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Mustachian Community => Meetups and Social Events => Topic started by: deborah on May 25, 2014, 11:39:51 PM

Title: Canberra
Post by: deborah on May 25, 2014, 11:39:51 PM
I had such a great time at the Melbourne meet up that I want one where I live - does anyone want a meetup in Canberra?
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Post by: This_Is_My_Username on June 12, 2014, 01:18:45 AM
it looks like just us, Deborah.

pm me if you are interested in meeting up for a coffee/beer/chat
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Post by: Evangeline on June 12, 2014, 06:48:55 AM
I'd be interested in a cbr meet up too!
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Post by: deborah on June 14, 2014, 03:46:23 AM
Someone said they would like to do it after 22nd June. I have been trying to think of an appropriately Mustashian place. Any suggestions welcome.

I did talk to Erindale Library a few months ago (for something else I am doing). There is a room in the library with a kitchenette and an urn that is FREE to any non-charging group with an educational outcome (they have knitters in there on Thursdays) - I am sure we would qualify, and we can definitely eat in there. I could see if we could book it on a Saturday (they are closed on Sundays), and bring stuff. Of course this may be a bit TOO Mustashian.

I assume a weekend would be a more suitable time for people than a week day.
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Post by: happy on June 15, 2014, 03:20:08 AM
I live 2 or 3 hours from Canberra, but would love to come down if I can make it. Booked solid in June. July looks good. The library idea sounds pretty good - Outdoor picnic in winter in Canberra is prob optimistic!
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Post by: bigchrisb on June 15, 2014, 03:53:21 AM
I'm in.

Keep me posted on where. 

A BBQ at one of the lake free BBQ's with cycle access would be in the spirit?

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Post by: This_Is_My_Username on June 16, 2014, 10:06:46 PM
I'm keen.

Outdoors in Canberra in june/july, we will freeze
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Post by: theconcierge on June 16, 2014, 10:24:16 PM
I would be interested as well :)A
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Post by: deborah on June 17, 2014, 02:42:10 AM
I have just been to Erindale Library. The JP who is there every Saturday has the use of the community room from 11am until 1pm.

We could have it from about 1:15pm to 3:45pm (the library shuts at 4pm on Saturdays). They don't currently have anyone using the room at this time in July, so we could choose whichever Saturday we like. I am currently available any Saturday.

So, is this OK? and which Saturday would you like - 5th, 12th, 19th or 26th July?

http://www.act.gov.au/browse/topics/sport-and-recreation/barbecue-and-picnic-areas is a brochure on parks in the ACT. I looked for ones with gas BBQs and picnic shelter, and came up with - 18 Gungahlin Town Park, 37 Acton Park, 41 Remembance Park, 46 Commonwealth Park, 55 Weston Park, 56 Yarralumla Bay, 60 Telopea Park, 61 Kingston Foreshores, 67 National Arboretum, 68 Stromlo Forest Park,  82 Tuggeranong Town Centre Park, 86 Faden Pines Park, 2 Uridarra Crossing, 14 Honeysuckle (home of the moon walk), 15 Orroral Valley... If we wanted to, there are BBQs at the other end of Wanniassa - in Wheeler Cres opposite where Athllon Drive and Drakeford Drive meet (the park is between the corner and Wheeler Cres).
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Post by: Ozstache on June 17, 2014, 03:14:37 AM
Count me in too! I'm good for any of those dates in July. The library sounds like the best option for wintry Canberra.
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Post by: This_Is_My_Username on June 17, 2014, 05:36:39 AM
12th and 26th are good for me

thanks for organising, deborah
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Post by: happy on June 17, 2014, 06:40:15 AM
5th and 26th are best for me. I might be able to manage 12/19th if I can pull off some rearranging..
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Post by: Evangeline on June 17, 2014, 04:34:37 PM
Sorry guys can't make the 26th. I'm doing family stuff because it's my birthday a ('zero' year!)
Erindale is also pretty far for me, I live northside so it'd probably take
me a whole day to get there! Maybe next meet up we can go to a more centrally located library? I'm sure they'll all have similar facilities available.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on June 17, 2014, 04:57:15 PM
One reason for Erindale Centre is that on Saturdays route 900 buses run there from Belconnen every 15 minutes - see http://www.action.act.gov.au/routes/saturday/900_belconnen - sad you can't make it.
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Post by: bigchrisb on June 17, 2014, 08:00:59 PM
I'm out for the 19th and 26th (un-mustachian interstate weddings for friends).  I'm keen to come though - also northside, so happy to car pool / give a lift if its a day I can attend.

Thanks for organising!
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Post by: deborah on June 17, 2014, 10:34:37 PM
Would the 12th be better for more people?
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Post by: bigchrisb on June 17, 2014, 10:45:45 PM
I'm good for 1:15 on the 12th.  Would need to leave by about 3.
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Post by: This_Is_My_Username on June 19, 2014, 09:22:40 PM
happy to meet anywhere in canberra on the 12th. 

Evangeline, I can give you a lift if you need.   I am also northside.

sounds good, thanks deborah.

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Post by: Ozstache on June 20, 2014, 01:10:49 PM
I'm good for the 12th too.
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Post by: happy on June 20, 2014, 04:15:55 PM
I'm keen. I have something to reschedule, and another family issue has just emerged, but I'm hoping it will all be sorted by the 12th and I can make it.
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Post by: theconcierge on June 21, 2014, 09:00:31 PM
Hi guys

I am keen, just won't know until a little closer to the date. If I am free, I will be there!
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Post by: Evangeline on June 22, 2014, 04:58:23 AM
12th is good for me too.
Google maps says it will be a 1 hour 20min bike ride from my place, which is not so bad if it's going to be around 1pm. I'm also just about to buy a new bike, so I'm keen to put it through its paces on that weekend. Thanks for offers of lifts though!!

deborah> thanks for sending my the PMs. I could have sworn I'd turned on notifications for this thread but the option doesn't seem to have 'stuck'.
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Post by: This_Is_My_Username on June 23, 2014, 09:47:23 PM
great, see you all on the 12th
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Post by: deborah on June 24, 2014, 12:52:02 AM
Just letting you know that I put in an application for the 12th yesterday with ACT libraries - should hear back tomorrow.
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Post by: Evangeline on June 25, 2014, 06:18:54 AM
Hello all, sorry to be a PITA but something's suddenly come up for me on the 12th at 2pm. It will take me an hour to cycle from Erindale Library to the place I need to get to so is there a possibility for rescheduling to a bit earlier? 12 or anything before that?
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Post by: deborah on June 25, 2014, 07:50:39 PM
They came back today - and it is booked for the 12th July at 1:15pm. They don't want us to use the boiling water (they think it is unsafe - it actually is, as the tap is about 30cm above the sink draining board), so I'll bring a thermos flask of boiled water. I'll also bring some soup and some mugs and some whiteboard markers (there are two whiteboards).

Sorry, it can't be earlier as the JP has use of the room until 1pm.
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Post by: Evangeline on June 30, 2014, 08:16:42 AM
Aww too bad. Was really keen to meet up with you guys and pick your brains on investing (currently have a reasonably large 'stash that is hidden under the virtual mattress). There's always next time though :)
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Post by: deborah on July 10, 2014, 03:25:17 AM
Hope everyone is still coming. I've included a map of where Erindale Library is. I'm really looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday. There is parking out the front of Erindale Library, and the bus stop is about where the knife and fork symbol is, in Comrie Street, next to the shopping centre.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on July 10, 2014, 04:05:20 AM
Sending my apologies. Haven't been able to negotiate out of various issues in a way that will leave me free for a whole day, which I will need by the time I drive down and back.
Hope its a raging success, you all have a great time and you have another meet up so i can come next time.
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Post by: This_Is_My_Username on July 10, 2014, 05:01:40 AM
see you then :)
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Post by: Ozstache on July 10, 2014, 03:01:43 PM
I'll be there too.
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Post by: bigchrisb on July 10, 2014, 06:30:42 PM
Me too - but I'll need to be gone by about 2:30 - turning a pig into sausages in the afternoon!
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Post by: theconcierge on July 11, 2014, 03:17:37 AM
Hi guys

Really wish I could make it but I have had the last two days off work with a very nasty cold. I am still coughing everywhere, so I don't want to get anyone else sick (been through my whole family already). Hope everyone has fun and I look forward to catching up with others soon
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Post by: deborah on July 11, 2014, 03:51:44 AM
Hi guys

Really wish I could make it but I have had the last two days off work with a very nasty cold. I am still coughing everywhere, so I don't want to get anyone else sick (been through my whole family already). Hope everyone has fun and I look forward to catching up with others soon
Really sorry you can't make it - these bugs really get around. And it's been so cold!
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Post by: bigchrisb on July 14, 2014, 05:33:15 PM
Just a quick thanks to those that braved the cold!  Was good to have a chat with some with a similar financial outlook. 

Anyone keen on another meetup?  Personally, I'd like to see what we can share from our experiences - I know I've had a lot of learning's on investments structures and tax, but would be keen to learn more from others on real estate.

Anyone keen?
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Post by: deborah on July 14, 2014, 05:37:26 PM
I was thinking we could have another meetup in mid September, perhaps in the North. The meetup was great!
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Post by: This_Is_My_Username on July 14, 2014, 08:11:13 PM
It was good to meet you all on the 12th. 

Thanks deborah for organising!

I'm keen to do it again
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Post by: Ozstache on July 15, 2014, 02:29:11 AM
I got a lot out of it too and am up for it again. Mid-Sep is currently good for me.
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Post by: Evangeline on July 16, 2014, 08:13:01 AM
I'm keen too, hopefully I can make it this time!
Northside (or even central) would be great. I can do 14 Sept but not the 3rd weekend in Sept. 
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Post by: deborah on July 20, 2014, 06:19:54 PM
Where would we like to meetup next? Is everyone OK with 14th September?

The ACT library room page http://www.library.act.gov.au/library_services/room_hire says that there are rooms at most libraries, but I think that the one at Dickson, Woden or Kippax, or either training room at Gungahlin seem to be the most appropriate for us. These all have some kitchen facilities and I am not sure that the smallest rooms would be big enough (they would have been last time when we had four).

Of course, in September, we might go for a bbq somewhere, or something else. I would love to try BigChrisB's sausages!
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Post by: happy on July 21, 2014, 03:02:50 AM
Definitely can't do 14 September. Would be ok for the weekend 27/28th
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Post by: Ozstache on July 21, 2014, 03:10:21 AM
Late Sep/Early Oct is out for me. Going on a motorbike ride to see a great big red rock!
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Post by: This_Is_My_Username on July 21, 2014, 03:24:14 AM
i can't do 14 sep, but most other dates are fine
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Post by: deborah on July 21, 2014, 03:43:07 AM
I think I'll set up a vote.
Late Sep/Early Oct is out for me. Going on a motorbike ride to see a great big red rock!
Guess where I went last week
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Post by: Ozstache on July 21, 2014, 04:26:49 AM
I think I'll set up a vote.
Late Sep/Early Oct is out for me. Going on a motorbike ride to see a great big red rock!
Guess where I went last week

I'm not sure where that is, but I love the mustache etched in the sand!
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Post by: deborah on July 21, 2014, 04:18:33 PM
I think I'll set up a vote.
Late Sep/Early Oct is out for me. Going on a motorbike ride to see a great big red rock!
Guess where I went last week

I'm not sure where that is, but I love the mustache etched in the sand!
Wilsons Prom. Thanks for liking it - took a few tries to get the mustache right (pity the others weren't good - they had surf behind them). Camped there on the way home, and thought that travel to wonderful places is one of the main reasons people go for MMM.
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Post by: This_Is_My_Username on July 21, 2014, 11:38:19 PM
thanks for starting the poll :)
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Post by: bigchrisb on July 22, 2014, 12:04:02 AM
Thanks for the poll - I've voted.  Northside is good for me.

Have had a change of circumstance since our last meet-up - signed a contract to buy a place (Turner).  Can debate if it was a wise move at the moment or not.  However, after some suggestions on minimizing the damage now its done. 

Tricks I can see:
- Rent it out for a while before moving in.  That way I can claim stamp duty as a tax deduction. (I'm not eligible for concessional duty or first home buyer stuff).
- Get lowest rate possible. Best I've found is 4.54 from loans.com.au.
- Get a depreciation schedule done and depreciate the billy-o out of it in the first year.
- Just before the tenant leaves and I move in, get the work I want done, so I can claim that too.  Main things are the carpets, and replacement of a couple of windows with double glazed units, and conversion of halogen lightign to LEDs.  Gets that dealt with in pre-tax dollars.

Once I move into it, pay out the mortgage.  Borrow against it to refinance my margin loan (drop interest rate half a percentage point, remove margin call risk). Get a housemate paying a room cash in hand.

Any other ideas you clever folks can think of?
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Post by: Ozstache on July 22, 2014, 04:05:55 AM
Thanks for the poll - I've voted.  Northside is good for me.

Have had a change of circumstance since our last meet-up - signed a contract to buy a place (Turner).  Can debate if it was a wise move at the moment or not.  However, after some suggestions on minimizing the damage now its done. 

Tricks I can see:
- Rent it out for a while before moving in.  That way I can claim stamp duty as a tax deduction. (I'm not eligible for concessional duty or first home buyer stuff).
- Get lowest rate possible. Best I've found is 4.54 from loans.com.au.
- Get a depreciation schedule done and depreciate the billy-o out of it in the first year.
- Just before the tenant leaves and I move in, get the work I want done, so I can claim that too.  Main things are the carpets, and replacement of a couple of windows with double glazed units, and conversion of halogen lightign to LEDs.  Gets that dealt with in pre-tax dollars.

Once I move into it, pay out the mortgage.  Borrow against it to refinance my margin loan (drop interest rate half a percentage point, remove margin call risk). Get a housemate paying a room cash in hand.

Any other ideas you clever folks can think of?

I had prepared a very convincing presentation on the woes of property investment in Canberra to give at our next gathering, so I guess that I'm going to have to shelve that now...

Just kidding! Congrats on securing a new place and for thinking up ways to maximise its tax deductibility. The only thing that doesn't look right with your cunning plan is that those pre you moving in upgrades sound more of a capital nature to me, hence are depreciable over a few years rather than directly tax-deductible in one year. If you can make some of it sound like maintenance instead, those bits can then be tax deductible.
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Post by: This_Is_My_Username on July 22, 2014, 11:30:25 PM
I've got a loans.com mortgage, for about 6 months so far, at a similar rate.

All is going well so far. 

The rate is the best in australia.

Remember to get cashout at eftpos to avoid cash-withdrawl fees. 

The startup/paperwork was a bit of a hassle, but that seems normal.

The Loan manager (salesman) tends to palm you off to less competent assistant/support staff.  So watch out for that. 

overall, slightly more hassle for very low rate, definitely worth it. 
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Post by: bigchrisb on July 22, 2014, 11:53:00 PM
If you can make some of it sound like maintenance instead, those bits can then be tax deductible.

