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Rural road closures

THE ACT Government has advised motorists of a number of rural road closures due to snow, wind and inclement weather. The following roads are now closed: Corin Road at Square Rock gate, with four-wheel-drive access only beyond Woods Reserve. Brindabella Road where it becomes dirt is closed to all vehicles except four-wheel-drives Bobyan Road where […]

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Snow! (Sort of)

Reader “Rise High” has sent in this picture of snow falling in Canberra! “Sleet on Lyneham/O’Connor ridge at 2.24pm today” they said. If you’ve got a better picture do email it in to john@citynews.com.au . And now Taz has sent in shot from Florey. “Hey john some light flakes in Florey this arvo bout 2:30″ […]

Work starts on Moncrieff

ANDREW Barr has announced the start of work on the first stages of the the new Gungahlin suburb of Moncrieff. $150 million will be spent on capital works for the provision of infrastructure and services “Part of the ACT Government’s construction stimulus package, the release of multiple civil contracts is aimed at supporting and stimulating […]

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Lightning fast thief nabs Monash ute

ACT Policing is investigating the theft of a white Toyota Hilux utility vehicle and a Kawasaki motorbike from a Monash home on Sunday 20 July. Between 3.30am and 4.30am, the Toyota Hilux was outside the house and also had the Kawasaki motocross bike secured to the tray. When the owner went outside, both vehicles had […]

Coles gets the nod for Amaroo

COLES Property Director Greg Chubb and Andrew Barr say a full line Coles supermarket will be the anchor tenant for the new Amaroo Group Centre. The centre will include a 2,300 to 2,500sqm supermarket, a Liquorland, around 1100sqm of space for between five to 10 specialty retail shops, more than 30 residential apartments and parking […]

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‘Forest feature’ for the Arboretum: ‘The Big Cochlear Implant’?

SIMON Corbell says a design that features a transparent flowing sculpture of stainless steel inspired by the cochlear implant is the winner of the Freefall Experience design ideas competition. Mr Corbell joined Engineers Australia’s National President, Professor Alex Baitch, in the National Arboretum’s Pin Oak Forest to award the $30,000 prize to Queensland firm, Bligh […]

Nature reserves re-open as the cull concludes

THE ACT Government advises that Callum Brae Nature Reserve, Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve (and adjacent unleased territory land), Jerrabomberra Grassland West Nature Reserve, Kama Nature Reserve, Mount Painter Nature Reserve, Mulanggari Nature Reserve, Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve, as well as The Pinnacle Nature Reserve (and adjacent unleased territory land) re-open to the public at midday today. […]

Grattan on Friday: Government must be held to account for what’s happening to children in detention

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra TWO characteristics of this government are that it regularly overreaches and that where possible it shies away from transparency and accountability. Very different issues in the news this week highlight these features – the proposed new requirements for job seekers and some shocking revelations in relation to asylum seekers. […]

Files can’t wait: the future of the National Film and Sound Archive

By Barbara Alysen, University of Western Sydney It goes without saying these are difficult times for the country’s museums and archives. In recent months, the National Library, War Memorial, Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, and others, have all flagged belt-tightening and cutbacks to services or staff. But the response to cuts at the nation’s leading repository […]

McKellar house fire

ACT Fire & Rescue is responding to reports of a house fire in Moses Place McKellar. Update to follow. 9:40 AM ACT Fire & Rescue received multiple emergency triple zero (000) calls from 9:34am. Multiple fire crews are on scene and have commenced work to extinguish the fire. 9:48 AM The house is fully engulfed […]

ACT Policing signs on to anti-bikie push

SIMON Corbell has joined with ACT Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers to announce the ACT has joined a concerted national effort to disrupt, disable and dismantle the activities of outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCGs). Taskforce Nemesis will use a dedicated team within ACT Policing’s Criminal Investigations to track, disrupt and arrest those members of outlaw motorcycle […]

National Day of Mourning for MH17

THE Prime Minster has declared Thursday 7 August 2014 to be a National Day of Mourning to honor the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. The Government has arranged for a National Memorial Service to take place at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, at 10.30am on Thursday 7 August 2014. The National Memorial Service is interdenominational […]

National Asbestos Exposure Register opens to Mr Fluffy victims

CANBERRANS can now easily register any potential exposure they may have had to loose-fill asbestos in ‘Mr Fluffy’ homes through the National Asbestos Exposure Register. The Register, managed by the Australian Government’s Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, records details of members of the Australian community who report they may have been exposed to materials containing […]

Nightfest tickets on sale now

TICKETS to Floriade NightFest, go on sale today. Now in its seventh year, the ticketed twilight event will transform Commonwealth Park into an illuminated wonderland featuring brilliant lighting designs, roving performers, bustling night markets and a fantastic line up of entertainment over five nights. Floriade NightFest will be held between 6.30pm and 10.30pm from Wednesday […]

Innovation roundtable at Questacon

CANBERRA students joined leaders in global technology, Australian researchers and government officials yesterday for the first Ambassador’s Innovation Roundtable, hosted by Questacon. Over 45 students from three Canberra schools and The Australian National University attended the U.S. Embassy initiative that brought leading minds from the U.S. and Australian research, private and public sectors together to […]

55,000 applications later an online form appears for Working with Vulnerable People registrations

SIMON Corbell has announced the development of an online form to speed up the application process for Working with Vulnerable People registrations. More than 55,000 WWVP applications have been received by the ACT Office of Regulatory Services since the program began in November 2012. “As background checks also need to be conducted for applicants, these […]

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Fraud and Anti-Corruption Centre comes to Canberra

MINISTER for Justice Michael Keenan says the Coalition Government has formally established a Fraud and Anti-Corruption (FAC) Centre located in the Australian Federal Police (AFP) headquarters. He says it marks a new era in the approach to dealing with fraud and corruption at a federal level. The FAC Centre brings together the Australian Taxation Office, […]

Ainslie gas line ruptured

Firefighters are on scene at Fairbridge Crescent, Ainslie following a gas leak. ACT Fire & Rescue are conducting atmospheric monitoring and ensuring the area remains safe following the rupture of a gas line approximately 32 millimetres in diameter. Gas mechanics are on scene to isolate the leak which was caused by workmen on site. 1:37 […]