The Bureau of Meteorology is giving notice that we can expect to have the fan running at night this summer:
The chances of the summer maximum temperature exceeding the long-term median maximum temperature are greater than 60% over eastern NSW, most of Tasmania and coastal areas of SA (see map above).
The Liberals’ Giulia Jones is making a push for Canberra’s playgrounds to be made more to her liking.
Playgrounds across Canberra are in need of a spruce up and they should offer more for mums and dads while providing a learning environment to boost fitness and health, Member for Molonglo Giulia Jones said today.
“Today in [...]
The murky nature of Canberra’s health statistics has long been a worry considering how much money is spent on the system.
The Liberals’ Jeremy Hanson is hopefully calling for an independent inquiry into the subject:
Today the Canberra Liberals will fight for an independent inquiry into doctors’ claims that elective surgery waiting lists are being manipulated to [...]
The ABC has word on the blithering incompetence of the ACT Ambulance Service and the Justice and Community Safety Directorate:
Last year 65 ambulance officers were asked to pay back tens-of-thousand of dollars in overpayments because of errors in their personal leave records.
A scathing report by the Fair Work Ombudsman says the Government will be formally [...]
TAMS are fervently hoping for some signs of sanity in Canberra’s more boguetastic reaches when it comes to Christmas lights:
With Christmas just around the corner, the ACT Government today encouraged those planning on having large-scale Christmas light displays to consider the potential traffic and pedestrian safety implications they may cause. A new fact sheet has [...]
Simon Corbell is waving the flag for amendments to the Coroners Act so that we spend less money on suicides:
“A recent ACT Court Review of Coronial and Post Mortem Process and Practice found that more than 16% of ACT registered deaths underwent coronial investigation in 2011 – the second highest coronial death investigation rate in [...]
ANU Vice-Chancellor Ian Young is letting it be known he’s going to be heading up the Group of Eight (AKA the Real Universities as opposed to jumped up TAFEs):
Professor Young says he is looking forward to taking up the post in January.
“The Go8 plays an incredibly important role in influencing national polices for high [...]
Many media outlets are getting their panties in a bunch over today’s ABS population numbers.
And it’s true there’s one set of projections which have the population up to nearly a million by 2061.
There’s another series that gets us to a more sedate 612,000.
It’s worth bearing in mind that Washington DC has a population of 600,000 [...]
The ACT Rural Fire Service will be undertaking a hazard reduction burn on the property ‘Glenlyle’, Majura Road, Majura tonight, Tuesday, 26 November, 2013 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, weather permitting.
The size of the pile burn will be approximately 10 metres x 3 metres.
Two tankers from the Gungahlin Brigade will be on site.
The ACT Handy Map [...]
The Imperial Cupping Room has promised to one of our snouts on the street that they’re giving away free coffee tomorrow. Get thee down the the corner of University Ave and London Circuit if another free stuff event is your thing!
For all our roving reporters though we have this very important advice from Cracked (advice [...]
We’re still waiting to hear back from Trinity Christian School about their disabled parking arrangements.
But more recently, this time last month, the Liberals started making noise about their desire for a pedestrian crossing over McBryde Crescent.
One of our readers had some interesting things to say on the subject:
7:53 am, 25 Oct 13
drove past there [...]
Simon Corbell has announced the passage of his improved portable long service schemes:
Improved portable long service leave schemes for Territory workers were secured by legislation passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly today, Industrial Relations Minister, Simon Corbell, said.
“The ACT Government has provided workers in the security, contract cleaning, building and construction and community sector [...]
The ABC has the mixed news that the bloated ranks of the public service ELs make our electricity prices look good in national comparisons:
A new report shows the ACT has the cheapest electricity prices in the country.
The Australian Energy Regulator’s first performance report on the ACT’s energy market shows the estimated annual electricity bill for [...]
Andrew Barr has announced the passage of a bill to help young school leavers with disability get jobs:
Young persons with disability will have a helping hand to enter the workplace with organisations now able to receive a payroll tax concession for employing school leavers with disability.
A Government bill passed in the Legislative Assembly [...]
In the most arse-about process seen in many a long day from this comprehensively arse-about government Andrew Barr has the astonishing news that he’s engaged Krnc Group to build a cinema complex in Gungahlin.
But who will run it?
I am also delighted that Greater Union, who has been such a major player in the entertainment industry [...]
Simon Corbell has announced a new website to keep tabs on all the tracks:
The Canberra Tracks network of heritage signage has come of age with a brand new interactive website giving full access to the intriguing stories of numerous sites across the ACT, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell announced today.
