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Minicabs in Canberra?

By 5 April 2013

Hi Rioters,
I’ve stumbled across these guys:
From the website it looks like they are running a mini-cab operation of sorts – you get a taxi, but only if you ring for them.
Has anyone used them? Are they any good? Is this entirely legal?

Bus Lanes in Canberra?

By 5 April 2013

Hi Folks
I’m curious as to the legalities of the mini bus lanes at many Canberra intersections. I understand that they are there to allow busses a head start on the green so they can merge more safely in heavy traffic. But all too many times I’ve had busses come barrelling up from behind when traffic [...]

ANZAC Day two up in Canberra?

By 5 April 2013

So where’s the place to be for two up this year?
It’s been a while since I’ve been.
Last time I went to The Irish Club and it was quite good, but I’m interested in suggestions!

Canberra builders recommendations?

By 4 April 2013

Hi all
Was just wondering if anyone had any experience dealing with any of the following builders:
Ruiz Constructions
Rawson Homes
Sekisui House
They all seem pretty competent with good inclusions – hard to choose between them. Are there any other builders that come recommended?
[Ed - let's stick to positive contributions people]

Tax accountant recommendation in Canberra?

By 4 April 2013

I have a couple of years worth of tax returns to do. I have a trust that has its own tax file number which makes things a little more complicated – otherwise I’d just do it myself online.  Can anyone give me a ballpark figure for how much I might expect to pay for this [...]

Riding Bikes with Dogs in Canberra?

By 3 April 2013

Hi Canberra.
I recently started riding my bike around the fantastic bike paths here in Canberra. I’d like to go riding with my dog (Belgian Shepherd – Best Dog Ever), but I’ve been told previously that it’s illegal to be in control of a dog whilst riding a bike.
Is it? I tried google, but kept getting [...]

Where to buy an overcoat in Canberra?

By 2 April 2013

Having recently returned from the Middle East, I am starting to feel the cold.
Could anyone tell me where I might buy an overcoat (not a jacket) to be worn over a suit.
I will try DJs of course but grateful for any other suggestions?

So how do you say ‘Gingera’ anyway?

By 2 April 2013

I’m hoping some old-hand, bonafide Canberrans can answer this one for me.
I’m from northern NSW, and I lost all confidence in pronouncing local names after being (vehemently) told that Namadgi is pronounced na-MAD-jy rather than NAM-a-jai, as it would be up north.
So what about Gingera? I climbed it on the weekend, and it was beautiful. [...]

Is this for REAL? (whitegoods scam bites consumers)

By 31 March 2013

I was recently contacted by my real estate agent to say that she had arranged for a new stove to be paid for and picked up at a large well-known white goods supplier.  So I rang them to arrange payment and to let them know that the plumber would pick it up in a day [...]

Obstacle course training in Canberra?

By 28 March 2013

Hi all,
Any tips on places around Canberra that are good for training for obstacle course races?  
For example, parallel bars, extended monkeybars, hurdles and lots of stairs.  
I’m training for the Mens Health Urbanathlon in Sydney in June and don’t know where to start.
Any tips much appreciated.

Horse riding holiday programs around Canberra?

By 28 March 2013

I’ve just been googling and decided I needed to consult the hive.
I would like to book my 8yo in for 2 days of horse riding during the 2nd week of school holidays. Can’t really afford 4 and have care for the other days.
But it looks like the main equestrian places I can find online require [...]

Being taken to ACAT by Real Estate. Good lawyers?

By 27 March 2013

We have just been served a notice to attend ACAT for dispute resolution for breaking a lease. They have lied througout their application (the real estates).
Looking for a lawyer in Canberra who is good with ACAT matters.
Does anyone have any recommendations?

Too young to retire, too old to work in the public service?

By 25 March 2013

Public servants and other employees who have secure employment and are happy doing what they are doing and where they are doing it have one major advantage: they are less likely to find themselves on the scrap heap when they are 60.
The federal and ACT public service, in addition to a swag of professional [...]

Looking for Plantation Shutters

By 23 March 2013

Hi All
As the title states, the wife and I are looking at installing plantation shutters in the living (2 windows 1.5 x 2m) room and kitchen (1.5m x 1.5m). Just wanted to know if anyone had any experience with the local companies or sole traders? An idea on cost would also be great (in total [...]

Police Operation on the Federal Highway

By 23 March 2013

I drove into Canberra on the Federal Highway on Saturday arvo about 4pm. Just before the big roundabout at Antill Street there was a major police gig happening. The left lane was blocked by a police car with flashing lights, and in a clearing on the side of the road there were maybe half a [...]

Looking for new members for our Book Club

By 23 March 2013

We run a fantastically enlightening and friendly monthly book club that is looking for new members, due to some members no longer able to attend.
We love to read and discuss literature and contemporary fiction.
We meet once a month at each others houses and it’s a good excuse to have a few nibbles and a glass [...]

