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Were alternatives to light rail fully considered?

By 29 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Late last year a caller to 666 Chief Minister Talkback asked then Chief Minister Katy Gallagher why letters the caller had individually addressed to each Legislative Assembly member had not been received. Ms Gallagher’s response was that the letters were opened and forwarded to the appropriate minister, as per standard practice.
These letters each contained technical information on an [...]

Local leaders – Benjamin Shine

By 29 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Artist and designer Benjamin Shine hasn’t had much sleep in the past week. He’s spent up to 14 hours per day creating large-scale tulle portraits (pictured above) and three-dimensional sculptures for his first ever Australian exhibition, on display now at the Canberra Centre.
“I’ve worked with a lot of fashion brands overseas, and what they’re doing [...]

Traffic infringement notice scam

By 28 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Australian Federal Police has taken to Facebook to warn users of a recent traffic infringement notice scam.
According to the AFP, scammers claiming to be police are asking people to pay traffic infringement notices via email (see image below). This is a scam.
Do not pay any money and do not click any attachments or links. [...]

Canberra women rewarded for aspiring ideas

By 28 April 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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A social justice radio show, a school holiday music program and a website that aims to increase female sports participation are just a few of the Canberra-based projects that have received Great Ydeas Small Grants from YWCA Canberra this morning.
From YWCA Canberra’s media release:
Six Canberra women were this morning awarded Great Ydeas Small Grants by [...]

Kangaroo culls – Do we have the right to protest?

By 28 April 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over 2400 kangaroos will be shot this year as part of an ACT government cull – up almost 1000 on last year’s numbers. Earlier this week it was revealed that the licence authorising the latest cull allows for the shooting of 5000 animals over two years, which also includes shooting in reserves close to residential [...]

Why two-up should be legalised

By 28 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I think gambling is great fun… especially that game so indelibly etched in the Australian psyche: two-up.
Yet it has always struck me as an injustice (and a belittling insult) that although two-up is illegal 364 days of the year, clubs and casinos are permitted to profit from the loss and misery of the Australian public [...]

Police investigate suspicious fire in Red Hill

By 27 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Investigations are underway after ACT Policing attended a fire in Red Hill yesterday (Sunday, 26 April).
ACT Fire and Rescue and police arrived at a unit in Discovery Street around 9:30pm and found the rear carport on fire.
ACT Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire with damage estimated to be valued at $50,000. No other units in [...]

Advertising agency Nation opens Canberra office

By 27 April 2015
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Adelaide-based advertising agency Nation Creative has expanded into Canberra, hiring four local employees and opening an office on Allara Street.
Here’s the media release:
Four members of the ex-Grey Advertising Canberra office represent the foundation for the ACT market’s newest advertising agency – NATION.
John Attard, Phil Selby, Julia Unwin, and Gabrielle D’Ambrosio were left without jobs when Grey [...]

Proportional representation – Xanadu

By 27 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Anyone see John Warhurst’s article in last week’s Crimes? It was on voting reform. He made a number of good points.
One was that the report from the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM) was just released and it would be probably only of interest to “the smallish number of people who find electoral matters riveting.” [...]

Serious collision at Dickson over weekend

By 27 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing attended a serious collision between a pedestrian and a car at the intersection of Northbourne Avenue and Antill Street in Dickson on Saturday night (25 April).
About 10.50pm a car turned right from Mouat Street Lynham, then proceeded southbound along Northbourne Avenue when a pedestrian ran out on to the road from Antill Street.
The pedestrian [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 27 April 2015 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: $1,480,000
Lowest sale: $160,000
Average sale: $585,681 (+ 5.04%)
2480 properties currently for sale
53 sales properties had price reductions
103 properties went under offer
125 properties SOLD!
159 properties have come onto the market
7 properties [...]

Witnesses sought to aggravated robbery in Kaleen

By 26 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the BWS liquor store in Kaleen on Friday night (24 April).
About 6.45pm, two men entered the store on Georgina Crescent, carrying large kitchen knives and threatening two staff members who were working at the time.
The men demanded money and assaulted one of the staff members [...]

Man extradited from Batemans Bay following murder

By 24 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A 27-year-old Bruce man has been extradited from New South Wales after members from ACT Policing travelled to Batemans Bay this morning (Friday, April 24).
A warrant was sworn for the man’s arrest in the ACT today for the murder of Daniela D’Addario.
An application for the man’s extradition was made to the Bateman’s Bay Magistrates Court [...]

Man arrested after body found in car in Bermagui

By 24 April 2015
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ACT Policing is seeking the extradition of a 27-year-old Bruce man from New South Wales today (Friday, April 24). Members from ACT Policing are travelling to Batemans Bay this morning following a warrant being sworn in the ACT for the man’s arrest for the alleged murder of Daniela D’Addario.
NSW Police arrested the man after the [...]

Nishi wins International Project of the Year at 2015 Building Awards

By 23 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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New Acton’s Nishi building has been awarded International Project of the Year at the 2015 Building Awards in London, according to the NewActon Precinct’s Facebook page.
Designed by internationally renowned architects Fender Katsalidis and Arup, Nishi beat projects in Hong Kong, Norway, Switzerland and the Middle East to take out the title.
The Building Awards are the United Kingdom’s [...]

Woman’s body found in car at Bermagui

By 23 April 2015
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Police are understood to be investigating whether the body of a woman discovered in a car in Bermagui overnight is that of missing Canberra woman Daniela D’Addario.
Daniela, 35, was reported missing earlier this week along with Canberra man Josaia (Joey) Vosikata, 27.
At about 8.30pm last night (Wednesday 22 April 2015), police stopped a car on [...]

