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Fortnightly property management?

By 11 March 2014

I’m looking for a property manager to take on my two investment properties, which are currently managed separately. My only problem with the current property managers is that neither can manage the accounts on a fortnightly basis. My income and mortgage repayments, as well as the tenants’ rental payments are all paid every second Thursday, [...]

“Greener” Electricity in the ACT – At What Cost ??

By 11 March 2014

A while back, I recall the ACT Government proudly announcing that the feed in tarriff to make the Royalla Solar Farm economically viable, would add about $13 pa to everyone’s electricity bill in the ACT.   Doesn’t sound like much, does it.   But, multiply that by the number of Solar Farms planned ???  It [...]

selection of a builder

By 8 March 2014

Selection of a builder is a risky part of the dream home construction. Currently I am going through it and getting lost in so many builders in Canberra. I liked the display homes of BLD homes. Can anyone share his/her experience about working with them. Thanks

Eucalyptus Branch Fall in Mugga Way Red Hill 6/3/2014

By 7 March 2014

Today, when travelling along Mugga Way, Red Hill, I witnessed the sudden and unexpected fall of a very, very large branch from a eucalyptus tree. The branch was so large that it blocked both lanes of traffic and it required a chainsaw to cut and remove it.
Two travellng cars and a cyclist were within a [...]

Pregnant during a bushfire? Help out a PhD…

By 6 March 2014

Because bushfires are becoming more prevalent, it’s important to understand what their effects are and what support pregnant women may need during bushfires. A PhD candidate at the ANU is studying the impact of the 2003 Canberra Fire and the 2009 Black Saturday fires on pregnant women. She is seeking participants who were pregnant during [...]

Moving to Googong & researching high school options

By 6 March 2014

Hi Rioters
We will be moving to Googong next year and I’m in search of a new school for my son. He will be going in to year 8.
I’m considering St Edmund’s but I’d happily consider a public school as my son is currently attending Harrison and we are very happy with it.
I’m not sure how [...]

Light Rail in the ACT, subject of next TCC meeting – 1 April 2014.

By 6 March 2014

Hi,
Another interesting TCC meeting this month. Members and visitors were given an update on the Federal Government funding announcement to clean up Lake Tuggeranong and the results of the Clean Up effort around the Lake by an army of volunteers.  Wayne King spoke on the advice he received from the ACT Government the park on the [...]

Citizens Electoral Council

By 5 March 2014

I got a “newspaper” in the mailbox yesterday from the Citizens (sic) Electoral Council of Australia. It’s a real hoot. The headline is “World Financial Collapse Looms, British Empire Prepares Nuclear War”.
It’s very similar to the wonderful US paper, The Weekly World News, my favourite headline from which is “Man Goes to Hospital For Nose [...]

jogging through the city late night

By 5 March 2014

I was out in the city tonight and I saw these guys jogging through civic at 10:30pm
anybody know what this was all about?

Right of way at Captain Cook/Jerra Ave?

By 5 March 2014

Hello Rioters,
This afternoon I was walking home when I saw the following: three cars waiting to turn right from Captain Cook Crescent on to Jerrabomberra Ave Narrabundah, and one car waiting to turn right from Jerra on to Captain Cook. The sun was in the eyes of the driver turning on to Captain Cook, and [...]

40kmh speed limits coming to Athllon Drive near mawson?

By 5 March 2014

Travelling along Athllon Drive over the past few days, I’ve noticed new road signs have been installed before and after the intersection near Mawson shops. The signs remain covered over but due to the shoddy covering material it looks like a 40km/h speed limit is going to be introduced in that area before and after [...]

Little black worms

By 4 March 2014

What are the little black worms that get into houses at this time of year?  They are about 5 to 8 cms long and usually come in at night.  They crawl around for a while (sometimes up the wall)  and then die.  If disturbed, they curl into a tight spiral.  They don’t seem to do [...]

The puck DOESN’T stop here.

By 2 March 2014

I only started playing Ice hockey last year, having been a field hockey player for most of my life, but immediately I was taken by how close knit the Ice Hockey community is. Myself and my house mate both started playing at the same time, and were both welcomed into the fold by some of [...]

Low flying plane

By 2 March 2014

Is there a reason why there’s a jet buzzing around Canberrra at low altitude or is itjust lost? It sounds like a fighter jet or one with some sort of fancy doof doof exaust pipe.

Tuggeranong Community Council (TCC) update

By 2 March 2014

[ 4 March 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] The TCC’s next monthly meeting is Tuesday 4th March upstairs in Tuggeranong Southern Cross Club at 7.30pm. We have two guest speakers. Linda Kohlhagen, Executive Director Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Care will talk about the newly refurbished Tuggeranong Community Health Centre and Danny O’Neill of the Richmond Fellowship will talk about ‘At Risk’ youth in [...]

