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Lack of post-NYE buses to Queanbeyan and Jerra?

By 31 December, 2013

G’day all,
Decided I’d go into Canberra City for the NYE celebrations have a few drinks and then catch the bus home.  Unfortunately it looks like neither Action Buses or Deans will be running a late service out to Queanbeyan and Jerra?  Pretty disappointing if this is accurate.

Goodbye 2013. We are afloat on rivers of crap and the boat is sinking

By 31 December, 2013

Cracked has a good article on the rising tide excrement trying to clog every potential avenue of information.
Here in Canberra looking back on the year it’s just as awful with things that look a bit like news filling up our letterboxes and the airwaves.
With no meaningful clashes of ideology (Labor being the party of big [...]

RBTs out in force already

By 31 December, 2013

Passed a substantial gathering of police at 2 PM blocking a major thoroughfare, clearly looking to get an early start to wishing as many motorists as possible a happy New Year.  
The constabulary revellers also seemed keen to share their party whistles with all and sundry.

Swimming Pool Water Consumption in Canberra?

By 31 December, 2013

Does anyone have first hand experience of how much extra water they used each year by installing an inground swimming pool?
And, how effective are pool blankets really?
Would installing a rain water tank be sufficient for topping-up the pool?
Perhaps someone has done a comparison before and after installing their pool.
After the first fill-up I suspect a [...]

After advice on dealing with harrassment in the ACT Gov workplace?

By 29 December, 2013

So my dream has come true to try out a career in the Public sector,  I have gotten a temp job in an office for a local department and have been enthusiastically trying my hardest for the last month.  It is quite a career change from the Building industry to Administration.
So unfortunately I have come [...]

Child Care Info in Canberra?

By 29 December, 2013

Hello all,
Maybe this riot act community could provide a little bit of assistance for some analysis of the current state of mind and positions for families seeking child care.
Here is a hypothetical for you….
Lets assume for conversations sake, that a new child care facility was going to open in the not so distant future.
Again lets [...]

Belconnen lake-front eateries

By 29 December, 2013

I’m wondering what other RiotACT-ers feel about the atmosphere and functionality/appeal of the waterfront eateries strip along Emu Bank in Belconnen. Went there yesterday late afternoon and, granted, I was hoping for a pleasant drink and perhaps a quick bite at the Lighthouse which disappointingly turned out to be closed.
But in wandering about considering the [...]

Compensation advice please…

By 28 December, 2013

In late 2009 I was living in an ACT Government housing property, on this particular day I had a washing machine delivered, the delivery driver moved my old washing machine outside and I stayed in the laundry to sweep the area underneath where it had lived for a number of years. I was done sweeping [...]

Cafés open this time of year in Canberra?

By 27 December, 2013

Driving about Fyshwick on Monday and Tuesday, the only two places that were open and served a reasonable coffee had queues out the door.  
The difficult thing this time of year is to know who is actually open outside of the big shopping centres.  
Any rioters have tips on the decent suburban venues that trade [...]

In search of a bingled white Toyota ute

By 27 December, 2013

On Boxing Day around 10.30pm, someone driving a white Toyota ute caused an accident at the corner of Drakeford and Erindale Drive.
Two other cars were involved, one of which was rear-ended and then smashed driver’s side first into a light pole. I have no idea of the full extent of the driver’s injuries, but she [...]

Looking for quirky/fun/adventurous weekend activities or getaways for couples

By 24 December, 2013

I’m looking for some quirky/fun/adventurous weekend activities or getaways for couples.
It could be free or paid, right here in Canberra or up to 2 hours away, energetic or laid back. Think gold panning, fossil hunting, abseiling, DIY classes, farm stays where we get to milk cows and that sort of thing…
I’m open to [...]

Ascot townhouses in Harrison

By 24 December, 2013

I’m thinking of buying a 2 br townhouse at the Ascot development in Harrison on the Flemington rd side to live in with my wife and small child.
I am wondering if anyone has any advice? In particular, how are they during winter?
The weatherboard part at the back seem to lack insulation and you can [...]

Good aftersales experience

By 24 December, 2013

Its pretty common to read when you have been given some bad service, but on this occassion I would like to acknowledge the service I got from the local BCF (I have no connection whatsoever) in Belconnen, Canberra.
I recently bought a HDS 7 Touch depth sounder for fishing, and for me it was a massive [...]

Open Invitation to Christmas Lunch

By 23 December, 2013

Woden Community Service (WCS) is hosting a Christmas Day Lunch for people who may not have family or friends to share the festive season.
The event provides an opportunity for people who may be on their own at this time of year to come and connect with others in their local community.
Lunch is free to attend [...]

Laser printer repair in Canberra?

By 23 December, 2013

Fellow Rioters,
Any suggestions on a cheap, reliable southside laser printer repairer? I have a Samsung Three in One printer. The manual feed works; the automatic (tray) feed does not, with the machine telling me it has no paper. It does.
I’m not prepared to spend largish dollars on this as new laser printers are as [...]

