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CBR Snow Globe unveiled ahead of Skate in the City

By 19 June 2014
CBR Snow Globe unveiled ahead of Skate in the City

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher today unveiled the CBR Snow Globe ahead of the grand opening event for the fourth annual Skate in the City tomorrow (20 June) at 7pm.
The CBR Snow Globe will be open to the public during daylight hours across the entirety of Skate in the City, with patrons encouraged to share their photos across [...]

Beer and Beethoven

By 19 June 2014
Beer and Beethoven

During 1972 and 1978, I worked at the School of Music, and for the most part directly to the founding Director, Ernest Llewellyn CBE. He told me that the School was founded on the Julliard model, that is, to turn out degree qualified musicians of high quality who were also world quality platform musicians and [...]

Witnesses required after property damage in Kaleen

By 19 June 2014
Witnesses required after property damage in Kaleen

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses after a van was used to damage property in Kaleen early yesterday morning (Wednesday, 18 June).
Around 1:30am, a white van entered the car park of the Kaleen Club, Georgina Crescent, Kaleen.
The van drove a circuit of the car park and then reversed into an outdoor smoking area.
The two occupants [...]

Man arrested after aggravated robbery

By 19 June 2014

ACT Policing arrested an 18-year-old Rivett man following an aggravated robbery in Rivett yesterday afternoon (June 18).
About 4.30pm, a man entered the Rivett Newsagency on Rivett Place and approached the staff member at the register. The man produced a knife and demanded cash. The staff member complied and the man fled the store on foot [...]

Law Reform Advisory Council members appointed

By 19 June 2014

The Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, yesterday announced the appointment of 11 members to the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council.
“Members are appointed on the basis of their expertise in matters relating to law and legal policy,” Mr Corbell said.
“They are experts in a wide variety of law related fields, from the judiciary and legal profession, to police, [...]

Attempted abduction in Conder – witnesses sought

By 18 June 2014

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses following the report of an attempted abduction of a 13-year-old girl in Conder this morning (Wednesday, 18 June).
About 8.45am, the teenage girl was walking to school when a man got out of his van, which was parked in Cremorne Place, and followed her.
The man grabbed the girl by the wrist [...]

New flexible bus system to improve transport for disadvantaged

By 18 June 2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, has announced a new ‘community transport’ initiative to better meet the transport needs of the aged, people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other transport-disadvantaged Canberrans.
“In conjunction with the introduction of the bus network in the middle of this year, we will also pilot [...]

Tuggeranong Town Park Master Plan available for public viewing

By 18 June 2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced that the final master plan for Tuggeranong Town Park, which includes ideas for an enlarged picnic and barbecue area, upgraded play spaces and a new toilet block, is now available for public viewing.
“The needs of the community have significantly changed since the Town Park was [...]

Strategic Bushfire Management Plan open to comment

By 18 June 2014

An updated plan to keep Canberra at the forefront of bushfire mitigation planning has been released today for public comment by Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell.
Mr Corbell invites the ACT community to comment on the draft of the Strategic Bushfire Management Plan Version Three.
“The draft SBMP Version Three is designed to get [...]

30 new drinking fountains will be popping up around Canberra

By 18 June 2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today released the results of Canberra-wide consultation on sites for 30 new drinking fountains to be progressively installed across Canberra in the coming months. The first was unveiled on Wednesday morning at the Harrison District Playing Fields.
“As part of the ACT Labor-Greens Parliamentary Agreement, the ACT Government [...]

New childcare centre up for building award

By 18 June 2014

The new Holder Early Childhood Centre has been shortlisted for a major building award, Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch said today.
The centre, which has now opened to families in Weston Creek, has been shortlisted in the 2014 Master Builders and Cbus Excellence in Building Awards in the ‘building less than $5 million’ category.
“After [...]

