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Stolen Ute located with motorbike missing

By 1 August 2014

ACT Policing is investigating the theft of a white Toyota Hilux utility vehicle and a Kawasaki motorbike from a Monash home on Sunday 20 July.
Between 3.30am and 4.30am, the Toyota Hilux was outside the house and also had the Kawasaki motocross bike secured to the tray. When the owner went outside, both vehicles had been [...]

Works begins on Moncrieff

By 1 August 2014

Work has begun on the first stages of the $150 million capital works project for the provision of infrastructure and services for the new Gungahlin suburb of Moncrieff.
Part of the ACT Government’s construction stimulus package, the release of multiple civil contracts is aimed at supporting and stimulating the local construction industry by sharing the work [...]

Coles to be anchor tenant at new Amaroo Group Centre

By 1 August 2014

Coles Property Director Greg Chubb and Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr are pleased to announce that a full line Coles supermarket will be the anchor tenant for the new Amaroo Group Centre.
The centre will include a 2,300 to 2,500sqm supermarket, a Liquorland, around 1100sqm of space for between five to 10 specialty retail shops, more [...]

House destroyed by fire in McKellar

By 1 August 2014

A house in Moses Place McKellar was destroyed by fire earlier this morning.
ESA UPDATE 9.57am – The house is fully engulfed in fire and part of the roof has just collapsed forcing firefighters to retreat from the property. Firefighters are also being prevented from accessing the rear of the building for firefighting by a large [...]

What’s on this weekend? 2nd and 3rd August

By 1 August 2014

With the temperature dropping around Canberra this weekend, you may be tempted to sit in front of a fire with a good book. But if you fancy venturing out there is a fair bit going on.
A few suggestions from some of the RiotACT team –
Heather Lansdowne is heading to ‘No Lights, No Lycra’ [...]

2014 Floriade NightFest tickets now on sale

By 1 August 2014

Tickets to one of Canberra’s most exciting after-dark events, Floriade NightFest, go on sale today.
Now in its seventh year, the ticketed twilight event will transform Commonwealth Park into an illuminated wonderland featuring brilliant lighting designs, roving performers, bustling night markets and a fantastic line up of entertainment over five nights.
Floriade NightFest’s new performance space, The [...]

7.30 ACT – what to expect from tonight’s program

By 1 August 2014

7.30 ACT on the ABC
Friday August 1st

SLIDING SCALES OF JUSTICE – In a climate of government cutbacks, more people are representing themselves – contributing to even further court delays. Lawyers are being asked to do more pro bono work to make up some of the shortfall. The already vulnerable are the most at risk.
ANZAC [...]

Safe Plate heads to Belconnen this weekend

By 1 August 2014

More than 650 cars have been fitted with tamper proof screws this year as part of ACT Policing’s joint partnership with local businesses, Project Safe Plate – combatting number plate theft.
This Sunday (August 3), ACT Policing and Westfield Belconnen will be hosting Project Safe Plate between 10am and 2pm.
Motorists are encouraged to bring their vehicles [...]

ACT Government releases Community Engagement Strategy on Climate Change

By 31 July 2014

The ACT Government’s Community Engagement Strategy on Climate Change, released today by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, builds on the large amount of work already being done in the territory to tackle the causes and effects of climate change.
“Climate projections for the ACT indicate warmer and drier conditions with more frequent drought and bushfires. [...]

Rally for Gaza – Saturday 2nd August

By 31 July 2014

A public protest in solidarity with Palestine has been organised for this Saturday, August 2, at 1pm in Petrie Plaza, Canberra.
Over 1000 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli military in the Gaza strip, with over 80 percent of the dead babies and children.
The Israeli Defence Forces have not discriminated in bombing hospitals, UN-run [...]

Online form speeds up registration process for working with vulnerable people checks

By 31 July 2014

A new online form will help speed up the application process for Working with Vulnerable People registrations, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
More than 55,000 WWVP applications have been received by the ACT Office of Regulatory Services since the program began in November 2012.
“As background checks also need to be conducted for applicants, these registrations have [...]

Mulch fire at Oaks Estate

By 31 July 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue is currently working to extinguish a mulch fire near Mountain Road and Nimrod Road, Oaks Estate.
No structures are at risk and the size of the mulch fire is approximately 20 metres x 20 metres.
Firefighters are using Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) tankers to extinguish the much fire as well as earthmoving [...]

Witnesses sought; Rivett aggravated robbery

By 30 July 2014

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery in Rivett this morning (Wednesday July 30).
About 7.45am, a man entered the Rivett Newsagency holding a large kitchen knife and demanded cash from the shop attendant. The staff member complied and handed the offender a sum of cash.
The offender is described as being a male, 5’11” [...]

Non suspicious house fire reveals cannabis cultivation

By 30 July 2014

ACT Policing seized 32 cannabis plants yesterday (Tuesday, July 29) from a house in Ainslie after emergency services responded to reports of a fire at the location.
About 7am yesterday, police attended and entered the unoccupied house. Officers located a room within the house which contained 32 cannabis plants and hydroponic equipment.
The plants were seized [...]

Going for a world record with Christmas light display

By 30 July 2014

Who says it’s too early for talk of Christmas?
This Christmas, Canberra’s City centre will transform into a wonderful festival of lights as the Richards family bring their world record breaking Christmas light display to the CBD.
In 2013, SIDS and Kids ACT Christmas Lights display made headlines around the world when the Richards family decorated their [...]

Canberrans urged to help end racism

By 30 July 2014

Canberrans are being urged to join an Australia-wide public awareness campaign that aims to put an end to racism.
Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Joy Burch, and Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today joined forces with local sporting stars, members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and multicultural leaders at the ACT Legislative Assembly to affirm the [...]

