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Dickson Shopping Centre: Start with a proper car park!

By 23 July 2014
Dickson Shopping Centre: Start with a proper car park!

The development of Dickson reminds us how important it is to plan new developments around the needs of motorists now and into the future.
Science fiction writers and the concept car division at Toyota have exhausted themselves looking for alternative transport solutions. Robert Heinlein even proposed a network of rolling treadmill-like roadways moving at graduated speeds. [...]

Canberra Tree Week activities – Wednesday and Thursday

By 23 July 2014

The inaugural Canberra Tree Week has already seen many activities that celebrate living in a city surrounded by trees.
Throughout Wednesday 23 July 2014 and Thursday 24 July 2014, residents and visitors alike are invited to take part in more free events, including:
Eucalypts of the Southern Tablelands
What: Join a guided tour of Forest 20 at the [...]

Nuclear energy: the debate Australia has to have

By 23 July 2014

[ 28 July 2014; 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. ] ABC 666′s Genevieve Jacobs will talk with three of the nation’s most compelling experts on an issue we cannot continue to ignore.

The world is hungry for low cost, low emissions energy, but in Australia nuclear energy is still off the agenda. Will other low emissions technology be enough? Why do we keep avoiding the nuclear [...]

Seven days to have your say on fire plan

By 23 July 2014

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, is encouraging Canberrans to have their say on the territory’s Strategic Bushfire Management Plan before the public response period closes in seven days.
“Prepared by the ACT Emergency Services Agency, the draft SBMP Version Three sets out the direction for the community and the ACT Government to work [...]

Will Australia continue to be a land of droughts and flooding rains? – Public Talk, Dr Lisa Alexander

By 22 July 2014

[ 5 August 2014; 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. ] Australians are all too familiar with heatwaves, droughts and floods. These events have increased over recent decades and this trend is likely to continue.

But given Australia’s natural climate variations, how much is this increase linked to human interference in the climate system? And what effect will the amount and rate of greenhouse gas emissions be [...]

New health care service opens at Civic Early Morning Centre

By 22 July 2014

ACT Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today officially opened a new health care service at the Early Morning Centre in the city centre which will provide health care to some of Canberra’s most vulnerable residents.
“The Early Morning Centre is funded by the ACT Government and through the assistance of volunteer staff provides [...]

Has Shane Rattenbury thought the medical marijuana question through?

By 22 July 2014

I feel for the families of desperately ill patients interstate who need medical marijuana – but has Shane Rattenbury thought this through? If the ACT becomes the first and only prescribing state/territory, there will be a flood of medical immigrants looking for prescriptions. That might not matter in terms of just prescriptions – but what about the [...]

The Art of Holding Focus Mitts

By 22 July 2014
The Art of Holding Focus Mitts

Whether it be for boot camp, boxercise or actual boxing, the amount of times I have seen people with extremely poor form is all too common. Poor form on the mitts can also lead to poor form with punches, which leads to poor technique and finally leads to injury.
The basic principle of holding the mitts [...]

Local Leaders – John Bale (Soldier On)

By 22 July 2014
Local Leaders - John Bale (Soldier On)

In 2012, two Canberra-based military colleagues with no not-for-profit experience founded a charity to support wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan. CEO and co-founder John Bale explains how Soldier On grew from grassroots charity to national heavyweight.
John Bale joined the Australian Army in 2002 with a schoolmate, Michael Fussell, who was later killed by an [...]

Agricultural burn tomorrow at Pialligo

By 21 July 2014

A private landholder will tomorrow, Tuesday 22 July, 2014, weather permitting, conduct an agricultural burn at the property Willow Park, Beltana Road, Pialligo.
The pile burn is expected to commence from 7am and continue through the day.
Temporary smoke cover may occur.
The Health Directorate advises that people with asthma, other chronic respiratory and/or chronic cardiac diseases [...]

