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Land Rent in Canberra, pros and cons?

By 7 June 2012

G’day fellow rioters.
In an appeal the the hivemind, I’m after experiences and views on the Land Rent scheme. My wife and I are looking at buying in the near future and we’re trying to get a grasp on our options. Ideally, we would like an existing property, but given that some house/land packages [...]

Authentic Italian restaurant??

By 6 June 2012

I would be very grateful for some advice on authentic and delicious Italian restaurants in Canberra. 
Looking forward to hearing about some less-known trattorias -Thanks in advance!!

Sports & Stars Westfield Belconnen?

By 6 June 2012

Does anyone know what happened to Sports & Stars Sporting Memorabilia Store that were on the lower level of Westfield Belconnen?
Apparently they were there last Friday and come Saturday morning they weren’t.
Centre Management don’t even seem to know where / why they left.  
They have just done a runner.  
Not sure how [...]

Public Liability Insurance

By 5 June 2012

Having recently become an owner/occupier of a unit in Bruce, I have come accross this guide to body corporate kindly provided by Independent Property Group.
I note in the Insurance section the following guidance: “as a safeguard it is strongly advisable to take out a public liability policy for the inside of the unit”
Is it to [...]

Murrumbateman Families – Where do you send the kids for Primary School?

By 5 June 2012

We are currently considering a move from Sydney to the Murrumbateman area with our 2 small boys. The eldest is due to start school next year and I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice as to where would be best to send him?
I’d rather not fork out for private school at this [...]

Kangaroo tastes better?

By 4 June 2012

All this talk of kangaroo culls and side discussion of eating kangaroo has got me hungry for some roo.  I didn’t want to hijack the original thread about the right and wrong of culling but I do have a question.
When I were a lad and we would go camping, we’d often shoot a roo and [...]

Prefab sheds in Canberra?

By 4 June 2012

I want to build a shed/studio in my back yard and I think that some kind of prefab structure’s probably the way to go. Googling “Canberra prefab buildings” doesn’t help much.
Canberra Outdoor Structures looks promising but the site only has links to PDFs that never seem to download.
Goulburn Yurtworks has some nice stuff, but I’d [...]

Identity “Theft” Advice in Canberra?

By 4 June 2012

My friend has done the old identity scam where you get your friend’s identification (non-photographic) and apply for a new 18+ card. He has now been caught with the I.D. His friend was fully consensual in supplying him with his identity. 
I’m just wondering if anyone knows what  the legislation is regarding this and the penalties [...]

Real Estate ads – magic or deceptive?

By 4 June 2012

Hey rioters,  have a look at these Allhomes photos for the following properties.  Notice anything unusual?  Such as the same “fire” photoshopping its way into each fireplace?
24 Dugan Street Deakin 2600  Lounge room photo
104 Mugga Way Red Hill 2603, Lounge room photo
6 Fitzroy Street Forrest 2603, Lounge to Family.
This one’s good:  there’s nobody home and [...]

Need a tiny bit of welding done in Canberra?

By 4 June 2012

I have been restoring an old cabinet and I had to replace the handle, now I have a new glass handle with a brass collar but I need to weld it to the screw thread which the door catch attaches too.
It’s an extremely small job, it only involves welding an outer circle of brass [...]

Bulk mailout companies in ACT, any recommendations?

By 2 June 2012

My work do bulk mailouts of publications (think skinny magazine similar to City News) several times a year.
At the moment it is handled in-house with us supplying the stationery and casual labour hired to stuff envelopes it but I was thinking it might be better to use a mailing company to do it instead. 
Has anyone got [...]

Air raid siren in Fyshwick this morning?

By 1 June 2012

I was out to get coffee this morning at about 8:20 up at the eye hospital and on my out I heard something in the distance that sounded like an air raid siren. Anyone care to shed some light on why it may of been sounding?
I know that in rural areas they use it to [...]

Quickest way from Gungahlin to Fyshwick?

By 31 May 2012

I need to get from Gungahlin to Fyshwick at 9.00 in the morning.
I don’t normally go that direction, can anyone suggest the least cr@p route to take?
I know they’re all bad, just wonder which way is the least bad?

Dodgy Heater Installation – who to complain to?

By 31 May 2012

Hi All
I had a heater installed in January last year by a company in Fyshwick – and of course I presumed the installation of my heater was safe.
I called in early May to say the heater was coming away from the wall and asked them to fix it, then again two weeks later – didnt [...]

Nursing homes in North Canberra

By 31 May 2012

Alien Fiend Senior is rapidly approaching the time where he will need to go into full time high level residential care. Like his son, he has a sharp mind and can look after his lower bits, but alas, his sight is failing and he is old.
We have looked at Calvary and Goodwin in Ainslie and [...]

Help! How to get rid of a room mate ??

By 31 May 2012

Riot-Act hive mind I am seeking your advice on how to evict a room mate/boarder, short of illegally changing the locks on them.
My partner owns the house we live in, and currently we rent out the other 2 bedrooms to our freeloader tenants. I’ll call them B1 & B2. Our main issue is with B1.
One of [...]

