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Car accident – what to do next?

By 9 May 2014

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
Crane on Mt Taylor

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
Roadworks on Streeton Drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chronic Fatigue

By 29 April 2014

My daughter has suspected chronic fatigue at 19. She is in second year uni and everything is a struggle.
I am asking if anyone knows of a GP or specialist who had dealt with CFS and if there is any (useful) advice you might have for dealing with and getting over CFS?

Budget fears

By 29 April 2014

It seems to me that every day we are now hearing new ‘worst case’ scenarios in preparation for Joe Hockeys big moment in the sun.  Increased taxes, rising pension ages, changes to university funding – the list goes on (funnily enough no talk of changes to paid maternity leave which I find surprising).  It seems [...]

Charging to get quote on crash repairs

By 28 April 2014

Recently I stupidly backed into a pole and got a scrape on the rear bumper bar – sufficient that I need to get it professionally repaired.
This morning I ventured into a local smash shop to get a quote. I wasn’t too fussed at being told she would book me in for an appointment tomorrow but [...]

MyGov is a Dog (with apologies to all our canine friends)

By 28 April 2014

I see that the ATO is about to announce that we will need to use MyGov for tax returns in the future.
My experience with MyGov has been appalling. I just tried it again, with no success at all. When I go to eHealth, which is linked to my MyGov account, it gives a “Sorry, this [...]

Paid parking at UC and Groovin the Moo

By 27 April 2014

In March, the University of Canberra started charging for parking. It has caused a fair amount of anger and outrage, not to mention a few heated discussions in class. It hasn’t bothered me that much as it’s not particularly expensive and for the most part seems to discouraged some from driving, freeing up parks closer [...]

Where can you watch the Alex Leapai vs Wladimir Klitschko fight?

By 26 April 2014

Hello Rioters – does anyone know if any Canberra venues are opening tomorrow morning to broadcast the Alex Leapai vs Wladimir Klitschko fight? I know it is being broadcasted on Foxtel Main Event.

Belconnen murder?

By 26 April 2014

There’s some news going around facebook about a murder today in Belconnen. Does anyone have a source if its legit?
Might explain the lack of police on road patrol.

Riot Post – New Local Tip

By 25 April 2014

Message from one of our Rioters:
Emu Bank Belconnen has become the new tip. There is a trolley cemetery in the water. Heaps of plastic bottles, glass bottles – garbage upon garbage heaping up. The poor water birds! Is anyone doing anything? Broken glass on paths – from beer bottles. Does [...]

Seeking recommendation for someone to build a retaining wall

By 22 April 2014

Hi Riotact Minds,
I have just built a new property and now need to get someone in to build my retaining walls. I would like my fences to be installed ASAP but this can’t be done until my walls are completed as one of them runs along the property line.
Can anyone recommend anyone they [...]

Has Canberra’s heart relocated?

By 22 April 2014
Has Canberra's heart relocated?

ACT executive director of the Property Council of Australia, Catherine Carter has called for Canberrans to maximize the opportunities available through the City Plan to revive our city’s heart and connect all our individual suburbs into one great city (in an article written by her for the Canberra Times).
The City Plan is the first planned [...]

Changing the face of the K9 dog industry

By 21 April 2014

Hi, I’m left side pup.
I’ve been training and rehabilitating problem dogs, for over 15 years. I went overseas, the USA to be exact, because, compared to us I believe they are miles, decades ahead of us in their methods and empathy towards dog’s. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great people in this industry [...]

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