UPDATED: ACT bans entry from Victoria but MPs make a last-minute dash for Canberra
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UPDATED 3:40 pm, 12 February: The ACT will ban entry to people from Victoria for the next five days from midnight tonight (12 February) as the state prepares to enter a stage four lockdown until midnight on Wednesday. ACT residents in Victoria have been told to stay where they are and abide by the lockdown if possible, but will be...
“Everything on the table”: Liberals seek to carve a new path forward
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The Canberra Liberals have put all their policies on the table for review as the party looks to start the year with a clean slate. Opposition leader Elizabeth Lee implored the government to work with the Canberra Liberals and avoid partisanship in the interests of Canberrans as the party continues to push for a task force to address poverty in...
Sex offender pleads guilty to possessing thousands of images of child abuse
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A north Canberra man faces 15 years in jail for possessing thousands of examples of child abuse material. Stephen John Barber, 67, has admitted to possessing the horrific files and will be sentenced for his offences the next time he appears before the courts. The agreed statement of facts in the matter shows Barber had accessed child abuse material as...
Gungahlin residents promised answers about pool woes by Monday
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Gungahlin residents have been promised an answer on Monday (15 February) as to why the Gungahlin pool has been closed for almost a year. Minister for Sport and Recreation Yvette Berry said she shared the community's frustration about being left in the dark over what is going on with the pool. The government maintains that the pool remains closed to...
ACT Budget: Business needs ongoing support, social housing boost missing
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According to the Canberra Business Chamber, Canberra businesses impacted by the COVID-19 economic downturn were still in need of support from the ACT Government. Canberra Business Chamber CEO Graham Catt said the Budget could have done more for businesses hit hard by COVID-19 to help them recover. ''Now we’re in a recovery phase we need a focus on initiatives that...
Burglar apologises as he robs the same house on consecutive days
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A man stopped to apologise to two of his victims while on a short-lived robbery spree at the same home in Canberra last year. Alexander Ian Saunders, 24, has admitted to the robberies, detailed in the sentencing remarks recently released by ACT Supreme Court Chief Justice Helen Murrell. The facts in the matter state that late one night in May...
ACT Budget: Red ink for years but Barr confident of strong economic recovery
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The ACT faces a long period deep in the red despite the ACT Government's delayed Budget for 2020-21 showing a better than expected bottom line but big deficits, albeit reducing, stretching out to 2023-24. While the 2020-21 deficit is $300 million less than the nearly billion dollars forecast in the August update, at $603 million, deficits will persist over the...
New AI cameras to catch drivers on phone in the act
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ACT drivers using their mobile phones will be caught out by new cameras using artificial intelligence technology that will be introduced in the Territory in the second half of this year. The ACT Government is setting aside $10 million for the new road safety initiative in Tuesday's Budget. The move is part of the government's commitment to ‘Vision Zero’ –...
Bulky waste pick-up for all Canberra suburbs this year
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All Canberra suburbs will have a free bulky waste collection from July this year after the government announced it would fast-track extending the kerbside pick-up service. The bulky waste collection service started in July last year in Tuggeranong and Gungahlin suburbs and the roll-out to the rest of Canberra was expected to take five years. Belconnen and Molonglo were to join...
Light rail Stage 2A track down by 2024 election despite delays, says Steel
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Transport Minister Chris Steel is insisting that track will be laid on London Circuit before the next election in October 2024 but the ACT Government remains vague about the timeline for light rail Stage 2A to Commonwealth Park after overcoming the major hurdle of federal environment approval. Neither Mr Steel nor Chief Minister Andrew Barr would be pinned down on...
Bring out the brollies for another heavy downpour
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Batten down the hatches and bring out the umbrellas for another drenching in the ACT this weekend. While rainfall totals are dependent on where thunderstorms fall, there are estimates that between 50 and 70 mm could fall in the ACT region from late on Friday and all of Saturday, with the potential for flash flooding and dangerous conditions on the roads....
CSO releases free online lesson plans for primary school teachers
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A new online resource for local primary schools will be music to the ears of teachers and their students. The Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has created free lesson packs for primary school teachers, aligned to the Australian Curriculum and now available for download. Based on the CSO’s popular Music in My School: Time Traveller program, the lessons take students on a...
One school to open every year in the ACT as government provides education budget boost
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An average of one new school will open in the ACT every year until at least the middle of the decade as the government plans to keep up with growing population demand, especially in the Territory's northern suburbs. The proliferation of public schools due to population growth in developing and new suburbs is more than four times the usual amount,...
Light rail Stage 2A given the green light
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Light rail Stage 2A from the city to Commonwealth Park has been given federal environmental approval. The project has been under assessment since being referred to the Commonwealth under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation ACT. The decision had been expected early in January 2021 but Environment Minister Sussan Ley requested more time to assess the application from Major Projects...
Master degree scholarships will improve teachers’ book smarts
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Teachers in the ACT will be eligible for a scholarship to complete a Master of Teacher Librarianship, with the ACT Government offering 10 places a year for the next four years. The $880,000 initiative in next week's ACT Budget will help teachers become teacher librarians and better support students, Education Minister Yvette Berry said.  “Teachers are the single most important...
Heavy rainfall coming to Canberra region this evening
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The ACT and surrounding region could see as much as 50 mm of rain in two hours later today or this evening as a large band of rain with embedded thunderstorms passes through. Showers and thunderstorms will develop across central inland NSW, before extending into south-east NSW, the ACT and eastern Victoria. Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Stephen Stefanac said the first showers...
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