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Canberra mourns 2XX presenter Sylvie Stern

By 23 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Canberra arts community grieved on Wednesday morning with the passing of Sylvie Stern, long-term arts promoter and host of 2XX’s popular Art ‘N’ Soul and Artbeat programs. Sylvie had been diagnosed with cancer and passed away in hospital.
The many tributes that came in spoke of her passion and enthusiasm, especially for young artists. Movement [...]

Police seek assistance to locate missing man

By 22 January 2015

**UPDATE 23/01/2015
ACT Policing has confirmed that missing man Andrew Ralston has been located safe and well. **
ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to help locate a missing 45-year-old man, Andrew Ralston.
Andrew was last seen this morning around 4.15am in Symonston where his car was located.
A family member received a phone call from Andrew around [...]

Lanyon residents invited to discuss road works at community council meeting

By 22 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 3 February 2015 at 7:30 pm; ] Tuggeranong Community Council has extended a special invitation to Lanyon Valley residents to attend its first meeting for 2015. The meeting, to be held on Tuesday 3 February, will discuss the recent road works that led to the closure of Tharwa Drive.

Guest speakers will include the Acting Director of Roads ACT Karl Cloos and ESA [...]

Four teenagers apprehended after breaking into school

By 21 January 2015

Four teenagers have been apprehended after breaking into Dickson College around 1am this morning (21 January).
Officers from Gungahlin and City Patrol attended the school after the security company detected multiple intruder alarm activations.
Upon arrival, police observed the four teenagers and apprehended two at the location. Two of the teenagers attempted to flee, but were apprehended [...]

Canberrans horrified by puppy bashing

By 21 January 2015
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RSPCA ACT inspectors are appealing to the community for any information relating to a serious case of animal cruelty. Yesterday morning, a man found nine five-week-old puppies in a box near Kingsford Smith Drive in Higgins.
The abandoned and underweight animals were handed in to the RSPCA shelter in Weston where they were examined by staff. [...]

Brumbies and Allhomes extend partnership through 2015

By 21 January 2015

The Brumbies will celebrate four years with Allhomes in 2015 after the industry-leading property website recommitted as Shorts Sponsor on Monday (19 January 2015).
Developed in the ACT, Allhomes and the Brumbies share plenty of symmetry as two of the region’s most recognisable brands. The Brumbies have proudly worn the Allhomes logo on the back of their shorts since the 2012 [...]

Barr announces new ministerial portfolios

By 20 January 2015

Urban renewal, transport, equality and jobs are on the agenda with new portfolios announced by Chief Minister Andrew Barr this morning.
Barr has taken on the new portfolio of urban renewal, which he says will promote garden suburbs and urban villages, bringing together infrastructure renewal with the promotion of social and cultural activity at a suburban level.
Mick [...]

Public talk: Artificial Intelligence, machines on the rise

By 20 January 2015

[ 3 February 2015 at 5:30 pm; ] Speaking, natural-sounding machines which can interact with humans using normal conversational patterns are still in the realm of science fiction – or are they?

Associate Professor James Curran is developing artificial intelligence which will revolutionise the way we interact with technology – using spoken language, the same way we interact with each other.

When: Tuesday 3 February [...]

Witnesses sought; serious collision in Theodore

By 20 January 2015

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a serious vehicle collision in Theodore yesterday (January 19).
About 5pm, police attended a serious vehicle collision between a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a Landrover Discovery at the intersection of Tharwa Drive and Lawrence Wackett Drive, Theodore.
The Landrover was travelling north on Lawrence Wackett Drive and entered the intersection, turning [...]

Yvette Berry named as sixth ACT Government minister

By 19 January 2015

Labor MLA Yvette Berry has been elected as the sixth minister in the ACT Government.
The Labor Caucus elected Yvette this morning, filling the role in the Ministry left by the former Chief Minister. Her portfolio responsibilities will be announced tomorrow, along with those of the other five ministers.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said he expects Yvette, [...]

Excuse me, ACT Health. I would like to choose where I birth, thanks.

By 19 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

By now we are all aware of the proposal by ACT Health that pregnant women in the ACT should be allocated their birthing hospital depending on their postcode – Calvary for the North, TCH for the South. The new facilities at TCH are reaching capacity – they are state of the art and give women [...]

Two in custody after drugs seized in Kambah

By 19 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Two people will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning after officers from ACT Policing Criminal Investigations executed a search warrant on a house in Kambah yesterday (Sunday, 18 January).
About 10.00am yesterday, officers executed the warrant with assistance from the AFP Dog Team. The resident of the house, a 52-year-old woman and a 34-year-old [...]

Witnesses sought to theft of distinct motor vehicle in Palmerston

By 18 January 2015

ACT Policing is appealing for witnesses to a burglary in Palmerston where a distinctive ‘AC Cobra’ motor vehicle was stolen.
Sometime between 9.30am yesterday (Saturday, January 17) and 1.30am this morning (Sunday, January 18), a distinct red ‘AC Cobra’ was stolen from an address in Palmerston.
Police are appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious activity during [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 18 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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.

Highest Sale: $1,075,000
Lowest Price: $120,000
Average Sale Price: $520,821 (- 4.05%)
2174 properties currently for sale
51 sales properties had price reductions
66 properties went under offer
61 properties SOLD!
168 properties have come onto the market
5 [...]

Meegan Fitzharris wins Katy Gallagher’s seat

By 16 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Labor political staffer Meegan Fitzharris will represent the seat of Molonglo after winning the spot left by former chief minister Katy Gallagher in a countback.
Meegan, who was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia in 1998, has lived in Gungahlin with her partner and two children since 2007.
During that time, she has advocated for [...]

