Opinion (1280 Stories)

The Tharwa drive traffic lights near Lanyon shops

By 3 July 2013

As anyone who has been near the Lanyon shops in the past few months will know, they have put up a set of pedestrian traffic lights between the retirement village and the shop themselves.
The question I have is how many accidents will it take before those traffic lights are removed? Within the space of 50 [...]

A dead roo and idiot driver lament on Ebden St

By 3 July 2013

I have to vent as I feel so cross – but who ever the idiot was who ran into a roo on Ebden Street last night, leapt out of the car and muttered ‘well the roo’s dead’ and then obviously leapt back in his tattered car and drove off leaving the remains of his headlight [...]

Geoscience Australia’s Top GeoShot: Australian earth science photography competition

By 3 July 2013

Geoscience Australia’s Top GeoShot photography competition is now open.

Lost keys

By 3 July 2013

Morning riotact,
I lost a set of keys yesterday. So if you found a set a keys in Page, on the morning 313 bus going to civic, or around the civic interchange, the morning ’3′ bus or near DFAT. Please drop the site a line.
The keys are as described:
A Holden car key.
A blue key and a [...]

Cotter Road roadworks (rant)

By 3 July 2013

I love the signs that have just gone up near the intersection of Cotter Road and Streeton Drive: “Roadworks commence 8 July, use alternative routes”.
What alternative routes do they have in mind? Hindmarsh Drive is a nightmare in the morning (and the nightmare is transferred to Melrose Drive in the evening). There used to be [...]

Has anyone gone through fair trading in Canberra? Any tips?

By 3 July 2013

Hello hivemind,
I’m going to be taking a retailer through fair trading to enforce the consumer right to exchange of faulty goods – has anyone been through this before? what can I expect?
Also, if this route fails I will be taking them through small claims court – does anyone have any experience going through the [...]

UC Student gives up bed to sleep on the streets

By 2 July 2013

A student at the University of Canberra will give up the comfort of a roof over his head for 20 nights to raise awareness for homeless youth.
On Wednesday 10 July, 23 year old Nathan Beer will travel to the streets of Melbourne’s CBD to live until 20 July in an attempt to accurately capture the [...]

Questacon running workshops these school holidays

By 2 July 2013

Questacon is running some school holiday workshops at their new shiny QTLC centre, and they sound pretty awesome.
Does your child have a bright idea?
Check out our newest facility, the Questacon Technology Learning Centre (QTLC) in Deakin and sign the kids up to a workshop these ACT school holidays.
These two innovation workshop experiences are for young [...]

In defence of the Nanny State.


One hundred and fifty ways the nanny state is good for us
By Simon Chapman
In Australia, anyone who supports rules and regulations that make products safer or improve public health can expect to come under attack from critics arguing they’re restricting freedom and turning the country into a “nanny state”.
These “nanny state” critics are everywhere and [...]

Is there something wrong in Hawker?

By 2 July 2013

My friend lives in Hawker and I have noticed that a particular group of units on Springvale Drive all seem to be selling up. What gives? Is there something wrong with these units? Are they falling to pieces? Asbestos? Termites? Fear of a property bubble? (so many new units being built that this last fear [...]

Restaurants with early meals for toddlers?

By 1 July 2013

Can anyone recommend any restaurants that serve super-early meals for eating out with young children in Canberra?
(5:30pm onwards)?

New fees no signage at the Canberra Centre


I’m furious about the lack of signage in the Canberra Centre carparking notifying people that all-day parking fees for rooftop parking has gone up to $11a day.
Fair enough fees go up but some warning is appreciated.

All day breakfast in Canberra?

By 1 July 2013

Hai Rioters, it’s the missus’s birthday on Monday and I was hoping I could probe your collective minds for good suggestions in places that do all day breaky.  
We’re both nighttime people so anywhere that stops doing breakfast before midday is probably out of the question.  
I know it’s not much notice but I’m hoping [...]

Bio-diesel in Canberra?

By 1 July 2013

Does anyone know if and where bio-diesel is sold in Canberra or the region?
It used to be a Big Thing years ago but I can’t find it anywhere these days.

Surgeon for inguinal hernia in Canberra?

By 29 June 2013

Hi there, anyone out there had surgery on an inguinal hernia?
Looking for surgeon recommendations in Canberra. Appreciate hearing good reports.

Should the Merry-go-round go? [WITH POLL]

By 28 June 2013

Katy Gallagher is tossing around the idea of moving the iconic 100 year old merry-go-round from civic to somewhere else, reports ABC News.
“It gets a bit of an uptake of passengers on the weekends but I walked past it the other day during the week and there was no one on it,” she said.
“I thought [...]

Anyone know of a car for sale?

By 28 June 2013

#2 daughter managed to rear-end someone recently. No-one was hurt, but her car’s been written off. It’s a damn shame – it was a mess cosmetically but it was mechanically superb. So we’re now in the market for a cheap (~$4.5k) reliable, economical car*.
Do any Rioters have, or know of, such a beast?
* Wanted: a [...]

