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Man faces court on murder charge

By 19 March 2015
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A 34-year-old Gordon man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Thursday, March 19) charged with murder.
The man has been charged with murdering his 28-year-old wife and the mother of three children. The victim’s body was found at a Knoke St, Gordon residence in the early hours of Tuesday, March 17.
Police will allege the man [...]

Canberra innovator launches Australian first

By 19 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra innovator James Long has this month launched what he believes is Australia’s first crowd funded hacking prize.
It’s called Hack the Lobby, and it offers a $500 prize for the best hack that brands the lobby TV and LED of startup co-working space Entry 29′s venue with a startup’s logos and brand colours prior to meetings.
James explains [...]

Witnesses sought to robbery at Latham Handy Mart

By 18 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery which occurred in Latham yesterday (Tuesday, March 17).
About 4.30pm, a male entered the Handy Mart store, located at the Latham Shops on Dalley Crescent. The male was carrying a knife and demanded cash from a staff member.
The staff member complied with the man’s demands and the [...]

Light rail: Shortlist announced to deliver first stage of Capital Metro

By 18 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Two world-leading consortia have been shortlisted to deliver the first-stage of Canberra’s light rail network, which will deliver more than 3,500 jobs during construction and deliver more than $1 billion in benefits to the ACT economy, Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell announced today.
The two consortia, ACTivate and Canberra Metro, contain some of the world’s [...]

Cheap eats – Saigon Fresh (Gungahlin)

By 18 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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You know when you stumble across something, and you think about how awesome you are for finding something so great? That’s how I feel about Saigon Fresh in Gungahlin.
It’s a tiny little hole in the wall, tucked away in the Coles building in Gungahlin. The actual store is just next door to Best and Less. [...]

Local leaders – Tracy Keeley (Bookplate, National Library of Australia)

By 18 March 2015
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If you visited Canberra’s recent Night Noodle Markets and found yourself enjoying salt and pepper calamari at the National Library instead of doing battle with the crowds for meat on sticks, you’ll know that the Library’s Bookplate café is doing things a little differently than in the past.

Just weeks after Canberra hospitality veteran Tracy Keeley won [...]

Homicide investigation in Gordon

By 17 March 2015
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ACT Policing is treating the death of a woman in Gordon this morning (Tuesday, March 17) as a homicide.
Police were called to a residence on Knoke Ave in Gordon around 3.10am, responding to reports of a deceased woman at the location.
Upon attending, police found a female victim who had suffered critical injuries and was deceased.
A [...]

Is fertility control the right choice for managing ACT roos?

By 17 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Government has today announced it will trial controlling Canberra’s kangaroo population with contraceptives delivered via darts, as an alternative to controversial culls.
Here’s the joint press release from Simon Corbell and Shane Rattenbury, released today:
The ACT Government is funding a research trial into the use of a fertility control vaccine as a potential non-lethal [...]

Canberrans can stop puppy farms and backyard breeders with new bill

By 17 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A few months ago, a four-week-old puppy (pictured) was surrendered to RSPCA ACT. He was apparently an unwanted gift, and these owners were actually his third, which meant that this puppy would have likely been taken from his mother and litter mates right after he opened his eyes.
Named Curtis by the staff, one of my experienced [...]

Political funding – a frightening future for the ACT

By 17 March 2015
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The political landscape of the ACT is changing at lightning speed. Here are some of the most significant changes:
1)      From 2016, the size of the Legislative Assembly will swell from 17 members to 25 members.
2)      The ACT will be split-up from three electorates (two with five seats and one with seven seats) to five electorates [...]

Event: Will light rail increase greenhouse emissions?

By 16 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 16 March 2015 at 5:00 pm; ] Is light rail emissions-free, as some experts claim, or does it cause emissions comparable to those of buses, as estimated by Shreya Dave of M.I.T.?

Is Capital Metro correct in saying that buses offer 350 times the greenhouse benefits of light rail?

Was Damian Haas correct in saying that my estimates suffered from confirmation bias?

Come to my [...]

Witnesses sought after driver flees police

By 16 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking information from the public after a vehicle fled from police during a routine traffic stop yesterday (Sunday, 15 March 2015).
Around 11:45am yesterday, police attempted to perform a traffic stop on a white Nissan Pulsar in Belconnen. The driver failed to stop for police, and a pursuit commenced.

The vehicle fled through the [...]

The Green Army wants you!

By 14 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Join the Green Army!
Is this for you?
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 in your local community?
Would you like to be paid an allowance while gaining skills, training and experience [...]

Police respond to three firearm incidents overnight

By 13 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is responding to reports of the discharge of firearms in three incidents from overnight (Thursday 12 March).
About 9.50pm last night, police received reports of shots fired in Boustead Circuit, Kambah. Patrols responded and located damage, which appears to be from a gunshot, to a front window of a home. No one was home [...]

Petition to bring back ACT light vehicle registration stickers

By 13 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

For anyone in the ACT who would prefer to have current registration stickers returned to our vehicles, please sign this petition and share if you believe they are worthwhile.

Man in custody after Wanniassa homicide

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has taken a 45-year-old Symonston man into custody following a suspicious death of a man in Wanniassa yesterday (Tuesday, March 10).
About 3pm today (Wednesday, March 11), investigations led police to an address in O’Connor and the man came into police custody without incident. He was taken to the ACT Watch House and is [...]

ACT rego stickers…or lack thereof!

