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Smart parking trial begins in Manuka

By 29 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Andrew Barr launching smart parking at Manuka.

Smart parking technology has been introduced in the busy retail precinct of Manuka.
The 12-month trial is designed to help ease traffic congestion and travel time by using real-time technology to help Canberrans drive directly to the nearest parking space.
Announcing the trial on Friday, ACT chief minister Andrew Barr said the scheme would help residents, local businesses [...]

Tamie Fraser steals show at bridge opening on Majura Parkway

By 22 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Tamie Fraser on first drive over bridge

Tamie Fraser fought back tears as she discussed her late husband Malcolm Fraser’s legacy during a speech today to mark the announcement that the Majura Parkway Bridge over the Molonglo River is to be named in the ex-Prime Minister’s honour.
A respected humanitarian in later life, Malcolm Fraser resigned from the Liberal Party soon after Tony [...]

Hoyts preferred operator for Gungahlin cinema, with construction due to start early 2017

By 14 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Gungahlin cinema concept

The developer planning to build Gungahlin’s first cinema, Krnc Group, has told a meeting of the Gungahlin Community Council that Hoyts is now the preferred operator for the facility, to be built on the corner of Hibberson Street and Hinder Street from early 2017 if a development application in mid-2016 is successful.
Hoyts currently operates the [...]

MOU with unions not taken to Cabinet: Rattenbury

By 6 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Shane Rattenbury

ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has described a Memorandum of Understanding between the ACT Government and Unions ACT on procurement as “effectively an MOU between Labor and the unions” and told the Legislative Assembly that the document was never taken to Cabinet.
Related story: Barr denies MoU gives UnionsACT power of veto on procurement
Mr Rattenbury was [...]

Shortlist for Kingston Arts Precinct development named

By 29 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Fitters' Workshop

The ACT Government has shortlisted three local developers for the Kingston Arts Precinct renewal project: Doma Group, Englobo Group and Geocon (the latter with co-bidders from outside the ACT, Fender Katsalidis and Oculus).
The shortlisted proponents will now develop their concepts into detailed plans to develop the five-hectare site near the Canberra Glassworks into a creative [...]

Barr denies MoU gives UnionsACT power of veto on procurement

By 16 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Andrew Barr

The Canberra Liberals say a document requiring the ACT Government to consult UnionsACT on all its procurement projects highlights the “extraordinary power and influence” unions have over the Government in the Territory, but Chief Minister Andrew Barr says it rather allows unions to alert the Government to possible wrongdoing by contractors.
A March 2015 Memorandum of [...]

Tenders open for Boomanulla Oval revival

By 1 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Boomanulla

The ACT Government is seeking Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations interested in contributing to the future of Boomanulla Oval, which has been closed since December 2014.
The Narrabundah oval was a sporting and cultural centre for Canberra’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, particularly those of the Ngunnawal, Ngambri and Wiradjuri [...]

Barr lobbies for local media safeguards via inquiry submission

By 29 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
local media with Andrew Barr in 2015

The ACT Government is one of only three state or territory governments to have made a submission to the Federal Government’s inquiry into broadcasting, online content and live production to rural and regional areas of Australia.
The inquiry will hold public hearings in Canberra tomorrow and in Sydney on March 7 and 8. Members of the [...]

Canberra is truly a liveable city

By 29 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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No matter which way you look at it, Canberra has had a coming of age in the past decade. Shortly before his retirement in 2011, in an interview for Inside Story Jon Stanhope said:
I think [the ACT] is a better place now than when we came into government – judged any way you want on [...]

First of Dickson Flats demolitions underway

By 24 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Dickson demolition

If you were in the vicinity of the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre on Northbourne Avenue yesterday morning, you could’ve stepped into its carpark and watch part of the demolition of the first of the controversially doomed Dickson Flats.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr was on site as the demolition got underway shortly before 8am, [...]

