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New ACT Fire & Rescue chief officer appointed

By 28 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch today announced the appointment of a new chief officer for ACT Fire & Rescue.
“I am pleased to announce that following an extensive national recruitment search Mark Brown AFSM has been selected as chief officer, ACT Fire & Rescue,” Ms Burch said.
“Mr Brown was selected following strong interest [...]

Have you seen Michael?

By 28 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Police are seeking the assistance of the public in locating Michael, who left his Lyons home on Monday morning and has not been heard of or seen since, and has not been in contact with his family who are concerned for his welfare.
Michael is 69 years old, weighs 60kg, has a shaved head and is [...]

Hughes IGA robbed

By 28 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery which occurred in Hughes last Sunday night (24 May 2015).
About 7.45pm, two males both carrying large knives entered the Hughes IGA, threatened customers and staff and demanded cash and cigarettes.
The staff complied with the offenders’ demands and the men fled the store.
The offenders are both described [...]

Take a hike: Square Rock trail

By 28 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Last week Lisa Martin asked for your suggestions for new Canberra hiking trails to test out. In the first of her trail reviews based on reader recommendations, she tries the Square Rock trail in Namadgi National Park.
With clear and sunny skies over Canberra on the weekend, it was ideal weather for heading down to Namadgi National [...]

Malcolm Turnbull opens new Canberra government cloud facility

By 27 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new Canberra government cloud facility is expected to inject over $1 billion dollars into the local economy.
Joined by Minister Marise Payne and ACT Senator Zed Seselja, Canberra Data Centre’s new Fyshwick 1 facility was officially opened by Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The data facility, which was purpose built for the federal public service, will reportedly save millions of taxpayer [...]

Monash Drive – which route?

By 27 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Thanks for the views and comments on my previous post, Light rail or Monash Drive. If Monash Drive is to be reconsidered, then the next question is what are the possible routes for this road, as it was only pencilled in on earlier city plans. One possible route is shown on the map above, although there [...]

Local leaders – Lachlan Blackhall (Reposit Power)

By 27 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Lachlan Blackhall is co-founder of a Canberra technology startup supplying software to one of the world’s most innovative companies, Tesla Motors.
Founded in 2012, Reposit Power has developed a computer program and phone app that allow consumers to store, shift and trade energy to reduce bills. Using Reposit Power’s software, consumers can sell energy generated by [...]

Aggravated robbery at Kaleen service station

By 26 May 2015
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery that occurred at the Caltex Service Station in Kaleen this morning (Monday, May 26).
Around 1.55am, a man carrying a green shopping bag entered the service station, produced a knife and pointed it towards the console operator making demands for cash.
The operator complied with the demands of [...]

Payment splitting startup, QPay, reaches new milestone

By 26 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Finding the right vertical has helped a Canberra startup taking the hassle out of split bills to this week surpass over $340,000 in total payments processed.
QPay is an app developed by Andrew Clapham and Zakaria Bouguettaya to minimise the inconvenience of splitting payments between friends.
“QPay started as an idea while were students in Canberra. Every [...]

Pine Island rabbit control begins today

By 25 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service has advised residents that a rabbit control program has commenced at Pine Island Reserve.
The program will involve the use of pindone poison and aluminium phosphide warren fumigation to control the rabbit population.  As such, residents are asked not to touch or interfere with poisoned carrots or caged bait stations.
Domestic animals [...]

Fisher growhouse bust

By 25 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Two men will face court today (Monday, May 25) after they were arrested for using a residential house in Fisher for the hydroponic cultivation of a traffickable quantity of cannabis.
ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations Team attended the premises late on Saturday afternoon (May 23) as the men were detected moving suspicious material from the house.
The men [...]

WomenCANPlay to boost female sports participation in Canberra

By 25 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Billi McCarthy-Price and Hannah Massingham have received a YWCA Great Ydeas grant to develop a website, WomenCANPlay, to increase local women’s participation in sport.
When Billi McCarthy-Price (pictured above, left) moved to Canberra to start a graduate job in the public service earlier this year, she had difficulty finding a new sporting team to join.
“I didn’t [...]

A perspective on the new ACT electorates

By 25 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Electoral Commission has just confirmed the new boundaries for the five electorates in the 25-seat Legislative Assembly.
This is the biggest change since the modified D’Hont system was replaced with the Hare-Clark system, which was modified to have Robson rotation.
It fixes a glaring anomaly in the one vote, one value concept by making all [...]

Fyshwick hit and run witness sought

By 22 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking a key witness to a collision in Fyshwick this afternoon.
A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle whose driver failed to stop and render assistance.
We are seeking the driver of a dark-coloured Holden Commodore ute. It is important to note that the driver of the pictured vehicle is being sought as a [...]

More cash for mowing in Canberra suburbs in next ACT Budget

By 22 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The 2015-16 ACT Budget will spruce up Canberra’s suburbs with a $7.75 million investment in more mowing and other maintenance, Chief Minister Andrew Barr has announced today.
From the media release:

Since becoming Chief Minister, I’ve been out from behind the Treasurer’s desk listening to what Canberrans want and we all agree we want the look of our [...]

Are you part of the sandwich generation? Take this survey

By 22 May 2015

Do you assist an elderly parent or relative with everyday tasks? Are you also caring for financially dependent children? Welcome to Australia’s sandwich generation!
Please take a few moments to complete an online survey investigating the impact of stress and coping strategies on subjective well-being. Alternatively, send an expression of interest to u3083529@uni.canberra.edu.au and the survey link [...]

