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Age a key factor in light rail support

By 19 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Light rail

A majority of older Canberrans are anti-light rail but overall capital residents are for the Capital Metro according to new survey results.
Only 46% of over-65s are pro-light rail compared to 67% of 35-49-year-olds.
ACT Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell has released a summary of data from surveys undertaken by Piazza Research for the government showing [...]

Joint operation seizes 10kg of ice

By 18 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
IceSeizure_web

A joint operation between ACT Policing, Australian Federal Police (AFP) Crime Operations and the Australian Border Force (ABF) has resulted in the arrest of a 32-year-old Nigerian national and seizure of approximately 10 kilograms of methamphetamine imported into Australia from China.
Operational activity commenced on 8 October 2015 when a consignment was examined by ABF officers [...]

Light rail impact statement now online

By 15 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
An artist's impression of Canberra's light rail.

The environmental impact statement (EIS) for Canberra’s light rail network is complete, has been lodged with the planning and land authority and is now available to the public at planning.act.gov.au.
A draft version of the EIS was published in June and after four weeks of consultation, the Capital Metro Agency had received 60 responses from the [...]

Hordes out for Politics in the Pub

By 15 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Shorten crowd

Who said young people are not engaged with politics? Whoever it was clearly hasn’t attended a uni Politics in the Pub night in Canberra.
Clashing events at UC and the ANU last night attracted capacity crowds. The ANU Labor Club pub talk featuring Federal Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten was a completely full house, with [...]

Ask RiotACT: Are traffic lights the answer?

By 14 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Recently the ACT Government put out a flyer about road changes coming for the Gungahlin area. Amongst these was the proposal to signalise the large roundabout at the intersection of the Barton Highway, William Slim and Gundaroo Drives.
Does anyone else think that putting traffic lights on the roundabout is a half-baked solution and that the [...]

Corbell to include Russell in light rail application

By 14 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
light rail artist impression

The ACT Government has sent a strong message to the anti-light rail lobby today by announcing it will lodge a development application for the optional extension to Russell together with that for the initial Civic to Gungahlin line within weeks.
A statement from Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, said the application would cover works required [...]

Gallagher picks up three shadow ministries

By 13 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Katy Gallagher, Bill Shorten and colleagues

Former ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has today leap-frogged colleagues with more Federal parliamentary experience into shadow cabinet.
Gallagher is the new Shadow Minister assisting the Leader on State and Territory Relations, Shadow Minister Mental Health, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness and will take responsibility for women’s policy within the shadow cabinet.
Federal Opposition Leader Bill [...]

The great ALP Politics in the Pub-off

By 13 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Politics in the Pub

Canberra, prepare yourselves for a battle between two universities, two pubs, two uni Labor Clubs and the two most senior members of the Australian Labor Party.
It’s a Politics in the Pub-off and we can’t wait to find out who wins.
Tomorrow night the ANU Labor Club will host Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten at the [...]

Gallery’s cheery email just wrong today

By 13 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Portrait Gallery email

I’m a bit disappointed in the National Portrait Gallery this morning, having received an email from them with the subject “Gardens and other reasons to celebrate” with second story being about an event there in ten days time called “Oh happy day”.
It arrived less than 24 hours after we learnt of the death of their [...]

It’s time to reclaim our School of Music

By 13 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Peter Tregear

Earlier this year, my business partner and I attempted to produce a small opera in Canberra. Having been buoyed by a successful seasons in Hong Kong, we thought we’d bring it to the place we love and call home.
It was impossible. The lack of suitable venues, coupled with an inflexible attitude from government-funded arts bureaucrats, [...]

Henshaw our tip for ACT Book of the Year

By 12 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Mark Henshaw

Mark Henshaw is one of four Canberra region writers shortlisted for this year’s ACT Book of the Year award. Photo: Andrew Sikorski/Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres
ArtsACT has published the shortlist for the 2015 ACT Book of the Year and though it’s a strong field of four, I’m tipping Mark Henshaw’s The Snow Kimono will take out the [...]

Portrait Gallery visionary Sayers dies

By 12 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Andrew Sayers

Andrew Sayers, 2012 by Mark Mohell. Gelatin silver photograph, selenium toned (53.0 x 36.8 cm). Purchased by the National Portrait Gallery with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2013. Accession number: 2013.9.
The visionary founding director of the National Portrait Gallery, Andrew Sayers AM, has died in Melbourne.
The 58-year-old former Canberran, who had in recent [...]

Tour de Stroke starts in Fyshwick

By 9 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Josh Goyne - Stroke Awareness Ride - Tour de Stroke

Josh Goyne, 17, sets out from Fyshwick tomorrow on a 2,200 kilometre ride with the aim of raising money for stroke support and assistance.
Seven years ago, Josh’s grandfather, Barry Graham, had his first stroke. Two years ago, Barry’s fifth stroke paralysed him from the chest down.
‘I took time out of my holidays and schooling to [...]

Light rail build to nab half a carpark

By 7 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
An artist's impression of Canberra's light rail.

The ACT Government will use up to half of the Magistrates Court carpark on London Circuit as a construction compound during stage one of the building of Canberra’s light rail network.
Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell said the Government was in talks with Civic businesses and other stakeholders to ensure sufficient car-parking remained available during [...]

Police charge ex-UC lecturer with sex offences

By 7 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
police wrap

UPDATE: The academic has now appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court. He is Arthur Marshall Hoyle, a former law lecturer at the university. He pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of committing an act of indecency and two of sexual intercourse without consent and was released on bail.
Police have today laid charges against a former [...]

Glebe Park is not for Floriade – it’s a park!

By 7 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
glebepark-01

More than thirty years ago there was a very vocal community campaign to halt the complete takeover of Glebe Park.
The proposal by a large development company in partnership with the then government (how things change!) was to take out the trees and to change the northern section the park to an event space for a [...]