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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What happens in the ACT if you don’t receive your rego renewal?
Well, I can tell you that you get a rather large fine!
I was pulled over by one of the police cars who do the plate recognition, and the police officer told me that I was not registered. To my knowledge this was not true, [...]

Police investigating suspicious death in Wanniassa

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious death of a man in Wanniassa yesterday evening (Tuesday 10 March).Police were called to a home in Wanniassa for a check welfare around 7pm. Responding patrols arrived about 7.05pm and upon forcing entry to the home located a deceased 61-year-old man within the residence.A 68-year-old invalid woman was located in a bedroom [...]

Braddon: Green village to apartments

By 11 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Australian Government created the suburb of Braddon in the 1920s-1930s to provide housing for the new capital’s service workers and public sector employees. No private developers had any interest in making the investment. So much for the free market taking up opportunities!

But today, so much has changed. Any developer would now love to get [...]

Witnesses sought to vehicle fires in Watson

By 10 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating two vehicle fires in Watson from Thursday 5 March.
About 12.15am, police were called to Higinbotham Street after receiving reports of two vehicles on fire at the location.
When police arrived, three fire trucks were at the scene and a large crowd had gathered with many reporting they heard an explosion.
ACT Fire and [...]

Funding extended for ACT Indigenous health service

By 10 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Senator Zed Seselja has today announced that Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service (ACT) Incorporated will have its funding extended for another three years as part of the Abbott Government’s investment in primary and preventable health care.
From the media release:
Indigenous communities across the ACT will benefit from a $8,470,312 investment in primary and preventable health care as [...]

What grows in your garden?

By 9 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 17 March 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]

The Canberra Environment Centre is running the second of its gardening basics workshops on Tuesday 17 March. The topic? Soil.

Last Tuesday, Keith Colls from Canberra City Farm invited participants of ‘organic pest control’ to learn different ways to identify pests and diseases, how best to treat common ailments as well as a good background on [...]

Witnesses sought to multiple vehicle damage in Bruce

By 9 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to multiple incidents of vehicle damage that occurred in Bruce over the weekend.
Police responded to numerous complaints of damage to vehicles parked in and around unit complexes in Thynne Street and Lampard Circuit.
Multiple cars were broken into with a number of items stolen including wallets, cash, credit cards, an [...]

Restorative justice – a myth?

By 9 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In Australia we have a complex attitude towards the rehabilitation of offenders in our judicial system. We have many in our society who believe in an eye for an eye and hard-line punishment as a means of preventing recidivism.
Few will come out and support good rehabilitative programs. Rather than believing that some offenders can change their aberrant behaviour, [...]

Man to face court on assault charge

By 9 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has charged a 30-year-old NSW man with assault following an incident in Hackett on Saturday afternoon (March 7) in which a 30-year-old man suffered serious head injuries.
Around 5pm, police responded to reports of a disturbance in Hackett. Upon attending they found a man lying unconscious on the ground with head injuries.
Witness reports suggest [...]

Podcast: ScienceAlert’s journey to 6.4 million Facebook likes

By 6 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Startup Capital is a locally produced, biweekly podcast discussing startups and innovation. 
In this episode, ScienceAlert’s Journey to 6.4 million Facebook likes, Mitch and Matt spoke to Chris Cassella, founder of media powerhouse ScienceAlert. This media news site has a legion of more than 6.4 million Facebook fans. We asked Chris how they did this and how [...]

500 drivers caught speeding last month

By 4 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing’s traffic targeting during February saw more than 504 drivers caught speeding across Canberra, with four drivers caught travelling more than 45km/h over the speed limit.
“Alarmingly, just over half of those drivers were caught speeding in a school zone, showing blatant disregard for the safety of children; our most vulnerable road users,” Traffic Operations [...]

Local leaders – Michael McGoogan (UberGlobal)

By 4 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra technology prodigy Michael McGoogan founded what would become one of Australia’s largest cloud service providers, UberGlobal, in his Rivett bedroom when he was just 14.
It was the early 2000s and Michael, a self-confessed computer geek, had identified an opportunity to make money hosting and designing websites for businesses. Within six months, he had 500 [...]

Seselja welcomes funding for safer schools

By 3 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today welcomed funding for Canberra Grammar School under the Coalition Government’s $18 million Schools Security Programme.
“Canberra Grammar School is one of 54 schools to receive funding under the programme, which delivers on our election commitment to continue assistance to schools at risk of attack, harassment or violence caused [...]

ACT Government leads nation on climate change action

By 3 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra’s environmental watchdog has given the thumbs up to the ACT Government’s response to climate change in the region, Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell and Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Robert Neil announced today.
The commissioner today released his report into the government’s implementation of the ACT’s climate change policy, which provides an assessment [...]

What does the ACT think about the death penalty?

By 3 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Inside my backyard shed are two signs that my fiancée and I recently made. The signs read, “Indonesia, we love you but please tell your Government to stop killing Australian citizens”.
Over the past month or so, I have spoken on various radio stations and contributed to numerous public forums against the state sanctioned killing of [...]

Chic Henry and the tram to nowhere?

By 2 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve had a couple of long conversations with Summernats’ Chic Henry, who is tossing up whether to run in the 2016 ACT election.
He told me that the Liberals want him to stand but one of the reasons he hasn’t yet committed is his age. If he were fifteen years younger he’d have no hesitation, but [...]

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