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House destroyed by fire in McKellar

By 1 August 2014

A house in Moses Place McKellar was destroyed by fire earlier this morning.
ESA UPDATE 9.57am – The house is fully engulfed in fire and part of the roof has just collapsed forcing firefighters to retreat from the property. Firefighters are also being prevented from accessing the rear of the building for firefighting by a large [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 1 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

The below real estate market snapshot has been compiled based on the last week’s activity throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan. Percentages represent the increase/decrease from the previous week.
SALES

Highest Sale: $1,000,000
Lowest Price: $120,000
Average Sale Price: $522,522 (- 11.34%)
2,424 properties currently for sale
59 sales properties had price reductions
89 properties went under offer
93 properties SOLD!
154 properties have come onto [...]

Corin Forest snow report

By 1 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Corin Forest snow report

Snow is forecast down to 800m today, well past Corin Forest’s altitude. Snow flurries on Friday morning are expected to turn to good snowfalls as the day goes on. It’s feeling like snow with temps around -4 and falling.
Snow play is open with a firm, freshly groomed cover for Friday, with snow fall expected to [...]

2014 Floriade NightFest tickets now on sale

By 1 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
2014 Floriade NightFest tickets now on sale

Tickets to one of Canberra’s most exciting after-dark events, Floriade NightFest, go on sale today.
Now in its seventh year, the ticketed twilight event will transform Commonwealth Park into an illuminated wonderland featuring brilliant lighting designs, roving performers, bustling night markets and a fantastic line up of entertainment over five nights.
Floriade NightFest’s new performance space, The [...]

Safe Plate heads to Belconnen this weekend

By 1 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

More than 650 cars have been fitted with tamper proof screws this year as part of ACT Policing’s joint partnership with local businesses, Project Safe Plate – combatting number plate theft.
This Sunday (August 3), ACT Policing and Westfield Belconnen will be hosting Project Safe Plate between 10am and 2pm.
Motorists are encouraged to bring their vehicles [...]

ACT Government releases Community Engagement Strategy on Climate Change

By 31 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government’s Community Engagement Strategy on Climate Change, released today by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, builds on the large amount of work already being done in the territory to tackle the causes and effects of climate change.
“Climate projections for the ACT indicate warmer and drier conditions with more frequent drought and bushfires. [...]

Online form speeds up registration process for working with vulnerable people checks

By 31 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new online form will help speed up the application process for Working with Vulnerable People registrations, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
More than 55,000 WWVP applications have been received by the ACT Office of Regulatory Services since the program began in November 2012.
“As background checks also need to be conducted for applicants, these registrations have [...]

Why diet food won’t do

By 31 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Why diet food won't do

Diets don’t work. We’ve heard that before, often from someone trying to flog a new healthy eating regime (ie a diet). But I recently read a startling article in the Australian Women’s Weekly (almost as startling as the fact that I’m now old enough to be reading said magazine) that concluded that some diet food [...]

Mulch fire at Oaks Estate

By 31 July 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue is currently working to extinguish a mulch fire near Mountain Road and Nimrod Road, Oaks Estate.
No structures are at risk and the size of the mulch fire is approximately 20 metres x 20 metres.
Firefighters are using Compressed Air Foam System (CAFS) tankers to extinguish the much fire as well as earthmoving [...]

Sex, Politics and Liberty

By 31 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Sex, Politics and Liberty

Sometimes, late at night, I wake beside the love of my life and sneak quietly out of bed for a secret liaison. I close the hallway doors, rekindle the fire, and pour myself a large glass of… anything alcoholic. I sit in the dim light, with my dog Bruce by my feet, and let my [...]

Political Parties

By 31 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Political Parties

I read many stories and opinions from people in the general public about the insidiousness of factions within political parties.
Usually they are from people who are not and have never been a member of a political party and thus are commenting from a position of ignorance or gullibility by believing everything they read [...]

Random Acts of Kindness

By 30 July 2014

I would like to publicly acknowledge two random acts of kindness I experienced this afternoon.
I am pretty incapacitated at the moment regarding my mobility. After hiring a wheelchair at Westfield Belconnen late this afternoon, I realised my purse was not in my pocket. I returned to the concierge to see if I dropped it while [...]

Witnesses sought; Rivett aggravated robbery

By 30 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Witnesses sought; Rivett aggravated robbery

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery in Rivett this morning (Wednesday July 30).
About 7.45am, a man entered the Rivett Newsagency holding a large kitchen knife and demanded cash from the shop attendant. The staff member complied and handed the offender a sum of cash.
The offender is described as being a male, 5’11” [...]

Non suspicious house fire reveals cannabis cultivation

By 30 July 2014
Non suspicious house fire reveals cannabis cultivation

ACT Policing seized 32 cannabis plants yesterday (Tuesday, July 29) from a house in Ainslie after emergency services responded to reports of a fire at the location.
About 7am yesterday, police attended and entered the unoccupied house. Officers located a room within the house which contained 32 cannabis plants and hydroponic equipment.
The plants were seized [...]

Canberrans urged to help end racism

By 30 July 2014

Canberrans are being urged to join an Australia-wide public awareness campaign that aims to put an end to racism.
Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Joy Burch, and Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today joined forces with local sporting stars, members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and multicultural leaders at the ACT Legislative Assembly to affirm the [...]

Witnesses sought to assault in Civic

By 30 July 2014
Witnesses sought to assault in Civic

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault which occurred in Civic on Saturday morning (July 26).
About 6am police were called to East Row after receiving a report of an assault. A person of interest has been identified in relation to this matter.
A number of witnesses were in the vicinity and may be able to [...]

