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Knife man strikes Braddon supermarket

A SHOP assistant was threatened in an aggravated robbery of a small supermarket on Lowana Street, Braddon, late yesterday afternoon. About 6pm, a man threatened a staff member of the shop with a knife, demanding cash. The victim complied and the offender fled towards Northbourne Avenue. Police say the assailant is described as being of Caucasian […]

Votes in on water play park design

THE public has spoken and after almost 1000 votes being cast, the design for Tuggeranong’s new water play park at Lakeside Leisure Centre has been decided. Sport Minister Shane Rattenbury says: “Members of the public were invited to choose their favourite design from the three options available, and the first design came out on top, receiving […]

Pollies face lunch of rescued food

ABOUT 100 parliamentarians and community leaders will be served a lunch at Parliament House tomorrow made from rescued surplus food at the launch the third annual Think.Eat.Save campaign in Australia to raise awareness on global food loss and waste reduction. Leading Australian leading food rescue organisation OzHarvest will team with the UN Environment Programme and the UN’s […]

Ricky to get a second respite centre

RICKY Stuart and Disability Minister Joy Burch have agreed to partner to build a second respite centre specifically for teenagers with autism and other disabilities. The government will contribute $1.4 million to the project with the remainder from the Ricky Stuart Foundation in cash and kind. Planning will commence immediately with an aim to complete the project […]

Budget / Lawyers support funding for new judge

THE president of the Law Society of the ACT, Martin Hockridge, and the president of the ACT Bar Association,  Shane Gill, have welcomed the announcement of funding for a fifth judge,  but expressed disappointment regarding increased court fees outlined in the ACT Budget. “The legal profession has consistently highlighted the need for a fifth Supreme Court judge to manage the court’s […]

Budget / Chamber likes the business initiatives

THE Canberra Business Chamber says, despite the size of the territory’s deficit, it’s pleased to see initiatives in this year’s ACT Budget designed to support the business sector. “In particular, we welcome the $11.75 million allocated for a new business development strategy,” the chamber says in a post-Budget statement. “While this strategy will help certain sectors of […]

Knife wielded in convenience store robbery

POLICE want to hear from witnesses to an aggravated robbery of a convenience store in Civic yesterday evening. About 5.45pm, a man entered The Barrow convenience store, on the ground level of the Waldorf building on the corner of Akuna Street and London Circuit, and threatened a staff member with a large knife and demanded […]

Loaded rifle found in stolen car

POLICE found a stolen, loaded rifle while searching a car following a traffic stop in Gilmore yesterday. About 3.45pm, a stolen Nissan Pulsar was stopped by a police patrol on Heagney Crescent, Gilmore, and a 26-year-old female . A male was arrested in relation to the stolen car. On searching the vehicle, police found a […]

Striking the right note with ‘Superstar’

“I DREAMED I met a Galilean/a most amazing man”, local musical star Max Gambale (playing Pontius Pilate) was intoning at the AIS Arena this morning, with just about the entire crew of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and a few journalists too, singing along. The occasion was the media call for this Canberra production, which local entrepreneurs […]

New carpets and seats for the Convention Centre

THE Canberra Convention Bureau has welcomed the ACT government’s Budget promise of providing $5.4 million for the refurbishment of the National Convention Centre. The decision follows the Budget submission by the Bureau and National Convention Centre seeking support for an upgrade of the Centre so that it remains competitive in attracting business events in the lead […]

Drugged and drunk, cops reveal the May haul

POLICE nabbed 121 drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol during a month of targeting in May. During the month-long targeting campaign, 96 drivers were caught driving over the legal alcohol limit and 25 were caught with a positive indication of drugs in their system, with some results pending final confirmation by a laboratory test. Traffic […]