Tag Archives: ask riotact

Ophthalmologist HELP! (in Canberra)

By 13 August 2012

I have been trying, without success, to get my 6-year-old daughter in with an ophthalmologist in Canberra (aside from the Canberra Eye Hospital, where I don’t want to go, as they have such a bad reputation for non-surgical cases).
Several recommended Drs are either not taking new patients, or have recently retired, apparently leaving me with [...]

Security cameras for the home – is there any point?

By 13 August 2012

So I’ve put up with my fair share from the neighbour’s children and I’m considering installing security cameras at home. I’m sure my problems aren’t much compared to stories others can tell – but over the years we’ve put up with regular midweek parties (parents never at home), litter and smashed glass in the front [...]

Hitachi Split Air Con repairs in Canberra?

By 13 August 2012

Sadly my air con unit seems to have passed on as it keeps tripping the circuit breaker.
Does anyone in Canberra know either a) a good repair person for Hitachi Air Con or b) a good sales/install person/retail outlet to replace the said unit with something nice and warm for this weather?
Thanks in advance.  :)

Parking fine madness? Think of the children!

By 12 August 2012

Friend receives $80 parking fine for leaving his car on his own nature strip in Reid. Share house means there are too many cars for the driveway. No parking zone in front of the house. What to do?!

How to remove house details from real estate websites?

By 12 August 2012

hi all,
wondering once you’ve purchased a property, how is the best way to get the details about your house (photos, purchase price, floorplans etc.) removed from websites? (, real estate agent & property price websites).
If I email the agent & allhomes is this the best way? Is there any legislation about this that I [...]

Where to play tennis for learners in Canberra?

By 12 August 2012

Hi everyone,
I am wanting to play tennis and only seem to be able to find competitions that are super-serious. Given that I’m a beginner and am going to kind of suck, is there anywhere I can play that caters to beginners? I can travel to anywhere in Canberra to play.
Thanks in advance, hive mind!

Financial advice – salary packaging

By 11 August 2012

Can anybody recommend a financial/tax advisor to advise on salary packaging?  My employer has PBI status so they’ve sent me a letter of offer with various options, but i need to get professional advice on pros and cons.
Would prefer to give the business to a small independent if possible, then they can do my tax [...]

Reasonably priced hairdressing and guitar lessons in Canberra?

By 11 August 2012

I need some advice for accessing local services. I am after a hairdresser that has a realistic price structure (hairdresser at Ainslie wants $75 for a trim – bahahaha) and I am also looking at options to get my daughter started off in guitar lessons.
Location for both services is Inner city/north preferred.

Kombi Van Wedding Cars

By 10 August 2012

Hi All,
Does anyone know of any Kombi Van’s that are for hire (privately owned or through a hire car company) in Canberra or surroundings for a wedding in November 2013?

After hours vet care questions.

By 9 August 2012

Is that a sock in your stomach, or are you just pleased to see me? asks Dr Dolittle.

Fitness class behind ACT Supreme Court?

By 9 August 2012

I was wondering if anyone knows who organises the fitness class behind the ACT Supreme Court?  A colleague and I often sit and wonder who it is doing it and how cool it would be to join during our break.
Is it the police officers doing it?

Wedding Photographers?

By 9 August 2012

Hi – Getting married (obviously), early next year and wondering if the collective RiotAct Hive Mind had any ideas about good photographers in Canberra?  The array of possibilities on Google is exhaustive and very complicated as are the prices and one doesn’t want to shell out that amount of money without being sure of the [...]

10,000 kwh in a quarter ? Is that even possible ?

By 7 August 2012

How would it be possible to be over charged for electricity in the ACT ?
I am having trouble believing this latest bill.
Any advice, can a mistake like this happen ? What sort of usage would be required for a bill that high ?

Amateur jam sessions in Canberra pubs

By 6 August 2012

Does anyone know of any amateur musician jam sessions at Canberra’s pubs that anyone can rock up to?  Used to be a very good one at Filthy McFaddens on a Sunday afternoon many years ago now.  I would love to go along and get involved once again, so any suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks
And for [...]

Builder to advise house buyer in Canberra?

By 6 August 2012

So we are contemplating buying a house, that may need a fair bit of work. Whilst the seller’s Building Inspection report details a bit with the “what is wrong”, we would like to engage a builder to inspect the place – representing us – and advise how feasible, and costly the repairs are likely to [...]

Cleaning artwork in Canberra?

By 5 August 2012

Does anyone know where I can get some paintings professionally cleaned and/or repaired?
I have inherited some artwork from an artist great aunty; she was a heavy smoker so the oil paintings are in need for a good clean.  The watercolours, which are in glass frames, seem to have some some water damage underneath.
I’d love to [...]

