Ask RiotACT (1850 Stories)

Wedding Photographers?

By 9 August 2012

Hi – Getting married (obviously), early next year and wondering if the collective RiotAct Hive Mind had any ideas about good photographers in Canberra?  The array of possibilities on Google is exhaustive and very complicated as are the prices and one doesn’t want to shell out that amount of money without being sure of the [...]

10,000 kwh in a quarter ? Is that even possible ?

By 7 August 2012

How would it be possible to be over charged for electricity in the ACT ?
I am having trouble believing this latest bill.
Any advice, can a mistake like this happen ? What sort of usage would be required for a bill that high ?

Amateur jam sessions in Canberra pubs

By 6 August 2012

Does anyone know of any amateur musician jam sessions at Canberra’s pubs that anyone can rock up to?  Used to be a very good one at Filthy McFaddens on a Sunday afternoon many years ago now.  I would love to go along and get involved once again, so any suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks
And for [...]

Future land releases in Canberra?

By 6 August 2012

I’m looking to build/buy my family home around 2016 and am interested in what land releases might be available in that timeframe (2016-2018). I’ve been to the LDA website but it really seems to be only focused on two years out. Does anyone know there is information on what long term planning there is for [...]

Builder to advise house buyer in Canberra?

By 6 August 2012

So we are contemplating buying a house, that may need a fair bit of work. Whilst the seller’s Building Inspection report details a bit with the “what is wrong”, we would like to engage a builder to inspect the place – representing us – and advise how feasible, and costly the repairs are likely to [...]

Cleaning artwork in Canberra?

By 5 August 2012

Does anyone know where I can get some paintings professionally cleaned and/or repaired?
I have inherited some artwork from an artist great aunty; she was a heavy smoker so the oil paintings are in need for a good clean.  The watercolours, which are in glass frames, seem to have some some water damage underneath.
I’d love to [...]

This is an EX-parrot

This is an EX-parrot

We spotted this galah in the backyard yesterday, wearing “badges” on its wings marked “EX”. Is this an ex-galah, one half of a failed relationship, an express courier galah or what?
It was flying with other galahs and seemed quite normal in its behaviour.
Just wondering what’s going on here – maybe this is some sicko [...]

Fyshwick Bridgestone Car Service?

By 5 August 2012

Hi Everyone,
I just notice Fyshwick Bridge Stone service station is offering a full car service for $89. I am not sure if I could trust them.
Some of this kind of deal comes with hidden surcharges. I called them to confirm but they told me no surcharge at all.
I want to ask if someone got experience [...]

Those brick walls in the parks. Just what are they for?

Those brick walls in the parks. Just what are they for?

So, these things pictured; they’re verminous throughout inner Canberra.
And yet what are they for?
Surely not just as a canvas for street art?
Whatever they were built for in the long long ago seems to have passed from fashion.
And yet they remain.
Your thoughts, dear readers, are as ever appreciated.

Australian Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Household Survey. Did it make you uncomfortable?

By 4 August 2012

Last Saturday I was greeted at my front door by an ABS employee asking me for a few minutes of my time. She asked a few general questions before asking me to participate in a Personal Safety Survey. I was busy at the time so we organised for her to come back the next day. [...]

Winter gas bill

By 3 August 2012

Just out of interest, what would an average quarterly winter gas bill (eg. May-June-July) be like if you heat with gas (+ a gas stove in my case)?
Mine totaled $740 and I had people tell me to check for gas leaks. I live in a pretty badly insulated 2 bedroom rental and have ducted gas [...]

Where to find fiberglass and craft foam supplies in Canberra?

By 3 August 2012

So given that store-bought LARP weapons (soft foam swords for role-playing games) tend to be quite expensive (mainly because of shipping costs) I have been trying to make my own. However finding materials in Canberra is almost as difficult. The first thing I need is fiberglass rods (the rules of the LARP requires fiberglass cores), [...]

Looking for South Coast Accommodation for 6-10 families

By 3 August 2012

We are looking for a caravan park or alike that could accommodate 6-10 families in separate cabins, but that has a communal area (ideally in the middle).

Has anyone used “Aged Care Connect” in Canberra?

By 2 August 2012

I am just starting the process of moving my elderly parents into a retirement village. 
I found an organisation on the web called “Aged Care Connect” that says they can help you negotiate the aged care system, help with the paperwork etc.
Have any rioters had any experience with this business?

What was that big grey plane?

By 2 August 2012

I was driving over Commonwealth bridge yesterday at around 2pm and noticed a massive plane (possibly a jumbo?) flying northbound over the lake.
It was all grey, does anyone know what it was?

Book Club or Knitting Club in Canberra?

