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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

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 FEATURED ARTICLE

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 v. the Cowboys

By 13 August 2013

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 [...]

Glenn Murcutt at the National Gallery

By 8 August 2013

[ 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 [...]

Federales approve Gungahlin expansion


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 [...]

Handyperson recommendations, Northside?

By 31 July 2013

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 [...]

Morning at Lake Burley Griffin


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.

Images of Canberra: Winter Rains


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 [...]

Washing Machine Repair

By 19 July 2013

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 [...]

Yarralumla Nursery under the knife

By 19 July 2013

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 [...]

Is Kevin insider trading Canberra real estate?

By 17 July 2013

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 [...]

ACTPLA Gets Caned Yet Again

By 17 July 2013

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 [...]

And while we’re talking about wheely bins…

By 15 July 2013

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 [...]

Dunlop to get trees

By 15 July 2013

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 [...]

Tree trimming. Reasonable price in Canberra?

By 11 July 2013

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 [...]

ORS warns about Todd Daly

By 11 July 2013

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 [...]

Rents going down

By 11 July 2013

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 [...]

The Coldest House In Canberra Competition. Voting Open!

By 10 July 2013

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 [...]

Bonsai master comes to Canberra

By 9 July 2013

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 [...]

Flood insurance in the ACT?

By 8 July 2013

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.

Rubbish neighbours

By 6 July 2013

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 Woden, winning awards before the doors have even opened


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 [...]

Is there something wrong in Hawker?

By 2 July 2013

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 [...]

Plumber, bathroom renovation recommendation

By 2 July 2013

Based on several recommendations here around 2011, I asked John Lanz of Purr-fect Bathrooms ( 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 [...]

ACT Government needs to lift its game on planning

By 28 June 2013

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 [...]

Shame, Canberra Real Estates, Shame

By 26 June 2013

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 [...]

Village Building Company hands over land for Jerrabomberra School

By 24 June 2013

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 [...]

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