Witnesses sought to Fyshwick collision

By 21 July 2014

ACT Policing is seeking to speak with the driver of a car involved in a collision with a young cyclist on Friday (July 18).
About 2.30pm, a teenage boy was riding a bicycle across the intersection of Iron Knob and Newcastle Street, Fyshwick, and was involved in a collision with a silver car. As a result, [...]

Fire at Banks property

By 21 July 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue are working to extinguish a fire at a two story residence on Wittunga Crescent, Banks.
The fire is on the second floor and the property has sustained a partial roof collapse.
Firefighters have conducted a search of the premises and are continuing to extinguish the fire.
Crews have gone to a defensive strategy due [...]

School’s back and so are 40 km/h speed limits

By 21 July 2014

ACT Policing is advising motorists that 40km/h speed limits will be enforced in school zones for the start of the new school term today (July 21).
Traffic Operations Superintendent Ben Cartwright said the restrictions are in place between 8am and 4pm and warns that motorists who chose to ignore them will face tough penalties.
“Children are our [...]

Study confirms importance of Canberra’s urban trees

By 21 July 2014

Canberra’s status as the bush capital has been reconfirmed by a recent study of urban tree cover in Australia.
The study by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) assessed the proportion of land cover types (hard surface, tree, shrub and grass/bare ground) for 16 Australian cities. The ACT Local Government Area [...]

How to handle Social Media from what I’ve learned doing Talk Radio

By 21 July 2014
How to handle Social Media from what I've learned doing Talk Radio

There is something to be said for the catcalls of the rude mob. Of course they’re more easily enjoyed if they’re directed at someone else. But they can possess a certain crude candor… which brings me to social media now and how I can compare it to talk radio in the early days.
I kicked off [...]

No Childcare? Try au pair?

By 21 July 2014
No Childcare? Try au pair?

Rising childcare waiting lists in Canberra with no immediate solution in sight, is driving families to seek options elsewhere. Nanny agencies and au pair placement services are overloaded and the hunt for a solution to look after precious children is becoming competitive.
Many families are placing unborn children on childcare waiting lists to guarantee a spot, [...]

Men arrested after fleeing police

By 20 July 2014

ACT Policing has taken two men into custody after they fled police on two occasions on Friday night (Friday, 18 July).
About 10pm, police detected a red Nissan Pulsar travelling along William Hovell Drive, Hawker and attempted to perform a traffic stop. The car failed to stop and fled from police. The car travelled through a [...]

Fire in roof of Theodore home

By 20 July 2014

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire that began in the roof of a Theodore home.
The occupants called Emergency Triple Zero (000) after noticing the fire and self-evacuated.
The house is located on the corner of Louis Loder Street and Lawrence Wackett Crescent.
ACT Fire & Rescue has three pumpers, a Hazardous Materials Unit, Breathing Apparatus [...]

Capital Metro consultation heads to Gunghalin

By 19 July 2014

Capital Metro Agency staff will be in the Gungahlin Village Shopping Centre, near the Coles supermarket, today (19 July) to further discuss the proposed design for light rail in Canberra.
Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, who will be in attendance during the morning, urged Canberrans to visit the team at Gungahlin and to find out [...]

Confessions of a Topless Man Painterer

By 19 July 2014
Confessions of a Topless Man Painterer

You may think that slopping paint on a half-naked university student’s torso is a questionable Saturday evening activity, but as card-carrying member of the rUCkus crew, I take this responsibility very seriously.
This crew that I’m a part of, you see, is a group of University of Canberra students who support the Brumbies at every home [...]

Education Systems Limited

By 18 July 2014
Education Systems Limited

In John Dewey’s book Democracy and Education he writes, ‘it is illiberal and immoral to train children to work not freely and intelligently but for the sake of the work earned’. I agree with him, and think so too would most Canberrans. To see a teacher teaching well, full of compassion and creativity, is surely [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Market Wrap

By 18 July 2014
ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Market Wrap

The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,555,000
Lowest Price: $150,000
Average Sale Price: $556,092 (+ 3.10%)
2,462 properties currently for sale
71 sales properties had price reductions
71 properties went under offer
97 properties SOLD!
136 properties have come onto [...]

