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Leaky roof – flues not sealed correctly?

By 17 April 2015
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Our house was built three years ago and now it has started leaking water from the roof. I inspected the roof and found out that flues were sealed with a heavy dose of Silicone without using a storm collar. The silicone sealings have now split.
Looking at the photos, is this a standard way of installing flues [...]

Giralang service station closed?

By 16 April 2015
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Hi Riot-actors – anybody got the low down on the Giralang service station – fenced off and looks like they’re digging up the pumps?
Hopefully we’re not losing another local…any info would be greatly appreciated!

Burmese food in Canberra?

By 15 April 2015
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Hey RiotACT – Does anyone know where the Burmese family went that used to serve food at the Turner Bowls Club?
I’m desperate for one of their curries and I’d love to know if they opened up a place somewhere else!

Women’s self defence classes in Canberra?

By 15 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am interested in doing some self defence classes. Mainly just to feel confident to be able to get myself out of a bad situation if I ever needed to.
Does anyone have any feedback on Krav maga in Canberra? Places you would recommend? Good instructors?
I am also open to other types of self defence for [...]

Commonwealth Place: A landscape to be celebrated

By 15 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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One of the local manifestations for Centenary of Federation in the year 2001 was the building of Commonwealth Place down on the side of the lake in the axis between Parliament and Mount Ainslie.
This key site was initially listed as a possible place for the new Parliament House and hence it remained as an open [...]

Light rail or Monash Drive to solve Northbourne congestion?

By 14 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Should we build the first stage of Light Rail or instead build Monash Drive to solve the problem of increasing congestion along Northbourne Avenue during peak times?
The current Government plans to build light rail along Northbourne Avenue, but previous Federal and ACT Governments had planned to eventually build Monash Drive.
Monash Drive had been proposed since [...]

Cat containment will work if implemented properly

By 14 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Cat containment is a hot issue in the ACT. After reading John Hargreaves’ piece last week, I’d like to explore a few arguments in more depth and also address some misconceptions about cat containment.
There are three types of cats: domestic, stray, and feral. I think everyone knows that a domestic cat is a pet. A [...]

What do Canberrans think about mandatory data retention laws?

By 14 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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While I do not have access to statistics on how Canberrans feel about the recently passed mandatory data retention laws, I can honestly say that I have spoken to no one who agrees with them.
The Australian Capital Territory’s Human Rights Act was the first charter of human rights enacted in Australia. After coming into force [...]

Best of Canberra – Local craft beer

By 14 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I enjoy a good beer or two on most occasions and I also like buying local as much as I can. This week I am on the hunt for Canberra’s best local craft beer. 
What classifies a beer as ‘craft’ is somewhat contentious, some say it’s about using traditional methods while others use the word to [...]

Is there such thing as a cheap electrician in Canberra?

By 13 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Just wondering if there’s such thing as a cheap electrician in Canberra?
I’ve just moved into a private rental, went to turn off the kitchen light – only to find that it’s been pushed in and the switch is not usable.
While I have no fridge it’s fine, however, when the fridge arrives I won’t be able [...]

Free parking on Monday 27 April?

By 13 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Given that it is a public holiday for ACT Government employees on Monday 27 April, will this mean that public holiday parking conditions apply in the ACT?
Below is the information posted on the ACTION buses website.
On Monday 27 April 2015 ACTION bus services will run to a Saturday Timetable.
This is due to Anzac Day (25 [...]

Advice on how to deal with bad neighbours?

By 13 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m at a loss as to what to do and looking for advice from fellow Rioters who may have been through a similar situation.
I live in a Weston Creek suburb and have done so for several years. Upon moving in we weren’t aware of the government houses around us. Big deal. Residents of these homes were all [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Toasted sandwiches

By 13 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Autumn in Canberra has now well and truly set in and last week’s cooler weather was perfect for eating toasted sandwiches. After a short holiday away, I was keen to get back into this week’s Taste Off and warm up with some of Canberra’s best toasties. Big thanks to Alexandra for taking over while I [...]

Build a prison and they will fill it!

By 13 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A number of years ago, the US gained some infamy by having over one million people in its jails. I heard, in about 2002 or 2003 or thereabouts, that American Correction Services (ACS), built a 600-bed prison in California and then offered it to the State government for use in its prison system. The Californians [...]

Petition to urge Canberra vets to participate in the National Desexing Network

By 12 April 2015

Hi! It would really mean a lot to me and many other Canberrans if you could please take a minute out of your day and sign this petition and share it around.
The ACT is currently the ONLY state in Australia that is not part of the National Desexing Network. The NDN is a nationwide referral [...]

Housing options following divorce?

By 12 April 2015
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After a long and drawn out divorce – my ex and I are amicable – we wish to locate a property in the Canberra region – where we live with our kids – but not with each other. for example top floor/bottom floor – separate living – even an A and B type set up. I [...]

