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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 [...]

Applying for Divorce in Canberra?

By 22 January 2013

Hey guys,
With the new fees out for applying for divorce (it now costs $800 to apply) I’d rather get this sorted now than before they go up again. Only problem is I have no idea what steps to take. Do I just fill out the forms, sign them in front of someone who is legally [...]

Civic: more beggars and junkies than usual?

By 22 January 2013

Over the last few weeks I seem to have had more beggars approaching me in Civic wanting money.
Also, there have appeared to be a lot more syringes and empty methadone containers in North Canberra.
Has anyone else noticed more of these adornments to this fine city of late, and can explain why?

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.

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?

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 [...]

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