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Fringe Festival producer announced

By 1 September 2014

Local artist Chenoeh Miller will be the producer of the 2015 fringe festival, to be held in conjunction with the National Multicultural Festival, Minister for the Arts Joy Burch said today.
Ms Miller was chosen by an independent panel of peers after Ms Burch called for expressions of interest in the role in July.
“I congratulate Chenoeh [...]

Water leak at Barton building

By 1 September 2014

Firefighters have evacuated approximately 200 workers as a precaution from Pharmacy House, National Circuit and Brisbane Ave, Barton, following a water leak on the top floor.
Crews were alerted to the water leak in the Plant Room following an Emergency Triple Zero (000) call at 1.03pm.
The leak is currently being isolated by ACT Fire & Rescue [...]

Commencement of Information Privacy Act

By 1 September 2014

The Information Privacy Act 2014 commenced today, bringing into place a new system for protecting privacy in the ACT.
The Act promotes the protection of individual privacy by regulating the handling and management of personal information by ACT public sector agencies.
“It requires agencies to protect personal information and manage it in a responsible, transparent and balanced [...]

Snow to stick around a little longer for Canberra

By 1 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Snow to stick around a little longer for Canberra

Spring may officially be in the air, but someone forgot to tell Corin Forest. After a bumper first winter returning to snowmaking, they’re not ready to call the season over quite yet. Snow play will be continuing on as far into September (or maybe October) as the cool nights allow.
The snow play area at Corin [...]

Face-fit release of offender to five robberies

By 1 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Face-fit release of offender to five robberies

ACT Policing has released a face-fit of a man they believe is responsible for five aggravated robberies in Canberra from earlier this year.
Since April there have been five armed robberies with similar descriptions of the offender and modus operandi, causing Detectives from Criminal Investigations to look at one person being responsible.
The man is described as [...]

The Shadow of Eastman

By 1 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
The Shadow of Eastman

The David Eastman saga still casts a long, ugly shadow over the capital.
It casts a “shadow” for several reasons, and not necessarily due just to the personality of Eastman himself.
First, the cost.  The cost of investigating, prosecuting, imprisoning and variously litigating the person charged with the 1989 murder of Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester has been [...]

RiotACT Face Off: Should road rules be the same for motorists and bikes?

By 1 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
RiotACT Face Off: Should road rules be the same for motorists and bikes?

For this Face Off, we decided to launch headlong into a long standing topic of local debate. We invited the Executive Director of Pedal Power ACT, John Armstrong and Summernats creator, Chic Henry to answer the following question:
Should road rules be the same for motorists and bikes?
John Armstrong

Of course – why shouldn’t they [...]

Statement from the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister regarding Mr Kurt Steel

By 31 August 2014

We were very sad to learn this morning that the Australian killed in the terrible bus tragedy in Bolivia is Kurt Steel, media adviser to the ACT Deputy Chief Minister.
Kurt was an enormous contributor to the ACT Government, having served as a policy adviser and more recently in a media adviser role.
He was [...]

Counterfeit notes located in Dickson

By 31 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Counterfeit notes located in Dickson

ACT Policing is warning Canberra businesses to be on the look out for counterfeit money following the discovery of imitation notes used in Dickson.
A total of three counterfeit $100 notes were used at three separate stores in Dickson. The notes were used to purchase goods on Friday, 29 August.
Acting Superintendent of South District Jo Cameron, [...]

Queanbeyan Cinema – more red tape

By 30 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Queanbeyan Cinema - more red tape

Hi Rioters,
Unsure if you’ve been following the epic drama over the border in Queanbeyan.
In a nutshell, we’ve been clamouring for a cinema for 18 years, and it’s come to the boil for the last 6 months. Over this 6 month period, council has been provided with an opportunity and a space to build [...]

Motorcycle lane filtering to be trialled in the ACT

By 29 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced that a two-year trial of motorcycling lane filtering will commence in the ACT from 1 February 2015.
“Motorcycle lane filtering is when a motorcyclist moves between stationary or slow moving vehicles in the same lane. It is not the same as lane splitting which is done at higher speeds and [...]

