Postcode data reveals where cashed-up Canberrans choose to put down roots
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New Australian Taxation Office data has revealed Canberra's richest and poorest suburbs - but the list changed depending on whether you examined median or average income. While the stats didn't change for the top five suburbs with the highest incomes, it was a different story regarding suburbs with lower-income households. ANU economic geography researcher Dr Francis Markham said that was...
Survey finds Canberrans to be happiest people in Australia – here’s why
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People living in Canberra and the surrounding region are happier, on average, than Australians in any other area of the country, according to a new survey. First conducted by the University of Canberra's Health Research Institute in 2019, the "Living well in the ACT region" survey was this year told by 17.6 per cent of local respondents they were experiencing...
Man with kitchen knives holds up Gungahlin service station
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ACT Policing is calling for witnesses to an aggravated robbery last night (9 August) at the EG (Caltex) Service Station in Gungahlin. At about 8:30 pm, a man entered the store, approached the station workers with two large kitchen knives and demanded money. Cash was stolen before the man fled the scene heading towards the nearby car dealerships. READ ALSO:...
Commonwealth backs light rail Stage 2B with funding for new vehicles
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Five new light rail vehicles will be added to the Canberra fleet from 2024 to allow the retrofitting of batteries for wireless operation along the Stage 2A route to Commonwealth Park and beyond. The Federal and ACT Governments, which are jointly funding Stage 2A, announced the $181.2 million contract today (9 August) with light rail operator Canberra Metro, which will...
The ACT will be gas-free in 2045: your ‘burning’ questions, concerns so far
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Last week, the ACT Government made a (somewhat unsurprising) announcement the Territory would be gas-free by 2045. And (even more unsurprisingly), there has been a range of reactions. It seems not everyone is happy - whether you're a gasfitter, a restaurant owner or a chef, or you're used to the convenience of gas hot water. Here's what you need to...
ACT lays ground work to be gas-free by 2045, new connections banned from next year
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The ACT Government has today detailed its long-anticipated staged approach to ridding itself of gas - excluding niche uses - by 2045. The transition will begin next year with new connections being banned. Fossil-fuel gas currently accounts for 20 per cent of the Territory's emissions. Chief Minister Andrew Barr acknowledged there would be costs associated with the transition, but it...
Shortage of cold and flu medicine hits Canberra pharmacies
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The baby has a tooth on the way and you're struggling to find a bottle of liquid Panadol at the chemist. You're not alone. A shortage of cold and flu medicine is affecting pharmacies across the country, including here in Canberra, during a disease-ridden winter. Simon Blacker is the president of the ACT Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia...
Suburbs soaked and ski resorts closed as rain pours down
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The soggy conditions will continue across southern NSW and the ACT today (4 August), with a severe weather warning still in place for large parts of the region. According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), heavy rainfall, which could lead to flash flooding, was expected across the Snowy Mountains and the South Western Slopes. The BoM expects wet weather until...
Weather warning: up to 100 millimetres could fall across parts of Capital region
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A severe weather warning has been issued covering large parts of southern NSW and the ACT, with predictions of up to 100 millimetres falling across the region by the end of the week. The bulk of the heavy rain's predicted for Thursday (4 August), with damaging wind gusts also on the cards. It results from a complex low-pressure system moving...
Appeal for help after axe-wielding man robs Gungahlin business
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Police are seeking the public's assistance after an aggravated robbery at a Gungahlin business yesterday afternoon (2 August). At about 4 pm a man briefly entered a massage business on Anthony Rolfe Avenue. He left before returning 10 minutes later, armed with an axe and demanding money. He smashed the counter with the axe and stole a handbag. READ ALSO:...
ACT to ban no-cause evictions in tenancy laws overhaul
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Landlords will not be able to evict tenants without a reason or conduct rent bidding, and will have to declare that a property meets minimum standards under a draft bill released by the ACT Government. The government has released for consultation an exposure draft of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2022 which aims to give Canberra renters more security when leasing a...
Clean cars don’t need big batteries – here are your options beyond 2035’s fossil fuel ban
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The ACT Government has set the end of the fossil fuel age at 2035 - from that date, you won't be able to register new fossil-fuel-powered cars in the ACT. New cars will have to be zero-emission vehicles, with an emphasis on battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). But are there other ways? The short answer is yes. The ACT was the first to...
Does servicing a new car at your own mechanic void the warranty? Here’s what you need to know
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A Canberra woman is taking one of the city's biggest dealership networks and Holden Australia to the consumer watchdog after her new car suffered major engine failure within the warranty period. It opens up the question of whether or not you can take your new car to your own mechanic rather than the dealer's service centre without sacrificing your warranty....
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