Ex-NSW Justice chief to review family violence response

By 23 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Laurie Glanfield

The ACT Government has appointed the former Director-General of the NSW Department of Justice, Laurie Glanfield, to conduct its independent review of ACT Government system responses to family violence.
The Government announced the review after the alleged murder last week of an 8-year-old by his father, Graham Dillon, in their Gungahlin home.
Mr Glanfield, who ran [...]

Building underway for new hospital at Bruce

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
University of Canberra Public Hospital

Construction officially began today on the $139 million University of Canberra Public Hospital at Bruce.
The hospital will be the ACT’s first specialist sub-acute hospital, focusing entirely on services such as rehabilitation and mental health care and supporting people who may be managing ongoing health conditions or recovering from surgery. It is expected to be completed [...]

Barr joins with premiers in pledge on asylum seekers

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Barr pledge

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has joined premiers of Victoria, NSW, Queensland and South Australia in pledging support for refugee children and their families threatened with return to Nauru after last week’s High Court decision.
Mr Barr wrote on Facebook yesterday:
My friend [Victorian Premier] Daniel Andrews, has written to the Prime Minister about the future of [...]

Light rail to arrive sooner, cost less and bring more trees to Northbourne

By 1 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
light rail model

The consortium chosen to develop Canberra’s light rail project says it will complete the project more cheaply and quickly than the Government’s estimates, and will replace trees along Northbourne in a staged manner and with 4m-tall plantings so that no section of the corridor is without trees for more than four months.
There will, in fact, [...]

Plan for site next to Assembly scaled back

By 27 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Development site

The ACT Government has once again scaled back its plan for office space adjacent to the Legislative Assembly in Civic despite having last year shortlisted six firms to complete construction of a more extensive development by late 2018.
The six players involved will now be invited to submit proposals for a commercial version of the development [...]

Rattenbury, Greens score in shake-up

By 22 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Shane Rattenbury

The big winner in ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s cabinet reshuffle today is Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury, promoted from Minister for Territory and Municipal Services to Minister for Education.
See the full portfolio allocation list here.
Read Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson’s response to the reshuffle here.
The Greens MLA’s appointment to the plum education role is surprising given [...]

Reshuffle a dog’s breakfast: Hanson

By 22 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Jeremy Hanson

Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson has described Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s reshuffle today as a “dog’s breakfast”.
See full details on the cabinet shake-up here.
“It’s pretty incoherent. Good luck anyone trying to find out who’s responsible for various portfolios,” he said.
“When you have a ministry where the delineation is not clear, where responsibilities aren’t clear, that [...]

Fitzharris, Bourke to join expanded cabinet

By 21 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
New ministers

Labor MLAs Meegan Fitzharris and Chris Bourke will join the ACT Ministry following a caucus ballot this morning, but their portfolios will not be known until Chief Minister Andrew Barr announces the result of a broader cabinet reshuffle in coming days.
The promotion of Ms Fitzharris and Dr Bourke was not a surprise given the [...]

Singapore Airlines CBR direct flights are go

By 20 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Welcome

Singapore Airlines chief executive Goh Choon Phong has this morning confirmed last week’s reports that the Asian carrier will introduce direct flights between Singapore and Canberra and Wellington and Canberra. Flights on the service, dubbed the ‘Capital Express’ will commence September 20, with tickets available from this Monday.

As foreshadowed last week, there will be four [...]

Burch quits cabinet to focus on Tuggeranong

By 19 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Joy Burch

After six years as an ACT Government minister, Labor MLA Joy Burch announced today that she will not seek a portfolio in Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s cabinet reshuffle this week.
See Ms Burch’s media statement here.
Ms Burch made the announcement at an emotional media conference outside the Hyperdome on Anketell Street in Tuggeranong, a symbolic gesture [...]

Singapore Airlines to fly into Canberra: report

By 12 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Singapore A330

Singapore Airlines is reportedly set to announce plans next week to operate international flights in and out of Canberra Airport.
The Australian Financial Review has reported that Singapore Airlines will soon offer flights between Canberra and Singapore and Canberra and Wellington.
According to the report, Singapore Airlines chief executive Goh Choon Phong will announce the move during [...]

