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Teen to face court over hoax call to school in Calwell

By 4 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
police wrap

A teenager will face the ACT Children’s Court following a threatening phone call made to Calwell High School yesterday.
Around 1pm yesterday, a staff member at Calwell High School received a threatening phone call which led to the school’s evacuation as a precaution whilst the veracity of the threat was investigated.
As a result of police investigations, [...]

Politics in the Pub: Sam Dastyari

By 4 February 2016

[ 3 February 2016 at 7:00 pm; ]
The Australia Institute are excited to announce that Senator Sam Dastyari will be kicking off our Politics in the Pub 2016 series, 7pm Wednesday 3rd February.
A Labor senator from New South Wales, Senator Dastyari has risen to become one of the Labor Party’s brightest stars.

As the chair of the Senate’s corporate tax avoidance inquiry Dastyari has been a [...]

Body found in water near Kiama

By 3 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Kiama map

A report will be prepared for the coroner following the discovery of a man’s body in water near Kiama yesterday afternoon.
About 12.30pm yesterday, emergency services were called to Kiama following the discovery of a body in the water, about 1km from the Kiama Lighthouse.
On arrival, police found and recovered the body of a man.
The man [...]

Man, 23, charged over Gunning, Gundaroo, Murrumbateman break-ins

By 3 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
police wrap

A 23-year-old man has been charged in Goulburn following investigations into 11 break and enters in Gunning, Gundaroo, Murrumbateman and Jeir in December last year.
Between Friday 4 December and Saturday 12 December, police from the Hume Local Area Command received reports of 11 separate break and enters in the four southern tablelands towns.
The properties that [...]

Schmidt seeks to reinvigorate School of Music, announces consultation

Brian Schmidt

One month after succeeding Professor Ian Young as Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University, Professor Brian Schmidt AC has announced a comprehensive community consultation on the ANU School of Music with the aim of reinvigorating it by 2017.
Professor Schmidt said the consultations would involve discussions with a wide range of interested parties and would be [...]

Emergency + app saves teens lost in bushland

By 2 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
emergency + app

A smartphone app has saved a group of teenagers from spending an unplanned night in the bush thanks to smart-thinking Canberra firefighters.
ACT Fire & Rescue received a call from the two girls and two boys at around 7pm to say they were lost somewhere out in the rural area of the Territory but had [...]

Light rail to arrive sooner, cost less and bring more trees to Northbourne

light rail model

The consortium chosen to develop Canberra’s light rail project says it will complete the project more cheaply and quickly than the Government’s estimates, and will replace trees along Northbourne in a staged manner and with 4m-tall plantings so that no section of the corridor is without trees for more than four months.
There will, in fact, [...]

Which school model works best?

Rear view of elementary school children with raised arms.

With the kids heading back to school, I found myself wondering about the history of schooling in Australia and how we ended up with our current system in the ACT.
It turns out that having a society with a large proportion of convicts is a good way for governments to get involved in funding education. Schools [...]

Creating a Cafe: Opportunity arises

By 30 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have always admired and strived to be a successful person. I believe success is measured in many ways and each individual has their own idea of what successful looks like. For me, I always saw being a business owner as one of the many ways to measure my success.
I’m fairly certain that at some [...]

Police continue search for missing man

By 28 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
police wrap

From media release:
ACT Policing has established a Search and Rescue operation in Bruce as part of the search for missing 61-year-old man, Tahadesse Kahsai.
The operation will focus on bushland near Calvary Hospital and Black Mountain Reserve in Bruce. Members of the AFP Specialist Response Group will assist ACT Policing in the operation.
Tahadesse was last seen [...]

Homicide Team issue description, call for help in Carville investigation

By 27 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police mock-up based on witness sighting

ACT Policing’s Homicide Team are continuing to establish the movements of a male suspect on the night murdered Evatt man Andrew Carville went missing.
Mr Carville was last seen at his residence in Evatt at 9.30pm on 4 November 2015 and his body was located in Majura on 19 November 2015.
Detective Senior Constable Jarryd Dunbar of [...]

