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Back to the Future – Frightening

By 12 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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In the 1960s was a perceived threat to Australia from the “Yellow Peril” coming down the Indo-China peninsula.
We had seen the Korean War, the communist insurgents in Malaysia on the border with Thailand and the Vietnam War had just kicked off.
My father, the Air Force officer, was a strident anti-communist and whilst he didn’t talk [...]

August 2014 – ACT & Queanbeyan Monthly Property Market Wrap

By 12 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Spring has arrived and with it comes the much-celebrated spring property market!
The Canberra market is off to a great start. Median property prices grew over the winter quarter, activity was relatively strong and interest rates remain at an all-time low.
So exactly where has the traditionally quiet winter market left us?
A good time for consumers
For the 13th [...]

Moves and Appointments

By 12 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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There are a few moves going on this week. We’ve listed some of the highlights below.
Former Basketball ACT boss Tony Fraser will be leaving his post to take up the role of Senior General Manager of the future Next Generation Health and Racquet Club in Lyneham.
Elias Hallaj is moving on from his post [...]

Top ACT educators recognised

By 12 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch last night congratulated the winners of the 2014 ACT Public Education Excellence Awards, recognising school leaders, teachers, support staff and volunteers in the ACT public school system.
“Our school communities do an outstanding job in educating and supporting our children,” Ms Burch said.
“The Public Education Excellence Awards were introduced [...]

Police call for assistance to identify witnesses in Civic assault

By 11 September 2014
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ACT Policing has located new CCTV vision from an incident which occurred in East Row, Civic, on Saturday morning, July 26.
Police were called to East Row around 6am after receiving a report of an assault.
The new vision shows a group of seven males who may be able to assist police with their investigation. This group [...]

Public Talk: Tsunami Warning Systems since 26 December 2004

By 11 September 2014

[ 16 October 2014 at 12:00 pm; ] With the tenth anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami this coming December, it is timely to reflect on the progress made by Australia and the international community to safeguard nations from this most destructive and cruel geophysical hazard.

This talk will look at the historical development of tsunami warning systems, their existing limitations [...]

Sleepy Burrows Wombat Alert!

By 11 September 2014

Donna Stephan and her family run the privately funded, Sleepy Burrow Wombat Sanctuary, just past Gundaroo. They take in injured wombats, rehabilitate and return them to the wild. They have a Pozible fund raiser  to build a new enclosure.
“Sleepy burrows wombat sanctuary needs your help! “We do not ever ever want to be in a [...]

Cannabis in Canberra

By 11 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I hate marijuana. I first smoked it when I was seventeen. My face went green and I had a panic attack… because I thought my nose was going to fall off. Since then, I haven’t really enjoyed it and I doubt that I ever will.
There are many things in life that people simply should not [...]

Enrollment fraud, is it more chicken or the egg?

By 11 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Last week I saw an article in the CT about parents lying about their place of residence to get their kids into elite target public schools in the ACT. It generated a lot of discussion but got me thinking about the flip-side to this debate, principals who pick and choose kids from out of area. [...]

Man charged with acts endangering life

By 11 September 2014

A 40-year-old Giralang man will face the ACT Magistrates Court this morning after being charged with acts endangering life after an incident in Weston yesterday (Wednesday, 10 September) afternoon.
Around 4:15pm, police responded to reports that a man had entered a restaurant and emptied a tin of fuel onto the floor and furniture and made threats [...]

Calwell Swimming Pool- Car Parking or Lack Off.

By 11 September 2014

Great to see the Liberal Member for Brindabella doing what all politicians seem good at and self praising himself in a local flyer for his part in ensuring that the construction of a new swimming pool at Calwell went ahead, despite “numerous hurdles” placed in the way.
One of those hurdles no doubt was the lack [...]

Suspicious fire investigation underway

By 11 September 2014
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Investigations are underway after ACT Policing attended a unit fire in Reid overnight.
ACT Fire and Rescue and police arrived at the Kogarah Lane unit around 9:30pm last night (Wednesday, 10 September) and found a large amount of smoke emanating from the unit.
Following an analysis of the scene once the fire had been extinguished, police and [...]

Get fit this spring!

By 11 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We’re now 11 days into spring and before we know it summer will be here. Many of us tend to be a little lazier than usual during the frosty winter months, especially in Canberra, and put on a kilo or two… or ten. By the time the warm weather comes along we’re all hankering to [...]

Pedestrian dies after collision in Griffith

By 10 September 2014
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ACT Policing is investigating an incident in Griffith this afternoon (Wednesday, September 10) in which a female pedestrian was struck by a bus.
Attempts were made to revive the woman but she died at the scene.
The incident occurred around 3.55pm today at the intersection of Canberra Avenue and Captain Cook Crescent.
Police attended and immediately began to [...]

Something happening at Cooleman Court – 6 police cars suddenly turned up

By 10 September 2014

It looks like something reasonably serious has happened at Cooleman Court today, out the front of Kusina restaurant.
As I was leaving the carpark there, I saw multiple police vehicles with their lights on, haphazardly pulled up in front of the restaurant and police were taking statements from people (who I thought looked quite shocked).
In another [...]

Private landholder to conduct hazard reduction burn today

By 10 September 2014

A private landholder will today, Wednesday 10 September, 2014, conduct a small hazard reduction burn of two piles of vegetation at Block 217 Paddy’s River Road, Corin Forest near the Corin Recreation Area.
Temporary smoke cover may occur.
The Health Directorate advises that people with asthma, other chronic respiratory and/or chronic cardiac diseases should not perform [...]

