Ask RiotACT (1921 Stories)

Front Gardens/Yards in the ACT … Appearance

By 12 February 2013

Anyone know the rules/regulations/requirements that apply to the maintenance of front gardens/yards of private properties in the suburbs of Canberra?  Or where to find such?  In our area I have begun to notice an increase in the number of private houses that seem to be using the front areas of the property for either the [...]

Cars parked in Badimara Street, Waramanga crashed into on Saturday night.

By 11 February 2013

Does anyone know anything about this incident?
It appears someone driving a 4WD, has failed to negotiate these cars, parked against the kerb. The white Barina suffered extensive damage, both rear and front end and had to be towed away.
[Picture courtesy Katie]

Website Design Ripoff. What to do?

By 11 February 2013

I recently decided that my 1980′s website needed upgrading.
I contacted a company and was told I had to pay half up front which I did. I was then emailed the Terms and Conditions which I signed and was then asked for the rest of the money.
Yes, I did pay it, what a fool!! [...]

Soundproofing in the ACT?

By 11 February 2013

hi Rioters,
Does anyone know of a consultant or a company in Canberra that can give advice about retrofitting soundproofing for a residential home?
Finding the source of the problem would be really good (i.e. where in the house the noise is leaking through the most), as would suggesting a range of options rather than one [...]

House Cleaners in Tuggeranong?

By 11 February 2013

Hi everyone,
I wonder if anyone has a recommendation for house cleaners? We need some reliable, honest folk to clean our place and, as usual, you recommendations essential in good decision making!

Zucchini Brothers Pizza?

By 10 February 2013

Dear Mr Zucchini,
Despite none of your pizzas actually containing either zucchini OR brothers, we are big fans of your work, and lament your absence since December.
It was rumoured that you would be reopening mid-February but having recently tried to call you and found your number disconnected, and the location of your new digs clearly vacant, [...]

Corrugated trees near the Bay.

By 10 February 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Hi Rioters,
Many times travelling to or from the Bay, I have noticed two trees close to the road that are wrapped in corrugated iron. The wrapping is about 8 metres off the ground and there is a wire rope between the two trees at about 15 metres. I reckon the wrapping has been in place [...]

Digital TV signal loss in Gungahlin?

By 10 February 2013

WIN and PRIME TV signals dropping out over the last month or so. Anyone else with these issues living in or around Gungahlin?

Female doctors in Canberra

By 9 February 2013

My previous doctor has unfortunately gone on materity leave and as I have a chronic illness I’m looking for a new doctor.
I was hoping to find someone who is youngish and female as I tend to feel more comfortable with women.
Experience with mental health is desired but not essential.

Recording Studios in Canberra?

By 7 February 2013

Hi, Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations for good recording studios in Canberra?

Catering in Canberra?

By 7 February 2013

I’ve been tasked with helping find a good caterer for the Honda Australia Rally Team that are attending the NatCap Rally on the first weekend of March.
Will be based out of the service park, power etc all supplied, and to feed approx 30 people for the weekend.
Who’s out there? Opinions? Recommendations?

How does one know where the alcohol exclusion zones in Canberra are?

By 6 February 2013

A friend needs to know for reasons we don’t need to go into here.
But as the matter is not easily googled we can perhaps provide a long term public service.
Anyone know?

Quotes on Sandstone retaining walls in Canberra?

By 6 February 2013

I need to know if $300 m2 is a reasonable price for a sandstone retaining wall.
My block is almost level.
The quote I’ve received includes earth works and footings. Is is there anyone that can provide some advice?

Route to Batemans via Araluen?

By 5 February 2013

I hear tell there is a way down to Batemans that avoids the Clyde by going through Araluen?
Is this true, and where can I find directions? Google Maps is being unhelpful as well as possibly probably wrong.

What can I do about a constantly changing uni course?

By 5 February 2013

How do unis keep getting away with it? In any other business, if the seller promised you one thing and then repeatedly delivered something different (or nothing at all), it would be breach of contract.

Wood floor sanding and polishing

By 4 February 2013

Hi all,
I have just purchased a house and the wooden floors have seen better days.
Has anyone used and can recommend any local operators?

NSW speeding fine as ACT driver

By 1 February 2013

Ok – mostly rant – but part prayer for a free solution:
During the Christmas holidays I got a speeding fine in Sydney – 70kmh in a 60kmh zone – outside of the double demerits period. A quick search of the NSW RTA website indicates the fine will be waived if it’s a low range offence [...]

