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TERRITORY and Municipal Services is advising Canberrans of trading hours and changes to services over the Christmas and New Year period. 

Libraries ACT 

Libraries ACT branches and the ACT Heritage Library will be open on Wednesday 24 December 2014 from 10 am to 1 pm. All libraries will be closed Thursday 25 and Friday 26 December 2014 and from Monday 29 December 2014 to Thursday 1 January 2015 (inclusive). On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 December 2014 branches will be open as per regular operating hours – all branches open from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays and Woden, Tuggeranong, Dickson, Belconnen and Gungahlin libraries open from noon to 4 pm on Sundays.

After-hours return chutes will be available for the return of library materials 24 hours a day at the Tuggeranong, Woden, Dickson and Belconnen branches from 1 pm Wednesday 24 December 2014 until 10 am Friday 2 January 2015. For safety and security reasons, return chutes at all other libraries will not be open during this time.

No items will fall due from Thursday 25 December 2014 to Thursday 1 January 2015 (inclusive). If your books are not overdue, renewals can be made online at www.library.act.gov.au via My Account (log in using your membership number and PIN). Telephone renewals can be made by phoning 6205 9000 (except 25 and 26 December and 1 January).

 


 

ACTION Buses 

Passengers catching ACTION buses between Monday 22 December 2014 and Friday 9 January 2015 are reminded that ACTION will be running a revised timetable, including a special Christmas Day bus service for Thursday 25 December 2014.

Date Timetable ACTION & MyWay info line: 13 17 10
Monday 22 December 2014 Revised 7 am – 8 pm
Tuesday 23 December 2014 Revised 7 am – 8 pm
Wednesday 24 December 2014 Revised 7 am – 8 pm
Thursday 25 December 2014 Christmas Day timetable – free travel 9 am – 1 pm
Friday 26 December 2014 Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
Saturday 27 December 2014 Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday 28 December 2014 Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
Monday 29 December 2014 Revised 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesday 30 December 2014 Revised 9 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 31 December 2014 Revised 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday 1 January 2015 Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
Friday 2 January 2015 Revised 7 am – 8 pm
Saturday 3 January 2015 Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday 4 January 2015 Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
Monday 5 to Friday 9

January 2015

Revised 7 am – 8 pm

This year’s Nightrider bus service has commenced and will operate from midnight on the weekends of 12-13 and 19-20 December with extra services on New Year’s Eve. Nightrider will cost passengers $5 cash. MyWay cards will not be accepted.

For more information and timetables, visit the ACTION website www.action.act.gov.au, call the ACTION & MyWay information line on 13 17 10 or use Google Transit to plan your journey.

Waste Management Services 

Waste management services will operate on the following schedule.

Waste management services Operation hours
Household waste and recycling collection Garbage and recycling collections due on Thursday 25 December 2014 will instead be collected on Saturday 27 December 2014.

All other collections will be as normal including New Year’s Day.

Regional Drop Off Centres Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre, Symonston Closed Thursday 25 December 2014.
Mitchell Resource Management Centre, Flemington Road, Mitchell Closed Thursday 25 December 2014.
Corkhill Bros Green Waste Recycling Service*, Mugga Lane, Resource Management Centre, Symonston Closed Thursday 25 and Friday 26 December 2014 and Thursday 1 January 2015.
Canberra Sand and Gravel Green Waste Recycling Service*, Parkwood Road, Belconnen Closed Thursday 25 and Friday 26 December 2014 and Thursday 1 January 2015.
Garden waste facility at Canberra Sand and Gravel*, Vicars Street, Mitchell Closes at 4 pm on Monday 22 December 2014. Closed from Tuesday 23 December 2014 to Monday 5 January 2015.

*This is not an ACT Government facility.

Canberra Connect 

Canberra Connect services will operate on the following schedule.

Date Tuggeranong, Belconnen and Woden shopfronts Dickson Shopfront Civic Drivers’ Licence Service Canberra Connect Contact Centre
Wednesday

24 December 2014

9 am to 5 pm 8.15 am to 5 pm 10 am to 1 pm 7 am to 8 pm
Thursday

25 December 2014

Closed Closed Closed Closed
Friday

26 December 2014

Closed Closed Closed Closed
Saturday

27 December 2014

Closed Closed Closed 8 am to 5 pm
Sunday

28 December 2014

Closed Closed Closed 9 am to 5 pm
Monday

29 December 2014

Closed Closed Closed 9 am to 5 pm
Tuesday

30 December 2014

9 am to 5 pm 8.15 am to 5 pm Closed 9 am to 5 pm
Wednesday

31 December 2014

9 am to 5 pm 8.15 am to 5 pm Closed 9 am to 5 pm
Thursday

1 January 2015

Closed Closed Closed Closed
Friday

2 January 2015

9 am to 5 pm 8.15 am to 5 pm 10 am to 5.30 pm 7 am to 8 pm

Limited after-hours services will be available for urgent issues such as injured animals, road maintenance services and ACT property maintenance services on 13 22 81. This does not include payment services or detailed ACT Government information.

National Arboretum Canberra 

The Village Centre, National Bonsai and Penjing Collection, The Curatoreum and Sprout Cafe will be open from 9 am to 4 pm every day throughout the Christmas and New Year period, except Thursday 25 December 2014 when they will be closed. The Conservatory Restaurant will also be closed on Christmas Day.

The Arboretum grounds, including the Pod Playground, will be open from 6 am to 8.30 pm every day throughout the holiday period.

Parks and Nature Reserves 

Googong Foreshores and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, including the Visitor Centre and Cafe Tidbinbilla, will be closed on Thursday 25 December 2014. The Namadgi National Park Visitor Centre will also be closed Christmas Day, although the park will remain open to visitors.

Canberrans and visitors are advised that during periods of wet weather, high winds or total fire bans, restrictions and closures may apply to many public reserves, forests and other areas. For further information please contact Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

Domestic Animal Services (DAS) Shelter 

The DAS Shelter will be closed Thursday 25, Friday 26 and Monday 29 December 2014 as well as Thursday 1 January 2015. This is in addition to its regular closures on Sunday and Wednesday (28 and 31 December). The DAS Shelter will be open from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday 27 and Tuesday 30 December 2014.

Emergency after-hours services for dog attacks or injured dogs are available by contacting Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

Yarralumla Nursery 

The Wholesale Nursery, including the free plant issue scheme, will be closed from 12 noon on Wednesday 24 December 2014, reopening at 7.30 am on Monday 5 January 2015.

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