Witnesses sought after burglary at Daramalan College

By 10 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is appealing for witnesses after a burglary at Daramalan College in Dickson on the weekend.
About 8.50pm on Saturday (6 September) an unknown number of offenders gained entry into the College’s main entrance. A male offender then attempted to set fire to a number of items, including the carpet.
He was described as being between [...]

What’s to become of the Lonsdale Street Traders?

By 10 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

We knew it wasn’t permanent, while Canberrans have come to love the Lonsdale Street Traders, we’ve known all to well it was just temporary and it seems the end is nigh.
Lonsdale Street Traders helped give Braddon a new edge, it showcased locally made, vintage and specialty imports. It was the place to find a unique [...]

Witnesses sought after woman struck by car in Monash

By 10 September 2014
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ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team (CIRT) is calling for witnesses to a collision in Monash on Friday afternoon (September 5) in which a 20-year-old woman was struck and critically injured by a vehicle on William Hudson Crescent.
Around 4.30pm on Friday, the victim had been returning to her vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, which was [...]

Pond death under investigation

By 9 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations detectives are seeking the assistance of witnesses who could help in determining how a young Korean national was found deceased in a pond near his Belconnen residence on Tuesday morning (September 2).
The 22-year-old Korean man was last seen when he was dropped off by a friend outside his apartment complex in [...]

Man arrested for sexual assault after using fake online profile

By 9 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 22-year-old Belconnen man has been arrested after creating a fictitious social media profile of a young woman to commit a sexual assault against another man.
The alleged offender used a fictitious Facebook profile to communicate with the 18-year-old victim over a period of time. As part of this communication, the man sent the [...]

Local Leaders – Andrew Clapham and Zakaria Bouguettaya (Imagine Team)

By 9 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Andrew Clapham and Zakaria Bouguettaya, directors of mobile application development business Imagine Team, don’t like taking no for an answer.
In 2011, after the ACT Government refused to fund or assist them to build an app for tracking ACTION buses in real-time, the pair–still university students at the time–used the freedom of information act to access [...]

Witnesses sought after burglary at Daramalan College

By 8 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is appealing for witnesses after a burglary at Daramalan College in Dickson on the weekend.
About 8.50pm on Saturday (6 September) an unknown number of offenders gained entry into the College’s main entrance. A male offender then attempted to set fire to a number of items, including the carpet.
He was described as being between [...]

Finalists for Canberra BusinessPoint Awards

By 8 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The finalists for this years Canberra BusinessPoint Awards were announced last week. A great celebration of local business talent, winners will be announced on 25th September 2014.
For those of your interested in which businesses made the grade, finalists are listed below by category.
WEB & MOBILE
Imagine Team Pty Ltd
Likeajob
Enabled Employment
CLEAN & GREEN
Pure Pod
One of a Kind [...]

Students evacuated from Lyneham High School following odour

By 8 September 2014

Firefighters are currently on site at the Lyneham High School, Goodwin Street, Lyneham, investigating an odour believed to be smoke from the school hall.
No fire has been found, however approximately 1050 staff and students were evacuated as a precaution.
Staff and students have now been permitted to return.
Odour believed to be from a heater.
(ESA Media Release)

Time to nominate champions of inclusion

By 8 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Nominations are now open for the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards, recognising individuals, organisations and businesses that are inclusive of people with disability.
“These Awards, now in their 11th year, are a great opportunity to raise awareness and promote the outstanding inclusive work being done throughout our community,” Minister for Disability Joy Burch said.
“This important [...]

Strong bidding in wind auction is good news for Canberra

By 8 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Eighteen proposals have been received for the ACT’s first wind power auction, reflecting keen industry interest, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell said today.
“The reverse auction for 200 MW of capacity to support wind energy generation closed on Wednesday 3 September with more than 1000 MW of capacity nominated for consideration,” Mr Corbell said.
“The strong [...]

Treat yo’self to help prevent youth suicide in the ACT

By 7 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 9 September 2014 at 6:00 pm; ]

Youth in ACTion for Suicide Prevention will launch Treat yo’self, a local initiative to help prevent youth suicide by increasing self-care behaviour, on September 9, in time for World Suicide Prevention Day. Coinciding with the launch, Youth in ACTion for Suicide Prevention will light up Telstra Tower yellow from September 8-14, to help bring attention [...]

We cannot be proud of our literacy levels

By 6 September 2014

[ 9 September 2014 at 5:30 pm; ] Do you know anyone who may have difficulties in reading and writing? Wouldn’t it be great to help them dramatically improve their reading and writing to boost their retention of information and to build confidence in themselves for achieving this with very little effort?

To celebrate the National Literacy and Numeracy Week and the International Literacy [...]

Truck and car collision at Narrabundah

By 5 September 2014

Firefighters are currently on scene at Hindmarsh Drive and Jerrabomberra Ave, Narrabundah, following a truck and car collision.
Hydraulic rescue tools were used by ACT Fire & Rescue to free two patients from the car.
(ESA Media Release)

CBR 100 Challenge – is it pricing many locals out of participating?

By 5 September 2014
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Earlier this week a new fitness challenge was announced.  Celebrating the newly joined up Centenary Trail, the CBR 100 Challenge includes team participation to walk 25, 50 or 100km along with solo runs of 50 or 100km (yes, you read that right).
I thought this sounded like a really nice thing to do (the team walk, [...]

Canberra and Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 5 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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: $1,560,000
Lowest Price: $220,000
Average Sale Price: $563,663 (+ 6.25%)
2,469 properties currently for sale
35 sales properties had price reductions
96 properties went under offer
122 properties SOLD!
169 properties have come onto [...]

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