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Tour de Stroke starts in Fyshwick

By 9 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Josh Goyne - Stroke Awareness Ride - Tour de Stroke

Josh Goyne, 17, sets out from Fyshwick tomorrow on a 2,200 kilometre ride with the aim of raising money for stroke support and assistance.
Seven years ago, Josh’s grandfather, Barry Graham, had his first stroke. Two years ago, Barry’s fifth stroke paralysed him from the chest down.
‘I took time out of my holidays and schooling to [...]

Light rail build to nab half a carpark

An artist's impression of Canberra's light rail.

The ACT Government will use up to half of the Magistrates Court carpark on London Circuit as a construction compound during stage one of the building of Canberra’s light rail network.
Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell said the Government was in talks with Civic businesses and other stakeholders to ensure sufficient car-parking remained available during [...]

Police charge ex-UC lecturer with sex offences

By 7 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

UPDATE: The academic has now appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court. He is Arthur Marshall Hoyle, a former law lecturer at the university. He pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of committing an act of indecency and two of sexual intercourse without consent and was released on bail.
Police have today laid charges against a former [...]

Glebe Park is not for Floriade – it’s a park!


More than thirty years ago there was a very vocal community campaign to halt the complete takeover of Glebe Park.
The proposal by a large development company in partnership with the then government (how things change!) was to take out the trees and to change the northern section the park to an event space for a [...]

Start-up Fudie up for two Telstra biz awards

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Katie Geus of Fudie

Learning she has been shortlisted for not one but two Telstra ACT Business Women’s Awards was “quite surreal” for personal trainer, uni student and entrepreneur Katie Geus.
The founder, director and chief taste tester of meal delivery business Fudie was at home with her partner when the phone call came to tell her she’d been listed alongside [...]

US gun lobby should learn from ours

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Gun law reform

Jennifer Margret
One of the critical differences between Australian gun culture (and yes, we do have one) and the US gun culture are the gun lobbyists. Ours advocated [in 1996 after the Port Arthur massacre] for fair laws that would minimise risk. In other words, they worked with the government to create the new laws. No [...]

Man to face court for assault following citizen’s arrest

By 5 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 20-year-old Lyons man will face court following an assault in Phillip yesterday afternoon (Sunday 4 October).
About 3:15pm, a man was sitting outside Westfield Woden when he was approached and assaulted by a 20-year-old male, suffering minor injuries.
The alleged offender began walking away from the scene, but was followed by a member of the public [...]

Public talk: Robotics

By 5 October 2015

[ 1 December 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Join us at the Academy as we explore our new public lecture series ‘Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact’

Our monthly talks will discuss the ways in which popular culture has often fuelled real life scientific discoveries.

In December, Professor Mary-Anne Williams will discuss Robotics, as she works with her research team in the Magic Lab to bring science fiction [...]

Jobs to stay in Belco

Belconnen Jobs - article by Kim Fischer

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced that it is looking forward to “continuing its relationship with the Belconnen community” after cancelling the tender for its headquarters project. The tender had opened the possibility for up to 4000 workers to be moved out of Belconnen to the city or Canberra Airport.
Victory has been a [...]

Weapons seized in Red Hill


ACT Policing has seized weapons following a search warrant in Red Hill on Friday (2 October).
About 6:30pm, members from ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations Team conducted a search warrant under section 194 of the Crimes Act 1900.
During the execution of the warrant, police seized two replica double barrel shotguns, two replica handguns and a large prohibited [...]

Witnesses sought to hit-and-run in Monash

By 3 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian near the intersection of Barraclough Crescent and Ashley Drive, Monash, yesterday morning (Friday, 2 October).
About 1:40am, police received a report that a 28-year-old man had presented at The Canberra Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
It is believed that a vehicle has [...]

Developer sought for Kingston arts hub

Kingston Arts Precinct

The ACT Government has today called for development applications for the Kingston Arts Precinct, home to the Canberra Glassworks, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery and Bus Depot Markets.
The four-hectare site sits between the Kingston Foreshore, Bowen and Telopea parks and apartment-filled old suburb of Kingston.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said developers had a unique opportunity to [...]

A look around Canberra – Giralang

By 2 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Giralang: a look around Canberra

I’ve lived in Canberra for nearly five years and I enjoy that doing these articles often takes me to suburbs I’ve never set foot in before, despite driving past the perimeter about a million times. Giralang is one of these suburbs.
Located in the Belconnen region, Giralang is named after a word in the language of [...]

Have your say: draft Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan

By 2 October 2015

The Belconnen Community Council had a very active role in facilitating community engagement in initial consultations on what should be in the Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan. The eagerly awaited draft Master Plan has now been released and this again presents an important opportunity to have your say on issues you feel strongly about – [...]

Illegal trap kills platypus pair

Report illegal yabby traps in the ACT

An illegal yabby trap has killed two platypuses in the Murrumbidgee River.
The ACT Government is urging residents to report illegal traps to prevent incidents like this one last month.
Illegal “Opera House” traps have caught and drowned air-breathing animals such as platypuses, turtles, native water rats and birds in the past.
Regional Manager of National Parks and [...]

Operating with grace under fire: New book launched to help modern day leaders

By 1 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In today’s volatile, ever-changing, and hyper-connected world, we need leaders with cool heads, warm hearts and steady hands. We need leaders who can respond, rather than react. We need leaders who can make decisions from a place of wisdom and compassion, as opposed to the latest most urgent pressure point.
Local businesswoman, Zoë Routh of Inner [...]

