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Fire at the Stuart Flats

FIREFIGHTERS are responding to a house fire in the Stuart Flats complex on Light Street in Griffith. Smoke is reported to be issuing from a home. ACT Fire & Rescue is sending three fire pumpers, the Breathing Apparatus Van and a commander. Update to come. 6:59 PM The resident has been evacuated. Firefighters have extinguished […]

Fyshwick burglary spree

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to five burglaries in Fyshwick on Friday morning (March 27), believed to be related. Between 5.30am and 6am on Friday (March 27), an offender gained entry to five businesses in Fyshwick including: Timmo’s Takeaway on Wiluna Street, where the offender damaged the front door and took cash. Best Friends Pet […]

The IGA East Row House Program launched at Calvary Hospital

THE IGA East Row House (IGAERH) Project has started at Calvary Hospital. The program is intended to minimise financial hardship by providing quality and affordable or free accommodation to visiting families who are seeking medical treatment in Canberra. This program will provide support for the visiting families through a referral system by the Canberra Hospital […]

Higgins fire

FIREFIGHTERS are working to extinguish a fire in a kitchen at Nicholas Street, Higgins. ACT Fire & Rescue has two fire pumpers on scene with a third unit responding. Update to follow. 2:21 PM The fire has been extinguished and crews are mopping up. Fire crews have searched the roof space to ensure no fire […]

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Chris Kimball to run Snowy Hydro SouthCare

CANCER support advocate and former award-winning ABC journalist and television presenter Chris Kimball has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter Trust. Chris is a media professional, television commentator, public speaker and fundraiser with a life-long affiliation with communities in Canberra and regional New South Wales. He grew up […]

More burns in the mountains

ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise the public that a 938 hectare hazard reduction burn will commence today west of the Cotter River. The burn will reduce fire fuel loads in the area and will take three to four days to complete. A 958 hectare hazard reduction burn will continue at Camelback, north […]

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Canberra’s Nexus eWater secures funding

CHIEF Minister Andrew Barr is congratulating local company Nexus eWater Pty Ltd after the successful closing of $2.1 million in Series A funding from Investors in the US, Australia and UK with proceeds assisting to complete the initial product roll-out in the US market. “The ACT Government recognises that innovation is the foundation of economic […]

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A chess expo hits Garema Place tomorrow

THE ACT Chess Association (ACTCA) is holding a chess expo in Garema Place tomorrow, 11am to 2pm. “Canberra has a rich chess culture and it one of the strongest cities in the country. It is estimated that there are over 605 million adults who play chess regularly round the world,” said Cam Cunningham, ACTCA President. […]

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Property Council want help for Civic’s Sydney and Melbourne buildings

TARGETED investment is required to restore Canberra’s much-loved Sydney and Melbourne buildings to their historic place in Canberra’s heart, says the Property Council of Australia’s ACT Executive Director, Catherine Carter. “Much of the area around the Sydney and Melbourne buildings is in a depressingly dilapidated state,” Catherine said. “As Canberrans engage in a conversation about […]

Ram raid in Kippax

ACT Policing is seeking witnesses following an aggravated burglary involving a stolen vehicle within the Kippax Fair shopping centre early this morning (Monday, 30 March). Around 6.25am today, police attended the Kippax Fair shopping complex after reports that a vehicle had crashed through the front doors some 10-15 minutes earlier, causing significant damage. The vehicle […]

Julia Gillard to open the National Archives’ new exhibition on forced adoptions in Australia

FORMER Prime Minister Julia Gillard will open a new exhibition “Without Consent: Australia’s past adoption practices” at the National Archives of Australia today. The exhibition will bring to light the previously hidden adoption practices of Australia’s past. It has offered those affected by forced adoptions the opportunity to share their experiences – some for the […]

Tax paper shows bracket creep is stalking Australian taxpayers

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THE government’s long-awaited tax discussion paper says Australia has a relatively low tax burden compared to other developed countries but its system faces “challenges from a changing world”. The paper, aimed at launching a national dialogue on re-thinking the tax system, says tax reform “offers one of the biggest opportunities” […]

Government commissioned survey finds rising approval of Yarralumla Brickworks development plans

THE Land Development Agency says a phone poll of 1400 Canberrans has found that most now support the revised master plan for the development of the iconic Canberra Brickworks and surrounding neighbourhood. “Of the 500 residents living in nearby Yarralumla, Curtin and Deakin who took part in the research, 65.3 per cent indicated they are […]

Arrow attack on Calwell home

ACT Policing is investigating an incident in Calwell where a window was damaged by an arrow during the early hours of this morning (March 28). About 1.45am, police received a report that a window had been damaged by an arrow at a residence in McKinley Circuit, Calwell. The arrow was located within the living room […]

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Suspected shootings weapon seized in Crace

ACT Policing seized a firearm during a search warrant yesterday (Friday 27 March), following investigations into recent Southside shooting incidents. About 3pm, police executed a section 194 Crimes Act 1900 search warrant on a residence in Crace, locating and seizing a shortened pump action shotgun. During the warrant police also seized ammunition and a small […]

4am evacuation for Braddon apartment residents

FIREFIGHTERS are currently conducting ventilation operations at the Ori Apartments, Lonsdale Street, Braddon following an unattended fire on a stove top in a kitchen of a cafe. ACT Fire & Rescue were notified following an Automatic Fire Alarm at 3.46am and extinguished the fire on the ground floor. Approximately 70 residents have been evacuated from […]

Traffic, weapons and drug offences in North Belconnen

A 27-year-old Crace man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (Saturday, 28 March) regarding multiple offences following a collision yesterday. About 9am, Gungahlin Patrol members driving witnessed a red Yamaha RI motorcycle being driven dangerously through Giralang, overtaking vehicles over a painted traffic island. Police activated lights and sirens on William Slim Drive, McKellar, […]

Big burns in the mountains this weekend

ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise the public that a 958 hectare hazard reduction burn will continue over the weekend at Camelback, north of Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. The burn will reduce fire fuel loads in the area and will take three to four days to complete. A 380 hectare hazard reduction burn will […]