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500 drivers caught speeding last month

By 4 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
500 drivers caught speeding last month

ACT Policing’s traffic targeting during February saw more than 504 drivers caught speeding across Canberra, with four drivers caught travelling more than 45km/h over the speed limit.
“Alarmingly, just over half of those drivers were caught speeding in a school zone, showing blatant disregard for the safety of children; our most vulnerable road users,” Traffic Operations [...]

Seselja welcomes funding for safer schools

By 3 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today welcomed funding for Canberra Grammar School under the Coalition Government’s $18 million Schools Security Programme.
“Canberra Grammar School is one of 54 schools to receive funding under the programme, which delivers on our election commitment to continue assistance to schools at risk of attack, harassment or violence caused [...]

ACT Government leads nation on climate change action

By 3 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra’s environmental watchdog has given the thumbs up to the ACT Government’s response to climate change in the region, Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell and Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Robert Neil announced today.
The commissioner today released his report into the government’s implementation of the ACT’s climate change policy, which provides an assessment [...]

The Empire Strips Back – A Star Wars burlesque parody

By 3 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
The Empire Strips Back - A Star Wars burlesque parody

[ 18 April 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
It’s the year that Star Wars returns to the silver screen, and to celebrate, The Empire Strips Back is returning for a very limited run of shows – the only Australian performances before the show heads overseas to America and Europe for an indefinite period.

Be prepared for some seriously sexy Stormtroopers, a dangerously seductive Boba [...]

Murder charge; man to face court

By 1 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Murder charge; man to face court

ACT Policing has charged a 40-year-old man with murder following an incident in Calwell yesterday afternoon (Saturday, February 28) in which a 28-year-old woman was killed.
Police were called to the Duggan St apartment block around 4.40pm, responding to reports of a disturbance at the location.
Upon attending, police found forced entry to the apartment, and the [...]

Acting for the fun of it with Peter Wilkins

By 27 February 2015
Acting for the fun of it with Peter Wilkins

Long-time Canberra theatre teacher Peter Wilkins is running a series of acting courses throughout 2015.
Acting for the Fun of it courses

Acting for the Fun of it
Sunday February 15 – Sunday March 29
A course for beginners. Build confidence. Learn a variety of performance skills. Meet friends.
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Sunday May 10 – Sunday June 10
Practical performance [...]

Teen arrested after aggravated robbery in Gowrie

By 27 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Teen arrested after aggravated robbery in Gowrie

ACT Policing has apprehended a 17-year-old male from Canberra’s south following an aggravated robbery in Gowrie yesterday (26 February).
About 11:10am, a male walking along the underpass near Isabella Drive and Ashley Drive, Gowrie, was approached by two males. One male was carrying a baseball bat in a backpack and made demands for the victim’s mobile [...]

Safe Shelter for homeless men seeks volunteers

By 25 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Safe Shelter, which provides overnight shelter for homeless men during winter, is looking for volunteers to undergo training and to staff the shelters this coming winter.

Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old, have completed the two-night training course, hold a Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card, and be willing to spend a minimum of one night [...]

Canberra basketballer Janna Sladic found dead, overdose suspected

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Former Canberra Capitals player Janna Sladic has died from a suspected heroin overdose, media has today reported.
The 29-year-old was found by family at around 1.30am on Friday (20 February 2015) in West Belconnen, less than two weeks after walking free from court after convincing a judge she had made progress in her rehabilitation.
Janna was a rising [...]

Abode Hotels and Canberra Hospital Foundation join forces to help families

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Health Simon Corbell will attend a partnership event at Abode Woden today to celebrate the partnership between Abode Hotels and the Canberra Hospital Foundation that will ease the burdens placed on families of patients receiving care at nearby Canberra Hospital.
The Canberra Hospital Foundation supports families that find themselves [...]

Anzac centenary commemorated through the arts

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today announced over $80,000 in funding for two arts and culture projects as part of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program.
From the media release:
The ACT’s Centenary of Anzac commemorations received a boost today with Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja today announcing [...]

