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Banks support ‘Mr Fluffy’ homeowners

By 24 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Five key banks have already offered their support for ‘Mr Fluffy’ homeowners ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced today.
Members Equity Bank, Beyond Bank, National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank and Teachers Mutual Bank are among the first banks to advise the ACT Government they will be providing a compassionate response to homeowners impacted by loose fill [...]

Strict safety regulations no good for creative businesses, says The Hamlet owner Nik Bulum

By 24 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
A photo posted to Facebook last week shows officials at The Hamlet as they prevent the venue from hosting a student exhibition on site.

Entrepreneur and property developer Nik Bulum has called on the ACT Government to relax building safety restrictions, claiming that overly strict regulations are impacting creative businesses.
Nik is the founder of The Hamlet, an urban village of designers, food trucks and a free gallery scheduled to open on Lonsdale Street in Braddon in early December.
He had [...]

Suspicious house fire in Narrabundah

By 24 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious house fire in Narrabundah that was lit in the early hours of this morning (24 November).
About 2.25am police were called to Warramoo Street, were the fire had already been extinguished by ACT Fire and Rescue and the house deemed safe.
It appeared the fire was deliberately lit with an accelerant [...]

Wanniassa school opinions

By 23 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We are moving to Wanniassa next month and would like some opinions on primary schools in the area. Would anyone mind sharing some experiences and advice on Wanniassa school?

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 23 November 2014 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: $1,300,000
Lowest Price: $180,000
Average Sale Price: $593,730 (- 10.90%)
2,935 properties currently for sale
78 sales properties had price reductions
109 properties went under offer
120 properties SOLD!
221 properties have come onto the market
57 [...]

Cancellation of tomorrow’s Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon

By 22 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government wishes to advise of the cancellation of the Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon which was scheduled to take place tomorrow, Sunday 23 November 2014.
The event has been cancelled for safety reasons, with a high probability that a total fire ban will be declared for tomorrow, and the subsequent closure to the public of all [...]

Local startup Hardcotton launches Kickstarter campaign to develop world first in 3D printing

By 22 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hello fellow Rioters.
Canberra has a record of invention and local tech startup Hardcotton continues to take up this challenge and make an impact in the 3D printing world. We at Hardcotton have launched our Kickstarter crowdsourcing campaign for the innovative pressure controlled 3D printer called Elemental.
Hailed as one of the biggest innovations seen from the consumer side of [...]

Hot air balloon stuck in light fitting

By 22 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Firefighters are helping to untangle a hot air balloon that is suspended in a light fitting at the Aranda District Playing Fields.
Sixteen people were in the basket at the time of the crash.
ACT Ambulance Service said nobody was injured.
(ESA Media Release)

Witnesses sought to collision in Franklin

By 22 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is appealing for any witnesses to a single vehicle collision that occurred on Friday, November 7, in Franklin.
About 3pm, a blue Holden Astra was driving northbound along Gungahlin Drive, between Wells Station Road and Kosciusko Avenue, when it crossed to the other side of the road and came to a stop on the [...]

New ways of nursing at Canberra Hospital to improve patient experience

By 21 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher today announced a suite of initiatives to further improve patient experience at Canberra Hospital and make it easier for nurses to continue to offer excellent care.
The new measures include: introducing ‘team nursing’, where nurses share care across a team rather than individual nurses concentrating on a [...]

Right wing, left wing… what about the bird in the middle?

By 21 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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There has been much discourse in recent times on the relative importance of having a healthy budget position versus having a significantly funded safety net.
The orthodox right wing ideology has it that a healthy budget surplus is the only way in which a county can prosper. If there are plenty of profits to tax [...]

Repairs to a water main in the city means lane closure on Cooyong Street

By 21 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users there will be lane closures to a short section of Cooyong Street in the City this Saturday 22 November 2014, to allow ACTEW Water to make crucial repairs to a water main.
The works will only affect the westbound section of Cooyong Street between Mort [...]

Calling all Hipsters, Hackers and Hustlers

By 20 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Turn your ideas in to reality! Gather a team of three — a hipster, a hacker and a hustler — and meet us at the ‘Hub in the city’ at 10am Saturday. Put together a stellar pitch and stunning prototype in style.
Come as a team or we can match you up with others. Instructions will [...]

Witnesses sought; Kingston property damage

By 20 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses following an incident of significant property damage to a commercial building in Kingston early this morning (20 November).
About 4.10am, police received a report that a male in dark clothing was using a timber post to damage the front windows of the building on Wentworth Avenue. The male then left the [...]

Centenary Flag Project exhibition opened

By 20 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Flags from last year’s Centenary of Canberra have been repurposed into new works of art for the Centenary Flag Project exhibition, which was opened yesterday by Minister for the Arts Joy Burch on behalf of the Chief Minister.
The Centenary Flag Project, one of the key events of the inaugural DESIGN Canberra festival program, is an [...]

A new way to find affordable housing

By 20 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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On Monday Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr unveiled the new Allhomes & REIACT kiosk, a quick and easy way for Community Housing clients to find affordable housing in Canberra.
Those searching for affordable rental accommodation can now find properties in their desired area with the tap of a finger, as well as print all the relevant information and agent [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 20/11/14

By 20 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Burch on her literary perch
Minister for the Arts Joy Burch announced the 2014 ACT Book of the Year shortlist with four of the five shortlisted authors at Civic Library this week. Five books, ranging from a non-fiction exploration of the Al Jazeera English news network to a verse novel covering the Petrov defection, have been [...]

