Light rail patronage rebounding after COVID-19 hit
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The number of light rail passengers has rebounded to 75 per cent of pre-COVID-19 levels, according to new survey results from Transport Canberra. The survey feedback also shows that light rail has enticed many Canberrans to try public transport for the first time, with more than two-thirds saying they were more likely to use public transport now that light rail is...
Latest statistics show a drop in ACT crime rates
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The ACT has recorded a drop in person-to-person crimes in the latest quarterly statistics released by ACT Policing. The number of sexual assaults reported to police from January to March this year was the lowest reported for a quarter since 2018, and person-to-person crime as a whole was down compared to the first quarter of last year. The January to...
Dog owners need to update details every year or face a fine
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Dog owners in the ACT could face a fine of $150 if they fail to update their registration details every year. According to the ACT Government, more than 95 per cent of dogs roaming the territory currently have out of date details which makes it difficult to reunite lost dogs with their owners. CEO of RSPCA ACT, Michelle Robertson welcomed...
Suburban Land Agency has Gungahlin’s rampant rabbits in sights
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The Suburban Land Agency will move to control a build-up of feral rabbits in the new Gungahlin suburb of Moncrieff next week. It has more than 80 rabbit warrens in the open space area near the Amaroo District Playing Fields and the natural creek line that divides the two areas in its sights. The warrens are located along the shared...
Polar blast coming with frost and snow this weekend
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Shake out the winter coats and scarves, a blast of Antarctic air will cross the ACT and southern NSW this weekend that will see temperatures plummet and may even bring our first frosts of the year on Monday morning (12 April). Daytime temperatures could drop by up to 10 degrees Celsius as a double-whammy polar blast from two cold fronts...
Researchers take fine-tooth comb to find natural solution to head lice
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There would be few families with children who aren't aware of head lice and it's a problem a team of researchers at the University of Canberra is taking on to find an effective natural treatment in place of chemicals which they claim are ineffective. "There are references to head lice in the bible and still, one in five school children are...
Power bills to soar as renewable energy scheme cost triples
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The falling price of wholesale electricity due to the impact of renewable generation and the ACT's 100 per cent renewable energy scheme have collided to ironically produce an expected big hike in ACT bills from July. Under Evoenergy's pricing proposal for the next financial year, average residential customers face a 36 per cent rise (around $5 a week) in the network...
Beginning of the end as single-use plastics ban passes Assembly
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The ACT will begin the first phase of its ban on single-use plastics in July - including stiff fines, inspection rights and the power to declare the products off limits at large private events. The Legislative Assembly passed legislation on Tuesday (30 March) which will see plastic cutlery, stirrers and expanded polystyrene foam takeaway food and beverage containers banned. Next year...
Your guide to service changes for the Easter long weekend
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Planning to get out and about over the Easter long weekend? Here's what you need to know about reduced services in the ACT and Queanbeyan. Public transport Public transport in Canberra will run to a Sunday timetable on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Operations will run to their usual Saturday timetable on Saturday, 3 April. The ACT Government...
Finally! Classic autumn conditions with clear skies for Easter
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Canberra and the surrounding region will have perfect conditions for the Easter long weekend, with clear skies and warm, sunny days on the horizon for all four days from Friday, 2 April, to Monday, 5 April. After being deluged for more than a week of almost constant heavy rain and floodwaters in late March, there is one dominant factor in...
Joshua Higgins guilty of manslaughter over death of friend in Gungahlin
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Joshua Higgins gave a massive sigh of relief when the jury cleared him of murdering his friend, Gungahlin man Jae-Ho Oh. The verdict marks the end of the month-long trial in the ACT Supreme Court, during which Higgins claimed he had acted in self-defence after the pair had a fight in Mr Oh's one-bedroom home on 11 March 2019. Higgins...
Gold Creek Homestead precinct will be saved in Lendlease aged care project
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Lendlease has won the tender to develop the historic Gold Creek Homestead Precinct in Gungahlin providing new housing opportunities and an aged care facility for Canberrans. The company was awarded the tender to redevelop the site following a nationally advertised sale process. About 8000 square metres of the 4.8 hectare site is home to the remnant Gold Creek Homestead dating back...
ACT closes border to Brisbane, returned travellers must enter mandatory isolation
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The ACT has shut the border to Greater Brisbane, banning travel between the two areas except in exceptional circumstances. Anyone who has arrived in the ACT from Greater Brisbane from 15 March must get tested and will be forced into a three-day lockdown from 6:00 pm tonight (29 March) in line with the new restrictions in Queensland. There is a...
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