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Police locate illicit drug lab in Hume

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is investigating a commercial grade clandestine illicit drug laboratory located in Hume today (August 12).
This afternoon ACT Policing received information regarding potentially hazardous material at a location on Sheppard Street, Hume.
ACT Policing members attended and cordoned the area, along with the ACT Fire and Rescue HAZMAT team. About 2pm, ACT Policing closed roads [...]

Crime continues to drop in 2013-14

By 12 August 2014

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, has welcomed new figures showing an overall 9% decrease in reported offences in the past financial year.
Mr Corbell tabled the June 2014 ACT Criminal Justice Statistical Profile in the Legislative Assembly today.
“I’m pleased that decreases are reported in property crime with robbery, extortion and related offences down 23%, property damage and environmental [...]

Don’t head home on the Monaro towards Hume today…

By 12 August 2014

“An ACT Policing spokesman was unable to detail the nature of the operation but urged all southbound motorists to use Mugga Lane rather than the Monaro Highway.”

Witnesses sought to attempt abduction in Nicholls

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses following the report of an attempted abduction of an eight-year-old boy in Nicholls this morning (Tuesday, 12 August).
About 8.30am, the boy was walking along Kelleway Avenue to his school (Gold Creek Primary) when he was approached by a man in a blue sedan. The man told the boy to get [...]

Local Leaders – Jason Roses (Luton Properties)

By 12 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

When you’re under 30 and run one of Canberra’s newest real estate offices, a bit of confidence and market knowledge goes a long way. This is something Luton Properties Gungahlin director Jason Roses knows only too well.
“If I meet a client and I look young, act young or don’t know what I’m saying, then that’s [...]

Free speech? Free-ish maybe…

By 12 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

A very long time ago when I was starting out in radio one of the old hands told me sadly that even though we had access to a moderately powerful transmitter, there were many important things that needed be said but could never be heard on the home receiver because “they” wouldn’t allow it.
Whether that [...]

Local wins big at the Eastern Region Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2014

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Datapod Managing Director and Chief Architect Scott Carr was announced as the winner of the Eastern Region EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2014 – Technology Category, at a gala event in Sydney overnight.
Mr Carr joined other outstanding entrepreneurs from across New South Wales and ACT and will now represent the region at the upcoming [...]

New laws for major events

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT will be better positioned to host major international events with the introduction of a bill later this week by Attorney-General, Simon Corbell.
The Major Events Bill 2014, which will be introduced on Thursday, will establish new legislation for security management and commercial protections for major events.
“This legislation is a critical part of the ACT’s [...]

Police investigate fatal collision on Monaro Highway

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is investigating a fatal collision which occurred on the Monaro Highway on (Sunday, August 10).
About 4.40pm, a two car collision occurred on the Monaro Highway, Royalla, at the intersection of Old Cooma Road, involving a Toyota Corolla and Hilux.
The impact caused significant damage to the Corolla sedan with the passenger sustaining life threatening [...]

School Principal’s Budget Autonomy Trial

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Does anyone know when the report into School Principal’s Budget Autonomy Trial will be released? The trial was significantly scaled back after 18 months in July last year which raised a more than a few eyebrows. I for one am curious to know if the principal’s came in on budget? Did they appropriate the money [...]

It’s time to let go of the Starlight

By 12 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Long-time residents of Canberra will remember the old Starlight drive-in cinema that used to be at Watson, near the end of the Federal Highway, with its bright neon sign proudly glowing for all who entered Canberra to see. Brand new residents of Canberra will have no idea what I’m talking about. The younger generation probably [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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.

Highest Sale: $1,170,000
Lowest Price: $159,500
Average Sale Price: $541,142 (+ 3.56%)
2,424 properties currently for sale
58 sales properties had price reductions
97 properties went under offer
73 properties SOLD!
181 properties have come onto [...]

Police seek witnesses to serious collision on Monaro Highway

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is investigating a serious collision which occurred on the Monaro Highway yesterday afternoon (Sunday, August 10).
About 4.40pm, a two car collision occurred on the Monaro Highway, Royalla, at the intersection of Old Cooma Road, involving a Toyota Corolla and Hilux.
The impact caused significant damage to the Corolla sedan with the passenger sustaining life [...]

RiotACT Face Off: Light Rail or Bullet Train

By 11 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Talk of a bullet train between Canberra and Sydney has been bubbling away for some time now. How do these plans compare to light rail and which is more important to Canberra? We asked Damien Haas (Chair of ACT Light Rail) and Tim Bohm (President, Bullet Train for Australia Party) the following question and their [...]

REIACT 2014 Awards for Excellence

By 11 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The REIACT Awards for Excellence are one of the biggest events on the ACT real estate calendar, and this year – as in previous years – it was Independent Property Group’s  night to shine.
Hosted by ABC 666 presenter Phillip Clarke at the Hyatt Hotel on Saturday evening, Independent Property Group took out several of the [...]

ACTTAB sale a body blow for Canberra’s racing industry

By 11 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

The sale of Canberra’s betting agency ACTTAB for $105.5 million and a 50-year exclusive totalisator licence to Tabcorp Holdings (for $1 million a year) has been met with disbelief and anger in some quarters of the racing industry.
Representatives of the thoroughbred, harness and racing codes feel they were excluded from consultations over the sale and [...]

