Opinion (1373 Stories)

August 2013 Belconnen Community Council Public Forum – Carparking and Development

By 9 October 2013

The August 2013 Belconnen Community Council Public Forum will be held at:
7.30pm, Tuesday 15 October 2013
Community Room above the Chandler Street Belconnen Library
This will be the last opportunity to qualify for the election of committee members at the AGM to be held on 19 November. To be eligible to nominate or vote for positions on [...]

Lawn and gardening tips for Canberra?

By 8 October 2013

I moved to Canberra last year, bought a house early this year and had turf laid in my backyard last month.
Most gardening websites have told me to water lawns daily until established, then slowly move towards a once weekly regime. But after having spoken to a couple of locals, they claim that many websites do [...]

FBT for community sector staff. Seeking recommendations in Canberra

By 8 October 2013

I am looking for an accountant who is able to advise on managing FBT and salary packaging for someone who works for multiple not for profit employers.
Does anyone have a recommendation which they would like to share?
Thanks – any advice most welcome.

Anyone missing a fluffy white male dog from Chisholm?

By 7 October 2013

We had a report of a white male (cavoodle?) found in Chisholm. Unfortunately he is not microchipped. Anyone recognize him?

Hairdresser for Canberra wedding?

By 7 October 2013

Looking for a recommendation for someone Northside.
I am happy to go to the salon, though if there’s someone who’ll travel over the border without charging extra that’d be great.
I don’t want a formal up do or anything fancy, just to have my long hair nicely styled and a bit braided back.
I am [...]

Canberra Rates Rant

By 6 October 2013

Well, I have just received my latest rates notice, and it is almost $1000 more than last year. This is because I am just above the magical “you are a sponging plutocrat” level of of my land apparently being worth more than $450,000.
I would not mind so much if it was being matched by genuine [...]

Dog Groomer in Canberra?

By 6 October 2013

Hi all,
After a dreadful experience with our dog groomer, poor care, filthy conditions with a result resembling vegemite squished through a vitaweet. I’m after suggestions of a kind and competent dog groomer who will not include skin in their trimming or give her an 80s style flat top. Not too fussy, but she is an [...]

Anyone missing a black pet rabbit in Ngunnawal?

By 5 October 2013

We had a report of a black pet rabbit found on Bimbiang Crescent in Ngunnawal last night (3 October 2013). The rabbit has been taken to Gungahlin Vet Clinic.
Anyone know who it might belong to?

Last day to register for Wheelout in the Capital

By 4 October 2013

This has made its way to me:
Ever wanted to try wheelchair basketball? This is your chance!
Wheelout in the Capital, hosted by Sport Matters and Enable Development, is one of the Centenary of Canberra’s many wheel-themed events during SPIN: Canberra’s Weekends on Wheels.
Individual ($100) and team ($1000) registrations close today, with funds raised supporting a development [...]

2013 South and West Regional Orchid Show & Conference

By 4 October 2013

[ 5 October 2013 to 6 October 2013. ]

On this weekend at the Wesley Centre in Griffith, come along to see:

– Displays by regional orchid societies
– Conference program including presentations by orchid specialists
– Orchids from commercial and local hobbyists for sale
– Free advice and potting demonstrations
– Food and drink available

Saturday 5 October 2013
9:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday 6 October 2013
noon – 4:30pm

Wesley [...]

Dumping on private property advice

By 4 October 2013

Hi folks,
Just wondering if anyone has any advice regarding dumping. My family have a few homes being built at the moment and it isn’t quite finished. Anyway someone or more than one person has decided these houses are dumping grounds. We’ve found all sorts of random stuff like old doors, garbage and local kids keep [...]

TODAY @ Belco Skatepark

By 4 October 2013

9am – 11am FREE Streetwise Learn to skateboard session
Afternoon – PRO/AM Closed practise, come and see what’s in store for tomorrow’s main event! ALL FREE to attend!

Exploring Asteroids: The Hayabusa Space Mission at Questacon

By 3 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Questacon regularly hosts talks by interesting people, this is the latest.
Dr Trevor Ireland from the ANU would like to tell you a thing or two he learned while working on the Hayabusa Space Mission..
Questacon still has a replica of the Hayabusa Satellite in the foyer I believe, which is totally worth a look also.
In 2005 [...]

Cotterfest proves that Canberra will make a “fest” out of anything

By 3 October 2013

[ 12 October 2013 at 9:00 am; ]

There’s going to be a festival at the Cotter to celebrate the Cotter Dam!

It will most likely be a lovely day, but boy howdy do I see the word “******-fest” written on a lot of press releases. Is everywhere like this, or is Canberra going for some kind of most-festivals-per-capita record?

When we win that award, [...]

sporting shooter looking to help with fox, feral animal issues locally

By 3 October 2013

Posting this on behalf of a friend.
He’s a licensed shooter, formerly from Queanbeyan now living near Camden, and to keep his eye in is offering to assist landowners with fox/pig, feral animal problems.
He’s not looking to charge huge fees, it’s more a mutual benefit thing, he gets some practice and problem animals are removed.  If [...]

Mental health policy dreams?

By 3 October 2013

mental health policy discussion – ideas for a utopian version?