‘Go to work tax’ Public Servants rage against paid parking [WITH POLL]

By 27 June 2013

Paid parking int he parliamentary triangle is a bit of a hot issue for a lot of Canberrans. Particularly those who work there.
ABC News are reporting that the NCA have received 70 formal submissions from public servants who are against the idea.
Dozens of Canberra residents have slammed a decision to introduce paid parking near the [...]

Closing the gate at Kambah Pool


TAMS are making sure there’s no doubt that Kambah Pool’s gates are closing at night from Monday:
Canberrans are reminded that the gates to Kambah Pool will be closed overnight from Monday 1 July to reduce ongoing vandalism and antisocial behaviour at the recreation area, Brett McNamara, Manager Regional Operations for ACT Parks and Conservation Service, [...]

Remedial massage on Canberra’s south side?

By 26 June 2013

Anyone know of a good remedial massage place in Tuggeranong or Woden area? I am looking to avoid places like Miracle Therapy or any of the other shopping centre type.
I get quite bad upper back and neck pains which isn’t helped much by sitting at a desk all day long. Looking for someone who has good [...]

Southern Cross Ten: broken?

By 26 June 2013

Anyone else having reception issues with Southern Cross Ten / Eleven / ONE?
I know no one actually watches Ten, but thought someone might have noticed when flipping channels to avoid sitting through ads. It seems to have been playing up since yesterday arvo.

Shame, Canberra Real Estates, Shame

By 26 June 2013

We are a family of 3 – 2 adults and 1 child – plus an elderly cat.
Over the past 3 and a bit weeks, we have applied for 8 rental properties with no success. In one case, the Agent failed to do due diligence in checking with the owner as to whether they would accept [...]

LED Bicycle Light Etiquette on Canberra’s bike paths

By 24 June 2013

Aren’t those new high-power LED bike lights amazing? For under $100, you can now get a 300 or 600 lumen bike light. A few bucks more gets you 1200 lumens! That’s brighter than most car headlights. All powered by a couple of AA batteries or equivalent.
Car headlights have a design standard that makes sure the [...]

CTPI Compensation for non-fault accident?

By 22 June 2013

A question for the hive-mind. I am at home with a badly broken leg and multiple other injuries, after being cleaned up by a 4WD driver who “never saw me” on my cruiser motorbike.
I’ve been told that NRMA (currently the only CTP insurer in the ACT) are mongrels to deal with, and that their record [...]

Black Mountain Tower (terrible interior)

By 22 June 2013

Has anyone else noticed how shameful and run down the interior of the Black Mtn Tower is?
It is the first landmark sight for many visitors and I personally think it’s an appealing and interesting structure however inside is a complete let down.
Cold and raw concrete walls, floor and tacky displays. All the binoculars have [...]

CTPI Providers in Canberra (ACT)

By 22 June 2013

Just a quick rant slash wanting to know how others are feeling on this subject, I did see a post about this but it was back in 2009.
Just Got my rego bill (2 in fact, 3rd on its way) but for the smaller car the bill is $286.50 government Fee which is fine gotta put [...]

ActewAGL “Bitterly Disappointed” it can’t waste another $300k

By 21 June 2013

The Crimes has the unbelievably narcissistic Michael Costello saying how sad he is that he can’t blow $300,000 on a June staff party.
After all the shenanigans (Cotter Dam cost blow-out), John Mackay being sacked by ACTGov, and the $855,000 under-reporting of Mark Sullivan’s salary, Costello must be living in a parallel universe.
He also claims that [...]

Athllon Drive Point-to-Point ‘Safety’ Cameras?

By 21 June 2013

So, driving past them every night and seeing their rapid progress towards functionality, I’m still baffled as to how the Athllon Drive point-to-point cameras are going to work. Unlike their counterparts on Hindmarsh Drive, this point-to-point zone is riddled with obstructions that will surely render them useless right? Things such as 2 roundabouts, single lane [...]

Opportunity for Local Artists

By 21 June 2013

Belconnen Community Service is seeking expressions of interest from local and emerging artists interested in facilitating community art workshops.

The initial commitment would be for a one-off two hour workshop, forming part of the BCS “Spring Sessions” Art Taster Program.
Spring Sessions will be a series of six individual workshops on a fortnightly basis from 2/9/13-21/11/13. The [...]

Dog attacked a roo in Ainslie this morning

By 21 June 2013

A little after 8 this morning a solid largeish black dog was chasing a kangaroo from O’Connell Street park area toward the Ainslie shops – the roo (a very large grey) slipped and fell heavily on the road in front of my car, in Cox Street, and the dog bit its hindquarter. Roo managed to [...]

Looking for 40+ yo PS3 BF3 Gamers in Canberra

By 20 June 2013

I’m trying to set up a clan of “older” Playstation 3 gamers for online Battlefield 3 and other games. We’re looking for relaxed team members who don’t take the whole gaming thing too seriously. (An example of the relaxed gameplay can be found on youtube under user name “DamnYaks”.
Contact Jack via the youtube DamnYaks channel [...]

GP Recommendations on the Southside?

By 20 June 2013

Hi Rioters,
So I know this topic comes us quite often but there doesnt seem to be any recent chats on GP recommendations for the Southside of Canberra…..
My husband and I currently go to different GP clinics as the books at mine are ALWAYS closed! Im due to give birth in a few weeks and want us [...]

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