Vaccine delivery for under 39-year-olds pushed back as ACT fights for Pfizer jabs
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The ACT is continuing negotiations with the Commonwealth for extra Pfizer stocks following yesterday's change in the vaccine rollout, with new advice recommending people between 50 and 59 now preference the Pfizer jab. The revised rollout means people between 30 and 39 will have their eligibility pushed back, but it would not be by "months and months", Chief Health Officer...
What do you think about a four-day workweek? This Committee wants to know
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After being stood down from her job in 2020 due to the pandemic, Hannah had the chance to re-evaluate her work-life balance after almost a decade in full-time work. Nine-to-five is rarely in a journalists' repertoire, but after working weekends and evenings, Hannah decided she would reduce her hours to a four-day workweek when she found a new job. Now,...
COVID warning for Canberra after long weekend visit
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Canberrans have woken to a health warning this morning after a Sydney man who visited the nation's capital over the long weekend returned a positive COVID-19 test. The man, in his 40s, from Sydney's north-western suburbs, visited the ACT on Monday 14 June, and went to the sold-out Botticelli to Van Gogh exhibition. His test results showed low virus levels...
Water and sewerage bills up from July – see what you will pay
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Canberrans will be paying more for their water and sewerage from July, with a typical household dishing out an extra $6 a quarter. The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has set the 2021-22 water and sewerage prices for the capital region, with a typical household that uses 200 kilolitres of water per year facing a 2 per cent increase to their combined water and sewerage bill, or about 45 cents extra a week....
Could you control a small house fire?
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Not enough Canberrans have the knowledge or basic equipment to stop a small fire from getting out of control, according to ACT Fire and Rescue firefighters, who launched their winter fire safety campaign just as Canberra started cranking up the heaters. ACT Fire and Rescue officer in charge of community safety, Superintendent Matthew Shonk, said with fire-spread rates in homes...
Mice chewing through car wires an annual problem, say mechanics and pest controllers
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Following a report of mice activity in one Gungahlin resident's vehicle, which led to costly repairs and damaged electrics, local mechanics and pest control services say while it is irritating, it is nothing unusual. It's the kind of thing mechanics tend to see annually, and generally throughout winter. Hall Village Motors mechanic Josh Kemp says mice are often a problem...
Licence discounts for P-platers with clean driving records
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P-plate drivers will get a 50 per cent discount on their licence fee when they progress to the second stage of their licence if they do not get any demerit points, traffic infringement or penalties. The $41 saving aims to reduce road crashes, where provisional drivers are over-represented. They account for 10 per cent of crashes despite making up 5 per cent...
Electricity concessions rise to combat latest spike in power prices
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Around 31,000 Canberra households will receive an increase in the annual utilities concession from the ACT Government to offset electricity price hikes. The utilities concession will permanently increase to $750, up from $700, and a further $50 concession will be applied for 2021-22, taking the total payment to $800. The concession increase will set the budget back $6.3 million over...
Line of severe thunderstorms prompts warning for ACT region
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A line of thunderstorms stretching from Parkes to the Victorian border will impact the ACT and surrounding regions during the next several hours, which has prompted the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to issue a severe thunderstorm warning. The line of storms is likely to produce damaging winds in the warning area in locations including Canberra, Yass, Parkes, Young, Gundagai and Tumut....
The EVs you can buy right now and what they’ll cost you
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With the ACT Government announcing two years' free registration for new and used electric vehicles acquired after 24 May, in addition to new EVs being exempt from stamp duty, there's never been a better time to think about ditching your petrol or diesel drive. And that's before governments really get to work with additional taxes on fossil-fuelled vehicles. Combined, the...
Gentleman seen as weak link in getting action on Gungahlin Town Centre
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Yerrabi MLAs have been praised for bringing the plight of the Gungahlin Town Centre to the attention of the Legislative Assembly, but Planning Minister Mick Gentleman has been blasted for his indifference to community concerns about too much high-rise residential development and the lack of employment opportunities there. Gungahlin Community Council president Peter Elford welcomed the Assembly passing the Greens'...
ACT expands vaccine rollout to cover 40 to 49-year-olds
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Canberrans between 40 and 49 can now book in to get the Pfizer jab from the Garran vaccination clinic as the ACT Government expands the vaccine's rollout. More than 60,000 Canberrans have now become eligible to get the jab under the new phase. Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith encouraged Canberrans to get their vaccination as soon as possible but acknowledged that...
Project asks us to move to bikes, electric bikes and e-scooters for daily commute
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Would you be willing to ditch the daily commute in your car to take an active form of travel such as a bike, electric bike or e-scooter? That is the question Canberra commuters are being asked as part of an initiative to make the move to zero-emission forms of transport. The Make the Move initiative is a six-week program for...
Woman possibly abducted from north Canberra, police seek public’s help
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Police are seeking the community's help after a woman was possibly abducted in broad daylight from north Canberra on Tuesday (1 June). ACT Policing said at about 1:20 pm, a man wearing a blue cap allegedly grabbed and assaulted a woman while on Horse Park Drive in Casey. "Witnesses described the man punching the woman a number of times before...
Icy windscreens aside, winter may be warmer this year
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Those of us who have been scraping ice off their windscreens this week may find it hard to believe, but most Australians are in for a warmer than average winter according to the latest seasonal outlook released by the Bureau of Meteorology. The Winter Climate Outlook shows overnight temperatures will be warmer than average for the majority of the country with...
Take a virtual ride on the next light rail journey
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The ACT Government is ringing the digital bell for its light rail plans to extend the line to Woden, with the launch of a new website and virtual engagement room where Canberrans can keep up with developments and have their say on the project. The information blitz, including a new virtual journey and before and after images, comes as the...
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