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Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Common Grounds, Gowrie Shops

By 23 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Common Grounds, Gowrie Shops

For this week’s café hot spot review I decided to head south again and try out suburban café Common Grounds found at Gowrie shops.
I’ve been to Common Grounds once before on a Sunday (around 12 months ago) and it was a very popular spot then. So much so that when we ordered breakfast we were [...]

David Eastman’s murder conviction quashed

By 22 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

David Eastman is set to be released from prison after his murder conviction was quashed in the supreme court today.
The Director of Public Prosecutions must now decide whether Eastman will be hauled back before a jury for another trial.
Holding an effective retrial could prove near impossible as witnesses are now dead, evidence has been destroyed [...]

What’s on the menu for Floriade 2014?

By 22 August 2014
What's on the menu for Floriade 2014?

Food and Wine week is set to spice up Floriade 2014, inviting visitors to spoil their tastebuds with a delicious menu of demonstrations and events – all for free!
From 22-28 September, visitors to Australia’s biggest celebration of spring can sip on some of the capital region’s most prestigious wines, explore the science behind our tastebuds [...]

Hazard reduction burn tomorrow at Federal Golf Club

By 22 August 2014

The ACT Rural Fire Service will tomorrow, Saturday 23 August, 2014, weather permitting, conduct a hazard reduction burn at the Federal Golf Club, Gowrie Drive, Red Hill.
The burn will commence from 10.30am and continue through the day. It is likely the burn will also smoulder into Sunday.
Four fire tankers, two light units, one command vehicle [...]

Corin Forest snow report

By 22 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Corin Forest snow report

Corin Forest has a deep cover over the snow play area, up to 1.4m deep in parts, which means plenty to play in. There were a few nights of snow making during the week topping up the cover. That combined with work by the team to cover and successfully protect the snow through the heavy [...]

Analysing the New ACTION Network – Part 2

By 22 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Analysing the New ACTION Network - Part 2

This is the second of my three part series looking at the ACTION network 14. My first post focused on changes north of the lake. This write up focuses on changes Southside. Part three will hopefully be published early next week and will look at the changes to the weekend timetables.
INNER SOUTH
Winners: Tourists will have easier access as [...]

Winners of the Canberra Women in Business Awards

By 21 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Winners of the Canberra Women in Business Awards

The winners of the 2014 Canberra Women in Business Awards were announced last night at a gala dinner hosted by Canberra Women in Business (CWB) at the Hotel Realm.
The event brought people from across the region together to recognise the contributions and successes of businesswomen in our community.
Claire Connelly, President [...]

Kings Cross’s younger sibling

By 21 August 2014
Kings Cross's younger sibling

Has Canberra’s squeaky clean reputation of being the perfect place to raise a family been tarnished… and what can we do to fix it?
Residents of Canberra are typically more worried about a five minute traffic jam then being afraid of walking alone at night. With the recent violent incident at the front of a popular Canberra night [...]

P-plate driver caught drink driving again

By 21 August 2014

ACT Policing apprehended a 28-year-old Queanbeyan man for drink driving after his vehicle mounted a gutter on London Circuit, City last night (August 20).
About 11.25pm, police travelling in an unmarked vehicle on London Circuit were overtaken by a Ford Falcon travelling at excessive speed.
The vehicle lost control prior to skidding towards the curb, mounting the [...]

How would Canberra deal with an ebola outbreak?

By 21 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
How would Canberra deal with an ebola outbreak?

Our friends have been frightening each other on Facebook by following the news about the recent ebola outbreak in Africa and speculating about how we would fare if it came to Australia. We heard from some local experts, Professor Peter Collignon AM, Infectious Diseases Physician and Microbiologist at Canberra Hospital, about the resources Canberra has [...]