Cattery advice for cat with special needs

By 28 February 2014

Hi Guys,
My cat was diagnosed with diabetes recently, and later this year I need to leave town for a  few days, and was wondering what cattery options are available in Canberra where she can still have her insulin shots administered when I was away.
Thanks in advance.
Paul

10 (viable) ways to improve ACTION

By 28 February 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

So after living in Canberra for 5 years without owning a car I have experienced the best and the worst that our public transport network – ACTION has to offer. Generally ACTION provides a good network but there are things about it that are lacking. I have come up with a list of 10 things that [...]

Where can I burn two boxes of papers?

By 27 February 2014

I want to quickly get rid of papers with my name on it, so the easiest way is to just burn them.  Anywhere I can do this without the cops being called on me?

Modern Domain Builder feedback

By 27 February 2014

Hi – has anyone had a building experience with Modern Domain Builders? We are looking at possibly building with them but there isn’t too much information “out there” about the company, except that they have won a HIA award. Thanks!

Where to advertise for short term, pet friendly accommodation?

By 26 February 2014

My husband and I are having some practical renovations done to our home and need somewhere to stay while the builder works his magic. Problem is we have a tricky combination of needs, for Canberra – a short term lease plus pets.
Other than responding to adverts, is there anywhere we can advertise that might help [...]

Tow Truck Regulation in ACT

By 26 February 2014

My son was hit by car while riding his motorbike late in January.  Thankfully there is wonderful emergency services and medical treatment available.
One of the real negatives of the process is that there are people willing to take advantage of someone else’s misfortune and inflate their charges because they expect the costs will be covered [...]

Gen Y, Gen X and the Baby Boomers: Working past the stereotypes

By 26 February 2014

[ 4 March 2014 at 6:00 pm; 4 March 2014 at 6:00 pm; ] Canberra Rotaract would like to invite all fellow Canberrans to a seminar titled ‘Gen Y, Gen X and the Baby Boomers: Working past the stereotypes’. This seminar will explore the motivations and traits characteristic of the generations of working age, and how they can better engage to work towards common goals. This is especially useful [...]

Can you suggest a good dentist in Canberra?

By 25 February 2014

I am a real coward when it comes to dentists and only go when something goes wrong – and it has, a broken filling. Can someone suggest a good dentist who can explain all the options for a dental problem, is gentle and can cope with my silly fears? I live in Turner and would [...]

Dads with bubs

By 24 February 2014

Hi, I’m a first-time Dad with a 6 month old bub in Gordon. I’m looking to form (or join?) a relaxed playgroup to meet in the Tuggeranong area with other Dads with babies or toddlers. Please contact me at barginchest@gmail.com if you’re interested.

Who’s property?

By 23 February 2014

Property next door is going on the market. Since glory knows when their driveway has encroached onto our property by about 4 feet at the kerb.
Seems this encroachment is not identified by any searches during the transfer, but getting a bit peed off that I have had to narrow my driveway to allow for this [...]

Electricity Refunds / Cheapest provider in ACT?

By 22 February 2014

Got a couple of questions for the RA community:
If your electricity company (in this case ACTEWAGL) has you overpaying for electricity, are you entitled to a refund for the credit accumulated in your account?
9 months ago I moved into a 1 bedroom apartment by myself, and signed up to ACTEWAGL for electricity. With my prev. [...]

Vehicle inspection stations – quick and easy?

By 20 February 2014

Fellow Rioters,
I’m soon going to acquire a vehicle and will need to get a rego inspection done. It’s only a trailer, so I imagine it’d take all of about thirty seconds. However, the Dickson inspection station isn’t open on the weekends, and I don’t really want to have to make appointments to take the thing [...]

Chimney sweep recommendations

By 20 February 2014

Dear fellow Rioters,
This cool weather brings thoughts of our rugged Canberra winter to mind.
I need to have the chimney of my new wood heater swept before use. It has already served me well through one Canberra winter (brilliantly BTW – the warmest I’ve ever been).
As such I’d be grateful for your chimney sweep recommendations, including [...]

ActewAGL and incorrect credit reporting – what can I do?

By 19 February 2014

Need some advice please…
Two years ago I moved interstate. As I still had my house in my name, I duly updated my address and contact details with ActewAGL for water, gas and electricity. I also had mail redirection for a year. They sent me all of my subsequent water, electricity and gas bills to my [...]

Carpet Laying Recommendations

By 19 February 2014

Hi,
Can anyone recommend any businesses/tradies who can supply and install new carpet in a three bedroom plus study house? Most of the recommendation threads appear to be on tiling/floorboards.
Thanks,
Ashley

Costs for tiler

By 18 February 2014

We are in the process of looking for a tiler and have thus far had one quote from a guy recommended by Blackrock tiles (who were great) where we are purchasing our tiles from.
The tiles will be laid over under-tile heating which may complicate the job slightly, although I gather not that much. The chap [...]

Help identifying photo locations

By 17 February 2014

Hi all,
The ACT Bus website features a photo gallery of buses in Canberra, past and present. There are a number of photos for which we don’t have a location recorded, and are hoping that some of you may be able to assist in identifying where the photos were taken.
Some are probably just from areas in [...]

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