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Where can I find good coffee in Belconnen?

By 7 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve recently started working in Belconnen and I’m yet to find a really great coffee shop nearby. Any suggestions?
I really liked Lava when I worked in Phillip, as well as Two Hands, ONA and Celestinos when I was in Fyshwick. Where in Belconnen serves up a comparable flat white?
All suggestions welcome.

Does anyone know what happened to Cafe Bamboo in Braddon?

By 6 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My wife and I had a favourite Chinese restaurant, Cafe Bamboo, on Lonsdale Street in Braddon. It was forced to close as their building was demolished to make way for new apartments.
Does anyone know if the owner moved to a new location? I meant to ask but forgot, and when I walked by, it was [...]

Where can I find kids’ interior shops in Canberra?

By 4 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m new to Canberra and want to decorate my children’s bedrooms. (1, 3 & 8 years)
Can the more knowledgeable here point me in the direction of any good shops with products for Children’s interiors around town? Any help would be great!
Thanks for your help!

Dentist recommendations in Canberra?

By 3 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Can anyone recommend a good and gentle dentist, please? I’ve read the ones that were submitted in another query in 2011 and just wonder if there are any more recent dental recommendations. Thanks for any help you can offer.

What’s happening on the corner of Belconnen Way and Bindubi St?

By 3 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone know what is happening on the corner of Belconnen Way and Bindubi Street? Adecco (construction company) have dug out the old car park on Bardi Place, opposite Canberra High, but I can’t figure out if they are simply extending it or whether something else is also going up.

Living at an invalid address?

By 1 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have been living at my current house in Bonner for over two years, however, none of the systems recognise the address.
I have this problem with Telstra, TPG and iiNet and do not know which ACT public office I should contact to get it fixed. I know the street numbers are allocated by LDA.

Weekend getaway recommendations

By 30 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Husband and I are planning a last minute, mid-week getaway. Grateful for any recommendations/ thoughts of what we can see and do. Keen to explore regions around Canberra (ie not Sydney). TIA.

Where can I find Canberra’s highest streets?

By 28 June 2015
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This is a bit a random I know, but can anyone tell Scentednightgardens which Canberra suburban streets (and respective suburbs) have the highest elevations in Canberra?
I am looking for streets in the suburbs, so places like Hall and Tharwa (ie rural Canberra) are out of scope.  I had a quick look at a simple topographic map and reasoned [...]

End of lease cleaning advice wanted

By 27 June 2015
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Has anyone used End Of Lease Cleaning Australia, or Bond Back Cleaning in Canberra?
I need an end-of-lease cleaner and was quoted a pretty good price from these guys, but before I go ahead I want to know if anyone else has ever had any experience with them?

Canbera tiler recommendations wanted

By 26 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We are renovating our bathroom and need a great tiler as we’re looking at using a patterned floor tile that needs to be matched perfectly.
I have had a look at related posts on this topic, but unfortunately most recommendations are a little out of date, or refer to bathroom contractors rather than tilers. Would greatly appreciate [...]

After a delicious ‘meal’ not an artistically perfect ‘morsel’

By 21 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We have eaten at 20 or so restaurants in Canberra and several top-rated ones serve ridiculously small portions. Last one, when the mains arrived the good wife and I spontaneously looked at each other and laughed.
So we would like to enjoy a meal sized portion, where haven’t we tried yet?

Exam supervisor wanted

By 17 June 2015
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My husband and I are studying through Kaplan Professional online. We are looking for someone who would be able to supervise our exams in Canberra.
We are happy to pay for the supervision. We will need to sit 4-5 exams over approximately 8-12 months. They need to take place in a public place with internet access.
We [...]

First time buying an off the plan property

By 17 June 2015
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I was wondering if anyone can advise us regarding the settlement and pre-settlement inspection of our newly built townhouse.
We were called to make an appointment for the pre-settlement inspection last week so we did and came in to see the builder, inspected and such. There were a few things making me feel very uneasy:
- No [...]

Looking for a builder for a small renovation in Canberra

By 12 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone have a recommendation for a very small renovation? We have a glass sliding door in our kitchen that goes to the outside and we would like to get it closed off and a bench-high window put in.
We are hoping to get our kitchen redone soon but need to get this sliding door removed [...]

ANU to go smoke-free (but not really?)

By 3 June 2015
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I’ve just read this ABC article on the ANU’s smoking ban. The current ban is being extended to the whole campus including electronic cigarettes, but further down it turns out that licensed venues and residential areas will be exempt.
It begs the question – why the exemptions? ANU is citing health grounds … and you’d think disinhibited [...]

Moved house, electricity bills skyrocketed. Why?

By 2 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We moved house just under a year ago from a two-bedroom, one bathroom to a 3.5-bedroom, two bathroom in the Queanbeyan area and have tripled our electricity costs (from $290 in the biggest quarter to almost $700 in our biggest quarter – summer).
I initially thought it may be due to us having used the reverse [...]

