Tag Archives: ask riotact

Late70s early 80s bars in Belconnen?

By 25 October 2012

Help please in settling one of those over dinner memory lapse things.
What was the name if the bar on the corner, a couple of doors down from the Pot Belly? Late 1970s/early 80s.

Pram Friendly Restaurants in Canberra?

By 25 October 2012

Hi Everyone,
I have a 3 month old baby and am after suggestions on nice restaurants that are pram friendly. I know there are children friendly places that have play rooms and so forth however I’m after restaurants that are ok with prams and have the space to bring a pram through (and wont act like [...]

Parliament Sitting Dates for 2013?

By 24 October 2012

Working in the private sector, I only occasionally need to check the sitting dates for parliament (every few months or so), and usually when I go to it’s right there to help me plan my calendar. Perhaps it’s nothing unusual, but I’ve been trying to find the dates for 2013 for several months now, [...]

Coffee shops and community life in Harrison/Gungahlin?

By 22 October 2012

My husband and I are returning to Canberra after three years away and we’ll be renting in Harrison. I’ve never lived in Gungahlin before and I’m sort of familiar with the town centre but not the rest of the area.
I can’t see any Harrison shops on Google Earth but maybe it’s an old picture. Does [...]

A new pet dog in Canberra?

By 21 October 2012

We have recently lost our much loved dog and decided that life is unbearable without a pet.  
My wife has decided we must get a miniature poodle.  
Does anyone know of a local source – breeder or rescue?

Kianga complex in Harrison?

By 21 October 2012

Hi guys,
Just relocated from Sydney, first home buyer looking to settle in Canberra.
Wondering if anyone knows much about the Kianga complex of townhouses in Harrison?
Particularly how well they built, any design flaws, or if I should avoid?

Employment scam in Canberra?

By 21 October 2012

In the past week I have received two different unsolicited offers of employment via email that both look a little too generic to be true. They were sent to two separate email addresses, both of which I have used in the past to seek work. Neither email address has ever been “in the public” such [...]

Drinking Hole with Election Coverage

By 20 October 2012

So with the ACT going to the polls tomorrow, and me somehow managing to take an interest in the whole thing, I’m wondering if anyone knows of a venue that will be showing the election coverage and pouring beer?
If I can find a place and get some friends interested it might be a fun evening.

New name for Stromlo Crit Track?

By 19 October 2012

The criterium cycling circuit at Stromlo was named the Stephen Hodge Criterium Cycling circuit when it was opened in 2006.
Stephen Hodge has just admitted to doping during his career as a pro cyclist and has since resigned from his current position as vice-president of Cycling Australia.
So I think we need a new name for the [...]

What’s happening with the Albermarle building in Woden?

By 18 October 2012

Does anyone know what’s going on with the Albermarle Building in Woden? 
The ground floor is all boarded up.  It looks abandoned. 
Juliana House in Bowes St, Woden is also deserted.

Good, Quality Carpet Cleaners in Canberra?

By 18 October 2012

Hi everyone – apologies in advance for a “who’s the best” question, but I can’t think of a better place to ask than RA.
I’m finally getting around to getting our carpets cleaned for the first time since they were put in new a couple of years ago and want to find a good, [...]

Can you buy land in the ACT?

By 17 October 2012

This is going to sounds like a dumb question. But I’ve been told that if you purchase a house in the ACT, you don’t actually own the land – you will get something like a 100-year lease from the ACT government. However, if this is true, I don’t understand the land rent program, [...]

Double Shopping Trolley in Canberra? Where?

By 16 October 2012

Hello Rioters, I was hoping for some help. I am trying to find out which supermarkets on the South side of town have the trolleys where two toddlers can sit side by side up the top.
Not the baby capsule we are past that stage but would like to be able to fit some groceries [...]

How do I securely dispose of personal papers in Canberra?

By 9 October 2012

If I have a few boxes of old bank statements , tax and other financial documents is there a recommended way to dispose of these papers , I have a shredder but it is painfully slow and needs to cool down after a few dozen pages so a couple of boxes is going to take [...]

Clothing alterations in Civic?

By 9 October 2012

Can anyone recommend a place in Civic that does clothing alterations? 
Things like hems, sleeves, adjusting the bodice of a dress etc. 
I’ve Googled but all of the recommendations are from several years ago.  Thanks in advance.

Hairdressers open on public holidays?

By 8 October 2012

Hi all. Does anyone know of any hair dressers that are open today that isn’t just cuts and isn’t a rip?

V8 racing at Wakefield park?

