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Ask RiotACT: Small Businesses in Canberra

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I am doing an assignment on small businesses in Canberra. If you or someone you know is running or is employed by a small business can you please inform me in the comments below?
All I need is 3 or 4 different businesses. Thank you.

Ask RiotACT: suburb recommendations

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Firstly, I wanted to say that I got some great tips  on this site before moving to Canberra recently so thanks.
We have recently moved to Amaroo (renting) and I’m trying to decide where to buy a house later in the year to settle down with the family.
I’ve been doing a lot of research on AllHomes [...]

Ask RiotACT: How much do scribes charge?

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I bet someone out there knows the answer to this! Now that the public service seems to outsource scribing for APS interviews, how much do agencies actually charge per hour for the scribes they send out?  I know the scribe is paid around $50/hour for interview attendence and drafting up the reports, but how much [...]

Ask RiotACT: Should we be wary of pre-2004 houses?

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We’re not from Canberra but have lived here a couple of years now. We’re considering buying a house/townhouse/apartment and looking for a little extra local knowledge: we gather that the building regulations and building laws may have been reformed in 2004? (We may have this wrong).
Leaving aside Fluffies and low-EER old buildings, does the 2004 change in regulations mean we should be [...]

Ask RiotACT: Gluten-free Hot Cross Buns

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Okay, hive mind.  I know Easter fare such as hot cross buns have been on supermarket shelves since about Boxing Day, but can anyone shed light on where one might avail oneself of a supply of gluten free hot cross buns?  Preferably north side, but willing to travel to make a little astromonkey happy.
Fire away!

Ask RiotACT: best (and cheapest) utilities in Canberra

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Hello, have you lived here for a while? Can you give me, a newcomer to the area, any opinions about which electricity company offers the cheapest rates?   The place I am moving into has electric wall heaters as the only heating option for the approaching chilly winter. I’m just trying to get an idea of how [...]

Ask RiotACT: getting my RSA in the ACT

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UK working visa holder here. Just wanting some advice on getting my RSA, I saw some websites that offer them very quickly and relatively cheap. Can anyone confirm if this is a legit way to acquire the RSA or can anyone point me in the right direction. CIT’s website states that to get an RSA [...]

Ask RiotACT: upholsterer for loose cover

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I have a heavy three-seater couch with loose down cushions, covered in winter fabric, that needs a removable linen summer cover made for it (and it will be too much trouble to get it out of the house and to an upholsterer).
Professional upholsterer recommendations needed, thanks in advance!

Ask RiotACT: finding pet-friendly rentals

By 29 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all,
Does anyone have any suggestions for finding a pet-friendly rental in Canberra?
I’ve been scouring allhomes and Domain but so many listings say either ‘no pets considered’ or, if not specified, a follow up call to the estate agent confirms that no pets are allowed.
Are there any agents who are known for advertising pet-friendly properties? [...]

Ask RiotACT: Recommendations for a psychiatrist

By 26 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m currently seeing someone but I have an issue with some medication he wants to put me on and I would like a second opinion. If anyone knows of a psychiatrist who has good people skills and a professional demeanour, could you please advise.
(I have previously had a bad experience with a psychiatrist who was [...]

What tradie should I call for mould damage in kitchen?

By 25 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’d be grateful for recommendations of tradespersons for an issue we have in our kitchen.
Our dishwasher had a leak for a few weeks before we had it repaired. Now we think the flooring underneath must have some mould damage because there’s a very strong musty smell.
What kind of tradie do i need? A flooring person [...]

What’s the planning process for adding a toilet/shower to a garage?

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Hi guys,
Is it a painful planning process to add a shower and possibly a toilet to a garage? I’ve had a look at the web page but it really isn’t clear. I would assume there must be some sort of planning process though before a plumber can tie into the sewer/stormwater?
Any advice would be [...]

Supernode issue causing poor internet access

By 23 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We have been long suffering and attempting to find a solution to our extremely poor internet access in inner Canberra.
We have been able to identify the root of our problem. A supernode on our street identified by the TransACT/iinet techo as being “stuffed” and needs a serious upgrade or (simple) replacement. The normal quick fix of [...]

Ask RiotACT: Help with MacBook

By 16 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m looking for someone to take a look at my MacBook which is not in a good way. Can anyone recommend a good Mac repairer?

Ask RiotACT: Swimming Lesson Recommendation

By 15 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all,
I have a 7-year-old son who I am looking to get swimming lessons for (preferably private). Ideally this is on the south side.
Do you have any recommendations?

Ask RiotACT: Florist for Valentine’s Day?

By 12 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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With Valentines Day fast approaching, florists have begun to massively inflate the prices of their products, anticipating the surge in demand on the 12th, 13th and 14th of February.
For those romantics out there who aren’t able to afford a $100 bouquet of a dozen roses, are there any cheaper florists around North Canberra or Civic?
As [...]

