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Third time lucky for Esguerra?

By 26 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Indra Esguerra

Shane Rattenbury’s chief of staff, Indra Esguerra, her boss and former MLA Caroline Le Couteur are the Greens’ lead candidates for the 2016 territory elections.
Esguerra was a Greens candidate for the Senate at the last Federal election alongside lead candidate Simon Sheikh and ran for the seat of Fraser in 2010.
The long-time political staffer said [...]

Beware light rail cost blow-outs

By 26 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Well, what a debacle that mess in the ACTON Tunnel was. It’s hard to imagine in this city of ours how much of a headache an over-height truck can cause. However, due to the unfathomable use uf ‘asbestos’ tiles on the roof of this decades old structure it did indeed cause a headache. What this [...]

Kick Ass Social Media and Marketing Workshop Coming To Canberra!

By 26 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Chrissy and Carly - Little Blog Big Blog Workshop Classes

[ 14 November 2015 at 10:00 am; ]

We are Christina and Carly and we have a confession to make. We met online. It sounds a bit creepy but trust us, it isn’t. We’ve both been blogging for over 15 years (combined) and the best thing we’ve ever done was take our blogging and business journeys off line.

Question. How are you feeling about your blog or [...]

ACT Businesswoman of the Year title goes to ADF health chief Georgeina Whelan

Georgeina Whelan

The army officer with responsibility for the healthcare of 71,000 Australian Defence Force members has been named the 2015 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Businesswoman of the Year.
Georgeina Whelan, Director-General, Garrison Health Operations, Joint Health Command for the Australian Department of Defence, learnt of the honour at a dinner to mark the awards at the National [...]

We need a Mr Fluffy inquiry now: Hanson

facebook mr fluffy demolition

Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has called on the ACT Government to begin a board of inquiry into the Mr Fluffy crisis immediately so that it can report back before the 2016 election.
Mr Hanson said that as the first anniversary of the Government’s decision to go ahead with a buyback scheme for Mr Fluffy [...]

Intensifying challenges in Canberra require leaders to pick up their pace

By 23 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

True leaders don’t walk the corridors of power – they stride.
The nation’s capital is where pivotal decisions are made, and it’s an ever-changing, high-pressure environment many aspire to being part of. It’s inspiring, exciting and can be extremely rewarding.
However, to be considered a serious player, an Executive MBA is now considered essential, and the QUT [...]

NewActon continues to impress

By 22 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Planning Institute of Australia has awarded its Great Place Award to the NewActon precinct as part of the ACT 2015 Awards for Planning Excellence.
The institute’s judges praised NewActon’s strong sense of identity in what was once a disconnected development.
Speaking at the awards on Wednesday night, the institute’s ACT President, Michael Jollon said “NewActon is [...]

Operation Phoennix dismantles drug dealers across the ACT

By 22 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing officers working as part of Operation Phoennix have seized a quantity of methylamphetamine (ice), with an estimated street value of over $550,000.
During the operation, four people were arrested in relation to drug and property offences. Another four persons will be summonsed to appear before court in relation to drug offences at a later [...]

Threat to Seselja real: Rattenbury


Liberal Senator Zed Seselja faces a real threat from just-announced Greens candidate Christina Hobbs because Labor Senator Katy Gallagher will attract a higher vote for Labor than was the case at the last election, according to ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury.
“Those middle-of-the-road voters who move between the Labor and the Liberal parties will be strongly [...]

Ex-UN adviser takes on Seselja

By 22 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Hobbes and Di Natale

The Greens have confirmed that Canberra-born economist and former United Nations humanitarian adviser Christina Hobbs will battle it out with Liberal incumbent Zed Seselja for the non-Labor ACT Senate slot come the next Federal election.

Federal Greens Leader Richard Di Natale announced her candidacy and introduced all four ACT Greens candidates for the next Federal election, [...]

