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Kangaroo dragged through streets

By 27 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Police are appealing for information after a kangaroo was allegedly attached to the back of a vehicle and driven through Goulburn.
Officers located the animal at the intersection of Auburn and Montague streets at about 11.40pm on Sunday.
Police have been told that the kangaroo was attached to the back of a green Nissan Pulsar and driven [...]

Bad buffering

By 27 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
NBNCo Palmerston 010

I was 11 years old when I bought my first computer. It was 1984, and the machine was a Mattel Aquarius. Rubber keys, cassette tape drive, less than 4 kilobytes of memory, and black and white television as a screen.
Back then, the only way to transfer data was on a cassette tape.
There’s been [...]

Vibe Hotel wins Project of the Year at Master Builders/Cbus Excellence in Building Awards

By 27 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
vibeHotel

Construction Control has won the prestigious Project of the Year gong at the Master Builders and Cbus Excellence in Building Awards for the third time in four years – this time for its work on the $44 million Vibe Hotel at the Canberra Airport.
Around 1500 people celebrated the industry’s best at the gala [...]

Coward punch puts victim in hospital

By 24 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Police are seeking to identify three men over a ‘coward punch’ assault that occurred in Civic in the early hours of Sunday 12 June.
At about 3.55am, a male was assaulted while outside the Supa24 convenience store  on East Row.
The victim was assaulted by a male who was part of a group of three (see images [...]

Update | Rural road closures in ACT

By 24 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
road closed detour

Motorists and other road users are advised of the following rural road closures due to the recent wet weather and snow.
Roads and crossings closed:

Sunshine Crossing
Angle Crossing
unsealed section of Boboyan Road (except four wheel drive vehicles)
unsealed section of Brindabella Road (except four wheel drive vehicles)
Mount Franklin Road at Bulls Head
Bendora Road
Warks Road
Booroomba Rocks Road
Orroral Ridge Road
Corin [...]

Take your dog to work day

By 24 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
dog in the office

Today is International Take Your Dog to Work Day when employers are asked to open their doors to pet dogs to promote the benefits of pet ownership and encourage animal adoption.
Research has found the presence of pets in the workplace has a beneficial effect; they make the job more satisfying and participating workplaces report that [...]

ANU welcomes collaborative cyber facilty

By 23 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ANU

The Australian National University will collaborate with the Australian government on a new facility to help grow Australia’s cyber-security workforce and the so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) capabilities.
Defence minister Marise Payne and ACT senator Zed Seselja announced on Thursday a $12 million investment from the Australian Signals Directorate.
The investment will fund a joint facility [...]

Green Army participants wanted

By 23 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Green-Army-Logo

Join the Green Army!
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 or heritage in your local community?
Would you like to be paid an allowance while gaining skills, training and experience that [...]

Ask RiotACT: Should school bus travel be free?

By 23 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Can someone please enlighten me as to why school bus travel is not free in the ACT? A colleague who resides in Qbn and was born in Sydney informs me she never paid for bus travel to and from school in Sydney – and her son gets free daily bus travel each day from Qbn [...]

White Ribbon Ambassadors event

By 22 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
white ribbon

Mick Gentleman will tonight (Wednesday) host the White Ribbon ambassador event at the ACT Legislative Assembly.
The member for Brindabella said: “I have been working with the Canberra community as an Ambassador since 2004, and it is a great honour to be able to host this White Ribbon Ambassadors event to raise awareness for such a worthwhile [...]

Federal agency for Gungahlin if we win: Seselja

By 22 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Gungahlin

A yet-to-be named Federal Government agency will move to the Gungahlin Town Centre if the Turnbull Coalition Government is re-elected, ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja has announced.
The agency chosen to be the first to operate from Gungahlin was likely to be one currently based in the Parliamentary area to avoid impacting on other town [...]

Reid man caught with knife, steel post in Dickson after tip-off

By 22 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

A 25-year-old Reid man who was found with a knife and a steel bar in Dickson will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning on six charges after a member of the public tipped police off.
About 3.50pm yesterday, police attended Dickson Place shopping complex in response to a report of two men acting suspiciously.
On arrival, [...]

Friday bin collection moved to weekend

By 21 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
rubbish

Friday’s household rubbish collection and recycling services will be disrupted due to planned industrial action by Transport Workers Union drivers employed by contractor SUEZ.
Residents in affected suburbs are requested to leave their bins out on the kerb from Friday until Monday as missed collections will be picked up on Saturday and Sunday (and on Monday if required).
Suburbs where [...]

Police training exercise in Bruce

By 21 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Police will conduct a training exercise at the Canberra Institute of Technology in Bruce on Wednesday and Thursday.
The exercise will involve uniformed police members and diverse police capabilities.
During the exercise, areas of the campus and surrounds will be closed to the public.
Road blocks will be in place along Purdie Street, Bruce, restricting traffic between Battye [...]

Do you whistle while you work?

By 21 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
fun workplace 2

Are you like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? Happy in your work? Do you burst into song to help you set the pace?
Given that adults spend about half their waking hours at the coalface, enjoying our time in the workplace, feeling enriched and rewarded, is critical to our overall health and peace of mind.
Several Canberra workplaces that [...]

Greens snub Christian Lobby election forum

By 21 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACL election document

Greens ACT Senate candidate Christina Hobbs told the RiotACT this afternoon that neither she nor any Federal Greens candidate would attend an Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) Meet the Candidates forum tonight, and confirmed the Greens had not replied to the organisation’s questionnaire for political parties on moral and social justice issues.
“Absolutely not. While I’m happy [...]

