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ESA Bushfire Survival Plan goes mobile

By 30 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberrans can now do their bushfire survival plans on their portable devices with the launch of a new mobile app by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell.
“The single most important thing Canberra households can do to get ready for bushfires this summer is to complete a bushfire survival plan,” Mr Corbell said.
“Experience from [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 30/10/14

By 30 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Fluffy fiasco
The announcement on Tuesday that the ACT will receive a concessional billion-dollar loan may come as a relief to many ACT households but for others, the nightmare continues. With many believing that the ACT has once again been stung out of a fair deal by the Commonwealth, and with ACT Chief Minister Gallagher [...]

Stolen sculpture recovered in Fyshwick

By 30 October 2014

A sculpture stolen from the CSIRO forecourt on Limestone Avenue, Campbell, was recovered by police yesterday (Wednesday, October 29).
Between 9 pm Thursday October 16, and 3pm Friday October 17, the sculpture titled Il grande ascolto (‘the great listening’), was damaged and half of it stolen.
The original sculpture consists of two large bronze [...]

First sod turned on Canberra IKEA store

By 29 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today joined IKEA Australian Country Manager David Hood to turn the first sod on the IKEA Canberra store.
The turning of the sod marks the start of construction on the much-anticipated store which is due to open in late 2015.
“It is exciting to see construction of this new IKEA store is now [...]

Driver sought after incident on Tuggeranong Parkway

By 29 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident on the Tuggeranong Parkway on Monday afternoon (October 27), in which a car was damaged after a timber sleeper fell from a passing vehicle.
About 4:00pm a white Mitsubishi Triton was travelling southbound on the Tuggeranong Parkway, just south of the Cotter Road, when a large treated pine [...]

Fithabitz: mornings by the lake

By 29 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There are two things that are important to me from any exercise class or event. I want to get a good, safe workout, and I want to have a good time doing it – two things that may seem mutually exclusive, but are not, I promise.
Last week I found myself at Lake Burley Griffin at [...]

Local Leaders – Nik Bulum (Lonsdale Street Traders)

By 29 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Nik Bulum is credited with transforming Braddon’s Lonsdale Street from a grungy strip filled with car yards and empty buildings into a buzzing city hub.
He is the founder of Lonsdale Street Traders, founder and owner of Unit Concepts and creative director at Bulum Group, which is the property development company behind Braddon developments Ori and [...]

Small fire in Florey Primary School library

By 29 October 2014

Investigations are underway following a small fire in the Florey Primary School library.
The fire is not believed to be suspicious, with firefighters saying it was caused by a suspected electrical fault.
ACT Fire & Rescue responded to an Automatic Fire Alarm at about 2:30am.
On arrival crews found a lounge suite alight. The fire was extinguished [...]

Samantha Kourtis named ACT’s top business woman

By 29 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A woman who established a national model for community pharmacies extending their services beyond traditional medicine dispensing was named tonight the Telstra Australian Capital Territory Business Woman of the Year.
Samantha Kourtis, Managing Partner at Capital Chemist Charnwood, also won the Private and Corporate Sector Award and the Business Innovation Award at the 20th Telstra [...]

ESA powers to deal with emergencies strengthened

By 28 October 2014

New laws approved by the ACT Legislative Assembly today will help improve public safety in the territory, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, said.
“The Emergencies Amendment Bill 2014 was developed to strengthen the powers of our emergency service personnel to appropriately manage emergency response and recovery operations and improving Canberra’s bushfire prevention [...]

Buyback and demolition program announced for ACT ‘Mr Fluffy’ homes

By 28 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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More than one thousand Canberra houses affected by ‘Mr Fluffy’ loose fill asbestos insulation will be bought and demolished by the ACT Government following an in principle agreement with the Commonwealth Government, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced today.
The Commonwealth will offer to provide the ACT with a $1 billion concessional loan towards the cost of [...]

Crime reports down across all regions

By 28 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has continued to experience a decline in offence reports according to the latest quarterly crime statistics for 2014, in which an eight per cent decrease was recorded across the ACT.
Statistics posted to the latest ACT Policing CrimeStatistics webpage show the Inner South experienced the greatest decline with a drop in crime of 15.8 [...]

Police seek man in Greenway assault

By 28 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking a person of interest in relation to a serious assault in Greenway on Saturday 11 October.
About 3am, police were called to PJ O’Reilly’s, Greenway after receiving a report of a serious assault. One male was transported to the Canberra Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
The person of interest is described as [...]

New walk-in centres prove popular in first months

By 28 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher has released new figures that show a strong take-up of services at the new Belconnen and Tuggeranong nurse-led Walk-in Centres, with 9310 presentations since their opening in June 2014. This is compared with 5,737 presentations for the same date range in 2013 at Canberra Hospital Walk-in-Centre.
“Canberrans have [...]

Pergola fire in Dunlop

By 28 October 2014

A pergola has caught alight at a house in Dunlop.
Firefighters are working to contain the fire from spreading further.
Two ACT Fire & Rescue pumpers are on scene at Thornhill Crescent.
The Emergency Triple Zero (000) call was made at 8:41am.
(ESA Media Release)

Does the ACT need an ICAC?

