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$720,000 funding for arts projects

By 23 September 2014

Minister for the Arts Joy Burch today announced that a visual artist mentorship program, a contemporary pop band, and a dance theatre group are among the 49 successful applicants who will share in arts funding worth $720,000.
“The ACT Government is extremely pleased to have been able to increase the number of projects being funded for [...]

Clearer inquiries process for the Supreme Court

By 23 September 2014

Amendments to the Crimes Act 1900, passed today in the Legislative Assembly will bring certainty to the process of inquiring into criminal convictions, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
“The amendments to the Act clarify the judicial nature of the Supreme Court when it considers a report of an inquiry and ensure that there are no [...]

Man to be charged; use carrier service to harass/offend

By 23 September 2014

A 22-year-old Belconnen man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (23 September) regarding a series of offences involving stalking and the use of a carrier service to harass and offend.
Through investigating this incident, ACT Policing’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team (SACAT) has become aware that there may be further unknown victims deceived through [...]

Fundraising dinner to save orangutans

By 23 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 21 September 2014 at 10:00 pm; ]

There are revolutionary changes in food coming our way, which have the potential to halve the footprint of global agriculture, while doubling the supply of food and providing enough renewable fuel to run the world’s transport system. Could this restore around half of the world’s vanished forests, grasslands and other key biomass? Is this food [...]

Elderly man attacked in Pearce

By 23 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating an attack on an elderly man in Pearce last night (22 September).
About 10.30pm, an 82-year-old man heard noises outside his home on Pethebridge Street, Pearce and went to investigate.
An altercation took place with a 21-year old man and as a result, the elderly man sustained serious head and facial injuries and [...]

Local Leaders – Dr Priya Dev and David Elliot (Qhopper)

By 23 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s half-time at a Brumbies home game and you’re craving a meat pie and a beer. The problem is that 20,000 hungry football fans also have the same idea, and you risk missing the start of the second half if you join the end of the queue.
Local mathematician Dr Priya Dev and IT entrepreneur David [...]

Powering greater energy choice in the ACT

By 23 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberrans have greater energy choices from today with Origin – Australia’s largest integrated energy company – now selling gas and electricity to ACT homes and small businesses.
Until now, the ACT has had only two energy retailers to choose from – while customers in other states have enjoyed the benefits of much greater competition. Victoria has [...]

Australian Muslims need a PR advisor right now…

By 23 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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British author Ian McEwan wrote after 9/11: “It is hard to be cruel once you permit yourself to enter the mind of your victim. Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity.”
Australian Muslims right now will be feeling like victims, victims of a frighteningly swift [...]

ACT early learning centre receives excellent rating

By 22 September 2014

Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today congratulated Canberra Girls Grammar School Early Learning Centre for becoming the first service in the ACT to be awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
“The rating acknowledges the commitment shown by management and staff of this Centre to continuous improvement [...]

Executive Drivers chauffeur services a cut above the rest

By 22 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Steve Cotter, the founder of Canberra-based luxury chauffeur service Executive Drivers, is better known to clients as Driver Steve.
He chauffeurs overseas dignitaries, businesspeople and celebrities around the nation’s capital, and describes himself as a butler on wheels.
“It’s one man, one car and lots of white hair,” he says.
The former Commonwealth car driver started Executive Drivers [...]

Aged Care Facilities

By 22 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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How many of us have really given much thought to the quality of services delivered in aged care facilities? I mean the quality of care in the nursing homes and lower care category facilities?
As I grow older and approach the time when “it could be me”, I start to reflect on this subject and [...]

Escalator fire in City

By 22 September 2014

A city building has been evacuated so firefighters can investigate an escaltor fire.
ACT Fire & Rescue were called to Moore Street just after 7am after smoke was reported issuing from the escalator.
A seconary search is being conducted to make sure no one is left in the building.
The fire has been extinguished with crews now conducting [...]

Canberra and Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 21 September 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: $1,350,000
Lowest Price: $249,000
Average Sale Price: $588,766 (+ 5.96%)
2,477 properties currently for sale
66 sales properties had price reductions
98 properties went under offer
102 properties SOLD!
190 properties have come onto [...]

Hazard burn at Mitchell today

By 21 September 2014

The ACT Rural Fire Service will conduct a hazard reduction burn, weather permitting, today, Sunday 21 September, 2014 at Vicars Street, Mitchell.
The burn is expected to commence from 9.30am till 5pm.
Thirty firefighters, five fire tankers and three command vehicles will conduct the burn of approximately 2.5 hectares.
Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made [...]

Police investigate fatal collision in Belconnen

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating a single vehicle collision off Kirinari Street, Belconnen today (Saturday, 20 September).
About 10am this morning, security at the University of Canberra discovered a car that had crashed into a building on campus. It appears the collision occurred sometime overnight.
A young man believed to be in his 20′s was the single occupant [...]

Canberra Startup Snapknock – looking for feedback!

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hey guys!
I would like to introduce to you a new Canberra startup company, it is a recently created social auction website named Snapknock.
We are celebrating this launch by giving away a Brand new PS4 with 4 games to the person who sells the most items on the site!
To know more about the team and the journey [...]

