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Missing man from Chisholm

By 14 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is appealing for the public’s assistance to help locate missing man Stuart Heddle from Chisholm.
He left his home on foot yesterday morning (Saturday 13 December) about 7.30am to go to water polo but did not show up and has not been seen or heard from since.
The 39-year-old is described as 6’ tall [...]

Official opening of the Woden Specialist Medical Centre

By 14 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Health, Simon Corbell, yesterday officially opened the new Woden Specialist Medical Centre, which will further enhance Canberra’s specialist and allied health care options.
“The new Woden Specialist Medical Centre brings together three leading organisations – orthopaedics ACT, National Capital Diagnostic Imaging and Flex Out Physiotherapy Canberra, all in one central and convenient location,” Mr [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 14 December 2014 FEATURED 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: $2,450,000
Lowest Price: $159,000
Average Sale Price: $631,043
2,770 properties currently for sale
57 sales properties had price reductions
113 properties went under offer
121 properties SOLD!
103 properties have come onto the market
61 properties [...]

Abduction alert

By 14 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Police were alerted at 5.40am this morning (14 December) to an alleged abduction of a nine-week old baby by his father from a house in O’Malley.
Garry Gordon is 25-years-old and described as 6’4” tall (193cm), 140kg, short curly red hair, wearing a dark coloured hoody. He may be driving a 1993 grey Ford Falcon Sedan [...]

Road resealing on Ipswich Street today

By 14 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Government wishes to advise that Ipswich Street in Fyshwick, between Barrier Street and Canberra Avenue, will be closed for resealing today, Sunday 14 December 2014.
Following consultation with local businesses, the work has been scheduled for a Sunday so as to minimise inconvenience.
The following alternative routes will be in place between 7 am and [...]

Third man to face court over decade-old robbery

By 12 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 59-year-old Jerrabomberra man will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning over an aggravated robbery in Mawson 10 years ago.
Police will charge the man with aiding and abetting the May 2004 aggravated robbery of an armoured security van which had been collecting weekend takings from The Mawson Club in Mawson.
The robbery occurred around [...]

Canberra’s electricity prices are Australia’s lowest, and falling

By 12 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT’s electricity prices remain the lowest in the country according to the Australian Energy Market Commission’s 2014 Residential Electricity Price Trends report, released yesterday.
Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said the report, which sets out expected price movements from 2014/15 to 2016/17, shows electricity prices in the capital are set to fall a further [...]

BrodDogs now open in Braddon

By 12 December 2014
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One of Canberra’s most loved food vans, BrodDogs, has found a new home on Braddon’s Lonsdale Street.
The bright-red gourmet hotdog van (a renovated version of the old Brodburger caravan), officially opened for business at urban village The Hamlet this week.
Owner Joelle Bou-Jaoude says she’s excited that BrodDogs has joined Braddon’s rapidly growing food van community, [...]

A Look Around Canberra: McKellar

By 12 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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This week I thought I’d head up to the Belconnen area of Canberra, or as it’s known to some: Belco. With all the news stories on Bronwyn Bishop kicking record numbers of Labor MPs out of the House of Representatives in the last week of Parliament I thought it fitting to check out the suburb [...]

Canberra elevated to another level

By 12 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The first Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Canberra will open its doors on Friday, 12th of December allowing residents of the ACT to defy gravity. The $2.5 million trampoline park, which occupies 1800m2 of Westfield Belconnen, is taking trampoline parks to another level.
Sky Zone Belconnen will be the first trampoline park in Australia to [...]

Andrew and Simon – an exercise in Destiny

By 12 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The inevitability of this team of Andrew Barr and Simon Corbell had its genesis way back when they were both students. They were both leading lights in their paddock of the Young Labor Right and Left.
They were adversaries at the Annual Labor Conference battlefields of the 1990s and both emerged as mature political [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 11/12/14

By 11 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Barr, it was time.
Last week this humble columnist wrote a piece titled ‘Barr, it’s time’. Well, the day after Riotact published it, Barr’s time had come. The last week has been an historic and tumultuous week for ACT politics. With Katy Gallagher announcing her resignation as Chief Minister and her candidature for one of the [...]

Frontline ambulance staff graduate today

By 11 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, has congratulated 22 members of the ACT Ambulance Service who will graduate at a special ceremony at the ACT Emergency Services Agency Training Centre in Hume at 11am today.
“It is wonderful to recognise all of today’s graduates who have worked hard in their respective areas of study, [...]

Weapons and drugs seized after Bonner warrant

By 11 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing General Duties members from Gungahlin and Belconnen Police Station executed a search warrant on a house in Bonner yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, 10 December).
Around 5:30pm, police executed the search warrant at the Bonner house. During the search, officers located and seized a number of hydroponically grown cannabis plants, illicit human growth hormones, an [...]

YWCA, Menslink and ABC journalist win awards

By 11 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Women Joy Burch last night presented YWCA Canberra, Menslink, and ABC TV journalist Adrienne Francis with ACT Partners in Prevention Awards for their work to end violence against women.
“The ACT Partners in Prevention Awards are all about changing attitudes and behaviours to create a community where women and children are safe,” Ms Burch [...]

Andrew Barr speaks with Steven Bailey exclusively on his first big day

By 11 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Yesterday Andrew Barr was elected unopposed as Leader of the Labor Party, and today he will be elected unopposed as Chief Minister. First Ministers have a choice to make: crash or crash through, or to slide along politely with one cheek aloft of each side of an ever encroaching barbed wire fence. Andrew is not [...]