Advice on renovating Narrabundah worker’s cottage

By 1 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone have experience renovating the original Narrabundah workers cottages?
If so, any advice? For instance, do you know:

How close to the front boundary you can extend
How hard/easy it is to extend from the steel frames
If asbestos removal ends up costing a fortune, etc?

I know that due to the steel frames and truss roof, none of the [...]

Feedback on Woden primary schools?

By 26 May 2015
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Just looking for feedback on Curtin and Hughes Primary schools. If you have kids going there or you teach there, what is your opinion of the school/s? Great, poor, average? Is one better than the other for accelerated learning? Any feedback appreciated, thanks.

Gate installation recommendations

By 25 May 2015
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I am moving into a new property and there is no side gate. I would like to know of any recommendations please.
I would also like a functional lock with a key on the gate as this will be used to access the house on a daily basis. It is a bit wider so a panel [...]

Do Canberra mums agree with Senator Gallagher on PPL?

By 25 May 2015
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Senator Katy Gallagher has written a powerful response to the Prime Minister’s accusation that Canberra mums have/are double dipping when it comes to the matter of paid parental leave.
I’m curious to know where Canberra women (and families) stand on the issue. What do you think?

New Optus 4G in Canberra – good, bad, or ugly?

By 24 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A few years ago there was a RiotACT thread regarding poor Optus 3G reception in Tuggeranong. It turned out that this was a pretty common problem for Optus customers across Canberra.
Since that time, Optus has rolled out a new 4G network in Canberra. The coverage maps on the Optus website only show “4G – Outdoor” [...]

Where to buy wholesale meat or even half a pig in Canberra?

By 23 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi guys,
This might sound weird, but I have been looking into ways to buy half a pig or lots of uncut meat at wholesale price but found nothing so far. Most butchers will sell for higher price than the big two supermarkets.
Is there any abattoir or farm in Canberra or nearby that will sell uncut [...]

Weekday breakfast in the city?

By 22 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A group of colleagues and I go out for breakfast before work once a fortnight. We meet at 7:30 and then usually have a quick breakkie, some coffee and catch up before heading to work around 8:30.
We try not to go to the same place too many times but we are running out of venues! [...]

Recommendations for Canberra physiotherapists?

By 14 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My husband badly sprained his ankle a couple of weeks ago and is now at the point of needing some treatment and advice from a physio. Does anyone have any recommendations? We live in Flynn so ideally on the North side but he would be willing to travel for the right person/clinic.
Many thanks!

Canberra removalist recommendations?

By 12 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Can anyone recommend a good removalist they have used recently?  I’m moving in three weeks.
Thanks.

Converting ducted gas to electricity in Canberra

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Has anyone out there got any experience of having a ducted gas heating system converted to an electrically powered system?
I am thinking of doing this (because of the expectation of prices increases, the divestment movement, and the fracking issue) but am hopeful that it is possible to reuse the same ducts and vents, and just replace [...]

Car washing in Canberra?

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hey all,
Can’t see any recent posts recommending car washes in Canberra – so here we go.
Can you recommend somewhere I can get a decent car wash and interior clean? Not interested in anywhere that uses an automatic car wash to do the exterior, I’m after somewhere that will actually give the car a wash by [...]

Old-style street lights in Canberra for photography assignment

By 10 May 2015
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Hey guys, I am studying photography at CIT and have an assignment based around the theme of light.
I am looking for old style street lights or posts around Canberra. Google isn’t being very helpful so I am completely going off the advice and guide of people I ask.
If you have any ideas where some are [...]

What does the “Canberra accent” sound like?

By 8 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Yes folks. Apparently it’s a thing so I’m very interested in everyone’s thoughts.
What does the “Canberra Accent” sound like.
My feeling?
It’s a little bit toff with a good measure of Kambah twang thrown in. Vowels are sounded out quite roundly – like our roundabouts.
Would love to hear your thoughts.
If you want to join in the discussion [...]

Computer recycling services in Canberra?

By 5 May 2015
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Sydney and Melbourne have services for low income people to buy refurbished computer stock from volunteer organisations at low prices. Most of the computers are ex Government and they sell them to concession card holders.
I was hoping to find something similar here in Canberra to volunteer my services but had no success in searching. Does [...]

VoIP quality in Canberra

By 4 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We are thinking of switching to iiNet’s Naked DSL to save on the phone rental. We are in Crace so were automatically put on their NBN + Fibre Phone two years ago – but recently heard a couple of stories about bad call quality on VoIP.  What’s your experience?

Do on-road cycling lanes need a rethink?

By 1 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The last thing I want to do is create another cyclist vs motorist thread on this site. However, as a cyclist and motorist who witnessed another cyclist hit on Northbourne Avenue yesterday morning, I honestly wonder how much longer until they say, “Okay, we tried this – it’s unsafe, so we’re stopping it or trying something [...]

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