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1733 drivers caught speeding during July and August

By 5 September 2014

ACT Policing caught 1733 drivers speeding throughout July and August as part of its joint campaign with the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate asking Canberrans to Stop Pushing the Limits.
Of the 1733 drivers caught speeding over the eight-week period, 1174 were issued with a Traffic Infringement Notice (TIN) and 559 drivers were issued with [...]

Legal assistance for local small businesses

By 4 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra small businesses will be able to access free legal advice through a new service available from today.
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said the new legal advice clinic would make sure small business had the support the needed.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and operators work hard, juggling customers and paperwork on a daily basis,” [...]

Tuggeranong Community Council AGM 2014

By 4 September 2014

It was good to see a great turnout for the TCC Annual General Meeting on 2 September. It was even better to see members reaffirm confidence in the TCC leadership by voting them back into office for a second term. There are also two new faces on the team.
Eric Traise was re-elected unopposed as President [...]

When road rage goes beyond the blast of a horn

By 4 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Following Steven Bailey’s article on road rage in the Capital last week, I considered my own experiences on our roads. I strongly agree with Bailey’s call for greater police presence on the road. It’s an absolute necessity, especially in wet weather when people drive like maniacs, but also for the police to crack down on [...]

Violent Drunks – Bars not to Blame

By 4 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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About eight years ago, I punched a man in the face at the Kingston Pub. I’m not proud of it, but I’m not exactly sorry about it either.
Occasionally, after a bit of liquid courage, it wasn’t uncommon for me to throw down a bit of cash on the pool table. But one night, things turned [...]

Climate Change

By 4 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Just to open the batting… did anyone notice the Canberra Times article page 7 entitled “Aid for island nations hit by warming a moral duty”?
It contains a picture of an island under water. Yeah right. This is a picture of a swimming pool in an island resort, the Sheraton Fiji (I think) [...]

Local Leaders – Mikaela Danvers (Canberra Creatives)

By 3 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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While Canberra may be better known for its policy makers than its crafting abilities, it is also home to an emerging creative community using craft to bring people together.
Leading this charge is designer, photographer, blogger and founder of Canberra Creatives, Mikaela Danvers. Since launching Canberra Creatives in 2012 as an online community for like-minded creative [...]

Ice Ice Baby – the changing face of charity

By 3 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Over the weekend my husband was nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge.  So, on Sunday afternoon (thankfully a pretty nice day given it was still officially winter) he sat out in the garden while my two daughters poured a bucket of iced water over his head and I filmed it.  He then came inside, donated [...]

All About Care leads the way

By 3 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Cara Hade, founder of Canberra-based home and community care agency All About Care, was pleasantly surprised to win the Business Woman of the Year Award at last month’s Canberra Women in Business Awards.
“I was under the impression that we were entered in the community participation award category. We thought we were going home empty-handed!” she [...]

Canberra Hospital running over optimal capacity

By 3 September 2014

This is not exactly news to anyone who either works in the public health system in Canberra, or utilises it as a patient, but this is a fairly well-presented and succinct summary via ABC News this week:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-31/canberra-hospital-close-to-capacity/5708962

Australia’s largest solar farm opens in the ACT

By 2 September 2014

Canberra is a step closer to meeting its 90% renewable energy target with the official opening tomorrow of the 20MW FRV Royalla solar farm by Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell.
The facility is the first large-scale solar farm connected to the national electricity market and is an important part of the ACT’s commitment to achieving [...]

Green Drinks Canberra changes venue, format

By 2 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 9 September 2014 at 5:30 pm; 9 September 2014 at 5:30 pm; ]

Long-running networking event Green Drinks Canberra is changing its venue, and revamping its format.

The monthly networking event, which is held on the second Tuesday of each month, will move to King O’Malley’s Irish Pub in Civic. The first event at this new location will be held on Tuesday 9 September, from 5:30pm.

The event organisers are [...]

Man to face court over bike thefts

By 2 September 2014

A 40-year-old Higgins man will face the ACT Magistrates Court next month over the thefts of a number of bicycles.
Police will allege the man stole three bicycles on separate occasions since May this year. One of the bikes was stolen from outside Westfield Belconnen, and the other two from Acton.
Following on information received, police executed [...]

Mr Fluffy – Where are the Feds?

By 2 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I have noticed in the media lately that there is unfair criticism of the Chief Minister in this saga.
Everyone in Canberra has sympathy for those poor folks who are being displaced because of the dangers, and they are real dangers, of contracting mesothelioma. That is a given. And they are entitled to know why [...]

Political dilemmas

By 2 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

As a person who likes to be involved in my community, and indeed am, politics has become quite a frustration for me lately.
I feel really compelled to join a particular political party on a federal level – happy to disclose, the ALP – because I am completely unimpressed with the various agendas of the other [...]

Love is in the air

By 2 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Love is in the fresh, spring Canberra air and lovelocks are being latched.
Lovelocks are essentially a regular padlock, often engraved with the name or initials of a couple and the date of their anniversary, that are locked onto a bridge by a loved-up couple and the key is usually thrown into the water below. These [...]

Power Kart Raceway – Grand opening day 6th September 2014

By 2 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The first of its kind in the Canberra region, Power Kart Raceway is a fully Indoor Electric Go Kart Centre. Offering Canberrans of all skill levels a chance to experience motorsports at an entry level.
Many V8 drivers including both Robert Dahlgren and Scott McLaughlin begun their foray into racing at an early age through competitive [...]

