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Light rail and intersections?

By 1 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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According to Capital Metro:

Who will have priority at traffic lights?
A level of priority is typically provided for light rail to help the service run efficiently. This occurs as a part of planning that helps the light sequencing to support the major traffic flow (such as the inbound traffic in the morning peak). This means that [...]

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 screen repairer?

By 28 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I recently cracked the screen on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
Trying to find the best place to get it repaired because I’ve experienced a lot of dodgy people…
Hope you can help. Much appreciated.

Cheap gym in Tuggeranong?

By 27 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m putting this in the “Ask RiotACT” section in the hopes I can find a good solution from someone with a bit of knowledge of Tuggeranong.
I’ve been out of work for a while, and have recently picked up some work for a few months near the Hyperdome.  Because some of the shifts might finish just after [...]

Canberra GP recommendations

By 26 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was wondering if anyone can recommend a GP in Canberra who takes the time to listen and explain things to you, and preferably specialises in chronic disease?
Also, does anyone know of a chronic illness support group in the ACT?
Thankyou.

Recommendations for good, reliable builder?

By 25 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I know there have been lots of comments regarding builders on the site (most advising that I should run to the hills in fear), but we have taken the plunge and we are building a house so I would love some feedback.
We are looking to build a sustainable, energy efficient, modern feel house and would like [...]

Costco petrol no longer cheaper?

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I filled up at Costco on 22 January at $1.16 per litre. Checking Woolies fuel app on 23 January it would appear that the airport is the same price as most other outlets in the ACT at $112.9.
Does this mean that Costco is no longer offering cheaper petrol than anywhere else? I thought this would happen. [...]

Advice for sick Kay Parris Magnolia plant?

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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 Hi, new to this forum and hoping someone can help!
Two weeks ago I planted a beautiful Kay Parris Magnolia in our front yard. Western facing, full sun, created a garden bed filled with lovely soil with the typical Canberra clay beneath it. It has now turned rather ill looking.

The bottom leaves are becoming dry and [...]

Does the Color Run mislead participants?

By 23 February 2015
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The Color Run is a terrific event in terms of being genius marketing and it encourages local community participation.
Both my teenage daughters were in teams with their school friends. It cost me $130 ($65 each). I thought this was expensive for a ‘run’ and to have some coloured powder thrown over you. They assured me [...]

Netball clubs at Arawang or Deakin?

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m keen to back into (relatively) competitive weekend netball after a few years off, and I’m looking for a club to join, preferably at Deakin or Weston Creek.  I’m in my mid-twenties, so I’m interested in the seniors competitions. I’d like to play for a team that is social, but also competitive.
Any information about registration dates [...]

Canberra clothing stores that stock small designers?

By 22 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Fang at Ainslie shops used to stock Melbourne alleyway fashion designers till it closed a year or so ago. Are there any other (current) boutiques that stock small/local and Melbourne designers?

Know of a Canberra Protestant church run by the congregation?

By 21 February 2015
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Anybody got a suggestion for a Protestant church in Canberra or surrounds run by the congregation? I.e. not the hierarchical Episcopal model, with a Bishop with sweeping powers, nor the Presbyterian model with elders elected by the congregation.

Selling an old car in Canberra – is it a hassle?

By 21 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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So I have a 2001 Lancer that I want to sell. It’s a fairly old car and it’s got a couple of dents  by the previous owner (only one of them by me!) and rego is about to run out and I really don’t think it’s worth us having two cars so I just want to [...]

What can I do about an overgrown hedge ?

By 20 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s not a nature strip issue. The hedge is growing in the neighbour’s yard, along the side fence.  It’s higher than a two-storey house and it blocks the light in the downstairs rooms.
I’ve pruned it back to the fence but the sheer height of the photinia still causes an issue for reaching the canopy.
There is apparently [...]

Cost of continuous flow hot water system?

By 19 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all,
Newbie here – please be kind Our electric tank hot water system has died, leaving us without hot water. Instead of paying to get it fixed we thought we may as well get a continuous flow hot water system (gas) installed, as we’ve been talking about it for a while, but have never [...]

Best local children’s gymnastics clubs?

By 17 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Rioters,
Im looking at enrolling our 2yo daughter in one of the gym clubs around town. There’s a stack of different programs for kids of different ages and skill levels.  My opinion is that gym is one of the better activities on offer for children this age as there are so many positive benefits from [...]

What’s happening to the grass area at the back of the Spence Community Centre?

By 17 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I came home yesterday afternoon (Monday 16 Feb) and the grass area at the back of the Spence Community Centre has been graded and I believe a car park is going in. There has been no community consultation and having a house in the area I would like some information as to what is actually [...]

