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Ask RiotACT: aerating or coring lawn

By 11 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all. We’ve just purchased a property and while the lawn is okay, it’s not great. Thinking about aerating/coring it (among other things!). Does anyone have any recommendations for someone to do this? And a rough idea of costs? Yard is around 450sqm.

Ask RiotACT: Do you know a drummer?

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DRUMMER WANTED – Canberra Based Metal Band
So, here’s an interesting one. Canberra based band BEAST IMPALOR are looking for a new drummer.
After recently parting ways with our last member, we’re now ready to start the search for a new member, and get back into rehearsal, recording and performing.
We draw inspiration mainly from progressive metal and [...]

Ask RiotACT: high schools for Murrumbateman kids?

By 10 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi there. We are looking to move to Murrumbateman, and I am curious as to what high schools are commonly used by families who live there. Thanks!

Ask RiotACT: Used or new boxes for packing?

By 9 December 2015
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I am moving houses after a long time (from Tuggers to South Canberra). Any ideas or recommendations where to get boxes? Thanks!

Ask RiotACT: finding good quality tradesmen (specifically plumbers)

By 8 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I recently had someone out who completed a whole lot of work that we have had endless problems with. When I tried to follow this up it turns out he wasn’t even a licensed plumber, so I am now stuck with not only leaks but he is not able to get it signed off with [...]

Ask RiotACT: Pet rabbit deaths

By 7 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In the past week we’ve lost 3 of our 4 very healthy pet rabbits suddenly, and are aware of another instance of 4 pets rabbits being lost suddenly 3 weeks ago.
Has anyone else had this happen to them recently?
Is it possible the ACT Government has recently released calicivirus near the suburban areas of Tuggeranong without consultation [...]

Ask RiotACT: parking with a trailer in Civic

By 6 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Is there anywhere to park with a trailer near Civic? I have come into Canberra to pick something up in a trailer and need to go to the Canberra Centre. I don’t mind walking a couple of blocks.

Ask RiotACT: Dog Barking Help

By 5 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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So I moved into this neighbourhood about 8 months ago, and had been enjoying it. That is, until about 2 months ago one of the neighbours got a dog that wouldn’t stop barking at… nothing!
I mean, it probably starts barking at 7 or 8 in the morning, and wouldn’t stop until the people have come [...]

Ask RiotACT: parking on the grass of the road side

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Hi there, I found a car next to my place parked on the grass on the road side. The grass under the car is not doing well as no access to the sunshine.
I am just wondering is there any rule to regulate parking in a suburban road? The grass is on public land not under [...]

Ask RiotACT: tree roots and my paved driveway. Help!

By 1 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi there, this is my first post on here.  I have a lovely big tree at the front of my property (I want to keep the tree), however, the roots are lifting up my paved driveway.  Can anyone recommend a person or company to fix my problem?
Also not sure whether I need a tree surgeon [...]

Ask RiotACT: High “M” class soil in building contracts?

By 30 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Has anyone building in Canberra been caught by a clause in their building contract that only covers foundations for “S” or Low “M” Class soil and then are informed their block is High “M” class soil and requires several thousand dollars of extra work?

Ask RiotACT: Stinky hedge


Does anyone else notice that the flowers of this hedge stink? If so, why is there so much of it in Canberra?

Ask RiotACT: So, the GST is Going to Increase…?

By 26 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Can anyone answer some of these questions in relation to what appears an almost certain increase in the GST from 10% to 15% :
1) If the prices of goods/services rises, will not the law of demand hold true and generally, sales will decrease? How will that affect projected revenue raised?
2) If tax payers/families/fixed income recipients/self [...]

Ask RiotACT: Recommend a window cleaning service

By 25 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Editor note: we were looking for cleaner recommendations earlier in the week, now we’re looking specifically for window cleaners.
Looking for a pro to clean the windows at my large(ish) 2 storey townhouse Southside.  Any recommendations?  What does it normally cost?
Thanks in advance.

Ask RiotACT: Donating foreign currency coins

By 24 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I recently returned from overseas and have some coins left over.  Does anyone know where I can donate these?

Ask RiotACT: Recommendations for Cleaners

By 23 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Riotacters!
I have been searching the web for names of reliable cleaners who do regular cleaning services, but noticed the last post here was a little outdated.
Does anyone have recommendations for cleaners able to do a fortnightly clean Northside?

Ask RiotAct: Did I get caught by the speed camera van?

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Hi guys,
On my way back to work today, I drove pass a speed camara white van. I was doing a 70 in the 60 zone. I didn’t realise the van is there; however, I put on my brakes, and was down to 60 right when I just passed it. Am I safe or did I get caught? I [...]

