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Fire in Holt deemed suspicious

By 28 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has deemed a fire at the Kippax Halal Markets on Monday, December 15, as suspicious.
Around 1am on December 15, police and ACT Fire and Rescue attended the shop after a number of people observed smoke coming from the roof cavity of the centre.
ACT Fire and Rescue gained entry to the shop, and extinguished [...]

Police seek witnesses for two aggravated incidents

By 27 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to two separate incidents, one an aggravated burglary and the other an aggravated robbery.
The aggravated burglary occurred on Christmas Day, (Thursday December 25), about 10pm in Conder. A 45-year-old man was at home when he answered the door to a female friend. A short time later there was another knock [...]

Appointment of Acting Judge for Eastman proceedings

By 24 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Attorney-General Simon Corbell has announced the appointment of Acting Judge the Hon Anthony Whealy QC to the ACT Supreme Court.
The appointment of Acting Judge Whealy is on the recommendation of the Supreme Court.
“Justice Whealy is a highly qualified suitable Acting Judge to hear upcoming proceedings regarding the Eastman matter,” Mr Corbell said.
Mr David [...]

Synthetic drugs seized in Calwell

By 24 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has seized a quantity of synthetic cannabinoids during a search warrant executed on a retail outlet in Calwell yesterday (Tuesday, 23 December).
About 3.40pm, Criminal Investigations detectives executed a Crimes Act search warrant at the Butts and Brew store in Calwell after receiving information from the public.
During the search of the retail outlet police [...]

Local Leaders – Mitchell Harmer (SignOnSite)

By 24 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Mitchell Harmer SignOnSite

On a construction site, there are few things more important than ensuring that workers are safe. Canberra entrepreneur Mitchell Harmer and the team at SignOnSite have developed a smartphone app with the potential to save lives during a work site evacuation or building collapse.
Mitchell cofounded SignOnSite with Peter Marshall, David Linsell and Alexandria Garlan in [...]

Man arrested over Pearce elderly man attack

By 23 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 21-year-old Torrens man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this afternoon following his arrest by ACT Policing earlier today (Tuesday, December 23) for an assault on an elderly Pearce man in September.
Police will allege the 82-year-old man was assaulted by the 21-year-old when he went to investigate noises outside his home on the night [...]

Casino Canberra under new ownership

By 23 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Racing and Gaming Joy Burch today announced the transfer of ownership for Casino Canberra from Casinos Austria International Limited to Aquis Canberra Pty Ltd.
“The decision to approve the transfer of licence was not taken lightly,” Ms Burch said.
“It follows an extensive probity investigation undertaken by the Gambling and Racing Commission, in consultation with [...]

World-leading consortia express interest in Capital Metro project

By 23 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government will be able to choose from four world-class consortia for the delivery of the first stage of Canberra’s light rail network, Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, announced yesterday.
“Four private sector consortia, consisting of local, national and international companies, have submitted an expression of interest for the first stage of Canberra’s light [...]

House catches alight after lightning strike

By 22 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Multiple fire crews are fighting a house fire in Dunlop believed to be caused by a lightning strike.
ACT Fire & Rescue were alerted to the incident in Menzel Crescent at 2:42pm and responded immediately with three fire pumpers and a commander.
Update to follow.
(ESA Media Release)

Best Child Access Lawyer Needed ASAP

By 22 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Can anyone point me in the direction of a really good Lawyer in the ACT for Family law. I need the best !!
I have had restrictions of my child access placed on me since I moved into the town where my kids reside.
I have begun mediation, but need a lawyer to formalise the agreement reached after [...]

Is Ginger Gorman leaving 666 ABC?

By 22 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Hi Rioters,
Does anyone know if Ginger Gorman is leaving 666 ABC? There were a few people talking about it on social media over the weekend.
I’m assuming if it is true it is because of the budget cuts?
I’m surprised it hasn’t been reported anywhere given how popular she was.

Witnesses sought to suspicious fire in Kambah

By 22 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a grass fire which occurred in Kambah yesterday afternoon (Sunday, December 21).
About 6.20pm, police attended grassland at the rear of the BMX cycle track on Sulwood Drive.
ACT Fire and Rescue was in attendance and extinguished the fire. No properties were damaged.
ACT Fire and Rescue deemed the fire as suspicious [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 21 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

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.

Highest Sale: $1,850,000
Lowest Price: $226,000
Average Sale Price: $583,874 (- 7.47%)
2589 properties currently for sale
49 sales properties had price reductions
84 properties went under offer
140 properties SOLD!
59 properties have come onto the market
12 [...]

Emergency Services unite for bushfire arson warning

By 20 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch is urging residents to be vigilant in reporting suspicious activity following several grass fires across the ACT in the past few weeks.
ACT Fire & Rescue, the ACT Rural Fire Service, along with ACT Policing, see an increase in deliberately lit grass fires and bushfires from December to [...]

Don’t forget the tree this Christmas…

By 20 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

RSPCA ACT have just had a delivery of fresh, beautiful Christmas Trees!
Don’t miss out on your tree this year, come down and visit us at 12 Kirkpatrick Street Weston ACT 2611. RSPCA ACT will have staff and volunteers available to help load your tree into your car and to help you select the correct stand. [...]

Housefire in Amaroo

By 19 December 2014

Hi Readers,
It appears that there was a house fire in Amaroo this morning on Rollston Cct. I wasn’t able to grab an exact address as police cordoned off the street to public access. I noticed a thick black plume of smoke on the horizon and curiosity got the better of me so I followed the [...]

