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Sunday’s triathlon cancelled

The ACT Government has announced the cancellation of the Sri Chinmoy Triple-Triathlon which was scheduled to take place tomorrow, Sunday 23 November 2014. The event has been cancelled for safety reasons, with a high probability that a total fire ban will be declared for tomorrow, and the subsequent closure to the public of all areas […]

Grass fire on Majura Road

THE ACT Rural Fire Service and ACT Fire & Rescue is currently responding to a grass fire burning at Majura Road, Majura. The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at ADVICE. The ACT Rural Fire Service and ACT Fire & Rescue has six units responding to the scene. The fire […]


Evening rabbit shoots at Mulligans Flat all through summer

TAMS advise that their rabbit and hare control program in the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary will continue to take place in the Sanctuary throughout summer 2014-15. “The program will involve shooting and fumigation methods which will be undertaken by highly qualified ACT Government rangers,” said Mark Sweaney, Ranger-in-Charge, Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary. “This is an […]

Assembly committee looking for your Mr Fluffy feedback

THE Standing Committee on Public Accounts is calling for public submissions as part of an inquiry into the proposed Mr Fluffy bailout package. The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (the Committee) invites written submissions, from interested organisations and individuals, to its inquiry into the proposed Appropriation (Loose-fill Asbestos Insulation Eradication) Bill 2014–15 (the Bill). The […]

Higgins Primary site to be redeveloped

ANDREW Barr has announced the former Higgins Primary School, preschool and baby health centre is set to be redeveloped. The Land Development Agency will engage a civil contractor to undertake the demolition of the existing buildings, with the site expected to be released to the market by the first half of 2016. “New development on […]

Pop-up for summer: Sculpture Garden restaurant revived

LAUNCHING what new NGA director Gerard Vaughan called calls “a reformulation of the Sculpture Garden restaurant”, media and gallery staff today joined food mover and shaker Stephanie Alexander for a light lunch that put together food and art. Long hidden behind the Fujiko Nakaya ‘Fog sculpture’ at the NGA, the restaurant is now enlivened by […]

Congratulations to the Excellence in School Sport award winners

JOY Burch has bestowed the 2014 School Sport ACT Excellence in Sport Awards at a ceremony in the Legislative Assembly this morning. “I congratulate them all on their achievements and wish them well in the future,” Joy said. “The students are nominated by principals, sports coordinators, School Sport ACT members or team officials, and the […]

Fire at the Design Warehouse

ACT Fire & Rescue has extinguished a fire at the Design Warehouse, Hume. Crews were notified following an Automatic Fire Alarm activation and The blaze was extinguished shortly after crews arrived on scene. Damage to the building was contained to a metal flue extraction system. The fire is believed to have started in a painting […]

Katy rings the changes to nursing at Canberra Hospital

WITHOUT conceding for a moment that anything has been less than stellar the Chief Minister has announced a vast swathe of changes to nursing practice. “We know the overwhelming majority of patients report high satisfaction levels with the care they receive, but it is important that we keep evolving to improve care, make patients’ stays […]

Shane wants to know why the ACT Government is investing in the Maules Creek mine

SHANE Rattenbury is calling on the ACT Government to divest its investment in Whitehaven Coal, the company behind the Maules Creek mine proposal. Mr Rattenbury yesterday visited the Leard Forest to lend his support for the Leard Blockade campaign opposing the Maules Creek Coal mine which will destroy over 5,000ha of forest. “Leard Forest is […]


A week later the hotels respond to boarding house de-regulation

LATE last Friday afternoon Katy Gallagher surprised us with a back door legalisation of Airbnb which lets homeowners with spare rooms monetise those spaces after they clear out the disused gym equipment. Even more surprising was that we could get no comment from the Hotels’ Association on this mortal threat to their business. Today, a […]

E=mc2 = mighty music-making: music festival launches at shine dome

THERE were some very sophisticated scientific concepts floating around the Shine Dome last night, but they were music to the ears of assembled supporters of the Canberra International Music Festival at the launch of the 2015 event. After Festival board chairman Arn Sprogis complimented the sponsors and reminded us that festive music-making had been happening […]

Grattan on Friday / government should tone down ideology and turn up common sense

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, usually sharp-witted and articulate, entered an Orwellian zone this week. Trying to explain away Tony Abbott’s pre-election promise of “no cuts to the ABC or SBS”, Turnbull argued Abbott had said it in one interview the night before the election but he, Turnbull, and Joe […]