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Police warn against online scammers

ACT Police have made a statement to their facebook followers warning of online scammers. ACT Policing have become aware of some recent scams involving government departments such as the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Tax Office and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. We thought we’d share some tips about how to help protect […]

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YWCA hands out its Great Ydeas grants to six aspiring women

SIX Canberra women were this morning awarded Great Ydeas Small Grants by YWCA Canberra, to pursue creative projects that will have widespread benefit for the community. The successful recipients were congratulated by former ACT Senator Kate Lundy at YWCA Canberra’s annual Round the World Breakfast event. YWCA Canberra’s Great Ydeas Small Grants Program provides funds […]

Cooking fire in Amaroo

FIREFIGHTERS are currently ventilating a residence on Bizant Street, Amaroo following a fire on a stove. One fire pumper, the Breathing Apparatus Van and one Commander are on scene. Update to follow. 13:46 Fire was extinguished upon arrival of ACT Fire & Rescue. The resident safely self evacuated and there was minimal damage. 13:58

Free whooping cough jabs for pregnant women

CHIEF Health Officer Dr Paul Kelly today announced that free vaccination against pertussis (whooping cough) is now available to all pregnant women during their third trimester as part of the ACT Government’s new Antenatal Pertussis Vaccination Program. The introduction of the new program follows a recent update to the 10th Edition of the Australian Immunisation […]

A record summer for European wasps

WASP expert for Territory and Municipal Services, Dr Philip Spradbery, says there has been a significant increase in European wasp activity across the ACT, with more than double the number of wasp nests reported compared with the same time last year. “More than 700 nests have been reported since the beginning of the year,” Phillip […]

Fire at the Hospital

Firefighters have extinguished a small fire in a heater on the second level of building 12 at the Canberra Hospital. ACT Fire & Rescue is currently conducting atmospheric monitoring and ventilation of the area. No evacuations at this time. Update to follow. 11:11

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Canberra insurance brokers crack the big time!

TWO Canberra insurance brokers, Peter Chamberlain and Tate Harris of Allinsure, have received one of their industry’s highest honours, making the “Insurance Business Magazine” 2015 Elite Brokers ranking. This list, compiled annually, ranks the best-performing insurance brokers in Australia – and not just those with the biggest portfolio or the largest clients. Brokers were ranked […]

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A master plan in the works for Curtin

MICK Gentleman says the ACT Government is preparing a master plan for the Curtin group centre. He went on to invite the community to work together to plan for a vibrant, sustainable urban village. “A master plan for the Curtin group centre does not currently exist. While the centre has grown in character, we need […]

Upgrades for over 100 playgrounds across Canberra

SHANE Rattenbury says 108 playgrounds across the ACT will receive upgrades to improve both accessibility and safety. “The improvements include replacing or repairing sections of the equipment including hand rails, scramble nets, fencing and other minor amendments. Not only will this improve safety, but we hope the works will make the equipment more fun for […]

Grattan / Abbott’s sister urges Liberals to consider gay marriage conscience vote this year

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra AS Labor steps up its internal debate on whether its MPs should be “bound” on a vote for marriage equality, Tony Abbott’s gay sister Christine Forster believes that would “certainly improve the numbers” to pass the reform. “If Labor went to a vote with that as policy and the Liberals […]

MoAD wins a ‘Silver MUSE’

THE Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House has just won a Silver 2015 MUSE Award for Education and Outreach. Now in its 26th year, the international competition recognises innovation and achievement in museum media and technology, and this year attraction over 200 applications. MoAD received the award for its digital resource, Learning TRAIL, […]

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Bunda St shareway in the running for a national award

SHANE Rattenbury informs us the Bunda Street Shareway project is a finalist in the 2015 Planning Institute of Australia National Awards for Planning Excellence. “GTA Consultants and McGregor Coxall as well as Roads ACT in the ACT Government were recognised for the project’s innovative design in December 2014 when they were announced an ACT finalist,” […]

Blunderbuss seized in Ngunnawal

DETECTIVES from ACT Policing’s Taskforce Nemesis executed a search warrant at a home in Ngunnawal on Friday (April 24), locating a firearm. Acting on information received from a member of the public, detectives from Taskforce Nemesis executed the search warrant around 4pm. Detectives located a sawn off shotgun and an amount of ammunition within the […]

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As the mercury drops Safe Shelter returns

SAFE Shelter for homeless men opens on April 28, operating on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights until October 1. The Shelter operates in the Lewis Hall, St Columba’s Uniting Church, 10 Fawcett Street, Braddon from 7.00 pm until 7.00 am on each of those nights, with doors closed to new arrivals after 10.00 pm. Up […]