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Software innovator named ACT Business of the Year

By 5 July 2014
Software innovator named ACT Business of the Year

A Canberra-based global software company that is revolutionising business processes and competing with some of the biggest names in IT was last night named the 2014 Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business of the Year.
Founded by Australian National University science graduates Phillip Williamson and Michelle Melbourne in 1992, Intelledox has attracted more than one million worldwide [...]

Win two free tickets to “Turn Your Passion Into Profit” Seminar valued at $80

By 5 July 2014
Win two free tickets to

An exciting event for business owners, entrepreneur’s and anyone wanting to break-free from boredom, live a happier life and create extra income based on their expertise or passion.
Do you want to create more income, enjoy more time off and make real change in the world?
Do you believe that if you keep working the way you’re [...]

Curtain / window warmers

By 5 July 2014

Hi, has anyone had their Curtains done lately, at a good price and good quality? Do Firths of Yass, or any other competitive regional area companies still exist – as per 2011 curtains review on here ? Thanks for any useful updates you have.

ACT Businesses Shine at the Telstra Business Awards

By 4 July 2014

I just came home from the 2014 Telstra Business Awards ACT and again there were an inspiring selection of nominations and winners. The winners were the Cogito Group (identity protection technology), Solace Creations (energy efficient housing), Today’s Homes (custom built housing) and Intelledox (data managers). These awards are hard won, and deserving of acclaim. All [...]

Dishwasher at Harrison home causes fire

By 4 July 2014

A dishwasher at a Harrison home has caught fire tonight causing minor damage to the kitchen.
ACT Fire & Rescue extinguished the fire at the Moonlight Avenue two-storey apartment after being alerted by an Emergency Triple Zero (000) call at 9.46pm by the residents. All residents safely self evacuated.
The house has sustained some minor smoke [...]

Pension Increase

By 4 July 2014

For the information of fellow Rioters, I go a letter in the mail today letting me know that my CSS pension (earnt over 30 years in the public service before I went into politics) had been increased. Imagine my joy.. and that of my local café owner, who has the best coffee in Wanniassa.
My pension [...]

Corin Forest snow report

By 4 July 2014
Corin Forest snow report

Corin Forest is open 9am – 5pm today and all weekend. Snowmaking conditions have been good for the last few nights and the snow play area has a good cover of snow. Snow falls are forecast for this weekend as well.
Snow play sessions are 9:00-12:30 and 1:00-4:30 each day.
The alpine slide is expected to open [...]

Chief Minister announces new administrative arrangements for expanded ACT Cabinet

By 4 July 2014
Chief Minister announces new administrative arrangements for expanded ACT Cabinet

Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, has today announced new portfolios for ministers to allow for the inclusion of a sixth ACT minister into Cabinet.
Last Saturday Mick Gentleman MLA was elected by the ALP Caucus to become the sixth ACT minister. This appointment has prompted new Administrative Arrangements to be implemented.
“Existing ministers have kept their major portfolio [...]

Online news sites using click-bait headlines

By 4 July 2014
Online news sites using click-bait headlines

After browsing the online news sources as I regularly do, I have been noticing the trend for the articles to change headlines after an hour or so. You can check yourself by going to the Telegraph, Herald or just at news.com and at the bottom of the articles you will see that many posted more [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 4 July 2014
ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $2,200,000
Lowest Price: $142,000
Average Sale Price: $573,345 (- 11.01%)
2,489 properties currently for sale
65 sales properties had price reductions
86 properties went under offer
109 properties SOLD!
150 properties have come onto [...]

School board head calls for ACT-wide bullying audit

By 4 July 2014

Primrose Riordan’s article in the CT this week is unfortunately more of the same – kids bullying kids and schools who are unwilling or unable to stop it.  In the article School Chair Mr Villafor’s suggests an ACT-wide bullying audit which seems like something that could be very useful. An audit with the intention of [...]

Government announces assistance package for Mr Fluffy households

By 3 July 2014

The ACT Government has announced an assistance package for households affected by Mr Fluffy asbestos, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced today.
The package includes immediate financial assistance, access to support and counselling services and the bulk purchase of asbestos assessments for the Mr Fluffy homes.
The government’s support package includes:

Up to $10,000 payment to households, plus an [...]

Firefighters investigating gas leak at TCH

By 3 July 2014

Firefighters are currently investigating a gas leak at the ANU School of Medicine, The Canberra Hospital, Hospital Road, Garran.
ACT Fire & Rescue has evacuated Building Four and Five as a precaution whilst crews investigate the leak.
The leak has been isolated and firefighters are conducting air monitoring operations to ensure the area is safe for staff [...]

High calibre road safety applications result in record trust fund allocation

By 3 July 2014

High quality applications submitted to the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust have resulted in a record allocation of almost $1m for 18 projects to support research and events which will benefit road safety in the ACT and region.
Chair Don Aitkin, AO was very enthusiastic about the overall quality of applications considered by the Trust. [...]

Timely warning about snow safety from Sports Medicine Australia

By 3 July 2014
Timely warning about snow safety from Sports Medicine Australia

Looking around at the snow on the mountains it’s easy to picture the hive of activity taking place up in the ski resorts, particularly given the start of school holidays. Most of us will have either had a ski injury or know of someone who has. My experience is mostly with knees. [...]

Maintenance of ACT Government car parks

By 3 July 2014

Now that parking fees have (inevitably) risen again, wouldn’t it be nice if the ACT Government actually spent a bit of this extra revenue in maintaining their car parks?
For example, ensuring that the lines delineating parking spaces are repainted every now and then, repairing ruts in the surface, trimming overhanging trees so that they don’t scratch [...]