Giving yourself permission to shine

By 20 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s that time of year where many of us put down our chocolate bars and pick up a set of weights. No I mean it, seriously put down the chocolate bar! For some peeling off the tracksuit pants and putting on a swimsuit is a frightening prospect. Many of us have trouble accepting our bodies [...]

Trinity Christian School

By 19 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

My family are moving to Canberra and I’m looking for some advice on a high school for my 11 year old son. So far he’s academic, sporty and arty too. I’d like to find a school that has broad and varied curriculum and extracurricular activities, good anti-bullying policy and is very inclusive and outward-looking in its approach. I [...]

Boat located in Gungahlin; owner sought

By 19 November 2014
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ACT Policing is seeking to locate the owner of a small boat that was located on Yerrabi Pond Monday afternoon (November17).
About 5.30pm a member of the public attended Gungahlin Police Station after seeing a small boat floating on the pond, unattended. Members from Gungahlin Police Station responded and located the vessel in the pond, on [...]

RiotACT Podcast episode 2 – Debts, Mr Fluffy and Euthanasia

By 19 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In Part 2 of the RiotACT podcast, Mike Jeffreys chats to Katy Gallagher on making it halfway through the current political term and what her greatest achievements are to date. Nothing is off-limits with discussion on the Territory’s debt, the Mr Fluffy saga which Gallagher describes as being bigger than the bushfires; and youth euthanasia.

(RiotACT [...]

Big Brother’s Jason Roses on TVSN Celebrity Challenge tonight

By 19 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Former Big Brother housemate and Canberra local Jason Roses will appear in a live TVSN Celebrity Challenge tonight (19 November) to support breast cancer research.
Tune in to TVSN from 7.30pm to watch as Jason and other celebrities and media identities including Channel 10’s Matt Doran, Underbelly actor Simon Westaway and The Bachelor’s Anna Heinrich put [...]

One of Australia’s most widely adopted Executive MBAs to launch in Canberra in 2015

By 19 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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One of the leading Executive MBA programs in Australia will kick off its February 2015 Canberra intake with an information evening for aspiring leaders on 25 November 2014.
Over the past six years, Queensland University of Technology’s Canberra-based Executive Masters Program has been tackled by senior people in the Department of Defence, the Defence Materiel [...]

New medical partnerships mark new era in Canberra based medical research

By 18 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, today announced the appointment of Professor Ross Hannan as the first Centenary Chair of Cancer Research at the John Curtin School of Medical Research.
As Chair, Professor Hannan will oversee a collaborative hub for cancer research that will involve leading researchers from within the Australian National University, as [...]

Decommissioning of public artwork LaserWrap

By 18 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The public artwork LaserWrap, by artists Geoffrey Drake-Brockman and Richie Kuhaupt, will be decommissioned at the end of this month, Minister for the Arts Joy Burch said today.
LaserWrap is a light display projected onto the ACT Health Building on the corner of Moore and Alinga Streets, Civic, from 20 lasers housed in three motorised projector [...]

Best of Canberra – Butcher

By 18 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The great Aussie barbie is a Summer weekend favourite. Australian’s look forward to barbecues with their friends; the boys bond over taking charge of cooking the meat and the girls gossip over champagne whilst making salad. Now that the warmer weather is here, I’m hosting a BBQ for my friends this weekend. Even though it’s [...]

Special assembly sitting to keep Mr Fluffy buyback on track

By 18 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Legislative Assembly will be asked to return for an extra sitting day to ensure the Mr Fluffy buyback can begin before Christmas, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced yesterday.
During the November sittings the Legislative Assembly will agree to meet on 4 December to consider a supplementary appropriation bill to allow $750m to be allocated [...]

Reload – Canberra’s First Gaming Bar

By 18 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’m in a bar on Northbourne Avenue drinking an Asahi and trying to operate a plastic guitar.  I’ve watched other people play Guitar Hero but this is my first-time hands on.  I get the hang of strumming while hitting the coloured buttons and it looks like I might be able to save some of my dignity, but [...]

It’s time to prepare for a post-prohibition world instead of a futile war on drugs

By 18 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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It’s time for the proponents of drug prohibition to take responsibility for their simplistic assertions.
Last week local 2CC radio presenter Marcus Paul and I shirt-fronted one another in a heated discussion concerning the failed world-wide war on drugs. It would be fair to say that we encountered some seemingly irreconcilable differences regarding our stances on [...]

Registration for cyclists – how about a smart-helmet?

By 18 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We all hear calls from time to time for cyclists to pay vehicle registration, have a numberplate, and generally be held accountable for their behaviour on the road. A Sydney designer reckons he’s found the solution. Toby King has presented his idea of a ‘smart-hat’ or ‘smart-helmet’ to Mosman Council. Duncan Gay, Minister for Roads [...]

New tool to fight feral fish

By 17 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new online resource for the community to record evidence of pest fish in their local area was launched by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, today.
“Anyone with a smart phone or mobile device can use FeralFishScan to record pest fish in their local waterways,” Mr Corbell said.
Information collected will support science-based river and catchment [...]

Early Intervention Open Day today

By 17 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Disability Joy Burch is encouraging families of young children with disability, autism or developmental delay to attend today’s Early Intervention Open Day to meet new service providers who will be operating in the ACT from next year.
“Today’s event gives families the chance to meet the organisations who will be providing early intervention services [...]

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