Planning approval to redevelop Downer

MICK Gentleman says the Territory Plan variation (DV 322) for the former Downer Primary School site has been approved and tabled. The variation proposes to rezone the old school site from community use to medium density residential with some limited community and commercial use. “The site is well proportioned and of sufficient size to accommodate […]

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Hoang Pham bringing Tchaikovsky’s best to Llewellyn Hall

YOUNG Australian pianist Hoang Pham will perform Tchaikovsky’s first and most famous piano concerto. Pham was named Australia’s Young Performer of the Year in 2013 by Symphony Australia, and has performed as a soloist with the Melbourne, Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, as well as giving numerous recitals abroad. Hoang says, “For many years I’ve […]

‘Streetwise’ at the coolest gallery in town

IT WAS already just about the coolest gallery in Canberra (and that’s saying something these days), but now NGA Contemporary justly boasts that it’s exhibiting work by Australia’s coolest printmakers. “Streetwise: contemporary print culture” is a snazzy exhibition which surveys the last 15 years of exciting Australian printmaking with more than 40 of Australia’s current […]

Witness protection comes to the Coroner’s Court amongst a raft of legal reform

SIMON Corbell says witnesses in the Coroner’s Court have been given additional legal protections against self-incrimination consistent with the Human Rights Act under new laws passed today. The Justice and Community Safety Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 contains a number of amendments to courts and the justice systems in the ACT. “By providing coronial witnesses with […]

Loophole closed on asbestos removal

MICK Gentleman says new regulations for the removal of asbestos have been passed by the Legislative Assembly. “These changes close a loop-hole in the system, where-by removal of walls, ceilings and the like which contain asbestos were not covered under relevant builder licensing laws,” Mick said. “The changes in the bill ensure that any building […]

‘Gold’ hoofers launch campaign for European tour

CANBERRA dancer and choreographer, Liz Lea, yesterday unveiled an important initiative that puts dancers of un certain age centre stage. At a National Dance Week event supported by the ACT Office of Ageing, Lea and her company Canberra Dance Theatre unveiled a campaign to raise funds for the forthcoming ‘GOLD’ tour to Europe in September […]

Grattan / Labor ahead in Newspoll, but Abbott gains ground on Shorten

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THE government goes into next week’s budget trailing Labor on a two-party basis but satisfaction with Prime Minister Tony Abbott has risen to a seven month high in the latest Newspoll. Abbott is also now level with Bill Shorten as better prime minister. The ALP’s two party lead increased from […]

Liberals promise nurses in the special schools

STEVE Doszpot has committed the Canberra Liberals to permanent nurses in all four of the ACT’s special schools, with at least two nurses at Black Mountain School and one each at the Woden, Cranleigh and Malkara schools. “The ACT Labor government still refuses to guarantee permanent nurses to all special schools, which has been causing […]


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