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Ask RiotACT: Canberra entrepreneurs?

By 27 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Canberrans.
Does anyone know of startups in the ACT, particularly firms that aim to grow beyond the ACT, begun by folks with a vocational education background of any sort? Or are they all by university and research types.

ACT Revenue sleuths to hunt tax cheats

By 26 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Tax investigation

The ACT Government will hire specialist investigators to track down tax cheats as part of a 2016-17 Budget initiative that is projected to recoup $27 million for an investment of $5.7 million over four years.
The specialist team in the ACT Revenue Office will have a range of programming, mathematical and statistical skills, allowing the office [...]

LinkedIn warns users after 117m passwords stolen

By 26 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
LinkedIn

Days after media reports of a massive data breach at LinkedIn surfaced, the business networking platform has told its members that the breach first occurred in 2012 but that the data is only now being made available online by hackers.
The hackers have reportedly this month tried to sell a database containing 117 million passwords [...]

Police seek witnesses to aggravated robbery in Giralang

By 25 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Police are seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the 7-Eleven store located on the corner of Canopus Crescent and Atalumba Close in Giralang last Wednesday (18 May).
A man entered the store at about 12.45am, produced a screwdriver and made demands for cash and cigarettes. He also stated that he had a gun.
The staff member handed over a sum [...]

New State Emergency Service station for Calwell

By 25 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACTSES

A new State Emergency Service station will be built in Tuggeranong with $2.7 million in this year’s ACT budget allocated for the project.
The facility will house four-wheel drive vehicles, storm response equipment and a flood boat.
ACT government minister and Calwell local Mick Gentleman welcomed the announcement on Wednesday, saying the centre would be a great addition to the Tuggeranong [...]

Bins to be collected on Friday after strike cancelled

By 25 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Bins

Bin collection industrial action previously notified for this Friday has been cancelled following a meeting of drivers employed by household waste and recycling bin collection company SUEZ.
This means residents whose bins are scheduled for collection on a Friday should put their bins out this week as per usual.
Contingency arrangements currently in place to assist residents [...]

Ashley Drive duplication to extend to Johnson Drive

By 25 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Ashley Drive

The ACT Government will spend $3.5 million over two years to duplicate the section of Ashley Drive from Erindale Drive to Johnson Drive, Minister for Transport and Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris announced today.
The funds would be allocated as part of next month’s 2016-2017 ACT Budget.
Ms Fitzharris said the government had already invested $24.6 million [...]

Politicians flying too close to the sun

By 25 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There is a now a long list of candidates announced for the 2016 ACT election. These people are about to put themselves through a very complicated and drawn out job application. If they pass this six-month interview process, they will be given a four-year contract to be an ACT politician. Then they have the option [...]

Safety inspectors to audit electrical goods

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A range of electrical products, including many household items, will be the subject of a safety audit by Access Canberra inspectors in retail shops.
The audit is being carried out to ensure that products being sold meet Australian safety standards.
Justice and consumer affairs minister Shane Rattenbury, announcing the audit on Tuesday with workplace safety and industrial relations [...]

New partnership to deliver human services

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Yvette Berry

Woden and Belconnen community services will form a partnership to deliver the remodelled Human Services Gateway from 1 July.
The ACT government will provide $4.4 million over three years for the gateway, which links people with the services they need. The project is based at Nature Conservation House in Belconnen.
Community services minister Yvette Berry (pictured) said [...]

Minister urges parties to resolve rubbish dispute

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Bins

Meegan Fitzharris, the minister for municipal services, on Tuesday appealed to rubbish collection workers and contractor SUEZ to resolve their industrial dispute.
She said it was disappointing to see ACT residents in many suburbs not having their rubbish collected this week, following similar disruptions on Friday 13 May.
“I understand the Transport Workers Union has now given [...]

Financing for light rail project finalised

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT government and the Canberra Metro consortium confirmed on Tuesday that financing arrangements for the capital’s light rail project had been finalised.
The Capital Metro minister Simon Corbell said achieving financial close meant the term of the contract had begun.
“Canberra Metro will work closely with the ACT government in the lead-up to the start of construction activities [...]

Venture capital scheme for Canberra start-ups

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A venture capital scheme launched on Tuesday will enable Canberra entrepreneurs to access funds to build their business.
Significant Capital Ventures is a joint venture between the Australian National University and the Hindmarsh Group, and is also supported by the University of Canberra. It will receive funding from the ACT government.
The new fund aims to drive innovation in Canberra [...]

$7.3m to promote #CBR to NSW, NZ, Asia

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT Government will in next month’s Budget commit $7.3 million promoting Canberra domestically and internationally as a business and leisure destination, and $1.5 million to supporting the growth of significant events such as the Enlighten and Canberra Day celebrations.
The tourism push will focus on enticing the residents of Sydney and regional NSW and priority [...]

$460K spend on Canberra Theatre Centre security, major show

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Canberra Theatre

The ACT Government has announced it will spend $410,000 in next month’s Budget to upgrade security at the Canberra Theatre Centre and commit a further $50,000 to promote the staging of a major show in Canberra.
The details of the major show are yet to be announced.
The security upgrades will allow the complex to host larger [...]

Stefaniak in serious condition after heart attack

By 23 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Stefaniak

Bill Stefaniak, the former ACT attorney-general and opposition leader, is in a serious condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack while driving last week.
Stefaniak, 64, was driving on a service road outside Narrabundah College when he suffered a medical episode and crashed into a street light on Friday, the Canberra Times has reported.
He was [...]

