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Emergency Services unite for bushfire arson warning

By 20 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch is urging residents to be vigilant in reporting suspicious activity following several grass fires across the ACT in the past few weeks.
ACT Fire & Rescue, the ACT Rural Fire Service, along with ACT Policing, see an increase in deliberately lit grass fires and bushfires from December to [...]

Don’t forget the tree this Christmas…

By 20 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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RSPCA ACT have just had a delivery of fresh, beautiful Christmas Trees!
Don’t miss out on your tree this year, come down and visit us at 12 Kirkpatrick Street Weston ACT 2611. RSPCA ACT will have staff and volunteers available to help load your tree into your car and to help you select the correct stand. [...]

Housefire in Amaroo

By 19 December 2014

Hi Readers,
It appears that there was a house fire in Amaroo this morning on Rollston Cct. I wasn’t able to grab an exact address as police cordoned off the street to public access. I noticed a thick black plume of smoke on the horizon and curiosity got the better of me so I followed the [...]

Police gearing up for a Safe Summer

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch and Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers yesterday launched ACT Policing’s 2014-15 Safe Summer campaign, urging the community to enjoy the festive season responsibly.
“The summer period is a busy time for everyone, with Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations, and upcoming events which attract large crowds, such [...]

Canberra Centre Parking Machines – Out of Order

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

When you consider how much the Canberra Centre must be earning from its paid parking in the city, I find it incredible that they seem incapable of keeping their money spinners in working order.
I guarantee that on at least 50% of visits to the centre, one or more machines are not working.  I can only [...]

A Look Around Canberra: Calwell

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Heading down the Monaro this week to check out the Tuggeranong suburb of Calwell. Like last week’s visit to McKellar, I’d never been to Calwell before (with the exception of last week when I drove through at night time in search of Christmas lights).
Calwell, named after former Labor leader Arthur Calwell, was gazetted on 5 [...]

Katy Gallagher Endorsed for the Senate

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Labor’s Administrative Committee last night endorsed Katy Gallagher to replace Senator Kate Lundy as the Labor Senator for the ACT.
“At the close of nominations, our General Returning Officer had received a single nomination, from Ms Gallagher, therefore she has been declared elected” ACT Labor Secretary Matt Byrne said.
“Katy will play an important role in [...]

Jobs for the Boys – Take that Zedley!

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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So, let’s get this right? The Labor Party, particularly in NSW, wrote the rulebook around jobs for the boys. For rewarding faithful servants of the cause with sinecures overseas or jobs for life on massive salaries.
Really? Hmmmm! What about the latest of a round of huge gifts to the faithful from our [...]

Fail to stop leads to drug seizure

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has seized a vehicle and a small amount of illicit drugs after a driver failed to stop the car as directed in Gordon during the early hours of Wednesday morning (December 17).
About 1.50am, a police patrol member saw a white Holden Commodore station wagon travelling at speed on Woodcock Drive, Gordon. Police activated [...]

Jon Stanhope appointed as new Legal Aid president

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced the appointment of Jon Stanhope AO as the president of the Legal Aid Commission for the next five years.
“As a former ACT Chief Minister, Attorney-General and administrator of Christmas and Cocos islands, Jon Stanhope is well qualified to be the president of the ACT Legal Aid Commission,” Mr Corbell said.
“He [...]

New Summer Music Camp for Kids

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 12 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 13 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 14 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 15 January 2015 at 9:30 am; ] Hi All,

I am running a Summer workshop for children ages 10 – 15. From Monday January 12th – Thursday January 15th 2015.

It will be a small workshop. 5 Spots ONLY. It will be 4 half days of singing, guitar playing and song writing. 

We’ll do lots of group work, writing lyrics, learning to improvise with our voices, [...]

City Walk comes alive with Christmas Markets both day and night

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

With 10 market stalls starting at 9am today (Thursday 18 December), this festive hustle and bustle of activity on City Walk near Garema Place is another reason to be in Canberra’s CBD this December.
Everybody loves a good market, especially at Christmas. During the day come and support five of our local charities at the Christmas [...]

$21 million to boost ACT workforce skills

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch yesterday launched Skilled Capital, a new $21 million training initiative that will respond to industry identified skills needs.
“Skilled Capital will provide all Canberrans with the opportunity to upskill through access to high quality training in areas of identified skills needs,” Ms Burch said.
“Canberra needs more workers in areas [...]

Man in court after spitting incident

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 21-year-old man from NSW will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Thursday, 18 December) charged with common assault and driving whilst disqualified after an incident in Tuggeranong on Monday (December 15).
Police will allege that the victim had been driving his car on Isabella Drive on Monday evening around 8.30pm when a vehicle in front [...]

Automotive places open over xmas holidays?

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Just curious if anyone knows of any mechanics that are open over the christmas holidays? I urgently need work done to my car, preferrably in the next two weeks.
Cheers guys!

Police search intensifies for missing Chisholm man

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing are still appealing for the public’s assistance to help locate missing man Stuart Heddle, who went missing from his Chisholm home on the morning of Saturday, 13 December.
We have been advised that Stuart left his home on foot on the morning of Saturday 13 December at approx 7.30am to go to water polo [...]

