, Belconnen.
I haven’t been in Canberra for long, I would appreciate your opinion about the neighbourhood, especially concerning safety and good neighbours