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Shooting in McKellar overnight

By 29 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating a shooting incident which occurred early this morning in McKellar (Wednesday 29 July).
About 9.30am, police received a report that a vehicle had been damaged overnight while parked in the driveway of a home on Burns Circuit, McKellar. Police believe the incident occurred about 4.10am.
ACT Policing Criminal Investigations established a crime scene [...]

Car park thief nabbed in Gungahlin

By 29 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing arrested a 35-year-old Scullin man in an underground car park in Gungahlin for attempting to break into vehicles last night (28 July).
About 11.15pm, police received a report from a member of the public that a man had entered the underground car park of an apartment complex on Gungahlin Place, Gungahlin, and appeared suspicious. [...]

Innovation Connect grant recipients announced

By 29 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

An online marketplace for health innovations, a mobile adventure game and a car performance monitoring tool are some of the projects that will share in $203,050 in the latest round of Innovation Connect funding.
The ACT Government’s Innovation Connect grant program is designed to help Canberra-based businesses develop innovative products and services. It has provided over [...]

Local leaders – Anna Petridis (Patissez)

By 29 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Patissez in Manuka is probably the most famous café in Canberra, and maybe even one of the most famous in Australia, after receiving international media coverage in the last few weeks. Most of this attention is attributed to its freakshow milkshakes.
Small business success on this scale does not just happen. There is no luck involved. Anna Petridis [...]

Pills, kids and the big hush up!

By 28 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve known about this incident for a few days now. At first mention it left a sickly feeling inside. Three children were apparently hospitalised after ingesting adult medication at a childcare centre in our city’s south last Thursday (23 July 2015).
Pardon?
Yes, three kids, ages unknown, allegedly downed a number of sleeping pills and were taken [...]

And the AHA winners for 2015 are…

By 28 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra’s newest and most popular licensed bars, restaurants, nightclubs and accommodation hotels were applauded at the 2015 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Hospitality Awards last night.
Following a record number of entries, more than 460 industry, political and hospitality leaders attended the black-tie event to honour the outstanding achievements of ACT hospitality businesses and employees. 
More than [...]

Fact checking statements about Dickson Parklands

By 28 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There have been inaccurate media statements and comments online by the bureaucracy and others about the actions of residents to save the Dickson Parklands.
Here are some key points about the debate for the Dickson Parklands

There was a series of well attended workshops in late 2014 on the future of the Parklands. Since then there was [...]

The ACT deserves better federal representation. Here’s why.

By 28 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Following the flurry after it was announced that the Northern Territory may achieve statehood by 2018, politicians, pundits, and the media alike were quick to quell the cries that the Australian Capital Territory too could become a state.
Local media pointed out that the ACT would not be left as Australia’s lone territory, as we’d still be [...]

Wanted man arrested by police

By 27 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A 23-year-old man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (Monday, July 27) after being arrested on a First Instant Warrant relating to an aggravated robbery which occurred on 13 July 2015.
About 11.55am on Saturday (25 July) members of Tuggeranong Patrol and Criminal Investigations attended the Calwell Shopping Centre, following a sighting of the [...]

Renewing the renewable energy debate

By 27 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Regardless of whether you think that using clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar is the “right” thing to do for our environment, within a few years it’s going to be the smart thing to do financially.
Renewable energy has become a hot topic for both Federal and ACT politicians. The Federal Government has directed [...]

Here’s what’s wrong with this year’s ALP national conference

By 27 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It seems every time I open a newspaper or turn on the radio or TV, I hear someone commenting on what is happening at the ALP national conference this year in Melbourne.
As I write this, it is the Friday before the conference and I get the feeling that it is a bit like Good Friday, [...]

Olive branch extended as Costigan family looks to reunite

By 24 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Tara Costigan and family

Earlier this week Marcus Paul revealed that the father of Tara Costigan’s two older children had not yet received any funds raised on their behalf. After speaking with the Costigan family yesterday, Marcus says both parties are hopeful of a positive reconciliation.
The Costigan family are survivors. Courageous in the face of grief and tragedy, they are now working to [...]

Crime stats show crime declining in Canberra’s north

By 24 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing’s latest quarterly crime statistics show a decline in crime reports in Canberra’s north and in reports of assault, sexual assault, offences against a person and other offences, which includes weapon and drug offences, across Canberra over the past year.
The release of the April to June 2015 quarterly crime statistics show Gungahlin experienced the [...]

A new solution for tracking ACT fuel prices – #CBRFuelWatch

By 24 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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With the demise of ACT Fuel watch, here’s a simple solution for tracking Canberra’s fuel prices via Twitter.
All drivers need to do is take a photo of the fuel price sign when they fill up (obviously not WHILE they’re filling up) and tweet it along with their location (just the suburb will do) and add the [...]

Does Canberra need 1am lockouts?

By 24 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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On Monday the ACT government released a discussion paper on alcohol-related crime.
Among other things it talks about lockouts like the ones in place in Kings Cross (i.e. no one allowed into clubs after 1am), making drinks more expensive, and possibly forcing Civic venues to close at 3am as opposed to 5am.
There’s evidence for and against [...]

Hawker Primary evacuated due to gas leak

By 23 July 2015

ACT Fire & Rescue crews have evacuated students from Hawker Primary School in Hawker because of a gas leak.
Firefighters are currently attempting to isolate the supply.
Update to follow.