ACT to restrict e-cigarette use

By 21 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT regulation of electronic cigarettes will become more restrictive in line with NSW and Queensland next year under planned changes to legislation related to the devices.
The new laws will ban the sale of e-cigarettes to children and place restrictions on their promotion via advertisements, display and marketing. It will also prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in smoke-free areas.
ACT Health [...]

Look, McFly, it’s a hoverboard!

By 21 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ANU hoverboard

As the world prepares for Marty McFly to come Back to the Future today, an ANU scientist has this morning demonstrated a prototype hoverboard.
In the 1989 movie Back to the Future 2, Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel forward to October 21, 2015 and experience amazing technologies including a levitating skateboard.
Dr Graham Walker from the [...]

Tunnel collapse truck had no permit

By 21 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Tunnel collapse

ACT Roads Minister Mick Gentleman says the truck that caused the Acton tunnel collapse yesterday morning did not have the required permit for oversized vehicles/loads.
Mr Gentleman told ABC Radio that ACT Policing were still investigating the incident and it was a matter for them whether to press charges against the driver or his employer and [...]

Behind the light rail survey

By 21 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Survey methodology

Surveys into whether we Canberrans are for or against the ACT Government’s planned light rail system have been in the news all week, and many of our readers have questioned the research methods used.
We contacted Piazza Research, the Phillip-based company contracted to undertake surveys on light rail for the ACT Government, to find out how [...]

Asbestos risk after Acton tunnel collapse

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 1km exclusion zone has been established around Acton Tunnel on Parkes Way to manage asbestos risk after its collapse this morning. Emergency services are advising Canberrans to expect delays on our roads this afternoon (see below for details of redirections).
The tunnel collapsed after an excavator on the back of a loader ripped 60 metres [...]

Police call for info on jail assault

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has identified three persons of interest in relations to the assault of a detainee at the Alexander Maconochie Centre in April this year and asks members of the community who may have information about the incident to contact Crime Stoppers as the investigation continues.
The assault investigation commenced after a man detained at the Alexander Maconochie [...]

Hospital staff woes ‘diabolical’: Hanson

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Nurse job ad

Shadow Minister for Health and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has issued a statement describing staffing issues in the Intensive Care Unit at the Canberra Hospital as “diabolical” and linking the problems with the cost of light rail.
Nurses at the hospital have lodged an industrial dispute over staffing levels in the unit. ACT Health [...]

IKEA in the ACT – the countdown is on

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In four weeks, on November 16, IKEA will throw open the doors to its much awaited Canberra store. I personally have been excited for this for quite some time and am in desperate need of a new lounge so I can’t wait.
I wrote about IKEA’s opening in Canberra a little over a year ago and discussed [...]

Two die in Berridale smash

By 19 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Two people have died in a collision between a 4WD and a semi-trailer at Berridale near Jindabyne.
The accident happened before 9am this morning but NSW police have urged motorists to avoid the area throughout the day.
The driver and a passenger in the 4WD died at the scene. The driver of the semi-trailer was airlifted to [...]

Age a key factor in light rail support

By 19 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Light rail

A majority of older Canberrans are anti-light rail but overall capital residents are for the Capital Metro according to new survey results.
Only 46% of over-65s are pro-light rail compared to 67% of 35-49-year-olds.
ACT Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell has released a summary of data from surveys undertaken by Piazza Research for the government showing [...]

Joint operation seizes 10kg of ice


A joint operation between ACT Policing, Australian Federal Police (AFP) Crime Operations and the Australian Border Force (ABF) has resulted in the arrest of a 32-year-old Nigerian national and seizure of approximately 10 kilograms of methamphetamine imported into Australia from China.
Operational activity commenced on 8 October 2015 when a consignment was examined by ABF officers [...]

Light rail impact statement now online

By 15 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
An artist's impression of Canberra's light rail.