Ask RiotACT: Stamp Duty Deduction and First Home Owners Grant

By 17 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Rioters,
First time poster, looked all over this site and can’t find information relating to my situation so I thought I’ll put this post. I’m a first home buyer who just bought an off-the-plan townhouse I want to rent out. My problem is that I want to get both the stamp duty deduction and first home owners [...]

Ask RiotACT: Reliable mowing services in Weston Creek area

By 16 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have a large amount of weeds in the front and backyard that I need professional help in clearing. I originally asked Jim’s Mowing to do the job – it’s been two weeks and they haven’t shown up yet. Not sure if it’s because of the recent rain or because they’re too busy.
Does anybody know [...]

Ask RiotACT: Recommendation for Comcare Lawyer

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I’m after recommendations of great lawyers with lots of experience dealing with Comcare for a psychological injury.

Ask RiotACT: Coffee carts in Canberra

By 10 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My workplace is losing its canteen, and we’re a bit of a hike from the nearest coffee shop and lunch options. Does anyone know of a food truck or similar that will visit businesses to sell coffees and sandwiches?
We’d like to have someone visit once a day (in the morning) for a few months until [...]

Ask RiotACT: Cycling on pedestrian crossings – who must give way?

By 9 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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If a cyclist and a driver collide on a pedestrian crossing, who is liable for the repair costs for the car and/or bicycle?
The most recent (January 2014) ACT Road Rules Handbook does not require drivers to give way to cyclists on marked pedestrian crossings. It says, “Motorists must give way to pedestrians on a marked [...]

Ask RiotACT: Dry cleaning recomendation

By 8 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi fellow Rioters,
I have two over sized king size coverlets which I’m finding difficult to clean.   Does anyone know where I might be able to have them dry cleaned?  Preferably on the northside.

Ask RiotACT: To quit or be sacked? A PSS superannuation dilemna

By 7 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Here is a modern day minor problem that I need to sort out.
I was aiming to quit my public service job in the near future and contacted the PSS to check my options. The advice was wait until aged 55 to collect my pension/lump sum, however if you are made redundant you can collect a [...]

Dickson Intersection “upgrade”: yet another useless red turn arrow for Canberra

By 7 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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(First off, I am aware that there have been ACT red arrow rants posted here before, but the most recent post was several years ago.)
Hi RiotACT,
As many of you Northsiders are probably already aware, after months of roadworks, the ACT Government has finally finished the signalization of the intersection of Antill St. and Badham St. [...]

Ask RiotACT: Recommendations needed for Canberra tradesmen

By 6 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Canberrans,
We are just about to start renovations on our new home. We need advice for the tradesmen who can do the following. We really want someone who is reliable, knowledgeable and reasonably priced. I’d even be happy with a handyman who would be able to do the lot.
Floor sanding
Carpet laying
Removal of a small dividing [...]

Ask RiotACT: Can anyone recommend lawnmower and chainsaw servicer?

By 5 November 2015
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Dear all,
Can anyone recommend a lawn mower and chainsaw servicer in Canberra? Happy to use a hobbyist as they often offer a better product for less. There were postings on here a few years ago but not sure if they are currently valid.
Thanks in advance!

Ask RiotACT: Another gym question

By 4 November 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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After 12 months of crossfit, which I loved, it is time to try something a bit cheaper.  I am after a gym at which I can see a trainer maybe once a fortnight (once I get in to the swing of the gym) but who will give me a program to use in between times.  I [...]

Ask RiotACT: Cracks in the wall

By 3 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi folks, I have a 40 or so year old house in Belconnen, built on brick piers instead of a concrete slab, that has a number of cracks in the brickwork.  As I understand it these are a feature of many Canberra properties; they didn’t even get a mention on the property purchase report.
Who can [...]

Ask RiotACT: Pilates recommendation

By 2 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Rioters,
It’s been a while since there was a pilates post on the site (2009) and I’m sure the pilates scene in Canberra has changed a bit since then.  I’m keen to give it a try – ideally at a dedicated studio with well qualified instructors.
Is there anywhere that you recommend trying for a beginner [...]

Ask RiotACT: What happened to Kingston Grind?

By 31 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters,
Does anyone know what has happened to the Kingston Grind cafe? It shut around early September. There was a sign up saying it was closed for renovations. This sign has since been removed. There hasn’t been any activity on their facebook page since the end of June. I’m assuming it has closed / gone [...]

Ask RiotACT: Lightweight plastic bags at Kippax Woollies

By 30 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m pretty sure that lightweight plastic bags are banned in the ACT. Kippax Woolworths is currently using them, because apparently there is a problem with the supplier. A checkout attendant informed us that it ‘would probably only be for a couple of days’. Is that allowed? Can a shop just put that rule on hold for [...]

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