UPDATED: ACT cluster grows to four
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UPDATED 5:10 pm: The ACT cluster has grown to four after three more people returned positive tests following the announcement of the ACT's first case in over a year this morning (12 August). The new cases were among the man's initial nine close contacts. The remaining six have tested negative, Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman confirmed. It is still...
UPDATED: Police confirm one person dead in Ngunnawal fire
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UPDATE 4:05 pm: A person has been found dead at the Ngunnawal residence which caught fire in the early hours of this morning. The body was located at around 12:40 pm. The search was delayed due to concerns over the structural integrity of the building. ACT Policing is now preparing a report for the Coroner and are asking for anyone who...
Budget 2021-22: Refreshed local shops and playgrounds, and new dog parks
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Refreshed local shops and playgrounds and two new dog parks are part of nearly $30 million to be set aside for community infrastructure improvements in the coming ACT Budget to be delivered on 31 August. The $28.81 million allocation over four years includes: $17.5 million for upgrades at 11 local shops: Calwell, Campbell, Cooleman Court (Brierly Street), Duffy, Evatt, Gwydir...
Australia prepares to fill out the first pandemic census
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Census night is tonight (10 August). This year's survey is expected to throw up some interesting data considering it is the first time a census in Australia will be conducted in the middle of a pandemic. The census takes a snapshot of Australia every five years, and while households are still required to fill out the survey even if they...
New near-miss footage released as commuters told to review tram safety
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Transport Canberra has released new footage of light-rail near-misses as it calls for ACT's commuters to pay attention during Rail Safety Week (9-15 August). Around three Australians die every week across Australia's rail network. While light rail accidents are rare in Canberra, there are near-misses with a car or pedestrian every three to four days, four in five of which require the...
Tyre carnage as unseasonal wet rains ruin on capital’s roads
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Canberra's wet winter continues to wreak havoc on the ACT's roads, with crews scrambling to keep up with the number of potholes and sections of frayed bitumen. There was a time a pothole was a rare sight in the national capital, but increased traffic volumes and more heavy vehicles are taking a greater toll on our roads. Add water, which...
Echidna sex-trains point to firm population numbers in Gungahlin sanctuary
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https://youtu.be/6VLWVHRDlqQ It's mating season and the echidnas at Mulligans Flat are ready to mingle. Video: WWT/ Millie Sutherland Saines. Echidna mating season has begun, with trains of the spiky marsupials vying for the attention of females and the chance to procreate at a sanctuary in Canberra's north. This time of year, the normally reclusive native short-beaked echidnas are literally lining...
Booking system overwhelmed by young people wanting the Pfizer jab
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More than 11,500 Canberrans between the ages of 30 and 39 booked in for their Pfizer shot on the first day the ACT Government opened appointments, more than doubling the previous daily record before lunch. Canberrans in the age group were able to register their interest in getting the Pfizer jab at a government-run mass vaccination clinic from 21 July,...
Police seize cocaine, cash, MDMA and ammunition
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A police raid at houses in Bonner and Braddon has allegedly recovered ammunition, cash and a quantity of drugs. On Friday (23 July), officers from Criminal Investigations, AFP Canine and Specialist Protective Command executed search warrants at residences in Bonner and Braddon after an ongoing investigation. During a search of the residences, police allegedly located cocaine and MDMA with a...
Overrun Gungahlin community services cry out for more funding, promised centre
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Gungahlin is facing a desperate shortage of community spaces as services are overwhelmed by demand in the growing northern district. The area's community organisations have banded together to make a joint budget submission to the ACT Government, urging it to speed up delivery of the promised community centre and provide more funding for their stretched services. The joint submission from...
Fake check-in QR codes emerge in Canberra
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Stickers with QR codes that link users to non-COVID-related websites have been placed over some legitimate QR code check-ins in the ACT. Region Media has seen some of the QR codes placed on Check In CBR but has chosen not to release information about their location or the website they link to. In previous months, the practice has been identified...
Chopper canvases his colourful life of crime
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Mark "Chopper" Read and Vincent van Gogh have more in common than trouble wearing glasses. It turns out the colourful Chopper Read is more colourful than we might have thought. More than 40 pieces of his artwork are going on show - and sale - at Gold Creek's Aarwun Gallery from this Saturday (24 July) in what looks not unlike the...
Police allege thief was on bail when he crashed a car five minutes after stealing it
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A 27-year-old Hawker man, on bail for another offence, allegedly stole and crashed a red Fiat 500 in Gungahlin yesterday (22 July). ACT Policing responded to the collision and arrested the driver and his male passenger, one of whom had also been arrested last week while already on bail. Police will allege the pair stole a red Fiat 500 at...
Anxious Gungahlin waits on police station study
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A feasibility study for a new Gungahlin police station that could accommodate more officers is still underway as patience wears thin in the growing district. An ACT Government spokesperson said funding had been allocated in the last budget for the study and Justice and Community Services had contracted consultant GHD to look at options for police accommodation in Gungahlin. Police Minister...
Snow worries, Canberra braces for another white weekend
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Snow is expected to again fall on the Brindabellas and the ranges on Friday (23 July) and over the weekend, with a very high chance of showers and morning frost as well. The forecast follows snow falling in the Brindabellas yesterday afternoon (20 July). Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Stephen Stafanac said a combined total of between 18 mm and 35 mm...
New Park & Ride on track for September opening
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The 170-space Park & Ride facility opposite the Well Station Drive light rail stop should be completed by September. Transport and City Services Minister Chris Steel is trumpeting Park & Ride, which will also include bike storage, as one way to entice people back to people transport and attract those who may never have caught light rail. Mr Steel said...
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