Girl, 7, dies in Page car crash

By 23 July 2015
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ACT Policing is investigating a fatal collision in Page last night (Wednesday 22 July).
Around 7pm, police operations were notified of the collision between a Nissan Navara and a Nissan Pulsar in which a seven-year-old girl has died.
The Nissan Navara was travelling west on Southern Cross Drive when it collided with the Nissan Pulsar turning right off [...]

Tara Costigan’s boys need their family to come together

By 22 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Tara Costigan and family

It was a murder that shocked the nation’s capital to its core. A young mother killed in her Canberra home in front of her own children. It is now up to our judicial system to explore how and why such a beautiful caring mother had her life cut so tragically short.
What is certain, is that this incident [...]

Local leaders – Harry Hoang (Tailored Accounts)

By 22 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When Harry Hoang (pictured above, second from left) moved to Australia in 2005 to study economics and accounting, he earned minimum wage. Today, his back office accounting and bookkeeping firm, Tailored Accounts, processes $62 million in customer transactions annually.
Harry founded Tailored Accounts (then known as Harry’s Bookkeeping) in 2009. The 25-year-old had recently graduated from [...]

Participants wanted for road safety study

By 21 July 2015

I am an undergraduate Psychology student at the Australian National University and I am seeking participants to take part in my road safety study.
The objective of the study is to explore factors that influence drivers’ perception of safety in urban and rural driving environments. Participants will be asked to complete a computer-based questionnaire which includes [...]

Bomb scare in Civic yesterday afternoon

By 21 July 2015
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ACT Policing responded to two suspicious packages found in a car park near Hobart Place yesterday afternoon (Monday 20 July).
Police were alerted to the incident at around 4.30pm and a 15 metre cordon was put in place.
AFP Bomb Response Team was called in and as a precaution widened the exclusion zone to include London Circuit, Marcus [...]

Do Canberrans want to talk to the trees?

By 21 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I recently read an article in which the city of Melbourne gave trees email addresses so citizens could report problems…
“The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.”…
…”Melbourne’s email-a-tree service is one in a litany of municipal projects aimed at leveraging [...]

Yes Joe, I’ve applied the sniff test, and something stinks

By 21 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The question circulating among many political junkies at the moment is simple: How long can the Speaker survive?
The headlines don’t look good, with calls to permanently ground the high-flying Bronwyn Bishop. There’s the ‘turbulence’ of that $5000 helicopter flight, plus further revelations of additional chopper trips, thousand-dollar-a-day limo rides and an additional $80,000 expense claim.
I very [...]

Isaacs woman busted twice for drink driving in one night

By 20 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Policing Mobile Traffic Operations Team apprehended a drink-driver twice within one hour early Sunday morning (19 July 2015).
A 43-year-old Isaacs woman was stopped at about 1:00am on Coranderrk Street in Canberra City, after police observed a silver Peugeot swerving on the road. Police conducted a breath analysis which returned a result of 0.126 [...]

Photo booth innovators snap up top ACT business award for 2015

By 20 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Red Robot, an innovative design and manufacturing business that has taken portable photo booths into the social media age, is the 2015 Telstra ACT Business of the Year.
Founders and directors Duncan Amos and Phil Preston took their first steps towards creating a successful export business back in 2008 when starting to build portable booths in [...]

To hell in a hessian bag

By 20 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Since I seem to be destined for Hades for my support for same sex marriages and asylum seekers, I may as well prepare for the inevitable. Part of my preparation is what happens to my mortal remains after I kark it.
I have some knowledge of the post-death system in Canberra and I have been agitating [...]

Holt 7-Eleven robbed

By 17 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery in Holt on Wednesday (15 July).
About 4.50am, a man entered the Seven Eleven store on Hardwick Crescent, Holt. The man approached the cashier, demanding cash and holding a knife. The offender fled on foot with a sum of cash and cigarettes.
The man was described as being [...]

North Canberra Community Council General Meeting 21 July 2015

By 17 July 2015

[ 21 July 2015 at 7:30 pm; ] Our next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on 21 July, at the Majura Function Room, Majura Community Centre, 2 Rosevear Place Dickson.
Our guest presenters will be Labor MLA for Molonglo Meegan Fitzharris, and the Asbestos Response Task Force.
We have asked Ms Fitzharris to respond to the following questions:

In relation to the governments publication Engaging Canberrans – [...]

Are you expecting twins, triplets or more?

By 17 July 2015
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[ 20 July 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]
New and expectant parents of multiples are invited to attend a free information session to learn more about life with multiple birth children. The New and Expectant Parents Information Session is a service provided by the Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association and topics include the unique features of pregnancy, birth and feeding multiples.
The next session [...]

Fluffy factions: The sad side story of the asbestos saga

By 17 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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One of the saddest stories (and there are many) to come out of the Mr Fluffy fiasco is the emergence of what I’ve termed the ‘Fluffy factions’.
As the ACT Government has wrestled with how to respond, and negotiated the bum deal it got from the Feds, it has become apparent that no matter the solution, it [...]

Fatal accident on Monaro Highway

By 16 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating a single vehicle collision on the Monaro Highway this morning (Thursday, July 16) in which a male driver has died.
About 5.50am police responded to a report of a collision between Johnson and Isabella Drive northbound on the Monaro Highway.
Investigators are examining the circumstances surrounding the collision, which occurred after the vehicle [...]

Local politics: Here’s what you missed this fortnight

By 16 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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That awkward moment when…
There’s quite often a moment in the workplace when your boss corrects you, asserting their position as top dog. This could even undermine your position on a certain topic.
That’s where Canberra Liberals leader Jeremy Hanson is with his federal boss, Prime Minister Tony Abbott. It’s now twice that Abbott has completely undermined [...]

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