Start-up Fudie up for two Telstra biz awards

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Katie Geus of Fudie

Learning she has been shortlisted for not one but two Telstra ACT Business Women’s Awards was “quite surreal” for personal trainer, uni student and entrepreneur Katie Geus.
The founder, director and chief taste tester of meal delivery business Fudie was at home with her partner when the phone call came to tell her she’d been listed alongside [...]

US gun lobby should learn from ours

By 6 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Gun law reform

Jennifer Margret
One of the critical differences between Australian gun culture (and yes, we do have one) and the US gun culture are the gun lobbyists. Ours advocated [in 1996 after the Port Arthur massacre] for fair laws that would minimise risk. In other words, they worked with the government to create the new laws. No [...]

Man to face court for assault following citizen’s arrest

By 5 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
police wrap

A 20-year-old Lyons man will face court following an assault in Phillip yesterday afternoon (Sunday 4 October).
About 3:15pm, a man was sitting outside Westfield Woden when he was approached and assaulted by a 20-year-old male, suffering minor injuries.
The alleged offender began walking away from the scene, but was followed by a member of the public [...]

Public talk: Robotics

By 5 October 2015
mary-anne-williams

[ 1 December 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Join us at the Academy as we explore our new public lecture series ‘Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact’

Our monthly talks will discuss the ways in which popular culture has often fuelled real life scientific discoveries.

In December, Professor Mary-Anne Williams will discuss Robotics, as she works with her research team in the Magic Lab to bring science fiction [...]

Jobs to stay in Belco

By 5 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Belconnen Jobs - article by Kim Fischer

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced that it is looking forward to “continuing its relationship with the Belconnen community” after cancelling the tender for its headquarters project. The tender had opened the possibility for up to 4000 workers to be moved out of Belconnen to the city or Canberra Airport.
Victory has been a [...]

Weapons seized in Red Hill

By 4 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has seized weapons following a search warrant in Red Hill on Friday (2 October).
About 6:30pm, members from ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations Team conducted a search warrant under section 194 of the Crimes Act 1900.
During the execution of the warrant, police seized two replica double barrel shotguns, two replica handguns and a large prohibited [...]

Witnesses sought to hit-and-run in Monash

By 3 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
police wrap

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian near the intersection of Barraclough Crescent and Ashley Drive, Monash, yesterday morning (Friday, 2 October).
About 1:40am, police received a report that a 28-year-old man had presented at The Canberra Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
It is believed that a vehicle has [...]

Developer sought for Kingston arts hub

By 2 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Kingston Arts Precinct

The ACT Government has today called for development applications for the Kingston Arts Precinct, home to the Canberra Glassworks, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery and Bus Depot Markets.
The four-hectare site sits between the Kingston Foreshore, Bowen and Telopea parks and apartment-filled old suburb of Kingston.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said developers had a unique opportunity to [...]

A look around Canberra – Giralang

By 2 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Giralang: a look around Canberra

I’ve lived in Canberra for nearly five years and I enjoy that doing these articles often takes me to suburbs I’ve never set foot in before, despite driving past the perimeter about a million times. Giralang is one of these suburbs.
Located in the Belconnen region, Giralang is named after a word in the language of [...]

Have your say: draft Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan

By 2 October 2015
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The Belconnen Community Council had a very active role in facilitating community engagement in initial consultations on what should be in the Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan. The eagerly awaited draft Master Plan has now been released and this again presents an important opportunity to have your say on issues you feel strongly about – [...]

Illegal trap kills platypus pair

By 1 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Report illegal yabby traps in the ACT

An illegal yabby trap has killed two platypuses in the Murrumbidgee River.
The ACT Government is urging residents to report illegal traps to prevent incidents like this one last month.
Illegal “Opera House” traps have caught and drowned air-breathing animals such as platypuses, turtles, native water rats and birds in the past.
Regional Manager of National Parks and [...]

Operating with grace under fire: New book launched to help modern day leaders

By 1 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Zoe-Routh-About2-1

In today’s volatile, ever-changing, and hyper-connected world, we need leaders with cool heads, warm hearts and steady hands. We need leaders who can respond, rather than react. We need leaders who can make decisions from a place of wisdom and compassion, as opposed to the latest most urgent pressure point.
Local businesswoman, Zoë Routh of Inner [...]

Housing project to revive Downer

By 1 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Downer_shops_village

Many years ago the suburb of Downer had a thriving shopping centre and a bustling school next door. All this became a distant memory when the school closed and with the rise of the nearby Dickson shops, the local shops went into slow decline. Eventually the school building was demolished.
The situation could be about to change, [...]

Ransom sparks AFP hotel operation

By 30 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
police wrap

The Australian Federal Police Canine Team is engaged in two operations in Canberra hotels this afternoon in response to ransom requests.
The Twitter account for ACT Policing reported that operations were underway at the Pavilion and Novotel hotels at around 2.30pm and added an hour later that police were responding to reports of “unsubstantiated ransom requests [...]

A new look for Belco?

By 30 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Belconnen Master Plan aerial view

Do you think the CIT Bruce campus should move to be next to Westfield Belconnen? Do you want 18-storey high-rises on the sites of the old Belconnen Remand Centre?
Consultation officially starts today on the draft Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan. It’s an important document that will shape both Belconnen and the broader ACT for the [...]

ACT Government gives Uber the green light

By 30 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Uber website

Rideshare business Uber has the green light to operate legally in the ACT from next month.
The ACT Government announced this morning that it will introduce reforms to regulate ridesharing operators and taxi drivers/owners in a bid to provide Canberrans with safe, flexible and affordable ridesharing services while reducing costs for taxi drivers, owners and passengers.
See [...]

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