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Ask RiotACT: Car respray recommendations (car repair)

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Riot’ers,
Any quality or cost recommendations/considerations for repaint of a car in the Canberra area ? This is private non-insurance work and I would prefer to deal with a shop not a backyard guy.

Ask RiotACT: Wanted – Part time commercial kitchen

By 11 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am on the hunt for an unused commercial kitchen to use out of hours (5-10pm) up to 4 nights a week to boost my small catering business. If anyone knows of an appropriate space please contact me with details!

Ask RiotACT: Electrician for small job?

By 5 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve just converted my garage into an office, and need an electrician to add a new powerpoint and data point. Can anyone recommend a reputable sparky who would do a small job like this, preferably this week?
Thanks!

Any concerns re Mr Fluffy demolitions?

By 22 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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So Mr Fluffy houses have started to be demolished. Fences have gone up around several in my street, including one across the road from me. If a Mr Fluffy has been demolished next door to you or in your street, what is your opinion of the demolition process? Are you satisfied that every safety measure [...]

Ask RiotACT: international finance advice

By 13 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi hive mind,
Does anyone know of a Canberran financial advisor who is able to give advice on international matters? What we need is personal (i.e. retirement, savings, superannuation financial advice) for us as we may be moving to Pommy land.
Thanks in advance.

Ask RiotACT: Where to go? Braddon or Kingston?

By 12 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Canberrans,
I’m about to relocate to Canberra, and am trying to decide which suburb to move to. As the headline suggests, it’s between Braddon and Kingston. I’m a 30 year old professional, married, no kids, looking to buy an apartment and really want a convenient lifestyle with easy access to public transport and things to [...]

Ask RiotACT: Pet Door at Rental Property

By 11 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi,
I’m wondering if anyone has any suggestions on pet doors suitable for a rental property? (i.e. that don’t leave screw holes/require modifying existing windows/doors)
We have vertical sliding windows which open from the ground up, so I was thinking it might be possible to get something custom-made, or a handy-man to adapt a store-bought pet door, [...]

Help with a statutory warranty for new homes issue

By 10 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Help – I need advice on getting defects rectified please.
I bought a newish house that had been used as a “Display Home” by the builder/developer.  It was around 6 months old when I bought it. It had never been lived in, evident by the fact the gas hot water wasn’t on and the water tank [...]

Looking for a financial planner in Canberra

By 7 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am looking for a financial planner in Canberra. I have been recommended three in particular, Milestone Financial, Rise Financial and Whybrow and Associates.  Has anyone had any dealing with any of these financial planners?  Do you have any other suggestions?

Ask RiotACT: Reasonable Hairdresser with Great Colourist

By 7 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi,
I am new to Canberra and I am looking for a new hairdresser.
I live at Turner but I am happy to drive anywhere for a decent and reasonably priced hairdresser.
I have red hair so I need to get my hair coloured every four weeks to maintain the shade, and so I do not want to [...]

Ask RiotACT: sports high schools

By 6 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello Rioters. Just reaching out to find out what your opinions are on good high schools in Tuggeranong, specifically ones that have good sports programmes.
Thanks.

Ask RiotACT: Buying hay

By 5 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi, I’m getting married in Yarralumla next year and I would like to use hay to achieve a rustic vibe. Does anyone know where to get some? I have only found the green and round bales.
Thanks in advance.

How does our public begging problem compare to that in other cities?

By 5 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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According to the Canberra Times, panhandlers are on the rise in Manuka. I don’t like the prospect of these people hassling retirees my mum’s age. Is it me or is Canberra worse than other cities for public begging? I spend a fair bit of time in Sydney and I have never had a [...]

Ask RiotACT: Buying new car interstate

By 4 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am new to buying cars and I have read some articles from RiotACT dating back to 2011 about not buying new cars in Canberra due to:

The overpricing issue compare to Sydney.
The attitudes of the salesman being, I would say not hungry enough for the sales, to try to accommodate a reasonable offer, or – in [...]

Ask RiotACT: Feijoas in Canberra?

By 3 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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For those of you who know what this delicious and tangy yet sweet fruit is all about, do you know if they’re easy to come by in Canberra?
If anyone had the foresight to plant their own trees and now finds they have more than they can eat, I would willingly buy some from you!  … Actually, [...]

Ask RiotACT: Yoga classes specifically for back issues

By 1 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone know of a yoga or Pilates beginners class in Canberra that specialises in bad back problems, more specifically mild scheuermann’s kyphosis.
I’m worried about getting a teacher that may not be fully qualified and may cause further damage.

As RiotACT: Ending a periodic tenancy?

By 30 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone know whether a periodic tenancy has to end exactly on the day of the week/ fortnight/month we normally would pay rent?  I know we have to give at least three weeks notice, but would we have our rent partially refunded or prorated if the date we vacate was in the middle of our [...]

