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Costco petrol no longer cheaper?

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I filled up at Costco on 22 January at $1.16 per litre. Checking Woolies fuel app on 23 January it would appear that the airport is the same price as most other outlets in the ACT at $112.9.
Does this mean that Costco is no longer offering cheaper petrol than anywhere else? I thought this would happen. [...]

Abode Hotels and Canberra Hospital Foundation join forces to help families

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Health Simon Corbell will attend a partnership event at Abode Woden today to celebrate the partnership between Abode Hotels and the Canberra Hospital Foundation that will ease the burdens placed on families of patients receiving care at nearby Canberra Hospital.
The Canberra Hospital Foundation supports families that find themselves [...]

Anzac centenary commemorated through the arts

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today announced over $80,000 in funding for two arts and culture projects as part of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program.
From the media release:
The ACT’s Centenary of Anzac commemorations received a boost today with Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja today announcing [...]

Ruddock given the whip

By 23 February 2015
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The sacking of Phillip Ruddock caused me to contemplate a number of issues.
Firstly, I have served with Phillip Ruddock on a couple of ministerial councils and found him to be a warm and honest man. A little dry perhaps, sometimes appearing to lack humour and very semantic, he was nonetheless a man of conviction and [...]

Man injured in collision; witnesses required

By 22 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A man has been conveyed to The Canberra Hospital after sustaining serious injuries as a result of a single vehicle collision last Friday (February 20) night.
Around 11:45pm, a 29-year-old NSW man was travelling north on Coulter Drive, Evatt in a Ford Falcon station wagon
At the intersection with Ginninderra Drive and Coulter Drive the driver [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 22 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,670,000
Lowest Price: $237,500
Average Sale Price: $594,759 (- 4.38%)
2645 properties currently for sale
52 sales properties had price reductions
112 properties went under offer
132 properties SOLD!
215 properties have come onto the market
57 [...]

85 plants seized in Calwell drug bust

By 20 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has just released the following information and photographs regarding a drug bust in Calwell today.

ACT Policing officers from Tuggeranong Patrol seized up to 85 cannabis plants in various stages of cultivation from a Calwell residence during the execution of a search warrant this morning (Friday, February 20).
During the search, police located up to [...]

Car seen at Chisholm shooting; witnesses sought

By 20 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is appealing to any witnesses who may have seen a dark coloured car in the week leading up to the shooting at Chisholm on Sunday, February 8.
Police were called around 8.15am to a house on Nina Jones Crescent, Chisholm, after the resident reported what appear to be bullet holes in their car. The [...]

Six people ejected from World Cup cricket match

By 19 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Six people were ejected from the ICC Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at Manuka Oval yesterday (Wednesday, February 19), although police were pleased with the overall crowd behaviour.
An enthusiastic and lively crowd of more than 10,900 spectators attended the day-night international sporting fixture.
ACT Policing’s Operation Commander for the event, Superintendent Rob Wilson, [...]

Hazard reduction burn tonight at Guises Creek

By 18 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Rural Fire Service will conduct a hazard reduction burn tonight at Guises Creek.
An area of approximately four hectares of grass fuel will be removed during the burn.
The ACTRFS Guises Brigade will be in attendance with four units.
The burn is expected to start around 6pm.
Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made to [...]

Two men to face court for aggravated burglary

By 18 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Two men will face the ACT Magistrates Court today following their arrest earlier this morning (Wednesday, February 18) by ACT Policing.
About 1.30am, ACT Policing received the report of two suspicious males at a unit complex on Thynne Street in Bruce.
Members from Belconnen Police Station responded and acting on information from a member of the public, [...]

Local leaders – Ché Baker and Dallas Bland (Blue World Order)

By 18 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Local filmmakers Ché Baker (pictured right) and Dallas Bland (pictured left) believe that Canberra has the potential to become one of Australia’s most sought-after filming destinations.
The pair are currently filming their debut full-length feature film, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi flick titled Blue World Order, on location in Canberra. They hope to use the film to help [...]

Knights and dames have no place in modern Australia: Barr

By 18 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr will this week move that the ACT Legislative Assembly recognise that Tony Abbott’s ‘captain’s call’ to bring back knights and dames does not reflect a modern, confident and diverse Australia.
In a press release issued this morning, Barr said:

“Like many Australians, I have found the decision to bring back the archaic honour system [...]

Witnesses sought to armed robbery in Calwell

By 17 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an armed robbery which occurred in Calwell on Sunday night (February 15).
At about 9pm a male entered the Woolworths service station at the Calwell shopping centre, where he threatened a console operator with a large knife before fleeing with a sum of cash.
Shortly before this at around 8.50pm, a [...]

Corbell announces $570k program to fight childhood obesity

By 16 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new $571,000 program to get children eating healthier and being more active was announced today by Minister for Health Simon Corbell.
The ACT Medicare Local’s Connect Up 4 Kids Program gives advice to parents to help keep their children at a healthy weight.
“We know being overweight or obese is a serious health issue that can [...]

Research program to examine Mr Fluffy health risks

By 16 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Health Simon Corbell today announced a research program into the potential long-term health risks of living in a house with loose-fill “Mr Fluffy” asbestos.
The research will be undertaken by the Australian National University’s National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health and overseen by the Chief Health Officer.
Chief [...]

