The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users there will be lane closures to a short section of Cooyong Street in the City this Saturday 22 November 2014, to allow ACTEW Water to make crucial repairs to a water main.
The works will only affect the westbound section of Cooyong Street between Mort [...]
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses following an incident of significant property damage to a commercial building in Kingston early this morning (20 November).
About 4.10am, police received a report that a male in dark clothing was using a timber post to damage the front windows of the building on Wentworth Avenue. The male then left the [...]
Flags from last year’s Centenary of Canberra have been repurposed into new works of art for the Centenary Flag Project exhibition, which was opened yesterday by Minister for the Arts Joy Burch on behalf of the Chief Minister.
The Centenary Flag Project, one of the key events of the inaugural DESIGN Canberra festival program, is an [...]
On Monday Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr unveiled the new Allhomes & REIACT kiosk, a quick and easy way for Community Housing clients to find affordable housing in Canberra.
Those searching for affordable rental accommodation can now find properties in their desired area with the tap of a finger, as well as print all the relevant information and agent [...]
Burch on her literary perch
Minister for the Arts Joy Burch announced the 2014 ACT Book of the Year shortlist with four of the five shortlisted authors at Civic Library this week. Five books, ranging from a non-fiction exploration of the Al Jazeera English news network to a verse novel covering the Petrov defection, have been [...]
My family are moving to Canberra and I’m looking for some advice on a high school for my 11 year old son. So far he’s academic, sporty and arty too. I’d like to find a school that has broad and varied curriculum and extracurricular activities, good anti-bullying policy and is very inclusive and outward-looking in its approach. I [...]
ACT Policing is seeking to locate the owner of a small boat that was located on Yerrabi Pond Monday afternoon (November17).
About 5.30pm a member of the public attended Gungahlin Police Station after seeing a small boat floating on the pond, unattended. Members from Gungahlin Police Station responded and located the vessel in the pond, on [...]
In Part 2 of the RiotACT podcast, Mike Jeffreys chats to Katy Gallagher on making it halfway through the current political term and what her greatest achievements are to date. Nothing is off-limits with discussion on the Territory’s debt, the Mr Fluffy saga which Gallagher describes as being bigger than the bushfires; and youth euthanasia.
Former Big Brother housemate and Canberra local Jason Roses will appear in a live TVSN Celebrity Challenge tonight (19 November) to support breast cancer research.
Tune in to TVSN from 7.30pm to watch as Jason and other celebrities and media identities including Channel 10’s Matt Doran, Underbelly actor Simon Westaway and The Bachelor’s Anna Heinrich put [...]
One of the leading Executive MBA programs in Australia will kick off its February 2015 Canberra intake with an information evening for aspiring leaders on 25 November 2014.
Over the past six years, Queensland University of Technology’s Canberra-based Executive Masters Program has been tackled by senior people in the Department of Defence, the Defence Materiel [...]
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today announced the appointment of Professor Ross Hannan as the first Centenary Chair of Cancer Research at the John Curtin School of Medical Research.
As Chair, Professor Hannan will oversee a collaborative hub for cancer research that will involve leading researchers from within the Australian National University, as [...]
The public artwork LaserWrap, by artists Geoffrey Drake-Brockman and Richie Kuhaupt, will be decommissioned at the end of this month, Minister for the Arts Joy Burch said today.
LaserWrap is a light display projected onto the ACT Health Building on the corner of Moore and Alinga Streets, Civic, from 20 lasers housed in three motorised projector [...]
The great Aussie barbie is a Summer weekend favourite. Australian’s look forward to barbecues with their friends; the boys bond over taking charge of cooking the meat and the girls gossip over champagne whilst making salad. Now that the warmer weather is here, I’m hosting a BBQ for my friends this weekend. Even though it’s [...]
The ACT Legislative Assembly will be asked to return for an extra sitting day to ensure the Mr Fluffy buyback can begin before Christmas, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced yesterday.
During the November sittings the Legislative Assembly will agree to meet on 4 December to consider a supplementary appropriation bill to allow $750m to be allocated [...]
I’m in a bar on Northbourne Avenue drinking an Asahi and trying to operate a plastic guitar. I’ve watched other people play Guitar Hero but this is my first-time hands on. I get the hang of strumming while hitting the coloured buttons and it looks like I might be able to save some of my dignity, but [...]
