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Inadequate planning for asbestos remediation and removal at Yarralumla Brickworks

By 23 June 2014

The YRA is concerned that current ACT Government plans for clearing up asbestos and other contamination at the Canberra Brickworks in Yarralumla are inadequate and vastly underestimate the costs. We understand that the plans are not fully consistent with the regulatory framework that applies to contaminated sites, in particularly asbestos, in the ACT. The YRA [...]

Our own Australian War Memorial #1 Australian landmark (above the Sydney Opera House)

By 23 June 2014
Our own Australian War Memorial #1 Australian landmark (above the Sydney Opera House)

When I first met my (English) husband, he thought it would be fun to read Bill Bryson’s Down Under to understand his Aussie girlfriend a bit better.  I have since come to understand that Bill Bryson captures a hilarious take on his voyages around various continents, unless it’s your home.  His thoughts on Canberra were far than [...]

Severe Weather Warning for ACT and surrounds

By 23 June 2014

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the ACT and surrounding regions for Monday.
The State Emergency Services advises that people move vehicles under cover or away from trees and secure or put away any loose items around their house, yard and balcony.
And of course, keep clear of fallen power [...]

Capital Metro to boost local industry

By 23 June 2014

A Capital Metro local industry policy released today will pave the way for local businesses and local workers to take advantage of the 3,500 jobs that will be created during construction of the project.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the policy demonstrates the intent of the government to use the momentum [...]

Citizenship Birth, Choice and Abuse?

By 23 June 2014
Citizenship Birth, Choice and Abuse?

I came to Australia at age 3 from the UK. Thus when I reached the age of majority, I had UK citizenship. Like so many other people who came here when they were babies, I didn’t think much about citizenship much. But when I was in National Service, I did think about it [...]

New Policing Purchase Agreement targets alcohol related crime

By 23 June 2014

ACT Policing will place special emphasis on a number of key operational issues, including the reduction of alcohol related crime and improving road safety, under a new purchase agreement.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today signed the 2014-15 purchase agreement together with the Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Tony Negus, and Chief Police Officer [...]

Canberra – what’s happening to this place???

By 23 June 2014

Canberra used to be a great place.  Now, look around you.  Use some of Mr Barr’s “vision” if u need.  This is what I see happening to my city :

Debt.   M$300+ and growing.  Given what the Fed’s have planned for Canberra, I’m astounded that the Chief Minister can say that the Territory can not let [...]

Disposal fees waived for loose-fill asbestos home owners

By 23 June 2014

The ACT government will waive disposal fees where houses containing loose-fill asbestos are renovated or demolished, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Simon Corbell, announced on Saturday.
“The government has made the decision to waive these fees following recommendations from the Asbestos Regulators Forum, and is part of a suite of measures to address [...]

Man dies after being crushed by car

By 22 June 2014

A 70-year-old man has died after a car he was working underneath fell on top of him.
About 4.40pm police were called to a residence on Namatjira Drive in Chapman, where ACT Fire and Rescue and ACT Ambulance were on scene.
ACT Ambulance assessed the man; however it appears he died of the injuries he sustained prior [...]

Young drivers lose control

By 22 June 2014

Two P-plate drivers have been issued Immediate Suspension Notices after losing control of their vehicles while driving under the influence of alcohol on Saturday (21 June).
About 10.30pm, police attended Charterisville Avenue in Conder after an 18-year-old driver doing burnouts and drag racing; lost control of his white Holden Ute on a bend, mounted the gutter, [...]

Police arrest woman at football game

By 22 June 2014

ACT Policing arrested a 19-year-old woman after she assaulted two police officers at GIO Stadium during a football game on Friday night (20 June).
During the second half of the game, a fight broke out in the crowd when an off-duty police officer intervened to de-escalate the situation. Uniformed police officers then attended the fight when [...]

Two men trapped in car after crash

By 21 June 2014

The jaws of life have been used by ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) crews to free two men from a car on George Street in Oaks Estate.
ACTF&R and the ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS) were called to the incident at 4pm.
The men, one aged in his 40s and the other in his 50s, were treated by [...]

Two in custody after home invasion

By 21 June 2014

ACT Policing arrested a 33-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man after a home invasion at Port Jackson Circuit, Phillip on Friday morning, (20 June).
About 11.20am the residents of the house were at home when they heard a loud knock on the front door and someone demanding money. After refusing them entry, the alleged offenders have [...]

