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Recommendations for Aged Care Accomodation

By 8 January 2013

The time has come for my 89 year old father and 82 year old mother to move into aged care accomodation – they have both had their ACAT assessments – both low care, however ideally they would like to move into Independent Living for 12 months or so before moving into low care accomodation. 
I [...]

Venue Hire – Halls & Non-Licenced

By 8 January 2013

Hi all,
I am organising a welcome home party for a friend that has been studying overseas. We’re looking to have 30-40 guests, and want to provide our own food and alcohol.
For this reason, I’m looking at a venue that is not licensed (so we can provide our own alcohol). I’ve looked into the Yarralumla Woolshed, [...]

How to report a defective vehicle?

By 8 January 2013

After years of having several “random inspections of the ACT Road fleet” Dickson inspections in my letterbox, and years of having cars randomly defected while on my street (Including one for bald rear tyres which was the reason why the car wasn’t driven that day as I was waiting for a mate to drop some [...]

Greening Australia – Watering Day 12th January Oaks Estate

By 8 January 2013

Oaks Estate Progress Association, supported by Queanbeyan Landcare, and Greening Australia invite all lovers of plants and rivers  join us on the morning of the 12th January for the annual ‘watering of the  plants’ – your participation will ensure the grasses, trees and shrubs planted along the Molonglo and Queanbeyan Rivers continue to thrive.
Be active, support your [...]

Gungahlin GP’s with cardiology special interest?

By 7 January 2013

Hi all,
A friend of mine has recently arrived in Canberra and needs long term support for a heart condition and a referral to a Cardiologist,
I’m looking for  GP in Gungahlin/North that has a special interest in cardiology. Can anyone recommend one?
Many thanks
Terence

Criminal Lawyers in Canberra with computer crime experience?

By 7 January 2013

I’m having a real hard time finding a Criminal Lawyer who can deal with computer related crimes, or has experience in it.
There’s an abundance of them in Sydney and Melbourne but can’t find one for the life of me here in the ACT.
Anyone know of lawyers that wont think .Gif is a misspelling of gift?

Your thoughts wanted for the Babylon Village

By 7 January 2013

This via Facebook:
We are bringing together artists with past associations with Splinters to create a new event in collaboration with The Village for the Centenary of Canberra.
Get Involved:
Please let us know your interest/availability by 20th January 2013.
We are asking that you come to one of the meetings below with some creative suggestions of [...]

Protests over Deakin McMansions.

By 7 January 2013

Protests over Deakin McMansion
Personally I think it’s time for this kind of thing to come to and end. Big houses right to the edge of the block don’t belong in established suburbs!
I live in West Belconnen, we had one of these cheap Rietveld-Schröder House knock offs built across the road. It’s big(almost 3 [...]

Centenary Snobs?

By 7 January 2013
Centenary Snobs?

Is Chic right?  Is the Canberra Centenary an event for the elite?  
I think the program is full of basket weaving spectaculars – and most of the cash was given to Robyn Archer for a darn good holiday to promote the basket weavers!
What do the rioters think?
[ED - Oddly enough the very first event in [...]

B-Triples on the Hume Highway

By 6 January 2013

Having read in the Canberra Times (December 30, page 10) that the NSW and presumably Victorian governments are proposing to trial B-Triples on the Hume highway in 2014, you have got to wonder how such an idiotic decision  could be made.
Bill McKinley of the Australian Trucking Association is quoted as saying “we have an excellent understanding [...]

Inexpensive car hire in Canberra?

By 6 January 2013

Hi Guys,
I am looking for some advice on inexpensive car hire in the ACT region.
When I need a hire car in Perth or Sydney, I use Bayswater (No Birds) hire. They do Corollas for under 300 for 7 days including excess reduction. I am looking for someone who will do hire for similar rates in [...]

3 bikes stolen from Braddon

By 6 January 2013

Some scum have stolen 3 Giant mountain bikes worth over 3k from our home in Braddon between 4am and 7am this morning. My partner had been up playing computer games until 4am which was when they were last seen. Whoever stole them also took a large ashtray full of cigarette butts so no doubt will [...]

No more relaxed bushwalking in Tidbinbilla

By 6 January 2013

Whilst reading Tim the Yowie Man in yesterday’s Canberra Times I was horrified to see that the powers that be are changing some trails in the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve to be shared by bicyclists. We can no longer walk in Mt Stromlo, so now they want Tidbinbilla.
Roos better watch out – they do not have [...]

Gourmet City closed

By 5 January 2013

I’ve noticed that Gourmet City in the Canberra Centre is boarded up.
Anyone know if it is being refurbished or replaced? It will be missed if so.
The Canberra Centre needs a decent delicatessen.

At what cost do we can summernats.

By 5 January 2013

Seems there is an ever increasing crime rate for the weekend of summernats.
At what point do we say no, and at what point do we start claiming for our share of the profits to fix all the property damage cause by interstate guests.
Just this morning I witnessed fireworks being let off at 1:30am in a [...]

Fishing rigs in local Canberra lakes?

