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Man arrested following car hijacking

By 24 July 2014

ACT Policing has charged a man following an instance of assault and motor vehicle theft in Watson yesterday evening (Wednesday July 23).
About 6.10pm, a blue Kia Rio was stopped at the intersection of the Federal Highway and Flemington Road, behind a silver Toyota RAV4. A male exited the Toyota, approached the Kia and opened the [...]

University of Canberra new front of shirt sponsor for Canberra United

By 24 July 2014

Canberra United will sport a new front of shirt sponsor for Westfield W-League Season 7 with the University of Canberra taking the prominent position for the new campaign.
“We are delighted to have the University of Canberra increase its support for Canberra United by becoming the new front of shirt sponsor,” Canberra United CEO Heather Reid [...]

Significant government investment delivers Australia’s best ambulance response times

By 24 July 2014

Improvements in the ACT Ambulance service have resulted in the ACT now having the best priority one response times at the 90th percentile of any Australian capital city, according to an independent review.
Minister for Police and Emergency Service, Simon Corbell, today released the report, which showed significant financial investment from the ACT Government had led [...]

Man charged; aggravated robbery on bus

By 24 July 2014

ACT Policing has charged an 18-year-old Curtin man following the aggravated robbery of a bus driver in Civic last night (Wednesday, July 23).
About 11.35pm, a male caught an ACTION bus from Watson to the City Bus Interchange. He was the sole passenger on the bus. Once the bus arrived at the City Bus Interchange the [...]

Police investigating real estate fraud

By 23 July 2014

ACT Policing is investigating a real estate fraud in which a Canberra property has been sold without the consent of the home owner, who resides overseas.
After consultation with the Royal South African Police (RSA), ACT Policing has taken carriage of the investigation which will determine how the home owner, who resides in South Africa, was [...]

New Medical Research Fellowship for Gender Equity

By 23 July 2014

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher today announced the establishment of the Judith Whitworth Fellowship for Gender Equity in Science at an event held at The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University (ANU).
“This new Fellowship, which is believed to be the first of its kind at any Australian University, [...]

A cooking demonstration with Antonio Carluccio and Andrew Barr (yes, you read that right)

By 23 July 2014

[ 26 July 2014; 8:30 am; ]

The Capital Region Farmers Market will this weekend welcome a very special visitor, international celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio, at the market this coming Saturday 26 July.

Antonio will tour the Market, do a book signing and take part in a cooking demonstration with Andrew Barr MLA from 8.30-10.30am.

Mr Carluccio is in town in July as the [...]

Westside ‘pop-up’ village

By 23 July 2014

Westside @ Acton Park, a ‘pop-up’ village at West Basin on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, will dramatically change the way Canberrans engage with public spaces.
It will be a lively precinct for people to come together for retail, dining and entertainment experiences and will also provide opportunities to participate and engage in a wide [...]

Canberra’s Best Burger – Taste Off

By 23 July 2014

Calling for Canberra’s Best Burger drew the expected range in opinion, including an unexpected debate on the difference between a hamburger and a burger (apparently one is the posh type, the other a more grungy experience – who knew?).
The two most popular burgers according to you guys are Brodburger (Kingston) and London Burger [...]

Disqualified driver caught drink driving

By 23 July 2014

ACT Policing has charged a 41-year-old Giralang woman with driving offences following a minor collision in Kambah yesterday (July 22).
About 6.10pm, a black BMW 318i sedan collided with a white Hyundai i40 station wagon, which had been stationary at a red light at the intersection of Drakeford Drive and Summerland, Kambah. No persons involved in [...]

City building evacuated whilst crews search for source of smoke

By 23 July 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue has evacuated approximately 200 workers from the ACT Health Building on Moore Street in the city investigating a smell of smoke.
No sign of fire.
A staged evacuation of the ground floor, level one and level two occurred.
Firefighters have used thermal imaging and air monitoring equipment to attempt to locate the source of [...]

Seven days to have your say on fire plan

By 23 July 2014

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, is encouraging Canberrans to have their say on the territory’s Strategic Bushfire Management Plan before the public response period closes in seven days.
“Prepared by the ACT Emergency Services Agency, the draft SBMP Version Three sets out the direction for the community and the ACT Government to work [...]

New health care service opens at Civic Early Morning Centre

By 22 July 2014

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today officially opened a new health care service at the Early Morning Centre in the city centre which will provide health care to some of Canberra’s most vulnerable residents.
“The Early Morning Centre is funded by the ACT Government and through the assistance of volunteer staff provides [...]

Kids Storytime – picture books, yummy afternoon tea, and lots of fun

By 22 July 2014

[ 2 August 2014; 2:00 pm; ]

Join children’s authors Irma Gold (Megumi and the Bear), Emma Allen (The Terrible Suitcase) and Tracey Hawkins (Max Meets a Monster) for a special afternoon of readings from their latest picture books.

Where: Paperchain Manuka
When: Saturday 2 August
Time: 2.00pm
RSVP: Telephone 6295 6723 or email

Megumi has only one wish. For the bear to come back. Megumi [...]

Agricultural burn tomorrow at Pialligo

By 21 July 2014

A private landholder will tomorrow, Tuesday 22 July, 2014, weather permitting, conduct an agricultural burn at the property Willow Park, Beltana Road, Pialligo.
The pile burn is expected to commence from 7am and continue through the day.
Temporary smoke cover may occur.
The Health Directorate advises that people with asthma, other chronic respiratory and/or chronic cardiac diseases [...]

