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‘Rising star’ Seselja tipped for Coalition front bench

By 4 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Zed Seselja

Though it remains unclear whether the Coalition will be able to form government, the Australian Financial Review has this morning reported that ACT Liberals Senator Zed Seselja is one of two names most mentioned by fellow conservative MPs as a potential for promotion to Malcolm Turnbull’s ministry and described him as a “rising star” [...]

GEOCON awarded for protecting staff

By 4 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
geocon-award

GEOCON, Canberra’s largest builder and developer, have been recognised for their commitment to exceptional Work Health and Safety at the Master Builders and Cbus Excellence in Building Awards, held at the National Convention and Exhibition June 24th.
The awards, which feature some of the best builders in the country, pay tribute to those companies that demonstrate [...]

Hobbs positive on Greens’ chances of taking ACT Senate seat

By 2 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
christina hobbs

The Greens are currently poised to steal the ACT Senate seat out from under the feet of the Liberals Zed Seselja. Zed has been virtually absent from his electorate for the past three years, yet has flown in and under taken one of the most expensive campaigns for a Senate seat in recent history. All [...]

Two extradited from NSW over aggravated robbery

By 1 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

A 37-year-old man and a 28-year-old man have been extradited from Queanbeyan to face charges over an aggravated robbery at the Australia Post store in Fyshwick.
At about 9.30am on Thursday, two men riding a motorcycle parked near the Australia Post outlet in Townsville St. One man entered the building and threatened staff with a shortened [...]

Zed campaigners post ‘rape joke’ about Greens candidate

By 1 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Offensive material

Supporters of ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja have attached to the dashboard of one of their campaign vehicles text on a photograph of his key opponent, Greens candidate Christina Hobbs, saying she wants “a railing” (slang for violent sex), sparking social media outrage and calls for an apology on the eve of the Federal election.
A [...]

Village Building Co. chief Winnel retires, Doherty takes reins

By 1 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Doherty and Winnel

Bob Winnel, the founder and managing director of Canberra property development giant the Village Building Company, retired yesterday, handing the reins to a new Chief Executive Officer, Travis Doherty.
Village has been in operation for 28 years in Canberra. Mr Doherty, who takes over today, said Mr Winnel had been responsible for injecting affordable housing into [...]

Two charged after kangaroo dragged through streets

By 30 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Two men have been charged after a kangaroo was allegedly attached to the back of a vehicle and driven through Goulburn this week.
Officers from Hume local area command located the animal at the intersection of Auburn and Montague streets about 11.40pm on Tuesday.
Police were told the kangaroo had been allegedly attached to the back of a green [...]

Another stuck truck disrupts bridge traffic

By 30 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Commonwealth Avenue Bridge

It seems the Commonwealth Bridge on Parkes Way is becoming a magnet for stuck trucks.
In October last year a truck hauling an excavator blocked the Parkes Way tunnel for two days, leading to a $1.2 million insurance bill.
On Thursday another one carrying a large prefabricated concrete wall slab became wedged under the bridge.
The truck shut down one westbound [...]

$1m medical cannabis trial for skin cancer

By 30 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
cannabis

Australia’s 50,000 melanoma sufferers could soon find relief through medical-grade cannabis as a result of a joint project involving the University of Canberra and a leading international pharmaceutical company.
The university has signed a $1 million collaboration with Cann Pharmaceutical to commence a medical-grade cannabis therapy trial for melanoma patients.
The two-year research project aims to produce a [...]

Negative ads drive voters to minor parties

By 28 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
LibAd

As we head into the final days of an election campaign, new research from the ANU has found negative political advertising is driving people to vote for minor parties and independents.
Political marketing researcher Dr Andrew Hughes of the ANU Research School of Management has studied political advertising, based on measuring people’s reactions to ads [...]

