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NEW BILL-PAY SERVICE
Online bill payment more convenient
PAYING government bills is now just a click
away, thanks to the introduction of a new online
Residents and business owners can now pay
bills via the Canberra Connect website.
Payment information and reminder
notifications can also be accessed electronically.
An online portal and digital mailbox system
will also be introduced so individuals can view
their bill payment transaction history through a
single, secure access point.
Face-to-face and telephone services will still
be available, despite the change.
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher said the
online option would be more convenient for
many businesses and households.
"We live in a society that is increasingly
moving towards online interaction and these
changes are designed to move in this same
direction in regard to the way Canberrans make
bill payments to the ACT government," she said.
The new policy has also increased the credit
card limit for payments from $5000 to $10,000,
except revenue taxation lines. However, other
electronic payment options are available.
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Behind the blue line
down over the
ACT Policing has continued to
experience a decline in reported
offences following the release of the
latest April to June quarterly crime
statistics for 2014.
The statistics show a 15.9 per cent
decrease across the ACT when
compared with April to June 2013.
Inner south suburbs and Belconnen
had the most dramatic decline in
reported crime of 24 per cent.
Crime rates also fell by 14 per cent
in Gungahlin and suburbs in the inner
north. Woden experienced a 10 per
cent drop, whereas there was a 9 per
cent decrease in reported incidents in
Overall, there were 20 fewer
robberies, 40 fewer sexual assaults and
22 fewer car thefts in the ACT in the
past three months, compared with the
second quarter last year. There were
also 380 fewer property damage
The only offence type that increased
was other offences against a person
(up from 18 to 24 reports).
ACT Policing Intelligence and
Crime Reduction Superintendent
Chris Meagher said it was pleasing to
see crime statistics reflect the positive
effects of crime targeting initiatives.
"ACT Policing has continued to
target specific crime types through
initiatives such as the Regional
Targeting Team and Property Crime
Reduction Strategy," Superintendent
"Along with focusing on crime
types and recidivism, ACT Policing
also works to identify locational hot-
spots through its District Intelligence
Officers across the patrol zones, who
address issues at a local community
level. While we ve enjoyed a positive
result over the last year, it s important
to remember that crime is cyclical, and
we remain ready to adapt in order to
meet any new challenges which arise
in the future."
Report crime to police on 131 444
or any suspicious behaviour activity
via Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
Behind the Blue Line is supplied
by ACT Policing.
Entertainer's work might be removed
Rolf Harris and his three-part mural, Triptich 88, depicting the history of Canberra, at the Erindale Centre in 1988.
A 13 metre mural painted by Rolf
Harris as part of Canberra s
bicentenary celebrations could be
removed from a local school after the
disgraced entertainer was jailed for
indecently assaulting four girls.
Erindale College has yet to
determine the future of the three-
panelled artwork, Triptych 88, which
was painted by Harris in 1988 and now
graces the entry of the school s theatre.
The 13.5-metre-long, three-metre-
high mural was a birthday gift to
Canberra and commissioned by the
Royal National Capital Agricultural
Society and painted by Harris over the
three-day Royal Canberra Show.
A second Harris artwork has already
been removed from Chapman Primary
School and a third painting at Harrison
School could also be in the firing line.
An ACT government Education and
Training spokesman said the
directorate understood an artwork
hanging in Chapman Primary School
had been removed following
consultation with parents.
He said a decision was yet to be
made about the other artworks.
"We know of the existence of three
Rolf Harris artworks in our public
schools," the spokesman said.
"We understand Chapman Primary
School has taken down artwork
following consultation with their
"Other artworks are at Erindale
College and Harrison School. The
directorate is working with these
schools and their school communities
regarding these artworks."
The spokesman did not want to
elaborate on discussions about the
removal of the artworks however, any
paintings taken down will be placed in
Numerous Rolf Harris paintings and
items have been purged from schools,
institutions and galleries across
This includes the removal of two
wobble boards and a leather jacket
from Canberra s National Museum of
Australia last November.
The items were removed as part of
the gallery s regular changeover
program, but the removal coincided
with allegations against him.
Harris was found guilty on June 30
of sexual offences between 1968 and
ART IN SCHOOLS
Students learn from the masters
Students will have a chance to try their hands at
glass-making, sculpture and street art, thanks to
a program that catapults creative experts into the
Glass artist Lisa Cahill, textile artist Meredith
Hughes, visual artist and sculptor Mary Kayser
and street artist Dan Maginnity will work with
students at Arawang Primary, Lyneham
Primary, Macquarie Primary and Gilmore
Primary respectively as part of the 2014 ACT
Visual artist George Rose will also return to
the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre to work with
youth during the July and October school
Now in its fifth year, the Artists-in-Schools
program provides students with an opportunity
to explore new art forms with an experienced
Minister for the Arts and Education Joy
Burch said the program had engaged young
people s creative sides in 18 projects since it
trialled in 2009.
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