Efficiency or a ‘green light for criminals’? Police to phase out attending some property crimes
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ACT residents will soon be required to self-submit a report online when they are victims of certain crimes, including house burglaries, as part of a "phase-out" designed to achieve more efficient use of officers. Speaking on ABC Radio, ACT Chief Police Officer Neil Gaughan said that the phase-out, which will occur over the next 12 months, will mean an online...
Canberra’s wettest year in a decade to get even wetter with storms ahead
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With the ACT already in the midst of its wettest year in over a decade, thunderstorms surround the region and a further 20 mm of rain is expected in the next three days. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the yearly rainfall tally at Canberra Airport is 825.2 mm as at 30 November, making it the wettest November by nearly...
Mowing schedule woes continue amid long grass, rain … and goats?
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With rain comes growth - and while no one would argue this is a bad thing, many agree it is possible to have too much of a good thing. As in grass. There's long, out-of-control grass everywhere you look - and in some cases, local sports grounds are out of action and motorists are struggling to see past it as...
Renewables capital bucks trend with rising electricity bills
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The ACT is the only jurisdiction in the country where electricity bills are expected to rise over the next three years, according to the latest modelling from the energy market regulator. The Australian Energy Market Commission has predicted that ACT consumers will be hit with a four per cent rise (around $77 on average), mainly due to the ACT's deals...
Gungahlin the city’s safest district although crime rates dropped everywhere during lockdown
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Canberra's north might just be the safest place in town, according to the latest ACT Policing crime data. Over the three months to the end of October, reports of crime, excluding traffic offences, dropped by almost 30 per cent across the Territory. In Gungahlin, reports of crime fell by nearly 40 per cent, making it the safest place in Canberra as...
Where should Canberra’s leaf litter go? A new survey wants to know
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Eucalyptus trees are a defining feature of Canberra's landscape, but there's no doubt the native species can make a right mess of anything underneath and, in the case of the fallen leaves, go on to pollute our waterways. Help is at hand. Supported by the ACT Government, Griffith University in Queensland is calling for members of the public to participate...
Harrison man found more than five times over the legal limit following single car crash in Ngunnawal
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A 40-year-old man from Harrison has received a high-range drink driving charge following a crash in Ngunnawal early Tuesday morning (23 November). At 3:10 am, police saw a black Nissan Micra sedan stationary in the middle of the road about 100 metres west of the Horse Park Drive roundabout, when conducting mobile patrols on Burrumarra Avenue. Police noticed extensive damage...
BOM declares La Niña and Canberra could record its wettest month on record
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November 2021 is less than 5 mm off being Canberra's wettest November, and if rainfall levels are at the higher end of predictions - 100 mm between Wednesday and Friday - it could become the wettest month on record. The forecast comes as a La Niña in the Pacific Ocean was officially declared by the Bureau of Meteorology today (23...
ACT Policing’s phased takeover of Gungahlin’s Joint Emergency Services Centre to begin in 2022
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ACT Policing's takeover of the Joint Emergency Services Centre in Gungahlin will begin in 2022, with the Gungahlin SES and ACT Rural Fire Service set to be moved to a site in Mitchell. The decision to move the other emergency services out of the building has been made in recognition of both the rapid population growth of Gungahlin, and the...
From connection to country and changes to dog-walking – the ACT’s 10-year plan for nature reserves
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From changes to dog-walking rules to celebrating a connection to Ngunnawal country, the ACT Government's 10-year 'Canberra Nature Park Reserve Management Plan' has been released for the Territory's 39 nature reserves. The plan features the addition of a further nine 'nature reserves' from prior plans, including Goorooyarroo, Percival Hill, Jerrabomberra West Grasslands Callum Brae, Kinlyside, Jarramlee/West Macgregor Grasslands, Budjan Galindji Grasslands,...
Face masks may stay for good, even after ACT COVID mandates wind down
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Facemasks may become a common feature of life in Canberra as people choose to wear them long after COVID-19 public health mandates end. They've been a sometimes divisive but highly visible tool in the ACT's battle to contain the coronavirus. Some people love them, some hate them, others simply pull their facemask on as advised by public health officials and...
New online portal to help get ACT’s wombats out of a (mangy) hole
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Evie is one of several young bare-nosed wombats in care at ACT Wildlife. The tiny eight-month old joey is currently cuddling into the warm and cosy arms of her carer, but come adolescence, she will be released back into the wild to brave the real world. However, just releasing her anywhere isn't an option. Skin condition mange is rampant among...
Canberra region heads for its wettest November on record, up to 60 mm forecast this weekend
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The wet is set to continue, with another big weekend of rain and growing flood concerns for the ACT and the surrounding region. The ACT is forecast to receive up to 4 mm on Friday, between 10 and 20 mm on Saturday, and between 25 and 40 mm of rain on Sunday, along with the chance of thunderstorms. The mean...
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