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Report says economic activity on the rise in ACT

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Economic activity in Canberra increased in the month of March, according to the ANZ Bank’s Stateometer report.
The latest report reveals only New South Wales and Victoria are growing at an above trend pace. All other states and territories, including the ACT, are growing at a below-trend pace.
However, the ACT, along with South Australia and Western [...]

Patient privacy zone at Civic clinic extended

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The privacy zone around a health clinic in Civic has been extended to provide further protection for women accessing legal medical treatments, including abortion.
ACT health minister Simon Corbell said the extension, effective from Thursday, will include any areas accessible by the public around the clinic at 1 Moore Street.
The protest-free zone was introduced in March to ensure [...]

Ask RiotACT: Whose plane at Canberra Airport today?

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I didn’t get a good look at it, but there is a plane parked over at Fairbairn.
It’s about Boeing 717 size.
The livery on the tail looks like a cross between Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines: It is in Singapore Airlines colours, but the stylised bird is more like a horizontal version of the Lufthansa crane than [...]

Sprinkler malfunctions in unused Tuggeranong shop

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Fire & Rescue have responded to a malfunctioning sprinkler system in an unused store in a shopping centre in Anketell Street, Tuggeranong.
Crews, alerted by an automatic alarm just after 8.31am, arrived at the scene to find the sprinkler system had been set off due to a malfunction.
Firefighters stopped the flow of water and evacuated [...]

See Richard Branson live in Sydney next week

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Ticket holders of the World Business Forum Sydney are in for a treat next week as the event comes together for its eleventh year on the 25th and 26th of May – and RiotACT readers will receive a 10% discount.
Discussing everything from perseverance to management and marketing, the Forum brings together a collection of business [...]

Libs renew vow to stop light rail

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Alister Coe

The Canberra Liberals have renewed their vow to stop light rail, describing yesterday’s announcement that contracts have been signed and work will begin on the project next month as “the most arrogant act in the ACT’s history”.
They have also called on the Government to publish the full contract and any sub-contracts in full.
“For [...]

Can the Tram crashes light rail milestone event

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Can the Tram protesters gatecrashed a media event yesterday to mark the signing of contracts between the ACT Government and the successful light rail consortium, Canberra Metro.
The protesters held a large anti-tram banner behind Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell as he made the announcement that paves the way for the start of construction on [...]

Contracts signed, light rail is go with bonus extras

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT Government and the successful light rail consortium, Canberra Metro, yesterday signed contracts for stage one of the project and confirmed that construction on the Gungahlin to City route will commence next month.
At a media event to announce the signing, Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell unveiled an upgraded plan for the Alinga St [...]

Grass fire contained on Barton Highway at Hall

By 17 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Fire services on Tuesday contained a grass fire at Hall.
ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service crews attended the fire on the Barton Highway near the Victoria St intersection just after 2pm.
They found an area of grassland about 50m x 50 metres alight.
After containing the blaze, crews performed blacking out operations to ensure [...]

Police investigate assault on bus driver

By 17 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Police are seeking witnesses after an ACTION bus driver was assaulted in Ngunnawal last Wednesday.
The assault happened at about  3pm  on 11 May when the driver of a silver Hilux utility stopped his vehicle in front of a bus at the stop on Galmarra Street.
The driver of the utility then assaulted the bus driver before leaving the scene.
As a result of [...]

Can the Tram crash light rail contract signing announcement

By 17 May 2016
Light rail

Can the Tram protesters gatecrashed the announcement today on Northbourne Avenue of the signing of contracts between the ACT Government and the successful light rail consortium, Canberra Metro.
See a more detailed version of this story here, learn more about the signing of the contract here, and see how the Canberra Liberals reacted here.
The protesters [...]

ACT Health data errors a disgrace: Hanson

By 17 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Jeremy Hanson

ACT Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Hanson said today that the requirement for alterations this week to ACT Health records including emergency department data was “an utter disgrace”, and that the ACT Government had misled the public in previously publishing the incorrect data.
“It has been revealed that ACT Health ED data was [...]

Child’s finger stuck in sink

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Ambulance and fire and rescue crews were called to an incident in McGregor just after 3:30pm on Monday after a four-year-old child’s finger became stuck in a sink.
Firefighters removed part of the sink while still attached to the finger so the child could be assessed by intensive care paramedics before being transported to Canberra Hospital in [...]

Police seek witnesses to aggravated robbery in Conder

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Police are seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the Woolworths petrol service station on Norman Lindsay Street, Conder, on Saturday night.
A man entered the service station about 10pm and threatened a staff member with a propane blow-torch and demanding cash.
The staff member complied, handing over a sum of cash before the offender fled on foot towards the nature reserve [...]

Anthony Rolfe Avenue closed to night traffic

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Anthony Rolfe Avenue in Gungahlin will be closed to night-time traffic from tomorrow until the end of the week for maintenance work.
The road will be out of operation from Horse Park Drive to Waghorn Street/Moonlight Avenue between 7pm and 6am from Tuesday to Friday.
It will fully reopen to traffic from Saturday morning.
The closures are to allow asphalt [...]

Fitzharris seeks feedback on Phillip paid parking scheme

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Local businesses can have their say on the expansion of paid parking in Phillip by attending a consultation session  at Woden Library from 5-7pm today.
Transport and municipal services minister Meegan Fitzharris urged businesses operating in the area to provide feedback on the proposed parking arrangements.
“We want to ensure parking is structured so that local customers can find [...]

