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Suspicious fire investigation underway

By 11 September 2014
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Investigations are underway after ACT Policing attended a unit fire in Reid overnight.
ACT Fire and Rescue and police arrived at the Kogarah Lane unit around 9:30pm last night (Wednesday, 10 September) and found a large amount of smoke emanating from the unit.
Following an analysis of the scene once the fire had been extinguished, police and [...]

Get fit this spring!

By 11 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We’re now 11 days into spring and before we know it summer will be here. Many of us tend to be a little lazier than usual during the frosty winter months, especially in Canberra, and put on a kilo or two… or ten. By the time the warm weather comes along we’re all hankering to [...]

Pedestrian dies after collision in Griffith

By 10 September 2014
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ACT Policing is investigating an incident in Griffith this afternoon (Wednesday, September 10) in which a female pedestrian was struck by a bus.
Attempts were made to revive the woman but she died at the scene.
The incident occurred around 3.55pm today at the intersection of Canberra Avenue and Captain Cook Crescent.
Police attended and immediately began to [...]

Something happening at Cooleman Court – 6 police cars suddenly turned up

By 10 September 2014

It looks like something reasonably serious has happened at Cooleman Court today, out the front of Kusina restaurant.
As I was leaving the carpark there, I saw multiple police vehicles with their lights on, haphazardly pulled up in front of the restaurant and police were taking statements from people (who I thought looked quite shocked).
In another [...]

Private landholder to conduct hazard reduction burn today

By 10 September 2014

A private landholder will today, Wednesday 10 September, 2014, conduct a small hazard reduction burn of two piles of vegetation at Block 217 Paddy’s River Road, Corin Forest near the Corin Recreation Area.
Temporary smoke cover may occur.
The Health Directorate advises that people with asthma, other chronic respiratory and/or chronic cardiac diseases should not perform [...]

Witnesses sought after burglary at Daramalan College

By 10 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is appealing for witnesses after a burglary at Daramalan College in Dickson on the weekend.
About 8.50pm on Saturday (6 September) an unknown number of offenders gained entry into the College’s main entrance. A male offender then attempted to set fire to a number of items, including the carpet.
He was described as being between [...]

What’s to become of the Lonsdale Street Traders?

By 10 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We knew it wasn’t permanent, while Canberrans have come to love the Lonsdale Street Traders, we’ve known all to well it was just temporary and it seems the end is nigh.
Lonsdale Street Traders helped give Braddon a new edge, it showcased locally made, vintage and specialty imports. It was the place to find a unique [...]

Witnesses sought after woman struck by car in Monash

By 10 September 2014
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ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team (CIRT) is calling for witnesses to a collision in Monash on Friday afternoon (September 5) in which a 20-year-old woman was struck and critically injured by a vehicle on William Hudson Crescent.
Around 4.30pm on Friday, the victim had been returning to her vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, which was [...]

Pond death under investigation

By 9 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations detectives are seeking the assistance of witnesses who could help in determining how a young Korean national was found deceased in a pond near his Belconnen residence on Tuesday morning (September 2).
The 22-year-old Korean man was last seen when he was dropped off by a friend outside his apartment complex in [...]

Man arrested for sexual assault after using fake online profile

By 9 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 22-year-old Belconnen man has been arrested after creating a fictitious social media profile of a young woman to commit a sexual assault against another man.
The alleged offender used a fictitious Facebook profile to communicate with the 18-year-old victim over a period of time. As part of this communication, the man sent the [...]

Local Leaders – Andrew Clapham and Zakaria Bouguettaya (Imagine Team)

By 9 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Andrew Clapham and Zakaria Bouguettaya, directors of mobile application development business Imagine Team, don’t like taking no for an answer.
In 2011, after the ACT Government refused to fund or assist them to build an app for tracking ACTION buses in real-time, the pair–still university students at the time–used the freedom of information act to access [...]

Witnesses sought after burglary at Daramalan College

By 8 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is appealing for witnesses after a burglary at Daramalan College in Dickson on the weekend.
About 8.50pm on Saturday (6 September) an unknown number of offenders gained entry into the College’s main entrance. A male offender then attempted to set fire to a number of items, including the carpet.
He was described as being between [...]

Finalists for Canberra BusinessPoint Awards

By 8 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The finalists for this years Canberra BusinessPoint Awards were announced last week. A great celebration of local business talent, winners will be announced on 25th September 2014.
For those of your interested in which businesses made the grade, finalists are listed below by category.
WEB & MOBILE
Imagine Team Pty Ltd
Likeajob
Enabled Employment
CLEAN & GREEN
Pure Pod
One of a Kind [...]

Students evacuated from Lyneham High School following odour

By 8 September 2014

Firefighters are currently on site at the Lyneham High School, Goodwin Street, Lyneham, investigating an odour believed to be smoke from the school hall.
No fire has been found, however approximately 1050 staff and students were evacuated as a precaution.
Staff and students have now been permitted to return.
Odour believed to be from a heater.
(ESA Media Release)

Time to nominate champions of inclusion

By 8 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Nominations are now open for the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards, recognising individuals, organisations and businesses that are inclusive of people with disability.
“These Awards, now in their 11th year, are a great opportunity to raise awareness and promote the outstanding inclusive work being done throughout our community,” Minister for Disability Joy Burch said.
“This important [...]