Man arrested after crime spree

By 21 June 2014

ACT Policing has arrested a 19-year-old Torrens man for an attempted burglary at Kaleen on 18 June and theft at Phillip on 19 June.
Around 1.30am, Wednesday, 18 June, a white van entered the car park of the Kaleen Club, Georgina Crescent, Kaleen and reversed into a fenced off outdoor smoking area. The driver and passenger [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 20 June 2014
ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

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.
SALES

Highest Sale: $3,022,000
Lowest Price: $171,000
Average Sale Price: $581,730 (+ 11.15%)
2,546 properties currently for sale
67 sales properties had price reductions
92 properties went under offer
92 properties SOLD!
163 properties have come onto the [...]

Man arrested after failing to stop vehicle

By 20 June 2014

A 20-year-old Lyneham man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning after failing to stop his vehicle when directed by police last night (Thursday June 19).
About 10.50pm, police signalled to the driver of a white Holden Commodore to stop in the Cotter region. The vehicle failed to stop and police followed the vehicle briefly [...]

7.30 ACT – what to expect from tonight’s program

By 20 June 2014
7.30 ACT - what to expect from tonight's program

7.30 ACT on the ABC
Friday June 20th

Fluffy Families – Mr Fluffy is a company that pumped deadly loose fill asbestos into 1050-odd Canberra homes in the 1960s and 70s. A $100-million federal govt program was supposed to have cleaned it up in the 80s/early 90s. Families are now being told their homes may not be [...]

The new rates regime

By 20 June 2014
The new rates regime

I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but I have to again raise that I’m extremely worried about the direction this city is heading in re household rates.
I’m a homeowner and I intend to stay in my house for a long time.
I understand that on average, Canberra homeowners move every 7 years, but I [...]

Chaplaincies in Schools – The Game Continues

By 20 June 2014

Last May, I wrote about chaplaincy services in government schools and many rioters joined in the debate, on both sides of the equation and for the most part it was a healthy discussion.
On 19 June, and for the second time, the High Court has ruled legislation to enable the payments to the Scripture Union Queensland [...]

Project Safe Plate: Secure your number plates this weekend

By 20 June 2014

ACT Policing and the Gungahlin Marketplace are joining forces this weekend for Project Safe Plate, combatting number plate theft by providing free tamper-proof screws to motorists.
This Saturday (June 21) between 10am-2pm, motorists are encouraged to bring their vehicles to the Gungahlin Marketplace car park on the corner of Gozzard and Ernest Cavanagh Streets, where officers [...]

Why I’m joining the CEO sleepout tonight

By 19 June 2014
Why I'm joining the CEO sleepout tonight

Canberra is stunning in the winter – the frost, the fog on the lake, the trees changing colour. But, Canberra gets bitterly cold and for one night every year Canberran business leaders, members of the ACT Government and community leaders spend a night sleeping on the street to raise money and awareness about homelessness. [...]

Witnesses sought; Hawker aggravated robbery

By 19 June 2014
Witnesses sought; Hawker aggravated robbery

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at the Liquor Legends bottle shop on Belconnen Way, Hawker.
On Tuesday (17 June) evening around 8.40pm a male offender armed with a hammer entered the bottle shop and used the tool to smash two holes in the front glass panel of the premises. He then demanded [...]

Hanson in CEO Sleepout

By 19 June 2014

ACT Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson will brave the winter conditions for another year, joining other Canberra leaders for the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout tonight.
“In my 22 years in the Army I have spent hundreds of nights outdoors sleeping rough and I have great sympathy for the hardships of the people who are forced [...]

Witnesses sought; Chapman aggravated robbery

By 19 June 2014
Witnesses sought; Chapman aggravated robbery

ACT Policing is seeking to identify a man following the aggravated robbery of a supermarket in Chapman on last night (June, 18).
About 7.40pm, a man entered the Chapman IGA Supermarket carrying a machete. The man approached the checkout operator and demanded cash. The staff member complied and the man fled the store on foot [...]

Special Territory Plan variation to facilitate Mental Health Facility

By 19 June 2014

A draft special variation has been prepared to accommodate a secure mental health facility in Symonston for treatment and rehabilitation of vulnerable members of the community, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell announced today.
DSV S323 follows the Planning and Development (Symonston Mental Health Facility) Amendment Act 2014 passed by the Legislative [...]

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 [...]

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