Superstructure for the Super Sized

By 2 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I took part in a panel discussion Friday on Channel 9 Mornings where one of the topics that provoked a strong reaction was the decision by Canberra Hospital to include reinforced ceilings strong enough to support the super obese in their special harnesses to help them get around in the four fully equipped bariatric rooms.
Chief [...]

Fringe Festival producer announced

By 1 September 2014

Local artist Chenoeh Miller will be the producer of the 2015 fringe festival, to be held in conjunction with the National Multicultural Festival, Minister for the Arts Joy Burch said today.
Ms Miller was chosen by an independent panel of peers after Ms Burch called for expressions of interest in the role in July.
“I congratulate Chenoeh [...]

Water leak at Barton building

By 1 September 2014

Firefighters have evacuated approximately 200 workers as a precaution from Pharmacy House, National Circuit and Brisbane Ave, Barton, following a water leak on the top floor.
Crews were alerted to the water leak in the Plant Room following an Emergency Triple Zero (000) call at 1.03pm.
The leak is currently being isolated by ACT Fire & Rescue [...]

Commencement of Information Privacy Act

By 1 September 2014

The Information Privacy Act 2014 commenced today, bringing into place a new system for protecting privacy in the ACT.
The Act promotes the protection of individual privacy by regulating the handling and management of personal information by ACT public sector agencies.
“It requires agencies to protect personal information and manage it in a responsible, transparent and balanced [...]

Snow to stick around a little longer for Canberra

By 1 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Spring may officially be in the air, but someone forgot to tell Corin Forest. After a bumper first winter returning to snowmaking, they’re not ready to call the season over quite yet. Snow play will be continuing on as far into September (or maybe October) as the cool nights allow.
The snow play area at Corin [...]

Face-fit release of offender to five robberies

By 1 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing has released a face-fit of a man they believe is responsible for five aggravated robberies in Canberra from earlier this year.
Since April there have been five armed robberies with similar descriptions of the offender and modus operandi, causing Detectives from Criminal Investigations to look at one person being responsible.
The man is described as [...]

The Shadow of Eastman

By 1 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The David Eastman saga still casts a long, ugly shadow over the capital.
It casts a “shadow” for several reasons, and not necessarily due just to the personality of Eastman himself.
First, the cost.  The cost of investigating, prosecuting, imprisoning and variously litigating the person charged with the 1989 murder of Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester has been [...]

RiotACT Face Off: Should road rules be the same for motorists and bikes?

By 1 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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For this Face Off, we decided to launch headlong into a long standing topic of local debate. We invited the Executive Director of Pedal Power ACT, John Armstrong and Summernats creator, Chic Henry to answer the following question:
Should road rules be the same for motorists and bikes?
John Armstrong

Of course – why shouldn’t they [...]

Statement from the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister regarding Mr Kurt Steel

By 31 August 2014

We were very sad to learn this morning that the Australian killed in the terrible bus tragedy in Bolivia is Kurt Steel, media adviser to the ACT Deputy Chief Minister.
Kurt was an enormous contributor to the ACT Government, having served as a policy adviser and more recently in a media adviser role.
He was [...]

Counterfeit notes located in Dickson

By 31 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Policing is warning Canberra businesses to be on the look out for counterfeit money following the discovery of imitation notes used in Dickson.
A total of three counterfeit $100 notes were used at three separate stores in Dickson. The notes were used to purchase goods on Friday, 29 August.
Acting Superintendent of South District Jo Cameron, [...]

Queanbeyan Cinema – more red tape

By 30 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Hi Rioters,
Unsure if you’ve been following the epic drama over the border in Queanbeyan.
In a nutshell, we’ve been clamouring for a cinema for 18 years, and it’s come to the boil for the last 6 months. Over this 6 month period, council has been provided with an opportunity and a space to build [...]

Motorcycle lane filtering to be trialled in the ACT

By 29 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced that a two-year trial of motorcycling lane filtering will commence in the ACT from 1 February 2015.
“Motorcycle lane filtering is when a motorcyclist moves between stationary or slow moving vehicles in the same lane. It is not the same as lane splitting which is done at higher speeds and [...]

Australia’s new highly reflective soldiers

By 29 August 2014

It seems our government and the army are embracing the futuristic glam rock style highly reflective soldier concept.  Kind of defeats the purpose of all that camouflage, don’t you think?
Combined with the Joint Strike Fighter project (a 1990s design that was never adequate for Australia’s needs, to be delivered years behind schedule and way over [...]

Police put dangerous drivers on notice

By 29 August 2014

ACT Policing is warning Canberra drivers it will not tolerate dangerous driving, after a week of appalling driver behaviour in the capital.
Last weekend; Saturday and Sunday (August 23 and 24), ACT Policing caught 23 drink drivers – which is almost one drink driver caught every two hours. Seven of those drivers were identified as being [...]

Cerebral Palsy – call for support

By 29 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A note from one of our Rioters – a mum, talking about her son’s fight to walk.
Ollie’s Cerebral Palsy Dream
Oliver (Ollie) is two and a half years of age, and at two was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP).
Ollie’s CP is due to congenital cytomegalovirus infection (CMV), which has also left him profoundly deaf in [...]

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