Sounds like I need to mark up the offending single glazed windows with some masking tape and encourage the tenants to play indoor cricket...
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Post by: MsRichLife on July 27, 2014, 11:29:38 PM
Hi All, I'm new here, and would be interested in coming along t your next meetup. Any of those dates work for me at this stage.
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Post by: deborah on July 27, 2014, 11:38:06 PM
Hi All, I'm new here, and would be interested in coming along t your next meetup. Any of those dates work for me at this stage.
GREAT!!!
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Post by: deborah on August 05, 2014, 03:30:40 AM
OK, voting seems to have stopped, so it looks like it will be 20th September. Does everyone want to go to a library, or somewhere else? We could always go to the Dickson noodle house.
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Post by: bigchrisb on August 14, 2014, 12:43:41 AM
While I love the noodle house laksa, its a pretty noisy environment and perhaps not the best for a forum like this? 
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Post by: This_Is_My_Username on August 14, 2014, 04:46:11 AM
good point chris, I agree.
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Post by: Evangeline on August 16, 2014, 04:44:25 AM
I'm now most likely able to make 20 September, so count me in for now!
How about a nice quiet coffee bar?
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Post by: bigchrisb on August 21, 2014, 06:10:03 PM
Fine by me - any suggestions on a suitable venue?
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Post by: Evangeline on August 23, 2014, 08:03:39 AM
I quite like Paleo Perfection Espresso Bar (Kingston foreshore), but I'm not fussed. 
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Post by: bigchrisb on August 27, 2014, 06:28:16 PM
In the absence of any further nominations, lets go to Evangaline's suggestion.  Does 11 work for everyone?
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Post by: Ozstache on August 28, 2014, 03:46:20 AM
That suits me.
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Post by: MsRichLife on August 28, 2014, 04:33:28 PM
Should be fine.
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Post by: Evangeline on August 30, 2014, 01:40:05 AM
Sounds good!
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Post by: deborah on August 30, 2014, 02:06:20 AM
So Evangeline will you book for 6 for 11am on 20th September? Sounds like it is really coming together!!!!
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Post by: Evangeline on August 30, 2014, 02:33:25 AM
Usually it's not necessary to book but it's a good idea to do it just in case. I'm heading down there tomorrow, will do it then!
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Post by: happy on August 30, 2014, 10:16:59 PM
I'm hoping to come: clear in the diary ATM.
Found the place on googlemaps: there seems to be a big car park behind the glassworks, is that the best place to park?
Bit of a nonmustachian trip with a 21/2-3hour drive each way, but hey its good to do something crazy every now and then.
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Post by: This_Is_My_Username on August 31, 2014, 03:08:44 AM
happy, it will be great to see you !
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Post by: Ozstache on August 31, 2014, 03:44:31 AM
Awesome. Happy you can make it happy!
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Post by: Evangeline on August 31, 2014, 03:58:12 AM
The big car park is probably the best place to park - but there's street parking right outside the cafe too.
It's probably just as unmustachian to buy coffee :P
The weather will actually be pretty good in late sept. Another option is having a picnic at Floriade (everyone bring a plate to share?) with the wet weather option being a cafe.
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Post by: Kellie@Aus on August 31, 2014, 06:12:37 AM
Hi everyone,

This is my first post on MMM, how nerve racking!

I have just found out I am moving to Canberra in January (military). I am definitely keen to participate in these Mustachian meet ups!

For now, I will continue lurking here and once I've arrived, will chime in and suggest another meet up!

Hope the one in a couple of weeks goes well!
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Post by: KiniGula on September 03, 2014, 08:10:38 PM
Hi everyone, I'm a newbie to the forum and am just starting out. I'll definitely try to attend the next meet up. I'm happy with both suggested venues (Kingston and floriade).
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Post by: deborah on September 04, 2014, 02:03:30 AM
I am not a fan of us meeting at Floriade. Having tried to meet people there in previous years, I would dread it - particularly with the weekend crowds.

I really like the idea of the Cafe.
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Post by: Evangeline on September 05, 2014, 07:09:15 AM
Okay, let's stick with Paleo Perfection then :)
Welcome, Kellie@Aus and DrowsyBee!
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Post by: Evangeline on September 14, 2014, 07:37:31 AM
Welcome Astatine! It's not too late. As it happens, Paleo Perfection does not take bookings. I've been there a couple of times for big group gatherings and there's never been a problem, so I'm pretty confident we'll be able to get a spot (probably outside). Hopefully you'll find our company worth the loss of anonymity :)
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Post by: KiniGula on September 15, 2014, 05:09:48 PM
I'm assuming it'll be easy to spot you all then? The only big group in there?
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Post by: deborah on September 15, 2014, 06:15:03 PM
I have never been there, and I assume it is like most coffee shops where there are initially no tables set up for 6 or 8 or however many we are now. Evangeline said that there were inside and outside tables. The met says the forecast is sunny -2 - 17 with light winds, so it should be warm and not raining (although they predict rain for sunday).

How about the first person there reorganises the furniture outside so there is a table for 8? Would this work? Or would you like everyone to bring something to make a mustache (eg. a piece of rope), that can be placed in the middle of the table, so anyone coming later can recognise it?
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Post by: Evangeline on September 15, 2014, 07:04:12 PM
The outside area is undercover so rain is not an issue. It can be a bit breezy but blankets are provided. It's fairly small so big groups are obvious. I'll try to get there earlier to get tables set up. I'll be the person with a dark green bike helmet on the table.
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Post by: happy on September 16, 2014, 03:09:37 AM
11am? Yes? Green bike helmet on table, check.
If I'm late its because I've miscalculated how long it takes to get specifically to Kingston. Or stuck going round and round  on some roundabout or other.
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Post by: Evangeline on September 16, 2014, 06:25:10 AM
Yep 11am!
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Post by: KiniGula on September 20, 2014, 12:30:34 AM
Great meeting everyone today!

Sorry I couldn't stick around longer, and I hope we can do it again sometime. I'll definitely be able to contribute more when I start to get my savings going properly, haha.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on September 20, 2014, 12:47:03 AM
After some people left, we had a discussion about the next meeting. Late November, maybe December, maybe January... so I have changed the poll, removed all the votes, and everyone who wants to come can vote again, for the new dates.

It was suggested that we could have the next meeting at the waterfall (there is evidently a waterfall on the river) in Queanbeyan. Of course, other suggestions are welcome, and might depend on the date chosen.
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Post by: Evangeline on September 20, 2014, 03:02:58 AM
Great meet up today, wish I could have stuck around for longer.

Thanks for the discussion on family trusts. I am now furiously researching this. I've got all these little employees sitting around doing nothing and I've got to put them to work!
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Post by: happy on September 20, 2014, 05:29:16 AM
I really enjoyed meeting everyone - was well worth the drive. I had a moment of panic when I realised I had to walk up to a table of strangers and say "Hi I'm happy!"with a straight face and hope it was the right table. Lucky there was only 1 potential group at the place, and Deborah rescued me from having to say my opening line.

I learnt lots from everyoneÖhope to make it to the next one.



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Post by: Ozstache on September 20, 2014, 06:41:32 PM
Thanks everyone for yesterday. We had a great turn out and we discussed some interesting topics.

I thought it interesting that we collectively thought that, assuming you owned your own home, around $35-40K annual spend was about right for a reasonably mustachian Canberran couple to live on. That probably sounds spendy to our American counterparts, but COL is quite high here in Australia, especially in "capital" territory where dual incomes over 150K+ are quite the norm.

I hope I didn't excite people too much with visions of a beautiful waterfall riverside venue in Queanbeyan for our next gathering. It can be quite nice, but being Queanbeyan we may be sharing it with some of the more seedy characters for which the place is famous, which I don't mind at all but is something to be aware of. There is a BBQ area with a table there, which I might have to stake a claim on an hour or so before we meet if that's what we end up doing.

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Post by: KiniGula on September 21, 2014, 03:01:53 AM
Haha, I know what you mean. When I was in the states I regularly told people it was my dream to retire one day in Hawaii. All the Americans said "but the cost of living is so high!", to which I could only reply with "I'm from Canberra, Australia...".

I thought I was quite on the right track with a budget "not including travel" of around $15,000 a year. I know that will change in the future and get more expensive, but for now it's great to get my financial foundations set before I have to worry about increases in prices.

I'm ok with a lot of different times for meetings, but probably nothing in the 6 weeks between the start of December and midway through January. Venue location sounds good, but if we're looking for public bbq's and worried we may need to reserve one, there are plenty of different locations around Canberra. Tuggeranong, arboretum, plenty of parks. I think we will be ok.
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Post by: Evangeline on September 21, 2014, 04:45:33 AM
Astatine - is that Halal grocer in Kippax? I couldn't remember where exactly it was. I have a pretty spendy grocery budget so it's always good to know where to get good deals.

I was relieved to hear that my budget of $40,000 (including domestic travel and fancy hobbies) wasn't too out of the ordinary. Hey what does everyone think of having a mustachian case study next time? One of us could bring our budget.

For the next meet up I'm pretty flexible at the moment, since it's so far in advance. Any outside thing would be good, the weather should be great at that time.
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Post by: MsRichLife on September 21, 2014, 07:10:38 PM
Lovely to meet everyone on Saturday and I'm keen on another meetup. I'm probably out of town for 4-5 weeks from mid Dec until late January sometime, but will try to come along if I'm in town.
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Post by: This_Is_My_Username on September 22, 2014, 04:24:34 AM
it sounded great - i'm sorry i missed it. 

I had a bucks weekend (not for me).

Keen for the next one, and I have voted in the poll.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on September 22, 2014, 06:20:30 AM
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I hope I didn't excite people too much with visions of a beautiful waterfall riverside venue in Queanbeyan for our next gathering. It can be quite nice, but being Queanbeyan we may be sharing it with some of the more seedy characters for which the place is famous, which I don't mind at all but is something to be aware of.

I have no problem with seedy, unless its the garrulous and intrusive type of seedy that might necessitate us evacuating.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on September 22, 2014, 06:23:34 AM
I was relieved to hear that my budget of $40,000 (including domestic travel and fancy hobbies) wasn't too out of the ordinary.
One thing I'd like to discuss next meeting (if anyone else has an interest?) is insurance for various things. We're probably over-insured for stuff like income protection but I'm wary of prematurely dropping any of my insurances as I'm unlikely to ever be able to re-insure anything other than private health cover, house and car. Damn pre-existing conditions.

Does anyone else's income protection come from their superannuation? Apparently I've been paying for this for years and just discovered it the other day.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on September 22, 2014, 06:35:29 AM
No, I don't have income protection insurance.  Never have. Too expensive,  and I keep a healthy balance of sick leave/LSL.

But I did discover that I had been unknowingly paying for life insurance through my superÖfor over 25 years, doh! Seems like its not uncommon for super funds to dabble in insurance.  Once I figured out my kids were old enough to look after themselves, and were actually better off financially if I die prematurely (since I wouldn't have to pay for my retirement), I cancelled both my life insurance policies.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on September 22, 2014, 04:58:27 PM
Sunsuper, with whom I set up a new super account to roll my ETP from retiring from my job this year, tried their hardest to set me up with life/income protection insurance but I fobbed it off. Like happy, once you've reached the point of no FI return there is absolutely no point in paying out any more money on life insurance just to benefit an already-healthy future estate.

Like MMM, I keep my insurances to a minimum and risk manage those things that are normally insured that I don't. House and contents set to realistic values (not the ridiculous values the insurance company calculations would have you believe) and maxed out excesses. Vehicle insurances (2) set to market value and maxed out excesses again. I self insure for health and dental. Total insurances for me is around $1100 pa with the house being half of that.

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on September 22, 2014, 05:51:02 PM
It really depends on your level of tolerance, and your situation. People without the ability to self-insure probably need some level of insurance, depending on their situation. With a stash, you have the ability to self-insure. It is also worth looking into what you are automatically insured for. For instance, many years ago the express bus from Melbourne to Sydney smashed into the back of my car while I was waiting at a green light for an ambulance that was already halfway across the intersection. I had whiplash for 3 years, which reduced the amount I could work to about half time. TAC would usually have paid the difference between my earnings over those 3 years and my salary (it didn't because of my personal circumstances). Income protection probably wouldn't have paid anything.

Life Insurance - why with no dependents? But with dependents there is a case, and superannuation is cheaper because it is pre-tax.

Income Protection - if you have a stash, you might not want it. A work mate was out bicycling on a dirt path with his son, fell down an embankment and broke his neck - he didn't have much put away, and income protection saved his lifestyle.

I'm slack with house and contents insurance, vehicle insurance and NRMA membership, in that I almost certainly could/should get less (with more excess), and shop around for a better deal - but I haven't. I think I've had claims against each policy at some stage (not sure about the vehicle policy). Last year I got back a lifetime's worth of NRMA membership payments when I had a problem in outback NSW.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: MsRichLife on September 22, 2014, 06:23:13 PM
Re Insurance.

I have life insurance and TPD insurance through super. As a sole breadwinner with dependents, I'm very happy to keep these.

My husband has recently started receiving a pension on his TPD insurance which has certainly been welcome. If we weren't as financially well off as we are, losing his income would have been very painful.

I haven't looked at car and household insurances for a while so that might be something worth investigating further. I do know the landlord insurance I'm paying on my rental properties has crept up over the years and is now ridiculously high. I need to seek quotes from elsewhere.

Medical - Until now we haven't bothered with private health insurance, preferring to self-insure. But my husband's medical expenses are starting to pile up, and we may well be in the income bracket where we get slugged with Medicare surcharge so it might be cheaper to get private healthcare.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: agent_clone on September 23, 2014, 06:08:47 AM
I have life, TPD, and income protection insurance via my super. Life and TPD are by default (i.e. 1 unit of each are essentially required), income protection is something that I need at the moment as I don't yet have enough saved in the case of longer term injury.

Otherwise I have comprehensive car and home and contents insurance.  I will probably get private health insurance before the end of this financial year to avoid the lifetime health cover loading, at this point it will probably be the cheapest to meet my needs, but I haven't yet done the research.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on September 24, 2014, 07:33:15 PM
I am so excited that I just have to tell you Canberra folks that I've just finished my final assignment for the Master's degree I've been slaving over since the beginning of the year. It's really great to have it out of the way before my Ayers Rock motorbike trip next week and (assuming I pass of course) to finally complete the formal qualification that I have been avoiding for decades. That's one more thing to tick off my bucket list!

BTW, I hope I didn't come across as too scarred from my study experience when we met last week - I was up to my ears in assignments at the time. Upon reflection, the whole year of study was really worth all the effort. Hope you enjoy the rest of your Master's too MsRichLife!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on September 24, 2014, 07:42:58 PM
Excellent - you'll really enjoy the wind in your hair  on the trip now. Have a great time.

I smiled inwardly at your so-called negativityÖwhat struck me is I see the same sort of  stuff happening in the health system.  I had been toying with a uni job, but just looking at the job descriptions I'd just be swapping to another set of buzzwords, jargon and politically correct process. Sigh.

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: MsRichLife on September 24, 2014, 07:51:10 PM
Hope you enjoy the rest of your Master's too MsRichLife!

Congrats and Thanks!

I'm supposed to be neck deep in thesis writing at the moment...but what am I doing instead? Working out how to start investing in my newly updated family trust of course!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: MsRichLife on September 24, 2014, 10:45:19 PM
Hi all,

I finally have the Family Trust set up and am ready to get started on the investment side of things. I posted in Investors Alley with some questions I have, so hopefully there will be some answers in there at some stage.

http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/investor-alley/using-a-discretionary-family-trust-for-investing/msg407559/#msg407559

MsRL
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on November 03, 2014, 05:01:39 AM
Bumping this up.

Hey moustaches, its November. Are we meeting in November or Jan? My November is filling up fast.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on November 03, 2014, 05:21:24 AM
Bumping this up.

Hey moustaches, its November. Are we meeting in November or Jan? My November is filling up fast.

