Far too often crap for brains types try to hark on about how the old ways were best and call for a return to yesterday.
Think Progress has a refreshing seasonal story on why the year just gone was the best one that ever was.
Which is no excuse not to try and do better here in [...]
Several controlled burns planned for this weekend have been postponed by the ACT Territory and Municipal Services Directorate (TAMS).
However, the ACT Rural Fire Service is conducting a hazard reduction burn tomorrow, Saturday December 14, 2013, at Amber Ridge in Gordon.
Weather permitting, 20 personnel will be on site from 10am with two heavy tankers, three medium [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery that occurred at the Foodworks Supermarket in Pearce today (Friday, 13 December).
Around 12pm, a man entered the Foodworks Supermarket and threatened a staff member with what’s believed to be a firearm.
The staff member complied, handing over a sum of cash before the man fled the [...]
We either don’t have a coach, or we have two coaches. Or half the team has one coach and half the team has another coach.
And we don’t have a CEO.
Now the ABC reports that the Brumbies will also have to make do without Christian Lealiifano after his ankle surgery:
Lealiifano is not expected to be [...]
If, God help you, government services are essential to you this Christmas you’d better get reading on what’s available.
The lazy bastards at ACTION will be going to reduced services from Monday 23 December.
Taking into account the weekends before and after they’re largely taking off from 21 December to 6 January despite there only being 3 [...]
UC’s efforts to position itself as a uni for thickies has advanced according to the Canberra Times with a bizarre cricket sponsorship:
The University of Canberra has reaffirmed its sporting focus with the sponsorship of Big Bash League cricket team the Sydney Thunder.
Former Australian batsman Mike Hussey was in Canberra on Friday for the announcement, which [...]
The ABC reports that CASA has again taken to the troubled Brindabella Airlines with a big stick:
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has grounded another six planes belonging to a regional airline due to concerns about lax maintenance.
The Canberra-based Brindabella Airlines is not allowed to use the aircraft until a maintenance review is carried out.
Joy Burch has announced a new agreement on the future of racing in the ACT:
The ACT Government has today signed an inaugural Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Canberra Racing Club, the Canberra Harness Racing Club and the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club, outlining the strategic agenda for the local racing industry over the next four [...]
Several teams of ANU programmers have done quite well at the annual IEEEXtreme programming competition, which is awesome.
Special mention should go to team ’42′, not just for coming 5th but also for drawing inspiration from a much cooler franchise than their peers did.
Three ANU students have taken out first place at the annual IEEEXtreme programming [...]
Who would have thought a high income earning city state with no rural hinterland would do well in standardised testing?
Joy Burch is celebrating the NAPLAN results.
ACT students have ranked top or equal top across all 20 areas tested in NAPLAN 2013, the national report released today shows.
ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch [...]
Territory and Municipal Services wishes to advise the public that, weather permitting, several controlled burns will be conducted on the weekend (14/15 December).
Burns will be undertaken at:
• O’Connor, between Dryandra St and Barry Drive
• O’Connor Ridge Nature Reserve, adjacent to Dryandra [...]
Photon Energy are planning to build three mid-sized solar power plants in the ACT, because they realise we’re already living in the future and thatit’s insane that we don’t have solar power plants everywhere.
Sometimes it feels like I’m the only person who payed attention to Sim City 2000.
Only days after launching its Australian unit [...]
Simon Corbell has announced progress in his plans for a Chisholm park:
A vacant block in Chisholm, previously earmarked for development, has moved one step closer to becoming a park today following a move to change the land’s zoning.
“Draft variation 326 to the Territory Plan proposes to rezone Chisholm section 590 from CZ4 Local Centre [...]
ACT Policing has arrested a 41-year-old Narrabundah woman and 41-year-old Narrabundah man following an alleged assault and disturbance in Manuka last night (Thursday, 12 December).
Around 7.45pm, three people entered the Subway store where they ordered food. The debit card used to pay for the food was declined and the trio then left the store without [...]
By Michael de Percy, University of Canberra
With unwavering confidence Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled the consultants report showing Labor’s ambitious plan to provide fibre–to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband to the vast majority of Australian households would have cost A$73 billion.
Indeed, Turnbull suggests NBN projections to date have been “extremely optimistic” with the rollout significantly slower than expected, [...]
ACT Policing has arrested a 29-year-old man with no fixed abode after he seriously assaulted two people yesterday (Thursday, December 12).
Around 9am yesterday, police attend a house in Bonython after the occupants reported that they had been assaulted earlier in the morning by two men armed with baseball bats.
The two victims, a 42-year-old woman and [...]
