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House fire extinguished at Ngunnawal

By 28 September 2014

Firefighters are currently on scene at Carina Street, Ngunnawal following a fire in a lounge room.
House was vacant at the time of the fire.
ACT Fire & Rescue has extinguished the fire and are currently conducting ventilation operations.
Two fire pumpers on scene, the Breathing Apparatus Van and one Commander.
Crews were alerted following an Emergency Triple Zero [...]

Canberra and Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 28 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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: $2,080,000
Lowest Price: $172,500
Average Sale Price: $585,345 (- 0.58%)
2,491 properties currently for sale
52 sales properties had price reductions
91 properties went under offer
124 properties SOLD!
185 properties have come onto the [...]

Illogical bicycle laws

By 27 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra has introduced new laws regarding bicycles on roads:
Cycling safety advocates have welcomed a planned trial of new minimum passing distances for drivers overtaking bike riders on ACT roads.
Attorney-General Simon Corbell announced the trial of mandated minimum distances, requiring drivers to leave one metre when passing in speed zones of up to 60 km/h and [...]

Drivers urged to stay safe over long weekend

By 27 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is urging Canberra drivers to stay safe over the Community Day long weekend, when police will be conducting high-visibility patrols.
Traffic Operations Acting Superintendent Rod Anderson said with large numbers of motorists travelling in and out of Canberra over the long weekend, drivers are reminded to obey speed limits, take regular breaks and [...]

ACT Retains AAA Stable Credit Rating

By 26 September 2014

Despite the compounding effects of the Commonwealth Government’s policy to reduce spending and significantly contract the size of the Australian Public Service, Standard & Poor’s has acknowledged the ACT Government’s continued commitment in its 2014-15 Budget to build and transform the ACT economy and provide stability in an uncertain economic environment through affirming the ACT’s [...]

Canberrans urged to report OMCG activity

By 26 September 2014

Canberrans are being encouraged to report illegal activity by outlaw motorcycle gangs to Crimestoppers with a new campaign launched by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, ACT Chief Police Officer, Rudi Lammers, and the ACT Chairman of Crime Stoppers Australia, Bryan Roach
The awareness Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCGs) Awareness Rewards campaign is in support [...]

On Water or On Land Operations

By 26 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We have been engaged in a post on the involvement of the military forces in Iraq and Syria in recent days.
Be that as it may, has anyone spotted the rank hypocrisy of the detail of information we have on that conflict?
We know the names of the towns that are strafed, we know how [...]

And the 2014 Canberra BusinessPoint Business Award winners are…

By 26 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra photo booth business Red Robot has been recognised for its innovation and growth in design and manufacturing of single operator photo booths by winning the 2014 Canberra BusinessPoint Business of the Year award.
Hosted by Canberra innovation champion and CEO of ANU Enterprises Sarah Pearson at the National Portrait Gallery last night (25 September), the [...]

New measures for ESA to tackle emergencies

By 25 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today put forward proposed new laws designed to minimise the risk of bushfires and improve public safety.
“I introduced the Emergencies Amendment Bill into the ACT Legislative Assembly to assist our community, particularly rural land owners and managers to plan and prepare for the risks associated with [...]

Riot Wellbeing Column – send in your questions

By 25 September 2014
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Have you ever thought about increasing your wellbeing? Or, wondered what impact natural therapies could have on anything that might be concerning you health wise?
Deciphering the variety of therapies and interventions for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing in a bid to find what is right for you can be like wading [...]

Poor privileged Pete

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The former Parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper has managed to avoid the Go-Slow (as an ex-lawyer who worked with me as producer used to refer to the House of Correction).
He’d spent a bit of time inside after dipping in to his trust fund.
It’s not easy being a lawyer – so many temptations.
Of course that won’t be [...]

Tanning Beds – Major Parties Destroy another Small Business

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We’re all going to die, actually, many of us already have. In fact, I think my life is going to be rather short compared to others but regardless of that, Betty Gobin owns a small tanning salon business.
One day it was worth $280,000, now, after last year’s announcement to ban commercial tanning salons in the [...]

Parking Uni House style

By 24 September 2014
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Caught at lunch time yesterday at Uni house ANU… nice small car took two spots!!!! Displayed no parking permit as well! Moral car owner of the year, hope he got two fines for taking two spots.

$140 million investment for Canberra Data Centres

By 24 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra has again proved that it punches above its weight when it comes to technology, with local data centre company Canberra Data Centres (CDC) selling a 45 per cent stake in its business for $140 million last week.
The Australian Financial Review reports that the investor is Sydney-based private equity firm Quadrant. CDC, which was founded by Ken Lowe [...]

Love your local Environment Centre

By 24 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Love your local Environment Centre
- Dan Kelly does! -
It’s that time again; the Canberra Environment Centre is holding its annual fundraising event, but this year with a twist, and a cocktail.
Chris Endrey, beloved host of In Canberra Tonight, will sit down with David Pope (cartoonist for the Canberra Times); Shane Rattenbury (ACT Greens member for [...]

