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College recommendations for Year 11 student

By 23 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m a year 11 student who currently lives in Sydney. I’m planning to move to Canberra but I have no idea which colleges are good.
I’m academically in the average at an average-ranked school and I want to study in ANU in the future for Psychology.
Out of Narrabundah, Dickson or Gungahlin College, which is good in [...]

Honeycomb/cellular blinds recommendations

By 22 April 2015
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I’m looking at getting some new blinds and like the idea of the energy efficiency of the honeycomb blinds.  There are so many blind companies though that I am finding it a bit overwhelming.  I am keen to hear others’ recommendations.
I like supporting local business so I am looking at Watson Blinds but from a [...]

Leaky roof – flues not sealed correctly?

By 17 April 2015
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Our house was built three years ago and now it has started leaking water from the roof. I inspected the roof and found out that flues were sealed with a heavy dose of Silicone without using a storm collar. The silicone sealings have now split.
Looking at the photos, is this a standard way of installing flues [...]

Giralang service station closed?

By 16 April 2015
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Hi Riot-actors – anybody got the low down on the Giralang service station – fenced off and looks like they’re digging up the pumps?
Hopefully we’re not losing another local…any info would be greatly appreciated!

Burmese food in Canberra?

By 15 April 2015
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Hey RiotACT – Does anyone know where the Burmese family went that used to serve food at the Turner Bowls Club?
I’m desperate for one of their curries and I’d love to know if they opened up a place somewhere else!

Women’s self defence classes in Canberra?

By 15 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am interested in doing some self defence classes. Mainly just to feel confident to be able to get myself out of a bad situation if I ever needed to.
Does anyone have any feedback on Krav maga in Canberra? Places you would recommend? Good instructors?
I am also open to other types of self defence for [...]

Light rail or Monash Drive to solve Northbourne congestion?

By 14 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Should we build the first stage of Light Rail or instead build Monash Drive to solve the problem of increasing congestion along Northbourne Avenue during peak times?
The current Government plans to build light rail along Northbourne Avenue, but previous Federal and ACT Governments had planned to eventually build Monash Drive.
Monash Drive had been proposed since [...]

Is there such thing as a cheap electrician in Canberra?

By 13 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Just wondering if there’s such thing as a cheap electrician in Canberra?
I’ve just moved into a private rental, went to turn off the kitchen light – only to find that it’s been pushed in and the switch is not usable.
While I have no fridge it’s fine, however, when the fridge arrives I won’t be able [...]

Free parking on Monday 27 April?

By 13 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Given that it is a public holiday for ACT Government employees on Monday 27 April, will this mean that public holiday parking conditions apply in the ACT?
Below is the information posted on the ACTION buses website.
On Monday 27 April 2015 ACTION bus services will run to a Saturday Timetable.
This is due to Anzac Day (25 [...]

Advice on how to deal with bad neighbours?

By 13 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m at a loss as to what to do and looking for advice from fellow Rioters who may have been through a similar situation.
I live in a Weston Creek suburb and have done so for several years. Upon moving in we weren’t aware of the government houses around us. Big deal. Residents of these homes were all [...]

Petition to urge Canberra vets to participate in the National Desexing Network

By 12 April 2015

Hi! It would really mean a lot to me and many other Canberrans if you could please take a minute out of your day and sign this petition and share it around.
The ACT is currently the ONLY state in Australia that is not part of the National Desexing Network. The NDN is a nationwide referral [...]

Housing options following divorce?

By 12 April 2015
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After a long and drawn out divorce – my ex and I are amicable – we wish to locate a property in the Canberra region – where we live with our kids – but not with each other. for example top floor/bottom floor – separate living – even an A and B type set up. I [...]

Private tutor for primary school

By 11 April 2015
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Hi, I am looking to get some advice and recommendation on getting a private tutor for my kids who are in primary school at the moment. I am looking for a tutor who is able to come home and provide private tutoring for English and maths. Does anyone have any recommendations. Any help would be [...]

Canberra Men’s Centre seeks WordPress advice

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Canberra Men’s Centre has recently started blogging and I’d like to create multiple blogs within our WordPress site. Unfortunately, as a small community service organisation, we have no IT division to advise me how to go about this. I’ve had a look at help forums and other online advice, but when I see the [...]

Canberra landscaper and horticulturalist recommendations

By 5 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There are of course older requests and responses on this topic, but it would be great to have some updated views on this ‘perennial’ question in Canberra!
Does anyone have good recent experience with a reliable and knowledgable landscaper/horticulturalist in Canberra….someone who can give advice on, and undertake, some garden renovation work at a fair price……installing/improving [...]

