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Ex-Fluffy contract worker raises looting allegations

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Mr Fluffy

UnionsACT is calling for the immediate suspension of all Mr Fluffy demolition work and contracts in light of allegations by an ex-worker that his former employer looted asbestos-tainted material from homes set for demolition.
UnionsACT and the CFMEU have called on the ACT Government to conduct an urgent inquiry into the allegations and to “initiate a [...]

Manuka Oval redevelopment scaled back

By 11 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Manuka development

The redevelopment of the Manuka Oval precinct will include fewer apartments than initially proposed and a promise by developers to protect heritage buildings, including the historic Manuka pool.
It was announced on Wednesday that plans to redevelop the area have been scaled back after community consultations by AFL club GWS Giants and developer Grocon.
Under the plan now being [...]

Mother, 39, allegedly rammed son, 7, with car at Batehaven

By 10 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Corrigans Reserve, Batehaven

A 39-year-old mother has been charged after yesterday allegedly ramming a car into her 7-year-old son twice at a reserve at Batehaven on the South Coast.
The woman was arrested at Corrigan’s Beach Reserve, Batehaven, where the incident allegedly occurred, and taken to Bateman’s Bay Police Station. She was later charged with attempted murder, assault occasioning [...]

Four-car crash near Hindmarsh/Monaro intersection, second collision on Monaro

By 10 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Car accident

ACT Fire & Rescue attended the scene of a four-car crash in Narrabundah during peak hour this morning.
Crews were alerted to the incident on Hindmarsh Drive near the Monaro Highway on ramp just after 8:55am.
Only minor damage was reported with no injuries needing to be assessed.
Shortly after the earlier accident scene was cleared, RiotACT [...]

Union body calls for review of industrial manslaughter laws

By 9 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The failure to prosecute Schwing Australia over the death of Ben Catanzariti highlights serious limitations with industrial manslaughter laws, according to Canberra’s peak union body.
The ACT public prosecutor on Monday dropped the case against the multinational concreting company and an engineer over the death of Catanzariti in July 2012. He was killed when a faulty concrete pump boom collapsed on him at [...]

Dunne demands return of Belconnen bus services

By 9 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Vicki Dunne has demanded the ACT government restore Belconnen bus services in the interests of elderly residents.
The Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly and the Liberal member for Ginninderra tabled a petition on Monday calling for ACTION bus services and covered stops to be restored on Burkitt Street in Page.
Residents of nearby retirement villages relied on these [...]

Driver alert following oil spill in Fyshwick

By 9 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Warning sign

Motorists have been urged to drive with care following an oil spill on Barrier Street in Fyshwick.
ACT Fire & Rescue crews were called to the incident just before 1.30pm and used sand to cover and maintain the fuel on the road.
With wet weather continuing, Roads ACT has urged motorists to drive carefully along the 400-metre stretch, from the intersection [...]

Police name ACT’s worst intersections ahead of blitz on traffic controls

By 9 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Susan Ball

ACT Policing will focus its road safety efforts in May on the territory’s worst intersections for collisions and has released a top ten list to assist drivers in preventing such accidents in future.
More than half of all collisions on ACT roads occur at intersections, according to ACT Policing, with many drivers disregarding traffic controls such [...]

Dedicated paediatric areas open in ED at Canberra Hospital

By 9 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Paediatric area in Emergency Department

Children and their families attending the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department will have access to dedicated paediatric treatment and waiting areas from tomorrow.
ACT Health Minister Simon Corbell opened the facilities this morning, saying they would improve care of younger patients by providing a separate area with six patient beds, two consultation rooms and a private [...]

Southern entrance of Googong Foreshores closed

By 9 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Googong Foreshore

The ACT Government wishes to advise residents and visitors that the gate entrance off London Bridge Road at the southern entrance of Googong has been closed today, Monday 9 May 2016, meaning there is no vehicle access to the southern end of the Googong Foreshores.
The closure is the result of wet weather in the area [...]

