More than 1500 kangaroos killed in latest cull
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More than 1500 eastern grey kangaroos were killed across five nature reserves as part of the government's recent conservation cull. The number was slightly less than the approximated 1568 kangaroos that were expected to be culled when the program was announced. Overgrazing by too many kangaroos, particularly in priority conservation areas, can threaten the survival of endangered species. Director of ACT...
Severe weather warning issued as wild winds set to batter Canberra
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A severe weather warning for damaging winds has been issued for the ACT and parts of the Southern Tablelands, while the possibility of blizzards has been flagged for the Alpine district. Winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h are possible from this morning (14 July), with peak gusts expected to exceed 90 km/h. The winds will then extend to south-eastern areas...
Students back to school in uncertain times
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With students returning to school in the ACT and NSW this week, a number of measures have been put in place to help keep students and staff safe from COVID-19. In the ACT, any student or staff member who has returned from Greater Sydney since 11:59 pm on Friday, 9 July, will not be allowed to attend school, and will...
Canberrans urged to take up free bulky waste collection ahead of Spring clean rush
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Canberrans are being urged to take advantage of the government's free bulky waste collection scheme and book in ahead of the Spring cleaning rush. More than 6000 Canberrans have participated in the scheme since it started a year ago, and 1500 Belconnen residents have booked a free pick up since the scheme expanded in April, A further 400 Canberrans pre-booked a collection...
Mask mandate revoked, Barr canvasses workplace rollout for public service, defence, unis
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The ACT's mask mandate will end at 11:59 pm on Friday (9 July), despite the NSW lockdown being extended by a week until 16 July. Those subject to stay at home orders are able to leave after 14 days since the last time they were in the Greater Sydney region. Less than 50 people are quarantining in the ACT after...
Longer lockdowns needed to crush COVID-19, says ANU study
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Government should go hard and long to get the best value out of COVID-19 lockdowns, according to a new study from the Australian National University. Research just published by a team of modellers, economists and public health experts from the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health and the University of Melbourne highlights the...
(Below) freezing week ahead as Canberra enveloped by cold front
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A cold snap is enveloping Canberra, bringing temperatures down to -3.1 degrees overnight and causing fog to blanket the city. But for freezing Canberrans, this morning may have felt even colder, with the wind chill factor making it two to three degrees colder than it was - or up to four degrees colder in the ranges. It finally cracked a...
Mask mandate sees local makers inundated amid fears Canberra’s homeless will miss out
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The ACT's COVID-19 mask mandate has seen a run on locally made face masks, but homeless advocates are concerned at-risk Canberrans could fall through the cracks. Many Canberrans were caught out when ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced on Sunday, 27 June, that masks would become mandatory just hours later, from midnight on 28 June. Mask-makers across the ACT region...
Mask mandate to stay in place for at least another week, additional Pfizer stock flagged
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The ACT's mask mandate will remain in place for at least another week while health authorities continue to closely monitor the situation in NSW, Chief Minister Andrew Barr confirmed after today's (2 July) National Cabinet meeting. Sydney will remain in lockdown until midnight next Friday (9 July), with some media reporting NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant advised her...
‘Bad luck’ as concreter allegedly hit an unmarked police car with a traffic cone
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After yelling at a passing vehicle during a night out in suburban Canberra, a concreter, who had already been arrested over an alleged assault in the Gungahlin Raiders Club, allegedly threw a traffic cone at a car. But as his Legal Aid lawyer Mr Rutzou told the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday (1 July), it was either "bad luck, Murphy's...
Check In CBR requirements to expand, mask mandate to be reviewed this weekend
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The ACT's Check In CBR app will be expanded to include all retail stores, such as supermarkets and petrol stations, public transport and ride shares, as concern grows over the transmissibility of the new Delta variant. The app was previously only compulsory for certain businesses, mainly in the hospitality industry, but this will change from midday on 15 July. Despite...
New data shows king car has iron grip on ACT roads
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Many Canberrans have fallen in love with their cars again, abandoning public transport and feeding traffic congestion on key corridors and into the suburbs, new government data has confirmed. The figures show the ACT Government has its work cut out convincing people to return to public transport, and it is also urging workers to spread out their morning and evening...
Police seek witnesses to shooting in Bonner
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ACT Policing is seeking witnesses to the shooting of a man in Bonner yesterday (27 June). At about 5:45 pm last night, police received a request to attend a residence in Roy Marika Street in Bonner following a report of a man suffering a minor wound caused by a firearm. Police believe the incident began with at least two offenders...
Rates up by average 3.75 per cent, see what you will pay in 2021-22
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Household rates will resume their march upwards in 2021-22 with an average 3.75 per cent rise as part of the next five-year phase of the ACT Government's 12-year tax reform program. The government has not released a suburb by suburb guide to rates rises as in previous years but a series of examples for house and unit owners in differing...
Face masks to become mandatory in the ACT from midnight
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Face masks will become mandatory for people over the age of 12 when out in the ACT community from midnight tonight (27 June) due to the escalating COVID-19 outbreak in NSW. A mask is mandatory if you are in an indoor area - including public transport - with people you do not usually live or work with. Areas include supermarkets,...
Top 100 benefitting businesses from ChooseCBR voucher scheme released
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A list of the top 100 businesses that benefitted from the ChooseCBR voucher scheme has been released by the ACT Government, but the list has raised some questions about how businesses could claim such a large number of vouchers in the 25-hours the scheme ran. Food retailers were the greatest beneficiaries. Almost 40 per cent of the vouchers were claimed...
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