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Moved house, electricity bills skyrocketed. Why?

By 2 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We moved house just under a year ago from a two-bedroom, one bathroom to a 3.5-bedroom, two bathroom in the Queanbeyan area and have tripled our electricity costs (from $290 in the biggest quarter to almost $700 in our biggest quarter – summer).
I initially thought it may be due to us having used the reverse [...]

Advice on renovating Narrabundah worker’s cottage

By 1 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone have experience renovating the original Narrabundah workers cottages?
If so, any advice? For instance, do you know:

How close to the front boundary you can extend
How hard/easy it is to extend from the steel frames
If asbestos removal ends up costing a fortune, etc?

I know that due to the steel frames and truss roof, none of the [...]

Feedback on Woden primary schools?

By 26 May 2015
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Just looking for feedback on Curtin and Hughes Primary schools. If you have kids going there or you teach there, what is your opinion of the school/s? Great, poor, average? Is one better than the other for accelerated learning? Any feedback appreciated, thanks.

Gate installation recommendations

By 25 May 2015
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I am moving into a new property and there is no side gate. I would like to know of any recommendations please.
I would also like a functional lock with a key on the gate as this will be used to access the house on a daily basis. It is a bit wider so a panel [...]

Do Canberra mums agree with Senator Gallagher on PPL?

By 25 May 2015
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Senator Katy Gallagher has written a powerful response to the Prime Minister’s accusation that Canberra mums have/are double dipping when it comes to the matter of paid parental leave.
I’m curious to know where Canberra women (and families) stand on the issue. What do you think?

New Optus 4G in Canberra – good, bad, or ugly?

By 24 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A few years ago there was a RiotACT thread regarding poor Optus 3G reception in Tuggeranong. It turned out that this was a pretty common problem for Optus customers across Canberra.
Since that time, Optus has rolled out a new 4G network in Canberra. The coverage maps on the Optus website only show “4G – Outdoor” [...]

Where to buy wholesale meat or even half a pig in Canberra?

By 23 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi guys,
This might sound weird, but I have been looking into ways to buy half a pig or lots of uncut meat at wholesale price but found nothing so far. Most butchers will sell for higher price than the big two supermarkets.
Is there any abattoir or farm in Canberra or nearby that will sell uncut [...]

Weekday breakfast in the city?

By 22 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A group of colleagues and I go out for breakfast before work once a fortnight. We meet at 7:30 and then usually have a quick breakkie, some coffee and catch up before heading to work around 8:30.
We try not to go to the same place too many times but we are running out of venues! [...]

Recommendations for Canberra physiotherapists?

By 14 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My husband badly sprained his ankle a couple of weeks ago and is now at the point of needing some treatment and advice from a physio. Does anyone have any recommendations? We live in Flynn so ideally on the North side but he would be willing to travel for the right person/clinic.
Many thanks!

Canberra removalist recommendations?

By 12 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Can anyone recommend a good removalist they have used recently?  I’m moving in three weeks.
Thanks.

Converting ducted gas to electricity in Canberra

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Has anyone out there got any experience of having a ducted gas heating system converted to an electrically powered system?
I am thinking of doing this (because of the expectation of prices increases, the divestment movement, and the fracking issue) but am hopeful that it is possible to reuse the same ducts and vents, and just replace [...]

Car washing in Canberra?

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hey all,
Can’t see any recent posts recommending car washes in Canberra – so here we go.
Can you recommend somewhere I can get a decent car wash and interior clean? Not interested in anywhere that uses an automatic car wash to do the exterior, I’m after somewhere that will actually give the car a wash by [...]

Old-style street lights in Canberra for photography assignment

By 10 May 2015
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Hey guys, I am studying photography at CIT and have an assignment based around the theme of light.
I am looking for old style street lights or posts around Canberra. Google isn’t being very helpful so I am completely going off the advice and guide of people I ask.
If you have any ideas where some are [...]

What does the “Canberra accent” sound like?

By 8 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Yes folks. Apparently it’s a thing so I’m very interested in everyone’s thoughts.
What does the “Canberra Accent” sound like.
My feeling?
It’s a little bit toff with a good measure of Kambah twang thrown in. Vowels are sounded out quite roundly – like our roundabouts.
Would love to hear your thoughts.
If you want to join in the discussion [...]

Computer recycling services in Canberra?

By 5 May 2015
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Sydney and Melbourne have services for low income people to buy refurbished computer stock from volunteer organisations at low prices. Most of the computers are ex Government and they sell them to concession card holders.
I was hoping to find something similar here in Canberra to volunteer my services but had no success in searching. Does [...]

Do on-road cycling lanes need a rethink?

