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ACT Government gives Uber the green light

Uber website

Rideshare business Uber has the green light to operate legally in the ACT from next month.
The ACT Government announced this morning that it will introduce reforms to regulate ridesharing operators and taxi drivers/owners in a bid to provide Canberrans with safe, flexible and affordable ridesharing services while reducing costs for taxi drivers, owners and passengers.
See [...]

Public Talk: Quantum computing

By 30 September 2015

[ 10 November 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Join us at the Academy as we explore our new public lecture series ‘Science Fiction Becomes Science Fact’

Our monthly talks will discuss the ways in which popular culture has often fuelled real life scientific discoveries.

This month Professor Andrew White will discuss quantum computing and his current research which aims to explore and exploit the full [...]

A war on cars or visionary policy?

By 29 September 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
light rail artist impression

Canberra’s MLAs are not exactly famous for lively repartee, but last week duty called for Liberal MLA Giulia Jones. She gave it a good hard crack, flexing her silver tongue and delivering an unbridled bombardment to the Greens.
“Mums and dads trying to get their kids to school and earn the double income needed to survive these [...]

Off duty police member apprehends armed robber

By 28 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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An off duty police member has apprehended a 39-year-old Kambah woman following an armed robbery at the BSW Liquor Store at Woolworths in Kambah yesterday (Sunday, 27 September).
Around 12.10pm a woman approached the service counter of the BSW Liquor Store and made demands for cash stating she had a gun in her bag.
The employee complied [...]

Best of Canberra taste off – Bakery

By 28 September 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE

Last week’s call out for Canberra’s best bakery was one of the only call outs to receive more nominations for a NSW establishment than one in the ACT.
The Braidwood Bakery received a huge amount of attention, but given that this is the Best of Canberra series (and also I don’t have half a day to trek [...]

ACT election – Tea leaf predictions

By 28 September 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
election vote

Last week I talked about the preselection process of the Labor Party and alluded to similar things happening with the Libs and the Greens.
What I didn’t talk about then is the different vagaries of the electorates themselves.
We now have 5 electorates of 5 members, thus 25 members of the Legislative Assembly to replace the 17 [...]

Booking a taxi that comes on time

By 27 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

I booked a taxi with cabxpress the night before my planned trip, for 6am. The operator said it would be there on time.
Long story short, when I called at 6:05 the operator said you’re in the queue, no eta. I then jumped in my car and drove to my destination and got mum to pick [...]

Police seek witnesses to aggravated robbery in Calwell

By 27 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing Criminal Investigation detectives are investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred at the Woolworths store in Calwell last night (Saturday, 26 September).
Around 10.00pm two men armed with knives approached the service counter of the Woolworths store and made demands for cash.
The employee complied with the demands and the two men ran out of the [...]

ACT Education failing autistic students

By 27 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Commonwealth Government has just released its final report on Evaluation of the More Support for Students with Disabilities Initiative 2012-2014. Sadly, the report shows that compared to most other states and territories, the ACT did very little to improve education outcomes for autistic students.
The number of Australian children formally diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder [...]

Who is Harry and why does he love gardens? – ACTION Bus ad

By 25 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Recently I saw an ACTION bus driving around Canberra with a full side advertisement that said ‘HARRY Loves Gardens’ and had a picture of a dog.
I Googled ‘Harry loves gardens’ and came up with nothing.
Does anyone know what this bus advertisement means? Does a really rich person just want Canberra to know that his dog [...]

Big red truck to deliver child safety messages

By 25 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Daniel Morcombe Foundation’s ‘Big Red’ truck will feature in the inaugural ‘Capital to the Coast’ tour next month (October), in support of Day for Daniel 2015.
In the week preceding Day for Daniel on October 30, ‘Big Red’ will travel from Canberra to the NSW South Coast delivering child safety presentations to primary schools from [...]

Author talk with 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty

By 24 September 2015

[ 25 September 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]

Australian of the Year 2015 Rosie Batty reveals the grief, passion and purpose uncovered in her heartfelt memoir, A Mother’s Story.

In February 2014, her eleven-year-old son, Luke, was brutally murdered by his father, who was then shot dead by police. Since that event, Rosie has become an outspoken crusader against domestic violence.

In association with HarperCollins
A [...]

Smart parking trial coming to Manuka

By 24 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
smart parking trial

The ACT Government will next year introduce a smart parking trial in Manuka, Chief Minister Andrew Barr has announced today. 
Barr says the smart parking technology will save time, reduce traffic delays and provide “a better overall user experience”.

“Drivers will be able to use a smart phone app, as well as intelligent, real-time traffic signs, to [...]

Celebrate Earth Science Week this October

By 24 September 2015
geoscience australia earth science week banner

[ 11 October 2015 to 17 October 2015. ]

Earth Science Week is taking place from 11 to 17 October 2015. This annual celebration promotes the importance and relevance of the geosciences to society.

There are many ways you can take part!

Join a behind the scenes tour of Geoscience Australia – 12-16 October
Take the Online Earth Science Quiz – coming soon
Host your own Earth Science [...]

Man assaulted with stick in Richardson

By 23 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is calling for witnesses who may have seen an assault which took place in Richardson on Sunday (20 September).
About 5.00pm a man was approached by a group of males along Johnson Drive. The males demanded cash.
The man left the area however a short time later he was followed by the same group of [...]

Kathleen Bautista thanks Canberra

By 22 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Kathleen Bautista, the 19-year-old woman who was found in the Cotter Reserve area (Friday, 11 September), west of Canberra after six nights alone and injured has issued the following statement…
Since I was found in the Cotter reserve area I have been in hospital recovering and reflecting on how lucky I am to be alive.
I want [...]