Housing project to revive Downer


Many years ago the suburb of Downer had a thriving shopping centre and a bustling school next door. All this became a distant memory when the school closed and with the rise of the nearby Dickson shops, the local shops went into slow decline. Eventually the school building was demolished.
The situation could be about to change, [...]

Ransom sparks AFP hotel operation

By 30 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Australian Federal Police Canine Team is engaged in two operations in Canberra hotels this afternoon in response to ransom requests.
The Twitter account for ACT Policing reported that operations were underway at the Pavilion and Novotel hotels at around 2.30pm and added an hour later that police were responding to reports of “unsubstantiated ransom requests [...]

A new look for Belco?

Belconnen Master Plan aerial view

Do you think the CIT Bruce campus should move to be next to Westfield Belconnen? Do you want 18-storey high-rises on the sites of the old Belconnen Remand Centre?
Consultation officially starts today on the draft Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan. It’s an important document that will shape both Belconnen and the broader ACT for the [...]

ACT Government gives Uber the green light

Uber website

Rideshare business Uber has the green light to operate legally in the ACT from next month.
The ACT Government announced this morning that it will introduce reforms to regulate ridesharing operators and taxi drivers/owners in a bid to provide Canberrans with safe, flexible and affordable ridesharing services while reducing costs for taxi drivers, owners and passengers.
See [...]

Public Talk: Quantum computing

By 30 September 2015

[ 10 November 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Join us at the Academy as we explore our new public lecture series ‘Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact’

Our monthly talks will discuss the ways in which popular culture has often fuelled real life scientific discoveries.

This month Professor Andrew White will discuss quantum computing and his current research which aims to explore and exploit the full [...]

A war on cars or visionary policy?

By 29 September 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
light rail artist impression

Canberra’s MLAs are not exactly famous for lively repartee, but last week duty called for Liberal MLA Giulia Jones. She gave it a good hard crack, flexing her silver tongue and delivering an unbridled bombardment to the Greens.
“Mums and dads trying to get their kids to school and earn the double income needed to survive these [...]

Off duty police member apprehends armed robber

By 28 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

An off duty police member has apprehended a 39-year-old Kambah woman following an armed robbery at the BSW Liquor Store at Woolworths in Kambah yesterday (Sunday, 27 September).
Around 12.10pm a woman approached the service counter of the BSW Liquor Store and made demands for cash stating she had a gun in her bag.
The employee complied [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Bakery

By 28 September 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

Last week’s call out for Canberra’s best bakery was one of the only call outs to receive more nominations for a NSW establishment than one in the ACT.
The Braidwood Bakery received a huge amount of attention, but given that this is the Best of Canberra series (and also I don’t have half a day to trek [...]

ACT election – Tea leaf predictions

By 28 September 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
election vote

Last week I talked about the preselection process of the Labor Party and alluded to similar things happening with the Libs and the Greens.
What I didn’t talk about then is the different vagaries of the electorates themselves.
We now have 5 electorates of 5 members, thus 25 members of the Legislative Assembly to replace the 17 [...]

Booking a taxi that comes on time

By 27 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I booked a taxi with cabxpress the night before my planned trip, for 6am. The operator said it would be there on time.
Long story short, when I called at 6:05 the operator said you’re in the queue, no eta. I then jumped in my car and drove to my destination and got mum to pick [...]

Police seek witnesses to aggravated robbery in Calwell

By 27 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing Criminal Investigation detectives are investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred at the Woolworths store in Calwell last night (Saturday, 26 September).
Around 10.00pm two men armed with knives approached the service counter of the Woolworths store and made demands for cash.
The employee complied with the demands and the two men ran out of the [...]

ACT Education failing autistic students

By 27 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Commonwealth Government has just released its final report on Evaluation of the More Support for Students with Disabilities Initiative 2012-2014. Sadly, the report shows that compared to most other states and territories, the ACT did very little to improve education outcomes for autistic students.
The number of Australian children formally diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder [...]

Who is Harry and why does he love gardens? – ACTION Bus ad

By 25 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 9.54.03 am

Recently I saw an ACTION bus driving around Canberra with a full side advertisement that said ‘HARRY Loves Gardens’ and had a picture of a dog.
I Googled ‘Harry loves gardens’ and came up with nothing.
Does anyone know what this bus advertisement means? Does a really rich person just want Canberra to know that his dog [...]

Big red truck to deliver child safety messages

By 25 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation’s ‘Big Red’ truck will feature in the inaugural ‘Capital to the Coast’ tour next month (October), in support of Day for Daniel 2015.
In the week preceding Day for Daniel on October 30, ‘Big Red’ will travel from Canberra to the NSW South Coast delivering child safety presentations to primary schools from [...]

Author talk with 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty

By 24 September 2015

[ 25 September 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]

Australian of the Year 2015 Rosie Batty reveals the grief, passion and purpose uncovered in her heartfelt memoir, A Mother’s Story.

In February 2014, her eleven-year-old son, Luke, was brutally murdered by his father, who was then shot dead by police. Since that event, Rosie has become an outspoken crusader against domestic violence.

In association with HarperCollins
A [...]

Smart parking trial coming to Manuka

By 24 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
smart parking trial

The ACT Government will next year introduce a smart parking trial in Manuka, Chief Minister Andrew Barr has announced today. 
Barr says the smart parking technology will save time, reduce traffic delays and provide “a better overall user experience”.

“Drivers will be able to use a smart phone app, as well as intelligent, real-time traffic signs, to [...]

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