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Homeless People

By 14 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

While walking across Hobart Place in Civic last Monday morning at 8.00am in zero degrees temperature on the way to work, I came across a person curled up in what passed for a sleeping bag on the concrete floor of the shelter opposite the entrance to the AMP Building.
I say ‘person’ because it wasn’t possible [...]

Capital Metro Consultation Heads to Dickson

By 11 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

As a part of the ongoing Capital Metro consultation, agency staff will be at the Dickson Shopping Centre tomorrow (12 July) to discuss the proposed design for light rail in Canberra.
Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, urged Canberrans to visit Dickson to have their say on how they want light rail to look.
“There will be [...]

New intensive therapeutic service for vulnerable children

By 10 July 2014

A $3.05 million intensive support service providing multi-disciplinary trauma support for vulnerable children was opened today by Minister for Children and Young People Mick Gentleman.
The Trauma Recovery Centre will provide a therapeutic service for children to the age of 12, who have experienced trauma as a result of abuse and neglect.
“The Trauma Recovery Centre, or [...]

Canberra’s Wellbeing Report – Worthless Says Steven Bailey

By 10 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I think most Canberrans would agree that poverty is the anathema to any just society – especially ours. I also believe that most Canberrans understand that poverty is a form of social humiliation that leaves people not only hungry or homeless but unwanted and uncared for.
According to a recent OECD report, entitled OECD Regional Wellbeing, [...]

Improving social participation for older Canberrans

By 9 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

More than $80,000 in funding for programs to support older Canberrans was opened up today by Minister for Ageing Mick Gentleman.
“These Participation (Seniors) Grants aim to improve the quality of life, wellbeing and social participation for older Canberrans, allowing them to remain connected and socially active in our vibrant and diverse community,” Mr Gentleman said.
“They [...]

Dear Jemima Skelley – Buzzfeed

By 8 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Dear Jemima Skelley,
Thanks so much for dissing on our town.
When people criticise Canberra as you did, it always makes me smile. We understand that Canberra bashing is a wonderful sport which is one of the reasons that we haven’t cracked it for half a million residents. Our city is still a well kept secret, but [...]

Yarralumla resident opposition to brickworks development gathers pace

By 8 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Today’s article in the Canberra Times (online edition) - http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/yarralumla-resident-opposition-to-brickworks-development-gathers-pace-20140707-zszft.html
highlights some of the issues, although we suggest there was probably closer to 250 attendees than 150 as reported.
Primrose Rioradn was unfortunately unable to stay until the end of the meeting when a motion was put forward and virtually unanimously carried to endorse the YRA sponsored petition [...]

2014 Telstra Business Awards

By 8 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The annual Telstra Business Awards, hosted by QT Hotel, was a luminous event for the who’s who of Canberra business.
With five award categories to be decided there was high tension in the air as finalists nervously awaited the results. Andrew Daddo hosted the evening and helped to lighten the mood with his off-screen charm as [...]

Call for transparency in public buildings with asbestos

By 7 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We have received the following note from a reader, Maria.
With all the talk about asbestos being found everywhere including childcare centres recently, shouldn’t the ACT government release a list of affected public-use buildings that are known to contain asbestos? Such as scout halls and other childcare centres that people would visit for children’s [...]

Uriarra

By 7 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It seems pretty clear to me that the residents of Uriarra Village, just west of Canberra are about to be royally shafted by the ACT Government.  They’re fighting to have this proposed solar farm moved to another location, but the Government is clinging to process and moving forward to make it happen.
I don’t know anyone [...]

High calibre road safety applications result in record trust fund allocation

By 3 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

High quality applications submitted to the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust have resulted in a record allocation of almost $1m for 18 projects to support research and events which will benefit road safety in the ACT and region.
Chair Don Aitkin, AO was very enthusiastic about the overall quality of applications considered by the Trust. [...]

Waterwatch keeps its eye on our local waterways

By 2 July 2014

Our local waterways will be in good hands with the announcement of ACT government funding for Waterwatch, which keeps an eye on catchment areas across the Canberra region.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell said ACT government funding of $270,000 would fill a hole created when Commonwealth funding through the Caring for our [...]

ISCCC Public Forum about the new development both sides of Adelaide Avenue near Brickworks

By 2 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 7 July 2014 at 7:00 pm; ] The ACT Government is planning to build a new housing development for 4,000 people on both sides of Adelaide Avenue, where it meets the Cotter Road near the Canberra brickworks. This will have a massive impact on all Canberra residents living or working nearby and using local transport links.

You will be affected if you:

live or [...]

New era for people with disability in the ACT

By 1 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was officially launched in the ACT today, ushering in a new era for people with disabilities, their families and carers.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the NDIS would transform the lives of more than 5,000 Canberrans who will gradually move into the new scheme [...]

Canberra dog training – where can I go for help?

By 30 June 2014

You’ve all seen it. Dogs ignoring their owners when called. Dogs taking their owners for a ‘drag’. Dogs jumping up and knocking over kids. Dogs lunging and barking at other dogs. Basically – dogs completely out of control!
People love dogs and dogs love people, but unruly and unsocialised dogs are a menace in an urban [...]

Luton Monte Carlo themed gala ball raises over $100,000 for charity

By 30 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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What a night, Luton Properties sure do know how to raise funds for a much needed cause. The Charity Ball held at the Hotel Realm saw the Olivia Lambert Foundation chosen as the beneficiary of the event. The funds raised will help to alleviate the financial burden of parents and carers whilst they pursue the best care and treatment for [...]

