Opinion (841 Stories)

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 [...]

The Tuggeranong Community Council & the Hume Solar Farm

By 21 April 2014

[ 6 May 2014; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] Hi,

Just to let Tuggeranong residents know the planned Hume Solar Farm will be high on the agenda of the next meeting of the Tuggeranong Community Council (TCC). The developers of the proposed solar farm will be our guest speakers. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 6 May commencing at 7.30pm in the upstairs [...]

What is your most dangerous stretch of road in Canberra?

By 21 April 2014

I am interested in people’s thoughts about the most dangerous stretch of road/s in Canberra.  For me it is the Hindmarsh Drive section running from the hospital to the turn off to the tip on Mugga Way.
As a shift worker I drive this piece of road in complete darkness or dimly lit (depending on daylight saving)  in the early hours [...]


By 21 April 2014

I must confess that I am making an assumption in writing this.  That is that many of you will be technologically minded…
What has been your take on heartbleed?  Have you changed passwords and done this widely or just for banking etc?
I’m getting differing pictures on this – some are screaming heads ablaze to change passwords [...]

Did anyone else hear cannon fire?

By 20 April 2014

At around 11.30pm Easter Saturday night I heard what sounded like fireworks, but I couldn’t work out what was so special about 11.34pm that required celebrating. Then as the night progresses into Sunday morning that noise was replaced by what sounded very much like cannon fire.
Did anyone else hear this, or know what is was?
I’m [...]

Where to see the Royals (assuming you’re that way inclined)

By 18 April 2014
Where to see the Royals (assuming you're that way inclined)

Next week we will be sharing our fair city with real life Royalty.  As ‘Wils and Kate’ or ‘the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’ (depending on how familiar you feel, or how formal you may or may not be) prepare to visit, and my house goes into some form of light excitement over this, it [...]

2014 ACT Asthma Consumer Survey

By 18 April 2014

We would like to invite you to participate in the 2014 ACT Asthma Support Network (ASN) Survey being conducted by TNS on behalf of the ASN.
The purpose of the research is to gain detailed information regarding peoples’ experiences of asthma and linked conditions in the ACT.
Results of the survey will help the ASN in developing [...]

School holiday activities

By 16 April 2014

I can’t seem to find much online about school holiday activities for this break.  My 5 year old is testing my patience and I’m only 2 days in!
The Botanic Gardens are doing bilby mask making over Easter 9.30-4.30pm so we might check that out as craft is usually a winner around our house.
Has anyone got [...]

Resturants / Cafes open on Good Friday?

By 15 April 2014

It’s my birthday on Good Friday this year and I was hoping to catch a movie and go out for lunch with friends to celebrate.
I know that the cinemas will be open, but I was wondering if anyone knew of a good restaurant or café in either Civic or Woden that will be open [...]

Belconnen Community Council – April Forum: Old Belco photos, Jamison Inn redevelopment & Belco Town Centre ‘desired character’

By 14 April 2014

[ 15 April 2014; 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. ] The April 2014 Community Forum for the Belconnen Community Council will be held at:

7.30pm, Tuesday 15 April 2014
Community Room above the Belconnen Library
Chandler Street, Belconnen

A pre-DA consultation will be presented by Warwick Dunstone from the dezignteam on the revised plans for the old Jamison Inn site. Now known as Macquarie Park, the earlier plans [...]

Geoscience Australia’s Top GeoShot: Australian earth science photography competition

By 14 April 2014
Geoscience Australia’s Top GeoShot: Australian earth science photography competition

Geoscience Australia’s Top GeoShot photography competition is now open.
Geoscience Australia is looking for a collection of photographs that show the beauty of our great southern land. The image can be anything from an unusual land formation, a link to our dynamic planet or even your favourite landscape. We are encouraging entrants to be as creative [...]

Pest control recomendation

By 14 April 2014
Pest control recomendation

Hi All.
My young son went to get my esky on the weekend and came across this fella sitting on the side. I have found lots of creepy crawlies over the last couple of weeks so with this latest addition now is definitely time to get my house sprayed.
I’ve read through some old RiotACT articles on [...]

Phillip Medical Centre – Colby Court

By 13 April 2014

Can any one in the Hive tell me who owns the Phillip Medical Centre?

Car tyre repair

By 13 April 2014

Fellow Rioters,
Any suggestions on a cheap, reliable Southside (preferably Weston, Phillip) car tyre repairer? I have a flat 165/70R13 (off a Ford Festiva).
If I can get the tyre fixed at a reasonable price well and good; if not, I’ll buy a new tyre.
Thanks in advance.