Ask RiotACT: bike parking at the airport?

By 29 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m going to the airport next week and I am considering about getting there by bike because the bus doesn’t look like it goes too close. So, question: are there bike racks or something at the Canberra airport which would keep a (pretty dodgy) bike safe for two weeks?

Ask RiotACT: Recommendation for Cat Specialist

By 28 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Can anyone recommend a Canberra vet specialising in cats. I have a 15 year old diabetic cat that is on the verge of remission.
The vet practice that I’ve been going to for the last ten+ years has been recently taken over by new management. My cat has been going downhill over the last six months [...]

Ask RiotACT: Best secondary schools – public and private?

By 24 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi. We are moving to Canberra in a few months and I want to know people’s opinion of the best secondary schools in ACT.  I have two sons – one in year 8 and one in year 9.  Open to all options.

WANTED: 18-30 year olds in the ACT for paid & confidential interviews/focus groups

By 18 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Are you aged 18-30 and live in the ACT? Do you gamble or know another young person that does? If so, we want to hear from you!
The Youth Coalition of the ACT is currently looking for participants for interviews and focus groups for their Young People and Gambling Project. The project’s aim is to develop [...]

Ask RiotACT: Knock-down rebuild options

By 17 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all.
We have just purchased a block of land in North Canberra and are planning to do a knock-down rebuild. We are currently researching local builders and finding that there are often as many positive as negative reviews about each company.
We would really appreciate any feedback from others who have been through this process recently [...]

Ask RiotACT: ACT Parking Officer parked in loading zone

By 14 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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This parking inspector parked his car in a loading zone today in Forrest, while he gave out tickets to cars around the corner. I know emergency vehicles are allowed to park safely where they need to to carry out their duties… but this struck me as a bit of a stretch.
The ACT and Australian Road [...]

Ask RiotACT: ACT Strata Management Service

By 12 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi RiotACT,
I am looking for anyone who has had dealings with “ACT Strata Management Service” and a couple of names/addresses of complex/apartment/townhouses that are managed by them? The reviews on google are quite bad, but we have heard a decent review or two also. If anyone could help that would be great!
Thanks,
Aimee

Ask RiotACT: Small Businesses in Canberra

By 11 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am doing an assignment on small businesses in Canberra. If you or someone you know is running or is employed by a small business can you please inform me in the comments below?
All I need is 3 or 4 different businesses. Thank you.

Ask RiotACT: suburb recommendations

By 11 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Firstly, I wanted to say that I got some great tips  on this site before moving to Canberra recently so thanks.
We have recently moved to Amaroo (renting) and I’m trying to decide where to buy a house later in the year to settle down with the family.
I’ve been doing a lot of research on AllHomes [...]

Ask RiotACT: How much do scribes charge?

By 10 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I bet someone out there knows the answer to this! Now that the public service seems to outsource scribing for APS interviews, how much do agencies actually charge per hour for the scribes they send out?  I know the scribe is paid around $50/hour for interview attendence and drafting up the reports, but how much [...]

Ask RiotACT: Should we be wary of pre-2004 houses?

By 9 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We’re not from Canberra but have lived here a couple of years now. We’re considering buying a house/townhouse/apartment and looking for a little extra local knowledge: we gather that the building regulations and building laws may have been reformed in 2004? (We may have this wrong).
Leaving aside Fluffies and low-EER old buildings, does the 2004 change in regulations mean we should be [...]

Ask RiotACT: Gluten-free Hot Cross Buns

By 8 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Okay, hive mind.  I know Easter fare such as hot cross buns have been on supermarket shelves since about Boxing Day, but can anyone shed light on where one might avail oneself of a supply of gluten free hot cross buns?  Preferably north side, but willing to travel to make a little astromonkey happy.
Fire away!

Ask RiotACT: best (and cheapest) utilities in Canberra

By 7 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello, have you lived here for a while? Can you give me, a newcomer to the area, any opinions about which electricity company offers the cheapest rates?   The place I am moving into has electric wall heaters as the only heating option for the approaching chilly winter. I’m just trying to get an idea of how [...]

Ask RiotACT: getting my RSA in the ACT

By 5 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello,
UK working visa holder here. Just wanting some advice on getting my RSA, I saw some websites that offer them very quickly and relatively cheap. Can anyone confirm if this is a legit way to acquire the RSA or can anyone point me in the right direction. CIT’s website states that to get an RSA [...]

Ask RiotACT: upholsterer for loose cover

By 4 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have a heavy three-seater couch with loose down cushions, covered in winter fabric, that needs a removable linen summer cover made for it (and it will be too much trouble to get it out of the house and to an upholsterer).
Professional upholsterer recommendations needed, thanks in advance!

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