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Deakin cycle collision victim becomes the first road fatality of 2015

THE 49-year-old Canberra cyclist who fell from his bicycle in Kent St, Deakin last week died in hospital yesterday (January 31). The cyclist, from Narrabundah, suffered critical head injuries as a result of the fall on January 29 around 7.45am. ACT Policing is continuing to investigate the full circumstances surrounding the incident and the Collision […]

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Weed plantation found in Uriarra Forest

A 28-year-old Tuggeranong man will face the ACT Magistrates Court on cannabis cultivation offences and a second may also face charges after they were arrested by police in the Uriarra Forest, west of Canberra yesterday (Thursday, January 29). Suspicious of a potential cannabis crop in the area, ACT Policing’s Rural Patrol team had been patrolling […]

Worker starts fire at Forrest Primary

FIREFIGHTERS are currently on scene at Forrest Primary School, Hobart Place, Forrest following a small fire in one of the classrooms. The fire was caused by workmen using a glue gun who also extinguished the fire which was contained to the area. Minor damage reported and ACT Fire & Rescue is currently ventilating the area […]

Territory Plan changes for Weston and Oaks Estate

MICK Gentleman is asking the community to comment on changes to the Territory Plan implementing recommendations of the Weston group centre and the Oaks Estate master plans. “Territory Plan draft variations DV329 (Weston group centre) and DV328 (Oaks Estate), have been released for comment following the publication of the master plans in December 2014, and […]

Grattan on Friday / Tony Abbott faces battle to avoid self-destruction

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra If Tony Abbott were risk averse, he wouldn’t have scheduled a National Press Club appearance for Monday. Or perhaps it was just another Abbott blind spot. Of course when Abbott signed up to turning up, he hadn’t become a national laughing stock via Prince Philip’s knighthood. But he did […]

Court reforms eating into the backlog

SIMON Corbell says reforms to the ACT Courts have led to reductions in waiting times in the Supreme Court and Coroner’s Court, according to today’s Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services. Simon says the report shows changes implemented in the ACT’s courts have resulted in the ACT Supreme Court finalising more matters than are being […]

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A tram for Woden? Master plans unveiled

MICK Gentleman has released the draft Master Plans for both Woden Town Centre and Mawson group centre for community comment. “The announcement of these plans shows the strong focus of improving the town centre of Woden’s public domain, pedestrian and cycle connections and encourage new development whilst allowing for Mawson to change into a transport […]

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You Are Here picks up $25,000 from EventsACT

TWO months out from the 2015 You Are Here (YAH) festival kicking off they’ve received an EventsACT grant, to the tune of $25,000, to assist with marketing and evaluation of the festival. The grant will enable YAH to undertake targeted communication activities to ensure outreach to diverse audiences for the festival, as well as completing […]

Queanbeyan home buyers to get a real surprise at exchange of contracts if Mr Fluffy is at play

QUEANBEYAN Council has agreed to notify home buyers in the Queanbeyan area if they are purchasing a property known to contain Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos. The Council will include information about the use of loose fill asbestos in the Queanbeyan area on Section 149 certificates, which are issued by councils and provide information about planning […]

Grattan / Murdoch's message: Abbott's chief of staff Peta Credlin must go

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra NEWS Corp chief Rupert Murdoch has made an extraordinary intervention in the Coalition controversy over Tony Abbott’s chief of staff, Peta Credlin, declaring via Twitter that she must go. In a series of tweets in the wake of the highly damaging row over Abbott’s “captain’s pick” to award Prince […]

Cyclist down in Deakin

ACT Policing responded to a serious collision in Deakin involving one cyclist this morning (January 29). About 7.45am, police received a report that a male cyclist had fallen off his blue and silver road bicycle on Kent Street, Deakin, and the man was receiving treatment from the ACT Ambulance Service. Police attended and closed Kent […]

Brown water in Fadden

ACTEW Water will be undertaking work in Fadden tomorrow, which may result in temporary discolouration of water in the area. Streets that may be impacted are those bordered by Partridge Street. The work being undertaken is to provide for new connections for residential developments in the suburb. Whilst it is difficult to predict to what […]

Canberra Confidential / Snapper goes farming

FORMER “CityNews” snapper to the stars, Silas Brown, has returned home from 20 or so months of backpacking through Asia and Europe. While travelling, he spent a lot of time volunteering on farms particularly in Malaysia, Turkey and Romania, where he developed a taste for eco-farming. Silas plans a future in permaculture and is committing […]

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Enlighten unveils the 2015 program

THE 2015 Enlighten festival, wherein national institutions are wonderfully illuminated, has launched its program. From indie-pop band Alpine to the aerial performance, Elements, and the quirky Physics of Beer workshop at Questacon, Enlighten’s program provides plenty of reasons to venture out after dark. Enlighten’s Adelina La Vita says this year’s program integrates entertainment offerings from […]

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Who wants to be on the Cemeteries Board?

THE ACT Public Cemeteries Authority is now accepting applications from people looking to serve as members of the ACT Cemeteries Board. Executive Director, Business Enterprise Division, Phillip Perram said the ACT Public Cemeteries Authority is an independent statutory authority responsible for the efficient management of Gungahlin, Woden and Hall public cemeteries. “The Authority aims to […]