Alleged burglar caught in Forde backyard

By 28 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

A 19-year-old woman will face court today for property, burglary and assault offences after a resident caught her in his Forde back garden yesterday afternoon.
About 3pm yesterday, the man returned to his home to discover the woman in his back yard. A struggle ensued with a neighbour assisting the man to restrain her until police arrived.
The offender was arrested a few minutes [...]

Kangaroo dragged through streets

By 27 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Police are appealing for information after a kangaroo was allegedly attached to the back of a vehicle and driven through Goulburn.
Officers located the animal at the intersection of Auburn and Montague streets at about 11.40pm on Sunday.
Police have been told that the kangaroo was attached to the back of a green Nissan Pulsar and driven [...]

Bad buffering

By 27 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
NBNCo Palmerston 010

I was 11 years old when I bought my first computer. It was 1984, and the machine was a Mattel Aquarius. Rubber keys, cassette tape drive, less than 4 kilobytes of memory, and black and white television as a screen.
Back then, the only way to transfer data was on a cassette tape.
There’s been a trail [...]

Vibe Hotel wins Project of the Year at Master Builders/Cbus Excellence in Building Awards

By 27 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
vibeHotel

Construction Control has won the prestigious Project of the Year gong at the Master Builders and Cbus Excellence in Building Awards for the third time in four years – this time for its work on the $44 million Vibe Hotel at the Canberra Airport.
Around 1500 people celebrated the industry’s best at the gala black tie [...]

Coward punch puts victim in hospital

By 24 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Police are seeking to identify three men over a ‘coward punch’ assault that occurred in Civic in the early hours of Sunday 12 June.
At about 3.55am, a male was assaulted while outside the Supa24 convenience store  on East Row.
The victim was assaulted by a male who was part of a group of three (see images [...]

Update | Rural road closures in ACT

By 24 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
road closed detour

Motorists and other road users are advised of the following rural road closures due to the recent wet weather and snow.
Roads and crossings closed:

Sunshine Crossing
Angle Crossing
unsealed section of Boboyan Road (except four wheel drive vehicles)
unsealed section of Brindabella Road (except four wheel drive vehicles)
Mount Franklin Road at Bulls Head
Bendora Road
Warks Road
Booroomba Rocks Road
Orroral Ridge Road
Corin [...]

Take your dog to work day

By 24 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
dog in the office

Today is International Take Your Dog to Work Day when employers are asked to open their doors to pet dogs to promote the benefits of pet ownership and encourage animal adoption.
Research has found the presence of pets in the workplace has a beneficial effect; they make the job more satisfying and participating workplaces report that [...]

ANU welcomes collaborative cyber facilty

By 23 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ANU

The Australian National University will collaborate with the Australian government on a new facility to help grow Australia’s cyber-security workforce and the so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) capabilities.
Defence minister Marise Payne and ACT senator Zed Seselja announced on Thursday a $12 million investment from the Australian Signals Directorate.
The investment will fund a joint facility [...]

Green Army participants wanted

By 23 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Green-Army-Logo

Join the Green Army!
Are you aged between 17 and 24, an Australian citizen or permanent resident and would like to be a part of a team that will make a REAL difference to the environment or heritage in your local community?
Would you like to be paid an allowance while gaining skills, training and experience that [...]

Ask RiotACT: Should school bus travel be free?

By 23 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Can someone please enlighten me as to why school bus travel is not free in the ACT? A colleague who resides in Qbn and was born in Sydney informs me she never paid for bus travel to and from school in Sydney – and her son gets free daily bus travel each day from Qbn [...]

White Ribbon Ambassadors event

By 22 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
white ribbon

Mick Gentleman will tonight (Wednesday) host the White Ribbon ambassador event at the ACT Legislative Assembly.
The member for Brindabella said: “I have been working with the Canberra community as an Ambassador since 2004, and it is a great honour to be able to host this White Ribbon Ambassadors event to raise awareness for such a worthwhile [...]

