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Southquay popular with local developers

By 1 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Spirited bidding by 11 registered parties has seen three multi-unit sites at the new waterfront development at Southquay in Greenway sold today at auction for a total of $9.705 million with all blocks being purchased by local Canberra developers.
The largest block is 7,385sqm fronting Anketell Street. It permits the building of up to 185 dwellings [...]

Bash someone unconscious – 80 hours community service???

By 1 October 2014

The Canberra Times reports that a Canberra man who bashed and kicked a Civic reveller unconscious has been sentenced today to 80 hours community service work.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/community-service-for-civic-bashing-20140930-10o662.html#ixzz3Eng044bB
The footage is horrifying to watch and the sentence seems woefully inadequate. What interested me is the statement that the magistrate didn’t think jail was appropriate… so when is it appropriate ??

ACT strengthens its innovative approach to drug crime

By 1 October 2014

Support programs that help to reduce the prevalence of drug crime in the ACT will be strengthened, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today as he released the Evaluation of the Australian Capital Territory Drug Diversion Programs (2013).
“The territory has been a leader in introducing dedicated drug diversion programs, with five court and police administered programs now [...]

Bushfire season starts today

By 1 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

With bushfire season starting today Canberrans should consider how best to prepare for the months ahead, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, said today.
Mr Corbell joined representatives of the ACT’s fire services at Wybalena Grove in Cook to officially launch bushfire season in the ACT.
“With the warmer weather returning, it is time for [...]

Seeking alternatives to the Emergency Department

By 1 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Chief Minister was forced to apologise last week over an elderly man being left in his own urine in The Canberra Hospital as nurses were too busy to clean him up. During an ABC666 discussion on the matter, someone sensibly (I thought) questioned why this was a job for highly skilled nurse busy with more [...]

Tasers – alternative to death by cop

By 1 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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When I was in the Assembly, as a minister for these sorts of things, I wanted to do a trial to see if TASERs were an effective alternative to firearms.
The Liberal Opposition was vehemently opposed to the whole idea saying that the TASERs would kill more people from heart attacks than the conventional weapons carried [...]

Police seek witnesses from city brawl

By 30 September 2014
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ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying offenders involved in a large disturbance involving up to 20 people in Civic in the early hours of Sunday, September 21.
About 2.40am on that date, a disturbance broke out inside the Monkey Bar nightclub on Bunda Street, with reports that chairs and bottles had been thrown.
On [...]

Witnesses sought to suspicious fires

By 30 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to six separate fires which occurred last night and early this morning (Tuesday, September 30).
Overnight, police were notified of a number of trees and wheelie bins on fire in Richardson, Calwell and Theodore.
ACT Fire and Rescue attended and extinguished the fires.
A midnight purple coloured Holden Commodore sedan was observed in [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 30/09/14

By 30 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Brianna Heseltine and the ALP
It has been revealed that Brianna Heseltine from the Fluffy Owner’s and Residents’ Action Group has joined the ALP. In an interview with Marcus Paul, Heseltine broke down arguing that as a private citizen she has the right to privacy on the issue. Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has responded [...]

Flip Out these school holidays

By 30 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As school holidays kick off this week, there’s plenty for parents and children to love about Hume indoor trampoline arena Flip Out.
With giant trampolines, foam pits and no age restrictions, Flip Out Hume’s Meredith Hetherington says the bright green, 1800 square metre facility is the perfect way to keep kids entertained, healthy and active over [...]

Drink driver caught after collision with fence

By 29 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has charged a 28-year-old Charnwood man with drink driving and reckless driving offences after a collision in Macgregor on Saturday morning (September 27).
About 4.50am, Belconnen Patrol members attended a residence in Marcus Faunce Street, Macgregor, following a report of a male trespassing at that property. On arrival, police saw a white Toyota Camry [...]

House fire extinguished at Ngunnawal

By 28 September 2014

Firefighters are currently on scene at Carina Street, Ngunnawal following a fire in a lounge room.
House was vacant at the time of the fire.
ACT Fire & Rescue has extinguished the fire and are currently conducting ventilation operations.
Two fire pumpers on scene, the Breathing Apparatus Van and one Commander.
Crews were alerted following an Emergency Triple Zero [...]

Canberra and Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 28 September 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: $2,080,000
Lowest Price: $172,500
Average Sale Price: $585,345 (- 0.58%)
2,491 properties currently for sale
52 sales properties had price reductions
91 properties went under offer
124 properties SOLD!
185 properties have come onto the [...]

Illogical bicycle laws

By 27 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra has introduced new laws regarding bicycles on roads:
Cycling safety advocates have welcomed a planned trial of new minimum passing distances for drivers overtaking bike riders on ACT roads.
Attorney-General Simon Corbell announced the trial of mandated minimum distances, requiring drivers to leave one metre when passing in speed zones of up to 60 km/h and [...]

Drivers urged to stay safe over long weekend

By 27 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is urging Canberra drivers to stay safe over the Community Day long weekend, when police will be conducting high-visibility patrols.
Traffic Operations Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson said with large numbers of motorists travelling in and out of Canberra over the long weekend, drivers are reminded to obey speed limits, take regular breaks and [...]

ACT Retains AAA Stable Credit Rating

By 26 September 2014

Despite the compounding effects of the Commonwealth Government’s policy to reduce spending and significantly contract the size of the Australian Public Service, Standard & Poor’s has acknowledged the ACT Government’s continued commitment in its 2014-15 Budget to build and transform the ACT economy and provide stability in an uncertain economic environment through affirming the ACT’s [...]

