Rotary kicked off a worthwhile program yesterday at the racecourse with the girls of grammar. It’s called Rotary Youth Driver Awareness or RYDA.
From the furnished material:
At RYDA, students get to meet and speak with a person who has experienced a devastating road crash; to see the distance it takes to stop a vehicle travelling [...]
The ABC has an intriguing bit of court reporting on the travails of Canberra’s Sam AlHassan who had the misfortune to discover 147 boxes of Iranian tobacco in his container of “bathroom and building products shipped from Lebanon”.
The jury was played a recording of the search in which the chief investigator is heard asking [...]
Anna Key has sent in the above pic with the following note:
Had this visitor in my Wanniassa backyard yesterday morning, enjoying a breakfast of what appeared to be a small bird. No idea what it is beyond hawk or falcon. It made a change from the usual collection on mynah birds.
Got an image of [...]
Katy Gallagher has the happy news that from 1 July there will be no stamp duty on caravans:
Stamp duty will be abolished on applications to register caravans and camper trailers in the ACT from 1 July, after the Legislative Assembly today passed the Duties Amendment Bill 2010, ACT Treasurer, Katy Gallagher announced.
“The changes will [...]
[First filed: Jun 22, 2010 @ 10:03]
You’d think they’d learn. You’d think with all the outrage over their disregard for the rule of law and common decency Canberra’s cyclists would show more regard for their fellow human beings.
But no! They’re incorrigible!
Citizens of Canberra! They are mocking us!
Katy Gallagher has announced that we should soon be able to know how much Territory-owned corporations are paying their executives.
“The legislation will ensure there is a complete picture of the remuneration awarded to each director and up to five of the highest paid senior managers in a Territory-owned Corporation, including ACTEW Corporation Limited, ACTTAB [...]
1. Fatal in Isaacs:
ACT Policing Collision, Investigation and Reconstruction Team (CIRT) are investigating a collision between a car and a motorbike that resulted in the death of the motorcyclist in Isaacs on Saturday night June 19, 2010.
Police were called to the intersection of Yamba Drive and Julia Flynn Avenue, Isaacs around 8.30pm on Saturday [...]
[ 3 July, 2010; 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. ]
It sometimes feels as if more people write zines than read them.
But with a zine fair everyone can check out what everyone else is doing.
Uselesslines has a post encouraging you all to go along:
There are over 35 stalls now: interstate guests and homegrown love. I don’t know how it’s all gonna fit in the [...]
[First filed: Jun 21, 2010 @ 9:48]
Foxsports have the sorry tale of the Raiders’ latest loss:
The Tigers trailed 8-6 with five minutes remaining before Beau Ryan and Daniel Fitzhenry sent the 19,428 crowd wild with two late tries to deny a determined Canberra outfit.
Tim Sheens’ side dominated large spells of the game, but [...]
The Liberal’s Alistair Coe is making a contribution to public discourse.
His questions on notice have turned up the extent of broken ticketing on the bus service:
“A Question on Notice asked by the Canberra Liberals has revealed over half a million passengers aren’t paying to get on ACTION buses because of errors in the ticketing [...]
The Canberra Times has a typically complex planning story on the failed auction of the Baileys Corner car park and the matching one across Northbourne Avenue.
A glut of commercial development space in Canberra and fears of a legal challenge over a planning amendment on City Hill are being blamed for two premium development blocks [...]
Simon Corbell is thrilled with the number of Canberrans signing up for low carbon electrons:
Canberrans are again environmental leaders on the national stage, this time in terms of GreenPower consumption according to a new report, Minister for Energy, Simon Corbell said today.
“Not only are Canberrans leading the nation, but we are using more than double [...]
Simon Corbell is trying to talk up the successes of the opt-in provisions of the Human Rights Act.
So far he can point to Companion House (an entirely commendable organisation who rehabilitate victims of torture), and the Centre for Australian Ethical Research Pty Ltd, a not for profit org.
Who would have thought that Canberra businesses [...]
It was a couple of weeks ago but the Daily Telegraph is noting that Murrumbateman’s Anthony Wesley has followed up from his big hit last year by capturing an impact on Jupiter on film.
If one is going to spend one’s nights in cold towers asking questions of the stars (or planets) it must be nice [...]
TAMS is warning that the bus drivers are taking all Friday off work to have a meeting:
ACTION General Manager James Roncon today expressed his disappointment in the planned industrial action on Friday by the Transport Workers Union (TWU).
The TWU has announced a 24-hour stop-work meeting from 12.01am on Friday 25 June 2010. [...]
The National Capital Authority is letting us know that their efforts to grow hebe down the middle of Anzac parade (to commemorate the NZ in Anzac) are ongoing:
The National Capital Authority will today begin trialling new varieties of New Zealand Hebe on Anzac Parade.
