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Shed renovations in Canberra?

By 28 April 2013

We have an old shed in our backyard. It’s in pretty good condition but ugly as hell. It was built when the house was built 50 years ago, and because it predates current planning rules as an existing structure we can keep it but not build a new one.
So Mr T and I want [...]

Retaining Walls and bad neighbours in Canberra?

By 28 April 2013

I have a neighbour in a newly developed estate that has cut into their block of land. That’s fine, so long as you retain the embankment that you cut. This neighbour hasn’t retained the embankment that they cut into, but claims that he is doing something about it (but I doubt that’s true as this [...]

Gravy free zone at Canberra Stadium

By 28 April 2013

Many recent posts have queried the poor food and beverage quality and range at Canberra Stadium – and here’s another contribution on this important theme.
Why on earth can I not get gravy put on hot chips while I watch the rugby.
It defies understanding.
I don’t want a port wine jus or anything.
Just [...]

Seems like an odd place to put a shed? Images of Canberra

By 27 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

As seen in Dickson this lunchtime.
Anyone care to explain why a shed would be in there?
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Fix my street. It works!

By 26 April 2013

Just wanted to give a positive story about Fix my street from the ACT government.  
I reported via the web that 2 large grates were missing in East Greenway pumping station on lake Tuggeranong.  
The gap was large enough for a child to fall through a few metres to the water below.  
I affixed a [...]

Serial hubcap stealer or am I just paranoid…

By 26 April 2013

This is going to sound strange but I came back to my car after watching a movie just now to find that my front driver side hubcap missing.
Noticed a few others around with the same problem….
Am I being paranoid or has this happened to people recently?

Calling on all former (and current) Canberra Punks

By 26 April 2013

“Head Full of Flames: Punk in the Nation’s Capital 1977 to 1992″ is a book being written to cover the forgotten history of Punk in Canberra from 1977 to 1992. If you were, or know of anyone, active in the scene at that time please contact local author Chris Shakallis who has put out a [...]

Lost; Vietnam War era dog tags ANZAC Day 2013

By 26 April 2013

Lost Vietnam War dogtags on ANZAC day 2013. Reward offered.

Review of the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994 Consultation on the Second Exposure Draft [UPDATED]

By 26 April 2013

As the revisions to the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994 seem to cover a lot of issues including treatment orders, search and frisking powers and, arrest without a warrant, some people may be interested in being involved in this consultation.
Consultation on the Second Exposure Draft: Wednesday 17 April – Tuesday 28 May 2013.
The [...]

Road resurfacing in Mawson and Phillip

By 24 April 2013

When will the madness of the ACT’s road surfacing programme end. Everyone I talk to is unhappy with the spray seal /  chip seal used yet the programme rolls on, this time in Mawson and Phillip. For those of you that live in Mawson, they seem to have done a particularily poor job as there are loose stones [...]

Latin America in 100 words: Short story competition

By 23 April 2013

Hi RioACTers,
We are only a few days to close the inaugural story contest “Latin America in 100 words”. I would encourage you to send us your short stories. It doesn’t matter if you have never been in Latin America. You would just need to tell us in a sentence, two or more (up [...]

Thank you, kind Canberrans!

By 23 April 2013

I know it’s entirely stupid, but I am terrified of spiders. I mean, properly terrified. Just seeing pictures of them makes me nervous. I’m even scared of them when they’re already dead. Yes, yes, I’m a million times bigger than they are. Yes, yes, they’re more scared of me, etc. But the thing about irrational [...]

Red Cross wants MORE volunteers

By 23 April 2013

Red Cross are in need of volunteers for the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS).
CVS is for residents of aged care facilities in the ACT and South East NSW region who are socially isolated and whose quality of life would be improved by friendship and companionship. Volunteers are matched with a client for social visits for about [...]

Where to buy a hat in Canberra?

By 23 April 2013

As the colder weather approaches I’m in need of something fashionable to cover what remains of where my full head of hair used to be.
As an early 30′s male who’d rather shave his head than look like a 60 year old bald man I’m having trouble finding anywhere that sells a wide assortment of [...]

New cafe in Mode 3?

By 22 April 2013

Was hoping someone had some information on the new cafe in Mode 3 in Braddon?
I think it’s called 86 (it faces Elouera Street) but Google came up blank. 
Went past there on Saturday evening and again yestedray morning and it was packed.

Possible cheated wages/being underpaid??!

By 22 April 2013

Hi everyone,
I am posting this for my partner, I do not wish to mention his exact trade nor the company for obvious reasons, as I wouldn’t want anyone he works for that may possibly read this see its about them,
My partner is working for a company as a sub-contracter, and has been with them for [...]

Doctors in Canberra?

By 21 April 2013

Hi there,
I am searching for a good doctor in Canberra preferably Northside.
I recently got some test results back and am not happy with how my current doctor handled the situation (she searched the condition on google, telling me just to leave it and see if it causes problems in the future). She didn’t make [...]