Uber pick-ups from Canberra Airport back on track

By 20 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Uber at Canberra Airport

After three months of difficulties booking Uber pick-ups at Canberra Airport, the ride-sharing service has announced the issue is resolved and passengers can now open the app, request a ride and meet their driver at the Express Pickup Area.
In March, Uber users found that it was not possible to call an Uber to collect them [...]

Evacuated staff return to Greenway building

By 20 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
smoke site

Workers have returned to a Greenway office building evacuated earlier this morning after an emergency services staff investigation into the cause of a smoke smell found nothing.
ACT Fire & Rescue worked with electricians on the investigation but were unable to determine the cause of the smell of smoke.
Firefighters had earlier evacuated approximately 30 people as [...]

One number still valid on Senate ballot paper

By 20 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Senate ballot paper sample

Given the advertising starting this weekend on the new rules for voting for the Senate, the Australian Electoral Commission is keeping very quiet on the fact you can still just number one box above the line and your vote is still valid and will get counted.  It’s called the Savings Provision and in a nutshell [...]

ACT Electoral Commission updates rules on social media post attribution

By 20 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Jeremy Hanson

After formally warning the ACT Liberals over their use of campaign material on social media last week, the Electoral Commission has issued an update to the rules that reverses their previous instructions to the Liberals over their usage.
A number of Liberals had posted anti-Light Rail material on their social media feeds that didn’t include any [...]

Is your child a Kidpreneur?

By 20 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
kidpreneur-1

Following the success of the Club Kidpreneur™ school holiday program in April, a second program in the coming July holidays looks to create a whole new batch of Canberra kidpreneurs.
Children aged 8 -12 can attend any one of four workshops, which run between the 5th and 14th of July, and take a plunge into business [...]

Fitzharris hires ex-Political ACT blogger

By 17 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
The Political ACT

Former RiotACT regular and blogger at The Political ACT Richard Fox has this week joined the staff of ACT Transport and Municipal Services Minister Meegan Fitzharris.
While The Political ACT blog was still live this morning and remained active on Twitter until ten days ago, the site disappeared from public view this afternoon.
Fox started as [...]

Police seek help to identify supermarket burglar

By 17 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Police are seeking the public’s help to identify an alleged offender in a supermarket burglary last Saturday.
At about 2.45am, a man forcibly entered the Spar Supermarket on Francis Forde Boulevard in Forde, stealing an amount of alcohol.
The offender is described as Caucasian in appearance, with a medium build and 180-190cm tall. He was wearing dark-coloured [...]

Contract summary for courts project released

By 16 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
law courts

The contract summary for the new law courts precinct was released on Thursday by attorney-general Simon Corbell.
Construction for the ACT government’s first public-private partnership project started in April and work on the precinct is expected to be completed by September 2018.
Corbell said the project had delivered an excellent result for the people of the ACT.
“This project will [...]

Audit commends light rail project delivery

By 16 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
light rail

Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell has welcomed the release of the auditor general’s performance report into the initiation of the light rail project between Gungahlin and the City.
The report found that Capital Metro Agency’s “governance, administrative and project management framework is sound and generally accords with better practice”.
It further stated that preparations to date had [...]

Outgoing police chief warns of terrorism, cybercrime threats

By 16 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Simon Corbell and Rudi Lammers

The ACT’s outgoing Chief Police Officer has today warned Canberrans of the threats cybercrime and terrorism present to the territory during a speech to mark the announcement of his retirement.
Assistant Commissioner Rudi Lammers, who will retire at the end of the calendar year, said that while the capital was one of the safest places to [...]

Two-thirds of Canberrans support 3am last drinks

By 16 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
drinking

Two-thirds of ACT residents support the ACT Government’s recent proposal to introduce 3am last drinks for pubs, clubs and bars across the ACT, according to a phone poll conducted on behalf of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).
FARE commissioned market research specialist ReachTEL to undertake the poll to gain an understanding on [...]

Fatal crash near Bombala

By 15 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Police are investigating a fatal crash in Ando near Bombala in southern New South Wales this afternoon.
At about 2.25pm on Wednesday, emergency services were called to the Monaro Highway near Tip Tree Road following reports of a crash.
Initial investigations suggest two cars crashed head-on.
Following the crash two people died at the scene. They are yet to [...]

Barr seeks relief on ACT’s high petrol prices

By 15 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
man filling up at petrol station

ACT chief minister Andrew Barr on Wednesday met with Australian Consumer and Competition Commission chair Rod Sims to discuss high petrol prices faced by Canberra motorists.
The ACT is continually recording higher petrol prices than other large cities across the country, Barr said.
In February 2016, Canberra motorists saw record petrol price differentials compared with the national average and [...]

$90,000 in heritage grants for Canberra

By 15 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Australian War Memorial

The Federal Government has earmarked almost $90,000 for heritage projects at two of Canberra’s most treasured landmarks, the National War Memorial and the Shine Dome.
The grants were announced on Wednesday by Federal Environment minister Greg Hunt and ACT Senator Zed Seselja.
Just under $80,000 will go to the National Capital Authority to conserve three World War I memorials on Anzac Parade: [...]

Tourists flock to capital in record numbers

By 15 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Canberra generic landscape

Australians are flocking to Canberra in greater numbers than ever before, with the capital smashing the record for domestic visitors for the year ending March 2016.
The Tourism Research Australia national visitor survey released on Wednesday showed the ACT welcomed 2.3 million domestic visitors in that period.
This represents the highest ever annual number of visits for [...]

Man to be extradited to NSW on murder charge

By 15 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

A 36-year-old man has been taken into custody this afternoon following the murder of a man in Fairfield East, New South Wales, in December last year.
New South Wales police made a formal request for assistance from ACT Policing Criminal Investigations after reports the man was residing in the ACT.
Detectives located the man at an address [...]

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