The environmental impact statement (EIS) for Canberra’s light rail network is complete, has been lodged with the planning and land authority and is now available to the public at
A draft version of the EIS was published in June and after four weeks of consultation, the Capital Metro Agency had received 60 responses from the [...]

Hordes out for Politics in the Pub

By 15 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Shorten crowd

Who said young people are not engaged with politics? Whoever it was clearly hasn’t attended a uni Politics in the Pub night in Canberra.
Clashing events at UC and the ANU last night attracted capacity crowds. The ANU Labor Club pub talk featuring Federal Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten was a completely full house, with [...]

Ask RiotACT: Are traffic lights the answer?

By 14 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Recently the ACT Government put out a flyer about road changes coming for the Gungahlin area. Amongst these was the proposal to signalise the large roundabout at the intersection of the Barton Highway, William Slim and Gundaroo Drives.
Does anyone else think that putting traffic lights on the roundabout is a half-baked solution and that the [...]

Corbell to include Russell in light rail application

light rail artist impression

The ACT Government has sent a strong message to the anti-light rail lobby today by announcing it will lodge a development application for the optional extension to Russell together with that for the initial Civic to Gungahlin line within weeks.
A statement from Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, said the application would cover works required [...]

Gallagher picks up three shadow ministries

Katy Gallagher, Bill Shorten and colleagues

Former ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has today leap-frogged colleagues with more Federal parliamentary experience into shadow cabinet.
Gallagher is the new Shadow Minister assisting the Leader on State and Territory Relations, Shadow Minister Mental Health, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness and will take responsibility for women’s policy within the shadow cabinet.
Federal Opposition Leader Bill [...]

The great ALP Politics in the Pub-off

Politics in the Pub

Canberra, prepare yourselves for a battle between two universities, two pubs, two uni Labor Clubs and the two most senior members of the Australian Labor Party.
It’s a Politics in the Pub-off and we can’t wait to find out who wins.
Tomorrow night the ANU Labor Club will host Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten at the [...]

Gallery’s cheery email just wrong today

By 13 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Portrait Gallery email

I’m a bit disappointed in the National Portrait Gallery this morning, having received an email from them with the subject “Gardens and other reasons to celebrate” with second story being about an event there in ten days time called “Oh happy day”.
It arrived less than 24 hours after we learnt of the death of their [...]

It’s time to reclaim our School of Music

Peter Tregear

Earlier this year, my business partner and I attempted to produce a small opera in Canberra. Having been buoyed by a successful seasons in Hong Kong, we thought we’d bring it to the place we love and call home.
It was impossible. The lack of suitable venues, coupled with an inflexible attitude from government-funded arts bureaucrats, [...]

Henshaw our tip for ACT Book of the Year

By 12 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Mark Henshaw

Mark Henshaw is one of four Canberra region writers shortlisted for this year’s ACT Book of the Year award. Photo: Andrew Sikorski/Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres
ArtsACT has published the shortlist for the 2015 ACT Book of the Year and though it’s a strong field of four, I’m tipping Mark Henshaw’s The Snow Kimono will take out the [...]

Portrait Gallery visionary Sayers dies

Andrew Sayers

Andrew Sayers, 2012 by Mark Mohell. Gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned (53.0 x 36.8 cm). Purchased by the National Portrait Gallery with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2013. Accession number: 2013.9.
The visionary founding director of the National Portrait Gallery, Andrew Sayers AM, has died in Melbourne.
The 58-year-old former Canberran, who had in recent [...]

Tour de Stroke starts in Fyshwick

By 9 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Josh Goyne - Stroke Awareness Ride - Tour de Stroke

Josh Goyne, 17, sets out from Fyshwick tomorrow on a 2,200 kilometre ride with the aim of raising money for stroke support and assistance.
Seven years ago, Josh’s grandfather, Barry Graham, had his first stroke. Two years ago, Barry’s fifth stroke paralysed him from the chest down.
‘I took time out of my holidays and schooling to [...]

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