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Looking for something like Sizzlers in Canberra

By 29 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My family and I are currently living in Brisbane but will be moving to Canberra very soon.
One of our favourite family restaurants up here is Sizzlers. Is there anything like Sizzler in Canberra?
I know there used to be one in Canberra, but I believe it closed some years ago.
Thanks,
Malcolm.

Why is there less traffic on Fridays?

By 27 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve noticed a considerable difference driving to work in the mornings on Fridays. I drive (or cycle) straight down Northbourne to get to Deakin. After mentioning it this morning to a colleagues at work (who live all over Canberra) they all concurred.
What’s up with that, RiotActors?

Two women assaulted, police seeking witnesses

By 26 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses who can assist in the investigation of an indecent assault which took place on campus at the University of Canberra last week.
On Wednesday 18 March, a woman was walking along a footpath at UC (on Kirinari Street, towards College Street) when a man approached, dragged her into the bushes and indecently [...]

What’s happening at the Kingston Centre?

By 25 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone know what is happening at The Kingston Centre? It is the building opposite the post office, and used to have a St George Bank there. They have ripped out the escalators and boarded up the old entrance to the IGA. Does anyone know what is going in there?

Canberra’s Magna Carta Place

By 25 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the 13th Century English King’s agreement to the terms as set out in the Magna Carta. The original charter was more about getting a better deal for the church and the nobles rather than most of the population. Over time with additions and alterations, this document became important in [...]

Don’t underestimate the power of oldness

By 24 March 2015

Planning for the layout of Canberra so far into the future requires a certain general knowledge of socio-economic, socio-technologic, and of course an actual working knowledge of statistics.
Statistics can lie if all the correct variables are not utilised correctly. 90 per cent of people know that statistics can be misused. However, 20 per cent or [...]

Best of Canberra – Hot cross buns

By 24 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s that time of year when the shops fill up with chocolate eggs and hot cross buns are the feature of weekend breakfast. Actually, it’s been that time of year since chocolate bunnies replaced Christmas decorations in early January. But only now, with Easter a few weeks away, it is appropriate to wake up to the [...]

Gungahlin traffic woes

By 24 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Is anyone else finding the daily commute out of Gungahlin difficult?
My concerns are, as the population of the district increases the amount of traffic on the roads will only increase. Horse Park Dr, parts of Flemington Rd are single lane – not sufficient for the morning volumes of traffic.  Compared to Tuggeranong and Belconnen, Gungahlin [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Hot chocolate

By 23 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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This week I was hoping for a cool change so I could get all rugged up and cosy with a few cups of hot chocolate. Alas, the warm weather stuck around for another week and I found myself sipping hot chocolate in 30 degree heat.
RiotACT readers, however, were not at all concerned with the weather [...]

Knock down and rebuild advice

By 22 March 2015
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We are looking to knock down and rebuild in Hackett and is wondering if anyone had any experience building with Hotondo Homes and G.J. Gardner Homes.
There is very little discussion about them on RiotACT and would very much appreciate any input. Thank you.

Recommendations for computer repairs

By 22 March 2015
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It would appear that my PC has picked up a rather nasty virus which is beyond me. I have never used a computer repairer before but I would be grateful for any recommendations for repairers (in Canberra) or tips. Also, information as to what other people have paid for software repairs would be useful as, [...]

Advice on inground pools in Canberra?

By 21 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We are looking at buying a new inground pool for our home in Canberra and would like to know if there any particular pool builders I should avoid and/or contact for a quote, especially from those who have been through this process over the last few years in Canberra.
Currently looking at Narellan Pools, Country Pools [...]

ActewAGL “free” energy saving house calls

By 20 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve just received a form letter from ActewAGL offering to install, for free, products such as door seals and energy-saving light bulbs so that I can start saving money.
Informed by the No Santa Claus Theorem, I find it counterintuitive that a business would altruistically spend money on me so that I will in future spend less [...]

Reasonably priced weekend caterer?

By 19 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am looking at catering for a not-for-profit groups conference later this year. We just need a simple lunch for Saturday and Sunday, i.e. wraps, sandwiches, sushi and rolls.
As always we need to cater for different dietary restrictions. We are wanting to keep the cost at around $10-15 per person per day. Can anyone suggest [...]

How not to talk to women in the workplace

By 19 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Recently I’ve been watching Channel Ten’s reality show Shark Tank, in which nervous entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of “sharks” (successful millionaire businesspeople) with the hopes of securing investment. During the pitching process, I’ve noticed a contestant refer to one of the two female Sharks as “darling” on more than one occasion. I [...]

Good and reasonably priced mechanic

By 19 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s been about two years since the Canberra’s best mechanic post was put up on RiotACT and I was wanting to see if there’s been any change in the line up of good mechanics as we’ve got two cars needing service soon.
Previously, Mechanical Care in Belconnen, Fisher Car Care and CWC Auto all rated well with rioters.
Personally I’ve used [...]

