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Tourists flock to capital in record numbers

By 15 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Australians are flocking to Canberra in greater numbers than ever before, with the capital smashing the record for domestic visitors for the year ending March 2016.
The Tourism Research Australia national visitor survey released on Wednesday showed the ACT welcomed 2.3 million domestic visitors in that period.
This represents the highest ever annual number of visits for [...]

Man to be extradited to NSW on murder charge

By 15 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

A 36-year-old man has been taken into custody this afternoon following the murder of a man in Fairfield East, New South Wales, in December last year.
New South Wales police made a formal request for assistance from ACT Policing Criminal Investigations after reports the man was residing in the ACT.
Detectives located the man at an address [...]

Barr, Andrews to push for cheap CBR-MEL flights; collaborate on family violence, safe schools

By 15 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Daniel Andrews and Andrew Barr

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr says he and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews have agreed to work together on the Safe Schools program, information sharing to help prevent family violence and progressing low cost flights between Canberra and Melbourne, following a meeting in the Victorian capital yesterday.
The Safe Schools program is designed to prevent and manage [...]

UC study finds local news is king

By 15 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Man using mobile while walking

Australian consumers are more interested in news about their region than sport, entertainment or celebrity information, and are primarily accessing news via screens, a University of Canberra survey on media use has found.
The University of Canberra News and Media Research Centre’s Digital News Report: Australia 2016 study found that most Australians are accessing news via [...]

Keeping kids active and safe on bikes

By 14 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Two new learn to ride centres will provide the capital’s young cyclists with a safe place to practice valuable riding skills.
Road safety minister Shane Rattenbury said the new facilities at Lake Tuggeranong and Lake Ginninderra would simulate a real road environment and provide a practical facility for parents, schools and community groups to train children learning [...]

Capital shows colours in support of Orlando

By 14 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Picture: Michelle Doherty 
Landmarks around the capital were lit up in the colours of the rainbow flag on Monday night to show solidarity with the victims of the mass shooting in a Florida nightclub that claimed 50 lives.
At least 53 others were wounded when a gunman armed with an assault rifle and a handgun opened fire inside the Pulse [...]

Awards to recognise export success

By 14 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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ACT businesses succeeding on the world stage will be recognised by the Chief Minister’s Export Awards, which were launched on Tuesday.
“Canberra region businesses have demonstrated there is strong demand from overseas markets for their products and services,” Canberra Business Chamber chief executive Robyn Hendry said.
“For a region of our size, the private sector punches above its weight [...]

Man to face court over sex with a minor

By 14 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

Police on Monday arrested a 24-year-old Franklin man over an alleged sexual relationship with a person under the age of 16.
Officers executed a search warrant at his residence, where several items were located and seized.
The man was scheduled to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (Tuesday) charged with seven counts of sexual intercourse [...]

Man to face court on drug charges

By 14 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

A 36-year-old man was arrested on drug-related charges after police executed a search warrant in Wright on Monday.
At about 9.45am, officers from Woden apprehended the man after he was acting suspiciously and located in possession of valium and drug paraphernalia.
Further investigations revealed the man was involved in the trafficking of methylamphetamine. Subsequently, a search warrant [...]

Arrest over aggravated robbery at Ngunnawal

By 14 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
IGA locator map

Police have arrested a man over an aggravated robbery at the IGA Supermarket in Riley Close in Ngunnawal on Monday.
At approximately 12.45am, a male entered the store and produced a large kitchen knife, and made demands for cash. The staff member complied before the offender exited the store and fled on foot towards Mirrabei Drive.
After viewing [...]

Hume Hwy chaos after serious crash near Goulburn

By 13 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter

All southbound lanes on the Hume Highway are closed near Goulburn this afternoon while police investigate a serious crash in which four occupants of a Toyota Land Cruiser were injured when their vehicle rolled after hitting a guardrail.
A woman has been airlifted to The Canberra Hospital in a serious condition, while a six-week-old baby boy [...]

