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$50 load ups in ACT pokies will be allowed – if it’s recommended

By 1 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Yesterday during the #CBRCabinet event held via the Periscope app, Minister Joy Burch confirmed that $50 poker machine load ups will be allowed if the current committee reviewing ACT pokie legislation recommends it.
Despite promises that other measures will curtail problem gambling issues, I have absolutely no doubt that allowing $50 load ups will increase problem gambling [...]

Should we ban smart watches while driving?

By 1 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
woman driving wearing smart watch

Using a mobile phone while driving has been an offence for quite some time now. But what about sending an SMS from an object that isn’t a phone?
My partner bought an Apple Watch on the weekend. Besides the fact that I think this product is a pointless piece of junk and a huge waste of [...]

The bright stuff: Project Lighting goes from strength to strength

By 1 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
maryanne gore project lighting

If you’ve bought a light fitting in Canberra, Queanbeyan or the South Coast in the past 40 years, there’s a good chance you’ve visited Project Lighting.
The Canberra-founded, family-run business has sold lights and light fittings since 1972. From its small beginnings in Altree Court in Phillip, it has grown to six locations across the ACT [...]

Quality gym near Civic/Ainslie/Dickson?

By 1 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am a student looking for a quality gym near Civic, Ainslie or Dickson. Hopefully I can get fit. I am looking for a price around $10 – $20 a week.
Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

Why we need safe access zones outside Canberra’s abortion clinics

By 1 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
act health moore street

Many years ago, as a student of the Australian National University, I’d often ride my bike past the ACT Health building in the city and wonder why the front was often tasselled with such a ghoulish gathering. Perhaps it was a mimed version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show… in slow motion?
Always in a rush, [...]

More speed cameras for the ACT – effective or waste of money?

By 31 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government has announced it will expand the territory’s speed camera network from today, with at least 30 new locations for mobile speed vans being trialled by the end of next month, and the vans on duty an extra 120 hours per week.
The more the merrier as far as I’m concerned. Anything that slows [...]

Man and teen to face court over Scullin burglary

By 31 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing apprehended a 27-year-old man from Queanbeyan and 14-year old teen from Florey, for burglary on a house in Scullin on Saturday (29 August).
About 2pm, the two alleged offenders entered the rear yard of a residence in Ross Smith Crescent and forced entry through a side sliding door.
A short time later, the owner came [...]

New Canberra Brickworks plan a win for the community

By 31 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
artists impression yarralumla brickworks

The Yarralumla Residents Association welcomes the government’s scaled down development plans near the Canberra Brickworks and looks forward to further discussion about the details within the new designated boundary.
We acknowledge the efforts of our members, local residents and people across Canberra who have raised their concerns during recent years. Such efforts have made the government [...]

To go or not to go, that is the question

By 31 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon will today reveal whether he will continue as head of the trade union royal commission after he was embroiled in a conflict of interest scandal.

Many would expect I would have little sympathy for Heydon, and that I would take the view that this is a political witch hunt lacking legitimacy.

Many would suggest that I would [...]

RSPCA ACT celebrates 60 years of animal welfare work

Vintage RSPCA

The year was 1955. The polio vaccine passed its first large scale test, Elvis Presley made his TV debut, the Vietnam War began and Robert Menzies was Prime Minister. It was also the year that RSPCA ACT was born.
Sixty years is a long time to do anything, but what began as 23 dedicated individuals has [...]

Uber is coming to Canberra. Will you use it?


If you are a regular taxi user, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Uber, the upstart company that is threatening taxi industries all over the world.
Already operating in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, Uber hopes to start operating in Canberra by October, with 1000 people already expressing interest in becoming drivers.
Uber works by providing [...]

Bloomin’ great Aranda walk – spring flowers, great views, dog friendly

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It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a pleasant stroll around Aranda with native flora in full bloom. We’ve just researched this easy walk taking just over an hour through Aranda’s pretty parks featuring stunning native flower displays.

