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Vale Kurt Steel

KATY Gallagher and Andrew Barr have made a joint statement following the death of Andrew’s media advisor. We were very sad to learn this morning that the Australian killed in the terrible bus tragedy in Bolivia is Kurt Steel, media adviser to the ACT Deputy Chief Minister. Kurt was an enormous contributor to the ACT […]

Funny Money in Dickson

ACT Policing is warning Canberra businesses to be on the look out for counterfeit money following the discovery of imitation notes used in Dickson. A total of three counterfeit $100 notes were used at three separate stores in Dickson. The notes were used to purchase goods on Friday, 29 August. Acting Superintendent of South District […]

Big Aranda burn this Sunday

THE ACT Government is advising residents that, weather permitting, a hazard reduction burn in bushland at Aranda will commence tomorrow, Sunday 31 August 2014. The 7.1 hectare burn will be conducted west of Caswell Drive/GDE, south of Belconnen Way and north of Bandjalong Crescent. The objective is to reduce fire hazard along the property boundary.

Yarralumla burn tomorrow

THE ACT Rural Fire Service, will tomorrow, Saturday 30 August, 2014, weather permitting, assist a private landholder with a hazard reduction burn at Equestrian Park, Cotter Road, Yarralumla. One tanker and four personnel will conduct the small hazard reduction burn of four piles from 10am to 5pm. Temporary smoke cover may occur. Every effort is […]

Opinion / The Mr Fluffy lessons not learnt

“I am fearful that the Government, as it pushes through this major asbestos program, is failing its community obligations. More particularly, I am fearful for the health of our children in the local community,” writes Yarralumla resident PAUL FLANAGAN, concerned at the way the government plans to remove asbestos waste from the Canberra Brickworks.

Changes to the Territory Plan clear the way for light rail

NEW Planning Minister Mick Gentleman has issued draft variations to the Territory Plan to introduce the term “light rail” into the Plan and provisions for a possible light rail depot in industrial land. “The proposed changes within Territory Plan No 327 (DV327) outlined today will amend the territory plan ahead of the proposed development of […]

Up to date Arab films throw light on complex world

THE Arab Film Festival Australia is upon us again, now in its 13th year, opening tonight in its Canberra edition and running to Sunday. The festival, founded in 2001, has seen over 23,000 through the doors to see Arab cinema from filmmakers in Australia, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Syria, Jordan, France, Canada, […]

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Now tourists can get an authentic Australian restaurant experience in Canberra!

ONE of the joys of being an Australian is avoiding the truly awful Australian themed bars and restaurants which lurk around the world. Now in thrilling news that authentic experience appears to be coming to Canberra with the old Fletcher Jones site on the corner of Northbourne and London Circuit unveiling the signage for “Outback […]

Khmer art on long-term loan at the National Gallery

THE National Gallery of Australia has today unveiled three Khmer sandstone masterpieces from the collection of the National Museum of Cambodia. The sculptures, created during the golden age of Cambodia’s ancient civilisation, will be displayed in Canberra as a long-term loan, a new initiative. According to the director of the NGA, Ron Radford, they will […]

Art and economy welcome Turrell show at NGA

DEPUTY Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, has naturally enough been rejoicing in the ACT Government’s role as principal partner in “James Turrell: A Retrospective”, the coming summer-autumn blockbuster at the National Gallery of Australia, the last for retiring director Ron Radford. But while art was somewhat on his mind, it was another of Barr’s portfolios, that […]


This week in beer… Nomad Brewing!

ALTHOUGH I am one who keeps his hand firmly on the pulse of craft beer, I am nonetheless still astounded that these new breweries, bars and beers can spring up on me with me completely unaware. The latest such brewery to do this is Nomad Brewing, a micro brewery sitting on colloquially termed “insular peninsula” […]

Simon to legalise lane filtering

SIMON Corbell says a two-year trial of motorcycling lane filtering will commence in the ACT from 1 February 2015. “Motorcycle lane filtering is when a motorcyclist moves between stationary or slow moving vehicles in the same lane. It is not the same as lane splitting which is done at higher speeds and increases the unpredictability […]

Grattan on Friday: Attacking the RET will open another tough battlefront for Abbott

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra TONY Abbott has got a heap of unwanted publicity this week as a result of his response to cantankerous Liberal senator Ian Macdonald, who upbraided him for being late to Tuesday’s Coalition parties’ meeting. As a putdown of Macdonald, an impatient Abbott said he’d had a Monday night fundraiser […]

Pine Island burn today

THE ACT Government is advising residents that a hazard reduction burn will take place at Pine Island Reserve today to prepare for the upcoming fire season. ACT Parks and Conservation Service Fire Management Officer, Brian Levine, said this burn will be the first of a number controlled burns planned in and around urban areas in […]

650 more trees for Canberra’s urban forest

650 deciduous trees are being planted as part of the ACT Government’s winter planting program. Manager, Policy, Planning and Contracts, Urban Treescapes, Luke Bulkeley said winter is a good time to plant deciduous trees because they are in a dormant state and therefore easier to plant. “As part of the current program we are planting […]

Calling all locally-minded artists for arts mentoring and patronage

CANBERRA artists with a commitment to their local communities are being asked to participate in a new artistic mentoring and patronage initiative for ACT Schools and Colleges. The brains behind the scheme is Dr Jolanta Gallagher, who steered the inaugural National Arts Summit in Canberra last year. In Dr Gallagher’s view, the initiative has the […]

Robert Menzies

Menzies, a failure by today’s rules, ran a budget to build the nation

By Richard Denniss, Australian National University ROBERT Menzies left Australia in far worse financial shape then he found it, at least according to current treasurer Joe Hockey’s favourite debt and deficit benchmark. Having inherited budget surpluses from the Chifley Labor government, the Menzies Coalition government ran small budget surpluses from 1949-50 to 1957-58. But then […]

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The John Howard Reading Room opens here in Canberra

BILLIONAIRE Kerry Stokes will today formally open the John Howard Reading Room at UNSW Canberra (known to most Canberrans as ADFA) today with the former Prime Minister John Howard attending. The new Reading Room is named in honour of Australia’s second-longest serving Prime Minister. It will enable scholars, students and the general community to view […]


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