Rework for Lanyon shops roundabout

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Roundabout at Lanyon shops

The ACT Government is implementing changes to the roundabout at the intersection of Tharwa Drive, Box Hill Avenue and Woodcock Drive next to Lanyon shops, with roadwork affecting the area tomorrow and on Wednesday.
The works will change traffic arrangements on the approach to the roundabout from Box Hill Avenue.
The right turn lane on Box [...]

New book chronicles ACT business successes

By 16 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Who are the successful business owners in Canberra? It would be hard to name them all, and coming from a new book penned by Suzanne Kiraly, entitled, “Canberra Business Success Stories”, indications are that there are plenty. They are the “quiet achievers” out there, who are contributing to our local economy and helping to change [...]

Plans to extend Canberra’s nature reserves

By 13 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Justice Robert Hope Park in Watson will be rezoned to become a new nature reserve and the Pinnacle Nature Reserve in Belconnen extended under ACT government plans.
The rezoning would preserve these parklands - home to endangered ecological communities and species – as important areas for nature conservation, according to planning and land management minister Mick Gentleman.
“These additions to [...]

let’s can the tram

By 13 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Almost 2,000 kangaroos will be culled across the ACT starting on Monday to protect grassland and woodland sites.
Ten nature reserves will be closed  from mid to late afternoon until early morning over the coming months to allow a conservation cull of eastern grey kangaroos.
Daniel Iglesias, director of ACT Parks and Conservation, said the cull of up to 1991 [...]

Woman charged with drug dealing after Kambah raid

By 13 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has arrested and charged a 25-year-old woman following the execution of a Drugs of Dependence Act search warrant in Kambah yesterday.
Members of the ACT Criminal Investigations Drugs and Organised Team executed the search warrant at a Kambah home as part of a joint operation with NSW Police targeting methylamphetamine supply in the ACT [...]

Weekend fun at the new Casey Market Town

By 13 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Residents of Casey and surrounding suburbs will be rushing to the new Casey Market Town for free coffee and entertainment this weekend as part of continued celebrations following its Grand Opening last week.
Thankful not to have to drive into the Gungahlin centre anymore, locals have called the new centre “amazing”, “clean”, “classy”, and “very convenient”.
Between [...]

Industrial action affects rubbish collection today

By 13 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Wondering why your bins are still sitting out on the kerb? Several Canberra suburbs will be affected today by industrial action. Workers for waste collection contractor SUEZ are on strike today but catch up services will be carried out over the weekend and on Monday.
For a full list of affected suburbs visit this page on [...]

Man dies in Sutton Forest head-on ute crash

By 13 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A report will be prepared for the Coroner after a crash at Sutton Forest yesterday.
About 5.30pm yesterday, a Great Wall utility and a Toyota Hilux utility crashed head-on on the Illawarra Highway, Sutton Forest, approximately two kilometres east of the Hume Highway.
The driver of the Great Wall, a 52-year-old Figtree man, died at the scene.
The [...]

Funds earmarked to complete Cotter Road duplication

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT government announced on Thursday it has earmarked funds from its 2016/17 budget to complete the Cotter Road duplication.
The budget will commit $28.9m to the project in 2016/17 and over the forward estimates, with the aim to complete the project in 2018/19.
The project has been part of the Government’s forward planning on transport infrastructure [...]

Woman stable after incident at Kingston Foreshore

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A woman was taken to hospital in a stable condition after being helped from the water at Kingston Foreshore just after 4pm on Thursday.
Passers-by came to the aid of the woman and she was then assessed by intensive care paramedics.
Crews from ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Ambulance Service attended the incident.

Wall to consult small business on paid parking

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Liberal opposition would ditch the Barr government’s plan for paid parking in the Phillip commercial precinct, shadow minister for small business Andrew Wall said on Thursday.
“Unlike the government, the Canberra Liberals will be happy to consult with local businesses and look to accommodate their needs,” he said.
“There should be a fairer mix of short [...]

Olympic pool for Stromlo Forest Park by 2019

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Stromlo Forest Park will be home to a 50m pool in 2019 after the ACT Government committed to spend $33 million in the upcoming ACT Budget 2016/17 on the facility for the Weston Creek and Molonglo community
Construction is expected to commence in 2017.
The announcement was part of the ACT Government’s Pop-up cabinet in Weston Creek [...]

Changes to licensing fees threaten Canberra nightlife

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Imagine a Canberra nightlife with no life after 3am.
That’s what members of the Keep Canberra Open group believe will happen if proposed changes to liquor licensing are accepted by Parliament.
In an attempt to curb alcohol-related violence in Canberra, a white paper released last month by ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell (Building on Liquor Reform), details [...]

Deakin man to face Mr Fluffy-related fraud charge

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

A Deakin man alleged to have falsely represented to a home owner that Mr Fluffy asbestos had been found in their residence was due to appear in court this morning, but the matter was adjourned for three weeks in his absence.
Garry John Miller, 54, had been summonsed to appear before court on charges of producing [...]

Ex-Fluffy contract worker raises looting allegations

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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UnionsACT is calling for the immediate suspension of all Mr Fluffy demolition work and contracts in light of allegations by an ex-worker that his former employer looted asbestos-tainted material from homes set for demolition.
UnionsACT and the CFMEU have called on the ACT Government to conduct an urgent inquiry into the allegations and to “initiate a [...]

Manuka Oval redevelopment scaled back

By 11 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The redevelopment of the Manuka Oval precinct will include fewer apartments than initially proposed and a promise by developers to protect heritage buildings, including the historic Manuka pool.
It was announced on Wednesday that plans to redevelop the area have been scaled back after community consultations by AFL club GWS Giants and developer Grocon.
Under the plan now being [...]

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