Private tutor for primary school

By 11 April 2015
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Hi, I am looking to get some advice and recommendation on getting a private tutor for my kids who are in primary school at the moment. I am looking for a tutor who is able to come home and provide private tutoring for English and maths. Does anyone have any recommendations. Any help would be [...]

A new future for Yarralumla Brickworks

By 8 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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A couple of decades ago, the Yarralumla Brickworks site was home to community markets and a colony of artists. This was the last time I visited the site. It was a fun place to be. Since these activities were closed down, there have been many options explored about how the place could be used. But [...]

Canberra Men’s Centre seeks WordPress advice

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Canberra Men’s Centre has recently started blogging and I’d like to create multiple blogs within our WordPress site. Unfortunately, as a small community service organisation, we have no IT division to advise me how to go about this. I’ve had a look at help forums and other online advice, but when I see the [...]

Airbnb – more than just a tax dodge?

By 7 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Airbnb is a business name that just keeps popping up. I’d heard a lot about it, but didn’t actually know any Canberrans who had used it or rented out their own place to travellers.
For those who have never heard of Airbnb, it’s a website for people to rent out their own homes or apartments to those [...]

Best of Canberra – Toasted sandwiches

By 7 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Everyone loves a good toasted sandwich. My favourite moment of the toasted sandwich experience is that first bite when all the melted cheese starts to ooze out and you have to catch it with your tongue. You all know what I’m talking about – it’s the moment when you know you’re onto a good toastie. 
The [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Sushi

By 6 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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All week I was looking forward to the sushi taste off. So much so I got excited and had sushi for lunch twice during the week. But by the time the weekend rolled around I was still mega-keen for some seaweed, rice, soy sauce goodness.
There was a bit of debate on the call-out over Mee’s [...]

Total cat containment, yeah right!

By 6 April 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I noted an article recently bagging out cats in the suburbs and calling for the ACT to be a total cat containment area. This article contained all the hyperbole of the notion of cats roaming en masse throughout the suburbs killing at random all the native wildlife. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Starting off [...]

Canberra landscaper and horticulturalist recommendations

By 5 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There are of course older requests and responses on this topic, but it would be great to have some updated views on this ‘perennial’ question in Canberra!
Does anyone have good recent experience with a reliable and knowledgable landscaper/horticulturalist in Canberra….someone who can give advice on, and undertake, some garden renovation work at a fair price……installing/improving [...]

Seeking car/cycle parking options close to Woden

By 4 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have just been offered a job in Woden. It’s a good job but the parking in the area sucks and I can’t really afford parking every day
I am a keen cyclist but don’t want to cycle from Belconnen to Woden everyday due to afterwork activities. I’m looking at options of parking within [...]

TripAdvisor to redefine Canberra restaurant locations

By 3 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Our Kusina restaurant at Cooleman Court in Weston Creek is listed on TripAdvisor with the street address city of Weston. We’re currently number one of the twelve restaurants in the city of Weston, but the good city of Weston is actually near Newcastle, about 4.5hrs by car from our restaurant. I’ve not personally been there, but [...]

departing.io – web app for ACTION buses

By 2 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As a frequent traveller on ACTION buses I find the current apps lacking – often I just want to know when the next bus will arrive at a stop. departing.io is a web app I have designed for this sole purpose, to see how long until the next bus arrives. It should look great on all mobile devices [...]

Shade sail installation recommendations?

By 2 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We have an existing shade sail (not professionally installed) which we now have to have installed properly. Any recommendations? Thanks

Why language is important

By 2 April 2015
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A few weeks ago I wrote an article on how not to talk to women in the workplace. The piece garnered some interesting comments, some of which I’d like to address today.
The first issue I’d like to discuss is the recurring idea that language is not as important as behaviour. In other words, it’s not what [...]

Does anyone know Adam or Meg?

By 1 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I found a really nice Happy Easter note today (1 April) in O’Connor, between David St and Ormond/Condamine Sts (near the Alliance Francaise building). It would be a shame if this note went undelivered, unread or discarded.
This is a long shot and I’d normally not bother, but the note was really thoughtful and I wanted [...]

Recommendation to remove wood heater/flue and repair ceiling?

By 1 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We are looking for someone to remove our wood heater and flue (never use it as house has ducted gas as well), and patch the resulting hole in the ceiling. The tricky bit is that we have cathedral ceilings (high, no cavity) which are wood panelled, rather than just standard plasterboard ceilings. Obviously keen to have [...]

Thoughts on making recycling weekly and rubbish fortnightly

By 1 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was thinking about the recycling bin at my house and how it gets filled up about five to seven days before the fortnightly recycling pickup and thought about that swapping weekly rubbish collection to fortnightly and making recycling pickup weekly would be overall better for everyone and increase how much is recycled with recyclables [...]

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