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Ask RiotACT: relationship counsellor/psychologist recommendations

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Hi all. I’m wondering if anyone has some positive results from a relationship psychologist or counsellor in Canberra?
My partner and I are trying to work through some infidelity and trust issues, but I don’t know which would be the best option to turn to.
I would also rather see someone sooner rather than later. I appreciate [...]

Ask RiotACT: Issues with IVAR Villa (Franklin)

By 1 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have purchased an off-the-plan property in IVAR Villa (Franklin) a few months ago. I was advised that construction would start in September 2015 but nothing has happened yet. I would like to know if anyone else has had this type of experience with off-the-plan properties and the options that I have.
Also, has anyone purchased a property in [...]

Ask RiotACT: Ainslie Vietnamese Kitchen

By 26 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Does anyone know what has happened to the Ainslie Vietnamese Kitchen? I miss them.

Ask RiotACT: Termite inspection services

By 24 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello Rioters
I read a couple of old (2008, 2010) posts on termites, where several commenters stressed the importance of getting a termite expert to inspect (as opposed to cowboy operators ).
Can anyone provide me with a recommendation for a service they’ve used in the last year or two?  We use Canberra Pest Control [...]

Ask RiotACT: Orthodontist and Jaw Surgery Recommendation?

By 22 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have a terrible experience with my previous orthodontist ten years ago.
Finally, courage comes to me and I am ready for treatments of my jaw misalignment again. Can anyone share your experience or recommend a orthodontist + jaw surgeon to me? Also, which private health insurer would you recommend for such treatment?
Many thanks and nice day!

Ask RiotACT: Parking fine at New Acton

By 21 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hey Team,
I recently received a parking fine for not displaying a valid ticket at the car park at New Acton. I was parked in a New Acton (private) car park spot, not an ACT Government spot.  The middle of the road has free two-hour ACT Government parking, while the part of the road adjacent to the [...]

Ask RiotACT: Renovations in Jerrabomberra

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I’m looking for suggestions for a quality tradesman to renovate my kitchen, bathrooms and laundry. I also want to install floating timber floors throughout, repaint and install a new wardrobe.
I tried John from Purr-fect Bathrooms as suggested in other posts but unfortunately he doesn’t work in NSW.

Ask RiotACT: Recommendations for new kitchen installer

By 18 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I am looking to get a new kitchen installed, and rip the old one out. Has anyone had one done recently? Hoping to get some recomendations for good value installers in the ACT.
All comments greatly appreciated.

Ask RiotACT: Purchasing flat bread in bulk

By 15 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Having a large family function over Easter and need to source around 100-150 flat breads for making kebab wraps and the like.
Can anyone recommend somewhere in Canberra where I can buy fresh flat bread in that quantity?
I know that Costco, etc sell flat bread, but would prefer freshly made local ones.

Should dogs be allowed in Weston Park?

By 11 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am extremely concerned to learn that dogs on leash are now allowed in Weston Park. Dogs will not be able to access the miniature railway or children’s playground area. Weston Park is full of wildlife, kangaroos, swans, ducks, swamp hens and many parrots and other birds. During the week when traffic and people numbers are [...]

Ask RiotACT: Southside Hairdressers

By 24 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi there,
My usual hairdresser did a terrible job on my hair this last week and it’s the last straw if you know what I mean. I’m looking for hairdresser recommendations for the Southside, but my budget does not extend to Cataldos.

Ask RiotACT: Buying in ‘old’ Dunlop

By 24 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Everyone!
Can anyone share some buying advice for old Dunlop? Specifically Lance Hill Ave/Evelyn Owen Crescent?
Looking to buy a 4-bed in the area; I have a young family so I’m wondering if its worth looking there?

A Christmassy Ask RiotACT: favourite Christmas / seasonal songs

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A Christmassy ‘Ask RiotACT!’
I love this time of year, though by this time a lot of us are fed up with Christmas music – usually because we only hear the same few songs over and over again while we shop.
Retail staff must go bonkers!
It’s such a pity we don’t hear a much wider range of [...]

Ask RiotACT: licensed electrician in north Belconnen

By 22 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello. I’m looking for a licensed electrician with a reasonable rate per hour. Ideally, with no call out so preferably local to install LED downlights.
Also, does anyone know how long it would take to put new LED lights in to replace existing downlights which currently have halogen. It’s a straightforward change over; no holes need to be cut [...]

Ask RiotACT: looking for rental advice

By 22 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello Riotact. Does anyone have some advice on renting out a property in Canberra? Hopefully, we will be out by end of January and looking to rent out the property — but looking at returns (the agents are after approx. 10% and the land tax adds onto expenses), I’m unsure what is the best way to go. Can [...]

