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can anyone help me identify this artist?

By 31 August 2012

sup riotacters!
so there’s a house thats recently come up for sale in red hill. totally out of my price range and probably a little too high class for my tastes anyway.
but I really like the artwork in the house! I’ve emailed the agent and the vendor is not interested in divulging the artists name (wtf? [...]

What’s up with the new Uni Pub work?

By 29 August 2012

I noticed a couple of weeks back that out the back of the Uni Pub, where they’re planning to put the beer garden, official ‘Stop Work’ notices have been slapped up, and (obviously!) work has stopped.  
It looks like the notice covers the entire project, inside and out, and look to be Government issued notices, [...]

Cotter Road Upgrade?

By 28 August 2012

Are there any plans to upgrade the Cotter Road now they are building all the new houses out that way? The traffic stretches all the way back to Adelaide Ave in the afternoon and I am guessing it will only get worse.

Camp sites in Canberra

By 28 August 2012

I have friends coming over from England for their honeymoon.
They will be in Canberra for 3 nights and travelling in a hired camper van.
Does anyone know any camp sites besides cotter and stuff. More closer to suburbia?

The tale of Limestone Lizzie

By 27 August 2012

Hey guys,
Someone just told me a quick story about some prostitute named Limestone Lizzie… Sounds like a bit of a story, anyone got any stories to tell? Did she actually exist?

Function Venues for Birthday Parties in Canberra?

By 27 August 2012

I am looking for ideas for function venues for a birthday party later on in the year.
I estimate there will be around 60 people, and would prefer somewhere within 10 minutes of the city (ie. Dickson, Kingston, Manuka, Ainslie etc) and don’t want to break the bank either!
Also, somewhere that has limited steps due to [...]

Wanted: Canberra’s least confrontational gym or health club

By 26 August 2012

Hi all, this is the increasingly expanding Bill.
I never thought I’d be the type. The type that gets up at 5.30am to go to the gym. Or who gives up time at the pub after work to go to the gym. But alas, after too many beers after work, my doctor has finally convinced me [...]

Selling property privately – clever or crazy?

By 26 August 2012

Hi all
My husband and I are hoping to sell in the next few months and are currently looking at our options. We have met with an agent who was very nice but had a commission of almost 3%. We find it hard to imagine that the work of selling our house is worth over $12,000! [...]

Small Business suffering due to poor planning by ACT Planning & Development

By 23 August 2012

Should small business be compensated for poor planning by ACT Planning & Development?

Professional Hair and Makeup in home

By 22 August 2012

I am looking for a professional(s) to do wedding hair and makeup for a Saturday in February next year. Has anyone got any recommendations/are you a hair/makeup professional? I am only interested in people who are available to do this in my home.
It would be for Bride and 5 Bridesmaids – approximately 6 hours work for two people (ie one [...]

Swimming pool maintenance in Canberra?

By 22 August 2012

In preparation for the three or four days of balmy summer ahead, it is time to coax the swimming pool out of hibernation. I no longer have the time to do a thorough clean, check filter components, balance water etc. Actually, if I am honest with myself, I probably do have the time, [...]

Tattoo policy in the Public Service?

By 21 August 2012

Has anyone had any personal experience with tattoo policies in the APS? 
I currently work in a government department but am planning to move on.
My current employer has no concern with visible tattoos but I’m a little concerned that I may have to conceal them in another department.

Landscaper recommendations in Canberra?

By 20 August 2012

There is an existing thread on this topic but it’s a bit old…
I’m looking for recommendations for a landscaper that is reliable, good and won’t cost the earth.  Your comments will be gratefully received.
With thanks, Kitten Licks

Sports psychologist?

By 20 August 2012

I am wondering if anyone can recommend a good sports psychologist in Canberra.
I live in Watson so anywhere inner north would be great but I’m happy to go just about anywhere in Canberra.
Money isn’t a massive problem but I don’t want to pay unless I see results.

Solar Panel installers in Canberra

By 20 August 2012

Riotact Hivemind, I’m getting with the times and going to install solar panels to help reduce my electricity bills.
Problem is – Solargain is currently the only provider I can find that installs in Canberra. There are plenty of companies that come up with a google search, but none of them service the Canberra region. [...]

Electric bike conversion in Canberra?

By 19 August 2012

I’m turning to the Riot Act for some helpful information! I need info on electric bike conversion. I want to get to work without my car, and I have tried Action and just can’t make it work. So I thought of looking into electric bikes. I have an ordinary bike that I ride very occasionally, [...]