Recognition for historic riverside community

By 18 June 2014

The Oaks Estate draft master plan balances the need for future development with preservation of the area’s character, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
“The release of the draft master plan is a culmination of feedback from the local residents, business owners and lessees, the Oaks Estate Progress Association, and the [...]

Are fun runs really fun? The Canberra Times Fun Run comes to town

By 18 June 2014
Are fun runs really fun? The Canberra Times Fun Run comes to town

I was recently reminded that registrations for the Canberra Time Fun Run are open, and this sent me on a stumble down memory lane, thinking about my first CT 10km, and fun runs more generally.
‘Fun run’ is an oft-maligned term. Granted, it seems an oxymoron. As far as I understand it, a fun run is [...]

Agricultural burn today at Lanyon Homestead

By 18 June 2014

A private landholder will today, Wednesday 18 June, 2014, weather permitting, conduct an agricultural burn at Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa Drive, Tharwa.
The burn of piles of vegetation is expected to continue through the day.
Temporary smoke cover may occur.
The Health Directorate advises that people with asthma, other chronic respiratory and/or chronic cardiac diseases should not perform vigorous [...]

Weston Centre Draft Master Plan released for public consultation

By 18 June 2014

Canberrans can have their say on the long-term environmental, social and economic security of the Weston group centre with the launch today of consultation on the Weston Group Centre Draft Master Plan.
Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the master plan will guide the development of the centre to be a more attractive, [...]

Stolen school property recovered

By 18 June 2014

After lengthy investigations, ACT Policing has recovered most of the tablet computers stolen from the Red Hill Primary School around nine weeks ago.
Police were called to the school after a burglary was reported at the premises on April 7 this year and 43 new Apple iPads stolen from an office.
Investigations and enquiries into the burglary [...]

Stolen car recovered; man to face court

By 18 June 2014

A 49-year-old Symonston man will face court after ACT Policing recovered a stolen motor vehicle in Wanniassa yesterday (June 17).
About 10.55pm, police located the blue Ford Falcon, which had been reported stolen last Sunday June 15, at a Wanniassa service station. The car left the service station and police attempted a traffic stop on the [...]

Mental Health – how to help when someone you love is suffering

By 18 June 2014
Mental Health - how to help when someone you love is suffering

Catching up with a group of close girlfriends for dinner last week, conversation turned to mental health.  As we talked about our experiences and thoughts, the tone was gentle and understanding, the content frank.
It occurred to me a few days later just what an extensive web is spun by mental health issues.  From four of [...]

Ammo, drugs seized during warrant

By 17 June 2014

ACT Policing seized a quantity of powder suspected to be illicit drugs, together with a quantity of ammunition, after executing a search warrant on a Chifley residence earlier today (Tuesday, June 17).
Woden Patrol members executed the warrant on the Chifley address around 7.30am, locating the drugs and associated paraphernalia in a bedroom of the unit.
A [...]

Paid parking for the Hyatt and Kingston

By 17 June 2014

Those working or visiting in and around the Hyatt Hotel and Kingston will need to factor in parking costs from July 1.
Although the Parliamentary Triangle paid parking in Parkes, Barton, Russell and Acton is delayed until at least September, the ACT Government will proceed in the introduction of paid parking for the Hyatt and Kingston [...]

Government payroll backflip

By 17 June 2014

During questions from the opposition during yesterday’s estimates hearing, ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr revealed the government is reconsidering its proposed payroll tax amendments to remove the genuine employer exemption, due to their affect on ACT small businesses and contractors. Only after an outcry from small business and the Canberra Liberals has Mr Barr acted, Shadow [...]

Aggravated robbery in Isabella Plains

By 17 June 2014
Aggravated robbery in Isabella Plains

ACT Policing is seeking to identify two men following the aggravated robbery of a supermarket in Isabella Plains on Sunday night (June, 15).
About 7.20pm, two males entered the IGA Supermarket on Ellerston Avenue, Isabella Plains, carrying large kitchen knives. Both men moved behind the counter and removed draws from two cash registers, containing cash. The [...]

