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Botched arson attempt may be gang-related: police

By 27 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Arson attempt

ACT Policing has released CCTV footage of two men dousing a building in Newcastle Street, Fyshwick with petrol and attempting to ignite it in an incident detectives believe to be Outlaw Motorcycle Gang-related.

Detectives are investigating the attempted arson of a business on the site last Thursday.
About 1am, the two male offenders, driving a light coloured [...]

Have you seen missing man Kiet Ho?

By 27 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Missing man Kiet Ho

ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance in locating missing 26-year-old man, Kiet Ho.
Mr Ho was last seen by one of his friends at 10.30pm yesterday, after he dropped them home in Isabella Plains.
He was driving a 2003 black BMW 325Ci Series, with ACT registration YGE-27X (note the car shown in the photograph is not [...]

Keep Canberra Open campaigners remain wary

By 27 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Keep Canberra Open

Keep Canberra Open, a campaign to “save Canberra’s nightlife”, has been successful in its bid to prevent the ACT Government from introducing legislation that would enforce changes to opening hours for nightclubs and bars, but organisers are concerned the reprieve may be a temporary one.
The campaign, which has actively encouraged young Canberrans to enrol to [...]

Airport named Telstra ACT Business of the Year

By 27 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Canberra Airport MD Stephen Byron with the airport's head of aviation, Matthew Brown (centre) and project manager for the new international terminal, Richard Phillips (right).

The Capital Airway Group, which operates Canberra Airport, was named the 2016 Telstra ACT Business of the Year at a black tie event in the National Gallery’s Gandel Hall last night, putting it in the running for the national title late next month.
Almost three million passengers travel through Canberra Airport to and from Australia’s capital [...]

46 arrests in ACT drug operation

By 26 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ice

A six-week police operation targeting the manufacture, trafficking and sale of illicit drugs in the ACT has resulted in 46 arrest warrants and 10 people appearing in court.
Charges including trafficking in controlled drugs and dealing in the proceeds of crime. A number of other people will be summonsed for drug-related offences.
As part of the operation, one man was [...]

13yo boy hit by truck at Holt, rushed to hospital

By 26 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Accident site at Holt

A 13-year-old boy has been rushed to hospital after being struck by a truck at the corner of Hardwick Crescent and Flack Street near Kingsford Smith School in Holt at around 8.30am this morning.
The ACT Ambulance Service was alerted to the incident just after 8.30am. The boy was assessed at the scene by intensive care [...]

Mumpreneurs band together for support

By 26 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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On a cold and rainy Tuesday morning, 15 business owners sit chatting excitedly.
But they’re not just any business owners. They’re mumpreneurs – juggling motherhood and business simultaneously; doing what they can to contribute to the household income, while enjoying the flexibility to spend more time with their family.
The Canberra Business Mums group meets twice a [...]

Pair hold up Wanniassa Red Rooster, leave with small sum of cash

By 25 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Two men held up Red Rooster takeaway/restaurant at Wanniassa last night, threatening a store attendant with assault before leaving with a small amount of cash.
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the aggravated robbery, which occurred at around 8.30pm last night at the restaurant on the corner of Langdon Avenue and Rylah Crescent.
The men approached the [...]

Alumnus to guide music school in ‘critical period’

By 25 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Malcolm Gillies

The ANU has appointed Professor Malcolm Gillies, a distinguished academic who studied violin at the Canberra School of Music as an 11-year-old, as interim head of the School of Music for six months from October and advisor and mentor with immediate effect.
Professor Gillies, who has served as Vice-Chancellor of two British universities – the London [...]

A look inside an ACT mobile speed camera van

By 25 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
John Peti in mobile speed van

Ever wondered whether there is a real person inside those mobile speed camera vans? And whether they can catch you when you’re driving on the far side of a dual carriageway? The answers are yes, there is, and yes, they can.
RiotACT took a peek inside one of the vans when ACT Minister for Road Safety [...]

Police appeal over Kaleen attempted armed robbery

By 22 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Police are seeking public help following an attempted armed robbery at the Caltex Star Mart service station in Kaleen last Thursday.
Police responded to a report of a male holding a knife trying to gain access to the service station on Maribyrnong Avenue at about 10pm on 14 July.
The male offender ran towards the front sliding door of the service [...]

