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Controlled burns scheduled across ACT this week

By 23 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Controlled burn

A one hectare prescribed burn behind the Aranda shopping centre today is one of several ACT Parks and Conservation Service is conducting around the ACT this week.
Multiple prescribed burns will be conducted in Namadgi National Park, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and other areas across the ACT, including urban areas, over the coming weeks, weather permitting, according [...]

No charges to be laid against Burch staffer

By 22 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Rudi Lammers

Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers has this morning announced that following a three month evaluation of matters relating to the communication of confidential police information, no charges will be laid against the former Chief of Staff to ex-Minister for Police and Emergency Services Joy Burch.
The ACT Policing evaluation into the alleged handing of confidential information [...]

Brumbies board stands down CEO Michael Jones

By 21 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Michael Jones

The ACT Brumbies board has stood down the rugby union club’s CEO, Michael Jones, announcing the move via Facebook at 8.40pm tonight.
Mr Jones’s three-year appointment was to have run until January 2018.
The announcement follows a visit today to Brumbies HQ by Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver, reportedly to discuss with Brumbies chairman Rob Kennedy [...]

Rangers warn rabbit owners of viral cull near Gungahlin

By 21 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Rabbit

Gungahlin rabbit owners should consider vaccinating their pets or securing them in fly proof enclosures early this week as Government conservation staff will be using the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus to cull rabbits in the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary from this Thursday.
Ranger in Charge, ACT Parks and Conservation Service, Joel Patterson said the virus would [...]

Four hospitalised after Monash crash

By 21 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Accident site

A 65-year-old woman and three teenagers have been transported to The Canberra Hospital after a two-car crash in Monash this morning.
ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire & Rescue attended the scene of accident on the corner of Ashley Drive and Bugden Avenue just after 9am.
Four people were assisted from the vehicles by ambulance and rescue [...]

It’s time to change the rules around investment

By 21 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
plant growing out of coins with filter effect retro vintage style

It’s hard to do what you want with your money in Australia. It’s easy to spend it, but the ways you’re allowed to do so are really heavily restricted.
The way we think about money is based on a cash-based system. The way we spend it is based on handing money from one person to another, [...]

Homebuyers expo to showcase leaders in real estate

By 19 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
REIACT Home Buyers Expo 2016

Are you in the market for your first home? Or considering buying an investment property? Wondering whether you need a mortgage broker or not, or whether to buy a new or existing home, or an apartment off the plan?
The REIACT Home Buyers Expo is the place to be tomorrow if you’ve answered yes to any [...]

Police investigate Queanbeyan flat fire

By 19 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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NSW police are investigating a fire in a home unit in Erin Street, Queanbeyan last night. No one was injured in the blaze.
Queanbeyan Police and Fire Brigade staff were alerted to the fire at about 7.15pm by a caller who smelt smoke at the front of the apartment. No one was inside at the time [...]

Melanoma patients, supporters on the March

By 17 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Sharon Dei Rocini

If you remember the 1970s, you probably also recall the sight of sunbathers lathering themselves with suntan oil in a bid to become “brown as a berry”, back in the days before kids wore rashies at the beach and legionnaire hats to school, when pale skin was out and sunburn and peeling skin were a [...]

Barr denies MoU gives UnionsACT power of veto on procurement

By 16 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Andrew Barr

The Canberra Liberals say a document requiring the ACT Government to consult UnionsACT on all its procurement projects highlights the “extraordinary power and influence” unions have over the Government in the Territory, but Chief Minister Andrew Barr says it rather allows unions to alert the Government to possible wrongdoing by contractors.
A March 2015 Memorandum of [...]

Seniors’ ACTION trips free till Sunday for ACT Seniors Week

By 15 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ACT Seniors Week logo

Seniors Card holders can travel for free on ACTION buses until this Sunday as part of ACT Seniors Week.
Those with combined Seniors and MyWay cards must tag on and off as usual to ensure data is captured for transport planning purposes, but will not be charged. Those without the joint card should present their ACT [...]

