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Capital Metro Business Case released

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The long awaited business case for the light rail line from Civic to Gungahlin has been released. At a media only event at the Gallery of Australian Design, the Chief Minister released the Business Case and the EOI simultaneously. Prospective tenderers have until mid December to prepare their bids.
The Capital Metro project has tremendous [...]

Subjugation of Women – an Urban Reality

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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When I was overseas just recently in Barcelona, England and Dubai, I was reminded of a culture I have seen in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.
Sure, I saw the niquab in Dubai and in England. Sure I saw this as the expression of not only freedom of religion but also the freedom to suppress women [...]

CBRfree public Wi-Fi goes live in Civic

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher launched CBRfree public Wi-Fi in Civic East yesterday – the first area of the city to go permanently live with Canberra’s new free public Wi-Fi network.
At the launch, the Chief Minster also announced that service provider iiNet will increase the download limit of CBRfree from 100 megabytes per day (3 [...]

Many voices for One Canberra multicultural symposium

By 30 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new reference group to oversee actions promoting cultural harmony was announced today at a major community forum.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Joy Burch and Attorney-General Simon Corbell made the announcement at the One Canberra symposium.
The symposium featured a panel of representatives from a range of cultural groups, ACT Policing and young [...]

“Ivory Tower” – university fee deregulation (Canberra International Film Festival)

By 30 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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With deregulation of uni fees going before the Senate soon this is the ideal time for a conversation about what we want higher education in this country to be.  The Canberra International Film Festival is contributing to this public debate with the documentary Ivory Tower, about the experience of the United States with a competitive [...]

Red tape cut for community clubs

By 30 October 2014

New legislation introduced to the Legislative Assembly today will significantly cut red tape for community clubs, Minister for Racing and Gaming Joy Burch said.
The Gaming Machine (Red Tape Reduction) Amendment Bill 2014 implements the first tranche of the Gaming Machine Reform Package announced earlier this month. The package will lead to the biggest reduction in [...]

No more Mickey Mouse: Close UC Kaleen High and expand Melba Copland

By 30 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have previously raised the question that perhaps it’s time to close UC Kaleen High School on the grounds that it is costly, under-utilised and increasingly redundant. Despite initial outbursts against my proposal it seems now there is some growing community support and political consideration to redirect the operational funds for the school into far [...]

ESA Bushfire Survival Plan goes mobile

By 30 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberrans can now do their bushfire survival plans on their portable devices with the launch of a new mobile app by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell.
“The single most important thing Canberra households can do to get ready for bushfires this summer is to complete a bushfire survival plan,” Mr Corbell said.
“Experience from [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 30/10/14

By 30 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Fluffy fiasco
The announcement on Tuesday that the ACT will receive a concessional billion-dollar loan may come as a relief to many ACT households but for others, the nightmare continues. With many believing that the ACT has once again been stung out of a fair deal by the Commonwealth, and with ACT Chief Minister Gallagher [...]

Stolen sculpture recovered in Fyshwick

By 30 October 2014

A sculpture stolen from the CSIRO forecourt on Limestone Avenue, Campbell, was recovered by police yesterday (Wednesday, October 29).
Between 9 pm Thursday October 16, and 3pm Friday October 17, the sculpture titled Il grande ascolto (‘the great listening’), was damaged and half of it stolen.
The original sculpture consists of two large bronze [...]

First sod turned on Canberra IKEA store

By 29 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today joined IKEA Australian Country Manager David Hood to turn the first sod on the IKEA Canberra store.
The turning of the sod marks the start of construction on the much-anticipated store which is due to open in late 2015.
“It is exciting to see construction of this new IKEA store is now [...]

Driver sought after incident on Tuggeranong Parkway

By 29 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident on the Tuggeranong Parkway on Monday afternoon (October 27), in which a car was damaged after a timber sleeper fell from a passing vehicle.
About 4:00pm a white Mitsubishi Triton was travelling southbound on the Tuggeranong Parkway, just south of the Cotter Road, when a large treated pine [...]

Fithabitz: mornings by the lake

By 29 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There are two things that are important to me from any exercise class or event. I want to get a good, safe workout, and I want to have a good time doing it – two things that may seem mutually exclusive, but are not, I promise.
Last week I found myself at Lake Burley Griffin at [...]

Local Leaders – Nik Bulum (Lonsdale Street Traders)

By 29 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Nik Bulum is credited with transforming Braddon’s Lonsdale Street from a grungy strip filled with car yards and empty buildings into a buzzing city hub.
He is the founder of Lonsdale Street Traders, founder and owner of Unit Concepts and creative director at Bulum Group, which is the property development company behind Braddon developments Ori and [...]

Small fire in Florey Primary School library

By 29 October 2014

Investigations are underway following a small fire in the Florey Primary School library.
The fire is not believed to be suspicious, with firefighters saying it was caused by a suspected electrical fault.
ACT Fire & Rescue responded to an Automatic Fire Alarm at about 2:30am.
On arrival crews found a lounge suite alight. The fire was extinguished [...]

Samantha Kourtis named ACT’s top business woman

By 29 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A woman who established a national model for community pharmacies extending their services beyond traditional medicine dispensing was named tonight the Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business Woman of the Year.
Samantha Kourtis, Managing Partner at Capital Chemist Charnwood, also won the Private and Corporate Sector Award and the Business Innovation Award at the 20th Telstra [...]

