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The return of native bees in Canberra? Nope, hoverflys

By 17 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

I was long ago told these little guys are native bees.
But I’ve only ever seen them on their own before.
Now across the Inner North I’m seeing huge numbers of them.

Anyone else noticed this as unusual or have any ideas as to why?
UPDATE: Thanks to Switch for correcting me, they’re hoverflys.

Where to put that stinking bag of rubbish after a weekend at the coast house

By 16 October 2013

I know this is a ‘first world’ question, it is just that I would like to know what other people do with their household rubbish when staying at a holiday home down the coast (in my case, a relatives house). RiotACT responses will be used in an ongoing family debate!
Do people:
a) put the rubbish in [...]

Ask RiotACT: A letter about a dead pigeon

By 15 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

We just received a letter that is equal parts polite and intriguing (I’ve never noticed this either), so what’s the answer Rioters?
Good afternoon RiotACT,
I was having coffee with two of my beautifully wonderful and lovely female colleagues (sorry – they read this and I need the brownie points) when we noticed a dead concrete pigeon [...]

Teen-Friendly Beautician?

By 14 October 2013

Hello Hive Mind,
I need the services of a friendly beautician for Ms Downer, preferably on the northside.
With any natural beauty now gently eroding into magnificent ruin, I rarely call upon members of this profession.  
Any recommendations?

Tomato time in Canberra?

By 12 October 2013

Down at Magnet Mart today there were dozens of people loading up trolleys with tomato seedlings and bushes. They were also the hottest item going from the plant guy at the markets.  Honestly, I must have seen at least 100 plants being carried out of those locations.
To my way of thinking it’s still a bit [...]

Haunted Canberra. 10min Documentary being filmed in Canberra

By 9 October 2013

Hello Everyone,
My name is Ellen Lee and I am a fourth year student at the University of Canberra studying Film Production and International Relations.
As a part of our final unit we are to create a short 10 minute long film. Haunted Canberra is a documentary that is taking a closer look at the ghost stories [...]

Lawn and gardening tips for Canberra?

By 8 October 2013

I moved to Canberra last year, bought a house early this year and had turf laid in my backyard last month.
Most gardening websites have told me to water lawns daily until established, then slowly move towards a once weekly regime. But after having spoken to a couple of locals, they claim that many websites do [...]

FBT for community sector staff. Seeking recommendations in Canberra

By 8 October 2013

I am looking for an accountant who is able to advise on managing FBT and salary packaging for someone who works for multiple not for profit employers.
Does anyone have a recommendation which they would like to share?
Thanks – any advice most welcome.

Hairdresser for Canberra wedding?

By 7 October 2013

Looking for a recommendation for someone Northside.
I am happy to go to the salon, though if there’s someone who’ll travel over the border without charging extra that’d be great.
I don’t want a formal up do or anything fancy, just to have my long hair nicely styled and a bit braided back.
I am [...]

Dog Groomer in Canberra?

By 6 October 2013

Hi all,
After a dreadful experience with our dog groomer, poor care, filthy conditions with a result resembling vegemite squished through a vitaweet. I’m after suggestions of a kind and competent dog groomer who will not include skin in their trimming or give her an 80s style flat top. Not too fussy, but she is an [...]

Dumping on private property advice

By 4 October 2013

Hi folks,
Just wondering if anyone has any advice regarding dumping. My family have a few homes being built at the moment and it isn’t quite finished. Anyway someone or more than one person has decided these houses are dumping grounds. We’ve found all sorts of random stuff like old doors, garbage and local kids keep [...]

Mental health policy dreams?

By 3 October 2013

mental health policy discussion – ideas for a utopian version?

NRMA smash repairers? Any good ones around Canberra??

By 3 October 2013

Hello RiotACT!
Recently I was involved in a accident and received some minor damage to the rear of my car.
Has anyone delt with any of NRMA’s approved smash repairers?
Which ones were the best?
I’m looking for somewhere that does high quality work over anything else.
They did suggest A & A smash in Fyshwick but I [...]

NBN, internal home enclosures in Canberra?

By 3 October 2013

NBN has come to my street and I am looking to wall mount behind the family PC in a central main living area rather than in the garage or a cupboard.
Does anyone have any recommendations on an NBN specific enclosures (or something to keep it all neat in a public space)?

Kids: how loud is too loud in Canberra?

By 3 October 2013

Following lunch at a Belconnen fast food ‘restaurant’ outdoor playground today; when I gave my kids the 2 minute warning I was smuggly and rudely told my children were being too loud by another parent (“oh good, does that mean we’re only going to be subjected to the yelling and screaming for another two minutes!?”). [...]

Solid Hardwood Timber floor in Canberra?

By 2 October 2013

Hi all,
I am renovating our place and are looking for some reasonably priced hardwood flooring.
We are not wanting engineered boards just solid timber. We are particularly interested in spotted gum timber, but interested in all timber. If anyone knows a good place to purchase cheap flooring, let me know.
Additionally we are looking for someone [...]

Contaminated bird seed in Canberra?

By 1 October 2013

Have any bird owners had their birds die unexpectedly in recent months? Possibly after buying a new bag of seed?
One of my cockatiels died recently. The vet suspected that it might be metal poisoning, or that it might be contaminated seed, as I had recently purchased a different brand.
Apparently there had been a similar [...]

Looking for a reliable mowing/gardening contractor in Canberra? Tuggeranong area?

By 27 September 2013

It has been a while since we have updated the collective wisdom on a good gardening/mowing contractor and I am not sure how LMR went after the last request.
My ever growing patch of weeds in the back yard needs professional help. Does anyone know of a good, reasonably priced and reliable gardener/mowing contractor to [...]

Car damaged by lawn mower in Canberra?

By 27 September 2013

My car was hit by a stick/branch thrown from a mower near the Barton highway/Gundaroo drive roundabout yesterday morning.
Does anyone know who to contact to get compensationfor damages or to get it fixed?
Do i need to get a quote myself?

What are these?

By 27 September 2013

Do any Rioters know what these things are?
They are seemingly spread about the city at random and all appear damaged or defunct.

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?

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

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

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

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