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House catches alight after lightning strike

By 22 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Multiple fire crews are fighting a house fire in Dunlop believed to be caused by a lightning strike.
ACT Fire & Rescue were alerted to the incident in Menzel Crescent at 2:42pm and responded immediately with three fire pumpers and a commander.
Update to follow.
(ESA Media Release)

Witnesses sought to suspicious fire in Kambah

By 22 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Witnesses sought to suspicious fire in Kambah

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a grass fire which occurred in Kambah yesterday afternoon (Sunday, December 21).
About 6.20pm, police attended grassland at the rear of the BMX cycle track on Sulwood Drive.
ACT Fire and Rescue was in attendance and extinguished the fire. No properties were damaged.
ACT Fire and Rescue deemed the fire as suspicious [...]

Emergency Services unite for bushfire arson warning

By 20 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch is urging residents to be vigilant in reporting suspicious activity following several grass fires across the ACT in the past few weeks.
ACT Fire & Rescue, the ACT Rural Fire Service, along with ACT Policing, see an increase in deliberately lit grass fires and bushfires from December to [...]

Don’t forget the tree this Christmas…

By 20 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Don't forget the tree this Christmas...

RSPCA ACT have just had a delivery of fresh, beautiful Christmas Trees!
Don’t miss out on your tree this year, come down and visit us at 12 Kirkpatrick Street Weston ACT 2611. RSPCA ACT will have staff and volunteers available to help load your tree into your car and to help you select the correct stand. [...]

Police gearing up for a Safe Summer

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police gearing up for a Safe Summer

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch and Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers yesterday launched ACT Policing’s 2014-15 Safe Summer campaign, urging the community to enjoy the festive season responsibly.
“The summer period is a busy time for everyone, with Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations, and upcoming events which attract large crowds, such [...]

Katy Gallagher Endorsed for the Senate

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Katy Gallagher Endorsed for the Senate

ACT Labor’s Administrative Committee last night endorsed Katy Gallagher to replace Senator Kate Lundy as the Labor Senator for the ACT.
“At the close of nominations, our General Returning Officer had received a single nomination, from Ms Gallagher, therefore she has been declared elected” ACT Labor Secretary Matt Byrne said.
“Katy will play an important role in [...]

Fail to stop leads to drug seizure

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Fail to stop leads to drug seizure

ACT Policing has seized a vehicle and a small amount of illicit drugs after a driver failed to stop the car as directed in Gordon during the early hours of Wednesday morning (December 17).
About 1.50am, a police patrol member saw a white Holden Commodore station wagon travelling at speed on Woodcock Drive, Gordon. Police activated [...]

Jon Stanhope appointed as new Legal Aid president

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced the appointment of Jon Stanhope AO as the president of the Legal Aid Commission for the next five years.
“As a former ACT Chief Minister, Attorney-General and administrator of Christmas and Cocos islands, Jon Stanhope is well qualified to be the president of the ACT Legal Aid Commission,” Mr Corbell said.
“He [...]

City Walk comes alive with Christmas Markets both day and night

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

With 10 market stalls starting at 9am today (Thursday 18 December), this festive hustle and bustle of activity on City Walk near Garema Place is another reason to be in Canberra’s CBD this December.
Everybody loves a good market, especially at Christmas. During the day come and support five of our local charities at the Christmas [...]

$21 million to boost ACT workforce skills

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
$21 million to boost ACT workforce skills

Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch yesterday launched Skilled Capital, a new $21 million training initiative that will respond to industry identified skills needs.
“Skilled Capital will provide all Canberrans with the opportunity to upskill through access to high quality training in areas of identified skills needs,” Ms Burch said.
“Canberra needs more workers in areas [...]

Man in court after spitting incident

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 21-year-old man from NSW will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Thursday, 18 December) charged with common assault and driving whilst disqualified after an incident in Tuggeranong on Monday (December 15).
Police will allege that the victim had been driving his car on Isabella Drive on Monday evening around 8.30pm when a vehicle in front [...]

