Thanks so much for your suggestion - ironically I will be moving to Canberra in about a month or so I will give your Scullin hairdresser a try.
However in the meantime (desperate for a cut!!), there is a place recommended by another forum member on a different thread -
So I will try them and post here how it went. Website looks exxy (min 99 for a cut for long hair) but I'm more than happy to pay for a quality cut if someone knows what they are doing.
Here's hoping (cross fingers and toes)