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What is the best portable fan to buy in Canberra?

By 14 January 2014

Hello rioters,
It’s hot and getting hotter. I like to sleep without sweating so I am looking for advice on the quietest pedestal or tower fan to buy so that I can use it in my bedroom at night. It needs to be as quiet as possible or the missus gets the hump and turns it [...]

Hats, Heels and Handbags (Wanted!)

By 13 January 2014

Verve Promotions will again present the Canberra Show Fashion Parade from the 21st to 23rd February. 
The fashion parade entitled Hats, Heels and Handbags will showcase a variety of fashion wares and promoters are searching for Canberra’s biggest, oldest, most expensive and weirdest handbags, heels and hats. 
If you own something of the sort please [...]

Rainwater tank installers in Canberra?

By 13 January 2014

Having thoroughly failed to find enough round tuits to install a water tank myself, I’m considering hiring someone to do it for me.
Have you had someone install a rainwater tank and electric pump (but not necessarily the plumbing to the gutters) recently? Who did you hire? Did they do a decent job?
At this point I’m [...]

Where have all the cherries gone?

By 13 January 2014

I am looking to source a heap of cherries, but I haven’t seen any of the roadside guys for a while. I also checked the fresh life in Tuggeranong today and they didnt have any at all.
I did read that the yield was low this year, but I think they are still in seasons.
Has [...]

Hovercraft tours on Lake Burley Griffin?

By 12 January 2014

 I have a friend who is looking to expand his business by offering Hovercraft tours around Lake Burley Griffin.  It is felt that it would be a wonderful attraction for tourists and family outings.  A small Hovercraft will also add an interesting backdrop to the lake, which arguably can be perceived as fairly bland to a proportion of residents.  [...]

Best bunny savvy vets in Canberra??

By 11 January 2014

Hi All,
I have recently become the owner of a baby rabbit, and have been looking around at the different vets in town that I might take her to.
And I am wondering if any bunny owners out there have any recommendations for vets that are particularly good with rabbits?
Ideally, I would like to find a good, [...]

Zimmer / walking frame hire in Canberra?

By 10 January 2014

Hi there hive mind.
An elderly relative has broken her ankle while base jumping  in the Arapiles*.
As this happened out of state she has been sent home on crutches.
We feel she would be better off with a walking frame.
So does anyone know where we can hire one in Canberra?
*Ok, not really.

Landlord/Agent breaking lease agreement

By 8 January 2014

One week before moving into a rental property, the landlord/agent decided to back out of the rental lease agreement which was signed back in mid-December. The agreement was counter-signed and witnessed by one of the agent’s assistants.
Since I wasn’t going to move in  until mid-Jan, agent had agreed to let me pay bond and 2 [...]

Chippy for Choppa?

By 8 January 2014

I have a carport that I would like to enclose.
Does anyone have any recommendations for getting a carpenter in Canberra to frame the walls?

Recommendations for a good Brickie?

By 8 January 2014

I am after a recommendation for a good Brickie that does breeze block/brick retaining walls at a reasonable cost with good workmanship. 
I’d go stone (using a Stonemason) but that is considerably more expensive apparently. 
Also the wall is to be build at the side of the house so aesthetics are not an issue for [...]

Campos Coffee in Civic? Or just some decent decaff?

By 7 January 2014

Does anyone know where I can get a cup of Campos Coffee in Civic? We have a love affair, and I haven’t had a good cup of joe in a very long time.
Or perhaps you can suggest somewhere this pregnant lady can get a decent decaff in this town. Harvest didn’t do it for [...]

ACT Housing maintenance phone number not working.

By 4 January 2014

On Thursday at around 6:30PM, a tap in my bathroom broke, well the plastic part shattered into several pieces.   I am in a ACT Housing unit so I rang the maintenance number (6207 1500) to let them know and to have a plumber come out to fix it.
Well the number didn’t work.   I tried many [...]

Helicopters over Kaleen

By 4 January 2014

They’re not all black.
But for some time now the helicopters have been overflying Kaleen.
Should I be worried? Should I be alert but not alarmed?

Lack of post-NYE buses to Queanbeyan and Jerra?

By 31 December 2013

G’day all,
Decided I’d go into Canberra City for the NYE celebrations have a few drinks and then catch the bus home.  Unfortunately it looks like neither Action Buses or Deans will be running a late service out to Queanbeyan and Jerra?  Pretty disappointing if this is accurate.

Swimming Pool Water Consumption in Canberra?

By 31 December 2013

Does anyone have first hand experience of how much extra water they used each year by installing an inground swimming pool?
And, how effective are pool blankets really?
Would installing a rain water tank be sufficient for topping-up the pool?
Perhaps someone has done a comparison before and after installing their pool.
After the first fill-up I suspect a [...]

After advice on dealing with harrassment in the ACT Gov workplace?

