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Wanniassa school opinions

By 23 November 2014

We are moving to Wanniassa next month and would like some opinions on primary schools in the area. Would anyone mind sharing some experiences and advice on Wanniassa school?

Landscaper/Builder

By 22 November 2014

Hi all, I need a retaining wall built out the front of my house.  I have been looking for someone to do the work as it’s a little more difficult than my skill level.  I am struggling to even get a quote.  I have had 5 tradies come and inspect and say they would forward [...]

Flowers on Scrivener Dam?

By 20 November 2014

Did something happen on Scrivener Dam? I noticed flowers there yesterday and this morning?
Col

Group fitness on Wanniassa oval

By 20 November 2014

Hi all – I drove down Sternberg Cres past the oval opposite the Active Leisure Centre yesterday morning (Wednesday) around 11am. There was some sort of group fitness going on and everyone was wearing black (and maybe red trim) polo shirts.
Does anyone know what group this is? They were using a tyre and pulling ropes and [...]

Recommendations for internet installation?

By 20 November 2014

I recently had a TPG technician come round to my house and he mentioned that our speeds were not as good as they should be and it is possible that our internet is running off a phone line instead of an internet line, as when he connected outside the house, he had really good speeds, [...]

Trinity Christian School

By 19 November 2014

My family are moving to Canberra and I’m looking for some advice on a high school for my 11 year old son. So far he’s academic, sporty and arty too. I’d like to find a school that has broad and varied curriculum and extracurricular activities, good anti-bullying policy and is very inclusive and outward-looking in its approach. I [...]

Building in Googong

By 16 November 2014

My partner an I are looking to build in Googong. Can any one recommend a good builder or list ones I should be staying away from?
Has anyone had any experience with Classic Constructions?

Buying in Gungahlin District

By 16 November 2014

Hi,
We are looking to buy a property in the Gungahlin region to live in for 2 years then it will become an investment property.  We have found a place we like in each Gungahlin, Palmerston and Amaroo, I was wondering if anyone had some advice on these areas from an investors perspective?
Thank you

New Developments : Is this the Look that the Light Rail will Bring ?

By 16 November 2014

One of the benefits that the Light Rail is supposed to bring is higher density development along its corridor.  Fair enough.   Some argue that it may be the beginning of the end of “The Bush Capital”.  Personally, I think that newer development is a good thing, but using a Light Rail to generate that is [...]

Ice cream machine hire

By 15 November 2014

Hi.
Does anyone know where to hire a soft serve or ice cream machine from?
Thank you!

What is this plant?

By 14 November 2014

Hoping someone might be able to identify what these are and whether I should leave them alone or rip them out? They’ve been rapidly popping up in the same spot over a week or so.

Is the end nigh for Albemarle and Alexander?

By 14 November 2014

There is a huge crane in the park between the Albemarle and Alexander Buildings with a long chain attached… just waiting for a wrecking ball?

Need to upkeep garden after submitting notice to vacate?

By 13 November 2014

Hey everyone, I have a question since I am a first-time tenant.
I broke lease (6 months early) and submitted a notice to vacate my apartment in Gungahlin recently. I have vacated the place now. The agent is now looking for new tenants. The agent wants me to clean the garden for a showing. Is that [...]

Recommendations for an international removalist?

By 13 November 2014

Hi Rioters,
I am looking for a reliable removalist company that can move my things (3 bedroom house) to the UK. As long as the company does a good job (timely, efficiently and with no damage), I am happy to pay for their services even if the price they quote is on the higher side. I [...]

Farmers Markets in Canberra – are they truly ‘regional’?

By 11 November 2014

I went to the Capital Regional Farmers Market on Saturday morning. I don’t go to farmers markets that often, but go when I can because I like the concept of supporting local producers and skipping the ‘middleman’ supermarket chains.
I have to say I was shocked to see a stall from Tweed Valley selling [...]

Not your average blowfly

By 9 November 2014

Thanks to Craig for sending this one in…
“One for the insect lovers. Saw this strangely patterned fly(?) in the backyard today. It’s about the size of a blowfly. A search of CSIRO, google etc didn’t show anything that had these kinds of patterns. I assume that the markings are a kind [...]

IT Work Experience

By 8 November 2014

Hi,
just wondering if anyone knows a way of getting some work experience in IT. I have just completed Certificate IV in IT and finding it a bit difficult to get a job without any experience.
I am happy to do a day a week a month or year. Just want to get as much experience as [...]