At the moment I can do the last 2 weekends in November but the weekend of 15 Nov is a bit chockers.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: This_Is_My_Username on November 03, 2014, 04:40:59 PM
thanks for the bump-up, i'm ok with the popular dates in the poll above. 
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 03, 2014, 04:54:21 PM
At this stage I'm thinking 29 November meetup would be good. Does that still suit as many people?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: MsRichLife on November 03, 2014, 06:16:05 PM
I think I'm good for the 29th. The only Saturday that doesn't work for me is the 22nd.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on November 03, 2014, 09:27:40 PM
The 29th suits me.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 04, 2014, 12:02:35 AM
The 29th suits me.
You still OK for the falls? Where is it and what will we need to bring?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on November 04, 2014, 12:06:01 AM
The 29th suits me.
You still OK for the falls? Where is it and what will we need to bring?

Let me look into it and I'll report back here.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on November 05, 2014, 03:10:07 AM
The 29th is the best possible weekend for me in the next two months. I'm glad everyone else seems to be the same!

Awaiting suggestions on what to bring.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Evangeline on November 05, 2014, 03:45:46 AM
Sorry guys, I won't be able to make the 29th :S Enjoy yourselves though, and please report back any salient tips~
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on November 06, 2014, 12:57:18 AM
Did a recce of the Queanbeyan "waterfall" area today and discovered that the BBQ area I was thinking of did not have any shelter nearby. As it was sunny enough when we last met and we are now getting into the warmer months, I don't think this will be acceptable for our group.

An alternative I came across today while walking my dogs is in my own suburb of Jerrabomberra, near the community centre. As pictured, there are (free) BBQs, covered shelter, plenty of free parking and a pleasant outlook of a duck pond. This area is about 250 m from the Jerra shopping centre, where public toilets and a Woolies can be found.

Unless someone comes up with a better alternative, I propose we meet there around 11:00 on the 29th then have a chat over a relaxing BYO BBQ lunch. If everyone brings whatever meat/other they want to BBQ and a salad or snack plate each I reckon we'll be set. For the super-mustachians amongst us, you can even catch and cook your own duck if you like! <jk> I can go down there an hour or so beforehand and secure the area. I may be habouring two beagles.

Is that OK with everyone?

(http://users.tpg.com.au/roger38//Jerra1.jpg)
(http://users.tpg.com.au/roger38//Jerra2.jpg)
(http://users.tpg.com.au/roger38//Jerra3.jpg)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on November 06, 2014, 01:13:24 AM
Looks great Ozstache.  I think I'm OK for the 29th. Might make the long drive again, I've found it much more encouraging knowing the people "typing some stuff into the computer".
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on November 06, 2014, 01:26:39 AM
Looks great Ozstache.  I think I'm OK for the 29th. Might make the long drive again, I've found it much more encouraging knowing the people "typing some stuff into the computer".

That'd be great happy. It's even in NSW, so no passport required this time! ;)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 06, 2014, 02:12:00 AM
Sounds fantastic!
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Post by: This_Is_My_Username on November 06, 2014, 03:44:53 AM
sounds great, thanks ozstache
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on November 06, 2014, 04:58:54 AM
Sounds great! More than happy to meet beagles :)
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Post by: This_Is_My_Username on November 22, 2014, 04:52:29 PM
see you all on 29th :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 22, 2014, 05:15:05 PM
Is this the area marked as the John Palmer Park on Google Maps - between Firethorn Place and Jerrabomberra Parkway? I see the parking is off Jerrabomberra Parkway at the roundabout.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on November 22, 2014, 11:18:58 PM
Is this the area marked as the John Palmer Park on Google Maps - between Firethorn Place and Jerrabomberra Parkway? I see the parking is off Jerrabomberra Parkway at the roundabout.

Yes, that's the spot. Parking is just below the red marker on the following map:

(http://users.tpg.com.au/roger38//MMM_Jerra_Meetup.jpg)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: nonsequitur on November 26, 2014, 10:38:37 PM
I'm sad that I won't be able to make it out this time.  Hopefully see you all the next time!

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: MsRichLife on November 27, 2014, 02:56:31 PM
Is it 11am that we meet? Also, what should we bring?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 27, 2014, 03:05:56 PM

I propose we meet there around 11:00 on the 29th then have a chat over a relaxing BYO BBQ lunch. If everyone brings whatever meat/other they want to BBQ and a salad or snack plate each I reckon we'll be set. For the super-mustachians amongst us, you can even catch and cook your own duck if you like! <jk> I can go down there an hour or so beforehand and secure the area. I may be habouring two beagles.

That's what I'm working on. I will probably bring a kg of cherries as well, as I am picking cherries from my tree each day at the moment.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on November 27, 2014, 03:26:15 PM
Yes, 11 am was the time we agreed. I'll get there a little earlier to secure the table.

I suggest everyone brings something to throw on the BBQ, a few drinks, a plate/cutlery/cup for themselves and a small salad/fruit/snack to share between us. I'll bring something to clean the BBQ with, paper towel, oil, BBQ utensils, a few table cloths, serviettes, and some basic condiments (salt/pepper and tomato/hot sauce) for all to use.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: MsRichLife on November 27, 2014, 07:43:52 PM
Does anybody want a tomato plant or two? We've had about 30 self-seed and we are going to be overrun by tomatoes if I don't get rid of a few plants.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on November 27, 2014, 11:15:49 PM
Does anybody want a tomato plant or two? We've had about 30 self-seed and we are going to be overrun by tomatoes if I don't get rid of a few plants.

I'll take a couple if you bring them. Thanks.
Title: 11
Post by: This_Is_My_Username on November 27, 2014, 11:24:28 PM
thanks for organising, see you thee at 11 : )
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 28, 2014, 12:29:16 AM
Does anybody want a tomato plant or two? We've had about 30 self-seed and we are going to be overrun by tomatoes if I don't get rid of a few plants.

I'll take a couple if you bring them. Thanks.
Yes please
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on November 28, 2014, 03:36:08 AM
Sorry, I'm going to have to bail on this. I'm exhausted (crazy week plus recovering from a low grade virus thingy) have fun and I hope to see you all at the next one!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on November 28, 2014, 04:51:20 AM
Sorry, I'm going to have to bail on this. I'm exhausted (crazy week plus recovering from a low grade virus thingy) have fun and I hope to see you all at the next one!

That's a shame you can't make it. Perhaps you could still come along and skip the BBQ bit?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on November 28, 2014, 01:32:27 PM
Its 7.30 and I'm up and showered i.e. I'm coming. I will bring a little gas burner and a small saucepan to make tea - hopefully theres some potable water.  BYO cup/coffee/tea/milk. I 'll bring some Earl grey and herb teas to share, but this selection may not be to your taste!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 29, 2014, 01:41:53 AM
The meetup today was awesome - thanks very much Ozstache for cleaning the bbqs and organizing everything! You obviously deserve a masters in project management! The venue was great - meeting over the border was a raging success. It is amazing to see so many fishermen at such a small waterhole.

Someone suggested meeting in a couple of months. I had communication from someone suggesting Sundays would be better. How is everyone placed - Saturdays, Sundays, other? Early February?
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Post by: This_Is_My_Username on November 29, 2014, 10:45:59 PM
thanks for organising, it was a great event :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on November 30, 2014, 05:04:00 AM
Nice to meet you T.I.M.U :)
I really enjoyed myself and thought it all went off well. The more leisurely pace of a barbie was good: since I have a fair drive from a purely selfish point of view its more worthwhile to spend a few hours at a meet-up.

Couldn't help myself: had to calculate my fuel bill to attend: approx 500km return trip, at 5l/100km (probably less on the open road, thats my usual mileage) at $1.30l,  comes to around $30. For a day out with mustachians - you're worth it.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: marty998 on December 13, 2014, 06:09:37 PM
Hello Canberra crowd.

Thursday 18/12, deborah and I are looking at planning a day at Bowral.

Could you make it for that day?

Nice to meet you T.I.M.U :)
I really enjoyed myself and thought it all went off well. The more leisurely pace of a barbie was good: since I have a fair drive from a purely selfish point of view its more worthwhile to spend a few hours at a meet-up.

Couldn't help myself: had to calculate my fuel bill to attend: approx 500km return trip, at 5l/100km (probably less on the open road, thats my usual mileage) at $1.30l,  comes to around $30. For a day out with mustachians - you're worth it.

Ohh my car is useless in comparison. I can squeeze 10L/100km if I'm really lucky.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: marty998 on December 18, 2014, 03:52:57 AM
Thanks deborah and Ozstache, good lunch today, nice to get to know you
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on December 18, 2014, 02:55:58 PM
Thanks deborah and Ozstache, good lunch today, nice to get to know you

You too Marty. Hopefully one day the Sydney MMM crowd will have a more substantial MMM gathering closer to home for you to go to!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on December 18, 2014, 06:55:03 PM
It was awesome thanks to you guys! Hopefully we will meet again.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: dungoofed on December 18, 2014, 07:38:58 PM
So jealous....

wow@ 500km return trip!

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on January 15, 2015, 11:21:49 PM
Do we want to meet on 24 or 31 January, or February? And where?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: MsRichLife on January 16, 2015, 01:52:11 AM
24th is on the Australia Day long weekend so I vote no to that one. The others should be ok.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on January 16, 2015, 01:02:19 PM
Yep, I've already got plans for 2 out of the 3 days of the long weekend. The other options should be fine, but depends on when we end up going down the coast with friends.
Title: .
Post by: This_Is_My_Username on January 18, 2015, 06:54:15 PM
i'm keen to come along
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: The Watchman on January 18, 2015, 07:12:27 PM
Hi - I'm also keen to come along and meet you all.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: bigchrisb on January 18, 2015, 07:20:00 PM
I'm keen to come along.  But the long weekend is out.  Either of the following weekends would be doable.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on January 18, 2015, 07:27:33 PM
Sounds like the 31st January is the way to go - does anyone have a venue in mind? Maybe we could be central, and use one of the picnic sites by the lake?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on January 19, 2015, 01:59:10 AM
Sorry I'm not available until 23rd Feb. C'est La vie. Enjoy:)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on January 19, 2015, 02:54:54 AM
I had a fantastic free bbq a few weeks ago at the National Arboretum, just down from where the "Wide Brown Land" monument is. Although that might not be the best for the mustachians that ride out to these things (you'll have to work for that food)!

Just trying to get the ball rolling...

Although I will say. Guys, it's Canberra. Name a place outdoors and its probably going to be free, beautiful, and oddly underutilised by the rest of the town!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on January 19, 2015, 03:19:07 AM
On the other hand, it's all downhill from there! I'd be happy with the Arboretum. Is it crowded?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on January 19, 2015, 03:41:06 AM
I couldn't give you a definite answer.

There are two bbq hot plates next to each other, and three tables/benches. Surrounding it there are adequate places for a picnic (we had an infant with us so had a picnic blanket out and all).

When we arrived there was a family there (who just wouldn't budge out of the perfect spot in the shade!), and about three more families passed us wanting our great location out of the sun in the hour that we were there. It's a great spot, but if it's 35C+ outside, take a picnic blanket because there's a bunch of trees surrounding the bbq area to sit under!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on January 19, 2015, 01:02:24 PM
I can make any of the mentioned upcoming dates.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: nonsequitur on January 19, 2015, 05:32:05 PM
I should be able to make the 31st.
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Post by: This_Is_My_Username on January 19, 2015, 09:02:26 PM
Depending on the location in the arboretum, it might be very windy

I sometimes go to the kids playground near the visitors centre on top of the hill, and the wind speed is double to triple the bureau's published windspeed from the airport. 
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on January 19, 2015, 09:13:58 PM
That's true, I don't remember it being too windy. Its probably the only place where there are fully grown trees in the whole area! Anyway, link to the spot below. As I said before, happy to go anywhere, I just just getting the ball rolling.

http://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/visit/highlights/outdoor-attractions (http://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/visit/highlights/outdoor-attractions)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on January 20, 2015, 12:05:06 AM
I do like that spot at the Arboretum - it's in the Himalayan cedar forest IRRC. However, I will need to be in the shade after about 10am - I burn super easily and tend to wilt a bit in the heat. (I'm really not designed for Canberra summers!)

There's also Black Mountain Peninsula for central-ish picnic spots, or possibly Weston Park (haven't been there for ages, tho, so I'm not sure how practical the picnic spots are there). Or Glebe Park, although parking may be yukky on a Saturday due to proximity to the Canberra Centre.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on January 26, 2015, 04:53:12 PM
Well, the forecast for Saturday says:

9 - 26 Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower. Light winds.

Perfect weather for a bbq at the Arboretum! Would you like to meet there at 11am?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on January 27, 2015, 02:23:30 AM
Hi all, I was super keen to come. Will have to see how I'm going tho (health is being super annoying). I've had 2 weekends in a row where I've been knocked around by an arthritis flare up, and followed by a migraine or hints of a migrain first day back at work, or hints of a migraine. Very annoying, so I might end up resting this weekend. :/ Ah well.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: JLR on January 27, 2015, 02:31:45 AM
Can't come this weekend, but it looks like we will have a number of trips to Canberra on Saturdays this year. Hopefully we can come to a meet up later in the year.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: nonsequitur on January 28, 2015, 10:24:45 PM
I can make it Saturday at 11am. 
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: The Watchman on January 28, 2015, 11:38:00 PM
I can make it too.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on January 29, 2015, 03:51:37 AM
Sounds good, see you all then!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: MsRichLife on January 29, 2015, 11:58:37 PM
Looks like I can make it. The boys might come and go up to the playground while we get down to MMM business.

Do we have a wet weather plan...just in case?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on January 30, 2015, 12:33:40 AM
Believe it or not, there is a bus that takes you to the Arboretum - 981 on the weekends - and it has 3 stops in the Arboretum itself - one of which it the Himalaya Cedar car park!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on January 30, 2015, 01:13:58 AM
If it is raining (according to Google, this is a 0%-3% chance), we will meet at the Himalayan Cedars car park and work out where to go. We can probably get food at the Arboretum cafe, and the undercover area looks large enough for us. Since they encourage picnics (according to their web site) this must be something they cater for.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on June 11, 2015, 12:43:08 AM
Is anyone interested in another meetup? In June - I guess that means 20th, 21st, 27th or 28th? Or some other time?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on June 11, 2015, 05:02:34 PM
Yes I am interested. Just to mention  there's a Sydney meet up posted for 27th June  sat arvo, at a little park near Central station, (which I haven't fully decided about, but would like to go to if I can manage it).
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on June 12, 2015, 04:07:34 AM
I'm busy on 28 June but seem to be free otherwise.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on June 14, 2015, 02:09:25 AM
I'm busy on 28 June but seem to be free otherwise.

Forgot I have a morning tea on Sat 27 June as well.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: MsRichLife on June 15, 2015, 04:21:50 AM
I'm out of town until mid July but would be keen to catchup at the next one.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: detrimental12 on July 21, 2015, 01:31:17 AM
I'd love to arrange another Canberra meet up, if anyone is interested I was thinking 15th or 16th August?

