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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 […]

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 […]

Katy Gallagher nominated to the Senate unopposed

ACT Labor’s Administrative Committee has endorsed Katy Gallagher to replace Senator Kate Lundy as the Labor Senator for the ACT. “At the close of nominations, our General Returning Officer had received a single nomination, from Ms Gallagher, therefore she has been declared elected” ACT Labor Secretary Matt Byrne said. “Katy will play an important role […]

Stuart Heddle’s body found

ACT Policing has located the body of 39-year-old Stuart Heddle after he went missing on Saturday (December 13). The man was located at 11.15am today, after an extensive search operation was coordinated by the AFP Search and Rescue team, utilising resources from the ACT State Emergency Service. At this stage there are no suspicious circumstances […]

ACT partnership with the War Memorial

ANDREW Barr and the Director of the Australian War Memorial, Brendan Nelson, have announced a partnership that will see the commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac and the First World War promoted interstate. $300,000 from the ACT Government’s VisitCanberra Special Event fund, will be invested in marketing the Australian War Memorials’ commemoration events throughout 2015. […]

Stanhope to run Legal Aid

SIMON Corbell has announced the appointment of Jon Stanhope as the president of the Legal Aid Commission for the next five years. “As a former ACT Chief Minister, Attorney-General and administrator of Christmas and Cocos islands, Jon Stanhope is well qualified to be the president of the ACT Legal Aid Commission,” Simon said. “He has […]

Rudi Lammers, Joy Burch and Brad Watts

Joy Burch and the Police warn against overdoing the Christmas cheer

JOY Burch and Chief Police Officer Rudi Lammers have launched ACT Policing’s 2014-15 Safe Summer campaign, urging the community to enjoy the festive season responsibly. “The summer period is a busy time for everyone, with Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations, and upcoming events which attract large crowds, such as Summernats, Australia Day and […]

shane rattenbury and dog

Shane gets a smooch from a pooch, and reminds us they’re for life not for Christmas

SHANE Rattenbury is asking Canberrans looking at purchasing dogs as Christmas presents to think very carefully about their decision. “Sadly, many dogs that are given as Christmas gifts will end up at the Domestic Animal Services Shelter because people do not understand the responsibilities of having a dog,” Shane said. “Caring for a dog is […]