ESA powers to deal with emergencies strengthened

By 28 October 2014

New laws approved by the ACT Legislative Assembly today will help improve public safety in the territory, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, said.
“The Emergencies Amendment Bill 2014 was developed to strengthen the powers of our emergency service personnel to appropriately manage emergency response and recovery operations and improving Canberra’s bushfire prevention [...]

Buyback and demolition program announced for ACT ‘Mr Fluffy’ homes

By 28 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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More than one thousand Canberra houses affected by ‘Mr Fluffy’ loose fill asbestos insulation will be bought and demolished by the ACT Government following an in principle agreement with the Commonwealth Government, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced today.
The Commonwealth will offer to provide the ACT with a $1 billion concessional loan towards the cost of [...]

Crime reports down across all regions

By 28 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has continued to experience a decline in offence reports according to the latest quarterly crime statistics for 2014, in which an eight per cent decrease was recorded across the ACT.
Statistics posted to the latest ACT Policing CrimeStatistics webpage show the Inner South experienced the greatest decline with a drop in crime of 15.8 [...]

Police seek man in Greenway assault

By 28 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking a person of interest in relation to a serious assault in Greenway on Saturday 11 October.
About 3am, police were called to PJ O’Reilly’s, Greenway after receiving a report of a serious assault. One male was transported to the Canberra Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
The person of interest is described as [...]

New walk-in centres prove popular in first months

By 28 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher has released new figures that show a strong take-up of services at the new Belconnen and Tuggeranong nurse-led Walk-in Centres, with 9310 presentations since their opening in June 2014. This is compared with 5,737 presentations for the same date range in 2013 at Canberra Hospital Walk-in-Centre.
“Canberrans have [...]

Pergola fire in Dunlop

By 28 October 2014

A pergola has caught alight at a house in Dunlop.
Firefighters are working to contain the fire from spreading further.
Two ACT Fire & Rescue pumpers are on scene at Thornhill Crescent.
The Emergency Triple Zero (000) call was made at 8:41am.
(ESA Media Release)

Does the ACT need an ICAC?

By 28 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s often said that timing is everything.
The ACT Greens are suspicious of the timing of developer donations apparently made “during delicate planning approval processes” to quote from ABC Online.
“Fairfax Media has reported the ACT ALP received $223,292 of developer donations over the past five years, some of which came during or near to major planning [...]

High range drink driver off the road

By 27 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing will summons a 40-year-old Rivett woman who was caught drink driving in Duffy yesterday afternoon, driving her three children home (Sunday October 26).
About 3.28pm, members of the Road Safety Operations Team (RSOT) intercepted a white Nissan Pulsar sedan on Eucumbene Drive, Duffy for a roadside screening test. The 40-year-old driver returned a positive [...]

Independent Property Group: A Charitable Initiative

By 27 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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If you attended Floriade this year (and according to Andrew Barr you most certainly did!) you might have noticed a number of deluxe children’s cubby houses on display. Well, on the very last day of the festival of flowers, Independent Property Group auctioned and raffled the 4 custom-built pintsized dwellings and in doing so raised [...]

Burst water main on Eastern Valley Way

By 26 October 2014

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that the left hand, southbound lane of Eastern Valley Way between Emu Bank and Cameron Avenue will remain closed until further notice to allow for repairs to be completed after a burst water main.
Barriers as well as warning and diversion signs have been erected [...]

Witnesses sought to aggravated robbery in Reid

By 26 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery which occurred in Reid today (Sunday, October 26).
Around 10.55am, a male with a knife approached a female at the back of Allawah Flats in Reid throwing her to the ground and dislodging her handbag. The male offender then grabbed the handbag and fled the scene.
He was [...]

Witnesses sought to aggravated robbery in Weston

By 26 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery in Weston last night (Saturday, October 25).
About 7.30pm two men were walking along Trennery Street (near Cooleman Court) when they were approached by four males walking from the opposite direction.
One of the males has produced a knife and the two men have attempted to run from [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 26 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $2,330,000
Lowest Price: $251,500
Average Sale Price: $612,251 (+ 10.31%)
2,703 properties currently for sale
56 sales properties had price reductions
105 properties went under offer
112 properties SOLD!
262 properties have come onto [...]

Possible ramifications for public servants from health insurance selloff

By 25 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Radio National is reporting plans on the part of Medicare and the Government to compulsorily take part of public servants’ superannuation on retirement, and use it to pay health care premiums, regardless of the choices and wishes of said retirees once Medicare is privatised. With no regard to whether said public servants have looked after [...]

ACT’s largest drug seizure; man arrested

By 24 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing seized approximately 28 kilograms of a substance suspected to be methylamphetamine during the search of a vehicle in Curtin yesterday (October 23).
The search was conducted under a Drugs of Dependence Act (DODA) search warrant as part of a long-running ACT Drugs and Organised Crime Team investigation, Operation Davos, targeting a criminal syndicate involved [...]

Sex in the ACT (Podcast) – Fiona Patten

By 24 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Mike Jeffreys talks to Fiona Patten, Leader of the Australian Sex Party, about regulation and organisation of the sex industry in the ACT.

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