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Selling your own house in Canberra?

By 8 May 2013

Has anyone had experience selling their own home?
We have an updated, split level, high ceilinged home close to Coolemon Court. Houses seem to sell reasonably quickly in this area.
Is it worth the hassle? Have sold 4 houses all through agents and had an un-nerving experience with the last one on the North Coast. We left [...]

Dead kangaroos in LBG, just accidental?

By 8 May 2013

Last week I saw a dead kangaroo in Lake Burley Griffin just in front of the National Gallery.
It is a steep shore and it may have drowned accidentally.
Today, kayaking, I noticed a dead kangaroo just off Weston Park East. It is unlikely that it would have drowned there by accident, it is a [...]

What bug is this?


Dannybear has sent this one in for help from the hivemind:
Hello! wondering if anybody knows what this is?
a yellow thing poked out of it for a second but not long enough to ID, its about 6 inches long, thanks!

Commercial photography charges in Canberra public spaces? (read, the National Arboretum!!)

By 7 May 2013

I was reading this morning the charges up at the National Arboretum and spotted that they want to charge $200 “per image” for any commercial photography done up there and $200 an hour for non-commercial photography!!
Some of the other charges for “hiring” some of the spaces up there seem ridiculous as well including if you [...]

Caravan parks around Canberra?

By 6 May 2013

Looking for expert opinion on caravan parks.
An acquaintance is planning a visit from Melbourne to Canberra to stay in their own caravan with kids (I think young teens) in July and looking for advice on best caravan parks to stay in. They have mentioned  Creastview in Queanbeyan and Capital Country Holiday Village in Sutton.
As I [...]

Tetun Language Speaking Group in Canberra?

By 6 May 2013

Having just returned from East Timor and planning to return before too long, I’d like to be able to practise my Tetun in between visits. The ANU has a six-year-old webpage about starting one, but the contact email address has shuffled off this mortal coil and joined the bleeding choir invisible.
So I’m wondering if any [...]

Short to Medium Term Accomodation in Canberra?

By 4 May 2013

We are contemplating hiring a nanny/au-pair on a part time basis starting next January.
The feedback we have heard from other people is that hiring a good nanny in Canberra is difficult to say the least.
Hence we may consider an au-pair.
I don’t however want the au-pair living with us rather they would live in separate accommodation [...]

Looking for a dentist

By 3 May 2013

Wondering if anyone knows where Pegah from Curtin Dental Care is now practicing? 
I think she left CDC in September 2012.  
Any help appreciated.

Three jets in parallel over Canberra?


Yesterday afternoon around 3:20pm I spotted 3 jets over Canberra, flying side by side, heading more or less North.
They were too high to see exactly what sort of planes they were – but I’m guessing they were quite large from the contrails. 
Slightly random/odd post I suppose – but I’ve never seen anything like it. 
Any [...]

Possible gas leak?? high gas consumption!!

By 3 May 2013

Hi guys,
I’m after some advice in regards to our gas meter readings if anyone can help!???!!
So my partner and I have just recently moved in to a newly built house in the new area of west Macgregor, we are the first people to occupy the house and seeing as we are due to have our [...]

Catching a taxi on the rank in Canberra?

By 3 May 2013

Is there some regulation that mandates you have to take the first cab off the rank in the ACT?
I went to catch one from by the Casino last week, and the first in the rank was a manky van. Since I was going to pick up a couple of colleagues for the journey, rattling around [...]

Preschools in Canberra?

By 2 May 2013

We are fairly new to Oz and Canberra and with a child turning four later this year, we need to select a preschool.  
First, can anyone tell me the difference between a preschool and an early childhood schools?  
They sound the same to me.  
And any opinions regarding South Curtin Preschool, Yarralumla Preschool (the regular, [...]

Roof Restorations in Canberra?

By 2 May 2013

After some recent additions to our home we currently have two different coloured roof tiles and we need the capping re-bedded and pointed.
I have had 2 quotes on having the roof painted. The cheapest being just over $7,000 and the other being $11,000
Our roof is not small so I was prepared to pay more then [...]

Gate manufacturers in Canberra?

By 1 May 2013

Can anyone recommend a garden gate manufacturer?

Gas bill showing no gas consumption in Canberra?

By 30 April 2013

When I moved in to my apartment I connected to ActewAGL for electricity and soon started receiving gas bills that included the normal service charge and some gas consumption. After a while the meter reading stopped increasing and from then on I have been only getting “service charges” as I am registering no gas consumption.
I [...]