Man arrested for multiple robberies

By 10 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has arrested a 38-year-old Ainslie man for robbing three stores in Braddon on Saturday night (9 August).
About 8.15pm the man entered a supermarket in the Canberra Centre on Bunda Street, stealing a multipack of matches and attempting to take money from the till.
At about 8.20pm, a man matching the same description entered [...]

Man arrested for importing drugs


ACT Policing arrested a 25-year-old Wright man yesterday morning (August 9) for the importation of drugs into Australia.
Between 13 June and 7 August, the AFP was alerted to several packages that were intercepted by Australian Customs and Border Protection Service which contained border controlled drugs.
On 7 August, a Canberra hotel received a similar suspicious package [...]

Facefit of Banks burglar released

By 8 August 2014

ACT Policing is seeking to identify a man involved in the burglary of a Banks home on July 30 and have released a face-fit of the offender.
About 1.40pm, a resident of the Banks home in Bellchamber Crescent disturbed the offender inside their house. When the offender saw the resident, he immediately fled.
Witnesses in the area [...]

Witnesses sought to Civic assault

By 8 August 2014

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault which occurred at the taxi rank near Bailey’s Corner on London Circuit in Civic early this morning (August 8).
Around 3.45am three males were standing at the taxi rank when one male has struck another with his hand causing the victim to fall to the ground.
A second male [...]

Motorcyclist caught 68km/h over speed limit

By 8 August 2014

An 18-year-old man has lost his provisional licence after police caught him travelling 68km/h over the posted speed limit yesterday afternoon (Thursday, August 7).
About 2.28pm ACT Policing members in an unmarked police car detected the man travelling northbound on the Tuggeranong Parkway at 168 km/h, which is a 100km/h sign posted speed zone.
Police stopped [...]

Corin Forest snow report


The cold temperatures this week have made for excellent snow making conditions at Corin Forest, with more 500 cubic metres of snow pumped out over the week. The snow play and toboggan area has an average cover of 1.2 metres deep.
We’ve been having fantastic, sunny days showing off the icy morning conditions.
The cold nights have [...]

Two males to face court following Gordon burglary


ACT Policing has arrested a 23-year-old man and 16-year-old teenager following a burglary in Gordon yesterday (August 7).
Around 12.15pm a woman returned to her home and suspected that someone was inside the residence after hearing the sound of a window opening.
The woman contacted police and members of the Tuggeranong Patrol responded to the incident a [...]

New business grants increase internship opportunities for ACT students


Businesses can now apply for $7,500 student internship grants as part of the STEM4Digital Business Internship program designed to accelerate business engagement with the digital economy, Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced today.
The STEM4Digital Business Internship program is a priority initiative of the Digital Canberra project and aims to enhance Canberra’s reputation as a ‘smart city’ [...]

Capital Metro consultation heads to Tuggeranong


Following on from several highly successful community consultations sessions at Dickson, Gungahlin and Erindale shopping centres, Capital Metro Agency and Environment and Planning staff will be in the Tuggeranong Hyperdome, between Kmart and Coles on the upper level, tomorrow (Friday 8 August) to discuss the proposed design for light rail in Canberra.
Minister for Capital [...]

Independent review finds former Koppers site safe

By 7 August 2014

A review by expert environmental consultant Coffey International, tabled today in the Legislative Assembly by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, has confirmed earlier assessments that the former Koppers site in Hume does not pose a risk to the community.
“There has been extensive discussion about the impacts from the operations of the former Koppers site [...]

Bill supports inquiries into convictions


Attorney-General Simon Corbell today announced amendments to the Crimes Act 1900 confirming a recent Supreme Court decision that the court can receive submissions in considering a report on an inquiry into convictions.
The amendments also reflect the court’s finding that consideration of a report is a judicial process.
The amendments are framed to commence from the day [...]

Carpark vs Trees


I was surprised to find out that the trees and grass outside Dickson pool are being demolished for a temporary bitumen carpark.
This is a terrible shame. Once these big trees are gone they will never come back. If the carpark is temporary then why put down bitumen?
The location for this carpark is the corner of the intersection of Cowper and Antill [...]

Gas leak at Kingsford Smith School at Holt

By 7 August 2014

A second school gas leak this morning – Firefighters are responding to a gas leak at the Kingsford Smith School, Starke Street and Hardwick Crescent, Holt.
Two pumpers and one Commander from ACT Fire & Rescue are responding to reports of a gas leak in the school gymnasium.
(ESA Media Release)

Gas leak at Charles Conder Primary School

By 7 August 2014

Firefighters are currently on scene at Charles Conder Primary School, Tom Roberts Avenue, Conder, working to isolate a gas leak.
Approximately 330 students and staff have been evacuated as a precaution.
UPDATE 9.21am – Crews have now isolated the gas leak. ACT Fire & Rescue is ventilating the area and conducting atmospheric monitoring before allowing staff and [...]

Canberra business wins at Start Up Awards in Sydney


The 2014 Australian Startup Awards were held last Saturday at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney. Hosted by The Entourage, the awards recognise business excellence and celebrate the achievements of Australia’s top entrepreneurs under 40.
Local Canberra start up Red Robot showed off their entrepreneurial skills when they took out the Hilton Product Business of the Year Award.
Red Robot [...]

Facefit released of pizza driver robber


ACT Policing has released the facefit of one of two males who robbed a pizza delivery driver in Banks on Thursday (July 25).
About 9.25pm, a pizza delivery driver attended an address in Adcock Place, Banks, to deliver an order. At the address, the delivery driver noticed two males standing out the front of the residence.
As [...]

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