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Recycling bags delivered in the mail

By 18 June 2014

When checking my mail yesterday I noticed I had been left a couple of blue plastic bags.  I assumed it was a Govt initiative to support a local charity, but on closer inspection noticed a link www.allroundrecycling.com.au
From what I can tell, the company collect the bags for item resale in third world countries.
In ten years [...]

Weekend electrician

By 17 June 2014

Does anyone have a recommendation for an electrician who is able to work on Saturdays?
I’m in the inner south if that helps.

Tonsillectomy – Laser or Thermal Fusion?

By 14 June 2014

Sadly, the time has come, after decades of recurrent tonsillitis, I have been advised to have a tonsillectomy. However, I find the idea of two weeks post-operative pain, something I just do not want to endure.
Thanks to the joys of the internet, there are a couple of newer tonsillectomy techniques that have shorter recovery times, [...]

Should Mr Fluffy be a cause for concern?

By 13 June 2014

Another day, another report in the Canberra Times regarding a ‘Mr Fluffy’ house.
I am at a loss why the ACT Government has had very little to say on the ‘Mr Fluffy’ issue. For that matter, I’m surprised there has been very little in the way of posts on here regarding it too. Is everybody hoping [...]

Mutton in Canberra?

By 12 June 2014

Hi.
I’m hoping that someone can point me to a butcher that sells mutton (sheep) not lamb. I’m looking for a butcher in the Canberra or Queanbeyan area?
Many thanks.
Terence

Curtain makers / fitters in Canberra region

By 11 June 2014

Looking for heavy drapes to install for both noise and thermal insulation for a house in Queanbeyan. Any recommendations for a place that will measure up, make and install them?

Kitchen makeover and carpeting advice

By 10 June 2014

I’m after some advice / suggestions on a kitchen makeover and carpeting three of our bedrooms.  
The background is we are looking at selling in two to three years time and not looking to spend lots just a bit to make it comfortable for us now and to look nice for the sale.
renovations.
Carpet:

Three bedrooms all [...]

Massage chairs

By 9 June 2014

I’m thinking about buying a recliner / massage chair; has anyone got one?
I’d be interested in any recommendations or problems encountered.
Thanks!

Looking for Help: Supplying and fitting LED or CFL Down lights?

By 4 June 2014

Hi.
I’m looking to change our old inefficient down lights to LEDs or Compact Fluros. A total 16 lights in all. Any Rioters have any experience (good or bad) in doing this type of work in the ACT or can anyone make any suggestions of local businesses who can supply and fit????
Cheers.

Growing grass in Canberra

By 2 June 2014

Fellow Rioters.
My lawn is now more weeds than grass and with Spring approaching I thought I would kick off proceedings in replacing it. I was hoping to get thoughts and opinions on the following queries:
(i) Best ever green non-invasive grass variety to grow in Canberra? Have heard good things about Zoysia though not sure if [...]

ISP/Telephony bundles in the ACT – help

By 1 June 2014

I am looking for suggestions from Canberrans on home broadband/telephony bundles (please).
I have recently moved and am in the market for a new home broadband and telephony bundle. I would say I am a light/medium user (currently < 10Gb).
I like the idea of bundling all calls and broadband into 1 package.
(for unlimited calls to relo’s [...]

Windscreen cleaning at traffic lights

By 30 May 2014

I have never been a big fan of windscreen washing at traffic lights.
I was surprised to see it used on the corner of Melrose and Hindmarsh as a bit of a fundraiser a few times for a local women’s Aussie Rules competition, but REALLY surprised to see it used by the Fire Brigade (must have [...]

Canberra mortgage brokers?

By 29 May 2014

Hi all,
I’m in need of a good mortgage broker and after googling came across Trilogy and Tiffen&Co. Anyone have good experiences with them or have any other recommendations?
Cheers

Household Rubbish Smugglers….

By 28 May 2014

I have just discovered that a neighbour dumps their excess household rubbish in their neighbours bins as they have insufficient room in their own bin.
What would you do in this circumstance???

Affordable small office space (or co-working area) for hire by the hour?

By 27 May 2014

Hi,
I’m looking for a small office space to hire by the hour, preferably in Woden (though Civic or Tuggeranong areas could work too).
I’m self-employed and working with life coaching and personal development clients one-on-one, so I really only need a small room, just two chairs and a table. Wifi and a power point is a plus, [...]

What happened to AXIS automotive?

By 27 May 2014

I used to get all my mechanical repairs and services performed by Neil at AXIS automotive in Tuggeranong but have just noticed that they seem to have moved or closed down?
Does anyone know what happened?
I really dont want to have to look for a new mechanic especially one that I can trust.
Thanks.

