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Man wanted by police; warrant for arrest

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Man wanted by police; warrant for arrest

ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to locate 27-year-old Sonny Oeti, who they believe is responsible for a number of aggravated robberies earlier this year.
Police have identified the offender in the aggravated robberies committed at the Waramanga General Store (Thursday, July 10) and Griffith Newsagency (Sunday, July 13) as Sonny Oeti (pictured).
A warrant for [...]

Elderly man missing; assistance sought

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Elderly man missing; assistance sought

ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to help locate a missing 80-year-old man, Vernon Pretty.
Vernon was last seen this morning about 6.45am when he left his unit in Monash.
Vernon has dementia and is new to Canberra.
He was last seen wearing blue jeans, with a grey/blue knitted cardigan and black shoes.
He is approximately 152cm (5’) [...]

Book Launch: ‘Fire in the Afternoon’ by John Stokes

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Book Launch: 'Fire in the Afternoon' by John Stokes

[ 30 October 2014 at 6:00 pm; ]

Celebrated poet John Stokes does not shy from the contentious and the harrowing, his verse evokes the plain truth about love, sex and chaos. In a clear, resonant voice Fire in the Afternoon catches the truth in the midst of the storm, his poems resonating from a life that has known joy, loss and solitude [...]

Cyclist collides with car at Ainslie

By 22 October 2014

A young cyclist has been injured this morning in n accident involving a car at Ainslie.
The ACT Ambulance Service and ACT fire & Rescue were alerted to the incident on Lister Crescent just before 9 o’clock.
The nine year old boy has been stablised on scene by intensive care paramedics with suspected head and leg injuries.
He [...]

Big improvement in waiting times despite ED’s busiest year

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra’s emergency departments are facing unprecedented demand according to the latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report (AIHW) into emergency departments across Australia, Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher said today.
In 2013-14 Canberra’s emergency departments saw the highest number of people use the service on record with a six percent increase up [...]

CBRfree public Wi-Fi in full bloom

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra’s new public Wi-Fi, CBRfree has proved popular at this year’s Floriade with more than 48,000 sessions and nearly 13,000 unique users connecting to the network over the duration of the festival, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Minister for Tourism and Events Andrew Barr announced yesterday.
This year, for the first time in Floriade’s history, visitors [...]

A master plan for the Australian National Botanic Gardens

By 21 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Australian National Botanic Gardens is developing a 20-year Master Plan that will provide a blueprint for its future development.
“I’m excited to announce that a consortium of architects and landscape architects, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Taylor Cullity Lethlean, have been selected to develop a 20- year Master Plan for the Australian National Botanic Gardens,” said [...]

Controlled burn in Kowen Forrest tomorrow

By 21 October 2014

ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise the public that, weather permitting, a controlled burn will be conducted on Wednesday 22 October 2014.
This controlled burn will be undertaken to reduce logging debris to prepare Kowen Forrest for planting.
Smoke may be visible in the area for a few days following the burn. This burn [...]

Police seek assistance to locate missing woman

By 21 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police seek assistance to locate missing woman

ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to help locate a missing 50-year-old woman, who has not been seen since Friday (October 10).
The woman, Margaret Cooper, left home at 6pm on October 10 and attended the Tradies Club in Dickson.
Around 9pm Margaret returned home in a cab and informed her daughter that she was heading [...]

Jerrabomberra Wetlands burn today

By 21 October 2014

The Territory and Municipal Services Directorate today is conducting a hazard reduction burn at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands.
The burn will cover a five hectare area at West Jerrabomberra Nature Reserve.
Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made to conduct the burn in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke in the area.
The Health [...]

Chief Minister pays tribute to Gough Whitlam

By 21 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has paid tribute to former Prime Minister and legendary Labor figure Gough Whitlam, who passed away this morning at the age of 98.
“Gough Whitlam was a great reformer and an inspiring leader, who leaves a remarkable legacy,” the Chief Minister said.
“Gough Whitlam was a statesman who changed our country [...]