The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is turning up the heat on Andrew Barr and his tax reform plans:
This morning the Canberra Liberals will call for a privileges committee to be established to investigate whether Treasurer Andrew Barr is in contempt of the Legislative Assembly over refusing to table all documents relating to ACT Labor’s tax reforms, [...]
Is it too late to keep chuckling about NoWaste2010?
Simon Corbell has announced changes to the Territory Plan so we can keep piling our garbage up:
Changes to the Territory Plan allowing expansion of the Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre have been approved by the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell today.
The draft [...]
More than $30,000 has again been raised for White Ribbon Day by the Men in Uniform campaign involving ACT Policing, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA).
White Ribbon Day Ambassador and Chief Police Officer for the ACT Rudi Lammers, said he was overwhelmed by the community’s generosity and the dedication of [...]
At almost the halfway point of its campaign to remove illicit guns from the community, ACT Policing has added 10 illegal firearms to its armoury and executed several associated warrants, with thousands of rounds and ammunition seized.
Since the campaign commenced six weeks ago, ACT Policing has executed 10 search warrants in relation to illicit firearms [...]
No less than the Houston Chronicle is marvelling at Canberra’s Richards family who have reclaimed their world record for the most christmas lights on a residential property:
An Australian family has reclaimed their Guinness World Record by stringing up more than half a million Christmas lights around their suburban home.
Guinness World Records official Chris Sheedy [...]
Back in October The Diplomat had a story about Australia’s view of maritime strategy.
This bit had particular local resonance:
Operating in the firing range off Hawaii last August, Lee’s command, the ANZAC frigate HMAS Perth, engaged seven sea-skimming targets with Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles. Perth demonstrated that it can take on the deadliest threats out [...]
It’s big news in this Government town.
The 2014 Parliamentary Sitting Calendar has just been released so you can get on with your planning.
(If the embed isn’t working for you here’s a link to the source)
We realise it’s not a perfect metric. But suspect it might be an interesting one to track over time.
Allhomes have a page which tells one the number of rental listings they’ve had for a given date.
And I’ve started plugging each day into a spreadsheet which in turn yields the above graph. We’ll update weekly.
It’s worth [...]
In lieu of finishing anything we have a progress report on the Secure Mental Health Unit from the Chief Minister:
ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today provided an update on the ACT’s Secure Mental Health Unit planning, with the release of a draft model of care, the appointment of an architect, and [...]
ACT Policing took three men into custody for breaches of the peace after a disturbance in residential Gungahlin in the early hours of this morning (Sunday, November 24).
After reports of a disturbance were received at an address in Gungahlin where a large group of people were gathering in the street outside, police attended to find [...]
By Misty Adoniou, University of Canberra
A couple of years ago, early one morning, I received an SMS advising “resadents to stay indoors because of a nearby insadent”. I was shocked by the spelling, as much as the message. Surely, I thought, if it was a real message then the spelling would be correct.
Spelling matters. In [...]
Liberal Senator Seselja and Liberal MLA Coe have joined forces to tell us what Zed’s going to do for ACT roads with Alistair’s help.
Zed Seselja, Liberal Senator for the ACT, has been appointed Chair of the ACT Consultative Panel for the Black Spot Programme by Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Jamie Briggs. Deputy [...]
ACT Fire & Rescue are currently on scene at the Benjamin Offices (Blue Building), Chan Street, Belconnen, conducting ventilation operations following a smell of smoke from a light globe on the fourth level.
No sign of fire.
Approximately 100 people have been evacuated as a precaution.
The ACT Fire & Rescue Hazardous Materials unit are on scene conducting [...]
A 19-year-old man was extradited from NSW over the weekend by members of ACT Policing Criminal Investigations for offences from 2010.
On the night of January 12, 2010, police will allege the teenager committed an aggravated burglary in Griffith (ACT) in which a woman was assaulted and her handbag stolen.
The 64-year-old woman was in bed inside [...]
An intriguing tweet just in from ACT Policing indicating Canberra’s top police will be boosting their klout scores as the great unwashed get a chance to be directed to a series of tangentially relevant fact sheets (if previous such exercises are any guide):
Tweet to the top: @CPOACT will be joined by DCPO Quade & myself [...]
The SMH brings word that as we celebrate the unexpected resurrection of Gallifrey (if you cared enough to worry about spoilers you’d have been up at 6.50am to watch) the Australian Rugby Championship is also going out for another gallop and Canberra’s involved!
The competition, to be called the ”National Rugby Championship”, or NRC, would be [...]