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Nicole Feely new ACT Health Director General

By 15 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Lead Partner for Health at KPMG Canberra and former chief executive of South Metropolitan Health (Western Australia) and St Vincent’s Health (Victoria), Ms Nicole Feely, will be the next ACT Health Director General, Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Health Simon Corbell announced today.
“I am very happy to announce that Ms Feely will be [...]

Simon Corbell to address North Canberra Community Council

By 15 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 19 May 2015 at 8:15 pm; ] Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell will address the North Canberra Community Council on Tuesday 19 May 2015. 

Minister Corbell will discuss Canberra’s progress toward sustainability, including renewable energy policies, energy efficiency policies and the Capital Metro project.

The Community Council has asked the Deputy Chief Minister to respond to the following questions:

How does the Government plan to meet [...]

Boy, 12, missing from Belconnen area

By 15 May 2015
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UPDATE: ACT Policing says the boy has been located safe and well (11.30am Friday 15 May).
ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to locate a 12-year-old boy, missing since yesterday evening (Thursday, May 14).
The North-side boy did not return home from school yesterday and was last seen at 8.30pm yesterday in Belconnen, at the traffic lights [...]

Car crashes into IP Australia building

By 14 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Fire and Rescue is on scene at IP Australia in Woden after a vehicle smashed into the building.
The building has sustained some minor structural damage. Four windows have also been destroyed.
ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics are also on scene. No injuries to the driver however one bystander has been treated for anxiety.

(Photo credit: Nick [...]

FASHFEST 2015 hits the Convention Centre

By 14 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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FASHFEST is back and bigger than ever, kicking off for its third year last night.
Unlike previous years where the four-night event was held at the Canberra International Airport, this year guests are being treated to an extravagant experience at the National Convention Centre. The foyer and catwalk space are decked out with gossamer curtains, multiple [...]

Voter action needed following Dickson shops debacle

By 13 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There have been recent reports that the controversial Dickson supermarket proposal continues to be debated behind closed doors within the government planning bureaucracy.
Residents have devoted hours (days!) attempting to convince this government that residents are not opposed to changes within the shopping centre. It is just that this particular proposal is so wrong for Dickson. [...]

New award categories for 2015 Telstra Business Women’s Awards

By 13 May 2015
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The Telstra Business Women’s Awards will this year introduce three new award categories that focus on entrepreneurial and socially minded women. 
From Telstra’s media release:
New awards categories including, Start-Up, Entrepreneur and For Purpose and Social Enterprise have been added to the 2015 Telstra Business Women’s Awards, recognising that brilliant business women come from across all sectors [...]

Local leaders – Jackson Bursill (Neverest)

By 13 May 2015
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University student and Australian cross country skier Jackson Bursill will this month lead a gruelling 75km, 9000-vertical metre trek above Corin Dam to raise funds for Nepal’s earthquake recovery.
Jackson and friend Steven Mackay had planned to trek to Everest base camp this September. Instead, the pair now hope to raise $50,000 for the Australian Himalayan [...]

Police responding to incident and house fire in Red Hill

By 12 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Around 9:40am this morning, ACT Policing responded to an incident in La Perouse Street, Red Hill.
Police were called to attend the house after reports of a disturbance and a house fire. ACT Fire & Rescue attended the location to extinguish a fire.
Two people, a woman and young child have been conveyed to hospital with critical [...]

Interim domestic violence order to better protect victims

By 12 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The government will introduce amendments to interim domestic violence orders and change the definition of family violence to ensure victims receive greater support, Attorney-General Simon Corbell announced last night.
Speaking at the launch of Law Week 2015, Mr Corbell said the changes were part of the government’s major legislative reform program to respond to the outcomes [...]

Break and enter at Detect A Den Fyshwick

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Thieves have allegedly stolen over $10,000 worth of metal detecting equipment from metal detector and prospecting store Detect A Den overnight.
At least two men gained entry to the Townsville Street business at around 2.40am on Monday morning (11 May 2015) by smashing a window. Security footage has been handed to police.
Detect A Den owner Terry Lemon says [...]

A new platform for sharing Canberra’s social justice stories

By 11 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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When Lee Constable (pictured above, right) isn’t completing her Masters in Science Communication or traveling Australia teaching kids about science with Questacon, she produces and presents social justice radio program Soapbox on local community radio station 2XXFM.
Soapbox this month received a Great Ydeas Small Grant from YWCA Canberra, which is a grant of up to [...]

ActewAGL jobs to be slashed after budget cuts

By 8 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra-based utility provider ActewAGL has today announced that as many as 83 jobs will be cut as the result of a 36 per cent cut to its operating budget.
From ActewAGL’s media release:
ActewAGL has announced how many job losses are proposed as a result of the AER’s final decision on the ACT’s electricity distribution network for the period [...]

Free legal advice on wills

By 8 May 2015

[ 13 May 2015 at 11:00 am; 14 May 2015 at 11:45 am; ] The President of the Law Society of the ACT, Martin Hockridge, has today announced free advice sessions on wills and powers of attorney that will be run as part of ACT Law Week.

“Many people either don’t realise how important it is to have a will, or they think they can leave it until later,” said [...]

Another traffic infringement notice scam

By 7 May 2015
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ACT Policing has today issued another warning against scam traffic infringement notices, this time for “irresponsible driving a car.”
Morning Canberra,
It would seem that the scammers are at it again with another version of the email traffic infringement notice doing the rounds.
For the LOL’s, we received this email from the scammers this morning telling us this [...]

Karma – the website that reviews you!

By 7 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Entrepreneurship can be a lonely game and in the case of these young Canberran gents, it can be controversial too. Monish Parajuli and brothers Dayne Rathbone and Clyde Rathbone (pictured above) are in the latter stages of developing a website which’s primary function is to publically evaluate human beings.
As I sat to chew the fat with [...]