By 1 August 2012

Hi All,
Have had a poke around the site but didn’t see any threads on where I could find information on joining a Book Club or a Knitting/Craft Club in Canberra.  
Does anyone have any ideas where I can find this information?  I’m probably looking for something Northside just to narrow down the scope.
Thank you in [...]

Expert watchmaker/repairer in Canberra?

By 1 August 2012

Can anyone recommend a watchmaker in Canberra who has expertise in antique watch restorations and repairs?
I have recently come into possession of a pocket watch which belonged to my great-great grandmother so I estimate it was manufactured late 19th or early 20th century.
I am looking to have it cleaned and lubricated but want [...]

Car alarm installation in Canberra?

By 1 August 2012

Hi all,
Anyone know of a good place in Canberra/Qbn, where I can get an alarm installed?
I don’t mind paying a bit extra, just as long as they do a good job.
Thanks in advance.

Would it help if I filled in Selection Criteria for Casual work?

By 1 August 2012

Canberra overall, is a lovely place… with its sparkling clean roads, and thick gravy like lake that reminds me of roast dinners; however, sometimes I get a bit frustrated with it.
I work a great job, which I enjoy, and is mentally stimulating, but the pay (as one could argue for most government jobs), is not [...]

Ever heard of – Golden Key International Honour Society

By 31 July 2012

Just checking with the Rioters out there – has anyone had any dealings with the Golden Key International Honour Society? They have a charter at ANU and UC and searches of the web show that Katy Gallagher is an honourary member.
I would be interested if anyone had any insights into this group/society/organisation…

Oblivious or just plain stupid?

By 31 July 2012

Driving onto William Hovell drive around 6pm tonight coming off the tuggeranong parkway. I noticed that traffic was banked up a little more than usual for that time. I thought, that the traffic lights must have gone off. Driving further up its just green lights but the traffic is starting to break up. I go [...]

Windows Home Server 2011

By 29 July 2012

Is there a shop in Canberra area that will stock a copy of Windows Home Server 2011?
thanks, Zultan

Best electricity deal in ACT?

By 29 July 2012

So One Big Switch have organised a 17% discount for ACT residents who switch to Truenergy. The deal is 3% off the bill then another 14% off when you pay on time. I rang ActewAGL to see if then would do a better deal for me and was told they only discounts they [...]

‘Buildings’ on Jerrabomberra Avenue?

By 29 July 2012

For the hive mind.
Over a period of months, a series of shipping containers have been re-arranged and added to on a site at the southern end of Jerrabomberra Avenus, beside the Monaro Highway.
Turning into a fairly professional build, and, if I’m not mistaken, a full septic system in the grounds.
Interestingly, from Nearmap, a couple of [...]

ACT mental health law details wanted

By 29 July 2012

I’ve been trying to find the bit of legislation that states that ACT mental health workers may not engage in sexual relations with people under their care. The bit that states that the person under care can not be considered to give consent. Googling “mental health worker sexual consent” or similar keeps coming up with [...]

Windscreen Replacement

By 28 July 2012

Anyone have any recommendations for windscreen repairers in Canberra/Qbyn region?
Thanks in advance!

WIN Canberra TV reception

By 28 July 2012

Over the last few weeks I have noticed that reception on WIN Canberra has been real dodgy. Pixelated and jerky most of the time. Watching the NRL is a nightmare. I am looking forward to the Olympics but watching the Games will be hopeless with the current reception. GEM and GO are similar but not [...]

Children’s book illustrations and printing

By 28 July 2012

I have a little one on the way (due early December) and I would like to make a children’s book for her about our dog, as a present to both my wife and a little keep sake.

Demountable building on The Valley Avenue, Gungahlin

By 27 July 2012

So has anyone got any idea what that small brown demountable building is that is on The Valley Avenue just before the Kate Crace Street intersection? We drove past about 9pm a few nights ago and there were a heap of cars parked around it but there appeared to be no lights on in the demountable [...]

Locating a builder who doesn’t want to be found

By 27 July 2012

Your help needed please.
I’m trying to locate the builder – Kenworthy Constructions (Roger Kenworthy).
All phone numbers are disconnected etc etc.
Have you seen his signs anywhere on building sites?????

Structural Engineer or Builder Reccomendations

By 26 July 2012

Hi all,
Just a quick query for all you rioters. I’m thinking of removing a couple of walls myself in the house and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good structural engineer or builder to advise if the walls are load bearing or not. I’ve had a look and we have a truss roof so [...]

Wanted Large Wooden Crates

By 26 July 2012

Hi all
I’m looking for some large wooden crates used for shipping items like car engines, furniture, industrial heating units etc. The kind that are square/rectangle in shape and made from pine/MDF/hard wood etc.
Any idea on where I might source these from? I’m not looking for them new, used is fine. I’m hoping that there are [...]

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