Canberrans urged to report OMCG activity

By 26 September 2014

Canberrans are being encouraged to report illegal activity by outlaw motorcycle gangs to Crimestoppers with a new campaign launched by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, ACT Chief Police Officer, Rudi Lammers, and the ACT Chairman of Crime Stoppers Australia, Bryan Roach
The awareness Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCGs) Awareness Rewards campaign is in support [...]

On Water or On Land Operations

By 26 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We have been engaged in a post on the involvement of the military forces in Iraq and Syria in recent days.
Be that as it may, has anyone spotted the rank hypocrisy of the detail of information we have on that conflict?
We know the names of the towns that are strafed, we know how [...]

And the 2014 Canberra BusinessPoint Business Award winners are…

By 26 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra photo booth business Red Robot has been recognised for its innovation and growth in design and manufacturing of single operator photo booths by winning the 2014 Canberra BusinessPoint Business of the Year award.
Hosted by Canberra innovation champion and CEO of ANU Enterprises Sarah Pearson at the National Portrait Gallery last night (25 September), the [...]

New measures for ESA to tackle emergencies

By 25 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today put forward proposed new laws designed to minimise the risk of bushfires and improve public safety.
“I introduced the Emergencies Amendment Bill into the ACT Legislative Assembly to assist our community, particularly rural land owners and managers to plan and prepare for the risks associated with [...]

Riot Wellbeing Column – send in your questions

By 25 September 2014
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Have you ever thought about increasing your wellbeing? Or, wondered what impact natural therapies could have on anything that might be concerning you health wise?
Deciphering the variety of therapies and interventions for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing in a bid to find what is right for you can be like wading [...]

Poor privileged Pete

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The former Parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper has managed to avoid the Go-Slow (as an ex-lawyer who worked with me as producer used to refer to the House of Correction).
He’d spent a bit of time inside after dipping in to his trust fund.
It’s not easy being a lawyer – so many temptations.
Of course that won’t be [...]

Tanning Beds – Major Parties Destroy another Small Business

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We’re all going to die, actually, many of us already have. In fact, I think my life is going to be rather short compared to others but regardless of that, Betty Gobin owns a small tanning salon business.
One day it was worth $280,000, now, after last year’s announcement to ban commercial tanning salons in the [...]

Parking Uni House style

By 24 September 2014
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Caught at lunch time yesterday at Uni house ANU… nice small car took two spots!!!! Displayed no parking permit as well! Moral car owner of the year, hope he got two fines for taking two spots.

$140 million investment for Canberra Data Centres

By 24 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra has again proved that it punches above its weight when it comes to technology, with local data centre company Canberra Data Centres (CDC) selling a 45 per cent stake in its business for $140 million last week.
The Australian Financial Review reports that the investor is Sydney-based private equity firm Quadrant. CDC, which was founded by Ken Lowe [...]

Love your local Environment Centre

By 24 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Love your local Environment Centre
- Dan Kelly does! -
It’s that time again; the Canberra Environment Centre is holding its annual fundraising event, but this year with a twist, and a cocktail.
Chris Endrey, beloved host of In Canberra Tonight, will sit down with David Pope (cartoonist for the Canberra Times); Shane Rattenbury (ACT Greens member for [...]

ACT Government recognised as a global sustainability leader

By 24 September 2014

The ACT Government’s commitment to sustainability has received further international recognition with Environment Minister, Simon Corbell, being invited by the Danish Prime Minister, Ms Helle Thorning-Schmidt, to attend the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF 2014) in Copenhagen from October 20-21.
Mr Corbell was one of just four Australians to receive an invitation to be among 250 [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap

By 24 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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In the Legislative Assembly, Shadow Education Minister Steve Deszpot has attacked the Government with claims that ACT teachers are overwhelmed with administrative tasks. Deszpot put it to Minister for Education Joy Burch that teachers want to spend more time teaching and less time penpushing bureaucratic bulldust. Burch responded by delivering an enthralling, prepared, statement that [...]

ISIS – Why, oh Why?

By 24 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I was going to post a comment on the lack of advocacy for aged people in nursing homes but I will do that later this week. I have a bit of checking to do.
In the meantime, I was enraged to see and read the fatwa from ISIS. It is the scariest threat we have [...]

Those parking changes – will it mean 4 wheels good, 2 wheels better?

By 24 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Motorbikes are fun.
Although if you find yourself unexpectedly airborne on one it’s a good idea to at least have your feet on the pegs when you come back to earth as my left knee reminds me if I don’t exercise it constantly.
Bicycles are great – from a design and engineering point of view, efficiency, the [...]

$720,000 funding for arts projects

By 23 September 2014

Minister for the Arts Joy Burch today announced that a visual artist mentorship program, a contemporary pop band, and a dance theatre group are among the 49 successful applicants who will share in arts funding worth $720,000.
“The ACT Government is extremely pleased to have been able to increase the number of projects being funded for [...]

Clearer inquiries process for the Supreme Court

By 23 September 2014

Amendments to the Crimes Act 1900, passed today in the Legislative Assembly will bring certainty to the process of inquiring into criminal convictions, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
“The amendments to the Act clarify the judicial nature of the Supreme Court when it considers a report of an inquiry and ensure that there are no [...]

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