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Man in court after spitting incident

By 18 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 21-year-old man from NSW will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Thursday, 18 December) charged with common assault and driving whilst disqualified after an incident in Tuggeranong on Monday (December 15).
Police will allege that the victim had been driving his car on Isabella Drive on Monday evening around 8.30pm when a vehicle in front [...]

Automotive places open over xmas holidays?

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Just curious if anyone knows of any mechanics that are open over the christmas holidays? I urgently need work done to my car, preferrably in the next two weeks.
Cheers guys!

Police search intensifies for missing Chisholm man

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing are still appealing for the public’s assistance to help locate missing man Stuart Heddle, who went missing from his Chisholm home on the morning of Saturday, 13 December.
We have been advised that Stuart left his home on foot on the morning of Saturday 13 December at approx 7.30am to go to water polo [...]

ActewAGL reminds the community to keep away from damaged or vandalised electricity infrastructure

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ActewAGL is asking people to keep away from and report damage to electrical infrastructure, which poses a threat to public safety.
As we approach the holiday season this reminder is even more important with children out and about on school holidays.
ActewAGL General Manager Network Services, Rob Atkin, said “It’s important that the community understands the dangers [...]

Taxi drivers stealing phones

By 17 December 2014

After enjoying a sensible night in Civic a little while ago now, and before I had met my beautiful fiancé, I had an incident with a lovely lady, a devious taxi driver, and my phone.
I remember being happily driven to an abode which was not mine at about 2am. Unexpectedly, and not by my volition, [...]

One Canberra reference group members announced

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
John Hargreaves, Azra Khan and Joy Burch 1

Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch today announced the final membership of the reference group tasked with overseeing actions to promote community harmony identified at the landmark One Canberra Symposium.
“The tragic, criminal events in Sydney have underscored the importance of maintaining a socially cohesive community, where people of [...]

Boundless Canberra Receives $10,000

By 17 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Elaine Stanford and Sandie Parkes (coowners of The Green Shed) presented a cheque for $10,000 to Lisa Salerno of Boundless Canberra last week.
The Green Shed accepts a range of unwanted items that can be resold, such as books, furniture, bikes, clothing, gardening items and sporting goods, preventing a huge amount of perfectly good items going [...]

Local leaders – Nip Wijewickrema (GG’s Flowers)

By 17 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Nip GG's Flowers

Since founding socially sustainable florist GG’s Flowers with stepmum Geetha and sister Gayana earlier this year, Nip Wijewickrema has made it her mission to promote local businesses that employ people with special needs.
“My sister Gayana is 15 and has Down Syndrome. We see that it can be hard and that businesses are less likely to [...]

Police investigate suspicious package in Barton

By 16 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is investigating a suspicious package located in the canteen area of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Barton this afternoon (Tuesday, December 16).
About 1.45pm, ACT Policing received the report of the suspicious package at DFAT on John McEwen Crescent.
ACT Policing provided a coordinated response and cordoned the area as a [...]

Venture out after dark for Enlighten 2015

By 16 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Enlighten will breathe light, colour and movement into Canberra after dark from 27 February to 7 March with a world-class program of events including two Australian premieres.
Now in its fifth year, Enlighten will transform the Parliamentary Triangle into a dazzling arts precinct featuring free entertainment and the event’s trademark architectural projections, which will illuminate six [...]

Year 12 students recognised for excellence

By 16 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

More than 100 Year 12 students have been recognised for their academic achievements and extra-curricular activities and community service at the annual Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) Recognition of Excellence Awards.
A total of 104 students were honoured at a ceremony yesterday, where Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch congratulated all Year 12 students [...]

Total fire ban declared in the ACT tomorrow

By 15 December 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 Tuesday 16 December, 2014 to 11:59pm Tuesday 16 December, 2014.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting hot and north westerly winds tomorrow with a predicted temperature of 34 [...]

Man bitten during Dickson assault

By 15 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault in Dickson on Friday 12 December.
At around 11:30pm, three males walked through the laneway leading from Trinity Bar towards Woolley Street in Dickson. At the end of the laneway an intoxicated man approached them and a fight ensued.
The fight resulted in one man attending The Canberra Hospital [...]

Meet Julia Gillard at Paperchain

By 15 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 23 December 2014 at 2:00 pm; ]

Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard will be signing copies of her book My Story on Tuesday December 23 between 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Paperchain.

‘I was prime minister for three years and three days. Three years and three days of resilience. Three years and three days of changing the nation. Three years and three days for [...]

Another FREE Seminar on the ACT’s new asbestos laws

By 15 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

As the first seminar on this subject on 19 January is fully booked, a second FREE seminar will provide participants with information regarding the ACT’s new asbestos laws, which take effect on 1 January 2015.
Participants will receive an overview of a range of matters, including:

Changes to the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 to encompass [...]

Casey Market Town – Start of Development

By 15 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Newly sworn Chief Minister Andrew Barr undertook his second official role at the Casey 4 Estate in Gungahlin. Back in October 2012 he, as Treasurer, joined with the then Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, to celebrate the start of development of the subdivision. There are now over 200 houses constructed and occupied in the Estate.
Last Friday, [...]

Katy Gallagher – Her time in the sun

By 15 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

As a former colleague of Katy Gallagher and Andrew Barr, I was asked what it was about Katy’s reign as Chief Minister which made it so good (in the opinion of the questioner).
I guess the word I used is apt. It was “stability”. In my time and in the past two years by [...]

