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Chamber lauds budget focus on business

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Robyn Hendry, Canberra Business Chamber

Canberra Business Chamber has commended the ACT government’s focus on business in the  2016–17 budget and believes the private sector can play a larger role in getting the ACT back in the black.
Chamber chief executive officer Robyn Hendry said the increase in the payroll tax threshold from $1.85 million to $2 million was good for [...]

Smyth accuses Barr of hypocrisy over culture cuts

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Brendan Smyth

Shadow arts minister Brendan Smyth says it is hypocritical of chief minister Andrew Barr to slam federal government cuts to national institutions while making his own to ACT cultural institutions.
But arts minister Chris Bourke vehemently rejected the charge, describing it as inept at best, and at worst, “a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts”.
Smyth said: “It should be a [...]

Currong Flats come tumbling down

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Currong Flats

There’s a dinosaur like beast-machine attacking the Currong Flats and the former public housing buildings are tumbling, chunk by chunk, to the ground.

The serious phase of the wrecking is now underway, some months after notices first appeared outside the Ainslie Avenue complex alerting passers by to the impending demolition.

All bonded and friable asbestos was due [...]

Barr’s budget: no free rides for Canberra’s poorest

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
A lonely bus stop in Oaks Estate

The Barr Government’s announcement yesterday of a free City Loop bus in Civic highlights the utter contempt and disregard shown to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Canberra residents.
Oaks Estate, the government’s own ghetto, continues to have no ACTION bus whatsoever, free or not. But Civic, already saturated with ACTION bus routes providing abundant access will [...]

Ransomware email scam targeting AGL Energy customers

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
billscam

An email has been going around recently, purporting to be from energy company AGL, that represents a fake bill, then sends you to a fake webpage to download a copy. What you get instead is a .zip file that when opened, encrypts your entire machine and prevent you from using it until a ransom is [...]

Boy dies after alleged stabbing near Wagga

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

A teenage boy has died after being found with multiple injuries at Kooringal, near Wagga Wagga, overnight.
About 8pm yesterday, police and emergency services were called to Acacia Street, Kooringal, responding to reports of a stabbing.
On arrival, officers found a 16-year-old teenage boy in a house suffering multiple injuries.
The boy was treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics [...]

Missing teen Brionee Scowcroft found safe and well

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Brionee Scowcroft

A teenage girl who had been missing since yesterday afternoon has been found safe and well after police put out a missing persons alert this morning.
The earlier alert read as follows:
Police seek assistance to locate missing teen
ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to locate a missing 15-year-old girl, Brionee Scowcroft (Wednesday, 8 June).
Brionee was [...]

Road and reserve closures in ACT

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
road closed detour

Update 3pm Tuesday
The ACT Government is advising motorists and other road users that Swamp Creek crossing on Fairlight Road is now closed due to flooding.
Orroral Road at the intersection with Boboyan Road has been reopened.
All unsealed reserve and forestry roads, such as fire trails and management roads, are now closed to the public due to [...]

Residential rates up only 4.5pc but levies on rise

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Homes

ACT home owners will be relieved to learn that residential rates will rise by 4.5 per cent rather than 8.75 per cent as flagged in the last Budget, however unit owners are set to contend with larger increases and all rate payers will face some unexpected hits to their hip pockets in the form of [...]

Economy, prudent management boost ACT Budget

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
MLAs

Canberra’s strengthening economy, prudent fiscal management and a bit of good luck have enabled the ACT Government to improve the expected budget deficit by $246 million this year.

ACT Budget at a glance

A combination of waning fiscal restraint by the Commonwealth, a broader revenue base due to more diversified economy and some strategic pre-election budget management [...]

Budget allocates $5m for Eastman retrial

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
david-eastman

The ACT Government will spend more than $5 million on the retrial of David Eastman for the murder of Colin Winchester and related proceedings in 2016-17 according to the ACT Budget papers.

