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Internet Speeds in MacGregor?

By 27 May, 2012

For those of you who live in Macgregor: Do you get fast internet speeds? Who is your ISP?  What package are you subscribed to?
I’m currently in Page and can’t get faster download speeds than 8Mbps through the TPG Unlimited ADSL plan.  I will be moving to Macgregor in a few months and was wondering what [...]

Looking for a Good Building Inspector in Belconnen

By 26 May, 2012

I am currently looking for a qualified Building Inspector to examine my house for any defects after it is finished being built. 
The house is currently being built in the Belconnen area, and will be finished around September 2012. 
Can anyone recommend to me someone that they have had a good experience with for a [...]

Floor polishing in Canberra?

By 25 May, 2012

I’d like to get the timber floors in my house polished and I don’t want to attempt to do it myself.
Can anyone give me a ballpark square meter cost and recommend one of the Canberra tradies who offer this service?

Problems with Real Estate agents at final inspections?

By 25 May, 2012

Hi fellow Rioters,
I had been renting or a number of years, and have recently just moved out of a property after living there for a number of years. As usual when I move out, I spent the weekend scrubbing the house from top to bottom to make sure everything was I would want it if [...]

Golf Ball Damage Liability in Canberra?

By 24 May, 2012

Who is liable for damage by errant golf balls to property adjacent golf courses – the golfer, the course owners or the adjacent residents? 
Is there any Australian case law or experience? Who is liable if a person on an adjacent property, or roadway, is injured by a golf ball hit from the course?
Does [...]

Parking tickets for obstructing traffic and pedestrians in Canberra?

By 23 May, 2012

I received a parking ticket yesterday and was wondering if anyone can enlighten me on some of the laws around giving out parking tickets.  I had parked in a residential street in Woden, no parking signs were around nor any red paint on the square gutter. As far as I could tell it was a [...]

Flu Vaccine for 4 year old?

By 22 May, 2012

Does anyone know where I can get a flu vaccination for a 4 year old? I am used to this being offered by the GP, but since Australia does not include the flu jab on the vaccination schedule for children, it is difficult to find someone who will actually do it. My GP [...]

Vodafone broadband problems in Canberra?

By 22 May, 2012

Is anyone else having trouble with the Vodafone mobile broadband at the moment? 
I haven’t been able to get a network connection for the past 24 hours.

A bit cheaper for the Rugby?

By 22 May, 2012

As much as I love the Brums, shift work is a cruel task master…but finally a weekend off!  
The Reds match should be a cracker, but oh the prices with the extra ticketek charge & their handling fee!  
Do any of the clubs around the ACT do discounted rates for tix as I’ve seen the [...]

Concreters and Verandahs in Calwell Area

By 21 May, 2012

Hi All,
New to the ACT and just purchased a home in Calwell. We like the area but have no idea of who are the reliable businesses to provide concreting services and verandah installation services in the Calwell area.
We have a large deck area to cover as well as wanting a rear roller door installed [...]

Squash centres in Canberra?

By 21 May, 2012

Hi all,
I’m in the Tuggers region and looking for an squash centre that would be open for court hire at night. Ideally, I’d like to get down after work for a while. Are there any such places that fit the bill? If so, what’s the hire rates like?
Thanks for your help!

Draining Lake Ginninderra

By 20 May, 2012

Does anybody know why Lake Ginninderra is being drained?
Or at least a portion of it? Is it too replace the bridge which has disappeared or for some other purpose.

Annoying Belconnen Helicopter ?

By 20 May, 2012

Does anybody know why there has been a helecopter circling the Belconnen/Northside area for the past few hours?
It is about 1:30 am and the noise has left me awake pondering if there is a legitimate or even necessary reason for its flight path. This has been a regular occurrence for the past 4 or [...]

Strange fruit in Tuggeranong

By 19 May, 2012

I spotted this fruit tree next to Lake Tuggeranong today.
Can anyone help me ID it?

Recommendations for local I.T person/company in Canberra?

By 19 May, 2012

Hello there fellow Rioters,
We have recently established a small Canberra branch of our Sydney-based company and are looking to employ a local person or company to assist with our I.T needs.
At present our office is very small (3 office staff only) however, we anticipate a potential second larger office in the future [...]

The logbook system in Canberra?

By 19 May, 2012

I have recently moved to Canberra from Victoria, and am trying to get my driver’s license. I have logged over 100hrs of driving, so I do have basic driving skills, but I failed a test in Victoria before I moved. So I am pretty keen to do it through the log-book system, as I was [...]

