The Master Builders have announced their thoughts on Worksafe’s “Getting Them Home Safely” report.
Worksafe has been quick out of the blocks to disagree.
The MBA’s lack of unequivocal support for the report’s call for a 35% improvement in the local industry’s safety record is potentially a serious setback for local workers. In many senses this is [...]
Climate Change Canberra are throwing a Solar BBQ to celebrate 19,000 Canberran homes using solar panels, and to answer questions for anyone still on the fence about making the move to solar power.
The press released doesn’t state whether the barbecue itself will be solar powered, but I hope so because that would be awesome.
Sunday April [...]
We have two views of the ongoing urban conflict at the Belconnen Community Council.
First in the Canberra Times overly attached girlfriend has the view of the old guard.
Overnight the insurgent Comrade Watts (seen recently sporting a beard in Manuka perhaps in sympathy with the Pogos) has sent in his reply.
I refer to the following [...]
The ABC is explaining Thursday’s Supreme Court decision on stamp duty which is going to have some knock on effects:
The ACT Government could be liable to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars to home and land buyers after a landmark Supreme Court ruling.
A young couple who bought a block of land at Crace [...]
Your roof is an essential part of your house but it’s not something that many of us inspect on a daily, weekly or even monthly basis.
You may have thought that you escaped the recent rains as there were no obvious signs of leaking. This means your roof may be experiencing a number of problems [...]
ABC News are reporting a noticeable decrease in homes sales, and a small decrease in home values.
Home values in the city dropped 0.4 per cent in 2012 after a 1 per cent drop over the previous 12 months.
The average rent for houses dipped slightly, while the average rent for units rose by an $7 for [...]
Driving some lads home from a buck’s night last week, I was delighted to zip by what looked to be a smallish Tyrannosaur prowling outside the dinky little shops at Mannheim St in Kambah.
Over the extended weekend we wandered back to find it was a life sized Postosuchus, in Kambah! He is the “frontman” [...]
The GCC is kicking up a fuss over the Stalinist command and control based land planning in the ACT which is going to plonk a Bunnings down next to the Magnet Mart.
The Gungahlin Community Council meeting on Wednesday 13 March will hear a presentation on pre Development Application consultation relating to the proposed development of [...]
This in from Dave:
Some pics of the recent tagging frenzy in Melba. The larger pics are directly opposite Melba High. The same tags and signatures have been used up both sides of Kingsford Smith Drive to the top of the hill.
Police have been supplied with these pics and Melba High notified as well. Looking [...]
The Canberra Times has the news that Ply ACT is singing with the Choir Invisible which will cause disruption to numerous major builds around town:
Ply ACT issued a statement late on Monday night confirming it had entered into voluntary administration with sites affected including the $550 million Nishi Complex in New Acton, the Astin Apartments [...]
A reader who wishes to remain anonymous has sent this in:
The following concerns are raised regarding demolition activity at 102 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon:
1. Unsafe building practices
No fall protection has been installed on demolished apartments. See below photo of construction worker washing out apartment without fall protection. Ground is slippery from washing out building materials and [...]
The ABC is reporting local land values are back on the up:
Canberra home values have risen sharply over the last quarter, with prices increasing by 2.3 per cent.
The latest RP Data-Rismark home values index shows Canberra’s home values rose 1.9 per cent in February, one of the highest increases in the country.
Nationally, capital city [...]
Do you know the height restrictions for buildings in your street? The proposal by Geocon for a 35 storey residential building in Belconnen has forced many enjoying suburban bliss to focus on the reality of increasing densification in Canberra. Most Canberrans are completely unaware of the zoning regulations that apply to their home. A developer [...]
Can anyone tell me what the ACT regs are regarding installation of a free standing combustion heater? The story I am hearing form the shop doesn’t add up with the info on Canberra connect and from there dedicated installer.
In brief, they say I need, pre installation inspections and post installation inspections totally about $600 [...]
Anyone know anything about a bright yellow mushroom that resembles Ron Jeremy?
Actew’s compliance with the Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Act 2012 means you can keep a small wad for yourself
Matt has given us permission to talk about his latest adventure:
Steve (more likely Stephanie) was invading a home in Canberra and has been left in good condition some miles away.
The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has proposed a reduction in water prices in the wake of its draft report on regulated water and sewerage services:
If the prices proposed in this review were to come into effect, volumetric water prices would drop by about 17 per cent and sewerage services prices by about 24 [...]
Five days ago DangerMouse alerted the community to the Ainslie S***ter.
Last night Justin Heywood suggested the more appropriate title of “The Bumblebee” (his motions are apparently regular but his movements are erratic).
This guy is not a myth here’s the proof – http://youtu.be/-41frDsZs8c
Also, a map of the previous targets – http://imm.io/XkaY
Now if you should [...]
I am curious to hear if anyone has had any success taking a real estate through the Tribunal and Fair Trading?
We decided to break a 12 month fixed term lease by 6 weeks. Since the moment we told the real estate, we have copped hell from them. They were given 5 weeks’ notice prior to [...]
Any suggestions who to choose for bathroom renos?
There were some blokes on my street today doing something to the drains, presumably at the behest of the ACT Government.
Imagine my thrill on walking out to the car, in a hurry to get somewhere of course, to discover whatever they were doing had covered the car in mud.
I don’t expect much from this Government, [...]
The ABC has a lengthy report on development plans around Woden with the proposed mega towers being scratched and more parking on the table:
Land Development Agency (LDA) chief executive David Dawes says the two development applications for the land bordered by Melrose Drive, Furzer and Corinna streets, and Aviation House, have been withdrawn following [...]
Has anyone completed and been satisfied with an online interior design course? Need some recommendations!
I am wanting to complete this part time, for personal interest to begin with.
Many thanks to Bugmenot for pointing out a most impressive house in Kaleen.
We salute the effort!
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Anyone know the rules/regulations/requirements that apply to the maintenance of front gardens/yards of private properties in the suburbs of Canberra? Or where to find such? In our area I have begun to notice an increase in the number of private houses that seem to be using the front areas of the property for either the [...]
Does anyone know of a consultant or a company in Canberra that can give advice about retrofitting soundproofing for a residential home?
Finding the source of the problem would be really good (i.e. where in the house the noise is leaking through the most), as would suggesting a range of options rather than one [...]
I wonder if anyone has a recommendation for house cleaners? We need some reliable, honest folk to clean our place and, as usual, you recommendations essential in good decision making!
The ABC has the confused tale of what awaits the 213 depositors in the ongoing eyesore that used to be the Jamison Hotel:
The secured creditor BankWest has sold the large parcel of land for an undisclosed amount to recover their debt.
Any financial return to unsecured creditors is dependant on the bank debt being repaid [...]
Mayor Rattenbury is painting the vision splendid of a Molonglo River Park (downstream of Lake Burley Griffin):
“With residential development in the Molonglo Valley, the Molonglo River corridor will be a central feature for protecting the local environment while adding to the amenity of the Valley for new residents,” Minister Rattenbury said.
“The ACT Government has allocated [...]
This morning in Bruce I was disgusted to see that one selfish pet owner had a dog in an almost entire concrete yard with no water or adequate shelter.
I need to know if $300 m2 is a reasonable price for a sandstone retaining wall.
My block is almost level.
The quote I’ve received includes earth works and footings. Is is there anyone that can provide some advice?