Rangers on the hunt… for shopping trolleys!

AS beleaguered retailers struggle to make the most of Christmas trade, TAMS Minister Shane Rattenbury has warned them that city rangers will be on the lookout for abandoned shopping trolleys. “At least two shopping trolley collections will be conducted in the lead up to Christmas to pick up shopping trolleys removed from shopping centre precincts […]

Women arrested after servo stoush

TWO women were arrested last night following an altercation at a Weston service station last week when one person was spat on and racially abused. A 49-year-old woman from SA and a 47-year-old woman from Charnwood were arrested on December 18 and released to appear in court on January 9. Police will allege the two […]

Trams roll a little closer

The ACT Government will choose from four consortia to build the first stage of Canberra’s controversial light rail network, says the Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell. “Four private-sector consortia, consisting of local, national and international companies, have submitted an expression of interest,” says Corbell The expressions of interest come despite the Liberal opposition’s vow […]

Witnesses sought to suspicious fire in Kambah

POLICE are seeking witnesses to a grass fire in Kambah late yesterday afternoon (Sunday, December 21). About 6.20pm, police attended grassland at the rear of the BMX cycle track on Sulwood Drive. The fire brigade, which extinguished the fire, deemed it suspicious and handed the scene over to the police. No properties were damaged. Police are […]

One and a half kilograms of meth seized in Nicholls

ACT Policing seized illicit drugs and cash suspected to be the proceeds of crime after executing a search warrant on a Nicholls residence on Wednesday morning (December 17). Police executed the DODA (Drugs of Dependence Act 1989) warrant around 4.50am on Wednesday. During the search, police located approximately 1.5 kilograms of a substance suspected to […]

Grassfire near Macgregor Primary

ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service is currently responding to a grass fire burning at Hirschfeld Crescent. The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at ADVICE. The ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service has four units responding to the scene. The fire is […]

Justin Monfries dead in prison at 26

JUSTIN Monfries was not well loved in the community, having killed a nurse, Linda Cox, in a hit and run incident in the middle of a crime spree in 2012. But his death on Wednesday comes as a shock. The Canberra Times reports he died at Canberra Hospital of “a sudden medical condition” which struck […]

Calling phone and Instagram snappers for art exhibition

“THE Long Hot Summer” exhibition is Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s gift to the public. “Anyone and everyone”, TAC is saying, can get creative and have their photographic work professionally exhibited in February. “We’re inviting anyone to take part. There are no costs involved and exhibitors even have the chance to make some money by selling their […]

Mayor Overall welcomes Fluffy half-measures in Queanbeyan

QUEANBEYAN Mayor Tim Overall has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of further assistance for loose-fill asbestos homes, which looks a lot like where the ACT was at six months ago. The assistance includes a ‘Make Safe’ Assistance Package for affected properties and the establishment of a Loose Fill Asbestos Insulation Taskforce. At least 15 Queanbeyan […]

Development to be unshackled at the University of Canberra

ANDREW Barr has announced his intention to enact new legislation next year to help the University of Canberra expand its commercial activities. “This week cabinet agreed to a range of measures, including modernising the University of Canberra Act 1989, to turbocharge the University’s future business activities and create an expanded range of education and research […]

Grattan on Friday: Being a “better government” will be a big job

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra AFTER getting a serious bollocking from Ray Hadley on Thursday, Tony Abbott told the Sydney shock jock that he’s determined to be “a better prime minister with a better government and a more effective parliament next year than this year”. It’s a fine New Year’s resolution but can he […]

Late night openings at the War Memorial

THE Australian War Memorial advises that it will be open to the public during selected evenings throughout the January holiday period. “See the Memorial brilliantly illuminated and pay your respects on the centenary of the First World War during late-night openings of the Commemorative Area,” a spokesperson said. “Volunteer guides will provide insights into the […]

Builders warned about their damage to community infrastructure

SHANE Rattenbury says a recent educational blitz by ACT Government rangers on 116 building sites has discovered a range of issues. “Earlier this month, 24 ACT Government rangers visited building sites in Casey, Crace, Coombs and Ngunnawal to remind building companies of their requirements to protect public land while undertaking construction activity,” Shane said. “The […]

NGA announces review of Asian art provenance

GALVANISED into action by the “Dancing Shiva” crisis and related questions, the National Gallery of Australia today has announced plans to address provenance issues in relation to its Asian art collection. “The NGA acknowledges that there are works in the collection whose provenance and legal status needs a renewed level of scrutiny,” new NGA director, […]

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