Happy to meet, perhaps mid morning in a (not-too-busy) coffee shop?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on July 21, 2015, 01:41:40 AM
Sounds EXCELLENT to me! What about that one in Jamison - http://ricardoscafe.com/ - we haven't really been north yet.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on July 21, 2015, 02:48:19 AM
Will have a mate from overseas visiting for the two weeks surrounding that weekend, I'll have to catch the next one!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: detrimental12 on July 21, 2015, 03:46:48 AM
Ok great, if you're keen Deborah that would be good. Ricardo's is great but very busy on weekends, is there somewhere else we could try?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on July 21, 2015, 05:04:33 AM
Can't help with the venue, but I'll think about making it. Haven't caught up with you guys for a while.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on July 21, 2015, 05:13:44 AM
Where are you detrimental12? We had a meetup at the Erindale Library last year in the middle of winter. I think at least one of the northern libraries has a meeting room we could use for free. Our meetups have been in Erindale, Quenbeyan, the Arboretum, and Kingston foreshore so far, so Belconnen, Gungalin and the city would be good. I don't know coffee shops in those areas unfortunately (apart from Ricardo's).
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on July 21, 2015, 06:54:27 AM
I should be able to make those dates. Anywhere is good for me.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: detrimental12 on July 21, 2015, 06:01:37 PM
I live in the city, we just need to be careful there are plenty of options but cafes get very busy on weekends! I'll have a think about it :)

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: theconcierge on July 21, 2015, 08:35:58 PM
Hey guys

I am keen to meet up as well. I live in Gunghlain and work in Belconnen but happy to travel anywhere.

cheers

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on July 22, 2015, 02:29:34 AM
Civic library has a room with after hours access that we could have for free as we are unincorporated and have a learning outcome (of course we would have to check that it was available). Gungahlin has lots of rooms - see http://www.library.act.gov.au/library_services/room_hire
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: MsRichLife on August 05, 2015, 10:49:19 PM
I should be able to make it that weekend. It will be good to catch up. I've been to busy to think about early retirement lately :( so I need to get re-energised.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on August 06, 2015, 03:31:23 AM
A whole lot of things have landed on my lap at the last minute for August - looking like a doubtful starter now :(
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: bigchrisb on August 08, 2015, 09:12:37 PM
Is this still happening next weekend?  I'm probably up for it.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on August 09, 2015, 03:08:57 AM
YES - who is coming, and where would we like it? I could always go down to the Erindale Library tomorrow and book it for Saturday from 2 - 4 tomorrow.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on August 09, 2015, 03:58:31 AM
Sounds good to me.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on August 09, 2015, 06:13:35 PM
Out, due to having a friend from the States in little old Canberra for the weekend. He'd probably enjoy the discussion though, because when I brought up being frugal and saving money the other day, he talked about how he had just read a whole article in money magazine about it!

Have fun everyone.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: detrimental12 on August 09, 2015, 06:15:03 PM
Whilst I initially suggested the date, I now will be heading to Melbourne to welcome a new niece to the family! So it is a shame I won't be able to make it. If anyone is up for the weekend after (22/23), I would be keen!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on August 10, 2015, 04:29:38 AM
Out :(
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on August 10, 2015, 09:03:41 AM
It appears that those who were coming this weekend cannot make it the following weekend, so I will book the Erindale Library seminar room for 1:30 - 3:45pm this Saturday - I checked today and it is free, so I will put the appropriate paperwork in tomorrow.

The library is close to the bus stop, and on the weekends, the inter-town bus (900) to Tuggeranong stops at Erindale Centre, so it goes every 15 minutes and comes directly from Civic and Belconnen. There is also a car park right outside the library. To get to the room, you need to enter the library, and it is at the other end (diagonally) from the entrance - as far from the entrance as it is possible to go!

The bus stop is being worked on at the moment (I've seen the works but not what is happening), and it is along one side of the shopping centre. To get to the library from the bus stop, go along the wall to the major car park (if you came from the city you will continue along the wall), and along that side of the shopping centre, along the shops (TAB and others), and the library is behind the shops behind the Woolworths petrol station.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: JLR on August 11, 2015, 01:32:10 AM
We are hoping to make it. Will be in town to take my Dad to the airport. Will confirm closer to time. :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Evangeline on August 11, 2015, 05:47:25 AM
I would have loved to meetup but unfortunately I've got too much on this weekend :(
Hopefully I'll be able to make the next one!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: The Watchman on August 11, 2015, 02:30:49 PM
Excellent - I'll be there. Thanks for organising, Deborah.

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: This_Is_My_Username on August 13, 2015, 10:03:27 PM
thanks for organising, but I am away this weekend.   I'm keen for the next meetup.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: nonsequitur on August 13, 2015, 11:58:25 PM
I can't make it for this one but I'd be keen for the next!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on August 14, 2015, 05:52:20 AM
I can't make it for this one but I'd be keen for the next!

Me too
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: JLR on August 14, 2015, 05:10:31 PM
Yep. Definitely coming. Might be a little late doing a few jobs while we are in town.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on December 01, 2015, 05:17:21 PM
It's been a while, does anyone want a meetup before Christmas? I think the Arboretum was perfect last Christmas, so I suggest we go for that again, and perhaps the 13th December? I'm relatively free, having just come back from 2 months overseas, so if anyone suggests another date, it would be fine by me.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on December 01, 2015, 05:46:18 PM
I'd love to catch up but I'm very much a tentative maybe. Depends on how chemo is going (and if I do go, I would need to keep well away from anyone who's sick).
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on December 02, 2015, 01:24:57 AM
Love to come but definitely not free 13th.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on December 02, 2015, 01:37:55 AM
The 13th is out for me too.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on December 02, 2015, 01:50:09 AM
It definitely is the silly season when I look at my next few weekends for a good opportunity! 13th is out for me too, I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on December 02, 2015, 01:55:08 AM
I'm glad everyone wants to have a meetup - that is excellent. I have changed the poll, so everyone can vote for any dates in December/January that suit. I'll probably need to include February, but we will see. With several staunch meetup goers not available on the 13th, I assumed it was not worth including.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on December 02, 2015, 02:31:21 AM
Glad you're back and in organisational mode Deborah! Will check calendar and vote
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on December 15, 2015, 11:39:06 PM
Well, we look to be going for 24th or 31st - would you like the Arboretum? or the Ozstache lake is probably really good too?

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on December 16, 2015, 02:49:02 AM
Had a roster change - I can do 31st but not 24th. 
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: JLR on December 20, 2015, 02:53:24 AM
I won't commit to a date or travel, but if we find ourselves in town when you plan to meet we will drop by. :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Evangeline on December 20, 2015, 03:25:40 AM
Same, I won't commit either due to the vagaries of a newborn but if I can make it I will.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on January 18, 2016, 02:50:24 AM
Personally I prefer Ozstache lake since I know where that is, being an out of towner. But I don't feel strongly, either venue will be fine.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on January 18, 2016, 02:12:33 PM
Sorry everyone, as many of our usual crowd know, my partner arrived just before the last meetup I went to in February. Her visa runs out soon and is leaving on the day after this meetup, so I'll be with her that day.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: dungoofed on January 18, 2016, 11:48:12 PM
***OFF TOPIC ALERT***

Best ADSL in Canberra? 100-300Gb/month expected usage. Maybe some Netflix. Got a friend who has just moved back. Apologies for the thread derail in advance.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: JLR on January 19, 2016, 01:46:42 AM
I don't think we will be able to make this one. Maybe next time. :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: agent_clone on January 19, 2016, 01:47:14 AM
Personally for ADSL I would be more worried about location (i.e. distance to the exchange) than provider if you want speed/are able to get ADSL at all... Most of Tuggeranong has crap internet as an FYI.  Gungahlin and Molonglo Valley areas have NBN, Queanbeyan is soon to have NBN.  A fair chunk of the northern suburbs have an additional option of VDSL from Transact which is a more expensive option.

I'm afraid I can't answer your question for prices/performance, but I will say that iiNet (so iiNet and Internode) and Optus made deals with Netflix so the content is unmetered.  You could also try over here: http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum/92

Edit:

There are links to the broadband quality/speeds that the government did here. https://www.mybroadband.communications.gov.au/reports.aspx
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: dungoofed on January 19, 2016, 06:05:13 AM
Thankyou thankyou thankyou!!!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on January 21, 2016, 03:51:39 AM
OK - it will be Ozstache lake on 31st January - as you can see in  reply 113 and 121 in this thread. What about 12noon? There are free bbqs and under cover tables. People do fish in the lake if you want to bring your fishing gear, but I'd be surprised if they found anything other than carp.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on January 21, 2016, 03:57:17 AM
Cool, thanks for organising. Something's come up on that morning (still TBC) so I might have a clash but hopefully will be able to do both. Is it a bring food to share, or just bring your own lunch for yourself?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on January 21, 2016, 04:02:26 AM
Bring your lunch for yourself - people will probably bring a bit much and share it, but we appear to have some people on restrictive diets of various sorts.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on January 29, 2016, 01:22:52 AM
Are we still on for Sunday at 12? :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Evangeline on January 29, 2016, 02:27:45 AM
Sorry I won't be able to make it again. We've having a very hectic jan/feb and this weekend is our only downtime.
P.S. Does anyone have recommendations for a good accountant/tax advisor to help us set up our discretionary family trust?
P.P.S. How do you stay mustachian with a new baby? We're trying our hardest (getting a lot of second hand things or simply doing without things etc) but I feel like we could do better.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on January 29, 2016, 02:39:54 AM
Are we still on for Sunday at 12? :)
YES
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on January 29, 2016, 03:01:30 AM
Are we still on for Sunday at 12? :)
YES

YAY
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on January 31, 2016, 01:04:07 AM
We had a great time at the meetup today. The wind was rather brisk, so after half an hour (in case anyone arrived a bit later) we adjourned to the OzStache abode, and had a good discussion about things Mustachian.

I guess the next meetup will be in about 2 months - so the end of March or beginning of April. Does anyone have any particular dates for this, or suggested meetup locations? I guess an indoor venue might be best.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on January 31, 2016, 01:17:23 AM
Especially at that time of year, yes, indoor will be best. I wish I could have been there today, but as I said before, the partner that I was so excited to have over for the whole year is going back tomorrow for a few months between visas.

I'll definitely be at the next one if it is in April. The last weekend in March is Easter, so there might be less people in Canberra. So the weekend of the 2nd/3rd, 9th/10th would probably be best, although I know Celebrate Gungahlin will be on the 2nd, which I will be at!

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on January 31, 2016, 03:25:41 AM
We had a great time at the meetup today. The wind was rather brisk, so after half an hour (in case anyone arrived a bit later) we adjourned to the OzStache abode, and had a good discussion about things Mustachian.


We did indeed. I really enjoyed seeing everyone.  I ask myself if its really worth it to drive 2.5 hours to Canberra but somehow it just is.  I like to meet people from the forum IRL. 
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: MsRichLife on January 31, 2016, 03:39:46 AM
I really wanted to be there today, but I haven't been feeling the best this weekend, so I rested instead. Hope to make it next time.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on January 31, 2016, 04:04:28 AM
Thanks for hosting, Ozstache! I'm glad I managed to make it today :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on January 31, 2016, 04:30:25 AM
No worries. It was good to catch up with everyone. I hope the cuteness of my growing beagle collection offset their ravenous attempts to share our lunch!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on June 21, 2016, 12:46:44 AM
I reckon it's more than time for another meetup - I have changed the poll. There have been rumblings that we should have another.

At the library, or somewhere else?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on June 21, 2016, 03:09:10 AM
Hi Deborah, you're back? I did just mention it to Ozstache on my journal, rumble, rumble :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on June 21, 2016, 05:36:36 AM
I don't think I've been to a meet-up since January 2015. Too long!

All of July works. Everyone should just note that July 2 is election day, so those of us that will be travelling (happy) will need to plan ahead!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on June 21, 2016, 03:38:55 PM
I can't do the 2nd in any case, but thanks for reminding me - with my low information diet I keep forgetting when its on.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on June 30, 2016, 09:13:37 PM
I think 23rd July will be good. I can't make it on 9th now, and 9th and 23rd had the most votes.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: JLR on July 03, 2016, 10:07:49 PM
Thanks for the message. :)

I can't see us making it to this meet up. DH has been working away a lot with his new job and we want to use all the spare days we have to make use of our ski passes. It's not 100% that we will be living in the area next winter, so want to make the most of it.

Perhaps when the weather warms up. :)

P.S. Spent yesterday at Erindale for a dance competition for our daughter. Thought of you all as I went past the library. :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: bigchrisb on July 10, 2016, 06:26:54 PM
Lets do July 23rd then!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on July 11, 2016, 05:10:29 AM
I'm in.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: MsRichLife on July 12, 2016, 05:23:38 AM
I can do the 23rd. Where are we meeting? Somewhere warm! :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on July 17, 2016, 06:38:18 PM
The Gungahlin Library has several meeting rooms that we could have from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday. If this is OK, I will put in the booking form late today.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on July 17, 2016, 07:36:15 PM
Sounds good to me.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on July 17, 2016, 08:35:29 PM
Sounds good. I might have to leave a bit early due to a babysitting commitment.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on July 19, 2016, 01:29:56 AM
We have been given Training Room 1 at the Gungahlin Library from 1pm to 4pm on 23rd. They have training rooms and community rooms which are both small, and conference rooms which are much bigger. The Training rooms have kitchen facilities, so we can bring tea and coffee type stuff (it is not supplied). I have not asked for permission to have hot food but anyone can bring cold food. The Gungahlin Library customer service desk will open it up for me. I mentioned Mr Money Mustache in the booking, so if I arrive late you should be able to get in. There are groups in the rooms before 1pm. The library closes at 4pm, so I expect we will be chased out slightly prior to that. I guess, if we are still chatting, we could go to one of the cafes in the area.

I have never been there, and I hope parking there is free. I was going to choose Belconnen, but I couldn't see any free parking when I was in the area.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on July 19, 2016, 05:46:53 AM
If we get chased out, the bar Young and Frisky just opened up and you can get three pieces of fried chicken for only $20!

I jest.

See you Saturday.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on July 19, 2016, 05:51:04 AM
Thanks deborah!

If we get chased out, the bar Young and Frisky just opened up and you can get three pieces of fried chicken for only $20!

I jest.

See you Saturday.

I've just noticed what your avatar is. SkyWhale! (did you see it IRL? I did once; it was bizarre and amazing)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on July 20, 2016, 12:29:01 AM
Indeed I did. I saw it at its debut at the National Gallery of Australia. Admittedly, I did the only thing you could do when first seeing it, I just started for a long time.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozlady on July 20, 2016, 06:13:39 PM
Hi

Can i ask what does one do at a MMM meetup?

My son will be in Canberra for a camp this weekend and if i can persuade DH to drive from Sydney ....
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozlady on July 20, 2016, 06:17:47 PM
err....hope i don't sound too rude with my question....just a lil embarassed as you know...i am kinda Ms Spendy Pants and may not have much to contribute (blush!)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on July 20, 2016, 06:47:13 PM
We sit around and talk about whatever we feel like - generally investing, saving and frugality - for instance, Ozstache has been known to talk about the improvements he is doing to his house to make it cheaper to run, including his solar system, and BigChrisB about investments.

There is actually an occasional Sydney meetup - but they have been having it using some other app, so it doesn't come up in the forums. See the Sydney meetup thread, http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/meetups-and-social-events/sydney-meetup/msg1139677/#new - now I have looked at it, there is a meetup on Saturday there as well - http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Mustachians/events/232165080/

You would be welcome to ours - I would like to meet you in the flesh - but I suggest that it might be easier for you to meet the Sydney people.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozlady on July 20, 2016, 06:55:02 PM
Tks Deborah for the Sydney link..had a look and can't recognise anyone from this forum?

If i go , it will be to meet you, Happy, Oztache, Bigchris and MsRich Life...:))

I will talk to DH tonight...anyone wants to do an "Airbnb" for DH and me? being MMM and all that?? haha!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on July 20, 2016, 07:56:34 PM
Tks Deborah for the Sydney link..had a look and can't recognise anyone from this forum?

If i go , it will be to meet you, Happy, Oztache, Bigchris and MsRich Life...:))

I will talk to DH tonight...anyone wants to do an "Airbnb" for DH and me? being MMM and all that?? haha!
I think that Dungoofed goes to the Sydney meetups - and Marty998 might go. They probably have different names in the different places - send them a message on the actual link.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on July 21, 2016, 03:26:32 AM
Gockie is also in the Sydney group, she used to post a bit here.
I'm closer to Sydney but haven't been to their meet ups - due to a combination of dates/ times just not suiting - including this meet up clashing, and I've already met the Canberra guys and feel pretty comfortable with that group. I also think living in a regional centre I have more in common with Canberra folk than the usual Sydney preoccupations
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozlady on July 21, 2016, 04:05:07 PM
DH said yes ! as he left for work this morning....i think we both need a break from work, Sydney and the kids !