By 7 October 2012

hi all,
I am thinking of buying a voucher from for hubbys birthday and wonder if anyone has had experience with Wakefield Parks setup? I am looking at the 6 driving laps and 3 laps front seat passenger ride option, and would love to hear from anyone has done something similar.

Favourite country outing?

By 7 October 2012

I realised that I really have hardly done any exploring of the region since I moved here 15 years ago. When I get out of town, I tend to drive at least 300kms before I stop.
So I want to do some daytrips to country towns. To do the usual, you know. Eat a pie or [...]

4WD Experience Courses near Canberra?

By 6 October 2012

My mother-in-law is visiting for a couple of months from Spain and she mentioned that she’d love to have a go at driving a 4WD off-road.  As her birthday (60th) is coming up I thought it would be a good pressy.
However, I cant find any places that would do this; anyone got any ideas or [...]

Good bobcat operator in Canberra?

By 5 October 2012

I know this has been raised before but all postings are old but would be interested if anyone has recently used a good bobcat operator that they can recommend?

Can anyone recommend a leather worker in Canberra?

By 5 October 2012

I have a handmade leather bag that needs different (longer) straps – the current ones are set in, in brass fittings, so I’m probably needing to look for an expert leather worker.
Any recommendations?

Tax Agents in Canberra…?

By 4 October 2012

I’ve just realised that I only have a couple of weeks to get my tax return in for last financial year, and am hoping to get someone else to do the dirty work for me.
I’ve just got individual income, no properties or investments etc. so it is pretty straight forward. Etax isn’t an option.
Any recommendations [...]

Bocci in Canberra?

By 2 October 2012

My Dad is in a wheelchair and only has use of one arm and I’ve been trying to find some sports or something he can do to be social, and recently had the brilliant idea of Bocci! However, I have no idea where to play Bocci in Canberra, especially for disabled people.
Do any Rioters know [...]

Venue suggestions for a large event in Canberra?

By 2 October 2012

Hi all.
So I’m looking at trying to put together a music event next year and am in need of some venue ideas. It’s not going to be anything massive, probably 2-3 separate areas with a diverse variety of bands/DJs etc and will be hoping for an overall turnout through the event (running 8-10 hours) of around 250-750 [...]

Kombi Van Formal Hire in Canberra?

By 30 September 2012

I was having a little search around the internet for what car me and my friends might take to formal. I came across a RiotACT post from a few years back asking for kombi vans in canberra. Thinking that this was a good idea I followed the links and wasn’t fully satisfied, mainly because the [...]

CD Cabinets in Canberra?

By 30 September 2012

Can anyone help me with trying to find a cabinet maker who will make me a cd cabinet?
I bought one at the Kingston bus depot markets about 15 years ago in stained pine and stained glass doors and would like another one made.
I am told the maker has moved to Hall markets but haven’t [...]

Rubbing the right way. Massage in Canberra?

By 28 September 2012

Dear Rioters, who is the best masseur in Canberra?
I am inner north but prepared to travel (within reason). No specific injuries, just sore muscles.
I will ignore any Mitchell/Fyshwick recommendations.

Black strips across roads

By 27 September 2012

What are the temporary black strips across roads for?
There’s usually two of them parallel to each other and they’re attached to a box that’s off the road.
Are they just to monitor the amount of traffic?
Are they speed related in any way?

Discoloured water northside

By 26 September 2012

Dear Hivemind,
So our water is running a poo-brown colour this evening and we have just found out from ACTEW Water that this is happening at the moment – see link.
Although the bath water is not so bad as Neil’s in the Young Ones episode ‘Nasty’.. we are loathe to dip our baby in until we know [...]

Recommend a Gardener in Canberra?

By 25 September 2012

So with the weather warming up and the sun shining its time to sort my extremely neglected (to put it mildly) yard out finally.
Can someone recommend a good, honest and reliable gardener in Gungahlin, who can hack, slash, prune and lop their way through a jungle, and dispose of the trimmings?
Thanks in Advance.

Maths tutor in Canberra?

By 25 September 2012

My 16 yo daughter (year 10) has always had “issues” with maths, or to quote her “I like maths, it doesn’t like me”.  Prior to this year she maintained a B average. I think that she decided she wouldn’t need maths in College, she’s now failing and is behind is key concept areas.
She now wants [...]

Landscaper wanted!

By 24 September 2012

We paid $80 an hour for a chap with a Dingo machine to rip out some shrubs. Not an onerous task by any means. Cost $400. Not bad money for 5 hours work. We asked if he could come back to take out some more, but he never came back or even contacted us after [...]

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