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Canberra duo’s puppy app entertains and educates

By 28 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberran parents of young children finally have an option when choosing an educational and entertaining mobile app.
What do you get when you mix super cute puppies with numbers and catchy music? An engaging educational Smartphone and tablet app designed by professional educators, thoroughly tested and safe for kids.
After the many disappointing experiences in finding quality [...]

Kangaroo shot with arrow in Queanbeyan

By 27 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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On Tuesday morning, a resident of Greenleigh in Queanbeyan looked out onto her driveway and saw a young kangaroo. He was hurt. He hadn’t been hit by a car as you might guess. He had been shot with a bow and arrow. The arrow was still inside him, piercing his chest through to his posterior shoulder.
Thanks to [...]

Nine firearms seized across Canberra

By 27 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has seized nine registered firearms and tear gas during inspections and warrants across Canberra yesterday morning (Thursday, March 26).
About 7am, members of ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations Crime Targeting Team conducted two inspections under the Firearms Act 1996 at residential properties in Kaleen and Evatt as well as executed two search warrants under section [...]

ACT Health to run Ebola simulation exercise

By 25 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Health Simon Corbell today announced that ACT Health will tomorrow run an exercise simulating a case of ebola arriving at a Canberra health service.
“The functional exercise has been designed to practice and validate the preparedness of the ACT health sector to identify and treat a suspected ebola case,” Mr Corbell said.
“In the eight-hour [...]

Police seek assistance to locate missing boy

By 25 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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UPDATE: Dylan has been located safe and well. 
ACT Policing is appealing for the public’s assistance to help locate a missing 11-year-old boy from Amaroo.
Police are currently searching Amaroo and surrounding areas after an 11-year-old boy named Dylan was reported missing earlier this morning (Wednesday, March 25).
Dylan is described as Caucasian, thin build, dark hair and [...]

Tourist and visitor facilities at Ginninderra Gorge

By 25 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In February 2015, the Ginninderra Falls Association together with other conservation bodies met developer The Riverview Group at Ginninderra Gorge to look at possible locations for visitor/tourist facilities.
The area is only a few kilometres from West Belconnen and we hope it may be open to the public as soon as possible, perhaps by 2016 or 2017.
Our [...]

Road trip from Canberra: Yarrangobilly Caves

By 24 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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My last RiotACT article talked about some of the day trips you can take around Canberra to explore the great outdoors. Yarrangobilly Caves was one of the day trips on my to do list and last weekend, I got in the car and ventured out into the Snowy Mountains to explore the caves.
The route I [...]

ACT solar farm project moved from Uriarra to Williamsdale

By 24 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government has shelved plans to build a solar farm near Uriarra. Following opposition from residents, the 26,000-panel solar farm will instead be built in Williamsdale.
Here’s the media release from Simon Corbell’s office:

The ACT Government has agreed to license parts of blocks 1470 and 1471 District of Tuggeranong (Williamsdale) to Elementus Energy as an alternative [...]

Witnesses sought to two armed robberies in Belconnen

By 24 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to two armed robberies that occurred last night (Monday, March 23) in Belconnen.
Around 9.45pm two males smashed the locked front glass door at Kingsley’s Chicken, Rae Street, and entered, armed with knives.
One male guarded three customers, who were still inside the restaurant, while the other entered the kitchen area, taking [...]

Two men arrested for aggravated burglary

By 23 March 2015
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ACT Policing arrested two men last night (Sunday, March 22) in Harrison for aggravated burglary following a report of a disturbance.
About 8.10pm the two men, aged 18 and 23, are alleged to have entered a home in Harrison and confronted a resident regarding the ownership of a car. The males threatened the resident while demanding [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 22 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest sale: $1,710,000
Lowest sale: $80,000
Average sale: $598,208 (+ 0.91%)
2725 properties currently for sale
55 sales properties had price reductions
114 properties went under offer
145 properties SOLD!
208 properties have come onto the market
44 properties [...]

International building firm invests in Canberra

By 20 March 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra home buyers will have greater choice when it comes to selecting a builder from this weekend, with Japan’s largest homebuilder, Sekisui House, opening its first ACT display home in Wright today.
The display home was officially opened by Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Sekisui House managing director Kazunari Takayanagi.
Minister Barr said he was pleased that [...]

Bit of a foodie? Into sustainability? There’s an event on Monday you’ll like

By 20 March 2015
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[ 23 March 2015 at 5:00 pm; ]

Come to the National Arboretum Canberra on 23 March and discover the many exciting things happening to gardens, fresh food, urban environments and how you can harness the benefits.

The National Arboretum Canberra is hosting a Sustainable Food Futures event showcasing inspiring ideas and plans for community food production.

You are invited to come along on:

Date:   [...]

A look around Canberra – Isabella Plains

By 20 March 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Isabella Plains is a hidden gem in Canberra’s south. It has numerous green spaces, established native tree populations and a centralised shopping centre, but few people know how great of a suburb it really is.
Isabella Plains was built in the 1980s and neighbours similar suburbs of Calwell (where I live), Monash and Richardson, and has maintained [...]

Do you know this man?

By 19 March 2015
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This is a facefit image of a person of interest in the investigation of two shooting incidents last month in Chisholm and Gordon.
Both shootings occurred during the early hours of Sunday, February 8. The first incident occurred around 1.45am when a resident in Nina Jones Crescent, Chisholm, heard a noise but did not go outside [...]

Public talk: Warp drives and bending time

By 19 March 2015
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[ 5 May 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Light speed is one of science fiction’s major plot limitations — and maybe one of the major limitations of science. How can we explore the stars if it takes tens of thousands of years to get to them… or the galaxies, if it takes billions of years? Warp drives and wormholes are often co-opted by [...]

