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ACT students top the nation in NAPLAN results

By 10 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT school students have again topped the nation in NAPLAN tests, with the latest results ranking the ACT first or equal first in 19 of the 20 testing areas, Minister for Education Joy Burch said today.
“I am proud that ACT students across all year levels continue to lead the nation in reading and are ranked [...]

William Hovell Drive speed camera

By 10 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Apparently speed cameras are installed in black spots and are NOT used for revenue raising. Driving along William Hovel Drive between Coulter Drive and Bindubi Street I noticed some construction going on. A length of Armco fence and a very large reinforcing tube to go into the ground. This is on the left heading towards [...]

Tailgaters and aggressive drivers… WHY?

By 10 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Believe it or not, I’ve never received a speeding ticket, lost a demerit point or been penalised for the conduct of my driving. At this early stage in the article, I am resisting with all my might not to flounder into a tirade about parking tickets in the ACT. I won’t… I promise. Luck has [...]

Slow down on the Kings Highway this summer

By 9 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is calling on motorists to slow down and drive safely on the Kings Highway this summer, as part of the Kings Highway Road Safety Partnership summer campaign.
The campaign, which launched today (Tuesday 9 December) outside Bungendore, urges drivers to ‘slow down or be caught’ as they head to the south coast along the [...]

$115,000 in grants to support Canberra women

By 9 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Eight projects, ranging from a history of one of Canberra’s oldest women’s refuges to a digital storytelling project for Muslim women, will share in $115,000 in funding from this year’s Women’s Grants, Minister for Women Joy Burch announced yesterday.
“The Women’s Grants support projects that make real differences to women and girls in our community,” Ms [...]

New Asbestos Regulations and other information available on the WorkSafe ACT website

By 9 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The new asbestos regulations, along with changes to several other related ACT laws will take effect from 1 January 2015.
WorkSafe ACT’s website now contains updated information on the changes, including a link to the new regulations.
The new regulations also include some important new terminology and changes to definitions.
We no longer talk about ‘bonded asbestos’, for [...]

If it’s harder to get a cab in Bunda Street, does that mean clearer air in Beijing?

By 9 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

The Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury announced in a press release over the weekend what he called the launch of the first stage of the Bunda Street “shareway project”. Quote “The revitalised Bunda Street will become a shared space for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, rather than a traditional street design which prioritises [...]

Brumbies to farewell CEO Doug Edwards

By 8 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Brumbies will farewell Doug Edwards as Chief Executive of the club after the long-serving board member announced his departure on Monday.
Edwards has external business interests to the Brumbies which will see him return to Queensland.
Edwards will remain with the Brumbies until his replacement has been appointed and is working in the role. The search [...]

Katy Gallagher – a career cut short?

By 8 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Katy Gallagher is undoubtedly one of the most popular leaders in Canberra’s history. Her electoral vote is astronomical, and she is respected for her stoic mind and steady hand. Indeed Katy could blow up a hospital and go on shooting spree of endangered animals with Bob Katter and still enjoy enormous public support.
Understandably, Lundy’s decision [...]

Canberra set for Hotter Summers with more Severe Fire Weather days

By 8 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The first detailed climate change projections for the ACT show the territory can expect hotter summers, warmer winters, drier springs and an increase in the number of days with severe fire weather, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said.
New climate change projections funded by the ACT and NSW governments and produced by the UNSW Climate [...]

Our first look at the new eatery Akiba

By 8 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The words “eclectic electric” are printed on the back of the chopsticks at Canberra’s latest culinary sensation, Akiba, and it’s an apt description for the restaurant itself.
Owned by Peter and Michael Harrington and partner Dino Jugovac, this is a quirky and innovative restaurant that pulls out all the stops.
Situated at the former Dieci e Mezzo [...]

Uriarra Crossing closed

By 8 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that Uriarra Crossing is now closed due to flooding.
Canberra residents are urged to exercise caution, particularly on rural roads, due to the wet weather.
The following roads remain closed:

Point Hut Crossing
Oaks Estate Crossing
Sunshine Crossing
Angle Crossing

(Territory and Municipal Services Directorate Media Release)

Katy Gallagher: What Will Her Legacy Be? How Will History Treat Her?

By 7 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

How will the reign of Katy Gallagher as Chief Minister of the ACT be viewed by History?  What will be her Legacy?
Granted, what one person sees as a positive, another may see as a negative depending on how it affects them and whether they can see (or they care about) all the benefits, negatives [...]

Three crossings closed due to wet weather

By 7 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users that three crossings are now closed due to flooding.
Canberra residents are urged to exercise caution, particularly on rural roads, due to the wet weather.
The following roads are closed:

Oaks Estate Crossing
Sunshine Crossing
Angle Crossing

For more information on road closures please call Canberra Connect on 13 22 [...]

A young man has died in Kambah after a single vehicle collision

By 6 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is investigating a collision on Livingston Avenue in Kambah this morning (Saturday, December 6) in which a male driver has died.
About 2.25am police responded to a report of a single vehicle collision on Livingston Avenue.
ACT Policing’s Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team are examining the circumstances surrounding the collision after the white commodore left [...]

Snap up a free ticket in time for Christmas

By 6 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ActewAGL is offering its customers one complimentary ticket per household to the National Gallery of Australia summer blockbuster exhibition James Turrell: A Retrospective for use across the weekend of 20 and 21 December.
ActewAGL is the Principal Exhibition Partner and Director Marketing and Corporate Affairs Paul Walshe said “James Turrell: A Retrospective is a spectacular exhibition [...]

