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Gate installation recommendations

By 25 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am moving into a new property and there is no side gate. I would like to know of any recommendations please.
I would also like a functional lock with a key on the gate as this will be used to access the house on a daily basis. It is a bit wider so a panel [...]

Do Canberra mums agree with Senator Gallagher on PPL?

By 25 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Senator Katy Gallagher has written a powerful response to the Prime Minister’s accusation that Canberra mums have/are double dipping when it comes to the matter of paid parental leave.
I’m curious to know where Canberra women (and families) stand on the issue. What do you think?

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Coffee

By 25 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It was with some hesitation that last week I put the word out there for Canberra’s best coffee. To many people coffee is absolutely sacred and you wouldn’t dare mess with them before they’ve had their morning fix. I can relate to that – I buy at least one coffee every day and am that [...]

A perspective on the new ACT electorates

By 25 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Electoral Commission has just confirmed the new boundaries for the five electorates in the 25-seat Legislative Assembly.
This is the biggest change since the modified D’Hont system was replaced with the Hare-Clark system, which was modified to have Robson rotation.
It fixes a glaring anomaly in the one vote, one value concept by making all [...]

New Optus 4G in Canberra – good, bad, or ugly?

By 24 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A few years ago there was a RiotACT thread regarding poor Optus 3G reception in Tuggeranong. It turned out that this was a pretty common problem for Optus customers across Canberra.
Since that time, Optus has rolled out a new 4G network in Canberra. The coverage maps on the Optus website only show “4G – Outdoor” [...]

Where to buy wholesale meat or even half a pig in Canberra?

By 23 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi guys,
This might sound weird, but I have been looking into ways to buy half a pig or lots of uncut meat at wholesale price but found nothing so far. Most butchers will sell for higher price than the big two supermarkets.
Is there any abattoir or farm in Canberra or nearby that will sell uncut [...]

Weekday breakfast in the city?

By 22 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A group of colleagues and I go out for breakfast before work once a fortnight. We meet at 7:30 and then usually have a quick breakkie, some coffee and catch up before heading to work around 8:30.
We try not to go to the same place too many times but we are running out of venues! [...]

Would market price car parking work in Canberra?

By 21 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Yesterday I was walking through Commonwealth Park and I noticed that the nearby carpark, which was always full before pay parking was introduced, was almost completely empty.
There were two cars in the carpark, both paying the daily rate of $12 (I think). This means that the government’s return after spending thousands of dollars on installing [...]

Public housing stigma continues

By 20 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was sorely disappointed to read the front page of The Canberra Times yesterday morning in which the people of Gungahlin were objecting to the presence of salt and peppered public housing in their suburbs.
My concern stemmed from a series of experiences and I so wish that they rethink their objections and become a welcoming society [...]

How can Civic be rejuvenated?

By 20 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Urgent action is required by the ACT Government to see Civic regain its position within Canberra as a popular centre, a place with its own character and charm and a precinct that attracts locals and visitors. Having previously outlined the issues behind Civic’s decline (see parts one and two of this series), it is timely [...]

Windscreen washers on Northbourne are local legends

By 19 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Most of the intersections along Northbourne Avenue have a resident windscreen washer.
Northbourne’s windscreen washers are all men, and it’s often difficult to tell their ages as their faces are obscured by sunglasses, facial hair and sometimes a baseball cap. These men are at their post almost all day, every day. I’ve often said they’re the hardest working [...]

Best of Canberra – Coffee

By 19 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Someone once told me that Canberra has more cafes per capita than any other city in the world. I don’t know how true that is, but it is no lie that we are a city of coffee drinkers.
Canberra’s specialty coffee scene is booming, there are a few places now that roast their own coffee and [...]

Does the ACT Government care about domestic violence… enough?

By 19 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My great-grandmother experienced domestic violence for most of her life.
In front of her four children, she was continuously beaten and humiliated. As she contemplated the bleakness of her future, she bravely began to plan an escape with her children. Her two sons helped her save the money she needed in order to rescue her family [...]

West Belconnen needs infrastructure before housing expansion

By 19 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Reading this Sydney Morning Herald article about central Sydney, I wonder what the exact plans are for expanding housing in West Belconnen.
It would be good if the ACT government upgraded infrastructure before 11,000 new homes are built in the Macgregor-Holt area.
A 50m indoor pool at Kippax, a third supermarket at Kippax (Coles or Costco), an ACT government [...]

The solution to ineffective speed cameras in the ACT is…

By 18 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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You guessed it – more cameras!! The Canberra Times reports the astonishing finding that we’re not being fined often enough because we’re used to the cameras, so we need more cameras to re-learn our lesson.
This is just like The Simpsons episode where Homer makes rules against everything and learns it’s not possible to police everything [...]

Double dip, backflip and FBT pike

By 18 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Sometimes, for this old Laborite, this government just keeps on giving. If my amusement is part of my age of entitlement, then go you good thing!
Was it Hockey and Cormann who said there are lifters and leaners? Was it these ministers and their assistant ministers who said we should all pay our way, share in [...]