Haven't visited Canberra for a while...looking fwd to it..now dashing off to book accomodation...
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on July 22, 2016, 12:20:41 AM
As we have never met there before, I suppose people need to know where the Gungahlin Library is

Corner of Hibberson and Gozzard streets, Gungahlin ACT

This is the most northern part of Canberra. Canberra is divided into six towns - Gungahlin, Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Woden, Weston and Civic. Each town has a number of suburbs. Some town centres are the same name as the town, others are not. Gungahlin is. You may find you are following signs to "town centre" once you are already in Gungahlin. As I live in the south, we have usually met in Civic or Tuggeranong rather than the north, or across the border in Queanbeyan.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on July 22, 2016, 06:13:51 AM
Looks pretty simple on googlemaps. Nice and easy if you are coming from the north down the Federal Hwy :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozlady on July 22, 2016, 03:40:30 PM
Leaving in 10 min from Sydney; just trying to arrange where all the kids are going to be:)) ....and it's nice weather here ....
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on July 22, 2016, 05:43:55 PM
Leaving in about 20min, need to pack lunch and  get petrol on the way.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on July 22, 2016, 06:42:07 PM
I live in gunners so I'm all set!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on July 22, 2016, 06:43:34 PM
I'll probably get there a bit early because DH is dropping me off then going to a movie (if he can get his ticket sorted - movie theatre website is being obstructionist)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on July 23, 2016, 02:52:37 AM
I had a really good time today - thanks for coming everyone! We should schedule another meedup in late September/ early October.

Was Gungahlin library a preferred winter location? I'm not sure if everyone saw the kitchenette - it was definitely superior to the one at Erindale Centre.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on July 23, 2016, 03:31:59 AM
I enjoyed today too. I thought the location was great and would definitely be suitable for using again. Thanks for organising deborah!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on July 23, 2016, 03:52:31 AM
I agree. Good location, Deborah. Thanks.

FYI for any Canberrans, Gungahlin has some great resources that a lot of people don't know exist. The Access Canberra shopfront is empty all the time if you don't wanna waste time!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on July 23, 2016, 03:55:41 AM
Another +1 for the location. Thanks for convening once again Deborah. I really enjoyed today... well worth the drive :).
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on July 23, 2016, 04:19:50 AM
+1 to all of the above. Thanks for organising, deborah!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozlady on July 24, 2016, 12:55:19 AM
Just arrived back home in Sydney...had a great time and picked up some great ideas to mull over...

and loved that moustache Ozstache...

Tks for organising Deborah!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: marty998 on July 24, 2016, 01:53:55 AM
Glad you all had fun.

I don't go to the Sydney meetups (there's a Meetup group)... it's an effort to get into the CBD from where I live... also it reminds me of work which is not a good thing :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on July 24, 2016, 05:42:32 AM
 Why don't you come to the next one Marty?  If you want to come south to my neck of the woods (train?) I don't mind giving you a lift.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: MsApples on September 05, 2016, 02:55:50 AM
Hello, baby Moustachian here! Just wondering if there are plans to meet up again in Canberra or the Canberra region. I'd love the chance to have a chat with some like minds.
Cheers.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on September 05, 2016, 04:29:33 AM
Hello, baby Moustachian here! Just wondering if there are plans to meet up again in Canberra or the Canberra region. I'd love the chance to have a chat with some like minds.
Cheers.

Hi, welcome to the forum. Maybe you could make a few posts, tell people a bit about yourself?

I prefer only meeting up with people I know a bit about and have got to know a little on the forum first.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on September 05, 2016, 05:29:20 PM
As it happens, we should be organising another meetup. At the last one, we agreed to meetup in September so we could bid farewell to MsRichLife before she disappears into the wilds of the north. This poses a bit of a dilemma because that means it needs to be either of the next two weekends if I am organising it - 10th or 17th September.

Will anyone be available for those weekends?

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: JLR on September 05, 2016, 10:09:48 PM
Sorry, we won't be able to make it down the next few weekends. Hope you manage to pull something together. :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozlady on September 07, 2016, 03:17:51 AM
Sept is all out i'm afraid...
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on September 07, 2016, 04:47:42 AM
Ditto for me too.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on September 07, 2016, 06:19:14 AM
I might be available? (there are a few plans with friends that haven't quite solidified yet)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on September 08, 2016, 02:12:22 AM
Ah well, it looks like it won't happen in September.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on October 14, 2016, 02:38:37 AM
It looks like time for another of our Canberra meetups (I started with Fabulous, Famous and then realised I couldn't think of an F word for Meetup, ah well). I have changed the poll (I presume that no-one wants to meet this weekend - especially as there is an election on).

I think it is getting warm enough that we could have a meetup at the Arboretum. If anyone has a different suggestion, I am happy to hear it. It should be early enough that the BBQ won't be having hoards of Christmas party groups at it.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on October 14, 2016, 02:49:22 AM
Boy howdy, you're quick off the mark. I'll have to check the dates a get back to you
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: damo on October 14, 2016, 05:42:10 PM
I'm relatively new to the forums, so it'd be great to meet other local mustachians and hear about everyone's different approaches. I've just started a journal too if you want to know a bit more about us before meeting up.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozlady on October 15, 2016, 03:55:37 AM
Sorry but a lil too far for me to drive by myself this time:(
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on October 15, 2016, 05:45:48 PM
Would have been nice to see you again :(
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on October 16, 2016, 12:56:38 AM
I am free for all listed weekends except for the 27th (even though I ticked it - can't undo it!)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on October 16, 2016, 07:05:30 PM
Thanks for organising, deborah. I'm happy with the Arboretum as long as there is good shade (one of my meds makes me very sun sensitive plus I don't cope well with heat).

I voted for every weekend except this one. I have a few things on this weekend but depending on timing, I might be able to come if it's this weekend.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on October 16, 2016, 08:08:45 PM
Last time we were at the Himalayan Cedar Forest barbeque and picnic area (which has its own car park which is free - the bus also stops at this car park). It is reasonably shady - there is a platform (with views) which is not shady, but there are shady areas.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on October 23, 2016, 07:56:50 PM
Let's make it 6th November. Does 11:30am sound good - it means we have a good chance of getting the BBQs.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on October 24, 2016, 01:48:33 AM
Let's make it 6th November. Does 11:30am sound good - it means we have a good chance of getting the BBQs.

Sounds good. I've blocked it out in my calendar. (I probably won't bring BBQ food but will bring lunch of some sort)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: my2c+61 on October 26, 2016, 07:58:21 PM
I am thinking about coming up from the coast for the meet up.
At the moment I am looking for cheap overnight accommodation.
Not sure whether to ride or throw the swag in the ute.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on October 29, 2016, 02:00:59 AM
I'm in. Also might not BBQ, will decide closer.
I've never been there before, so I'll be a tourist.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Abundant life on November 01, 2016, 04:33:36 AM
I'm in. Also might not BBQ, will decide closer.
I've never been there before, so I'll be a tourist.

I'm tempted to come since there seems to be a spread of ages attending!

I have driven to Canberra many times, but haven't been to the Arboretum - but hey, have sat nav will travel ;)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on November 01, 2016, 09:38:09 PM
I'm planning on being there too!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: my2c+61 on November 04, 2016, 08:57:48 PM
Let's make it 6th November. Does 11:30am sound good - it means we have a good chance of getting the BBQs.

Is it still on?

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 04, 2016, 09:15:01 PM
Let's make it 6th November. Does 11:30am sound good - it means we have a good chance of getting the BBQs.

Is it still on?


DEFINITELY!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: my2c+61 on November 04, 2016, 09:48:09 PM
Let's make it 6th November. Does 11:30am sound good - it means we have a good chance of getting the BBQs.

Is it still on?


DEFINITELY!

How will we recognise the MMM group? Or will it be obvious.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on November 04, 2016, 09:49:22 PM
Huzzah! deborah, can I please pick your brains tomorrow about gardening?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 04, 2016, 10:07:01 PM
Let's make it 6th November. Does 11:30am sound good - it means we have a good chance of getting the BBQs.

Is it still on?


DEFINITELY!

How will we recognise the MMM group? Or will it be obvious.
We've had no trouble recognising each other in the past - there will hopefully only be a couple of groups there. And we won't look like a family. I think there will be about six or seven of us, but there are sometimes people who haven't said they're coming. And some people bring SOs, friends, children (both young and adult) or a dog occasionally. And this time we have about four (including you) who are your sort of age or a bit older.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 04, 2016, 10:10:28 PM
Huzzah! deborah, can I please pick your brains tomorrow about gardening?
Certainly - although I think Happy is a better gardener than I am.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on November 04, 2016, 10:25:02 PM
Huzzah! deborah, can I please pick your brains tomorrow about gardening?
Certainly - although I think Happy is a better gardener than I am.
Haha, I doubt it!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 04, 2016, 10:25:23 PM
I will wear my T shirt - you should recognise us by that.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on November 04, 2016, 10:39:56 PM
I'll smile, because you know I'm...
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on November 04, 2016, 11:50:44 PM
I'll smile, because you know I'm...

Now I've got this song (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbZSe6N_BXs) stuck in my head. I blame you :p
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on November 05, 2016, 04:29:47 AM
Guess that must be  my song!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on November 05, 2016, 04:32:01 AM
Theme song!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 06, 2016, 01:07:16 AM
Things went well at the arboretum today. The sun shone (but not too hard), people came from near and far, we had a table in the shade, everyone arrived, and found one another, and I think we all had a good time (although it did get a bit cold). I really enjoyed myself. There was a halloween party where everyone seemed to have cat's ears, but they were friendly and nice to us. We even talked about Mustachian stuff. It was really nice to meet everyone. We will probably meet next in February. Probably the library, since that has air conditioning.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on November 06, 2016, 01:21:09 AM
Thanks for organising!  'Twas good to see everyone.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on November 06, 2016, 03:31:21 AM
Another great gathering! Thanks for getting us together again Deborah.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on November 06, 2016, 03:38:54 AM
Agreed, it was nice to see some new folks ( some of whom live even further away than me) and the familiar faces of the longer term members. I loved the venue - maybe another one there sometime. I had a big time dose of hay fever, there must have been some pollen about, but otherwise a really nice day.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Abundant life on November 08, 2016, 10:22:08 AM
Yes, it was good to catch up with everyone IRL and match people up with their on-line persona.

It also would have been good to stay longer, but I had to get home for other commitments. I think I spent 7 hours behind the wheel for a 2 hour lunch, but at least I was driving in daylight! (What I saved on lunch I spent on fuel lol)

Thanks to everyone for being friendly and accepting, pretty good for such a diverse group, and to Deborah for organising and (Astatine for the popcorn?)

Perhaps we could try another one closer to The Gong at some stage ;)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: arebelspy on November 23, 2016, 04:29:40 AM
Following!

We're likely to be in Sydney (http://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/journals/where-in-the-world-is-arebelspy/msg1315149/#msg1315149) in a few months.  I don't know if we'll be able to make it down to Canberra or not, but want to follow when the meetups are in case we can make it down.  :D
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 23, 2016, 09:20:54 PM
So Arebelspy is possibly coming to our neck of the woods. It was suggested (probably by me and there was some enthusiasm), that we could have an all day, or even a weekend event:

The Gungahlin Library has rooms that are available free to us because we are a non-incorporated group with a learning outcome - they even have their own kitchen, but we would have to ask specially if we wanted hot food. These rooms are available both on Saturday (when the library is open) and Sunday (when it is shut) because the rooms have a separate entry to the library.

We could have sessions, with a leader - for instance on solar panels, investment, property (there are people who have come to the Canberra meetups who could lead each of those sessions, if we twisted their arm) - so please suggest sessions you want, or could lead. I think this could be reasonably laid back, with a list of sessions, that everyone votes for, and the one with the most votes goes to the top of the list, and we come to them in order of interest. If we want time to just chat, we can do that at any stage.

There are BBQs in the area, so we could easily have one at around dinner time, and keep everything cool in the refrigerator in the library room. And we could have a cold lunch.

I have put suggested dates up the top in the poll, please nominate.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 26, 2016, 03:47:31 AM
Sorry to those who had already replied - I had to change the poll as it didn't actually ask what I wanted to know. I had to delete the votes that had already happened. Please fill it out again if you already had.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on December 17, 2016, 08:21:58 PM
I finally voted for the first two weekends. I didn't vote for one or 2 days because I don't really care either way.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on December 18, 2016, 08:30:26 PM
from what I can see, Arebelspy won't be coming to our neck of the woods until March. Since this is the case, do we want to go ahead with a one day event in February, or do we want to do it when he is around?

The other question is if we do put off the one or two day event, do we want a normal event in February as well?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on December 19, 2016, 03:21:19 AM
I think it would be best to put the bigger event off til Joe comes in March. I'd be up for a regular meet up in Feb if there is interest.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on December 19, 2016, 03:53:29 PM
I think it would be best to put the bigger event off til Joe comes in March. I'd be up for a regular meet up in Feb if there is interest.
+1 or, as we used to say in the olden days, ditto.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: arebelspy on December 20, 2016, 04:53:12 PM
I was going to say the same thing, but didn't want to be selfish.

Yay, we're looking forward to it!  :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on February 14, 2017, 07:19:35 PM
Well, ARS isn't coming. And I think I am partly to blame. However, I have learnt that when you make a suggestion, ARS does the opposite.

He was coming back to Australia in January, and wanted to see the outback. I told him that January was pretty hot in the outback, and suggested Tasmania OR New Zealand, instead. He agreed, and told me he would come here at the end of February and be around Canberra and Sydney for March. (Secretly, I think he's keener on seeing Sydney than Canberra.)

THEN, he saw a RV relocation to go to Perth from Melbourne, so they went back to Castlemaine in January (not NZ or Tassie), and went to Perth in the first full week of February. Maybe I wasn't explicit about just where outback Australia was. They were then going to NZ and back to Sydney and Canberra for March. This sounded a bit of a stretch to me.

THEN they realised that things were too tight, so they are staying in WA for a week, departing for NZ and then back to northern climes for the rest of the year.

I think he now realises that things ARE a bit hot in January, and driving through the second wettest day that part of WA has had in recorded history probably wasn't on his bucket list. But it's the sort of experience that people remember in later years.

So, getting back to our next meetup, when would you like it to be?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on February 15, 2017, 06:03:06 AM
Well I'm jealous the Perth Girls got to meet ARS and family and we didn't, but then being footloose and fancy free is what retirement is all about. I reckon sooner or later They'll make it to Sydney and we can either lure him down to Canberra or trek up to Sydney to meet up.

I did say I was available this coming weekend but now I'm not. So late Feb, or March?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: arebelspy on February 15, 2017, 07:03:58 AM
All of the above two posts are true.  I'm a bit bummed we're not getting out that way this time, but we definitely will make it happen at some point!  :D
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on March 11, 2017, 03:22:11 PM
Well, I think it's about time I posted another set of times. I suggest the Arboretum, as it has been nice, and the weather is good at the moment. Please vote for the times that suit you.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Fresh Bread on March 11, 2017, 10:14:18 PM
Posting to follow as one day we'll make it to Canberra... I definitely can't do March and DH is away early April but I might be able to get there.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on March 12, 2017, 03:53:06 AM
Arboretum would be rad!