Seeking car/cycle parking options close to Woden

By 4 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have just been offered a job in Woden. It’s a good job but the parking in the area sucks and I can’t really afford parking every day
I am a keen cyclist but don’t want to cycle from Belconnen to Woden everyday due to afterwork activities. I’m looking at options of parking within [...]

departing.io – web app for ACTION buses

By 2 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As a frequent traveller on ACTION buses I find the current apps lacking – often I just want to know when the next bus will arrive at a stop. departing.io is a web app I have designed for this sole purpose, to see how long until the next bus arrives. It should look great on all mobile devices [...]

Shade sail installation recommendations?

By 2 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We have an existing shade sail (not professionally installed) which we now have to have installed properly. Any recommendations? Thanks

Does anyone know Adam or Meg?

By 1 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I found a really nice Happy Easter note today (1 April) in O’Connor, between David St and Ormond/Condamine Sts (near the Alliance Francaise building). It would be a shame if this note went undelivered, unread or discarded.
This is a long shot and I’d normally not bother, but the note was really thoughtful and I wanted [...]

Recommendation to remove wood heater/flue and repair ceiling?

By 1 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We are looking for someone to remove our wood heater and flue (never use it as house has ducted gas as well), and patch the resulting hole in the ceiling. The tricky bit is that we have cathedral ceilings (high, no cavity) which are wood panelled, rather than just standard plasterboard ceilings. Obviously keen to have [...]

Thoughts on making recycling weekly and rubbish fortnightly

By 1 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was thinking about the recycling bin at my house and how it gets filled up about five to seven days before the fortnightly recycling pickup and thought about that swapping weekly rubbish collection to fortnightly and making recycling pickup weekly would be overall better for everyone and increase how much is recycled with recyclables [...]

Should I move to Canberra?

By 30 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I own my own villa in Oxley Park suburb of Sydney and currently living there with a 7-year-old and my wife who stays at home. We are on PR right now and I will be getting my citizenship likely in December this year. I am an experienced Oracle DBA and currently employed and work from [...]

Recommendations for wedding cake supplier in Canberra

By 30 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Can anyone recommend someone to make a wedding cake in the Canberra region for a reasonable price?  Perhaps someone who works from home or a business who doesn’t charge a fortune because you mention “wedding”…  The wedding is in November this year (2015) and we are looking for two tiers with flower decorations.

Looking for something like Sizzlers in Canberra

By 29 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My family and I are currently living in Brisbane but will be moving to Canberra very soon.
One of our favourite family restaurants up here is Sizzlers. Is there anything like Sizzler in Canberra?
I know there used to be one in Canberra, but I believe it closed some years ago.
Thanks,
Malcolm.

Why is there less traffic on Fridays?

By 27 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve noticed a considerable difference driving to work in the mornings on Fridays. I drive (or cycle) straight down Northbourne to get to Deakin. After mentioning it this morning to a colleagues at work (who live all over Canberra) they all concurred.
What’s up with that, RiotActors?

What’s happening at the Kingston Centre?

By 25 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone know what is happening at The Kingston Centre? It is the building opposite the post office, and used to have a St George Bank there. They have ripped out the escalators and boarded up the old entrance to the IGA. Does anyone know what is going in there?

Gungahlin traffic woes

By 24 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Is anyone else finding the daily commute out of Gungahlin difficult?
My concerns are, as the population of the district increases the amount of traffic on the roads will only increase. Horse Park Dr, parts of Flemington Rd are single lane – not sufficient for the morning volumes of traffic.  Compared to Tuggeranong and Belconnen, Gungahlin [...]

Knock down and rebuild advice

By 22 March 2015
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We are looking to knock down and rebuild in Hackett and is wondering if anyone had any experience building with Hotondo Homes and G.J. Gardner Homes.
There is very little discussion about them on RiotACT and would very much appreciate any input. Thank you.

Recommendations for computer repairs

By 22 March 2015
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It would appear that my PC has picked up a rather nasty virus which is beyond me. I have never used a computer repairer before but I would be grateful for any recommendations for repairers (in Canberra) or tips. Also, information as to what other people have paid for software repairs would be useful as, [...]

Advice on inground pools in Canberra?

By 21 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We are looking at buying a new inground pool for our home in Canberra and would like to know if there any particular pool builders I should avoid and/or contact for a quote, especially from those who have been through this process over the last few years in Canberra.
Currently looking at Narellan Pools, Country Pools [...]

ActewAGL “free” energy saving house calls

By 20 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve just received a form letter from ActewAGL offering to install, for free, products such as door seals and energy-saving light bulbs so that I can start saving money.
Informed by the No Santa Claus Theorem, I find it counterintuitive that a business would altruistically spend money on me so that I will in future spend less [...]

Reasonably priced weekend caterer?

By 19 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am looking at catering for a not-for-profit groups conference later this year. We just need a simple lunch for Saturday and Sunday, i.e. wraps, sandwiches, sushi and rolls.
As always we need to cater for different dietary restrictions. We are wanting to keep the cost at around $10-15 per person per day. Can anyone suggest [...]

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