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53yo man dies in Michelago quad bike crash

By 5 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Police are investigating a fatal crash in Michelago, about 50km south of Canberra.
About 5pm yesterday, a 53-year-old man rode his quad bike from his property on Tinderry Road.
Officers attached to Monaro Local Area Command were contacted about 6.30pm, after he was found lying on the roadway.
The quad bike was located overturned nearby.
NSW Ambulance Paramedics attempted [...]

BarCamp Canberra returns for its 8th year

By 4 March 2016

[ 9 April 2016 at 9:00 am; ] BarCamp Canberra is a free annual event that brings together hundreds of Canberrans for a day of ad-hoc presentations and workshops on topics from technology and government to education and art.

Returning to Canberra for the eighth time in nine years, the event will be held this year between 9am and 5pm on Saturday 9 April at [...]

ACT gives NSW’s biggest wind farm a kick along

By 4 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
wind farm

The ACT Government has ensured construction will commence on what will be NSW’s largest wind farm by awarding renewable energy developer CWP Renewables a feed-in tariff of $89.10 per MW/h for 100MW capacity to power nearly 50,000 homes.
The choice of CWP’s Sapphire Wind Farm near Inverell in northern NSW as the second winning project in [...]

Man arrested over 7-Eleven Fyshwick hold-up

By 4 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
7-Eleven Fyshwick

A 25-year-old Narrabundah man will face court today after an attempted aggravated robbery in Fyshwick yesterday afternoon.
About 1.30pm, police were called to the 7-Eleven in Fyshwick following reports of a man with a firearm making threatening demands.
On arrival, police identified a man matching the description provided to police, and drew their firearms as a precaution. [...]

Rappel pleads guilty to murder of Tara Costigan

By 3 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Paul Costigan

More than a year after mother-of-three Tara Costigan died from wounds inflicted by an axe to her head while she held her one-week-old baby in her arms, Canberra man Marcus Rappel has this morning pleaded guilty to her murder. Family members including uncle Michael Costigan, pictured, looked on.
The young court official who read out the [...]

Motorcyclist dies after collision at Stromlo

By 3 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Cotter Road, Stromlo

A man died in hospital late yesterday afternoon after suffering serious head and chest injuries when his motorcycle collided with a tree on Cotter Road, Stromlo a short time earlier.
His death is the first fatality on Canberra’s roads this year.
ACT Policing is investigating the single-vehicle collision, having responded initially to a report of the [...]

Kimball fronts new current affairs show

By 2 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Chris Kimball

Are you one of the many Canberrans who has missed ABC 7.30 ACT and its presenter Chris Kimball since the program’s demise in late 2014? Lament no more.
Kimball is back on our screens as anchor of a new independent online TV program called Capital Inc., and the first episode has just been released.
The program [...]

Community supervision alternative to prison now in effect

By 2 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Alexander Maconochie Centre

A new sentencing option allowing some offenders to serve their sentence in the community under close supervision is now available to judges and magistrates, Attorney-General Simon Corbell announced today.
The new intensive correction order scheme, which replaces periodic detention, has come into effect following the passage of the Crimes (Sentencing and Restorative Justice) Amendment Bill 2015 [...]

Tenders open for Boomanulla Oval revival

By 1 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Boomanulla

The ACT Government is seeking Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations interested in contributing to the future of Boomanulla Oval, which has been closed since December 2014.
The Narrabundah oval was a sporting and cultural centre for Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, particularly those of the Ngunnawal, Ngambri and Wiradjuri [...]

Griffith man charged with Stuart Flats murder

By 1 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
ACT Magistrates Court

A 40-year-old Griffith man, Scott Jamie Cole, faced the ACT Magistrates Court this morning charged with the murder of a 46-year-old man whose body was found at Stuart Flats in Griffith yesterday.
Cole was wearing a grey tracksuit and thongs, and had a long, straight red mark down the right side of his face – from [...]