Recommendations for Canberra physiotherapists?

By 14 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My husband badly sprained his ankle a couple of weeks ago and is now at the point of needing some treatment and advice from a physio. Does anyone have any recommendations? We live in Flynn so ideally on the North side but he would be willing to travel for the right person/clinic.
Many thanks!

Voter action needed following Dickson shops debacle

By 13 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There have been recent reports that the controversial Dickson supermarket proposal continues to be debated behind closed doors within the government planning bureaucracy.
Residents have devoted hours (days!) attempting to convince this government that residents are not opposed to changes within the shopping centre. It is just that this particular proposal is so wrong for Dickson. [...]

Creating a future vision for Civic

By 13 May 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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There are loads of documents, reports and expert forums regarding the future of Civic. There is an abundance of pretty pictures, bad graphics, meaningless flowery statements and far too much powerpoint planning rhetoric – but what we need is action.
A recent Property Council report emphasised the need for less regulation and more government financial assistance for [...]

Future of Canberra’s Equestrian Park cross country course at risk

By 12 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Yarralumla Woolshed, which is located in the middle of Canberra’s Equestrian Park, has been provisionally heritage listed by the ACT Heritage Council. In principle, this is supported.
What is opposed is the inclusion into the listing of most of the surrounding cross country course, which forms part of the broader Equestrian Park grounds.
Canberra’s Equestrian Park [...]

Canberra removalist recommendations?

By 12 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Can anyone recommend a good removalist they have used recently?  I’m moving in three weeks.
Thanks.

Moving to Canberra? Don’t do it alone

By 12 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s hard to know what to expect when you move to a new city. I certainly had no idea what I was doing or what I was in for when I moved to Canberra about four-and-a-half years ago.
I was 19 and I’d moved here from the Central Coast in NSW for work. I’d been told [...]

How do we fix Canberra’s ice problem?

By 12 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra has an ice problem. No, I’m not talking about the blistering cold; I’m talking about the dangerous scourge in the form of highly purified methamphetamine.
I have interviewed 13 homeless Canberrans this year, eight of whom voluntarily admitted to using the drug on a regular basis, but it’s not just anecdotal evidence that suggests Canberra’s [...]

Best of Canberra – Turkish

By 12 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I love trying different foods from around the world and, after the response to the call out for Canberra’s best Thai food a few weeks back, it seems I am not alone in this love affair. This week I am indulging all those global food lovers out there and looking for Canberra’s best Turkish restaurant.
Turkey is [...]

Converting ducted gas to electricity in Canberra

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Has anyone out there got any experience of having a ducted gas heating system converted to an electrically powered system?
I am thinking of doing this (because of the expectation of prices increases, the divestment movement, and the fracking issue) but am hopeful that it is possible to reuse the same ducts and vents, and just replace [...]

Car washing in Canberra?

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hey all,
Can’t see any recent posts recommending car washes in Canberra – so here we go.
Can you recommend somewhere I can get a decent car wash and interior clean? Not interested in anywhere that uses an automatic car wash to do the exterior, I’m after somewhere that will actually give the car a wash by [...]

Low interest rates not fair for all

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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When the Reserve Bank announced it was dropping the interest rate and the banks, to some degree, followed suit, there was some joy out there in the community.
The economists said that softening the fiscal environment was good for us. They said that the drop in the value of the dollar was good for trade and [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Vanilla slice

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Like most baked goods, the best vanilla slices are homemade. I grew up eating French vanilla slices made by my Mum’s godfather, and while I’ve yet to taste a version that’s better, a good bakery or patisserie vanilla slice can come pretty close.
We put out the call out for Canberra’s best vanilla slice last week, [...]

Old-style street lights in Canberra for photography assignment

By 10 May 2015
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Hey guys, I am studying photography at CIT and have an assignment based around the theme of light.
I am looking for old style street lights or posts around Canberra. Google isn’t being very helpful so I am completely going off the advice and guide of people I ask.
If you have any ideas where some are [...]

Free legal advice on wills

By 8 May 2015

[ 13 May 2015 at 11:00 am; 14 May 2015 at 11:45 am; ] The President of the Law Society of the ACT, Martin Hockridge, has today announced free advice sessions on wills and powers of attorney that will be run as part of ACT Law Week.

“Many people either don’t realise how important it is to have a will, or they think they can leave it until later,” said [...]

What does the “Canberra accent” sound like?

By 8 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Yes folks. Apparently it’s a thing so I’m very interested in everyone’s thoughts.
What does the “Canberra Accent” sound like.
My feeling?
It’s a little bit toff with a good measure of Kambah twang thrown in. Vowels are sounded out quite roundly – like our roundabouts.
Would love to hear your thoughts.
If you want to join in the discussion [...]

Civic an urgent urban planning problem

By 6 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Several decades ago, the centre of Canberra provided a very different shopping experience. Civic was a series of pedestrian plazas with a small complex named The Monaro Mall. In 1989 this mall was enlarged to become the first Canberra Centre. There were howls of protest at the time about how the government’s deal to sell off [...]

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