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Best of Canberra: Pastries

By 9 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I remember camping in France about 7 years ago. It’s not as romantic as it sounds – we had set off for 10 days camping without checking the weather. What I do recall very fondly though was the honking horn of the boulanger delivering fresh bread and pastries to hungry campers. I [...]

North, ICBM and Meche closes its doors

By 9 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was out for dinner Saturday night and walked past the famous night club strip on Northboure Ave to notice that iconic bar Meche (The old Private Bin), ICBM and North Bar are all up for lease.
After some investigation I was loosely informed that the owner of the bar had a dispute with the Sydney [...]

Roofing – Replace Tiles with Colourbond

By 9 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am looking at replacing our tired and cracking tiled roof with Colourbond. I have recieved two quotes which are reasonably comparable.
One quote came from a small business: Simply Guttering and Roofing.
The second came from WR Engineering.
I am hoping people can let me know if anyone has either positive or negative comments about either of these [...]

Recommendation for building designer or architect

By 4 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all,
Have seen some older posts with recommendations but after some up to date info?
My husband and I are thinking about an extension to our house and would be doing it as owner builders (getting in tradies for lots of parts but essentially project managing it ourselves) and I’m after some recommendations of building designers or [...]

Graffiti and how to stop it

By 4 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Is there anyone in Canberra who can tell me how to remove graffiti from a colourbond fence?  I spent 3yrs saving up for a large fence which backs on to a main street only to have it pristine for 6mths. Then the animals defaced it (they are too awful to be called artists).  As the [...]

Yeehah – western gear

By 3 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Greetings Rednecks, Bootscooters and Good Old Boys, where can I buy some kick a^*e western gear (as in clothes) in Canberra? Not just ya basic checks and jeans but something with a bit of Kinky Freedman style. Hope y’all can set me mozyin in the right direction.

Gas bill – Conversion Factor

By 3 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ActewAGL suddenly changed our Conversion Factor from about 0.6 to 0.9 and claims that all of a sudden we are using about 60% more Units than our previous bill (even though someone moved out of our place 3 months ago and was not replaced).
ActewAGL have reissued an old bill and a issued new one which [...]

Recommendations for home Improvements/renovations

By 2 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi there
I’m looking to do some improvements on my home and would appreciate some recommendations on reliable, great quality businesses who can help me with the following:

New wardrobe cupboards
Removal of old carpet and installation of new flooring (floating timber floors)
Kitchen/Bathroom renos (incl. floor and wall tiling)
Painting (interior)
Concreting/Paving/Landscaping (small area)

I am on a budget and would like [...]

Looking for a solo musician to hire for art exhibition opening

By 1 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi everyone,
I’m planning an open night for an art exhibition and thought a musician would be a great addition.
Space is limited, hence the single musician. Perhaps a classical guitarist, cellist or someone who can play melodious, classy yet unobtrusive music and has good vocals, for an intimate venue.
I’m relatively new to Canberra and as such [...]

Secretive development of parks

By 1 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The recent hoo-ha over the development of the park outside dickson pool has brought up a good question. How to inform locals about development of their green spaces?
Residential developments are flagged with the little yellow sign outside the house. Neighbours will see it and have a look.
But to flag a green-space development with a tiny [...]

Queanbeyan Cinema – more red tape

By 30 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Rioters,
Unsure if you’ve been following the epic drama over the border in Queanbeyan.
In a nutshell, we’ve been clamouring for a cinema for 18 years, and it’s come to the boil for the last 6 months. Over this 6 month period, council has been provided with an opportunity and a space to build [...]

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
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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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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