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Canberra welcomes record international visitors

By 1 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Andrew Barr has welcomed a tourism survey that indicates Canberra recorded its highest ever number of international visitors in the year to March 2016, with almost 200,000 overseas travellers visiting the capital in that period.
In a statement, the chief minister said the international visitor survey prepared by Tourism Research Australia showed the ACT recorded its highest number [...]

No excuse for distracted driving

By 1 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

ACT police will target driver distraction in June as part of its ongoing road safety campaign with partner agencies.
Police say driver distraction is any action that takes a driver’s attention away from the road and on to other elements of their environment. This could include using a mobile phone, driving with headphones in, tuning your [...]

ACT transport survey extended

By 1 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Transport ACT

Canberra’s commuters have two more days to comment on the direction of public transport in the ACT, with the online survey set to close on Friday.
The survey, available here, has attracted 2,410 contributors since going live in early May.
Transport minister Meegan Fitzharris said more than 1,000 respondents (46.9%) had described public transport reform as one of the [...]

Tickets on sale for Gungahlin movie marathon

By 1 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Tickets for the three-day Gungahlin Movie Marathon running from 17-19 June went on sale on Wednesday.
Among the 19 films to be screened at Gungahlin College are Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Mad Max: Fury Road, Despicable Me, Dirty Dancing and The Princess Bride.”
Tickets cost $5 per person per movie, and all proceeds [...]

Expanded trauma service at Canberra Hospital

By 1 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
The Canberra Hospital

The expansion of Canberra Hospital’s trauma service will include an additional six doctors and one new nurse, with an extra $5.3 million in funding to be provided over the next four years in the upcoming ACT budget.
Health minister Simon Corbell said the new funding would provide Canberrans with more timely access to effective, efficient and [...]

Stepping Out artwork stolen

By 1 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Police are seeking information on the theft of bronze artwork Stepping Out at the Hughes Shopping Centre over the weekend.
The artwork was commissioned by the ACT government in 1997 and is much loved by the local community.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be [...]

Belconnen woman, 19, to face court over car and petrol theft

By 1 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

ACT Policing has arrested a 19-year-old woman from Belconnen who will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning following four incidents of theft.
It is alleged the woman conducted a petrol drive off at the Coles Express Service Station in Hawker on Sunday 8 May 2016 with a Silver Holden Commodore that was reported [...]

Arsonists, vandals strike parks adding to $120K bill

By 1 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
John Knight Park playground equipment

Vandals and arsonists have wreaked a trail of havoc in Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and Belconnen playgrounds and public toilets in recent weeks, contributing to the ACT’s annual vandalism bill of around $120,000.
The string of incidents has included several fires affecting children’s play equipment and toilet blocks at Yerrabi Pond, Tuggerangong Town Park and John Knight Park. [...]

Union says health care and jobs are key fears for voters

By 30 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Cuts to health-care funding and public service jobs, the privatisation of Medicare and threats to weekend penalty rates are the key concerns for swinging voters in Eden Monaro, according to UnionsACT.
Union members conducted a weekend doorknock throughout the electorate, where the victory margin at the last federal election was 1085 votes, as part of the national union [...]

Public help identify drink driver

By 30 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Police will summons a 32-year-old Palmerston woman after she was caught drink-driving on Sunday.
A number of reports were received about a silver Mazda sedan being driven erratically in both Higgins and Palmerston.
Police located the vehicle at about 1.15pm on Redcliffe Street in Palmerston, where the driver returned a positive breath test.
The woman was taken into [...]

More doctors, nurses for TCH emergency department

By 30 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
The Canberra Hospital

The emergency department at The Canberra Hospital will gain an extra 39 staff in 2016-17 and a further 15 workers by the end of the 2019-20 financial year as part of a $29 million commitment in next week’s ACT Budget.
A spend of $3.8 million in the 2016-17 financial year will fund four new doctors, 24 [...]

Ngunnawal woman dies in driveway accident, police investigating

By 30 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

A police investigation is underway into the death of a 44-year-old woman on Saturday after she was struck by her own vehicle in the driveway of her Ngunnawal home.
ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team is investigating the circumstances surrounding her death and will prepare a report for the coroner.
Police and ACT Ambulance service attended [...]

Dutton offensive on asylum-seekers

By 30 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When I came to Australia in 1952, I couldn’t speak English, I couldn’t count to 10 and I came by boat. If Minister Dutton had been on the wharf, would he have turned my boat back?
I know heaps of people who run restaurants, market stalls, who are builders and taxi drivers. I know many hard-working people [...]

Green bins on way, starting in Weston Creek, Kambah

By 28 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Government will roll out green bins for garden waste across Canberra in coming years starting with a pilot program in Weston Creek and Kambah to be funded in the 2016/17 ACT Budget and commence first quarter of 2017.
The cost of the pilot and rollout across the two regions will be $1.715 million over [...]

Inquiry called after death in custody at AMC

By 27 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Alexander Maconochie Centre

There will be an independent inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the care and supervision of an Alexander Maconochie Centre detainee following his death in custody today because of particular sensitivities surrounding the individual.
ACT Policing Criminal Investigations are investigating the death of the 25-year-old male detainee at the Alexander Maconochie Centre earlier today.
The male detainee was [...]

Ask RiotACT: Canberra entrepreneurs?

By 27 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Hi Canberrans.
Does anyone know of startups in the ACT, particularly firms that aim to grow beyond the ACT, begun by folks with a vocational education background of any sort? Or are they all by university and research types.