ACT Budget at a glance

The Justice and Community Safety Directorate’s expenses in relation to the retrial will total $3,371,000, divided between ACT Courts costs [...]

Expanded Legislative Assembly to cost $3.3m

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
legislative-assembly

The ACT Government will spend an additional $3,306,000 on the Office of the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2016-17, reflecting the expansion of the Assembly from 17 to 25 members from 2016-17.

ACT Budget at a glance

The funding will cover Members, members’ staff salaries and on-costs as well as additional resources for Assembly Hansard production, security and [...]

Seniors card eligibility age to rise

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
seniors card

The ACT Government will increase the eligibility age for the Seniors Card from 60 to 65 over by 2025.

ACT Budget at a glance

The card is currently available to ACT residents aged 60 years or over who are retired or work less than 20 hours a week.
From July 1, 2017, the eligibility age will increase to [...]

ACT Budget 2016-17 at a glance

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ACT Budget

• A forecast return to balanced budgets in 2017-18 and 2018-19 with surpluses from 2019-20 onwards
• Budget position improved by $250 million in 2015-16
• Debt consistent with retaining a AAA credit rating
• Residential rates to rise by 4.5 per cent in 2016-17 and 7 per cent per year on average for the following five years
• [...]

New levy to fund family violence package

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Andrew Barr

Canberra residential and rural property owners will pay a Safer Families Levy of $30 per year on top of existing rates charges from July to fund a suite of family violence prevention initiatives in the territory.

ACT Budget at a glance

The Government’s $21.42 million Safer Families package forms one of the key components of the 2016/17 [...]

Police investigate aggravated robbery in Aranda

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Detectives are investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred on William Hovell Drive in Aranda on Monday night.
Police received reports at about 6pm of a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of William Hovell Drive and Coppings Crossing.
One of the vehicles was a red Suzuki Vitara, containing two males and one female.
Police also received reports from that [...]

Definitions of family and domestic violence broadened

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
law generic

Attorney-general Simon Corbell on Tuesday introduced legislation to the ACT Legislative Assembly aimed at broadening definitions of family and domestic violence and strengthening protections for victims.
Corbell said the legislation would reform the ACT’s legal framework for protecting people from domestic, family and sexual violence, and improve access to legal redress for victims.
“Responses to domestic and [...]

Federal Election public forum at Albert Hall

By 7 June 2016
cccact-june

[ 16 June 2016 at 7:00 pm; ]

Public Forum on 16th June 2016 to meet ACT candidates for the Federal Election.

Hear the Candidates’ views about:

what should be the national responsibilities for planning in the ACT; and
preserving the unique characteristics of Canberra as the nation’s capital.

Questions could cover:

location of Federal departments in relation to impacts on town centres, employment, transport and parking;
impact of [...]

Car sharing in the capital

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Popcar_04

What is car sharing? It’s having a car available to you where you need it when you need it. Car sharing has been in Sydney and other capitals for several years and has now arrived in the ACT with the newest Australian car sharing company, Popcar.
Car sharing is a relatively new concept in the [...]

End age of entitlement

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Budget generic

This afternoon the ACT government will deliver the 2016 budget. As there is a local election in October will it be bland, even largely forgettable, like the cautious May federal budget, precursor to the July 2 election?
Or, more likely, will our local effort be directed at appeasing the voters, softening them up for the October [...]

$2.1 million to expand palliative care services

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Children in hospital

Children and their families needing palliative care will have access to a dedicated nurse as part of a $2.1 million investment over the next four years to expand services in the ACT.
Assistant health minister Meegan Fitzharris said palliative care was not just for the elderly; tragically, children also often needed such services.
“In this year’s budget [...]

Phillip traders maintain rage over paid parking

By 6 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
paid parking

The Phillip Business Community claims the ACT government lied to it about having a consultation process before installing paid parking metres in the Canberra suburb.
The community says it remains outraged over the government’s actions, saying the $45 weekly cost of parking ($9 per day) will represent almost 10% of an apprentice’s wage.
Local business owners and an apprentice interviewed last [...]

