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Buying in Gungahlin District

By 16 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
We are looking to buy a property in the Gungahlin region to live in for 2 years then it will become an investment property.  We have found a place we like in each Gungahlin, Palmerston and Amaroo, I was wondering if anyone had some advice on these areas from an investors perspective?
Thank you

New Developments : Is this the Look that the Light Rail will Bring ?

By 16 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

One of the benefits that the Light Rail is supposed to bring is higher density development along its corridor.  Fair enough.   Some argue that it may be the beginning of the end of “The Bush Capital”.  Personally, I think that newer development is a good thing, but using a Light Rail to generate that is [...]

Ice cream machine hire

By 15 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi.
Does anyone know where to hire a soft serve or ice cream machine from?
Thank you!

What is this plant?

By 14 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hoping someone might be able to identify what these are and whether I should leave them alone or rip them out? They’ve been rapidly popping up in the same spot over a week or so.

Is the end nigh for Albemarle and Alexander?

By 14 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

There is a huge crane in the park between the Albemarle and Alexander Buildings with a long chain attached… just waiting for a wrecking ball?

Women of Canberra, you are spoilt for choice!

By 14 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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On the 1st of November the Canberra Times published an online article stating ‘Single Canberra men absolute catches with women spoilt for choice’.
Excuse me while I snort in my coffee over this headline. I then proceed to read the article, which according to matchmaking service Blue Label Life (never heard of them) put out the [...]

Increased Assembly representation

By 14 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There has been some opposition to the notion of increasing the number of Assembly members here in the ACT and the writing of the new boundaries will resurrect those opposed to an increase.
We should note that we have a similar population as Tasmania and a more robust economy. But in Tasmania, there are five [...]

Need to upkeep garden after submitting notice to vacate?

By 13 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hey everyone, I have a question since I am a first-time tenant.
I broke lease (6 months early) and submitted a notice to vacate my apartment in Gungahlin recently. I have vacated the place now. The agent is now looking for new tenants. The agent wants me to clean the garden for a showing. Is that [...]

Recommendations for an international removalist?

By 13 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters,
I am looking for a reliable removalist company that can move my things (3 bedroom house) to the UK. As long as the company does a good job (timely, efficiently and with no damage), I am happy to pay for their services even if the price they quote is on the higher side. I [...]

Melba/Spence Neighbourhood Watch AGM

By 12 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 18 November 2014 at 6:30 pm; ] All residents of the Melba/Spence Neighbourhood Watch area are invited to attend the AGM on Tuesday 18th November at 6.30pm at the Belconnen Soccer Club, Cnr Springvale Street and Belconnen Way, Hawker.

When: Tuesday 19th November
Time: 6.30 p.m.
Where: Belconnen Soccer Club, Cnr Springvale Street and Belconnen Way, Hawker.

You are also welcome to join [...]

Lyneham oval land grab: Private Sport on Public land?

By 12 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Leasing of public land for development without community consultation?
Removing Public land so a Private School can build a “Community Facility” the community will have to pay to use?
www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/new-sports-facilities-for-private-college-set-for-lyneham-oval-20141109-11idf9.html
Development Application: 201426427
Period for representations closes: 19/11/2014
www.planning.act.gov.au/topics/have_your_say/

Breakfast and sport in Civic

By 12 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters,
I’m looking for a breakfast venue in civic where myself and a few others can watch English Premier League matches.
The requirements:
Open in time for a 7am kick off (weekday)
TV with Foxtel and Fox Sports
Simple enough on the face of it, but I’m struggling.
Any suggestions except the yellow arches?

War and the Arts in this Centenary year…

By 12 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I was helping my father dig a post hole in the blazing Queensland sun. I had offered to hook the post hole digger up to the Ferguson tractor, but he never could see the sense of spending twenty minutes to do that for just one hole.
Except for the sound of shovel and crowbar cutting in [...]

Bored Little Yappy Dogs…

By 11 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am writing to the owners of all those yappy little Furballs that are kicked out of the house at 7-8am and don’t see their loving masters till 5pm.
Little dogs get bored when cooped up in the backyard all day and love to just yap yap yap yip yap at nothing all day. This is most troubling to [...]

It’s Time… to stop Coles and Woolworths

By 11 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Andrew Barr, I don’t want another Coles in Dickson. I want more small business – and I think Jon Stanhope would agree with me.
The greatest moral struggle of our generation is whether governments have the capacity, or the will, to represent their fellow citizens firstly and fundamentally, and at the exclusion of vested interests that [...]

Best of Canberra – Take Away (suburban)

By 11 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Friday nights and take away go together like peanut butter and jelly. Growing up, Friday night was always fish and chip night. As a family of four we would go together to pick up a big parcel of deep fried goodness, wrapped in old newspaper. Potato scallops, crumbed fish and chips with extra salt and [...]

Farmers Markets in Canberra – are they truly ‘regional’?