ACT Older Persons Assembly – Tuggeranong Consultations

By 28 June 2014

[ 10 July 2014 at 1:00 pm; ] Hi,

The Tuggeranong Community Council (TCC) has been advised by the ACT Government that it will be holding consultations in Tuggeranong in the lead up to the second ACT Older Persons Assembly to be held on 1 October 2014. Members of the public are invited to attend the community consultation forum to provide input into the [...]

Who is Canberra’s Next Top Pet?

By 28 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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RSPCA ACT and Westfield Woden are on the lookout to find Canberra’s Next Top Pets.
If you own a dog, cat or small animal, they could be the next face of RSPCA ACT! Entry is open to all pet owners who live in Canberra or the surrounding region.
How to get involved?

Head to www.next-top-pet.com and click [...]

Own a piece of Brumbies history – Brum for sale

By 27 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s the end of an era as the UC Brumbies get ready to farewell one of its greatest servants, Brum. The ambulance-turn-Brumbies big mover has been on the road representing the Brumbies for almost a decade however the time has come to part ways.
Brumbies Media & Communications Officer Elliot Woods said it is said to [...]

Lost camera in city

By 26 June 2014

Hi All, I lost my camera when I was visiting Canberra last week on 17 June. I’m fairly sure it went missing in the carpark of the Canberra Centre. I left my details with the shopping centre and the police but sadly it hasn’t turned up yet. It was a Sony hx9v so if anyone [...]

Government delivers walk-in centres to Tuggeranong and Belconnen

By 26 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher has delivered on an ACT Government election promise and has officially opened a nurse-led walk-in centre (WiC) which is located in the Tuggeranong Town Centre.
The new Tuggeranong centre follows the success of the first walk-in centre, located on the Canberra Hospital campus, which saw over approximately 63,000 [...]

95% satisfaction for municipal services

By 25 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A telephone survey of 1000 Canberrans has revealed that satisfaction with Canberra’s municipal services has increased from 90% last year to 95%, said Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.
“Canberrans justifiably place much importance on municipal services such as their roads, paths, public transport, parks and garbage collection. Whilst there are always ways we [...]

New Park and Ride permit process

By 25 June 2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury today encouraged Canberra commuters to take advantage of the convenient park and ride permit sites and bike and ride facilities.
“Park and ride makes it easier for Canberrans to get to commute each day. We’ve made the service easier to use by introducing three month permits to replace [...]

New dog exercise maps open for consultation

By 25 June 2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today released new dog exercise area maps for community consultation. The maps clearly define where people can take their dogs, showing on and off-leash areas as well as dog prohibited areas.
“The new dog exercise maps aim to provide a balance between providing spaces for dogs to exercise [...]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities prepare for NDIS

By 24 June 2014

Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are preparing for the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), with two events to share information about how it will work.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said it was important to engage the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with the NDIS, which begins in the ACT [...]

Change to Territory Plan gives Tuggeranong scope for change

By 24 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Plans to encourage development and revitalise the Tuggeranong town centre will consolidate the existing centre by reducing car dependency and locating more people closer to existing businesses.
Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, today approved Territory Plan draft variation 318, which will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly.
“The strong message we’ve received from the [...]

Applications open for Young Women’s Enrichment Grants

By 24 June 2014

Applications open for Young Women’s Enrichment Grants
Girls and young women with a particular passion – be it sports, music or beekeeping – are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Audrey Fagan Young Women’s Enrichment Grants program.
Applications for the grants program are open to girls and women aged 13-18 who are residents of the ACT and [...]

Inadequate planning for asbestos remediation and removal at Yarralumla Brickworks

By 23 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The YRA is concerned that current ACT Government plans for clearing up asbestos and other contamination at the Canberra Brickworks in Yarralumla are inadequate and vastly underestimate the costs. We understand that the plans are not fully consistent with the regulatory framework that applies to contaminated sites, in particularly asbestos, in the ACT. The YRA [...]

Severe Weather Warning for ACT and surrounds

By 23 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the ACT and surrounding regions for Monday.
The State Emergency Services advises that people move vehicles under cover or away from trees and secure or put away any loose items around their house, yard and balcony.
And of course, keep clear of fallen power [...]

Simon Corbell to speak at TCC meeting 1 July 2014

By 20 June 2014

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, will be guest speaker at the next Tuggeranong Community Council meeting on Tuesday 1 July 2014. He will talk on projects to improve water quality in Lake Tuggeranong. You will recall the Lake will be one of the recipients of the more than $80M that has [...]

Project Safe Plate: Secure your number plates this weekend

By 20 June 2014

ACT Policing and the Gungahlin Marketplace are joining forces this weekend for Project Safe Plate, combatting number plate theft by providing free tamper-proof screws to motorists.
This Saturday (June 21) between 10am-2pm, motorists are encouraged to bring their vehicles to the Gungahlin Marketplace car park on the corner of Gozzard and Ernest Cavanagh Streets, where officers [...]

Why I’m joining the CEO sleepout tonight

By 19 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra is stunning in the winter – the frost, the fog on the lake, the trees changing colour. But, Canberra gets bitterly cold and for one night every year Canberran business leaders, members of the ACT Government and community leaders spend a night sleeping on the street to raise money and awareness about homelessness. [...]

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