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Podcast: ScienceAlert’s journey to 6.4 million Facebook likes

Startup Capital podcast

The Startup Capital is a locally produced, biweekly podcast discussing startups and innovation. 
In this episode, ScienceAlert’s Journey to 6.4 million Facebook likes, Mitch and Matt spoke to Chris Cassella, founder of media powerhouse ScienceAlert. This media news site has a legion of more than 6.4 million Facebook fans. We asked Chris how they did this and how [...]

500 drivers caught speeding last month


ACT Policing’s traffic targeting during February saw more than 504 drivers caught speeding across Canberra, with four drivers caught travelling more than 45km/h over the speed limit.
“Alarmingly, just over half of those drivers were caught speeding in a school zone, showing blatant disregard for the safety of children; our most vulnerable road users,” Traffic Operations [...]

Local leaders – Michael McGoogan (UberGlobal)

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Canberra technology prodigy Michael McGoogan founded what would become one of Australia’s largest cloud service providers, UberGlobal, in his Rivett bedroom when he was just 14.
It was the early 2000s and Michael, a self-confessed computer geek, had identified an opportunity to make money hosting and designing websites for businesses. Within six months, he had 500 [...]

Seselja welcomes funding for safer schools


Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today welcomed funding for Canberra Grammar School under the Coalition Government’s $18 million Schools Security Programme.
“Canberra Grammar School is one of 54 schools to receive funding under the programme, which delivers on our election commitment to continue assistance to schools at risk of attack, harassment or violence caused [...]

ACT Government leads nation on climate change action


Canberra’s environmental watchdog has given the thumbs up to the ACT Government’s response to climate change in the region, Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell and Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Robert Neil announced today.
The commissioner today released his report into the government’s implementation of the ACT’s climate change policy, which provides an assessment [...]

What does the ACT think about the death penalty?


Inside my backyard shed are two signs that my fiancée and I recently made. The signs read, “Indonesia, we love you but please tell your Government to stop killing Australian citizens”.
Over the past month or so, I have spoken on various radio stations and contributed to numerous public forums against the state sanctioned killing of [...]

Chic Henry and the tram to nowhere?

light rail artist impression

I’ve had a couple of long conversations with Summernats’ Chic Henry, who is tossing up whether to run in the 2016 ACT election.
He told me that the Liberals want him to stand but one of the reasons he hasn’t yet committed is his age. If he were fifteen years younger he’d have no hesitation, but [...]

Murder charge; man to face court


ACT Policing has charged a 40-year-old man with murder following an incident in Calwell yesterday afternoon (Saturday, February 28) in which a 28-year-old woman was killed.
Police were called to the Duggan St apartment block around 4.40pm, responding to reports of a disturbance at the location.
Upon attending, police found forced entry to the apartment, and the [...]

Light rail and intersections?


According to Capital Metro:

Who will have priority at traffic lights?
A level of priority is typically provided for light rail to help the service run efficiently. This occurs as a part of planning that helps the light sequencing to support the major traffic flow (such as the inbound traffic in the morning peak). This means that [...]

Teen arrested after aggravated robbery in Gowrie

By 27 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing has apprehended a 17-year-old male from Canberra’s south following an aggravated robbery in Gowrie yesterday (26 February).
About 11:10am, a male walking along the underpass near Isabella Drive and Ashley Drive, Gowrie, was approached by two males. One male was carrying a baseball bat in a backpack and made demands for the victim’s mobile [...]

Possum beater on video not convicted

By 26 February 2015
Baby possum cared for by RSPCA ACT

I am outraged by the results of one of our most recent animal cruelty cases. As published in The Canberra Times today, Lyons resident Domaneco Zizi escaped conviction after attacking a possum with a pole and eventually killing it.
In this case, our RSPCA ACT inspectors received actual video footage of the attack.
Furthermore, although we were unable [...]

Why is Canberra Australia’s fittest city?


According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data, almost three out of four Canberra residents participate in sport or some sort of physical activity – the highest rate out of anywhere in Australia.
It is pretty easy to see that Canberra is an active city. Everyone I know plays some sort of sport or regularly goes to [...]

Canberra – a little piece of somewhere other than Australia

By 25 February 2015

What’s up with Canberra’s obsession with feral and introduced trees and shrubs?
I think Canberra fits much better into a European landscape – one filled with deciduous trees and no understorey – rather than an Australian landscape of diversity and bush. Unfortunately, the Canberra look is perpetuated by a government-led planting regime that reinforces its un-Australian appearance.
What [...]

Local leaders – Andy and Bec Losik (Anchor & Bliss)

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Andy and Bec Losik are the creative entrepreneurs behind tattoo-focused skincare brand Anchor & Bliss. While they’re public servants during business hours, like many in the sector they’ve dedicated their spare time to building a microbusiness that better reflects their passions and interests.
“No matter who’s in government, cuts in the public service tend to hit [...]

Canberra basketballer Janna Sladic found dead, overdose suspected

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Former Canberra Capitals player Janna Sladic has died from a suspected heroin overdose, media has today reported.
The 29-year-old was found by family at around 1.30am on Friday (20 February 2015) in West Belconnen, less than two weeks after walking free from court after convincing a judge she had made progress in her rehabilitation.
Janna was a rising [...]

Costco petrol no longer cheaper?

By 24 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I filled up at Costco on 22 January at $1.16 per litre. Checking Woolies fuel app on 23 January it would appear that the airport is the same price as most other outlets in the ACT at $112.9.
Does this mean that Costco is no longer offering cheaper petrol than anywhere else? I thought this would happen. [...]