Volunteer Interpreter Program – Tidbinbilla and Namadgi National Park

By 13 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Volunteer at Tidbinbilla and Namadgi National Park – Volunteer Interpreter Program now recruiting! 
Become part of a team of trained Volunteer Interpreters who help visitors at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Namadgi National Park to better understand and appreciate the natural world.
Volunteer Interpreters provide information and interpretation to visitors at the Visitor Centres at Namadgi and Tidbinbilla [...]

ACT Budget – the Good, the Bad and the not so Ugly

By 13 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ACT Budget

I’m going out on a limb when I say that I reckon this is the best ACT Budget I can think of, including those with which I had a part in creating.
You would say that, say my detractors. Well not always so. I have been critical of past Budgets because of the lack of attention [...]

Because life’s too short to wear boring jewellery…

By 11 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
necklace hexagon

While the name LLL Designs may not ring an immediate bell in your head, you have probably come across their bright and funky stalls pretty much all over Canberra, from the Night Market in Barton to the Fash’n’Treasure Markets in EPIC, to the awesome free jewellery-making workshops for kids at Belconnen Mall.
LLL Designs is a [...]

Wrap up from cold, wrap up in a book

By 10 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
library

Libraries ACT is inviting the Canberra community to visit their local library over winter and discover the new ‘what’s on’ winter program.
Penny Davies, the senior manager for content and engagement at Libraries ACT, said there were several free programs for all ages at local libraries, with a new program just launched for the colder months of [...]

New measures to protect road users

By 10 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
cycling

New laws will make it illegal to put the safety of drivers, riders and passengers at risk by throwing objects or placing them in their path.
The laws were passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly on Friday as part of the Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill put forward by attorney-general Simon Corbell.
Road safety minster Shane Rattenbury said the [...]

Greens demand Seselja oppose Joyce

By 10 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Christina Hobbs

ACT Greens Senate candidate Christina Hobbs has slammed Barnaby Joyce’s plan to force Canberra-based public servants to leave Canberra.
“This is blatant pork-barrelling on the part of the deputy prime minister. Only the most rabidly partisan would deny it,” said Hobbs (pictured).
She was referring to Joyce’s latest comments about forcing the 170 workers at the Australian Pesticides and [...]

ACT government’s $200,000 boost for Rio

By 10 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT government on Friday pledged $200,000 to Australia’s Paralympic and Olympic teams as the clock ticks down to just 50 days before the start of Rio 2016.
The Australian Olympic Committee and the Australian Paralympic Committee will each receive a $100,000 donation to help Australia’s athletes pursue their dream of sporting glory in Brazil.
Sport and recreation minister Yvette Berry [...]

Audi stolen at gunpoint in broad daylight in Civic found ablaze in Gungahlin

By 10 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Canberra Theatre carpark

An Audi station wagon surrendered by its female owner to a man threatening her with a shotgun in the Canberra Theatre carpark on Tuesday afternoon has since been used in a retail hold-up at Fyshwick and discovered ablaze in Gungahlin.
Police responded to a report of a vehicle fire in Carver Lane early yesterday morning and [...]

Hanson announces $85m schools package

By 9 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Jeremy Hanson

ACT opposition leader Jeremy Hanson on Thursday announced an $85 million package to provide more support for Canberra’s schools.
The package would allow for new infrastructure, capital upgrades and maintenance, support for specialised schools and support for children with disabilities in non-government schools, he said.
Hanson, in his budget reply speech to the Legislative Assembly, said the Canberra Liberals [...]

Double driver demerit points for long weekend

By 9 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Police have urged motorists to drive safely over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and warned that the traffic operations team will be targeting those that choose to do the wrong thing.
Double demerit points are effective from the first instance on Friday until midnight on Monday and will apply to all speed and seatbelt offences, use of a [...]

