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GRIFFIN Accelerator launches 2015 program

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will today launch the GRIFFIN Accelerator 2015 program intake at the Canberra Innovation Network.
“I look forward to watching a new group of innovators progress through GRIFFIN this year,” said the Chief Minister.
“The ACT Government has placed the acceleration of innovation central to its economic development agenda. We know that entrepreneurs and [...]

Firearm incidents in Waramanga and Kaleen overnight

By 12 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is responding to two reports of the discharge of a firearm in separate incidents from overnight (Thursday 12 February).
About 1.20am three men were seen attending a residence in Kaleen when neighbours heard a loud bang. The men ran from the location and a vehicle was heard driving away.
Police attended a short time later [...]

Temporary road closures for 2015 National Multicultural Festival

By 12 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of a series of temporary road closures in the city to allow for the National Multicultural Festival.
The following closures will take place from midnight Wednesday 11 February 2015 to midnight Monday 16 February 2015:

Alinga Street, between Northbourne Avenue and East Row • East Row, [...]

Local leaders – Andrew Senti and Alex Cannell (Sennell)

By 11 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Andrew Senti and Alex Cannell started Canberra IT services firm Sennell during the peak of the global financial crisis. Their accountant was their only client and they had no idea what was involved in starting a business, but Alex says he and Andrew were confident the business would succeed.
“We were starting an IT services business, [...]

Architects selected to design new Convention Centre

By 10 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Chief Minister Andrew Barr has today announced the selection of architects to create a reference design for a new and significantly expanded Canberra Convention Centre.
Local firm Guida Moseley Brown (GMB) and Rome-based architect Massimiliano Fuksas have been appointed to develop a reference design for the centre. A nine-member judging panel unanimously chose the ‘poetic and [...]

Police nab more drug-affected drivers, fewer drink drivers

By 9 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As part of its multi-agency road safety strategy, ACT Policing actively targeted drink and drug-affected drivers between November and January.
In the last three months, Police conducted 45,014 roadside random breath tests which identified 163 drink-drivers and 508 roadside drug tests, identifying 82 drug impaired drivers.
During the same period last year, ACT Policing caught 301 drunk [...]

Mother & Son – Canberra Theatre (review)

By 9 February 2015
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From the grave to light-hearted cheer, the classic Australian TV series Mother & Son  found its way to the Canberra Theatre. The modernised adaptation of the six series, by the original writer Geoffrey Atherden, combines playful and poignant moments that all families experience with the inevitable deterioration of a loved one.
As twinkle-eyed mother Maggie, played by [...]

Queanbeyan man arrested after car theft

By 9 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has arrested a 28-year-old man from Queanbeyan after he stole a car and breached bail conditions on Sunday morning (8 February).
About 9.20am, the owner of a silver Mazda RX8 started the vehicle in his driveway at Dunlop and while it was running, left it to get something from his house. When he returned [...]

Road resurfacing works at Limestone Avenue intersection

By 8 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of partial lane closures for road resurfacing works at the intersection of Limestone Avenue, Wakefield Avenue and Majura Avenue from Monday 9 February to Thursday 12 February 2015 between 7 pm and 6 am each night.
Motorists are advised to take an alternative route [...]

Police investigate two more shootings

By 8 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating two shooting incidents where multiple shots were fired into two cars at separate locations this morning (Sunday, February 8).
Police were called around 8.15am to a house on Nina Jones Crescent, Chisholm, after the resident reported what appear to be bullet holes in their car. The resident heard a noise around 1.45am [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 8 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $2,090,000
Lowest Price: $120,000
Average Sale Price: $537,346 (- 11.81%)
2453 properties currently for sale
48 sales properties had price reductions
106 properties went under offer
89 properties SOLD!
245 properties have come onto the market
38 [...]

Shooting in Gowrie; police execute search warrants

By 7 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations executed three search warrants this week in relation to the Gowrie shooting incident on Monday (February 2).
On Monday, police were called about 2.30am after the resident reported a number of shots fired into the home with three people inside. Police have since identified five shots were fired at the home.
Detectives from [...]

Have your say on smart parking in Canberra

By 6 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Planning Mick Gentleman have invited Canberrans to share their views on plans to transform parking in the ACT.
A public discussion paper, Smart Parking – transforming parking in the ACT, is now available on the ACT Government’s Time to Talk website for consultation, which will take place for one month [...]

Wind auction delivers renewable energy and economic benefits

By 6 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT’s first wind energy reverse auction has resulted in a $50 million direct investment into the local economy and broader economic benefits in excess of $240 million, Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell announced today.
 “The auction has also delivered low renewable energy prices and enough renewable energy to provide for approximately 33% of Canberra’s [...]

I call The Honourable….

By 6 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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With the hullabaloo over knighthoods and dameships, I was caused to think of another anachronism hanging about in our parliaments. This is the practice of awarding the title of “The Honourable” to MPs. This award is made to ministers and speakers and is awarded for life.
Once upon a time a Prime Minister (and the Deputy PM [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly political wrap 5/2/15

By 5 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Poor results for ACT hospitals
Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has lashed out at Health Minister Simon Corbell after new revelations that Canberra’s hospitals are underperforming compared with hospitals in other jurisdictions. A National Health Performance Authority reported that only 60 per cent of Canberrans who visit the ACT’s emergency departments manage to access a doctor [...]