Baby found safe and well, man still missing – Wollongong

By 14 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A nine-week-old baby missing since this morning (Sunday, 14 December) has been found safe and well in NSW.
The baby is believed to be unharmed and is currently undergoing routine medical checks. His family have been notified.
The father of the child, Garry Gordon is still missing and NSW Police and ACT Policing hold concerns for his [...]

Missing man from Chisholm

By 14 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is appealing for the public’s assistance to help locate missing man Stuart Heddle from Chisholm.
He left his home on foot yesterday morning (Saturday 13 December) about 7.30am to go to water polo but did not show up and has not been seen or heard from since.
The 39-year-old is described as 6’ tall [...]

Official opening of the Woden Specialist Medical Centre

By 14 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Health, Simon Corbell, yesterday officially opened the new Woden Specialist Medical Centre, which will further enhance Canberra’s specialist and allied health care options.
“The new Woden Specialist Medical Centre brings together three leading organisations – orthopaedics ACT, National Capital Diagnostic Imaging and Flex Out Physiotherapy Canberra, all in one central and convenient location,” Mr [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 14 December 2014 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: $2,450,000
Lowest Price: $159,000
Average Sale Price: $631,043
2,770 properties currently for sale
57 sales properties had price reductions
113 properties went under offer
121 properties SOLD!
103 properties have come onto the market
61 properties [...]

Abduction alert

By 14 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Police were alerted at 5.40am this morning (14 December) to an alleged abduction of a nine-week old baby by his father from a house in O’Malley.
Garry Gordon is 25-years-old and described as 6’4” tall (193cm), 140kg, short curly red hair, wearing a dark coloured hoody. He may be driving a 1993 grey Ford Falcon Sedan [...]

Road resealing on Ipswich Street today

By 14 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ipswich Street closure map

The ACT Government wishes to advise that Ipswich Street in Fyshwick, between Barrier Street and Canberra Avenue, will be closed for resealing today, Sunday 14 December 2014.
Following consultation with local businesses, the work has been scheduled for a Sunday so as to minimise inconvenience.
The following alternative routes will be in place between 7 am and [...]

Third man to face court over decade-old robbery

By 12 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 59-year-old Jerrabomberra man will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning over an aggravated robbery in Mawson 10 years ago.
Police will charge the man with aiding and abetting the May 2004 aggravated robbery of an armoured security van which had been collecting weekend takings from The Mawson Club in Mawson.
The robbery occurred around [...]

Canberra’s electricity prices are Australia’s lowest, and falling

By 12 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT’s electricity prices remain the lowest in the country according to the Australian Energy Market Commission’s 2014 Residential Electricity Price Trends report, released yesterday.
Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said the report, which sets out expected price movements from 2014/15 to 2016/17, shows electricity prices in the capital are set to fall a further [...]

BrodDogs now open in Braddon

By 12 December 2014
broddogs braddon

One of Canberra’s most loved food vans, BrodDogs, has found a new home on Braddon’s Lonsdale Street.
The bright-red gourmet hotdog van (a renovated version of the old Brodburger caravan), officially opened for business at urban village The Hamlet this week.
Owner Joelle Bou-Jaoude says she’s excited that BrodDogs has joined Braddon’s rapidly growing food van community, [...]

A Look Around Canberra: McKellar

By 12 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

This week I thought I’d head up to the Belconnen area of Canberra, or as it’s known to some: Belco. With all the news stories on Bronwyn Bishop kicking record numbers of Labor MPs out of the House of Representatives in the last week of Parliament I thought it fitting to check out the suburb [...]

Canberra elevated to another level

By 12 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The first Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Canberra will open its doors on Friday, 12th of December allowing residents of the ACT to defy gravity. The $2.5 million trampoline park, which occupies 1800m2 of Westfield Belconnen, is taking trampoline parks to another level.
Sky Zone Belconnen will be the first trampoline park in Australia to [...]

Andrew and Simon – an exercise in Destiny

By 12 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

The inevitability of this team of Andrew Barr and Simon Corbell had its genesis way back when they were both students. They were both leading lights in their paddock of the Young Labor Right and Left.
They were adversaries at the Annual Labor Conference battlefields of the 1990s and both emerged as mature political [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 11/12/14

By 11 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Barr, it was time.
Last week this humble columnist wrote a piece titled ‘Barr, it’s time’. Well, the day after Riotact published it, Barr’s time had come. The last week has been an historic and tumultuous week for ACT politics. With Katy Gallagher announcing her resignation as Chief Minister and her candidature for one of the [...]

Frontline ambulance staff graduate today

By 11 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, has congratulated 22 members of the ACT Ambulance Service who will graduate at a special ceremony at the ACT Emergency Services Agency Training Centre in Hume at 11am today.
“It is wonderful to recognise all of today’s graduates who have worked hard in their respective areas of study, [...]

Weapons and drugs seized after Bonner warrant

By 11 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing General Duties members from Gungahlin and Belconnen Police Station executed a search warrant on a house in Bonner yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, 10 December).
Around 5:30pm, police executed the search warrant at the Bonner house. During the search, officers located and seized a number of hydroponically grown cannabis plants, illicit human growth hormones, an [...]

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