The ACT’s women of the year are…

YVETTE Berry has announced Robyn Martin as this year’s ACT Woman of the Year at a ceremony this evening at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre. The ACT Senior Woman of the Year was awarded to Robyn Beetham, with Zoya Patel named as this year’s Young Woman of the Year. “Robyn is a strong voice for […]

Smoke over Canberra coming in from NSW

THE NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) have begun an ambitious hazard reduction burning program in the Southern Ranges, with fuel reduction underway at Jounama in central-northern Kosciuszko National Park. Extensive smoke is visible across Canberra. It is expected this fire will continue to produce smoke over the coming days. The ACT Emergency Services […]

Evacuations on Russell Hill

ACT Fire & Rescue is currently on scene at the Russell Offices, Russell Drive, Russell. Crews were called to the scene at 3.13pm following an automatic fire alarm. Building R1 was filled with an acrid smell from food stuff in the microwave, and as a precaution approximately 1000 people were evacuated. Fire & Rescue is […]

Joy’s anti-racism program for Canberra’s Schools

ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today launched the ‘Say No to Racism’ program designed to empower ACT public school students to promote inclusive multiculturalism in their school communities. “Canberra is a diverse community, made up of people from many different cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. Around 25 per cent of our community […]

Yarralumla residents ask if developers will pay for a Brickworks conservation trust?

THE Yarralumla Residents Association (YRA) is not surprised by the recent enthusiastic response of the ACT Property Council to the proposed massive development at the junction of Cotter Road, Yarra Glen and Adelaide Avenue, near the Canberra Brickworks. After all, some Council members may reap huge financial benefits from the development. “If the Property Council […]

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Zane to star in Canberra

IT’S official. Hollywood star  Billy Zane, known for his starring roles in ‘The Phantom’, ‘Titanic’, ‘Zoolander’, and ‘Back to the Future’ will be here this month to star in the sci-fi action feature, ‘Blue World Order’. Directed by Canberra locals Ché Baker and Dallas Bland, the film is a rollicking adventure story with nods to the […]

Toot toot! Railways Association thinks a railway is the answer for Canberra!

SIMON Corbell has welcomed an independent report by the Australian Railway Association (ARA) that shows light rail is a perfect fit for Canberra, is appropriate for a city of our population size and density, will increase active transport use and will benefit the entire ACT economy. “The report, released today at the Light Rail 2015 […]

Grattan / No pressure Joe, but you are back in the spotlight

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THE government wants the public to take several political messages out of the Intergenerational Report (IGR) Joe Hockey is releasing on Thursday. Stated crudely, these are: first, that Labor’s policy settings would have taken us to hell in a hand basket; second, that but for the pesky Senate, the […]


Rock Swap!

IF you love gems and jewellery, collect rocks and minerals, facet or fossick, you’ll be sure to find something of interest at the Canberra Lapidary Club’s Annual Rock Swap. Dealers and non-commercial rock enthusiasts will be selling a range of wares including jewellery, crystals, minerals, gemstones, opals, fossils and lapidary supplies. It will be a […]

Did you see an altercation on Cotter Road?

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses after a report of a disturbance involving four men on Monday afternoon (March 2). Around 3:30pm, two men driving a white utility were stationary at the intersection of Cotter Road and McCulloch Street, Curtin, when a white van, containing two unknown men pulled up beside them in the bicycle lane. […]

Dim the lights! Finalists in film competition announced

“AFTER a few sleepless nights and hours of scrutiny”, as they say in showbiz, the judges of the annual Lights! Canberra! Action! short film competition have narrowed down the  30 entries down to 12 finalists.   Canberra filmmakers were given 10 days to produce a seven-minute film that included 10 themed items related to the  theme, […]

Canberra Confidential / Music to get your teeth into

NEW artistic director of Canberra International Music Festival, Roland Peelman, is opening his first festival with a “Chefs of Canberra” night of fine music and top nosh at the National Arboretum on Thursday, April 30. It’s to be co-hosted by Mildura chef, restaurateur and telly star Stefano di Pieri. The four-course degustation will come from […]

Lead feet prominent in school zones

ACT Policing’s traffic targeting during February saw more than 504 drivers caught speeding across Canberra, with four drivers caught travelling more than 45km/h over the speed limit. “Alarmingly, just over half of those drivers were caught speeding in a school zone, showing blatant disregard for the safety of children; our most vulnerable road users,” Traffic […]


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