Tag Archives: ask riotact


By 8 August 2014

Hi everyone,
I have some friends coming down to Canberra and they are looking for a Farmstay or similar… like a nice warm and cosy home with a fireplace… to stay for a weekend
Two adults, two young kids and a Gen Y tagging along.
Any help with ideas will be appreciated

Is Canberra Infested by a Brain-Eating Zombie Virus?

By 6 August 2014

Hi All
Just a quick note to say I am about to take down my short story about whether Canberra is infested by a brain-eating zombie virus. It was inspired by a reader’s request to include three items in a yarn set in Canberra (and a dash of 1950s US Cold War zombie movies):

Gold Creek Lolly [...]

The Monster of Loch Burley Griffin?

By 5 August 2014

Inspired by many posts over the years on the RiotACT, I thought it was again time to question what lurks beneath the muddy depths of Lake Burley Griffin. My latest Canberra short story was inspired by three items nominated via social media:
Llloonng Exposures + Clouds + Chilly Canberra Morning
Let me know what you think. [...]

Coffee machine repair centres

By 4 August 2014

Hello Rioters
I’m seeking some advice or recommendations on where I can take my beloved Breville BES860 Coffee machine to get repaired.
In the past I’ve had it serviced at Premier Instruments in Dickson as they are an authorised Breville repair centre. Unfortunately they have now closed down.
I’ve approached a few places around the capital, however no [...]

Building company sent me to debt collection!!!

By 3 August 2014

Hi All,
Long story, trying to put as short as possible. We built our house is Canberra with a dodgy company.
My builder (who pretends to be builder, but actually is director of company) after finishing my home after 17 months asked me the final payment.
Then we started calculating the figures of how much is pending. Builder [...]

Brumby Jack toy wanted

By 2 August 2014

I have a friend whose little boy loves his Brumby Jack toy. Now that he has started day care his Mum would love to have 2 – one to keep at home and one to keep at day care.
Buying another one is no longer an option as the Brumbies have introduced a larger Brumby Jack. [...]

Seeking a good reasonably priced range-hood installer

By 30 July 2014

I need someone who can remove a gas oven and replace it with an electric oven. I would also like to install a range-hood (where there hasn’t been one before – it will also need ducting through the roof).  Does anyone have any good experiences preferably on the south side of town?

Stop Short Term Accommodation in Residential Apartments

By 28 July 2014

I am seeking your support to draw to the attention of the ACT Legislative Assembly the Social and community problems associated with allowing short-term accommodation in residential apartment complexes. These include the behavioural impact of short-term guests on residents, compromised security and inability of residents to enjoy their own home due to crowd sourced noise [...]

Need a builder for a small job

By 25 July 2014

I need someone to tell me if we can knock down an internal wall without making the house fall over and then, if it is ok to do so, knock down said wall.  Any recommendations for someone professional who could do this small job?  This is the first step in doing up our place and [...]

Wanted: pic of Mouse house at Weston park and other old Canberra pics

By 24 July 2014

Hi All
I run a little website called Capital Yarns where I invite readers to submit 3 items and I write them a short work of fiction featuring all 3 set in Canberra. It’s at
I would love to get some requests from RiotACT readers and contributors!
I like to feature a photo of each item with [...]

Is there a PUP Canberra branch?

By 23 July 2014

With yesterdays news that the Sex Party is running in the next ACT Election.  It got me thinking is PUP registered in the ACT as a party? Surely the ACT has a wanna be Jacqui Lambie ready to run, win and be Chief Minister. Any suggestions?

Best of Canberra: Steak (straight up)

By 21 July 2014

I still pine for days gone by, when I lived around the corner from an Argentinean steak house in London. The menu was limited to steak (big or small) and corn on the cob, with a local form of crème caramel for after’s. It was good food cooked perfectly.
Is there [...]

Fridge repairer

By 20 July 2014

I recently purchased a fridge off gumtree which turned out not to be working. I didn’t try it out as soon as I purchased it as I was still using my old one and now the seller has moved overseas so there is no recourse there. I did try calling him and he insisted that [...]

University of Canberra the rich kid on the block?

By 19 July 2014

Is it just me or do others get the impression UC is the rich kid on the block?
For example this week was one of the few weeks they didn’t buy a Canberra sporting team but instead they opened a $16 million sports field. I’m sure next week we will read about their new UC Canberra [...]

