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Canberra’s live music scene – what happened?

By 21 January 2013

I don’t think it was that long ago that I used to be able to check out a gig guide and find a litany of upcoming fairly major Australian, and sometimes international acts. We’d get enough that my disappointment was generally around an inability to go to all of them. January/February was always a particularly [...]

Hanging around Braddon?

By 19 January 2013

So last night after a lovely dinner at Italian and Sons we were walking back to our car and noticed about 10 or so people with camp chairs just sitting around. They were located between centrelink and the rental car place on Lonsdale Street.
No talking or partying, just sitting around. No drinks, chips [...]

Plumbers in Canberra?

By 18 January 2013

We’ve got a leaking shower.
Can anyone recommend a good/reliable/ not pricy plumber in Canberra (preferably Gungahlin area)?
Thanks a lot.

Dog stalking, where can I do this in Canberra?

By 18 January 2013

I’m looking to get a pet dog but I’m not sure what breed I want. Past experience and online research is great and all, but isn’t quite the same as getting slobbered on in person.
Looking for suggestions of where to go (weekends ideally) and see a number of dogs frolicking with some owners I can [...]

Belconnen Pubs?

By 17 January 2013

Ive recently come across the Ginninderra Tavern , as well as the Pot Belly and was wondering if anyone has been to either and can offer their thoughts on them…. Does anyone know if the Ginninderra Tavern has a TAB?
Thanks guys

Bushfire commemoration dinner?

By 17 January 2013

I’m looking for suggestions for dishes which would be appropriate for a dinner to commemorate the 10year anniversary of the Canberra bushfires this Friday, 18 January.
While the obvious thing may be to take the family out to Smoque, I figure they’ll be crowded and it should be possible to produce something creatively appropriate. [...]

Military op shop query

By 17 January 2013

Dear Rioters,
I recently picked up a most excellent military jacket at an op shop.  It is black, with cool embroidery on the cuffs.  Here is a photograph.  Sorry, but we can’t all be Gungahlin Al or Ben_Dover with their skills and cameras and so on.
I would love to know which of the armed services it [...]

Access to Medical Records in Canberra?

By 16 January 2013

Does anyone here know anything factual regarding the rights and applicable law relating to patients obtaining their medical records?
What I want to know is if a patient can walk in to a medical practice and ask for their records to be handed over to them?
I could care less if they keep a copy [...]

Walk up Black Mountain?

By 16 January 2013

The kids are keen to climb Black Mountain during this school holiday period.
I wonder if someone can advise on how long it takes to do the walking track from the Botanic Gardens at a gentle pace?

Mode 3

By 15 January 2013

What’s the deal with the brand new Mode 3 building sitting on Lonsdale St, which is supposed to have 2000m of retail space?
I’m not sure if it’s even completed yet (project mgrs projected May 2012) but what are they proposing to put in there anyway that can attract customers?

Moving truck hire in Tuggeranong?

By 14 January 2013

Are there any reliable moving truck company pick up locations in Tuggeranong?
Have done some research and they all seem to be Fyshwick or near the city.  
Not a deal breaker but would be more convenient in Tuggeranong.  
Need a 3 tonne pantech style (can be driven with car licence) with a rear lift gate.
Thanks

Grits in Canberra?

By 14 January 2013

I thought I’d try the RiotACT brains trust and ask: anybody here know of a local store stocking grits?
thanks!
Androo

Pest control and DHCS

By 13 January 2013

Hi folks,
With all this heat I’ve been finding quite a large amount of spiders. Usually adult wolf and huntsman spiders. This i can take care of, just yesterday i killed a six legged wolf spider no problem.
My problem today is that i have just terminated the lives of 20 tiny babies. They were making a nest between [...]

Dog burial in Canberra nature reserves?

By 12 January 2013

We had to have our old mutt put to sleep before Xmas.
A combination of ill-health, blindness, and the heat of the season, reduced his quality of life to the point where it was kinder to have his troubles ended. We had him cremated, and have his ashes in a pot. As we spent many happy times, [...]

Rangehood installation in Canberra?

By 11 January 2013

Does anyone have any idea how much it will cost to install a new rangehood and what type of contractor do you call in to do the install?
My new house doesn’t have rangehood in the kitchen, only a vent above the stove. Therefore, I bought an canopy rangehood and I want it to be ducted [...]

What’s the go with the Federal Highway Henge?

By 10 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Noticed this mini-Stonehenge off the federal highway, opposite turn for the tulip farm just before dipping down to yass river…
Anyone know its provenance?
UPDATE: Thanks to BenMac who sent in the aerial view:
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Medical care for arthritis in Canberra?