Can't do the 9th of April, can do the rest.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozlady on March 12, 2017, 04:13:06 AM
Hi Deborah

Has it got to be Canberra?  Too far for me to drive there and come back on same day...

If we say have an alternative, say mid way between Canberra and Sydney, maybe we can attract a few Sydneysiders?

BTW March totally out for me sorry!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on March 12, 2017, 02:30:02 PM
My calendar is clear for any of those dates.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on March 12, 2017, 05:31:36 PM
Hi Deborah

Has it got to be Canberra?  Too far for me to drive there and come back on same day...

If we say have an alternative, say mid way between Canberra and Sydney, maybe we can attract a few Sydneysiders?

BTW March totally out for me sorry!
A little bit of history.

Marty998 started a Sydney meetup thread. Some of us tried to get that going, and even tried to have a couple of meetups in between the two places. None of this worked out, although Ozstache and I managed to meet Marty998 in Bowral one day (after the Canberra meetups started). Eventually, I started the Canberra thread, and we got a Canberra meetup going.  Even after that, we tried a couple of times to get a meetup in between the two places. Now there is a Sydney meetup happening, and they appear to be very active.

I would be happy to go to a halfway meetup. Although I have organised almost all the Canberra meetups, there is also no reason why someone else can organise a meetup on this thread, or on another one (I think using this thread or the Sydney thread would be better, as people know about them), for Canberra or somewhere midway between Sydney and Canberra. It is a meetup for MMM people - not for Deborah! And I will happily come along.

However, since the Sydney people have managed to get meetups happening and have a wonderful meeting schedule, I certainly don't want to destroy it (I just wish I could manage to get to it) by organising meetups very close to Sydney!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Abundant life on March 13, 2017, 02:08:10 AM
Hi Deborah

Has it got to be Canberra?  Too far for me to drive there and come back on same day...

If we say have an alternative, say mid way between Canberra and Sydney, maybe we can attract a few Sydneysiders?

BTW March totally out for me sorry!
It is a long drive, I've done it before, but I'm thinking of combining it with a visit to the National Gallery for the Versailles exhibition. That way I can stay overnight, and get two experiences for the price of one! (Well one is free anyway lol)

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on March 13, 2017, 02:38:50 AM
My calendar is clear for any of those dates.
Ah, the frenetic schedule of a retiree ;)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on March 13, 2017, 03:37:44 AM
My calendar is clear for any of those dates.
Ah, the frenetic schedule of a retiree ;)
Too right! I do most activities during the working week so that I can hibernate at home on weekends, when workers are out roaming my normally quiet neighbourhood. :)

Special treat for this next gathering: Mrs Ozstache, as a newly minted FIREe, should be joining us (as long as it's not 9 Apr, when one of us needs to be at home to look after 3 rowdy nephews).
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozlady on March 13, 2017, 03:15:01 PM
Thanks Deborah for that history bit!   Would have loved to attend but just a little wee bit far for me...have a good one!

Oztache well done on that coup with the Wife!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on March 14, 2017, 01:39:05 PM
Arboretum would be rad!

Can't do the 9th of April, can do the rest.

The 26th is also off - Mum and Dad are in town.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: bigchrisb on March 14, 2017, 04:44:59 PM
I'm keen on the Arboretum too.  Flexible on timing
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on March 15, 2017, 04:17:54 AM
The Arboretum was nice last time.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on March 15, 2017, 01:24:08 PM
So 2nd of April good for everyone? Can we lock it in?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on March 15, 2017, 01:58:07 PM
Sounds good
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Abundant life on March 15, 2017, 04:13:46 PM
No good for me, but I'm a ring in anyway! Have fun everyone.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on March 20, 2017, 10:04:21 PM
I've just moved house and got a puppy, so things are a little hectic for me at the moment. Hope to make it to the next one!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: dusty on March 24, 2017, 06:34:30 PM
I am in Sydney but wouldn't mind coming down for the day to meet more Mustachians. If I'm welcome, I can make the 2nd.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on March 24, 2017, 09:53:08 PM
Anyone is welcome! The Arboretum has a picnic area at the Himalayan Cedar Forest which is rather nice, and where we meet - free parking (the main Arboretum car park is not free), bus stop, bbqs and space age toilets as well as incredible views across Canberra.

HOWEVER

I have just looked, and they are opening 4 new gardens on 2nd April - from 12 - 3, so it may not be the best place to meet or we could meet at 11am to avoid the crowds and get a picnic table and bbq. I suspect the crowds will be at the main car park and around that vicinity, so we may be away from all the hoopla.

So what do you think?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on March 25, 2017, 12:07:34 AM
1. Yes, dusty, YESSSSSSSSSSS

2. 11 works for me, but there's also a raft of other options (Talopea Park, foreshore, Regatta Point, etc). I kind of feel we just need to say 'we'll be in (place) from x-y, please come when you are free all'.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on March 25, 2017, 04:27:57 AM
I'm hoping to come, but might be a non-starter depending. My old folks are needing attention again and I'm not sure if I'll need to be in Sydney.
11am is OK with me, I'll just make an earlier start. Any location is OK, as long as its not too hard to find for an out-of-towner ( yes, I know thats almost anywhere in Canberra, all those roads just go round in circles, but I've managed so far)..
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on March 28, 2017, 02:41:47 PM
More problems, so I won't be able to make it on 2nd April.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on March 28, 2017, 08:34:51 PM
I plan to be at the Arboretum from 11am, so if people arrive when they arrive, that is OK. If rain is predicted on the day, I will send a message out before 9am to meet at an alternative venue, since the undercover parts of the Arboretum will probably be full. Any suggestions about what the alternative could be would be gratefully received.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on March 29, 2017, 04:51:42 AM
And I just realised I will miss out meeting Lonermatt, maker of great photos :( .    You'll have to come to the next one Lonermatt.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on March 29, 2017, 01:36:34 PM
Thanks Happy - I'll be around :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: bigchrisb on March 29, 2017, 11:50:43 PM
I'm 60% at this stage.  Hope to be there.

Also, note that daylight savings changes that morning, so 11am winter time I presume!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on March 30, 2017, 12:48:01 AM
I'm 60% at this stage.  Hope to be there.

Also, note that daylight savings changes that morning, so 11am winter time I presume!
Yes - and as previously said, 11am is when people START to rock up, not when you HAVE to rock up!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: The Watchman on March 30, 2017, 11:33:23 AM
Thanks Deborah. I should be there on Sunday.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on March 31, 2017, 05:20:44 AM
I'll be bringing brownies.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: dusty on March 31, 2017, 03:16:59 PM
Found out last night my roster has been changed and I am on nights this weekend. :(

I'm going to have to pass sorry guys.0
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on March 31, 2017, 03:33:24 PM
Dusty nooooo!

So there should be (barring any illness, vehicular problems or other commitments that spring up):
Deb
Me
The Watchman
Mr and Mrs Ozstache
60% of BCB

Am I missing anyone?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on March 31, 2017, 03:45:44 PM
Am I missing anyone?

Mrs Ozstache and I plan to be there.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on March 31, 2017, 03:52:57 PM
Updated!

I might see if my gf wants to come along - I doubt it but you never know. I can't stay long maybe only an hour or two, but that's fine, it's good to see who we see :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on April 01, 2017, 04:49:52 PM
Hey guys, went walking to Mount Gingera yesterday and fell down on the way back down Stockyard Spur (which is an insane walk, by the way). I'm really trying to rest up today since I ride my bike from Kingston to Kambah to work and it's the only option I have.

I might make it over but I doubt it, we'll see if the buses are forgiving.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: bigchrisb on April 03, 2017, 11:48:02 PM
Sorry I didn't make it.  Hopefully I can make the next one! 
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: S4mkca on April 07, 2017, 03:42:19 AM
Hi,
Just joined.  Soooo did the meetup go ahead?  Im keen for Canberra meetups but work away a bit at present which could be challenging.
Sounds like a small group in Canberra? not really keen to travel halfway to Sydney.

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on April 07, 2017, 04:26:59 AM
We had a small select group at the meetup. It was very enjoyable. The sun shone, the company was good - what more can you ask?

As many people missed out, how soon would you like the next meet up?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: S4mkca on April 08, 2017, 12:45:44 AM
Sounds good.
i am back in Canberra on leave 13-18 April but it is Easter and School holidays.  If that works for anyone? i expect a few of you are retired already at any rate? If not ill keep monitoring this for the next one!
steve
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: dusty on April 08, 2017, 03:41:52 AM
I definitely can come down for saturday or Sunday. My Sister and her family live in Canberra and I need to visit them at some stage so it would work well.

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on April 08, 2017, 05:48:34 PM
Not available on Sunday, but could make Easter Sat.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on April 12, 2017, 12:28:38 AM
What is happening???? Is there a meetup? If so WHERE and WHEN????? Of course, Monday is also a holiday... And we could meet on Monday at the Arboretum for lunch.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on April 12, 2017, 03:30:16 AM
Well there seems to be a meet up emerging.....Easter Monday would suit me better
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: dusty on April 12, 2017, 06:33:55 AM
Soo just heard from my sister, turns out her family is in Port Douglas back on Sunday.  So long story short I will be in canberra easter Monday. If there is an Impromptu Meetup - im there. If one or two of you want to grab coffee that would be great.  Looking forward to meeting Deborah and lonerMatt if you guys are available?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on April 12, 2017, 04:11:27 PM
Well, there's three of us at least for Easter Monday - let's do it!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: JLR on April 12, 2017, 06:20:08 PM
Sorry I won't make it. Already going to CBA Tues/Wed/Thurs! Eek!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on April 14, 2017, 02:51:01 AM
I am free!

Where's good to meet?

Somewhere central please!

Kingston, Braddon, the wanky areas.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on April 14, 2017, 08:39:32 PM
I am free!

Where's good to meet?

Somewhere central please!

Kingston, Braddon, the wanky areas.
Well, there is a BBQ at Haig Park - near where Masson St meets Moore St. Haig Park (for those who don't know) is a very long and narrow park that separates the city from the north. Braddon ends at Haig Park, but the BBQs are on the west side of Northbourne Ave rather than the East side. The BBQ is a little hard to spot, as it is surrounded by bushes, but it is immediately north of the carpark. Or we could go to one of the places in Lonsdale St Braddon, but they might be shut on Easter Monday.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on April 14, 2017, 08:47:23 PM
Or we could go to Glebe Park - which is even closer to the city (actually in the city) - and it has bbqs too although I'm not sure where. It is a nicer park.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on April 14, 2017, 09:16:53 PM
City centre would suit me, but I'm aftriad I've had to make a decision not to come this time. Some more family issues to sort.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: dusty on April 14, 2017, 09:19:30 PM
I'm happy with your Judgment Deborah.  I don't know Canberra that well but will be visiting my Sister in Scullin.  From my limited experience - compared to Sydney - everywhere in Canberra is only 15 minutes away.

Also, I agree it will be hit and miss trying to find somewhere open.

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on April 14, 2017, 09:24:05 PM
Haig park it is!

Monday at midday? Later? Earlier?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on April 15, 2017, 09:39:34 PM
Update: friend texted me asking if I want to hike Kosciozsko tomorrow. Yes I do, this makes me feel incredibly guilty to cancel on this a second time around.

Sorry folks, a free ride to nature and a day spent hiking in the snow is too good to turn down.

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on April 15, 2017, 09:46:37 PM
As we appear to be down to two, I think it wise to cancel the meetup.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: dusty on April 16, 2017, 12:29:29 AM
:( It is what it is.

Thanks for the organising effort though, Deb.  Have a safe and fun hike Matt.

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on April 16, 2017, 12:32:00 AM
Sorry guys,

Dusty when are you back to Sydney?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: dusty on April 16, 2017, 12:40:02 AM
Was just going for the day.

I have Night Shift - Monday, Tuesday night.

Wed - Thur I am doing a training course (RSA, Barista (figured it would help on my trip))

Friday Carpeting cleaners booked.

Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed Day Shift + ANZAC Day + Removalists coming on Wed.

Thur morning I hand my apartment Keys in and head north on the rest of my life

OH CRAP I am running out of time.....
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: JaneLane on June 13, 2017, 07:28:46 PM
Hi everyone!

I'm pretty new to this, but appreciate any help you might have, I'm struggling with my garden in the winter and I'm getting lazy with the bike. But knowing there are some locals around, is a huge help. A lot of people know about the blog, and we have been swapping advice, so there might be a few more mustachians out this way than the forum is showing.

From reading the thread, looks like the meetup hasn't happened yet? I'd be keen to come along if there is another one organised soon, the picnic/bbq idea is nice.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on June 19, 2017, 10:11:48 PM
Hello all. I have just had a BRILLIANT idea. We can have our next meetup at a library, and I can bring my screen printing gear. I have loaded down the PNG that MMM has put on his T-shirt - see http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/shirts/. Everyone can bring their t-shirt Or whatever else - BBQ Apron?), and we can all end the meetup with MMM T-shirts (if you want them).

What do you think?

When do we want to do this? As usual, I have changed the poll...
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on June 19, 2017, 10:28:22 PM
At the moment I'm free on the 2nd, 9th and 23rd, so I'm easy!

Marginal preference for the 9th as it's during school holidays.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on June 30, 2017, 04:32:37 PM
I think the T-shirt printing is a great idea. I've voted for 23rd July as its my only possible weekend. I might well be too overloaded to make it...would have to make a final decision closer to the time.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Jseg on July 17, 2017, 10:01:51 PM
Hi folks, I'm new to the forum but have been following mmm for several years. Also in Canberra, so if there is going to be a meet up on 23rd, count me in!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on July 18, 2017, 05:54:43 AM
23rd completely impossible for me now, 2 old folks playing up simultaneously. Have got my hands over full.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on July 18, 2017, 02:36:52 PM
I'll be in Melbourne picking up a car!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on August 18, 2017, 04:40:37 PM
Well, if anyone wants a meet up before November, and for me to organise it, we will need to meet up on the weekend of 2nd or 3rd September. Anyone for that?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on August 19, 2017, 02:23:22 AM
Working that weekend :(
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 08, 2017, 10:44:09 PM
November is here. A new poll... hopefully a new meetup...

I can't remember whether we usually meet on saturday or sunday - blast, it must be saturday. Anyway, there is nice weather at the moment, so Ozstache park or the Arboretum looks good to me. Anyone interested?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on November 08, 2017, 11:51:15 PM
According to my family, I'm always flat out doing nothing so I'm up for another meet at wherever. I can tell y'all about my pilgrimage to see MMM and others last month and how that has kicked me into another retirement gear.

Oh and welcome back from your travels Deborah! You'll have to fill us in on how Camp Moosestache went.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on November 09, 2017, 01:11:42 AM
I'm interested but will need some shade for that time of year.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on November 09, 2017, 12:14:18 PM
I voted 26th as my parents are in town on the 19th, plus I have open day at the Canberra City Farm that I should help out with.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on November 13, 2017, 05:39:37 PM
I probably should be able to make either the 26th or 3rd. Still trying to sell my house so I might need to dip out if its not sold
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 14, 2017, 03:45:17 PM
After a bit of off-line discussion, it appears everyone can possibly make it on the morning of the 9th December, so that is the date!

Now, WHERE do we want it to be? The prediction is 25 and some showers.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on November 15, 2017, 02:47:23 AM
You guys could come over to my place!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on November 15, 2017, 03:26:02 AM
After a bit of off-line discussion, it appears everyone can possibly make it on the morning of the 9th December, so that is the date!

Now, WHERE do we want it to be? The prediction is 25 and some showers.

Huzzah! And I'm too tired to tell if you're joking or not with the weather...


