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A totem for our times? Images of Canberra

By 17 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
A totem for our times? Images of Canberra

Brent spied this in Braddon this morning.
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Curtin mugging

By 17 January 2014

ACT Policing is appealing for any witnesses to an aggravated robbery which occurred in Curtin early this morning (Friday, January 17).
About 6.15am a 41-year-old woman was at Curtin shops when she was approached by two males, producing a knife and demanding her purse.
The woman has complied with the demand and the men left the area [...]

Well played Canberra’s Nick Kyrgios

By 17 January 2014

Canberra’s Nick Kyrgios won a lot of fans around the world with his close fought and cramp riddled second round Australian Open tennis loss to France’s Benoit Paire.
Definitely one to watch as he gets a few more years under his belt and miles in the legs.

I’ve seen bigger cigarette burns…

By 16 January 2014

A small fire has been extinguished in Gungahlin this afternoon.
ACT Fire & Fire Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service were alerted to the incident just before 4.30pm.
Multiple units were quickly dispatched to the scene and put the fire out.
The area burnt was 1 metre x 1 metre.
4:49 PM
[Courtesy ESA]

You don’t want to miss the West Bank Festival

By 16 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
You don't want to miss the West Bank Festival

[ 14 February 2014 to 16 February 2014. ]

The invite has hit facebook for the first ever West Bank Festival! (as in the West Bank of Sullivans Creek):

Early Bird Tickets on sale now until Friday 7th Feb (prices below).

The Canberra Musicians Club is thrilled, and slightly terrified, to announce our most ambitious endeavour to date, the inaugural West Bank Festival. A three day [...]

Fire ban and associated closures to roll on with Severe fire danger rating

By 16 January 2014

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 Friday 17 January, 2014 to 11:59pm Friday 17 January, 2014.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting hot conditions tomorrow with a predicted temperature of 41 degrees.
The Forecast Fire [...]

Work Safety Commissioner says “how about this heat?”

By 16 January 2014

Worksafe have noticed it’s bloody hot outside:
Climbing temperatures this week have prompted an urgent warning from the Work Safety Commissioner, Mr Mark McCabe, reminding employers of the risks associated with extreme heat.
ACT employers are being urged to consider thermal comfort and sun safety in assessing the risk associated with business as usual.
“People who [...]

Kings Highway fire

By 16 January 2014

The ACT Rural Fire Service is assisting the NSW Rural Fire Service with a grass and scrub fire on the Kings Highway, Burbong.
Update to follow.
2:58 PM

The fire has been contained and crews are establishing control lines.
Firefighters had to drive in off road to get to the scene and carried out a direct attack on the [...]

DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 17 January 2014

By 16 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
DIY wotz on guide for the weekend of 17 January 2014

[ 17 January 2014 to 19 January 2014. ]

Still not quite in the rhythm? Neither are we.

And yet it appears the weekend is here any old how.

What’s worth seeing and doing around Canberra this weekend?

Just leave your thoughts in the comments.

Complaints from the prison

By 16 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Complaints from the prison

The wonder of FOI has produced a series of complaints from the Hume Hilton.
And you thought that wardrobe was a portal to a whole new world?
I particularly like the way the prison officials are nearly as incomprehensible as the inmates.

Leadership from the bench for the Brumbies

By 16 January 2014

The Brumbies have announced more players who can’t make it onto the pitch for their leadership group:
The UC Brumbies have announced their leadership group for the 2014 Super Rugby competition, with Fotu Auelua and Clyde Rathbone joining David Pocock, Christian Lealiifano and Stephen Moore under the incumbent skipper, Ben Mowen.
The group of six [...]

Stromlo shutdown

By 16 January 2014

ACT Territory, Venue and Events advises that Stromlo Forest Park will be closed effective 12.30 pm 16/1/14 until further notice due to the total fire ban conditions in the ACT.
Advice will be provided to the community as to when it will reopen.
12:14 PM
[Courtesy ESA]

Fire Vigilance Citizens!

By 16 January 2014

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) is urging Canberrans to be vigilant over the next few days to ensure no fires are unintentionally ignited while a TOTAL FIRE BAN is in place.
These are the worst fire danger conditions we have experienced in Canberra since January 18 last year.
If a fire starts at the moment it [...]

The Birdmen of Canberra

By 16 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
The Birdmen of Canberra

Brendan Henry has added this cute little video to YouTube:
Before I left my home in Australia I shot some footage for an video in my series ‘The Americas’. The series did not pan out, but I do have some lovely videos about my life now!
The song I used is by Newton Faulkner, who definitely merits [...]

Suspected firebug hobo hoist on his own petard

By 16 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Suspected firebug hobo hoist on his own petard

A 48 year-old man of no fixed abode has been airlifted to Concord Hospital after receiving serious burns in a suspicious fire in Molonglo early this morning (Thursday 16 January).
ACT Fire and Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service attended a grass fire located in a pine forest near Tuggeranong Parkway and Lady Denman Drive after [...]

Parkway grassfire

By 16 January 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service is working to extinguish a grass fire burning at the Tuggeranong Parkway and Lady Denman Drive. Molonglo.
The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at ADVICE.
ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service has six units on scene.
The fire is located [...]