Local leaders – Phil Preston and Duncan Amos (Red Robot)

By 6 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra may not be a city renowned for its manufacturing prowess, but it is home to the largest photo booth manufacturer in the southern hemisphere, Red Robot.
Founded by Canberrans Phil Preston and Duncan Amos in 2007, the local tech start up produces portable, modular and pop-up photo booths which are exported around the world. Red [...]

Fatal collision in Fadden overnight

By 6 May 2015
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ACT Policing is investigating a collision in Fadden in which a male rider has died.
About 6pm last night (Tuesday, May 5), police responded to a report that a motorcyclist on Erindale Drive, near the intersection with Sulwood Drive, had collided into the back of a car as they were both travelling south.
The 33-year-old rider, Raymond [...]

Did you witness an armed robbery in Calwell this morning?

By 5 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an armed robbery which occurred in Calwell early this morning (Tuesday, 5 May).
Around 1am two women entered the Woolworths Petrol service station at the Calwell Shopping Centre, where they threatened a console operator, one armed with a possible firearm and the other with a syringe.
The console operator complied with [...]

Oh please, show me a sign!

By 5 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Living in Canberra my entire life, I have witnessed first-hand all the changes – good and bad – that this city has gone through to accommodate the growing population.
There is clear evidence that since self government, the ACT has been spending up big to address the congestion between Canberra’s major satellite centres. It is hard [...]

Police responding to suspicious package at Indonesian Embassy

By 4 May 2015
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UPDATE: The white powder found in a package at the Indonesian Embassy has been deemed safe.
ACT Policing is responding to reports of a suspicious package located at the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra this morning (Monday, May 4).
About 10.45am, ACT Policing received the report of the suspicious package at the Indonesian Embassy in Yarralumla.
ACT Policing is [...]

Event: Ammonia – The clean renewable fuel for the future?

By 4 May 2015

[ 7 May 2015 at 5:30 pm; ] This presentation by Bryan Furnass is hosted by the Frank Fenner Foundation – all are welcome.

Almost all climate scientists are convinced that the main cause of global heating and climate disruption is the prodigious combustion of hydrocarbons over the past century, with anthropogenic pollution with greenhouse gases causing grave threats to biodiversity, food security and [...]

Witnesses sought to ‘one punch’ assault in Braddon

By 4 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating a one punch assault that occurred on Mort Street in Braddon in the early hours of Sunday 3 May.
About 1.47am police were approached by a male who informed them a male had been knocked out near the intersection of Mort Street and Bunda Street.
Police arrived on the scene where they found [...]

Man to face court over car thefts

By 4 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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An 18-year-old Bonner man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Monday, May 4) charged with a number of traffic offences.
Police will allege that on Thursday 11 March 2015, the man stole a silver Toyota Kluger from a home in Ainslie and number plates belonging to a Honda Civic in Belconnen.
On Friday 12 March, the [...]

Next Gen and OnTheGo Sports announce partnership

By 1 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra fitness apparel brand OnTheGo Sports and Next Gen Health & Lifestyle Clubs have this week announced a new partnership whereby OnTheGo will develop and design uniforms for staff across Next Gen’s five Australian and New Zealand clubs.
From Next Gen’s media release:
Next Gen Health & Lifestyle clubs, with their newest club opening soon in Lyneham, have [...]

Burns at Evatt today

By 30 April 2015

The Territory and Municipal Services Directorate will today, Thursday 30 April, 2015, weather permitting, conduct two ecological burns at Evatt.
The burns will occur on two small plots adjacent to Croke Place and William Webb Drive, near Ginninderra Creek. The aim of the project is to confirm that burning is effective in the Ginninderra Creek corridor [...]

Were alternatives to light rail fully considered?

By 29 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Late last year a caller to 666 Chief Minister Talkback asked then Chief Minister Katy Gallagher why letters the caller had individually addressed to each Legislative Assembly member had not been received. Ms Gallagher’s response was that the letters were opened and forwarded to the appropriate minister, as per standard practice.
These letters each contained technical information on an [...]

Local leaders – Benjamin Shine

By 29 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Artist and designer Benjamin Shine hasn’t had much sleep in the past week. He’s spent up to 14 hours per day creating large-scale tulle portraits (pictured above) and three-dimensional sculptures for his first ever Australian exhibition, on display now at the Canberra Centre.
“I’ve worked with a lot of fashion brands overseas, and what they’re doing [...]

Traffic infringement notice scam

By 28 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Australian Federal Police has taken to Facebook to warn users of a recent traffic infringement notice scam.
According to the AFP, scammers claiming to be police are asking people to pay traffic infringement notices via email (see image below). This is a scam.
Do not pay any money and do not click any attachments or links. [...]

Canberra women rewarded for aspiring ideas

By 28 April 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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A social justice radio show, a school holiday music program and a website that aims to increase female sports participation are just a few of the Canberra-based projects that have received Great Ydeas Small Grants from YWCA Canberra this morning.
From YWCA Canberra’s media release:
Six Canberra women were this morning awarded Great Ydeas Small Grants by [...]

Kangaroo culls – Do we have the right to protest?

By 28 April 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over 2400 kangaroos will be shot this year as part of an ACT government cull – up almost 1000 on last year’s numbers. Earlier this week it was revealed that the licence authorising the latest cull allows for the shooting of 5000 animals over two years, which also includes shooting in reserves close to residential [...]

Why two-up should be legalised

By 28 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I think gambling is great fun… especially that game so indelibly etched in the Australian psyche: two-up.
Yet it has always struck me as an injustice (and a belittling insult) that although two-up is illegal 364 days of the year, clubs and casinos are permitted to profit from the loss and misery of the Australian public [...]

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