By 28 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s often said that timing is everything.
The ACT Greens are suspicious of the timing of developer donations apparently made “during delicate planning approval processes” to quote from ABC Online.
“Fairfax Media has reported the ACT ALP received $223,292 of developer donations over the past five years, some of which came during or near to major planning [...]

High range drink driver off the road

By 27 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing will summons a 40-year-old Rivett woman who was caught drink driving in Duffy yesterday afternoon, driving her three children home (Sunday October 26).
About 3.28pm, members of the Road Safety Operations Team (RSOT) intercepted a white Nissan Pulsar sedan on Eucumbene Drive, Duffy for a roadside screening test. The 40-year-old driver returned a positive [...]

Independent Property Group: A Charitable Initiative

By 27 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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If you attended Floriade this year (and according to Andrew Barr you most certainly did!) you might have noticed a number of deluxe children’s cubby houses on display. Well, on the very last day of the festival of flowers, Independent Property Group auctioned and raffled the 4 custom-built pintsized dwellings and in doing so raised [...]

Burst water main on Eastern Valley Way

By 26 October 2014

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that the left hand, southbound lane of Eastern Valley Way between Emu Bank and Cameron Avenue will remain closed until further notice to allow for repairs to be completed after a burst water main.
Barriers as well as warning and diversion signs have been erected [...]

Witnesses sought to aggravated robbery in Reid

By 26 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery which occurred in Reid today (Sunday, October 26).
Around 10.55am, a male with a knife approached a female at the back of Allawah Flats in Reid throwing her to the ground and dislodging her handbag. The male offender then grabbed the handbag and fled the scene.
He was [...]

Witnesses sought to aggravated robbery in Weston

By 26 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery in Weston last night (Saturday, October 25).
About 7.30pm two men were walking along Trennery Street (near Cooleman Court) when they were approached by four males walking from the opposite direction.
One of the males has produced a knife and the two men have attempted to run from [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 26 October 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: $2,330,000
Lowest Price: $251,500
Average Sale Price: $612,251 (+ 10.31%)
2,703 properties currently for sale
56 sales properties had price reductions
105 properties went under offer
112 properties SOLD!
262 properties have come onto [...]

Possible ramifications for public servants from health insurance selloff

By 25 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Radio National is reporting plans on the part of Medicare and the Government to compulsorily take part of public servants’ superannuation on retirement, and use it to pay health care premiums, regardless of the choices and wishes of said retirees once Medicare is privatised. With no regard to whether said public servants have looked after [...]

ACT’s largest drug seizure; man arrested

By 24 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing seized approximately 28 kilograms of a substance suspected to be methylamphetamine during the search of a vehicle in Curtin yesterday (October 23).
The search was conducted under a Drugs of Dependence Act (DODA) search warrant as part of a long-running ACT Drugs and Organised Crime Team investigation, Operation Davos, targeting a criminal syndicate involved [...]

Sex in the ACT (Podcast) – Fiona Patten

By 24 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Mike Jeffreys talks to Fiona Patten, Leader of the Australian Sex Party, about regulation and organisation of the sex industry in the ACT.

Canberra – Shenzhen intern program connects future innovation leaders

By 23 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new StudyCanberra student intern program between Canberra and Shenzhen will attract the best and brightest students from Shenzhen to Canberra and will give local students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in Shenzhen, the home of a major technology company in the world, Chief Minister and Minister for Higher Education Katy Gallagher said today.
The [...]

Tell us your ideas for better services in West Belconnen

By 23 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Do you use human services? Does the term ‘human services’ mean anything to you? It refers to the range of programs or supports that can respond to a person’s needs and can include public/social housing, health and wellbeing, education, disability, childcare, care and protection and justice.
Navigating these services - whether provided by government or non-government organisations – [...]

Witnesses sought to O’Connor assault

By 23 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault which occurred at O’Connor shops yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, October 22).
About 4.40pm, a 25-year-old woman was approached by an unknown male in the car-park at O’Connor shops, on Sargood Street.
The man shouted at the woman and then head-butted her in an unprovoked attack, before fleeing down Sargood Street.
The [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 23/10/14

By 23 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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A suburb in Gough’s honour
As Canberrans laid flowers and tributes to the great man on the steps of Old Parliament House where he was so infamously dismissed in 1975, the ACT Government announced plans to name a Canberra suburb after Gough, and Margret, Whitlam. Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said ‘I think everybody is aware of [...]

Man wanted by police; warrant for arrest

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to locate 27-year-old Sonny Oeti, who they believe is responsible for a number of aggravated robberies earlier this year.
Police have identified the offender in the aggravated robberies committed at the Waramanga General Store (Thursday, July 10) and Griffith Newsagency (Sunday, July 13) as Sonny Oeti (pictured).
A warrant for [...]

When Gough and Malcolm rocked the joint…

By 22 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Discussing Gough Whitlam with a Liberal Pollie a few years back I said “I voted for Gough the first time because it really did seem like time for a change and the right thing to do. I voted for him the second time to give him the benefit of the doubt. But there was no [...]

Elderly man missing; assistance sought

By 22 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to help locate a missing 80-year-old man, Vernon Pretty.
Vernon was last seen this morning about 6.45am when he left his unit in Monash.
Vernon has dementia and is new to Canberra.
He was last seen wearing blue jeans, with a grey/blue knitted cardigan and black shoes.
He is approximately 152cm (5’) [...]

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