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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 [...]

ACTs Gov’ts Failed Same Sex Marriage Legislation – The Cost to Ratepayers!

By 4 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Report on 2CC new this morning was that the ACT Government’s failed same sex marriage legislation, which was, predictably, overturned by the Fed’s, cost $800K – including Legal cost of $500K.  They didn’t cite where the figures came from though.
The ACT treasurer argued, as I recall at the time, that the legal costs were met [...]

Grey water TREATMENT systems

By 4 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
I just wanted to know if anyone had any experiences with grey water treatment (not just diversion) systems? If so, would you mind sharing them (and costs too please).
Thanks!

Best of Canberra – Charcuterie/Antipasto Platter

By 4 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Being of Italian heritage I basically consider salami to be a main food group. I grew up on cured meats, cheese and pickled vegetables; we would eat salami, cheese and pickled eggplant for breakfast, lunch, dinner (and every meal in between).
Over the last few years Canberra has really got amongst the food scene, with great [...]

101 Humans, 1 Review

By 4 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Earlier this year I was selected to be one of 101 people chosen to take part in the Human Brochure tourism concept; VisitCanberra’s latest push to bring new visitors to our lovely city.
As part of the Brochure, all 101 of us were able to invite a couple of guests (number dependant on what category you [...]

Mr Fluffy – so much for Team Australia

By 4 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last week I was contacted by a Mr Fluffy homeowner Nicole McNamara. This is her story.
14 years ago, Nicole and her husband bought their dream property in Farrer. Her husband is a tradesman, and they are a single income family with three young children. Last year, the McNamaras paid off their home loan and after [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Milkshakes

By 3 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The call went out for Canberra’s best milkshake this week and the nominations came in fast, from various Canberra cafés to McDonalds, even the Canberra Hospital received a few mentions.
I tallied up the nominations and found myself at the Down Town Milk Bar in Manuka on a hot Wednesday afternoon. A lime milkshake was the [...]

Out of order bowsers at a large petrol station

By 3 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello fellow rioters.
I have recently moved to Weston Creek. My local petrol station is now the Caltex at Cooleman Court. I fill my car up every couple of weeks. Where possible, I will try to do this on a Sunday afternoon.
The one thing I have noticed is how often the bowsers seem to have a [...]

Tramway, Shamway, Light Rail is the Right Rail

By 3 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m back form my overseas hols and am an even more ardent supporter of light rail than I was before I left.
Being a very parochially Tuggeranonite, I always wanted the Tuggers to Woden route to be the second leg of the rollout. I reckon that Athllon Drive is a made for purpose thoroughfare and that [...]

Salary Packaging Child Care fees

By 2 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Gday Rioters,
I’ve heard you can salary package child care fees. Our circumstances are my wife’s an APS6 at Department of Human Services part time, takes home about $700/week. I’m on $80k pa gross with a NSW State Govt department, but this isn’t an option through my provider Maxxia.
Is Salary Packaging a realistic financial option for us? [...]

Ridding weeds forever?

By 2 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have areas in my yard that are forever over-grown with weeds. I’ll pull them out only for them to return weeks later. I don’t want to grow anything in these areas as they’re paved areas that look better paved. Is there any legal substances that can be applied that will render the area useless [...]

Are there any recommendations for companies that can dig up and re lay drains attached to down-pipes?

By 1 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I really need all my downpipe drainage tested, and probably have a few drainpipes that need to be dug up and re-laid. It’s likely to be quite a big job and will definitely end up with a few trenches in the front & back garden so it’d be really good to know which company in Canberra to [...]

Looking for a dentist that will look at all alternatives to removing wisdom teeth

By 1 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

My wisdom teeth are starting to really play up now (I’m 25) and I would really prefer not to have them removed. My wisdom teeth are only slightly angled, so I believe that if some of the gum was removed from above they may be able to come through completely.
What I’m looking for is a [...]

Westfield Belconnen Parking

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters
Can anyone give a suggestion for cheaper parking at or very near Belconnen Westfield?
A family member works unusual hours in the mall and sometimes doesn’t finish until almost midnight.  The option of public transport doesn’t work.  To bus it from Gungahlin to the mall is one thing but there are no buses late at [...]

So… Are we exclusive?

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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That sentence seems so American doesn’t it? 7 years ago when I started dating it was something that was never really questioned. The chances of someone seeing two people at once seemed very slim; it was a question that never needed asking.
Now with the rise of online dating it’s become a very important and necessary [...]

Subjugation of Women – an Urban Reality

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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When I was overseas just recently in Barcelona, England and Dubai, I was reminded of a culture I have seen in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.
Sure, I saw the niquab in Dubai and in England. Sure I saw this as the expression of not only freedom of religion but also the freedom to suppress women [...]

“Ivory Tower” – university fee deregulation (Canberra International Film Festival)

By 30 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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With deregulation of uni fees going before the Senate soon this is the ideal time for a conversation about what we want higher education in this country to be.  The Canberra International Film Festival is contributing to this public debate with the documentary Ivory Tower, about the experience of the United States with a competitive [...]

No more Mickey Mouse: Close UC Kaleen High and expand Melba Copland

By 30 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have previously raised the question that perhaps it’s time to close UC Kaleen High School on the grounds that it is costly, under-utilised and increasingly redundant. Despite initial outbursts against my proposal it seems now there is some growing community support and political consideration to redirect the operational funds for the school into far [...]

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