Spanish Club Narrabundah

By 23 December, 2013

The Spanish Club at Narrabundah is alive and doing well….regardless of what is being said about it. A good financial position and strong membership base.
The next major function is the New Years Eve dance with Sydney Latin band ‘BATUKA’ and dinner for $50.00, start time is 7.00 pm,  so come earlier to meett up contact [...]

Buying cheap/bulk coconut water in Canberra

By 21 December, 2013

I am looking to get some bulk coconut water, probably in the order of 30/40l of the stuff. I am after that weird ‘sickly sweet despite the fact that its only 6% sugar’ Asian grocery stuff rather than the much healthier and boring tasting nudie or other hippie types.
Best price I’ve seen has been 500ml [...]

Recommendations for nursing homes around Canberra?

By 20 December, 2013

I’m looking for recommendations for high care nursing homes in and close to Canberra.  
I’d prefer first hand experiences so that I can get a better idea of which places live up to the sales pitch you get when you visit.

Woden Recycling Depot FAIL

By 19 December, 2013

I pulled up at the Woden Recycling Depot this afternoon to be met by an overflow of cardboard and waste paper.  Just what a pyromaniac would delight in.
Why can’t the contractors get it right? Oh that’s right they’re contractors – as little as possible and what they can get away with.

Missing cat, West Macgregor

By 19 December, 2013

Our black and white cat is missing around West Macgregor. She is wearing a red/pink collar and comes to “Lucy”. This is the only photo I could find of her.

24 Hour Belconnen Mall! But How?

By 18 December, 2013

Target and Kmart are open 24 hours at Westfield Belconnen, but how do you get in?
I moved to Belconnen a few weeks ago from Perth WA. I went to the mall at 6:30 this morning (bright sunlight) to pick up a fan before work. I tried several entrances, entering and leaving several car parks, before [...]

Lights , Camera, Manuka

By 18 December, 2013

Anybody know what the regulations are for cameras and camera gear at Manuka Oval? I’ve got tickets to watch the Poms vs PM’s XI and I’d like to get a bit snappy there.
I only ask, as the SCG will not allow lenses over 200mm and mine is a 300mm, no tripods or monopods either. I’m [...]

Zed’s office. Is Liberal party signage kosher?

By 17 December, 2013

I walked past Zed Seselja’s office today and was surprised to see several large Liberal Party logos on the front window.
Perhaps I’ve been mistaken but I’ve always held the impression that electorate offices were meant to be branding free. I can’t find any info either way online but don’t recall ever seeing any info [...]

Mobile phone found in Kaleen

By 17 December, 2013

I found a Huawei phone yesterday on the footpath near Maribyrnong Primary School yesterday (16/12). We couldn’t figure out the swipe code (probably a good thing) so we’re unable to get onto any of the contacts. If you lost your phone or know of someone who lost their phone can you please email me at [...]

Reflecting on the Centenary.

By 16 December, 2013

I was there
World+Dog is chiming in to give their thoughts on Canberra’s Centenary Year.
But aside from it being my job to share opinions on such things I’m also unusually positioned to comment for two reasons.
1) I’ve been writing about it for the best part of a decade.
2) I am actually a signed up Centenary Volunteer [...]

ACT Region Environment Awards

By 16 December, 2013

Nominate your environmental heroes. Those people that work tirelessly to protect our wild places, campaign for better environmental protections and empower and inspire others.
Awards categories are:
Young Environmentalist
Nominate by the 28 February 2014 at https://conservationcouncil.org.au/events/act-region-environment-awards/
Recipients will be awarded at the ACT Region Environment Awards Evening in March 2014.

Hairdresser Recommendations in Weston Creek?

By 16 December, 2013

Hi Rioters!
Having just relocated over to Weston Creek from the other side of town, I’m hoping that the hive mind may have a few recommendations for hairdressers in the area.
Basically, looking for reasonable prices and good service.

Paving advice in Canberra?

By 16 December, 2013

I need to get some back yard paving done and I’d be very grateful for any recommendations from rioters about who I should use.

Bats. I’ve got bats.

By 16 December, 2013

The tree across my lane way in Scullin has recently provided host to a colony of fruit bats.
I wish it was not true, but here they are.
What is TAMS doing about removing colonies of bats?  
I would be grateful for any information.
[Photo by shellac CC BY 2.0]

Body corporate document inspection fees

By 16 December, 2013

Has anyone recently attempted to inspect the documents of a body corporate before purchasing a unit/apartment?
I was quite surprised when advised it would be $155 for the place I was looking into. Does it seem [ridiculously] steep to anyone else?

A Letter to Road Users

By 16 December, 2013

I know I am going to cop a bit of a flaming for this but hopefully the message will get through to some people:
I am not overly interested in the debate as it has been done to death, just watch and listen.

Traffic accident notifications in Canberra?

By 16 December, 2013

Is there any government / police / other website out there that posts traffic updates re delays because of road closures, roadworks or accidents?


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