Wielding the axe over the Public Sector

By 3 July 2014
Wielding the axe over the Public Sector

It feels a bit like most of Canberra is walking a tightrope at the moment.  Wide Public Sector cuts have been coming for a long time.  I have heard talk of departure lounges and reapplying and testing for jobs.  Whether departments are facing heavy cuts or not, there seems to be a consistent sense of [...]

Strengthening Housing in the ACT

By 2 July 2014

The Minister for Housing and the Minister for Economic Development today announced a whole of government commitment to the Housing sector. Cabinet supported a range of measures including growing community housing stock, accelerating the renewal of ageing government housing and maintaining and extending the Territory’s salt and pepper approach into new suburbs.
“Today’s Cabinet decision recognises [...]

ACT Government – new way to pay bills online

By 2 July 2014

New options to streamline government bill payments have come online today which make it more convenient for businesses and the community to make payments online rather than over the phone or in person, Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher announced today.
“We live in a society that is increasingly moving towards online interaction and these changes are designed [...]

Waterwatch keeps its eye on our local waterways

By 2 July 2014

Our local waterways will be in good hands with the announcement of ACT government funding for Waterwatch, which keeps an eye on catchment areas across the Canberra region.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell said ACT government funding of $270,000 would fill a hole created when Commonwealth funding through the Caring for our [...]

Light Rail – Have your say in our poll

By 2 July 2014

We’ve had no end of opinion and argument over Light Rail in recent weeks/months.
To set a bit more fuel to the fire we have asked John Hargreaves and former Chief Minister Kate Carnell to step into the ring for our first RiotACT Face Off and their first topic will be ‘Light Rail for [...]

Man to face court for dangerous driving

By 2 July 2014

A 51-year-old Ainslie man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Wednesday, July 2) following his arrest yesterday afternoon.
About 1.45pm yesterday, police were on patrol in Narrabundah when they conducted a traffic stop on the driver of a burgundy Hyundai Coupe. Police were speaking with the driver when he accelerated away.
A short pursuit ensued with [...]

Witnesses sought to armed robbery in Lyons

By 2 July 2014

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an armed robbery at the Lyons Friendly Grocer in Lyons last night (Tuesday, July 1).
Around 7.40pm, a man entered the supermarket and threatened a staff member with a knife, demanding cash.
The employee complied and the man then opened the cigarettes cupboard and took several packets of cigarettes before fleeing [...]

ISCCC Public Forum about the new development both sides of Adelaide Avenue near Brickworks

By 2 July 2014

[ 7 July 2014; 7:00 pm; ] The ACT Government is planning to build a new housing development for 4,000 people on both sides of Adelaide Avenue, where it meets the Cotter Road near the Canberra brickworks. This will have a massive impact on all Canberra residents living or working nearby and using local transport links.

You will be affected if you:

live or [...]

Witnesses sought to aggravated burglary in Calwell

By 1 July 2014
Witnesses sought to aggravated burglary in Calwell

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated burglary at a residence in Calwell on Friday, June 27.
Around 11am, two male youths forced their way into a residence in Costello Circuit. Once inside the offenders searched the premises and a number of items were taken, however, the owner of the residence arrived home and the [...]

Emergency Department Website goes live

By 1 July 2014
Emergency Department Website goes live

Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher has today launched the ACT Emergency Department live data website to help patients make an informed decision about which public health facility will best meet the immediate needs of patients, particularly those with lower-urgency conditions.
“The website shows real time data about the current activity of both Calvary [...]

New era for people with disability in the ACT

By 1 July 2014

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was officially launched in the ACT today, ushering in a new era for people with disabilities, their families and carers.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the NDIS would transform the lives of more than 5,000 Canberrans who will gradually move into the new scheme [...]

‘Stop Pushing the Limits’ new campaign to slow us down

By 1 July 2014

A two-month campaign to target speeding in the ACT was launched today by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, and Chief Police Officer for the ACT, Rudi Lammers.
The Stop Pushing the Limits campaign will run throughout July and August 2014 and forms part of the ACT’s multi-agency road safety strategy. The campaign aims [...]

Capital Metro design consultation underway

By 1 July 2014

Early designs for the 12 kilometre light rail project from the city to Gungahlin will be available for comment on during the next six weeks as part of community engagement program that started with the opening of a pop-up shop by Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, yesterday.
The Capital Metro pop-up [...]

At the barre – no leg-warmers required…

By 1 July 2014
At the barre - no leg-warmers required...

To get me to dance you have to a) ply me with alcohol or b) be Hugh Jackman. So I’ll admit to some trepidation when it was established that I would be attending my first Xtend Barre class.
For the uninitiated (ie, me, until last weekend) Xtend Barre is the new kid on the block of [...]

Renters to be slugged $900 with land tax changes

By 1 July 2014

From today struggling Canberra renters will be forced to bear the brunt of ACT Labor’s land tax hikes with a $900 fixed charge as well as a percentage of the land value which will raise the government an additional $10 million this financial year. It will particularly affect units and is yet another attack by [...]

Way to park

By 1 July 2014
Way to park

Thanks to ‘Choking in Chifley’ for this great example of parking over the weekend. Their neighbour’s builders, with no effort to move even once they tried to get out. A shout out to their neighbours building a monstrosity in the next block – big enough to block out their own solar access. [...]

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