Driver dies after vehicle hits wall in Campbell

By 15 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

An unidentified driver has died after a vehicle collided with a wall and caught fire at the intersection of Fairbairn Avenue and Mount Ainslie Drive in Campbell at around midnight last night.
ACT Policing is investigating the single vehicle collision after responding to a report of the incident at about 12am.
ACT Fire and Rescue were [...]

Narelle Hargreaves OAM takes out Canberra Citizen of the Year

By 13 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
2016 Citizen of the Year

Words by Olivia Congdon
Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA announced that Narelle Hargreaves OAM is the 2016 Canberra Citizen of the Year, on Friday at the Canberra Gold Awards ceremony. The ceremony took place at the Hellenic Club, Woden.
The Canberra Citizen of the Year was described by Minster Barr as the “most distinguished acollade one can be [...]

Ask RiotACT: Small Businesses in Canberra

By 11 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I am doing an assignment on small businesses in Canberra. If you or someone you know is running or is employed by a small business can you please inform me in the comments below?
All I need is 3 or 4 different businesses. Thank you.

REIA National Awards: ACT wins three major awards

By 11 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT came away winners from the Real Estate Institute of Australia’s 11th REIA National Awards for Excellence last night.
The REIA National Awards for Excellence are the highest honours in Australian real estate.
Three of the major awards were won by Canberrans: Large Residential Agency of the Year (Independent Property Group), Residential Salesperson of the Year [...]

Supabarn to continue in ACT locations

By 10 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
supabarn

From media release:
Following the ACCC announcement Supabarn Supermarkets will operate in the following Canberra locations: Casey, Crace and Kingston.
After years of protracted negotiations with the ACCC, Supabarn has made a commercial decision to sell fewer stores to Coles than originally planned. Notwithstanding the ACCC’s decision, Supabarn continues to maintain that its original plan to sell nine [...]

UC appoints new Vice Chancellor: University of Toronto Vice President Professor H. Deep Saini

By 9 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Professor H. Deep Saini

The University of Canberra has appointed plant physiologist and University of Toronto Vice President Professor H. Deep Saini to replace outgoing Vice Chancellor Professor Stephen Parker.
The University of Toronto is Canada’s top-ranked, largest and most research-intensive university, according to a statement from UC announcing the appointment today.
Professor Saini, a former doctoral student of the University [...]

Whitley named ACT Woman of the Year

By 9 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Minister for Women Yvette Berry with ACT Woman of the Year Amanda Whitley

Her Canberra founder and digital entrepreneur Amanda Whitley tonight won the ACT Woman of the Year Award, one of four awards that recognise the achievements of women who have contributed to lives of women and girls in the ACT.
Whitley was recognised for the work she has done through her website, magazine and associated digital [...]

Barr pushes for autonomous vehicles trials in Canberra

By 8 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Autonomous vehicle from Google

In a serious pitch to become a pioneering test city for autonomous vehicles, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has said today that even Canberra’s notorious roundabouts could play a role in helping to attract global players in the developing market to the capital for trials of driverless cars.
Mr Barr told the Legislative Assembly this morning [...]

Why are we on the innovation bandwagon?

By 7 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Innovation is a buzz word, which is a bad thing. It’s bad because innovation is important and it’s hard. By letting it become a buzz word and everyone jumping on the bandwagon it makes it difficult to distinguish between real innovation and general evolution.
I can’t think of any type of business, organisation, department or agency that [...]

Bike helmet laws — baby steps

By 7 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
bike-helmets

I wrote about the compulsory wearing of bike helmets back in 2014 suggesting that the laws were ill-conceived, arbitrary and downright dangerous.
I talked about the benefits of cycling and admitted happily that helmets do in fact prevent soft tissue injury and hairline fractures.  But I also suggested that the increased head mass due to the [...]

Revamped Dickson DA – mediocre at best

By 7 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Dickson-antill

I don’t think the residents will be holding celebrations about what is being proposed for the new supermarket complex here in downtown Dickson.
Dickson is the main commercial/shopping hub for the inner north of Canberra and most residents would agree that it is overdue for a revamp. We know too well what the problems are. There [...]