Federal agency for Gungahlin if we win: Seselja

By 22 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Gungahlin

A yet-to-be named Federal Government agency will move to the Gungahlin Town Centre if the Turnbull Coalition Government is re-elected, ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja has announced.
The agency chosen to be the first to operate from Gungahlin was likely to be one currently based in the Parliamentary area to avoid impacting on other town [...]

Reid man caught with knife, steel post in Dickson after tip-off

By 22 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

A 25-year-old Reid man who was found with a knife and a steel bar in Dickson will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning on six charges after a member of the public tipped police off.
About 3.50pm yesterday, police attended Dickson Place shopping complex in response to a report of two men acting suspiciously.
On arrival, [...]

Friday bin collection moved to weekend

By 21 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
rubbish

Friday’s household rubbish collection and recycling services will be disrupted due to planned industrial action by Transport Workers Union drivers employed by contractor SUEZ.
Residents in affected suburbs are requested to leave their bins out on the kerb from Friday until Monday as missed collections will be picked up on Saturday and Sunday (and on Monday if required).
Suburbs where [...]

Police training exercise in Bruce

By 21 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Police will conduct a training exercise at the Canberra Institute of Technology in Bruce on Wednesday and Thursday.
The exercise will involve uniformed police members and diverse police capabilities.
During the exercise, areas of the campus and surrounds will be closed to the public.
Road blocks will be in place along Purdie Street, Bruce, restricting traffic between Battye [...]

Do you whistle while you work?

By 21 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
fun workplace 2

Are you like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? Happy in your work? Do you burst into song to help you set the pace?
Given that adults spend about half their waking hours at the coalface, enjoying our time in the workplace, feeling enriched and rewarded, is critical to our overall health and peace of mind.
Several Canberra workplaces that [...]

Greens snub Christian Lobby election forum

By 21 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACL election document

Greens ACT Senate candidate Christina Hobbs told the RiotACT this afternoon that neither she nor any Federal Greens candidate would attend an Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) Meet the Candidates forum tonight, and confirmed the Greens had not replied to the organisation’s questionnaire for political parties on moral and social justice issues.
“Absolutely not. While I’m happy [...]

Uber pick-ups from Canberra Airport back on track

By 20 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Uber at Canberra Airport

After three months of difficulties booking Uber pick-ups at Canberra Airport, the ride-sharing service has announced the issue is resolved and passengers can now open the app, request a ride and meet their driver at the Express Pickup Area.
In March, Uber users found that it was not possible to call an Uber to collect them [...]

Evacuated staff return to Greenway building

By 20 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
smoke site

Workers have returned to a Greenway office building evacuated earlier this morning after an emergency services staff investigation into the cause of a smoke smell found nothing.
ACT Fire & Rescue worked with electricians on the investigation but were unable to determine the cause of the smell of smoke.
Firefighters had earlier evacuated approximately 30 people as [...]

One number still valid on Senate ballot paper

By 20 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Senate ballot paper sample

Given the advertising starting this weekend on the new rules for voting for the Senate, the Australian Electoral Commission is keeping very quiet on the fact you can still just number one box above the line and your vote is still valid and will get counted.  It’s called the Savings Provision and in a nutshell [...]

ACT Electoral Commission updates rules on social media post attribution

By 20 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Jeremy Hanson

After formally warning the ACT Liberals over their use of campaign material on social media last week, the Electoral Commission has issued an update to the rules that reverses their previous instructions to the Liberals over their usage.
A number of Liberals had posted anti-Light Rail material on their social media feeds that didn’t include any [...]

Is your child a Kidpreneur?

By 20 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
kidpreneur-1

Following the success of the Club Kidpreneur™ school holiday program in April, a second program in the coming July holidays looks to create a whole new batch of Canberra kidpreneurs.
Children aged 8 -12 can attend any one of four workshops, which run between the 5th and 14th of July, and take a plunge into business [...]

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