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Uriarra Crossing closed

By 8 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that Uriarra Crossing is now closed due to flooding.
Canberra residents are urged to exercise caution, particularly on rural roads, due to the wet weather.
The following roads remain closed:

Point Hut Crossing
Oaks Estate Crossing
Sunshine Crossing
Angle Crossing

(Territory and Municipal Services Directorate Media Release)

Katy Gallagher: What Will Her Legacy Be? How Will History Treat Her?

By 7 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

How will the reign of Katy Gallagher as Chief Minister of the ACT be viewed by History?  What will be her Legacy?
Granted, what one person sees as a positive, another may see as a negative depending on how it affects them and whether they can see (or they care about) all the benefits, negatives [...]

Three crossings closed due to wet weather

By 7 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that three crossings are now closed due to flooding.
Canberra residents are urged to exercise caution, particularly on rural roads, due to the wet weather.
The following roads are closed:

Oaks Estate Crossing
Sunshine Crossing
Angle Crossing

For more information on road closures please call Canberra Connect on 13 22 [...]

A young man has died in Kambah after a single vehicle collision

By 6 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is investigating a collision on Livingston Avenue in Kambah this morning (Saturday, December 6) in which a male driver has died.
About 2.25am police responded to a report of a single vehicle collision on Livingston Avenue.
ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team are examining the circumstances surrounding the collision after the white commodore left [...]

Snap up a free ticket in time for Christmas

By 6 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ActewAGL is offering its customers one complimentary ticket per household to the National Gallery of Australia summer blockbuster exhibition James Turrell: A Retrospective for use across the weekend of 20 and 21 December.
ActewAGL is the Principal Exhibition Partner and Director Marketing and Corporate Affairs Paul Walshe said “James Turrell: A Retrospective is a spectacular exhibition [...]

Safer Christmas holiday driving tips for Canberra driver

By 5 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

It is a privilege to drive on public roads, not a right.
Public roads are for safe, cheap transport of people and goods, not racing.
People of widely varying abilities who exceed minimum standards are permitted to use public roads and you are required to share the road with them, showing them every courtesy.
Don’t Tailgate
Leave a 3 [...]

What happens On My First Day?

By 5 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

All ACT preschoolers entering kindergarten next year will receive On My First Day, a book of words and drawings created by children to help them transition into their first year at school.
Community Services Directorate, Manager of Early Intervention and Prevention Projects, Melanie Thompson has announced the release of the recently updated publication which has been [...]

Road safety initiatives to continue after NRMA Road Safety Trust ends

By 5 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, has announced that the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust will be dissolved, but its legacy of its work will continue as the government explores new funding models for key road safety initiatives.
Mr Corbell said the entry of additional compulsory third party insurers to the ACT market meant it was appropriate to terminate the [...]

Awards recognise excellence in tourism

By 5 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The 2014 Canberra and Capital Region Tourism Awards were announced at a gala presentation at the Canberra Theatre Centre on Wednesday night.
The awards celebrate the diverse Canberra region tourism experiences offered by an industry that contributes over $1.8 billion annually and employs more than 17,000 Canberrans.
This year saw a partnership with the National Capital Attractions [...]

Statement by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher MLA

By 5 December 2014

Today I have spoken with my caucus colleagues and Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA to let them know that I will be a candidate for the upcoming Senate vacancy created by Senator Kate Lundy who has announced she will not be contesting the next federal election.
Because of my decision and out of respect for the office [...]

The Senate – two sides of an argument


As a Kate Lundy fan, I’m sorry to see her retire but as an old political retiree, I fully understand all the reasons why the decision was taken, and wish her all the pleasure of the next stage in life that I have enjoyed.
I started writing this piece when I heard Kate and wondered on [...]

Police investigating serious assault in Kingston

By 4 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is responding to a serious assault on a man in Kingston (Thursday, December 4).
About 9.50am this morning, police received a report of a 57-year-old man with a laceration to his throat.
ACT Ambulance Service was in attendance and conveyed the man to hospital where he is undergoing surgery.
At this time police are treating the [...]

Assembly passes bill to purchase ‘Mr Fluffy’ houses

By 4 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The passing of the Loose Fill Asbestos Appropriation Bill today in the ACT Legislative Assembly will allow the first houses to be purchased by the ACT Government by Christmas, ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced today.
The Bill will allow the ACT Government to purchase houses through the ACT Government’s Buyback and Demolition Program. The Chief [...]

Is it Okay for a Principal to plagairise?

By 4 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I come from the old school way of thinking which is, if it isn’t your work and thoughts then don’t try and pass them off as if they were. I also think if you are the principal of a high school then you should set the example and not plagiarise to your students.
My daughter came [...]

Police locate grow house in Forde

By 4 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A grow house with approximately 30 mature plants and more than 70 small cannabis seedlings was located by police last night (Wednesday, December 3) in Forde.
About 5.30pm police received a report that a home in Aida Ball Circuit was insecure as the garage door was open.
Members from Gungahlin Police Station responded and observed the garage [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 04/12/14

By 4 December 2014

Lame duck Lundy – Stanhope standing by
Loathe him or love him, few would dispute that Stanhope has lived public life as a straight shooter. To some, his candid nature is a constant source of fresh air. To others, especially within senior Labor ranks, he is a moral nuisance. After returning to his heartland only a [...]