Bin collection delayed until weekend

By 9 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Regular household and recycling services will be disrupted on Friday due to planned industrial action by drivers employed by collection contractor SUEZ.
Residents in affected suburbs are requested to leave their bins out on the kerb from Friday through to Monday as missed collections will be picked up on Saturday and Sunday, and Monday if required.
Suburbs whose [...]

Five start-ups to get expert leg-up

By 9 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Charles Black cycling business

Five Canberra start-ups have been chosen to receive expert advice and support as they strive to make a success of their fledgling businesses.
GRIFFIN Accelerator is a three-month intensive program run by a group of seasoned Canberra entrepreneurs who invest in, host, teach and mentor selected start-ups to create successful businesses.
This year the Accelerator will invest [...]

Chamber lauds budget focus on business

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Robyn Hendry, Canberra Business Chamber

Canberra Business Chamber has commended the ACT government’s focus on business in the  2016–17 budget and believes the private sector can play a larger role in getting the ACT back in the black.
Chamber chief executive officer Robyn Hendry said the increase in the payroll tax threshold from $1.85 million to $2 million was good for [...]

Smyth accuses Barr of hypocrisy over culture cuts

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
brendan-smyth

Shadow arts minister Brendan Smyth says it is hypocritical of chief minister Andrew Barr to slam federal government cuts to national institutions while making his own to ACT cultural institutions.
But arts minister Chris Bourke vehemently rejected the charge, describing it as inept at best, and at worst, “a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts”.
Smyth said: “It should be a [...]

Currong Flats come tumbling down

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Currong Flats

There’s a dinosaur like beast-machine attacking the Currong Flats and the former public housing buildings are tumbling, chunk by chunk, to the ground.

The serious phase of the wrecking is now underway, some months after notices first appeared outside the Ainslie Avenue complex alerting passers by to the impending demolition.

All bonded and friable asbestos was due [...]

Barr’s budget: no free rides for Canberra’s poorest

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
A lonely bus stop in Oaks Estate

The Barr Government’s announcement yesterday of a free City Loop bus in Civic highlights the utter contempt and disregard shown to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Canberra residents.
Oaks Estate, the government’s own ghetto, continues to have no ACTION bus whatsoever, free or not. But Civic, already saturated with ACTION bus routes providing abundant access will [...]

Ransomware email scam targeting AGL Energy customers

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
billscam

An email has been going around recently, purporting to be from energy company AGL, that represents a fake bill, then sends you to a fake webpage to download a copy. What you get instead is a .zip file that when opened, encrypts your entire machine and prevent you from using it until a ransom is [...]

Boy dies after alleged stabbing near Wagga

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

A teenage boy has died after being found with multiple injuries at Kooringal, near Wagga Wagga, overnight.
About 8pm yesterday, police and emergency services were called to Acacia Street, Kooringal, responding to reports of a stabbing.
On arrival, officers found a 16-year-old teenage boy in a house suffering multiple injuries.
The boy was treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics [...]

Missing teen Brionee Scowcroft found safe and well

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Brionee Scowcroft

A teenage girl who had been missing since yesterday afternoon has been found safe and well after police put out a missing persons alert this morning.
The earlier alert read as follows:
Police seek assistance to locate missing teen
ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to locate a missing 15-year-old girl, Brionee Scowcroft (Wednesday, 8 June).
Brionee was [...]

Road and reserve closures in ACT

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
road closed detour

Update 3pm Tuesday
The ACT Government is advising motorists and other road users that Swamp Creek crossing on Fairlight Road is now closed due to flooding.
Orroral Road at the intersection with Boboyan Road has been reopened.
All unsealed reserve and forestry roads, such as fire trails and management roads, are now closed to the public due to [...]

Residential rates up only 4.5pc but levies on rise

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Homes

ACT home owners will be relieved to learn that residential rates will rise by 4.5 per cent rather than 8.75 per cent as flagged in the last Budget, however unit owners are set to contend with larger increases and all rate payers will face some unexpected hits to their hip pockets in the form of [...]

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