You guys could come over to my place!

Is that a serious suggestion? (omg, I should just not be replying when I'm this tired. Joking? Serious? Who can say, not this fuzzy headed tired person)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 15, 2017, 08:21:53 AM
https://www.accuweather.com/en/au/canberra/21921/december-weather/21921
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on November 15, 2017, 03:16:08 PM
Genuine offer.

Obviously outside is great and if there's a lovely spot in a park that's way better than my apartment, but thought I'd offer all the same :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: bob999 on November 18, 2017, 02:54:20 AM
I had such a great time at the Melbourne meet up that I want one where I live - does anyone want a meetup in Canberra?

I am also interested in a Canberra MMM meet up.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: JaneLane on November 19, 2017, 04:34:03 PM
Hi!  I'd be keen for the Canberra Meetup too, if it goes ahead.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 19, 2017, 06:21:28 PM
DEFINITELY going ahead. What park is close to your apartment LM? We'll go there until it starts to rain, and then end up at your place if it rains (if the park has SHADE). Morning... 10am?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on November 19, 2017, 08:47:42 PM
It's close to Telopea Park!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on November 19, 2017, 08:50:23 PM
Deborah that sounds like a plan! A park with a toilet would also be helpful :)


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Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on November 19, 2017, 09:18:09 PM
There are toilets at Telopea?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 19, 2017, 10:14:54 PM
From Parks ACT...

Telopea Park is an eight hectare park in Barton with picnic and playground areas, cycle and pedestrian paths, public toilets and barbecues. It features an informal mix of mature exotic and native trees, and is a popular venue for family picnics.

Created in 1922, Telopea Park takes its name from the floral emblem of New South Wales. Its informal evergreen/deciduous landscape character and mature trees make it a strong attraction to pedestrians and cyclists from nearby residences, the Kingston and Manuka shopping centers and suburbs further away.

Facilities and activities

    Toilets
    Electric/gas BBQs
    Playground
    Drinking water
    Picnic shelter
    Picnic tables
    Dogs on leash
    Cycling

From the map, there is a Y into Telopea park more or less opposite Currie Cres. There appears to be a playground on the left side and a BBQ on the right side, and possibly the toilets are there. Meeting at the BBQ sounds like a plan. If anyone can verify any of this, I would be happy. But it looks like there is shade and amenities.

MEET THERE AT 10am on 9th December.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on November 19, 2017, 11:55:14 PM
Perfect! It's possible I'm going to the cricket tomorrow night and will be parking next to Telopea park, will try to have a squiz if we go past the BBQ area.


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Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on November 21, 2017, 12:17:36 AM
I went past Telopia park today so I dropped in and took a few photos of the BBQ area we are planning on using. Plenty of shade and free parking. Didn't see any toilets but I am sure they'll be close by. I will be walking my dogs there on Sunday so will confirm the toilet situation, if Astatine doesn't do so beforehand.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on November 21, 2017, 01:25:22 AM
The toilets are over the little drainage creek in the middle of the park, but more or less opposite the playground.

I ran through the park today and sussed it.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on November 21, 2017, 03:50:10 AM
Looks great! Still very much hoping to make it. And after driving for 2.5 hours + I will need a toilet.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on November 21, 2017, 05:01:58 AM
Yay! Glad Ozstache sussed it out. I did go past it tonight but it was10pm and very dark.

Hopefully we will get a table. If i can bear getting up early enough I might try heading there before 10. Picnic tables at Lake Gininderra can go before 9.


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Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on December 05, 2017, 12:42:08 AM
How are we shaping up for Saturday?I
m still planning to come. Our house will be open for inspection again but DD has offered to do the honours getting it ready so I can come.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on December 05, 2017, 12:50:36 AM
As far as I'm concerned it's going ahead. At the moment, Saturday appears to be the only day this week when it won't rain, but we still have Matt's as a backup.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on December 05, 2017, 12:56:23 AM
Yay! I'm still up for it. If I can be arsed (50/50 chance given how crap my sleeping currently is), I will try to get to Telopea Park early to get a table with shade.

Edit: also, we were super lucky we didn't choose last Saturday for our get together. So. Much. Rain.

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on December 05, 2017, 11:57:56 AM
Sick.

I'm bringing chicken sausages, which I think are super under-rated. And I'll also bring something with nutritional value, like some fruit.

I'm busy in the morning, but should be free from 11. Is that ok?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: bigchrisb on December 07, 2017, 02:46:34 PM
I'll be along, possibly plus baby.  See you there
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on December 07, 2017, 02:52:13 PM
Would love to coo over baby! Pre-kid I would never have said that!

Can't promise anything useful to share food-wise since I'll be grabbing something on the run - will need to leave around 7-7.30.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on December 08, 2017, 01:15:00 AM
I'll just bring my own lunch (I'm a little fussy with food atm) but if there's time to make it I'll bring some popcorn as a snack to share.


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Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on December 08, 2017, 01:39:11 AM
Since I'll be coming later, let me know if utensils or plates or cups.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on December 08, 2017, 01:52:18 PM
leaving  in 10-15 min so I won't be there til 11
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on December 08, 2017, 03:23:02 PM
I'm at the park now scoping out best options for shade


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Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on December 08, 2017, 03:35:28 PM
Tapatalk won't let me post a photo. I've got a covered table next to a BBQ. It's close to the area with the brightly painted concrete tubes and a sculpture of some vertical orange/red post thingies. It's next to the stream aka storm water drain and closish to the toilet block.
Title: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on December 08, 2017, 03:40:52 PM
Tapatalk won't let me post a photo. I've got a covered table next to a BBQ. It's close to the area with the brightly painted concrete tubes and a sculpture of some vertical orange/red post thingies. It's next to the stream aka storm water drain and closish to the toilet block.

Edit: I'm at the covered table in the second photo Ozstache posted.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on December 09, 2017, 12:38:14 AM
Great meetup today everyone!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: bigchrisb on December 09, 2017, 01:58:29 AM
Was good to see everyone! Hope the bub want too distracting.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on December 09, 2017, 03:30:05 AM
Bub slept the whole time I was there! I only managed to coo for a few minutes.

Great venue, and I didn't get lost.

I was saying to Deborah, its now just like hanging out with a bunch of friends rather than  a meet up from a forum.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on December 09, 2017, 01:00:54 PM
10/10 event, thanks for coming everyone, thanks for the chats :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on December 11, 2017, 01:26:52 AM
Belated response! Yes, it was great to see everyone again (and meet a couple of new faces).

Bub was not a distraction (well, to be totally honest, a slight distraction but only because of the cuteness factor :))

I like the location too. I'd be happy to do Telopea park again.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on December 15, 2017, 11:05:25 PM
I loved it! Everyone was great, we had nice discussions and it was a good place. However, if we are having something in January, I think a nice, air conditioned library room in Gungahlin would be the best.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: miranda622 on January 15, 2018, 04:04:18 PM
Hello Canberrans!

My family and I live in the States, but my husband grew up in Darwin and his family's now all in Canberra -- we try to go back every 2-3 years for an extended visit. We will be heading out and doing a home exchange in Griffiths from mid-June to mid-Aug this year, so would love to get on the radar for any meetups during that time... We have 2 children (aged 4 and 8), and it'd be great to find free/cheap ideas for entertaining them as well.

Still a ways off from departure date, but feel free to connect and I'll keep an eye out for activities closer to the time!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: turboslob on January 15, 2018, 06:06:45 PM
Canberraís a good place for free activities (just moved there myself this month). I recommend looking up TripAdvisor reviews for things to do in Canberra. Art gallery, war memorial, museum etc are all free and there are seemingly plenty of good picnic spots by lakes. Bicycle friendly too, if you bring tredlies.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on January 15, 2018, 11:51:49 PM
Welcome!

Canberra has lots of freebie things to do and see. There is also the National Arboretum (which has a great playground for kids), the National Botanic Gardens, lots of walks, parks with good playgrounds and nearby national parks (might be a fee to visit those, it's been a while since I've gone).
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: KiniGula on February 10, 2018, 11:44:16 PM
Hello Canberrans!

My family and I live in the States, but my husband grew up in Darwin and his family's now all in Canberra -- we try to go back every 2-3 years for an extended visit. We will be heading out and doing a home exchange in Griffiths from mid-June to mid-Aug this year, so would love to get on the radar for any meetups during that time... We have 2 children (aged 4 and 8), and it'd be great to find free/cheap ideas for entertaining them as well.

Still a ways off from departure date, but feel free to connect and I'll keep an eye out for activities closer to the time!

Not free but cheap - I will always recommend to Americans (having an American partner myself) a drive down to the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Not free, but a lovely place where you can see lots of native australian flora and fauna. If you pack a picnic, there are free and well maintained bbqs to use. Just please don't feed the Kangaroos and Emus.

I forget how much it costs but I think its around $10-15 per car?

P.S. If you like space stuff, quite close by the to Tidbinbilla is the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. Its free. It'll have a lot of stuff about the moon landing because the images of the first moonlanding were relayed through the satellite at honeysuckle creek.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on February 11, 2018, 12:13:06 AM
Does anyone want to do a meet up in March before the Easter long weekend?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on February 11, 2018, 12:47:57 AM
Does anyone want to do a meet up in March before the Easter long weekend?
Sounds like a plan. I've changed the Vote stuff again.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on February 11, 2018, 12:51:42 AM
Does anyone want to do a meet up in March before the Easter long weekend?
Sounds like a plan. I've changed the Vote stuff again.

Yay! Voted. (I didn't choose the 10th because we're doing an Enlighten thingy in the evening and I want to save my energy for it)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on February 12, 2018, 03:18:55 AM
3rd is really my only available date...will be away late in March and the 10th is too close to my departure.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on February 18, 2018, 01:25:40 AM
So we have 3 votes for Sat 3 March. Should we lock it in? @deborah @happy @Ozstache @LonerMatt @bigchrisb (and anyone else who I've left out of that list)

We could try Telopea Park again at 10am as long as we're in the shade, hopefully won't be too hot. Whaddya reckon?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on February 18, 2018, 03:30:59 AM
I'm happy.  Same place is easy for me, a different place is a part of exploring Canberra (one wonders why one would want to do that, but there you go) @Ozstache @deborah @LonerMatt @bigchrisb
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on February 18, 2018, 04:09:20 AM
Sounds Good!

@happy and anyone else traveling from interstate (except OzStache who isn't coming from the North) may wish to go down Majura Parkway rather than negotiating Northbourne Avenue and its extensive tram works. In fact, I would use it instead of Northbourhe Avenue every time.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on February 18, 2018, 04:20:55 AM
Thanks for the reminder! I battled through that last time.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on February 18, 2018, 04:29:18 AM
I'm happy.

lol
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: bigchrisb on February 18, 2018, 03:13:52 PM
I should be OK for the 3rd, but will have the bub with me, as my better half has a sailing course on that day.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on February 18, 2018, 03:39:44 PM
Bub is fine. :) (bub is cute)


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Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on February 18, 2018, 11:56:34 PM
I should be free!

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on February 19, 2018, 12:24:04 AM
Great!!!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on February 19, 2018, 01:16:05 AM
Definitely a bub friendly meet up. Happy to cluck or not depending on bub!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on February 19, 2018, 04:04:39 AM
Mrs Ozstache and I can make that date and place.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: turboslob on February 22, 2018, 03:38:05 AM
I'm new to Canberra, though keen. Have a bub due just before then, but hopefully there's no clash.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on February 22, 2018, 04:15:32 AM
I'm new to Canberra, though keen. Have a bub due just before then, but hopefully there's no clash.
It would be wonderful if you could make it! Have you worked out where we are going?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: turboslob on February 22, 2018, 01:00:32 PM
I'm new to Canberra, though keen. Have a bub due just before then, but hopefully there's no clash.
It would be wonderful if you could make it! Have you worked out where we are going?
I think so - I Googled the park mentioned and it popped up south of the city. Then, will look for a group which doesn't look like family.....

Rob
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on February 22, 2018, 09:30:45 PM
I'll put an event reminder up on the Mustachians Australia group on Facebook for this next meetup, just in case any interested local doesn't frequent the forums here.

Here's the location photo that I posted up:

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on February 28, 2018, 01:47:43 AM
10am this Saturday or am I mis-remembering?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on February 28, 2018, 03:19:41 AM
Definitely this Saturday.

It was 10am last time, and I can't see any specific time for this one, so unless @Ozstache has put a different time on facebook, we will go with 10am.

IF THERE IS A TIME ON FACEBOOK, we will go with that time. Sound reasonable?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on February 28, 2018, 12:00:50 PM
I think I mentioned 10am further up the thread (or maybe I only thought I did). I need to be somewhere at 1 so I’d prefer not to start any later.


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Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on February 28, 2018, 01:04:37 PM
IF THERE IS A TIME ON FACEBOOK, we will go with that time.

I put 10am, so we're sweet. BTW, my parents are staying with us this weekend, so I'll probably only be there for an hour or two.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on February 28, 2018, 01:37:27 PM
IF THERE IS A TIME ON FACEBOOK, we will go with that time.

I put 10am, so we're sweet. BTW, my parents are staying with us this weekend, so I'll probably only be there for an hour or two.
I think I mentioned 10am further up the thread (or maybe I only thought I did). I need to be somewhere at 1 so Iíd prefer not to start any later.


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Sigh, I will get up extra early on my weekend to make sure I catch you all ;).
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on February 28, 2018, 02:56:18 PM
Sigh, I will get up extra early on my weekend to make sure I catch you all ;).
We all really appreciate the sacrifices you make to visit us!
Title: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on March 02, 2018, 03:47:44 PM
I got here a bit early to grab a table. I got the same one as last time. It has a colour bond shelter, right next a gas bbq, and halfway between the playground and the toilets. It’s next to a little white bridge going over the storm water drain. (in Telopea Park).


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Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: bigchrisb on March 02, 2018, 05:11:45 PM
Sorry folks, I'm not going to make it this time.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on March 03, 2018, 03:21:35 AM
Never mind Bigchris, there will be another!
We had another great meet up: good location, good weather and good conversation!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on March 03, 2018, 11:14:00 PM
Great meetup yesterday! For those asking what the military aircraft were we heard, the first was a 3-ship F/A-18 fighter jet flyover and the second was a C-17 transport aircraft for the Chief of Defence Force parade at ADFA. See http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/fa18-hornet-flypast-over-canberra-for-adfa-chief-of-defence-force-parade-20180302-h0wxxh.html (http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/fa18-hornet-flypast-over-canberra-for-adfa-chief-of-defence-force-parade-20180302-h0wxxh.html)

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on March 06, 2018, 02:55:28 AM
Great to see retirement hasn't dulled your aircaraft identification skills, after all you said: the first was a fighter jet and the second a transporter craft;)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on April 27, 2018, 03:40:23 AM
It seems about time for another meetup. I'm not sure whether it will be too cold for outside, or we should go inside (back to a library - or somewhere different?). Anyway, I've changed the poll.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on April 27, 2018, 03:51:49 AM
It seems about time for another meetup. I'm not sure whether it will be too cold for outside, or we should go inside (back to a library - or somewhere different?). Anyway, I've changed the poll.

If it's like today, outside would be perfect! But who knows what May will be like (I haven't turned on my heater yet and it's past ANZAC day o.O).

I can't do 6 May. I have to go to a small child's birthday party plus it's the pumpkin festival in Collector. The other days are free for me atm.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on April 28, 2018, 02:46:36 AM
It seems about time for another meetup. I'm not sure whether it will be too cold for outside, or we should go inside (back to a library - or somewhere different?). Anyway, I've changed the poll.

If it's like today, outside would be perfect! But who knows what May will be like (I haven't turned on my heater yet and it's past ANZAC day o.O).

