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Anyone care about the public servants losing their jobs?

By 16 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

There is so much media coverage around the sacking of pilots or car factory workers or pensioners, what about those 16,000 people (many will have to go by Oct this year). These are people with families, people who need to pay for kids’ tuition fees, their medical bills, and morgage.., etc. Look at newspapers, Tvs, [...]

Cheapest Smash Repair in Canberra

By 15 May 2014

Does anyone know the cheapest place to get smash repairs carried out in Canberra? Ideally a place that can source second hand or after market parts instead of simply opting for perfect but pricey factory originals.

When is a good time to buy property in Canberra?

By 15 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m looking into buying my first home in Canberra and have been reading all about the predicted property price declines as a result of the 2014 budget. If house prices in Canberra crash, it will be a great time to buy. A work colleague described it as a “once in a generational opportunity to buy cheaply [...]

Contradiction in Abbot’s interview

By 15 May 2014

As per an interview with the “Sunrise” show, around the 7:14 time stamp on the interview, our PM made some interesting comments about the “states” taking on more of a role with managing their own economies, saying “We want the states to more grown up adult governments”. If we look at the recent situation with [...]

Venue suggestions?

By 15 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Okay Canberra – we’ve got a big birthday coming up in my family and are looking for a lunchtime, kid-friendly venue, preferably Northside, but would be happy to take a short drive if it’s worth it. The birthday boy is a bit of a foodie too so we want something quality. Any ideas, rioters?

Transfer from 5 1/4 floppy disk to CD

By 14 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anybody know of a service, preferably in Canberra, for transferring data from 5 1/4 floppy disks to CD?

(EDITOR – I’ve just popped in an image for those who may not have ever seen a 5 1/4 floppy disk)

How do I understand which ACT College is right for my child?

By 13 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have not been through the Canberra College system for kids going to Year 11 & 12 – so how do I find out which school is right for my child?
I have seen signs for various school “Open Nights” – but is there a central place where I can understand if schools have various specialties, [...]

Puppy play day de-stressing Uni students

By 13 May 2014

Throughout my career I have heard many a manager lament the challenges of motivating and engaging someone of the younger generation in the workforce.  I have generally stood up for the newbies as I believe they have a huge amount to offer if those ‘older’ generations of us can find a way to work with them. [...]

Guide to Regional NSW expunges Canberra off map

By 11 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In Sunday’s Canberra Times, there is a supplement booklet “Your Guide To Regional NSW” which is being promoted by Destination NSW.
It is meant to be NSW – centric of course but the map of the regions in NSW does not show Canberra or the ACT.
There is no mention of the Cool Climate Wine region at Murrumbateman [...]

Spidey sense tingling

By 10 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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What spider is this?  I suspect its a wolf spider, and so (relatively) harmless.  Any other bids?

NAPLAN testing

By 10 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I noticed an article in the Canberra Times yesterday about NAPLAN, with senior ‘people in the know’ saying there shouldn’t be so much pressure on kids to perform in these tests and that comparisons with countries like Singpaore and Korea were tough yard-sticks, giving their differing approach to education.
I don’t recall doing NAPLAN myself when [...]

Car accident – what to do next?

By 9 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

This may sound silly, but we are relatively new to Australia and a bit confused about what to do after a car accident. I was driving the car, with my spouse in the passenger seat and my daughter in the back seat. We were stopped at a light for at least 30 seconds, [...]

School Enrolment Question

By 9 May 2014

My son is at school age now. I live in Forde and have an investment property in Lyneham. I am wondering if it is possible to enroll him into Lyneham school even though I don’t live in there? Do I have to move to Lyneham?

Crane on Mt Taylor

By 8 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Whilst driving home this afternoon I noticed a large crane on the top of Mt Taylor. Does anybody know why it is there and what it is doing? At first I thought it might have been erecting a new monument or else doing some work on the National Transmission Station. If anybody [...]

Roadworks on Streeton Drive

By 8 May 2014
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The ongoing roadworks along Cotter Road and Streeton Drive have become a very familiar headache on my morning commute.  The recent changes, limited signage and fairly death defying redirect of traffic seems particularly dangerous though.
Is anyone else having issues with it?  Makes me wonder what sort of guidelines they have in how they guide traffic [...]

Disgraceful Kambah Village clothing bins

By 7 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I just returned from the Kambah Village shops where I found yet again, someone has prised open the charity clothing bins and strewn their contents over the carpark.  My husband spoke to someone doing this a few weeks back, and the man used some choice expletives in response, as did his 5 year old son.  [...]