It’s time for the proponents of drug prohibition to take responsibility for their simplistic assertions.
Last week local 2CC radio presenter Marcus Paul and I shirt-fronted one another in a heated discussion concerning the failed world-wide war on drugs. It would be fair to say that we encountered some seemingly irreconcilable differences regarding our stances on [...]
We all hear calls from time to time for cyclists to pay vehicle registration, have a numberplate, and generally be held accountable for their behaviour on the road. A Sydney designer reckons he’s found the solution. Toby King has presented his idea of a ‘smart-hat’ or ‘smart-helmet’ to Mosman Council. Duncan Gay, Minister for Roads [...]
A new online resource for the community to record evidence of pest fish in their local area was launched by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, today.
“Anyone with a smart phone or mobile device can use FeralFishScan to record pest fish in their local waterways,” Mr Corbell said.
Information collected will support science-based river and catchment [...]
Minister for Disability Joy Burch is encouraging families of young children with disability, autism or developmental delay to attend today’s Early Intervention Open Day to meet new service providers who will be operating in the ACT from next year.
“Today’s event gives families the chance to meet the organisations who will be providing early intervention services [...]
I was reminded last sitting week, with the tabling of the first report from the Homelessness Official Visitor, of the importance of Governments having in place mechanisms to hold them to account. The media, the crossbench and the Opposition, and NGO’s all play a part in casting an eye over the operation of Government, but [...]
More than 300 homeowners have already registered to have their homes valued as part of the ACT Government’s buyback program for houses affected by loose fill ‘Mr Fluffy’ asbestos insulation.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said the registration of almost a third of homeowners (318 out of 1021) by close of business on Friday was a positive [...]
ACT Policing apprehended a 47-year-old Harrison man for impaired driving after his vehicle collided with several objects in Franklin yesterday (Sunday November 16).
About 5:15pm, police attended Petherick Street, Franklin, following a report of a single vehicle collision. Police located a heavily damaged black Honda Jazz and a 300 metre trail of car parts and damage [...]
Firefighters are working to extinguish a fire in a three bedroom house in Lynch Street, Hughes
Fire has engulfed the front part of the house and the roof of the house has collapsed.
No neighbouring structures are under threat at this time.
Three fire pumpers are on scene with the Breathing Apparatus Support van and two fire [...]
The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) has received a total of 15 calls for help today following the wet weather.
ACT SES volunteers and crews from ACT Fire & Rescue have attended to mostly leaking roofs and window sills across a widespread area of Canberra.
Minor damage reported only.
Residents who require storm or flood assistance can call [...]
ACT Policing is calling for witnesses after a man was beaten and robbed in Chifley in the early hours of Monday morning (10 November).
About 12.10am, a man was walking home from work when he was attacked at the intersection of Salmond Street and Riley Place, Chifley by three men and two women.
The man was [...]
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that Manuka Circle (northbound) between Oxley Street and New South Wales Crescent in Griffith will be closed from 9 am to 4 pm on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 November 2014.
This closure is to allow for asphalt resurfacing works associated with the Manuka Oval [...]
Construction of a new Secure Mental Health Unit is one step closer following the announcement by Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher today that Richard Crookes Construction Pty Ltd has been appointed as the head contractor for the project.
“The Secure Mental Health Unit is the missing part of the mental health network in [...]
Businesses in Canberra that sell low-risk foods or pose a low risk to community health including hairdressers and boarding houses are set to benefit from new rules that will reduce red tape and business costs Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher announced yesterday.
“The government is looking closely across a range of areas to [...]
ACT Policing has seized 50 grams of cocaine after intercepting a package on Thursday (13 November) with the help of Australia Post.
Three search warrants were executed on Friday (14 November) in Lyneham, O’Connor and Ainslie which resulted in the seizure of cannabis and electronic equipment.
A 22-year-old man from Ainslie and a 23-year-old man from Scullin [...]
ACT Policing has recovered and returned precious war memorabilia, including medals and a 70-year-old war diary which had been stolen during a home burglary in May 2014.
On 16 May, Scott Pearsall returned to his house in Pearce to find he had been burgled, with several items missing including his cherished WWII memorabilia.
The items included one [...]