Belconnen incident ‘a routine police operation’


Police have dismissed social media reports of a siege involving a gunman in Belconnen Town Centre this morning, describing the incident as a routine police operation that was now resolved and assuring Canberrans they held no concerns for public safety.
A spokesperson for ACT Policing said the operation took place on Chandler Street in Belconnen between [...]

Plan for site next to Assembly scaled back

By 27 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Development site

The ACT Government has once again scaled back its plan for office space adjacent to the Legislative Assembly in Civic despite having last year shortlisted six firms to complete construction of a more extensive development by late 2018.
The six players involved will now be invited to submit proposals for a commercial version of the development [...]

Boost your business skills with an executive MBA from QUT

By 26 January 2016 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, [...]

Accused allegedly threw can smashing windscreen near Yass

By 25 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
police wrap

A man has been charged following three separate alleged incidents in which objects were thrown from a moving car at another car near Yass this week.
About 4.30pm on Saturday, a 25-year-old woman was driving a Honda Civic in a 100km/h zone on the Olympic Highway at Yass.
As she was passing a 4WD utility travelling in [...]

Have you seen this man?

Tahadesse Kahsai

ACT Policing is asking for assistance in locating missing 61-year-old man, Tahadesse Kahsai.
Tahadesse was last seen in the Bruce area around 10.30am on Wednesday 30 December 2015.
Tahadesse is described as being about 175cm (5’9”) with a slim build and short grey hair, balding on top.
Anyone who may have seen Tahadesse is urged to call police [...]

Double demerits points in place till midnight tomorrow

By 25 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
police wrap

ACT Policing is urging motorists to drive safely over the Australia Day long weekend and warns that double demerit points are now in place, effective from the first instance on Friday, January 22 until midnight January 26, 2016.
Double demerit points will apply on all speed, seatbelt offences, use of a mobile phone while driving, driving [...]

The Moving Feast of Politics

By 25 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

There are political junkies out there who have been relatively starved over Christmas for things to criticise, speculate over or of some carrion feasting.
But this week has given us a glut of issues to rip into.
Starting local, we had Minister Joy Burch stand aside from the new Barr ministry after being belted from one end [...]

Rattenbury, Greens score in shake-up

Shane Rattenbury

The big winner in ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s cabinet reshuffle today is Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury, promoted from Minister for Territory and Municipal Services to Minister for Education.
See the full portfolio allocation list here.
Read Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson’s response to the reshuffle here.
The Greens MLA’s appointment to the plum education role is surprising given [...]

Reshuffle a dog’s breakfast: Hanson

Jeremy Hanson

Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson has described Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s reshuffle today as a “dog’s breakfast”.
See full details on the cabinet shake-up here.
“It’s pretty incoherent. Good luck anyone trying to find out who’s responsible for various portfolios,” he said.
“When you have a ministry where the delineation is not clear, where responsibilities aren’t clear, that [...]

Fitzharris, Bourke to join expanded cabinet

By 21 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
New ministers

Labor MLAs Meegan Fitzharris and Chris Bourke will join the ACT Ministry following a caucus ballot this morning, but their portfolios will not be known until Chief Minister Andrew Barr announces the result of a broader cabinet reshuffle in coming days.
The promotion of Ms Fitzharris and Dr Bourke was not a surprise given the [...]

Man charged over alleged Karabar shooting

By 21 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Fergus Road

Queanbeyan police have charged a 46-year-old man in relation to an incident where a shot was allegedly fired at a home in Karabar this week.
About 12.55am yesterday, police were called to a home on Fergus Road, Karabar, after a shot was allegedly fired, hitting the front of the home.
The occupants, a 31-year-old man, an [...]