Are you expecting twins, triplets or more?

By 21 May 2015
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[ 25 May 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]

New and expectant parents of multiples are invited to attend a free information session to learn more about life with multiple birth children. The New and Expectant Parents Information Session is a service provided by the Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association and topics include the unique features of pregnancy, birth and feeding multiples.

The next session [...]

Majura Parkway opens, southbound, to Fairbairn Avenue

By 21 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Today Canberra motorists will benefit from another section of Majura Parkway opening with the southbound section of road to Fairbairn Avenue opened this afternoon.
“The southbound section of the Majura Parkway opened to traffic between the
Federal Highway and Fairbairn Avenue this afternoon,” Tony Gill, Director, Roads ACT said today.
“This follows the opening of the northbound section [...]

What are your favourite Canberra walking trails?

By 21 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra is blessed with a multitude of walking trails – some only minutes from the city centre offering spectacular views.
I’m a big fan of hiking and I’ve spent many an afternoon after work or weekend morning hiking the trails of the mountains around Canberra. I love being able to enjoy the great outdoors while also [...]

Dickson supermarket development rejected

By 21 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT Planning and Land Authority has announced that the controversial Dickson Coles-DOMA development has been officially rejected. The proponent has 28 days to appeal for a review of that decision by the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT).
Dickson Residents Group spokeswoman and urban planning consultant Jane Goffman said:
“The plans we saw at the start [...]

Corbell calls for more federal funding for ACT’s community legal centres

By 20 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A letter from the majority of state and territory attorneys-general has called on the Federal Government to better fund community legal centres.
The letter to Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis was signed by attorneys-general from the ACT, NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania.
ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell said Legal Aid and community legal centres have been dealt [...]

Public housing stigma continues

By 20 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I was sorely disappointed to read the front page of The Canberra Times yesterday morning in which the people of Gungahlin were objecting to the presence of salt and peppered public housing in their suburbs.
My concern stemmed from a series of experiences and I so wish that they rethink their objections and become a welcoming society [...]

Teen charged with drug trafficking

By 19 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has charged a 17-year-old teenager with drug trafficking offences after executing a search warrant at a residence in Higgins today (Tuesday, May 19).
Around 7.15am, Criminal Investigations officers from the Crime Targeting Team executed the warrant after a lengthy investigation into the use of the internet to order illicit drugs online.
During the execution of [...]

Aubergine makes AFR Top 100 Restaurant list

By 19 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A big congratulations to Aubergine in Griffith, the only Canberra restaurant to have made it into The Australian Financial Review’s list of top 100 restaurants for 2015.
With 23 Canberra restaurants – including Italian and Sons, Monster Kitchen and Bar, Lilotang and Malamay – making the initial top 500 list, we can’t help but feel there are plenty [...]

Funding boost to tackle ice addiction in the ACT

By 19 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Drug treatment and support services in the ACT will receive an $800,000 funding boost from the ACT Government to address ice addiction, Minister for Health Simon Corbell has announced today.
From the media release:
Minister for Health Simon Corbell today announced an $800,000 funding boost that will see drug treatment and support services funding reach record levels [...]

ACT road black spots to be fixed

By 19 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Road works to fix some of the ACT’s black spots are set to be completed over the coming months. Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja and Minister for Roads and Parking Mick Gentleman announced the upgrades in a media release issued this morning:
Safety will be improved across ACT roads with road works starting soon at a [...]

Witnesses sought to assault at Academy nightclub

By 18 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault that occurred in a nightclub on Sunday morning (17 May).
About 2.45am the 18-year-old victim was sitting on a lounge, near the bar, within the Academy nightclub, when he was approached by a man. The man struck up a conversation and then without provocation, turned on the victim, [...]

Have your say on Canberra’s taxi industry

By 18 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberrans are invited to have their say on Canberra’s taxi industry, Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister Shane Rattenbury have announced over the weekend.
From the media release:
Minister Shane Rattenbury and I invite Canberrans to share their views on the ACT taxi industry and how new technologies and business models can better serve the ACT.
The taxi [...]

Double dip, backflip and FBT pike

By 18 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Sometimes, for this old Laborite, this government just keeps on giving. If my amusement is part of my age of entitlement, then go you good thing!
Was it Hockey and Cormann who said there are lifters and leaners? Was it these ministers and their assistant ministers who said we should all pay our way, share in [...]

Aggravated burglary in Kambah

By 18 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating an aggravated burglary that occurred at a home in Ashby Circuit, Kambah, early yesterday morning (Sunday, 17 May).
Around 12:05am, the victim was home alone, when two men, armed with wooden poles, forced entry into his home and made demands for cash and property.
After the victim refused the demands, the two men [...]

Canberra writer Rosanna Stevens wants to talk about periods

By 18 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra writer and YWCA Great Ydeas grant recipient Rosanna Stevens was in the Philippines last week, but not for the tropical holiday you might expect.
Instead, she was trying (and failing) to buy tampons from pharmacies, asking strangers questions about their bodies and trying to understand how menstruation is perceived and treated by locals.
It was all [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 17 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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.
SALES

Highest sale: $1,400,000
Lowest sale: $162,000
Average sale: $567,112 (- 7.65%)
2472 properties currently for sale
71 sales properties had price reductions
111 properties went under offer
132 properties SOLD!
158 properties have come onto the market
35 properties [...]

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