Toddler venues during winter in Canberra?

By 7 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We have not seen a toddler through a Canberra winter yet – so I am after any recommendations from parents on places to go?
I have joined a small playgroup, so I am looking for also a nice venue where a few toddlers can play and have a great time (weekly get-togethers).
I am looking for places [...]

ActewAGL/Telstra – let’s play the blame game

By 7 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am new to this site, so not sure how best to attack this but some friends told me to use this forum to see if others are experiencing similar issues?
Quite a few months back we had ActewAGL in our street & backyard changing over the poles, we had a wooden one & now there [...]

Hair straightening in Canberra

By 7 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi all,
Just wondering if anyone has gotten their hair chemically (permanent) straightened and if so where? I have been thinking of getting it done for a few years now but have never taken the plunge. I have researched it and know the pros and cons.  I can’t seem to find somewhere in Canberra that does [...]

Workers compensation – NSW

By 6 May 2014

Hi Hive Mind,
Can anyone advise on a suitable solicitor for a workers compensation claim in NSW?  The worker in question has been working in NSW as a process worker but lives in the ACT.
Many firms have been approached but we have been told that they only help under ACT laws.
I look forward to any suggestions.

Public Servants use Commonwealth computers in parking scam

By 6 May 2014

A crafty group of local public servants have been caught using government issued computers to avoid the parking inspector, according to The Canberra Times.
Employees from the National Health and Medical Research Council had developed a system of keeping a look out on popular 2 hour parking spots outside their Gordon Street office and using the [...]

Three ambulances at Northbourne Flats?

By 6 May 2014

Jed has just emailed in asking if anyone knows what is happening at Northbourne Flats Braddon this morning (Tuesday 6 May)? There were three ambulances on-site.

Police in Civic

By 6 May 2014

I went into Civic on Saturday and was surprised to see so many police…. (I was designated driver) but when driving there and hanging out and driving home I didn’t see anyone with a speed camera or an RBT ( and I travelled up Adelaide Ave and the parkway from Greenway). So where are the [...]

Taxation Office too sexy?

By 5 May 2014

When I think of the Taxation Office, there are many things that may come to mind. Tax, accounting, long discussions over assets and liabilities. Not once has the Taxation Office brought to mind anything sexy, which would perhaps be misguided of me.
According to an article in the Canberra Times, public servants at the Tax [...]

Online Privacy in Canberra

By 4 May 2014

Forget the NSA, browsing the average website returns anywhere between three and 30 trackers, all merrily logging your online activity. (Riot Act is pretty tame registering only three – Google Adsense, Google Analytics and Double-Click.)

Superannuation changes to military

By 4 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

According to an article in the Canberra Times, military superannuation will potentially affected by audit commission recommendations (assuming they’re taken on).  In the line of fire is their 16% super payment by the Govt for the first 6 years of service.
I have always questioned why a government would set one amount to be paid by [...]

Virgin Mobile offline – completely

By 3 May 2014

Can’t make any calls or txt. Their web site is also chucking 503 errors (application errors) and is offline.

Monaro Highway bumper to bumper

By 3 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Yesterday, I had an appointment in Jerrabomberra at 4pm. Travelling from Kambah, I allowed half an hour, which is plenty of time. Unfortunately, when I reached the roundabout, just before the lights at Mugga Lane and Monaro Highway, there was a policeman redirecting us to go back the way we had come. Thankfully my appointment [...]

Smoking in playgrounds and bus-stops next to playgrounds…

By 2 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know the status of this? I’m so tired of having to ask people not to smoke near my child in a play-ground or when waiting to catch a bus, and the tirade of verbal abuse when politely requesting such an action is horrific..
From: An election promise to count on: outdoor smoking bans coming [...]

Car Exhaust Replacement

By 2 May 2014

Greetings fellow rioters,
Can anyone recommend an exhaust shop in Canberra for car exhaust replacement and who to avoid?

Is ‘exposure’ appropriate as a ‘pay’?

By 1 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have heard all of the recent controversy about the 100 dancers that were asked to work for 11hours for a Video Clip filming – and then a selection would be asked to perform at The Logies – for free.
The basis of this would be that their pay would be the ‘exposure’ they would receive.
This [...]

Good mechanic in Phillip?

By 29 April 2014

Hi all
Can anyone recommend a good mechanic in Phillip?
Cheers

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