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Swimming Pool Water Consumption in Canberra?

By 31 December 2013

Does anyone have first hand experience of how much extra water they used each year by installing an inground swimming pool?
And, how effective are pool blankets really?
Would installing a rain water tank be sufficient for topping-up the pool?
Perhaps someone has done a comparison before and after installing their pool.
After the first fill-up I suspect a [...]

After advice on dealing with harrassment in the ACT Gov workplace?

By 29 December 2013

So my dream has come true to try out a career in the Public sector,  I have gotten a temp job in an office for a local department and have been enthusiastically trying my hardest for the last month.  It is quite a career change from the Building industry to Administration.
So unfortunately I have come [...]

Child Care Info in Canberra?

By 29 December 2013

Hello all,
Maybe this riot act community could provide a little bit of assistance for some analysis of the current state of mind and positions for families seeking child care.
Here is a hypothetical for you….
Lets assume for conversations sake, that a new child care facility was going to open in the not so distant future.
Again lets [...]

Compensation advice please…

By 28 December 2013

In late 2009 I was living in an ACT Government housing property, on this particular day I had a washing machine delivered, the delivery driver moved my old washing machine outside and I stayed in the laundry to sweep the area underneath where it had lived for a number of years. I was done sweeping [...]

Cafés open this time of year in Canberra?

By 27 December 2013

Driving about Fyshwick on Monday and Tuesday, the only two places that were open and served a reasonable coffee had queues out the door.  
The difficult thing this time of year is to know who is actually open outside of the big shopping centres.  
Any rioters have tips on the decent suburban venues that trade [...]

In search of a bingled white Toyota ute

By 27 December 2013

On Boxing Day around 10.30pm, someone driving a white Toyota ute caused an accident at the corner of Drakeford and Erindale Drive.
Two other cars were involved, one of which was rear-ended and then smashed driver’s side first into a light pole. I have no idea of the full extent of the driver’s injuries, but she [...]

Looking for quirky/fun/adventurous weekend activities or getaways for couples

By 24 December 2013

Hey,
I’m looking for some quirky/fun/adventurous weekend activities or getaways for couples.
It could be free or paid, right here in Canberra or up to 2 hours away, energetic or laid back. Think gold panning, fossil hunting, abseiling, DIY classes, farm stays where we get to milk cows and that sort of thing…
I’m open to [...]

Ascot townhouses in Harrison

By 24 December 2013

I’m thinking of buying a 2 br townhouse at the Ascot development in Harrison on the Flemington rd side to live in with my wife and small child.
I am wondering if anyone has any advice? In particular, how are they during winter?
The weatherboard part at the back seem to lack insulation and you can [...]

Laser printer repair in Canberra?

By 23 December 2013

Fellow Rioters,
Any suggestions on a cheap, reliable southside laser printer repairer? I have a Samsung Three in One printer. The manual feed works; the automatic (tray) feed does not, with the machine telling me it has no paper. It does.
I’m not prepared to spend largish dollars on this as new laser printers are as [...]

Buying cheap/bulk coconut water in Canberra

By 21 December 2013

I am looking to get some bulk coconut water, probably in the order of 30/40l of the stuff. I am after that weird ‘sickly sweet despite the fact that its only 6% sugar’ Asian grocery stuff rather than the much healthier and boring tasting nudie or other hippie types.
Best price I’ve seen has been 500ml [...]

Recommendations for nursing homes around Canberra?

By 20 December 2013

I’m looking for recommendations for high care nursing homes in and close to Canberra.  
I’d prefer first hand experiences so that I can get a better idea of which places live up to the sales pitch you get when you visit.

24 Hour Belconnen Mall! But How?

By 18 December 2013

Target and Kmart are open 24 hours at Westfield Belconnen, but how do you get in?
I moved to Belconnen a few weeks ago from Perth WA. I went to the mall at 6:30 this morning (bright sunlight) to pick up a fan before work. I tried several entrances, entering and leaving several car parks, before [...]

Lights , Camera, Manuka

By 18 December 2013

Anybody know what the regulations are for cameras and camera gear at Manuka Oval? I’ve got tickets to watch the Poms vs PM’s XI and I’d like to get a bit snappy there.
I only ask, as the SCG will not allow lenses over 200mm and mine is a 300mm, no tripods or monopods either. I’m [...]

Zed’s office. Is Liberal party signage kosher?

By 17 December 2013

I walked past Zed Seselja’s office today and was surprised to see several large Liberal Party logos on the front window.
Perhaps I’ve been mistaken but I’ve always held the impression that electorate offices were meant to be branding free. I can’t find any info either way online but don’t recall ever seeing any info [...]

Hairdresser Recommendations in Weston Creek?

By 16 December 2013

Hi Rioters!
Having just relocated over to Weston Creek from the other side of town, I’m hoping that the hive mind may have a few recommendations for hairdressers in the area.
Basically, looking for reasonable prices and good service.
Thanks!

Paving advice in Canberra?