The Practice of the Art of Miserablism

By 17 June 2014
The Practice of the Art of Miserablism

I attended a protest rally outside Parliament House yesterday along with about 250 other people. We were protesting at the latest assault on the low paid workers in Australia.
Under the guise of reining in expenditure, Eric Abetz and Joe Hockey have signalled that they are going to change the goal posts for wages earned [...]

A test for Shane Rattenbury on free-range egg standards

By 17 June 2014

So, the states and territories are going to get together and agree on a national standard for the definition of “free range eggs”. Currently the animal welfare advocates nominate 1500 birds a hectare, while the industry would like 20,000 birds a hectare labelled free range.
These days Shane Rattenbury doesn’t have a lot to say on [...]

Family taken to hospital after kitchen fire

By 16 June 2014

A Wanniassa family have been taken to transported to The Canberra Hospital following a kitchen fire.
The father and mother and their two children, a one-year-old and two-year-old, were treated by ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics for minor smoke inhalation.
All are in a stable condition.
ACT Fire & Rescue were called to Michie Street about 7:15pm [...]

Suspicious fires at Hawker

By 16 June 2014

About 12.20am yesterday, police were called to the Hawker Gardens apartments on Murranji Street, Hawker, to a report of wheelie bins on fire. ACT Fire and Rescue attended and extinguished the fires.
An hour later, about 1.20am, a resident in Hodges Street, Higgins, awoke to find his car on fire.
ACT Fire and Rescue attended [...]

Campaign against illicit firearm culture

By 16 June 2014

ACT Policing has today (Monday, June 16) launched its support of the Australia New Zealand Police Advisory Agency’s (ANZPAA) two-week national campaign called Operation Unification ‘Illegal Guns off our Streets’ which aims to get illicit firearms out of the hands of criminals.
ACT Policing Acting Chief Police Officer, David Pryce said while the number of offences [...]

Road rage in Mitchell – man arrested

By 16 June 2014

ACT Policing has arrested a 45-year-old NSW man following an incident of road rage in Mitchell this morning (Monday, June 16).
About 7.20am, the driver of a black station wagon rammed the vehicle into a white sedan a number of times on the Federal Highway near Exhibition Park. Both vehicles then stopped on Flemington Road, Mitchell, [...]

End of an era for Narrabundah as suspected ‘tyre slasher’ is caught

By 16 June 2014
End of an era for Narrabundah as suspected 'tyre slasher' is caught

It is thought the Narrabundah tyre slasher may have been caught on Saturday night. Collective sighs of relief were sure to be heard across much of the area.
Talk of the tyre slasher started on RiotACT back in February 2010 when ‘DeeDee’ posted, pretty upset at the state of affairs as she had [...]

Launch of alcohol interlock program to tackle drink driving

By 16 June 2014

From tomorrow, drivers convicted of certain drink driving offences will be subject to a mandatory interlock condition after serving a period of driver licence disqualification, Attorney General, Simon Corbell said today at the launch of the ACT’s alcohol interlock program.
An alcohol interlock is an electronic breath testing device wired into the ignition of a vehicle [...]

Witnesses sought; Holt aggravated robbery

By 16 June 2014
Witnesses sought; Holt aggravated robbery

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the aggravated robbery of a Service Station in Holt last night (Sunday, June 15).
About 8.30pm, a man entered the Caltex Service Station on Hardwick Crescent, Holt, and approached the counter and demanded cash from a member of staff. When the staff member did not initially comply, the man produced [...]

Direct bus from Gungahlin to Woden

By 16 June 2014
Direct bus from Gungahlin to Woden

Hello Rioters,
I am one of the many people commuting from Gungahlin to Woden.
Currently the only option is to travel to City interchange and catch a bus to Woden interchange.
The buses are usually full and it takes more than an hour to reach Woden. A direct service to Woden from Gungahlin via Gungahlin Drive will be [...]

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