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Opinion (1305 Stories)

Open Invitation to Christmas Lunch

By 23 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Woden Community Service (WCS) is hosting a Christmas Day Lunch for people who may not have family or friends to share the festive season.
The event provides an opportunity for people who may be on their own at this time of year to come and connect with others in their local community.
Lunch is free to attend [...]

Laser printer repair in Canberra?

By 23 December 2013

Fellow Rioters,
Any suggestions on a cheap, reliable southside laser printer repairer? I have a Samsung Three in One printer. The manual feed works; the automatic (tray) feed does not, with the machine telling me it has no paper. It does.
I’m not prepared to spend largish dollars on this as new laser printers are as [...]

Spanish Club Narrabundah

By 23 December 2013

The Spanish Club at Narrabundah is alive and doing well….regardless of what is being said about it. A good financial position and strong membership base.
The next major function is the New Years Eve dance with Sydney Latin band ‘BATUKA’ and dinner for $50.00, start time is 7.00 pm,  so come earlier to meett up contact [...]

Buying cheap/bulk coconut water in Canberra

By 21 December 2013

I am looking to get some bulk coconut water, probably in the order of 30/40l of the stuff. I am after that weird ‘sickly sweet despite the fact that its only 6% sugar’ Asian grocery stuff rather than the much healthier and boring tasting nudie or other hippie types.
Best price I’ve seen has been 500ml [...]

Recommendations for nursing homes around Canberra?

By 20 December 2013

I’m looking for recommendations for high care nursing homes in and close to Canberra.  
I’d prefer first hand experiences so that I can get a better idea of which places live up to the sales pitch you get when you visit.

Woden Recycling Depot FAIL

By 19 December 2013

I pulled up at the Woden Recycling Depot this afternoon to be met by an overflow of cardboard and waste paper.  Just what a pyromaniac would delight in.
Why can’t the contractors get it right? Oh that’s right they’re contractors – as little as possible and what they can get away with.

Missing cat, West Macgregor

By 19 December 2013

Our black and white cat is missing around West Macgregor. She is wearing a red/pink collar and comes to “Lucy”. This is the only photo I could find of her.

24 Hour Belconnen Mall! But How?

By 18 December 2013

Target and Kmart are open 24 hours at Westfield Belconnen, but how do you get in?
I moved to Belconnen a few weeks ago from Perth WA. I went to the mall at 6:30 this morning (bright sunlight) to pick up a fan before work. I tried several entrances, entering and leaving several car parks, before [...]

Lights , Camera, Manuka

By 18 December 2013

Anybody know what the regulations are for cameras and camera gear at Manuka Oval? I’ve got tickets to watch the Poms vs PM’s XI and I’d like to get a bit snappy there.
I only ask, as the SCG will not allow lenses over 200mm and mine is a 300mm, no tripods or monopods either. I’m [...]

Zed’s office. Is Liberal party signage kosher?

By 17 December 2013

I walked past Zed Seselja’s office today and was surprised to see several large Liberal Party logos on the front window.
Perhaps I’ve been mistaken but I’ve always held the impression that electorate offices were meant to be branding free. I can’t find any info either way online but don’t recall ever seeing any info [...]

Mobile phone found in Kaleen

By 17 December 2013

I found a Huawei phone yesterday on the footpath near Maribyrnong Primary School yesterday (16/12). We couldn’t figure out the swipe code (probably a good thing) so we’re unable to get onto any of the contacts. If you lost your phone or know of someone who lost their phone can you please email me at [...]

Reflecting on the Centenary.

By 16 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

I was there
World+Dog is chiming in to give their thoughts on Canberra’s Centenary Year.
But aside from it being my job to share opinions on such things I’m also unusually positioned to comment for two reasons.
1) I’ve been writing about it for the best part of a decade.
2) I am actually a signed up Centenary Volunteer [...]

ACT Region Environment Awards

By 16 December 2013

Nominate your environmental heroes. Those people that work tirelessly to protect our wild places, campaign for better environmental protections and empower and inspire others.
Awards categories are:
Group
Individual
Young Environmentalist
Nominate by the 28 February 2014 at https://conservationcouncil.org.au/events/act-region-environment-awards/
Recipients will be awarded at the ACT Region Environment Awards Evening in March 2014.

Hairdresser Recommendations in Weston Creek?

By 16 December 2013

Hi Rioters!
Having just relocated over to Weston Creek from the other side of town, I’m hoping that the hive mind may have a few recommendations for hairdressers in the area.
Basically, looking for reasonable prices and good service.
Thanks!

Paving advice in Canberra?

By 16 December 2013

I need to get some back yard paving done and I’d be very grateful for any recommendations from rioters about who I should use.

Bats. I’ve got bats.

By 16 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The tree across my lane way in Scullin has recently provided host to a colony of fruit bats.
I wish it was not true, but here they are.
What is TAMS doing about removing colonies of bats?  
I would be grateful for any information.
[Photo by shellac CC BY 2.0]

Body corporate document inspection fees

By 16 December 2013

Has anyone recently attempted to inspect the documents of a body corporate before purchasing a unit/apartment?
I was quite surprised when advised it would be $155 for the place I was looking into. Does it seem [ridiculously] steep to anyone else?

