Canberra’s strengthening economy, prudent fiscal management and a bit of good luck have enabled the ACT Government to improve the expected budget deficit by $246 million this year.
ACT Budget at a glance
A combination of waning fiscal restraint by the Commonwealth, a broader revenue base due to more diversified economy and some strategic pre-election budget management [...]
The ACT Government will spend more than $5 million on the retrial of David Eastman for the murder of Colin Winchester and related proceedings in 2016-17 according to the ACT Budget papers.
ACT Budget at a glance
The Justice and Community Safety Directorate’s expenses in relation to the retrial will total $3,371,000, divided between ACT Courts costs [...]
The ACT Government will spend an additional $3,306,000 on the Office of the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2016-17, reflecting the expansion of the Assembly from 17 to 25 members from 2016-17.
ACT Budget at a glance
The funding will cover Members, members’ staff salaries and on-costs as well as additional resources for Assembly Hansard production, security and [...]
The ACT Government will increase the eligibility age for the Seniors Card from 60 to 65 over by 2025.
ACT Budget at a glance
The card is currently available to ACT residents aged 60 years or over who are retired or work less than 20 hours a week.
From July 1, 2017, the eligibility age will increase to [...]
• A forecast return to balanced budgets in 2017-18 and 2018-19 with surpluses from 2019-20 onwards
• Budget position improved by $250 million in 2015-16
• Debt consistent with retaining a AAA credit rating
• Residential rates to rise by 4.5 per cent in 2016-17 and 7 per cent per year on average for the following five years
Canberra residential and rural property owners will pay a Safer Families Levy of $30 per year on top of existing rates charges from July to fund a suite of family violence prevention initiatives in the territory.
ACT Budget at a glance
The Government’s $21.42 million Safer Families package forms one of the key components of the 2016/17 [...]
Detectives are investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred on William Hovell Drive in Aranda on Monday night.
Police received reports at about 6pm of a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of William Hovell Drive and Coppings Crossing.
One of the vehicles was a red Suzuki Vitara, containing two males and one female.
Police also received reports from that [...]
Attorney-general Simon Corbell on Tuesday introduced legislation to the ACT Legislative Assembly aimed at broadening definitions of family and domestic violence and strengthening protections for victims.
Corbell said the legislation would reform the ACT’s legal framework for protecting people from domestic, family and sexual violence, and improve access to legal redress for victims.
“Responses to domestic and [...]
[ 16 June 2016 at 7:00 pm; ]
Public Forum on 16th June 2016 to meet ACT candidates for the Federal Election.
Hear the Candidates’ views about:
what should be the national responsibilities for planning in the ACT; and
preserving the unique characteristics of Canberra as the nation’s capital.
Questions could cover:
location of Federal departments in relation to impacts on town centres, employment, transport and parking;
impact of [...]
This afternoon the ACT government will deliver the 2016 budget. As there is a local election in October will it be bland, even largely forgettable, like the cautious May federal budget, precursor to the July 2 election?
Or, more likely, will our local effort be directed at appeasing the voters, softening them up for the October [...]
Children and their families needing palliative care will have access to a dedicated nurse as part of a $2.1 million investment over the next four years to expand services in the ACT.
Assistant health minister Meegan Fitzharris said palliative care was not just for the elderly; tragically, children also often needed such services.
“In this year’s budget [...]
The Phillip Business Community claims the ACT government lied to it about having a consultation process before installing paid parking metres in the Canberra suburb.
The community says it remains outraged over the government’s actions, saying the $45 weekly cost of parking ($9 per day) will represent almost 10% of an apprentice’s wage.
Local business owners and an apprentice interviewed last [...]
The ACT Government will allocate $17 million in tomorrow’s ACT Budget for transport services, including 20 new buses for the territory, a new city loop service, an electric bus trial, new services in Weston Creek and Molonglo and a Park & Ride facility in Wanniassa.
The spend will also cover the cost of improvements to the [...]
A 37-year-old Kambah man died late yesterday afternoon after the four-wheel drive utility he was driving overturned in fast-moving flood waters at Cotter Road, Coree.
A joint rescue effort was undertaken by AFP SRG Maritime water police, ACT State Emergency Services staff, ACT Ambulance Service staff and ACT Fire & Rescue officers, but severe weather conditions, [...]
In the last 24 hours, 64.6mm of rain has fallen in the ACT. That’s around the same as the mean rainfall for the entire month of November, the wettest month of the year on average.