Roof glare

By 15 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone know the rules re glare from metal garage’s and solar panels? I cannot open my kitchen blinds for several hours every afternoon due to blinding glare from a neighbours garage that was bad enough before he recently added solar panels.
I asked actpla if the panels were legal ( garage is only a meter [...]

How to eat tail-on prawns in creamy sauce

By 15 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve peeled many prawns in my time, and eaten many creamy prawn dishes.
But it seems to have become fashionable to combine the two, by serving dishes that combine creamy sauces with prawns whose tails are still covered in carapace.
My problem is that I don’t know how to peel the prawn tails without getting the sauce [...]

Nice smooth concrete or tarmac for inline skating?

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone know of somewhere with smooth concrete or tarmac so I can practice inline skating? I’m after somewhere with the same smooth surface as the numerous underground carparks around the city. I’d use the carparks but dodging cars is no fun.

Blind company recommendations?

By 11 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My partner and I desperately need to replace the blinds in our loft style apartment. Because the window is five metres high we need someone install the blinds for us.
We do not want curtains.
I was hoping people on here could recommend (or tell me to stay clear) of blind companies/installers in Canberra? I’m feeling a bit [...]

Free meeting room at Canberra cafe?

By 9 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi guys and girls,
I am after a (preferably free) meeting room at a café in Canberra for 6 to 10 people to meet weekly on Tuesdays or Thursdays for breakfast. Can anyone recommend a suitable location with a good breakfast?

Good barber in Belconnen?

By 7 February 2015
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Can anyone recommend a good barber in the Belconnen area, please?
For many years my husband went to a fantastic barber in Cook but unfortunately he sold his business and it is now a women’s hairdresser.  He went into the Belconnen Mall this morning and came home scalped!
Would appreciate any recommendations very much.

Stromlo Bike Park – Is it ever good for kids?

By 6 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I took my kids along to Stromlo Bike Park over Christmas and it was excellent – the wide road made for a great ‘practice’ space for my daughter to learn to ride without her training wheels and my little ones were free to play.  There were a few other people there – some cycling the [...]

Loud screaming noise in Torrens at night?

By 3 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A reader has submitted the following question about strange noises in Torrens:

We have recently moved to Torrens (backing Mt Taylor) and have heard on a number of occasions a loud screaming sound – one ‘scream’ at a time -in the middle of the night. It is first heard at a distance, gets closer and then [...]

Driving instructor recommendations?

By 2 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was wondering if anyone could recommend a patient and experienced driving instructor, preferably in the Tuggeranong area.  The person looking for instruction is a male who is 18 years of age.  I’d appreciate any advice anyone can offer.

Weight loss hypnotherapy – any recommendations?

By 31 January 2015
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I’m considering hypnotherapy to assist with weight loss, has anyone tried this in Canberra? Any recommendations?
Disclaimer: I know weight loss is relatively simple: eat less, mostly plants, move more. I’m after a little help.

Recommendations for metal fencing contractors ?

By 31 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I need to replace a 25+ year old wooden fence – preferably with a metal one because the old wooden one has some termites in it.
Any recommendations for metal fencing contractors – recent experiences preferred.  Not after a dirt cheap job – just a good job.
Thanks.
 

Body corporate costs for new apartments?

By 30 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi, just wondering whether anyone could advise on what one might expect to pay in body corporate fees for a two bed, two bath, 80m living apartment off the plan in Canberra at the moment?
It is a small complex of around 30 apartments with no pool or gym, and one lift. The complex also combines [...]

Tips for riding from Belconnen to Tuggeranong?

By 29 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all
Due to machinery of government changes I’m now facing a potential work move from the City to Tuggeranong.  As I live in Belconnen and we are a one car family I’m now considering transport options.
I’m considering riding from Belconnen Town Centre to Tuggeranong Office Park each morning and bussing it home in the afternoons with my [...]

Budget New Year’s Eve venue

By 29 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi guys,
I am really keen to have a New Year’s Eve wedding and wondering if anyone knows of any budget venues that would potentially allow us to stay until 1am. Most venues close at 12am but considering it’s New Year’s Eve I’m hoping to find somewhere that’s more flexible on this.
Also has anyone had experience [...]

Carpenter and joiner

By 25 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We need two built-in wall units made.  Can anyone recommend a carpenter/joiner who could help us?  I’m currently thinking of contacting two – Ray Browne Joinery and Benchmarc Joinery – any comments on these two would be much appreciated.

Recommendation for car brake pads replacement?

By 20 January 2015
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I’ve had a lot of trouble with mechanics, like everyone. Can anyone recommend a good place for a brake pads replacement? Reasonably priced etc.
Please don’t tell me to do it myself. I am a girl with little to no mechanical skill (other than changing fuses). I have no tools. I know it’s simple enough but [...]

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