A Letter to Road Users

By 16 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

I know I am going to cop a bit of a flaming for this but hopefully the message will get through to some people:
I am not overly interested in the debate as it has been done to death, just watch and listen.

Traffic accident notifications in Canberra?

By 16 December 2013

Canberrans
Is there any government / police / other website out there that posts traffic updates re delays because of road closures, roadworks or accidents?
Thanks!

Best walks around the city

By 14 December 2013

There have been plenty of great discussions about the best bushwalks but where do you walk if you aren’t able to (or choose not to) get out of town?
Popular choices include:

Black Mountain
Mount Ainslie
Mount Taylor
Red Hill
Lake Burley Griffin bridge loop

I used to laugh at people driving places to go for a walk but it really [...]

Tuggeranong Parkway Speeding cameras?

By 14 December 2013

Hi,
Tonight I was in a rush around 2am and I was coming from gungahlin/mitchell to woden. I was speeding but I thought there was only 2 speeding cameras (3k before woden turn off & 500m after woden turn off)
Is there one near gungahlin/mitchell and around where? I didn’t see any flashes at all.
I [...]

Dry cleaners? Recommendations in Canberra?

By 13 December 2013

Just wondering if anyone is able to provide some up to date recommendations for a good dry cleaner for a wedding dress and some silk dresses?
With thanks!
Mrs Padoof

Dear Weetbix #88 – Prometheus by Jay Sullivan

By 12 December 2013

Dear Weetbix,
I was at a gig last week and two things occurred that haven’t happened for at least two years.
1) Prometheus and I performed together, and;
2) I was watching him and I knew that I couldn’t follow it.
He and I used to gig together a lot, but both living such hectic lives and having young [...]

Getting ACT licence after moving here from NSW

By 10 December 2013

Hey guys
I have just moved here from NSW and am trying to get my ACT drivers licence.  you have 3 months to transfer it after you move
I’m having trouble meeting the proof of residency requitements.  you can read what they will accept here
I’m renting a room.  I’m not on the lease.  I don’t have any [...]

Renting a commercial kitchen in Canberra?

By 10 December 2013

I am starting up a small event catering business selling my home grown pork and so far have done all of the cooking at the venue.
This is proving too hard for a couple of things and my home kitchen isn’t suitable and will need far too many modifications to meet food hygiene standards, [...]

Your re-sealed roads are rubbish!

By 10 December 2013

Gee, it seems we Canberrans will cop anything – even the rubbish they call road re-sealing. You see (hear and feel) all the loose aggregate (stones) and you think ‘oh, this is temporary, they’ll be back to put the proper bitumen coat on’. But they don’t. So our streets now resemble something worse than you’ll [...]

Advice on living peacefully with heavy smoking neighbours?

By 10 December 2013

I’m a non-smoker living in a low-level apartment complex. I’m on the ground floor and have a fellow non-smoking flatmate. Occasionally we have friends around who smoke outside, which makes it hard to complain about other smokers in the complex.
However, new people moved in upstairs about three months ago – two couples, with a toddler [...]

Experienced female singer wanted for reputable Canberra covers band Smooth Ops

By 10 December 2013

Know a great female singer in Canberra interested in working with a reputable, professional, well-paid covers band?
Smooth Ops requires a new female vocalist to join two other vocalists (1 male, 1 female) to front our working pop/funk/soul covers band in 2014. We need a highly competent and experienced female singer capable of handling everything from [...]

Ask RiotACT: Is the Tradies new advertising racist?

By 9 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Rioter W poses this question:
Check out this advertisement from the Tradies (similar language appears in their other advertising). Is there any way to interpret this other than as racist?

Good question W!
While the most obvious way to interpret this would be to assume that these ladies are looking for a club with only white people in [...]

Where to buy a rocking chair in Canberra?

By 7 December 2013

Hello Rioters,
My mother’s well loved and used rocking chair has gone to its eternal reward. I would like to buy her a new one for Christmas but all the standard furniture retailers have proven fruitless.
Has anyone seen one anywhere on their travels?
I want a standard wooden type one not a cane one. (Have [...]

Re-Roadworks on Cotter Road?

By 6 December 2013

Hey Rioters,
I have not seen another thread regarding this, forgive me if this is a re-post. I am wondering if anyone else has noticed that the recent ripping up of the Cotter road / Streeton drive intersection and surrounding roads, has included ripping up nearly 100 metres of recently upgraded roadway. I’m specifically talking about [...]

Ginninderra Drive Speeding Camera Direction?

By 5 December 2013

Hi,
I was driving along Coulter Drive turning right onto Ginninderra drive.
I was quite tired at the time and didn’t see when it went orange and simply thought I could make it and wasn’t familiar with the area.
I definitely ran it when it was red (a second after it went red) as I didn’t [...]

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