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Southquay popular with local developers

By 1 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Spirited bidding by 11 registered parties has seen three multi-unit sites at the new waterfront development at Southquay in Greenway sold today at auction for a total of $9.705 million with all blocks being purchased by local Canberra developers.
The largest block is 7,385sqm fronting Anketell Street. It permits the building of up to 185 dwellings [...]

ACT strengthens its innovative approach to drug crime

By 1 October 2014

Support programs that help to reduce the prevalence of drug crime in the ACT will be strengthened, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today as he released the Evaluation of the Australian Capital Territory Drug Diversion Programs (2013).
“The territory has been a leader in introducing dedicated drug diversion programs, with five court and police administered programs now [...]

Bushfire season starts today

By 1 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

With bushfire season starting today Canberrans should consider how best to prepare for the months ahead, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, said today.
Mr Corbell joined representatives of the ACT’s fire services at Wybalena Grove in Cook to officially launch bushfire season in the ACT.
“With the warmer weather returning, it is time for [...]

Police seek witnesses from city brawl

By 30 September 2014
Police seek witnesses from city brawl

ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying offenders involved in a large disturbance involving up to 20 people in Civic in the early hours of Sunday, September 21.
About 2.40am on that date, a disturbance broke out inside the Monkey Bar nightclub on Bunda Street, with reports that chairs and bottles had been thrown.
On [...]

Witnesses sought to suspicious fires

By 30 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Witnesses sought to suspicious fires

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to six separate fires which occurred last night and early this morning (Tuesday, September 30).
Overnight, police were notified of a number of trees and wheelie bins on fire in Richardson, Calwell and Theodore.
ACT Fire and Rescue attended and extinguished the fires.
A midnight purple coloured Holden Commodore sedan was observed in [...]

Best of Canberra – Pies

By 30 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - Pies

There have been two occasions when I have truly missed the greatness of the Aussie pie. On one of my first dates with my husband, we went along to a Chelsea match and he bought a couple of pies (…and they say romance is dead). It had been microwaved which to my mind [...]

Drink driver caught after collision with fence

By 29 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has charged a 28-year-old Charnwood man with drink driving and reckless driving offences after a collision in Macgregor on Saturday morning (September 27).
About 4.50am, Belconnen Patrol members attended a residence in Marcus Faunce Street, Macgregor, following a report of a male trespassing at that property. On arrival, police saw a white Toyota Camry [...]

House fire extinguished at Ngunnawal

By 28 September 2014

Firefighters are currently on scene at Carina Street, Ngunnawal following a fire in a lounge room.
House was vacant at the time of the fire.
ACT Fire & Rescue has extinguished the fire and are currently conducting ventilation operations.
Two fire pumpers on scene, the Breathing Apparatus Van and one Commander.
Crews were alerted following an Emergency Triple Zero [...]

School Holiday Guide Spring 2014

By 27 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
School Holiday Guide Spring 2014

And so it is time once again for school holidays. Love it or loathe it, there’s no escaping it!
Here are a few ideas from us on how to keep the kids entertained during the break. What are your favourite activities the keep the kids occupied? Any hidden treasures we should know about? [...]

Drivers urged to stay safe over long weekend

By 27 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is urging Canberra drivers to stay safe over the Community Day long weekend, when police will be conducting high-visibility patrols.
Traffic Operations Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson said with large numbers of motorists travelling in and out of Canberra over the long weekend, drivers are reminded to obey speed limits, take regular breaks and [...]

ACT Retains AAA Stable Credit Rating

By 26 September 2014

Despite the compounding effects of the Commonwealth Government’s policy to reduce spending and significantly contract the size of the Australian Public Service, Standard & Poor’s has acknowledged the ACT Government’s continued commitment in its 2014-15 Budget to build and transform the ACT economy and provide stability in an uncertain economic environment through affirming the ACT’s [...]

Canberrans urged to report OMCG activity

By 26 September 2014

Canberrans are being encouraged to report illegal activity by outlaw motorcycle gangs to Crimestoppers with a new campaign launched by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, ACT Chief Police Officer, Rudi Lammers, and the ACT Chairman of Crime Stoppers Australia, Bryan Roach
The awareness Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCGs) Awareness Rewards campaign is in support [...]

7.30 ACT – what to expect from tonight’s program

By 26 September 2014
7.30 ACT - what to expect from tonight's program

7.30 ACT on the ABC
Friday September 26th

BINKSIN – Chris Kimball sits down with the new chief of the Australian Defence Forces, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin to talk about fighting terrorism in ME and at home, sex scandals, future proofing Australian defence.
Where’s My Park – disabled parking – some advocates say that too many people [...]

What’s on this (long) weekend? 27th and 29th September 2014

By 26 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
What's on this (long) weekend? 27th and 29th September 2014

Jump up and down, it’s a long weekend! Not only do we have three days off but it’s Spring and forecast for some pretty gorgeous weather – hoorah!
We’ve got a few activities that might be of interest.
Firstly, from some of our team:
Samara Gentle is heading to Nightfest and with all the romantic lighting, it’s [...]

New measures for ESA to tackle emergencies

By 25 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today put forward proposed new laws designed to minimise the risk of bushfires and improve public safety.
“I introduced the Emergencies Amendment Bill into the ACT Legislative Assembly to assist our community, particularly rural land owners and managers to plan and prepare for the risks associated with [...]

Best of Canberra Taste Off – Pastries

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Best of Canberra Taste Off - Pastries

For this week’s taste off I sported my elasticated trousers and went on the hunt for Canberra’s Best pastries. I should clarify here that for me, pastries are sweet and generally eaten as breakfast or mid morning with coffee.
The two establishments to obtain the most nominations were Flute in Fyshwick (the winner [...]

