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ACT man, woman suspects in murder of Andrew Carville

Andrew Carville

ACT Policing’s homicide team are focusing their investigations in the Andrew Carville murder case on two ACT resident suspects, a man and a woman, one of whom was Mr Carville’s housemate in Evatt.
Mr Carville (pictured) was last seen alive at his Evatt home at 9.30pm on 4 November 2015. His body was located in [...]

Singapore Airlines to fly into Canberra: report

By 12 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Singapore A330

Singapore Airlines is reportedly set to announce plans next week to operate international flights in and out of Canberra Airport.
The Australian Financial Review has reported that Singapore Airlines will soon offer flights between Canberra and Singapore and Canberra and Wellington.
According to the report, Singapore Airlines chief executive Goh Choon Phong will announce the move during [...]

Man arrested over shooting in Holt

By 11 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing have arrested a 26-year-old man over the shooting of another man in the leg in an apartment complex in Holt shortly before 8.15pm last night.
The victim was treated at The Canberra Hospital. His alleged attacker was arrested soon after the incident and taken to the ACT Watch House. Police will oppose bail when [...]

Ban of dogs in playground, BBQ areas in force, on-leash parks added

Dog walk

Dogs are prohibited from playground equipment and barbecue areas in the ACT from today, as well as being required to be on a leash on all paths, cycleways and in all major parks.
The ACT Government has introduced the law around playground and barbecue areas for public health and safety reasons, and considered walker and cyclist [...]

Police investigate fatal collision in Cook

By 28 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating a single vehicle collision in Cook this afternoon (Monday, 28 December) in which a male driver has died.
About 3.30pm, police responded to a single vehicle collision where a vehicle had collided with a tree on Bindubi Street, Cook. ACT Ambulance Service attended and the male driver was pronounced dead at the [...]

Police investigate fatal collision in Calwell

By 26 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating a two-vehicle collision in Calwell yesterday morning (Friday 25 December) in which a female driver has died.
About 11.00am, police responded to a report of a collision on Outtrim Avenue, Calwell. ACT Ambulance Service attended and transported the female driver to The Canberra Hospital, where she later died.
ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation [...]

ACTION offers 14 free Christmas Day services

By 23 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACTION will provide a free bus service on Christmas Day so people can get to Christmas events and spend the day with family and friends.
“ACTION will operate 14 special bus routes that will travel between major shopping centres and local town centres on Christmas Day – all of which will be free,” Acting Minister for [...]

School Holiday Workshops @ The National Archives of Australia

By 22 December 2015

[ 11 January 2016 to 15 January 2016. ] School Holiday Workshops
Learn some new tricks or a secret skill from the experts! Join us just for a day or a whole week of school holiday fun.
11 – 15 January 2016 | 10am – 12pm
Suitable for ages 8 to 12 years
Cost: $20 per workshop, or all five workshops for $80
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Parkes ACT

Monday [...]

Road toll rises to 13 as woman passenger, 82, dies in hospital after Farrer crash

By 22 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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An 82-year-old Farrer woman has died at The Canberra Hospital today after being seriously injured in last Thursday’s fatal collision on Yamba Drive, Farrer.
The woman was the passenger of the vehicle driven by the 84-year-old man who died at the scene.
Her death takes the 2015 ACT road toll to 13.
ACT Policing is investigating after initially [...]

Light rail development application approved

light rail

The ACT Environment and Planning Directorate has approved development applications for light rail links between Gungahlin and the City and from the City to Russell.
Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell said the development applications were open for public consultation for 15 working days during which 22 submissions were received.
“These approvals are an important milestone for [...]

Woden bus platforms close for maintenance

By 22 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Woden bus station platform closures

A number of platforms at Woden Bus Station will be temporarily closed after the morning peak today, according to ACTION.
“From 10 am, platforms 8, 9 and 10 will be temporarily closed to allow for unforeseen maintenance work required by ActewAGL,” Bren Burkevics, ACTION’s Chief Operating Officer, said today.
“Bus services that would usually operate from these [...]

Myer Civic evacuated after office equipment malfunctions causing smoke

By 21 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Level two of the Myer Department store in Civic has been evacuated after reports of smoke in the building.
ACT Fire & Rescue was alerted to the incident at 1:23pm.
Fire crews arrived on scene a short time later to find a small amount of smoke present as the result of a malfunctioning recharging station for electronic [...]

Gastro ‘rife’ in capital this Christmas season


There is a pre-Christmas wave of viral gastroenteritis sweeping the capital this month and miserably for all concerned, party season is probably one of the reasons for its rapid spread.
RiotACT has conducted vox pops around town throughout the week after hearing of many friends and acquaintances being struck down with gastro.
It seems that if you [...]

Burch quits police, emergency services portfolios


Embattled ACT Government Minister Joy Burch has this afternoon resigned from the Police and Emergency Services portfolios as ACT Policing investigate Fairfax Media reports that her most senior adviser briefed Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union ACT Secretary Dean Hall on the contents of a meeting between Ms Burch and Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers.

Burch under pressure as ACT Policing investigate media reports

By 16 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
joy burch images

ACT Policing are investigating Fairfax Media reports that ACT Police Minister Joy Burch’s most senior adviser briefed Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union ACT Secretary Dean Hall on the contents of a meeting between Ms Burch and Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers.
UPDATE: Burch resigns as Police and Emergency Services Minister.
An ACT Policing spokesman told RiotACT [...]

Electrical fault starts sports centre fire at Tuggeranong

By 16 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Cowlishaw Street, Tuggeranong

An electrical fault is to blame for a fire at the Tuggeranong Indoor Sports Centre on Cowlishaw Street.
ACT Fire & Rescue were alerted to the incident by an Automatic Fire Alarm (AFA) after midnight.
The fire took hold in the wall cavity near courts three and four before spreading to a section of the roof. Firefighters [...]