Police renew appeal for missing man Robert

By 16 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is renewing its appeal for the public’s assistance to help locate 36-year-old Robert who has been missing since January 5.
Robert Sigismundi left home at 7am on Monday (5 January, 2015) in his 2005 white Mazda Bravo Ute, ACT rego YDS20L.

He was last seen at the Fyshwick ANZ branch around 9.55am, wearing knee length [...]

Politics and the price of pillory

By 16 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

The price we sometimes pay for freedom of expression is that people can use language to strip people of their dignity and self-respect and reduce them to lesser mortals. It is no more evident than in politics.
Members of parliament (read: Legislative Assembly here in the ACT) and ministers appear to be the targets of [...]

Burch begins to fall from her perch

By 14 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr has put his foot down on Minister for Racing and Gaming Joy Burch’s plan to scrap the twenty-dollar limit on poker machines, a move that would have allowed gamblers to use $50 notes. Ms Burch made the change on 22 December, the very day before Andrew Barr became the Leader of [...]

Local leaders – Emma Grey (WorkLifeBliss)

By 14 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Before founding life-balance consultancy WorkLifeBliss, Emma Grey spent a decade working in the public service. She was on long service leave in 2009 when she made the decision to resign and start her own business.
“I’d written a book in 2005 called Wits’ End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum, and as a result I [...]

Police seek public help to locate missing Chisholm man

By 13 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is appealing for the public’s assistance to help locate a missing 36-year-old man from Chisholm.
Robert Sigismundi left home at 7am on Monday (5 January, 2015) in his 2005 white Mazda Bravo Ute, ACT rego YDS20L, but has not been seen since.
Police have been searching for Robert and have concerns for his welfare [...]

Canberra’s politicians: Bigger government at all costs

By 13 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra’s politicians have been working hard to expand the ACT Legislative Assembly.
Last year we saw a barrage of announcements leading towards the expansion of the Assembly from three electorates with a total of 17 seats to five electorates with a total of 25 seats which will take effect from the October 2016 election.
The expansion required [...]

Childcare challenges

By 12 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

For as long as I have been a mother I have been aware of the cost of childcare and impact it has on the family budget if parents either have to or choose to work.
In Australia we are reasonably lucky to have government subsidy on childcare, which, frankly, makes it vaguely affordable for many families [...]

Casino Canberra to be redeveloped following acquisition

By 12 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

The sale of the Casino Canberra site to Aquis Developments has triggered the a major redevelopment of the City South precinct, with the new owners set to turn the current casino into a broader leisure, entertainment and nightlife destination.
Aquis Developments, which is owned and managed by the Hong Kong-based Fung family, purchased the site and [...]

Super Sparky to the rescue – again!

By 11 January 2015

I posted a recommendation for Super Sparky Electrical way back in 2013. He delivered prompt, friendly and efficient service.
Today, on one of the hottest, busiest times of the year I had to call Super Sparky again after a partial power failure.
He said he was absolutely flat out until next Monday or Tuesday and could I [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 11 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

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.

Highest Sale: $1,600,000
Lowest Price: $162,500
Average Sale Price: $542,823
2224 properties currently for sale
26 sales properties had price reductions
40 properties went under offer
34 properties SOLD!
74 properties have come onto the market
0 properties [...]

Mechanic recommendation – A&D under new ownership

By 10 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A&D Automotive has changed hands so it was with a bit of trepidation that I booked in with the new guys there, with former owner Darren a difficult act to follow. (A&D is at 301 Canberra Ave Fyshwick next to the music shop).  I didn’t have time to clean my car and it was dusty [...]

Funding for ACT screen artists

By 10 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A film adaptation of one of Canberra’s most notorious crimes, a sci-fi horror movie about dangerous Australian wildlife, and a documentary about a local dragon boat racing crew are among 11 projects to share in $100,000 of funding through the ACT Screen Arts Fund in 2015.
Minister for the Arts Joy Burch announced the successful applicants [...]

“I’d better go, I’ve got the kids in the car”

By 9 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

First up, I’m a young fit adult who does regular exercise through cycling throughout the year, including through the hottest parts of Summer. I have no particular predisposition to heatstroke.
The following events happened on Wednesday as a prelude to the topic of this discussion.
I met with a friend for Lunch, and was heading into work [...]

ACT Fuel Watch fighting for fairer petrol prices

By 9 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Tired of paying more for petrol than their Sydney counterparts, a group of Canberrans are using social media to take the fight for fairer petrol prices into their own hands.
The group created ACT Fuel Watch, a Facebook page that monitors petrol prices in the territory and surrounds, on Sunday evening (4 January 2015). In just [...]

South Tuggeranong traffic flow arrangements update

By 8 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ESA has announced further enhancements to traffic flow arrangements in South Tuggeranong following implementation of new measures in the last 24 hours.
This follows a meeting of officials from the ESA, TAMS, ACT Policing and the building contractors at lunchtime today.
For the peak period this afternoon the operation of the temporary traffic lights right near [...]

New traffic flow measures for South Tuggeranong announced

By 8 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Roads ACT in conjunction with ACT Policing, the ESA and the South Tuggeranong Fire & Rescue project contractor will implement the following measures to help alleviate the traffic congestion being created by road works during morning and afternoon peak periods.
From today Woodcock Drive will became two lanes (one way only) for northbound traffic from Jim [...]

eBook Library lets students read anywhere, anytime

By 7 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today launched the eBook Library, a new online resource for ACT public school students and teachers.
“The eBook Library provides students and teachers with access to eBooks and audio books via the secure ACT schools online resource portal – the Digital Backpack,” Ms Burch said.
“This allows them to access [...]

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