One has to admire the way that George Gregan surveyed the post-retirement world, realised that coffee concessions in large office blocks are a licence to print money, and used his star power to wow board room fanboys into giving him those concessions.
Hospitality Magazine informs us that the big guy (where it matters, so we hear) [...]
The ABC brings word of a possible mega merger coming to the public service:
The Federal Government has flagged the possibility of merging the Department of Social Services with the Department of Human Services.
Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews says such a merger could create “substantial” savings.
He has indicated the move could lead to redundancies in the [...]
Shane Rattenbury is putting a brave face on a mountain of outdated tech and tvs thrown out last year:
Over 1,500 tonnes of e-waste was recycled in 2013, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury announced today.
“From 1 January to 31 December 2013, the Canberra community handed over 1,539 tonnes of televisions and computers [...]
This in from Owen:
The Drought !
Here is a view looking downstream of the stepping stones across Ginninderra Creek. (See Google maps, -35.215528,149.027915 )
I’ve never seen it like that before, and will be interesting to see what things are like at the end of the week.
Get the impression they are not releasing any water out [...]
Andrew Barr has released new estimates of the ACT Population growth.
While still expanding it’s slower than last projected which is going to have some big bad effects on the local economy and anyone who’s leveraged to take advantage of the old figures:
New official population projections for the ACT are being issued today. The ACT Government [...]
The Australian Federal Police Professional Standards unit has summonsed a 27-year-old Macgregor man over an allegation that he breached the secrecy provisions of the Australian Federal Police Act (1979).
The man will be appearing in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning (Tuesday 14 January 2014).
It will be alleged by police that the breach of the secrecy [...]
Viewed in the mind’s eye of hindsight Blumers ads have always been on our TV screens and always been much the same.
In the most giving of gifts all of the Blumers ads are now in one place on YouTube thanks to an account called Injury lawyers.
A strange little trip down memory lane to be [...]
Someone from TAMS has valiantly returned from the coast to put together Canberra Connect’s year in review:
Canberrans contacted Canberra Connect over 7.3 million times last year, with more than 718,000 calls, over 34,000 pieces of electronic feedback, 6.1 million online visits and 510,000 shopfront customers.
“It is fantastic to see the growth of this service, [...]
ACT Tourism is giving a plug to the latest tourist bus plying the streets of Canberra. This time a fetching double decker:
A new sightseeing, hop on hop off bus service has started operating in Canberra.
The Canberra City Explorer runs daily, servicing 13 stops within the city and Parliamentary Triangle, including Parliament House, National Gallery [...]
ACT Policing are warning all patrons attending tomorrow’s (14 January) encounter between Prime Minister’s XI and England at Manuka Oval that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
Acting Superintendent Matt Corbitt said police and security will be closely monitoring crowd behaviour and would act to ensure the safety of all patrons. Manuka oval is no [...]
TAMS are warning that their ever popular “digging up the roads” is coming to the Parkway:
The ACT Government will be undertaking resurfacing works on the Tuggeranong Parkway from Tuesday 14 January to Friday 17 January 2014 resulting in partial road closures.
Works will be conducted on the Tuggeranong Parkway as follows:
– southbound lanes at [...]
This just up on the Public Health Alerts:
ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly and ACT Ambulance Service Chief Officer Mr David Foot today warned Canberrans that prolonged extreme heat conditions are forecast for the ACT this week from Tuesday 14 January until Saturday 18 January.
“We are all susceptible to heat-related stress and illness, which [...]
Simon Corbell has shared his concerns over arson:
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, is urging residents to be vigilant in reporting suspicious activity following several grass fires around the region.
Very high temperatures are expected this week and the Emergency Services Agency may declare Total Fire Ban days.
Deliberately lit grass fires and [...]
Firefighters are working to extinguish a rubbish fire at the Mugga Lane Resource Management Facility.
Twelve tankers are on scene with a commander.
ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service crews were alerted to the fire by multiple Emergency Triple Zero (000) calls.
The first was made at 5:20pm.
Update to follow.
Crews are cutting a path [...]
ACT Policing have tweeted an explanation of the low flying plane taking photographs of you.
Seen a low flying light plane in Canberra? Don't worry, it's just 3D imaging for Yahoo Maps. Keep an eye out for it all this week.
— ACT Policing (@ACTPolicing) January 11, 2014
Well that’s OK then.
(It has been interesting watching Marissa [...]
