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Who is the Canberran agent for iRobot? (Roomba)

By 3 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I need some bits to spruce up my humble house cleaning friend, the battery is getting weak and there are a few upgrade kits you can throw at the old ones to make them better.
In 2012, iRobot moved to a model much like Thermomix where you can only get parts for Roombas through your local [...]

Strata managers in Canberra – Recommendations wanted!

By 2 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There are a couple of dated posts relating to this topic I can see (2007 & 2012), but we are looking for some updated information.
Our units plan (class b) is interested in looking for a new strata manager since we’re getting not so great service from our current provider.
We’d be interested in what others think [...]

Quality gym near Civic/Ainslie/Dickson?

By 1 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am a student looking for a quality gym near Civic, Ainslie or Dickson. Hopefully I can get fit. I am looking for a price around $10 – $20 a week.
Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

Has the tax office gone mad?

By 28 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Life was simple once. The tax office sent me a bill in the mail. I then paid the bill.
Now the tax office sends an email to MyGov, MyGov sends an email to me. I go to MyGov, log in, read the email and then click to go to the un-navigable tax office site.
This is lunacy.
I [...]

Written off car – advice wanted

By 22 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I had a truly minor hit on the side of my old car (1994 model), just a scratch on one side of the back door occurred during a parking manoeuvre.
The person responsible for the damage was kind enough to inform his insurance company (AAMI) to go through the repairing process.
It seems that the repair is [...]

What happened to Carpet Cleaning by Rex?

By 21 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Carpet Cleaning by Rex did excellent work for me over 30 years. Now uncontactable.
Does anyone know what happened to the business?

Sewing machine lessons in Canberra?

By 20 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A reader asks:
My daughter has recently inherited an old Janome sewing machine. Can anyone suggest somewhere she can learn to use the sewing machine? There used to be a place a Phillip where you could take your machine and learn the basics. Does this still exist?

Good accountants in Canberra?

By 17 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m looking for an accountant in Canberra who is good with Xero and patient with very small business owners. Any suggestions?
My tax returns aren’t super complicated, but in addition to a full-time job I run my own business (as a sole trader) on the side. I will also be looking to rent out an investment [...]

Having a baby in Canberra – is private really better?

By 15 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m pregnant and would appreciate advice on whether to go private or public for antenatal care and delivery in Canberra.
I have an existing medical condition so I would definitely request a caesarean. Would this be guaranteed in a public hospital? Could I choose this from the first trimester and would an obstetrician be available on [...]

Inadequate disclosure of Canberra Centre parking credit card processing fee

By 11 August 2015
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With the introduction of the new parking machines and gates the Canberra Centre has also snuck in another change – a processing fee for using a credit card to pay for parking.
I found this out after I saw a medium sized sign in the carpark foyer saying something like “you can now pay at the [...]

Evolution of Crace from bushland to suburb (and the devolution of the Garden city).

By 7 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Canberra Times has this week published photos tracing the evolution of Crace from bushland to suburb. 
The gutters are nearly touching! Didn’t anyone who built out there want a garden?
Can the people living in Crace open a window without hearing what the neighbours are watching on TV? Can they hear each other when they flush a [...]

New Indian street food on Mort Street?

By 7 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Was walking down Mort Street the other week and noticed a new Indian Street food store was opening where the ACT Chook Shed was. Was hoping someone could tell me the name of it and if it has opened yet?

Providing number plate for paid parking – is it compulsory?

By 6 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Just wondering if you can legally be fined for inputting an incorrect number plate when paying for parking.
The Wilson long-stay carpark behind the Civic police station makes you enter your number plate when you purchase a ticket. I presume this is to stop people handing their ticket to someone else when they happen to [...]

Calling Canberra’s dodgy fiddle players!

By 5 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m new to Canberra and play fiddle (but not very well). I’m keen to meet up with other not-very-good fiddle players so we can enjoy playing together, without worrying about being a bit rubbish. Anyone interested?!
I figure we can meet in someone’s home, or cheaply rent a church space or something, once a month to share [...]

Women’s team sports in Canberra? (For a beginner)

By 1 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all,
I was hoping to find a women’s sports team to train with on weeknights or weekends. I haven’t played any team sports in a while but am keen to try something new while also meeting new people (I recently moved interstate).
I’ve had some trouble tracking down info for women wanting to get into a sport [...]

Roof ventilation advice in Canberra?

By 31 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am just hoping for some advice from other Canberrans who have some experience with installing any of the various types of roof ventilation in their home. Basically what did you pick and why, what was the cost, and was it successful?
We have a small house in a new subdivision that was built in 2012 [...]

Canberra ghost stories wanted!