Cooma man charged over historical sexual assaults

By 29 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

A Snowy Mountains man has been charged over alleged historical sexual assaults.
In December 2014 last year, officers attached to Monaro Local Area Command received reports of a number of alleged sexual and indecent assaults that occurred in Cooma between 1992 and 1996.
Detectives launched an investigation, and following ongoing inquiries, a 67-year-old man was arrested in [...]

Barr lobbies for local media safeguards via inquiry submission

By 29 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
local media with Andrew Barr in 2015

The ACT Government is one of only three state or territory governments to have made a submission to the Federal Government’s inquiry into broadcasting, online content and live production to rural and regional areas of Australia.
The inquiry will hold public hearings in Canberra tomorrow and in Sydney on March 7 and 8. Members of the [...]

Shunning our own ideas

By 29 February 2016 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Commonwealth Government’s Ideas Boom is prompting a big focus on the start-up sector in Australia, pushing it forward as the way to replace role of the minerals sector in our economy.
We’ve long heralded ourselves as “the clever country”, and we have a track record of world changing technology and innovation to back it. We have lagged [...]

Queanbeyan home destroyed by fire overnight

By 26 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Crest Park Parade, Queanbeyan

Police are investigating after a home was destroyed by fire at The Crest Park, Queanbeyan, overnight.
About 1.20am this morning, police and emergency services were called to the home following reports of a house fire. When emergency services arrived, the house was well alight.
The three residents – two men, aged 51 and 25, and a 45-year-old [...]

Update: Kingston death deemed not suspicious

By 26 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Detective investigating on the balcony of apartment.

UPDATE: The death of a 29-year-old woman at a Kingston apartment on Friday, 26 February 2016, has been deemed non suspicious following a post mortem examination.
ACT Policing will now prepare a report for the ACT Coroner.
ACT Policing have notified the deceased woman’s immediate family, who have requested privacy during this difficult time.
EARLIER REPORT:
A 31-year Kingston [...]

Take a slideshow tour of ACT’s expanded prison

By 25 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Shane Rattenbury

Expansion works at the Alexander Maconochie Centre are now complete and detainees who were moved to a temporary jail at Symonston in mid-2015 due to overcrowding at the main prison returned early this week.
The Symonston site will remain a weekend detention institution only from this week.
Corrections Minister Shane Rattenbury toured sections of the expanded jail [...]

Total fire ban in place in ACT due to heat, dry conditions and wind

By 25 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT fire truck

A total fire ban is in place in the ACT till midnight tonight due to the high temperatures in the past few days, drying conditions and expected strong north-westerly winds.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting winds north to northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h tending west to northwesterly 25 to 35 km/h in the afternoon today. [...]

Mount Ainslie design winners announced

By 25 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Mount-Ainslie-lookout

Take a very hot day, take a small crowd of press and politicians and a few designers – and where would you head on a day of 36 degrees in Canberra. Stay inside maybe? Not this lot – there was something important to be done.
Up they went to the very top of Mount Ainslie. They [...]

Creating a Cafe: Designing the space

By 25 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
lolly shop

A few weeks ago I began to share my story of how I decided to become a small business owner; you can read my first article here.
Mike and I had decided to start a business together; we weren’t really sure where to start and all we were really sure about at the time was that [...]

Schools Chess Challenge Westfield Woden 2016

By 24 February 2016

[ 13 March 2016; ] The Schools Chess Challenge at Westfield Woden is coming up on Sunday 13th March, 2016 and will attract a great number of chess players. The tournament last year brought in 15 secondary players and 55 primary players, with Canberra Grammar School claiming the title for both divisions.
The individual Swiss tournament comprises of 7-rounds, with a time [...]

First of Dickson Flats demolitions underway

By 24 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Dickson demolition

If you were in the vicinity of the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre on Northbourne Avenue yesterday morning, you could’ve stepped into its carpark and watch part of the demolition of the first of the controversially doomed Dickson Flats.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr was on site as the demolition got underway shortly before 8am, [...]