By 11 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I went to the Capital Regional Farmers Market on Saturday morning. I don’t go to farmers markets that often, but go when I can because I like the concept of supporting local producers and skipping the ‘middleman’ supermarket chains.
I have to say I was shocked to see a stall from Tweed Valley selling [...]

Dogfighting in the region: is it happening and what can we do?

By 11 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I have an unhealthy obsession with community Facebook pages. I rarely post on them but I’m a member of what seems like a million of them: Canberra Buy Swap Sell, Queanbeyan Buy Swap Sell, Canberra Mums (I have no children unless you count cats), MyGungahlin (I don’t even live in Gungahlin), and the list goes [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Charcuterie/Antipasto

By 10 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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One of the delights of life is eating with friends, second to that is talking about eating. The greatest delight is talking about eating whilst you are eating with friends. Last week I asked Canberra to tell me where you would take a friend to share a charcuterie/antipasto platter. Jamie’s Italian and Molly were nominated [...]

Mad as Hell

By 10 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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As Shaun Micallef says in his program title, I’m mad as hell!
Posters will accuse me of being biased and that’s just bad luck. I have nothing to gain from my outrage on this subject so let’s get that out of the way pronto.
As if the Government doesn’t insult the servicemen and women enough by offering [...]

Not your average blowfly

By 9 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Thanks to Craig for sending this one in…
“One for the insect lovers. Saw this strangely patterned fly(?) in the backyard today. It’s about the size of a blowfly. A search of CSIRO, google etc didn’t show anything that had these kinds of patterns. I assume that the markings are a kind [...]

IT Work Experience

By 8 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
just wondering if anyone knows a way of getting some work experience in IT. I have just completed Certificate IV in IT and finding it a bit difficult to get a job without any experience.
I am happy to do a day a week a month or year. Just want to get as much experience as [...]

Looking for pet sitter in your home, not mine

By 8 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I tried to re-open an old thread but it appears I might have to start a new one.
Can anyone recommend a company/person who provides dog sitting services in Belconnen/ Gungahlin area for when we go away.
The requirement is that it be

an in-home provider (their home, not ours)
someone who has, or has owned, their own small [...]

Whats up with Giralang Shops?

By 7 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Weeks back the bulldozers moved in to demolish the Giralang shops after many many years of this eyesore.  They have now not only bulldozed the eyesore but have dug a very large hole…  about the size that might be required for an underground carpark underneath a Woolies, for example.
As far as I know, supabarns last [...]

They destroy, you pay.

By 7 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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What to do with the ferals?
We don’t seem to have much by way of answers in this part of the world.
I’m talking about the wreckers who cost us money and make damned nuisances of themselves but not to the point where we are prepared to put them in gaol – in this case those who [...]

Tinder… and two degrees of separation

By 7 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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There is the theory that within the world we have only 6 degrees of separation between us and anyone else – in Canberra it feels like 2. We are a small capital city where by it seems everyone is connected by a friend, uncle, sister, colleague..
I’m not a born and bread Canberran, but I’ve been [...]

RiotACT Podcast episode 2 – The saga of light rail and how it will shape the days of your lives

By 7 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Mike Jeffreys talks to Chief Minister Katy Gallagher about how she sees the direction the ACT must take, with particular emphasis on the Light Rail project and the part it will play in the Green Labor vision for Canberra.

(RiotACT Podcast episode 2, part 1 of 2)

Does anyone know where I can buy day old bread?

By 6 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Every now and then I see utes full of bread trundling up the Monaro Highway.  I used to buy day old bread from Tip Top until they stopped.  Does anyone know where I might be able to pick up some bread so that I can feed a few animals.  Cheers

The Dirty 30

By 6 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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So last weekend I hit a pretty big milestone. I hit 30. Besides the impending date of my birthday there’s a couple of tell-tale signs that made me realise I am approaching 30. Like the fact that if I’m staying up past 10pm on a school night I feel like a wild party animal. Where [...]

Help for business intender?

By 5 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi
I have a business idea and not much else at the moment.
I have seen the Canberra business website and have contacted them, but have also seen a website from a mob called lighthouse?
They both seem to exist to help businesses startup and profit, except obviously one isnt government run and gets paid to do it.
It [...]

Mega loud plane at 5 AM

By 5 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Did anyone else inner north get woken by a loud low plane just after 5AM today?
Sounded old and slow, but I was half asleep. Normal mornings at 6.20 when the real planes start is early enough to wake up.
Who is it more effective to write a complaint to? TAMS or the airport direct?
I really hope [...]

High number of wasp reports

By 5 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Reports to the European Wasp Hotline of wasps seeking sites and establishing nests in suburban Canberra are the highest in many years, the ACT Government has announced.
“After months in hibernation the queen wasps are now visiting homes and gardens and often getting into people’s houses in their search for food,” said Julie Garbode, Manager, Planning [...]

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