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Majura Park gas leak scare

By 19 January 2013

ACT Fire & Rescue are on scene at the Majura Park Shopping centre, Lancaster Drive, Majura, investigating a suspected gas leak.
The building, including BIG W has been evacuated as a precaution.
Three fire pumpers on scene with the Hazardous Materials unit, Breathing Apparatus Van and a Command Officer. Aviation Rescue Firefighting Service also on scene.
Crews [...]

Ngunnawal residents woken for fourth week by 3.41am Supermarket alarm

By 19 January 2013

Residents of Ngunnawal near the ‘old shops’ on Jabanunnga Ave have been woken at 3.41am every Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings for the last four weeks by an intruder alarm going off at their local Spar supermarket.
The alarm sounds for five minutes each time before stopping. Local residents have witnessed the flashing lights and ear [...]

Simon back on his gift card hobby horse

By 17 January 2013

Perhaps my social circles are too narrow, but I’m yet to meet anyone who gives a damn about gift cards.
Simon Corbell on the other hand appears to care about them deeply and has again taken up cudgels on the issue.
“It is important that consumers know their rights and get maximum use from their gift-cards which [...]

Military op shop query

By 17 January 2013
Military op shop query

Dear Rioters,
I recently picked up a most excellent military jacket at an op shop.  It is black, with cool embroidery on the cuffs.  Here is a photograph.  Sorry, but we can’t all be Gungahlin Al or Ben_Dover with their skills and cameras and so on.
I would love to know which of the armed services it [...]

New visions for Bunda Street

By 16 January 2013
New visions for Bunda Street

Shane Rattenbury has announced the release of concept plans for Bunda Street:
The redesign of Bunda Street will form part of the Civic Cycle Loop project, a 3.2 kilometre path that loops around the City and connects to existing paths that lead into the City. The ACT Government has so far invested $6 million for the [...]

Simon warns about extended warranties

By 16 January 2013

Simon Corbell is warning that extended warranties are mostly rubbish:
“Fair trading agencies across Australia have raised serious questions about the value of extended warranties, and whether they offer any greater protection than that already provided by the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
Most consumers are offered an extended warranty, particularly when purchasing electrical equipment or whitegoods and [...]

Mode 3

By 15 January 2013

What’s the deal with the brand new Mode 3 building sitting on Lonsdale St, which is supposed to have 2000m of retail space?
I’m not sure if it’s even completed yet (project mgrs projected May 2012) but what are they proposing to put in there anyway that can attract customers?

Gourmet City closed

By 5 January 2013

I’ve noticed that Gourmet City in the Canberra Centre is boarded up.
Anyone know if it is being refurbished or replaced? It will be missed if so.
The Canberra Centre needs a decent delicatessen.

Good Push Bike Store in Canberra?

By 4 January 2013

Trawling through old posts on RA, I can see some good advice, but maybe it is out of date and shops may also be closed up now.
As a sedentary public servant, I figure low impact bike riding is a good way to get in some cardio after work.  So I am looking for help from the collective on [...]

Missing Chickens

By 4 January 2013

Has anyone any idea about what happened to the chicken shop in Cooleman Court called Chicken Galore?  The shop was boarded up when I last popped by without any explanation as to if it was reopening, relocating or what.
Anyone know?  Or can anyone recommended a similar business somewhere in close proximity to Weston Creek?
Thanks Rioters.

Spotted……

By 3 January 2013

This morning. Hot Cross Buns at Coles Belconnen.
Wonder if I could smuggles those into the Hoyts cinema?

Trying to find a bottle of Mastika in canberra

By 31 December 2012

Well It’s time to go shopping for drinks for new years (a bit late I know) and I was hoping to find some of this wonderful mastic flavored Greek liquor called Mastica.
I don’t suppose anyone would have a clue as to where to find it, a European grocery perhaps?
Do we have any specialist [...]

Canberra piercing advice?

By 28 December 2012

Hi! I’m after a nose piercing next week and was wondering where the best place to get it done would be? Any suggestions/experiences are appreciated!
At the moment I’m considering Redpath? Someone else told me to go to Hairhouse Warehouse but I’m not sure.
Also anyone with a nose piercing what should I expect??
Also I’m under 18, [...]

Tales from Tuggeranong – Shop keepers forget it’s Christmas

By 21 December 2012

I don’t think many people would even know it is Christmas in Tuggeranong.
The Hype Dome has few decorations.
Walking through there you would be forgiven for thinking it was just another day.
And, every other business in Greenway appears to have forgotten it is Christmas.
What is wrong with businesses in Tuggeranong joining forces, [...]

Zara makes its move on the Canberra Centre

By 20 December 2012
Zara makes its move on the Canberra Centre

Thanks to Tootza for sending in confirmation the long awaited Zara is coming to the top floor of the Canberra Centre.
The agile Zara will give the other retailers nearby a run for their money:
It is claimed that Zara needs just two weeks to develop a new product and get it to stores, compared to [...]

Mark Latham finally of some use

By 15 December 2012
Mark Latham finally of some use

Ben_Dover has sent this in:
Saw this sign for a garage sale in Cook.
Mark “I can arm wrestles old men” Latham has gone down in the world, obviously.
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com .

Furby purchase

By 15 December 2012

Decided to have lunch with my wife yesterday to finalise some Xmas shopping for our kids. So off to Big W we go looking for a Furby for our daughter. We head to the toy department expecting a huge display of these ‘Furbies’ but to no avail. For those of you that [...]