Safer Christmas holiday driving tips for Canberra driver

By 5 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

It is a privilege to drive on public roads, not a right.
Public roads are for safe, cheap transport of people and goods, not racing.
People of widely varying abilities who exceed minimum standards are permitted to use public roads and you are required to share the road with them, showing them every courtesy.
Don’t Tailgate
Leave a 3 [...]

What happens On My First Day?

By 5 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

All ACT preschoolers entering kindergarten next year will receive On My First Day, a book of words and drawings created by children to help them transition into their first year at school.
Community Services Directorate, Manager of Early Intervention and Prevention Projects, Melanie Thompson has announced the release of the recently updated publication which has been [...]

Road safety initiatives to continue after NRMA Road Safety Trust ends

By 5 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, has announced that the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust will be dissolved, but its legacy of its work will continue as the government explores new funding models for key road safety initiatives.
Mr Corbell said the entry of additional compulsory third party insurers to the ACT market meant it was appropriate to terminate the [...]

Awards recognise excellence in tourism

By 5 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The 2014 Canberra and Capital Region Tourism Awards were announced at a gala presentation at the Canberra Theatre Centre on Wednesday night.
The awards celebrate the diverse Canberra region tourism experiences offered by an industry that contributes over $1.8 billion annually and employs more than 17,000 Canberrans.
This year saw a partnership with the National Capital Attractions [...]

Statement by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher MLA

By 5 December 2014

Today I have spoken with my caucus colleagues and Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA to let them know that I will be a candidate for the upcoming Senate vacancy created by Senator Kate Lundy who has announced she will not be contesting the next federal election.
Because of my decision and out of respect for the office [...]

The Senate – two sides of an argument


As a Kate Lundy fan, I’m sorry to see her retire but as an old political retiree, I fully understand all the reasons why the decision was taken, and wish her all the pleasure of the next stage in life that I have enjoyed.
I started writing this piece when I heard Kate and wondered on [...]

Police investigating serious assault in Kingston

By 4 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is responding to a serious assault on a man in Kingston (Thursday, December 4).
About 9.50am this morning, police received a report of a 57-year-old man with a laceration to his throat.
ACT Ambulance Service was in attendance and conveyed the man to hospital where he is undergoing surgery.
At this time police are treating the [...]

Assembly passes bill to purchase ‘Mr Fluffy’ houses

By 4 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The passing of the Loose Fill Asbestos Appropriation Bill today in the ACT Legislative Assembly will allow the first houses to be purchased by the ACT Government by Christmas, ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced today.
The Bill will allow the ACT Government to purchase houses through the ACT Government’s Buyback and Demolition Program. The Chief [...]

Is it Okay for a Principal to plagairise?

By 4 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I come from the old school way of thinking which is, if it isn’t your work and thoughts then don’t try and pass them off as if they were. I also think if you are the principal of a high school then you should set the example and not plagiarise to your students.
My daughter came [...]

Police locate grow house in Forde

By 4 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A grow house with approximately 30 mature plants and more than 70 small cannabis seedlings was located by police last night (Wednesday, December 3) in Forde.
About 5.30pm police received a report that a home in Aida Ball Circuit was insecure as the garage door was open.
Members from Gungahlin Police Station responded and observed the garage [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 04/12/14

By 4 December 2014

Lame duck Lundy – Stanhope standing by
Loathe him or love him, few would dispute that Stanhope has lived public life as a straight shooter. To some, his candid nature is a constant source of fresh air. To others, especially within senior Labor ranks, he is a moral nuisance. After returning to his heartland only a [...]

Local leaders – Melissa Gelonese (Entourage Productions)

By 4 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Melissa Gelonese

Entertainer Melissa Gelonese has beat Canberra personalities including Andrew Barr MLA and Kevin Phelan from The Good Guys Fyshwick to win the Heart Foundation ACT’s Canberra Celebrity Heart Challenge 2014.
Melissa, who raised $9375 during the 12-week fundraising challenge, says the win was unexpected, with many of her donations coming through at the last minute. She plans to [...]

Think before you drink at the office Christmas party

By 4 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Welcome to the silly season. And they don’t call it silly for nothing. It’s that time of year where all of our emotions seem to overflow and we dangle dance between the line of aggression and elation at the thought of the end of the year finally approaching and heading off on summer holidays.
But before [...]

Eight patients taken to hospital following three vehicle crash

By 3 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Ambulance Service have been on scene of a three vehicle crash on Hindmarsh Drive, Weston near the Tuggeranong Parkway on ramp for northbound traffic.
Firefighters used hydraulic rescue tools to assist in releasing one patient from a vehicle.
Three ambulance vehicles were called to the scene and transported a total [...]

GEOCON’s Abode hotel sells for $28.8 million

By 3 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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GEOCON’s Abode Hotel at Woden, Juliana House, has sold for $28.8 million in a deal negotiated through JLL & CBRE. The sale is a milestone for the group and will be influential in GEOCON taking its development and hotel businesses to the next level.
GEOCON is the owner and operator of Abode Apartment Hotels in Canberra [...]

Female Politicians Inspire Young Women on ‘Power Trip’

By 3 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Female politicians and executives are flocking to events across Canberra today to welcome the winners of Country to Canberra’s inaugural essay competition and to combat gender inequality.
“Kicking off with an exclusive ‘Powerful Women’s Breakfast,’ the ‘power trip’ to Canberra is an amazing opportunity that brings teenage girls from rural areas to Canberra to empower them [...]

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