Ask RiotACT (2074 Stories)

Tree trimming. Reasonable price in Canberra?

By 11 July 2013

We live out of town with a long, tree- and bush-lined drive.  The trees grow, of course, and we periodically trim back to avoid damage to larger vehicles; Elgas in particular flags this to us.  Some of the growth that needs attention this time is higher up and we are going to have a couple [...]

Canberra: Things to see and do ….? (for a 17 year old girl)

By 9 July 2013

Afternoon all,
I have just welcomed my first Exchange Student and am looking for suggestions on what I do with her now …. should have thought about this before she arrived huh?
Well I did, only I was thinking about it all from the perspective of the things that my 7 year old likes …. who [...]

Dogs on leads?

By 9 July 2013

Has anyone been fined for not having your dog on a lead?
If so how much was it?

Cigarettes out car windows?

By 9 July 2013

Just wondering how much trouble I’d likely get in for giving someone back their discarded cigarette?
I was sitting at the lights at GDE and Belconnon Way this morning, and the driver of the van in front of me casually flicked his still lit cigarette out the window and onto the road.  Well, that was the [...]

Flood insurance in the ACT?

By 8 July 2013

I live in Forde and I’m looking at renewing my house insurance. App $500 for hounse insurance+flood cover Vs app $360 for house insurance with no flood cover.
I am rather new to Canberra so any info about flood history, sort of floods that damage homes, will be appereciated.

40 Zones on London Circuit?

By 5 July 2013

My office is in the AMP building, just off London Circuit. Recently as we know the 40 zones have been implemented on London Circuit, but I notice that on trying to cross University Avenue on the mornings that I take the bus to work, that just about all cars going past the police station are [...]

Registration renewal in ACT

By 5 July 2013

Looking for advice from anyone who has been in this position recently…….
Renewing rego for a vehicle where rego has expired > 12 months requires an inspection certificate, right ? My understanding based on previous experience with ACT Shopfronts (dodgier than Wiki I know but heh…..) – was that re-establishing registration and requiring new numberplates was [...]

New home for old cars in Canberra?

By 3 July 2013

Disclaimer. I don’t know much about cars.
I have an old car that I no longer need. It runs fine, although the clutch is starting to go. I could get a token amount from a wrecker/on trade-in. I’m rather foolishly sentimentally attached to the car, and don’t like the idea of it being worth only scrap [...]

Has anyone gone through fair trading in Canberra? Any tips?

By 3 July 2013

Hello hivemind,
I’m going to be taking a retailer through fair trading to enforce the consumer right to exchange of faulty goods – has anyone been through this before? what can I expect?
Also, if this route fails I will be taking them through small claims court – does anyone have any experience going through the [...]

Is there something wrong in Hawker?

By 2 July 2013

My friend lives in Hawker and I have noticed that a particular group of units on Springvale Drive all seem to be selling up. What gives? Is there something wrong with these units? Are they falling to pieces? Asbestos? Termites? Fear of a property bubble? (so many new units being built that this last fear [...]

Restaurants with early meals for toddlers?

By 1 July 2013

Can anyone recommend any restaurants that serve super-early meals for eating out with young children in Canberra?
(5:30pm onwards)?

All day breakfast in Canberra?

By 1 July 2013

Hai Rioters, it’s the missus’s birthday on Monday and I was hoping I could probe your collective minds for good suggestions in places that do all day breaky.  
We’re both nighttime people so anywhere that stops doing breakfast before midday is probably out of the question.  
I know it’s not much notice but I’m hoping [...]

Bio-diesel in Canberra?

By 1 July 2013

Does anyone know if and where bio-diesel is sold in Canberra or the region?
It used to be a Big Thing years ago but I can’t find it anywhere these days.

Surgeon for inguinal hernia in Canberra?

By 29 June 2013

Hi there, anyone out there had surgery on an inguinal hernia?
Looking for surgeon recommendations in Canberra. Appreciate hearing good reports.

Anyone know of a car for sale?

By 28 June 2013

#2 daughter managed to rear-end someone recently. No-one was hurt, but her car’s been written off. It’s a damn shame – it was a mess cosmetically but it was mechanically superb. So we’re now in the market for a cheap (~$4.5k) reliable, economical car*.
Do any Rioters have, or know of, such a beast?
* Wanted: a [...]

Remedial massage on Canberra’s south side?

By 26 June 2013

Anyone know of a good remedial massage place in Tuggeranong or Woden area? I am looking to avoid places like Miracle Therapy or any of the other shopping centre type.
I get quite bad upper back and neck pains which isn’t helped much by sitting at a desk all day long. Looking for someone who has good [...]

Southern Cross Ten: broken?

