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Ask RiotACT: solicitor recommendation (winding up family trust)

By 6 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all,
I’m looking for a solicitor who is able to do the work involved in the winding up of a family trust. Does anyone know of one who is reliable and doesn’t charge the earth?
Thanks in advance,

Ask RiotACT: Road rules & riding to school

By 5 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Children who walk or ride to school should know the road rules that apply when they cross a road. They should also know to what extent they can trust drivers to act according to those road rules.
Picture the following situation:
* a child is riding to school along a footpath, and continues straight ahead to cross [...]

Ask RiotACT: Managing your own property

By 4 February 2016
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Hello Rioters,
In short, I’m sick of a real estate agent managing my property. Each month I pay them to do practically nothing except take the tenants money, take their cut and other expenses and put the little money remaining in my account.
I had to move in with my carer as I am too unwell to take [...]

Ask RiotACT: relationship counsellor/psychologist recommendations

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Hi all. I’m wondering if anyone has some positive results from a relationship psychologist or counsellor in Canberra?
My partner and I are trying to work through some infidelity and trust issues, but I don’t know which would be the best option to turn to.
I would also rather see someone sooner rather than later. I appreciate [...]

Ask RiotACT: Ainslie Vietnamese Kitchen

By 26 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone know what has happened to the Ainslie Vietnamese Kitchen? I miss them.

Ask RiotACT: Termite inspection services

By 24 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello Rioters
I read a couple of old (2008, 2010) posts on termites, where several commenters stressed the importance of getting a termite expert to inspect (as opposed to cowboy operators ).
Can anyone provide me with a recommendation for a service they’ve used in the last year or two?  We use Canberra Pest Control [...]

Ask RiotACT: Orthodontist and Jaw Surgery Recommendation?

By 22 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have a terrible experience with my previous orthodontist ten years ago.
Finally, courage comes to me and I am ready for treatments of my jaw misalignment again. Can anyone share your experience or recommend a orthodontist + jaw surgeon to me? Also, which private health insurer would you recommend for such treatment?
Many thanks and nice day!

Ask RiotACT: Parking fine at New Acton

By 21 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hey Team,
I recently received a parking fine for not displaying a valid ticket at the car park at New Acton. I was parked in a New Acton (private) car park spot, not an ACT Government spot.  The middle of the road has free two-hour ACT Government parking, while the part of the road adjacent to the [...]

Ask RiotACT: Renovations in Jerrabomberra

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I’m looking for suggestions for a quality tradesman to renovate my kitchen, bathrooms and laundry. I also want to install floating timber floors throughout, repaint and install a new wardrobe.
I tried John from Purr-fect Bathrooms as suggested in other posts but unfortunately he doesn’t work in NSW.

Ask RiotACT: NBN providers

By 19 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi everyone, I am moving to Braddon soon and the area I am moving to is connected to NBN.
Question: Which NBN providers would you recommend?
I am currently on Optus for ADSL +. It works okay until after 8pm when everything just slows down.

Ask RiotACT: Recommendations for new kitchen installer

By 18 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am looking to get a new kitchen installed, and rip the old one out. Has anyone had one done recently? Hoping to get some recomendations for good value installers in the ACT.
All comments greatly appreciated.

What women want – when returning to work


I have found that there is no more personally or professionally challenging period than the switch to becoming a mother. Almost all women I know under 40 entered the workforce with the expectation that they would have a career their whole life. The median (average) age of mothers at the time of their first child [...]

Ask RiotACT: luxury one-night getaways from Canberra

By 16 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all, I am looking for luxury/boutique, resort/getaway style accommodation for a 1 night weekend escape from Canberra. 1-2 hours from Canberra, and full-service, not self-catering. Happy to drive to a local town for dinner, but looking for breakfast on-site as well as entertainment options such as spa or pool.
Google searches have not been very [...]

Ask RiotACT: Purchasing flat bread in bulk

By 15 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Having a large family function over Easter and need to source around 100-150 flat breads for making kebab wraps and the like.
Can anyone recommend somewhere in Canberra where I can buy fresh flat bread in that quantity?
I know that Costco, etc sell flat bread, but would prefer freshly made local ones.

Why does Tuggeranong stink?


Have you been affected by the unpleasant smell in Tuggeranong? Do you know where it’s coming from?
In recent weeks residents of the territory’s southern suburbs have complained about a foul stench and now the Canberra Liberals are on the case. Shadow Minister for the Environment Nicole Lawder has called on the Government to act to [...]

Should dogs be allowed in Weston Park?

By 11 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am extremely concerned to learn that dogs on leash are now allowed in Weston Park. Dogs will not be able to access the miniature railway or children’s playground area. Weston Park is full of wildlife, kangaroos, swans, ducks, swamp hens and many parrots and other birds. During the week when traffic and people numbers are [...]