3 years since light rail announced as ALP policy

By 22 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
andrew barr light rail

On 21 Sep 2012, the ALP announced that Capital Metro light rail would form part of the policy platform they would take to the 2012 ACT election.
It was covered by ACT Light Rail here.
The ALP and Greens won that election, and formed Government. Light rail commencing construction formed part of the agreement to govern between the [...]

Science meets art at Westside Acton Park

By 22 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Science is often seen as a mystifying and complex subject. But one ANU science communications student is changing all that with a new event: Co-Lab: Science Meets Street Art.
Small’s electrifying piece exploring Jason Whitfield’s research on chemical signals in the brain.
By pairing five PHD science students with five local street artists, Lee Constable took over Westside [...]

Ex-public servants speak: Lynda Leigh

By 22 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Lynda Leigh

In this exclusive excerpt from Life without lanyards, former public servant Lynda Leigh shares her journey from unfair dismissal to a thriving career as a speaker and trainer.
It was the shock of my life, being told to come into an interview room outside the security environment of the building. I was walked down and there were [...]

Autism advocacy group loses confidence in ACT Government

By 22 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Advocacy group Speaking Out for Autism Spectrum Disorder (SOfASD) has passed a no confidence motion in Minister Joy Burch and the ACT Government. 
SOfASD advocates for autistic people in the ACT, including students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
SOfASD members lost confidence in Minister Burch after she claimed that the recent abuse of an autistic student in an [...]

Drink driver caught six times over limit

By 21 September 2015
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ACT Policing has charged a 40-year-old Weston man after he was detected with a blood alcohol reading of 0.330 in Turner yesterday (Sunday, September 20).
At about 5.10pm police received a report from an off duty AFP member of a person driving erratically in Turner, nearly colliding with a parked car.
The driver, who was currently disqualified, [...]

Will proposed cycling laws make roads safer?

By 21 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra drivers will need to keep a minimum distance from cyclists under a new trial announced by Minister for Justice Shane Rattenbury this week.
The media release is below.
Minister for Justice, Shane Rattenbury, has announced that, from the 1st of November motorists will be required to provide a minimum distance when overtaking bicycles as part of [...]

ACT elections – Let the games begin


With the ACT election just over a year away, jostling for preselections has started, some more publicly than others.
Most non-party aspirants haven’t actually started thinking about it yet. I would expect that to start in about June or July, just after the ACT budget is brought down.
These aspirants are usually single issue people with a [...]

Canberra – The city of digital opportunity


The ACT Government’s 2014 Digital Canberra Action Plan is an important part of the vision for Canberra’s future. But more can be done.
The city’s newly appointed Chief Digital Officer has been tasked with assisting in the roll out of the CBR free Wi-Fi network, encouraging a connected and inclusive community by improving digital access, and creating online tools [...]

Firearms seized from stolen car after crash

By 19 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking to identify a man who crashed a stolen car in Pialligo and fled the scene before police attended and located firearms in the car early this morning (Saturday 19 September).
About 3.20am, police received a report that a red Mazda sedan had left the road on Pialligo Avenue, near Brindabella Park, and [...]

School holiday fun at Libraries ACT

By 18 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Libraries ACT is now taking bookings for school holiday activities including robot workshops and a slime making lab.
From the media release:
“School holiday programs are some of the most popular programs we offer and often book up fast,” Vanessa Little, Director of Libraries ACT said today.
“Some of the robot themed activities that children of various ages can [...]

Attempted robbery at Lyons grocer

By 18 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is investigating an attempted aggravated robbery at the Friendly Grocer store in Lyons last night (Thursday, 17 September).
About 10.00pm, a man brandishing a knife entered the store on Devonport Street demanding cash from the attendant. As he made the demands, he was disturbed by a customer.
The offender then fled the scene without taking [...]

Man falls five metres at Hume industrial site

By 18 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Paramedics have transported a man to the Canberra Hospital after he fell five metres at an industrial site in Hume.
Paramedics were called to the Arnott Street address around 7.45am.
The man in his 30s has pelvic and leg injuries and was transported to hospital in a stable condition.
(ACT Emergency Services Agency media release)

Drugs and weapons seized in Kaleen

By 16 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
drugs and weapons seized in kaleen

ACT Policing has seized drugs, firearms, ammunition and suspected stolen property during the search of a residence in Kaleen last night (Tuesday 15 September).
ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations Crime Targeting team located and seized approximately 200 grams of a substance suspected to be methylamphetamine (ice), a similar quantity of compressed cannabis head and a sum of [...]

New legislation to outlaw puppy and kitten farms

By 16 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

New animal breeding legislation to outlaw puppy and kitten farms in the ACT was introduced this week.
The female cats and dogs used in puppy and kitten farms are impregnated as often as possible without regard for their health and welfare. They are often deprived of social interaction, exercise and responsible health care for their entire [...]

Barr releases statement on Malcolm Turnbull

By 15 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has congratulated Malcolm Turnbull on becoming Australia’s next Prime Minister.
In a statement issued today, Minister Barr said:
I would like to congratulate Malcolm Turnbull on his elevation to the leadership of the federal Liberal party and his imminent appointment as the Prime Minister of Australia.
Last night Mr Turnbull rightly pointed out [...]

ANU now one of world’s top 20 universities

By 15 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
ANU Building and architecture

The Australian National University has climbed into the world’s top 20 universities and strengthened its position as Australia’s top-ranked university.
The latest QS World University Rankings for 2015-16 rated ANU as equal 19th in the world, up from 25 last year, and among the world’s great research and education institutions including Oxford, Cambridge and the great [...]

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