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The Green Army wants you!

By 14 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Join the Green Army!
Is this for you?
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 in your local community?
Would you like to be paid an allowance while gaining skills, training and experience [...]

Police respond to three firearm incidents overnight

By 13 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is responding to reports of the discharge of firearms in three incidents from overnight (Thursday 12 March).
About 9.50pm last night, police received reports of shots fired in Boustead Circuit, Kambah. Patrols responded and located damage, which appears to be from a gunshot, to a front window of a home. No one was home [...]

Petition to bring back ACT light vehicle registration stickers

By 13 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

For anyone in the ACT who would prefer to have current registration stickers returned to our vehicles, please sign this petition and share if you believe they are worthwhile.

Man in custody after Wanniassa homicide

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has taken a 45-year-old Symonston man into custody following a suspicious death of a man in Wanniassa yesterday (Tuesday, March 10).
About 3pm today (Wednesday, March 11), investigations led police to an address in O’Connor and the man came into police custody without incident. He was taken to the ACT Watch House and is [...]

ACT rego stickers…or lack thereof!

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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What happens in the ACT if you don’t receive your rego renewal?
Well, I can tell you that you get a rather large fine!
I was pulled over by one of the police cars who do the plate recognition, and the police officer told me that I was not registered. To my knowledge this was not true, [...]

Police investigating suspicious death in Wanniassa

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious death of a man in Wanniassa yesterday evening (Tuesday 10 March).Police were called to a home in Wanniassa for a check welfare around 7pm. Responding patrols arrived about 7.05pm and upon forcing entry to the home located a deceased 61-year-old man within the residence.A 68-year-old invalid woman was located in a bedroom [...]

Braddon: Green village to apartments

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Australian Government created the suburb of Braddon in the 1920s-1930s to provide housing for the new capital’s service workers and public sector employees. No private developers had any interest in making the investment. So much for the free market taking up opportunities!

But today, so much has changed. Any developer would now love to get [...]

Witnesses sought to vehicle fires in Watson

By 10 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating two vehicle fires in Watson from Thursday 5 March.
About 12.15am, police were called to Higinbotham Street after receiving reports of two vehicles on fire at the location.
When police arrived, three fire trucks were at the scene and a large crowd had gathered with many reporting they heard an explosion.
ACT Fire and [...]

Funding extended for ACT Indigenous health service

By 10 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Senator Zed Seselja has today announced that Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service (ACT) Incorporated will have its funding extended for another three years as part of the Abbott Government’s investment in primary and preventable health care.
From the media release:
Indigenous communities across the ACT will benefit from a $8,470,312 investment in primary and preventable health care as [...]

What grows in your garden?

By 9 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 17 March 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]

The Canberra Environment Centre is running the second of its gardening basics workshops on Tuesday 17 March. The topic? Soil.

Last Tuesday, Keith Colls from Canberra City Farm invited participants of ‘organic pest control’ to learn different ways to identify pests and diseases, how best to treat common ailments as well as a good background on [...]

Witnesses sought to multiple vehicle damage in Bruce

By 9 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to multiple incidents of vehicle damage that occurred in Bruce over the weekend.
Police responded to numerous complaints of damage to vehicles parked in and around unit complexes in Thynne Street and Lampard Circuit.
Multiple cars were broken into with a number of items stolen including wallets, cash, credit cards, an [...]

Restorative justice – a myth?

By 9 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In Australia we have a complex attitude towards the rehabilitation of offenders in our judicial system. We have many in our society who believe in an eye for an eye and hard-line punishment as a means of preventing recidivism.
Few will come out and support good rehabilitative programs. Rather than believing that some offenders can change their aberrant behaviour, [...]

Man to face court on assault charge

By 9 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has charged a 30-year-old NSW man with assault following an incident in Hackett on Saturday afternoon (March 7) in which a 30-year-old man suffered serious head injuries.
Around 5pm, police responded to reports of a disturbance in Hackett. Upon attending they found a man lying unconscious on the ground with head injuries.
Witness reports suggest [...]

Podcast: ScienceAlert’s journey to 6.4 million Facebook likes

By 6 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Startup Capital is a locally produced, biweekly podcast discussing startups and innovation. 
In this episode, ScienceAlert’s Journey to 6.4 million Facebook likes, Mitch and Matt spoke to Chris Cassella, founder of media powerhouse ScienceAlert. This media news site has a legion of more than 6.4 million Facebook fans. We asked Chris how they did this and how [...]

500 drivers caught speeding last month

By 4 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing’s traffic targeting during February saw more than 504 drivers caught speeding across Canberra, with four drivers caught travelling more than 45km/h over the speed limit.
“Alarmingly, just over half of those drivers were caught speeding in a school zone, showing blatant disregard for the safety of children; our most vulnerable road users,” Traffic Operations [...]

Local leaders – Michael McGoogan (UberGlobal)

By 4 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra technology prodigy Michael McGoogan founded what would become one of Australia’s largest cloud service providers, UberGlobal, in his Rivett bedroom when he was just 14.
It was the early 2000s and Michael, a self-confessed computer geek, had identified an opportunity to make money hosting and designing websites for businesses. Within six months, he had 500 [...]