By 16 December 2013

I need to get some back yard paving done and I’d be very grateful for any recommendations from rioters about who I should use.

Body corporate document inspection fees

By 16 December 2013

Has anyone recently attempted to inspect the documents of a body corporate before purchasing a unit/apartment?
I was quite surprised when advised it would be $155 for the place I was looking into. Does it seem [ridiculously] steep to anyone else?

Traffic accident notifications in Canberra?

By 16 December 2013

Canberrans
Is there any government / police / other website out there that posts traffic updates re delays because of road closures, roadworks or accidents?
Thanks!

Best walks around the city

By 14 December 2013

There have been plenty of great discussions about the best bushwalks but where do you walk if you aren’t able to (or choose not to) get out of town?
Popular choices include:

Black Mountain
Mount Ainslie
Mount Taylor
Red Hill
Lake Burley Griffin bridge loop

I used to laugh at people driving places to go for a walk but it really [...]

Tuggeranong Parkway Speeding cameras?

By 14 December 2013

Hi,
Tonight I was in a rush around 2am and I was coming from gungahlin/mitchell to woden. I was speeding but I thought there was only 2 speeding cameras (3k before woden turn off & 500m after woden turn off)
Is there one near gungahlin/mitchell and around where? I didn’t see any flashes at all.
I [...]

Dry cleaners? Recommendations in Canberra?

By 13 December 2013

Just wondering if anyone is able to provide some up to date recommendations for a good dry cleaner for a wedding dress and some silk dresses?
With thanks!
Mrs Padoof

Getting ACT licence after moving here from NSW

By 10 December 2013

Hey guys
I have just moved here from NSW and am trying to get my ACT drivers licence.  you have 3 months to transfer it after you move
I’m having trouble meeting the proof of residency requitements.  you can read what they will accept here
I’m renting a room.  I’m not on the lease.  I don’t have any [...]

Renting a commercial kitchen in Canberra?

By 10 December 2013

I am starting up a small event catering business selling my home grown pork and so far have done all of the cooking at the venue.
This is proving too hard for a couple of things and my home kitchen isn’t suitable and will need far too many modifications to meet food hygiene standards, [...]

Advice on living peacefully with heavy smoking neighbours?

By 10 December 2013

I’m a non-smoker living in a low-level apartment complex. I’m on the ground floor and have a fellow non-smoking flatmate. Occasionally we have friends around who smoke outside, which makes it hard to complain about other smokers in the complex.
However, new people moved in upstairs about three months ago – two couples, with a toddler [...]

Ask RiotACT: Is the Tradies new advertising racist?

By 9 December 2013

Rioter W poses this question:
Check out this advertisement from the Tradies (similar language appears in their other advertising). Is there any way to interpret this other than as racist?

Good question W!
While the most obvious way to interpret this would be to assume that these ladies are looking for a club with only white people in [...]

Where to buy a rocking chair in Canberra?

By 7 December 2013

Hello Rioters,
My mother’s well loved and used rocking chair has gone to its eternal reward. I would like to buy her a new one for Christmas but all the standard furniture retailers have proven fruitless.
Has anyone seen one anywhere on their travels?
I want a standard wooden type one not a cane one. (Have [...]

Re-Roadworks on Cotter Road?

By 6 December 2013

Hey Rioters,
I have not seen another thread regarding this, forgive me if this is a re-post. I am wondering if anyone else has noticed that the recent ripping up of the Cotter road / Streeton drive intersection and surrounding roads, has included ripping up nearly 100 metres of recently upgraded roadway. I’m specifically talking about [...]

Ginninderra Drive Speeding Camera Direction?

By 5 December 2013

Hi,
I was driving along Coulter Drive turning right onto Ginninderra drive.
I was quite tired at the time and didn’t see when it went orange and simply thought I could make it and wasn’t familiar with the area.
I definitely ran it when it was red (a second after it went red) as I didn’t [...]

What frog is this?

By 2 December 2013

Found this morning living in an infrequently used subaru. Anyone know what type he is?
Also, anyone want to fix my head gasket problems for me?
[ED - Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to images@the-riotact.com ]

A new immigrant, asking for employment advice

By 1 December 2013

Greetings,
It’s very difficult to understand a country only by web browsing!
I’m a self educated graphic designer, planning for my settlement in CBR in near future. I’ve been granted a permanent work visa by the government.
Both being proud of having this golden opportunity to live and work in Australia -hopefully forever-, and concerned at the same [...]

Recommendations for framing?

By 1 December 2013

Hi all,
Need a bit of help – have recently come back from overseas where I bought some paintings, which I now need to get custom framed.
Does anyone have a recommendation for a decent framer in Canberra, and approximate cost?
Would appreciate any advice. Thanks!

Just who dreams up our OTT regulations?

By 1 December 2013

We have recently had the ACT Gov deciding to impose fees on the worthy burgers putting on humungous Christmas light shows for the public. Chief Minister Katie has decided that no fees will be applied. I think the words used were ‘common sense needs to be applied’.
Why is this ‘common sense’ not applied to the [...]

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