Singapore Airlines CBR direct flights are go


Singapore Airlines chief executive Goh Choon Phong has this morning confirmed last week’s reports that the Asian carrier will introduce direct flights between Singapore and Canberra and Wellington and Canberra. Flights on the service, dubbed the ‘Capital Express’ will commence September 20, with tickets available from this Monday.

As foreshadowed last week, there will be four [...]

Missing Evatt woman found in Jindabyne

By 20 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Yuki Motomura

Missing 31-year-old Evatt woman Yuki Motomura has been located safe and well in Jindabyne.
Ms Motomura was found by Jindabyne police about 11am this morning (Thursday).
Police would like to thank members of the public and the media for their assistance.
Evatt woman Yuki Motomura, 31, has been missing since 8am Tuesday. Ms Motomura drives a black [...]

Police investigate suspicious death in Kambah

By 20 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Everard Place

ACT Policing are investigating a suspicious death in Kambah which occurred during the early hours of this morning.
About 2.20am, police received a report of a disturbance in Kambah. Police attended a home in Everard Place and located an injured woman and a deceased man within the residence.
ACT Ambulance Service attended and transported the woman to [...]

Burch quits cabinet to focus on Tuggeranong

Joy Burch

After six years as an ACT Government minister, Labor MLA Joy Burch announced today that she will not seek a portfolio in Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s cabinet reshuffle this week.
See Ms Burch’s media statement here.
Ms Burch made the announcement at an emotional media conference outside the Hyperdome on Anketell Street in Tuggeranong, a symbolic gesture [...]

Canberrans fleeced by scam ATO calls

phone scam

If you receive a call or email out of the blue from someone claiming to represent the Australian Tax Office and saying that you are entitled to or owe money – hang up or delete the email.
Several Canberrans have lost large sums of money, from tens of thousands to over $100,000, in telephone scams of [...]

Kingston gym evacuated due to small electrical fire

By 18 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
act fire and rescue truck naidoc week

ACT Fire & Rescue responded to an Emergency Triple Zero call just before 1.30pm today in relation to a small electrical fire at a gymnasium at the Kingston Shops on Kennedy Street, Kingston.
Occupants had self-evacuated as a precaution and ACT Fire & Rescue staff found the issue to be with a melted electrical component in [...]

‘Jail bread’ could have niche market: Rattenbury

Alexander Maconochie Centre

Canberrans could be buying “jail bread” baked at the Alexander Maconochie Centre once a new industry program providing 50 new full-time jobs for prison inmates at the Hume facility gets off the ground.
ACT Justice Minister Shane Rattenbury flagged the possibility of the bread being sold in Canberra retail outlets while announcing the new industry program, [...]

Plaza would revitalise Civic’s iconic Sydney and Melbourne Buildings: Barr

An artist's impression of the revitalised Sydney and Melbourne buildings precinct.

A proposed plaza between the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings in Civic would help Canberrans reclaim the iconic art deco landmarks and revitalise the precinct, according to ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.
Mr Barr has today invited Canberrans to have a say on a Government strategy to create a series of “urban villages” at key points on [...]

Pair steal ATM from petrol station: police

By 14 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
police wrap

Two men stole an ATM from a Fyshwick petrol station by attaching it to a ute with a strap early this morning according to ACT Policing.
Police are seeking witnesses to the aggravated burglary which took place at about 1.15am.
Two men in a stolen white Ford Ranger ute bearing NSW registration plates BJ54PE entered the [...]

Singing and Songwriting workshop for Teens

By 14 January 2016

[ 18 January 2016 to 20 January 2016. ] HI All,

If you are looking for a musical experience for next week for your teens or preteens what about a…
Singing and Songwriting Workshop with a pro songwriter, singer and teacher??
For ages 12 - 15
3 Half Days of Singing and Songwriting

No Previous Musical Experience Necessary
Monday January 18th – Wednesday January 20th 2015
small workshop –  5 places ONLY  (and I have [...]

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