By 10 January 2013

I think I am probably developing osteoarthritis, and it is getting to the point where it intereferes with my life.
So I want some sound medical care and advice.
When I went to my GP he did no diagnosis at all, offered me a script and a sample pack of anti-inflammatories, and waved goodbye.
ny [...]

Office Space for Professional Services

By 10 January 2013

Fellow Rioter’s,
Long time visitor, but first time poster. I’m planning to have a small business/professional services business. Does anyone have any idea where to look for share offices or does anyone know of cheap professional services suite around town?
PS: I have had a look at serviced offices option (too expensive, plus don’t need things like [...]

Reliable electrician needed

By 10 January 2013

Hubby & I are hoping the hive mind can give us some information regarding a good, reliable electrician or even who to avoid.
We have a couple of ceiling fans we want installed and we would also like to have a couple of extra power points and track lighting installed.
We live in the Gungahlin area.

Belconnen GP who can talk to my old Dad?

By 10 January 2013

Hi. I am hoping someone can suggest a (preferably male) GP in the inner Belconnen area who is interested in older patients like my dear old Dad and actually has some space to take on a new patient….
It seems an impossible task.

Recommendations for Aged Care Accomodation

By 8 January 2013

The time has come for my 89 year old father and 82 year old mother to move into aged care accomodation – they have both had their ACAT assessments – both low care, however ideally they would like to move into Independent Living for 12 months or so before moving into low care accomodation. 
I [...]

Venue Hire – Halls & Non-Licenced

By 8 January 2013

Hi all,
I am organising a welcome home party for a friend that has been studying overseas. We’re looking to have 30-40 guests, and want to provide our own food and alcohol.
For this reason, I’m looking at a venue that is not licensed (so we can provide our own alcohol). I’ve looked into the Yarralumla Woolshed, [...]

How to report a defective vehicle?

By 8 January 2013

After years of having several “random inspections of the ACT Road fleet” Dickson inspections in my letterbox, and years of having cars randomly defected while on my street (Including one for bald rear tyres which was the reason why the car wasn’t driven that day as I was waiting for a mate to drop some [...]

Gungahlin GP’s with cardiology special interest?

By 7 January 2013

Hi all,
A friend of mine has recently arrived in Canberra and needs long term support for a heart condition and a referral to a Cardiologist,
I’m looking for  GP in Gungahlin/North that has a special interest in cardiology. Can anyone recommend one?
Many thanks
Terence

Criminal Lawyers in Canberra with computer crime experience?

By 7 January 2013

I’m having a real hard time finding a Criminal Lawyer who can deal with computer related crimes, or has experience in it.
There’s an abundance of them in Sydney and Melbourne but can’t find one for the life of me here in the ACT.
Anyone know of lawyers that wont think .Gif is a misspelling of gift?

Inexpensive car hire in Canberra?

By 6 January 2013

Hi Guys,
I am looking for some advice on inexpensive car hire in the ACT region.
When I need a hire car in Perth or Sydney, I use Bayswater (No Birds) hire. They do Corollas for under 300 for 7 days including excess reduction. I am looking for someone who will do hire for similar rates in [...]

Gourmet City closed

By 5 January 2013

I’ve noticed that Gourmet City in the Canberra Centre is boarded up.
Anyone know if it is being refurbished or replaced? It will be missed if so.
The Canberra Centre needs a decent delicatessen.

Fishing rigs in local Canberra lakes?

By 5 January 2013

I have done all of my fishing in saltwater so know nothing about how to rig up to cast a line in any of the local lakes.  I have a bit of time on my hands at the moment and was thinking of sitting on one of the lakes for a couple of hours every [...]

Good Push Bike Store in Canberra?

By 4 January 2013

Trawling through old posts on RA, I can see some good advice, but maybe it is out of date and shops may also be closed up now.
As a sedentary public servant, I figure low impact bike riding is a good way to get in some cardio after work.  So I am looking for help from the collective on [...]

Missing Chickens

By 4 January 2013

Has anyone any idea about what happened to the chicken shop in Cooleman Court called Chicken Galore?  The shop was boarded up when I last popped by without any explanation as to if it was reopening, relocating or what.
Anyone know?  Or can anyone recommended a similar business somewhere in close proximity to Weston Creek?
Thanks Rioters.

Which Vet Clinic to Visit with new Puppy….

By 4 January 2013

Having recently acquired a new puppy, I am in the process of looking for a good quality, reliable vet for all his medical needs.
I have narrowed my search down to the Weston Creek Vet in Warramanga, or The Gables Vet Clinic in Monash.
Has anyone had any experiences with either of these Vets to possibly make my decision [...]

Band hire in Canberra?

By 3 January 2013

So I am looking to book a band of the semi-professional cover band type for a substantial (400+ people) event in March [not a wedding though]. As much as I would prefer to go with something a little more exciting, knowing the audience I have to play it conservative and go for a band [...]

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