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Mars over Canberra?

By 27 September 2013

It’s 7.40 pm and I have just been outside. There is a large, unblinking orange/red dot in the sky roughly in the north-west.
Is it Mars? Gungahlin Al, where are you?
One of the joys of living here is that you get to see Venus quite often. It is a small but unblinking blue dot, usually in [...]

Advice on Residential Aged Care Financial Advisers

By 27 September 2013

I would welcome RiotAct feedback on financial planners with specific skills in aged care residential facilities (low care), not general financial planners.
Undertsanding the financial arrangements is not impossible, but it is also not straight forward either wrt to accommodation bonds, income and asset test impacts.  There are many nuances viz renting an aged person’s property [...]

Trampoline mat replacement in Canberra?

By 26 September 2013

Who’s good?
Who does it?

Fitness classes for Mums, BYO kids?

By 24 September 2013

I’m trying to find a fitness or dance class in that will allow me to bring my daughter (12 months) along, rather that putting her into a creche while I exercise.
Are there any options other than the standard pram-based outdoor classes?
Cheers!

The Hall bendy-bus of mystery?

By 24 September 2013

Does anyone know the story behind this?
For a week now, there’s been an ACTION bendy bus parked in the lay-by on the Barton Highway at Hall.
I say ACTION bus because it has the right livery but any logos have been removed, so presumably it’s ex ACTION.
Its windows are covered, it has no [...]

Best streets with views of Lake Burley Griffin

By 24 September 2013

Ok every one I’d love your votes on the best streets in Canberra with views of Lake Burley Griffin?
And or access i.e easy walking distance to the Lake ?

Mens Barber and Musical Instrument Repair in Canberra?

By 23 September 2013

I have two queries which I was hoping RiotAct could help me out with.
Firstly, thanks to Geelongs last quarter capitulation, I am now required to get a mullet. No, not the fish, the haircut (yes, stupid bet to make, I know). My hair is already shoulder length so just needs to bet cut into the [...]

Licensed Venues Showing Festival of the Boot?

By 22 September 2013

For those who haven’t heard Roy & HG are doing Festival of the Boot this year via ABC NewsRadio (103.9 FM), the AFL final from 2.00pm  Sat 28th Sep and the NRL final from 7.00pm Sun 6th Oct.
So that fans can share the jokes over a few cleansing ales are any licensed venues in the [...]

Is there a refund for Car plates?

By 22 September 2013

Hi,
I was wondering if anyone out there would know if I were to return my car rego plates to ACT Registration Shopfront would I receive any kind of refund?
If there is a refund, is it a flat fee or does it depend on other criteria?
Thanks for your assistance.

Bean and Grain been and gone

By 22 September 2013

Does anyone know what exactly happened to Bean & Grain at Fyshwick? It’s been closed for a few weeks now with a note on the door that says something to the effect that they ‘won’t be open this week…’.
They seemed to do a roaring trade, and I know from looking at Twitter that they [...]

Looking for a nice place to work or change of career

By 22 September 2013

I’m an APS2 public servant and have been looking forward to a promotion at the end of the year that will finally see me back on a wage I can live comfortably on. So it was a huge shock last week when I was told that I won’t be getting the promotion that I have [...]

ACT Vehicle Registration?

By 20 September 2013

Hey!
Looking at the list of fees on the registration receipt, couldn’t help but wonder about the “Road Rescue Fee” and “Compulsory Contribution.”
Has anyone gained a service out of these? Or is it an elaborate way to take more money?
Thank you

Do you like advertising?

By 19 September 2013

Hi all, hope you can help us out here.
For the time being we’re reliant on our awesome advertising partners to enable us to keep bringing you all the brilliant stuff you read on here every day. What we’d like to know is your thoughts on advertising in general and we’ve knocked up a short [...]

Magazines, who wants them in Canberra?

By 18 September 2013

What are some of the best places that might appreciate a donation of reading material (specific places looking for such a thing are more useful)?

Computer repairs around Canberra?

By 18 September 2013

I have both Mac computer and a PC laptop, both in need of repairs.
Your recommendations for local businesses would be welcome.
Thank-you.

Suggestions for venue for pseudo medieval feast?

By 17 September 2013

Rioters!
Looking for suggestions for a suitable restaurant/gastropub to cater for 25 people in costumes for dinner. Menu doesn’t need to include swans or pigeon pie, but a chicken parmi won’t cut it either. Happy to hear from businesses.
Please note, all daggers and swords will be foam/latex.

Mobile phone repair?

By 17 September 2013

My daughter just cracked the screen on her new Samsung Galaxy s4, does anyone know of reliable repairer here in Canberra please?
Fortunately the phone is still working, but I’d prefer to get it repaired if at all poss.