Witnesses sought to disturbance outside Canberra Hospital

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Witnesses sought to disturbance outside Canberra Hospital

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a disturbance that occurred outside the Canberra Hospital this morning (Monday, 20 October).
About 11.15am, police responded to reports of around six people fighting outside the emergency department of Canberra Hospital.
As a result two males were taken into custody with investigations into the incident ongoing.
Anyone who may have witnessed the [...]

2014/15 waste and recycling calendar now available

By 20 October 2014

The ACT Government wishes to advise residents that the 2014/15 waste and recycling calendar is now available.
Residents can collect a calendar at ACT Government libraries, Canberra Connect Shopfronts and 20 suburban shopping centres across Canberra. Calendars can be mailed out on request by leaving your contact details at www.tams.act.gov.au/collectioncalendar or emailing no_waste@act.gov.au
A new waste and [...]

New laws to reduce red-tape for community fundraising and food businesses

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

New laws to be introduced into the Legislative Assembly this week will reduce red-tape for several food businesses and community groups by removing the need for not-for-profit groups to appoint a food safety supervisor when fundraising, Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher announced today.
“The ACT Government listened to the concerns raised by members [...]

The Shiny Bum Singers reveal all – but only once!

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
The Shiny Bum Singers reveal all - but only once!

[ 1 November 2014 at 1:30 pm; ]

Canberra’s very own public service parody troupe, The Shiny Bum Singers, have momentarily escaped their desks to present a return season of Rampant Bureaucracy.

First seen at the National Folk Festival in 2013, this hilarious musical melodrama is back by popular demand for one show only:

When: Saturday, 1 November at 1.30 pm
Where: Weston Creek Community Centre, [...]

RiotACT Face Off: Should funded tertiary education be subject selective?

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
RiotACT Face Off: Should funded tertiary education be subject selective?

It’s time for another RiotACT Face Off. This week, we asked Kate Carnell and Steven Bailey to share their thoughts on government funding of tertiary education. Both were given the following question and their responses are below.
Should tertiary education directly align with the business needs of the nation in order to [...]

A-E reporting for Year 10 Certificates from this year

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Year 10 students in the ACT will have their achievements graded from A-E in nationally recognised standards on their Certificate for the first time this year, Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch said today.
The change from school-based descriptions of achievements to nationally agreed A-E standards is part of the implementation of the Australian Curriculum.
“All [...]

Police investigating body in creek

By 19 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is responding to a report of a body in a creek in Symonston.
About 2.15pm today (Sunday, October 19) four men who were fishing located what appears to be a body.
Police were called and are currently at the scene at Jerrabomberra Creek.
Enquiries are continuing.
(ACT Policing Media Release)
UPDATE 6.32pm – Body identified; not human remains. [...]

RSPCA ACT Pet Expo

By 19 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
RSPCA ACT Pet Expo

[ 1 November 2014 at 10:00 am; ]

This year’s Pet Expo has a mountain of things to do and see! Join us on Saturday 1 November for the second RSPCA ACT Pet Expo!

10:00am – 3:00pm – 12 Kirkpatrick Street Weston ACT.

Pets are welcome to attend – however, must be on a leash at all times.

Animal rescue groups, pet merchandise, dog treats of [...]

Woman charged over death in Dunlop

By 18 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 23-year-old woman has been arrested over the death of her mother in Dunlop last night (Friday, October 17).
About 5:40pm police received a call to attend a home in Dexion Place, Dunlop. On arrival, a 56-year-old woman was found deceased and a crime scene was established.
The 23-year-old has been charged with Murder and will face [...]

Man arrested on stalking and indecency charge

By 18 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 35-year-old Chisholm man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (Saturday, October 18) charged with stalking and act of indecency.
Police will allege the man committed an indecent act on a 23-year-old woman as she walked to her car on Thursday night (October 16) in Chisholm.
About 11pm the woman left the Vikings Club and [...]

