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GP Recommendations on the Southside?

By 20 June 2013

Hi Rioters,
So I know this topic comes us quite often but there doesnt seem to be any recent chats on GP recommendations for the Southside of Canberra…..
My husband and I currently go to different GP clinics as the books at mine are ALWAYS closed! Im due to give birth in a few weeks and want us [...]

Alfa Romeo Service in Caneberra?

By 20 June 2013

Hi All,
Just bought my first Alfa Romeo, and I’m quite excited.
Can anyone recommend a good Alfa Romeo service agent in Canberra? A google search only brings up the dealer here, but I was hoping for something… more.
Cheers.

Another driver [dis]courtesy story. Am I wrong?

By 18 June 2013

[no cyclists were harmed or even invoked in the development of this article]
so, what do rioters think?  i am approaching among other traffic at or just under the posted speed limit, on a major arterial road in the nearside (left) lane, a major thoroughfare (let’s call it ‘northbourne avenue’) when about two-three hundred metres ahead [...]

Testing gas heaters in Canberra?

By 17 June 2013

Now that Winter is upon us our gas heaters are in full use.  I recently read an article about the death of two little boys due to Carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide poisoning and I was wondering who do I get to test my heaters?
They are the old wall heaters and are original to the [...]

Taking a Voluntary Redundancy from the public service

By 17 June 2013

Ok folks, here’s the thing. After 26 years in the APS I’ve given it the flick. Or, to put it in more technical terms, I’ve been offered a Voluntary Redundancy from the Australian Public Service and I’m going to take it.
There’s one part of me that says “Hoo-Bluddy-Ray, Hallelujah, Saints Preserve Me and Toorah all [...]

Should we get solar power by 30 June 2013?

By 14 June 2013

Hi Canberra,
I have a basic understanding of the changes occurring to the solar power tariff system in the ACT on 1 July 2013, however it would be good to get some advice. Is it worth jumping in now and buying a 4kW system (approx $7000), or should we wait?  We have until 17 June to decide..
Thanks in advance.

How’s Palmerston?

By 14 June 2013

Hey, I posted about Charnwood a few days ago and learnt many many useful things! I would appreciate your views on Palmerston, Gungahlin.
Is it a safe place to consider buying a house for a small family?
I’ve heard about new suburbs growing next to Palmerston. Thanks!

Help! Non-hipster wedding photography needed

By 14 June 2013

We’re looking for a wedding photographer. We looked at the responses to this post from 2012, and scanned the websites of the photographers referred to and many others. It seems there is a strong prevalence of a particular kind of wedding photography. It’s either contrived, or has gone right through contrived and come out the [...]

Pet door installation in Canberra?

By 12 June 2013

Hello Rioters,
I’m looking for someone to install a pet door in my house. Any recommendations?
I left a message a couple of times at one business and they never called me back.
Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you!

Charnwood 2615 ACT?

By 12 June 2013

Hello, I am looking at buying a house in Charnwood, Belconnen.
I haven’t been in Canberra for long, I would appreciate your opinion about the neighbourhood, especially concerning safety and good neighbours
Thanks!

How do you drive a car into a shopping mall?

By 12 June 2013

Help me Riot Act!
I frequent the Belco mall every 3 or 4 weeks… but this has been confusing me for months.
To the extent that I’ve measured the cars. I’ve measured the door ways. I’ve tried to assess the angles between the door ways and this location. They can’t have just been driven through the nearest [...]

Child psychologist recommendations in Canberra?

By 12 June 2013

Without going into the ‘why’ I need to look into psychologist / psychiatrist for my five year old.
Does anyone have any experience with them in Canberra as well as one that takes on child cases?

Ask RiotACT – Is this wattle early?

By 11 June 2013

Rioter Grump has a question for the Riot collective:
Hi, just noticed some wattle blooming up the end of the street – can the hive mind say whether this is normal (I suspect it’s a good 8 weeks early) or is this another harbinger of global warming?

Removalist Recommendation in Canberra?

By 10 June 2013

looking for careful considerate removalists

Best place for Sunday night roast?

By 10 June 2013

I’m hankering for a roast dinner, just like mum used to make. Sure I can cook my own, but that’s not as much fun for just two people, and I was thinking of asking members of one of the meetup groups to join us.
Does anyone have recommendations for a great place, such as a club [...]

Snow in the Territory?

By 6 June 2013

Dear RiotACT members
I am wondering where and when snow falls in the ACT. Obviousy Corin is one of the most popular, but do the ranges around Brindabella Rd/Piccadilly Circuis get a share of snowfall?
If I were to continue down Naas Rd towards Adaminaby would I begin to see snow along the roadside? (Not too [...]

Bicentennial trail ?

By 5 June 2013

Cruising google maps in an idle moment, I came across the “Bicentennial trail marked off Stockdale drive. Apparently it’s near Shepherds Lookout, one of my regular haunts. While driving there this morning I couldn’t find it though. I did see two wooden signs, marked “CT”, but they pointed to heavily padlocked gates.
Does anyone have any [...]