New Mini Bar? (where Ticketek used to be)

By 29 April 2013

Went to collect some tickets from Ticketek in the City and was shocked to find that they are no longer there!
They’ve been replaced by some sort of Mini Bar opening soon..anyone know any more info?

Panna cotta in Canberra?

By 28 April 2013

Any suggestion for a restaurant / cake shop that serves really good panna cotta?
I’ve been dying to eat one and I just want one where I can have a slices for take-away.

Shed renovations in Canberra?

By 28 April 2013

We have an old shed in our backyard. It’s in pretty good condition but ugly as hell. It was built when the house was built 50 years ago, and because it predates current planning rules as an existing structure we can keep it but not build a new one.
So Mr T and I want [...]

Retaining Walls and bad neighbours in Canberra?

By 28 April 2013

I have a neighbour in a newly developed estate that has cut into their block of land. That’s fine, so long as you retain the embankment that you cut. This neighbour hasn’t retained the embankment that they cut into, but claims that he is doing something about it (but I doubt that’s true as this [...]

Seems like an odd place to put a shed? Images of Canberra


As seen in Dickson this lunchtime.
Anyone care to explain why a shed would be in there?
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Serial hubcap stealer or am I just paranoid…

By 26 April 2013

This is going to sound strange but I came back to my car after watching a movie just now to find that my front driver side hubcap missing.
Noticed a few others around with the same problem….
Am I being paranoid or has this happened to people recently?

Where to buy a hat in Canberra?

By 23 April 2013

As the colder weather approaches I’m in need of something fashionable to cover what remains of where my full head of hair used to be.
As an early 30′s male who’d rather shave his head than look like a 60 year old bald man I’m having trouble finding anywhere that sells a wide assortment of [...]

New cafe in Mode 3?

By 22 April 2013

Was hoping someone had some information on the new cafe in Mode 3 in Braddon?
I think it’s called 86 (it faces Elouera Street) but Google came up blank. 
Went past there on Saturday evening and again yestedray morning and it was packed.

Possible cheated wages/being underpaid??!

By 22 April 2013

Hi everyone,
I am posting this for my partner, I do not wish to mention his exact trade nor the company for obvious reasons, as I wouldn’t want anyone he works for that may possibly read this see its about them,
My partner is working for a company as a sub-contracter, and has been with them for [...]

Doctors in Canberra?

By 21 April 2013

Hi there,
I am searching for a good doctor in Canberra preferably Northside.
I recently got some test results back and am not happy with how my current doctor handled the situation (she searched the condition on google, telling me just to leave it and see if it causes problems in the future). She didn’t make [...]

Roof insulation in Canberra. Who gives a good quote?

By 21 April 2013

After I received a quote from a long-known local energy efficiency businesses I asked them how many bags of insulation they will provide for the $’s quoted and the number of square metres that they will cover in the roof space.  Seems that it’s a case of ‘that’s the price and we will insulate your [...]

Huge increase to Body Corporate Levies. ACAT?

By 17 April 2013

Body Corporate levy increases by 65% per year — well above what Independent Property Group said when purchasing the property.

A mighty rigid structure appears in the Canberra Centre. Pour Quoi?


The food court atrium in the Canberra Centre has developed a large steel frame for what seems to be some sort of internal roofing.
Anyone want to suggest what could be the cause?

Meteor Shower over Canberra?

By 15 April 2013

Hi there,
This will hopefully be seen by Gunghalin Al who seems to know all about what’s going on above us at night. I’ve heard that there will be a meteor shower on the night of Monday April 22nd and was hoping Al might be able to give us some info on which  direction we should [...]

Yoga in Canberra?

By 15 April 2013

I’m looking for a yoga class that’s very gentle, as I’m recovering from surgery and have a weak right shoulder as a result.
Preferably northside, but I’m happy to travel for the right place.
It would need to be outside of work hours.
I identified a place in Torrens (but the class times don’t suit) [...]

How to deal with an unprofessional photographer?

By 15 April 2013

Dear Rioters,
I need an advice on how to deal with an unprofessional photographer. Here is the story –
Last year we got married and hired a professional photographer for two hours. We received our photographs 4 months after our wedding. The pictures were great but we started noticing that some pictures were missing that he took. [...]

Merging on and off the Monaro Highway – the back door manoeuvre

By 15 April 2013

Being a bit of a Costco addicit, I travel along the Monaro Highway quite often (coming on and off at the Hindmarsh Dr junction.
What I have noticed is the increasing use of what I like to call the ‘back door’ manoeuvre, where people, who really can not wait two seconds, merge on and off from behind [...]

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