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Where are the mowers?

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know what is happening with the Government mowing at the moment? From Northside to Southside everywhere there is grass over waist height…. and not a single mower to be seen!
Yes, there have been perhaps 2 mowers out recently hitting the median strips around the busy roads, but frankly this is a poor effort [...]

Westfield Belconnen Parking

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters
Can anyone give a suggestion for cheaper parking at or very near Belconnen Westfield?
A family member works unusual hours in the mall and sometimes doesn’t finish until almost midnight.  The option of public transport doesn’t work.  To bus it from Gungahlin to the mall is one thing but there are no buses late at [...]

Poor planning shows Canberra cyclists in a selfish light

By 30 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Go for a drive any Saturday or Sunday through Uriarra crossing to the wonderful natural bush areas of the Brindabella Mountains (that I believe help give Canberra it’s iconic bush status), and you will quickly realise you need to look out for not only wildlife but road cyclists who are also out enjoying this scenic [...]

Car servicing nightmare stories

By 29 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

It’s hard finding a decent place to get your car serviced, or is it? There’s a lot to be said for DIY basic servicing such as oil/filter changes, belts, brake pads etc if you are capable and have the equipment (as I do and have done for many years). However, if your car is still [...]

Canberra makeup academy

By 29 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am considering going to Canberra makeup academy but I have not found many reviews on it. Does anyone have any experience with CMA or know anyone who does ?

“Canberra-ism”

By 28 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all,
I have a friend moving out from the USA in early Dec and pulling together a pack on info to help her settle in. I’m including a list of “Canberra-isms” that people new to our city wouldn’t know (Civic, Parliamentary Triangle etc). Would appreciate any input both on this front, and on anything else [...]

Looking for a Dentist

By 26 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hello, my wife and I are new to Canberra – recently moved from Greece – Can you please suggest an excellent Dentist in Belconnen Town Centre or Barton area? Would be ideal to find a friendly dentist and hygienist in the same practice. Thank you all.

iPhone 6 plus plan from whom?

By 25 October 2014

Am still waiting for an iPhone from Telstra 6 weeks after ‘registering interest’.
They have a nice plan to go with it. Supposedly.
Why ask me to register interest when they have done nothing since, not even an email to tell me they have none yet…presumably SOMEONE is getting an iPhone occasionally from Telstra meantime…
My contract was [...]

Canberra Home Delivery Food?

By 25 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’ve just moved to Canberra and quite like it… except for the take-away and home delivery choices (or at least those I’ve found so far).
Why does Pad Thai cost $16.50 (Lemon Grass)? In Sydney $12 is expensive. Same goes for Indian food… curries at $17-20 is a rip-off for take away. And why no decent kebabs in [...]

Dodgy TV (ABC + 10) Fraser – anyone else?

By 24 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

No signal on those two stations since storm yesterday.  Anyone else in the Fraser area having the same trouble, or it is just us?
cheers MS

Can anyone recommend a bobcat service at reasonable price

By 24 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All,
I am looking for a bobcat service at reasonable price, please advise if you know someone.

Buying a new car – should it have a full tank of petrol?

By 24 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m interested on hearing thoughts on this, I recently purchased a new car from a dealer in Phillip that shall remain nameless (although it does rhyme with shommonwealth boaters).  Anyway, I went to pick it up and when the salesperson was handing over the keys and going through some features (its pretty sick), I had [...]

Automatic garage roller doors

By 23 October 2014

Hi,
We are replacing our very old garage doors with auto roller doors.  Anybody got any recommendations on a good reliable firm.
Thanks

Local florist recommendation

By 23 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters. It is my mothers 50th wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks. I’m looking at getting a variety of flower arrangements for a party we are organising. Does anyone have any florist recommendations?

What are the worst traffic lights in Canberra?

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

By the ‘worst’, I mean the most frustrating and disruptive, the ones that always seem to be red, no matter from which direction you approach them, and particularly if it’s on the more important road of the two at an intersection.  The ones which really get on your wick.
My own ‘top two’ are the Hindmarsh [...]