NSW right uses bully boy tactics

By 16 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The NSW extreme right has once again used its muscle to bully people into doing its bidding. Elected representatives have been coerced and cajoled into toeing the line and putting their support in for an embattled leader.
Sound familiar? I’m not talking about the NSW Labor Party. This is the extreme right of the Liberal Party. [...]

Witnesses sought; property damage in Fisher

By 15 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating property damage to a car and letterbox which occurred in Fisher early this morning (Sunday, February 15).
Between about 5:00am and 6:30am, the letterbox of a Fisher residence was set alight and the windows of a car parked outside the residence were smashed. The small letter box fire was able to be [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 15 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below real estate market snapshot is based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,490,000
Lowest Price: $200,000
Average Sale Price: $569,783 (+ 6.04%)
2553 properties currently for sale
52 sales properties had price reductions
113 properties went under offer
108 properties SOLD!
236 properties have come onto the market
41 [...]

Witnesses sought to roadside assault and robbery in Lyons

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a roadside assault and robbery that occurred in Lyons this morning (Friday February 13).
About 9.10am, while stationary at the intersection of Hindmarsh Drive and Melrose Drive eastbound, the passenger of a red Ford Ranger approached a driver of a maroon Toyota Corolla, opening the driver’s door and verbally abusing [...]

Jewellery theft at Mimco store

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating the theft of merchandise from a Mimco store in the Canberra Centre yesterday (Thursday 12 February).
Around 2.10pm staff noticed multiple items missing from the display cabinet including an array of coloured stud earrings and rings.
Staff conducted an immediate stocktake and identified the stolen items to be worth in excess of $1000.
ACT [...]

Have you seen this man?

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to locate 21-year-old Nick Parlov, who is wanted on outstanding warrants.
Police believe Mr Parlov is actively avoiding police and are seeking the public’s help to locate him.
He is described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 163cm (5’4”) tall, of medium build, with green eyes and brown hair.
Police ask the [...]

Evacuations at Crowne Plaza as ironing machine malfunctions

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Approximately 25 people have been evacuated from the Crowne Plaza on Binara Street in the city after an ironing machine malfunctioned and created smoke in the basement.
ACT Fire & Rescue attended with three fire pumpers, the Breathing Apparatus Van, the Hazardous Materials Unit and one Commander and have ventilated the area.
The damage was confined to [...]

ACT drivers wanted for survey

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT has the lowest annual road crashes and fatalities per 100,000 population among all Australian states and territories.
However, previous studies by ARRB Group for the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust on crashes involving ACT vehicles, drivers and riders in New South Wales (NSW) between 1992 and 2011 found that residents of the ACT are equally likely to [...]

GRIFFIN Accelerator launches 2015 program

By 13 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will today launch the GRIFFIN Accelerator 2015 program intake at the Canberra Innovation Network.
“I look forward to watching a new group of innovators progress through GRIFFIN this year,” said the Chief Minister.
“The ACT Government has placed the acceleration of innovation central to its economic development agenda. We know that entrepreneurs and [...]

Firearm incidents in Waramanga and Kaleen overnight

By 12 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is responding to two reports of the discharge of a firearm in separate incidents from overnight (Thursday 12 February).
About 1.20am three men were seen attending a residence in Kaleen when neighbours heard a loud bang. The men ran from the location and a vehicle was heard driving away.
Police attended a short time later [...]

Temporary road closures for 2015 National Multicultural Festival

By 12 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of a series of temporary road closures in the city to allow for the National Multicultural Festival.
The following closures will take place from midnight Wednesday 11 February 2015 to midnight Monday 16 February 2015:

Alinga Street, between Northbourne Avenue and East Row • East Row, [...]

Local leaders – Andrew Senti and Alex Cannell (Sennell)

By 11 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Andrew Senti and Alex Cannell started Canberra IT services firm Sennell during the peak of the global financial crisis. Their accountant was their only client and they had no idea what was involved in starting a business, but Alex says he and Andrew were confident the business would succeed.
“We were starting an IT services business, [...]

Architects selected to design new Convention Centre

By 10 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Chief Minister Andrew Barr has today announced the selection of architects to create a reference design for a new and significantly expanded Canberra Convention Centre.
Local firm Guida Moseley Brown (GMB) and Rome-based architect Massimiliano Fuksas have been appointed to develop a reference design for the centre. A nine-member judging panel unanimously chose the ‘poetic and [...]

Police nab more drug-affected drivers, fewer drink drivers

By 9 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As part of its multi-agency road safety strategy, ACT Policing actively targeted drink and drug-affected drivers between November and January.
In the last three months, Police conducted 45,014 roadside random breath tests which identified 163 drink-drivers and 508 roadside drug tests, identifying 82 drug impaired drivers.
During the same period last year, ACT Policing caught 301 drunk [...]

Mother & Son – Canberra Theatre (review)

By 9 February 2015
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From the grave to light-hearted cheer, the classic Australian TV series Mother & Son  found its way to the Canberra Theatre. The modernised adaptation of the six series, by the original writer Geoffrey Atherden, combines playful and poignant moments that all families experience with the inevitable deterioration of a loved one.
As twinkle-eyed mother Maggie, played by [...]

Queanbeyan man arrested after car theft

By 9 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has arrested a 28-year-old man from Queanbeyan after he stole a car and breached bail conditions on Sunday morning (8 February).
About 9.20am, the owner of a silver Mazda RX8 started the vehicle in his driveway at Dunlop and while it was running, left it to get something from his house. When he returned [...]

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