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Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 1 February 2015
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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.
SALES

Highest Sale: $2,400,000
Lowest Price: $205,000
Average Sale Price: $609,273 (+ 2.94%)
2273 properties currently for sale
41 sales properties had price reductions
95 properties went under offer
53 properties SOLD!
190 properties have come onto the market
20 [...]

Weight loss hypnotherapy – any recommendations?

By 31 January 2015
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I’m considering hypnotherapy to assist with weight loss, has anyone tried this in Canberra? Any recommendations?
Disclaimer: I know weight loss is relatively simple: eat less, mostly plants, move more. I’m after a little help.

Two arrested over Uriarra cannabis crop

By 30 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A 28-year-old Tuggeranong man will face the ACT Magistrates Court on cannabis cultivation offences and a second may also face charges after they were arrested by police in the Uriarra Forest, west of Canberra yesterday (Thursday, January 29).
Suspicious of a potential cannabis crop in the area, ACT Policing’s Rural Patrol team had been patrolling in [...]

Beware of dodgy roof repairers: Corbell

By 30 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra households should be on high alert to the activities of a travelling con man who is knocking on doors promising roof painting and roof restoration services, warns Attorney-General Simon Corbell.
The warning comes after a Canberra man reportedly paid several thousand dollars to have roofing work undertaken.  However, only minor work was performed and the [...]

Court reforms working: Productivity Commission

By 30 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Simon Corbell says reforms to the ACT Courts have led to reduced waiting times in the Supreme Court and Coroner’s Court, according to the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services.
The report showed changes implemented in the ACT’s courts have resulted in the ACT Supreme Court finalising more matters than are being lodged, resulting in a [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly political wrap 30/1/15

By 30 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Life without Katy 
Chief Minister Andrew Barr has not enjoyed an entirely perfect kick-off in the top job.
After a long and successful innings from the factionally unaligned Jon Stanhope, Katy Gallagher was rigorously groomed for a smooth transition. Although Barr is an experienced minister and possibly the best performer in responding to questions in the [...]

Tips for riding from Belconnen to Tuggeranong?

By 29 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi all
Due to machinery of government changes I’m now facing a potential work move from the City to Tuggeranong.  As I live in Belconnen and we are a one car family I’m now considering transport options.
I’m considering riding from Belconnen Town Centre to Tuggeranong Office Park each morning and bussing it home in the afternoons with my [...]

Serious cyclist crash in Deakin

By 29 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing responded to a serious collision in Deakin involving one cyclist this morning (29 January).
About 7.45am, police received a report that a male cyclist had fallen off his blue and silver road bicycle on Kent Street, Deakin, and the man was receiving treatment from the ACT Ambulance Service.
Police attended and closed Kent Street, between [...]

Canberra’s taxi industry to be reviewed

By 28 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In response to the use of new technologies by taxi operators, the ACT Government has today announced an innovation review of the Canberra’s taxi industry.
Minister Shane Rattenbury said the review will help to inform the way forward for Canberra’s transport network.
“Canberrans want to be able to access a range of convenient transport options, and we [...]

Learn to play mandolin!

By 28 January 2015

[ 1 February 2015; ] COZMO (Capital of Australia Mandolinata) Learning Groups 2015

The next semester-long COZYMO Learning Group programs start on Sunday 1 February 2015 . Whether you’re young in experience or in age, you are most welcome!

These programs offer you a great opportunity to begin or to continue to learn a plucked stringed instrument: mandolin, mandola, mandocello and guitar.

Did you catch [...]

230 Mr Fluffy owners accept ACT Government offer to purchase house

By 28 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr has today advised that 15 houses have been purchased and more than 200 homeowners have accepted the offer made by the ACT Government to purchase their home through the Mr Fluffy Buyback Program.
The announcement comes after news last night that the ACT Government has offered a Forrest family $3 million to buy [...]

Local leaders – John Marshall (Frugii)

By 28 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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When Canberra’s own artisan ice cream brand, Frugii, won RiotACT’s Best of Canberra ice cream taste off earlier this month, I knew I had to meet the man behind the most delicious ice cream in the capital, John Marshall.
I meet John at his home in O’Malley, which has a basement commercial kitchen for making ice [...]

Motorcycle collision in Palmerston; police seek rider

By 27 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking to locate the rider of a motorcycle which appears to have crashed earlier this morning in Palmerston (Tuesday 27 January).
About 4.30am police received information of a motorcycle in the middle of the road on Kosciusko Avenue, near the intersection with Grampians Street.
Police attended the scene where they observed a motorcycle, a [...]

Seselja claims Labor will restore carbon and mining taxes

By 27 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today claimed that Labor will restore its carbon and mining tax slugs on Australians at the first opportunity.
In a press release issued following Andrew Leigh’s comments on government spending and revenue in The Australian, Seselja said:
“The confirmation from Andrew Leigh that the carbon tax would be imposed on Australians under a [...]

December 2014 – Monthly Property Market Wrap

By 27 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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2014 brought us many ups and downs within the sales market, an uncharacteristic rental market and generally unsteady consumer confidence.
The year ended on a resilient note with December’s sales activity showing a particularly strong performance and encouraging signs of recovery for the rental market.
Consumer sentiment has been pessimistic for the majority of 2014 and continued [...]

Witnesses sought to aggravated robbery in Chisholm

By 27 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery in Chisholm yesterday (Monday 26 January).
Between 3.30am and 4.10am, an autistic man attended the Chisholm shops car park, after receiving a phone call from an unknown person asking him to meet them there. On arrival, the man was approach by two men and two women who [...]

The ACT needs to stop having stupid arguments

By 27 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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To have a tram or not to have a tram? To have well-behaved dogs on public transport or not? $50 or $20 notes for poker machines? Bikes or cars?  These are not questions.
I appreciate that it is important that we as Canberrans discuss these issues, and I respect the principle that that the public has [...]