Mower repair

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

My daughter needs to have her mower looked at. Her teenage boys have been fiddling with it trying to get it going. It will start but won’t keep going.
Can anyone recommend someone, maybe a hobbyist, to do a reasonably priced job?

Concrete slab: Normal vs Waffle Pod recommendations

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All, I am looking to build a house in Canberra, and I was given the option to either go with a waffle pod slab with single glazed windows or a normal slab with double glazed windows to achieve the 6 star rating. Do any of you out there have any suggestions as to which option [...]

Treadmill service & repair

By 21 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
Just wondering if anyone know of anyone that services and repairs treadmills in Canberra? Preferably someone who comes and does it in your home, so I don’t have to move it. Thanks in advance.

Recommendations for a Removalist?

By 21 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We are moving house soon and are looking for recommendations for a reliable furniture removalist?

Unapproved decks

By 18 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

There was an add on a local radio station a few months ago advertising a company that can do all the work needed to get an unapproved deck approved, can anyone remember the name please.
If not advice on how to do this would also be appreciated. Its a huge covered deck 3-4 meters off the [...]

Transfer of car between family members

By 17 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
I was just after some advice after speaking with Canberra Connect the other day when updating my registration details.
My wife and I separated around 6 months ago. Our car has always been in my name. While I was at the shop front on another matter, I asked the staff member what I would need to [...]

Pond cleaning

By 17 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Our small garden pond is choked full of plants and needs a cleaning-out by someone who knows what they are doing. Can anyone recommend someone who can do this work?

Wedding dress hunt!

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have been asked to be a bridesmaid for the first time Yay! Along with this great honour comes (insert DA DA DA DAAAAA impending doom sound) the hunt for the perfect dress. After what has felt like an eternity for the gorgeous bride and myself after trying on a hundred different dresses and trawling [...]

Thinking of moving to Fraser… any thoughts?

By 15 October 2014

Currently living in the deep south but plan on moving north to be closer to work… gov job in Belconnen… have been told that Fraser is a nice clean suburb that is nice and quiet… any thoughts?

Motorhomes

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have some friends heading to Canberra for a while. They have a motorhome that is enormous! Does anyone know if there are any long term options for it? The only two parks I can find aren’t big enough! yes it’s that big!!

Who manufactures ACT street signs?

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All.
Anyone else noticed the lack of proof-reading street signs?
Forrest Dr, National Arboretum (should read Forest Dr)
Form 2 Lane, Yarra Glen (lack of plural)
Recycling Center, throughout Gungahlin Town Centre (that American influence…)
Surely there are some others out there. Are the signs manufactured locally? If so wouldn’t the sign-producers know better? Who lets the final design [...]

Financial planner specialising in overseas posting

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Canberrans, I was wondering if anyone knows of a financial planner that specialises in advising people who are soon to be posted overseas?

Whatever happened to the Canberra dinner party?

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

When I came to Canberra in the mid-70s, dinner parties were very much a mainstay of the social scene, primarily amongst couples of course, but singles were included too, especially if there was someone the hosts thought you could be paired off with!
It’s not that there weren’t restaurants and clubs in those days (anyone remember [...]

Solid wood interior sliding door fitted in Canberra

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all,
Looking at getting a interior sliding door fitted that is solid wood as our current one is a cheap hollow construction and the room in question will be used for a baby.
Has anyone used a door company in Canberra (apart from doors plus) that has done something similar?

Marist or St Edmunds?

By 9 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Everyone,
My family and I are moving to Canberra and would like to find out peoples opinions about Marist and St Edmunds. My son loves his sports but requires a bit more assistance academically.  Ideally we would like a school that is big on their sports but also encourages academic excellence as well. In my [...]

Suitable suburb for my family

By 8 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am moving to Canberra in December with my husband and 5 children. 3 of our children will be attending primary school, one secondary and one hopefully at ANU next year. We are moving from a small country town in Melbourne and enjoy being involved in our local community. Our children play AFL, netball and [...]

Dog Boarding in Canberra

By 2 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I know there have been discussions on this topic before however there has been nothing recently.  Can anyone give me some feedback about Tara Dog Boarding in Pialligo?   I am considering using them at Christmas and would appreciate feedback on any recent experiences people may have had?

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