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Police seek assistance to locate missing man

By 18 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance to help locate a missing 48-year-old man.
The man, David Pang, was reported missing earlier today by his wife.
David was last seen about 10pm last night at their home in Weston.
David is described as having an olive complexion, with short, dark brown hair, brown eyes, a medium build and [...]

Analysing the New ACTION Network – Part 1

By 18 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

So ACTION has released its long awaited Network 14. They are promising more buses that are more direct. This is being achieved by culling late night services with low patronage. This is the first ever network that has been designed using data from MyWay – an electronic ticketing system that tracks where you get on [...]

Fire extinguished in switchboard at Belconnen High School

By 18 August 2014

Firefighters have extinguished a fire from an electrical switchboard at the Belconnen High School, Murranji Street, Hawker.
ACT Fire & Rescue has evacuated approximately 450 staff and students as a precaution.
Crews are currently clearing smoke from the area and conducting ventilation operations before allowing staff and students to return to the area.
Three fire pumpers are on [...]

Police seek witnesses to Civic assault

By 18 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an assault outside a Civic nightclub in the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday August 17).
About 12.40am, security staff refused a man entry to the Academy nightclub on Bunda Street, Civic. The man became aggressive and engaged a bystander in a short verbal argument before striking him, causing him [...]

Payroll Tax changes, or is it a new Recuitment Agency Tax?

By 18 August 2014

On Thursday evening the ACT Legislative Assembly passed the ACT Payroll Tax Reform Bill. This Bill prevents “genuine employers” from being exempt from payroll tax if they pick up contract work through a recruitment agency. Unfortunately, yet again, the ACT Government has done a poor job in formulating policy.
This new policy has the following effect [...]

Rebrand works wonders for REIACT 2014 Small Agency of the Year

By 18 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Boutique real estate agency Cream Residential, winner of the REIACT 2014 Small Agency of the Year Award, is reaping the benefits of a complete brand transformation 12 months ago.
Director Chris Wilson says that after consulting with a branding team, what had been known as Cameron Real Estate for over 30 years last year became Cream [...]

ACT & Queanbeyan Weekly Property Market Wrap

By 18 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

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.

Highest Sale: $1,203,000
Lowest Price: $216,000
Average Sale Price: $517,744 (- 4.32%)
2,433 properties currently for sale
46 sales properties had price reductions
95 properties went under offer
98 properties SOLD!
190 properties have come onto [...]

Local Leaders – Matt Bullock (eWay)

By 18 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra is home to a thriving technology sector making its mark both in Australia and overseas. One of the entrepreneurs leading this charge – and showing the world that there’s more to Canberra than public servants and roundabouts – is Matt Bullock, CEO and founder of online payments giant eWay.
Bullock, whose background is in application [...]

Disability Carers – A Plight

By 18 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

I wanted to start a conversation about a subject which came to my attention the other night and see what other rioters thought.
A guy I know was a professional graphic designer but had to give up his job to care full time for his disabled father. He survived on the carers’ allowance. His [...]

Witnesses sought to hit-run in Garran

By 16 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a hit-run incident in Garran this morning (Saturday, August 16) in which a person suffered serious leg injuries.
About 5.50am members of Woden patrol responded to reports of a person lying in the middle of the road on Yamba Drive outside The Canberra Hospital.
The person was suffering leg injuries as [...]

Dickson man nabbed in stolen van

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A 36-year-old Dickson man, found early this morning in a stolen van in Mitchell, will appear before the ACT Magistrates Court this afternoon (August 15) charged with multiple property offences and drive while unlicensed.
Early this morning members of Gungahlin Patrol were driving on Flemington Road, Mitchell when suspicions were aroused in relation to a Mazda [...]

Consultation starts on draft plan for endangered wallaby

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new action plan for the endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby will better help the species recover from near extinction, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said today.
“Action plans protect local species by outlining strategies for their appropriate identification, protection, survival and re-introduction,” Mr Corbell said.
“We learned much about the conservation needs of the brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale [...]

The opaque Omnibus Draft Territory Plan Variation

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

You might have missed it. There’s a slew of changes coming under an ‘omnibus’ draft variation to the Territory Plan.
So what? I hear you say. It’s just looking at rezoning four public housing sites:

Stuart Flats, Griffith
Gowrie Court, Narrabundah
Red Hill Flats, Red Hill
Strathgordon Court, Lyons.

And there’s some unspecified vacant land in Narrabundah, Fyshwick, Symonston and Jerrabomberra [...]

$1 million in forfeited criminal assets used for the benefit of the ACT community

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Canberra community has now reaped more than $1 million in benefits from the ACT’s Confiscated Assets Trust Fund.
An extra $446,000 in funding announced today by Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, pushed the total amount delivered under the program over the $1 million mark.
“Since 2009, I have approved just more than $1 million in payments for a [...]

Corin Forest snow report

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Cold nights this week have made for great snow making conditions, giving a great, fresh cover of snow each day. The snow play and toboggan area has an average cover more than a metre deep over it.
The alpine slide has been icing over and will keep doing so with the cold nights. Work each morning [...]

North Canberra Community Council August meeting

By 15 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 20 August 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] The August meeting of the North Canberra Community Council will consider Dickson intersection improvements, an ‘omnibus’ Territory Plan Variation that will affect several sites including the former Downer School and the Cape Street Centre, and a proposal to build a car park on the wooded area adjacent to the Dickson swimming pool.

