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$1.76 MILLION INVESTMENT
Shopping centres get big overhaul
TAMS Minister Meegan Fitzharris talks to Little Oink cafe owner Natalie
Legg about the upgrade to the Cook shops.
Kambah, Cook and Rivett shoppers
will share in $1.76 million of
improvement works being undertaken
in the three local shopping centres.
Newly appointed Minister for
Transport and Municipal Services
Meegan Fitzharris said the investment
in renewing facilities would ensure
Canberra continued to be the world s
most liveable city.
"As the new Transport and
Municipal Services Minister I am keen
to continue the ACT government s
great work and investment in local
shopping centres across the ACT," she
"These works will improve the
facilities at Cook, Kambah and Rivett,
and have been designed in
consultation with the local traders. It s
great to see them now under way."
The majority of the funding,
$850,000, will be spent in Cook
creating new open spaces for
gatherings, improving access from the
bus stop, reducing trip hazards and
The spend allows for new disability
parking spaces, landscaping, public
furniture and a drinking fountain.
The Manneheim Street shops in
Kambah get the next biggest piece of
the upgrade pie with $550,000 going
towards better access to shop fronts, a
childcare centre with new pathway,
ramp and stairs.
The centre s main car park will be
adapted to comply with current
disability standards, bicycle racks and
a drinking fountain will be installed as
well as improvements to safety,
lighting and landscaping.
A $360,000 project is under way to
improve Rivett shopping centre.
The design will improve access
from the Burrangiri Aged Care facility
to the shopping centre, upgrade paving
and lighting, install new public
seating, as well as a new pathway,
ramp and stairs at the bus stop.
The directorate anticipates works
will be completed in all three areas in
in crime reports
ACT Policing has released its quarterly crime
statistics for October to December 2015, which
show an overall 6.5 per cent rise in crime
Despite the growth in reported crime, ACT
Police acting Superintendent Adrian Craft said
police were committed to ensuring Canberra
remained the safest capital in Australia.
He said crime had not risen to match
"Crime reports have remained 21 per cent
lower in 2015 than 2010, despite Canberra s
population growing about 10 per cent in the
same period," acting Superintendent Craft said.
Crime rose over the period by 36.1 per cent
in Weston Creek, 20.9 per cent in the Inner
South, and less than 10 per cent in Gungahlin,
Belconnen and Tuggeranong.
Reports of motor vehicle theft rose by
28.5 per cent, property damage was up 25.8 per
cent, and other offences against a person also
increased by 20.8 per cent.
Acting Superintendent Craft said progress
had been made with a reduction in reports of
weapon and drug offences (down 11.9 per
cent), robbery (down 6.1 per cent) and sexual
assault (down 2.7 per cent).
While ACT Police were on the case he said
fighting crime was a whole of community
"While we can do our part through
enforcement, the support of the community is
essential to reducing crime," he said.
"The community plays a significant role by
reporting crime to police, by reporting
suspicious activity to Crime Stoppers and by
taking security measures to protect their
Brakes applied to
bike hire business
The long-running Mr Spokes bike-hire business
closed its doors at West Basin on January 31
after being paid out by the ACT government,
which wants the land for residential and
The nearby paddle-boat business settled in
December, also paid out in a confidential deal.
Both businesses were bruised by their
dealings with the Land Development Agency,
with Mr Spokes owners Jillian Edwards and
Martin Shanahan close to desperation last year
over what they said then were bullying tactics
from the agency.
But the couple said they were satisfied with
the final deal.
Mr Spokes had been operating at the lake for
as many as 35 years.
Mr Shanahan and Ms Edwards bought the
business and the building in 2006 for $480,000
with a Crown lease that was to run until 2027.
Ms Edwards said the business had been
operating for as many as 25 years before they
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