New cat containment laws in force from July as ACT moves away from trap, neuter, release
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New cat containment laws to better protect native wildlife and cats themselves have been warmly welcomed by the RSPCA. They will come into effect from July. Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel announced the Territory will also move away from the controversial 'trap, neuter, release' policy it currently employs to 'trap, neuter, adopt'. All cats will need to be registered...
Insurance refund awaits Canberra motorists renewing passenger car registration
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Canberra motorists renewing their passenger car's registration over the next 12 months will receive a refund of about $20 as the ACT Government catches up with lower insurance premiums under the Motor Accidents Injuries (MAI) scheme. Third-party insurance is a compulsory part of vehicle registration in the ACT. It previously took the form of Compulsory Third-Party (CTP) insurance but was...
With excise cuts, is Canberra’s fuel as cheap as promised? Industry experts think so
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In a bid to alleviate the effects of the Russia-Ukraine crisis on petrol prices, the tax on every litre of fuel dropped from 44.2 cents per litre to 22.1 on Budget night, so if you've filled up in the past few days, you've probably noticed it's not as painful as it was a fortnight ago. It's not just you. Industry...
Barr’s pitch to Commonwealth for more APS offices in Gungahlin
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The ACT Government has made an official pitch to the Commonwealth about a public service department or flexible work hub setting up in the Gungahlin Town Centre. Chief Minister Andrew Barr has sent a prospectus to Public Service Minister Ben Morton and a copy to Finance Minister Simon Birmingham, selling the Town Centre as great place for the Australian Public...
New Multimodal Network Plan in development to synchronise urban development and transport links
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Transport and urban development will be more tightly linked under a new plan to build an integrated network that will guide the ACT Government for the next 30 years. Transport Canberra and City Services has contracted consultant SMEC Australia to develop a Multimodal Network Plan so it can implement the 2020 Transport Strategy which aims to develop a sustainable system with...
‘Deasland’ homestead demolished because of Mr Fluffy asbestos
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The historic Gold Creek homestead 'Deasland' has been demolished due to the presence of Mr Fluffy asbestos, despite years of resistance from those looking to preserve the building. The new owners of the Barton Highway property said they didn't want to demolish Deasland, but it was out of their control. Research historian at the Hall School Museum and Heritage Centre...
Batteries of all sizes needed to strengthen grid as ACT prepares to bid adieu to gas
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Batteries will play an increasingly important role in backing up rooftop solar as the Territory prepares to transition away from gas by 2045, according to the ACT Government. The current grid would be unlikely to support a complete diversion from gas and the associated increase in demand, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reductions Shane Rattenbury acknowledged. "We're in the middle...
Pests preparing to strike back after wet summer
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There are more dark sides to Canberra's notably wet summer on their way. A plague of pests are now looking for a new home and yours is looking mighty tempting. Last year, there were literal mountains of rodents and paddocks of cobwebs across Australia and the bad news is that as winter sets in, many of them are coming back....
The pandemic enters its ‘terrible twos’: so are we over it yet?
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Exactly two years ago today, the ACT recorded its first case of COVID-19. Nobody knew what would come next, nor that 731 days later, daily case numbers would still be reported. Since then, 37 Canberrans have lost their lives with the virus. There have been other losses, too. Jobs, weddings, events, businesses, schooling. Funerals have gone ahead with few mourners allowed to...
Patient safety at heart of new prescription monitoring service
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The ACT Government has launched a real-time prescription monitoring system to reduce overuse and misuse of prescription medicines. The newly-enforced system, Canberra Script, will allow medical practitioners to examine patients' drug history prior to prescribing and dispensing their medication. ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said she wanted to enforce harm minimisation wherever possible and reduce the burden of drugs on...
Low-income households scraping the barrel as Canberra fuel prices hit record high
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Petrol prices in Canberra have hit a record high, with the average price for unleaded fuel heading towards $2 per litre, causing mounting concern over what it means for those already struggling to make ends meet. The average price of unleaded petrol in the ACT began the year at $1.68 per litre. As of today, 8 March, it has risen...
Relentless rain drives Kenny High School opening beyond 2023
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Wet weather has delayed construction and pushed back the opening of the $85 million high school in the developing suburb of Kenny in Gungahlin. ACT Education Directorate officials confirmed in an annual reports hearing the school would no longer be ready to accept students at the start of the 2023 school year as initially intended. Multiple school construction projects have...
‘Is Canberra really worth it?’ e-bike shop owner ponders future in Canberra after continued burglaries
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After a string of burglaries targeting e-scooter and bike retailers across the Territory, ACT Policing has reported an arrest, but it might be too little too late for Jack Southall, the owner of Canberra Electric Bikes in Phillip and Cookies Cycles in Franklin, who is pondering the future of his stores in Canberra. According to police, at approximately 2:30 am this...
DHA staff prepare to move into new Gungahlin offices
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About 300 Defence Housing Australia staff will begin moving into their new offices in Gungahlin next month. It marks the culmination of years of campaigning to bring a large government agency to a Town Centre in need of jobs. Staff at DHA's ageing head office in Barton and ACT regional office in Fyshwick will relocate to the Gungahlin Town Centre....
First electric buses on road this year, 90 more on the way
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Canberrans will be riding on electric buses by the end of the year after the ACT Government announced a leasing arrangement for 12 of the zero-emission vehicles. Transport Minister Chris Steel also announced that the government has gone to market to acquire a further 90 electric buses, which should start arriving in 2023 and hopefully all be delivered by the...
To mask or not to mask? The rules explained
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From 6 pm tonight (25 February), the ACT's indoor mask mandate will be lifted with masks only required in a few select, high-risk settings. But despite the legal, enforceable requirement to wear a mask coming to an end, health authorities are encouraging Canberrans to continue wearing them, so don't throw them away just yet. Here's what you need to know....
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