Coopers Pale at Aldi! Oh Happy Day!

By 12 December 2012
Coopers Pale at Aldi! Oh Happy Day!

The beer drinking man has long faced a conundrum.
The best mass produced beer in Australia is, as any fule kno, Coopers Pale.
On the other hand the cheapest beer is from Aldi.
Until today, oh joyous day, when I found Coopers Pale going in Aldi for $42 a case.
Tonight’s going to be a good night.

Suitcase rummage at New Acton

By 12 December 2012
Suitcase rummage at New Acton

[ 16 December 2012; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. ]

Get your tight jeans and thick rimmed glasses out; the New Acton Suitcase Rummage is back!

This in from New Acton:

Suitcase Rummage started in Brisbane with a couple of people wanting people without pretension and markets without a mardi gras of racks and banners. Coupled with NewActon, they’re encouraging Canberrans to fill some suitcases with [...]

Supabarn turns 21

By 11 December 2012

Supabarn are letting it be known that they’re all grown up tomorrow when they turn 21:
Supabarn is a Canberra based company with stores in both Canberra and Sydney. Supabarn is proud to be Canberra’s largest private employer and a regular supporter of our community and all things Canberra.
We would like to thank all of Canberra [...]

ACCC not thrilled by Woolies takeover of the Hawker IGA

By 7 December 2012

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has raised its concerns over Woolies taking over the Hawker shops:
The ACCC’s preliminary view is that the proposed acquisition may result in a substantial lessening of competition in the local supermarket market.
The ACCC considers that the proposed acquisition would remove the unique offering of the Hawker Supa IGA [...]

Tales from Tuggeranong – The Hype Dome

By 7 December 2012

So the new extensions to the Tuggeranong Hyperdome are open.  
I took a good look around today and soon realised that its a lot of the same old same old, re-arranging the chairs so to speak.
Yep, there are a few new tennants in Big W, JB Hi Fi and one or two others, but the rest are mainly old tennants [...]

Would you like to help Lip?

By 3 December 2012
Would you like to help Lip?

Lip Magazine has a month to go on their Pozible campaign to print their next edition and with a lot of Canberra women involved are worthy of your consideration:
Lip Magazine is an alternative, independent magazine for young women. Launched in 2003, the magazine has undergone a string of changes over the years, and in [...]

Giving Tree at Belconnen Markets!

By 29 November 2012

This year, Belconnen Fresh Food Markets will contribute to The Salvation Army Christmas appeal by hosting a Christmas tree in the centre of the marketplace from Saturday 1 December until Sunday 23 December 2012.
We urge local Canberran’s to dig deep and donate in December to families who struggle to make ends meet at one of [...]

Business confidence collapsing in the ACT?

By 29 November 2012

Sensis has some bad news about their survey of business confidence in the ACT:
The ACT has recorded the largest fall in business confidence among small and medium businesses of any state or territory over the past quarter, with confidence now below the national average.
The November Sensis Business Index results show confidence levels among ACT [...]

Best computer prices and service in Canberra?

By 28 November 2012

What does the hive think about the best shops to buy PC bits and pieces in Canberra?
I know best prices can be found on the web but I want to talk to someone about my purchases.
I’ve had a bit of hit and miss at JBs.
Any views on Officeworks ?

Upgrading Chapman shops

By 22 November 2012

Mayor Rattenbury is asking Chapman residents to express their views on upgrades to the local shopping centre:
“Following consultation, the Government will release a draft design of the Chapman Shops upgrades. It will address issues such as public safety and security, parking, street furniture, signage, stormwater, lighting, landscaping improvements and accessibility.
“We will display this draft design [...]

Beware the Paralytic Shellfish Toxin contaminated mussels

By 6 November 2012
Beware the Paralytic Shellfish Toxin contaminated mussels

The Chief Health Officer is warning that regardless of what you think about Peter Slipper’s text messages you don’t want to be hanging onto some batches of mussels:
On 2 November 2012, a national recall was announced for mussels that may be contaminated with a naturally occurring biotoxin called paralytic shellfish toxin. Shellfish may accumulate this [...]

Bricks and mortar computers in Canberra?

By 6 November 2012

Hive mind – where do you recommend buying a new laptop and extended international warranty package?

Eco-Elves Night Market

By 31 October 2012
Eco-Elves Night Market

[ 7 December 2012; 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm. ]

Ethical and eco-friendly gifts, food, music and a starry summer evening at the Canberra Environment Centre.

Stalls, Music, Wine and Food

Avoid the crush and the shopping centres, have some dinner, listen to some live music, and do your christmas shopping:

– Organic, Free Range, Fair Trade and Local Food Produce
– Solar Panels, Rainwater tanks and Compost Bins/Worm [...]

The Charity Card Shop

By 25 October 2012

Do you want to buy beautiful and inexpensive Christmas cards, and help your favourite charity at the same time?
The Charity Card Shop opens at the City Uniting Church, Pilgrim House, Northbourne Ave, Civic on Monday, 29 October 2012. It will be open from 10 –3.30, Monday to Friday until Thursday, 13 December 2012.
Hundreds of cards [...]

Coffee shops and community life in Harrison/Gungahlin?

By 22 October 2012

My husband and I are returning to Canberra after three years away and we’ll be renting in Harrison. I’ve never lived in Gungahlin before and I’m sort of familiar with the town centre but not the rest of the area.
I can’t see any Harrison shops on Google Earth but maybe it’s an old picture. Does [...]

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