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The quiet and important work of official visitors

By 17 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I was reminded last sitting week, with the tabling of the first report from the Homelessness Official Visitor, of the importance of Governments having in place mechanisms to hold them to account. The media, the crossbench and the Opposition, and NGO’s all play a part in casting an eye over the operation of Government, but [...]

Positive response to next stage of ‘Mr Fluffy’ buyback

By 17 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

More than 300 homeowners have already registered to have their homes valued as part of the ACT Government’s buyback program for houses affected by loose fill ‘Mr Fluffy’ asbestos insulation.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said the registration of almost a third of homeowners (318 out of 1021) by close of business on Friday was a positive [...]

Drunk driver leaves trail of destruction

By 17 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing apprehended a 47-year-old Harrison man for impaired driving after his vehicle collided with several objects in Franklin yesterday (Sunday November 16).
About 5:15pm, police attended Petherick Street, Franklin, following a report of a single vehicle collision. Police located a heavily damaged black Honda Jazz and a 300 metre trail of car parts and damage [...]

House fire at Hughes

By 17 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Firefighters are working to extinguish a fire in a three bedroom house in Lynch Street, Hughes
Fire has engulfed the front part of the house and the roof of the house has collapsed.
No neighbouring structures are under threat at this time.
Three fire pumpers are on scene with the Breathing Apparatus Support van and two fire [...]

15 calls for help following wet weather

By 16 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) has received a total of 15 calls for help today following the wet weather.
ACT SES volunteers and crews from ACT Fire & Rescue have attended to mostly leaking roofs and window sills across a widespread area of Canberra.
Minor damage reported only.
Residents who require storm or flood assistance can call [...]

Witnesses sought to aggravated robbery

By 16 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Cap worn by offender

ACT Policing is calling for witnesses after a man was beaten and robbed in Chifley in the early hours of Monday morning (10 November).
About 12.10am, a man was walking home from work when he was attacked at the intersection of Salmond Street and Riley Place, Chifley by three men and two women.
The man was [...]

Temporary closure on Manuka Circle next week

By 16 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that Manuka Circle (northbound) between Oxley Street and New South Wales Crescent in Griffith will be closed from 9 am to 4 pm on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 November 2014.
This closure is to allow for asphalt resurfacing works associated with the Manuka Oval [...]

Significant progress on delivery of Secure Mental Health Unit

By 15 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Construction of a new Secure Mental Health Unit is one step closer following the announcement by Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher today that Richard Crookes Construction Pty Ltd has been appointed as the head contractor for the project.
“The Secure Mental Health Unit is the missing part of the mental health network in [...]

Reduced red tape for ACT businesses

By 15 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Businesses in Canberra that sell low-risk foods or pose a low risk to community health including hairdressers and boarding houses are set to benefit from new rules that will reduce red tape and business costs Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher announced yesterday.
“The government is looking closely across a range of areas to [...]

Drugs seized in postal intercept

By 15 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has seized 50 grams of cocaine after intercepting a package on Thursday (13 November) with the help of Australia Post.
Three search warrants were executed on Friday (14 November) in Lyneham, O’Connor and Ainslie which resulted in the seizure of cannabis and electronic equipment.
A 22-year-old man from Ainslie and a 23-year-old man from Scullin [...]

War memorabilia returned to owners

By 14 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has recovered and returned precious war memorabilia, including medals and a 70-year-old war diary which had been stolen during a home burglary in May 2014.
On 16 May, Scott Pearsall returned to his house in Pearce to find he had been burgled, with several items missing including his cherished WWII memorabilia.
The items included one [...]

Significant Canberrans honoured in the heart of the city

By 14 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
2014 Honour Walk Recipients

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today announced eight high profile Canberrans including sporting champions, community leaders and former chief ministers will be added to the ACT Honour Walk in Civic.
“It is a great privilege to honour eight Canberrans whose contributions to this city will be immortalised in the ACT Honour Walk,” the Chief Minister said.
“Women’s basketball [...]

Canberra Business Chamber launch

By 14 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Last night, a new organisation called Canberra Business Chamber launched at Hotel Realm at their Inaugural Gala Dinner. Canberra Business Chamber resulted from the coming together of Canberra Business Council and the ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The new organisation has launched with a bang, they released a new brand, a new [...]

$966,000 for Key Arts Organisations

By 14 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Five organisations will share in more than $960,000 in 2015 Key Arts Organisation Funding through the ACT Arts Fund, Minister for the Arts Joy Burch announced today.
“Ausdance ACT, Belconnen Arts Centre, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres, Megalo Print Studio and Gallery and Warehouse Circus will receive funding through the Key Arts Organisation category,” Ms Burch [...]

Just for ‘Movember’ Bulk Billed Men’s Health Consultations

By 14 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

‘Movember’ is a global initiative raising awareness of men’s health issues. Drs. Dawda and Harrison are delighted to be offering a bulk-billed men’s health consultation to new and existing patients throughout November.
This can be about heart and diabetes prevention, testicular or prostate cancer or anxiety and depression.
Don’t wait. Ring Ochre Health Bruce now and ask [...]

Increased Assembly representation

By 14 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

There has been some opposition to the notion of increasing the number of Assembly members here in the ACT and the writing of the new boundaries will resurrect those opposed to an increase.
We should note that we have a similar population as Tasmania and a more robust economy. But in Tasmania, there are five [...]