Abode Hotels and Canberra Hospital Foundation join forces to help families

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Health Simon Corbell will attend a partnership event at Abode Woden today to celebrate the partnership between Abode Hotels and the Canberra Hospital Foundation that will ease the burdens placed on families of patients receiving care at nearby Canberra Hospital.
The Canberra Hospital Foundation supports families that find themselves [...]

Anzac centenary commemorated through the arts

By 23 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today announced over $80,000 in funding for two arts and culture projects as part of the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program.
From the media release:
The ACT’s Centenary of Anzac commemorations received a boost today with Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja today announcing [...]

Ruddock given the whip

By 23 February 2015

The sacking of Phillip Ruddock caused me to contemplate a number of issues.
Firstly, I have served with Phillip Ruddock on a couple of ministerial councils and found him to be a warm and honest man. A little dry perhaps, sometimes appearing to lack humour and very semantic, he was nonetheless a man of conviction and [...]

Man injured in collision; witnesses required

By 22 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A man has been conveyed to The Canberra Hospital after sustaining serious injuries as a result of a single vehicle collision last Friday (February 20) night.
Around 11:45pm, a 29-year-old NSW man was travelling north on Coulter Drive, Evatt in a Ford Falcon station wagon
At the intersection with Ginninderra Drive and Coulter Drive the driver [...]

Canberra & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 22 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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.

Highest Sale: $1,670,000
Lowest Price: $237,500
Average Sale Price: $594,759 (- 4.38%)
2645 properties currently for sale
52 sales properties had price reductions
112 properties went under offer
132 properties SOLD!
215 properties have come onto the market
57 [...]

85 plants seized in Calwell drug bust

By 20 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has just released the following information and photographs regarding a drug bust in Calwell today.

ACT Policing officers from Tuggeranong Patrol seized up to 85 cannabis plants in various stages of cultivation from a Calwell residence during the execution of a search warrant this morning (Friday, February 20).
During the search, police located up to [...]

Car seen at Chisholm shooting; witnesses sought

By 20 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is appealing to any witnesses who may have seen a dark coloured car in the week leading up to the shooting at Chisholm on Sunday, February 8.
Police were called around 8.15am to a house on Nina Jones Crescent, Chisholm, after the resident reported what appear to be bullet holes in their car. The [...]

Six people ejected from World Cup cricket match

By 19 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Six people were ejected from the ICC Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at Manuka Oval yesterday (Wednesday, February 19), although police were pleased with the overall crowd behaviour.
An enthusiastic and lively crowd of more than 10,900 spectators attended the day-night international sporting fixture.
ACT Policing’s Operation Commander for the event, Superintendent Rob Wilson, [...]

Hazard reduction burn tonight at Guises Creek

By 18 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Rural Fire Service will conduct a hazard reduction burn tonight at Guises Creek.
An area of approximately four hectares of grass fuel will be removed during the burn.
The ACTRFS Guises Brigade will be in attendance with four units.
The burn is expected to start around 6pm.
Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made to [...]

Two men to face court for aggravated burglary

By 18 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Two men will face the ACT Magistrates Court today following their arrest earlier this morning (Wednesday, February 18) by ACT Policing.
About 1.30am, ACT Policing received the report of two suspicious males at a unit complex on Thynne Street in Bruce.
Members from Belconnen Police Station responded and acting on information from a member of the public, [...]

Local leaders – Ché Baker and Dallas Bland (Blue World Order)

che baker and dallas bland

Local filmmakers Ché Baker (pictured right) and Dallas Bland (pictured left) believe that Canberra has the potential to become one of Australia’s most sought-after filming destinations.
The pair are currently filming their debut full-length feature film, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi flick titled Blue World Order, on location in Canberra. They hope to use the film to help [...]

Knights and dames have no place in modern Australia: Barr

By 18 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Andrew Barr will this week move that the ACT Legislative Assembly recognise that Tony Abbott’s ‘captain’s call’ to bring back knights and dames does not reflect a modern, confident and diverse Australia.
In a press release issued this morning, Barr said:

“Like many Australians, I have found the decision to bring back the archaic honour system [...]

Witnesses sought to armed robbery in Calwell

By 17 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an armed robbery which occurred in Calwell on Sunday night (February 15).
At about 9pm a male entered the Woolworths service station at the Calwell shopping centre, where he threatened a console operator with a large knife before fleeing with a sum of cash.
Shortly before this at around 8.50pm, a [...]

Corbell announces $570k program to fight childhood obesity

By 16 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new $571,000 program to get children eating healthier and being more active was announced today by Minister for Health Simon Corbell.
The ACT Medicare Local’s Connect Up 4 Kids Program gives advice to parents to help keep their children at a healthy weight.
“We know being overweight or obese is a serious health issue that can [...]

Research program to examine Mr Fluffy health risks

By 16 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Health Simon Corbell today announced a research program into the potential long-term health risks of living in a house with loose-fill “Mr Fluffy” asbestos.
The research will be undertaken by the Australian National University’s National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health and overseen by the Chief Health Officer.
Chief [...]

NSW right uses bully boy tactics

By 16 February 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The NSW extreme right has once again used its muscle to bully people into doing its bidding. Elected representatives have been coerced and cajoled into toeing the line and putting their support in for an embattled leader.
Sound familiar? I’m not talking about the NSW Labor Party. This is the extreme right of the Liberal Party. [...]

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