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FUNC Fitness: a newbie’s tale

By 9 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

I was only three steps away from my car towards the entrance of FUNC Fitness when a smiling dude in a baseball cap came out of the door to greet me with a handshake, an introduction and a warm welcome. Well, I thought to myself, that’s a good start. As I came through the door [...]

Dangerous drivers targeted over holiday period

By 8 October 2014

ACT Policing issued over 214 Traffic Infringement Notices and 98 Cautions while targeting dangerous drivers over the Community Day and Labour Day long weekends.
This targeting was part of a joint ACT Policing and NSW Police operation over both long weekends, which often see a large number of motorists travelling interstate. Double demerits were in effect [...]

Katy Gallagher’s first Facebook Q&A

By 8 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher hosted her first Facebook Q&A last night.
The first 5 minutes or so of the session was a bit like a High School disco – lots of smiling and winking but not much action… Then things got a bit more heated. Questions ranged across a number of [...]

Funding for the Arts – a Satire

By 8 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Opposition Arts Spokesman Brendan Smyth has again attacked Arts Minister Joy Burch for providing funding for a controversial artistic production. Funding of $19,000 will be awarded to the Aspen Island Theatre Company for the development of a production titled Kill Climate Deniers. The controversy exists in the context of the Opposition’s attack, earlier this year, [...]

Local Leaders – Peter Cursley (Newborn Intensive Care Foundation)

By 8 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

The death of their newborn daughter Hannah in 1993 led Peter (pictured) and Susan Cursley to start a foundation to raise much-needed funds for the Canberra Hospital’s Centre for Newborn Care. The Newborn Intensive Care Foundation was their way of saying thank you to the medical and nursing teams who had supported them during the [...]

Living more sustainably – one step at a time

By 8 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

I know about the importance of limiting our impact on the earth.  I worry about what will be left for my children and grandchildren if we continue to take from the planet without regard for our greater impact.  I recycle.  I switch off lights when we’re not in the room and try not to waste [...]

Chief Minister to Launch Crowdfunded Book

By 7 October 2014

I’ve posted before about my website Capital Yarns, where I invite social media users to nominate three items, and I write them a short fictional story featuring those items. The yarns are always set in Canberra. More information, and my 35 stories, are at:
I recently launched a crowdfunding project to publish a selection [...]

Witnesses sought; Latham robbery

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the Latham Handy Mart yesterday afternoon (Monday, October 6).
About 4pm, a male walked into the Latham Handy Mart on Dalley Crescent, Latham, approached the shop assistant, produced a knife and demanded cash.
The shop assistant complied and placed a sum of cash in a green shopping [...]

Facebook Forum with Chief Minister tonight 7-8pm

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Chief Minister will host her first Facebook Q&A tonight between 7pm and 8pm to answer any questions you may have (within reason of course).
Any outstanding questions will be followed up after the session.

New Canberra based boutique publisher

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

PENDRAGON PUBLISHING & DESIGN is a Canberra-based boutique publishing house and graphic design business.
Pendragon started out about a decade ago concentrating on logo design, print based graphics, website design and business identity creation. Because the creative directors also love books and authors and feel that a lot of good stories miss out on being told [...]

Open Letter to John Hargreaves on Aged Care

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
All About Care

Hi John.
I would like to respond to your recent RiotACT article on the quality of services delivered in aged care facilities. As the founder of Canberra-based home and community care agency All About Care, I’m a passionate supporter of the aged care, disability and early childhood sectors.
Our beloved industry is in crisis. This will continue [...]

Do we live in the best place in the world?

By 7 October 2014

Many of us have often said it, but it’s now apparently official.  The OECD has named Canberra the best place to live in the world (a rating skewed somewhat by the weighting of civic engagement, influenced by our compulsory voting system).
After 12 years away, it was certainly the beauty and ease of living in Canberra [...]

Burquas – the Hidden Threat

By 7 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

I saw the media recently from that bastion of protectionism, Cory Benardi, that he wants to ban the burquas from Parliament House. His call was echoed by that Pauline Hanson clone, Jacqui Lambie, that the burqua be banned in Oz entirely.
Good one. Not!
There are so many issues at stake here. Firstly, I agree that the [...]

Make money from your spare car space with Parkhound

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The days of free parking in the Parliamentary Triangle are officially over. At the same time, finding a reasonably priced long stay car space in the CBD or Braddon is becoming an increasingly frustrating and time consuming exercise.
What’s a commuter to do? Enter Parkhound, an online community that connects drivers with spare car parking spaces [...]

Witnesses sought to assault

By 6 October 2014

ACT Policing is calling for witnesses to an assault that is likely to have occurred in Gordon in the early hours of this morning (Monday 6 October).
About 4.30am ACT Policing and ACT Ambulance Service responded to a call about an injured male unconscious on the side of the road in Knoke Avenue, Gordon.
The male was [...]

Canberra and Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 5 October 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: $3,400,000
Lowest Price: $157,000
Average Sale Price: $598,125 (2.18%)
2475  properties currently for sale
36 sales properties had price reductions
68 properties went under offer
86 properties SOLD!
128 properties have come onto the [...]

Canberra radio ratings….

By 5 October 2014

Contrary to a misleading bit of spin from the commercial stations posted here several days ago, here are the actual third survey results for Canberra from the providers, via radio
I find the actual results makes more sense when you don’t exclude everyone over 50, left handers, poultry fanciers and people listening in on alternate [...]

