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Uber-factor makes ‘sharing economy’ word of the year


Sharing economy v. An economic system based on sharing of access to goods, resources, and services, typically by means of the Internet.
You knew the arrival of ridesharing service Uber had disrupted the taxi business, but did you also know it has disrupted the very language we speak, inspiring rapid uptake of 2015′s word of the [...]

‘Grave concerns’ for missing Lyons man

By 9 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Missing man

Police hold grave concerns for the welfare of 56-year-old Lyons man Robert Jacob and are calling for public assistance to help locate him. He has been missing for ten days.
Mr Jacob (pictured), was last seen walking from the Westfield Woden Shopping Centre on Melrose Drive in Phillip on Monday, 30 November. He had been seen [...]

Mt Ainslie design competition to guide summit’s future landscape

By 9 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
View from Mt Ainslie

The ACT and Federal governments will hold a national design competition to develop a landscape plan and interpretive strategy to guide the next 10 years of landscape development at Mount Ainslie.
The joint program will call for expressions of interest via and through the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. It will shortlist three [...]

‘Dragon’s teeth’ road markings for school zones at Macquarie, Macgregor

By 9 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Dragon's teeth

The ACT Government is trialling a new style of triangular road markings called dragon’s teeth to encourage safer driving on roads around primary schools at Macquarie and Macgregor.
The road markings are placed in pairs on each side of the road to provide a visual narrowing and increase the awareness of motorists as they enter [...]

Deadly virus hits Canberra’s pet rabbits


Several pet rabbits have died in Canberra in recent days following an accidental release of the RHDV2 strain of European Calicivirus in the ACT.
One RiotACT reader has lost three of her four pet rabbits in the past week.
Calicivirus has been used by the ACT Government to control the territory’s feral rabbit population in the past [...]

Ex-pet salon owner convicted over injured dogs

Dog injuries

WARNING: Several disturbing images below

A former Canberra businessman has been convicted and sentenced under the Animal Welfare Act (1992) after nine dogs were injured at two dog grooming salons he owned in the territory.
RSPCA ACT received reports between June 1 and September 9, 2013, that nine dogs had suffered significant injuries and burns after they [...]

Corbell signs us up to Paris emissions plan

Simon Corbell

In Paris for the COP21 United National climate change conference, ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell has signed a declaration that the ACT will work with states and regions from all over the world to reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions.
The commitment means the ACT will assist in reducing urban greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 gigatons annually [...]

Two ACT women die in head-on collision near Bendigo

Collision site map

Two ACT women died in a head-on collision near Bendigo yesterday afternoon.
Victorian Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the double fatality in Avonmore, and said yesterday that it appeared two cars, travelling in opposite directions, collided on the Midland Highway about 150m north of Lanmore Road about 1.15pm after one vehicle veered onto the wrong [...]

Ask RiotACT: parking with a trailer in Civic

By 6 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Is there anywhere to park with a trailer near Civic? I have come into Canberra to pick something up in a trailer and need to go to the Canberra Centre. I don’t mind walking a couple of blocks.

Pedestrian hit by car in Monash

By 6 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

ACT Policing is investigating a collision that occurred on Ashley Drive, Monash this morning, (Sunday 6 December).
About 1.40am, Tuggeranong patrol members responded to reports of a collision involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian.
When police arrived at the scene they observed a male lying on the side of the road surrounded by a number of [...]

Miracle escape for man, child in Hackett truck crash

By 3 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Truck accident

A man and a child had a miraculous escape from serious injury in a single truck crash in Hackett in the early hours of this morning.
The ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire & Rescue were called to the scene in Antill Street just before 1am.

Crews arrived to find a small rental truck had smashed into [...]

Franklin P&C to fight housing proposal

By 2 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Franklin Proposal

Franklin residents are rallying to fight for community land behind their Early Childhood School as the government flags the possibility of using it for public housing instead of reserving it for the school’s possible future expansion.

P&C flyer
Government public notice

Franklin Early Childhood School P&C President Amy Thomas contacted RiotACT today to ask us to publish the [...]

Leigh grumpy toddler card goes viral, but he’s an old hand at that

By 2 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Andrew Leigh Christmas card

Member for Fraser (soon to be Fenner) Andrew Leigh is becoming something of an expert on creating content that goes viral, as his very cute 2015 Christmas card has done this week.
The card, which features a grumpy youngest Leigh son, Zachary, 3, refusing to join in the staged family shot, has zipped around Twitter and [...]

Witnesses sought to hit-and-run in Gordon

By 2 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a hit-and-run involving a motorcycle and a police officer on Lewis Luxton Avenue, Gordon this morning (2 December).
About 1.20am, police were patrolling in the Gordon area when a black motorcycle came to the attention of police. Police intercepted the motorcycle and directed the rider to stop.
The rider failed to [...]

Woman, 87, gets scooter back after public help nab alleged burglars

By 1 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

ACT Policing will return a stolen mobility scooter to an 87-year-old woman after information provided by the public led police to the alleged offenders of a callous burglary.
The mobility scooter was stolen during a burglary of the 87-year-old woman’s residence in Waramanga on Monday, 23 November.
ACT Policing commenced an investigation and appealed to the public [...]

Bag snatch caught on BeyondQ CCTV

BeyondQ theft CCTV still

Do you know this woman? As this video shows, she walked into Curtin secondhand bookstore Beyond Q last Tuesday and brazenly stole a staff member’s handbag from its storage locker, apparently with the aid of two accomplices also visible in the footage.

RiotACT spoke today to the affected staff member, a grandmother who works at the [...]

