Organ donations can now be recognised on ACT death certificates
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Families of organ donors in the ACT can now have their loved one's donation acknowledged on the donor’s death certificate and on the death register from today (6 May). The donor’s next of kin can apply to have the statement “The deceased gave a gift of life, generously donating organs/tissue” added to their death certificate, and can also request a letter from the Chief Minister...
Stefaniak expands Belco Party into Gungahlin, Tuggeranong
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Bill Stefaniak's Belco Party will expand into Gungahlin and Tuggeranong after running an unsuccessful election campaign in the Belconnen-based seat of Ginninderra last year. The party was formed by the former Canberra Liberals ACT Attorney-General and opposition leader last June and ran with the slogan, “Keep the Bastards Honest”. Mr Stefaniak said Canberrans outside the Belconnen region wanted to vote for...
Reign of sunshine to end with big rain coming this week
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The ACT region can expect to see the first decent falls of rain and possibly even snow later today (3 May), and at least into Tuesday and Wednesday, as a rain band brings a significant change to the run of blue-sky autumn days of late. A frontal system will move in from the south, dropping temperatures back into the teens...
Government awards $93 million design contract for light rail Stage 2, releases new details
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The ACT Government on Wednesday (28 April) released updated delivery plans for light rail Stage 2A and announced that international infrastructure consulting firm AECOM had been selected to facilitate the design and planning approvals for the whole of Stage 2 to Woden - a $93 million contract. The government is calling it a major milestone that will accelerate the work on the...
Canberrans encouraged to get flu shot with concerns over COVID-coverage fatigue
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Canberrans are being encouraged to get their flu shots this year following a record number of jabs in 2020 during the pandemic, but health professionals worry about COVID-coverage fatigue affecting uptake. The flu shot needs to be taken at least two weeks from any COVID-19 vaccine to minimise any side effects from the vaccines, which the head of the AMA...
Cash fares history as government seeks MyWay replacement
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Paying for a bus or light rail ticket with cash is not about to return to Canberra's public transport system, with the government dropping that requirement in a fresh approach to industry for a new ticketing system. After deciding in January to return to a full tender process when negotiations failed with its preferred provider, the government has launched a...
Floriade to bloom again in the suburbs, as well as Commonwealth Park
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The bulbs will be going back to the 'burbs this year after 2020's successful reimagined Floriade delivered floral displays across Canberra after the traditional spring celebration in Commonwealth Park was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, more than 300,000 extra bulbs and annuals will be distributed for plantings across Canberra's suburbs, as well as the traditional million or...
Live music venues amped with $750,000 fund for gigs in Canberra
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Small to medium-sized live music venues have been given a long-awaited lifeline from the ACT Government to offset the costs of paying performers and promoting gigs. The government's $750,000 Amp It Up! fund will support live performances between June and November this year. It comes as larger venues such as The Basement in Belconnen and the smaller-sized Smith's Alternative in...
UPDATE: Can you help identify this man?
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UPDATED 4:00 pm: ACT Policing has thanked the Canberra community after they were able to confirm the identity of the man in hospital. His family has been notified of his whereabouts. ACT Policing is urgently seeking the public’s assistance to identify a man who is currently in hospital but is unable to provide any information about himself. The man was...
National Cabinet expands vaccine rollout, third vaccination hub flagged for ACT
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National Cabinet has brought forward the timetable for COVID-19 vaccinations for over-50s, while Pfizer vaccines will be saved for people under the age of 50, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this afternoon (22 April). Australians will be able to receive an AstraZeneca jab from 3 May at state and territory-run clinics and GP respiratory clinics, and from 17 May at...
Cash, cigarettes and prescription medicine stolen in multiple ram raids across Canberra
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Cash, cigarettes and prescription medicine have been stolen from stores across Canberra in a series of six ram raids that ACT Policing believe are linked. Service stations, convenience and grocery stores from Wanniassa to Gungahlin were targeted in the early hours of the morning between 11 April and 19 April: Sunday 11 April 2021 at about 3:50 am - ANU...
Accusations women were ‘brazenly’ molested in Gungahlin Marketplace
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A catering contractor allegedly grabbed or sexually touched two women in the Gungahlin Marketplace, including one with her 16-month-old baby. Bonner man Njabulo Ndlovu was charged over the offences and has been refused bail, as the ACT court ruled that if the facts of the matter were correct, then it appeared his alleged behaviour was escalating. Court documents show in...
ACT housing crisis puts family of eight at risk of homelessness
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There are 2789 Canberrans on the ACT waiting list for public housing and former Barnardo's mother of the year and mum of seven Belinda Nunn, who will be homeless in four weeks, is one of them. Ms Nunn has five daughters between six and 18, but has also helped raise her two nephews to her twin sister who died when...
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