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Politics and the price of pillory

By 16 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

The price we sometimes pay for freedom of expression is that people can use language to strip people of their dignity and self-respect and reduce them to lesser mortals. It is no more evident than in politics.
Members of parliament (read: Legislative Assembly here in the ACT) and ministers appear to be the targets of [...]

Burch begins to fall from her perch

By 14 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr has put his foot down on Minister for Racing and Gaming Joy Burch’s plan to scrap the twenty-dollar limit on poker machines, a move that would have allowed gamblers to use $50 notes. Ms Burch made the change on 22 December, the very day before Andrew Barr became the Leader of [...]

Local Leaders – Emma Grey (WorkLifeBliss)

By 14 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
emma grey worklifebliss

Before founding life-balance consultancy WorkLifeBliss, Emma Grey spent a decade working in the public service. She was on long service leave in 2009 when she made the decision to resign and start her own business.
“I’d written a book in 2005 called Wits’ End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum, and as a result I [...]

Police seek public help to locate missing Chisholm man

By 13 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is appealing for the public’s assistance to help locate a missing 36-year-old man from Chisholm.
Robert Sigismundi left home at 7am on Monday (5 January, 2015) in his 2005 white Mazda Bravo Ute, ACT rego YDS20L, but has not been seen since.
Police have been searching for Robert and have concerns for his welfare [...]

Canberra’s politicians: Bigger government at all costs

By 13 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra’s politicians have been working hard to expand the ACT Legislative Assembly.
Last year we saw a barrage of announcements leading towards the expansion of the Assembly from three electorates with a total of 17 seats to five electorates with a total of 25 seats which will take effect from the October 2016 election.
The expansion required [...]

Childcare challenges

By 12 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

For as long as I have been a mother I have been aware of the cost of childcare and impact it has on the family budget if parents either have to or choose to work.
In Australia we are reasonably lucky to have government subsidy on childcare, which, frankly, makes it vaguely affordable for many families [...]

Casino Canberra to be redeveloped following acquisition

By 12 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

The sale of the Casino Canberra site to Aquis Developments has triggered the a major redevelopment of the City South precinct, with the new owners set to turn the current casino into a broader leisure, entertainment and nightlife destination.
Aquis Developments, which is owned and managed by the Hong Kong-based Fung family, purchased the site and [...]

Super Sparky to the rescue – again!

By 11 January 2015

I posted a recommendation for Super Sparky Electrical way back in 2013. He delivered prompt, friendly and efficient service.
Today, on one of the hottest, busiest times of the year I had to call Super Sparky again after a partial power failure.
He said he was absolutely flat out until next Monday or Tuesday and could I [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 11 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

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.

Highest Sale: $1,600,000
Lowest Price: $162,500
Average Sale Price: $542,823
2224 properties currently for sale
26 sales properties had price reductions
40 properties went under offer
34 properties SOLD!
74 properties have come onto the market
0 properties [...]

Mechanic recommendation – A&D under new ownership

By 10 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A&D Automotive has changed hands so it was with a bit of trepidation that I booked in with the new guys there, with former owner Darren a difficult act to follow. (A&D is at 301 Canberra Ave Fyshwick next to the music shop).  I didn’t have time to clean my car and it was dusty [...]

Funding for ACT screen artists

By 10 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A film adaptation of one of Canberra’s most notorious crimes, a sci-fi horror movie about dangerous Australian wildlife, and a documentary about a local dragon boat racing crew are among 11 projects to share in $100,000 of funding through the ACT Screen Arts Fund in 2015.
Minister for the Arts Joy Burch announced the successful applicants [...]

“I’d better go, I’ve got the kids in the car”

By 9 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

First up, I’m a young fit adult who does regular exercise through cycling throughout the year, including through the hottest parts of Summer. I have no particular predisposition to heatstroke.
The following events happened on Wednesday as a prelude to the topic of this discussion.
I met with a friend for Lunch, and was heading into work [...]

ACT Fuel Watch fighting for fairer petrol prices

By 9 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Fuel Watch

Tired of paying more for petrol than their Sydney counterparts, a group of Canberrans are using social media to take the fight for fairer petrol prices into their own hands.
The group created ACT Fuel Watch, a Facebook page that monitors petrol prices in the territory and surrounds, on Sunday evening (4 January 2015). In just [...]

South Tuggeranong traffic flow arrangements update

By 8 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ESA has announced further enhancements to traffic flow arrangements in South Tuggeranong following implementation of new measures in the last 24 hours.
This follows a meeting of officials from the ESA, TAMS, ACT Policing and the building contractors at lunchtime today.
For the peak period this afternoon the operation of the temporary traffic lights right near [...]

New traffic flow measures for South Tuggeranong announced

By 8 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Roads ACT in conjunction with ACT Policing, the ESA and the South Tuggeranong Fire & Rescue project contractor will implement the following measures to help alleviate the traffic congestion being created by road works during morning and afternoon peak periods.
From today Woodcock Drive will became two lanes (one way only) for northbound traffic from Jim [...]

eBook Library lets students read anywhere, anytime

By 7 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today launched the eBook Library, a new online resource for ACT public school students and teachers.
“The eBook Library provides students and teachers with access to eBooks and audio books via the secure ACT schools online resource portal – the Digital Backpack,” Ms Burch said.
“This allows them to access [...]