Real estate’s best and brightest play the long game

By 21 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Real estate's best and brightest play the long game

As homeowners demand increasingly high levels of service from their real estate agents, the best in the industry are playing the long game and focusing on building client relationships.
Independent Property Group Woden and Weston Creek’s Jonathan Charles is one such agent. The winner of the REIACT 2014 Residential Salesperson of the Year Award says patience [...]

Late fees for parking fines not justfied

By 21 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Late fees for parking fines not justfied

It is interesting that we are attacking the banks and now the telcos over late payment fees when our own local government can be included.
I deservedly incurred a parking fine of $91 and forgot to pay it on time. For my troubles I am hit by an administrative charge of $34. This is over 33% [...]

Homelessness in Canberra and Elvis

By 21 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Homelessness in Canberra and Elvis

At the end of last year my girlfriend and I were walking down one of the main drags of Montevideo, Uruguay. I smelt pot in the air, and as the crowd thickened so did the smoke. President of Uruguay José Mujica, affectionately known as ‘Pepe’, had just legalised the use of marijuana. He has also [...]

Man arrested; assault in Civic apartment

By 20 August 2014

ACT Policing has arrested a 34-year-old Ainslie man following the assault of a woman at a City residence on the evening of Wednesday, August 13.
About 9.20pm, a male entered the apartment complex on Coranderrk Street, Canberra City, and requested entry to an apartment. After a dispute with a female resident of the apartment, the male [...]

Witnesses sought to aggravated robbery in Hughes

By 20 August 2014
Witnesses sought to aggravated robbery in Hughes

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery which occurred in Hughes yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, August 19).
About 5pm two men carrying knives entered the Australia Post Office at Hughes Shops and demanded cash from the employee.
One of the offenders threatened the employee while the second jumped the counter and removed the till. They left [...]

Magnesium is the Sugar Craver Tamer

By 20 August 2014
Magnesium is the Sugar Craver Tamer

I was pleased to see TV show ‘The Project’ recently talk about research that showed if you crave chocolate you need magnesium. So true! It’s a question I ask all my patients.

Magnesium creates energy and stabilises our blood sugar levels preventing sugar cravings. That alone is a lifesaver, but there’s more…
It also [...]

ACT Debating Union New Competitions for students

By 20 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Debating Union New Competitions for students

The ACT Debating Union (ACTDU) is the largest organiser of schools debating in the ACT. A volunteer run organisation that aims to promote debating, public speaking and analytical skills to students in the ACT.
This year ACTDU is running two new exciting competitions! They will both involve two full days of debating over concurrent weekends, held [...]

Public property defaced; man arrested

By 20 August 2014

Last night (August 19) ACT Policing arrested a 62-year-old man of no fixed abode after several incidents of public amenities being defaced with faeces in John Knight Park, Belconnen.
Throughout August, several incidents of property damage were reported by Territory and Municipal Services staff to ACT Policing. All incidents involved faeces smeared across public amenities in [...]

ACT woodlands increased, protected and restored

By 20 August 2014

The extent and condition of ACT woodlands has improved over the past decade, a review released today by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, has revealed.
“A recent review of the ACT Lowland Woodland Conservation Strategy found that the amount of woodland under – or identified for – conservation management has increased and that major woodland [...]

Should the Chamberlains’ car be in the National Museum?

By 20 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Should the Chamberlains' car be in the National Museum?

I remember being in a car with my family on the way to the snow one year when I was about 7 or 8 and there was an awful accident. We had been stuck in a jam for ages and when traffic finally moved there were people still on the scene covered in blood, about [...]

Quick to condemn Palmer after the fact but not during the rant

By 20 August 2014

I found Clive Palmer’s outburst on Q&A on Monday night pretty awful and something we shouldn’t see from a Member of Parliament.
I do however wonder why Tony Jones or Penny Wong didn’t step in to disagree?
I find it a very ‘Australian’ thing to do. To stand by and smile while someone spews vile statements that [...]

