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ACT public school enrolments continue to grow

By 15 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Enrolments in ACT public schools are continuing to grow, the 2014 ACT Public Schools Census released today shows.
“ACT families and students are continuing to choose our public schools, with an increase in enrolments of 2.9 per cent in August 2014 compared with August last year, and 9 per cent since August 2010,” Ms Burch said.
“This [...]

Why not keep it local, Chief Minister?

By 15 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The experienced Australian elector realises that we are simply stepping stones to International Greatness for our politicians.
Once installed in office, the interests of the people who put them there become secondary to mingling with those they imagine to be their global peers while they discuss grand plans and mighty projects.
Of course, as a country we [...]

The Moonlight Bus is back

By 15 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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After an eight-year hiatus, Canberra’s most-loved party bus is back.
Many Canberrans will have fond memories of Craig Petroni and the Moonlight Bus, which ran for 23 years and retired in 2009.  Since returning to the nation’s capital earlier this year with a new name and a new vehicle, Moonlight Stretch Limo promises to make your [...]

Seeing Machines named 2014 ACT Exporter of the Year

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra-based technology company Seeing Machines has been crowned ACT Exporter of the Year at the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards today at the Hyatt Hotel.
Seeing Machines is renowned for developing state of the art fatigue and distraction monitoring technology, including the Driver Safety System (DSS) which is already being used by mining, commercial road-transport [...]

Seek a refund from ACTION for overcharging

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I have just been in contact with ACTION due to my card being overcharged for some transactions – depending upon the timing of you tagging on vs when the bus changes over route numbers at the start of / end of a route or turnaround on a route, the system thinks that you are on [...]

September 2014 – Monthly Property Market Wrap

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The busier-than-usual winter property market provided a great starting point for the spring selling season, with the total number of listings and sales during September being higher than in 2013.
This flourish of activity has certainly given the market a ‘spring’ in its step, however it seems consumers are still feeling pessimistic.
Consumer confidence takes a dive
Despite interest rates [...]

ACT to join medical cannabis clinical trial

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher has welcomed the announcement of a clinical trial of medicinal cannabis to be led by New South Wales.
The Chief Minister confirmed the ACT would work with NSW on the Commonwealth-backed study.
“The NSW Premier and I discussed the clinical trial at Friday’s COAG meeting and agreed the ACT [...]

Who manufactures ACT street signs?

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi All.
Anyone else noticed the lack of proof-reading street signs?
Forrest Dr, National Arboretum (should read Forest Dr)
Form 2 Lane, Yarra Glen (lack of plural)
Recycling Center, throughout Gungahlin Town Centre (that American influence…)
Surely there are some others out there. Are the signs manufactured locally? If so wouldn’t the sign-producers know better? Who lets the final design [...]

Canberra’s cats facing containment

By 14 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Feline freedoms in Canberra could be curtailed if a new report is adopted by the ACT Government. Penned by an academic, Kathy Eyles, from the ANU’s Fenner School and an ACT Government environmental planner, the report is being considered by Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury. The report recommends that cats should be permanently [...]

Viva Secession

By 14 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I have cousins in England and decided to pay them a vist. Since I had never been to Spain, Barcelona seemed to be a good idea.
It’s a lovely place and I recommend it to fellow travel addicts. Quite a lot of history here.
What I didn’t know was I would find myself in the middle of [...]

Local Leaders – Dr Christine Charles (ANU’s Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion Laboratory)

By 14 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s not everyday that you get to interview a rocket scientist whose invention is helping to make interplanetary travel a reality.
Dr Christine Charles is head of the Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion Laboratory at the Australian National University. For the past decade and a half her research has been focused on finding new, more efficient [...]

New support for women fleeing domestic violence

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Women Joy Burch today launched a new guide providing valuable information on financial matters to women escaping domestic violence.
Women’s Money Matters was produced by the Women’s Centre for Health Matters and not-for-profit financial counselling service Care Inc, using an ACT Government Women’s Grant of $24,580. It was launched during Anti-Poverty Week.
“WCHM and CARE [...]

Life of a binge drinker

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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My life as a binge drinker is a revised version of my first book Binge Drinking – How I dealt with it and how I improved my life. I wrote this version so I could publish the book and promote the book to schools and teenagers to hopefully help them think about the consequences of [...]

Why we shouldn’t wait on medicinal cannabis

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Rioters have undoubtedly noticed that the issue of the medicinal use of cannabis is getting a lot of attention right now. It seems a lot people support it – patients, carers, a range of medical professionals, broadcaster Alan Jones, and even the Prime Minister. Despite this, the laws have not changed, and some are arguing [...]

Capital Metro a billion dollar idea going off the rails

By 13 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT Government plans to invite expressions of interest from 31 October for a private consortium to build, own and operate a light rail system for a period of 20 years.
The Capital Metro light rail, or tramway, will come into service in 2019 along a 12 km track between Gungahlin and Civic via Dickson. The [...]

Local gift givers get a surprise present for their Birthday

By 12 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Young mother of two and founder of Hamperart, Fiona Allardyce is used to seeing a look of surprise and delight on the faces of Canberrans. After all, she has been creating and delivering hampers for years, with this week marking her fifth anniversary.
And what better way to celebrate this achievement, than with recognition as a [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 12 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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: $1,200,000
Lowest Price: $280,000
Average Sale Price: $545,853 (- 8.74%)
2548 properties currently for sale
38 sales properties had price reductions
77 properties went under offer
47 properties SOLD!
222 properties have come onto [...]