Former terrorism prosecutor appointed as magistrate

By 23 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Theakston

A former counter-terrorism prosecutor has been appointed to the bench of the ACT Magistrates Court.
Canberra barrister Glenn Theakston will replace magistrate Peter Dingwall when he retires in August, attorney-general Simon Corbell announced on Monday.
Theakston will start at the Civic court next week when Dingwall takes leave prior to his retirement following more than 25 years as [...]

Beekeepers must be registered

By 23 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
bees

Canberra beekeepers are now required to register their hives to help the ACT government be better prepared in the event of an outbreak of bee-related disease.
ACT planning and land management minister Mick Gentleman announced the mandatory system at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands in Fyshwick on Monday.
“There is an estimated 500 to 700 beekeepers in the ACT, mainly hobbyists [...]

Have your say on National Arboretum

By 23 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberrans can have their say on the future of the National Arboretum by completing a short survey on the ACT government’s consultation website, Time to Talk.
The arboretum celebrated its third birthday this year and since its official opening in February 2013, 1.8 million visitors have passed through its gates.
It has become an important part of [...]

Missed bin collections

By 23 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
rubbish

Due to industrial action, residents in Weston Creek, Woden and Tuggeranong will not have their household waste and recycling bins collected tomorrow (Tuesday 24 May).
The action is being taken by the drivers employed by contractor SUEZ.
“Due to the large number of suburbs impacted by the industrial action today and tomorrow, catch up collection services will unfortunately [...]

Public housing renewal to continue

By 23 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
public housing

The programme to renew the ACT’s public housing stock will continue, with the Public Housing Renewal Taskforce conducting a second expression of interest process for suitable private residential developments to buy.
The first expression of interest, which closed in July last year, resulted in contracts for 14 projects and a total of 157 dwellings. Some of [...]

$10m for digital schools admin system

By 23 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Government will spend up to $10 million developing a more efficient digital school administration system to improve interaction between families and schools and streamline administrative process.
ACT Minister for Education Shane Rattenbury said the new package would deliver a range of improvements to schools, including:
• An enhanced online enrolment experience so parents only need [...]

Flexible Bus extended to Gungahlin for seniors, people with disability

By 23 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Meegan Fitzharris (right) at the launch of the Flexible Bus in Gungahlin.

Residents of Gungahlin will from next month be able to access the ACT Government’s free weekday Flexible Bus service, which collects passengers who have made a booking from their home, takes them to their destination and returns them home.
Minister for Transport and Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris (pictured above right) said seniors and people with [...]

Renewed attacks on lease variation charge

By 20 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
brendan-smyth

The ACT government’s lease variation charge (LVC) has come under renewed fire from the opposition and the ACT Property Council.
Shadow treasurer Brendan Smyth on Friday said the charge was stifling much need residential development, while Property Council executive director Merlin Kong labelled it a “dud” that had raised little money and cost jobs.
Smyth (pictured) said [...]

Barr: We must do more on family violence

By 20 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
family violence

The ACT government and the community must do more to prevent domestic violence, chief minister Andrew Barr said on Friday.
His comments were in response to the release of three reports on the impact of family violence on the community and how the system responds to it.
The reports are:

Report of the inquiry: review into the system level responses to [...]

Crime Stoppers targets local shops

By 20 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
crimestoppers

If you head to your local shopping centre this week, you may notice some new posters about the place, asking you to keep an eye out for anything unusual, and to let Crime Stoppers know if you do see anything.
It’s Crime Stoppers Week, and the crime prevention organization has launched a campaign to educate retail [...]

Man on trafficking charge after drugs, cash seized in Belconnen, Gungahlin

By 20 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
cash

ACT Policing has arrested and charged a 24-year-old man with drug-trafficking after executing a Drugs of Dependence Act search warrant in Belconnen yesterday.
Members of the ACT Criminal Investigations Crime Targeting Team with assistance from National Canine Operations executed the search warrant at a residence in Belconnen.
During the search of the premises police seized a quantity [...]

Canberra Data Centres sells $400m stake

By 19 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Infratil has agreed to acquire a 48% shareholding in Canberra Data Centres for $392 million.
Subject to Foreign Investment Review Board approval, the sale is expected to be finalised in late July.
“The acquisition of CDC provides Infratil with a meaningful exposure to the emerging data and related telecommunications infrastructure sector, which we have been following for [...]

$2m for programs to keep children on move

By 19 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
children on move

The ACT government has announced it will expand programs to encourage children to walk or ride to school.
Ahead of Walk Safely to School Day on Friday, the transport and municipal services minister Meegan Fitzharris said $2 million would be invested over four years to help get children moving and encourage more active travel within our suburbs.
The Active Streets for [...]

Experienced duo to lead sentencing board

By 19 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Attorney-general Simon Corbell on Thursday announced a new chair and deputy chair of the Sentence Administration Board, the body responsible for reviewing prisoner sentences, parole orders and breaches to community correction.
Michael Chilcott, deputy chair of the board since 2011, will move into the top position, while Donald Malcolmson will take over as deputy chair. Both [...]

Man to face court over Merc theft, meth use, fire extinguisher attack

By 19 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

A 25-year-old man will appear before court this morning charged with several offences relating to the alleged theft of a Mercedes C200, being under the influence of methylamphetamine and the deployment of a fire extinguisher to avoid arrest.
The charges include driving while disqualified, possess prohibited substance and fail to stop motor vehicle for police. [...]

Woman stable after Chisholm smash

By 19 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Chisholm accident site

A woman has been freed from wreckage after a two-vehicle accident in Chisholm this morning and will be taken to The Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.
The ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire & Rescue were alerted to the accident involving a car and a truck on the corner of Benham and Halley Streets at [...]

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