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First gas bill $1484.83!

By 17 August 2013

Should my gas bill be $1483?

Sleeping bag give-away

By 15 August 2013

Hello Rioters
I have a high quality, used only once sleeping bag that would benefit a homeless person. Just wondering what the best way to approach this would be.
Should I drive around Tuggeranong or donate to SVdeP? Sleeping bag is designed for temp as low as 2C and has been dry cleaned recently.
Don’t want [...]

Gin & Tonics and Playgrounds for Babies

By 13 August 2013

Hello All,
I’m hoping that collective Rioter wisdom might be able to help me with the following:
My family will be visiting from interstate in the next couple of weeks and want to take my partner (and me!) out for a G&T. I’m looking for a venue that will show off the glories of Canberra to them [...]

Mechanic Weston Area?

By 13 August 2013

Fellow Rioters,
I’m looking for an inexpensive and reliable mobile mechanic in the Waramanga / Weston Creek area to replace the fuel pump in my Ford Festiva.
I cannot start the car, which is at my residence, so it is not possible for me to take it to a garage.
I have a new pump, but [...]

A roo’s tale

By 12 August 2013

I was walking the mutts up at Shepherds Lookout last night, to try a new time lapse thingy I’d read about. (see here; )
One of my little blighters found this charming object.

Now why would a fresh roo tail be laying about up there? Who goes about chopping roo tails of and abandoning them?
Is this [...]

Primary school class sizes in Canberra?

By 12 August 2013

I wonder if anyone can tell me if there are official limits for primary school class sizes in the ACT, and if so, is this information online somewhere? Searching for obvious terms has not come up with much useful info.

Motel / Hotel with facilities for disabled guest?

By 12 August 2013

Looking for advice please.
Mrs Lyons75′s father wants to visit, unfortunately he is quite unwell and needs a fair bit of care.
Does anyone know of a hotel (prefer southside) that has not only a disabled room, but a  lifter to assist him to get in and out of bed?
thanks all…

Looking for Canberra firsts

By 10 August 2013

Hi riot act folks, I am doing a project around ‘firsts’ in Canberra and so wanted to reach out for a bit of crowdsourcing.
I am looking for anything that was a first in Canberra. Big, small, weird, etc.
Examples might be Canberra’s first takeaway, race track, etc. etc.
And also people … like I have found Canberra’s [...]

How to stop Ol’ Lawnkiller raining down?

By 8 August 2013

We cannot stop the Chronicle being dumped on our driveway.
We have “no junk mail” on our letter box. We have accepted the bribe of the Chronicle and now get it delivered electronically. We have made 2 email requests and four phone calls but still it comes.
Our next steps are to threaten to cancel [...]

Good lawyer to help set up non-profit organization

By 5 August 2013

Hello Rioters,
I am in the process of setting up a small non-profit organization and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a good (and not too expensive) lawyer that can help get us registered and so on. I just want to make sure I keep everything kosher.
Many thanks!

Sweet Tooth Mapping in Canberra?

By 5 August 2013

Righto hive mind, I’m hunting three items and am hoping some of you will be able to point me in the right direction.
Item 1 – Cannoli. So far, I’ve been able to find them at Tusmo, in Forde, but only occasionally and sometimes only in the soft-shell variety, which don’t count as [...]

Mirrabei Drive/ Wanganeen Ave round?

By 3 August 2013

Can anybody enlighten me on the dumping that occurs here?
And the fact that dozers and heavy machinery turn up every month and appear to do nothing?

Does ANY cafe/restaurant in the ACT meet your service expectations?

By 31 July 2013

In recent years, most restaurants/cafes in Canberra have adopted outrageous, non-customer friendly policies regarding bill payments. As one of many people who don’t use cash, eating out with friends is quickly becoming a nightmare.
For example, at one popular venue:

We do not split bills. Minimum 10.00 for card transaction. All prices are GST inclusive. Surcharge applies [...]

Handyperson recommendations, Northside?

By 31 July 2013

Grateful for any recommendations of a handyman-slash-person to perform some small tasks around the home: basic plumbing, tiling, painting etc.
A callout for just one of these (small) jobs is obviously not economical, but if they are handy enough a number of jobs (and some repeat business) might make it worthwhile for someone with the skills [...]

Brumbies final in Canberra Centenary year. Public screenings?

By 30 July 2013

I am wondering if the ACT government will be preparing anything to celebrate the Brumbies making the final?
Should we not be putting this on the big screen in Garema place (or similar) in this our 100th year?
Please tell me that there is something being done and if not, what is the best option for [...]

Certificate of compliance in Canberra?

By 29 July 2013

We built our house in 2004.
Now we are selling and have been told that we did not obtain a certificate of compliance. Was that our responsibility or the builders?
Have to go to ACTPLA and pay for one now!

