Opinion (1220 Stories)

Please don’t spread salmonella

By 16 May 2013

Hi guys
Just wanted to remind everyone that salmonella and other food borne illnesses are also transmissible person-to-person. We’ve all seen how diseases can spread rapidly through Canberra so here’s some tips from everyone’s favourite waitress (me!) to help keep this outbreak contained.
Please stay home from work if you’ve been sick (particularly vomiting, diarrhoea, fever) and [...]

Quad copter for hire this weekend?

By 14 May 2013

Hi all,
We have not had much luck locating a quad copter/hexacopter type machine (and pilot) to take some footage at Million Paws Walk this Sunday 19 May – any suggestions from Rioters?
We would like to obtain about an hours worth of footage of the crowd at Stage 88 and the immediate surrounds, as well as [...]

Aquaponics v traditional veggie patch in Canberra?

By 14 May 2013

Hi rioters,
I am starting to look at getting my veggie patch up and running. I was wondering if anyone can tell me what they think of Aquaponics? Is it easy or hard? Is it better than a traditional veggie patch?
I’ve noticed that building a traditional veggie patch might cost me about the same as a [...]

Network Ten reception or rather lack of it?

By 14 May 2013

Is anyone else in North Canberra having trouble with Network Ten reception?
Neither Ten, ONE nor 11 are coming through properly and are pixelating badly. Last week reception was perfect. This week; awful.

Garage Sale for Duffy Preschool

By 13 May 2013

Duffy Preschool Monster Garage Sale
Saturday 18 May, 9am-12pm. Discover hidden treasures among donated toys, books, kitchen goods, furniture, clothing and bric-a-brac. Enjoy a coffee whilst browsing the aisles for a bargain and treat yourself to a delicious treat at our cake stall or BBQ. All proceeds go to Duffy Preschool. Duffy Primary School Hall, Burrinjuck [...]

A Warm Winter for Renters

By 13 May 2013

Just because you don’t own your house, doesn’t mean that you should need to wear a ski jacket in the lounge room or be worried about turning the heater on.  Former ABC TV Carbon Cop Lish Fejer is coming to the Canberra Environment Centre  for a special workshop covering the simple steps that renters can [...]

Lower back pain specialist in Canberra?

By 13 May 2013

Hi Gang,
The missus is fighting some significant lower back pain, been a problem for her for about 3 years. Other than that, she is a fit and healthy specimen, maintaining a stunning appearance and physique.
She has visited a couple of doctors and both agreed with my diagnosis, weak core (stomach muscles) leaving the back to [...]

On-site PC repairs in Canberra?

By 13 May 2013

Seeing as all the online ads look…iffy at best, I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good on-site PC repair service (I’ve got hardware issues) in the ACT?
I’m in Gungahlin and can’t really afford to be without the computer for 1-2 days at a bricks-n-mortar joint,

Canberra based AILC Trains Indigenous Leaders in Cairns

By 13 May 2013

Another round of Indigenous leaders has graduated from Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC)

30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, Sunday May 19

By 13 May 2013

The theme of this years International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is 30 years in solidarity
Join us at the National Gallery of Australia on Sunday May 19 from 6pm – 7pm for an evening for a night of music and remembrance.
The evening will be hosted by the ABC’s Genevieve Jacobs, and will include heartfelt contributions from community [...]

Boarding kennels in the Canberra area

By 13 May 2013

Hi all,
I know there was a similar trail here before but it’s over 2 years old so here goes: can anybody recommend a good dog boarding kennel in the Canberra area?

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mums

By 12 May 2013

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mums and to Our Dear
Lady Mary Mother of Jesus now and for Eternity (for
those who know Mother Mary is there)!
The greatest Joy and Blessings are having been chosen
as a Mother to not only Love and “be there” for our
Children, however also for many other Children and
Teens through our Children in [...]

Do You Support Mandatory Helmet Laws in the ACT [With poll]


When you reflect on the following photo from Holland, what do you see?

What do you see in the photo?
People that are irrationally and recklessly endangering their lives.
People recklessly endangering their lives, and they should have a law and fines imposed upon them to make them stop.
Ordinary people going about their day.
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Found: Kindle in Downer

By 9 May 2013

A Kindle was picked up on the road in Downer today.
If you think it’s yours, please reply here.
If we don’t hear anything within 48 hours, we’ll take it to the police.

Hey RiotACT, what kind of bird is this?

By 9 May 2013

Hey guys, you’re all super clever at answering these sorts of questions, that’s why Roundhead89 wants to ask you guys something:
I was in my backyard and a flock of birds descended. I took this pic and I was wondering if Rioters could positively identify it. I’ve always called them King Parrots. There [...]

Would you like a local council? [With poll]


Prime Minister Gillard has announced a referendum’s coming on constitutional recognition of local government.
We are asking the Australian people to support a small but important change to our Constitution so that the existing practice of Federal Government support for local communities is formally recognised in our Constitution.
This will make it easier for the Federales to [...]