I can't do 6 May. I have to go to a small child's birthday party plus it's the pumpkin festival in Collector. The other days are free for me atm.

Sorry, I can't do 12 May any more. 19 & 26 May are still ok atm.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on May 05, 2018, 09:07:47 PM
Looks like everyone is available on either 19th or 26th. I will check with the local library to see if they have any preference.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on May 15, 2018, 04:52:54 AM
Do we have a date yet? I'm getting some pressure with other events etc, but have kept both 19 & 25 free: it would be good to know which one and if its happening soon.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on May 16, 2018, 03:16:15 PM
I went to the library yesterday. The room there is supposedly only for the college now - not for worthy others, but they are checking up on it, and on rooms available in other libraries. They are supposed to be getting back to me. Given the date, let's make it next week (25th May), and we could go to a cafe (any suggestions?) if no library is available.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on May 17, 2018, 05:51:53 AM
Sounds good. Can't help with any suggestions for cafes I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: JLR on May 17, 2018, 07:15:11 PM
I went to the library yesterday. The room there is supposedly only for the college now - not for worthy others, but they are checking up on it, and on rooms available in other libraries.

Hmm if public library space is only available for the college I would be very cranky and have something to say about that...even the college website says the library is a "joint use facility". Surely there isn't a high demand from the school on a weekend?

http://www.erindalec.act.edu.au/community_links/library
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on May 17, 2018, 08:01:15 PM
I seem to be the first one to query the current situation. The librarian is working towards fixing it so the room is available on weekends, but they havenít sorted it out with the college yet. She rang me back today. Other factors that make this difficult at the moment include that she is expecting to go on maternity leave any day, and I need to visit my parents for the coming week - but Iíll be back for Saturday.

And Iíve just discovered that we have a public holiday on Monday 28th!

Anyway, we could meet at the Arboretum main building. Thereís a cafe there (donít confuse it for the restaurant), and we could meet in the large area in front of the cafe. If itís a really nice day, we could go to the Himalayan Forest where we have met before, otherwise go to the cafe itself. Does that sound ok?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on May 24, 2018, 03:52:26 AM
Sorry folks, I have to cancel for Saturday. Dear old mum has some health issues that just cropped up that I need to help sort out starting tomorrow.
Title: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on May 24, 2018, 04:11:03 AM
Sorry folks, I have to cancel for Saturday. Dear old mum has some health issues that just cropped up that I need to help sort out starting tomorrow.

Oh no! Hope everything goes as well as possible.


I’m a maybe. I’m not sure how l’ll feel after tomorrow’s Scans of Doom.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on May 24, 2018, 05:31:58 AM
Thanks At. Nothing dire just yet but I will need to be going up and back from Sydney a bit.

Beaming well wishes for the scans of doom.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on May 24, 2018, 05:59:46 AM
Thank you xx
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on May 25, 2018, 11:55:00 AM
The numbers are now looking very thin, and after discussing it with the people who expressed interest, we have decided to postpone this meetup.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: detrimental12 on May 29, 2018, 11:32:35 PM
I'm keen to join for the next meet up. I have another guy (from reddit) interested in joining as well.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on June 05, 2018, 05:23:13 AM
It appears to me that the coming weekend will be busy, but that I will be available the following weekend. Would anyone like to have a meetup then?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on June 05, 2018, 07:17:51 PM
I'll be overseas 10-26 June.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on June 05, 2018, 07:34:38 PM
I'll be overseas 10-26 June.
Have a good time. Things are changing here, and it think that after 26th would actually suit me better too. Could we say 30th June? How does that suit everyone?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on June 06, 2018, 06:20:25 AM
June 30 would work for me at this point.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on June 06, 2018, 05:36:56 PM
June 30, new (tax) year's eve, should be OK for me too.
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Post by: Astatine on June 10, 2018, 07:30:30 PM
Me too
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Post by: deborah on June 10, 2018, 10:34:49 PM
Ok letís do it on 30 June. If anyone has a suggestion for where, Iíd be interested, otherwise Iíll work something out once Iím back.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on June 11, 2018, 01:48:01 AM
Ok letís do it on 30 June. If anyone has a suggestion for where, Iíd be interested, otherwise Iíll work something out once Iím back.

I'll look into the Belco libraries if I remember (sorry, brain is mostly full of reno planning).

An alternative could be going to one of the many clubs across the city? I'm not sure what their policies are for BYO food though - I'll do some googling. Between DH and I, we're a member of 4 or 5 clubs across the city, and I'm ok with joining another one/renewing lapsed membership*.

*Hanging out in clubs is useful when it's too hot to be at home in summer, or if I need good filtered air-con when my lungs aren't coping with bushfire smoke etc.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on June 11, 2018, 02:31:53 AM
Remember that Dickson library is shut until further notice because of rain and asbestos.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on June 11, 2018, 02:50:27 AM
Remember that Dickson library is shut until further notice because of rain and asbestos.

Huh. I knew it was closed because of rain. Hadn't realised about the asbestos. (I assume asbestos sheeting, not Mr Fluffy?)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on June 11, 2018, 03:04:26 AM
The rain caused damage, which was inspected, and they found suspected asbestos (pretty sure it was sheet) that had been damaged, so itís closed until further notice.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: detrimental12 on June 11, 2018, 10:58:43 PM
30 June works for us also (so +2 to the total). Let me know where you all decide, I'm easy!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on June 11, 2018, 11:11:53 PM
Great! It will be good to meet you.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on June 12, 2018, 01:44:49 AM
I didn't follow up any meeting spots today because I was sick. What time do we want to meet on 30 June? (given happy has a bit of a drive)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on June 12, 2018, 03:36:44 PM
I am potentially in. I'm not around here much at the moment - swamped with work, etc - but I've got a lot of art stuff to bring and wouldn't mind talking to Deb about Alaska, and generally talking shit.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on June 12, 2018, 03:44:17 PM
Iíd love to talk about Alaska.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on June 12, 2018, 03:51:37 PM
I didn't follow up any meeting spots today because I was sick. What time do we want to meet on 30 June? (given happy has a bit of a drive)
We are a small, unincorporated group with a learning outcome, so library room hire is free.

I do like the idea of a club (although Iím not a member of any). In the early days we did go to cafes for lunch, so we donít have to go somewhere thatís free - itís just a combination of my frugal tendencies and the fact that, at various times different people have had different food requirements.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: turboslob on June 14, 2018, 02:36:45 AM
Another lurker is interested - can travel anywhere in the Cbr region. Likely to have a +1 and a bub.
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Post by: Astatine on June 21, 2018, 04:13:37 AM
Unless anyone has any objections tomorrow I’ll book a north side library room from 1-4pm on Sat 30 June. (And then DM the location)
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Post by: deborah on June 21, 2018, 04:50:27 AM
Sounds wonderful!
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Post by: sanderh on June 28, 2018, 02:25:37 AM
Longtime lurker here, would be interested in future meetups within biking distance of Inner North. I am out of town June 30- July 5.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: turboslob on June 29, 2018, 08:41:55 PM
I've got to pass on this one, busier than anticipated packing for a small holiday. Next time, for sure!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: sanderh on July 01, 2018, 11:33:45 PM
The survey for May meetups is still up - is there someone here with the power to delete it?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on July 02, 2018, 03:31:09 AM
The survey for May meetups is still up - is there someone here with the power to delete it?
Fixed. I don't really want to remove the poll in case I can't change it in the future, but hopefully this will not get people thinking we are next having a meeting in 10 months.

We will have one in November/December if I organise the next one, or before that if someone else does.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on July 02, 2018, 04:09:42 PM
Great, my votes in.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on July 03, 2018, 05:13:03 AM
Great, my votes in.

Me too.

(I probably won't be up to organising another meet up anytime soon, soz)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on October 31, 2018, 02:50:29 AM
Hey guys,

So not formally a meetup but I'll be having an art show at my apartment December 8th. You're all invited but if you are interested in details without commitment PM me your email address and I'll send you an invitation. It'd be great to get the chance to say hello and goodbye again, as by Christmas time we'll be gone from Canberra for at least 2 years (though maybe not any more than that).

Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 12, 2018, 11:20:22 AM
I came back yesterday. When do we want a meetup? Iíd love to see you all soon. Is this weekend possible?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on November 12, 2018, 12:41:52 PM
I could probably spare a few hours this weekend.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on November 12, 2018, 01:24:56 PM
No from me unfortunately. I'll be in Sydney attending to my mothers affairs.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 12, 2018, 07:48:04 PM
It seems we need a poll. If everyone agrees to 8th, we could include the picture viewing at Piazza Matt.

I have decided an urgent visit to parents is called for.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on November 12, 2018, 08:03:53 PM
I've voted for the 8th and picture viewing chez Matt....but really I may be a doubtful started because of family stuff, so don't decide on the basis of my vote.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on November 12, 2018, 10:19:24 PM
Please come everyone :)

THe official exhibition start is 6, but if there's a group there's no reason you couldn't come over earlier and hang out
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 25, 2018, 01:59:23 AM
Weíll come to your place Matt. On the 8th. Pick a time.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on November 25, 2018, 02:59:18 AM
Noon??

Any time is good for me, so something not super early would give the gf some time to wake up and head out to leave us to talk about things together.

How should I get my address out? I can PM people if that's easiest
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on November 25, 2018, 03:50:52 AM
Looks like I'm going to be a starter.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 25, 2018, 04:02:18 AM
Great!
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Post by: LonerMatt on November 25, 2018, 12:33:13 PM
Excellent, I'll give it another day or so then PM anyone who wants to come my address :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on November 26, 2018, 01:48:18 AM
Sorry, I won't be able to make it (Xmas catch up followed by a birthday party). Have fun all!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 26, 2018, 01:57:45 AM
Sorry, I won't be able to make it (Xmas catch up followed by a birthday party). Have fun all!
Will miss you.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on November 26, 2018, 12:09:25 PM
Definitely!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on November 27, 2018, 01:53:33 AM
Cool reasons to come hang at my place and talk shit:

1. Deborah is nice as and probably has many cool photos of her trip
2. I'm baking cookies and brownies and they're pretty rad
3. It is literally covered in art that you can look at OR ignore (it's your choice)
4. All of my furniture is super cheap so while it's not the best we can revel in the bargains
5. I'm considered not the worst sort by most
6. Free tea (what? how MMM is that. hack the system, bank the profits.)
7. Laughs!

@Ozstache @bigchrisb @allcanberransiforgot
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: bigchrisb on November 27, 2018, 02:46:06 AM
Sounds awesome!  However, the commute for me is a killer at the moment - living in the Netherlands for a few years.  Look forward to another one when I'm back in town!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on November 27, 2018, 03:09:27 AM
Huge! Amsterdam?
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Post by: bigchrisb on November 27, 2018, 12:03:36 PM
The Hague. A spare bedroom and bathroom if any of the Canberra folks I know are passing through too.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on November 28, 2018, 03:42:51 AM
I should still be able to make the 8th.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: LonerMatt on November 28, 2018, 01:04:24 PM
Great :)
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on December 07, 2018, 04:23:47 PM
The meetup isnít happening today - probably just as well since itís supposed to be very hot. Anyone got ideas for an alternative date?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on February 22, 2019, 01:28:03 AM
It's about time we had another meetup. I could do this weekend, not the next, but the one after. Or can anyone make another suggestion?
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Post by: Astatine on February 22, 2019, 04:24:28 AM
It's about time we had another meetup. I could do this weekend, not the next, but the one after. Or can anyone make another suggestion?

I’m free the weekend 16/17 March (so far, at least).
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on February 22, 2019, 04:34:42 AM
Pretty busy until April. Can't do this weekend or next  one for sure. Maybeeither of the following ones before 23/24th March, but I need to get my parents house ready for settlement which might involve a last minute dash up to Sydney on either of those weekends.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on February 22, 2019, 02:33:39 PM
I'm free 9/10 and 16/17 March weekends.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on February 22, 2019, 03:22:05 PM
It sounds like 17th March would work. Where would you like to meet? The arboretum?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on March 04, 2019, 04:56:34 AM
I have to be in the inner north by 11am. I’m ok with outside if there’s no significant bushfire smoke or dust but would prefer an indoor location (arboretum does have the indoor visitors area). But, given I’ll be leaving early, you should probs go with a majority view, not just me.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on March 04, 2019, 04:56:03 AM
I have to be in the inner north by 11am. I’m ok with outside if there’s no significant bushfire smoke or dust but would prefer an indoor location (arboretum does have the indoor visitors area). But, given I’ll be leaving early, you should probs go with a majority view, not just me.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on March 15, 2019, 10:04:10 PM
Are we still meeting tomorrow? I assume it's at 10 at the Arboretum?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Astatine on March 16, 2019, 01:22:55 AM
Are we still meeting tomorrow? I assume it's at 10 at the Arboretum?

Sorry... I don’t feel up to it tomorrow. Dealing with some difficult stuff. Hopefully others will be up to it.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on March 16, 2019, 01:26:25 AM
Sounds like it is off then.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: AdamK80 on March 24, 2019, 10:46:15 PM
Hi,  I'm new to this forum.  Please message me if you plan a meet up, I'm keen to meet other mustachians :)

I was listening to a 2 frugal dudes podcast about meet up groups, so I'm happy that one in Canberra exists.

I hope to see you in the near future, cheers, Adam.
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Post by: Mr Shiny on March 24, 2019, 11:36:59 PM
Hi everyone. Iím also new to this forum. My wife and I have been madly reading everything mustachion for about 4 months now and slowly been developing our frugality muscle along with a healthy attitude of badassity. We live in Canberra and would like to meetup with others travelling the mustachion journey.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on March 27, 2019, 01:52:09 AM
It will be great to have you along!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on September 26, 2019, 10:42:35 AM
Iím now home from our trip, and itís time for another meetup. When would people like it to be?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on October 15, 2019, 02:51:32 AM
Just letting everyone interested in Canberra meetups that the Choose FI'ers are having one this weekend outside the Capital Brewing Co Brewery on Sunday 20 Oct 19 between 2:30pm and 4:30pm and have extended the invitation to our group. Looks like they have 5 going already. I've got family visiting this weekend so I'll probably be a no show.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on October 15, 2019, 03:08:50 AM
I'll be away this weekend, so I'm out also.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on October 30, 2019, 04:23:03 AM
Any takers for a meetup before Christmas?
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: FrugalityAndFreedom on November 04, 2019, 01:14:55 AM
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Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on November 23, 2019, 02:53:59 PM
Just saw on Facebook there will be a free screening of the Playing with FIRE documentary on Wed 4 Dec 19 from 6-9pm at the Boiler House Lecture Theatre at the University of Canberra in Civic.

See https://events.humanitix.com.au/playing-with-fire-canberra-community-screening (https://events.humanitix.com.au/playing-with-fire-canberra-community-screening) for more details and how to book.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: happy on November 23, 2019, 03:05:37 PM
Thanks for posting. Unfortunately I'm booked up that day, otherwise would have considered going just to mingle with the crowd. I've already seen it, so I'm not too sad about missing the film.
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on November 23, 2019, 03:09:00 PM
Thanks for posting. Unfortunately I'm booked up that day, otherwise would have considered going just to mingle with the crowd. I've already seen it, so I'm not too sad about missing the film.

That's a shame. I'm planning on going so it would have been good to catch up!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: deborah on November 25, 2019, 12:13:58 AM
Actually, it's in BRUCE. See you there!
Title: Re: Canberra
Post by: Ozstache on November 25, 2019, 02:38:42 AM
Actually, it's in BRUCE. See you there!

Oops. All ACT suburbs sound the same to me!