Have you lost a Beagle?

By 17 July 2014

I have custody of a faded Tri Colour Beagle which has escaped from its regular digs. She was found somewhere around Eggleston Cres in Woden, goes by the name of Bridgette, (or at least she used to) and is approx 7 years of age. I believe she may reside in the Bonython area normally.
I know [...]

Private Car Purchase – Reliance on Verbal Advertisements

By 15 July 2014

Recently I’ve bought a used car from a lady in Jerrabomberra. It’s a BMW 320i 2009. The car was registered under her company name.
When I inspected the car, she said the car was equipped with a CD stacker. I believed her and did not test that. After I bought the car, I tried to load [...]

Would BusPlus system be a viable transport solution?

By 14 July 2014

Matthew kindly sent in a link to an article in the Canberra Times which we missed amidst all the heated discussions over light rail, suggesting it may stimulate some good discussion.
Given all the conversations had in the past few weeks over public transport in the ACT, would this potentially provide any answers or [...]

Recommended bricklayers

By 14 July 2014

I have recently purchased a block of land, have had an architect draw up some plans, now I am looking at trying to find a reputable bricklayer to do the brickwork (obviously) for our house. It is a one storey house, approx. 18 sq. in size. Could anyone recommend a good bricklayer? Thank you.

Cholesterol testing

By 13 July 2014

As usual, I had the standard five cholesterol (Lipid Studies) tests done via my Dr.  From reading, I know that there are a number of others than can be done to get an idea of the Why? of a high LDL reading, e.g. LDL-P, LipoProtein(a)…  Anybody know whether it is possible to get these done [...]

Curtain / window warmers

By 5 July 2014

Hi, has anyone had their Curtains done lately, at a good price and good quality? Do Firths of Yass, or any other competitive regional area companies still exist – as per 2011 curtains review on here ? Thanks for any useful updates you have.

Landscaper recommendation

By 4 July 2014

We want to replace our grass with loose gravel, and replace the dead plants in our hedge.   Small front area and even smaller side area. In Crace.   Not up to doing it ourselves.  We’d like a neat and permanent job.  Any recommendations?

Tailor to fix leather pants

By 30 June 2014

Hi all,
Just wondering if anyone can recommend a very good tailor who can fix a hole (where the belt buckle loop is so in) on leather pants? I have asked around and not gotten much feedback.
Preferably Southside, but would be willing to travel just to make sure the pants get fixed well without being damaged.


By 27 June 2014

I am looking for helpful advice, and really don’t mind getting a pitch from someone who wants to make a buck.
Because I am old, usually cook and eat at home and am generally unsociable, the task of organising something has fallen to me. It’s natural, in the same way as a romcom plot.
Anyhow, there is [...]

Kitchen Exhaust Fan

By 24 June 2014

Hi. This is my first time posting this forum. I am looking to renovate my kitchen on a reasonable budget.  The kitchen currently has a basic exhaust fan above the stove.  The fan was replaced a year so so ago with a good quality fan.  At the same time the tubing on the roof side of the [...]

The Uriarra Track

By 22 June 2014

There was an old track that went from Uriarra to Queanbeyan before Canberra was built. Sheep used to be driven to the Yarralumla Wool Shed from Uriarra, but we are not sure what traffic continued along the track to Queanbeyan (possibly via what is now the Governor General’s residence). Remnants of the track are located [...]

Copa Restaurant closed for good?

By 21 June 2014

Does anyone know what’s happening with the Copa restaurant in Dickson? I tried to go a couple of weeks ago and it was closed, and appears to have remained so. The website also appears to be down. Are they closed for good or are all the staff too busy watching the World Cup?

Stamp duty deduction on a rental property

By 19 June 2014

I’ve just purchased a rental property in Canberra and I am aware that, because I am leasing it on a 99 year lease, then the stamp duty is deductible in the 1st tax year as a “lease document expense”.
My question is regarding the other expenses (conveyancing etc) incurred in obtaining the property. Again, given that [...]

Fire exit locked… what can I do?

By 18 June 2014

Greetings hivemind,
I work in a small commercial building where the front door is locked after 5.30pm every day.  This means the only way out if I stay back is via the back door.  I guestimate that the floor area of the building is about 1200 square metres, i.e. 600 ground floor and the same upstairs, and [...]

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
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 [...]

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