By 1 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The last thing I want to do is create another cyclist vs motorist thread on this site. However, as a cyclist and motorist who witnessed another cyclist hit on Northbourne Avenue yesterday morning, I honestly wonder how much longer until they say, “Okay, we tried this – it’s unsafe, so we’re stopping it or trying something [...]

Where is the Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight being televised in Canberra?

By 30 April 2015
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Just wondering if anyone knows which pubs/clubs in the Woden district are playing the Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight this Sunday?

College recommendations for Year 11 student

By 23 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m a year 11 student who currently lives in Sydney. I’m planning to move to Canberra but I have no idea which colleges are good.
I’m academically in the average at an average-ranked school and I want to study in ANU in the future for Psychology.
Out of Narrabundah, Dickson or Gungahlin College, which is good in [...]

Honeycomb/cellular blinds recommendations

By 22 April 2015
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I’m looking at getting some new blinds and like the idea of the energy efficiency of the honeycomb blinds.  There are so many blind companies though that I am finding it a bit overwhelming.  I am keen to hear others’ recommendations.
I like supporting local business so I am looking at Watson Blinds but from a [...]

Leaky roof – flues not sealed correctly?

By 17 April 2015
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Our house was built three years ago and now it has started leaking water from the roof. I inspected the roof and found out that flues were sealed with a heavy dose of Silicone without using a storm collar. The silicone sealings have now split.
Looking at the photos, is this a standard way of installing flues [...]

Giralang service station closed?

By 16 April 2015
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Hi Riot-actors – anybody got the low down on the Giralang service station – fenced off and looks like they’re digging up the pumps?
Hopefully we’re not losing another local…any info would be greatly appreciated!

Burmese food in Canberra?

By 15 April 2015
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Hey RiotACT – Does anyone know where the Burmese family went that used to serve food at the Turner Bowls Club?
I’m desperate for one of their curries and I’d love to know if they opened up a place somewhere else!

Light rail or Monash Drive to solve Northbourne congestion?

By 14 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Should we build the first stage of Light Rail or instead build Monash Drive to solve the problem of increasing congestion along Northbourne Avenue during peak times?
The current Government plans to build light rail along Northbourne Avenue, but previous Federal and ACT Governments had planned to eventually build Monash Drive.
Monash Drive had been proposed since [...]

Is there such thing as a cheap electrician in Canberra?

By 13 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Just wondering if there’s such thing as a cheap electrician in Canberra?
I’ve just moved into a private rental, went to turn off the kitchen light – only to find that it’s been pushed in and the switch is not usable.
While I have no fridge it’s fine, however, when the fridge arrives I won’t be able [...]

Free parking on Monday 27 April?

By 13 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Given that it is a public holiday for ACT Government employees on Monday 27 April, will this mean that public holiday parking conditions apply in the ACT?
Below is the information posted on the ACTION buses website.
On Monday 27 April 2015 ACTION bus services will run to a Saturday Timetable.
This is due to Anzac Day (25 [...]

Advice on how to deal with bad neighbours?

By 13 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m at a loss as to what to do and looking for advice from fellow Rioters who may have been through a similar situation.
I live in a Weston Creek suburb and have done so for several years. Upon moving in we weren’t aware of the government houses around us. Big deal. Residents of these homes were all [...]

Housing options following divorce?

By 12 April 2015
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After a long and drawn out divorce – my ex and I are amicable – we wish to locate a property in the Canberra region – where we live with our kids – but not with each other. for example top floor/bottom floor – separate living – even an A and B type set up. I [...]

Private tutor for primary school

By 11 April 2015
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Hi, I am looking to get some advice and recommendation on getting a private tutor for my kids who are in primary school at the moment. I am looking for a tutor who is able to come home and provide private tutoring for English and maths. Does anyone have any recommendations. Any help would be [...]

Canberra Men’s Centre seeks WordPress advice

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Canberra Men’s Centre has recently started blogging and I’d like to create multiple blogs within our WordPress site. Unfortunately, as a small community service organisation, we have no IT division to advise me how to go about this. I’ve had a look at help forums and other online advice, but when I see the [...]

Seeking car/cycle parking options close to Woden

By 4 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have just been offered a job in Woden. It’s a good job but the parking in the area sucks and I can’t really afford parking every day
I am a keen cyclist but don’t want to cycle from Belconnen to Woden everyday due to afterwork activities. I’m looking at options of parking within [...]

departing.io – web app for ACTION buses

By 2 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As a frequent traveller on ACTION buses I find the current apps lacking – often I just want to know when the next bus will arrive at a stop. departing.io is a web app I have designed for this sole purpose, to see how long until the next bus arrives. It should look great on all mobile devices [...]

Shade sail installation recommendations?

By 2 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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We have an existing shade sail (not professionally installed) which we now have to have installed properly. Any recommendations? Thanks

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