Northbourne flats, ex-visitor centre sites up for auction in August

By 22 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Dickson on Northbourne aerial view from brochure

The territory’s Land Development Agency has appointed Knight Frank the sales agent for three ACT Government-owned blocks set for retail, commercial and residential development on the Dickson side of Northbourne Avenue: the former ACT Visitor Centre site vacated when the facility moved to Regatta Point and the public housing blocks on either side of it.
At [...]

Hume Hwy closed southbound, traffic diverted through Canberra

By 22 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Accident site (left) and diversion point (circled).

All Sydney to Melbourne Hume Highway traffic is being diverted through Canberra via the Federal Highway turnoff near Goulburn this morning after a truck rolled blocking southbound lanes between Yass Valley Way and Sheldricks Lane.
Police advise motorists to avoid the area or drive with caution due to heavy fog and expected lengthy delays.
The detour means [...]

Light rail extension routes identified

By 21 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
light rail artist impression

Canberrans have identified four key routes for the next stage of the light rail network, according to the ACT government.
These were contained in Keeping Canberra Moving: What you have told us, a report from new transport agency Transport Canberra that took feedback from 6,000 residents on the future public transport needs in the ACT.
Planning and [...]

Fire engulfs Pialligo Estate smokehouse at Hume

By 21 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Firefighters at work in Hume at around 8pm last night.

Firefighters spent two and a half hours battling a blaze that caused extensive damage to the Pialligo Estate Smokehouse off Sheppard St, Hume last night, extinguishing the flames at around 9pm after receiving several Triple Zero calls alerting them to the fire just after 6.30pm.
The facility was used to produce cured Tasmanian sea trout and [...]

Kidpreneurs raise over $750 for charity

By 21 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Sunday marked the culmination of the July school holiday’s Club Kidpreneur program, with an impressive market stall at the Bus Depot Markets in Kingston.
Launched in April, the Club Kidpreneur program gives children aged 8-12 a taste of entrepreneurship by helping them establish a business, create a product, test it, and then sell to real customers [...]

‘Pull yourself together,’ Tara Costigan’s sister told

By 20 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Tara Costigan

“Yep you need to pull yourself together and help your sister.” These were among the words spoken by the Triple Zero Ambulance operator to Rikki Schmidt, the sister of Canberra mother Tara Costigan when she called the emergency line as Ms Costigan lay dying after her former partner, Marcus Rappel, had struck her with an [...]

New partnerships program proving a success

By 20 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
SmartWard

The ACT’s new Innovation Partnerships Program is in full swing, facilitated in large part by former local Senator Kate Lundy, who was appointed the Territory’s Local Industry Advocate last December.
The program, which is part of a series of local business initiatives from Chief Minister Andrew Barr, gives Canberra-based small to medium enterprises a direct opportunity [...]

Tip-offs lead to arrest of alleged car wash burglar

By 19 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Community-supplied information has enabled police to arrest a 20-year-old Theodore man in relation to multiple burglary and property damage offences that occurred at three self-serve carwashes located in Calwell, Tuggeranong and Belconnen earlier this month.
ACT Policing sought the public’s help to identify the alleged offender after releasing CCTV of a man trying to break into [...]

‘Nige’ Johnson quits Mix106.3 for ESA Media

By 19 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Nigel Johnson

Nigel Johnson is leaving Mix 106.3 after almost 19 years in Canberra FM radio and only months after he switched from 104.7 to Mix following the controversial axing of his then long-time co-breakfast presenter Scott Masters.
Mr Johnson will join the ACT Emergency Services Agency’s media and communications team. He has worked in various roles at [...]

PM promotes Seselja to junior ministry

By 18 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Zed Seselja

Commentators’ tips that ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja would score a junior ministry in progressive Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s post-election reshuffle – apparently to appease angry conservative elements in the Federal Coalition – have proven correct.
The prime minister this afternoon promoted Senator Seselja to his front bench, appointing him assistant minister for social [...]