Tony McAbbott – Meddler In Chief

By 20 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Tony McAbbott – Meddler In Chief

I can’t think for the life of me why our PM would want to suggest that the world as we know it will cease to be if the Scots get independence. But then, perhaps the world as he knows it may just end.
Perhaps the flag may need to be revisited with the withdrawal of the [...]

Man arrested on sexual assault offences

By 20 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing arrested a 19-year-old man yesterday (Tuesday, August 19) after he allegedly sexually assaulted two women in Campbell on two separate occasions.
Police will allege the man sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman in June last year after a night out in Civic.
The second incident is alleged to have occurred earlier this year, in February, at [...]

Nursing home foyer fire

By 19 August 2014

Firefighters extinguished a small fire earlier tonight at a northside nursing home.
ACT Fire & Rescue responded to the incident at the Bupa Aged Care facility in Bindel Street Aranda just before 6 o’clock.
Fire crews arrived to find a lounge chair fire in the foyer alight causing the area to fill with smoke.
Firefighters quickly extinguished [...]

Drink driver caught in school car park

By 19 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Drink driver caught in school car park

ACT Policing will summons a 60-year-old Palmerston man caught drink driving while dropping his granddaughter to school in Nicholls yesterday (Monday August 18).
About 8.50am, police received a report that a gold Toyota Avalon had collided into two parked cars in the car park of the Holy Spirit Primary School on Anne Clark Avenue, Nicholls.
Witnesses informed [...]

Sex offender rehabilitation program, refund?

By 19 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Today the ACT courts added a couple extra years to the Belconnen Library serial child sex offender sentence. http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/belconnen-library-child-molester-to-serve-extra-three-years-jail-20140818-105d87.html
It was his sixth conviction for offences against children.
At what point do we say enough is enough, this obviously isn’t working?
Who is delivering this service and who’s responsible for ensuring offenders are allowed to reenter the community without further harming our [...]

Belconnen Community Council survey on BCC meetings

By 19 August 2014

Have you attended a Belconnen Community Council meeting?
Do you have ideas on how it could be run better?
Or have you never attended one?
What stops or prevents you?
Please tell us in this very short survey.

Mix of experience and youth drives LJ Hooker Belconnen’s success

By 19 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Mix of experience and youth drives LJ Hooker Belconnen's success

LJ Hooker Belconnen franchise principal Dennis Vlandis has been in the real estate game long enough to know that there’s more to success than just good sales figures.
It is a 20-strong team focused on nurturing young talent (LJ Hooker Belconnen’s Luke Evans recently won the REIACT 2014 Novice Auctioneer of the Year Award) and [...]

Tags to provide protection from Mr Fluffy asbestos

By 19 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, has announced the rollout of high visibility tags in meter boxes for Mr Fluffy homes in Canberra to make it easier for tradespeople to know when they are working on a house which contains the loose-fill asbestos.
Homes affected by loose-fill asbestos will be required by law to have tags fixed in [...]

Police seek assistance to locate missing man

By 18 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police seek assistance to locate missing man

ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to help locate a missing 48-year-old man.
The man, David Pang, was reported missing earlier today by his wife.
David was last seen about 10pm last night at their home in Weston.
David is described as having an olive complexion, with short, dark brown hair, brown eyes, a medium build and [...]

Analysing the New ACTION Network – Part 1

By 18 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Analysing the New ACTION Network - Part 1

So ACTION has released its long awaited Network 14. They are promising more buses that are more direct. This is being achieved by culling late night services with low patronage. This is the first ever network that has been designed using data from MyWay – an electronic ticketing system that tracks where you get on [...]

Fire extinguished in switchboard at Belconnen High School

By 18 August 2014

Firefighters have extinguished a fire from an electrical switchboard at the Belconnen High School, Murranji Street, Hawker.
ACT Fire & Rescue has evacuated approximately 450 staff and students as a precaution.
Crews are currently clearing smoke from the area and conducting ventilation operations before allowing staff and students to return to the area.
Three fire pumpers are on [...]

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