ACT Government recognised as a global sustainability leader

By 24 September 2014

The ACT Government’s commitment to sustainability has received further international recognition with Environment Minister, Simon Corbell, being invited by the Danish Prime Minister, Ms Helle Thorning-Schmidt, to attend the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF 2014) in Copenhagen from October 20-21.
Mr Corbell was one of just four Australians to receive an invitation to be among 250 [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap

By 24 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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In the Legislative Assembly, Shadow Education Minister Steve Deszpot has attacked the Government with claims that ACT teachers are overwhelmed with administrative tasks. Deszpot put it to Minister for Education Joy Burch that teachers want to spend more time teaching and less time penpushing bureaucratic bulldust. Burch responded by delivering an enthralling, prepared, statement that [...]

ISIS – Why, oh Why?

By 24 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I was going to post a comment on the lack of advocacy for aged people in nursing homes but I will do that later this week. I have a bit of checking to do.
In the meantime, I was enraged to see and read the fatwa from ISIS. It is the scariest threat we have [...]

Those parking changes – will it mean 4 wheels good, 2 wheels better?

By 24 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Motorbikes are fun.
Although if you find yourself unexpectedly airborne on one it’s a good idea to at least have your feet on the pegs when you come back to earth as my left knee reminds me if I don’t exercise it constantly.
Bicycles are great – from a design and engineering point of view, efficiency, the [...]

$720,000 funding for arts projects

By 23 September 2014

Minister for the Arts Joy Burch today announced that a visual artist mentorship program, a contemporary pop band, and a dance theatre group are among the 49 successful applicants who will share in arts funding worth $720,000.
“The ACT Government is extremely pleased to have been able to increase the number of projects being funded for [...]

Clearer inquiries process for the Supreme Court

By 23 September 2014

Amendments to the Crimes Act 1900, passed today in the Legislative Assembly will bring certainty to the process of inquiring into criminal convictions, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
“The amendments to the Act clarify the judicial nature of the Supreme Court when it considers a report of an inquiry and ensure that there are no [...]

Man to be charged; use carrier service to harass/offend

By 23 September 2014

A 22-year-old Belconnen man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (23 September) regarding a series of offences involving stalking and the use of a carrier service to harass and offend.
Through investigating this incident, ACT Policing’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Team (SACAT) has become aware that there may be further unknown victims deceived through [...]

Fundraising dinner to save orangutans

By 23 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 21 September 2014 at 10:00 pm; ]

There are revolutionary changes in food coming our way, which have the potential to halve the footprint of global agriculture, while doubling the supply of food and providing enough renewable fuel to run the world’s transport system. Could this restore around half of the world’s vanished forests, grasslands and other key biomass? Is this food [...]

Elderly man attacked in Pearce

By 23 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating an attack on an elderly man in Pearce last night (22 September).
About 10.30pm, an 82-year-old man heard noises outside his home on Pethebridge Street, Pearce and went to investigate.
An altercation took place with a 21-year old man and as a result, the elderly man sustained serious head and facial injuries and [...]

Local Leaders – Dr Priya Dev and David Elliot (Qhopper)

By 23 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s half-time at a Brumbies home game and you’re craving a meat pie and a beer. The problem is that 20,000 hungry football fans also have the same idea, and you risk missing the start of the second half if you join the end of the queue.
Local mathematician Dr Priya Dev and IT entrepreneur David [...]

Powering greater energy choice in the ACT

By 23 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberrans have greater energy choices from today with Origin – Australia’s largest integrated energy company – now selling gas and electricity to ACT homes and small businesses.
Until now, the ACT has had only two energy retailers to choose from – while customers in other states have enjoyed the benefits of much greater competition. Victoria has [...]

Australian Muslims need a PR advisor right now…

By 23 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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British author Ian McEwan wrote after 9/11: “It is hard to be cruel once you permit yourself to enter the mind of your victim. Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity.”
Australian Muslims right now will be feeling like victims, victims of a frighteningly swift [...]

ACT early learning centre receives excellent rating

By 22 September 2014

Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today congratulated Canberra Girls Grammar School Early Learning Centre for becoming the first service in the ACT to be awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
“The rating acknowledges the commitment shown by management and staff of this Centre to continuous improvement [...]

Executive Drivers chauffeur services a cut above the rest

By 22 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Steve Cotter, the founder of Canberra-based luxury chauffeur service Executive Drivers, is better known to clients as Driver Steve.
He chauffeurs overseas dignitaries, businesspeople and celebrities around the nation’s capital, and describes himself as a butler on wheels.
“It’s one man, one car and lots of white hair,” he says.
The former Commonwealth car driver started Executive Drivers [...]

Aged Care Facilities

By 22 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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How many of us have really given much thought to the quality of services delivered in aged care facilities? I mean the quality of care in the nursing homes and lower care category facilities?
As I grow older and approach the time when “it could be me”, I start to reflect on this subject and [...]

Escalator fire in City

By 22 September 2014

A city building has been evacuated so firefighters can investigate an escaltor fire.
ACT Fire & Rescue were called to Moore Street just after 7am after smoke was reported issuing from the escalator.
A seconary search is being conducted to make sure no one is left in the building.
The fire has been extinguished with crews now conducting [...]

Canberra and Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 21 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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: $1,350,000
Lowest Price: $249,000
Average Sale Price: $588,766 (+ 5.96%)
2,477 properties currently for sale
66 sales properties had price reductions
98 properties went under offer
102 properties SOLD!
190 properties have come onto [...]

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