ActewAGL reminds the community to keep away from damaged or vandalised electricity infrastructure

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ActewAGL is asking people to keep away from and report damage to electrical infrastructure, which poses a threat to public safety.
As we approach the holiday season this reminder is even more important with children out and about on school holidays.
ActewAGL General Manager Network Services, Rob Atkin, said “It’s important that the community understands the dangers [...]

Taxi drivers stealing phones

By 17 December 2014
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After enjoying a sensible night in Civic a little while ago now, and before I had met my beautiful fiancé, I had an incident with a lovely lady, a devious taxi driver, and my phone.
I remember being happily driven to an abode which was not mine at about 2am. Unexpectedly, and not by my volition, [...]

One Canberra reference group members announced

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch today announced the final membership of the reference group tasked with overseeing actions to promote community harmony identified at the landmark One Canberra Symposium.
“The tragic, criminal events in Sydney have underscored the importance of maintaining a socially cohesive community, where people of [...]

Boundless Canberra Receives $10,000

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Elaine Stanford and Sandie Parkes (coowners of The Green Shed) presented a cheque for $10,000 to Lisa Salerno of Boundless Canberra last week.
The Green Shed accepts a range of unwanted items that can be resold, such as books, furniture, bikes, clothing, gardening items and sporting goods, preventing a huge amount of perfectly good items going [...]

Local Leaders – Nip Wijewickrema (GG’s Flowers)

By 17 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Since founding socially sustainable florist GG’s Flowers with stepmum Geetha and sister Gayana earlier this year, Nip Wijewickrema has made it her mission to promote local businesses that employ people with special needs.
“My sister Gayana is 15 and has Down Syndrome. We see that it can be hard and that businesses are less likely to [...]

Police investigate suspicious package in Barton

By 16 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious package located in the canteen area of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Barton this afternoon (Tuesday, December 16).
About 1.45pm, ACT Policing received the report of the suspicious package at DFAT on John McEwen Crescent.
ACT Policing provided a coordinated response and cordoned the area as a [...]

Venture out after dark for Enlighten 2015

By 16 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Enlighten will breathe light, colour and movement into Canberra after dark from 27 February to 7 March with a world-class program of events including two Australian premieres.
Now in its fifth year, Enlighten will transform the Parliamentary Triangle into a dazzling arts precinct featuring free entertainment and the event’s trademark architectural projections, which will illuminate six [...]

Year 12 students recognised for excellence

By 16 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

More than 100 Year 12 students have been recognised for their academic achievements and extra-curricular activities and community service at the annual Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) Recognition of Excellence Awards.
A total of 104 students were honoured at a ceremony yesterday, where Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch congratulated all Year 12 students [...]

Total fire ban declared in the ACT tomorrow

By 15 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Emergency Services Agency Commissioner Dominic Lane has declared a Total Fire Ban for the whole of the ACT under Section 114 of the Emergencies Act 2004 from:
12:00am Tuesday 16 December, 2014 to 11:59pm Tuesday 16 December, 2014.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting hot and north westerly winds tomorrow with a predicted temperature of 34 [...]

Man bitten during Dickson assault

By 15 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault in Dickson on Friday 12 December.
At around 11:30pm, three males walked through the laneway leading from Trinity Bar towards Woolley Street in Dickson. At the end of the laneway an intoxicated man approached them and a fight ensued.
The fight resulted in one man attending The Canberra Hospital [...]

Meet Julia Gillard at Paperchain

By 15 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 23 December 2014 at 2:00 pm; ]

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard will be signing copies of her book My Story on Tuesday December 23 between 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Paperchain.

‘I was prime minister for three years and three days. Three years and three days of resilience. Three years and three days of changing the nation. Three years and three days for [...]

Another FREE Seminar on the ACT’s new asbestos laws

By 15 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As the first seminar on this subject on 19 January is fully booked, a second FREE seminar will provide participants with information regarding the ACT’s new asbestos laws, which take effect on 1 January 2015.
Participants will receive an overview of a range of matters, including:

Changes to the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 to encompass [...]

Casey Market Town – Start of Development

By 15 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Newly sworn Chief Minister Andrew Barr undertook his second official role at the Casey 4 Estate in Gungahlin. Back in October 2012 he, as Treasurer, joined with the then Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, to celebrate the start of development of the subdivision. There are now over 200 houses constructed and occupied in the Estate.
Last Friday, [...]

Katy Gallagher – Her time in the sun

By 15 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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As a former colleague of Katy Gallagher and Andrew Barr, I was asked what it was about Katy’s reign as Chief Minister which made it so good (in the opinion of the questioner).
I guess the word I used is apt. It was “stability”. In my time and in the past two years by [...]

Baby found safe and well, man still missing – Wollongong

By 14 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A nine-week-old baby missing since this morning (Sunday, 14 December) has been found safe and well in NSW.
The baby is believed to be unharmed and is currently undergoing routine medical checks. His family have been notified.
The father of the child, Garry Gordon is still missing and NSW Police and ACT Policing hold concerns for his [...]

Missing man from Chisholm

By 14 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is appealing for the public’s assistance to help locate missing man Stuart Heddle from Chisholm.
He left his home on foot yesterday morning (Saturday 13 December) about 7.30am to go to water polo but did not show up and has not been seen or heard from since.
The 39-year-old is described as 6’ tall [...]

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