By 31 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all, I’m looking at writing a new book regarding ghosts and hauntings in the Canberra/ ACT area. As such, I would appreciate any stories anyone has and are happy to tell (and have published, anonymously or otherwise).
At present I have manuscript being edited by Schiffer Books in the US regarding UK ghosts and have [...]

Rooftop solar – recent experiences in Canberra?

By 29 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Thinking of installing solar power to our house. Orientation is ideal, and whilst not looking to make money, I would love to escape the clutches of ACTEW (or whatever they’re called this week).
Would appreciate any feedback re: supply and installation of (say) a 4Kw system, and how it has performed.
The majority of advertisers on Google require [...]

Recommendations for motorcycle service in Canberra

By 28 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello fellow rioters
I recently inherited a BMW K100 (1983). It’s hasn’t run in a fair while and I just want to get it serviced to make sure I don’t ruin anything by getting it going myself and riding it.
Can anyone recommend a bike mechanic in Canberra, maybe one that does BMW and or older bikes?
Thanks [...]

Which are Canberra’s most disadvantaged suburbs?

By 27 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was surprised to see a few of the suburbs that are mentioned and even more surprised to see a few that have lifted off the bottom shelf (including Kingston!)
An interesting read and I think it’s useful for Canberrans to know which areas of our city have the most need so we can help out [...]

What’s better: Fixed rate or variable rate home loan?

By 22 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am going to borrow home loan from the bank and have three options: fixed rate, variable rate and half and half.
Would you please advise here what option I should take. You are welcome to comment on ‘owner occupier’ or ‘investment’, and three different options because your comment may benefit others even if it does [...]

Do Canberrans want to talk to the trees?

By 21 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I recently read an article in which the city of Melbourne gave trees email addresses so citizens could report problems…
“The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.”…
…”Melbourne’s email-a-tree service is one in a litany of municipal projects aimed at leveraging [...]

Where can I buy balance bikes in Canberra?

By 18 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m looking for a bike store in Canberra that has good service and knowledge about kids balance bikes?
Also, any recommendations for the type or brand would also be useful.
Our daughters (two and four years old) are a little on the small side and need to be fitted for an appropriate balance bike.

Do I have to accept a TOU electricity meter?

By 16 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I just got a letter from ACTEW saying they want to fit a TOU Meter .
My meter is fine. Do I have to accept it?
I’ve heard people’s electricity bills go up and to save any money you have to run things like washing machines and clothes dryers after 1:00am .

How can I get ADSL in Chifley?

By 14 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The short version –>
iPrimus got connected (believe uses Optus network) – took five minutes to load Gmail inbox page (discontinued the service).
iiNet connect a phone line via Telstra tech for ADSL – two days later received a text that the property is too far from exchange/too much loss can not continue to connect ADSL.
Netspeed longreach [...]

Best place for massage/acupuncture in Canberra?

By 10 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m rather new to Canberra and have a chronic condition that requires massage and acupuncture when it flares up.
I’ve been looking for someone who does both, but there seem to be a lot of options.  I’d like something central to the city if possible, but I could always bus to a great place if it’s [...]

Advice on compulsory third party insurance?

By 9 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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When my wife re-registered her car in the ACT, she selected GIO as the CTPI provider.
Yesterday she had cause to contact the GIO regarding a comprehensive insurance renewal and was advised that her CTPI insurance was not with the GIO and therefore she was not entitled to a discount.
ACT Road Users advised that third party premiums [...]

Landscaper recommendation in Canberra

By 8 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m in need of a landscaper in the Gungahlin area that is good, affordable and reliable. Anyone you would recommend?
Thanks in advance.

Where can I find good coffee in Belconnen?

By 7 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve recently started working in Belconnen and I’m yet to find a really great coffee shop nearby. Any suggestions?
I really liked Lava when I worked in Phillip, as well as Two Hands, ONA and Celestinos when I was in Fyshwick. Where in Belconnen serves up a comparable flat white?
All suggestions welcome.

Does anyone know what happened to Cafe Bamboo in Braddon?

By 6 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My wife and I had a favourite Chinese restaurant, Cafe Bamboo, on Lonsdale Street in Braddon. It was forced to close as their building was demolished to make way for new apartments.
Does anyone know if the owner moved to a new location? I meant to ask but forgot, and when I walked by, it was [...]

Where can I find kids’ interior shops in Canberra?

By 4 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m new to Canberra and want to decorate my children’s bedrooms. (1, 3 & 8 years)
Can the more knowledgeable here point me in the direction of any good shops with products for Children’s interiors around town? Any help would be great!
Thanks for your help!

Dentist recommendations in Canberra?

By 3 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Can anyone recommend a good and gentle dentist, please? I’ve read the ones that were submitted in another query in 2011 and just wonder if there are any more recent dental recommendations. Thanks for any help you can offer.

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