Police gearing up for a Safe Summer

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Rudi Lammers, Joy Burch and Brad Watts

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch and Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers yesterday launched ACT Policing’s 2014-15 Safe Summer campaign, urging the community to enjoy the festive season responsibly.
“The summer period is a busy time for everyone, with Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations, and upcoming events which attract large crowds, such [...]

Canberra Centre Parking Machines – Out of Order

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

When you consider how much the Canberra Centre must be earning from its paid parking in the city, I find it incredible that they seem incapable of keeping their money spinners in working order.
I guarantee that on at least 50% of visits to the centre, one or more machines are not working.  I can only [...]

A Look Around Canberra: Calwell

By 19 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Heading down the Monaro this week to check out the Tuggeranong suburb of Calwell. Like last week’s visit to McKellar, I’d never been to Calwell before (with the exception of last week when I drove through at night time in search of Christmas lights).
Calwell, named after former Labor leader Arthur Calwell, was gazetted on 5 [...]

Katy Gallagher Endorsed for the Senate

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Labor’s Administrative Committee last night endorsed Katy Gallagher to replace Senator Kate Lundy as the Labor Senator for the ACT.
“At the close of nominations, our General Returning Officer had received a single nomination, from Ms Gallagher, therefore she has been declared elected” ACT Labor Secretary Matt Byrne said.
“Katy will play an important role in [...]

Jobs for the Boys – Take that Zedley!

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

So, let’s get this right? The Labor Party, particularly in NSW, wrote the rulebook around jobs for the boys. For rewarding faithful servants of the cause with sinecures overseas or jobs for life on massive salaries.
Really? Hmmmm! What about the latest of a round of huge gifts to the faithful from our [...]

Fail to stop leads to drug seizure

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has seized a vehicle and a small amount of illicit drugs after a driver failed to stop the car as directed in Gordon during the early hours of Wednesday morning (December 17).
About 1.50am, a police patrol member saw a white Holden Commodore station wagon travelling at speed on Woodcock Drive, Gordon. Police activated [...]

Jon Stanhope appointed as new Legal Aid president

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced the appointment of Jon Stanhope AO as the president of the Legal Aid Commission for the next five years.
“As a former ACT Chief Minister, Attorney-General and administrator of Christmas and Cocos islands, Jon Stanhope is well qualified to be the president of the ACT Legal Aid Commission,” Mr Corbell said.
“He [...]

New Summer Music Camp for Kids

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 12 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 13 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 14 January 2015 at 9:30 am; 15 January 2015 at 9:30 am; ] Hi All,

I am running a Summer workshop for children ages 10 – 15. From Monday January 12th – Thursday January 15th 2015.

It will be a small workshop. 5 Spots ONLY. It will be 4 half days of singing, guitar playing and song writing. 

We’ll do lots of group work, writing lyrics, learning to improvise with our voices, [...]

City Walk comes alive with Christmas Markets both day and night

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

With 10 market stalls starting at 9am today (Thursday 18 December), this festive hustle and bustle of activity on City Walk near Garema Place is another reason to be in Canberra’s CBD this December.
Everybody loves a good market, especially at Christmas. During the day come and support five of our local charities at the Christmas [...]

$21 million to boost ACT workforce skills

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Minister Burch and Australian Training Award winners

Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch yesterday launched Skilled Capital, a new $21 million training initiative that will respond to industry identified skills needs.
“Skilled Capital will provide all Canberrans with the opportunity to upskill through access to high quality training in areas of identified skills needs,” Ms Burch said.
“Canberra needs more workers in areas [...]

Man in court after spitting incident

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 21-year-old man from NSW will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Thursday, 18 December) charged with common assault and driving whilst disqualified after an incident in Tuggeranong on Monday (December 15).
Police will allege that the victim had been driving his car on Isabella Drive on Monday evening around 8.30pm when a vehicle in front [...]

Automotive places open over xmas holidays?

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Just curious if anyone knows of any mechanics that are open over the christmas holidays? I urgently need work done to my car, preferrably in the next two weeks.
Cheers guys!

Police search intensifies for missing Chisholm man

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing are still appealing for the public’s assistance to help locate missing man Stuart Heddle, who went missing from his Chisholm home on the morning of Saturday, 13 December.
We have been advised that Stuart left his home on foot on the morning of Saturday 13 December at approx 7.30am to go to water polo [...]

ActewAGL reminds the community to keep away from damaged or vandalised electricity infrastructure

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ActewAGL is asking people to keep away from and report damage to electrical infrastructure, which poses a threat to public safety.
As we approach the holiday season this reminder is even more important with children out and about on school holidays.
ActewAGL General Manager Network Services, Rob Atkin, said “It’s important that the community understands the dangers [...]

Taxi drivers stealing phones

By 17 December 2014

After enjoying a sensible night in Civic a little while ago now, and before I had met my beautiful fiancé, I had an incident with a lovely lady, a devious taxi driver, and my phone.
I remember being happily driven to an abode which was not mine at about 2am. Unexpectedly, and not by my volition, [...]

One Canberra reference group members announced

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
John Hargreaves, Azra Khan and Joy Burch 1

Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch today announced the final membership of the reference group tasked with overseeing actions to promote community harmony identified at the landmark One Canberra Symposium.
“The tragic, criminal events in Sydney have underscored the importance of maintaining a socially cohesive community, where people of [...]

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