Australian International Hotel School. What’s the go?

By 30 May 2012

The Australian International Hotel School at the Hotel Kurragong was purchased by the Blue Mountains Hotel School in 2005. It operates out of the back of the Hotel Kurragong.
Its website, links to the Blue Mountains Hotel School website, which has no mention of the AIHS. I rang them yesterday and was advised that the [...]

Scandinavian groceries/treats in Canberra?

By 30 May 2012

Scandinavians may be georgously tall and pale but they are also Europe’s culinary little secret.
There are a handful of phenomenal Swedish restaurants around Australia but I’m more in the market for little deli items and even alcoholic drinks.
Are there any delis or market stalls around Canberra with Scandinavian treats?

Broncos Supporters in Canberra?

By 30 May 2012

Just wondering how many Brisbane Broncos Supporters there are in Canberra and surrounds.  There always seems to be lots at the game when they come to town.  As a Queenslander a lot of friends support them but I was wondering about those outside my friendship group.
Anyway I seeking interest in a Broncos Regional Membership with [...]

Legalities of recording a conversation in the ACT?

By 30 May 2012

Can anyone help me I am trying to find out if it is illegal to record a conversation with someone without notifying them?
Not over a telecommunications device, just like the old tape recordings? 
I have contacted the AMCM the AG’s Dept and also the privacy commision to no avail, all  they can tell me is [...]

Making cheese in Canberra?

By 29 May 2012

So I want to make cheese with unhomogenised milk.
I just wondered whether anyone can save me some time by recommending the cheapest source of unhomogenised milk.
I’m looking for 10-13 litres per week.
I know the brands here are Barambah, Canberra Gold and Paul’s Organic.
Has anyone managed to strick a good price deal?
thank [...]

Chronically crappy ABC TV transmission from Mt Tuggeranong

By 29 May 2012

Are there any other Rioters that are having constant problems with HD TV reception on the ABC channels transmitting from Mt Tuggeranong? For at least the past 6 months I get intermittent pixelation, loss of sound and eventually the blackscreen/no signal. It doesn’t happen on any other channel and there is nothing wrong with my antenna as I have a second [...]

Recommendations for lunch near Garran please

By 29 May 2012

I am coming up from the coast, probably early next week, to visit a friend in TCH.  
While I’m there I would like to take his wife out for lunch, to give her a bit of time out. 
Can someone please recommend a nice cafe/restaurant, relatively near the hospital, which won’t keep us hanging [...]

Kids these days… (what to do with the Civic panhandlers)

By 29 May 2012

So as I walked past the new Macca’s at the city interchange on Saturday night, I was asked for “$2 for tha bus?” by a girl of 12 or 13.  When I just said “no.” she responded with a string of expletives that was so unnecessary all I could do was laugh.  That was apparently [...]

Internet Speeds in MacGregor?

By 27 May 2012

For those of you who live in Macgregor: Do you get fast internet speeds? Who is your ISP?  What package are you subscribed to?
I’m currently in Page and can’t get faster download speeds than 8Mbps through the TPG Unlimited ADSL plan.  I will be moving to Macgregor in a few months and was wondering what [...]

Looking for a Good Building Inspector in Belconnen

By 26 May 2012

I am currently looking for a qualified Building Inspector to examine my house for any defects after it is finished being built. 
The house is currently being built in the Belconnen area, and will be finished around September 2012. 
Can anyone recommend to me someone that they have had a good experience with for a [...]

Floor polishing in Canberra?

By 25 May 2012

I’d like to get the timber floors in my house polished and I don’t want to attempt to do it myself.
Can anyone give me a ballpark square meter cost and recommend one of the Canberra tradies who offer this service?

Problems with Real Estate agents at final inspections?

By 25 May 2012

Hi fellow Rioters,
I had been renting or a number of years, and have recently just moved out of a property after living there for a number of years. As usual when I move out, I spent the weekend scrubbing the house from top to bottom to make sure everything was I would want it if [...]

Parking tickets for obstructing traffic and pedestrians in Canberra?

By 23 May 2012

I received a parking ticket yesterday and was wondering if anyone can enlighten me on some of the laws around giving out parking tickets.  I had parked in a residential street in Woden, no parking signs were around nor any red paint on the square gutter. As far as I could tell it was a [...]

Flu Vaccine for 4 year old?

By 22 May 2012

Does anyone know where I can get a flu vaccination for a 4 year old? I am used to this being offered by the GP, but since Australia does not include the flu jab on the vaccination schedule for children, it is difficult to find someone who will actually do it. My GP [...]

Vodafone broadband problems in Canberra?

By 22 May 2012

Is anyone else having trouble with the Vodafone mobile broadband at the moment? 
I haven’t been able to get a network connection for the past 24 hours.

Concreters and Verandahs in Calwell Area

By 21 May 2012

Hi All,
New to the ACT and just purchased a home in Calwell. We like the area but have no idea of who are the reliable businesses to provide concreting services and verandah installation services in the Calwell area.
We have a large deck area to cover as well as wanting a rear roller door installed [...]

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