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Response to Liberals’ Light Rail Report

By 13 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The paper on light rail commissioned by the Canberra Liberals chooses the most expensive construction method for the project and its use discredits the entire report, according to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell.
The report is inaccurate, based on incorrect assumptions and does not stack up to rigorous assessment. It does [...]

TOOT! TOOT! Even the All Blacks are laughing at the tram

By 11 June 2014

From:
http://i.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion-analysis/10140917/Light-rail-off-Capital-agenda-for-now
“Second, the project is to be funded by a special land levy, charged on those properties that were judged by planners to receive an uplift in value from the installation of light rail. This quickly drew criticism from the Property Council of Australia who labelled it as yet another tax on an already strained sector.
Adding [...]

Double demerit points during Queen’s Birthday long weekend

By 5 June 2014

Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, has urged Canberrans to be patient and drive safely this Queen’s birthday long weekend as double demerit points will be in force.
“From Friday 6 June till Monday 9 June double demerit points will apply to seatbelt offences and speeding drivers in the ACT and NSW,” Mr Corbell said.
“Speeding and neglecting to wear [...]

Commute in a suit with e-bikes

By 4 June 2014
Commute in a suit

We have received a media release that is a bit of a business plug, but as we would really like to see what Commonwealth Avenue would look like over-run with office workers commuting to the Parliamentary triangle on an electric bike – we had to share it.
Canberrans urged to ‘commute in a suit’ [...]

Extra parking for Weston

By 3 June 2014

The construction of an extra 80 car parking spaces at the Weston group centre will begin this financial year at a cost of $500,000, according to The Canberra Times.
In addition to this, resurfacing of the existing Cooleman Court parking will cost $125,000 under the 2014-15 ACT budget.
Extra parking spaces will be gained by shifting existing [...]

Better protection for road users

By 3 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Road users in the ACT will be better protected as legislation passed by the Legislative Assembly today introduced aggravating factors for drivers who put others in danger.
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today welcomed the passage of the Road Transport Legislation Amendment Act 2014, which targets high-risk driving behaviours.
“These changes address the risks posed by furious, reckless or [...]

Government needs to catch tyre slasher

By 3 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Labor government needs to commit to catching the notorious Narrabundah tyre slasher as the Canberra community raises its voice about the ongoing vandalism to residents’ property being inflicted, Member for Molonglo Giulia Jones said today.
“Today in the Legislative Assembly I will table a petition signed by more than 270 Canberrans calling on Simon [...]

Hundreds of City drivers benefit from Project Safe Plate

By 2 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

More than 300 Canberra drivers are better protected against number plate theft after ACT Policing’s Project Safe Plate was conducted over the weekend (Saturday May 31).
During a four hour fitting operation in the City, police re-secured the number plates of 301 resident’s vehicles, up from 176 vehicles last year, with special one-way screws designed to [...]

Four more weeks for ACTION early birds

By 2 June 2014

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced that the ACTION early bird trial, which rewards commuters who catch a bus before the weekday morning peak period, is being extended by four weeks from Friday 30 May until Friday 27 June 2014.
“The trial commenced on Monday 5 May, offering a $1 early bird [...]

Capital Metro to support more than 3,500 jobs during construction

By 2 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Capital Metro project will support more than 3,500 jobs during construction and many more into the future according to a report by global firm EY released today.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the jobs created by the light rail project that links Gungahlin and the city will provide an immediate [...]

Nearly taken out by Action

By 29 May 2014

I live in Gilmore on Canberra’s South and ride a big shiny motorbike to work. This morning as I turned right into the roundabout from Heagney into Hambridge I saw an Action bus approaching the roundabout from my left at a significant speed.
It was obvious he was carrying too much speed to stop and give [...]

Work to commence on Dickson intersection upgrades

By 28 May 2014

As part of the redevelopment and revitalisation of the Dickson Group Centre, $3.38 million has been allocated over the next three years to upgrade five intersections to ensure the safe management of traffic in and around the precinct.
The work is expected to commence in the latter part of this year and be completed by mid [...]

Support for International Flights into Canberra

By 28 May 2014

Funds to attract direct international flights and develop domestic aviation partnerships will be delivered in the 2014-15 ACT Budget.
An additional $600,000 will go towards the Cooperative Airline Stimulus Fund bringing the funds total to $1.1 million. The fund will support international and domestic cooperative marketing campaigns that will stimulate demand and further grow the [...]

Delay to introduction of paid parking in the Parliamentary Triangle

By 27 May 2014

The National Capital Authority advises:
The National Capital Authority (NCA) today advised that the commencement of pay parking in Parkes, Barton, Russell and Acton has been delayed.
Pay parking for Australian Government owned car parks in the Central National Area was proposed to start on 1 July 2014.
NCA Chief Executive, Malcolm Snow said the components and tasks [...]

Canberra roundabouts unsafe for cyclists

By 26 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

New research has found that Australian roundabouts are some of the most dangerous in the world for bikes; and Canberra’s cyclists agree, according to the Canberra Times.
Data released by Austroads on Thursday found that multi-lane roundabouts (which find cars travelling at reasonably high speed) are a deterrent to cyclists due to safety fears.
As Australian roundabouts [...]

