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Ask RiotACT: Recommendation for Comcare Lawyer

By 11 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’m after recommendations of great lawyers with lots of experience dealing with Comcare for a psychological injury.

Kingston Arts Precinct – to be or not to be?

By 11 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When the ACT Government announced in October that they were putting out to tender the development of an arts precinct within the Kingston Foreshore, it did send a quiet ripple through those involved in the arts.
There are many models of precincts that could be classified as being an arts precinct, such as parts of South [...]

Burma free, now Australia is the pariah

By 10 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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For years we shook our heads at human rights abuses in Burma and offered our support to the campaign for democracy there led by Aung San Suu Kyi. Today, she is celebrating as her National League for Democracy Party takes charge after a landslide election win.
Meanwhile, here in Australia, we’ve become the international pariah. [...]

Ask RiotACT: Coffee carts in Canberra

By 10 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My workplace is losing its canteen, and we’re a bit of a hike from the nearest coffee shop and lunch options. Does anyone know of a food truck or similar that will visit businesses to sell coffees and sandwiches?
We’d like to have someone visit once a day (in the morning) for a few months until [...]

Ask RiotACT: Cycling on pedestrian crossings – who must give way?

By 9 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

If a cyclist and a driver collide on a pedestrian crossing, who is liable for the repair costs for the car and/or bicycle?
The most recent (January 2014) ACT Road Rules Handbook does not require drivers to give way to cyclists on marked pedestrian crossings. It says, “Motorists must give way to pedestrians on a marked [...]

A threat to our culture?

By 9 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Tonight, I’m going to a Divali function. This is one of the Indian festivals which celebrates the triumph of good over evil. It is called the Festival of Lights because this is where when we atone for wrongdoings, the light emerges showing the way forward to a bright future. This is only one of the [...]

Ask RiotACT: Dry cleaning recomendation

By 8 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi fellow Rioters,
I have two over sized king size coverlets which I’m finding difficult to clean.   Does anyone know where I might be able to have them dry cleaned?  Preferably on the northside.

Ask RiotACT: To quit or be sacked? A PSS superannuation dilemna

By 7 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Here is a modern day minor problem that I need to sort out.
I was aiming to quit my public service job in the near future and contacted the PSS to check my options. The advice was wait until aged 55 to collect my pension/lump sum, however if you are made redundant you can collect a [...]

Dickson Intersection “upgrade”: yet another useless red turn arrow for Canberra

By 7 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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(First off, I am aware that there have been ACT red arrow rants posted here before, but the most recent post was several years ago.)
Hi RiotACT,
As many of you Northsiders are probably already aware, after months of roadworks, the ACT Government has finally finished the signalization of the intersection of Antill St. and Badham St. [...]

Ask RiotACT: Recommendations needed for Canberra tradesmen

By 6 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Canberrans,
We are just about to start renovations on our new home. We need advice for the tradesmen who can do the following. We really want someone who is reliable, knowledgeable and reasonably priced. I’d even be happy with a handyman who would be able to do the lot.
Floor sanding
Carpet laying
Painting
Removal of a small dividing [...]

Ask RiotACT: Can anyone recommend lawnmower and chainsaw servicer?

By 5 November 2015
Ask RiotACT

Dear all,
Can anyone recommend a lawn mower and chainsaw servicer in Canberra? Happy to use a hobbyist as they often offer a better product for less. There were postings on here a few years ago but not sure if they are currently valid.
Thanks in advance!
MD

Ask RiotACT: Another gym question

By 4 November 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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After 12 months of crossfit, which I loved, it is time to try something a bit cheaper.  I am after a gym at which I can see a trainer maybe once a fortnight (once I get in to the swing of the gym) but who will give me a program to use in between times.  I [...]

Reid three-storey proposal ticks the boxes

By 4 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra residents have noticed that whenever the Chief Minister and his LDA/Directorate bureaucrats want to send in the bulldozers into an established suburb, that they use the same propaganda. They do this despite the fact that no-one believes the spin, which is not based on an honest translation of the residents’ aspirations as expressed time [...]

Ask RiotACT: Cracks in the wall

By 3 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi folks, I have a 40 or so year old house in Belconnen, built on brick piers instead of a concrete slab, that has a number of cracks in the brickwork.  As I understand it these are a feature of many Canberra properties; they didn’t even get a mention on the property purchase report.
Who can [...]

Best of Canberra view-off – Lookouts

By 2 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Mt Ainslie is hands-down the best lookout in Canberra. Basically, this is because after hiking all the way to the top it makes you feel like doing a Leonardo di Caprio, “I’m the King of the World!” (Except that actually requires having to catch one’s breath, which takes a bit longer than I would care [...]

Ask RiotACT: Pilates recommendation

By 2 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Rioters,
It’s been a while since there was a pilates post on the site (2009) and I’m sure the pilates scene in Canberra has changed a bit since then.  I’m keen to give it a try – ideally at a dedicated studio with well qualified instructors.
Is there anywhere that you recommend trying for a beginner [...]