Ask RiotACT: tile regrouter recommendations

By 8 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi guys: does anyone have any recommendations on tile regrouters in Canberra? Thank you.

Ask RiotACT: Southside Hairdressers

By 24 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi there,
My usual hairdresser did a terrible job on my hair this last week and it’s the last straw if you know what I mean. I’m looking for hairdresser recommendations for the Southside, but my budget does not extend to Cataldos.

Ask RiotACT: Buying in ‘old’ Dunlop

By 24 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Everyone!
Can anyone share some buying advice for old Dunlop? Specifically Lance Hill Ave/Evelyn Owen Crescent?
Looking to buy a 4-bed in the area; I have a young family so I’m wondering if its worth looking there?

A Christmassy Ask RiotACT: favourite Christmas / seasonal songs

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A Christmassy ‘Ask RiotACT!’
I love this time of year, though by this time a lot of us are fed up with Christmas music – usually because we only hear the same few songs over and over again while we shop.
Retail staff must go bonkers!
It’s such a pity we don’t hear a much wider range of [...]

Ask RiotACT: licensed electrician in north Belconnen

By 22 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello. I’m looking for a licensed electrician with a reasonable rate per hour. Ideally, with no call out so preferably local to install LED downlights.
Also, does anyone know how long it would take to put new LED lights in to replace existing downlights which currently have halogen. It’s a straightforward change over; no holes need to be cut [...]

Ask RiotACT: looking for rental advice

By 22 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello Riotact. Does anyone have some advice on renting out a property in Canberra? Hopefully, we will be out by end of January and looking to rent out the property — but looking at returns (the agents are after approx. 10% and the land tax adds onto expenses), I’m unsure what is the best way to go. Can [...]

Ask RiotACT: Canberra Xmas Lights

By 21 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Looking to drive around the suburbs and check out the Xmas lights that families put up. Any suggestions for the best ones?

Ask RiotACT: Belconnen-area primary schools

By 19 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am moving to Canberra in the new year and will be working in Belconnen, so I am looking at the surrounding suburbs. Are there any recommendations for primary schools in that general area?
I would like to avoid the schools where bullying is more likely to be a problem (obviously).

Ask RiotACT: Price of having new taps installed?

By 18 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi friends, can anyone advise me on the expected cost of having some new taps installed/existing taps moved in my garden? The potential sites all have close access to existing water supply so there shouldn’t be much drama.
Also, do I need a plumber for this or could a landscaper or handyman do the job? Appreciate any advice.

Ask RiotACT: Looking to re-finance. Advice welcome.

By 17 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi there. I have a 1BR investment unit in Gunghalin I bought for $290,000 five years ago. Agents tell me now it is lucky to be worth $250,000 (thanks ACT Government for flooding 1BR units onto the market – overkill springs to mind). I rent it furnished for $340 per week. I owe $240,000 on it and [...]

Ask RiotACT: Certificates of occupancy

By 16 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi everyone! I was hoping someone could give me some advice.
We’re looking to buy a house and have discovered in the contract a DA approval for a brand new kitchen that was built a few years ago. This kitchen has no Certificate of Occupancy. We like the house and weve been told inspections and paperwork [...]

Ask RiotACT: Individual property pipe maps

By 15 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all — long time lurker, first time poster.
We moved into a house in October and I’m having trouble figuring out the water taps in the backyard. The problem is none of them work!
I’ve found one water outlet underneath a shrub but when you turn the handles no water. Same goes for another freestanding tap [...]

Ask RiotACT: seeking a chartered accountant

By 14 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am seeking a chartered accountant to lodge my tax return. I have one investment property interstate, some work related expenses. I live southside (Chisholm), work in Braddon so someone around that way. Recommendations please.

Ask RiotACT: Commercial Kitchen Space

By 13 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi RiotACT, I am looking for a commercial kitchen space to rent for my small business. I do not require any cooking or heating, only bench space and minimal storage in a cool room, outside of business hours.
A weekday trading cafe would be absolutely perfect, and a great way to make some extra income when [...]

Ask RiotACT: female doctor recommendation

By 12 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Seeking female doctor recommendations. Am 36 and likely to start a family soon so someone supportive to bond with on our journey. Ideally special interest in obstetrics and paediatrics. Preferably bulk bill or in a yearly subscription practice, am over the high costs to see a doctor. We live southside, my workplace is in Braddon. [...]

Ask RiotACT: hiring a car to get to Sydney

By 11 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Due to the incredibly unfortunate pricing of flights between Canberra and Sydney, I’ve heard it’s popular to hire a rental car to drive up to Sydney airport prior to international travel.
I can’t take a bus as I am carrying ALL THE LUGGAGE.
I just checked Hertz, Budget and Thrifty, and the first wanted $250 for a [...]

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