Fire at Greenway tattoo store suspicious

By 9 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Tattoo Culture

ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious fire at the Tattoo Culture store in Greenway early this morning.
Around 2.55am police attended the store in Scollay Street, Greenway following reports of a fire.
ACT Fire and Rescue attended and extinguished the fire. At this stage the cost of the damage to the store is unknown.
AFP Forensic Services [...]

ACT entrepreneur wins big on Shark Tank

By 9 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
onthego-mick

Mick Spencer was the talk of the town last night as he took on a panel of shrewd investors on Channel Ten’s return of its hit show Shark Tank, walking away with $600,000 for his custom sportswear company ONTHEGO.
ONTHEGO, which was founded in 2011 from the 25-year-old’s parents’ garage in north Canberra, has quickly grown [...]

Witnesses to Gungahlin Lakes assault sought

By 6 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

ACT Policing is seeking to identify an offender following an assault at the Gungahlin Lakes Club on Monday 25 March 2016.
About 1.25am, two males were denied entry at the Club by a security guard. The security guard was then assaulted by the two males.
One of the males was restrained however the other fled on foot.
The [...]

Recycling excess plastic shopping bags?

By 6 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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With an election coming up (and the last article on this in 2014 on RA not yielding many decent suggestions) I thought this might be a good time to talk again about plastic bag recycling in the ACT.
A few years ago, we made the move to ban the old style non-decompostable plastic bags and rightly [...]

Awesome autumn – Lake Ginninderra walk

By 6 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Is there anywhere more lovely than Canberra in autumn?  If you’d like to experience some stunning leaf colour and pretty reflections, take a stroll by Lake Ginninderra. We’ve researched a walk that will appeal to everyone – and it’s pram friendly, child friendly and dog friendly too. Interested? Read on!
This little gem of a walk follows an easy 2.5 km, [...]

Ask RiotACT: Electrician for small job?

By 5 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I’ve just converted my garage into an office, and need an electrician to add a new powerpoint and data point. Can anyone recommend a reputable sparky who would do a small job like this, preferably this week?
Thanks!

Police seek witnesses to suspicious fires

By 5 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Suspicious fires

ACT Policing, ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service have identified a suspect in a relation to a series of suspicious fires lit in Canberra late last month and are calling for members of the public to come forward to assist with their joint investigation.
“To have people lighting fires in an around [...]

Founders sell Bus Depot Markets

By 5 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Old Bus Depot Markets

The Old Bus Depot Markets at Kingston have new owners, effective immediately, after co-founders Diane Hinds and Morna Whiting sold the business to Iconic Markets and Events Pty Ltd, headed up by Anthony Niravong.
Mr Niravong, who is managing director of Iconic Markets and Events, is a Canberra local who comes from a Lao and Thai [...]

Budget 2016 | Fee deregulation scrapped but universities still face big cuts

By 3 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Turnbull Government has abandoned full university fee deregulation but is still banking $2 billion in savings from higher education.
Scott Morrison’s maiden budget ditched the controversial proposal, citing community concerns and evidence about the financial impact on the FEE-HELP student loan scheme.  The proposal to allow universities to set their own course fees sparked claims [...]

Budget 2016 | ACT reaction

By 3 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Budget generic

At a glance
- Chief minister says more than 1000 public service jobs will be lost
- Business welcomes tax concessions, intern scheme
 
ACT chief minister Andrew Barr has slammed budget measures that will make nearly $2 billion in savings after the Coalition reneged on its pledge to scale back public service cuts from next year.
Mr Barr said [...]

Budget 2016 | Little joy for Canberrans

By 3 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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At a glance
- $2 billion cut from departmental budgets over four years
- No jobs growth for public sector
- No new infrastructure money for ACT
 
Scott Morrison on Tuesday delivered a cautious pre-election budget that offered Canberrans little to get excited about and further pain for the public service.
The ACT public sector will continue to bear a [...]

