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Wheelchair stolen in Dunlop

By 29 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all,
Long time lurker, wish I was making a first post in better circumstances.
My sons wheelchair was stolen from the boot of our car overnight, and I’m hoping someone may have seen it or have some information which will lead to it’s return. We live in Dunlop, very close to the walking/bike tracks, and I’m [...]

Australia’s new highly reflective soldiers

By 29 August 2014

It seems our government and the army are embracing the futuristic glam rock style highly reflective soldier concept.  Kind of defeats the purpose of all that camouflage, don’t you think?
Combined with the Joint Strike Fighter project (a 1990s design that was never adequate for Australia’s needs, to be delivered years behind schedule and way over [...]

TAMS being misleading about Domestic Animal Services statistics?

By 29 August 2014

I frequently come across people saying that the DAS pound in Canberra has a 95% rehoming rate, and that this is one of the best in the country. I have always believed this figure which is reported in the TAMS (Territory and Municipal Services) Annual reports and other official documents. A friend of mine recently [...]

Wanted: a reliable bobcat operator

By 29 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m after a reliable bobcat operator that knows how to drive a bobcat properly and will actually turn up when a time has been agreed. Have had a couple of recent bad experiences. Prefer north side, any advice appreciated!

Cerebral Palsy – call for support

By 29 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Cerebral Palsy - call for support

A note from one of our Rioters – a mum, talking about her son’s fight to walk.
Ollie’s Cerebral Palsy Dream
Oliver (Ollie) is two and a half years of age, and at two was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP).
Ollie’s CP is due to congenital cytomegalovirus infection (CMV), which has also left him profoundly deaf in [...]

Best of Canberra – parma taste off

By 28 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - parma taste off

This week our taste test took us in search of Canberra’s Best Parma, or chicken parmigiana for those not in the ‘know.
Nominations gave us two favourites – Edgar’s Inn in Ainslie and Shorty’s Bar in the City.
Taste tests were undertaken over lunch times, with Edgar’s Inn up first. For those of you who haven’t [...]

Road Rage in Canberra – Just CALM DOWN!!

By 28 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Road Rage in Canberra - Just CALM DOWN!!

I’ve done a lot of stupid things in cars and on motorbikes in my life. I’ve driven drunk on numerous occasions; I’ve pushed a car past 200 KMs per hour; and once, I attempted to jump over a small dam on my little XR 75… I didn’t… quite… make it. However, I’ve never had an [...]

Would you buy a non-fluffy house in a fluffy area?

By 28 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Would you buy a non-fluffy house in a fluffy area?

We are looking to buy property in the Woden area and have seen a couple of suitable ones in Garran and Curtin.
Been doing some research on Mr Fluffy and I see Curtin is a Mr Fluffy “hotspot”.
All the houses we are looking at are non-fluffy but I’m curious to get opinions:
Would you buy a house [...]

Recall of Infinity electrical cables

By 27 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Recall of Infinity electrical cables

Canberrans who had electrical work done in their homes between 2010 and 2013 should heed safety messages following a recall by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission of electrical cable known as ‘Infinity’ cable, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
“The cable was sold in the ACT between 2011 and 2013, however it may have been available [...]

Zombies, Cryptographers, Skywhale…what’s your favourite?

By 27 August 2014
Zombies, Cryptographers, Skywhale...what's your favourite?

Hi All
As per my previous posts on RiotAct, I run a little website called Capital Yarns. I invite social media users to nominate three items, and I then write a bespoke short story featuring all three, set in Canberra. The idea began when I created bedtime stories for my two daughters based on three items [...]

What’s the future for small businesses in Canberra?

By 27 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
What’s the future for small businesses in Canberra?

As Federal Government Department’s continue to slash away at their APS number though voluntary and involuntary redundancies, the future of the economy of Canberra is looking unstable, particularly in the arena of small business.
Over the past 5 years there’s been a noticeable difference in the way locals are embracing and investing in small local businesses. [...]

Tuggeranong Community Council AGM 2 September 2014

By 27 August 2014

Hi,
Just a short note to let you know the Tuggeranong Community Council will be holding its AGM on Tuesday 2 September. TCC President, Eric Traise is back in the chair after an extended break to due illness and has announced he will be seeking a second term as our President. He will be joined by [...]

The State of Fear

By 27 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
The State of Fear

I read a book recently by Michael Crichton called the State of Fear in which the theory of that state of fear was described. It is the notion that a government (or ruling body/dictator) keeps the community under control by creating a monster that only they can protect against. The Australian example in the [...]

Break in – unusual items taken

By 26 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi- our house in Curtin was burgled yesterday at lunchtime and amongst other items including a playstation 4 and lots of games the jerk took one of my daughters singing medals (worth absolutely nothing to anyone else) – it was on a blue ribbon and was from the Australian National Eisteddfod. I just wanted to [...]

Tips for buying at auction

By 26 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

First time user and poster so go easy on an old man please…
Can anyone offer any tips on first hand experience with auctions?   There appear to be lots of information online but many of which are contradictory.
Appear confident in a suit and bid loud and in big increments or lay low and be in the [...]

Hope for Canberra’s street cats

By 26 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Hope for Canberra's street cats

When a family decides they’re ready to bring a furry friend into their lives, they typically – much to my dismay – head to a pet store at their local mall to take their pick from teeny tiny kittens and puppies, often the product of puppy farming and backyard breeders. Some families do the more [...]