Taylor Primary School

By 26 May 2014

I am moving house at the end of the year and Taylor Primary School (Kambah) will be nearby. Does anyone have kids there and/or know whether it has a good reputation? I have two boys at another Tuggeranong primary school which has so far served us well, so I would hate to move them to [...]

Re-negotiating rent to match the sagging market

By 26 May 2014

Figures released this week by SQM Research show vacancy rates in Canberra climbed to 2.5 per cent in April, compared to 2.3 per cent nationally, according to the ABC.
There are more than 500 additional rental properties vacant compared to the same time last year in the ACT.
Accompanying the vacancy rates rise is a drop in [...]

Non tacky Australian gifts?

By 25 May 2014

I need to send a few small gifts to family in England and want to get something Australian, whilst avoiding the tacky nastiness around.  I will unfortunately miss the Kingston Markets today, but does anyone have any suggestions of somewhere selling nice locally made gifts for kids and adults (not too $$$ or heavy…)?

Car Insurance Quotes – Any intell?

By 20 May 2014

Yesterday I spent quite a bit of time playing the “Online Quote” game for car insurance – and I was a bit shocked as to the variation between the various companies.
Q: Does anyone have any intell on how these systems work?
Firstly I thought I would utilise one of those “comparison” websites that advertises on TV [...]

Long boozy lunch venue

By 19 May 2014

I’m looking for a venue for a long boozy lunch with a small group of friends.  Something warm and inviting, where we wont be shuffled out the door as soon as the meal ends.  Prefer something central to save on taxi fares but happy to travel for if worthwhile.  I’m after an English pub kind [...]

Wedding Planner?

By 16 May 2014

My fiance and me are getting married sometime next year but we can’t make any decisions re:date, venue etc…
I was hoping some Rioters would have recommendations for a good wedding planner in the Canberra region.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Anyone care about the public servants losing their jobs?

By 16 May 2014

There is so much media coverage around the sacking of pilots or car factory workers or pensioners, what about those 16,000 people (many will have to go by Oct this year). These are people with families, people who need to pay for kids’ tuition fees, their medical bills, and morgage.., etc. Look at newspapers, Tvs, [...]

When is a good time to buy property in Canberra?

By 15 May 2014

I’m looking into buying my first home in Canberra and have been reading all about the predicted property price declines as a result of the 2014 budget. If house prices in Canberra crash, it will be a great time to buy. A work colleague described it as a “once in a generational opportunity to buy cheaply [...]

Venue suggestions?

By 15 May 2014

Okay Canberra – we’ve got a big birthday coming up in my family and are looking for a lunchtime, kid-friendly venue, preferably Northside, but would be happy to take a short drive if it’s worth it. The birthday boy is a bit of a foodie too so we want something quality. Any ideas, rioters?

Transfer from 5 1/4 floppy disk to CD

By 14 May 2014

Does anybody know of a service, preferably in Canberra, for transferring data from 5 1/4 floppy disks to CD?

(EDITOR – I’ve just popped in an image for those who may not have ever seen a 5 1/4 floppy disk)

How do I understand which ACT College is right for my child?

By 13 May 2014

I have not been through the Canberra College system for kids going to Year 11 & 12 – so how do I find out which school is right for my child?
I have seen signs for various school “Open Nights” – but is there a central place where I can understand if schools have various specialties, [...]

Spidey sense tingling

By 10 May 2014

What spider is this?  I suspect its a wolf spider, and so (relatively) harmless.  Any other bids?

Car accident – what to do next?

By 9 May 2014

This may sound silly, but we are relatively new to Australia and a bit confused about what to do after a car accident. I was driving the car, with my spouse in the passenger seat and my daughter in the back seat. We were stopped at a light for at least 30 seconds, [...]

School Enrolment Question

By 9 May 2014

My son is at school age now. I live in Forde and have an investment property in Lyneham. I am wondering if it is possible to enroll him into Lyneham school even though I don’t live in there? Do I have to move to Lyneham?

Crane on Mt Taylor

By 8 May 2014

Whilst driving home this afternoon I noticed a large crane on the top of Mt Taylor. Does anybody know why it is there and what it is doing? At first I thought it might have been erecting a new monument or else doing some work on the National Transmission Station. If anybody [...]

Roadworks on Streeton Drive

By 8 May 2014

The ongoing roadworks along Cotter Road and Streeton Drive have become a very familiar headache on my morning commute.  The recent changes, limited signage and fairly death defying redirect of traffic seems particularly dangerous though.
Is anyone else having issues with it?  Makes me wonder what sort of guidelines they have in how they guide traffic [...]

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