By 26 June 2013

Anyone else having reception issues with Southern Cross Ten / Eleven / ONE?
I know no one actually watches Ten, but thought someone might have noticed when flipping channels to avoid sitting through ads. It seems to have been playing up since yesterday arvo.

CTPI Compensation for non-fault accident?

By 22 June 2013

A question for the hive-mind. I am at home with a badly broken leg and multiple other injuries, after being cleaned up by a 4WD driver who “never saw me” on my cruiser motorbike.
I’ve been told that NRMA (currently the only CTP insurer in the ACT) are mongrels to deal with, and that their record [...]

Athllon Drive Point-to-Point ‘Safety’ Cameras?

By 21 June 2013

So, driving past them every night and seeing their rapid progress towards functionality, I’m still baffled as to how the Athllon Drive point-to-point cameras are going to work. Unlike their counterparts on Hindmarsh Drive, this point-to-point zone is riddled with obstructions that will surely render them useless right? Things such as 2 roundabouts, single lane [...]

GP Recommendations on the Southside?

By 20 June 2013

Hi Rioters,
So I know this topic comes us quite often but there doesnt seem to be any recent chats on GP recommendations for the Southside of Canberra…..
My husband and I currently go to different GP clinics as the books at mine are ALWAYS closed! Im due to give birth in a few weeks and want us [...]

Alfa Romeo Service in Caneberra?

By 20 June 2013

Hi All,
Just bought my first Alfa Romeo, and I’m quite excited.
Can anyone recommend a good Alfa Romeo service agent in Canberra? A google search only brings up the dealer here, but I was hoping for something… more.

Another driver [dis]courtesy story. Am I wrong?

By 18 June 2013

[no cyclists were harmed or even invoked in the development of this article]
so, what do rioters think?  i am approaching among other traffic at or just under the posted speed limit, on a major arterial road in the nearside (left) lane, a major thoroughfare (let’s call it ‘northbourne avenue’) when about two-three hundred metres ahead [...]

Testing gas heaters in Canberra?

By 17 June 2013

Now that Winter is upon us our gas heaters are in full use.  I recently read an article about the death of two little boys due to Carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide poisoning and I was wondering who do I get to test my heaters?
They are the old wall heaters and are original to the [...]

Taking a Voluntary Redundancy from the public service

By 17 June 2013

Ok folks, here’s the thing. After 26 years in the APS I’ve given it the flick. Or, to put it in more technical terms, I’ve been offered a Voluntary Redundancy from the Australian Public Service and I’m going to take it.
There’s one part of me that says “Hoo-Bluddy-Ray, Hallelujah, Saints Preserve Me and Toorah all [...]

Should we get solar power by 30 June 2013?

By 14 June 2013

Hi Canberra,
I have a basic understanding of the changes occurring to the solar power tariff system in the ACT on 1 July 2013, however it would be good to get some advice. Is it worth jumping in now and buying a 4kW system (approx $7000), or should we wait?  We have until 17 June to decide..
Thanks in advance.

How’s Palmerston?

By 14 June 2013

Hey, I posted about Charnwood a few days ago and learnt many many useful things! I would appreciate your views on Palmerston, Gungahlin.
Is it a safe place to consider buying a house for a small family?
I’ve heard about new suburbs growing next to Palmerston. Thanks!

Help! Non-hipster wedding photography needed

By 14 June 2013

We’re looking for a wedding photographer. We looked at the responses to this post from 2012, and scanned the websites of the photographers referred to and many others. It seems there is a strong prevalence of a particular kind of wedding photography. It’s either contrived, or has gone right through contrived and come out the [...]

Pet door installation in Canberra?

By 12 June 2013

Hello Rioters,
I’m looking for someone to install a pet door in my house. Any recommendations?
I left a message a couple of times at one business and they never called me back.
Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you!

Charnwood 2615 ACT?

By 12 June 2013

Hello, I am looking at buying a house in Charnwood, Belconnen.
I haven’t been in Canberra for long, I would appreciate your opinion about the neighbourhood, especially concerning safety and good neighbours

How do you drive a car into a shopping mall?

By 12 June 2013

Help me Riot Act!
I frequent the Belco mall every 3 or 4 weeks… but this has been confusing me for months.
To the extent that I’ve measured the cars. I’ve measured the door ways. I’ve tried to assess the angles between the door ways and this location. They can’t have just been driven through the nearest [...]

Child psychologist recommendations in Canberra?

By 12 June 2013

Without going into the ‘why’ I need to look into psychologist / psychiatrist for my five year old.
Does anyone have any experience with them in Canberra as well as one that takes on child cases?

Ask RiotACT – Is this wattle early?

By 11 June 2013

Rioter Grump has a question for the Riot collective:
Hi, just noticed some wattle blooming up the end of the street – can the hive mind say whether this is normal (I suspect it’s a good 8 weeks early) or is this another harbinger of global warming?

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