The Hebe plants are located in 28 planter beds along the central [...]
A reader who wishes to remain anonymous has sent in the above photos with the following note:
When walking towards the trig on Percival Hill in Gungahlin recently to had to take this shot!
CRACE – a place like no other?
My first thoughts were of one of the scenes in the Jackie Chan movie Police Story.
For mine [...]
The Canberra Times informs us that Canberra’s already ruinously expensive taxis are going to get more costly still:
Flagfall for standard hirings will increase to $4.50. The rate per kilometre on weekdays between 6am and 9pm will increase to $1.80. The kilometre rate at other times will increase to $2.07.
It’s a 2.48% raise. Mr Stanhope [...]
“fgzk” has sent in some pix of the protests outside the Hyatt for the Chinese Vice President’s visit (the Chinese can manage to turn up unlike the leaders of the current hegemon) with the following note:
Some of you may have seen the dual protest outside the Hyatt on the way to work. One group from [...]
In the world of ACT Education “innovation” seems to be “untested experiments to try on your child”.
It’s a problem because you can’t just trade the kid in if the twelve year experiment doesn’t work out.
Andrew Barr has announced that the already novel Kambah school serving primary kiddies to year 10 young adults is to have [...]
[ 4 July, 2010; 11:00 am; ]
Over on facebook the balloon has gone up for one of the highlights of the Canberra social calendar:
A leisurely cruise around Canberra’s inner city, with frequent stops for ale, tea, pipes and picnics.
Meet us at the Garema Place chessboard with your cruiser, tourer, fixie, freakbike or whatever you can pedal.
No modern garb is permitted [...]
1. They seemed to know what they were looking for:
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a burglary in Richardson overnight in which four trail bikes and a bright yellow Holden Commodore utility were stolen.
Between 10:30pm last night (Thursday 17 June) and 7am today (Friday 18 June), unidentified offenders have gained entry to a residence [...]
With the renewed kangaroo cull underway Greg Tarlington has sent in some pictures of the body disposal from 2008.
It seems like a collossal waste.
A Kerces has sent this one in with the following note:
The newest public artwork in Canberra is a commentary on the state of roads in the national capital.
[ 18 June, 2010 to 20 June, 2010. ]
It’s been a short week Rioters, and already the weekend looms.
But what’s worth getting out and about to?
Just leave your thoughts (or what passes for them) in the comments.
[ 20 June, 2010; 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. ] Lovers of hoarding rejoice! The following is up on the National Museum Calendar:
Collectorfest: Travel memorabilia
Sunday 20 June 2010, 11.30am to 1.30pm
Join Adrian Franklin from ABC Collectors to celebrate the symbols of Australia! Bring in your own Australian travel memorabilia from holidays past and share them with other collectors and the Museum’s conservators and curators.
1. Kids being stupid with phones:
ACT Policing is investigating an incident in which the naked image of a female Canberra teenager sent to a friend via a mobile phone was posted on the internet.
The image constitutes child exploitation material and was allegedly viewed by a number of people online. Police are now investigating how [...]
[Photo courtesy of the ACT Kangaroo Management Plan]
The Department of Territory and Municipal Services has added to their website a Q&A on kangaroo culling.
Halfway down the page is the announcement that from this Saturday 19 June to 31 July those shooters who have passed “a recent accuracy test administered by the Australian Federal Police, as [...]
[ 26 June, 2010; 8:30 pm; ]
The following from Facebook sounds like fun:
—————– FOR ADULTS ONLY ———————
The BLIND PIG this Saturday 26th June offers the finest booze, food, music and a collection of curiosities such as like Canberra has never seen. Yes folks, these must be seen to be believed.
For just a pretty penny you’ll get to thumb wrestle a [...]
The ABC brings the word that the kambah man who drove his car into Senior Constable Brian McAlonan has been sentenced to 22 months in prison:
A 22-year-old Canberra man who hit a police officer at a random breath testing unit then drove off will spend at least the next year in jail.
Craig Donellan of [...]
[First filed: Jun 17, 2010 @ 16:42]
ACT Policing are calling for anyone who knows people associated with the above car to get in touch with them as part of the investigation into the Hughes shooting:
Police are appealing for the public’s assistance in their ongoing investigation into the shooting death of a 28-year-old man in [...]
The following in from the ESA:
6:30am Friday 18 June 2010 – Bin fire at Woden shopping complex Firefighters have extinguished a fire in a large hopper bin at Woden Plaza this morning.
The ACT Fire Brigade responded to the incident at around 2 o’clock.
The fire sent smoke through some of the nearby centre buildings [...]