Police search intensifies for missing Chisholm man

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police search intensifies for missing Chisholm man

ACT Policing are still appealing for the public’s assistance to help locate missing man Stuart Heddle, who went missing from his Chisholm home on the morning of Saturday, 13 December.
We have been advised that Stuart left his home on foot on the morning of Saturday 13 December at approx 7.30am to go to water polo [...]

ActewAGL reminds the community to keep away from damaged or vandalised electricity infrastructure

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ActewAGL reminds the community to keep away from damaged or vandalised electricity infrastructure

ActewAGL is asking people to keep away from and report damage to electrical infrastructure, which poses a threat to public safety.
As we approach the holiday season this reminder is even more important with children out and about on school holidays.
ActewAGL General Manager Network Services, Rob Atkin, said “It’s important that the community understands the dangers [...]

Canberra United head to Perth for Grand Final decider

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Canberra United head to Perth for Grand Final decider

League Champions Perth Glory will meet Canberra United in the 2014 Westfield W-League Grand Final to decide the national champions. The showdown will be United’s third visit to the jamboree whilst Perth will attempt to claim the trophy for the first time. And with home ground advantage, the Glory will enter the match as favourites.
Jamie [...]

One Canberra reference group members announced

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
One Canberra reference group members announced

Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch today announced the final membership of the reference group tasked with overseeing actions to promote community harmony identified at the landmark One Canberra Symposium.
“The tragic, criminal events in Sydney have underscored the importance of maintaining a socially cohesive community, where people of [...]

Boundless Canberra Receives $10,000

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Boundless Canberra Receives $10,000

Elaine Stanford and Sandie Parkes (coowners of The Green Shed) presented a cheque for $10,000 to Lisa Salerno of Boundless Canberra last week.
The Green Shed accepts a range of unwanted items that can be resold, such as books, furniture, bikes, clothing, gardening items and sporting goods, preventing a huge amount of perfectly good items going [...]

Police investigate suspicious package in Barton

By 16 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious package located in the canteen area of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Barton this afternoon (Tuesday, December 16).
About 1.45pm, ACT Policing received the report of the suspicious package at DFAT on John McEwen Crescent.
ACT Policing provided a coordinated response and cordoned the area as a [...]

Venture out after dark for Enlighten 2015

By 16 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Venture out after dark for Enlighten 2015

Enlighten will breathe light, colour and movement into Canberra after dark from 27 February to 7 March with a world-class program of events including two Australian premieres.
Now in its fifth year, Enlighten will transform the Parliamentary Triangle into a dazzling arts precinct featuring free entertainment and the event’s trademark architectural projections, which will illuminate six [...]

Year 12 students recognised for excellence

By 16 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

More than 100 Year 12 students have been recognised for their academic achievements and extra-curricular activities and community service at the annual Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) Recognition of Excellence Awards.
A total of 104 students were honoured at a ceremony yesterday, where Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch congratulated all Year 12 students [...]

Total fire ban declared in the ACT tomorrow

By 15 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Emergency Services Agency Commissioner Dominic Lane has declared a Total Fire Ban for the whole of the ACT under Section 114 of the Emergencies Act 2004 from:
12:00am Tuesday 16 December, 2014 to 11:59pm Tuesday 16 December, 2014.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting hot and north westerly winds tomorrow with a predicted temperature of 34 [...]

Man bitten during Dickson assault

By 15 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Man bitten during Dickson assault

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault in Dickson on Friday 12 December.
At around 11:30pm, three males walked through the laneway leading from Trinity Bar towards Woolley Street in Dickson. At the end of the laneway an intoxicated man approached them and a fight ensued.
The fight resulted in one man attending The Canberra Hospital [...]

Meet Julia Gillard at Paperchain

By 15 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Meet Julia Gillard at Paperchain

[ 23 December 2014 at 2:00 pm; ]

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard will be signing copies of her book My Story on Tuesday December 23 between 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Paperchain.