Riot Wellbeing Column – send in your questions

By 25 September 2014
Riot Wellbeing Column - send in your questions

Have you ever thought about increasing your wellbeing? Or, wondered what impact natural therapies could have on anything that might be concerning you health wise?
Deciphering the variety of therapies and interventions for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing in a bid to find what is right for you can be like wading [...]

ACT Government recognised as a global sustainability leader

By 24 September 2014

The ACT Government’s commitment to sustainability has received further international recognition with Environment Minister, Simon Corbell, being invited by the Danish Prime Minister, Ms Helle Thorning-Schmidt, to attend the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF 2014) in Copenhagen from October 20-21.
Mr Corbell was one of just four Australians to receive an invitation to be among 250 [...]

My Cubby House Rocks

By 24 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

This year, the Independent Property Group Foundation is running the “My Cubby House Rocks” charitable campaign at Floriade with funds raised being donated to The Centenary Hospital for Women and Children and Boundless Canberra.
Five cubby houses have been supplied by some of Canberra’s most highly respected builders, developers and architects, including one accessible cubby [...]

$720,000 funding for arts projects

By 23 September 2014

Minister for the Arts Joy Burch today announced that a visual artist mentorship program, a contemporary pop band, and a dance theatre group are among the 49 successful applicants who will share in arts funding worth $720,000.
“The ACT Government is extremely pleased to have been able to increase the number of projects being funded for [...]

Clearer inquiries process for the Supreme Court

By 23 September 2014

Amendments to the Crimes Act 1900, passed today in the Legislative Assembly will bring certainty to the process of inquiring into criminal convictions, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
“The amendments to the Act clarify the judicial nature of the Supreme Court when it considers a report of an inquiry and ensure that there are no [...]

Man to be charged; use carrier service to harass/offend

By 23 September 2014

A 22-year-old Belconnen man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (23 September) regarding a series of offences involving stalking and the use of a carrier service to harass and offend.
Through investigating this incident, ACT Policing’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team (SACAT) has become aware that there may be further unknown victims deceived through [...]

Elderly man attacked in Pearce

By 23 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Elderly man attacked in Pearce

ACT Policing is investigating an attack on an elderly man in Pearce last night (22 September).
About 10.30pm, an 82-year-old man heard noises outside his home on Pethebridge Street, Pearce and went to investigate.
An altercation took place with a 21-year old man and as a result, the elderly man sustained serious head and facial injuries and [...]

Powering greater energy choice in the ACT

By 23 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Powering greater energy choice in the ACT

Canberrans have greater energy choices from today with Origin – Australia’s largest integrated energy company – now selling gas and electricity to ACT homes and small businesses.
Until now, the ACT has had only two energy retailers to choose from – while customers in other states have enjoyed the benefits of much greater competition. Victoria has [...]

Best of Canberra – Kebabs

By 23 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Best of Canberra - Kebabs

For this week’s Best of Canberra, we are going back to fast food… Kebabs. My first experience of a kebab was back in the days that there was a little place in the Woden food court (I’m talking maybe 20 years ago). Since then, they’ve been a favourite, although as my taste [...]

ACT early learning centre receives excellent rating

By 22 September 2014

Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today congratulated Canberra Girls Grammar School Early Learning Centre for becoming the first service in the ACT to be awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
“The rating acknowledges the commitment shown by management and staff of this Centre to continuous improvement [...]

Floating on Canberra

By 22 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Sean Stoddart has sent in a link to “Floating on Canberra”. It is a video comprising a collection of footage taken in Canberra over winter 2014. It was taken using a Phantom2 Vision+ quadcopter.
Check it out…

Escalator fire in City

By 22 September 2014

A city building has been evacuated so firefighters can investigate an escaltor fire.
ACT Fire & Rescue were called to Moore Street just after 7am after smoke was reported issuing from the escalator.
A seconary search is being conducted to make sure no one is left in the building.
The fire has been extinguished with crews now conducting [...]

Riot Weekly Top 5 (20th September 2014)

By 21 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Riot Weekly Top 5 (20th September 2014)

Another week gone and here are the most popular posts of the week (firstly by readership and then by comments) including confirmation on Capital Metro, disappointment over Myer’s decision not to set up in Woden and a bit of religion thrown into the mix!
Top 5 for readership
1. ‘No Myer for Westfield Woden after all?’
2. ‘Capital Metro endorsed [...]

Hazard burn at Mitchell today

By 21 September 2014

The ACT Rural Fire Service will conduct a hazard reduction burn, weather permitting, today, Sunday 21 September, 2014 at Vicars Street, Mitchell.
The burn is expected to commence from 9.30am till 5pm.
Thirty firefighters, five fire tankers and three command vehicles will conduct the burn of approximately 2.5 hectares.
Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made [...]

Police investigate fatal collision in Belconnen

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police investigate fatal collision in Belconnen

ACT Policing is investigating a single vehicle collision off Kirinari Street, Belconnen today (Saturday, 20 September).
About 10am this morning, security at the University of Canberra discovered a car that had crashed into a building on campus. It appears the collision occurred sometime overnight.
A young man believed to be in his 20′s was the single occupant [...]

Man charged after disturbance at Majura

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing arrested a man after causing a disturbance at Brindabella Business Park yesterday afternoon (Friday, 19 September).
About 2.55pm, a 43-year-old Farrer man was driving a red coloured Nissan Navarra northbound along Brindabella Circuit when he proceeded through a roundabout adjacent to the car park of a building in Brindabella Park.
The man lost control of [...]

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