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Controlled burn in Kowen Forrest tomorrow

By 21 October 2014

ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise the public that, weather permitting, a controlled burn will be conducted on Wednesday 22 October 2014.
This controlled burn will be undertaken to reduce logging debris to prepare Kowen Forrest for planting.
Smoke may be visible in the area for a few days following the burn. This burn [...]

Police seek assistance to locate missing woman

By 21 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to help locate a missing 50-year-old woman, who has not been seen since Friday (October 10).
The woman, Margaret Cooper, left home at 6pm on October 10 and attended the Tradies Club in Dickson.
Around 9pm Margaret returned home in a cab and informed her daughter that she was heading [...]

Jerrabomberra Wetlands burn today

By 21 October 2014

The Territory and Municipal Services Directorate today is conducting a hazard reduction burn at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands.
The burn will cover a five hectare area at West Jerrabomberra Nature Reserve.
Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made to conduct the burn in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke in the area.
The Health [...]

Chief Minister pays tribute to Gough Whitlam

By 21 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has paid tribute to former Prime Minister and legendary Labor figure Gough Whitlam, who passed away this morning at the age of 98.
“Gough Whitlam was a great reformer and an inspiring leader, who leaves a remarkable legacy,” the Chief Minister said.
“Gough Whitlam was a statesman who changed our country [...]

Gough Whitlam

By 21 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Edward Gough Whitlam was the 21st Prime Minister of Australia from 1972 to 1975, and a genius of humanity. I think that perhaps the only person worthy of delivering Gough’s eulogy would be Gough himself, such was his colossal self-belief… and thank god for that self-belief.
His words will be remembered for their soaring eloquence, their fierce [...]

Witnesses sought to disturbance outside Canberra Hospital

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a disturbance that occurred outside the Canberra Hospital this morning (Monday, 20 October).
About 11.15am, police responded to reports of around six people fighting outside the emergency department of Canberra Hospital.
As a result two males were taken into custody with investigations into the incident ongoing.
Anyone who may have witnessed the [...]

Blogonomics Workshop in October with Carly Jacobs from Smaggle

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 27 October 2014 at 5:00 pm; ]

Hello lovely Canberrans!

I’m an ex-Canberra gal who’s now a professional blogger living in Melbourne. I’m returning to Canberra next week to teach a workshop on how to grow and monetise a blog and turn it into a profitable career.

The course will be held at the Maker’s Hub on Monday night 27th October and we’ve already [...]

2014/15 waste and recycling calendar now available

By 20 October 2014

The ACT Government wishes to advise residents that the 2014/15 waste and recycling calendar is now available.
Residents can collect a calendar at ACT Government libraries, Canberra Connect Shopfronts and 20 suburban shopping centres across Canberra. Calendars can be mailed out on request by leaving your contact details at www.tams.act.gov.au/collectioncalendar or emailing no_waste@act.gov.au
A new waste and [...]

New laws to reduce red-tape for community fundraising and food businesses

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

New laws to be introduced into the Legislative Assembly this week will reduce red-tape for several food businesses and community groups by removing the need for not-for-profit groups to appoint a food safety supervisor when fundraising, Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher announced today.
“The ACT Government listened to the concerns raised by members [...]

Local Marine Scientist Lands Dream Job Out West

By 20 October 2014
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Local marine scientist Andrew Leach has been selected to participate in an once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program (GTCP), Western Australia (WA). Andrew, who grew up in Canberra and studied in Wollongong, has a strong background in science and is passionate about the conservation of the marine environment. This October, he will travel [...]

RiotACT Face Off: Should funded tertiary education be subject selective?

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s time for another RiotACT Face Off. This week, we asked Kate Carnell and Steven Bailey to share their thoughts on government funding of tertiary education. Both were given the following question and their responses are below.
Should tertiary education directly align with the business needs of the nation in order to [...]

A-E reporting for Year 10 Certificates from this year

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Year 10 students in the ACT will have their achievements graded from A-E in nationally recognised standards on their Certificate for the first time this year, Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch said today.
The change from school-based descriptions of achievements to nationally agreed A-E standards is part of the implementation of the Australian Curriculum.
“All [...]

Police investigating body in creek

By 19 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is responding to a report of a body in a creek in Symonston.
About 2.15pm today (Sunday, October 19) four men who were fishing located what appears to be a body.
Police were called and are currently at the scene at Jerrabomberra Creek.
Enquiries are continuing.
(ACT Policing Media Release)
UPDATE 6.32pm – Body identified; not human remains. [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 19 October 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: $1,150,000
Lowest Price: $96,000
Average Sale Price: $555,026 (+1.68%)
2,662 properties currently for sale
72 sales properties had price reductions
109 properties went under offer
94 properties SOLD!
267 properties have come onto the [...]

Woman charged over death in Dunlop

By 18 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 23-year-old woman has been arrested over the death of her mother in Dunlop last night (Friday, October 17).
About 5:40pm police received a call to attend a home in Dexion Place, Dunlop. On arrival, a 56-year-old woman was found deceased and a crime scene was established.
The 23-year-old has been charged with Murder and will face [...]

Man arrested on stalking and indecency charge

By 18 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 35-year-old Chisholm man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (Saturday, October 18) charged with stalking and act of indecency.
Police will allege the man committed an indecent act on a 23-year-old woman as she walked to her car on Thursday night (October 16) in Chisholm.
About 11pm the woman left the Vikings Club and [...]