Cat lock-in plan for Causeway, Kingston Foreshore, Casey

By 1 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
free roaming cat

The ACT Government has for the first time proposed extending its cat containment strategy into an established suburb of Canberra.
It proposes declaring two new cat containment areas in the territory, at Casey in Gungahlin and in the suburbs surrounding the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature reserve including the Kingston Foreshore and The Causeway.
The Causeway was one of [...]

Homicide team calls for dashcam clues in Carville murder case

Detective Sergeant Donna Parsons and Detective Senior Constable Yoran Wolfkamp

ACT Policing homicide detectives have interviewed the owner of a vehicle interest in relation to the murder of Evatt man Andrew Carville and say they can’t rule him out as a suspect in the investigation.
They’ve also asked members of the public with dashcam or bodycam footage taken in the Majura area earlier this month [...]

Dickson neighbour’s 000 call saves pair from food fire

By 30 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Karuah Street, Dickson

A Dickson resident may have saved the lives of two sleeping neighbours after ACT Fire & Rescue responded to their call to triple zero this afternoon.
Firefighters forcibly entered a unit in Karuah Street, Dickson shortly after the neighbour called Emergency Triple Zero (000) at 1.08pm.
Fire crews discovered food alight on the stove and quickly extinguished [...]

Firies put out sewage plant fire at Lower Molonglo centre

By 30 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre

Firefighters have extinguished a small fire this morning at the Lower Molonglo sewage treatment plant.
The Lower Molonglo Water Quality Control Centre is the main treatment facility for Canberra. It is the largest inland treatment facility in Australia.
ACT Fire & Rescue responded to the site with two fire pumpers, HAZMAT unit and commander after being alerted [...]

Police investigate fatal collision in Royalla

By 28 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

ACT Policing are investigating a three-vehicle collision in Royalla this afternoon (Saturday 28 November) in which a motorcyclist has died.
About 5.20pm, police received a report of a collision involving three motorcycles on the Monaro Highway, Royalla. The collision occurred approximately five kilometers south of the intersection with the Monaro Highway and Old Cooma Road. A [...]

Crowdfunding talk with the Light Clock guys

The Light Clock

With only seven days left of their Kickstarter campaign (it seems that we can’t stay away from the crowdfunding projects here at RiotACT this week), The Light Clock are one of the campaigns that have reached their goal. This isn’t always guaranteed.
The Light Clock is a decorative piece that uses light to tell the time. You can [...]

Elective surgery ‘blitz’ to address long waits

By 25 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Simon Corbell via Facebook

The ACT Government has announced an elective surgery “blitz” in the first half of 2016 that will see the city’s surgeons perform an extra 1000 procedures in a bid to reduce the number of long-wait patients in the territory.
ACT Minister for Health Simon Corbell said the Government would direct $11.8 million towards the program in [...]

Body is missing Evatt man: police

Andrew Carville

ACT Policing has confirmed that a body found in Majura last Thursday is that of missing Evatt man Mr Andrew Carville, and that his death is being treated is suspicious.
Police have ruled out family as persons of interest.
Mr Carville was reported missing earlier this month. He was last seen at his Evatt home on the [...]

Canberra Tales: Huts of protest


If you happen to be driving past the South African Embassy in Canberra, you may notice a lonely and disused sentry box on the corner near the entrance to the embassy and its residence. Today, this corner of Canberra is very quiet and most people drive by without giving any thought to the place this [...]

Police seek witnesses to Griffith assault

By 25 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Police wrap

ACT Policing has called for public assistance as it searches for a man involved in an altercation in at the Stuart Flats in Griffith last night.
About 5.15pm yesterday, a man was allegedly stabbed at Stuart Flats (across Captain Crescent from Manuka shops). The incident allegedly occurred near the carport at the rear of the building.
ACT [...]

Redistribution to force Leigh office move

Andrew Leigh

Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh will have to move offices at a potential cost to taxpayers of $500,000 after the augmented Electoral Commission ignored ACT Labor’s plea that they factor its position into planned electoral boundary changes.
The commission announced this afternoon that its planned changes to electoral boundaries would go ahead as part of a [...]

Fenner ‘spinning in his grave’: Stanhope

Jim Fraser

Jon Stanhope reckons Frank Fenner would be turning in his grave at the news that his name will replace that of longtime member for Canberra Jim Fraser in representing the northern electorate of the ACT.
The augmented Electoral Commission confirmed today that Fraser is to become Fenner despite a number of high profile objections to the [...]

UC ranks in top 100 unis under 50

By 24 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Stephen Parker

The University of Canberra is celebrating reaching one of its strategic plan’s goals two years early today after squeezing into the top 100 universities in the world under the age of 50.
The Quacquarelli Symonds rankings agency placed UC just inside in the top 100 universities in the 91-100 section of the list, which was announced [...]

Walk, cycle and Park & Ride upgrades in works

By 24 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
eddison park canberra

The ACT Government is conducting feasibility studies and undertaking design work to improve walking and cycling connections in Woden, Tuggeranong and Belconnen, and has added 30 new parking spaces to the Park & Ride facility at the Tuggeranong Bus Station.
There were already 58 spots at Tuggeranong but they were among the most highly used of [...]

Chooks beheaded by human not fox: RSPCA

By 24 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Beheaded chickens

RSPCA has confirmed that humans rather than foxes were behind the beheading of six chickens in Melba over the weekend and is calling for community assistance to track down the culprits.
A spokesperson for the RSPCA said claims the injuries were the result of a fox attack were unfounded. A veterinary examination confirmed that human intervention [...]

Five minutes with Abundant Water

By 24 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Abundant Water

Today, we are talking to Abundant Water. Abundant Water is a local Canberra business started by engineer Sunny Forsyth that has created low-cost clay water filters for impoverished communities overseas. Sunny and the Abundant Water team collaborate with the communities to teach them how to make the filters themselves; and, more recently, they have been encouraging and empowering villagers to [...]

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