Why would you hang your laundry out to dry on David Street

By 31 January 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Most days of the week David Street in O’Connor is gracedby one young lady’s laundry.
Can anyone suggest how this works as a good idea?
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Burnout season in Weston Creek?

By 30 January 2013

Hello fellow Rioteers.
I’ve lived in Weston Creek for 3 years now, never had this issue before. However, for the last 3-4 months, we are routinely getting d***heads doing burnouts in our cul-de-sac, then taking off (with headlights off) before anyone can catch them. Saturday night it was a Silvia with a ridiculously loud blow off [...]

Corin Forest?

By 30 January 2013

Is Corin Forest Closed?
Both their own website and the ACT Govt’s “Visit Canberra” page state it should be open from 10-4 public holidays, but we drove out there for the first time yesterday and it was closed.
I feel I missed something…

Guitar teachers north side?

By 29 January 2013

Can anyone recommend a guitar teacher north side (Ainslie, Hackett, Watson area)? I’m looking for someone who knows a few different genres.
Appreciate any advice.

Where to get ‘keep calm’ plaques in Canberra?

By 29 January 2013

Does anyone know where I can get those ‘keep calm’ plaques in canberra? (eg keep calm and drink tea, carry on, etc).
I know Flight of Fancy used to have them but they’ve sold out mostly…

Best 30 min Bike Ride in the ACT?

By 29 January 2013

I’ve been bragging to relatives for months about how fun it is to ride a bike around Canberra and surrounds, and they’ve decided to visit the ACT and see it for themselves.
My relatives are older adults who probably couldn’t ride more than 30 minutes or so, so I wanted to ask readers of [...]

Hire a 4wd for use on unsealed roads in the ACT

By 28 January 2013

Hi all,
I’d like to hire a 4wd to drive to certain spots such as Blue Waterholes and across the Brindabellas from Tumut. 
I intend to stay on the formed roads and drive very carefully.  I know that some car hire companies in some other states will allow their vehicles to be taken on to unsealed [...]

Musical instrument insurance in Canberra?

By 24 January 2013

Hi Fellow Riot Actors,
I know there is a whole lot of knowledge out there. I am a touring musician looking for insurance for my musical instruments and equipment both while I am at home in Canberra and while I am traveling domestically and overseas.
Does anyone have any wisdom to impart on this matter?? Best [...]

Recommendation for architect or building designer

By 24 January 2013

Hi Rioacters
We’re looking to whack an extension onto our house built in the 1960s on a sizeable block.
We’d like to talk to an architect or building designer about our project.
We’d really appreciate some recommendations for good people to contact in the ACT.

Renting from a private property in Canberra?

By 23 January 2013

Hi Rioters,
I’ve been looking for a place to live so I went to to search.
Then I found out some of listed properties have no real estate agent, is that gonna be a issue?
And what should I notice when signing the contract with a private renter?
Cheers guys

Need to hire a room for a party.

By 23 January 2013

Hi All,
I’ve searched old threads but nothing came up that matched what I was looking for, I’ve also done plenty of google searches and come up empty.
I’m organising a 50th for a good friend, I want to hire a function room/hall, but not one attached to a club etc
I have alcohol organised through a [...]

Bed and breakfast close to Canberra?

By 22 January 2013

I’ve been looking to take the missus to a bed and breakfast somewhere close by (preferably with a swank restaurant) and keen for some recommendations.
There appear to be any number of places around Bungendore, but they’re all self-rated, and the majority seem to have some pretty scathing reviews online.

Graduation Dinner Suggestions in Canberra?

By 22 January 2013

My graduation dinner is coming up in a month or so, and family tradition is we go somewhere a little more expensive and fancy to celebrate when someone graduates university.
I am looking for suggestions of restaurants that have a good menu selection to keep everyone happy, and isn’t ‘little meals on big plates’ kind of [...]

Suggestions for somwhere to have a morning tea?

By 22 January 2013

Normally my morning tea of choice for catching up with friends is at the Hyatt but shock – horror – this is no more! The Hyatt now only offers afternoon tea with 2 sessions (starting at 11am) at a large-ish price……
Problem is I need a 10am start and I would rather not pay $52 per person!
Any [...]

Scrap Metal Pickup in Canberra?

By 22 January 2013

Just wondering does anyone know of scrap metal dealers who still come and collect items for free? 
Seems according to some of the merchants I’ve spoken to, there is no money in picking up scrap metal and they are happy to take your unwanted metal, so long as you either deliver it to them or [...]

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