Campaign Trail: Labor focusses on health, the Libs hit the roads and the Greens go after developers
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On The Campaign Trail today, Labor announces more money for the Canberra Hospital expansion, the Canberra Liberals pledge to fix local roads, the Greens fight for property developer reform and David Pollard flags moving the PCYC to Gungahlin.  A new elective surgery centre in Canberra's north and a larger selection of elective surgeries and outpatient procedures at Canberra and Calvary...
Staff threatened during robbery at Gungahlin restaurant
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to an aggravated robbery at a restaurant on Hibberson Street in Gungahlin that occurred between 1:50 pm and 2:00 pm on Tuesday afternoon (15 September). Two men entered the restaurant and made demands of staff before they fled the scene on foot in the direction of Ernest Cavanagh Street a short time later. "Police would...
Man wanted for allegedly assaulting passenger in Gungahlin
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Police are investigating reports of a man violently assaulting a passenger while he was driving through a number of streets in Gungahlin on Sunday, 6 September. Police have spoken to numerous people and believe there are still members of the community who witnessed the assaults who are yet to come forward. Investigations began after ACT Policing received multiple reports of a male...
Gungahlin woman denied the chance to say goodbye to her dying mother
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A Gungahlin woman has been left heartbroken after her request to say goodbye to her dying mother and attend the funeral in Cairns was ignored by the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Sophie Andrews (the name Region Media has given the woman to provide anonymity) was forced to watch her mother's funeral online from her Gungahlin home on Friday, even though she...
Barr commits to a community tennis complex in Gungahlin
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Just weeks after the ACT Government announced a partner for an ice sports facility in Tuggeranong, Chief Minister Andrew Barr has promised $8 million to build a community tennis facility in Gungahlin. Mr Barr said he anticipated the new tennis facility at Amaroo would be three years in the making. It’s hard to believe but there are no community tennis...
The ACT election is almost here, so what’s Hare-Clark and what does it mean?
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Every four years Canberrans head to the polls to elect a new government, but many of us are just as confused as the next voter about how the Territory's voting system works. In a nutshell, each of the ACT's five electorates will elect five members to the Legislative Assembly for a total of 25 MLAs. They are chosen via the...
Labor pledges new community centre for Gungahlin Town Centre
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A new Gungahlin Community Centre will be built in the town centre if the Barr Government is returned in October's election, ACT Labor has pledged. ACT Labor MLA for Yerrabi and Labor spokesperson for Community Facilities Suzanne Orr said that the centre would be co-designed with residents and reflect the diverse views and needs of Canberra’s fastest growing community. She said the centre could include...
Meteoric show of light catches Canberra’s eyes in the sky
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Eyes across the region turned skyward last night when a large meteor appeared, with sightings noted in most Canberra suburbs and surrounding areas. Descriptions ranged from a "tail of light with a greeny, gold colour" to a "massive tail that changes colours for about three to five seconds". Dr Brad Tucker, an astrophysicist with ANU, told Region Media the fireball was definitely...
Wettest winter in four years with chance of more raincoats to come
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The ACT region recorded its wettest winter in four years, and the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is predicting there's much more rain to come during spring. Despite the Antarctic blast that blanketed southern NSW with snow last weekend (22-23 August), temperatures during winter were mild compared to previous years, according to BOM's preliminary winter summary. Winter 2020 was one of...
Record budget deficit is necessary and affordable, says Barr
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The ACT's budget deficit has blown out to a record level and will hit a peak in 2020-21 of more than $900 million as the government spends up big to counter the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy. The government has released a budget update dripping with red ink but says that without the extra spending and concessions...
Floriade may continue to blossom in the burbs, says Barr
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Floriade may blossom into a Canberra-wide event even without the COVID-19 restrictions that have seen it reimagined on a smaller scale this year due to the ban on large gatherings. Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the positive response from the 90 or so community groups that have embraced the suburban plantings at sites across the city meant the government would...
More details for extra schools in Gungahlin released
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More details have been released about the proposed new high school in Kenny which is expected to open to up to 800 students by 2023. The $72.5 million school will cater to students from years 7 to 10. "The school will provide high-quality general and specialist learning environments, incorporating both indoor and outdoor learning areas, as well as integrated spaces...
Canberra rugs up as cold blast brings the year’s best chance of snow
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Will it or won't it actually snow in Canberra? The Bureau of Meteorology says it's the best chance yet but don't expect to be snowed under in a winter wonderland. "Widespread snow will spread across much of NSW late on Friday and early Saturday, falling in places like Orange, Crookwell, the Barrington Tops, Blue Mountains and many other towns and communities...
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