Normal winter break for house sales in Canberra?

By 28 July 2013

Dear Riotact people
I am trying to buy a house, but there is really nothing on the market these days…  Is it the normal winter break?  Do you know when it usually finishes?  I have visited a not-so-bad house, but it is not exactly THE one.  And maybe in a few weeks time, there will be [...]

Commuting with toddler to city: options?

By 27 July 2013

My 1.5 yo daughter is changing day care so she is next to my office in the city.
Having undertaken an uncomfortable test run with her on the bus (lots to carry, including child who doesn’t want to sit still), working out that it takes 45mins to get from home to work if traffic is [...]

Meal Delivery Service in Canberra?

By 27 July 2013

No pun intended but I’m looking for feedback on the level of interest in a meal delivery service for Canberra households and workplaces.
The concept is straightforward:  via an online store we we will offer a changing selection of main meals, starters, desserts, catering packs for delivery direct to homes/workplaces.  Meals are fresh (not frozen), made [...]

Civic Traffic Signals?

By 22 July 2013

Noticed the slimline silver traffic signals which coincided in release with the Euro number plates have been altered to resemble a typical traffic signal.
Why not install standard signals in the first place?
Why can’t we have nice things?
If it is because it is a different format in regulatory traffic control which “confuses” some motorists I [...]

Where is this snow?


This in from Ben Dover, can anyone help him find the snow?
I took this this morning, looking from Stromlo, across Woden. Does anyone know which hill the snow in the distance is on?
Cheers M’dears.

Reasonable time to fix heater in winter?

By 19 July 2013

My heater has been broken for 2 weeks and while the ‘man’ came and looked at it within a few days the ‘waiting for the part’ buisness is now stretching into weeks instead of days. 
The real estate will not return calls and now has been exceptionally rude when told it is now also becoming [...]

Washing Machine Repair

By 19 July 2013

Anybody recommend an honest and reasonable washing machine repair outfit?
I’m in the Weston Creek area.
My four-year-old Fisher & Paykel MW512 is on the blink.
When filling, the water comes in spurts, and the machine will not begin a cycle, sounding the out of balance beep instead.
Suspect the out of balance switch is [...]

Abandoned Vehicles in Canberra?

By 19 July 2013

I have lived in Canberra for 8 years having moved here from the good old RSA! It is thus not surprising that I find vehicles left on the side of the road, in car parks and nature strips for days (and sometimes) weeks on end, generally free of vandalism.
What is the correct thing to do [...]

Shoulder expert in Canberra?

By 19 July 2013

Needing a shoulder expert in the ACT.

Web Page Basics in Canberra?

By 17 July 2013

Given the poor economic climate, by necessity I have been fortunate to come up with a product that could well save my business.
I would appreciate the opinion of the hive mind on who, how, and at what sort of cost I should expect to put up a one or two page web page to [...]

Power company defrauding me on bills. What can I do?

By 16 July 2013

I got my power bill a few days ago. It once again showed a stunning amount of dollars for a person living alone (the other half and I have considered moving in together but not quite yet). Over the past few years I have seen my bills go from under $100 in winter to over [...]

And while we’re talking about wheely bins…

By 15 July 2013

This was emailed into us from a Glenn:
We moved into a rental property last weekend, from interstate, and there were no bins.
At the first opportunity we alerted our landlords that we had no means of disposing of our waste or recyclables (Monday).
Our pickup day is Wednesday.
When Wednesday rolled [...]

Cycling from gungahlin to civic?

By 15 July 2013

I’m moving out of my inner north enclave to Gungahlin town centre.
Would love to continue to cycle to work but do not like the idea of bike lanes on busy roads.
Does anyone know of off-street dedicated paths that can get me most of the way there (even if it’s a bit further) or [...]

Quiet Gyms for irritable old men in Canberra?

By 13 July 2013

Dear fellow rioters -
Having achieved a certain age and degree of blobbiness, I decide that some sort of gym work would be a good idea.
To this end I went to a certain northside gym, where I thought I’d start with a dumbed-down, westernised, yoga class.
However, while waiting for the class to start, the piped doof-doof [...]

Tree trimming. Reasonable price in Canberra?

By 11 July 2013

We live out of town with a long, tree- and bush-lined drive.  The trees grow, of course, and we periodically trim back to avoid damage to larger vehicles; Elgas in particular flags this to us.  Some of the growth that needs attention this time is higher up and we are going to have a couple [...]

Canberra: Things to see and do ….? (for a 17 year old girl)

By 9 July 2013

Afternoon all,
I have just welcomed my first Exchange Student and am looking for suggestions on what I do with her now …. should have thought about this before she arrived huh?
Well I did, only I was thinking about it all from the perspective of the things that my 7 year old likes …. who [...]

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