NRMA smash repairers? Any good ones around Canberra??

By 3 October 2013

Hello RiotACT!
Recently I was involved in a accident and received some minor damage to the rear of my car.
Has anyone delt with any of NRMA’s approved smash repairers?
Which ones were the best?
I’m looking for somewhere that does high quality work over anything else.
They did suggest A & A smash in Fyshwick but I [...]

Will 2014 Floriade NightFest tickets be free*?

By 3 October 2013

Price gouging at Floriade NightFest
Floriade NightFest tickets were advertised at $25 for adults and $10 for concessions.
But when we arrived at the NightFest ticket office, the prices had escalated to $27 and $12.
The unspecified “administration fee” in the fine print had materialised, to become $2.
Perhaps tickets for next year’s NightFest will be free*?
* plus $30 [...]

NBN, internal home enclosures in Canberra?

By 3 October 2013

NBN has come to my street and I am looking to wall mount behind the family PC in a central main living area rather than in the garage or a cupboard.
Does anyone have any recommendations on an NBN specific enclosures (or something to keep it all neat in a public space)?

Kids: how loud is too loud in Canberra?

By 3 October 2013

Following lunch at a Belconnen fast food ‘restaurant’ outdoor playground today; when I gave my kids the 2 minute warning I was smuggly and rudely told my children were being too loud by another parent (“oh good, does that mean we’re only going to be subjected to the yelling and screaming for another two minutes!?”). [...]

Science on why cyclist haters are basically nazis

By 2 October 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

With all the dicussion of cyclists in Canberra it’s worth noting the ABC’s Catalyst program from last week which assigned the mindless rage of flabbies in death boxes (aka cars) on “out-group homogeneity bias”, something the Nazis were rather keen on (just to get Godwin out of the way).
Anyway Nazis may think they’re cool in [...]

Solid Hardwood Timber floor in Canberra?

By 2 October 2013

Hi all,
I am renovating our place and are looking for some reasonably priced hardwood flooring.
We are not wanting engineered boards just solid timber. We are particularly interested in spotted gum timber, but interested in all timber. If anyone knows a good place to purchase cheap flooring, let me know.
Additionally we are looking for someone [...]

Contaminated bird seed in Canberra?

By 1 October 2013

Have any bird owners had their birds die unexpectedly in recent months? Possibly after buying a new bag of seed?
One of my cockatiels died recently. The vet suspected that it might be metal poisoning, or that it might be contaminated seed, as I had recently purchased a different brand.
Apparently there had been a similar [...]

Car Stolen from Lyneham

By 30 September 2013

White 96 model Honda Accord stolen from 60 Wattle Street in Lyneham on the 23rd night of September, 2013.
Registration number of the stolen vehicle: YIA 00R .
If you receive any information about this vehicle, please call ACT police on 02 62567777 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Head Full of Flames burns brightly

By 30 September 2013

The richness of the early 80s Canberra punk scene is vividly evoked by the Head Full of Flames book, but tokenistically dealt with in CMAG’s exhibition.

Looking for a reliable mowing/gardening contractor in Canberra? Tuggeranong area?

By 27 September 2013

It has been a while since we have updated the collective wisdom on a good gardening/mowing contractor and I am not sure how LMR went after the last request.
My ever growing patch of weeds in the back yard needs professional help. Does anyone know of a good, reasonably priced and reliable gardener/mowing contractor to [...]

Car damaged by lawn mower in Canberra?

By 27 September 2013

My car was hit by a stick/branch thrown from a mower near the Barton highway/Gundaroo drive roundabout yesterday morning.
Does anyone know who to contact to get compensationfor damages or to get it fixed?
Do i need to get a quote myself?

What are these?

By 27 September 2013

Do any Rioters know what these things are?
They are seemingly spread about the city at random and all appear damaged or defunct.

Mars over Canberra?

By 27 September 2013

It’s 7.40 pm and I have just been outside. There is a large, unblinking orange/red dot in the sky roughly in the north-west.
Is it Mars? Gungahlin Al, where are you?
One of the joys of living here is that you get to see Venus quite often. It is a small but unblinking blue dot, usually in [...]

Advice on Residential Aged Care Financial Advisers

By 27 September 2013

I would welcome RiotAct feedback on financial planners with specific skills in aged care residential facilities (low care), not general financial planners.
Undertsanding the financial arrangements is not impossible, but it is also not straight forward either wrt to accommodation bonds, income and asset test impacts.  There are many nuances viz renting an aged person’s property [...]

New Third Party Providers for ACT rego’s

By 26 September 2013

So, after much fanfare new 3rd party providers have come on board with rego ACT.
What a joke, it is really hard to beleive that the ACT Government wasted so much bloody time trying to break the strangle hold NRMA has had in the ACT for all these years, just to get three other insurance company’s [...]

Charny roadworks rules on engagement

By 26 September 2013

I am writing in response to an extraordinary sequence of events yesterday at the road works currently taking place at the intersection of Tillyard Drive and Lhotsky Street in Charnwood.
I had turned right into Tillyard Drive off Ginninderra Drive intending to turn left into Lhotsky Street and proceed to Charnwood shops. I was travelling [...]

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