Strong bidding in wind auction is good news for Canberra

By 8 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Eighteen proposals have been received for the ACT’s first wind power auction, reflecting keen industry interest, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell said today.
“The reverse auction for 200 MW of capacity to support wind energy generation closed on Wednesday 3 September with more than 1000 MW of capacity nominated for consideration,” Mr Corbell said.
“The strong [...]

Treat yo’self to help prevent youth suicide in the ACT

By 7 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 9 September 2014 at 6:00 pm; ]

Youth in ACTion for Suicide Prevention will launch Treat yo’self, a local initiative to help prevent youth suicide by increasing self-care behaviour, on September 9, in time for World Suicide Prevention Day. Coinciding with the launch, Youth in ACTion for Suicide Prevention will light up Telstra Tower yellow from September 8-14, to help bring attention [...]

We cannot be proud of our literacy levels

By 6 September 2014

[ 9 September 2014 at 5:30 pm; ] Do you know anyone who may have difficulties in reading and writing? Wouldn’t it be great to help them dramatically improve their reading and writing to boost their retention of information and to build confidence in themselves for achieving this with very little effort?

To celebrate the National Literacy and Numeracy Week and the International Literacy [...]

Truck and car collision at Narrabundah

By 5 September 2014

Firefighters are currently on scene at Hindmarsh Drive and Jerrabomberra Ave, Narrabundah, following a truck and car collision.
Hydraulic rescue tools were used by ACT Fire & Rescue to free two patients from the car.
(ESA Media Release)

CBR 100 Challenge – is it pricing many locals out of participating?

By 5 September 2014
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Earlier this week a new fitness challenge was announced.  Celebrating the newly joined up Centenary Trail, the CBR 100 Challenge includes team participation to walk 25, 50 or 100km along with solo runs of 50 or 100km (yes, you read that right).
I thought this sounded like a really nice thing to do (the team walk, [...]

Canberra and Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 5 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: $1,560,000
Lowest Price: $220,000
Average Sale Price: $563,663 (+ 6.25%)
2,469 properties currently for sale
35 sales properties had price reductions
96 properties went under offer
122 properties SOLD!
169 properties have come onto [...]

1733 drivers caught speeding during July and August

By 5 September 2014

ACT Policing caught 1733 drivers speeding throughout July and August as part of its joint campaign with the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate asking Canberrans to Stop Pushing the Limits.
Of the 1733 drivers caught speeding over the eight-week period, 1174 were issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN) and 559 drivers were issued with [...]

Legal assistance for local small businesses

By 4 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra small businesses will be able to access free legal advice through a new service available from today.
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said the new legal advice clinic would make sure small business had the support the needed.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and operators work hard, juggling customers and paperwork on a daily basis,” [...]

Tuggeranong Community Council AGM 2014

By 4 September 2014

It was good to see a great turnout for the TCC Annual General Meeting on 2 September. It was even better to see members reaffirm confidence in the TCC leadership by voting them back into office for a second term. There are also two new faces on the team.
Eric Traise was re-elected unopposed as President [...]

When road rage goes beyond the blast of a horn

By 4 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Following Steven Bailey’s article on road rage in the Capital last week, I considered my own experiences on our roads. I strongly agree with Bailey’s call for greater police presence on the road. It’s an absolute necessity, especially in wet weather when people drive like maniacs, but also for the police to crack down on [...]

Violent Drunks – Bars not to Blame

By 4 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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About eight years ago, I punched a man in the face at the Kingston Pub. I’m not proud of it, but I’m not exactly sorry about it either.
Occasionally, after a bit of liquid courage, it wasn’t uncommon for me to throw down a bit of cash on the pool table. But one night, things turned [...]

Climate Change

By 4 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Just to open the batting… did anyone notice the Canberra Times article page 7 entitled “Aid for island nations hit by warming a moral duty”?
It contains a picture of an island under water. Yeah right. This is a picture of a swimming pool in an island resort, the Sheraton Fiji (I think) [...]

Local Leaders – Mikaela Danvers (Canberra Creatives)

By 3 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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While Canberra may be better known for its policy makers than its crafting abilities, it is also home to an emerging creative community using craft to bring people together.
Leading this charge is designer, photographer, blogger and founder of Canberra Creatives, Mikaela Danvers. Since launching Canberra Creatives in 2012 as an online community for like-minded creative [...]

Ice Ice Baby – the changing face of charity

By 3 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over the weekend my husband was nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge.  So, on Sunday afternoon (thankfully a pretty nice day given it was still officially winter) he sat out in the garden while my two daughters poured a bucket of iced water over his head and I filmed it.  He then came inside, donated [...]

All About Care leads the way

By 3 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Cara Hade, founder of Canberra-based home and community care agency All About Care, was pleasantly surprised to win the Business Woman of the Year Award at last month’s Canberra Women in Business Awards.
“I was under the impression that we were entered in the community participation award category. We thought we were going home empty-handed!” she [...]

Canberra Hospital running over optimal capacity

By 3 September 2014

This is not exactly news to anyone who either works in the public health system in Canberra, or utilises it as a patient, but this is a fairly well-presented and succinct summary via ABC News this week:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-31/canberra-hospital-close-to-capacity/5708962

Australia’s largest solar farm opens in the ACT

By 2 September 2014

Canberra is a step closer to meeting its 90% renewable energy target with the official opening tomorrow of the 20MW FRV Royalla solar farm by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell.
The facility is the first large-scale solar farm connected to the national electricity market and is an important part of the ACT’s commitment to achieving [...]

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