By 5 January 2013

I have done all of my fishing in saltwater so know nothing about how to rig up to cast a line in any of the local lakes.  I have a bit of time on my hands at the moment and was thinking of sitting on one of the lakes for a couple of hours every [...]

Good Push Bike Store in Canberra?

By 4 January 2013

Trawling through old posts on RA, I can see some good advice, but maybe it is out of date and shops may also be closed up now.
As a sedentary public servant, I figure low impact bike riding is a good way to get in some cardio after work.  So I am looking for help from the collective on [...]

Keep an eye out for my stolen push bike please!

By 4 January 2013
Keep an eye out for my stolen push bike please!

I had let a mate borrow it for most of last year as I wasn’t really using it. He dropped it over last night and as we had a few wines with dinner I “reasoned” I would wait until the morning to move it from the front porch to the basement. My bad.
Some dirtbag must [...]

Missing Chickens

By 4 January 2013

Has anyone any idea about what happened to the chicken shop in Cooleman Court called Chicken Galore?  The shop was boarded up when I last popped by without any explanation as to if it was reopening, relocating or what.
Anyone know?  Or can anyone recommended a similar business somewhere in close proximity to Weston Creek?
Thanks Rioters.

Tuggeranong Masters Swimmers Preparing for Big Year

By 4 January 2013

Tuggeranong Masters Swimmers are fired up and ready to go for the new year!!!
First training session is this SUNDAY 6th Jan at Tuggeranong pool and Endurance 1000 also starts this Saturday at 10.30 am. So come along and start the New Year with a good hit out swim!
## Regular lake swims are planned – [...]

Which Vet Clinic to Visit with new Puppy….

By 4 January 2013

Having recently acquired a new puppy, I am in the process of looking for a good quality, reliable vet for all his medical needs.
I have narrowed my search down to the Weston Creek Vet in Warramanga, or The Gables Vet Clinic in Monash.
Has anyone had any experiences with either of these Vets to possibly make my decision [...]

A Christmas Wish for Burglars

By 4 January 2013

Three years ago I bought my eldest son a guitar for Christmas. I didn’t have much money, and it wasn’t a great guitar, but I taught him to play on it and he’s a helluva lot better than me now. I hoped he’d play the blues, but he’s a metal head like most kids these [...]

Speeding a surprise to the ACT police

By 3 January 2013

Just saw a tweet from ABC News in Canberra that indicated that whilst the ACT remained fatality free, the local constabulary are alarmed at the number of drivers caught speeding over the festive period. 155 drivers were caught for speeding offences on our roads this Christmas. 155 speeding idiots will be the victim of the [...]

Band hire in Canberra?

By 3 January 2013

So I am looking to book a band of the semi-professional cover band type for a substantial (400+ people) event in March [not a wedding though]. As much as I would prefer to go with something a little more exciting, knowing the audience I have to play it conservative and go for a band [...]

Lawn irrigation Dripper v sprinkler in Canberra?

By 3 January 2013

Hi riotact,
Im looking at irrigation for the lawn I will soon be seeding. It’s a big lawn (over 1000mtrs) and I’ve heard a few things about planting drip line underneath as opposed to sprinklers.
Any help or advice you could offer would be appreciated
Thanks

Spotted……

By 3 January 2013

This morning. Hot Cross Buns at Coles Belconnen.
Wonder if I could smuggles those into the Hoyts cinema?

Trying to find a bottle of Mastika in canberra

By 31 December 2012

Well It’s time to go shopping for drinks for new years (a bit late I know) and I was hoping to find some of this wonderful mastic flavored Greek liquor called Mastica.
I don’t suppose anyone would have a clue as to where to find it, a European grocery perhaps?
Do we have any specialist [...]

Does anyone know where I can buy real caviar in Canberra

By 30 December 2012

… never tried it, and want to do so!
I don’t mean the “fake” caviar that is sold in supermarkets, I want to try the real thing, Russian or similar, from sturgeon eggs. I know it isn’t cheap

Jerky anyone?

By 30 December 2012

I did try to search for “jerky” at T-Ra, but maybe not surprisingly I came up with TV reception, taxi’s and a popular drinking dive for the toff’s around Kingston.
What I’d love to know about is decent places to buy beef jerky?
The “old” Civic shopping centre used to have a butcher near the Supabarn that had good [...]

Fencing a pool: any suggestions?

By 29 December 2012

Our house has a pool but no fence.  We are therefore looking for somebody who could put a fence up around the pool area.
Is anyone able to recommend a company or individual?
Many thanks in advance.

Looking for the end of the world in Canberra?

By 29 December 2012

My son and some friends are doing an amateur video production about what would have happened if the world really did end on 12.21.12. They’re looking for suitably end of the world shooting locations that are publicly accessible. It is okay if the locality is on private property but can be filmed as background from [...]

Hoyts Belconnen Cracking Down on Contraband Consumables

By 29 December 2012

Now for the important debates of the day!
My wife and I were recently refused entry to Hoyts Belconnen for the heinous crime of carrying delicious take-away Muffin Break coffees into the cinemas.  Apparently the condition of not allowing any food or drink from external sources has always been a policy of the cinema -  but [...]

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