Goulburn – Oberon road?

By 18 May, 2012

Hey all,
I’m doing a trip to the Blue Mountains next weekend and am planning to go up via Oberon (google maps says it is slightly quicker to go to Katoomba that way than going up the Hume). Wikipedia says the road is fully sealed and the maps I’ve looked at seem to suggest it is [...]

Boxing or wrestling rings in Canberra

By 18 May, 2012

Anyone know of a location on boxing rings or wrestling rings?
Phoenix gym is an option but does anyone know of anywhere else.
Nothing serious for why i need one to use, just for laughs and a few bets.

Transact Outage?

By 16 May, 2012

Is there still a transact outage in large parts of the city? I live in Bonner, and there has been a FTTH internet outage since yesterday afternoon.
Am I the only one, or is this widespread?
The transact outages page is not updated too often it seems.

UEFA Champions League Final 2012 in Canberra

By 16 May, 2012

Does anyone know of any venues doing something for the UEFA Champions League Final kicking off on Sunday 20 May @ 4.45am?
Preferably northside but given the importance of the game for my beloved Chelsea, I’m prepared to go to Cooma to find a good place to watch it if need be.
Go the blues!!

Where to find deep-fried Mars Bars in Canberra?

By 15 May, 2012

Apart from making your own, does anyone know any cafe/restaurant/caravan that sells them?
The G-Spot no longer exists (the only place I knew that did sell them).

Used bicycle parts

By 15 May, 2012

As I cannot afford to buy a new bike, I am considering putting one together myself if I can find cheap parts. So what is a good place for cheap bicycle parts? Obviously, the frame is going to be the most important, but I’ll recycle anything I can except for possibly the fiddly moving parts [...]

Fernwood Gym, Yay or Nay?

By 15 May, 2012

I am looking to join Fernwood gym and was wondering what others experiences where?
I am currently a member of club slime and I am so sick of the all roid munchers taking up all the weights, plus their crazed blood shot eyes scare me.

Adult debating in Canberra?

By 14 May, 2012

I’d love to start debating, but can’t seem to find any clubs for adults.
And I haven’t done it since year 7, so something for beginners is required.
Does anyone know a club in Canberra that could help?

Parental help at schools

By 14 May, 2012

What are your thoughts on paying full school fees for your children and then being shamed into taking time off work to help out with normal school activities (reading, maths, etc)?

Mini bonfires in backyards, are they legal?

By 14 May, 2012

Does anyone know if it is legal for people to host mini bonfires in their backyards?
I live in Dunlop (where the houses are so close you can hear your neighbour flush their toilet) and the people behind me are hosting a little gathering with their friends, I can hear everything.
It’s almost 3am and I’d [...]

NRAS as an investor?

By 14 May, 2012

I have been looking into the National Rental Affordability Scheme NRAS as an investor and was wondering if anyone is doing it or knows anything about it in Canberra?

Dog Whisperer

By 11 May, 2012

I have an 8 year old male cocker spaniel that has random aggressive tendencies towards small kids and strangers.
I need to do something about it and I am hoping that the RiotACT community will be able to share any experiences and recommendations with local dog behaviour services.

Eskrima in Canberra?

By 11 May, 2012

Is there anywhere in Canberra to learn eskrima/kali escrima?
So far I’ve found a school called Black Eagle in either Turner or Hawker – not sure if it’s even still open as different locations/numbers are listed and they have no web site and I couldn’t get through to anyone.
I’ve also found a guy who will [...]

House Sitting in Canberra?

By 10 May, 2012

We’re in the midst of an extensive reno, builder has already flagged the need for us to actually move out for a period when he’s done with the new room and ready to start work on the internal changes to existing house. 
I’m conscious of major disruptions to family life and was considering the option [...]

Where has all the traffic gone?

By 10 May, 2012

On my drive in from God’s Country (Queanbeyan) this morning, I noticed that something I suspected had indeed come to pass: there was very little traffic on the Monaro Highway.  At 8.45am.
Several weeks ago it could take a good 15 minutes to get from Hume through to the airport, but for the last week or [...]

Stolen Car – Tues 8 May in Phillip

By 9 May, 2012

Blue Nissan 200sx stolen from an apartment block in Phillip between 9.50pm and 11.15pm on Tuesday 8 May 2012.
Car is currently unregistered but did have ACT number plates on it.
If anyone has any information that may assist in recovering the car please call the police or reply to this thread.


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