Multi-million dollar public transport upgrade for Gungahlin complete

By 23 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today announced the completion of a $3.325 million project to upgrade public transport facilities around the Gungahlin Town Centre precinct.
“Since July 2013, work has been underway to deliver significant public transport infrastructure improvements around the expanding Gungahlin Town Centre precinct,” Mr Rattenbury said.
“The completion of the project [...]

Change to Melrose and Eggleston intersection

By 22 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, has announced work has started on improvements to the intersection at Melrose Drive and Eggleston Crescent in Chifley.
“The intersection was planned to be changed in 2012, preventing a right hand turn from Eggleston Crescent, however we received feedback from the community that further improvements were needed,” said [...]

Parking meter credit card facilities down

By 20 May 2014

Problems with credit card facilities at Canberra’s new pay parking machines mean people unable to pay will not face fines, according to The Canberra Times.
A spokesman for Simon Corbell has said that although people are encouraged to use coins instead, if they are unable to obtain a ticket, they will not be fined.
Parking meters using [...]

Car accident – what to do next?

By 9 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

This may sound silly, but we are relatively new to Australia and a bit confused about what to do after a car accident. I was driving the car, with my spouse in the passenger seat and my daughter in the back seat. We were stopped at a light for at least 30 seconds, [...]

Disabled Parking apparently for everybody?

By 5 May 2014

I would just like to bring to the attention of numerous inconsiderate individuals, that disabled parking spaces -particularly the three at the back of the Jamison Centre near the post office – are only for cars displaying valid permits. These three parking spaces are clearly marked as disabled, yet every time I visit the area [...]

Monaro Highway bumper to bumper

By 3 May 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Yesterday, I had an appointment in Jerrabomberra at 4pm. Travelling from Kambah, I allowed half an hour, which is plenty of time. Unfortunately, when I reached the roundabout, just before the lights at Mugga Lane and Monaro Highway, there was a policeman redirecting us to go back the way we had come. Thankfully my appointment [...]

Firm appointed to investigate further routes for light rail in Canberra

By 29 April 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has today announced the appointment of consulting firms Arup, CBRE, Tract, Brown Consulting and Purdon Associates to undertake the Canberra Light Rail Master Plan project.
“The tender process for this important project was highly competitive with eight submissions received, including both national and international companies” Mr Corbell [...]

What is your most dangerous stretch of road in Canberra?

By 21 April 2014

Hi.
I am interested in people’s thoughts about the most dangerous stretch of road/s in Canberra.  For me it is the Hindmarsh Drive section running from the hospital to the turn off to the tip on Mugga Way.
As a shift worker I drive this piece of road in complete darkness or dimly lit (depending on daylight saving)  in the early hours [...]

When turning, do you have to give way to a pedestrian?

By 25 March 2014

You’re driving south along Allara Street past the Civic Pool, and making a 45 degree left turn into Dive Lane which leads to the pool car park. If you proceed, there is a danger that you will collide with a person who is walking parallel to Allara Street, across the end of Dive lane.
According to [...]

Speed Camera Slam

By 21 March 2014

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-speed-cameras-slammed-in-report-20140320-355a7.html
In the biggest surprise od the century turns out our speed cameras are rather defective, useless at reducing speed, unplanned and only designed around the budget and not safety.
Its the hospital waiting times on wheels.

“There is no strategic basis for making decisions for integrating the use of the ACT’s four speed camera systems as the [...]

North Canberra Community Council public meeting 19 March

By 19 March 2014

[ 19 March 2014 at 5:30 pm; 19 March 2014 at 5:30 pm; ] The next meeting of the North Canberra Community Council will be held from 7.30pm to 9pm on 19 March 2014, at ACT Sports House, 100 Maitland Street, Hackett.
The meeting will include:
National Broadband Network update – Michael Tyler, Community Account Manager, NBN Co.

Braddon Club update: Report on our appeal against the deconcessionalisation of the Braddon Club [...]

Bike Searching

By 18 March 2014

Hiya. I am looking to get into cycling (the non lycra type!). I am overweight and havent ridden in a hundred years. Does anyone know what a good bike would be for the likes of me? I have researched and it seems that 36> spokes is the go as well as a damn comfortable seat!! [...]

Where can one safely park a bike in civic?

By 14 March 2014

So I was thinking about riding my bike into the city when I go out for an evening, but I know that leaving it locked up in an open bike rack is has reasonable chance of it being vandalized or stolen. Are there any safe spots to lock a bike in the city at night? [...]

Overtaking Gordon style

By 7 March 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

Overtaking Gordon style, P-Plater overtakes me on double white lines, I was doing the posted speed limit of 60 k’s

Right of way at Captain Cook/Jerra Ave?

By 5 March 2014

Hello Rioters,
This afternoon I was walking home when I saw the following: three cars waiting to turn right from Captain Cook Crescent on to Jerrabomberra Ave Narrabundah, and one car waiting to turn right from Jerra on to Captain Cook. The sun was in the eyes of the driver turning on to Captain Cook, and [...]

40kmh speed limits coming to Athllon Drive near mawson?

By 5 March 2014

Travelling along Athllon Drive over the past few days, I’ve noticed new road signs have been installed before and after the intersection near Mawson shops. The signs remain covered over but due to the shoddy covering material it looks like a 40km/h speed limit is going to be introduced in that area before and after [...]

Low flying plane

By 2 March 2014

Is there a reason why there’s a jet buzzing around Canberrra at low altitude or is itjust lost? It sounds like a fighter jet or one with some sort of fancy doof doof exaust pipe.

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