North Canberra Community Council on Floriade future

By 2 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Floriade: Canberra's flower festival.

Editor note: It’s been a several weeks since Floriade, but that doesn’t mean the debate about Floriade’s future has gone away. We asked local leaders about where it should go next, and Mike Hettinger, Chair of North Canberra Community Council, was the one to respond.
Question: Should Floriade move to Glebe Park? If not Glebe Park, where?

Floriade should stay where [...]

Eat your Greens! The candidate classes

By 2 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
KURRAJONG ACT Greens candidates

This old Labor warhorse looked at the offerings from the Greens, as announced in the papers and online recently and thought, well, is this all that different?
I am looking at the process and the results of that process.
I have written about the Labor preselections coming up and what those candidates have to produce to get [...]

Top tips for visiting the dog park

By 31 October 2015
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Dog parks are a great way for your dog to get some exercise off leash and socialise with other dogs. We’ve prepared a short video with our top tips for making each trip to the dog park enjoyable. See the video for yourself or check out these tips:

Always watch your dog.
Clean up after your own dog and [...]

Ask RiotACT: What happened to Kingston Grind?

By 31 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Rioters,
Does anyone know what has happened to the Kingston Grind cafe? It shut around early September. There was a sign up saying it was closed for renovations. This sign has since been removed. There hasn’t been any activity on their facebook page since the end of June. I’m assuming it has closed / gone [...]

Ask RiotACT: Lightweight plastic bags at Kippax Woollies

By 30 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’m pretty sure that lightweight plastic bags are banned in the ACT. Kippax Woolworths is currently using them, because apparently there is a problem with the supplier. A checkout attendant informed us that it ‘would probably only be for a couple of days’. Is that allowed? Can a shop just put that rule on hold for [...]

Ask RiotACT: Venues open for Rugby World Cup Final?

By 30 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Rioters,
I’m trying to work out what venues are open in Canberra for the Australia v New Zealand Rugby World Cup Final? Kick-off is at 3am on Sunday morning.

Ask RiotACT: Cafe 102 in Fyshwick

By 29 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone know why Cafe 102 in Fyshwick closed and if the chef (David) and his wife have opened up somewhere else? Went there after a 2 month absence (due to illness) only to find the premises empty.

Locals should be tram’s priority

By 29 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Just when most locals probably thought that there have been more than enough discussions and surveys about the Canberra’s new light rail (or trams), the ACT Government has launched another consultation on the topic.
But wait – do not despair just yet – this time the focus is not about whether or not, or when or [...]

Barr, Coe in transport war of words

By 28 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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This morning, Chief Minister Andrew Barr issued an entire media release attacking the Liberals over their stance on light rail and public transport ahead of an assembly motion vote on the issue today.
It asked, “Will the Liberals reaffirm their commitment to congestion?” and described the Canberra Liberals as “becoming increasingly isolated with their backward-looking position on transport [...]

Ask RiotACT: Research on Oliver family murders (1980s)

By 28 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I am doing research on Canberra murders. It is rather strange that there has been many murders here but not a lot of information is available on the internet. Does anyone remember the shooting of the Oliver family from (I think) Richardson in the early 80′s? Any information would be appreciated.

Canberra Tales: From a duke’s wet feet to an urban park

By 28 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Having any urban park is to be celebrated and all efforts should be made to ensure their continued existence. Parks are constantly under threat from various property industry lobbyists who have the ear of government. Glebe Park in Civic, Haig Park in Braddon and Turner and the Dickson Parklands are currently in the eyes of those [...]

Best of Canberra – Lookouts

By 27 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I love a good lookout. Sometimes you have to work hard and climb to the top of a mountain for it and it’s all worth the while when you get there. Other times you can arrive in the car and pity the people who have chosen the hard way.
So this week I am looking for [...]

Is the World Health Organisation telling ‘porkies’?

By 27 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Well, another day another new report suggesting yet another food group is going to kill us all! The assertion overnight from the World Health Organisation that processed meats like bacon and sausages cause cancer, and red meats probably do too – will have butchers around the globe in a panic. It’s silly, alarmist and above all else [...]

Best of Canberra yoga-off: Yoga Classes

By 27 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Hangetsu Yoga

When the call went out last week for the best yoga classes, some readers suggested the best way to do yoga was self-practice. I can appreciate that yoga classes are expensive and it’s not always easy to attend classes at the time they are scheduled, but unfortunately I don’t have the discipline to be at [...]

Ask RiotACT: Property manager?

By 26 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hello Rioters, we have just bought an investment property in the inner north – a two bed unit.
Can anyone recommend a property manager or have any insights into which agencies are good?  LJ Hooker seem to have a lot of rental properties. Independent did the sale but they don’t seem to do much rental work in [...]

We all owe you a debt, Mary Porter AM MLA

By 26 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Mary Porter AM, MLA. Where do I start?  Here is a woman who has devoted her entire adult life to community service in real time.  I’ve met and served with many pollies who have professed to be servants of the people but when you scratch the surface, you find that community service was a means [...]

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