Springtime in Yarralumla – Japanese style

The cherry blossoms of Yarralumla may have already blown away, Japanese Ambassador Yoshitaka Akimoto remarked today —that was their way — but there was always time for a cup of tea. In a distinctly Japanese springtime act of hospitality at his residence, the ambassador turned on a “performance” of the ancient Japanese tea ceremony, which […]

Video / Biffo in the Monkey Bar

ACT Policing is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying offenders involved in a large disturbance involving up to 20 people in Civic in the early hours of Sunday, September 21. About 2.40am on that date, a disturbance broke out inside the Monkey Bar nightclub on Bunda Street, with reports that chairs and bottles had been […]

Government House open to the public this Sunday

CANBERRA’S grandest residence, Government House, is letting the public see what the corridors of power look like with an open day this Sunday at the Governor-General’s residence. The iconic property, which dates back to 1828, will hold a free Open House from 10:00am – 4:00pm, with visitors able to explore public areas of the house […]

Simon would like you to stop tailgating

SIMON Corbell has launched a new road safety campaign highlighting the impact of tailgating. “Not only are rear-end collisions in the top three crashes for injuries, but the costs of these crashes impacts on the whole community through CTP premiums,” Simon said. “This campaign is intended to raise awareness of the impact of tailgating and […]

Try the buses says Shane

WITH pay parking arriving in the Parliamentary Triangle tomorrow Shane Rattenbury is encouraging workers in that zone to try his bus network. “Now is the perfect opportunity for workers in the Parliamentary Triangle to make the switch to buses and enjoy the significant cost savings and convenience they provide,” Shane said. “ACTION’s new Network 14 […]

Telstra rolling out a wifi network

TELSTRA have announced a cunning plan to grow their home broadband business. They’ve announced a trial for a few months of free public wifi using the infrastructure of their payphones. Civic here in Canberra will have some of these hotspots available. Once the network moves out of trial mode early next year you’ll need to […]

A revamp for the Majura Pines

SHANE Rattenbury has released the Majura Pines Recreation Concept Master Plan (complete with whizzy word clouds) which will guide the future planning, development and management of Majura Pines. “The Majura Pines are a fantastic feature of Canberra’s outdoor recreational scene and they’ve been enjoyed by many Canberrans and visitors over the years for walking, running, […]

John Olsen launches new art fund at CMAG

THE Canberra Museum and Gallery has just declared itself a teenager. The 16-year-old has just marked its coming-of-age by launching a major funding initiative, “the CMAG Fund for Canberra Region Treasures.” First in line to donate at an exclusive launch late last week in CMAG, was one of Australia’s most eminent artists, the 86-year-old John […]

Wheelie bin BBQ in deepest Tuggeranong

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to six separate fires which occurred last night and early this morning (Tuesday, September 30). Overnight, police were notified of a number of trees and wheelie bins on fire in Richardson, Calwell and Theodore. ACT Fire and Rescue attended and extinguished the fires. A midnight purple coloured Holden Commodore sedan […]

GRATTAN / A homeland security super ministry? Perhaps not as good an idea as it sounds

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra IT’S difficult to see how Tony Abbott can avoid a summer reshuffle and easy to believe he’s not relishing the prospect. Few around the Coalition believe that Arthur Sinodinos will return to his assistant treasurer post after he performed unimpressively at the Independent Commission Against Corruption hearings, although ICAC’s […]

Drink driver runs into Macgregor fence

A 28-year-old Charnwood man has been charged with drink driving and reckless driving offences after running into a fence at Macgregor. About 4.50am on Saturday, police went to a house in Marcus Faunce Street, Macgregor, following a report of a male trespassing. On arrival, police saw a white Toyota Camry parked nearby with its brake […]

Suspicious fire in Ngunnawal

ACT Policing are investigating a Ngunnawal house fire which was deemed suspicious and handed over by ACT Fire and Rescue today (Sunday, September 28). About 10.30am, ACT Policing received a report a house fire in Carina Street, Ngunnawal, where smoke was seen coming from the building. ACT Fire and Rescue attended and extinguished the blaze. […]


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