Witnesses sought to Fyshwick collision

By 21 July 2014

ACT Policing is seeking to speak with the driver of a car involved in a collision with a young cyclist on Friday (July 18).
About 2.30pm, a teenage boy was riding a bicycle across the intersection of Iron Knob and Newcastle Street, Fyshwick, and was involved in a collision with a silver car. As a result, [...]

Best of Canberra: Steak (straight up)

By 21 July 2014

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

Fire at Banks property

By 21 July 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue are working to extinguish a fire at a two story residence on Wittunga Crescent, Banks.
The fire is on the second floor and the property has sustained a partial roof collapse.
Firefighters have conducted a search of the premises and are continuing to extinguish the fire.
Crews have gone to a defensive strategy due [...]

School’s back and so are 40 km/h speed limits

By 21 July 2014

ACT Policing is advising motorists that 40km/h speed limits will be enforced in school zones for the start of the new school term today (July 21).
Traffic Operations Superintendent Ben Cartwright said the restrictions are in place between 8am and 4pm and warns that motorists who chose to ignore them will face tough penalties.
“Children are our [...]

Study confirms importance of Canberra’s urban trees

By 21 July 2014

Canberra’s status as the bush capital has been reconfirmed by a recent study of urban tree cover in Australia.
The study by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) assessed the proportion of land cover types (hard surface, tree, shrub and grass/bare ground) for 16 Australian cities. The ACT Local Government Area [...]

RiotACT Face off: Yarralumla Development

By 21 July 2014

For our second RiotACT Face Off, we invited The Yarralumla Residents Association and John Miller (Executive Director of the Master Builders, ACT) to answer the following question:
Is the proposed development of the area surrounding the Yarralumla Brickworks simply inevitable change in progress, aligned with society needs, or does it represent the end of a community [...]

Men arrested after fleeing police

By 20 July 2014

ACT Policing has taken two men into custody after they fled police on two occasions on Friday night (Friday, 18 July).
About 10pm, police detected a red Nissan Pulsar travelling along William Hovell Drive, Hawker and attempted to perform a traffic stop. The car failed to stop and fled from police. The car travelled through a [...]

Fire in roof of Theodore home

By 20 July 2014

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire that began in the roof of a Theodore home.
The occupants called Emergency Triple Zero (000) after noticing the fire and self-evacuated.
The house is located on the corner of Louis Loder Street and Lawrence Wackett Crescent.
ACT Fire & Rescue has three pumpers, a Hazardous Materials Unit, Breathing Apparatus [...]

Capital Metro consultation heads to Gunghalin

By 19 July 2014

Capital Metro Agency staff will be in the Gungahlin Village Shopping Centre, near the Coles supermarket, today (19 July) to further discuss the proposed design for light rail in Canberra.
Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, who will be in attendance during the morning, urged Canberrans to visit the team at Gungahlin and to find out [...]

What’s on this weekend? 19th and 20th July 2014

By 18 July 2014

Some may wonder if there is anything other than a big game of rugby union on this weekend (go Brumbies!).
Here are the picks from a few of the RiotACT team:
Hannah Haggarty is getting along to the Joelistics new album Blue Volume launch @ transit on Saturday 8pm
John Lombard suggests The Fairytale Channel showing at Smiths [...]

Motorcyclist Suffers Critical Head Injuries

By 17 July 2014

A man in his thirties has suffered critical head injuries in a crash on Sturt Avenue in Narrabundah.
Intensive care paramedics treated the motorcyclist at the scene before transferring him to The Canberra Hospital.
The ACT Ambulance Service and Fire & Rescue were alerted to the incident by a Emergency Triple Zero call at 9:35pm.

Stolen items recovered in Gowrie warrant

By 17 July 2014

ACT Policing executed a search warrant on a house in Gowrie on Wednesday morning (16 July) recovering items stolen in multiple burglaries.
About 9.45am members from Criminal Investigations Crime Targeting Team executed a Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 search warrant at a residence on Dalziel Street.
Items recovered included a firearm, two replica firearms, ammunition, substances believed [...]

RSPCA joins Floriade

By 16 July 2014

The RSPCA ACT have been announced as a Floriade 2014 charity partner.
The animal welfare organisation, alongside another local charity which will be announced closer to the event, will enhance Floriade’s festival atmosphere and raise awareness of their important causes with unique experiences and an exciting one-off event.
While animals are not usually permitted to enter Floriade [...]

Elvis to (finally) make an appearance at Brick Expo

By 16 July 2014

LEGO fans of all ages have a reason to get excited this winter. On August 23 and 24, Canberra Brick Expo will return to the Hellenic Club Woden, along with the long-awaited appearance of ‘Elvis the Helicopter’.
The 100,000-piece LEGO model is a replica of the famous Elvis Skycrane, which helped to fight the 2003 Canberra [...]

Vigilance needed to protect against real estate scams

By 16 July 2014

Real estate agents are being warned to be on high alert for property scams after the arrest this week of three people by South African Police in connection with the attempted fraudulent sale of a home in Western Australia.
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said the fraudulent sale of a home is one of the most serious types [...]

Motorcyclist in critical condition

By 16 July 2014

A motorcyclist has been transported to The Canberra Hospital in a critical condition after a crash on the Tuggeranong Parkway near Cotter Rd.
The 60-year-old man was treated by intensive care paramedics at the scene for multiple injuries after an Emergency Triple Zero (000) call was made at 6:45am.
ACT Fire & Rescue were also in attendance.
(ESA [...]

Horse Park Drive now complete

By 15 July 2014

The opening today of the section of Horse Park Drive from Katherine Ave in Amaroo to Burrumurra Ave in Casey is the final major piece in the road network in Gungahlin, connecting to the Barton Highway and Federal Highway.
This section of road is an important part of the road network in North Canberra and will [...]

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