Chopper canvases his colourful life of crime
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Mark "Chopper" Read and Vincent van Gogh have more in common than trouble wearing glasses. It turns out the colourful Chopper Read is more colourful than we might have thought. More than 40 pieces of his artwork are going on show - and sale - at Gold Creek's Aarwun Gallery from this Saturday (24 July) in what looks not unlike the...
Police allege thief was on bail when he crashed a car five minutes after stealing it
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A 27-year-old Hawker man, on bail for another offence, allegedly stole and crashed a red Fiat 500 in Gungahlin yesterday (22 July). ACT Policing responded to the collision and arrested the driver and his male passenger, one of whom had also been arrested last week while already on bail. Police will allege the pair stole a red Fiat 500 at...
Anxious Gungahlin waits on police station study
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A feasibility study for a new Gungahlin police station that could accommodate more officers is still underway as patience wears thin in the growing district. An ACT Government spokesperson said funding had been allocated in the last budget for the study and Justice and Community Services had contracted consultant GHD to look at options for police accommodation in Gungahlin. Police Minister...
Snow worries, Canberra braces for another white weekend
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Snow is expected to again fall on the Brindabellas and the ranges on Friday (23 July) and over the weekend, with a very high chance of showers and morning frost as well. The forecast follows snow falling in the Brindabellas yesterday afternoon (20 July). Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Stephen Stafanac said a combined total of between 18 mm and 35 mm...
New Park & Ride on track for September opening
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The 170-space Park & Ride facility opposite the Well Station Drive light rail stop should be completed by September. Transport and City Services Minister Chris Steel is trumpeting Park & Ride, which will also include bike storage, as one way to entice people back to people transport and attract those who may never have caught light rail. Mr Steel said...
Police search warrants recover firearms, drugs and stolen tools
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A significant amount of stolen property, firearms, drugs and cash have been recovered as part of an ongoing ACT Policing investigation. On Friday (16 July), officers from Criminal Investigations, Territory Targeting Team and General Duties executed search warrants at residences in Bonner and Gowrie and at a storage facility in Mitchell. Police located: a sawn-off 12 gauge double-barrel shotgun a sawn-off...
ACT Policing receives up to 40 complaints a week about COVID non-compliance
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ACT Policing is investigating up to 40 complaints a week from the public about people they suspect are not complying with COVID-19 restrictions. Over the past few weeks, Canberrans have contacted police with suspected cases of others not quarantining after visiting hotspots, failing to wear masks and not using the Check In CBR app. Detective Acting Superintendent Callum Hughes from...
Gungahlin Pool repair completion pushed into 2022
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Delays to the repair work on the 50-metre pool at the Gungahlin Leisure Centre means construction will not be finished by the end of the year as previously hoped, the ACT Government has confirmed. The works require installing a new “pool tiling system” that includes a waterproofing membrane and grout repairs. The pool's tiles have been removed and the pool...
Snow falls across northern ACT region, delighting locals
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Snow has fallen across the north of the ACT region, much to the delight of locals on an otherwise cold and dreary day. Temperatures of around 3 to 4 degrees combined with a cold front to produce the snowfalls on 17 July. Heavy falls were reported in Crookwell and Lost River, where younger residents took the opportunity to go tobogganing....
What did Canberra complain about the most last year?
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Somewhat unsurprisingly, streetlights and potholes ranked highly as key issues Canberrans love to gripe and complain about. An analysis of all requests lodged through the ACT Government's Fix My Street portal from 1 July, 2020, to 30 June, 2021, the top issue Canberrans had a problem with in the community was streetlights, largely with their bulbs not working. This was...
ACT Health assures data accuracy after Check In CBR glitch, Victoria locks down again
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Canberrans have been assured that the back end data gathered by the Check In CBR data is accurate after some people reported seeing incorrect check-in information on their devices. One user said their phone would display the previous place they checked in when scanning a new QR code. Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said she had heard reports of the issue....
Canberra warned to brace for thunderstorms, chance of hail
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Canberrans are in for a wet start to the weekend, with thunderstorms expected this morning and into the afternoon, and the chance of hail. A severe weather warning for damaging winds has also been issued today (16 July) for parts of the Southern Tablelands north-east and east of Canberra, including Goulburn and Braidwood. According to the warning issued by the...
ACT woman one of seven new blood clots likely linked to AstraZeneca vaccine
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A 66-year-old woman from the ACT is one of seven newly reported cases of blood clots and low blood platelets likely linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine, according to the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Four cases of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) - a rare event involving serious blood clots with a low blood platelet count - have been confirmed between 9 July...
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