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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 [...]

Hazard burn at Mitchell today

By 21 September 2014

The ACT Rural Fire Service will conduct a hazard reduction burn, weather permitting, today, Sunday 21 September, 2014 at Vicars Street, Mitchell.
The burn is expected to commence from 9.30am till 5pm.
Thirty firefighters, five fire tankers and three command vehicles will conduct the burn of approximately 2.5 hectares.
Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made [...]

Police investigate fatal collision in Belconnen

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating a single vehicle collision off Kirinari Street, Belconnen today (Saturday, 20 September).
About 10am this morning, security at the University of Canberra discovered a car that had crashed into a building on campus. It appears the collision occurred sometime overnight.
A young man believed to be in his 20′s was the single occupant [...]

Canberra Startup Snapknock – looking for feedback!

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hey guys!
I would like to introduce to you a new Canberra startup company, it is a recently created social auction website named Snapknock.
We are celebrating this launch by giving away a Brand new PS4 with 4 games to the person who sells the most items on the site!
To know more about the team and the journey [...]

Man charged after disturbance at Majura

By 20 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing arrested a man after causing a disturbance at Brindabella Business Park yesterday afternoon (Friday, 19 September).
About 2.55pm, a 43-year-old Farrer man was driving a red coloured Nissan Navarra northbound along Brindabella Circuit when he proceeded through a roundabout adjacent to the car park of a building in Brindabella Park.
The man lost control of [...]

Community reminded to be StormSafe

By 20 September 2014

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, will today launch the annual ACT State Emergency Service StormSafe campaign at Floriade.
The StormSafe campaign reminds all ACT residents to be storm safe during the upcoming storm period.
“With the storm season now here till March next year, it is important for all of us to prepare to [...]

Police respond to mental health incident

By 19 September 2014

ACT Policing has responded to an incident that occurred at Brindabella Park this afternoon (Friday, 19 September 2014).
Around 3pm this afternoon, ACT Policing responded to a report that a man, armed with an axe and molotov cocktail had driven his vehicle into bollards at a building at Brindabella Park.
The man was arrested at the [...]

Police seize six cannabis plants in Stirling

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has seized six cannabis plants following the execution of a warrant on a home in Stirling today (Friday September 19).
About 9.10am, police executed a Drugs of Dependence Act (DODA) search warrant on the home and located a hydroponic setup and six cannabis plants worth an estimated $30,000.
The plants were seized along with the [...]

Phone imagery leads to blackmail charge

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing will summons a 22-year-old Fadden man to Court next month on blackmail charges after it was alleged he threatened to disseminate explicit images of a woman unless he received sexual favours.
The 18-year-old victim uploaded images of herself to a private online dating site and allowed the alleged offender to view them.
After viewing the [...]

EATology – the science of eating

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberran’s are some pretty savvy eaters. With the establishment of Lonsdale Street and New Acton on top of the already vibrant culinary oasis of Kingston and Manuka, it is clear that Canberran’s appreciate good eats.
Our taste for food does not stop at Aubergine in Griffith or Temporada in the City. We’re also interested in local [...]

State/Territory Mutual Recognition fails again

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Today I received my renewal notice for my NSW Recreational Fishing License which has risen 17% to $35.00 for 12 months. They must be using the same rating formula as ACT Revenue.
An equivalent license in the ACT does not exist (yet) but my favourite fishing spot is in NSW and ACT residents are not exempted from [...]

Honey honey honey!

By 19 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Where do you buy your honey? Do you buy local?
Bees are hugely important for environmental health. Globally, bee populations are in dire trouble. So far, our populations in Australia have been safe from the ravages of the varroa mite and Colony Collapse Disorder, but there are still a substantial number of issues facing our bee [...]

Energy efficiency scheme delivers significant savings to households

By 18 September 2014

A review of the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme has found that the program saves participating households about $1,600 each, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, announced today.
Mr Corbell tabled a review of the scheme in the Legislative Assembly today that showed greenhouse gas reductions as a result of the program between 1 January 2013 and [...]

$6.3m to support the disability sector under NDIS

By 18 September 2014

Canberra’s disability sector is set to receive a further injection of $6.3 million in funding to continue to help the ACT adapt to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the funding would go to initiatives and activities that help organisations to support families and carers to prepare for the NDIS, [...]

Nature Conservation Bill 2014 is a commitment to a sustainable future

By 18 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new Nature Conservation Bill introduced into the Legislative Assembly today forms a key part of the ACT Government’s commitment to a sustainable future for Canberra, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said today.
The Bill is a result of a review of the Nature Conservation Act 1980. The review has benefitted from several years’ [...]

