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Dog attack penalties skyrocket

SHANE Rattenbury has announced the passage of legislation that will increase the penalty that can be imposed for dog attacks. “Under previous legislation, the maximum penalties for a dog harassment incident and an attack incident were the same at $7,500 (or 50 penalty units). This means a person whose dog barks at and scares another […]

Simon says the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme is working well

A review of the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme has found that the program saves participating households about $1,600 each. Simon Corbell tabled a review of the scheme in the Legislative Assembly that showed greenhouse gas reductions as a result of the program between 1 January 2013 and 31 March 2014 were the equivalent of 237,908 […]

Capital Metro costs blow out by tens of millions more

ALISTAIR Coe has winkled out of the Government that the cost of running the Capital Metro agency isn’t included in the budgeted cost of the project. “The cost of the government’s ill-conceived light rail project seems to be rising by the day. Today in the Legislative Assembly, Simon Corbell admitted already allocated funding isn’t included […]

Architects looking for ways to make compact affordable housing in Canberra

THE Australian Institute of Architects’ ACT Chapter has launched a competition set to shake up housing options for Canberra’s growing population. In collaboration with the Land Development Agency, Environment and Planning Directorate, and Defence Housing Australia (DHA), the Institute has established the New Experimental Architectural Typologies (NEAT) competition to generate ideas for innovative and affordable […]

Yvette Berry steps in for Andrew Barr to accept divestment letter

THIS morning outside the Legislative Assembly representatives of Uniting Church, United Voice, Public Health Association and Conservation Council launched an open letter, signed by over 20 Canberra community organisations calling for the Government to stop investing in fossil fuels like coal and coal seam gas. Treasurer Andrew Barr, to whom the letter was addressed declined […]

Green and Labor force Vicki Dunne to write to her federal colleagues on euthanasia

SHANE Rattenbury is celebrating a vote in the Legislative Assembly forcing the Speaker, the Liberals’ Vicki Dunne, to write to her colleagues on the big hill. “Following successful action from the ACT Greens, the Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly will write to the Federal Government calling on it to repeal the ‘Andrews Act’, which […]

Shane pushes for more community input to planning decisions

SHANE Rattenbury has introduced legislation to increase the level of community involvement and improve early planning processes for developments in the ACT. “This legislation would require a proponent to undertake pre-development application consultation with the community in order for a Minister to utilise call-in powers,” Shane said. “The ACT Greens have long opposed the use […]

New powers for environmental protection

SIMON Corbell has legislated to increase the powers of the Environment Protection Agency to prevent pollution. He says the amendments to the Environment Protection Act will allow the EPA to take stronger action when there is the potential for harm to the environment instead of only being able to take action after an incident has […]

Salsa and other art forms. The arts in Canberra this weekend

ARTIST Karyn Fearnside says that during 2012 she grew tomatillos, a small fruit encased in a papery husk. Over the winter the few unpicked fruit decayed into a very interesting lacy, skeletal form, which she now explores in “Salsa,” a mixed media exhibition at gallery@bcs through photographs, drawings, printing and computer manipulation. In Belconnen Community […]

Hugh Percy steps in as Queanbeyan General Manager

QUEANBEYAN Mayor Tim Overall has announced that Hugh Percy has been appointed as locum General Manager of Queanbeyan City Council. Mr Percy, a former General Manager of Queanbeyan City Council, will commence on Friday 19 September. “Mr Percy has been appointed as locum General Manager on a month-to-month basis,” said Mayor Overall. “Incumbent General Manager, […]


Labor MPs to speak against Labor refugee policy at Canberra meeting.

THE Canberra Refugee Action Committee is hosting two Labor Members of Parliament, Anna Burke and Melissa Parke, at a Canberra meeting to explain why refugee policy must change, including Labor Party policy. In addition to the wave of international condemnation of Australia’s treatment of refugees, Australian Labor Party State and Territory branches have voted to […]

ACTION seat refurb complete. You’ll never see the vomit now

ACTION’S Chief Operating Officer Bren Burkevics says over 50 of ACTION’s older bus fleet have received a full passenger seat refurbishment. “Since the commencement of the refurbishment program in 2012-13, a total of 54 buses have received a complete passenger seat refurbishment which represents an investment of $570,000 by the ACT Government,” Bren said. “The […]

Police officer who pepper sprayed a chained dog escapes with counselling

IN June Canberra was shocked by video of a police officer spraying a dog with pepper spray in the dog’s backyard. Here’s the video again, the action occurs around the one minute mark: Today ACT Policing has released the following statement on their investigation into the matter. AFP Professional Standards (PRS) has completed an investigation […]

ACT Health begs Canberrans to stop using the Emergency Department for non-emergencies

ACT Health’s Director-General Dr Peggy Brown, is urging Canberrans to save the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department (ED) for genuine medical emergencies following a succession of extremely high numbers of patients presenting to the ED. “This time of year is typically a busy time for Canberra Hospital, however activity is particularly high at the moment with […]


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