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Do we live in the best place in the world?

By 7 October 2014
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Many of us have often said it, but it’s now apparently official.  The OECD has named Canberra the best place to live in the world (a rating skewed somewhat by the weighting of civic engagement, influenced by our compulsory voting system).
After 12 years away, it was certainly the beauty and ease of living in Canberra [...]

Burquas – the Hidden Threat

By 7 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I saw the media recently from that bastion of protectionism, Cory Benardi, that he wants to ban the burquas from Parliament House. His call was echoed by that Pauline Hanson clone, Jacqui Lambie, that the burqua be banned in Oz entirely.
Good one. Not!
There are so many issues at stake here. Firstly, I agree that the [...]

Make money from your spare car space with Parkhound

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The days of free parking in the Parliamentary Triangle are officially over. At the same time, finding a reasonably priced long stay car space in the CBD or Braddon is becoming an increasingly frustrating and time consuming exercise.
What’s a commuter to do? Enter Parkhound, an online community that connects drivers with spare car parking spaces [...]

Witnesses sought to assault

By 6 October 2014
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ACT Policing is calling for witnesses to an assault that is likely to have occurred in Gordon in the early hours of this morning (Monday 6 October).
About 4.30am ACT Policing and ACT Ambulance Service responded to a call about an injured male unconscious on the side of the road in Knoke Avenue, Gordon.
The male was [...]

Canberra and Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 5 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: $3,400,000
Lowest Price: $157,000
Average Sale Price: $598,125 (2.18%)
2475  properties currently for sale
36 sales properties had price reductions
68 properties went under offer
86 properties SOLD!
128 properties have come onto the [...]

Canberra radio ratings….

By 5 October 2014

Contrary to a misleading bit of spin from the commercial stations posted here several days ago, here are the actual third survey results for Canberra from the providers, via radio info.com.au
I find the actual results makes more sense when you don’t exclude everyone over 50, left handers, poultry fanciers and people listening in on alternate [...]

A real book-shop in Woden

By 4 October 2014

Harry Hartog bookshop has opened this week in Woden.  Hurrah – a real bookshop where you can buy and order un-remaindered books as well as check out some very cute giftware.  There’s second-hand books as well.
https://www.facebook.com/harryhartogs

Weekend Cafe Hotspot: A Bite to Eat, Chifley Shops

By 4 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve only heard positive things about A Bite to Eat, so I was keen to check it out for myself and put it to the test.
The cafe is boho meets my grandmother. The furniture is a mish-mash of retro and vintage with couches, tables and a very lovely out door area.

My friend and I took [...]

Two car crash at Waramanga

By 3 October 2014

A woman has been taken to hospital in a stable condition following a two car accident at Waramanga.
The ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire & Rescue responded to the incident on the southbound on ramp to the Tuggeranong Parkway off Hindmarsh Drive just after 4 o’clock.
The woman, believed to be in her late twenties, sustained [...]

Three arrested in Spence incident

By 3 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Three people, two men and a woman, were apprehended late this morning following an incident in Spence (Friday, October 3).
Around 6am Criminal Investigations detectives attended a unit to execute a search warrant. Entry was refused and negotiations commenced.
Specialist Response Group (SRG) Negotiators attended along with other SRG members.
About 10am, SRG entered the unit and located [...]

Polit Bar takes out award for Best Cocktail Bar in the ACT at National Bar Awards

By 3 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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All the thrills, spills and live action from the ‘Oscars’ of the bar industry
On a sweltering September day, 550 bar professionals from around Australia headed down to the picturesque Doltone House at Jones Bay Wharf in Pyrmont for a night of clinking glasses, drinking cocktails and of course, giving out gongs to congratulate the fine [...]

Double demerit points for the long weekend

By 3 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, reminds drivers that double demerit points will be applied over the Labour Day long weekend as part of the government’s commitment to improving road safety.
Double demerit points will apply to speeding offences and increased demerit points will apply to a number of other traffic offences from Friday 3 October to Monday 6 [...]

Two agricultural burns

By 3 October 2014

Two ACT landholders will conduct agricultural burns today, Friday 3 October, 2014, weather permitting.
A 15 hectare agricultural burn is planned at the property “Top Naas”, Naas Road, Naas Valley via Tharwa.
The second agricultural burn is planned at the property “Huntly” Uriarra Road, via Weston. A number of pile burns are expected to be carried out [...]

Two juveniles apprehended after rock thrown at moving vehicle

By 2 October 2014
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ACT Policing has apprehended two juveniles after a rock was thrown at a moving vehicle in Belconnen (Thursday, 2 October).
Around midnight last night, police were called to Emu Bank, Belconnen after reports that a rock had smashed the windscreen of a vehicle.
Three youths were seen near where the incident had occurred, and the group fled [...]

A new era for Canberra’s clubs

By 2 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Minister for Racing and Gaming Joy Burch today announced the most comprehensive and wide-ranging reforms to the clubs sector in the ACT since self-government.
“The ACT benefits significantly from the unique and valuable role our community clubs play, whether it is through the direct financial contributions they make to community-based organisations or simply as a venue [...]

Mr Fluffy Crisis – Canberra Waits

By 2 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Between 1968 and 1979, private ACT contractor Mr Fluffy insulated people’s homes by pumping loose asbestos fibres into the roof cavities of houses in Canberra. In 1989, the Federal Government acknowledged the devastating health risks of loose asbestos and conducted an investigation of homes in the ACT constructed before 1980. It was discovered that 1.5 [...]

