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Do We Really Need a 6th Beatle?

By 30 June 2014
Do We Really Need a 6th Beatle?

If you ask the chattering classes whether we need a 6th minister, a lot of them will say that we don’t. This is because they don’t know what ministers actually do in the Legislative Assembly and they don’t like politicians anyway.
A lot of people don’t know why the ACT actually needs a parliament at all. [...]

Government should advise Mr Fluffy homeowners directly

By 30 June 2014

The ACT Labor government needs to be proactive and directly advise owners of Mr Fluffy properties through registered mail that their houses are affected, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson said today.
“I’m calling on the government to make another effort to contact homeowners who may not yet know that their property is Mr Fluffy [...]

Mini bus crash at Braddon

By 30 June 2014

ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire & Rescue are at the scene of a bus crash at Braddon this morning.
The mini bus, containing the driver and two young passengers, crashed into a power pole at the intersection of Limestone Avenue and Henty Street on the northbound side of the road.
Intensive care paramedics are transporting two [...]

Mulch fire in Oaks Estate contained

By 29 June 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue will patrol a small mulch fire burning at Oaks Estate overnight.
Firefighters were alerted to the 30 metre x 30 metre fire on Station Street at 4:20pm.
ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service crews managed to contain the fire using one pumper, two compressed air foam (CAFS) units and three [...]

Todd Carney has done it again…

By 29 June 2014
Todd Carney has done it again...

Todd Carney has been caught up in yet another scandal. This time a photo was posted overnight that showed the troubled Cronulla star urinating in his own mouth.
Reports are circulating that the Cronulla board have just acted to the news which has been sweeping social media all morning. Carney has been reportedly sacked.
A search on [...]

Larkham signs new three-year deal as Fisher bids farewell

By 29 June 2014

Stephen Larkham has committed to another three years as University of Canberra Brumbies Head Coach, taking him through to the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season.
The announcement comes as Laurie Fisher confirmed he will finish his tenure as Director of Rugby with the UC Brumbies at season’s end to join English Premiership side, [...]

ACT speed cameras – Wet paper bag?

By 29 June 2014

Further to damning report about the non-strategy of deploying speed cameras in the ACT, the Canberra times has now written an article to state that many of the speed cameras have been out of action for months/years, some of our most expensive speed camera’s aren’t even making a cent.
Ginninderra Drive and Coulter Drive in Florey [...]

Child exploitation images found on tablet; man arrested

By 29 June 2014

ACT Policing has arrested and charged a 31-year-old Torrens man after a computer tablet was found to contain child exploitation images.
The tablet had been found in a Canberra pet store on Friday, June 27, as misplaced property and when a staff member attempted to identify the tablet’s owner, it was found to contain the exploitation [...]

Redevelopment of Northbourne Avenue begins

By 28 June 2014
Redevelopment of Northbourne Avenue begins

The transformation of Northbourne Avenue will soon begin with the lodging yesterday of the Development Application for the demolition of the Dickson Flats on the corner of Northbourne Avenue and Morphett Street.
Once the DA has been approved, the Land Development Agency will engage a civil contractor to undertake the demolition of the flats, and [...]

Woman arrested after service station robbery

By 28 June 2014

A 37-year-old Reid woman will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Saturday, June 28) charged with armed robbery and possession of a knife after she was apprehended following a robbery at the Coles Express Service Station in Mort St, Braddon yesterday afternoon.
Police will allege the woman entered the store just before 5pm. She produced a [...]

ACT Older Persons Assembly – Tuggeranong Consultations

By 28 June 2014

[ 10 July 2014; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ] Hi,

The Tuggeranong Community Council (TCC) has been advised by the ACT Government that it will be holding consultations in Tuggeranong in the lead up to the second ACT Older Persons Assembly to be held on 1 October 2014. Members of the public are invited to attend the community consultation forum to provide input into the [...]