While there are patches of blue in the distance this morning, showers continue and are forecast for every day this [...]
Not even a fortnight has gone by since it was revealed that 177 million LinkedIn passwords had been made public, confirming that the 2012 breach of LinkedIn’s database had stolen effectively 98% of all users passwords from that time. The 177.5 million password hashes for 164.6 million users in the LinkedIn database reportedly align perfectly [...]
Canberra tennis star Nick Kyrgios, who is ranked 19th in the world and number one in Australia, has announced this morning that he will not compete at the Rio Olympics, citing “unfair and unjust treatment” of him by the Australian Olympic Committee as a key reason.
AOC chef de mission Kitty Chiller has previously said Kyrgios is “on [...]
An 18-year-old Campbell man will face court this morning, charged with sexual assault.
Police will allege the man sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman on Saturday (28 May), as she was sleeping.
The man was arrested by Criminal Investigations detectives yesterday, and was taken to the ACT Watch House, where he was charged with sexual intercourse without consent.
The ACT #SustainableCommunities Awards recognise excellence in environmental sustainability and community building in the Australian Capital Territory. These awards celebrate the innovation, hard work and achievements of individuals, community groups, businesses, and government who are taking positive steps towards improving their local environment. If you or someone you know is a leader in:
Community Action and [...]
ACT State Emergency Service chief officer Conrad Barr is urging all Canberrans to be prepared for the big wet that is forecast to mark the start of winter this weekend.
“Following what has been recorded as the driest autumn on record, rain is now expected to fall across Canberra until at least Sunday,” Barr said.
“Those beautiful leaves [...]
While helping a friend run a stand at Summernats in 2010, Rachel Ziv fell completely in love with Canberra. Coming from Sydney, and never having been here before, she was amazed by the lack of car fumes and pushy people, and delighted by the beauty, friendliness and abundance of services in a town that still [...]
Andrew Barr has welcomed a tourism survey that indicates Canberra recorded its highest ever number of international visitors in the year to March 2016, with almost 200,000 overseas travellers visiting the capital in that period.
In a statement, the chief minister said the international visitor survey prepared by Tourism Research Australia showed the ACT recorded its highest number [...]
ACT police will target driver distraction in June as part of its ongoing road safety campaign with partner agencies.
Police say driver distraction is any action that takes a driver’s attention away from the road and on to other elements of their environment. This could include using a mobile phone, driving with headphones in, tuning your [...]
Canberra’s commuters have two more days to comment on the direction of public transport in the ACT, with the online survey set to close on Friday.
The survey, available here, has attracted 2,410 contributors since going live in early May.
Transport minister Meegan Fitzharris said more than 1,000 respondents (46.9%) had described public transport reform as one of the [...]
Tickets for the three-day Gungahlin Movie Marathon running from 17-19 June went on sale on Wednesday.
Among the 19 films to be screened at Gungahlin College are Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Mad Max: Fury Road, Despicable Me, Dirty Dancing and The Princess Bride.”
Tickets cost $5 per person per movie, and all proceeds [...]
The expansion of Canberra Hospital’s trauma service will include an additional six doctors and one new nurse, with an extra $5.3 million in funding to be provided over the next four years in the upcoming ACT budget.
Health minister Simon Corbell said the new funding would provide Canberrans with more timely access to effective, efficient and [...]
Police are seeking information on the theft of bronze artwork Stepping Out at the Hughes Shopping Centre over the weekend.
The artwork was commissioned by the ACT government in 1997 and is much loved by the local community.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be [...]
ACT Policing has arrested a 19-year-old woman from Belconnen who will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning following four incidents of theft.
It is alleged the woman conducted a petrol drive off at the Coles Express Service Station in Hawker on Sunday 8 May 2016 with a Silver Holden Commodore that was reported [...]
Vandals and arsonists have wreaked a trail of havoc in Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and Belconnen playgrounds and public toilets in recent weeks, contributing to the ACT’s annual vandalism bill of around $120,000.
The string of incidents has included several fires affecting children’s play equipment and toilet blocks at Yerrabi Pond, Tuggerangong Town Park and John Knight Park. [...]
Cuts to health-care funding and public service jobs, the privatisation of Medicare and threats to weekend penalty rates are the key concerns for swinging voters in Eden Monaro, according to UnionsACT.
Union members conducted a weekend doorknock throughout the electorate, where the victory margin at the last federal election was 1085 votes, as part of the national union [...]