Budget 2016 | Morrison refuses to splash the cash

By 3 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Parliament House

The Turnbull Government resisted an election-eve pork barrel, opting instead for a modest suite of budget measures geared to avoid antagonising voters ahead of the July 2 poll.
Treasurer Scott Morrison’s first budget included tax relief for middle-income earners and small business.
But he told parliament on Tuesday night it was not the time to be “splashing money [...]

Marc Urlich, 43, pleads not guilty to accessory to murder charges

By 2 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Andrew Carville

A man who shares the same surname as the man accused of murdering Andrew Carville last November has pleaded not guilty in court this morning to charges he was an accessory to the murder after the fact.
Marc Urlich, 43, was charged in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning with assisting Milan Urlich, 28, between November [...]

Second arrest in Carville murder case

By 1 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Andrew Carville

A 43-year-old Victorian man will face the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday charged with accessory to murder.
The man was arrested yesterday as an accessory after the fact to the murder of 52-year-old Andrew Carville (pictured), whose remains were located in Majura on 19 November, 2015. This follows Wednesday’s arrest of 28-year-old Kaleen man Milan Urlich [...]

Police seek witnesses to ram raid in Calwell

By 29 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Police are seeking witnesses to an aggravated burglary at the Calwell Shopping Centre early on Friday.
Officers attended the Calwell Shopping Centre at about 5.45am after reports that two men in a silver Nissan Pulsar hatchback had intentionally collided with the Webber Crescent entry to the centre, causing significant damage.
The offenders then forced their way into Woolworths and [...]

Smart parking trial begins in Manuka

By 29 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Andrew Barr launching smart parking at Manuka.

Smart parking technology has been introduced in the busy retail precinct of Manuka.
The 12-month trial is designed to help ease traffic congestion and travel time by using real-time technology to help Canberrans drive directly to the nearest parking space.
Announcing the trial on Friday, ACT chief minister Andrew Barr said the scheme would help residents, local businesses [...]

Mariners and Phoenix to clash in Canberra

By 29 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Wellington mayor and Andrew Barr (2)

Canberra will host an A-League match between Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix later this year.
The clash at GIO Stadium is likely to take place in November in the early rounds of the 2016/17 season.
Canberrans have demonstrated an appetite for elite sports in recent years, especially football.
There were strong crowds at Canberra Stadium for the Asian Cup matches in January [...]

Police welcome 20 new officers to ranks

By 29 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT police graduates

ACT Policing has welcomed 20 new officers to its ranks following an attestation ceremony at the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Barton on Friday.
In the first attestation for this year, 18 men and two women were officially sworn in as constables in front of family and friends.
The new officers range in age from 23 to [...]

#BringThemHere snap protest in Braddon today

By 29 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Gillian Triggs

An unaffiliated group of Canberra citizens has organized a snap action protest at 12.30pm today outside the Department of Immigration & Border Protection in Braddon to call on the Australian Government bring asylum seekers from Manus Island and Nauru to be processed in the Australian community.
Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill announced yesterday that [...]

ACT to target 100% renewable power by 2020

By 29 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Simon Corbell

The ACT will target 100% renewable energy use by 2020, five years earlier than previously announced, cementing its position as a world leader in the commitment to renewables.
To meet the 100% target the government will expand its current large-scale renewable energy auction process from 109MW to 200MW, with additional capacity to be awarded subject to [...]

Giralang man, 20, arrested over carjacking attempt, hold-ups at Melba

By 29 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

ACT Policing arrested a 20-year-old man from Giralang yesterday for several offences that occurred in Melba late last year including an attempted car-jacking.
About 8am on Wednesday 30 December, 2015, two men armed with a knife and a pistol wearing dark clothing, gloves and balaclavas, attempted to highjack a car by threatening to stab and shoot [...]

Man extradited to NSW over alleged murder of partner

By 28 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

The man accused of bashing to death his former partner at Bundeena in Sydney’s south on the weekend has been extradited from Canberra to NSW.
Stephen James Boyd, 51, appeared before the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon wearing a neck brace and green tracksuit.
Crown prosecutor Shane Drumgold told the court NSW Police sought to extradite Boyd so [...]

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