Looking for pet sitter in your home, not mine

By 8 November 2014

I tried to re-open an old thread but it appears I might have to start a new one.
Can anyone recommend a company/person who provides dog sitting services in Belconnen/ Gungahlin area for when we go away.
The requirement is that it be

an in-home provider (their home, not ours)
someone who has, or has owned, their own small [...]

Whats up with Giralang Shops?

By 7 November 2014

Weeks back the bulldozers moved in to demolish the Giralang shops after many many years of this eyesore.  They have now not only bulldozed the eyesore but have dug a very large hole…  about the size that might be required for an underground carpark underneath a Woolies, for example.
As far as I know, supabarns last [...]

Does anyone know where I can buy day old bread?

By 6 November 2014

Every now and then I see utes full of bread trundling up the Monaro Highway.  I used to buy day old bread from Tip Top until they stopped.  Does anyone know where I might be able to pick up some bread so that I can feed a few animals.  Cheers

Help for business intender?

By 5 November 2014

Hi
I have a business idea and not much else at the moment.
I have seen the Canberra business website and have contacted them, but have also seen a website from a mob called lighthouse?
They both seem to exist to help businesses startup and profit, except obviously one isnt government run and gets paid to do it.
It [...]

Mega loud plane at 5 AM

By 5 November 2014

Did anyone else inner north get woken by a loud low plane just after 5AM today?
Sounded old and slow, but I was half asleep. Normal mornings at 6.20 when the real planes start is early enough to wake up.
Who is it more effective to write a complaint to? TAMS or the airport direct?
I really hope [...]

Grey water TREATMENT systems

By 4 November 2014

Hi,
I just wanted to know if anyone had any experiences with grey water treatment (not just diversion) systems? If so, would you mind sharing them (and costs too please).
Thanks!

Out of order bowsers at a large petrol station

By 3 November 2014

Hello fellow rioters.
I have recently moved to Weston Creek. My local petrol station is now the Caltex at Cooleman Court. I fill my car up every couple of weeks. Where possible, I will try to do this on a Sunday afternoon.
The one thing I have noticed is how often the bowsers seem to have a [...]

Salary Packaging Child Care fees

By 2 November 2014

Gday Rioters,
I’ve heard you can salary package child care fees. Our circumstances are my wife’s an APS6 at Department of Human Services part time, takes home about $700/week. I’m on $80k pa gross with a NSW State Govt department, but this isn’t an option through my provider Maxxia.
Is Salary Packaging a realistic financial option for us? [...]

Ridding weeds forever?

By 2 November 2014

I have areas in my yard that are forever over-grown with weeds. I’ll pull them out only for them to return weeks later. I don’t want to grow anything in these areas as they’re paved areas that look better paved. Is there any legal substances that can be applied that will render the area useless [...]

Are there any recommendations for companies that can dig up and re lay drains attached to down-pipes?

By 1 November 2014

I really need all my downpipe drainage tested, and probably have a few drainpipes that need to be dug up and re-laid. It’s likely to be quite a big job and will definitely end up with a few trenches in the front & back garden so it’d be really good to know which company in Canberra to [...]

Looking for a dentist that will look at all alternatives to removing wisdom teeth

By 1 November 2014

My wisdom teeth are starting to really play up now (I’m 25) and I would really prefer not to have them removed. My wisdom teeth are only slightly angled, so I believe that if some of the gum was removed from above they may be able to come through completely.
What I’m looking for is a [...]

Where are the mowers?

By 31 October 2014

Does anyone know what is happening with the Government mowing at the moment? From Northside to Southside everywhere there is grass over waist height…. and not a single mower to be seen!
Yes, there have been perhaps 2 mowers out recently hitting the median strips around the busy roads, but frankly this is a poor effort [...]

Westfield Belconnen Parking

By 31 October 2014

Hi Rioters
Can anyone give a suggestion for cheaper parking at or very near Belconnen Westfield?
A family member works unusual hours in the mall and sometimes doesn’t finish until almost midnight.  The option of public transport doesn’t work.  To bus it from Gungahlin to the mall is one thing but there are no buses late at [...]

Poor planning shows Canberra cyclists in a selfish light

By 30 October 2014

Go for a drive any Saturday or Sunday through Uriarra crossing to the wonderful natural bush areas of the Brindabella Mountains (that I believe help give Canberra it’s iconic bush status), and you will quickly realise you need to look out for not only wildlife but road cyclists who are also out enjoying this scenic [...]

Car servicing nightmare stories

By 29 October 2014

It’s hard finding a decent place to get your car serviced, or is it? There’s a lot to be said for DIY basic servicing such as oil/filter changes, belts, brake pads etc if you are capable and have the equipment (as I do and have done for many years). However, if your car is still [...]

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