Fyshwick Bridgestone Car Service?

By 5 August 2012

Hi Everyone,
I just notice Fyshwick Bridge Stone service station is offering a full car service for $89. I am not sure if I could trust them.
Some of this kind of deal comes with hidden surcharges. I called them to confirm but they told me no surcharge at all.
I want to ask if someone got experience [...]

Those brick walls in the parks. Just what are they for?


So, these things pictured; they’re verminous throughout inner Canberra.
And yet what are they for?
Surely not just as a canvas for street art?
Whatever they were built for in the long long ago seems to have passed from fashion.
And yet they remain.
Your thoughts, dear readers, are as ever appreciated.

Winter gas bill

By 3 August 2012

Just out of interest, what would an average quarterly winter gas bill (eg. May-June-July) be like if you heat with gas (+ a gas stove in my case)?
Mine totaled $740 and I had people tell me to check for gas leaks. I live in a pretty badly insulated 2 bedroom rental and have ducted gas [...]

Where to find fiberglass and craft foam supplies in Canberra?

By 3 August 2012

So given that store-bought LARP weapons (soft foam swords for role-playing games) tend to be quite expensive (mainly because of shipping costs) I have been trying to make my own. However finding materials in Canberra is almost as difficult. The first thing I need is fiberglass rods (the rules of the LARP requires fiberglass cores), [...]

Looking for South Coast Accommodation for 6-10 families

By 3 August 2012

We are looking for a caravan park or alike that could accommodate 6-10 families in separate cabins, but that has a communal area (ideally in the middle).

Has anyone used “Aged Care Connect” in Canberra?

By 2 August 2012

I am just starting the process of moving my elderly parents into a retirement village. 
I found an organisation on the web called “Aged Care Connect” that says they can help you negotiate the aged care system, help with the paperwork etc.
Have any rioters had any experience with this business?

What was that big grey plane?

By 2 August 2012

I was driving over Commonwealth bridge yesterday at around 2pm and noticed a massive plane (possibly a jumbo?) flying northbound over the lake.
It was all grey, does anyone know what it was?

Book Club or Knitting Club in Canberra?

By 1 August 2012

Hi All,
Have had a poke around the site but didn’t see any threads on where I could find information on joining a Book Club or a Knitting/Craft Club in Canberra.  
Does anyone have any ideas where I can find this information?  I’m probably looking for something Northside just to narrow down the scope.
Thank you in [...]

Expert watchmaker/repairer in Canberra?

By 1 August 2012

Can anyone recommend a watchmaker in Canberra who has expertise in antique watch restorations and repairs?
I have recently come into possession of a pocket watch which belonged to my great-great grandmother so I estimate it was manufactured late 19th or early 20th century.
I am looking to have it cleaned and lubricated but want [...]

Car alarm installation in Canberra?

By 1 August 2012

Hi all,
Anyone know of a good place in Canberra/Qbn, where I can get an alarm installed?
I don’t mind paying a bit extra, just as long as they do a good job.
Thanks in advance.

Would it help if I filled in Selection Criteria for Casual work?

By 1 August 2012

Canberra overall, is a lovely place… with its sparkling clean roads, and thick gravy like lake that reminds me of roast dinners; however, sometimes I get a bit frustrated with it.
I work a great job, which I enjoy, and is mentally stimulating, but the pay (as one could argue for most government jobs), is not [...]

Ever heard of – Golden Key International Honour Society

By 31 July 2012

Just checking with the Rioters out there – has anyone had any dealings with the Golden Key International Honour Society? They have a charter at ANU and UC and searches of the web show that Katy Gallagher is an honourary member.
I would be interested if anyone had any insights into this group/society/organisation…

Oblivious or just plain stupid?

By 31 July 2012

Driving onto William Hovell drive around 6pm tonight coming off the tuggeranong parkway. I noticed that traffic was banked up a little more than usual for that time. I thought, that the traffic lights must have gone off. Driving further up its just green lights but the traffic is starting to break up. I go [...]

Federation Square

By 30 July 2012

I went out to Federation Square at Gold Creek this afternoon.  I’m wondering who is supposed to look after and maintain the area.  Is it TAMS?  Is it privately owned?
It’s a lovely area with some nice places to eat and some lovely shops which are moderately to highly over priced.
However, walking around I [...]

Windows Home Server 2011

By 29 July 2012

Is there a shop in Canberra area that will stock a copy of Windows Home Server 2011?
thanks, Zultan

Best electricity deal in ACT?

By 29 July 2012

So One Big Switch have organised a 17% discount for ACT residents who switch to Truenergy. The deal is 3% off the bill then another 14% off when you pay on time. I rang ActewAGL to see if then would do a better deal for me and was told they only discounts they [...]

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