Concerns for missing Canberra couple

By 22 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has concerns for the welfare of Daniela D’Addario, a 35-year-old woman and Josaia (Joey) Vosikata, a 27-year-old man, both missing since Monday, 20 April 2015.
The couple was reported missing to police by concerned family members of Daniela on Monday afternoon after being unsuccessful in contacting her over the weekend.
Police believe that the couple [...]

Have your say on the ACT Arts Policy Framework

By 22 April 2015

[ 23 April 2015 at 12:00 pm; ] Minister for the Arts Joy Burch has called on Canberra’s arts community to register for tomorrow’s public forum on the review of the ACT Arts Policy Framework.  
Minister Burch’s office has released the following information:

“artsACT is looking for feedback from the community on the current ACT Arts Policy Framework, and the forum on Thursday provides those with [...]

Local leaders – Caitlan Hatley (The Kai Hatley Foundation)

By 22 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra mum Caitlan Hatley has started a foundation to help find a treatment for her seriously ill son, Kai.
Four-year-old Kai was diagnosed with rare genetic disorder Mecp2 duplication syndrome in 2010. The syndrome causes intellectual impairment, neurological regression, seizures, low muscle tone and recurrent respiratory infections, and around half of those diagnosed will not live [...]

Recognise this Greenway flasher?

By 21 April 2015
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ACT Policing is seeking to identify a man who indecently exposed himself in Greenway on Saturday 4 April.
Around 6pm the male offender who was riding a black mountain bike, approached a woman on the bike path near De Little Circuit in Greenway. He was indecently exposing himself and conducting an indecent act in front of [...]

Former Canberrans to open Sydney gin distillery

By 21 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Two former Canberrans with a love for gin have made their dream of opening a small distillery in Sydney a reality. 
Like many young Canberrans, Griffin Blumer and Jesse Kennedy moved to Sydney’s Inner West in their early twenties. They are now opening a small gin distillery, Poor Toms, in Marrickville, and hope to release their first batch [...]

Time to end greyhound racing in the ACT

By 21 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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On 16 February 2015,  ABC’s Four Corners program aired a report showing video footage of live baiting practices in greyhound racing across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
Not since Four Corners exposed the horrific treatment of Australian cattle in Indonesian abattoirs in 2011 has a single news report on animal welfare had such a significant impact. Within days of the program going [...]

Roof ripped off Canberra Avenue building

By 21 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra’s wild weather has ripped off part of a building’s roof overnight.
Firefighters are using the Bronto Aerial Unit to assess damage to the building. ACT Fire & Rescue units are also working to remove part of the roof which landed on Canberra Avenue near the Wentworth Avenue and Sturt Avenue roundabout.
Crews will remain on scene [...]

Do you recognise this person?

By 20 April 2015
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ACT Policing is seeking public assistance in identifying a man who may be involved in the theft of a set of keys from a taxi earlier this month.
About 3:50am on Friday 10 April 2015 a set of keys was taken from a taxi whilst it was warming up in the morning, before the owner started [...]

Throsby declared cat containment area

By 20 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The soon-to-be-built Gungahlin suburb of Throsby will be a total cat containment area, Minister Shane Rattenbury has announced today.
Cat owners in the area will need to ensure their cats are confined to the premises at all times, either by keeping cats inside the house or creating a purpose-built enclosure.
Under legislation, cats found roaming in containment areas [...]

Pain in the brain: the overlap between physical, social and empathy for pain

By 20 April 2015
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[ 9 June 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Come and join us at the Academy of Science for our public lecture series, Science stars of tomorrow.

This month: Pain in the brain: the overlap between physical, social and empathy for pain.
“Only time can heal your broken heart, just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs.” – Miss Piggy
When we think about [...]

Kids in detention camps – crazy!

By 20 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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In 1952, when I was three, my parents emigrated from England to Australia and we went to a migrant hostel in Bonegilla in Victoria; later we went to other hostels at Bradfield Park and East Hills in Sydney.
My memories are varied of this time but I’ll share with you some of them.
I remember living in [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 19 April 2015 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: $1,952,500
Lowest sale: $108,000
Average sale: $557,567 (+ 8.76%)
2657 properties currently for sale
52 sales properties had price reductions
99 properties went under offer
123 properties SOLD!
173 properties have come onto the market
44 properties [...]

Car park scratch scammers in Canberra

By 18 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Reader Windblane has submitted the below information following what he believes may be indicative of a wider car park scratch scam in Canberra.
Here’s the scam: Targeted at women on their own who are possibly likely to be intimidated. They park their car, get some shopping, when they come back an irate woman comes over and says “you scratched [...]

Witnesses sought in Gordon homicide investigation

By 17 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As part of its ongoing enquiries into the homicide of a 28-year-old woman in Gordon on March 17, ACT Policing is seeking to contact three to four men who may be able to assist the investigation.
Police have received information that on Tuesday, March 17 sometime between 1am and 3am, three to four young males and [...]

Canberra filmmaker Hollywood bound

By 17 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra filmmaker Christian Doran is on his way to Hollywood this week after receiving the Judges’ Choice Award in the Nova Employment – Focus on Ability Short Film Competition.
The prize is worth $10,000 and includes six weeks of accommodation in the Hollywood Hills, introductions to key industry players and learning from other Australians who have had success [...]

hs.hact.io teaching ACT high schoolers to code

By 17 April 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 17 April 2015 to 19 April 2015. ]

Howdy Rioters.

My name is Matt and I’m the General Manager of the Entry 29 coworking space in Civic. Tomorrow through Sunday we are putting on an event where volunteers from Canberra’s tech community are helping high school students prototype their first website, mobile app, videogame, 3D Artwork, or 3D Printed object.

We have 40 volunteers helping [...]

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