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Man assaulted with stick in Richardson

By 23 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is calling for witnesses who may have seen an assault which took place in Richardson on Sunday (20 September).
About 5.00pm a man was approached by a group of males along Johnson Drive. The males demanded cash.
The man left the area however a short time later he was followed by the same group of [...]

Kathleen Bautista thanks Canberra

By 22 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Kathleen Bautista, the 19-year-old woman who was found in the Cotter Reserve area (Friday, 11 September), west of Canberra after six nights alone and injured has issued the following statement…
Since I was found in the Cotter reserve area I have been in hospital recovering and reflecting on how lucky I am to be alive.
I want [...]

3 years since light rail announced as ALP policy

By 22 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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On 21 Sep 2012, the ALP announced that Capital Metro light rail would form part of the policy platform they would take to the 2012 ACT election.
It was covered by ACT Light Rail here.
The ALP and Greens won that election, and formed Government. Light rail commencing construction formed part of the agreement to govern between the [...]

Science meets art at Westside Acton Park

By 22 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Science is often seen as a mystifying and complex subject. But one ANU science communications student is changing all that with a new event: Co-Lab: Science Meets Street Art.
Small’s electrifying piece exploring Jason Whitfield’s research on chemical signals in the brain.
By pairing five PHD science students with five local street artists, Lee Constable took over Westside [...]

Ex-public servants speak: Lynda Leigh

By 22 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In this exclusive excerpt from Life without lanyards, former public servant Lynda Leigh shares her journey from unfair dismissal to a thriving career as a speaker and trainer.
It was the shock of my life, being told to come into an interview room outside the security environment of the building. I was walked down and there were [...]

Autism advocacy group loses confidence in ACT Government

By 22 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Advocacy group Speaking Out for Autism Spectrum Disorder (SOfASD) has passed a no confidence motion in Minister Joy Burch and the ACT Government. 
SOfASD advocates for autistic people in the ACT, including students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
SOfASD members lost confidence in Minister Burch after she claimed that the recent abuse of an autistic student in an [...]

Drink driver caught six times over limit

By 21 September 2015

ACT Policing has charged a 40-year-old Weston man after he was detected with a blood alcohol reading of 0.330 in Turner yesterday (Sunday, September 20).
At about 5.10pm police received a report from an off duty AFP member of a person driving erratically in Turner, nearly colliding with a parked car.
The driver, who was currently disqualified, [...]

Will proposed cycling laws make roads safer?

By 21 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra drivers will need to keep a minimum distance from cyclists under a new trial announced by Minister for Justice Shane Rattenbury this week.
The media release is below.
Minister for Justice, Shane Rattenbury, has announced that, from the 1st of November motorists will be required to provide a minimum distance when overtaking bicycles as part of [...]

ACT elections – Let the games begin


With the ACT election just over a year away, jostling for preselections has started, some more publicly than others.
Most non-party aspirants haven’t actually started thinking about it yet. I would expect that to start in about June or July, just after the ACT budget is brought down.
These aspirants are usually single issue people with a [...]

Canberra – The city of digital opportunity


The ACT Government’s 2014 Digital Canberra Action Plan is an important part of the vision for Canberra’s future. But more can be done.
The city’s newly appointed Chief Digital Officer has been tasked with assisting in the roll out of the CBR free Wi-Fi network, encouraging a connected and inclusive community by improving digital access, and creating online tools [...]

Firearms seized from stolen car after crash

By 19 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking to identify a man who crashed a stolen car in Pialligo and fled the scene before police attended and located firearms in the car early this morning (Saturday 19 September).
About 3.20am, police received a report that a red Mazda sedan had left the road on Pialligo Avenue, near Brindabella Park, and [...]

School holiday fun at Libraries ACT

By 18 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Libraries ACT is now taking bookings for school holiday activities including robot workshops and a slime making lab.
From the media release:
“School holiday programs are some of the most popular programs we offer and often book up fast,” Vanessa Little, Director of Libraries ACT said today.
“Some of the robot themed activities that children of various ages can [...]

Attempted robbery at Lyons grocer

By 18 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is investigating an attempted aggravated robbery at the Friendly Grocer store in Lyons last night (Thursday, 17 September).
About 10.00pm, a man brandishing a knife entered the store on Devonport Street demanding cash from the attendant. As he made the demands, he was disturbed by a customer.
The offender then fled the scene without taking [...]

Man falls five metres at Hume industrial site

By 18 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Paramedics have transported a man to the Canberra Hospital after he fell five metres at an industrial site in Hume.
Paramedics were called to the Arnott Street address around 7.45am.
The man in his 30s has pelvic and leg injuries and was transported to hospital in a stable condition.
(ACT Emergency Services Agency media release)

Drugs and weapons seized in Kaleen

By 16 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has seized drugs, firearms, ammunition and suspected stolen property during the search of a residence in Kaleen last night (Tuesday 15 September).
ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations Crime Targeting team located and seized approximately 200 grams of a substance suspected to be methylamphetamine (ice), a similar quantity of compressed cannabis head and a sum of [...]

New legislation to outlaw puppy and kitten farms

By 16 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

New animal breeding legislation to outlaw puppy and kitten farms in the ACT was introduced this week.
The female cats and dogs used in puppy and kitten farms are impregnated as often as possible without regard for their health and welfare. They are often deprived of social interaction, exercise and responsible health care for their entire [...]