Best hair colourist in Canberra?

By 9 May 2013

Hi all. I’m on the search for a new hair hairdresser.
One that is great with colour.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated :))

Looking for super Super in Canberra?

By 9 May 2013

Like many people I have super all over the place. My largest fund is a multi-billion dollar one, with all sorts of investments and regularly advertises on television. Their customer service leaves a lot to be desired though. It is bad. I can’t go visit them in an office because their nearest one is in [...]

Third Party Insurance coming down – But in NSW

By 9 May 2013

The ACT already has the highest TPI in Australia, and it is blindingly obvious that this system has the interests of the NRMA and the local legal fraternity as it’s primary beneficiaries.
The wretched Smyth has ensured that the local ambulance chasing legal creatures have free reign in screwing the absolute maximum premium from unfortunate third [...]

Australia’s helmet law disaster

By 8 May 2013

Helmets make sense in extreme cycling conditions… such as mountain biking or high speed road cycling. On paved paths away from motor traffic, it’s arguable that a casual cyclist pottering along at 15km/h is unlikely to receive much of a benefit from wearing a helmet should they come off. That’s certainly the way [...]

Selling your own house in Canberra?

By 8 May 2013

Has anyone had experience selling their own home?
We have an updated, split level, high ceilinged home close to Coolemon Court. Houses seem to sell reasonably quickly in this area.
Is it worth the hassle? Have sold 4 houses all through agents and had an un-nerving experience with the last one on the North Coast. We left [...]

Dead kangaroos in LBG, just accidental?

By 8 May 2013

Last week I saw a dead kangaroo in Lake Burley Griffin just in front of the National Gallery.
It is a steep shore and it may have drowned accidentally.
Today, kayaking, I noticed a dead kangaroo just off Weston Park East. It is unlikely that it would have drowned there by accident, it is a [...]

30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

By 8 May 2013

The theme for this the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is “30 Years in Solidarity”.
The 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial at the National Gallery of Australia 6.00pm – 7.00pm on Sunday 19th May.
The event is to honour, support and advocate for those affected by HIV – Friends, Family, Colleagues and the community. Please [...]

Simon Sheikh at Manning Clark House

By 8 May 2013

Simon tells stories of his wins while he was at GetUp and what compelled him to leave the non-profit world and enter politics.

What bug is this?


Dannybear has sent this one in for help from the hivemind:
Hello! wondering if anybody knows what this is?
a yellow thing poked out of it for a second but not long enough to ID, its about 6 inches long, thanks!

Commercial photography charges in Canberra public spaces? (read, the National Arboretum!!)

By 7 May 2013

I was reading this morning the charges up at the National Arboretum and spotted that they want to charge $200 “per image” for any commercial photography done up there and $200 an hour for non-commercial photography!!
Some of the other charges for “hiring” some of the spaces up there seem ridiculous as well including if you [...]

TrAction Buses?

By 7 May 2013

On an otherwise mundane Monday, I witnessed an impressive near-miss on Alinga St, Civic, as my bus approached.
Being wary of the bus’s passenger side extended mirror, I stand back a good metre or so from the kerb until the bus stops. Not so this middle-aged man preoccupied with talking on his mobile. He continued his [...]

Caravan parks around Canberra?

By 6 May 2013

Looking for expert opinion on caravan parks.
An acquaintance is planning a visit from Melbourne to Canberra to stay in their own caravan with kids (I think young teens) in July and looking for advice on best caravan parks to stay in. They have mentioned  Creastview in Queanbeyan and Capital Country Holiday Village in Sutton.
As I [...]

Tetun Language Speaking Group in Canberra?

By 6 May 2013

Having just returned from East Timor and planning to return before too long, I’d like to be able to practise my Tetun in between visits. The ANU has a six-year-old webpage about starting one, but the contact email address has shuffled off this mortal coil and joined the bleeding choir invisible.
So I’m wondering if any [...]

Short to Medium Term Accomodation in Canberra?

By 4 May 2013

We are contemplating hiring a nanny/au-pair on a part time basis starting next January.
The feedback we have heard from other people is that hiring a good nanny in Canberra is difficult to say the least.
Hence we may consider an au-pair.
I don’t however want the au-pair living with us rather they would live in separate accommodation [...]

Looking for a dentist

By 3 May 2013

Wondering if anyone knows where Pegah from Curtin Dental Care is now practicing? 
I think she left CDC in September 2012.  
Any help appreciated.

Three jets in parallel over Canberra?


Yesterday afternoon around 3:20pm I spotted 3 jets over Canberra, flying side by side, heading more or less North.
They were too high to see exactly what sort of planes they were – but I’m guessing they were quite large from the contrails. 
Slightly random/odd post I suppose – but I’ve never seen anything like it. 
Any [...]

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