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Ask RiotACT: High “M” class soil in building contracts?

By 30 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Has anyone building in Canberra been caught by a clause in their building contract that only covers foundations for “S” or Low “M” Class soil and then are informed their block is High “M” class soil and requires several thousand dollars of extra work?

Ask RiotACT: Stinky hedge


Does anyone else notice that the flowers of this hedge stink? If so, why is there so much of it in Canberra?

Ask RiotACT: So, the GST is Going to Increase…?

By 26 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Can anyone answer some of these questions in relation to what appears an almost certain increase in the GST from 10% to 15% :
1) If the prices of goods/services rises, will not the law of demand hold true and generally, sales will decrease? How will that affect projected revenue raised?
2) If tax payers/families/fixed income recipients/self [...]

Ask RiotACT: Recommend a window cleaning service

By 25 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Editor note: we were looking for cleaner recommendations earlier in the week, now we’re looking specifically for window cleaners.
Looking for a pro to clean the windows at my large(ish) 2 storey townhouse Southside.  Any recommendations?  What does it normally cost?
Thanks in advance.

Ask RiotACT: Recommendations for Cleaners

By 23 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Riotacters!
I have been searching the web for names of reliable cleaners who do regular cleaning services, but noticed the last post here was a little outdated.
Does anyone have recommendations for cleaners able to do a fortnightly clean Northside?

Ask RiotACT: Recommendation for Comcare Lawyer

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I’m after recommendations of great lawyers with lots of experience dealing with Comcare for a psychological injury.

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
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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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: Dry cleaning recomendation

By 8 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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
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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 [...]

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
Removal of a small dividing [...]

Ask RiotACT: Can anyone recommend lawnmower and chainsaw servicer?

By 5 November 2015
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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!

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 [...]

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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: Pilates recommendation

By 2 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 [...]

Ask RiotACT: What happened to Kingston Grind?

By 31 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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
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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
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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.

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

By 28 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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.

Ask RiotACT: Razor wire trap

By 24 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The people next door have erected a coiled razor wire trap along their side fence. I’m not sure whether it’s to keep kids or roaming cats from entering the yard but it looks rather nasty.

The Environment and Planning Department say it is illegal and to contact the Police and the RSPCA. The Police said that [...]

Ask RiotACT: Car Stereo / Head Unit Installation Recommendation

By 23 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have a 2002 Holden Astra with a Blaupunkt 520 head unit. According to a cursory glance online, it has no option for adding on the feature to hook it up to a iPhone. I would like to purchase a new head unit that can be hooked up to my iPhone, but I have no idea [...]

Ask RiotACT: Belconnen mall – closure of small northside carpark?

By 21 October 2015
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I noticed last week that the new chain link fencing behind the fitness centre actually closes off the small northside carpark on the ground level at Belconnen Mall – does anyone know why or what’s going there?

Ask RiotACT: Are traffic lights the answer?

By 14 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Recently the ACT Government put out a flyer about road changes coming for the Gungahlin area. Amongst these was the proposal to signalise the large roundabout at the intersection of the Barton Highway, William Slim and Gundaroo Drives.
Does anyone else think that putting traffic lights on the roundabout is a half-baked solution and that the [...]

Ask RiotACT: Sourcing a pinata

By 8 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My dear hive mind of rioters,
My little astromonkey is having a birthday party this Sunday [11/10] and now desperately wants a pinata.  I’ve seen a few places do on-line sales but don’t want to risk non-delivery in time for this event. The party shop line rings out and other [insert search engine of choice] aren’t much [...]

Entrance to new suburb of LAWSON

By 8 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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At the entrance to Lawson on Baldwin Drive to Stockman Avenue there are at least 40 concrete rectangular blocks among planted trees.  These blocks look like standing stones or cemetery headstones!  Can anyone tell me what they are and what is their significance?  Look forward to being enlightened.

Ask RiotACT: Pest control inspections and body corporates

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi folks
Can anyone enlighten me as to what the responsibilities of body corporates are in relation to pest inspection/control in the ACT.  A family member is looking at buying a townhouse and thinks they may need to get their own pest inspection report done on the unit.  If this does reveal problems how is responsibility [...]

Ask RiotACT: Car wreckers in Canberra

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I know of a couple of OK car wreckers in Queanbeyan, but I’m wondering if there are any around that allow you to actually go in and remove parts from their cars yourself? I read something about there not being any such places here because of stricter laws regarding safety etc – not sure if [...]

Feathering eyebrows – recommendations please?

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Has anyone had their eyebrows tattooed – i.e. feathering eyebrows?
I am looking for professional, hygienic, licensed operators in ACT. Any suggestions/experiences are greatly appreciated!

Ask RiotACT: Magpies in our backyard

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi, I have a question that Google can’t seem to answer for me!
We have an issue with magpies that are coming into our backyard to try and steal our food.  TAMS isn’t helpful, as their advice is to steer clear of the area, walk don’t run etc but I can’t exactly avoid my backyard.
They’re not [...]

Kitchen dilemma

By 4 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi, Riotact, hoping someone among your community can offer some advice on this matter. Have just moved into a new house with an induction stove top. And NONE of our cookware is suitable! Is there any alternative to buying all new cookware?

Where are all the kangaroos in Weston Park?

By 28 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Just been for a walk through Weston Park and I noticed there are not as many kangaroos, only a few small ones with ear tags and collars. Are they reducing the numbers? I know it is a popular spot for kids and visitors to see them.

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