Ex-NSW Justice chief to review family violence response

By 23 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Laurie Glanfield

The ACT Government has appointed the former Director-General of the NSW Department of Justice, Laurie Glanfield, to conduct its independent review of ACT Government system responses to family violence.
The Government announced the review after the alleged murder last week of an 8-year-old by his father, Graham Dillon, in their Gungahlin home.
Mr Glanfield, who ran [...]

Obstacle event a disgrace, dangerous: participants

By 22 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Participants in an obstacle course event at Bungendore over the weekend have labelled the event as “disappointing”, “dangerous” and “a disgrace” and set up an online petition calling on the organisers to refund their tickets.
The petition is online here.
Dozens of ticketholders who participated in the first session of ObstaSplash on Saturday morning posted complaints on [...]

The problem with “adjusted for population”

By 22 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
business icons

Innovation is the flavour of the month, here in Canberra and at a Federal level. That means two things; lots of photos of people holding prototypes of things that you will never be able to buy, and seemingly endless reports and numbers showing how well one place is doing compared to all the others.
It is [...]

Best of Canberra callout – secondhand bookshops

By 17 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
bookstore

There is a continuous debate regarding hardcopy or digital when it comes to books.
I own a Kindle and it is the perfect companion when travelling, easy to download hundreds of books to one place while on the move and compact for fitting in with all your belongings. I love it. Conversely, there is also [...]

Jacka father charged with murder of 8yo son

By 16 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
The crime scene

Jacka man Graham Dillon, 37, appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court this morning in relation to the alleged murder of his 8-year-old son last night.
The accused, a wiry man with fair hair and extensive tattooing on his neck, appeared before Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker shortly after 10.30am in relation to three charges of assault between [...]

Man falls from scaffolding in Gungahlin, stable in hospital

By 15 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ambulance

ACT Ambulance Service have attended to an industrial accident on the corner of Gozzard and Ernest Cavanagh St in Gungahlin.
Crews arrived to find a 25-year-old male had fallen three metres from scaffolding.
Following a difficult extrication, the man was stabilised on scene by intensive care paramedics and transported in a stable condition to The Canberra Hospital [...]

Building evacuated in Moore St, City

By 15 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ACT fire truck

ACT Fire & Rescue has evacuated approximately 150 people from a building on Moore Street in the city while investigating a smell of smoke.
The ground floor, level one and level two has been evacuated. There has been no sign of fire.
Three pumpers, hazmat, Bronto aerial platform, commander and support unit have attended with support from [...]

Multicultural Festival crowd ‘mostly well-behaved’

By 15 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Multicultural Festival

The estimated 280,000-strong Multicultural Festival crowd was mostly well-behaved over the weekend, with seven people were taken into custody for being intoxicated and one arrested for offensive behaviour, according to ACT Policing.
A 22-year-old Reid man will face the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date in relation to charges of offensive behaviour in a public [...]

Woman driver with 1yo unrestrained blows 0.312 in Bungendore breath test

By 15 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

A woman who was caught in Bungendore yesterday with a one-year-old unrestrained in the back of her car as she attempted to start it returned a 0.312 reading in a breath test.
About 3pm yesterday, the woman was stopped by police while attempting to start her vehicle at a local sporting oval at Bungendore. [...]

ANU part of gravity wave breakthrough predicted by Einstein

By 12 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Black Hole Merger Simulation

An ANU scientist has led the Australian team within a global scientific collaboration that has proven the existence of gravitational waves, 100 years after their existence was predicted by Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.
The confirmed observation of a gravitational wave, ripples in space caused by the collision of two black holes, is a major [...]

Senior ASIC executive charged with historic child sex abuse

By 11 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Peter Cuzner

Former ACT schoolteacher and ASIC regional commissioner for the ACT Peter Cuzner, of Kaleen, pleaded not guilty in court today to charges relating to the alleged abuse of a teenage boy in the 1980s.
Earlier this week RiotACT reported that a 60-year-old Kaleen man would today face three charges of acts of indecency on a person [...]

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