Parking: Caught in the ACT

By 26 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Parking: Caught in the ACT

A major bonus of life in the ACT up to now has been that there is enough road for the cars (most of the time) and adequate reasonably priced or no charge parking. This is not the case in Sydney and Melbourne, where officials have been publicly proclaiming for years that there are “just too [...]

Swooping birds of 2014

By 25 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Swooping birds of 2014

Hi Rioters,
Since no one else has done it, I thought I’d start this years thread.
I went for a bicycle ride from Queanbeyan to Fyshwick and back on Monday 25 August.
Once there I did a lap of the COC area and was the victim of one very half hearted swoop opposite the phone exchange.
Do other readers [...]

Lost GP

By 24 August 2014

Hi guys,
long time lurker, first time poster, I’ve lost my long-term GP from Isabella Plains Medical centre and was wondering if anyone knows which practice she has moved to, as they said they don’t know. Dr Rachael (sp?) Liang. Does anyone know where I can now find her, as she knows my health history very [...]

Green electricity box/pillar in front of house

By 24 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Green electricity box/pillar in front of house

Hi guys
Whilst in Harrison yesterday, I noticed many of these mini green domes/pillars in front of every 4-6 houses.
What are they and are they safe for occupants (e.g. Do they emit dangerous levels of radiation or electromagnetic waves?)
I did a bit of research and understand they may be either a distribution link containing fuses or [...]

Searching for LIVE vongole in cbr

By 23 August 2014

As above! I can find ‘fresh’ vongole/clams but they’re never alive (tried all the fish/seafood shops at and around fyshwick mkt). Any ideas?

Psychologist in ACT

By 23 August 2014

Does anyone have a good marriage counsellor / psychologist they can recommend? I’ve heard Marshall O’Brien is great – thoughts?

Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Common Grounds, Gowrie Shops

By 23 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Common Grounds, Gowrie Shops

For this week’s café hot spot review I decided to head south again and try out suburban café Common Grounds found at Gowrie shops.
I’ve been to Common Grounds once before on a Sunday (around 12 months ago) and it was a very popular spot then. So much so that when we ordered breakfast we were [...]

Kingsford Smith School reviews?

By 22 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hello all,
I am seeking reviews on the Kingsford Smith School. Please help! This is our PPA school, but I have a few reservations about sending my little one there.
Any info, thoughts, reviews would be GREAT! Don’t hold back. Can also include thoughts on surrounding schools (within 5-10km).

What’s on this weekend? 23rd and 24th August 2014

By 22 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
What's on this weekend? 23rd and 24th August 2014

As we approach our penultimate Winter weekend, there is plenty going on in the Capital.
Suggestions from some of our team:
Amy Birchall is indulging her not-so-inner nerd to see astronaut Chris Hadfield speak at Llewellyn Hall for National Science week on Sunday 24th of August
Josh Mulrine is taking his daughter along to the Geoscience [...]

The Deck at Regatta Point

By 22 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am looking to book “The Deck at Regatta Point” for a function. The most recent reviews on RIOTACT are from 2011 and they are pretty woeful (actually, truly woeful).
Has anyone been there lately? I have heard that it has changed hands, and seeing that my function will mainly have interstate visitors, I would [...]

Analysing the New ACTION Network – Part 2

By 22 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Analysing the New ACTION Network - Part 2

This is the second of my three part series looking at the ACTION network 14. My first post focused on changes north of the lake. This write up focuses on changes Southside. Part three will hopefully be published early next week and will look at the changes to the weekend timetables.
INNER SOUTH
Winners: Tourists will have easier access as [...]

The Relationship Age Gap

By 22 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
The Relationship Age Gap

Age gaps in relationships aren’t uncommon and the trend usually leans towards an older man with a younger woman. In the US in 2013 in over 53% of relationships the man was 2 years or more older than the woman.
My first serious relationship was with someone who was 12 years older than me, it’s funny [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Best Curry

By 21 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Best of Canberra Taste Off - Best Curry

The call for Canberra’s Best Curry drew quite a few nominations for a range of restaurants across Canberra. In the end, the taste off came down to Rama’s in Pearce and Indian Affair in Phillip.
To set up on an even footing we ordered dishes that both restaurants had on their menu. Lamb Madras, [...]

Late fees for parking fines not justfied

By 21 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Late fees for parking fines not justfied

It is interesting that we are attacking the banks and now the telcos over late payment fees when our own local government can be included.
I deservedly incurred a parking fine of $91 and forgot to pay it on time. For my troubles I am hit by an administrative charge of $34. This is over 33% [...]

Levy for the New Lifetime Care & Support Scheme: ACT Vehicle Registration Increase of $34pa from 1/7/14

By 20 August 2014

Whilst I’m much more happy contributing to schemes such as this than seeing the ACT Government wasting money on loss making infrastructure projects, I was not aware that this new charge on all vehicle registrations in the ACT would be introduced. Maybe I just missed it. 
From 1 July 2014, we are already paying the increased Medicare Levy [...]

Should the Chamberlains’ car be in the National Museum?

By 20 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Should the Chamberlains' car be in the National Museum?

I remember being in a car with my family on the way to the snow one year when I was about 7 or 8 and there was an awful accident. We had been stuck in a jam for ages and when traffic finally moved there were people still on the scene covered in blood, about [...]

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