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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
[ 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
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 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)?
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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?
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 email@example.com [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Should my gas bill be $1483?
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 [...]
Simon Corbell has announced that he’s taken up the dubious tool of legislation to combat Canberra’s legion of dodgy builders:
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, today announced that new laws will protect the public from substandard construction practices in the ACT.
The Construction and Energy Efficiency Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 was passed by [...]
The ABC has the delightful news that increased chicken ownership in Canberra is driving an exploding populations of foxes!
The number of foxes lurking in the streets of the nation’s capital city is on the rise.
Fox sightings in Canberra have increased as cubs become independent and more people keep chickens in their backyards.
Chris Condon, from [...]
[ 4 September 2013 at 6:00 pm; ]
The National Gallery has word the the rock star of Australian Architecture Glenn Murcutt is coming to talk.
For the past 17 years the ACT Chapter of the Australian Architects Institute and the National Gallery of Australia have been presenting the engaging and exciting Contemporary Australian Architects Speaker Series sponsored by BCA Certifiers, which showcases [...]
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.