Australia’s new highly reflective soldiers

By 29 August 2014

It seems our government and the army are embracing the futuristic glam rock style highly reflective soldier concept.  Kind of defeats the purpose of all that camouflage, don’t you think?
Combined with the Joint Strike Fighter project (a 1990s design that was never adequate for Australia’s needs, to be delivered years behind schedule and way over [...]

Police put dangerous drivers on notice

By 29 August 2014

ACT Policing is warning Canberra drivers it will not tolerate dangerous driving, after a week of appalling driver behaviour in the capital.
Last weekend; Saturday and Sunday (August 23 and 24), ACT Policing caught 23 drink drivers – which is almost one drink driver caught every two hours. Seven of those drivers were identified as being [...]

Cerebral Palsy – call for support

By 29 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Cerebral Palsy - call for support

A note from one of our Rioters – a mum, talking about her son’s fight to walk.
Ollie’s Cerebral Palsy Dream
Oliver (Ollie) is two and a half years of age, and at two was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP).
Ollie’s CP is due to congenital cytomegalovirus infection (CMV), which has also left him profoundly deaf in [...]

Search warrants reveal drugs, weapon and steroids

By 28 August 2014
Search warrants reveal drugs, weapon and steroids

ACT Policing Criminal Investigations detectives executed search warrants on a vehicle and residence as part of Taskforce Nemesis targeting the criminal activities of outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCGs).
The first search warrant executed on a residence in Casey resulted in an amount of anabolic steroids being located and seized.
The second search warrant on a vehicle located a [...]

Seven aggravated robberies linked to one offender

By 28 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Seven aggravated robberies linked to one offender

ACT Policing Criminal Investigations Detectives believe seven aggravated robberies which were committed this year are linked.
Police believe one man is responsible for the armed robberies of five small businesses across Canberra, and two in Queanbeyan, since April, based on descriptions provided by witnesses and modus operandi.
About 6.45pm on Sunday 13 April a man entered the [...]

Road Rage in Canberra – Just CALM DOWN!!

By 28 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Road Rage in Canberra - Just CALM DOWN!!

I’ve done a lot of stupid things in cars and on motorbikes in my life. I’ve driven drunk on numerous occasions; I’ve pushed a car past 200 KMs per hour; and once, I attempted to jump over a small dam on my little XR 75… I didn’t… quite… make it. However, I’ve never had an [...]

July 2014 – ACT & Queanbeyan Monthly Property Market Wrap

By 28 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
July 2014 - ACT & Queanbeyan Monthly Property Market Wrap

The weekly Allhomes ACT & Queanbeyan Property Market Wrap has been well-received by Rioters and we’re pleased to now offer a more in-depth analysis of the current property market for the Canberra and Queanbeyan regions.
These detailed reports will be posted monthly so keep an eye out for the August 2014 Property Market Wrap coming soon [...]

Cubby houses set to rock Floriade

By 27 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Independent Property Group Foundation will be the second charity partner for Floriade 2014.
The Foundation joins animal welfare organisation RSPCA ACT, which was announced as a charity partner last month. Both charities will enhance Floriade’s festival atmosphere with a range of experiences and events designed to raise awareness of their important causes.
In an exciting [...]

Recall of Infinity electrical cables

By 27 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Recall of Infinity electrical cables

Canberrans who had electrical work done in their homes between 2010 and 2013 should heed safety messages following a recall by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission of electrical cable known as ‘Infinity’ cable, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
“The cable was sold in the ACT between 2011 and 2013, however it may have been available [...]

Moves and Appointments

By 27 August 2014
Moves and Appointments

There have been a few interesting moves and appointments around the Capital this week.
Tony Henshaw was appointed transitional Executive Chair of the new group that will be formed following the merger of The Chamber of Commerce and Canberra Business Council.
Chris Faulks, formerly CEO of the Canberra Business Council, will be the new organisations transitional [...]