The walk starts and ends at the old Aranda shops site, now occupied by the dog friendly Two [...]

Have you seen these antique books?

By 28 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
antique books

On Wednesday 5 August, ACT Policing commenced an investigation into a burglary in Dickson. Amongst stolen items of property, there were three antique books which were located in a safe.The books are very distinctive atlases and they are potentially the last in circulation. The offender may be oblivious to their worth and they may have [...]

Local politics: Here’s what you missed this fortnight

legislative assembly

ACT Labor membership continues to grow
It might be due to Tony Abbott, it might be due to Andrew Barr or it even might be due to Jeremy Hanson but membership of the ACT Labor Party has reached new heights.
There are now more members of the ACT Labor Party than members of the Canberra Liberals and ACT [...]

Stolen goods worth $300,000 seized in Phillip

By 26 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
stolen goods haul

ACT Policing executed two search warrants yesterday (Tuesday, 25 August 2015) at a residence in Chisholm and business in Phillip.
About 8.00am, members of the Criminal Investigations Crime Targeting Team executed two section 187 Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 search warrants after information was received from the public.
A male person of interest was present at the [...]

Public talk: Nanoscience – are nanoparticles alive?

By 26 August 2015

[ 6 October 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

In the world of science fiction, nanotechnology is often shown as swarms of micro-machines that act without the need for human supervision. Much like their biological counterparts, these imagined devices even sometimes possess their own intelligence.

In this talk, Dr Amanda Barnard will take us through the latest advances in nanotechnology and answer the fantastic question: [...]

Burned kitten update: Two people to be prosecuted

By 25 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
burned cat

Yesterday, RSPCA ACT Inspectors asked the public for help on another horrific case involving a severely burned kitten that was dumped at the Weston shelter last Thursday night.
RSPCA ACT can now confirm that briefs of evidence against two people are being compiled to be submitted to DPP for prosecution in relation to this case.
Chief Executive [...]

Pop-up cabinet in Woden

By 25 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 2 September 2015 at 9:00 am; 3 September 2015 at 9:00 am; ]

Meet your local ministers and have your say on local issues at the ACT Government’s pop-up cabinet in Woden next week.

The Woden pop-up cabinet is the first of several that will take place at town centres across Canberra in coming months.

In addition to the pop-up cabinet, there will also be opportunities to engage with ministers [...]

Living Green Festival 2015

By 25 August 2015
living green festival canberra 2015

[ 4 October 2015 at 10:00 am; ]

The Living Green Festival is turning five!

Come along to the Albert Hall on Sunday 4 October from 10-4pm and experience a kinder shade of green.

There will be over 80 food and market stalls selling plant-based foods as well as sustainable, fair trade and cruelty-free products and services. Plus live entertainment, workshops, talks on environmental, animal [...]

AAMI and GIO CTP insurance premiums to decrease from 17 September

By 24 August 2015

The ACT Compulsory Third-Party (CTP) Insurance Regulator today announced that CTP insurance premiums charged by Suncorp Insurance for its AAMI and GIO brands will decrease from 17 September 2015 for a number of ACT motor vehicles.
Premiums for AAMI Insurance will decline significantly, with a family car premium falling by $25.00 to $565.00 from $590.00, equivalent [...]

RSPCA appeals to public for information on severely burned kitten

By 24 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
rspca act video footage

RSPCA ACT Inspectors are asking the public for help on another horrific case involving a severely burned kitten.
At approximately 6:04pm on Thursday night someone left a severely burned kitten outside a door at the RSPCA ACT shelter. The kitten was left in a red milk crate which had a pillow in it. A towel was [...]

Light rail – Yes, go ahead. No, stop now.

By 24 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
light rail artist impression

[ 27 August 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]

I am the Chair of the Canberra Public Transport Alliance, and a past Chair of the Combined Community Councils Transport Working Group. I am  concerned with the way the ACT Government is handling the light rail issue.