Police investigate suspicious death in Dunlop

By 17 October 2014
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ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious death in Dunlop which occurred earlier today (Friday, October 17).
About 5:40pm police received a call to attend a home in Dexion Place, Dunlop. On arrival, a 56-year-old woman was found deceased and a crime scene was established.
ACT Ambulance Service also attended the scene. Forensic Services are conducting an examination. [...]

ScreenACT funding to support filmmakers

By 17 October 2014

ScreenACT will receive $80,500 from the 2015 ACT Arts Fund Program category to support local emerging filmmakers and screen practitioners, Minister for the Arts Joy Burch announced today.
“The ACT Government is committed to supporting artistic development for our local film and screen artists. The goal of ScreenACT’s 2015 program is to inspire, develop and assist [...]

Farrer Playschool is enrolling now for 2015

By 17 October 2014

Is your child turning 3 before 30 April 2015?
The FARRER PLAYSCHOOL is a non-profit, community based educational facility for 3 year olds. Our fully qualified teachers use a structured program to help the ‘Playschoolers’ develop the social skills and confidence that will be of value to them in their Preschool year and most importantly it [...]

Transfer of car between family members

By 17 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi,
I was just after some advice after speaking with Canberra Connect the other day when updating my registration details.
My wife and I separated around 6 months ago. Our car has always been in my name. While I was at the shop front on another matter, I asked the staff member what I would need to [...]

ACT-based org Abundant Water launches campaign to deliver clean water to villagers in Laos

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In 2007, an engineer by the name of Sunny Forsyth quit his high-paying job and launched Abundant Water, a non-profit organization based in the ACT. Sunny developed a unique clay pot filter made of indigenous materials (clay and coffee grounds) which is now changing the lives of over 7,000 people in Laos by providing access [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 16/20/14

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACTEW: Money down the drain
As money was sucked down the drain from the ACT taxpayer, it fell from the sky for ACTEW’s top brass this year as new Managing Director John Knox flushed away some heavy waste. Including long-service leave, Ex-Managing Director Mark Sullivan left the job this year with a miserly termination package [...]

Brain stimulation and autism spectrum disorder – Public Talk, Dr Peter Enticott

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 5 November 2014 at 5:30 pm; ] Autism spectrum disorder affects as many as 1% of all children but at the moment, there are no specific biomedical treatments available.

The next speaker in our Science Stars of Tomorrow series Dr Peter Enticott will discuss his work on brain stimulation techniques and how they could potentially treat the disorder.

When: Wednesday November 5, refreshments from [...]

Canberra opens its doors to Shenzhen City in new economic agreement

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra is set to benefit from an economic cooperation agreement signed today by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the Mayor of Shenzhen Mr Xu Qin, in China, marking a new era of collaboration between the two cities.
“This memorandum of understanding opens the door to a range of significant new opportunities for Canberra businesses with a [...]

ACT public school enrolments continue to grow

By 15 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Enrolments in ACT public schools are continuing to grow, the 2014 ACT Public Schools Census released today shows.
“ACT families and students are continuing to choose our public schools, with an increase in enrolments of 2.9 per cent in August 2014 compared with August last year, and 9 per cent since August 2010,” Ms Burch said.
“This [...]

Why not keep it local, Chief Minister?

By 15 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The experienced Australian elector realises that we are simply stepping stones to International Greatness for our politicians.
Once installed in office, the interests of the people who put them there become secondary to mingling with those they imagine to be their global peers while they discuss grand plans and mighty projects.
Of course, as a country we [...]

The Moonlight Bus is back

By 15 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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After an eight-year hiatus, Canberra’s most-loved party bus is back.
Many Canberrans will have fond memories of Craig Petroni and the Moonlight Bus, which ran for 23 years and retired in 2009.  Since returning to the nation’s capital earlier this year with a new name and a new vehicle, Moonlight Stretch Limo promises to make your [...]

Seeing Machines named 2014 ACT Exporter of the Year

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra-based technology company Seeing Machines has been crowned ACT Exporter of the Year at the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards today at the Hyatt Hotel.
Seeing Machines is renowned for developing state of the art fatigue and distraction monitoring technology, including the Driver Safety System (DSS) which is already being used by mining, commercial road-transport [...]

Seek a refund from ACTION for overcharging

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have just been in contact with ACTION due to my card being overcharged for some transactions – depending upon the timing of you tagging on vs when the bus changes over route numbers at the start of / end of a route or turnaround on a route, the system thinks that you are on [...]

September 2014 – Monthly Property Market Wrap

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The busier-than-usual winter property market provided a great starting point for the spring selling season, with the total number of listings and sales during September being higher than in 2013.
This flourish of activity has certainly given the market a ‘spring’ in its step, however it seems consumers are still feeling pessimistic.
Consumer confidence takes a dive
Despite interest rates [...]

ACT to join medical cannabis clinical trial

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher has welcomed the announcement of a clinical trial of medicinal cannabis to be led by New South Wales.
The Chief Minister confirmed the ACT would work with NSW on the Commonwealth-backed study.
“The NSW Premier and I discussed the clinical trial at Friday’s COAG meeting and agreed the ACT [...]

Who manufactures ACT street signs?

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All.
Anyone else noticed the lack of proof-reading street signs?
Forrest Dr, National Arboretum (should read Forest Dr)
Form 2 Lane, Yarra Glen (lack of plural)
Recycling Center, throughout Gungahlin Town Centre (that American influence…)
Surely there are some others out there. Are the signs manufactured locally? If so wouldn’t the sign-producers know better? Who lets the final design [...]

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