Man faces court on murder charge

By 19 March 2015
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A 34-year-old Gordon man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Thursday, March 19) charged with murder.
The man has been charged with murdering his 28-year-old wife and the mother of three children. The victim’s body was found at a Knoke St, Gordon residence in the early hours of Tuesday, March 17.
Police will allege the man [...]

Canberra innovator launches Australian first

By 19 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra innovator James Long has this month launched what he believes is Australia’s first crowd funded hacking prize.
It’s called Hack the Lobby, and it offers a $500 prize for the best hack that brands the lobby TV and LED of startup co-working space Entry 29′s venue with a startup’s logos and brand colours prior to meetings.
James explains [...]

Witnesses sought to robbery at Latham Handy Mart

By 18 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery which occurred in Latham yesterday (Tuesday, March 17).
About 4.30pm, a male entered the Handy Mart store, located at the Latham Shops on Dalley Crescent. The male was carrying a knife and demanded cash from a staff member.
The staff member complied with the man’s demands and the [...]

Light rail: Shortlist announced to deliver first stage of Capital Metro

By 18 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Two world-leading consortia have been shortlisted to deliver the first-stage of Canberra’s light rail network, which will deliver more than 3,500 jobs during construction and deliver more than $1 billion in benefits to the ACT economy, Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell announced today.
The two consortia, ACTivate and Canberra Metro, contain some of the world’s [...]

Cheap eats – Saigon Fresh (Gungahlin)

By 18 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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You know when you stumble across something, and you think about how awesome you are for finding something so great? That’s how I feel about Saigon Fresh in Gungahlin.
It’s a tiny little hole in the wall, tucked away in the Coles building in Gungahlin. The actual store is just next door to Best and Less. [...]

Local leaders – Tracy Keeley (Bookplate, National Library of Australia)

By 18 March 2015
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If you visited Canberra’s recent Night Noodle Markets and found yourself enjoying salt and pepper calamari at the National Library instead of doing battle with the crowds for meat on sticks, you’ll know that the Library’s Bookplate café is doing things a little differently than in the past.

Just weeks after Canberra hospitality veteran Tracy Keeley won [...]

Homicide investigation in Gordon

By 17 March 2015
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ACT Policing is treating the death of a woman in Gordon this morning (Tuesday, March 17) as a homicide.
Police were called to a residence on Knoke Ave in Gordon around 3.10am, responding to reports of a deceased woman at the location.
Upon attending, police found a female victim who had suffered critical injuries and was deceased.
A [...]

Is fertility control the right choice for managing ACT roos?

By 17 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Government has today announced it will trial controlling Canberra’s kangaroo population with contraceptives delivered via darts, as an alternative to controversial culls.
Here’s the joint press release from Simon Corbell and Shane Rattenbury, released today:
The ACT Government is funding a research trial into the use of a fertility control vaccine as a potential non-lethal [...]

Canberrans can stop puppy farms and backyard breeders with new bill

By 17 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A few months ago, a four-week-old puppy (pictured) was surrendered to RSPCA ACT. He was apparently an unwanted gift, and these owners were actually his third, which meant that this puppy would have likely been taken from his mother and litter mates right after he opened his eyes.
Named Curtis by the staff, one of my experienced [...]

Political funding – a frightening future for the ACT

By 17 March 2015
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The political landscape of the ACT is changing at lightning speed. Here are some of the most significant changes:
1)      From 2016, the size of the Legislative Assembly will swell from 17 members to 25 members.
2)      The ACT will be split-up from three electorates (two with five seats and one with seven seats) to five electorates [...]

Event: Will light rail increase greenhouse emissions?

By 16 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 16 March 2015 at 5:00 pm; ] Is light rail emissions-free, as some experts claim, or does it cause emissions comparable to those of buses, as estimated by Shreya Dave of M.I.T.?

Is Capital Metro correct in saying that buses offer 350 times the greenhouse benefits of light rail?

Was Damian Haas correct in saying that my estimates suffered from confirmation bias?

Come to my [...]

Witnesses sought after driver flees police

By 16 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking information from the public after a vehicle fled from police during a routine traffic stop yesterday (Sunday, 15 March 2015).
Around 11:45am yesterday, police attempted to perform a traffic stop on a white Nissan Pulsar in Belconnen. The driver failed to stop for police, and a pursuit commenced.

The vehicle fled through the [...]

The Green Army wants you!

By 14 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Join the Green Army!
Is this for you?
Are you aged between 17 and 24, an Australian citizen or permanent resident and would like to be a part of a team that will make a REAL difference to the environment in your local community?
Would you like to be paid an allowance while gaining skills, training and experience [...]

Police respond to three firearm incidents overnight

By 13 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is responding to reports of the discharge of firearms in three incidents from overnight (Thursday 12 March).
About 9.50pm last night, police received reports of shots fired in Boustead Circuit, Kambah. Patrols responded and located damage, which appears to be from a gunshot, to a front window of a home. No one was home [...]

Petition to bring back ACT light vehicle registration stickers

By 13 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

For anyone in the ACT who would prefer to have current registration stickers returned to our vehicles, please sign this petition and share if you believe they are worthwhile.

Man in custody after Wanniassa homicide

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has taken a 45-year-old Symonston man into custody following a suspicious death of a man in Wanniassa yesterday (Tuesday, March 10).
About 3pm today (Wednesday, March 11), investigations led police to an address in O’Connor and the man came into police custody without incident. He was taken to the ACT Watch House and is [...]

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