Budget to fund electric bus trial, 20 new buses, new City Loop

By 6 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ACTION bus

The ACT Government will allocate $17 million in tomorrow’s ACT Budget for transport services, including 20 new buses for the territory, a new city loop service, an electric bus trial, new services in Weston Creek and Molonglo and a Park & Ride facility in Wanniassa.
The spend will also cover the cost of improvements to the [...]

Kambah man, 37, dies in flood waters

By 6 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
police announcement

A 37-year-old Kambah man died late yesterday afternoon after the four-wheel drive utility he was driving overturned in fast-moving flood waters at Cotter Road, Coree.
A joint rescue effort was undertaken by AFP SRG Maritime water police, ACT State Emergency Services staff, ACT Ambulance Service staff and ACT Fire & Rescue officers, but severe weather conditions, [...]

November’s mean rainfall in one Canberra day

By 6 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
rain

In the last 24 hours, 64.6mm of rain has fallen in the ACT. That’s around the same as the mean rainfall for the entire month of November, the wettest month of the year on average.
While there are patches of blue in the distance this morning, showers continue and are forecast for every day this [...]

Creating a Cafe: The build is over … almost!

By 4 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
creating-cafe-logo

So my dad had left, it was now close to the end of December and we were in a mad scramble trying to book in our well-organized mess of tradies. Most tradesmen were kind enough to squeeze us into their busy schedule before the Christmas break; most of them had been contracted since the very [...]

642 million Tumblr, MySpace, Fling passwords stolen

By 3 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
hacker

Not even a fortnight has gone by since it was revealed that 177 million LinkedIn passwords had been made public, confirming that the 2012 breach of LinkedIn’s database had stolen effectively 98% of all users passwords from that time. The 177.5 million password hashes for 164.6 million users in the LinkedIn database reportedly align perfectly [...]

Kyrgios rules himself out of Olympics, blasts AOC

By 3 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Nick Kyrgios

Canberra tennis star Nick Kyrgios, who is ranked 19th in the world and number one in Australia, has announced this morning that he will not compete at the Rio Olympics, citing “unfair and unjust treatment” of him by the Australian Olympic Committee as a key reason.
AOC chef de mission Kitty Chiller has previously said Kyrgios is “on [...]

Campbell man, 18, on rape charge

By 3 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

An 18-year-old Campbell man will face court this morning, charged with sexual assault.
Police will allege the man sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman on Saturday (28 May), as she was sleeping.
The man was arrested by Criminal Investigations detectives yesterday, and was taken to the ACT Watch House, where he was charged with sexual intercourse without consent.
He [...]

2016 Keep Australia Beautiful, ACT Sustainable Communities Awards – NOW OPEN!

By 3 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
act-sc-awards

The ACT #SustainableCommunities Awards recognise excellence in environmental sustainability and community building in the Australian Capital Territory. These awards celebrate the innovation, hard work and achievements of individuals, community groups, businesses, and government who are taking positive steps towards improving their local environment. If you or someone you know is a leader in:

Community Action and [...]

Be prepared for big wet

By 2 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
leaves in gutter

ACT State Emergency Service chief officer Conrad Barr is urging all Canberrans to be prepared for the big wet that is forecast to mark the start of winter this weekend.
“Following what has been recorded as the driest autumn on record, rain is now expected to fall across Canberra until at least Sunday,” Barr said.
“Those beautiful leaves [...]

Top tips for getting more clients in Canberra

By 2 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
rachelziv

While helping a friend run a stand at Summernats in 2010, Rachel Ziv fell completely in love with Canberra. Coming from Sydney, and never having been here before, she was amazed by the lack of car fumes and pushy people, and delighted by the beauty, friendliness and abundance of services in a town that still [...]

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