Man injured in collision; witnesses required

By 22 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Man injured in collision; witnesses required

A man has been conveyed to The Canberra Hospital after sustaining serious injuries as a result of a single vehicle collision last Friday (February 20) night.
Around 11:45pm, a 29-year-old NSW man was travelling north on Coulter Drive, Evatt in a Ford Falcon station wagon
At the intersection with Ginninderra Drive and Coulter Drive the driver [...]

Ocean Film Festival Australia

By 20 February 2015
Ocean Film Festival Australia

[ 21 March 2015 at 7:00 pm; 22 March 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]

Designed to mesmerise and enthral, the Ocean Film Festival Australia showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.

This carefully curated selection of short films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who [...]

Calling Canberra women with innovative ideas

By 20 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

YWCA Canberra is inviting Canberra women and girls to further their professional aspirations by applying for a Great Ydeas grant.
YWCA Canberra’s Great Ydeas small grants program provides grants of up to $2000 to local women and girls, so that they can pursue a professional development opportunity, pilot a project or business idea, or address a need [...]

Car seen at Chisholm shooting; witnesses sought

By 20 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Car seen at Chisholm shooting; witnesses sought

ACT Policing is appealing to any witnesses who may have seen a dark coloured car in the week leading up to the shooting at Chisholm on Sunday, February 8.
Police were called around 8.15am to a house on Nina Jones Crescent, Chisholm, after the resident reported what appear to be bullet holes in their car. The [...]

Six people ejected from World Cup cricket match

By 19 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Six people ejected from World Cup cricket match

Six people were ejected from the ICC Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at Manuka Oval yesterday (Wednesday, February 19), although police were pleased with the overall crowd behaviour.
An enthusiastic and lively crowd of more than 10,900 spectators attended the day-night international sporting fixture.
ACT Policing’s Operation Commander for the event, Superintendent Rob Wilson, [...]

Hazard reduction burn tonight at Guises Creek

By 18 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Rural Fire Service will conduct a hazard reduction burn tonight at Guises Creek.
An area of approximately four hectares of grass fuel will be removed during the burn.
The ACTRFS Guises Brigade will be in attendance with four units.
The burn is expected to start around 6pm.
Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made to [...]

Two men to face court for aggravated burglary

By 18 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Two men to face court for aggravated burglary

Two men will face the ACT Magistrates Court today following their arrest earlier this morning (Wednesday, February 18) by ACT Policing.
About 1.30am, ACT Policing received the report of two suspicious males at a unit complex on Thynne Street in Bruce.
Members from Belconnen Police Station responded and acting on information from a member of the public, [...]

Knights and dames have no place in modern Australia: Barr

By 18 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr will this week move that the ACT Legislative Assembly recognise that Tony Abbott’s ‘captain’s call’ to bring back knights and dames does not reflect a modern, confident and diverse Australia.
In a press release issued this morning, Barr said:

“Like many Australians, I have found the decision to bring back the archaic honour system [...]

Witnesses sought to armed robbery in Calwell

By 17 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Witnesses sought to armed robbery in Calwell

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an armed robbery which occurred in Calwell on Sunday night (February 15).
At about 9pm a male entered the Woolworths service station at the Calwell shopping centre, where he threatened a console operator with a large knife before fleeing with a sum of cash.
Shortly before this at around 8.50pm, a [...]

Corbell announces $570k program to fight childhood obesity

By 16 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new $571,000 program to get children eating healthier and being more active was announced today by Minister for Health Simon Corbell.
The ACT Medicare Local’s Connect Up 4 Kids Program gives advice to parents to help keep their children at a healthy weight.
“We know being overweight or obese is a serious health issue that can [...]

Research program to examine Mr Fluffy health risks

By 16 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Health Simon Corbell today announced a research program into the potential long-term health risks of living in a house with loose-fill “Mr Fluffy” asbestos.
The research will be undertaken by the Australian National University’s National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health and overseen by the Chief Health Officer.
Chief [...]

