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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 [...]

Ginninderra Falls: How to open this treasure to the public?

By 16 July 2014
Ginninderra Falls: How to open this treasure to the public?

Sometimes no matter how much we want something, real life just gets in the way. So it is with Ginninderra Falls, the beautiful bit of Kakadu right here in Canberra that has been closed for 10 years now despite everyone involved wishing it wasn’t.
In a recent RiotACT poll, 90% of you said you think Ginninderra [...]

Motorcyclist in critical condition

By 16 July 2014

A motorcyclist has been transported to The Canberra Hospital in a critical condition after a crash on the Tuggeranong Parkway near Cotter Rd.
The 60-year-old man was treated by intensive care paramedics at the scene for multiple injuries after an Emergency Triple Zero (000) call was made at 6:45am.
ACT Fire & Rescue were also in attendance.
(ESA [...]

Horse Park Drive now complete

By 15 July 2014

The opening today of the section of Horse Park Drive from Katherine Ave in Amaroo to Burrumurra Ave in Casey is the final major piece in the road network in Gungahlin, connecting to the Barton Highway and Federal Highway.
This section of road is an important part of the road network in North Canberra and will [...]

ACT Ratepayers Bill Shock (Ratepayers Assn. Media Release)

By 15 July 2014

One third of ACT ratepayers will receive their rates bills in the mail today and tomorrow, many will suffer bill shock with this year’s increases averaging 10% with the total increases of the past 3 years averaging 33%. Some ratepayers paying as much as 65% more since the general new rates system was introduced just [...]

Ingress – Now on iOS!

By 15 July 2014
Ingress - Now on iOS!

For those who missed the conversation earlier this year, Ingress is a game you play in the real world. Rather than playing a game on a screen, or even a large grassy field, it’s a game where the whole world is your playground. Or should I say battleground? For in the game, two [...]

Nerves: The good the bad and the ugly

By 15 July 2014
Nerves: The good the bad and the ugly

I’m very fortunate in the fact that I have always naturally dealt with pre competition nerves well. I always enjoy lightening the very stressful atmosphere in the change room before a fight with sometimes awful attempts at levity and schoolyard humour.
Everybody deals with stress in different ways, I’ve seen multiple people look like world champions [...]

Professional Pomposity

By 15 July 2014
Professional Pomposity

I reckon I can count the times I have agreed with Jack Waterford on one of my toes. Imagine my surprise when I found I agreed with what he was saying about the magistrates and their wanting to be addressed by the title Your Honour!
What errant pomposity and arrogance!
We see them appointed (not [...]

South Canberra company plays an important role in Capital Metro Project

By 14 July 2014

Capital Metro Agency today commenced a program of utility services investigation works by Kambah company Leach Steger that will provide further detail around the location of underground services along the light rail corridor.
Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, said the works were a critical part of informing the project’s next phase of design, in addition [...]

Teenager held at knifepoint

By 14 July 2014
Teenager held at knifepoint

ACT Policing is investigating an aggravated robbery at a Griffith Newsagency on Sunday morning (13 July).
The store was being staffed by the owner and a teenage girl when a man entered about 11.45am. The man grabbed the young staff member, threatening her with a knife while demanding the owner empty the till; to which the [...]

Would BusPlus system be a viable transport solution?

By 14 July 2014

Matthew kindly sent in a link to an article in the Canberra Times which we missed amidst all the heated discussions over light rail, suggesting it may stimulate some good discussion.
Given all the conversations had in the past few weeks over public transport in the ACT, would this potentially provide any answers or [...]

Expressions of interest sought for Climate Change Council

By 14 July 2014

Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, is seeking expressions of interest from members of the public to help advise the ACT Government on climate change policy.
“I encourage anyone with a strong commitment to addressing the challenges from climate change to consider making an application to join the ACT Climate Change Council,” Mr Corbell said.
“The members [...]

New charity to deliver accounting and governance services to not-for-profits

By 14 July 2014

Long-time CPA and volunteer director Ted Sherwood has started a Christian charity, Business by The Book, a CPA accounting practice.  Based in Canberra, the practice offers not only financial management and audit services, but also help with governance.  Business by The Book is willing to partner with any not-for-profit helping those in need of care or [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Market Wrap

By 12 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: $1,975,000
Lowest Price: $179,000
Average Sale Price: $539,397 (- 5.92%)
2,487 properties currently for sale
53 sales properties had price reductions
83 properties went under offer
94 properties SOLD!
153 properties have come onto [...]

Shotgun seized from stolen van

By 12 July 2014
Shotgun seized from stolen van

ACT Policing seized a shotgun, ammunition and other items from a van parked in Gowrie late on Thursday night (July 10).
Around 11.20pm, suspicions were aroused when Tuggeranong Patrol officers ran routine checks on a white Mitsubishi Express van parked in Dalziel St, Gowrie. The van had no front registration plate and the rear plate was [...]

Capital Metro Consultation Heads to Dickson

By 11 July 2014

As a part of the ongoing Capital Metro consultation, agency staff will be at the Dickson Shopping Centre tomorrow (12 July) to discuss the proposed design for light rail in Canberra.
Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, urged Canberrans to visit Dickson to have their say on how they want light rail to look.
“There will be [...]

Three attempted robberies overnight; police seeking witnesses

By 11 July 2014
Three attempted robberies overnight; police seeking witnesses

ACT Policing believes the same offender was responsible for three separate attempted aggravated robberies on Canberra’s northside last night (Thursday, July 10).
Witnesses are being sought to all three incidents and police enquiries are ongoing.
Around 6.40pm, an offender entered a supermarket at Cook and threatened staff with a bladed weapon. As he made the demands, a [...]

Corin Forest snow report

By 11 July 2014
Corin Forest snow report

Corin Forest is open 9.00am – 5.00pm today and are running both snow play sessions (9:00am – 12:30pm and 1:00pm – 4:30pm). The alpine slide is currently closed due to snow and ice build up. There is some snow on the ground around the dam – the only snow accessible to play in today is [...]

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