Property Council has a smile on their face

By 16 January 2014

The Property Council/ANZ Property Industry Confidence Survey has got the local moguls feeling good:
Property Council ACT Executive Director, Catherine Carter, says the latest survey shows ACT property industry sentiment has jumped into positive territory for the start of 2014.
ANZ Head of Property Research, Paul Braddick, says property confidence in the ACT rebounded back into [...]

Public Information Coordination Centre stands up for Day Of Fire

By 15 January 2014

I can’t actually remember the last time this happened but we meeja reptiles have been informed that:
The ACT Government Public Information Coordination Centre (PICC) will be operational at the ESA HQ tomorrow morning from 10 o’clock due to it being the third straight day of extreme heat and increased fire danger in the ACT.
When [...]

Canberra’s leafy suburbs 7 degrees cooler than treeless hell?

By 15 January 2014

New Scientist has an article on Australian climate policy (no, this is not an excuse for the nutters on both sides to break free, you know who you are) which contains an interesting aside about Canberra:
In an as-yet-unpublished study, Hanna and her colleagues found that older suburbs in Canberra with more trees were up to [...]

EY gets the nod to make Capital Metro’s business case

By 15 January 2014

With the Government having already announced they wanted to build a light rail system it’s sweet to see Simon Corbell announcing the appointment of a firm to make the business case:
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, announced today that the Agency has appointed global firm EY to develop the final business case [...]

Total Fire Ban Thursday

By 15 January 2014

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 Thursday 16 January, 2014 to 11:59pm Thursday 16 January, 2014.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting hot and sunny conditions tomorrow with lights winds freshening through the day [...]

Grassfire on Lady Denman Drive

By 15 January 2014

The ACT Rural Fire Service and ACT Fire & Rescue are responding to a grass fire burning along Lady Denman Drive.
The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at ADVICE.
Seven units from the ACT Rural Fire Service are being supported by two ACT Fire & Rescue pumpers.
The fire, located near Yarralumla [...]

Ambos want you out of the heat

By 15 January 2014

The ACT Ambulance has not experienced any increase in workload so far today as a result of the heat.
The ACT Government reminds the community that everyone is susceptible to heat-related stress and illness during prolonged extreme heat conditions this week.
Simple tips to help cope with the heat include drink plenty of water to stay well [...]

Crime on the run

By 15 January 2014

ACT Policing’s latest crime statistics show crime reports across the ACT dropped 10 per cent in the last year, following a five-year downward trend with property crime leading the way.
The ACT has seen a drop of a third in crime reports over the last five years from 43,139 in 2009 to 28,976 in 2013, [...]

A good use for your old specs

By 15 January 2014

Breaking the long summer silence of the Liberals, Andrew Wall is rallying support for an excellent cause:
Canberrans are being called on to donate their old glasses and improve the sight of visually impaired people in the poorer communities of Asia, Africa and the Pacific, Member for Brindabella Andrew Wall said today.
“The Lions club of [...]

Sculpture Bar Thursdays

By 15 January 2014
Sculpture Bar Thursdays

[ 16 January 2014 at 5:00 pm; ]

Some good news from the National Gallery:

Join us for the opening of the Chandon Sculpture Bar next Thursday, 16 January at 5 pm!

Enjoy a range of Peruvian-inspired food and drinks and relax to tunes by local DJs.

Janna Sladic convicted of burglary

By 15 January 2014

A certain type of very boring person will, at some great length, explain how “interesting” it is that female elite athletes don’t get caught in the same kind of trouble as male elite athletes.
So we should all give a small cheer for former Canberra Capital Janna Sladic who the Canberra Times reports has struck one [...]

Enlighten spreading out again

By 15 January 2014

Enlighten at its best has concentrated food, music, and the amazing lights within a triangle running from Old Parliament House, to Questacon, to the National Gallery.
So I’m hoping they’re not cocking it up with Andrew Barr launching this year’s event which sounds a lot more spread out:
Stunning architectural projections will again transform the buildings of [...]

Are ALL the Liberals on hols?

By 15 January 2014

The last we heard from the Canberra Liberals was on 19 December surely in the last month they had something to say or do?

Shane’s seeking graffiti

By 15 January 2014

Mayor Rattenbury has sent word that five “legal graffiti canvases” are awaiting paint:
Five legal graffiti sites in Tuggeranong and South Canberra will receive a paint over in the coming week to provide a fresh canvas for people to create new pieces of legal graffiti, said Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.
“Legal graffiti [...]

Simon Singh on The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

By 15 January 2014

[ 17 January 2014 at 4:00 pm; ] Questacon have word on a pretty exciting talk this Friday:

Simon Singh, best-selling author of ‘Fermat’s Last Theorem’ and ‘The Code Book’, will discuss his latest book ‘The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets’. He will explain how a team of mathematically gifted writers have covered everything from calculus to geometry, from pi to game theory, and [...]

Save the trees because we’re incapable cryeth TAMS

By 15 January 2014

Territory and Municipal Services are hoping you can get out and water street trees because they’re not very good at doing their own jobs:
With ongoing dry weather and this week’s very high temperatures, the ACT Government is seeking help from residents to look after Canberra’s trees.
Territory and Municipal Services (TAMS), who manage Canberra’s trees, have [...]

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