The return of Westlake to Yarralumla

By 18 March 2015
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Yarralumla, originally titled Westlake by Walter Griffin, was once a ‘workers’ suburb that was largely out of sight and out of mind. Then came the lake and it has since become a very desirable lakeside suburb. The majority of residences have lush gardens with ample space for bushes and shade trees. Sadly many recent houses [...]

Seeking advice on smash repairers

By 17 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Sadly, our relatively new Jeep (yes, we bought a Jeep) is in need of smash repairs.  We got hit from behind pretty hard and the damage is both on the panels and underneath.
What’s the latest advice from the RiotACT wisdom pool on (NRMA approved) repairers in the ACT?

Haters gonna hate and skaters gonna skate?

By 17 March 2015
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If you’re a skateboarder and you regularly enjoy hitting up Canberra’s landmarks for a skate, prepare to be disappointed.
The National Capital Authority (NCA) is making some of our national institutions skateboard proof.
Wait, what?
Yep. Skateboard proof. I didn’t even know people skateboarded at our national institutions, let alone consider that to be a popular spot. According to [...]

Canberrans can stop puppy farms and backyard breeders with new bill

By 17 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A few months ago, a four-week-old puppy (pictured) was surrendered to RSPCA ACT. He was apparently an unwanted gift, and these owners were actually his third, which meant that this puppy would have likely been taken from his mother and litter mates right after he opened his eyes.
Named Curtis by the staff, one of my experienced [...]

Political funding – a frightening future for the ACT

By 17 March 2015
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The political landscape of the ACT is changing at lightning speed. Here are some of the most significant changes:
1)      From 2016, the size of the Legislative Assembly will swell from 17 members to 25 members.
2)      The ACT will be split-up from three electorates (two with five seats and one with seven seats) to five electorates [...]

Best of Canberra – Hot chocolate

By 17 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Not everyone likes coffee. It’s hard to believe I know, but I’ve met some of these people and when it comes to warm milky beverages, hot chocolate is often their go-to choice. But it is not a beverage reserved for the coffee haters only – hot chocolates are universally loved and as the weather cools down [...]

Increased aircraft noise over Tuggeranong?

By 16 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I live in Chisholm, have done so for the past six years.
There was no aircraft noise when we first moved in but over the last few months we have noticed a significant increase in the number of lower flying planes which we can hear flying over when we are inside our house. Granted we don’t have [...]

Skywhale for sale?

By 16 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I read over the weekend that the Skywhale, and the company that operates it, are for sale.
Does anyone know what the commercial arrangements where when the ACT Government paid for the balloon to be built in the first place?  I’m wondering if there was any arrangement in the contract if the company flopped that the Skywhale [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Pasta

By 16 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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This week was a close call when it came to votes for Canberra’s best pasta. Apart from the unanimous agreement that Nonna’s pasta is always the best, there was little consensus amongst RiotACT readers about where to find quality pasta outside of Nonna’s kitchen.
There was a lot of love for Italian and Sons in Braddon. [...]

Music Amongst the Stars – Charity Concert for ACT Down Syndrome Association

By 15 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE

[ 22 March 2015 at 3:00 pm; ] Last year the ACT Down Syndrome Association (ACTDSA) lost their main sponsor and this has had large impacts on their service provision ability. In light of this, and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day, “Recorders in the Basement” & Friends will be performing a charity concert at Mount Stromlo Observatory at [...]

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Capitol Bar & Grill, QT Canberra

By 14 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Have you had the QT experience yet? If you haven’t been to the revamped Rydges Lakeside, now known as QT, you really need to put it at the top of your priority list!
I was lucky enough to have the whole QT experience this week when I stayed in the 1920’s style hotel. The rooms are [...]

Cheap parking in Civic during weekdays?

By 13 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m hoping the RA brains trust will be able to help me out here…
Where are the best (by this I mean cheapest) places to park Monday to Friday in/around the city? I’m not averse to a bit of a walk each way if it means saving a few thousand a year!
Alternatively, does anyone have experience [...]

Best bar to watch Melbourne Grand Prix in Canberra?

By 13 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi, just wondering if anyone in Canberra gets passionate about Formula 1? If so, where would you recommend we go to watch the race live this Sunday?
Thanks

ACT rego stickers…or lack thereof!

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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What happens in the ACT if you don’t receive your rego renewal?
Well, I can tell you that you get a rather large fine!
I was pulled over by one of the police cars who do the plate recognition, and the police officer told me that I was not registered. To my knowledge this was not true, [...]

Primary school for Page residents?

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We’ve recently bought a house in Page and will be moving to Canberra in May with our kids aged four and six.
Apparently we’re not able to enrol in pre-school/primary school until we are actually in Canberra (sounds like a crazy rule to me), but we would like to know more about the schools before we [...]

Braddon: Green village to apartments

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Australian Government created the suburb of Braddon in the 1920s-1930s to provide housing for the new capital’s service workers and public sector employees. No private developers had any interest in making the investment. So much for the free market taking up opportunities!

But today, so much has changed. Any developer would now love to get [...]

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