Airline workplace safety a priority

By 10 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Work Safe ACT has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Virgin Tech, part of Virgin Australia Group, requiring it to spend $625,000 on a number of strategies to enhance workplace health and safety procedures following an incident where a staff member injured their neck in a workplace incident, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced yesterday.
This is the first [...]

ACT students top the nation in NAPLAN results

By 10 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT school students have again topped the nation in NAPLAN tests, with the latest results ranking the ACT first or equal first in 19 of the 20 testing areas, Minister for Education Joy Burch said today.
“I am proud that ACT students across all year levels continue to lead the nation in reading and are ranked [...]

William Hovell Drive speed camera

By 10 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Apparently speed cameras are installed in black spots and are NOT used for revenue raising. Driving along William Hovel Drive between Coulter Drive and Bindubi Street I noticed some construction going on. A length of Armco fence and a very large reinforcing tube to go into the ground. This is on the left heading towards [...]

Tailgaters and aggressive drivers… WHY?

By 10 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Believe it or not, I’ve never received a speeding ticket, lost a demerit point or been penalised for the conduct of my driving. At this early stage in the article, I am resisting with all my might not to flounder into a tirade about parking tickets in the ACT. I won’t… I promise. Luck has [...]

Slow down on the Kings Highway this summer

By 9 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is calling on motorists to slow down and drive safely on the Kings Highway this summer, as part of the Kings Highway Road Safety Partnership summer campaign.
The campaign, which launched today (Tuesday 9 December) outside Bungendore, urges drivers to ‘slow down or be caught’ as they head to the south coast along the [...]

$115,000 in grants to support Canberra women

By 9 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Eight projects, ranging from a history of one of Canberra’s oldest women’s refuges to a digital storytelling project for Muslim women, will share in $115,000 in funding from this year’s Women’s Grants, Minister for Women Joy Burch announced yesterday.
“The Women’s Grants support projects that make real differences to women and girls in our community,” Ms [...]

New Asbestos Regulations and other information available on the WorkSafe ACT website

By 9 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The new asbestos regulations, along with changes to several other related ACT laws will take effect from 1 January 2015.
WorkSafe ACT’s website now contains updated information on the changes, including a link to the new regulations.
The new regulations also include some important new terminology and changes to definitions.
We no longer talk about ‘bonded asbestos’, for [...]

If it’s harder to get a cab in Bunda Street, does that mean clearer air in Beijing?

By 9 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury announced in a press release over the weekend what he called the launch of the first stage of the Bunda Street “shareway project”. Quote “The revitalised Bunda Street will become a shared space for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, rather than a traditional street design which prioritises [...]

Brumbies to farewell CEO Doug Edwards

By 8 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Brumbies will farewell Doug Edwards as Chief Executive of the club after the long-serving board member announced his departure on Monday.
Edwards has external business interests to the Brumbies which will see him return to Queensland.
Edwards will remain with the Brumbies until his replacement has been appointed and is working in the role. The search [...]

Katy Gallagher – a career cut short?

By 8 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Katy Gallagher is undoubtedly one of the most popular leaders in Canberra’s history. Her electoral vote is astronomical, and she is respected for her stoic mind and steady hand. Indeed Katy could blow up a hospital and go on shooting spree of endangered animals with Bob Katter and still enjoy enormous public support.
Understandably, Lundy’s decision [...]

Canberra set for Hotter Summers with more Severe Fire Weather days

By 8 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The first detailed climate change projections for the ACT show the territory can expect hotter summers, warmer winters, drier springs and an increase in the number of days with severe fire weather, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said.
New climate change projections funded by the ACT and NSW governments and produced by the UNSW Climate [...]

Our first look at the new eatery Akiba

By 8 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The words “eclectic electric” are printed on the back of the chopsticks at Canberra’s latest culinary sensation, Akiba, and it’s an apt description for the restaurant itself.
Owned by Peter and Michael Harrington and partner Dino Jugovac, this is a quirky and innovative restaurant that pulls out all the stops.
Situated at the former Dieci e Mezzo [...]

Uriarra Crossing closed

By 8 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that Uriarra Crossing is now closed due to flooding.
Canberra residents are urged to exercise caution, particularly on rural roads, due to the wet weather.
The following roads remain closed:

Point Hut Crossing
Oaks Estate Crossing
Sunshine Crossing
Angle Crossing

(Territory and Municipal Services Directorate Media Release)

Katy Gallagher: What Will Her Legacy Be? How Will History Treat Her?

By 7 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

How will the reign of Katy Gallagher as Chief Minister of the ACT be viewed by History?  What will be her Legacy?
Granted, what one person sees as a positive, another may see as a negative depending on how it affects them and whether they can see (or they care about) all the benefits, negatives [...]

Three crossings closed due to wet weather

By 7 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that three crossings are now closed due to flooding.
Canberra residents are urged to exercise caution, particularly on rural roads, due to the wet weather.
The following roads are closed:

Oaks Estate Crossing
Sunshine Crossing
Angle Crossing

For more information on road closures please call Canberra Connect on 13 22 [...]

A young man has died in Kambah after a single vehicle collision

By 6 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating a collision on Livingston Avenue in Kambah this morning (Saturday, December 6) in which a male driver has died.
About 2.25am police responded to a report of a single vehicle collision on Livingston Avenue.
ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team are examining the circumstances surrounding the collision after the white commodore left [...]

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