A real book-shop in Woden

By 4 October 2014

Harry Hartog bookshop has opened this week in Woden.  Hurrah – a real bookshop where you can buy and order un-remaindered books as well as check out some very cute giftware.  There’s second-hand books as well.

Weekend Cafe Hotspot: A Bite to Eat, Chifley Shops

By 4 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I’ve only heard positive things about A Bite to Eat, so I was keen to check it out for myself and put it to the test.
The cafe is boho meets my grandmother. The furniture is a mish-mash of retro and vintage with couches, tables and a very lovely out door area.

My friend and I took [...]

Two car crash at Waramanga

By 3 October 2014

A woman has been taken to hospital in a stable condition following a two car accident at Waramanga.
The ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire & Rescue responded to the incident on the southbound on ramp to the Tuggeranong Parkway off Hindmarsh Drive just after 4 o’clock.
The woman, believed to be in her late twenties, sustained [...]

Three arrested in Spence incident

By 3 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Three people, two men and a woman, were apprehended late this morning following an incident in Spence (Friday, October 3).
Around 6am Criminal Investigations detectives attended a unit to execute a search warrant. Entry was refused and negotiations commenced.
Specialist Response Group (SRG) Negotiators attended along with other SRG members.
About 10am, SRG entered the unit and located [...]

Polit Bar takes out award for Best Cocktail Bar in the ACT at National Bar Awards

By 3 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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All the thrills, spills and live action from the ‘Oscars’ of the bar industry
On a sweltering September day, 550 bar professionals from around Australia headed down to the picturesque Doltone House at Jones Bay Wharf in Pyrmont for a night of clinking glasses, drinking cocktails and of course, giving out gongs to congratulate the fine [...]

Double demerit points for the long weekend

By 3 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, reminds drivers that double demerit points will be applied over the Labour Day long weekend as part of the government’s commitment to improving road safety.
Double demerit points will apply to speeding offences and increased demerit points will apply to a number of other traffic offences from Friday 3 October to Monday 6 [...]

Two agricultural burns

By 3 October 2014

Two ACT landholders will conduct agricultural burns today, Friday 3 October, 2014, weather permitting.
A 15 hectare agricultural burn is planned at the property “Top Naas”, Naas Road, Naas Valley via Tharwa.
The second agricultural burn is planned at the property “Huntly” Uriarra Road, via Weston. A number of pile burns are expected to be carried out [...]

Two juveniles apprehended after rock thrown at moving vehicle

By 2 October 2014

ACT Policing has apprehended two juveniles after a rock was thrown at a moving vehicle in Belconnen (Thursday, 2 October).
Around midnight last night, police were called to Emu Bank, Belconnen after reports that a rock had smashed the windscreen of a vehicle.
Three youths were seen near where the incident had occurred, and the group fled [...]

A new era for Canberra’s clubs

By 2 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Racing and Gaming Joy Burch today announced the most comprehensive and wide-ranging reforms to the clubs sector in the ACT since self-government.
“The ACT benefits significantly from the unique and valuable role our community clubs play, whether it is through the direct financial contributions they make to community-based organisations or simply as a venue [...]

Mr Fluffy Crisis – Canberra Waits

By 2 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Between 1968 and 1979, private ACT contractor Mr Fluffy insulated people’s homes by pumping loose asbestos fibres into the roof cavities of houses in Canberra. In 1989, the Federal Government acknowledged the devastating health risks of loose asbestos and conducted an investigation of homes in the ACT constructed before 1980. It was discovered that 1.5 [...]

Southquay popular with local developers

By 1 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Spirited bidding by 11 registered parties has seen three multi-unit sites at the new waterfront development at Southquay in Greenway sold today at auction for a total of $9.705 million with all blocks being purchased by local Canberra developers.
The largest block is 7,385sqm fronting Anketell Street. It permits the building of up to 185 dwellings [...]

Bash someone unconscious – 80 hours community service???

By 1 October 2014

The Canberra Times reports that a Canberra man who bashed and kicked a Civic reveller unconscious has been sentenced today to 80 hours community service work.
The footage is horrifying to watch and the sentence seems woefully inadequate. What interested me is the statement that the magistrate didn’t think jail was appropriate… so when is it appropriate ??

ACT strengthens its innovative approach to drug crime

By 1 October 2014

Support programs that help to reduce the prevalence of drug crime in the ACT will be strengthened, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today as he released the Evaluation of the Australian Capital Territory Drug Diversion Programs (2013).
“The territory has been a leader in introducing dedicated drug diversion programs, with five court and police administered programs now [...]

Bushfire season starts today

By 1 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

With bushfire season starting today Canberrans should consider how best to prepare for the months ahead, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, said today.
Mr Corbell joined representatives of the ACT’s fire services at Wybalena Grove in Cook to officially launch bushfire season in the ACT.
“With the warmer weather returning, it is time for [...]

Seeking alternatives to the Emergency Department

By 1 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Chief Minister was forced to apologise last week over an elderly man being left in his own urine in The Canberra Hospital as nurses were too busy to clean him up. During an ABC666 discussion on the matter, someone sensibly (I thought) questioned why this was a job for highly skilled nurse busy with more [...]

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