Asbestos Remediation at the Canberra Brickworks

By 27 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The YRA looks forward to the ACT government’s Information Session on Remediation of the Canberra Brickworks to be held at the Albert Hall from 7pm to 8pm on September 3, 2014 (Wednesday): http://www.yarralumlaresidents.org.au/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Remediation_Letter-to-Residents-201408.pdf
We are disappointed that the ACT government has not yet released the full Remedial Action Plan to the public, but appreciate that they have [...]

What’s the future for small businesses in Canberra?

By 27 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
What’s the future for small businesses in Canberra?

As Federal Government Department’s continue to slash away at their APS number though voluntary and involuntary redundancies, the future of the economy of Canberra is looking unstable, particularly in the arena of small business.
Over the past 5 years there’s been a noticeable difference in the way locals are embracing and investing in small local businesses. [...]

Male cyclist treated for injuries

By 27 August 2014

Firefighters from ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics are currently on scene at Barry Drive and Clunies Ross Street, Acton following a bicycle collision.
ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics are treating the male cyclist, aged in his 50′s, for a head injury and a chest injury. The male patient will [...]

Tuggeranong Community Council AGM 2 September 2014

By 27 August 2014

Hi,
Just a short note to let you know the Tuggeranong Community Council will be holding its AGM on Tuesday 2 September. TCC President, Eric Traise is back in the chair after an extended break to due illness and has announced he will be seeking a second term as our President. He will be joined by [...]

The State of Fear

By 27 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
The State of Fear

I read a book recently by Michael Crichton called the State of Fear in which the theory of that state of fear was described. It is the notion that a government (or ruling body/dictator) keeps the community under control by creating a monster that only they can protect against. The Australian example in the [...]

Getting tough on school canteens

By 26 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Getting tough on school canteens

I was living in the UK when Jamie Oliver started his campaign against school lunches – to remove ‘turkey twizzlers’ (I was always a bit afraid to ask what these were) and other nutrient free items from canteens and replace them with good, healthy (real) food.
This was at least 5 years ago. So, I was [...]

Government funding helps keep historic train on the rails

By 26 August 2014

A Canberra-based steam locomotive, the largest and most powerful in Australia, will be operational thanks to an ACT Government grant to help it meet new national rail safety laws, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
The 265-tonne 6029 Beyer-Garratt steam locomotive is presently being restored by the Australian Railway Historical Society ACT Division. It is the [...]

Organic semi-conductors – Public Talk, Associate Professor Vipul Bansal

By 26 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 2 September 2014; 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. ] In the world of nanotechnology, organic semiconductors are potentially revolutionary.

These eco-friendly carbon-based materials have unique properties which can be used in a huge range of futuristic devices, from flexible electronics to high-tech bandages to help us heal.

In the next talk in our public speaker series, Associate Professor Vipul Bansal will discuss this emerging applications now [...]

IT innovation a distinct advantage for property management firm

By 26 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
IT innovation a distinct advantage for property management firm

A chance conversation at a barbeque led property investors Chris and Brooke Scullin to use technology to revolutionise the property management industry.
Six years ago, the Canberra couple, who now run start-up agency Distinct Property Management, was struggling to find a suitable property manager for their investment portfolio.
“We had found that the level of accountability and [...]

Man arrested outside Canberra’s jail

By 26 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 19-year-old Kambah man was arrested by ACT Policing yesterday (Monday, 25 August) after allegedly throwing contraband into the Alexander Maconochie Centre.
About 11.20am police received a report of a suspicious man throwing a number of items over the fence, into the yard of the jail.
Police located the man in a paddock near Lanyon Drive where [...]

Witnesses sought to copper theft

By 26 August 2014
Witnesses sought to copper theft

ACT Policing is investigating the theft of copper fibre optic cables from Campbell yesterday (25 August).
Between 3pm on Friday (22 August) and 10.30am yesterday, two 40m lengths of Huber Suhner copper fibre optic cable and two 30m Andrew Heliax copper feeder cable (copper cable with Styrofoam) were taken.
The items, valued at approximately $25,000, were stolen [...]

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