Police investigate suspicious death in Dunlop

By 17 October 2014
Police investigate suspicious death in Dunlop

ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious death in Dunlop which occurred earlier today (Friday, October 17).
About 5:40pm police received a call to attend a home in Dexion Place, Dunlop. On arrival, a 56-year-old woman was found deceased and a crime scene was established.
ACT Ambulance Service also attended the scene. Forensic Services are conducting an examination. [...]

ScreenACT funding to support filmmakers

By 17 October 2014

ScreenACT will receive $80,500 from the 2015 ACT Arts Fund Program category to support local emerging filmmakers and screen practitioners, Minister for the Arts Joy Burch announced today.
“The ACT Government is committed to supporting artistic development for our local film and screen artists. The goal of ScreenACT’s 2015 program is to inspire, develop and assist [...]

7.30 ACT – what to expect from tonight’s program

By 17 October 2014
7.30 ACT - what to expect from tonight's program

7.30 ACT on the ABC
Friday October 17th

The Lake 2014 – 50 years of Lake Burley Griffin. The Lake in 2014 and the people who love it.
ANZAC Treasures – the Gallipoli collection tells a different story from those of the legends.
Backyard Birds – newly appointed Commissioner for endangered wildlife takes his job seriously. In his own [...]

National Folk Festival – first artists announced for next year

By 17 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The first artists have been revealed for next year’s National Folk Festival.
First artists to be announced for 2015 are:
Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas – one of the most exciting developments in Scottish trad music and representative of the cultural renaissance currently transforming Scotland. Alasdair is recognized as one of the finest fiddler players [...]

What’s on this weekend? 18th and 19th October 2014

By 17 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
What's on this weekend? 18th and 19th October 2014

After a few days of fairly chilly weather, the good news is that it’s Friday – and the sun is due to be out for the weekend – hoorah!
A few tips for how to enjoy it from our team:
Heather Lansdowne is off to see the Capitals and their their new mascot on Friday night
John [...]

Canberra opens its doors to Shenzhen City in new economic agreement

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra is set to benefit from an economic cooperation agreement signed today by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the Mayor of Shenzhen Mr Xu Qin, in China, marking a new era of collaboration between the two cities.
“This memorandum of understanding opens the door to a range of significant new opportunities for Canberra businesses with a [...]

ACT public school enrolments continue to grow

By 15 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Enrolments in ACT public schools are continuing to grow, the 2014 ACT Public Schools Census released today shows.
“ACT families and students are continuing to choose our public schools, with an increase in enrolments of 2.9 per cent in August 2014 compared with August last year, and 9 per cent since August 2010,” Ms Burch said.
“This [...]

Celebrate the Start of Summer at IMB Sunset Cinema Canberra

By 15 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 14 November 2014 to 20 December 2014. ] Back for their third season, the IMB Sunset Cinema is the perfect summer urban escape, located at the foot of Black Mountain in the heart of the National Botanic Gardens, one of Canberra’s most popular tourist attractions. Screening from the 14th November through to the 20th December, 4 nights per week, the IMB Sunset Cinema [...]

Seeing Machines named 2014 ACT Exporter of the Year

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra-based technology company Seeing Machines has been crowned ACT Exporter of the Year at the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards today at the Hyatt Hotel.
Seeing Machines is renowned for developing state of the art fatigue and distraction monitoring technology, including the Driver Safety System (DSS) which is already being used by mining, commercial road-transport [...]

Celebrity touch football game

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Celebrity touch football game

[ 9 November 2014 at 2:00 pm; ]

Less than four weeks until kick off…

Thomas, aged 10, of Canberra Grammar School was awarded the inaugural 2014 Rookie Stella Fella in August for his raising of funds and awareness for the work done by Project Futures Limited who assists women and children who have been trafficked and exploited, in Australia and South East Asia. [...]

ACT to join medical cannabis clinical trial

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher has welcomed the announcement of a clinical trial of medicinal cannabis to be led by New South Wales.
The Chief Minister confirmed the ACT would work with NSW on the Commonwealth-backed study.
“The NSW Premier and I discussed the clinical trial at Friday’s COAG meeting and agreed the ACT [...]

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