I do not believe ACT voters have been given any opportunity to collectively vote on whether they want a [...]

Buried shotgun found in Kambah

By 24 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
shotgun found in kambah

ACT Policing is investigating the discovery of a shotgun found in Kambah yesterday, (Sunday 23 August).
About 11.45am, police were notified of the shotgun by an elderly man who was walking his dog along Kambah Pool Road. The shotgun was wrapped in three plastic bags and partly buried in a shallow trench about 30 metres into [...]

Grumpy Grandad’s gourmet tour of Tassie

View of Tassie countryside

In June I wrote about my trip to Broken Hill and Lake Mungo.  This was a trip of a lifetime with the child bride. My usual form in recent times has been to do a Grumpy Grandads tour of somewhere with an old mate of mine who we will call G2 (me being G1 of course).
We [...]

The case for smarter public school planning in the ACT


The ACT’s public school system is one we can be rightly proud of. However, as Canberra’s housing density increases, many of our city’s public schools are struggling to meet demand.
In the last few years, Belconnen and Bruce‘s populations have increased by a quarter. The number of 0-4 year olds in the area has increased by over [...]

Wanniassa Red Rooster robbed at gunpoint

By 21 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
wanniassa red rooster robbery

ACT Policing Criminal Investigation detectives are investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred in Wanniassa yesterday evening (Thursday, 20 August 2015).
Around 8.10pm three men entered Red Rooster on the corner of Langdon Avenue and Rylah Crescent, Wanniassa armed with a shortened rifle, a knife and a metal bar.
During the robbery the three men made a number [...]

Boost your business skills with an executive MBA from QUT

By 20 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Intensifying challenges in Canberra require leaders to pick up their pace.
True leaders don’t walk the corridors of power – they stride.
The nation’s capital is where pivotal decisions are made, and it’s an ever-changing, high-pressure environment many aspire to being part of. It’s inspiring, exciting and can be extremely rewarding.
However, to be considered a serious player, [...]

Canberra’s top 10 restaurants for 2015 revealed

monster kitchen and bar food

The ACT’s top 10 restaurants have been unveiled at The Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards held last night in Sydney. The ACT results are:

Italian & Sons
 Farmhouse Restaurant at Pialligo Estate
Capitol Bar & Grill
Ottoman Cuisine

Monster (79) and Aubergine (91) also featured in the top 100 restaurants nationally.
“The overall standard in this country, whether it’s in cafés, bars, casual eateries [...]

Solace Creations’ Karen Porter wins Canberra Business Woman of the Year Award

By 20 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
canberra women in business awards

The Canberra Women in Business Awards were presented last night at QT and recognised women who do so much for our city. 
Karen Porter from Solace Creations took out the top prize, Business Woman of the Year. Mary-Jane Liddicoat from Polit Bar won the Best New Business award, Rita Joyan from Unbox Your Gift took out the Young [...]

Goulburn jail escapee found and charged

By 19 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

An alleged escapee from a correctional centre in Goulburn has been charged and will appear in court today.
Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 18 August 2015), a 28-year-old man allegedly escaped from the correctional centre in Goulburn, and was last seen in the vicinity of the centre about 12.50pm.
Officers attached to The Hume Local Area Command commenced an [...]

How government propaganda may kill light rail (and the rest of Canberra)


I support the introduction of light rail networks across Canberra.
We should not be having this debate in 2015. The first tracks should have been laid down in the late 1950s or at least by the mid 1960s.
I blame the former NCDC for this oversight. This lack of light rail transport infrastructure most likely came about [...]

Local leaders – Jenni Tarrant (Bond Hair Religion)

This Is NAWB - Bond Hair Religion

With a salon in Kingston, twelve employees and the 2015 Australian Salon of the Year Award under her belt, it’s easy to assume that Jenni Tarrant has always had hairdressing and business figured out.
But the three-decade industry veteran and owner of Bond Hair Religion says this is definitely not the case.
“When I first took over [...]

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