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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 [...]

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!

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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?

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).

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 [...]

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% [...]

Recycling plastic bags

By 20 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Recycling plastic bags

Hi RActors.
I used to be able to recycle plastic bags at Coles & Woolies, but they no longer have collection bins at the stores I frequent.
Planet ARK website tells me I can recycle plastic bags at Coles & Woolies, and not to attempt to recycle them through roadside collections.
I re-use everything I can (packaging like [...]

Best of Canberra – Bacon & Egg Roll

By 19 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - Bacon & Egg Roll

This week I want to hear your opinion on Canberra’s Best Bacon and Egg Roll. You’re either a lover or a hater, but for all you lovers of that bacon and runny egg goodness (I personally like a bit of cheese and BBQ sauce) – where is your go to spot when you want [...]

Sex offender rehabilitation program, refund?

By 19 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Today the ACT courts added a couple extra years to the Belconnen Library serial child sex offender sentence. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/belconnen-library-child-molester-to-serve-extra-three-years-jail-20140818-105d87.html
It was his sixth conviction for offences against children.
At what point do we say enough is enough, this obviously isn’t working?
Who is delivering this service and who’s responsible for ensuring offenders are allowed to reenter the community without further harming our [...]

Gas bill problem

By 16 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Gas bill problem

Hey all, long time reader but first time poster looking for advice!
Today, I received a gas bill for the amount of $4000.00! It was quite a shock because since I moved into the property, I haven’t received a single gas bill. I moved into the property around 3 years ago and when I moved in, [...]

Looking for Underwater Metal Detector

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hello, does anyone know if there is a place in Canberra region that has underwater metal detectors available to hire, specifically for personal usage?
I haven’t had much luck using google search.
Any information would be greatly appreciated!

Do poor Canberrans drive cars?

By 14 August 2014

Two questions about Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey’s recent comment -
“the poor don’t have cars or actually drive very far”
1. How does the Treasurer know how far poor people drive, if they are lucky enough to have a car?
2. Can anyone from the ACT Liberals explain what Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey was trying to say or [...]

Help looking for a designer to change the front of our house

By 14 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know any good designers or builders that could transform and refresh the front of our house in Theodore to a contemporary look.

Cat Kennel / Cat Sitter – Medium Term

By 13 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am on a humanitarian responder roster and I have been asked to prepare to deploy to Gaza/Iraq/Syria/Afghanistan (actual posting tbc). First step is to find a safe, stress-free environment for my two cats. The postings normally last three months so I am looking for options:- kennel, house sitter, shelter. Has anyone got any suggestions? [...]

Best of Canberra: Chicken Parma

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Best of Canberra: Chicken Parma

I will never forget the day my English husband sampled his first chicken parma. After a long day of beer drinking with friends in Melbourne (whilst on a holiday out from England) someone suggested we ‘go for a parma’. Intrigued and slightly scared, hubbie found himself faced with a schnitzel the size of [...]

School Principal’s Budget Autonomy Trial

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know when the report into School Principal’s Budget Autonomy Trial will be released? The trial was significantly scaled back after 18 months in July last year which raised a more than a few eyebrows. I for one am curious to know if the principal’s came in on budget? Did they appropriate the money [...]

Whats the Trick for Getting Tradies to Turn Up in Canberra ????

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Well, I’m not sure about the need for “infrastructure stimulus” projects in Canberra.   If there is, I hope those projects wont be relying on local tradies to do some of that work.
I have heard numerous similar stories to this, but now I have experienced myself :
For a few weeks now, I’ve been looking for an [...]

Small job concreting job

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m looking to employ someone to do small a job concreting at my home. I thought I would reach out to the RiotACT audience to see if anyone has a recommendation? Also are there any companies I should avoid? Thanks in advance.

Restaurant bookings

By 11 August 2014
Restaurant bookings

I went to one of my favourite places on Sunday morning for breakfast – Ricardo’s at Jamison. I haven’t been there for several months now so I was somewhat surprised when I turned up at 10am to find a lady out the front taking names. Apparently Ricardo’s now take bookings. The lady was very friendly, [...]

Recommendations for handy man/woman

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m looking for a handyman/woman who would assist me with making our garden sustainable and accessible for our three sons with disability. I’m learning the principles of permaculture and our garden has zones. Our house came with an old chook shed that we would like to clean out and reuse and also make a run [...]

Farmstay??

By 8 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi everyone,
I have some friends coming down to Canberra and they are looking for a Farmstay or similar… like a nice warm and cosy home with a fireplace… to stay for a weekend
Two adults, two young kids and a Gen Y tagging along.
Any help with ideas will be appreciated
Thanks
Sharon

Is Canberra Infested by a Brain-Eating Zombie Virus?

By 6 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Is Canberra Infested by a Brain-Eating Zombie Virus?

Hi All
Just a quick note to say I am about to take down my short story about whether Canberra is infested by a brain-eating zombie virus. It was inspired by a reader’s request to include three items in a yarn set in Canberra (and a dash of 1950s US Cold War zombie movies):

Gold Creek Lolly [...]

Best of Canberra – Curry

By 5 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - Curry

One of the things I miss most about London is a curry and a Kingfisher after an evening session in the pub. Actually, the curry and beer after a night of beer maybe wasn’t the best thing in the world, but the local curry houses were awesome. I am yet to find [...]

The Monster of Loch Burley Griffin?

By 5 August 2014
The Monster of Loch Burley Griffin?

Inspired by many posts over the years on the RiotACT, I thought it was again time to question what lurks beneath the muddy depths of Lake Burley Griffin. My latest Canberra short story was inspired by three items nominated via social media:
Llloonng Exposures + Clouds + Chilly Canberra Morning
http://www.capitalyarns.com.au/monster-loch-burley-griffin/
Let me know what you think. [...]

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