Canberrans honoured in Australia Day awards

By 26 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Several Canberrans are receiving Australia Day Honours in 2015 for the exceptional contribution they all make to the community in a variety of fields.
Canberra is a community made up of so many passionate, talented and giving individuals, and I am proud to call this city home. To all of the Canberrans who have received accolades [...]

Five electorates, Green pastures?

By 26 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The change to the ACT electoral system, now with five electorates of five members, is fertile ground for the ACT Greens.
Over the past couple of years we have seen letters from Caroline LeCouteur both in social and print media. Caroline has been true to her beliefs and constantly pushed the environmentalist line. Good on her too, [...]

Woman arrested for aggravated robbery

By 25 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has arrested a 38-year-old Kambah woman after allegedly robbing a BWS liquor store yesterday, (Saturday 24 January).
At about 1.30pm a woman entered the liquor store on Marconi Crescent, Kambah with a green Woolworths bag containing two kitchen knives and pushing a half size shopping trolley.
After walking around the store for a short time [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 25 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,200,444
Lowest Price: $280,000
Average Sale Price: $591,863 (+ 13.64%)
2138 properties currently for sale
42 sales properties had price reductions
102 properties went under offer
48 properties SOLD!
187 properties have come onto the market
0 [...]

Drugs seized from vehicle; man arrested

By 23 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has arrested a 32-year-old Monash man after drugs were seized from a vehicle in Bonython, ACT, yesterday (22 January).
About 3pm, police conducted a traffic stop on a green Holden Commodore on Tenison-Woods Circuit, Bonython.
Police then executed a Drugs of Dependence Act (1989) search warrant on the vehicle and located more than four kilograms [...]

Canberra mourns 2XX presenter Sylvie Stern

By 23 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Canberra arts community grieved on Wednesday morning with the passing of Sylvie Stern, long-term arts promoter and host of 2XX’s popular Art ‘N’ Soul and Artbeat programs. Sylvie had been diagnosed with cancer and passed away in hospital.
The many tributes that came in spoke of her passion and enthusiasm, especially for young artists. Movement [...]

Police seek assistance to locate missing man

By 22 January 2015
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**UPDATE 23/01/2015
ACT Policing has confirmed that missing man Andrew Ralston has been located safe and well. **
ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to help locate a missing 45-year-old man, Andrew Ralston.
Andrew was last seen this morning around 4.15am in Symonston where his car was located.
A family member received a phone call from Andrew around [...]

Lanyon residents invited to discuss road works at community council meeting

By 22 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 3 February 2015 at 7:30 pm; ] Tuggeranong Community Council has extended a special invitation to Lanyon Valley residents to attend its first meeting for 2015. The meeting, to be held on Tuesday 3 February, will discuss the recent road works that led to the closure of Tharwa Drive.

Guest speakers will include the Acting Director of Roads ACT Karl Cloos and ESA [...]

Four teenagers apprehended after breaking into school

By 21 January 2015
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Four teenagers have been apprehended after breaking into Dickson College around 1am this morning (21 January).
Officers from Gungahlin and City Patrol attended the school after the security company detected multiple intruder alarm activations.
Upon arrival, police observed the four teenagers and apprehended two at the location. Two of the teenagers attempted to flee, but were apprehended [...]

Canberrans horrified by puppy bashing

By 21 January 2015
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RSPCA ACT inspectors are appealing to the community for any information relating to a serious case of animal cruelty. Yesterday morning, a man found nine five-week-old puppies in a box near Kingsford Smith Drive in Higgins.
The abandoned and underweight animals were handed in to the RSPCA shelter in Weston where they were examined by staff. [...]

Brumbies and Allhomes extend partnership through 2015

By 21 January 2015
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The Brumbies will celebrate four years with Allhomes in 2015 after the industry-leading property website recommitted as Shorts Sponsor on Monday (19 January 2015).
Developed in the ACT, Allhomes and the Brumbies share plenty of symmetry as two of the region’s most recognisable brands. The Brumbies have proudly worn the Allhomes logo on the back of their shorts since the 2012 [...]

Barr announces new ministerial portfolios

By 20 January 2015

Urban renewal, transport, equality and jobs are on the agenda with new portfolios announced by Chief Minister Andrew Barr this morning.
Barr has taken on the new portfolio of urban renewal, which he says will promote garden suburbs and urban villages, bringing together infrastructure renewal with the promotion of social and cultural activity at a suburban level.
Mick [...]

Public talk: Artificial Intelligence, machines on the rise

By 20 January 2015

[ 3 February 2015 at 5:30 pm; ] Speaking, natural-sounding machines which can interact with humans using normal conversational patterns are still in the realm of science fiction – or are they?

Associate Professor James Curran is developing artificial intelligence which will revolutionise the way we interact with technology – using spoken language, the same way we interact with each other.

When: Tuesday 3 February [...]

Witnesses sought; serious collision in Theodore

By 20 January 2015
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a serious vehicle collision in Theodore yesterday (January 19).
About 5pm, police attended a serious vehicle collision between a Harley Davidson motorcycle and a Landrover Discovery at the intersection of Tharwa Drive and Lawrence Wackett Drive, Theodore.
The Landrover was travelling north on Lawrence Wackett Drive and entered the intersection, turning [...]

Yvette Berry named as sixth ACT Government minister

By 19 January 2015

Labor MLA Yvette Berry has been elected as the sixth minister in the ACT Government.
The Labor Caucus elected Yvette this morning, filling the role in the Ministry left by the former Chief Minister. Her portfolio responsibilities will be announced tomorrow, along with those of the other five ministers.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said he expects Yvette, [...]

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