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NBN woes for Watson residents

By 24 January 2013

The National Broadband Network is only weeks away from a rollout to around 14,000 homes in Gungahlin. It heralds a shiny-bright future of super-fast connection speeds amid promises to “transform Australia as much as the telegraph, railways and highways did for previous generations”.
But this dream has been nothing more than a nightmare for a group [...]

Musical instrument insurance in Canberra?

By 24 January 2013

Hi Fellow Riot Actors,
I know there is a whole lot of knowledge out there. I am a touring musician looking for insurance for my musical instruments and equipment both while I am at home in Canberra and while I am traveling domestically and overseas.
Does anyone have any wisdom to impart on this matter?? Best [...]

Recommendation for architect or building designer

By 24 January 2013

Hi Rioacters
We’re looking to whack an extension onto our house built in the 1960s on a sizeable block.
We’d like to talk to an architect or building designer about our project.
We’d really appreciate some recommendations for good people to contact in the ACT.

Renting from a private property in Canberra?

By 23 January 2013

Hi Rioters,
I’ve been looking for a place to live so I went to to search.
Then I found out some of listed properties have no real estate agent, is that gonna be a issue?
And what should I notice when signing the contract with a private renter?
Cheers guys

Canberra needs Mud Race!

By 23 January 2013

What do you get when you mix mud and an obstacle course?  You get a heap of options which presently seem to be evading the Capital.
Being a regular gym attendee and a sociable chap, if you haven’t heard about the advent of mud races then likely you need to get out more.    These mud races [...]

Need to hire a room for a party.

By 23 January 2013

Hi All,
I’ve searched old threads but nothing came up that matched what I was looking for, I’ve also done plenty of google searches and come up empty.
I’m organising a 50th for a good friend, I want to hire a function room/hall, but not one attached to a club etc
I have alcohol organised through a [...]

Bed and breakfast close to Canberra?

By 22 January 2013

I’ve been looking to take the missus to a bed and breakfast somewhere close by (preferably with a swank restaurant) and keen for some recommendations.
There appear to be any number of places around Bungendore, but they’re all self-rated, and the majority seem to have some pretty scathing reviews online.

Anybody need some free mulch?

By 22 January 2013

Had some mulch delivered and ended up with heaps too much so its blocking my driveway.
Located in gordon if anybody wants it send me an email at

A speech the like of which we are unlikely to hear in ACT politics

By 22 January 2013
A speech the like of which we are unlikely to hear in ACT politics

If you haven’t had a listen to Barack Obama’s second inaugural address it’s well worth a listen.
While meant for an American audience it struck me that he’s getting close to a viable political philosophy for the 21st century in stark contrast to the ever more tired nostrums of Australia’s political parties.

Graduation Dinner Suggestions in Canberra?

By 22 January 2013

My graduation dinner is coming up in a month or so, and family tradition is we go somewhere a little more expensive and fancy to celebrate when someone graduates university.
I am looking for suggestions of restaurants that have a good menu selection to keep everyone happy, and isn’t ‘little meals on big plates’ kind of [...]

Suggestions for somwhere to have a morning tea?

By 22 January 2013

Normally my morning tea of choice for catching up with friends is at the Hyatt but shock – horror – this is no more! The Hyatt now only offers afternoon tea with 2 sessions (starting at 11am) at a large-ish price……
Problem is I need a 10am start and I would rather not pay $52 per person!
Any [...]

Scrap Metal Pickup in Canberra?

By 22 January 2013

Just wondering does anyone know of scrap metal dealers who still come and collect items for free? 
Seems according to some of the merchants I’ve spoken to, there is no money in picking up scrap metal and they are happy to take your unwanted metal, so long as you either deliver it to them or [...]

Applying for Divorce in Canberra?

By 22 January 2013

Hey guys,
With the new fees out for applying for divorce (it now costs $800 to apply) I’d rather get this sorted now than before they go up again. Only problem is I have no idea what steps to take. Do I just fill out the forms, sign them in front of someone who is legally [...]

More players wanted for AFL 9′s team

By 22 January 2013

Good morning all
I am trying to organise an AFL 9′s team before 28 Janaury. (which is the cutoff for registration). We currently have 5 players, including myself, and are happy to have either a mixed team, or an all-male team. However, if any ladies would like to join, you’ll need to bring two female friends with you, [...]

Civic: more beggars and junkies than usual?

By 22 January 2013

Over the last few weeks I seem to have had more beggars approaching me in Civic wanting money.
Also, there have appeared to be a lot more syringes and empty methadone containers in North Canberra.
Has anyone else noticed more of these adornments to this fine city of late, and can explain why?

Canberra’s live music scene – what happened?

By 21 January 2013

I don’t think it was that long ago that I used to be able to check out a gig guide and find a litany of upcoming fairly major Australian, and sometimes international acts. We’d get enough that my disappointment was generally around an inability to go to all of them. January/February was always a particularly [...]