Spate of car break-ins at Holder early Monday

By 16 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to multiple vehicle break-ins in the Holder area in the early hours of Monday, 14 December 2015.
Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the break-ins or anyone acting suspiciously in the Holder area between the hours of 12am and 3.30am to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or [...]

Man dead for 4 weeks in Queanbeyan home before police discovered body

By 15 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Banksia Street map

Queanbeyan police discovered the body of a man believed to be in his 50s in a Banksia Street home on Sunday afternoon, around four weeks after he died.
Neighbours had contacted police because they were concerned for the welfare of a 50-year-old man who lived in the house but had not been seen in the street [...]

Missing man, children found on stolen yacht at Pretty Beach

By 15 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A missing man and four children have been found on board a stolen yacht at Pretty Beach, north of Batemans Bay.
About 11am, police located the 42-year-old man and his two sons, aged 13 and 8, as well as a 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy who are friends of the family. Police said earlier today [...]

Libs offer up light rail alternatives for Northbourne

Northbourne Ave

The ACT Liberal Opposition has today proposed three alternatives to light rail on the Northbourne Avenue corridor based on ideas provided by the community.
Canberrans can read the 19-page paper outlining the alternatives on Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe’s website here.
Until today, the Liberals’ anti-light rail campaign had focused on criticizing the transport plan without [...]

Catch a meteor shower early tomorrow

By 14 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The night sky over Australia will be lit up by the Geminid meteor shower in the early hours of Tuesday, with up to 100 meteors per hour streaking across the sky.
Send us your photos of the meteor shower via email, Facebook or Twitter so we can share them with our readers tomorrow.
Astronomers expect the annual shower to [...]

West Belconnen blaze extinguished after intensive weekend for firies

By 14 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
West Belconnen fire

Firefighters have extinguished the fire in a large pile of pallets within the industrial estate at Parkwood in West Belconnen.
The fire started on Friday afternoon and quickly spread to nearby grassland before being put out with the help of water-bombing helicopters based in the ACT for the bushfire season.
ACT Fire & Rescue maintained a presence [...]

ACT pair charged after allegedly firing shots at police between Gundagai and Yass

By 14 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Two ACT men, both aged 23, have been charged following their arrest at Yass over a police pursuit during which they allegedly fired shots at officers early yesterday.
They have each been charged with numerous offences, including shoot with intent to murder, aggravated break and enter, assault and resist arrest.
Both have been refused bail to appear [...]

Uber-factor makes ‘sharing economy’ word of the year


Sharing economy v. An economic system based on sharing of access to goods, resources, and services, typically by means of the Internet.
You knew the arrival of ridesharing service Uber had disrupted the taxi business, but did you also know it has disrupted the very language we speak, inspiring rapid uptake of 2015′s word of the [...]

‘Grave concerns’ for missing Lyons man

By 9 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Missing man

Police hold grave concerns for the welfare of 56-year-old Lyons man Robert Jacob and are calling for public assistance to help locate him. He has been missing for ten days.
Mr Jacob (pictured), was last seen walking from the Westfield Woden Shopping Centre on Melrose Drive in Phillip on Monday, 30 November. He had been seen [...]

Mt Ainslie design competition to guide summit’s future landscape

By 9 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
View from Mt Ainslie

The ACT and Federal governments will hold a national design competition to develop a landscape plan and interpretive strategy to guide the next 10 years of landscape development at Mount Ainslie.
The joint program will call for expressions of interest via and through the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. It will shortlist three [...]

‘Dragon’s teeth’ road markings for school zones at Macquarie, Macgregor

By 9 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Dragon's teeth

The ACT Government is trialling a new style of triangular road markings called dragon’s teeth to encourage safer driving on roads around primary schools at Macquarie and Macgregor.
The road markings are placed in pairs on each side of the road to provide a visual narrowing and increase the awareness of motorists as they enter [...]

Deadly virus hits Canberra’s pet rabbits


Several pet rabbits have died in Canberra in recent days following an accidental release of the RHDV2 strain of European Calicivirus in the ACT.
One RiotACT reader has lost three of her four pet rabbits in the past week.
Calicivirus has been used by the ACT Government to control the territory’s feral rabbit population in the past [...]

Ex-pet salon owner convicted over injured dogs

Dog injuries

WARNING: Several disturbing images below

A former Canberra businessman has been convicted and sentenced under the Animal Welfare Act (1992) after nine dogs were injured at two dog grooming salons he owned in the territory.
RSPCA ACT received reports between June 1 and September 9, 2013, that nine dogs had suffered significant injuries and burns after they [...]

Corbell signs us up to Paris emissions plan

Simon Corbell

In Paris for the COP21 United National climate change conference, ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell has signed a declaration that the ACT will work with states and regions from all over the world to reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions.
The commitment means the ACT will assist in reducing urban greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 gigatons annually [...]

Two ACT women die in head-on collision near Bendigo

Collision site map

Two ACT women died in a head-on collision near Bendigo yesterday afternoon.
Victorian Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the double fatality in Avonmore, and said yesterday that it appeared two cars, travelling in opposite directions, collided on the Midland Highway about 150m north of Lanmore Road about 1.15pm after one vehicle veered onto the wrong [...]

Ask RiotACT: parking with a trailer in Civic

By 6 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Is there anywhere to park with a trailer near Civic? I have come into Canberra to pick something up in a trailer and need to go to the Canberra Centre. I don’t mind walking a couple of blocks.

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