Solicitor for conveyancing in Canberra?

By 5 June 2013

Hi Rioters,
I did a quick search of the site but it looks like its been a year or two since this was last asked. I am looking to sell my house in a few months time and will require the services of a decent solicitor who does conveyancing work.
Any recommendations for solicitors (particularly those located [...]

Commuter bus services between Goulburn and Canberra?

By 4 June 2013

Although I grew up in Canberra, I have spent a number of years away with work…only to return very recently.
For family reasons we have decided to settle in Goulburn and commute each day…is there a bus service between GLB and CBR?
Is there enough interest to lobby a private coach service and sustain a service?
Thoughts??? [...]

Best yum cha in Canberra?

By 4 June 2013

Where’s the best yum cha in Canberra? There was a thread on this back in April 2012 that wasn’t particularly conclusive. I’m keen to find out the latest.
I had a wonderful yum cha in Sydney recently at a place named Eight above the Haymarket, and would like to try the Canberra yum cha scene.

Problem picking up Subtitles broadcast on SBS HD in Canberra

By 4 June 2013

Has anyone noticed problems getting subtitles on SBS One HD using their set top boxes or TV?
I’ve noticed that I can access subtitles on the standard definition version of SBS One only. I think this started happening around about the time the new NITV station started broadcasting.
Computer digital tuners seem ok at picking up [...]

Coast Challenge?

By 4 June 2013

Hello
After speaking with some people born in Canberra who are now 30+, a discussion I had involved past times the then teens had in the 80s-90s. Nightly Air Disaster Memorial visits, “bin bowling” all arose, however one struck me as insane and doubtful.
Has anybody here heard of the “Coast Challenge?”
It apparently involves/ed driving to Batemans [...]

The Better Place legacy?

By 2 June 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Wandered past this Saturday at Belconnen markets.
So, with Better Place gone tits up, do these things still work? Are there actually any current users?
It looks like we at least got something for our money, assuming ACTEW was a secured creditor and will get a cut of the wind up?

Any recommendations for a Carpet Repairer in Canberra?

By 30 May 2013

Due to an unfortunate mishap with a hot iron in a carpeted room, I have a carpet in need of a cut-and-paste repair job by a carpet layer.
It is in a prominent location so I need an experienced and reliable person to do a good job of it. Any recommendations?

Recommend restaurant that caters for dietary requirements?

By 30 May 2013

Hi all
My wife and I are finally getting the chance to go out on a date night for the first time since the birth of our daughter 3 months ago. We want to go to a restaurant however we have limitations on what my wife can eat due to a number of intolerances our daughter [...]

Witchcraft on Mount Ainslie?

By 29 May 2013

Hi I’m a Year 12 Student who is doing a school documentary on Canberra witchcraft and was just wondering if any one has any contacts I could interview to help my project?
Whether it is for or against, I’m more just interested in the story of the coven, and looking to find out as much as [...]

Who gives way on Cotter Road?

By 29 May 2013

Going out this morning, I have to pass though the mess that is McCulloch St/Cotter Road/Lady Denman drive. We now have single lane working at the lights in McCulloch Street, guided by a road worker doing point duty. But the lights are still on, making things very confusing for some. Coming back, wanting to turn [...]

Needing cash for breakdown. Where to get quick money?

By 29 May 2013

Hi, I have just received the bad news that my 7 year old car is almost dead, it needs major work now. My problem is having just moved to Canberra and paying so much money to relocate, rental bond etc I have no money left, but I really need my car.
I am trying to [...]

End a rental lease early in Canberra?

By 29 May 2013

Just wondering what your experiences are in terms of leaving a rental earlier than the lease end.
So I’ve been living in a place for about 1.5 years. We signed on for another year lease in Feb (should’ve asked for month to month I know…)
Recently, we found out there may be an opportunity for me which [...]

Meteoroid Over Canberra

By 28 May 2013

Did anyone see the Meteoroid over Canberra last night (27th May) at about 11.30pm??
I was watching from Gungahlin towards Civic last night and it came in extremely fast and was clearly in the atmosphere, and burnt out with a very bright magnesium flash at the end. It literally only happened over a second. It was [...]

Who Gives Way on Sandford St?

By 28 May 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

I stopped at the left turn on Sandford St. turning into Flemington Road to go toward Franklin this afernoon. The sign said “left lane must turn left” so when the lights went green I proceeded to turn left. Unfortunately there was a poor guy on a bike in the bicycle lane to my left who [...]

Chick wanting to join a gym in Woden/Phillip/Weston Creek?

By 28 May 2013

Hi all,
Any feedback about the Edge in Weston, Elite Fitness in Phillip, Curves, Fernwood? Any others?  I am keen to know what you think about the classes, value for money, how crowded they get etc.  
I’ve looked into Curves in Weston Creek but the opening hours (ie not open on Sundays at all) seem prohibitive.
Thanks [...]

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