My Grandpa and Voluntary Euthanasia

By 18 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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On my desk there is a photograph of my Grandfather and me at the age of one. He is holding me in his arms and smiling down at me with that unique union of love and joy that only the innocence of young life can inspire. My Grandfather, John Bailey, had three daughters yet in [...]

Complaint against officer substantiated, investigation complete

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

AFP Professional Standards (PRS) has completed an investigation into a complaint that an ACT Policing officer deployed Oleoresin Spray (OC) towards a tethered dog in a backyard during the course of a search warrant in May this year.
Chief Police Officer for the ACT Rudi Lammers said that the complaint was the subject of an extensive [...]

New user-friendly website for rego

By 17 September 2014

A new rego.act website has been launched to make it easier for users to access important information.
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said the new website would provide a more efficient service for the ACT community.
“New features include a search function, user-friendly menus, regularly updated news items, video capability and improved usability for smart phones and tablets,” Mr [...]

EATology: the science of eating

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

What do humans have in common with soil?
How does soil health impact upon human health?
Healthy soil grows healthy food, and healthy food makes for healthy people.
We know that a vast amount of human health problems are related to diet, yet how often do we trace nutrition back to agriculture? Join us for a Q&A style [...]

Nuclear Reprogramming: past, present and prospects – Public Talk, Sir John Gurdon

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 27 September 2014 at 5:30 pm; ]
It sounds like the stuff of science fiction but changing one kind of cell to act like another is nothing new. In fact, in some of the first experiments of their kind, our next public speaker Sir John Gurdon was able to do just that more than fifty years ago.

This work with frogs was later [...]

Should you quit sugar?

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Agave syrup, Xylitol, Stevia, Sugar, Honey, Maple Syrup, Coconut Sugar?
What to choose?
Well it depends on your health, weight, risk factors and whether you have food sensitivities.
Some of you may have read ‘I Quit Sugar’ and have been using Brown Rice syrup, also known as rice malt syrup instead of sugar.  This is not a health food! [...]

Enforceable undertaking for car park company

By 17 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The operators of a private car park in Woden and the City were forced to stop handing out fines and are refunding people who were issued with fines earlier this year, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
Wilson Parking Australia 1992 Pty Ltd (Wilson) has provided the Commissioner for Fair Trading with court enforceable undertakings under the [...]

Euthanasia in the ACT

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Canberra Times reported last week that ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the Greens’ Shane Rattenbury, in separate submissions to a Senate inquiry into the Medical Services Dying with Dignity Bill introduced by the Greens, have called on the federal government to give the territory back its right to make laws on euthanasia.
The Abbott [...]

Hot weather, dogs and cars – a recipe for disaster

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over the past weekend Canberra was treated to some beautiful warm weather. The perfect excuse to head to Bunnings and pick up a few supplies for gardening. That’s what I had in mind. As I parked my car at the Belconnen store, I noticed the car directly opposite mine had a little dog in it. [...]

Capital Metro endorsed by Cabinet – light rail is a go!

By 15 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I was in the room for the Capital Metro Industry Briefing at the National Convention Centre this morning when Simon Corbell, Capital Metro Agency Minister, announced that the business case for Capital Metro had been endorsed by Cabinet, and the project approved.
Total cost – 783 million dollars.
Construction will begin in 2016 with service [...]

Local Leaders – Bobby Graham (BG Publishers)

By 15 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Bobby Graham, principal of Canberra-based digital publishing consultancy BG Publishers, has always had an eye for innovative technologies. Long before Amazon released the first Kindle e-reader in 2007, she was convinced that ebooks had enormous potential to transform the way people consume information.
“I went to an electronic media conference in Frankfurt in 1993, and even [...]

Facing the flaws in our democratic model

By 15 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Winston Churchill’s “finest hour” came in the 1940s, as he stood defiantly for the democratic order in opposition to Hitler’s totalitarianism, but Churchill later described democracy as “the worst form of Gov­ern­ment except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time…”
Democracy is indeed a flawed and imperfect device for running complex [...]

Vikings Cycling Club Novice Program

By 14 September 2014

The Vikings Cycling Club Spring 2014 Novice Program Registrations open now!
The Novice Program is aimed at bringing new riders into the world of road cycling and racing.
The program has been running under John Armstrong and Simon Dwyer  for the past 8 years and has proved its ability to prepare riders for a safe and successful [...]

Canberra and Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 14 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: $1,701,000
Lowest Price: $ 179,999
Average Sale Price: $555,626 (- 1.43%)
2,486 properties currently for sale
39 sales properties had price reductions
93 properties went under offer
100 properties SOLD!
199 properties have come [...]

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