All interested north Canberra [...]

Want to be Canberra’s first scientist of the year?

By 14 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I was thrilled to announce the “ACT Scientist of the Year” award today when I officially opened the Canberra contingent of National Science Week.  This is the first award of its kind in the ACT and it will recognise the amazing work of Canberra’s scientists.  The “ACT Scientist of the Year” will be awarded annually [...]

Canberra junior league hit by football’s global problems


Sport isn’t what it used to be.
In times gone by it was about enjoyment and togetherness; a pastime that delivered untold pleasure to those who played it. It used to be pure.
But somewhere along the line, professionalism was ushered in and sport as we knew it changed forever. The focus slowly but surely shifted from [...]

Do poor Canberrans drive cars?

By 14 August 2014

Two questions about Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey’s recent comment -
“the poor don’t have cars or actually drive very far”
1. How does the Treasurer know how far poor people drive, if they are lucky enough to have a car?
2. Can anyone from the ACT Liberals explain what Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey was trying to say or [...]

Cheer for a cause – ACT Regional Cheerleading Competition

By 14 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 17 August 2014 at 9:00 am; ]

Canberra cheerleaders will battle it out at the ACT Regional Cheerleading Competition at Tuggeranong Basketball Stadium on August 17, with high-energy routines, a good dose of glitter and a whole lot of pizzazz.

In its third year, the competition continues to grow, with coordinator Leanne Shea Langdown expecting close to 400 athletes aged from three years [...]

Canberra – Democracy Denied

By 14 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Democracy is certainly not perfect, and the ACT is no exception.
In 2016 the ACT Legislative Assembly will increase its members from 17 to 25; there is some merit to this proposition. For its population, the ACT currently has the lowest level of democratic representation in Australia (both at the federal and territory levels). An increase [...]

More injury prevention: Protect your hands!

By 14 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Moving on from my last post on injuries, today I wanted to talk about the importance of wrapping your hands correctly, for punching the mitts for fitness or obviously actual boxing. In my early days in the sport I never really paid too much attention to looking after my hands. They didn’t hurt so I [...]

Small hazard reduction burn tonight at Corin Forest

By 13 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Rural Fire Service Tidbinbilla Brigade will tonight, Wednesday 13 August, 2014, conduct a small hazard reduction burn at Corin Forest, Corin Road.
The burn is expected to commence from 7pm until 11pm.
Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is made to conduct the burn in weather conditions that will minimise the impact of smoke [...]

Moves and Appointments

By 13 August 2014

There are a few interesting moves around town this week. These are my highlights:
After 3 years as the Communications Director to Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, Adina Cirson has been appointed to the role of Chief of Staff to new Minister Mick Gentleman.
Meegan Thompson formerly the Operations and Finance Manager at Wisdom Learning has joined [...]

Truck carrying sheep roll over

By 13 August 2014

ACT Fire & Rescue firefighters and ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics are currently on scene at the roundabout of Johnson Drive and Monaro Hwy, Calwell following a single vehicle truck roll over.
The truck was carrying approximately 300 sheep which have been contained.
The only occupant, a male driver, has been assessed by ACT Ambulance Service [...]

How to maintain sensitivity to heritage in old buildings

By 13 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Canberra is now reaching an age where, in the older parts of town at least, decorating our shops and drawing attention to promotions requires an extra sensitivity to heritage values.
The good news is that for the most part, we’re taking care of our old buildings and although there have been some interesting architectural clashes, the [...]

Crack open a cold one…

By 13 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

I promise you all that I really was going to attempt my first Parkrun last Saturday morning (it’s a free, timed 5km run, held every Saturday at a park near you, I’ll tell you more once I’ve done one). I had it planned all week. Then I aggravated a recurring knee injury while showing off [...]

Power Corrupts Absolutely

By 13 August 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Did anyone notice the oceans of salivation over Eddie Obeid’s, Joe Tripodi’s and Ian MacDonald’s discomfort when sprung by the NSW ICAC? All those Labor haters thought the wrath of God had finally arrived on those scumbags.
I need to say that I love Labor desperately. The Party has been good to me and [...]

Police locate illicit drug lab in Hume

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is investigating a commercial grade clandestine illicit drug laboratory located in Hume today (August 12).
This afternoon ACT Policing received information regarding potentially hazardous material at a location on Sheppard Street, Hume.
ACT Policing members attended and cordoned the area, along with the ACT Fire and Rescue HAZMAT team. About 2pm, ACT Policing closed roads [...]

Crime continues to drop in 2013-14

By 12 August 2014

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, has welcomed new figures showing an overall 9% decrease in reported offences in the past financial year.
Mr Corbell tabled the June 2014 ACT Criminal Justice Statistical Profile in the Legislative Assembly today.
“I’m pleased that decreases are reported in property crime with robbery, extortion and related offences down 23%, property damage and environmental [...]

Don’t head home on the Monaro towards Hume today…

By 12 August 2014

“An ACT Policing spokesman was unable to detail the nature of the operation but urged all southbound motorists to use Mugga Lane rather than the Monaro Highway.”

Witnesses sought to attempt abduction in Nicholls

By 12 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses following the report of an attempted abduction of an eight-year-old boy in Nicholls this morning (Tuesday, 12 August).
About 8.30am, the boy was walking along Kelleway Avenue to his school (Gold Creek Primary) when he was approached by a man in a blue sedan. The man told the boy to get [...]

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