Barr releases statement on Malcolm Turnbull

By 15 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has congratulated Malcolm Turnbull on becoming Australia’s next Prime Minister.
In a statement issued today, Minister Barr said:
I would like to congratulate Malcolm Turnbull on his elevation to the leadership of the federal Liberal party and his imminent appointment as the Prime Minister of Australia.
Last night Mr Turnbull rightly pointed out [...]

ANU now one of world’s top 20 universities

By 15 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Australian National University has climbed into the world’s top 20 universities and strengthened its position as Australia’s top-ranked university.
The latest QS World University Rankings for 2015-16 rated ANU as equal 19th in the world, up from 25 last year, and among the world’s great research and education institutions including Oxford, Cambridge and the great [...]

Co-lab: Science meets street art

By 15 September 2015
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[ 19 September 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
Come to Westside Acton Park this Saturday to see what happens when science meets street art.
Co-Lab is a creative collaboration between Canberran street artists and early career scientists.
Five local street artists have paired up with five PhD Science students from ANU to take inspiration from their research, discoveries and concepts integral to their field.
From this collaboration street [...]

Tuggeranong: A treasure hidden in plain sight?

By 14 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Like many other locals, I was disheartened to read last week’s media coverage suggesting that Tuggeranong was dying and losing its soul.
It was disappointing to hear that my community, a place I have grown up in and loved for three decades, to be portrayed as a deficient and soulless place which people flee, in place [...]

Gas explosion at Braddon Maccas

By 14 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing attended McDonalds restaurant in Braddon yesterday evening (Sunday 13 September) following a small gas explosion.
About 9pm, a 41-year-old man from Giralang entered the restaurant and ignited a 9kg gas bottle which he had brought with him. The man sustained possible life threatening injuries. He was treated at the scene by ACT Ambulance and conveyed [...]

Funding furphies – How ACT political parties come up with the cash


During the week, I had a look at the ACT Elections website and focussed on the annual returns for the political parties in the ACT. The findings were very interesting indeed.
The prevailing wailing from the Libs is that the Labor Party get its income from the pockets of problem gamblers via the Labor Club.
The Libs bellyache and [...]

What do you think about the Gungahlin Drive improvements?

By 14 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The below information is from the TAMS website:
Project background
Gungahlin Drive is currently experiencing considerable congestion, particularly during peak periods, as traffic accesses the Mitchell commercial and industrial precinct. This traffic congestion is expected to increase as the Gungahlin Town Centre and greater Gungahlin area continue to grow.
In late 2014, engineering and development consultants SMEC were [...]

Refugees welcome in the ACT


The Federal Government’s decision to accept 12,000 additional refugees from Syria this year – albeit after some pressure from its own backbench and the Labor party – is the right one. But our overall refugee policy still needs work.
How many refugees we should permanently settle in Australia every year? Over the last few decades, we [...]

Fatal collision in Red Hill

By 13 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 43-year-old man from Pearce died last night following a collision in Red Hill.
About 8.20pm he was driving on his motorcycle heading north along La Perouse Street, when he collided with a white Hyundai i30 travelling in the opposite direction.
ACT Policing General Duties were first to attend the scene within moments and commenced CPR.
ACT Fire [...]

Kathleen Bautista found safe

By 11 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has located missing 19-year-old Gordon woman, Kathleen Bautista safe.
Kathleen from Gordon was found by search and rescue members about 10.25am this morning near the Cotter reserve area.
Kathleen went missing on Saturday 5 September 2015 when she was last seen in Chapman about 7.00am.
The search for the teenager immediately began, and has continued for [...]

Mind Body Business: Innovation and Wellness Night

By 10 September 2015

[ 16 September 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Struggling to get the most out of your business? Want to activate your inner potential but feel stressed and overwhelmed?

What if you could learn simple techniques that could immediately help transform your work life and help you achieve greater balance and health?

Introducing Canberra’s first ‘Innovation and Wellness’ night! This event aims to provide business professionals [...]

Floriade 2015 charity partners revealed

By 9 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Independent Property Group Foundation and the Returned and Services League of Australia ACT Branch (RSL ACT) have been announced as the two official charity partners for Floriade 2015.
RSL ACT aligns with the Floriade 2015 theme of Reflection, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings in Gallipoli.
The local charity will enable this year’s [...]

Postcard to Queanbeyan


It was while visiting regional towns in Victoria that I was reminded of quite silly events happening back home, or at least close to home.
Today, as we had finished work early for the day, we wandered along the riverfront in Wangaratta. Given the works underway and the notices about future projects, it is very obvious [...]

Pop-up street food coming to the Old Bus Depot Markets

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[ 13 September 2015 at 10:00 am; ]
Canberra’s pop-up food craze shows no signs of slowing down, with pop-up street food area The Slab opening at the Old Bus Depot Markets this weekend.
From the Old Bus Depot Markets media team:

Canberra’s favourite Sunday markets, the Old Bus Depot markets, will this weekend launch their brand new pop up street food area, The Slab.
“We’re expanding [...]

ACT Government finally responds to school cage incident

By 8 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

It’s been 165 days since the ACT Government discovered a cage was built in one of its schools for a 10-year-old student with autism.
We found out today that the school’s principal has been sacked, and will no longer be able to work at any ACT Government school. The inquiry, overseen at arm’s length from Minister Joy Burch’s office, found the [...]

Junk food vending machines in Canberra hospitals – why?


Vending machines are everywhere these days. Most often, they sell soft drink and a couple of bottled water options. Otherwise, they’re filled with high fat, high sugar snacks (though I’ve seen thong vending machines around the place too).
Last year the ACT Government moved to ban vending machines in ACT public schools as part of its crackdown on [...]

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