ACT Revenue sleuths to hunt tax cheats

By 26 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Tax investigation

The ACT Government will hire specialist investigators to track down tax cheats as part of a 2016-17 Budget initiative that is projected to recoup $27 million for an investment of $5.7 million over four years.
The specialist team in the ACT Revenue Office will have a range of programming, mathematical and statistical skills, allowing the office [...]

LinkedIn warns users after 117m passwords stolen

By 26 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
LinkedIn

Days after media reports of a massive data breach at LinkedIn surfaced, the business networking platform has told its members that the breach first occurred in 2012 but that the data is only now being made available online by hackers.
The hackers have reportedly this month tried to sell a database containing 117 million passwords [...]

Police seek witnesses to aggravated robbery in Giralang

By 25 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

Police are seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the 7-Eleven store located on the corner of Canopus Crescent and Atalumba Close in Giralang last Wednesday (18 May).
A man entered the store at about 12.45am, produced a screwdriver and made demands for cash and cigarettes. He also stated that he had a gun.
The staff member handed over a sum [...]

New State Emergency Service station for Calwell

By 25 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A new State Emergency Service station will be built in Tuggeranong with $2.7 million in this year’s ACT budget allocated for the project.
The facility will house four-wheel drive vehicles, storm response equipment and a flood boat.
ACT government minister and Calwell local Mick Gentleman welcomed the announcement on Wednesday, saying the centre would be a great addition to the Tuggeranong [...]

Bins to be collected on Friday after strike cancelled

By 25 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Bins

Bin collection industrial action previously notified for this Friday has been cancelled following a meeting of drivers employed by household waste and recycling bin collection company SUEZ.
This means residents whose bins are scheduled for collection on a Friday should put their bins out this week as per usual.
Contingency arrangements currently in place to assist residents [...]

Ashley Drive duplication to extend to Johnson Drive

By 25 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Ashley Drive

The ACT Government will spend $3.5 million over two years to duplicate the section of Ashley Drive from Erindale Drive to Johnson Drive, Minister for Transport and Municipal Services Meegan Fitzharris announced today.
The funds would be allocated as part of next month’s 2016-2017 ACT Budget.
Ms Fitzharris said the government had already invested $24.6 million [...]

Politicians flying too close to the sun

By 25 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There is a now a long list of candidates announced for the 2016 ACT election. These people are about to put themselves through a very complicated and drawn out job application. If they pass this six-month interview process, they will be given a four-year contract to be an ACT politician. Then they have the option [...]

Safety inspectors to audit electrical goods

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A range of electrical products, including many household items, will be the subject of a safety audit by Access Canberra inspectors in retail shops.
The audit is being carried out to ensure that products being sold meet Australian safety standards.
Justice and consumer affairs minister Shane Rattenbury, announcing the audit on Tuesday with workplace safety and industrial relations [...]

New partnership to deliver human services

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Woden and Belconnen community services will form a partnership to deliver the remodelled Human Services Gateway from 1 July.
The ACT government will provide $4.4 million over three years for the gateway, which links people with the services they need. The project is based at Nature Conservation House in Belconnen.
Community services minister Yvette Berry (pictured) said [...]

Minister urges parties to resolve rubbish dispute

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Bins

Meegan Fitzharris, the minister for municipal services, on Tuesday appealed to rubbish collection workers and contractor SUEZ to resolve their industrial dispute.
She said it was disappointing to see ACT residents in many suburbs not having their rubbish collected this week, following similar disruptions on Friday 13 May.
“I understand the Transport Workers Union has now given [...]

Financing for light rail project finalised

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT government and the Canberra Metro consortium confirmed on Tuesday that financing arrangements for the capital’s light rail project had been finalised.
The Capital Metro minister Simon Corbell said achieving financial close meant the term of the contract had begun.
“Canberra Metro will work closely with the ACT government in the lead-up to the start of construction activities [...]

Venture capital scheme for Canberra start-ups

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A venture capital scheme launched on Tuesday will enable Canberra entrepreneurs to access funds to build their business.
Significant Capital Ventures is a joint venture between the Australian National University and the Hindmarsh Group, and is also supported by the University of Canberra. It will receive funding from the ACT government.
The new fund aims to drive innovation in Canberra [...]

$7.3m to promote #CBR to NSW, NZ, Asia

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Singapore

The ACT Government will in next month’s Budget commit $7.3 million promoting Canberra domestically and internationally as a business and leisure destination, and $1.5 million to supporting the growth of significant events such as the Enlighten and Canberra Day celebrations.
The tourism push will focus on enticing the residents of Sydney and regional NSW and priority [...]

$460K spend on Canberra Theatre Centre security, major show

By 24 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Canberra Theatre

The ACT Government has announced it will spend $410,000 in next month’s Budget to upgrade security at the Canberra Theatre Centre and commit a further $50,000 to promote the staging of a major show in Canberra.
The details of the major show are yet to be announced.
The security upgrades will allow the complex to host larger [...]

Stefaniak in serious condition after heart attack

By 23 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Stefaniak

Bill Stefaniak, the former ACT attorney-general and opposition leader, is in a serious condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack while driving last week.
Stefaniak, 64, was driving on a service road outside Narrabundah College when he suffered a medical episode and crashed into a street light on Friday, the Canberra Times has reported.
He was [...]

Former terrorism prosecutor appointed as magistrate

By 23 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A former counter-terrorism prosecutor has been appointed to the bench of the ACT Magistrates Court.
Canberra barrister Glenn Theakston will replace magistrate Peter Dingwall when he retires in August, attorney-general Simon Corbell announced on Monday.
Theakston will start at the Civic court next week when Dingwall takes leave prior to his retirement following more than 25 years as [...]

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