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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 [...]

Good and reasonably priced mechanic

By 19 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s been about two years since the Canberra’s best mechanic post was put up on RiotACT and I was wanting to see if there’s been any change in the line up of good mechanics as we’ve got two cars needing service soon.
Previously, Mechanical Care in Belconnen, Fisher Car Care and CWC Auto all rated well with rioters.
Personally I’ve used [...]

Seeking advice on smash repairers

By 17 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Sadly, our relatively new Jeep (yes, we bought a Jeep) is in need of smash repairs.  We got hit from behind pretty hard and the damage is both on the panels and underneath.
What’s the latest advice from the RiotACT wisdom pool on (NRMA approved) repairers in the ACT?

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 [...]

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