Do ACT Police care about red light runners?

By 11 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I saw this media release recently, and thought to myself ‘about time!’  I cycle to work on the days I can, and a long part of my trip takes me down Belconnen Way.
Every morning I ride, I guarantee that at the intersections of Belconnen Way and Lathlain St / Bindubi St, Haydon Drive and Gungahlin Drive, [...]

CAPO Grant Recipient Winners for 2015

By 10 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Capital Arts Patrons’ Organisation (CAPO) announced the winners of the 14 awards for 2015. It’s the philanthropic organisation’s 31st Annual Grant Round where the winners of the awards are announced at CAPO’s Annual Art Auction fundraiser and celebration, which is the culmination of CAPO’s work to support and celebrate local artists and arts patronage. Held [...]

Christmas and Cocos Islands – WTF?

By 10 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I read with some dismay in the Canberra Times of 2 October about the appointment of Jon Stanhope’s successor to the positon of Administrator of Christmas and Cocos Islands.
What I read sent shivers down my spine.
The Administrator jobs in those Islands and Norfolk Island are quasi- gubernatorial positions. They are akin to the Administrator of [...]

Witnesses sought after school and community centre vandalised

By 9 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking assistance from the public in helping to identify a group of youths who extensively vandalised three premises last Saturday (October 4) in Chapman and Rivett, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
Around 11.15pm on Saturday (October 4), police attended Chapman Primary School in response to an alarm activation. The school [...]

An Open Letter to Ant Sharwood

By 9 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Dear Ant,
You published an article this week on news.com.au saying that Canberra is not the best city in the world, despite the OECD saying so.
We all think it was a bit mean, but we’re used to Canberra bashing so we can take it – well, most of us can anyway. However, your article presented a [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 9/10/14

By 9 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Most Liveable City…. in the WORLD!!
A reserved Katy Gallagher has responded to the news that according to an OECD Regional Wellbeing report, Canberra is the best place to live in the world. Cautiously admitting that she did not expect Canberra to be deemed the world’s most liveable city, Gallagher was quick to approve of [...]

FUNC Fitness: a newbie’s tale

By 9 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I was only three steps away from my car towards the entrance of FUNC Fitness when a smiling dude in a baseball cap came out of the door to greet me with a handshake, an introduction and a warm welcome. Well, I thought to myself, that’s a good start. As I came through the door [...]

Dangerous drivers targeted over holiday period

By 8 October 2014

ACT Policing issued over 214 Traffic Infringement Notices and 98 Cautions while targeting dangerous drivers over the Community Day and Labour Day long weekends.
This targeting was part of a joint ACT Policing and NSW Police operation over both long weekends, which often see a large number of motorists travelling interstate. Double demerits were in effect [...]

Katy Gallagher’s first Facebook Q&A

By 8 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Chief Minister Katy Gallagher hosted her first Facebook Q&A last night.
The first 5 minutes or so of the session was a bit like a High School disco – lots of smiling and winking but not much action… Then things got a bit more heated. Questions ranged across a number of [...]

Funding for the Arts – a Satire

By 8 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Opposition Arts Spokesman Brendan Smyth has again attacked Arts Minister Joy Burch for providing funding for a controversial artistic production. Funding of $19,000 will be awarded to the Aspen Island Theatre Company for the development of a production titled Kill Climate Deniers. The controversy exists in the context of the Opposition’s attack, earlier this year, [...]

Local Leaders – Peter Cursley (Newborn Intensive Care Foundation)

By 8 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The death of their newborn daughter Hannah in 1993 led Peter (pictured) and Susan Cursley to start a foundation to raise much-needed funds for the Canberra Hospital’s Centre for Newborn Care. The Newborn Intensive Care Foundation was their way of saying thank you to the medical and nursing teams who had supported them during the [...]

Living more sustainably – one step at a time

By 8 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I know about the importance of limiting our impact on the earth.  I worry about what will be left for my children and grandchildren if we continue to take from the planet without regard for our greater impact.  I recycle.  I switch off lights when we’re not in the room and try not to waste [...]

Chief Minister to Launch Crowdfunded Book

By 7 October 2014
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I’ve posted before about my website Capital Yarns, where I invite social media users to nominate three items, and I write them a short fictional story featuring those items. The yarns are always set in Canberra. More information, and my 35 stories, are at: www.capitalyarns.com.au
I recently launched a crowdfunding project to publish a selection [...]

Witnesses sought; Latham robbery

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the Latham Handy Mart yesterday afternoon (Monday, October 6).
About 4pm, a male walked into the Latham Handy Mart on Dalley Crescent, Latham, approached the shop assistant, produced a knife and demanded cash.
The shop assistant complied and placed a sum of cash in a green shopping [...]

Facebook Forum with Chief Minister tonight 7-8pm

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Chief Minister will host her first Facebook Q&A tonight between 7pm and 8pm to answer any questions you may have (within reason of course).
Any outstanding questions will be followed up after the session.

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