Recommendations for a good solicitor in property conveyancing – NSW Land

By 18 August 2012

Hello everyone,
I’m thinking of buying land in Googong (falls under NSW jurisdictions) so I’m looking for a good solicitor/s for property conveyancing.
This will be my first property, and I would really appreciate any recommendations. I have received a couple of quotes (above $1000), however seeing as this is all new to me, would greatly appreciate [...]

New choppers. Dentures in Canberra?

By 18 August 2012

My baby boomer partner needs a new lower denture.
He’s sick of dribbling his ham and pea soup down his trackie daks
Quote from a dental lab, admittedly a very good one, $12,000.
Could buy an old ute for that!
Any recommendations?

Postie riding on my lawn

By 17 August 2012

We recently landscaped our yard and had turf laid on our front verge/nature strip as part of the project.
The work was all planned with a letter box built into a wall on the front boundary and paving coming off the driveway for the sole purpose of giving Australia Post easy access.
Unfortunately, the Postie [...]

BP Phillip

By 17 August 2012

Does anyone know what’s happening with the BP servo in Phillip?
At first I thought it was just going through a  re-branding or something minor, but it now looks like it’s being completely demolished.
Surely not making room for another car yard? 
What would you like to see there besides a car yard?

How can you buy a property for $1.86m then sell it for just $1 ??

By 16 August 2012

Property bought for $1.86m sold for $1. Stamp duty on property.

Family divorce advice in Canberra?

By 16 August 2012

Looking for some advice, have been married for 5 years, have a boy together who is 9 no property as we rent and no cash to divide however she wants to get back with her ex boyfriend in Cairns QLD (who they have a kid together) and has told me she is taking our boy [...]

Hairdresser that will come to your home

By 15 August 2012

Hi All,
My Mum is very unwell and is unable to leave her home. She is about to undergo chemotherapy and is worried about how her hair is going to look as it starts to fall out.
She would like to get her hair cut before the chemo starts but is too unwell to go to [...]

Ophthalmologist HELP! (in Canberra)

By 13 August 2012

I have been trying, without success, to get my 6-year-old daughter in with an ophthalmologist in Canberra (aside from the Canberra Eye Hospital, where I don’t want to go, as they have such a bad reputation for non-surgical cases).
Several recommended Drs are either not taking new patients, or have recently retired, apparently leaving me with [...]

Security cameras for the home – is there any point?

By 13 August 2012

So I’ve put up with my fair share from the neighbour’s children and I’m considering installing security cameras at home. I’m sure my problems aren’t much compared to stories others can tell – but over the years we’ve put up with regular midweek parties (parents never at home), litter and smashed glass in the front [...]

Hitachi Split Air Con repairs in Canberra?

By 13 August 2012

Sadly my air con unit seems to have passed on as it keeps tripping the circuit breaker.
Does anyone in Canberra know either a) a good repair person for Hitachi Air Con or b) a good sales/install person/retail outlet to replace the said unit with something nice and warm for this weather?
Thanks in advance.  :)

Recommendations for deep sea charter fishing

By 13 August 2012

Am seeking recommendations for a fishing charter provider on the coast – Bateman’s Bay area.
I intend to purchase a trip as a father’s day gift for a 40-something, and was wondering if anyone had been on one of these charters recently and could recommend one.

How to remove house details from real estate websites?

By 12 August 2012

hi all,
wondering once you’ve purchased a property, how is the best way to get the details about your house (photos, purchase price, floorplans etc.) removed from websites? (, real estate agent & property price websites).
If I email the agent & allhomes is this the best way? Is there any legislation about this that I [...]

Where to play tennis for learners in Canberra?

By 12 August 2012

Hi everyone,
I am wanting to play tennis and only seem to be able to find competitions that are super-serious. Given that I’m a beginner and am going to kind of suck, is there anywhere I can play that caters to beginners? I can travel to anywhere in Canberra to play.
Thanks in advance, hive mind!

Financial advice – salary packaging

By 11 August 2012

Can anybody recommend a financial/tax advisor to advise on salary packaging?  My employer has PBI status so they’ve sent me a letter of offer with various options, but i need to get professional advice on pros and cons.
Would prefer to give the business to a small independent if possible, then they can do my tax [...]

Reasonably priced hairdressing and guitar lessons in Canberra?

By 11 August 2012

I need some advice for accessing local services. I am after a hairdresser that has a realistic price structure (hairdresser at Ainslie wants $75 for a trim – bahahaha) and I am also looking at options to get my daughter started off in guitar lessons.
Location for both services is Inner city/north preferred.

Kombi Van Wedding Cars

By 10 August 2012

Hi All,
Does anyone know of any Kombi Van’s that are for hire (privately owned or through a hire car company) in Canberra or surroundings for a wedding in November 2013?

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