Police to investigate historic sexual abuse at ACT institutions

By 4 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has established Operation Attest to investigate allegations of historical sexual abuse at institutions within the ACT.
 On 31 October 2013, the Crimes Legislation Bill 2013 was introduced by the ACT Legislative Assembly. This amendment removed the statute of limitations which now allows prosecution of certain historical sexual offences committed between 1951 and 1985.
Operation Attest [...]

Bulk billing on the rise in Canberra

By 4 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s now easier to see a general practitioner and bulk billing rates are on the rise, according to the Productivity Commission’s report on government services, released today.
Key report findings

There are now more general practitioners per capita in the ACT
Availability of GPs increased from 65.5 to 72 per 100,000 people between 2010-11 and 2013-14.

The ACT has the [...]

Canberra accounting firm Joyce|Dickson joins MGI alliance 

By 4 February 2015

Local accounting firm Joyce|Dickson Accountants has today announced it has joined one of the world’s largest alliances of independent accounting firms, MGI alliance.
Joyce|Dickson managing partner Lorin Joyce said the firm, which specialises in providing support and advice to family and private business clients, chose to join MGI as it has similar areas of expertise.
“We now operate in [...]

Local leaders – Robert Leticq (Privileges Card Pty Ltd)

By 4 February 2015
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Canberra businesses interested in learning about international expansion could do far worse than take advice from the founder and managing director of Privileges Card Pty Ltd, Robert Leticq.
Since starting the Privileges Card business in Canberra in 1991 (which he says makes it the longest surviving product of its kind), Robert has successfully taken the concept [...]

Canberrans urged to light a candle for death row prisoners in Indonesia

By 4 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 5 February 2015 at 6:00 pm; ] Canberra residents will light candles in solidarity with at least 64 people who are on death row in Indonesia for drug smuggling offences on Thursday night (5 February).

“Amnesty International is a worldwide movement that opposes the death penalty in any circumstance, for any person,” ACT community organiser Bede Carmody said.

“We invite Canberra residents to the [...]

Have you seen this conman?

By 3 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking to identify a man involved in a scam on an elderly woman in January and have released a facefit of the offender.
About 11am on Monday 5 January, an 80-year-old Turner woman was approached by two men at her home.
The woman was told that she needed her roof fixed as it was [...]

Love locks to be cut from Aspen Island bridge

By 3 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the National Capital Authority (NCA) has gotten into the spirit by announcing it’s taking bolt cutters to the love locks on Aspen Island’s John Douglas Gordon footbridge.
The NCA says it is taking preventative action now, removing the love locks before any serious damage occurs to the structure of the [...]

Police investigate shooting in Gowrie

By 2 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations is investigating a shooting incident in Gowrie this morning (Monday 2 February).
Police were called around 2.30am this morning to a house in Gowrie after the resident reported a number of shots fired into the home.
Three people were home at the time of the incident however were not struck by any rounds.
Members [...]

Witnesses sought to Fyshwick car theft

By 2 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the theft of two cars this morning (Monday 2 February) from a car yard in Fyshwick.
About 5.00am a man entered the secure car yard of the Central Wholesale Clearance, on Albany Street, by scaling the fence.
Once inside the man has used a car belonging the car yard to ram [...]

School zones are back for 2015

By 2 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

As children return to school in Canberra this week, Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch has joined ACT Policing Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers to remind motorists that 40km/h school zones are now in effect.
“It is estimated that more than 42,700 students will be starting in our public schools across Canberra and others [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 1 February 2015
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The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $2,400,000
Lowest Price: $205,000
Average Sale Price: $609,273 (+ 2.94%)
2273 properties currently for sale
41 sales properties had price reductions
95 properties went under offer
53 properties SOLD!
190 properties have come onto the market
20 [...]

Weight loss hypnotherapy – any recommendations?

By 31 January 2015
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I’m considering hypnotherapy to assist with weight loss, has anyone tried this in Canberra? Any recommendations?
Disclaimer: I know weight loss is relatively simple: eat less, mostly plants, move more. I’m after a little help.

Two arrested over Uriarra cannabis crop

By 30 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A 28-year-old Tuggeranong man will face the ACT Magistrates Court on cannabis cultivation offences and a second may also face charges after they were arrested by police in the Uriarra Forest, west of Canberra yesterday (Thursday, January 29).
Suspicious of a potential cannabis crop in the area, ACT Policing’s Rural Patrol team had been patrolling in [...]

Beware of dodgy roof repairers: Corbell

By 30 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra households should be on high alert to the activities of a travelling con man who is knocking on doors promising roof painting and roof restoration services, warns Attorney-General Simon Corbell.
The warning comes after a Canberra man reportedly paid several thousand dollars to have roofing work undertaken.  However, only minor work was performed and the [...]

Court reforms working: Productivity Commission

By 30 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Simon Corbell says reforms to the ACT Courts have led to reduced waiting times in the Supreme Court and Coroner’s Court, according to the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services.
The report showed changes implemented in the ACT’s courts have resulted in the ACT Supreme Court finalising more matters than are being lodged, resulting in a [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly political wrap 30/1/15

By 30 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Life without Katy 
Chief Minister Andrew Barr has not enjoyed an entirely perfect kick-off in the top job.
After a long and successful innings from the factionally unaligned Jon Stanhope, Katy Gallagher was rigorously groomed for a smooth transition. Although Barr is an experienced minister and possibly the best performer in responding to questions in the [...]

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