Southquay popular with local developers

By 1 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Spirited bidding by 11 registered parties has seen three multi-unit sites at the new waterfront development at Southquay in Greenway sold today at auction for a total of $9.705 million with all blocks being purchased by local Canberra developers.
The largest block is 7,385sqm fronting Anketell Street. It permits the building of up to 185 dwellings [...]

Bash someone unconscious – 80 hours community service???

By 1 October 2014

The Canberra Times reports that a Canberra man who bashed and kicked a Civic reveller unconscious has been sentenced today to 80 hours community service work.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/community-service-for-civic-bashing-20140930-10o662.html#ixzz3Eng044bB
The footage is horrifying to watch and the sentence seems woefully inadequate. What interested me is the statement that the magistrate didn’t think jail was appropriate… so when is it appropriate ??

ACT strengthens its innovative approach to drug crime

By 1 October 2014

Support programs that help to reduce the prevalence of drug crime in the ACT will be strengthened, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today as he released the Evaluation of the Australian Capital Territory Drug Diversion Programs (2013).
“The territory has been a leader in introducing dedicated drug diversion programs, with five court and police administered programs now [...]

Bushfire season starts today

By 1 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

With bushfire season starting today Canberrans should consider how best to prepare for the months ahead, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, said today.
Mr Corbell joined representatives of the ACT’s fire services at Wybalena Grove in Cook to officially launch bushfire season in the ACT.
“With the warmer weather returning, it is time for [...]

Seeking alternatives to the Emergency Department

By 1 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Chief Minister was forced to apologise last week over an elderly man being left in his own urine in The Canberra Hospital as nurses were too busy to clean him up. During an ABC666 discussion on the matter, someone sensibly (I thought) questioned why this was a job for highly skilled nurse busy with more [...]

Tasers – alternative to death by cop

By 1 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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When I was in the Assembly, as a minister for these sorts of things, I wanted to do a trial to see if TASERs were an effective alternative to firearms.
The Liberal Opposition was vehemently opposed to the whole idea saying that the TASERs would kill more people from heart attacks than the conventional weapons carried [...]

Police seek witnesses from city brawl

By 30 September 2014
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ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying offenders involved in a large disturbance involving up to 20 people in Civic in the early hours of Sunday, September 21.
About 2.40am on that date, a disturbance broke out inside the Monkey Bar nightclub on Bunda Street, with reports that chairs and bottles had been thrown.
On [...]

Witnesses sought to suspicious fires

By 30 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to six separate fires which occurred last night and early this morning (Tuesday, September 30).
Overnight, police were notified of a number of trees and wheelie bins on fire in Richardson, Calwell and Theodore.
ACT Fire and Rescue attended and extinguished the fires.
A midnight purple coloured Holden Commodore sedan was observed in [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 30/09/14

By 30 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Brianna Heseltine and the ALP
It has been revealed that Brianna Heseltine from the Fluffy Owner’s and Residents’ Action Group has joined the ALP. In an interview with Marcus Paul, Heseltine broke down arguing that as a private citizen she has the right to privacy on the issue. Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has responded [...]

Flip Out these school holidays

By 30 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As school holidays kick off this week, there’s plenty for parents and children to love about Hume indoor trampoline arena Flip Out.
With giant trampolines, foam pits and no age restrictions, Flip Out Hume’s Meredith Hetherington says the bright green, 1800 square metre facility is the perfect way to keep kids entertained, healthy and active over [...]

Drink driver caught after collision with fence

By 29 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has charged a 28-year-old Charnwood man with drink driving and reckless driving offences after a collision in Macgregor on Saturday morning (September 27).
About 4.50am, Belconnen Patrol members attended a residence in Marcus Faunce Street, Macgregor, following a report of a male trespassing at that property. On arrival, police saw a white Toyota Camry [...]

House fire extinguished at Ngunnawal

By 28 September 2014

Firefighters are currently on scene at Carina Street, Ngunnawal following a fire in a lounge room.
House was vacant at the time of the fire.
ACT Fire & Rescue has extinguished the fire and are currently conducting ventilation operations.
Two fire pumpers on scene, the Breathing Apparatus Van and one Commander.
Crews were alerted following an Emergency Triple Zero [...]

Canberra and Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 28 September 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: $2,080,000
Lowest Price: $172,500
Average Sale Price: $585,345 (- 0.58%)
2,491 properties currently for sale
52 sales properties had price reductions
91 properties went under offer
124 properties SOLD!
185 properties have come onto the [...]

Illogical bicycle laws

By 27 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra has introduced new laws regarding bicycles on roads:
Cycling safety advocates have welcomed a planned trial of new minimum passing distances for drivers overtaking bike riders on ACT roads.
Attorney-General Simon Corbell announced the trial of mandated minimum distances, requiring drivers to leave one metre when passing in speed zones of up to 60 km/h and [...]

Drivers urged to stay safe over long weekend

By 27 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is urging Canberra drivers to stay safe over the Community Day long weekend, when police will be conducting high-visibility patrols.
Traffic Operations Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson said with large numbers of motorists travelling in and out of Canberra over the long weekend, drivers are reminded to obey speed limits, take regular breaks and [...]

ACT Retains AAA Stable Credit Rating

By 26 September 2014

Despite the compounding effects of the Commonwealth Government’s policy to reduce spending and significantly contract the size of the Australian Public Service, Standard & Poor’s has acknowledged the ACT Government’s continued commitment in its 2014-15 Budget to build and transform the ACT economy and provide stability in an uncertain economic environment through affirming the ACT’s [...]

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