Ask RiotACT: Canberra Xmas Lights

By 21 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Looking to drive around the suburbs and check out the Xmas lights that families put up. Any suggestions for the best ones?

Ask RiotACT: Certificates of occupancy

By 16 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi everyone! I was hoping someone could give me some advice.
We’re looking to buy a house and have discovered in the contract a DA approval for a brand new kitchen that was built a few years ago. This kitchen has no Certificate of Occupancy. We like the house and weve been told inspections and paperwork [...]

Ask RiotACT: Dog Barking Help

By 5 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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So I moved into this neighbourhood about 8 months ago, and had been enjoying it. That is, until about 2 months ago one of the neighbours got a dog that wouldn’t stop barking at… nothing!
I mean, it probably starts barking at 7 or 8 in the morning, and wouldn’t stop until the people have come [...]

Ask RiotACT: parking on the grass of the road side

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Hi there, I found a car next to my place parked on the grass on the road side. The grass under the car is not doing well as no access to the sunshine.
I am just wondering is there any rule to regulate parking in a suburban road? The grass is on public land not under [...]

Ask RiotACT: tree roots and my paved driveway. Help!

By 1 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi there, this is my first post on here.  I have a lovely big tree at the front of my property (I want to keep the tree), however, the roots are lifting up my paved driveway.  Can anyone recommend a person or company to fix my problem?
Also not sure whether I need a tree surgeon [...]

Ask RiotACT: High “M” class soil in building contracts?

By 30 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Has anyone building in Canberra been caught by a clause in their building contract that only covers foundations for “S” or Low “M” Class soil and then are informed their block is High “M” class soil and requires several thousand dollars of extra work?

Ask RiotACT: Stinky hedge


Does anyone else notice that the flowers of this hedge stink? If so, why is there so much of it in Canberra?

Ask RiotACT: So, the GST is Going to Increase…?

By 26 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Can anyone answer some of these questions in relation to what appears an almost certain increase in the GST from 10% to 15% :
1) If the prices of goods/services rises, will not the law of demand hold true and generally, sales will decrease? How will that affect projected revenue raised?
2) If tax payers/families/fixed income recipients/self [...]

Ask RiotACT: Recommend a window cleaning service

By 25 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Editor note: we were looking for cleaner recommendations earlier in the week, now we’re looking specifically for window cleaners.
Looking for a pro to clean the windows at my large(ish) 2 storey townhouse Southside.  Any recommendations?  What does it normally cost?
Thanks in advance.

Ask RiotACT: Recommendations for Cleaners

By 23 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Riotacters!
I have been searching the web for names of reliable cleaners who do regular cleaning services, but noticed the last post here was a little outdated.
Does anyone have recommendations for cleaners able to do a fortnightly clean Northside?

Ask RiotACT: Recommendation for Comcare Lawyer

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I’m after recommendations of great lawyers with lots of experience dealing with Comcare for a psychological injury.

Ask RiotACT: Coffee carts in Canberra

By 10 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My workplace is losing its canteen, and we’re a bit of a hike from the nearest coffee shop and lunch options. Does anyone know of a food truck or similar that will visit businesses to sell coffees and sandwiches?
We’d like to have someone visit once a day (in the morning) for a few months until [...]

Ask RiotACT: Cycling on pedestrian crossings – who must give way?

By 9 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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If a cyclist and a driver collide on a pedestrian crossing, who is liable for the repair costs for the car and/or bicycle?
The most recent (January 2014) ACT Road Rules Handbook does not require drivers to give way to cyclists on marked pedestrian crossings. It says, “Motorists must give way to pedestrians on a marked [...]

Ask RiotACT: Dry cleaning recomendation

By 8 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi fellow Rioters,
I have two over sized king size coverlets which I’m finding difficult to clean.   Does anyone know where I might be able to have them dry cleaned?  Preferably on the northside.

Ask RiotACT: To quit or be sacked? A PSS superannuation dilemna

By 7 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Here is a modern day minor problem that I need to sort out.
I was aiming to quit my public service job in the near future and contacted the PSS to check my options. The advice was wait until aged 55 to collect my pension/lump sum, however if you are made redundant you can collect a [...]

Ask RiotACT: Recommendations needed for Canberra tradesmen

By 6 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Canberrans,
We are just about to start renovations on our new home. We need advice for the tradesmen who can do the following. We really want someone who is reliable, knowledgeable and reasonably priced. I’d even be happy with a handyman who would be able to do the lot.
Floor sanding
Carpet laying
Removal of a small dividing [...]

Ask RiotACT: Can anyone recommend lawnmower and chainsaw servicer?

By 5 November 2015
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Dear all,
Can anyone recommend a lawn mower and chainsaw servicer in Canberra? Happy to use a hobbyist as they often offer a better product for less. There were postings on here a few years ago but not sure if they are currently valid.
Thanks in advance!

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