Witnesses sought; property damage in Fisher

By 15 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Witnesses sought; property damage in Fisher

ACT Policing is investigating property damage to a car and letterbox which occurred in Fisher early this morning (Sunday, February 15).
Between about 5:00am and 6:30am, the letterbox of a Fisher residence was set alight and the windows of a car parked outside the residence were smashed. The small letter box fire was able to be [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 15 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,490,000
Lowest Price: $200,000
Average Sale Price: $569,783 (+ 6.04%)
2553 properties currently for sale
52 sales properties had price reductions
113 properties went under offer
108 properties SOLD!
236 properties have come onto the market
41 [...]

Bell Shakespeare’s As You Like It

By 14 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Bell Shakespeare's As You Like It

[ 7 April 2015 to 18 April 2015. ]
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love?
As You Like It is an adventure of the heart, a journey through a forest of poetry (and lions), and a tale of a love so grand all the rules are broken to win the heart of a boy. Passionate and disarming, As You Like It – one of Shakespeare’s [...]

Witnesses sought to roadside assault and robbery in Lyons

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Witnesses sought to roadside assault and robbery in Lyons

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a roadside assault and robbery that occurred in Lyons this morning (Friday February 13).
About 9.10am, while stationary at the intersection of Hindmarsh Drive and Melrose Drive eastbound, the passenger of a red Ford Ranger approached a driver of a maroon Toyota Corolla, opening the driver’s door and verbally abusing [...]

Jewellery theft at Mimco store

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Jewellery theft at Mimco store

ACT Policing is investigating the theft of merchandise from a Mimco store in the Canberra Centre yesterday (Thursday 12 February).
Around 2.10pm staff noticed multiple items missing from the display cabinet including an array of coloured stud earrings and rings.
Staff conducted an immediate stocktake and identified the stolen items to be worth in excess of $1000.
ACT [...]

Have you seen this man?

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Have you seen this man?

ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to locate 21-year-old Nick Parlov, who is wanted on outstanding warrants.
Police believe Mr Parlov is actively avoiding police and are seeking the public’s help to locate him.
He is described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 163cm (5’4”) tall, of medium build, with green eyes and brown hair.
Police ask the [...]

Evacuations at Crowne Plaza as ironing machine malfunctions

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Approximately 25 people have been evacuated from the Crowne Plaza on Binara Street in the city after an ironing machine malfunctioned and created smoke in the basement.
ACT Fire & Rescue attended with three fire pumpers, the Breathing Apparatus Van, the Hazardous Materials Unit and one Commander and have ventilated the area.
The damage was confined to [...]

Maxim Invitational Tennis Charity event raises $156,000

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The annual Maxim Invitational Tennis Charity event met and exceeded fundraising expectations at the North Woden Tennis Club yesterday.
The event was hosted by Maxim Chartered Accountants who brought together 32 local businesses to compete and raise money for local organisations Kulture Break and TADACT.
Returning in its fifth year it was well and truly another successful [...]

GRIFFIN Accelerator launches 2015 program

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
GRIFFIN Accelerator launches 2015 program

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will today launch the GRIFFIN Accelerator 2015 program intake at the Canberra Innovation Network.
“I look forward to watching a new group of innovators progress through GRIFFIN this year,” said the Chief Minister.
“The ACT Government has placed the acceleration of innovation central to its economic development agenda. We know that entrepreneurs and [...]

Firearm incidents in Waramanga and Kaleen overnight

By 12 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Firearm incidents in Waramanga and Kaleen overnight

ACT Policing is responding to two reports of the discharge of a firearm in separate incidents from overnight (Thursday 12 February).
About 1.20am three men were seen attending a residence in Kaleen when neighbours heard a loud bang. The men ran from the location and a vehicle was heard driving away.
Police attended a short time later [...]

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