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Renters get protection, public gatherings limited to two under tough new COVID-19 restrictions
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a suite of new measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a moratorium on rental evictions for the next six months and tighter restrictions on public gatherings. Speaking at his second COVID-19 press conference for the day, Mr Morrison said public gatherings would be restricted to two people, which would be enforced by...
Charges upgraded to murder following December assault in Queanbeyan
A 50-year-old man charged in December with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, custody of a knife in a public place and manslaughter has had the charges upgraded to murder. Just before 9.30 am on Boxing Day 2019, emergency services responded to reports of an assault on Trinculo Place, under the Queens Bridge. Officers from Monaro Police District attended the scene...
New Year’s resolutions: the first steps to a better future you
New Year, new you, right? Yes, it's that time year again when we promise that our future selves will be better than the selves that brought us here. But New Year's resolutions are tough. That's what makes them worthwhile. So you might need some help to find and keep your new you. Whether it's stopping smoking, drinking less, exercising more...
“Severe danger” in ACT as calls for expanded ADF firefighting efforts grow
As the fire crisis continues and we head towards another heatwave across the region, calls for greater ADF involvement and access to international resources to put Australia on a bushfire "war footing" are growing. Lightning strikes have been recorded in the Tinderries and the fire danger rating in the ACT has been increased to severe as stronger than expected winds...
Total fire ban declared from Canberra to the coast
A total fire ban has been declared across the ACT and the south-eastern NSW region from midnight tonight (Wednesday, 4 December) to midnight Thursday, 5 December. ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) commissioner Georgeina Whelan declared the ban after forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology predicted dry and windy conditions to worsen. The NSW RFS has also declared a total fire ban...