By 29 December 2013

So my dream has come true to try out a career in the Public sector,  I have gotten a temp job in an office for a local department and have been enthusiastically trying my hardest for the last month.  It is quite a career change from the Building industry to Administration.
So unfortunately I have come [...]

Child Care Info in Canberra?

By 29 December 2013

Hello all,
Maybe this riot act community could provide a little bit of assistance for some analysis of the current state of mind and positions for families seeking child care.
Here is a hypothetical for you….
Lets assume for conversations sake, that a new child care facility was going to open in the not so distant future.
Again lets [...]

Compensation advice please…

By 28 December 2013

In late 2009 I was living in an ACT Government housing property, on this particular day I had a washing machine delivered, the delivery driver moved my old washing machine outside and I stayed in the laundry to sweep the area underneath where it had lived for a number of years. I was done sweeping [...]

Cafés open this time of year in Canberra?

By 27 December 2013

Driving about Fyshwick on Monday and Tuesday, the only two places that were open and served a reasonable coffee had queues out the door.  
The difficult thing this time of year is to know who is actually open outside of the big shopping centres.  
Any rioters have tips on the decent suburban venues that trade [...]

In search of a bingled white Toyota ute

By 27 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

On Boxing Day around 10.30pm, someone driving a white Toyota ute caused an accident at the corner of Drakeford and Erindale Drive.
Two other cars were involved, one of which was rear-ended and then smashed driver’s side first into a light pole. I have no idea of the full extent of the driver’s injuries, but she [...]

Ascot townhouses in Harrison

By 24 December 2013

I’m thinking of buying a 2 br townhouse at the Ascot development in Harrison on the Flemington rd side to live in with my wife and small child.
I am wondering if anyone has any advice? In particular, how are they during winter?
The weatherboard part at the back seem to lack insulation and you can [...]

Laser printer repair in Canberra?

By 23 December 2013

Fellow Rioters,
Any suggestions on a cheap, reliable southside laser printer repairer? I have a Samsung Three in One printer. The manual feed works; the automatic (tray) feed does not, with the machine telling me it has no paper. It does.
I’m not prepared to spend largish dollars on this as new laser printers are as [...]

Buying cheap/bulk coconut water in Canberra

By 21 December 2013

I am looking to get some bulk coconut water, probably in the order of 30/40l of the stuff. I am after that weird ‘sickly sweet despite the fact that its only 6% sugar’ Asian grocery stuff rather than the much healthier and boring tasting nudie or other hippie types.
Best price I’ve seen has been 500ml [...]

Recommendations for nursing homes around Canberra?

By 20 December 2013

I’m looking for recommendations for high care nursing homes in and close to Canberra.  
I’d prefer first hand experiences so that I can get a better idea of which places live up to the sales pitch you get when you visit.

24 Hour Belconnen Mall! But How?

By 18 December 2013

Target and Kmart are open 24 hours at Westfield Belconnen, but how do you get in?
I moved to Belconnen a few weeks ago from Perth WA. I went to the mall at 6:30 this morning (bright sunlight) to pick up a fan before work. I tried several entrances, entering and leaving several car parks, before [...]

Lights , Camera, Manuka

By 18 December 2013

Anybody know what the regulations are for cameras and camera gear at Manuka Oval? I’ve got tickets to watch the Poms vs PM’s XI and I’d like to get a bit snappy there.
I only ask, as the SCG will not allow lenses over 200mm and mine is a 300mm, no tripods or monopods either. I’m [...]

Zed’s office. Is Liberal party signage kosher?

By 17 December 2013

I walked past Zed Seselja’s office today and was surprised to see several large Liberal Party logos on the front window.
Perhaps I’ve been mistaken but I’ve always held the impression that electorate offices were meant to be branding free. I can’t find any info either way online but don’t recall ever seeing any info [...]

Hairdresser Recommendations in Weston Creek?

By 16 December 2013

Hi Rioters!
Having just relocated over to Weston Creek from the other side of town, I’m hoping that the hive mind may have a few recommendations for hairdressers in the area.
Basically, looking for reasonable prices and good service.

Paving advice in Canberra?

By 16 December 2013

I need to get some back yard paving done and I’d be very grateful for any recommendations from rioters about who I should use.

Bats. I’ve got bats.

By 16 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The tree across my lane way in Scullin has recently provided host to a colony of fruit bats.
I wish it was not true, but here they are.
What is TAMS doing about removing colonies of bats?  
I would be grateful for any information.
[Photo by shellac CC BY 2.0]

Body corporate document inspection fees

By 16 December 2013

Has anyone recently attempted to inspect the documents of a body corporate before purchasing a unit/apartment?
I was quite surprised when advised it would be $155 for the place I was looking into. Does it seem [ridiculously] steep to anyone else?

Traffic accident notifications in Canberra?

By 16 December 2013

Is there any government / police / other website out there that posts traffic updates re delays because of road closures, roadworks or accidents?

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