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...
ACT effectively shut to metropolitan Sydney as cases continue to grow
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The ACT has effectively shut its borders to metropolitan Sydney, with Canberrans being told not to travel into greater metropolitan Sydney for the foreseeable future. The strengthened position comes after a further 22 cases were reported today in the Bondi cluster, and four local government areas have been put into lockdown. From 4:00 pm today, residents of greater metropolitan Sydney...
Mobile detection cameras imminent for ACT as new law passes
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Mobile phone detection cameras will be rolled out at the start of next year after new laws passed the ACT Legislative Assembly on Tuesday (22 June). Canberrans have been warned that if they use their phone while driving they will be caught, with Transport Minister Chris Steel reiterating just how dangerous being distracted while driving can be. "Research shows that...
How your EV will stabilise the grid and power your home
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It's so much more than a car. That's the promise electric vehicles hold for households, businesses and the electricity grid. That's because they are essentially batteries on wheels, and those that can discharge power into premises and the grid could play an integral role in an eventual entirely renewable power system. A pioneering pilot program using the ACT Government car...
Canberrans encouraged to reduce going out as Sydney cluster grows
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The ACT is considering further restrictions on travel and movement as the COVID-19 Sydney cluster continues to grow. Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith has urged people who have recently returned from the Greater Sydney region and arrived in the Territory before the stay-at-home orders came into effect to minimise their movements. Canberrans are also advised to reduce the number of events...
Friend lying in Commodore tray thrown out after drunk driver crashes ute
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Drunk and on drugs, Steven Judge crashed a black Holden Commodore ute into a power pole. As he did so, his friend, who had been lying down in the ute's tray, was thrown into the air and landed in a water reservoir. He survived but was left with horrific injuries. A recent ACT Supreme Court judgement shows the now 28-year-old...
Illegal, unsafe dumping at Gungahlin recycling centre shocks locals
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Locals have been left dismayed by an illegally and unsafely dumped mess at the Gungahlin Recycling Drop-off Centre at the long weekend. Discarded boxes were spilling from the cardboard collection cage, inside which inappropriate materials had been dumped such as polystyrene packaging, rubber sandals, plastic toys and even a sink. Gungahlin local Stephen Gray came across the mess while he...
E-scooters could be on their way to Gungahlin and Mitchell soon
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Canberra's now-(in)famous e-scooters are a step closer to being available in Gungahlin and Mitchell after the government passed a motion to enhance the scheme. Yerrabi MLA Michael Pettersson said the amplification of the scheme could include greater geographical coverage, more scooters and parking areas and better connections to public transport. "We already know that the scheme has proved to be...
Childcare centre planned for heritage-listed Ginninderra Village
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The owner of the Ginninderra Village in Nicholls wants to open a 90-place childcare centre in the heritage precinct, saying there is unmet and growing demand in the area. Stan Waldren'sĀ Ginninderra Village Pty Limited has applied for a lease variation to add 'child care centre' to the purpose clause and 500 square metres gross floor area for that use. The...
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