Learn Sign Language in Canberra?

By 15 September 2013

I was wondering if anyone could tell me if there is anywhere that teaches Auslan (Australian Sign Language) in Canberra.
I know that CIT used to offer a night class but it seems to not run anymore which is really disappointing.
I have been interested in learning this for such a long time and am [...]

Dressmaker needed in Canberra?

By 13 September 2013

Hi,
I’m needing help on finding a local dressmaker.
I had engaged a dressmaker three months ago but I’ve just been informed that they can now no longer supply me with the fabric I am after.
I am needing 7 bridesmaid dresses to be made before my wedding in January 2014.
I have a design that [...]

Recommendations for cabling work in Canberra?

By 11 September 2013

I’m after some recommendations for some cabling work to repair some old-style phone-wall connections to bring them into the 21st century.
Any recs?
I rang “Integrity Technical Solutions” but they are flat out for 1 month.

What does this mast do?

By 10 September 2013

This antenna/transmitter was installed during the night (literally) over the weekend on the 9th hole of the Gold Creek Golf Course.
Calls to the club manager received the helpful advice that he doesnt know anything about it(!)
Anyone know what it is?

Looking for a good Beauty Therapist in Canberra?

By 9 September 2013

Hi Rioters,
Looking for a good beauty therapist for waxing, facials etc.  The last girl I had left her work and my new one (which will remain unnamed) ripped the skin off of my arm :(.  Would love to here all of your experiences and advice.
I live south side so anywhere there would be preferable.
Thanks
Bec

Camping Gungahlin Style?

By 9 September 2013

Anyone know what the deal is with the guy in Gungahlin who’s parked his van up on Kate Crace Street and set up a tent?
Has been there since Friday?

Cameras on Parkes Way?

By 9 September 2013

Driving east on Parkes Way this morning, I noticed (at least) two poles in the median, each with two cameras on them.
They look like fixed speed cameras, but there’s no signs and no talk of such.
Any ideas, hivemind?

Question re roof repair in Canberra?

By 9 September 2013

Hello,
I need to have some work done on my roof.  I checked all comments on RiotACT about various roof and gutter businesses in Canberra but none are recent.  
Any recent experiences with any such businesses?  Thank you very much in advance for any recent feedback I can get.
Yun
[ED - let's limit the discussion to positive [...]

Good tax accountant in Canberra?

By 6 September 2013

Hello,
I’m looking for a good taxation accountant who’s a registered tax agent. Does anyone have any recommendations?
My tax is not very complicated, but I prefer someone who is personable & knowledgeable, and can advise on issues such as investment properties and work-related deductions.
Thanks!

Paving contractors. Recommendations?

By 4 September 2013

I require someone to do some paving work in my backyard.
It would be a small job (5-8 sq m) involving curved edging and paving around a drain.  
I’m in the inner north. 
Can anyone recommend a reliable paver who charges reasonable rates?

Barton Hwy Speed Cameras?

By 4 September 2013

Does anybody know if both directions are monitored between Gungahlin Dr and Ellenborough St?
You have what appears to be the flash unit and the radar box pointing in one direction (sure it’s Eastbound) however just the smaller flash unit is pointing westbound.
Is this a dummy set up similar to Lanyon Dr southbound?

Canberra Centre Below completion time?

By 3 September 2013

Have any Rioters (staff, guest or otherwise) heard anything about when the Canberra Centre’s reconstruction of their Food Court/lower level is due for completion other than ‘late 2013′? (Though that’s a broad window, so they’re still on track.)
Anything? Investigative journalism, low-level publicity or some other source?
Thanks.

Do interstate driving offences also reduce points on your ACT licence?

By 3 September 2013

I was in Victoria last month and managed to not see the lower speed signs around a level crossing on a country road.  
I was clocked doing 100km/h in a 80 km/h zone.  
I was wondering if the road authorities are organised enough for me to lose points on my ACT drivers licence as a [...]

Explosion and Power Failure in Giralang?

By 2 September 2013

About 10:30 pm last night (Sun 1-Sep) I was heading for bed when I heard a loud explosion and we lost power for about 30 seconds. The bang was loud enough to wake up my kids, who all normally sleep like logs.
I called the Belco cops, and they said they’d had a brief power outage [...]

Gwen Shirlow vet?

By 31 August 2013

I just read that Gwen Shirlow, who took over the vet practice in Braddon from Peter Burgess, has left there.
Does anyone know where she moved to?
I urgently need a reliable vet for a complex medical problem my cat is suffering from.

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