Bindi Irwin brings her Passion to Floriade

By 30 July 2014
Bindi Irwin brings her Passion to Floriade

World-renowned Wildlife Warrior Bindi Irwin is set to bring her bubbly personality to Floriade for the first time this October as part of Family Fun week.
Bindi, who celebrated her 16th birthday last week, will present six workshops in Floriade’s Inspiration Hub on the October long weekend (Saturday 4 October – Sunday 5 October).

Bindi’s infinite enthusiasm [...]

ACTTAB to be sold to Tabcorp

By 30 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACTTAB to be sold to Tabcorp

The ACTTAB shareholders have announced today that following a competitive tender process Tabcorp has been chosen as the successful purchaser of ACTTAB. The sale of ACTTAB and associated issue of licences has achieved a sale price of $105.5 million.
Tabcorp has an extensive history operating as a successful wagering operator. Tabcorp operates totalisator and fixed odds [...]

Operation Azine leads to arrests and cleared warrants

By 30 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing and the New South Wales Police Force are currently executing Operation Azine, aimed at reducing the number of outstanding arrest warrants across the ACT and surrounding New South Wales region.
Operation Azine began on 19 May 2014, targeting those people with outstanding arrests warrants for a range of offences including theft, driving while disqualified, [...]

Punch Properly

By 30 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Punch Properly

Here is the companion article to last weeks article on holding focus mitts correctly.
This information is practical to anyone who throws punches whether for fitness, self defence or competition.
The single most important aspect of fighting I drill into all my of my students whilst kicking and punching thing is: You have to keep your balance [...]

Helping local business develop IT skills

By 29 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is inviting Canberra’s business and not-for-profit community to participate in free Digital Business Capacity Building Workshops to accelerate business engagement with the ACT digital economy.
The free workshops are part of the ACT Government’s Digital Canberra initiative, in partnership with Canberra Business Council, and focus on building the Information and Communication Technology [...]

Belconnen apartment fire extinguished

By 29 July 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue has extinguished a fire in an apartment on Cabena Court, Belconnen.
Fire damage to one room on the first floor unit and smoke and heat damage to the apartment.
Two fire pumpers on scene along with the Breathing Apparatus Van, Hazardous Material Unit and one Commander.
Multiple Emergency Triple Zero (000) calls were received [...]

Canberra Theatre Centre supporting MS

By 29 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Canberra Theatre Centre is supporting people with multiple sclerosis (MS) at the next Music at Midday concert on Tuesday, August 12.
On Tuesday 12 August at 11.00am and 12.30pm, the Royal Military College band will be playing their take on modern hits as well as some old favourites to raise money for MS. If [...]

Canberra is doomed

By 29 July 2014

Have the changes brought about by a Federal Liberal Government and an increasingly broke and desperate Labor/Green Alliance, started to sink home to Canberrans yet?
I can remember so many years ago when the same sort of looney left Labor and Green Alliance took over in Tasmania, promising a change of culture (to the left) and [...]

House fire in Ainslie

By 29 July 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue are working to extinguish a house fire in Hawdon Street, Ainslie.
Three fire pumpers, the Breathing Apparatus Support Van and one commander are on scene.
(ESA Media Release)

Disrespect and impudence at one of Australia’s most sacred sites

By 29 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Disrespect and impudence at one of Australia's most sacred sites

The Australian War Memorial would not be unfamiliar to most Australians, especially Canberrans. We have all been there on at least one occasion, some of us who aren’t Canberra natives most likely would have visited on our Year 6 excursion to Canberra. Perhaps some of us visited with elderly grandparents or other family members who [...]

Gender Agenda

By 29 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Gender Agenda

Do women really lose out in the workplace on account of their gender?
It has been said that if a woman was always available to do the same work as a man for less money, why would a capitalist ever employ a man?
Glib aphorism maybe, but does it make a point?
The same claims continue to be [...]

More recognition for ACT authors

By 28 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government will look at ways to improve the ACT Book of the Year prize to give shortlisted and winning authors more opportunities to promote their success, Minister for the Arts Joy Burch said today.
“In my discussions with the arts community about the Book of the Year prize, it has become clear to me [...]

BRACE 2014 Grand Final – AIS Arena – 6 x Australian Title Fights

By 28 July 2014
BRACE 2014 Grand Final - AIS Arena - 6 x Australian Title Fights

[ 22 November 2014; 6:30 pm; ]

6 X Australian Mixed Martial Arts Titles are on the line in this massive end of season event.

Live from the AIS Arena in Canberra the Bantamweight, Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, Middleweight and Light Heavyweight BRACE Australian MMA Titles will be contested. The best fighters from across Australia have competed throughout the year in knock out elimination [...]

Man to face court following burglary

By 28 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has charged a 36-year-old man of no fixed abode following a burglary at a Braddon night club early this morning (July 28).
About 4.55am, police received a report from a staff member that a person was attempting to break into the Knightsbridge Penthouse night club through a rear window.
Police arrived at the location within [...]

Tuggeranong – The dormitory of the ACT

By 28 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Tuggeranong - The dormitory of the ACT

I’ve lived and loved Tuggers for decades and started asking why we were treated less than other parts of Canberra way back when. I still haven’t had a satisfactory answer.
Before anyone bags me and other Tuggeranongites for whingeing consider the following.
Belco has the same (roughly) population as Tuggers. Yet it has a large well [...]

Juicing for a health Fix

By 28 July 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
Juicing for a health Fix

A few weeks ago, I had a bit of an ‘I need to give my body a break’ moment. After 5 years of abuse, which I blame on having three kids close together and being exhausted most of the time, I felt like it was time to take charge of my own body again.
I had [...]

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