Gentleman calls in Kenny High School project to keep it on track
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The planned $85 million high school in the developing northern suburb of Kenny is set to open in 2023 after the project was "called in" to ensure there were no delays. Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman used his call-in powers to approve the development application for the 800-student, Year 7 to 10 facility. Construction will start later...
New check-in card, updated app to issue COVID-19 exposure alerts
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People without a smartphone will be able to use a new, free card to check-in at sites across Canberra instead of having to sign in with pen and paper or ask a business to do it for them. The ACT Government has also announced an update to the Check In CBR app on its first birthday that will allow it to provide...
Sure, Canberra’s winter was wet but the rest may be surprising
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It was a soggy winter this year, the seventh wettest on record for the ACT, with well above average rainfall across all locations. The Bureau of Meteorology's season summary says June was the wettest month, with most locations receiving at least double their average rainfall. It was the fourth-wettest June on record at Canberra Airport, although not as wet as June...
Glory days arrive for perfect start to spring
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Warm sunny weather will arrive right on cue for the start of spring, with a string of 20-plus degree days forecast for the rest of the working week. After a winter marked by cloud and rain, a few days of blue skies and T-shirt temperatures, at least by lunchtime, will be welcome, especially by those in lockdown getting out for...
High pollen season is nothing to sneeze at in Australia’s ‘allergy capital’
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Australia's "allergy capital" is about to get sneezier, with heightened pollen counts recorded in the lead up to what looks set to be a very congested spring. Canberra has already had two extreme pollen events on 12 and 16 August and, while elevated levels are not uncommon at this time of year, extreme events are unusual. It's bad news for...
Joshua Higgins jailed for eight years for brutally stabbing friend to death in Gungahlin
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WARNING: This story contains graphic descriptions of violence. Meth user, father and soon-to-be killer Joshua Higgins was in a bad place. He'd just lost all of his money gambling and his mother told him not to come home. With nowhere else to go and no one else to turn to, he messaged his friend Jae-Ho Oh, a 56-year-old divorcee, and asked...
Police hope face-fit images will help identify alleged Bonner shooter
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An artist has constructed face-fit images ACT Policing hopes will help identify two men believed to be involved in the aggravated burglary and shooting of a man in Bonner two months ago. The shooting happened at a home in Roy Marika Street on Sunday, 27 June. Police believe the incident began with at least two offenders attempting to enter the residence at...
Further $300,000 for Gungahlin Pool repairs with no end date in sight
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The ACT Government has allocated a further $300,000 for repairs at the Gungahlin Pool after construction delays due to Sydney's extended lockdown pushed the pool's completion date into 2022. The new $1,103,300 contract to replace the pool's tiling and membrane has been awarded to Metz Project Services. The company's headquarters are in Sydney. Just over $720,000 of the contract will come...
Police seize vehicle, man to face court in relation to Bonner burnouts
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ACT Policing has seized a V8 Holden Commodore and a Bonner man will face multiple driving offences following burnout activity in Bonner on Thursday. At about 7:20 pm on Thursday (19 August), police received multiple calls regarding a vehicle doing burnouts on Mulligans Flat Road in Bonner. As a result of information received from the public, the vehicle and driver...
UPDATED: ACT records 12 new COVID-19 positives, more testing sites open
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UPDATED 1:00 pm: NSW Health authorities have confirmed two new positive COVID-19 cases in the Goulburn. Both are household contacts of the initial case reported on Wednesday (18 August) and authorities say they were not active in the community for any portion of their infectious periods and there are no public exposure sites related to these cases. UPDATED 12.15 pm: As the...
Major disruptions on Canberra bus routes this morning as drivers go into isolation
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Transport Canberra has warned that major disruptions are affecting the ACT's bus network this morning. An increased number of services will be delayed or cancelled during this morning’s peak, although dedicated school services and regular services that carry school students are being prioritised. Transport Canberra has acknowledged that the disruptions are in part because an increasing number of bus drivers are...
New public transport ticketing system another step closer
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A new public transport ticketing system to replace the MyWay card could be in place by the end of next year. The timetable for the cashless fare collection solution and integrated real-time passenger information system for both bus and light rail is set out in its new two-stage procurement process, starting as an expression-of-interest approach to industry that will shortlist providers....
UPDATED: New cases include man in his 20s with ‘no obvious links’, snow tourist turned away
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UPDATED 1:40 pm: More than 940 swabs were taken at the Gold Creek pop up testing clinic yesterday (14 August), which opened in response to a 14-year-old student testing positive the day before. The Gold Creek School in Kelleway Avenue, Nicholls, including the Early Childhood Learning Centre, have been listed as exposure sites between 9 and 12 August. The Holy Spirit...
Overwhelmed drive-through testing sites shut to new arrivals
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The drive-though COVID-19 testing centres at Brindabella Business Park and EPIC have been forced to close to new arrivals after being swamped by people wanting to get tested. They were expected to stay open until late tonight to clear long lines of vehicles, but Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith has announced on FM radio that the sites were now at capacity getting...
UPDATED: Delta confirmed, Gold Creek school communities in quarantine
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UPDATED 2:55 pm: The Chief Health Officer has confirmed that the first five COVID-19 cases have the delta variant, and that a sample from the Gold Creek school student has been sent for genomic testing to determine if there was a link to the other cases. Dr Kerryn Coleman said that the four cases linked to the young man whose...
Parks, libraries, sports grounds to close, rubbish collections change during lockdown
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There will be a range of changes to public transport and city services as part of the ACT's seven-day lockdown. Transport Canberra and City Services say they are planning for situations where significant impacts on service delivery occur. Priority will be given to continuing critical service delivery related to public safety and wellbeing, working closely with contractors, ACT Policing and...
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