From the invincible TAMS:
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of an upcoming road closure in for the Ironman 70.3 Canberra 2013 event.
The following closures will occur from 6.30 am to 1.30 pm on Sunday 15 December 2013:
– Parkes Way westbound between Kings Avenue and Glenloch Interchange
– Coppins Crossing [...]
Helen Razer’s written an excellent article on Crikey (the most excellent articles annoy peckerheads and this seems to have hit the spot) about Nelson Mandela and the hoopla surrounding his death.
But for Canberrans there’s a lot on the 1980s protest scene that is worth revisiting.
A 45-year-old Red Hill man, holding a disqualified licence, has been caught drink-driving for the sixth time.
Around 11.30am yesterday (Thursday, 12 December), police were conducting mobile patrols in Red Hill when they were flagged down by a motorist who notified them of a white utility swerving and driving recklessly near the Red Hill shops.
Police located [...]
By Anne Twomey, University of Sydney
The ACT’s Marriage Equality (Same Sex Act) 2013 produced neither a marriage nor equality. Instead it produced inconsistency, leaving the law completely inoperative. Those who exchanged marriage vows last weekend were not legally married, as there was no law in operation under which they could wed.
Nonetheless, the High [...]
For too long Canberra’s builders have gone without the recognition they deserve, comforted only by their enormous amounts of money.
Now Andrew Barr has announced an end to this historic injustice:
This evening I launched The Master Builders that Built Canberra, a book that chronicles the history of the contribution made by members of the local building [...]
Expect some possble delays if you take Gungahlin Drive home.
Motorists and other road users are advised Roads ACT is this afternoon finalising road surfacing repairs to a short section of the northbound lanes on the Gungahlin Drive Extension just past the bridge over the Barton Highway.
Two of the three northbound lanes will be closed [...]
As expected the High Court has ruled against Simon Corbell’s gay marriage laws.
Will he have the decency to resign?
More to come.
Shane Rattenbury says it’s up to the Federales now:
ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury has called on the Federal Government to now legislate for an end to marriage discrimination after the High Court has [...]
Safe Shelter in Canberra have announced the results of their review of pilot operations in 2013.
Here are the recommendations:
Based on the stakeholder feedback collated above, the Safe Shelter Management Committee are now progressing a number of recommendations for 2014 which include:
• Expansion of the Safe Shelter Project to more nights of the week at [...]
Andrew Barr has announced another glossy website to be poorly updated:
Today I launched a new website www.capitalregionliving.com.au dedicated to collectively promoting the benefits of living, working and establishing businesses in the south-east region of NSW.
Created by the South East Regional Organisation of Councils (SEROC), and themed ‘Capital Region Living’, the website promotes the region’s [...]
TAMS want us to know that be it Advent or New Year’s Eve the National Arboretum wants your business:
How would you like to celebrate the New Year from one the best vantage points in Canberra? The National Arboretum Canberra will ring in 2014 in style with the glitz and glamour of The Great Gatsby.
“The official [...]
CityNews is running gossip on possible plans for Chief Minister Gallagher to ride into the sunset before the next election:
A CREDIBLE political snout says the ALP’s biggest electoral asset, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, will hand over the big chair to deputy Andrew Barr some time during the life of the present Assembly, to spend more [...]
The Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards have attracted record numbers of submissions this year. Tomorrow night the awards will be handed out to people and organisations that have worked to create better and more inclusive environments for people living with disability.
Congratulations to the winners.
Here’s the list.
“We received a record 63 nominations this year in the nine [...]
Andrew Barr has announced extra money for the community sector:
The ACT Government has agreed to bring forward payments for non-government community and disability organisations so workers can receive pay increases sooner.
This agreement comes after months of detailed discussions between the ACT Government and the Australian Services Union.
The agreement will have no impact on [...]
ACT Policing has arrested a 32-year-old man following an aggravated robbery in Mawson early this morning (Wednesday 11 December).
About 6.30am, the man entered the Woolworths Caltex in Mawson and threatened a staff member with a firearm.
The man took cigarettes and a small sum of cash before fleeing in a silver Ford 4WD that was previously [...]
The Deputy Prime Minister has just informed the House that Holden will be closing Australian operations by 2017.
For the many, many Canberrans who have enjoyed the antics of white Commodore drivers over the years it is a black day.
What will take its place?
The Canberra Times has disturbing news from Canberra’s Supreme Court where an alleged kiddy fiddler has walked free (pending re-trial) after the court couldn’t manage to play the victims’ testimonies.
The trial, which began on Monday, had been continually interrupted when footage of prerecorded evidence repeatedly froze.
Alleged victims in sexual cases can prerecord evidence prior to [...]