Ask RiotACT: portrait photography recommendations

By 11 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m looking to get a ‘family’ photoshoot – myself, partner and our dog – and looking for recommendations of good photographers – perhaps more creative/original-type artists, more than stock-standard studio portrait type. Thanks in advance!

Ask RiotACT: Port Salut Cheese availability

By 10 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello friendly friends!
Just wondering if anyone knows where/if it is possible to buy Port Salut cheese in the Canberra/Queanbeyan region? I do believe some Coles stores as well as Harris Farm supermarkets in Sydney stock it, however I’m yet to find any in Canberra.
Thanks in advance.

Ask RiotACT: wasps on neighbours’ property

By 9 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi guys, I wanted a few opinions. My elderly neighbours have been collecting (I use this term loosely) wasps for some years now. They are paper wasps and not the European ones, thank goodness.
We have talked to them about it and even offered to remove the nests for them (at our expense if need be). [...]

Ask RiotACT: Concerns about chemicals used at shoe repair

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Recently, I had some black leather shoes repaired. In addition to rebuilding the heel they also dyed parts of the leather that had worn away (eg the back of the shoe).
Soon after collecting the shoes I noticed a strong soapy smell coming from the areas that had been dyed black.
After a quick search on the [...]

Ask RiotACT: solicitor recommendation (winding up family trust)

By 6 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all,
I’m looking for a solicitor who is able to do the work involved in the winding up of a family trust. Does anyone know of one who is reliable and doesn’t charge the earth?
Thanks in advance,

Ask RiotACT: Road rules & riding to school

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Children who walk or ride to school should know the road rules that apply when they cross a road. They should also know to what extent they can trust drivers to act according to those road rules.
Picture the following situation:
* a child is riding to school along a footpath, and continues straight ahead to cross [...]

Ask RiotACT: Managing your own property

By 4 February 2016
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Hello Rioters,
In short, I’m sick of a real estate agent managing my property. Each month I pay them to do practically nothing except take the tenants money, take their cut and other expenses and put the little money remaining in my account.
I had to move in with my carer as I am too unwell to take [...]

Ask RiotACT: relationship counsellor/psychologist recommendations

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Hi all. I’m wondering if anyone has some positive results from a relationship psychologist or counsellor in Canberra?
My partner and I are trying to work through some infidelity and trust issues, but I don’t know which would be the best option to turn to.
I would also rather see someone sooner rather than later. I appreciate [...]

Ask RiotACT: Ainslie Vietnamese Kitchen

By 26 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone know what has happened to the Ainslie Vietnamese Kitchen? I miss them.

Ask RiotACT: Termite inspection services

By 24 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello Rioters
I read a couple of old (2008, 2010) posts on termites, where several commenters stressed the importance of getting a termite expert to inspect (as opposed to cowboy operators ).
Can anyone provide me with a recommendation for a service they’ve used in the last year or two?  We use Canberra Pest Control [...]

Ask RiotACT: Orthodontist and Jaw Surgery Recommendation?

By 22 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have a terrible experience with my previous orthodontist ten years ago.
Finally, courage comes to me and I am ready for treatments of my jaw misalignment again. Can anyone share your experience or recommend a orthodontist + jaw surgeon to me? Also, which private health insurer would you recommend for such treatment?
Many thanks and nice day!

Ask RiotACT: Parking fine at New Acton

By 21 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hey Team,
I recently received a parking fine for not displaying a valid ticket at the car park at New Acton. I was parked in a New Acton (private) car park spot, not an ACT Government spot.  The middle of the road has free two-hour ACT Government parking, while the part of the road adjacent to the [...]

Ask RiotACT: Renovations in Jerrabomberra

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I’m looking for suggestions for a quality tradesman to renovate my kitchen, bathrooms and laundry. I also want to install floating timber floors throughout, repaint and install a new wardrobe.
I tried John from Purr-fect Bathrooms as suggested in other posts but unfortunately he doesn’t work in NSW.

Ask RiotACT: NBN providers

By 19 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi everyone, I am moving to Braddon soon and the area I am moving to is connected to NBN.
Question: Which NBN providers would you recommend?
I am currently on Optus for ADSL +. It works okay until after 8pm when everything just slows down.

Ask RiotACT: Recommendations for new kitchen installer

By 18 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am looking to get a new kitchen installed, and rip the old one out. Has anyone had one done recently? Hoping to get some recomendations for good value installers in the ACT.
All comments greatly appreciated.

What women want – when returning to work


I have found that there is no more personally or professionally challenging period than the switch to becoming a mother. Almost all women I know under 40 entered the workforce with the expectation that they would have a career their whole life. The median (average) age of mothers at the time of their first child [...]

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