‘I was prime minister for three years and three days. Three years and three days of resilience. Three years and three days of changing the nation. Three years and three days for [...]

Another FREE Seminar on the ACT’s new asbestos laws

By 15 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Another FREE Seminar on the ACT's new asbestos laws

As the first seminar on this subject on 19 January is fully booked, a second FREE seminar will provide participants with information regarding the ACT’s new asbestos laws, which take effect on 1 January 2015.
Participants will receive an overview of a range of matters, including:

Changes to the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 to encompass [...]

Casey Market Town – Start of Development

By 15 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Newly sworn Chief Minister Andrew Barr undertook his second official role at the Casey 4 Estate in Gungahlin. Back in October 2012 he, as Treasurer, joined with the then Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, to celebrate the start of development of the subdivision. There are now over 200 houses constructed and occupied in the Estate.
Last Friday, [...]

Baby found safe and well, man still missing – Wollongong

By 14 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Baby found safe and well, man still missing - Wollongong

A nine-week-old baby missing since this morning (Sunday, 14 December) has been found safe and well in NSW.
The baby is believed to be unharmed and is currently undergoing routine medical checks. His family have been notified.
The father of the child, Garry Gordon is still missing and NSW Police and ACT Policing hold concerns for his [...]

Missing man from Chisholm

By 14 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Missing man from Chisholm

ACT Policing is appealing for the public’s assistance to help locate missing man Stuart Heddle from Chisholm.
He left his home on foot yesterday morning (Saturday 13 December) about 7.30am to go to water polo but did not show up and has not been seen or heard from since.
The 39-year-old is described as 6’ tall [...]

Official opening of the Woden Specialist Medical Centre

By 14 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Health, Simon Corbell, yesterday officially opened the new Woden Specialist Medical Centre, which will further enhance Canberra’s specialist and allied health care options.
“The new Woden Specialist Medical Centre brings together three leading organisations – orthopaedics ACT, National Capital Diagnostic Imaging and Flex Out Physiotherapy Canberra, all in one central and convenient location,” Mr [...]

Abduction alert

By 14 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Abduction alert

Police were alerted at 5.40am this morning (14 December) to an alleged abduction of a nine-week old baby by his father from a house in O’Malley.
Garry Gordon is 25-years-old and described as 6’4” tall (193cm), 140kg, short curly red hair, wearing a dark coloured hoody. He may be driving a 1993 grey Ford Falcon Sedan [...]

Road resealing on Ipswich Street today

By 14 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Road resealing on Ipswich Street today

The ACT Government wishes to advise that Ipswich Street in Fyshwick, between Barrier Street and Canberra Avenue, will be closed for resealing today, Sunday 14 December 2014.
Following consultation with local businesses, the work has been scheduled for a Sunday so as to minimise inconvenience.
The following alternative routes will be in place between 7 am and [...]

Third man to face court over decade-old robbery

By 12 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 59-year-old Jerrabomberra man will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning over an aggravated robbery in Mawson 10 years ago.
Police will charge the man with aiding and abetting the May 2004 aggravated robbery of an armoured security van which had been collecting weekend takings from The Mawson Club in Mawson.
The robbery occurred around [...]

Canberra’s electricity prices are Australia’s lowest, and falling

By 12 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT’s electricity prices remain the lowest in the country according to the Australian Energy Market Commission’s 2014 Residential Electricity Price Trends report, released yesterday.
Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said the report, which sets out expected price movements from 2014/15 to 2016/17, shows electricity prices in the capital are set to fall a further [...]

Canberra elevated to another level

By 12 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Canberra elevated to another level

The first Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Canberra will open its doors on Friday, 12th of December allowing residents of the ACT to defy gravity. The $2.5 million trampoline park, which occupies 1800m2 of Westfield Belconnen, is taking trampoline parks to another level.
Sky Zone Belconnen will be the first trampoline park in Australia to [...]

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