NSW man extradited to ACT, charged in relation to alleged murder of Philip man Glenn Walewicz

NSW man extradited to ACT, charged in relation to alleged murder of Philip man Glenn Walewicz

A 19-year-old man has faced the ACT Magistrates Court, charged over his alleged role in the murder of a man in Canberra’s south last year. Glenn Walewicz, 48, was shot dead at his front door in Philip in June, 2021.  Jayden Williams was arrested by police in the New South Wales town of Glen Innes … Read more

Digitising the Australian National Herbarium may help us better understand how plants respond to climate change, researchers say

Digitising the Australian National Herbarium may help us better understand how plants respond to climate change, researchers say

A new high-resolution camera at the CSIRO is set to photograph one million plant specimens in nine months, as researchers look into how the natural world is changing. The plant objects, many collected as far back as a century ago, are being stored at the Australian National Herbarium in Canberra, but according to CSIRO group … Read more

CIT CEO Leanne Cover temporarily steps aside as ACT Integrity Commission announces investigation into consultancy contracts

CIT CEO Leanne Cover temporarily steps aside as ACT Integrity Commission announces investigation into consultancy contracts

The chief executive of the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) has agreed to take leave until an investigation into the latest in a series of controversial consultancy contracts is completed. Key points: CEO Leanne Cover has been directed to take leave until an internal CIT investigation into a $5 million consultancy contract is complete The ACT Integrity Commission … Read more

Chidi Okwechime guilty of raping, choking woman he met during night out at Canberra club

Chidi Okwechime guilty of raping, choking woman he met during night out at Canberra club

An ACT Supreme Court jury has found a 34-year-old Canberra man guilty of raping a woman he met at the former nightclub Kokomo’s. Chidi Okwechime was found guilty of two counts of rape and one count of choking the woman. The court heard the woman had been to a 21st birthday party before meeting a group of men, … Read more

Portrait of breastfeeding servicewoman wins Napier Waller Art Prize for 2022

Portrait of breastfeeding servicewoman wins Napier Waller Art Prize for 2022

A portrait portraying the conflict between being a mother and an Army service member has won a prestigious art prize, run by the Australian War Memorial. Retired major Anneke Jamieson won the 2022 Napier Waller Art Prize for her portrait titled The Promotion. The Napier Waller Art Prize is open to all current and former service personnel in the Australian … Read more

Canberra Institute of Technology suspends lucrative consultancy contract after multiple warnings from officials

Canberra Institute of Technology suspends lucrative consultancy contract after multiple warnings from officials

The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) ignored multiple warnings from government officials about lucrative, vaguely worded contracts it awarded for strategic advice and mentoring. Key points: Mounting public concerns have forced the CIT board to suspend a contentious $5 million deal for strategic advice Procurement officials had warned the institute over several years about its vaguely … Read more

ACT elects David Pocock as first independent senator, unseating Liberal Zed Seselja

ACT elects David Pocock as first independent senator, unseating Liberal Zed Seselja

Former rugby union star David Pocock has made history, becoming the first independent senator for a territory. This morning, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) confirmed he had unseated former ACT Liberal senator Zed Seselja, taking the territory’s second Senate seat alongside Labor’s Katy Gallagher. Mr Pocock, a conservationist and former Wallabies captain, has been predicted to take … Read more

Canberra cafe uses robot technology to deliver food and drinks to tables

Canberra cafe uses robot technology to deliver food and drinks to tables

Canberra cafe owner Sam Vekiriya has welcomed an autonomous robot waiter to his team after months of desperately searching for new staff. Key points: One Canberra cafe owner is investing $30,000 in an autonomous robot waiter Quantum Robotics say it’s unlikely the hospitality robots would lessen the need for human staff  Unions say the robots … Read more

Woman killed in second fatal ACT house fire this week

Woman killed in second fatal ACT house fire this week

A woman has died in a house fire in Canberra’s north.  Emergency services were called to a home in McKellar shortly before 2pm today.  More than 10 firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze, before the body of a woman was later found.  ACT Fire and Rescue Commander Russell Cameron said the blaze was a reminder to be vigilant … Read more

Second person charged over alleged murder of Canberra man Glenn Walewicz

NSW man extradited to ACT, charged in relation to alleged murder of Philip man Glenn Walewicz

A 24-year-old New South Wales man has been charged with murder over the death of 42-year-old Glenn Walewicz. Key points: There have now been four people charged in relation to the alleged murder of Glenn Walewicz Mr Walewicz was shot dead at the entrance to his Philip home in June 2021 The man did not apply … Read more