Royal Canberra Hospital implosion leaves enduring legacy

By 18 July 2014
Royal Canberra Hospital implosion leaves enduring legacy

The botched demolition of the Royal Canberra Hospital in 1997 is memorialised by the tragic death of 12-year-old Katie Bender, an innocent bystander who attended the event with her family.
The Bender family was part of an estimated 100,000 people who crammed around the lakeshore to view the hospital implosion, which had been vigorously promoted by [...]

Motorcyclist Suffers Critical Head Injuries

By 17 July 2014

A man in his thirties has suffered critical head injuries in a crash on Sturt Avenue in Narrabundah.
Intensive care paramedics treated the motorcyclist at the scene before transferring him to The Canberra Hospital.
The ACT Ambulance Service and Fire & Rescue were alerted to the incident by a Emergency Triple Zero call at 9:35pm.

Stolen items recovered in Gowrie warrant

By 17 July 2014

ACT Policing executed a search warrant on a house in Gowrie on Wednesday morning (16 July) recovering items stolen in multiple burglaries.
About 9.45am members from Criminal Investigations Crime Targeting Team executed a Drugs of Dependence Act 1989 search warrant at a residence on Dalziel Street.
Items recovered included a firearm, two replica firearms, ammunition, substances believed [...]

Yoga at 40 degrees

By 17 July 2014
Yoga at 40 degrees

Fancy getting hot and sweaty in a room full of people, some near-naked? Try Bikram Yoga.
You’ll probably have heard of Bikram Yoga by now – it’s been around awhile. Well, yoga, of course, has been around a looong while. Bikram Yoga, or as I like to think of it, Sweaty Yoga, has surfaced more recently [...]

ACT Legislative Assembly – Half Time…

By 17 July 2014
ACT Legislative Assembly - Half Time...

During my time in the Legislative Assembly, I came to know what it was that made a good Opposition. I knew, occasionally, what being held to account was about.
I had three years in Opposition in the colourful days 1998 to 2001. They were heady days and often heady nights. Passions ran high, [...]

Stephen Larkham shares his views in the lead up to the Chiefs match

By 17 July 2014
Stephen Larkham shares his views in the lead up to the Chiefs match

The ACT Brumbies’ commanding 47-25 victory over the Western Force in last weekend’s final round of the regular Super Rugby season, to put it simply, produced the goods.
Needing a victory – and the result of another fixture to go their way – in order to secure a home play-off match, the Brumbies achieved what was [...]

Canberra’s Crowd-funding success story

By 17 July 2014
Canberra's Crowd-funding success story

The story advances as Pat and Sancho from The Chop Shop rack up their target of $10,000 within 5 days of launching on crowd-funding website Kickstarter. As you can imagine they are over the moon.
Sancho says, “It has easily etched no.1 in my top 5 moments in life that will flash before my eyes if [...]

RSPCA joins Floriade

By 16 July 2014

The RSPCA ACT have been announced as a Floriade 2014 charity partner.
The animal welfare organisation, alongside another local charity which will be announced closer to the event, will enhance Floriade’s festival atmosphere and raise awareness of their important causes with unique experiences and an exciting one-off event.
While animals are not usually permitted to enter Floriade [...]

Elvis to (finally) make an appearance at Brick Expo

By 16 July 2014
Elvis to (finally) make an appearance at Brick Expo

LEGO fans of all ages have a reason to get excited this winter. On August 23 and 24, Canberra Brick Expo will return to the Hellenic Club Woden, along with the long-awaited appearance of ‘Elvis the Helicopter’.
The 100,000-piece LEGO model is a replica of the famous Elvis Skycrane, which helped to fight the 2003 Canberra [...]

Vigilance needed to protect against real estate scams

By 16 July 2014

Real estate agents are being warned to be on high alert for property scams after the arrest this week of three people by South African Police in connection with the attempted fraudulent sale of a home in Western Australia.
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said the fraudulent sale of a home is one of the most serious types [...]

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