Counsellor for 7yr old anxiety recommendations

By 12 April 2014

Would appreciate any recommendations for a counsellor who works with kids anxiety. We are booked in with the Canberra university health clinic  but the waiting period is about 2 months.  Wanted to get on top of it sooner than later. Our school counsellor is on leave for the next term. TIA.

Good data cabler in Canberra

By 12 April 2014

Any suggestions for a good ACMA registered data cabler in canberra? Looking to add a patch panel, structured wiring in a existing premises, and replace the cable to the telephone lead in.
Appreciate any recommendations, or ones to avoid.
Thank you.

Child car seat for 7 year old?

By 12 April 2014

Hi All,
I have a daughter who recently turned 7. I currently have a booster seat for her in my car.
She came home from school the other day and said that her class mates don’t need to be in booster seats anymore. Does anyone know what rules are for child restraints in the ACT?

Preschool for 3/4 year old

By 11 April 2014

We have just arrived from London and I am trying to arrange schooling for my children. The 6 year old is all sorted and will be starting primary at the Easter break. However, we also have a 3 year old who will be 4 in June. She started at Nursery School (the equivalent of Preschool) [...]

Withdrawal of support for Windows XP

By 9 April 2014

I just got a message from Microsoft confirming the withdrawal of updates and support for XP from April.  I imagine others have had the same advice.
Frankly, XP suits me fine for my limited computing needs.  However, in fairness to Microsoft, it is unrealistic to expect them to maintain support for a product that is now [...]

Recovering fencing costs from neighbours

By 6 April 2014

I have a situation whereby a fence needs to be replaced urgently, its too old and in such a state that repair is not an option.
Having done my research the situation I find myself in is one in which I am entitled to replace the fence immediately without consultation with the neighbours and still recover [...]

Where to buy gifts in Canberra

By 5 April 2014

Hey all!
I have a gift to buy for a 28 year old female friend – where should I go? I’m looking for gift shops, boutiques and not just chain-stores/ department stores. Any recommendations?
I live in Woden but can travel.
Thank you!

Cloth nappies?

By 4 April 2014

Years ago, you could buy white cloth nappies just about any where. Now it seems as though they have all but disappeared with-out-a-trace! Has anyone any idea or suggestion on where they still sell these things?
Thank you.

Southside electrician recommendations….

By 4 April 2014

Hi Riot’ers,
Seeking recommendations for reliable, reasonably priced electricians who service the inner-south.  I have a number of smaller jobs I need done (a few new outlets, fix a downlight – that type of stuff).
Thanks in advance!

How do Canberra Libs get out of the wilderness?

By 28 March 2014

In his opinion piece in today’s Canberra Times, former Liberal Senator for the ACT Gary Humphries has said that the Canberra Liberals face a continued stretch in the wilderness unless they change their conservative ways.
I vote Liberal because I don’t think the Labor Government has been doing a good job, but I know many readers [...]

Who to complain to?

So anyway, I have had some lovely neighbours for a while, who have decided to open a museum of rusting items in their front yard – it is a thing of beauty, about 8 cars, a couple of boats and what appears to be a replica of Sputnik 2, fantastic stuff.
Anyway, I am planning on [...]

Our house is being held for ransom by a dodgy building company….

By 26 March 2014

My partner and I are first home buyers and have purchased a house and land package in Gungahlin. We were taken in by a slick sales pitch, by a well known real estate agency, which included a computer rendered image of the completed home on The listing and subsequent marketing all included an impressive [...]

When turning, do you have to give way to a pedestrian?

By 25 March 2014

You’re driving south along Allara Street past the Civic Pool, and making a 45 degree left turn into Dive Lane which leads to the pool car park. If you proceed, there is a danger that you will collide with a person who is walking parallel to Allara Street, across the end of Dive lane.
According to [...]

Can I sue an ACT public servant for abuse of public office? “

By 24 March 2014

I have evidence of  an ACT government public servant acting on orders to commit an act which has caused me great detriment.The public servant was ” impliedly authorized to commit the act which caused me harm/loss.”*
Given  the advice given by Robinson* that” malfeasance in public office  is a personal tort, it is personal to the [...]

Recycling electronics cables in Canberra

By 22 March 2014

Like most people, I have a stash of useless cables and chargers, full of copper and other metals (probably a few toxic ones). It seems Canberra’s e-waste recycling is limited to larger items like TVs, phones and computers, and hasn’t extended to cables (happy to be corrected).
Can TAMS please arrange a collection? For lovers of infrastructure, this [...]

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