Cinema fire prompts evacuation

By 27 June 2014

An estimated 40 people were evacuated from a Canberra theatre tonight after a small fire.
ACT Fire & Rescue responded to the Capitol Theatre in Manuka after being altered to the incident at 10:18pm.
Firefighters arrived a short time later and found a small fire in an internal motor.
Fire crews quickly extinguished it then ventilated the building [...]

Man assaulted by three teens in Weston

By 27 June 2014

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an incident where a man was assaulted by three teenage males in Weston yesterday afternoon (Thursday, June 26).
About 2.20pm, the man was riding on the bike path near Kirkpatrick Street, Weston, when he stopped to remove an obstruction on the path. At this time, he noticed three males exit [...]

Asbestos guidance for Real Estate sector

By 27 June 2014

Real estate agents, landlords and homeowners of Mr Fluffy houses will have a better understanding of their obligations in regards to asbestos management, duty of disclosure, documentation with the release of new asbestos guidance material for the ACT real estate sector.
Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Simon Corbell, today announced release of the new [...]

Payroll tax changes hit Canberra families and businesses

By 27 June 2014
Payroll tax changes hit Canberra families and businesses

Even with the government’s announcement on the 24th of June that it will extend the commencement date of the Payroll Tax Amendment Bill to the 1st of October 2014, there is still widespread confusion in the ACT market. Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth has called on the government to give greater certainty to affected businesses and [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 27 June 2014
ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

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: $3,160,000
Lowest Price: $176,000
Average Sale Price: $644,252 (+ 10.75%)
2,519 properties currently for sale
69 sales properties had price reductions
79 properties went under offer
97 properties SOLD!
168 properties have come onto [...]

7.30 ACT – what to expect from tonight’s program

By 27 June 2014
7.30 ACT - what to expect from tonight's program

7.30 ACT on the ABC
Friday June 27th

NDIS Roll Out – With just days until the NDIS rolls out in Canberra formal agreements are yet to be completed and there is fear and uncertainty amongst people with a disability and support workers as to how it will operate. Adrienne Francis
Science Rally – Canberra’s scientists head out [...]

Needle and Syringes – AMC

By 27 June 2014
Needle and Syringes - AMC

When I was Shadow Minister for Corrections and then Minister, I came to believe that the public wanted to send offenders to prison for punishment and not as punishment. It was generally accepted that there would be extra punishments dished out. I didn’t think that way then and I don’t now.
I reckon the [...]

Canberra, we’re good at…well…being.

By 27 June 2014
Canberra, we're good at...well...being.

I want to know why, if Canberra is such a dandy place, according to the OECD.  If we’re leading the whole world in the well-being stakes, why does everybody seem to be complaining so much ?
I would have thought we were the whinging capital of the nation, but the international experts disagree.
The Organisation for Economic [...]

Private landholder to conduct agricultural burn today at Tharwa

By 26 June 2014

A private landholder will today, Thursday 26 June, 2014, weather permitting, conduct an agricultural burn on the property “Jeggaline” near Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa Drive, Tharwa.
The burn of vegetation is expected to continue through the day.
Temporary smoke cover may occur.
The Health Directorate advises that people with asthma, other chronic respiratory and/or chronic cardiac diseases should [...]

Frances O’Brien’s Dark Side of the Mind launching at Paperchain

By 26 June 2014
Frances O'Brien's Dark Side of the Mind launching at Paperchain

[ 5 July 2014; 3:00 pm; ]

Paoperchain is launching Frances O’Brien’s new book ‘Dark Side of the Mind’ Saturday 5 July at 2.45pm for 3.00pm.

This true story of John, a young schizophrenic man, the eldest of four boys, who grew up in Canberra at the time Walter Burley Griffin was designing the lake, in a happy home where he had fun, [...]

