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Increased aircraft noise over Tuggeranong?

By 16 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I live in Chisholm, have done so for the past six years.
There was no aircraft noise when we first moved in but over the last few months we have noticed a significant increase in the number of lower flying planes which we can hear flying over when we are inside our house. Granted we don’t have [...]

Skywhale for sale?

By 16 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I read over the weekend that the Skywhale, and the company that operates it, are for sale.
Does anyone know what the commercial arrangements where when the ACT Government paid for the balloon to be built in the first place?  I’m wondering if there was any arrangement in the contract if the company flopped that the Skywhale [...]

Cheap parking in Civic during weekdays?

By 13 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m hoping the RA brains trust will be able to help me out here…
Where are the best (by this I mean cheapest) places to park Monday to Friday in/around the city? I’m not averse to a bit of a walk each way if it means saving a few thousand a year!
Alternatively, does anyone have experience [...]

Best bar to watch Melbourne Grand Prix in Canberra?

By 13 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi, just wondering if anyone in Canberra gets passionate about Formula 1? If so, where would you recommend we go to watch the race live this Sunday?
Thanks

ACT rego stickers…or lack thereof!

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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What happens in the ACT if you don’t receive your rego renewal?
Well, I can tell you that you get a rather large fine!
I was pulled over by one of the police cars who do the plate recognition, and the police officer told me that I was not registered. To my knowledge this was not true, [...]

Primary school for Page residents?

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We’ve recently bought a house in Page and will be moving to Canberra in May with our kids aged four and six.
Apparently we’re not able to enrol in pre-school/primary school until we are actually in Canberra (sounds like a crazy rule to me), but we would like to know more about the schools before we [...]

What happened to the Belgian Beer Cafe?

By 10 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Rioters,
Does anyone know what has happened to the Little Brussels Belgian Beer Cafe in Kingston? I walked past it earlier today and noticed a sign up saying it was closed until further notice.

How to cat-proof a garden?

By 10 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Reader Zizanio has contacted us via email with a query about cat-proofing a garden.

I have a question for the wonderfully helpful RiotACT community: has anyone cat-proofed a garden? If so, any suggestions as to someone who could design and construct cat-proofing?

Any advice?

Seeking Inward Bound ANU runners

By 6 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Looking for those mildly crazy people who have run in the ANU’s Inward Bound Event over the years….
Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a great record of who ran, where end point was or who won each year. I would like to put together a nice history of the race with any stories and results you might [...]

Dart boards in pubs in Canberra, little help?

By 5 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi guys,
I have some friends staying with me over the weekend, one of whom is a mad fan of playing darts and has asked me to help him out finding a place to relieve his needs to throw objects at a board.
None of my google skills have managed to help locate a place where you [...]

Work ceased at Giralang shops site?

By 5 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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All work has ceased at the Giralang shops site. There is a rumour of a court injunction from Supabarn. Does anyone have information to clarify the situation?

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?

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