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Floriade Disappointing

By 24 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

My first ever visit to Floriade last weekend. It took me longer to find a parking spot than to see all that Floriade had to offer. Seriously, is this Canberra’s main event?
Others have told me that each year, the flower displays dwindle  and the over-priced food stalls grow.
Over-hyped and over-rated.
 

Basketball Backboard

By 22 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Rather ironically my “lifetime” freestanding basketball system’s backboard has broken ie the perspex sheet.  To be fair the thing is about ten years old so was bound to happen at some point.
I have contacted the company but while the part is worth $50 the postage is over $500! Also had no success looking on eBay [...]

Recommendations for painter and decorator

By 21 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Can anyone give me a good recommendation for a painter to paint the inside of my house? I want someone who is careful and thorough with their work and can recommend the right paint and colours for the various areas of the house. Eg wet areas etc… and cleans up thoroughly after themselves and is [...]

Road rage on Monaro today almost killed us

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

My partner and I are very lucky to be alive this afternoon….
At approx 3:10pm this afternoon, we experienced horrific road rage directed at us on the Monaro Hwy. It happened in the direction going from Civic to Hume about 1km or so of the Alexander Maconochie Centre. An “electric blue” coloured ute (pretty sure it was [...]

Missing dog

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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One One went missing midday on the 19th from Franklin. She is very shy, but an extremely sweet girl. We are very frightened for her. If you have any knowledge of her whereabouts, please call Caitlin on 0400158765.

Reward.

Isle of Man TT style race for Canberra / region?

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’ve been reflecting on recent RA posts about events in Canberra (i.e whether or not Canberra is a boring place), and this prompted me to think what sort of event would put our fair city on the world stage.
Now, we already have Floriade and Summernats, the Balloon and Folk Festivals, various NGA exhibitions, the CIRC 24 [...]

State/Territory Mutual Recognition fails again

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Today I received my renewal notice for my NSW Recreational Fishing License which has risen 17% to $35.00 for 12 months. They must be using the same rating formula as ACT Revenue.
An equivalent license in the ACT does not exist (yet) but my favourite fishing spot is in NSW and ACT residents are not exempted from [...]

Home security revisited

By 18 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

It’s been a few years since the matter of home security systems was discussed and, since I am currently poised to jump ship with the company I’ve been with for more than 10yrs (ADT) and switch to one about which I know very little (Chubb), it seemed a perfect time to ask what people’s experience has [...]

Queuing at Centrelink

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I haven’t noticed before, but it seems that service providers (Centrelink, Canberra Connect, banks etc) have their personnel patrol queues or “greet customers” in place of getting a queue ticket. On the surface this seems very reasonable.  However when I went to Centrelink Braddon about a letter threatening to suspend or cancel my 90 yo mother’s pension, the “greeter” [...]

Best of Canberra – Eggs Benedict

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For me, one of life’s true treats is going out for a leisurely breakfast/brunch. My meal of choice is often Eggs Benedict. Runny eggs, slightly creamy (but not too gloopy) hollandaise, smoky ham (or bacon) and cracked pepper. Mmmmmm.
One of the things I missed most about Canberra when I lived overseas was [...]

Good Lawyers and Accountants for Businesses in the ACT

By 16 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
Does anyone know any good lawyers or accountants in the ACT for small business? A friend of mine is looking to acquire a business she is working at and just needs a nice solicitor to handle the takeover and an accountant to deal with the business going forward.
Thanks for your help.
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Looking to replace my toilet suites

By 15 September 2014

Hello.
Just wondering whether anyone has used Female Choice Plumbing for plumbing work and installing toilet suites? I need to replace my toilets (3 of them) and would like  someone who can replace these at a good price. Any other suggestions of companies to  do this?

Renting and Residual Current Devices

By 15 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I rent a property in NSW. My land lord has not fitted a Residual Current Device to the power board. I have read lots of information online about how they are compulsory in work places, how they are compulsory under the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Residual Current Devices) Regulations 2011 and the Wiring Rules [...]

RE: Financial advisors in Canberra

By 13 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all.
I’m looking for a financial planner to help me with both superannuation and more general wealth creation. I appreciate that this question has been asked before, but previous posts were all done before the changes (now half rolled back, to my understanding) to the superannuation industry.
I have no desire to be swindled, and have studied finance, so I [...]

End-of-lease cleaner recommendations

By 12 September 2014

Hi,
Can anyone recommend a reliable and reasonably priced end-of-lease cleaner in the ACT/QBN region?
Thanks.

Sleepy Burrows Wombat Alert!

By 11 September 2014

Donna Stephan and her family run the privately funded, Sleepy Burrow Wombat Sanctuary, just past Gundaroo. They take in injured wombats, rehabilitate and return them to the wild. They have a Pozible fund raiser  to build a new enclosure.
“Sleepy burrows wombat sanctuary needs your help! “We do not ever ever want to be in a [...]

Enrollment fraud, is it more chicken or the egg?

By 11 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Last week I saw an article in the CT about parents lying about their place of residence to get their kids into elite target public schools in the ACT. It generated a lot of discussion but got me thinking about the flip-side to this debate, principals who pick and choose kids from out of area. [...]

Calwell Swimming Pool- Car Parking or Lack Off.

By 11 September 2014

Great to see the Liberal Member for Brindabella doing what all politicians seem good at and self praising himself in a local flyer for his part in ensuring that the construction of a new swimming pool at Calwell went ahead, despite “numerous hurdles” placed in the way.
One of those hurdles no doubt was the lack [...]

Something happening at Cooleman Court – 6 police cars suddenly turned up

By 10 September 2014

It looks like something reasonably serious has happened at Cooleman Court today, out the front of Kusina restaurant.
As I was leaving the carpark there, I saw multiple police vehicles with their lights on, haphazardly pulled up in front of the restaurant and police were taking statements from people (who I thought looked quite shocked).
In another [...]

Bonner Explosion

By 10 September 2014

Hi,
Did anyone hear the multiple explosions last night at 11pm in Bonner? Just curious as to what it was.

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 [...]

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