Design for new $85m Kenny high school unveiled
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First plans for the proposed high school to be built in Kenny - the last suburb to be developed in Gungahlin, have been released for community consultation ahead of a development application being lodged. The $85 million school, expected to open in 2023, will cater for 800 students from years 7 to 10 with room for temporary expansion to accommodate...
Major works start on multi-million dollar Barton Highway duplication
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The multi-million dollar Barton Highway duplication project has started with major work to build two new lanes northbound on the highway from south of the NSW-ACT border to the intersection of Rolfe Road. While initial preparation work on the $200 million project began last November, this week has seen the start of the construction work that will directly benefit the 13,000...
Government reassures Gungahlin residents over pool repair safety
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The ACT Government has moved to reassure Gungahlin residents that dust and debris from repairs on the Leisure Centre's 50-metre pool will not impact them over the next nine months. Kynetic, the company contracted for the repair works, will be responsible for safety on the site and is working on a hazardous materials management plan. The plan will likely consider barriers...
Court hears murder accused’s version of night Gungahlin man died
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For the first time, the ACT Supreme Court has heard the man accused of murdering Jae-Ho Oh give his version of the night the Gungahlin man died in his own words. Joshua Higgins, 32, has pleaded not guilty to murdering the divorced Korean father-of-one, whom he had been friends with for years. He has been accused of stabbing his alleged...
Belconnen and Gungahlin to be most affected by JobKeeper ending
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Belconnen and Gungahlin will be the hardest hit regions in the ACT when the JobKeeper wage subsidy comes to an end, according to data released by Labor, which also found more than 3100 businesses and almost 9700 employees across the ACT will be affected. Territory-wide, Labor estimates this will take $4.6 million out of the local economy every week. Around 560...
Publicly operated crematorium in Gungahlin to meet needs of growing city
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Canberra now has a second crematorium that meets the religious and cultural needs of the ACT's growing population. The capital's first publicly operated crematorium opened in Gungahlin on Monday, 15 March. A 2018 review of cemeteries and crematoria found one in 10 people who have a religious or cultural need for burial or cremation did not have this service available to them...
Last gasp as longest and strongest pollen season comes to an end
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Canberrans can finally breathe a collective sigh of relief! The longest and strongest pollen season ever seen in the ACT is having its last gasp with pollen counts almost negligible and forecast to stay that way until July. While the so-called 'big sneeze' of spring and summer had Canberrans reaching for the tissues and antihistamines, the sneeze and wheeze season...
Canberrans asked to remain patient and calm during vaccine rollout “teething issues”
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Canberrans are being urged to remain calm and patient after reporting problems with booking in for the second phase of the vaccine rollout, which is due to begin on Monday (22 March). Complaints were raised today about the Federal Government's booking and eligibility site, which some people could not access due to demand while others were told to call their...
Canberrans given an extra public holiday to commemorate Anzac Day
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The ACT Government has declared an extra Anzac Day public holiday this year, with the Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Mick Gentleman, saying the extra day would allow all Canberrans to take part in Anzac Day commemorations. READ ALSO: Capital kitchen: Anzac biscuits recipe “Anzac Day is a significant day for many Canberrans, and this will empower workers...
Great weather for soup as rain settles in around the region
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It's great weather for soup as cooler temperatures and a slow-moving weather system are forecast to bring rain and cloudy skies to the region for the next seven days. We may even have to wait until the end of next week before we see a full day of sunshine. In Canberra, the weather will be dominated by cloudy skies and a...
‘Incredible discovery’ could hold natural key to treating allergies
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The findings from two researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) on stopping allergies such as asthma and hay fever will come as a relief to many Canberrans who sneezed and wheezed through one of the worst pollen seasons on record. With Canberra known as the pollen capital of Australia, the researchers say their findings are "an incredible discovery" that could...
Six-car collision causes big delays near Glenloch Interchange
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Traffic near the Glenloch Interchange is at a standstill following a six-car collision on Gungahlin Drive near Black Mountain this afternoon. There are no reports of injuries, however, the pile-up is causing major traffic delays as tow trucks move in to clear the chaos. The accident occurred just before 3:00 pm in the southbound lane of Gungahlin Drive heading towards Black...
Government releases list of 76 public schools with hazardous materials
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The ACT Government has released the full list of 76 public schools that contain hazardous materials across the Territory, but the government maintains that all schools are safe and that the situation is being appropriately managed. There were originally 69 schools on the list, but a further seven were added recently after paint with very low levels of lead were...
The life of Gary: snake tracking study reveals the habits of eastern browns in Canberra
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Gary, a five or six-year-old male eastern brown snake, is curled in a burrow on the hillside of an undisclosed Canberra suburb waiting for the first rays of sunlight on an autumn morning. "My five-year-old daughter named him Gary because she thought it would be a great name for a snake," says Gavin Smith, a certified snake catcher, researcher and...
Police seek witnesses to pedestrian hit and run at Dunlop
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ACT Policing is calling for witnesses and dash-cam footage in relation to a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian in Dunlop on Sunday (14 March). At about 3:45 pm, a blue Volkswagen Golf collided with a pedestrian on Kerrigan Street before driving away from the scene. The pedestrian was transported to hospital and treated for minor injuries. Police believe...
Former opposition leader Alistair Coe bids farewell to the Assembly
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Former Opposition Leader Alistair Coe has bid farewell to the Legislative Assembly today after formally tendering his resignation to Speaker Joy Burch. Mr Coe first announced he would resign in January, after initially saying he would stay on despite the Canberra Liberals' defeat at last year's ACT election. He resigned the leadership which was won by Elizabeth Lee. His resignation...
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