Witnesses sought to assault in Civic

By 30 July 2014

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault which occurred in Civic on Saturday morning (July 26).
About 6am police were called to East Row after receiving a report of an assault. A person of interest has been identified in relation to this matter.
A number of witnesses were in the vicinity and may be able to [...]

Bindi Irwin brings her Passion to Floriade

By 30 July 2014

World-renowned Wildlife Warrior Bindi Irwin is set to bring her bubbly personality to Floriade for the first time this October as part of Family Fun week.
Bindi, who celebrated her 16th birthday last week, will present six workshops in Floriade’s Inspiration Hub on the October long weekend (Saturday 4 October – Sunday 5 October).

Bindi’s infinite enthusiasm [...]

ACTTAB to be sold to Tabcorp

By 30 July 2014

The ACTTAB shareholders have announced today that following a competitive tender process Tabcorp has been chosen as the successful purchaser of ACTTAB. The sale of ACTTAB and associated issue of licences has achieved a sale price of $105.5 million.
Tabcorp has an extensive history operating as a successful wagering operator. Tabcorp operates totalisator and fixed odds [...]

Operation Azine leads to arrests and cleared warrants

By 30 July 2014

ACT Policing and the New South Wales Police Force are currently executing Operation Azine, aimed at reducing the number of outstanding arrest warrants across the ACT and surrounding New South Wales region.
Operation Azine began on 19 May 2014, targeting those people with outstanding arrests warrants for a range of offences including theft, driving while disqualified, [...]

Best of Canberra – Laksa Taste Off

By 30 July 2014

This week, the Best of Canberra quest took me in search of a good Laksa. I love a Laksa, but don’t eat them that often for fear of spattering all that noodle and curry goodness down my front. So, dressed in dark colours, I relished the excuse for a couple of tasty lunches.
When [...]

Helping local business develop IT skills

By 29 July 2014

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is inviting Canberra’s business and not-for-profit community to participate in free Digital Business Capacity Building Workshops to accelerate business engagement with the ACT digital economy.
The free workshops are part of the ACT Government’s Digital Canberra initiative, in partnership with Canberra Business Council, and focus on building the Information and Communication Technology [...]

Think Global Act Rural

By 29 July 2014

[ 5 August 2014; 7:30 pm; ]

Local ACT/SNSW Amnesty International group will be hosting its monthly meaningful movie on Tuesday 5 August.

This month ‘Think Global Act Rural’ will be presented on the peddle powered screen. The documentary presents an insightful look into the fascinating state of the global agriculture industry.

Think Global Act Rural

When: Tuesday 5 August 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Where: Food Co-op, [...]

Belconnen apartment fire extinguished

By 29 July 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue has extinguished a fire in an apartment on Cabena Court, Belconnen.
Fire damage to one room on the first floor unit and smoke and heat damage to the apartment.
Two fire pumpers on scene along with the Breathing Apparatus Van, Hazardous Material Unit and one Commander.
Multiple Emergency Triple Zero (000) calls were received [...]

Canberra Theatre Centre supporting MS

By 29 July 2014

The Canberra Theatre Centre is supporting people with multiple sclerosis (MS) at the next Music at Midday concert on Tuesday, August 12.
On Tuesday 12 August at 11.00am and 12.30pm, the Royal Military College band will be playing their take on modern hits as well as some old favourites to raise money for MS. If [...]

Best of Canberra – Vegetarian

By 29 July 2014

After last week’s call for Canberra’s Best steak, I did promise our vegetarian readers a go this week.
I have a friend who is a vegetarian and she used to face no end of frustration in being forced to order the ‘vegetarian option’’ on a menu which usually involved cheese, pasta or both.
If that friend visited [...]

House fire in Ainslie

By 29 July 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue are working to extinguish a house fire in Hawdon Street, Ainslie.
Three fire pumpers, the Breathing Apparatus Support Van and one commander are on scene.
(ESA Media Release)

More recognition for ACT authors

By 28 July 2014

The ACT Government will look at ways to improve the ACT Book of the Year prize to give shortlisted and winning authors more opportunities to promote their success, Minister for the Arts Joy Burch said today.
“In my discussions with the arts community about the Book of the Year prize, it has become clear to me [...]

Man to face court following burglary

By 28 July 2014

ACT Policing has charged a 36-year-old man of no fixed abode following a burglary at a Braddon night club early this morning (July 28).
About 4.55am, police received a report from a staff member that a person was attempting to break into the Knightsbridge Penthouse night club through a rear window.
Police arrived at the location within [...]

Single vehicle crash at Richardson

By 28 July 2014

Firefighters and intensive care paramedics are currently on scene on Clift Crescent, Richardson following a single vehicle crash.
ACT Fire & Rescue are using hydraulic rescue tools to free a female who is trapped in the vehicle.
(ESA Media Release)

Police seek witnesses to collision in Griffith

By 27 July 2014

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a collision which occurred yesterday (Saturday, July 26) on Flinders Way, Griffith.
About 1.15pm, a motorcyclist was travelling southbound along Flinders Way, towards Mugga Way, when it was struck by a car exiting the soccer field car park at Canberra Boys Grammar School. The car did not stop and was [...]

Police seize 23 cannabis plants in Ainslie

By 26 July 2014

ACT Policing has seized 23 cannabis plants following the execution of a warrant on a home in Ainslie yesterday (Friday July 25).
About 5.10pm yesterday, police attended the location after receiving a report of a possible grow house inside the home.
The owner of the home had gone to inspect his rental property when he observed a [...]

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