Local Leaders – Melissa Gelonese (Entourage Productions)

By 4 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Melissa Gelonese

Entertainer Melissa Gelonese has beat Canberra personalities including Andrew Barr MLA and Kevin Phelan from The Good Guys Fyshwick to win the Heart Foundation ACT’s Canberra Celebrity Heart Challenge 2014.
Melissa, who raised $9375 during the 12-week fundraising challenge, says the win was unexpected, with many of her donations coming through at the last minute. She plans to [...]

Think before you drink at the office Christmas party

By 4 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Welcome to the silly season. And they don’t call it silly for nothing. It’s that time of year where all of our emotions seem to overflow and we dangle dance between the line of aggression and elation at the thought of the end of the year finally approaching and heading off on summer holidays.
But before [...]

Eight patients taken to hospital following three vehicle crash

By 3 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Ambulance Service have been on scene of a three vehicle crash on Hindmarsh Drive, Weston near the Tuggeranong Parkway on ramp for northbound traffic.
Firefighters used hydraulic rescue tools to assist in releasing one patient from a vehicle.
Three ambulance vehicles were called to the scene and transported a total [...]

GEOCON’s Abode hotel sells for $28.8 million

By 3 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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GEOCON’s Abode Hotel at Woden, Juliana House, has sold for $28.8 million in a deal negotiated through JLL & CBRE. The sale is a milestone for the group and will be influential in GEOCON taking its development and hotel businesses to the next level.
GEOCON is the owner and operator of Abode Apartment Hotels in Canberra [...]

Female Politicians Inspire Young Women on ‘Power Trip’

By 3 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Female politicians and executives are flocking to events across Canberra today to welcome the winners of Country to Canberra’s inaugural essay competition and to combat gender inequality.
“Kicking off with an exclusive ‘Powerful Women’s Breakfast,’ the ‘power trip’ to Canberra is an amazing opportunity that brings teenage girls from rural areas to Canberra to empower them [...]

Confiscated criminal assets to help prevent violence against women

By 3 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Three women’s sector organisations will share in $80,000 of funding from the ACT’s Confiscated Assets Trust Fund, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
“I have approved over $500,000 in payments from the fund since 2009 for projects that support the elimination of violence against women and advocacy for women’s rights,” Mr Corbell said.
“The successful applicants for this [...]

It’s not legal, but will that stop Canberrans using Uber…?

By 3 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

My much travelled brother – who once said to me “I think I could organize tours of the trouble spots of the world” – commented on how we complain about bureaucracy and how it gets in the way but then described sitting in a restaurant next to a stinking open drain in some third world [...]

Witnesses sought to firearm incident

By 3 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is appealing for witnesses to an incident where a firearm was discharged on Monday night (December 1) in Chisholm.
About 9.55pm police attended McLorinan St, Chisholm, in response to a disturbance. Two men flagged down attending police and stated their car had been shot at.
A white Subaru WRX was observed to have a damaged [...]

Outstanding Year 10 students recognised

By 2 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Year 10 Excellence Awards

Minister for Education and Training, Joy Burch today presented awards to 73 Year 10 students from ACT public high schools to recognise their excellence in education.
“It was a privilege to present awards to the students from 25 public high schools and colleges as part of the 2014 Year 10 Excellence Awards for Outstanding Achievement in [...]

Search warrants reveal drugs, weapons, ammunition and cash

By 2 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing Criminal Investigations detectives executed three search warrants over the past week as part of Taskforce Nemesis targeting the criminal activities of outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCGs).
The search warrants were executed on houses and vehicles in Pialligo, Chisholm and Kambah.
As a result of these warrants, police have seized an amount of illicit substances, believed to [...]

ActewAGL to conduct helicopter patrols as part of its network maintenance program

By 2 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ActewAGL helicopter patrols

ActewAGL will be carrying out helicopter inspections of overhead powerlines from today 2 December across parts of Canberra. The patrols will run until 16 December (weather permitting), and are an essential part of vegetation management and asset management.
ActewAGL General Manager Network Services Robert Atkin said, “The helicopter patrol is a significant part of our overall [...]

Gift card conditions can lead to surprises

By 1 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Christmas shoppers need to be aware of the terms and condition of gift cards and vouchers to make sure they get what they think they’re purchasing, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
Mr Corbell today reminded consumers and retailers of their rights and responsibilities.
“Recipients of gift cards and the people who buy them can sometimes be surprised [...]

Canberra Hospital emergency department to receive more beds

By 1 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Major expansion works to be undertaken at the Canberra Hospital emergency department will refurbish the busy frontline of the health system and deliver more beds while improving emergency services, Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher said today.
“Investment in health infrastructure is one of the ACT Government’s highest priorities and this $23m expansion of [...]

The East Hotel: Best rated in the ACT according to latest hotel rankings

By 1 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Trivago have released its 2014 Australian Hotel Rankings. The East Hotel is the best rated hotel in the ACT with a rating of 89.73. The Aria Hotel Canberra comes in second with a rating of 87.81. The Hyatt Hotel Canberra ranks third with a rating of 85.65.

The 2014 Australian Hotel Rankings are based on user [...]

Police appeal to witness in sexual assault

By 1 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is appealing to a man who may have witnessed a sexual assault in Glebe Park, Civic, on Saturday night (November 29).
A 35-year-old woman was walking from the City Bus Interchange around 11.30pm when a man, whom she knew as an acquaintance, offered to walk with her.
As they walked through Glebe Park the woman [...]

Reith Still Raging

By 1 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I wish I could count the times I have been accused of having a left wing bias. Something I wear as a badge of honour.
This is gunna surprise you but there are people out there who are far greater haters than Labor will ever spawn. Such a person is Peter Reith, former Howard government [...]

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