Seselja welcomes funding for safer schools

By 3 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today welcomed funding for Canberra Grammar School under the Coalition Government’s $18 million Schools Security Programme.
“Canberra Grammar School is one of 54 schools to receive funding under the programme, which delivers on our election commitment to continue assistance to schools at risk of attack, harassment or violence caused [...]

ACT Government leads nation on climate change action

By 3 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra’s environmental watchdog has given the thumbs up to the ACT Government’s response to climate change in the region, Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell and Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Robert Neil announced today.
The commissioner today released his report into the government’s implementation of the ACT’s climate change policy, which provides an assessment [...]

What does the ACT think about the death penalty?

By 3 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Inside my backyard shed are two signs that my fiancée and I recently made. The signs read, “Indonesia, we love you but please tell your Government to stop killing Australian citizens”.
Over the past month or so, I have spoken on various radio stations and contributed to numerous public forums against the state sanctioned killing of [...]

Chic Henry and the tram to nowhere?

By 2 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve had a couple of long conversations with Summernats’ Chic Henry, who is tossing up whether to run in the 2016 ACT election.
He told me that the Liberals want him to stand but one of the reasons he hasn’t yet committed is his age. If he were fifteen years younger he’d have no hesitation, but [...]

Murder charge; man to face court

By 1 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has charged a 40-year-old man with murder following an incident in Calwell yesterday afternoon (Saturday, February 28) in which a 28-year-old woman was killed.
Police were called to the Duggan St apartment block around 4.40pm, responding to reports of a disturbance at the location.
Upon attending, police found forced entry to the apartment, and the [...]

Light rail and intersections?

By 1 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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According to Capital Metro:

Who will have priority at traffic lights?
A level of priority is typically provided for light rail to help the service run efficiently. This occurs as a part of planning that helps the light sequencing to support the major traffic flow (such as the inbound traffic in the morning peak). This means that [...]

Teen arrested after aggravated robbery in Gowrie

By 27 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has apprehended a 17-year-old male from Canberra’s south following an aggravated robbery in Gowrie yesterday (26 February).
About 11:10am, a male walking along the underpass near Isabella Drive and Ashley Drive, Gowrie, was approached by two males. One male was carrying a baseball bat in a backpack and made demands for the victim’s mobile [...]

Possum beater on video not convicted

By 26 February 2015
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I am outraged by the results of one of our most recent animal cruelty cases. As published in The Canberra Times today, Lyons resident Domaneco Zizi escaped conviction after attacking a possum with a pole and eventually killing it.
In this case, our RSPCA ACT inspectors received actual video footage of the attack.
Furthermore, although we were unable [...]

Why is Canberra Australia’s fittest city?

By 26 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data, almost three out of four Canberra residents participate in sport or some sort of physical activity – the highest rate out of anywhere in Australia.
It is pretty easy to see that Canberra is an active city. Everyone I know plays some sort of sport or regularly goes to [...]

Canberra – a little piece of somewhere other than Australia

By 25 February 2015

What’s up with Canberra’s obsession with feral and introduced trees and shrubs?
I think Canberra fits much better into a European landscape – one filled with deciduous trees and no understorey – rather than an Australian landscape of diversity and bush. Unfortunately, the Canberra look is perpetuated by a government-led planting regime that reinforces its un-Australian appearance.
What [...]

Local leaders – Andy and Bec Losik (Anchor & Bliss)

By 25 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Andy and Bec Losik are the creative entrepreneurs behind tattoo-focused skincare brand Anchor & Bliss. While they’re public servants during business hours, like many in the sector they’ve dedicated their spare time to building a microbusiness that better reflects their passions and interests.
“No matter who’s in government, cuts in the public service tend to hit [...]

Canberra basketballer Janna Sladic found dead, overdose suspected

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Former Canberra Capitals player Janna Sladic has died from a suspected heroin overdose, media has today reported.
The 29-year-old was found by family at around 1.30am on Friday (20 February 2015) in West Belconnen, less than two weeks after walking free from court after convincing a judge she had made progress in her rehabilitation.
Janna was a rising [...]

Costco petrol no longer cheaper?

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I filled up at Costco on 22 January at $1.16 per litre. Checking Woolies fuel app on 23 January it would appear that the airport is the same price as most other outlets in the ACT at $112.9.
Does this mean that Costco is no longer offering cheaper petrol than anywhere else? I thought this would happen. [...]

Abode Hotels and Canberra Hospital Foundation join forces to help families

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Health Simon Corbell will attend a partnership event at Abode Woden today to celebrate the partnership between Abode Hotels and the Canberra Hospital Foundation that will ease the burdens placed on families of patients receiving care at nearby Canberra Hospital.
The Canberra Hospital Foundation supports families that find themselves [...]

Anzac centenary commemorated through the arts

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today announced over $80,000 in funding for two arts and culture projects as part of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program.
From the media release:
The ACT’s Centenary of Anzac commemorations received a boost today with Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja today announcing [...]

Ruddock given the whip

By 23 February 2015
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The sacking of Phillip Ruddock caused me to contemplate a number of issues.
Firstly, I have served with Phillip Ruddock on a couple of ministerial councils and found him to be a warm and honest man. A little dry perhaps, sometimes appearing to lack humour and very semantic, he was nonetheless a man of conviction and [...]

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