Bushfire prone areas identified in the ACT

By 26 June 2014

With a large number of homes identified as being in a Bushfire Prone Area, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, has urged the Canberra community to continue to have their say on the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan during consultation over the next month.
Prepared by the ACT Emergency Services Agency, the draft of the [...]

Northbourne Ave slums… demolish or preserve?

By 26 June 2014

I refer to an article in the Canberra Times about the slums they refer to as public housing, located in some of the most prime real estate in Canberra.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/yvette-berry-pushes-for-northbourne-public-housing-tenants-to-remain-in-the-city-20140624-zsjfx.html
The real estate these flats sit on could be sold off and developed, providing a budget windfall for the ACT government, providing hundreds if not thousands of [...]

Government delivers walk-in centres to Tuggeranong and Belconnen

By 26 June 2014

Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher has delivered on an ACT Government election promise and has officially opened a nurse-led walk-in centre (WiC) which is located in the Tuggeranong Town Centre.
The new Tuggeranong centre follows the success of the first walk-in centre, located on the Canberra Hospital campus, which saw over approximately 63,000 [...]

Damning legacy from self-government and six ACT chief ministers

By 26 June 2014
Damning legacy from self-government and six ACT chief ministers

It is 25 years since self-government was imposed on Canberra by the Hawke Labor Government in May 1989, a hybrid concept that blended state and local government. There have been just six chief ministers and Labor has governed for 17 of 25 years (and for the past 13 years).
Almost all governments have been hamstrung by [...]

Asbestos taskforce to lead government response on loose-fill asbestos

By 25 June 2014

The ACT Government will establish a dedicated response taskforce that will be a single point of contact for people affected by the legacy loose-fill asbestos issues, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Simon Corbell, announced today.
The Asbestos Response Taskforce will provide a single contact point via phone and [...]

95% satisfaction for municipal services

By 25 June 2014

A telephone survey of 1000 Canberrans has revealed that satisfaction with Canberra’s municipal services has increased from 90% last year to 95%, said Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.
“Canberrans justifiably place much importance on municipal services such as their roads, paths, public transport, parks and garbage collection. Whilst there are always ways we [...]

Locals snap up rare waterfront blocks at Kingston Foreshore

By 25 June 2014
Locals snap up rare waterfront blocks at Kingston Foreshore

Two unique mixed-use sites on the Kingston Foreshore both sold under the hammer this morning to local developers.
Block 3 sold for $6.95 million to Boris Planinac of Pavillion Homes. Block 4 sold for $7.35 to David O’Keefe of Madison Constructions.
Both blocks allow for a range of residential and commercial uses, with a [...]

ACT Government Mandates Asbestos Awareness Training

By 25 June 2014

All workers who might be exposed to asbestos must undertake a mandatory course in asbestos awareness by 30 September, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Simon Corbell, said today.
A new regulation will require employers and principal contractors to ensure their workers undertake the training by 30 September. The course will include a specific session [...]

New Park and Ride permit process

By 25 June 2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury today encouraged Canberra commuters to take advantage of the convenient park and ride permit sites and bike and ride facilities.
“Park and ride makes it easier for Canberrans to get to commute each day. We’ve made the service easier to use by introducing three month permits to replace [...]

New dog exercise maps open for consultation

By 25 June 2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today released new dog exercise area maps for community consultation. The maps clearly define where people can take their dogs, showing on and off-leash areas as well as dog prohibited areas.
“The new dog exercise maps aim to provide a balance between providing spaces for dogs to exercise [...]

Canberra Liberals Call for $5 Million in Emergency Assistance for Mr Fluffy Affected Homeowners and Residents

By 25 June 2014
Canberra Liberals Call for $5 Million in Emergency Assistance for Mr Fluffy Affected Homeowners and Residents

The terrible effects caused by Mr Fluffy insulated properties are taking a major toll on many Canberra families and it’s time for the ACT Labor government to start offering financial assistance for those in the worst circumstances, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson said today.
“Today I’m calling on the Chief Minister and government to [...]

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