Man charged after disturbance at Majura

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing arrested a man after causing a disturbance at Brindabella Business Park yesterday afternoon (Friday, 19 September).
About 2.55pm, a 43-year-old Farrer man was driving a red coloured Nissan Navarra northbound along Brindabella Circuit when he proceeded through a roundabout adjacent to the car park of a building in Brindabella Park.
The man lost control of [...]

Community reminded to be StormSafe

By 20 September 2014

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, will today launch the annual ACT State Emergency Service StormSafe campaign at Floriade.
The StormSafe campaign reminds all ACT residents to be storm safe during the upcoming storm period.
“With the storm season now here till March next year, it is important for all of us to prepare to [...]

Police respond to mental health incident

By 19 September 2014

ACT Policing has responded to an incident that occurred at Brindabella Park this afternoon (Friday, 19 September 2014).
Around 3pm this afternoon, ACT Policing responded to a report that a man, armed with an axe and molotov cocktail had driven his vehicle into bollards at a building at Brindabella Park.
The man was arrested at the [...]

Police seize six cannabis plants in Stirling

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has seized six cannabis plants following the execution of a warrant on a home in Stirling today (Friday September 19).
About 9.10am, police executed a Drugs of Dependence Act (DODA) search warrant on the home and located a hydroponic setup and six cannabis plants worth an estimated $30,000.
The plants were seized along with the [...]

Phone imagery leads to blackmail charge

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing will summons a 22-year-old Fadden man to Court next month on blackmail charges after it was alleged he threatened to disseminate explicit images of a woman unless he received sexual favours.
The 18-year-old victim uploaded images of herself to a private online dating site and allowed the alleged offender to view them.
After viewing the [...]

EATology – the science of eating

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberran’s are some pretty savvy eaters. With the establishment of Lonsdale Street and New Acton on top of the already vibrant culinary oasis of Kingston and Manuka, it is clear that Canberran’s appreciate good eats.
Our taste for food does not stop at Aubergine in Griffith or Temporada in the City. We’re also interested in local [...]

State/Territory Mutual Recognition fails again

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Today I received my renewal notice for my NSW Recreational Fishing License which has risen 17% to $35.00 for 12 months. They must be using the same rating formula as ACT Revenue.
An equivalent license in the ACT does not exist (yet) but my favourite fishing spot is in NSW and ACT residents are not exempted from [...]

Honey honey honey!

By 19 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Where do you buy your honey? Do you buy local?
Bees are hugely important for environmental health. Globally, bee populations are in dire trouble. So far, our populations in Australia have been safe from the ravages of the varroa mite and Colony Collapse Disorder, but there are still a substantial number of issues facing our bee [...]

Energy efficiency scheme delivers significant savings to households

By 18 September 2014

A review of the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme has found that the program saves participating households about $1,600 each, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, announced today.
Mr Corbell tabled a review of the scheme in the Legislative Assembly today that showed greenhouse gas reductions as a result of the program between 1 January 2013 and [...]

$6.3m to support the disability sector under NDIS

By 18 September 2014

Canberra’s disability sector is set to receive a further injection of $6.3 million in funding to continue to help the ACT adapt to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the funding would go to initiatives and activities that help organisations to support families and carers to prepare for the NDIS, [...]

Nature Conservation Bill 2014 is a commitment to a sustainable future

By 18 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new Nature Conservation Bill introduced into the Legislative Assembly today forms a key part of the ACT Government’s commitment to a sustainable future for Canberra, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said today.
The Bill is a result of a review of the Nature Conservation Act 1980. The review has benefitted from several years’ [...]

My Grandpa and Voluntary Euthanasia

By 18 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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On my desk there is a photograph of my Grandfather and me at the age of one. He is holding me in his arms and smiling down at me with that unique union of love and joy that only the innocence of young life can inspire. My Grandfather, John Bailey, had three daughters yet in [...]

Complaint against officer substantiated, investigation complete

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

AFP Professional Standards (PRS) has completed an investigation into a complaint that an ACT Policing officer deployed Oleoresin Spray (OC) towards a tethered dog in a backyard during the course of a search warrant in May this year.
Chief Police Officer for the ACT Rudi Lammers said that the complaint was the subject of an extensive [...]

New user-friendly website for rego

By 17 September 2014

A new rego.act website has been launched to make it easier for users to access important information.
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said the new website would provide a more efficient service for the ACT community.
“New features include a search function, user-friendly menus, regularly updated news items, video capability and improved usability for smart phones and tablets,” Mr [...]

EATology: the science of eating

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

What do humans have in common with soil?
How does soil health impact upon human health?
Healthy soil grows healthy food, and healthy food makes for healthy people.
We know that a vast amount of human health problems are related to diet, yet how often do we trace nutrition back to agriculture? Join us for a Q&A style [...]

Nuclear Reprogramming: past, present and prospects – Public Talk, Sir John Gurdon

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 27 September 2014 at 5:30 pm; ]
It sounds like the stuff of science fiction but changing one kind of cell to act like another is nothing new. In fact, in some of the first experiments of their kind, our next public speaker Sir John Gurdon was able to do just that more than fifty years ago.

This work with frogs was later [...]

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