53yo man dies in Michelago quad bike crash

By 5 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
michelago

Police are investigating a fatal crash in Michelago, about 50km south of Canberra.
About 5pm yesterday, a 53-year-old man rode his quad bike from his property on Tinderry Road.
Officers attached to Monaro Local Area Command were contacted about 6.30pm, after he was found lying on the roadway.
The quad bike was located overturned nearby.
NSW Ambulance Paramedics attempted [...]

BarCamp Canberra returns for its 8th year

By 4 March 2016

[ 9 April 2016 at 9:00 am; ] BarCamp Canberra is a free annual event that brings together hundreds of Canberrans for a day of ad-hoc presentations and workshops on topics from technology and government to education and art.

Returning to Canberra for the eighth time in nine years, the event will be held this year between 9am and 5pm on Saturday 9 April at [...]

ACT gives NSW’s biggest wind farm a kick along

By 4 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
wind farm

The ACT Government has ensured construction will commence on what will be NSW’s largest wind farm by awarding renewable energy developer CWP Renewables a feed-in tariff of $89.10 per MW/h for 100MW capacity to power nearly 50,000 homes.
The choice of CWP’s Sapphire Wind Farm near Inverell in northern NSW as the second winning project in [...]

Man arrested over 7-Eleven Fyshwick hold-up

By 4 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
7-Eleven Fyshwick

A 25-year-old Narrabundah man will face court today after an attempted aggravated robbery in Fyshwick yesterday afternoon.
About 1.30pm, police were called to the 7-Eleven in Fyshwick following reports of a man with a firearm making threatening demands.
On arrival, police identified a man matching the description provided to police, and drew their firearms as a precaution. [...]

Rappel pleads guilty to murder of Tara Costigan

By 3 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Paul Costigan

More than a year after mother-of-three Tara Costigan died from wounds inflicted by an axe to her head while she held her one-week-old baby in her arms, Canberra man Marcus Rappel has this morning pleaded guilty to her murder. Family members including uncle Michael Costigan, pictured, looked on.
The young court official who read out the [...]

Motorcyclist dies after collision at Stromlo

By 3 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Cotter Road, Stromlo

A man died in hospital late yesterday afternoon after suffering serious head and chest injuries when his motorcycle collided with a tree on Cotter Road, Stromlo a short time earlier.
His death is the first fatality on Canberra’s roads this year.
ACT Policing is investigating the single-vehicle collision, having responded initially to a report of the [...]

Kimball fronts new current affairs show

By 2 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Chris Kimball

Are you one of the many Canberrans who has missed ABC 7.30 ACT and its presenter Chris Kimball since the program’s demise in late 2014? Lament no more.
Kimball is back on our screens as anchor of a new independent online TV program called Capital Inc., and the first episode has just been released.
The program [...]

Community supervision alternative to prison now in effect

By 2 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Alexander Maconochie Centre

A new sentencing option allowing some offenders to serve their sentence in the community under close supervision is now available to judges and magistrates, Attorney-General Simon Corbell announced today.
The new intensive correction order scheme, which replaces periodic detention, has come into effect following the passage of the Crimes (Sentencing and Restorative Justice) Amendment Bill 2015 [...]

Tenders open for Boomanulla Oval revival

By 1 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Boomanulla

The ACT Government is seeking Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations interested in contributing to the future of Boomanulla Oval, which has been closed since December 2014.
The Narrabundah oval was a sporting and cultural centre for Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, particularly those of the Ngunnawal, Ngambri and Wiradjuri [...]

Griffith man charged with Stuart Flats murder

By 1 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

A 40-year-old Griffith man, Scott Jamie Cole, faced the ACT Magistrates Court this morning charged with the murder of a 46-year-old man whose body was found at Stuart Flats in Griffith yesterday.
Cole was wearing a grey tracksuit and thongs, and had a long, straight red mark down the right side of his face – from [...]

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