Elderly pets swelter – give them shelter

By 7 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

With temperatures set to soar across Australia this summer, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is reminding pet owners, that like elderly humans, many older pets need extra help to cool down.
AVA spokesperson, Dr Jacqui Ley said that older pets tend to find hot weather difficult to cope with.
“While younger animals can manage the heat by [...]

Local Leaders – Joanna Allebone (YWCA Canberra and Martial Women and Girls)

By 7 January 2015
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A passion for community storytelling inspired Joanna Allebone, director of corporate relations and communications at YWCA Canberra and co-founder of Martial Women and Girls, to start working in the not-for-profit sector over a decade ago.
“In 2004 I had the opportunity to go out and do a broadcast internship at Goolarri Media, which is an indigenous [...]

ACT Policing Twitter account safe

By 7 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Police Officer for the ACT, Rudi Lammers, has assured the Canberra community the ACT Policing Twitter account is safe and has apologised for the unintentional re-tweet of inappropriate material that occurred on 31 December 2014.
‘ACT Policing, like many policing organisations, extensively uses social media to deliver important public messages and to work with the [...]

Traffic is a mess in Lanyon

By 6 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I thought I’d let people know that traffic is a real mess in Lanyon at the moment. The ACT government has closed Tharwa Drive to put a new sewer main in, and that means that pretty much anything south of Woodcock Drive in Tuggeranong is a mess.
I just drove from Erindale Drive down to my [...]

Party Puts Sex back into Politics

By 5 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Who said the Victorians were a stuffy conservative lot? How things have changed! Canberra’s own Fiona Patten MLC!
So Fiona won a seat in the Upper House in Victoria at the last elections, which saw the Liberal a one term wonder, booted out on their proverbials.
Anyone see the pickie in the papers celebrating this wondrous [...]

Witnesses sought; Braddon property damage

By 4 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is investigating an incident of property damage in Braddon during the early hours of Saturday morning (January 3).
About 12am, police received a report that three males had been seen jumping on top of vehicles at the car wash on the corner of Lonsdale Street and Elouera Street, Braddon. The males were described as [...]

Witnesses sought; Lyneham aggravated robbery

By 4 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery in Lyneham yesterday evening (January 3).
About 9.10pm, a man walking through the Lyneham shops area on Hall Street was approached by two men. The men demanded cash and one threatened the victim with a knife. The victim complied with the demands and handed over a sum [...]

Driving Brisbane to Canberra

By 4 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’m seeking advice from Rioters who have driven the Brisbane-Canberra route recently. I am flying to Brisbane to buy a campervan and will be starting the drive back to Canberra the same day.  I’m a bit nervous about both Cunningham’s Gap and the Toowoomba Range as I am not familiar with the vehicle, but I [...]

Australia Post box destroyed by explosive

By 2 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating the property damage of an Australia Post box, destroyed in Calwell during the early hours of Thursday (January 1).
About 1.45am, Tuggeranong Patrol members responded to reports by several residents of fireworks being set off in the area of Pennington Crescent, Calwell.
Witnesses told police that about 1.20am, two males were seen to [...]

Double-digit road toll for ACT in 2014

By 2 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

While the ACT road toll continues to sit below the 10-year average, the double-digit toll stands as a solemn reminder to that there is work still to do.
“Any fatality on our roads is one too many and, as a community, we should always strive to be fatality free,” ACT Policing Acting Officer in Charge Traffic [...]

Traffic arrangements for Summernats City Cruise

By 2 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government have provided details about how people can safely enjoy the Summernats City Cruise at midday today, as well as the temporary disruption it will cause to motorists and pedestrians.
The Cruise will take place from the entrance to Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) off Flemington Road and will travel down the Federal Highway [...]

Man armed with axe apprehended

By 31 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing apprehended a 46-year-old Weston man after he threatened police with an axe at a Weston residence last night (Tuesday December 30).
About 6.00pm, police attended a residence in Chevalier Street, Weston, in response to a report of a male damaging property in the back yard with an axe.
Police established a cordon and attempted to [...]

New Year’s Eve – where will you end up?

By 31 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is preparing for a busy night ahead with New Year’s Eve celebrations and asking the community – where will you end up?
Intelligence and Crime Reduction Acting Superintendent Melissa Bushby said a lot of planning goes into New Year’s Eve celebrations by partygoers and hosts; however one question remains partially unanswered.
“Do you know where [...]

Traffic arrangements for Summernats

By 31 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT residents are being asked to be aware of road closures and possible delays around Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) between Thursday 1 and Sunday 4 January 2015 to allow for Summernats.
Arrangements will include:

Speed limit reduction to 40km/h on Flemington Road between Sandford Street and Northbourne Avenue. Delays are to be expected. Travellers are advised [...]

Local Leaders – Billy Giampaolo (Elite Physique)

By 31 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Billy Giampaolo

Billy Giampaolo is an elite level powerlifter, a former Mr Australasia body building champion and the founder and executive director of one of Canberra’s most successful gyms, Elite Physique.
Billy started lifting weights when he was 13 and has an overseas world class deadlift personal best of 372kg. He says that he decided to open a [...]

Witnesses sought to Garran collision

By 30 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a single vehicle collision on Hindmarsh Drive, Garran, about 12.30am this morning (Tuesday, December 30).
About 12.45am, police attended the eastbound lane of Hindmarsh Drive in Garran following a report that a red Suzuki Swift had collided with a street light. The occupant/s of the vehicle had left the area [...]

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