Wall, Coe score in shadow cabinet reshuffle

By 18 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Andrew Wall

Brendan Smyth’s departure has made way for renewal with his fellow Brindabella MLA Andrew Wall and Alistair Coe the principal beneficiaries of Jeremy Hanson’s Shadow Cabinet reshuffle today following the news that Mr Smyth will leave the Legislative Assembly to become ACT Commissioner for International Engagement.
Mr Smyth’s Brindabella colleague Mr Wall, a former patio-business manager [...]

Two-car collision in Majura

By 15 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Ambulance and Fire and Rescue crews were called to a two-car crash in Majura on Friday.
Crews were alerted to the incident on the intersection of Sutton Road and Pialligo Avenue just after 12.20pm.
Two patients were assessed by intensive care paramedics on scene and transferred to The Canberra Hospital with minor injuries.

Smyth departure means countback for Assembly seat likely

By 15 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Brendan Smyth

The ACT Government has appointed longstanding Liberal MLA Brendan Smyth as the territory’s first commissioner for international engagement starting from August 1, meaning there is likely to be a count back to fill his seat in the electorate of Brindabella for the last few weeks before the election in October.
Mr Smyth, who is deputy leader [...]

Ask RiotACT: 2017 offers for ACT public pre/primary schools – anyone received?

By 15 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask Riot

We applied for our daughter to enrol into preschool in the Woden area. We applied before the cut-off and expected to hear back with an offer of a place by now. Nothing in mail /e-mail.  The next deadline is in 2 weeks to appeal. Tried ringing the school, answering machine (school holidays! What sort of [...]

Libs’ City Hopper would take in Russell, Parliamentary Triangle

By 14 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
City Hopper promo

The Canberra Liberals have released their plan to counter the ACT Government’s recently announced free weekday City Loop bus: a loop bus of their own to run seven days a week over a longer route that would service an ANU circuit, the Australian War Memorial and Parliamentary Triangle, and for which users will pay.
The Government’s [...]

Surveys says ACT business remains upbeat

By 14 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Industry confidence fell in the September 2016 quarter according to the ANZ/Property Council Survey but the ACT continues to perform above the national average, according to  the council’s ACT executive director Merlin Kong.
“The ACT currently ranks third nationally in business confidence along with South Australia, and this is in a quarter where almost all jurisdictions, [...]

Police seek information on Kings Highway fatality

By 13 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Police are seeking assistance as they investigate the fatal two-car collision on Kings Highway in Kowen where a 53-year-old Canberra man died on Wednesdsay.
The Canberra Times is reporting designer and artist Robert Foster, whose signature water jug became a design icon, died in the crash. He was the founder of prominent design company F!nk & Co.
The collision happened about 100 [...]

Business chamber welcomes casino redevelopment

By 13 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
casino

Canberra Business Chamber has backed plans to redevelop the capital’s casino into a major new entertainment precinct, saying it will help revitalise the city centre.
“The chamber feels strongly about the need to revitalise the city centre,” Canberra Business Chamber chief executive Robyn Hendry said on Wednesday.
“It is not something government can do alone and it is encouraging to see private [...]

Wild weather stretches emergency services

By 13 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT SES

The ACT State Emergency Service has received more than 300 requests for assistance over the past 24 hours due to the wet and windy weather across Canberra.
Emergency Service crews supported by ACT Fire and Rescue, the ACT Rural Fire Service and Transport Canberra and City Services have completed 245 jobs, the majority for fallen trees and branches on [...]

RSPCA offers free cat desexing

By 13 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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RSPCA ACT is offering free cat desexing next month as part of its three-year Frisky Tom campaign.
The campaign was launched last year and aims to desex 1,500 cats to reduce the unwanted cat population in the capital.
RSPCA ACT and participating vet clinics will provide free desexing to cat owners who hold a current Centrelink or DVA gold card [...]

Police urge snow travellers to delay journeys

By 13 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Cars snowed in at Thredbo. Photo: Belinda Wight

Police are urging motorists in the Jindabyne area to delay travel if possible due to dangerous conditions on local roads.
They say snow and ice have made travel conditions particularly treacherous, with police and other emergency services responding to a number of traffic incidents.
Police ask all motorists to consider delaying their travel until conditions improve.
As the [...]

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