Roof insulation in Canberra. Who gives a good quote?

By 21 April 2013

After I received a quote from a long-known local energy efficiency businesses I asked them how many bags of insulation they will provide for the $’s quoted and the number of square metres that they will cover in the roof space.  Seems that it’s a case of ‘that’s the price and we will insulate your [...]

Final Gifts: understanding the special awareness and needs of the dying

By 19 April 2013

LifeCircle ACT presents a Life Matters Event Final Gifts: understanding the special awareness and needs of the dying.
A one-day gathering of speakers, community organisations and business specialising in palliative care, advanced care planning and end of life care.
Southern Cross Club
9:00-2:30pm
Saturday, July 6 2013
MC: Clair Hochstetler, Head Chaplain, Pastoral Care, Canberra Hospital
Program :
- Welcome to Country [...]

Canberra: Planning for the next 100 Years

By 18 April 2013

Genevieve Wauchope, Executive Director of the Canberra Environment Centre, is inviting us along to think about and discuss what Canberra should look like for the next 100 years.
Does the Canberra you want to live in have higher density living areas? Does it have community vegetable gardens in public parks or recycling stations throughout Civic? [...]

Politics in the Pub. A conversation with Bob Brown

By 18 April 2013

The Australia Institute is inviting us to a conversation between Richard Denniss and Bob Brown.
Since the last time Bob Brown spoke to Politics in the Pub he has resigned from Parliament, created the Bob Brown Foundation which aims to help front-line environmentalists, as well as led a Sea Shepherd anti-whaling mission.
In an election year [...]

(Re)surfacing epic fail x 2

By 17 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

This morning’s commute took me past two examples of terrible resurfacing; one on the bike path and one on the road.  The first is on the  bit of bike path that runs from Cook/Aranda to LBG, running parallel with both Bindubi Street and William Hovell Drive.  That path is one of the best things about [...]

Huge increase to Body Corporate Levies. ACAT?

By 17 April 2013

Body Corporate levy increases by 65% per year — well above what Independent Property Group said when purchasing the property.

How lazy is the local HR?

By 17 April 2013

I was getting ready to send out a few resumes and see where they stick.
Once again I’ve encountered the scourge of Canberra: the custom-built employment portal and the mountain of position criteria.
From a UX point of view this seems self-defeating. I understand wanting to take a few steps to weed out unsuitable candidates but how [...]

Digging up Gungahlin, Lecture

By 17 April 2013

The Canberra Archaeological Society has been active in local archaeology and heritage protection for most of its 50 years.
At this presentation, Helen Cook will start with a panoramic view of Canberra Archaeological Society involvement in identifying, recording, excavating, conserving and promoting cultural heritage in Gungahlin, including embarrassing photos, the ghosts of history past and [...]

A mighty rigid structure appears in the Canberra Centre. Pour Quoi?

By 16 April 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

The food court atrium in the Canberra Centre has developed a large steel frame for what seems to be some sort of internal roofing.
Anyone want to suggest what could be the cause?

Diversity ACT’s People’s Choice Awards

By 16 April 2013

This one rattled into my inbox and so I thought the Canberra community might like to know they can [and maybe would like to] vote for their favourite gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer identifying Canberran, business or organisation.
The People’s Choice award is an annual event which recognises nominees’ contributions to the LGBTIQ community [...]

The Red Cross is looking for some Mates

By 16 April 2013

Red Cross is looking for new volunteers for its MATES program, which assists socially isolated people in reconnecting to their community in the ACT and region. Volunteers are matched with participants one-to-one and meet regularly – usually for an hour or so a week or fortnight – to undertake social activities in the community. Volunteers [...]

Marymead Foster Care Information Night

By 16 April 2013

Are you interested in becoming a Foster Carer?
Marymead’s next information session will be held at
– Marymead
– 255 Goyder Street Narrabundah
– 18 April at 6.00pm.
Children are always welcome and light refreshments are provided.
If you are unable to attend an information session but are interested in finding out about foster [...]

Meteor Shower over Canberra?

By 15 April 2013

Hi there,
This will hopefully be seen by Gunghalin Al who seems to know all about what’s going on above us at night. I’ve heard that there will be a meteor shower on the night of Monday April 22nd and was hoping Al might be able to give us some info on which  direction we should [...]

Yoga in Canberra?

By 15 April 2013

I’m looking for a yoga class that’s very gentle, as I’m recovering from surgery and have a weak right shoulder as a result.
Preferably northside, but I’m happy to travel for the right place.
It would need to be outside of work hours.
I identified a place in Torrens (but the class times don’t suit) [...]

How to deal with an unprofessional photographer?

By 15 April 2013

Dear Rioters,
I need an advice on how to deal with an unprofessional photographer. Here is the story –
Last year we got married and hired a professional photographer for two hours. We received our photographs 4 months after our wedding. The pictures were great but we started noticing that some pictures were missing that he took. [...]

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