TOTAL FIRE BAN DECLARED in the ACT tomorrow with a SEVERE Fire Danger Rating forecast

By 13 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Emergency Services Agency Commissioner Dominic Lane has declared a Total Fire Ban for the whole of the ACT under Section 114 of the Emergencies Act 2004 from:
12:00am Friday 14 November, 2014 to 11:59pm Friday 14 November, 2014.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting Hot and windy conditions tomorrow with a predicted temperature of 35 degrees.
The [...]

October 2014 – Monthly Property Market Wrap

By 13 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

An unseasonable burst of activity during October has set this month up to be a busy one!
Despite low consumer confidence and a high unemployment rate, the property market has been full of activity with both buyers and sellers busier than usual.
But is it still a renter’s market?
Confidence is down & unemployment is up
Australians are a [...]

Volunteer at the National Multicultural Festival

By 13 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Applications are now open for volunteer roles at the 2015 National Multicultural Festival, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Joy Burch said today.
“The National Multicultural Festival is our biggest, loudest and most fun celebration of Canberra’s amazingly diverse communities,” Ms Burch said.
“The volunteers are one of the main reasons for the festival’s success – helping to run [...]

Police investigate suspicious package in Holder

By 13 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious package located at the front gate of a child care centre in Holder this morning (Thursday, November 13).
About 7.55am, ACT Policing received the report of the suspicious package at the YMCA Early Learning Centre (ELC) on Dixon Drive.
ACT Policing provided a coordinated response and cordoned the area as a [...]

Public Talk: Building the world’s biggest telescope

By 13 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 2 December 2014 at 5:30 pm; ] The Square Kilometer Array (SKA) is one of the biggest and most ambitious global scientific projects ever conceived. Once completed, it will enable us to delve further into the Universe than we ever have before.

In this talk, CSIRO astronomer Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith will kick off our Frontiers of Science Conference on astronomy by describing what [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 13/11/14

By 13 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Pork barrelling: the Feds hit Canberra again
250 public service jobs will be pork barrelled off to Victoria to help Premier Denis Napthine maintain his first-term government. Within a month of the state election it was announced that, in spite of the Australian Bureau of Statistics already losing 350 staff due to redundancies, the 250 ABS [...]

Man extradited from WA on sexual assault offences

By 13 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has extradited a 28-year-old man from Perth last night (Wednesday, November 12) in relation to sexual assault offences which occurred in August this year.
On Monday (November 10) Western Australian Police arrested the man on an ACT First Instant warrant. The man appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday where his extradition [...]

Pedestrian being treated following collision

By 12 November 2014

ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS) intensive care paramedics are currently on scene on West Row, City treating a 27-year-old male following a pedestrian collision.
The patient is conscious and alert and is being treated for hip pain.
The ACTAS will shortly take the patient to The Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.
(ESA Media Release)

Philanthropic trust to improve natural environment

By 12 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new trust, established with the assistance of Greening Australia Capital Region, that will encourage private investment and donations to improve the natural environment of the ACT and region will be launched today by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell.
“It is fantastic to see our local private sector contributing to the continued need to maintain [...]

Lyneham oval land grab: Private Sport on Public land?

By 12 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Leasing of public land for development without community consultation?
Removing Public land so a Private School can build a “Community Facility” the community will have to pay to use?
Development Application: 201426427
Period for representations closes: 19/11/2014

Government calls for public views on use and sale of ‘e-cigarettes’

By 12 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Options to reduce the appeal of personal vaporisers, or e-cigarettes, that include a ban on sales to persons under 18 years of age and restrictions on where they can be used have been released for public discussion by the Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher.
The discussion paper on the sale and use of [...]

The human body – the final frontier?

By 12 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 26 November 2014 at 1:00 pm; ] Want to hear about a rainbow band-aid that can diagnose skin cancer and how ecstasy causes brain hypothermia? Come along!

Despite hundreds of years of advances, the highly complex workings of the human body are still largely a mystery. A group of researchers at a new ARC Centre of Excellence are aiming to change all that.

They [...]

Government tests its emergency response

By 12 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

As Canberra prepares to host several high-profile sporting events, the Government will conduct an emergency preparedness exercise today Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell has announced.
“The ACT Government has recognised the need to be well coordinated and practiced ahead of the major world sporting events that will come to the nation’s capital in [...]

OMG … Bookplate (and Paperplate) …

By 12 November 2014

…at the National Library went into liquidation on Monday.

Local Leaders – Peter and Michael Harrington (Sage and Akiba restaurants)

By 12 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Akiba team

Brothers Peter and Michael Harrington, co-owners of Sage Dining Rooms in Braddon and the soon-to-open Akiba restaurant in Civic, have a passion for good food and hard work.
They grew up in the kitchens of their parents’ many Canberra restaurants, and started working as kitchen hands on the weekend at age ten.
“It was all we ever [...]

Bored Little Yappy Dogs…

By 11 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I am writing to the owners of all those yappy little Furballs that are kicked out of the house at 7-8am and don’t see their loving masters till 5pm.
Little dogs get bored when cooped up in the backyard all day and love to just yap yap yap yip yap at nothing all day. This is most troubling to [...]

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