Last week I let pestiness post a call to arms for Canberrans to join her faction in Google’s game Ingress.
Thus intrigued I fired up the copy of Ingress on my phone that I’d flunked out of training with a year ago.
The software has upgraded a few times since then, which I suspect is why it [...]
The Health High Command are warning that it’s going to be bonkers hot next week and that might kill you:
ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly and ACT Ambulance Service Chief Officer Mr David Foot today alerted Canberrans to the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast of extreme heat conditions occurring in the Territory from next week.
The funsters at the Economic Development Directorate are expressing a preference for cars not to be driven to the PM’s XI:
If you’re going to the Prime Minsters XI V’s England match at Manuka on Tuesday, your best bet is to leave the car at home and catch an ACTION bus, and it won’t cost you [...]
Simon Corbell has announced not one but five official visitors for the ACT have been appointed:
“Official visitors work to protect the most vulnerable members of our community, across diverse environments,” Mr Corbell said.
“They perform an invaluable service to our community, as communicators and problem solvers, observers and reporters.
“They are the eyes and ears of Ministers [...]
This in from Rob:
New Action Bus Stop in Hackett
Got an image of Canberra you want to share with the world? Email it in to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The ACT recorded one fatality on its roads during Operation Crossroads, which saw ACT Policing join forces with NSW Police Monaro Local Area Command over the Christmas-New Year period.
Operation Crossroads (23 December – 3 January) is an initiative of Police Commissioners in Australia and New Zealand to reduce trauma over the holiday periods by raising [...]
The ABC is reporting on a death in Queanbeyan:
Police have charged a 20-year-old Queanbeyan man with murder after a body was found in a house in the southern New South Wales city.
Officers say the accused had an argument with a 43-year-old man at a Queanbeyan service station on the night of Friday December 20, 2013.
The grey tide rolls on with TAMS reporting on the six latest arrivals:
Brett McNamara, Manager of Regional Operations, National Parks and Catchments, today announced that Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve has recently welcomed another six new koalas from the Otway Ranges in Victoria.
“Three female koalas and their three joeys (two females and one male) have joined [...]
So, hands up who thinks it’s a good idea to allow a 5-6 foot snake to wrap itself around a small child’s head?
[Canberra Times Missing Snake story]
In SA Rugby Mark Keohane interviews his mate Jake White on how screwing the Brumbies over has made him even more formidable.
Four year contract Jake. Win at all costs eh?
It’s pretty bad that the complete dental records for a couple of guys was thrown in the paper recycling skip – the x-rays aren’t paper and shouldn’t be there.
I edited out names and numbers, inside the folders are the guy’s dental records in full and gross detail.
ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to help locate a missing elderly man from Ainslie.
The 84-year-old man, Charles Kogan, was last seen leaving his home at 2pm this afternoon (Thursday, 9 January).
He was wearing grey shorts, a grey and red striped top, a black cap, brown shoes and was carrying a clarinet which he [...]
After some argie bargy through the week Mayor Rattenbury has made a joint statement with the Kingston Traders on the vexed issue of returning the green grass to Green Square despite the best efforts of some in the bureaucracy to throw spanners in the works:
A meeting between ACT Government officials and representatives from the Kingston [...]
Community radio station 2XX is advertising for both an assistant manager and (again) for a station manager. For the latter role, you’ll need to be prepared to work 30hrs a week for just $44k a year (a few thousand less than the guy working a deep frier at one of Canberra’s local clubs) doing a [...]
Cricket Australia have named the 2014 Prime Minister’s XI to play England on Tuesday:
Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel and Tony Abbott have named the Prime Minister’s XI to play England at Manuka Oval on January 14.
Led by Brett Lee, the team includes some stars of Australian cricket.
The full squad is:
– Brett Lee (Captain) NSW
Earlier in the week we were fascinated by a police media release on a Mazda 121 being used to break a trapped thief out of a 7-Eleven Petrol Station.
Now, thankfully, we can bring you that video courtesy of ACT Policing.
Of course if you recognise the scrote you can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, [...]
The Immortal Muse website has featured the works of P.S. Cottier related to Canberra.
There’s a lot there, and a lot worth thinking about.
Perhaps best of all is “Houses of Gungahlin”:
What space for expansive thought or emerald memory
in these distorted castles, hunchbacked yet grown giant,
perched on desecrated hills, cubist shrines to ugly Gods?
With their whole [...]