Anyone know what this is?

By 19 March 2013

Anyone have any idea where this foam is from Rioters?
James Fahy discovered this foam on Dickson playing fields and is understandably confused. He would like answers and has turned to us.
Let’s help James Fahy.

Psychiatrist that will prescribe ADHD medication in north canberra?

By 19 March 2013

I am looking to get prescribed adhd medication and I don’t want to have to go round to 5 different psychiatrist’s and waste my time finding one that will presribe medication to me.
Does anyone know a psychiatrist that will easily prescribe this kind of medication? Prefferably north canberra.

Selection criteria writers in Canberra?

By 19 March 2013

Hi rioters, I am looking at applying for a promotion and have to do a selection criteria up. I’m awesome but I’m not good at selling myself.
Has anyone used one of the many companies that write the criteria for you? If so any good ones to speak of?

Good Northside Doctors in Canberra?

By 19 March 2013

I’m looking for recommendations for a good doctor on the North-side. Like the recent question I’m more comfortable with a female doctor, but my main criteria is that I’d like a doctor who keeps up with the latest research and who is pro-active in getting to the bottom of things.
Any suggestions would be welcome.

Bakeries at the local shops in Canberra?

By 18 March 2013

where are canberra’s bakery-produced pies and sausage rolls?

Looking for a wedding venue – suggestions?

By 18 March 2013

Dearly beloved Rioters,
She and I are looking for a wedding venue in Canberra that is cheap, large (100+ guests), and allows own choice of caterer. Nice view, tasteful decor, grand piano, hired muscle not necessary.
Any suggestions? If a marquee is the only option, any ideas where to pitch it?

Recommendations for Southside hairdresser?

By 15 March 2013

I realise that there has recently been a similar post for Northside hairdressers however I am ideally looking for someone based either in the Mawson/Fadden area (or if need be, the city).
I’m hoping to find someone who will do a half head of foils with a cut and style for under $200 – [...]

Realistic wedding photography in Canberra?

By 15 March 2013

It seems as soon as one mentions the ‘W’ word – wedding – photographers add a zero to their fee. So here’s the deal – my son and fiance need a photograher for a mid-week wedding later this year. Whilst its easy to talk up and over-sophisticate wedding photography, they simply want  someone to do [...]

Canberra Wineries?

By 13 March 2013

We have friends from out of town coming to visit and we thought we would take them to a local winery? 
Any suggestions on which ones and when they are open?

Bootmaker recommendations in Canberra?

By 13 March 2013

I am looking to have a pair of boots resoled and heeled. Expensive boots (not fashion, not high heeled, just boots) and I would like to find a decent quality bootmaker.
I have used some of the franchise type on other boots and found them expensive and lacking in quality to say the very least (aka: [...]

Pizza in Spence or nearby?

By 12 March 2013

Hey Guys,
I am moving to Spence in a couple of weeks, and I am wondering of the brains trust could recommend a non-chain pizza shop in the area.
Am also interested to know if the Indian place in Charny is still there and any good.
Thanks in advance!

Easter dining options in Canberra?

By 12 March 2013

Hi all,
Got some family visiting over the Easter break and looking to show them some of Canberra’s better cuisine – and by that I don’t mean Kingsley’s. Am only fairly new to town, so not too sure where to find what I’m looking for!
Easter Monday is my mother’s birthday, so I was hoping to find [...]

Telstra/Bigpond in Canberra?

By 12 March 2013

Wonder if any ‘Acters can help/advise …
I have BigPond internet, which gives me a download speed of around 3.3 Mbps … on ADSL2+. It hasn’t bothered me too much until recently, as I’m definitely a light user, but when I decided a bit of catch-up TV might be nice it didn’t handle that too well [...]

‘Traffic calming’ – your insights needed

By 10 March 2013

I would love to hear other Rioters’ experiences – good and bad – in relation to traffic calming measures. Significant traffic changes are proposed for Chisholm, RIchardson and Gilmore – namely roundabouts, raised intersections, platforms, and speed cushions. I am particularly interested in whether you have experienced these devices in your residential area, [...]

Temporary Accommodation

By 7 March 2013

I have finally landed a job in Canberra, and after of years of spending lots of time visiting and wanting to move to the national capital.
I now need to organize some temporary accommodation, whilst I play games with real estate agents in the search for a more long term abode. I have friends in Canberra [...]

Padoof’s ancient tool?

By 7 March 2013

This in from Sandra, any bone dusters who can help?
Walking on the ‘Bogey Hole’ beach at Mollymook, 6 am Tuesday, I found this amazing rock which had washed up during high tide. I’m convinced it’s an ancient artefact, and can just imagine it was a tool shaped from stone thousands of years ago…obviously [...]

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