Burch quits police, emergency services portfolios

By 16 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
JoyBurch

Embattled ACT Government Minister Joy Burch has this afternoon resigned from the Police and Emergency Services portfolios as ACT Policing investigate Fairfax Media reports that her most senior adviser briefed Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union ACT Secretary Dean Hall on the contents of a meeting between Ms Burch and Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers.
EARLIER [...]

ACT Libs defend later pre-selection as ALP names candidates

By 23 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Jeremy Hanson

As Labor prepares to finalise its candidates for the 2016 ACT election later today, Canberra Liberals leader Jeremy Hanson has defended the fact that his party’s contenders won’t be known until next year.
The Greens announced their candidates for the October 15, 2016 poll last month, and Labor will confirm its list of potential MLAs later [...]

ACT set to lead nation on startups: Telstra winner

By 20 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Jessica May

The first ever ACT Telstra Business Women’s Awards winner to go on to collect a national gong reckons the territory is on the verge of becoming an Australian leader in entrepreneurship.
“Canberra is set to challenge the rest of Australia in the startup ecosystem for originality, research and the perfect storm of the right government and [...]

Libs defend Community Council system

By 18 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Nicole Lawder

The Canberra Liberals have attacked Chief Minister Andrew Barr over comments he made earlier this month about the territory’s district community councils.
The ACT Government funds seven community councils, in Belconnen, Gungahlin, North Canberra, Inner South Canberra, Woden Valley, Weston Creek and Tuggeranong.
The councils are voluntary, not-for-profit, community-based associations and currently the peak community representative bodies [...]

1000+ ACT Govt staff to move to Woden

By 17 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Woden town centre

The ACT Government is seeking up to 15,500 sq m of office space in the Woden town centre for more than 1000 Access Canberra employees and ACT Health Directorate staff.
The ACT public service staff will move next year as part of a plan to streamline government operations and improve health services. The mainly administrative [...]

Own your own block of Whitlam, ACT

By 9 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Gough Whitlam

First came The Whitlams with memorable tunes like No Aphrodisiac and Gough. Now you can own a your own little piece of Whitlam, ACT.
The ACT Place Names Committee has unanimously agreed to name a new suburb in Molonglo after Gough Whitlam, and just over a year after the 21st prime minister’s death, Chief Minister Andrew [...]

Canberra to lead space economy: Barr

By 3 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Mt Stroll

Chief Minister Andrew Barr will position Canberra as the future hub of a national space economy at an upcoming meeting of industry ministers.
The Government had already announced $50,000 in funding to help establish a Space Research and Innovation Hub as part of a broader industry cluster at Mount Stromlo.
“I look forward to working with [...]

Follow our lead on Uber: Barr

By 30 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
Andrew Barr

Minutes after taking his first Uber ride in Canberra today, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr called on his counterparts in other states to adopt his regulatory model for ride-sharing.
“I am calling on other leaders around the country to look at the ACT model and to put that in place across the country because it will [...]

Barr, Coe in transport war of words

By 28 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
legislative-assembly

This morning, Chief Minister Andrew Barr issued an entire media release attacking the Liberals over their stance on light rail and public transport ahead of an assembly motion vote on the issue today.
It asked, “Will the Liberals reaffirm their commitment to congestion?” and described the Canberra Liberals as “becoming increasingly isolated with their backward-looking position on transport [...]

ACTION, Capital Metro to merge under Transport Canberra umbrella

By 27 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Transport ACT

A new single agency, Transport Canberra, will oversee the territory’s light rail and bus network from July 2016 when light rail contract negotiations are complete, putting an end to any speculation that ACTION may be privatised.
There will be no change to the ACTION and Capital Metro brands at this time and Minister for Capital Metro [...]

We need a Mr Fluffy inquiry now: Hanson

By 26 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
facebook mr fluffy demolition

Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has called on the ACT Government to begin a board of inquiry into the Mr Fluffy crisis immediately so that it can report back before the 2016 election.
Mr Hanson said that as the first anniversary of the Government’s decision to go ahead with a buyback scheme for Mr Fluffy [...]

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