Telstra Tower looking very tired

By 20 January 2013

Telstra Tower on Black Mountain, one of Canberra’s main tourist attractions, is an embarrasment to the city, and Canberra tourism. The public viewing areas are very shabby, access for visitors with disabilities is very poor, there is no signage pointing out Canberra’s principal attractions, the cups used by the coffee shop are a discrace and [...]

Hanging around Braddon?

By 19 January 2013

So last night after a lovely dinner at Italian and Sons we were walking back to our car and noticed about 10 or so people with camp chairs just sitting around. They were located between centrelink and the rental car place on Lonsdale Street.
No talking or partying, just sitting around. No drinks, chips [...]

Ngunnawal residents woken for fourth week by 3.41am Supermarket alarm

By 19 January 2013

Residents of Ngunnawal near the ‘old shops’ on Jabanunnga Ave have been woken at 3.41am every Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings for the last four weeks by an intruder alarm going off at their local Spar supermarket.
The alarm sounds for five minutes each time before stopping. Local residents have witnessed the flashing lights and ear [...]

Ten years on…

By 19 January 2013
Ten years on...

Back in autumn 2003 I went on a tour round the wineries on the eastern side of town with the other half. On that tour we bought a Gidgee Estate ‘Bush Fire Red’ made from the 2002 vintage that had been smoke damaged in its barrels in January 2003. The proceeds went to the Wamboin [...]

The Tacked on Look: ACT Road modifications.

By 18 January 2013

It doesn’t take much looking to find “exciting” roadworks anywhere in Canberra. What I can’t help but notice is that when these works are finished, they all look tacked on and cheap. Then there is quality of build which is usually average to poor.
Cases in point are the new merge lane from Parkes Way to [...]

Found Pandora Bracelet

By 18 January 2013

Found a Pandora bracelet recently at costco in the car park, looking to find the owner as they have sentimental value
If you have lost one and can describe what charms are on it would be happy to return it to you.
Please send email with description to

Plumbers in Canberra?

By 18 January 2013

We’ve got a leaking shower.
Can anyone recommend a good/reliable/ not pricy plumber in Canberra (preferably Gungahlin area)?
Thanks a lot.

Dog stalking, where can I do this in Canberra?

By 18 January 2013

I’m looking to get a pet dog but I’m not sure what breed I want. Past experience and online research is great and all, but isn’t quite the same as getting slobbered on in person.
Looking for suggestions of where to go (weekends ideally) and see a number of dogs frolicking with some owners I can [...]

Belconnen Pubs?

By 17 January 2013

Ive recently come across the Ginninderra Tavern , as well as the Pot Belly and was wondering if anyone has been to either and can offer their thoughts on them…. Does anyone know if the Ginninderra Tavern has a TAB?
Thanks guys

South Coast Club Food Despair

By 17 January 2013

After spending a week near Tathra with Mrs AAM & AA kiddies I continue to despair about the quality of the food being served in many South Coast establishments, particularly RSL’s, Bowls & Golf clubs.   I know there are some places doing a great job in Tuross & Merimbula to name a couple but really a lot [...]

Bushfire commemoration dinner?

By 17 January 2013

I’m looking for suggestions for dishes which would be appropriate for a dinner to commemorate the 10year anniversary of the Canberra bushfires this Friday, 18 January.
While the obvious thing may be to take the family out to Smoque, I figure they’ll be crowded and it should be possible to produce something creatively appropriate. [...]

Military op shop query

By 17 January 2013
Military op shop query

Dear Rioters,
I recently picked up a most excellent military jacket at an op shop.  It is black, with cool embroidery on the cuffs.  Here is a photograph.  Sorry, but we can’t all be Gungahlin Al or Ben_Dover with their skills and cameras and so on.
I would love to know which of the armed services it [...]

Lost Dog In Gordon

By 17 January 2013

My daughter was walking home along Knoke Ave in Gordon today and a small dog started following her, she did manage to get it to stay but  it discovered her far ahead , so chased her and came home with her.
She is calling it Toto cause that’s what the dog looks like. the dog [...]

Property Managers Distorting True Market Rent

By 16 January 2013

As a property investor for more than 20 years, I have a few rentals in Canberra. I want to highlight a practice that is rampant here in Canberra by Real estate agent/property managers whereby the true value of market rent is always undervalued by $30 to $40 per week on a typical 2 to 3 [...]

Access to Medical Records in Canberra?

By 16 January 2013

Does anyone here know anything factual regarding the rights and applicable law relating to patients obtaining their medical records?
What I want to know is if a patient can walk in to a medical practice and ask for their records to be handed over to them?
I could care less if they keep a copy [...]

Walk up Black Mountain?

By 16 January 2013

The kids are keen to climb Black Mountain during this school holiday period.
I wonder if someone can advise on how long it takes to do the walking track from the Botanic Gardens at a gentle pace?

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