Community groups face ongoing struggle to find space in Gungahlin
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If anyone knows how difficult it is to operate a community service in Gungahlin, it’s Barnardos Inner North/Gungahlin network coordinator Shaun Hodson. He's been hunting for a permanent, suitable space for his team since a need was first identified in the area seven years ago. Mr Hodson said it was high time the government recognised the fact suitable spaces were...
Mowing in parts of Crace ‘abandoned’ for years, posing risks locals say
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Overgrown grass is a problem across the ACT, but Crace locals say areas of their suburb have been neglected for years and are posing increased health and safety risks. An extra rainy season in late 2021 saw grass growing wild across Canberra, as ACT Government city services struggled to keep up. Local sports grounds were put out of action and...
New laws allow walking feline friends in cat containment zones from July
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New cat containment and registration laws will come into effect in July. Thanks to changes to the legislation, felines living in containment suburbs will now be allowed to be taken for walks on leads. The news has been welcomed by the RSPCA and Conservation Council, although the latter believes the containment zone should be expanded sooner and applied to more...
Future shape of Gungahlin town centre up in the air as ACT misses report response deadline
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The ACT Government has missed a deadline to respond to a report into shaping the future growth of the Gungahlin town centre. The report into the Draft Variation to the Territory Plan 364 was tabled in October 2021. The draft variation aims to help guide the form and character of Gungahlin town centre as it grows and develops. It proposes...
Electoral Commission firmly opposed to giving 16, 17-year-olds voting rights
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A proposal to open voting in ACT elections to 16 and 17-year-olds is currently being examined by the ACT Government, but it's found a staunch opponent in the ACT Electoral Commission. Electoral Commissioner Damian Cantwell told the first public inquiry into the bill last week that the Commission has a "number of reasons" for its opposition to the proposal, which was...
UPDATED: FOUND – Have you seen Isabella Wood?
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11 February, 2 pm: Isabella has been found. ACT Policing has thanked the Canberra community for your help. ACT Policing is seeking the public's assistance to locate missing 13-year-old girl, Isabella Wood. Isabella has not been seen or heard from since about 6 pm on Monday (7 February). She was last seen in Holt getting on a bus to Gungahlin....
Former Gungahlin United president accused of defrauding club
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The former president of the Gungahlin United Football Club (GUFC), who apparently joined up with "no knowledge" of the sport, is fighting more than 200 charges alleging he defrauded the club. The case against Aaron David Alexander began in the ACT Magistrates Court on Monday (7 February). He pleaded not guilty and is facing a total of 216 charges, including...
Check-in requirements changed to focus on higher risk settings, automation underway
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Checking-in in the ACT will only be mandatory in high-risk settings such as bars, pubs and nightclubs from the end of this week, with in-app exposure notifications soon to be made automatic. Other businesses and settings will still be encouraged to display their QR codes so customers can use them voluntarily. From 11:59 pm on Friday, 11 February 2022, the...
‘Unbearable’ noise drives Gungahlin residents inside or away from the area: Opposition
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Gungahlin residents who live near Horse Park Drive and surrounds are being driven to barricade themselves in their homes or leave the area entirely because of construction and related truck noise, the Opposition claims. According to one unnamed resident, they and their family have spent the summer cooped up inside "with our doors and windows closed because we have large...
Calls for income-based approach to fines as inquiry recommends waivers for vulnerable motorists
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An inquiry into the thousands of fines issued after speed limits in parts of the city centre were reduced last year has recommended some should be waived as they may result in financial hardship. But for the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS), this is only a start. The organisation has been calling on the government to introduce an income-based...
As demand for boosters slows, health authorities want to know why
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While the initial uptake of the COVID-19 booster program was "encouraging", the ACT's health authorities have conceded it appears demand has begun to slow. ACT Health is conducting further analysis to try and find out exactly why this is happening. "The extent of this decrease in demand is being analysed," a government spokesperson said. "ACT Health is also looking to...
Roll’d joins drone delivery revolution
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Lovers of Vietnamese food in Canberra's north will soon be able to have it delivered by drone under a new partnership between Wing Australia and Roll'd Vietnamese. Wing Australia has been delivering a range of food, goods, medications and more to suburbs across the Gungahlin region since 2019. Now a new deal with Roll'd Vietnamese will see freshly prepared Bahn...
Severe thunderstorm warning with damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall issued for Canberra
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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Canberra and Queanbeyan, the South Coast, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes, Riverina, Lower Western, Upper Western and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts. The region can expect damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall. BOM duty forecaster Stephen Stefanac said that the storms will move around and are quite localised. READ...
Gungahlin pool reopening delayed … again
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The reopening of the 50-metre pool at Gungahlin Leisure Centre, tentatively scheduled for the end of the summer, has been delayed again into "mid-2022". In a statement from ACT Sport and Recreation, a spokesperson revealed that "current COVID-19 restrictions have impacted resourcing for the project", and hopes of a reopening by the end of summer have been dashed. The pool was...
ACT extends ‘low-level’ public health measures for another month
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The ACT's "low-level" public health measures - such as density limits, the mask mandate and the requirement to be seated while eating and drinking - will remain in place for another month. In a move similar to NSW, the ACT Government will extend these measures to cover the return-to-school period. Authorities expect case numbers to increase as there is increased...
Canberra’s newest school prepares to welcome students for Term 1
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Throsby School in Gungahlin - Canberra's newest school - will welcome 195 preschool to Year 6 children for the first time when Term 1 commences on Monday. Throsby is the 90th public school in the ACT. Teacher and school leader of 26 years, Annamaria Zuffo, has taken on the role of founding principal and says all the staff are excited to...
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