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Woman burned in McKellar house fire

A woman has sustained minor injuries after a small fire inside a home at McKellar. The ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire & Rescue were alerted to the incident in Fred Jones Crescent at 5 o’clock. Firefighters arrived a short time later and entered the home to find a set of curtains alight which they […]

Moon rise at Camel’s Hump

Tidbinbilla by torchlight

TIDBINBILLA Nature Reserve is offering the chance to explore it during the evening and watch native animals emerge from their hiding places for nightfall. “The Tid by Torchlight program, which is organised by Conservation Volunteers Australia, is available to run every Friday and Saturday night until 30 April 2015, subject to minimum booking numbers. The […]

Bikies busted

ACT Policing detectives assigned to Taskforce Nemesis arrested three local OMCG members in three separate operations yesterday (October 23). All three will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court today (October 24). Taskforce Nemesis detectives have been investigating an incident outside Westfield Belconnen on Saturday afternoon, October 4 in which the three alleged offenders violently assaulted […]

Katy on Gough

CHIEF Minister Gallagher has blogged her speech to the Assembly’s Gough Whitlam condolence motion. Here’s what she had to say: Madam Speaker, the entire Australian nation has been moved this week by the news of Gough Whitlam’s passing. It has brought grief from Gough’s home in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, to Indigenous Australians in […]

28 kilos of Ice found in a car in Curtin

ACT Policing seized approximately 28 kilograms of a substance suspected to be methylamphetamine during the search of a vehicle in Curtin yesterday (October 23). The search was conducted under a Drugs of Dependence Act (DODA) search warrant as part of a long-running ACT Drugs and Organised Crime Team investigation, Operation Davos, targeting a criminal syndicate […]

Abbott’s court is full of flatterers, and it’s a recipe for groupthink

By Ian McAuley, University of Canberra In a democracy governments cop criticism: that’s a rule of politics. Opposition parties and politically-aligned organisations will always exploit opportunities to have a go at the government. But it is particularly irritating for a government when criticism comes from institutions noted for their political independence, and when some of […]

Grattan on Friday / Barnaby Joyce as Deputy Prime Minister – a thought for the future

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra AS the Nationals this week celebrated their greatest leader, John McEwen, with a reissued autobiography, a question mark hung over the future of current leader Warren Truss. There is an expectation within the party that Deputy Prime Minister Truss, 66, will not contest the next election, something on which […]

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Tharwa bridge closures

ROADS ACT is warning road users of a series of closures on Tharwa Bridge to allow for maintenance work starting on Monday 27 October 2014. The closures will be in effect daily from 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday, Monday 27 October 2014 to Friday 31 October 2014. The bridge closure will mean […]

Want to take your cat for a bus ride? Shane has a draft policy for you

SHANE Rattenbury has announced a string of draft policies for carrying bikes, animals, and bulky goods on ACTION buses. “ACTION has developed three policies in relation to what can be taken onboard ACTION buses, including animals and bikes, and we are seeking feedback from the public on these policies,” Shane said. “The Carriage of Animals […]

Behold the storm

“CITYNEWS” snapper Andrew Campbell was out late last night taking photographs of the intense electrical storm Canberra experienced. Some great shots of lightning over Lake Burley Griffin. If you’ve got great pictures from in and around Canberra you want to share with our audience send them in to john@citynews.com.au .

Moncrieff blocks go on sale

ANDREW Barr has announced the start of sales for 317 single residential blocks in Moncrieff, ranging in size from 250m2 with an average block size of 486m2. The blocks will sell for less than $300,000. Construction of housing on the first blocks of land is expected to commence towards the end of 2015. The development […]

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We finally get to see the Memorandum of Friendship Exchange and Economic Cooperation with Shenzhen

SHENZHEN is a vast coastal industrial city in Southern China with a population estimated around 15 million. For some reason someone has decided they have a lot in common with our landlocked Capital city of 300,000 and we need to forge closer ties despite an existing sister city relationship with Beijing. To that end last […]

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Rain radar turns to black

THE Bureau has issued no warnings but there’s a mighty electrical storm raging over Canberra. The rain radar showing the black of the heaviest rain which it doesn’t do very often at all. For assistance call the SES on 132 500. If you get any good photos of the storm do send them in to […]

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Fish kill remains mysterious at Yerrabi Pond

THE Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate have explained they can’t explain why there was a major fish kill event in Gungahlin’s Yerrabi Pond. Test samples analysed by experts in Sydney have ruled out a virus as the cause of a significant number of fish deaths in Yerrabi Pond over the past month, Dr Lisa Evans, […]

Party Cadre swap with Shenzhen

CHIEF Minister Gallagher has announced a new StudyCanberra student intern program between Canberra and Shenzhen to attract the best and brightest students from Shenzhen to Canberra and give local students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in Shenzhen. The Canberra-Shenzhen Innovation Intern Exchange Program is the first education outcome of the historic MOU signed between […]

Andrew Barr does away with the EPIC board

ANDREW Barr has announced he’s legislating to abolish the showground board. “Legislation introduced in the Legislative Assembly today will pave the way for the integration of Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) with the management of other Territory venues,” Andrew said. The Exhibition Park Corporation Repeal Bill 2014 will repeal the Exhibition Park Corporation Act 1976 […]