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Friday, May 7, 2021

Police caution pedestrians

Police are urging pedestrians to take greater care at intersections after issuing 58 cautions over a one-hour period.

The recent high visibility patrols at the intersection of Northbourne Avenue and Alinga Street in the city saw police issue 49 cautions to pedestrians who did not comply with pedestrian crossing lights, seven cyclists not wearing helmets and two cyclists going through red lights. It is an offence to enter a pedestrian crossing against a red light, attracting a fine of $151.

Chief Police Officer Ray Johnson said the intersection of Northbourne Avenue and Alinga Street was selected as it is statistically the highest area for vehicle collisions with pedestrians in the ACT.

“The behaviour we observed is very dangerous and totally unnecessary,” CPO Johnson said. It should be obvious to everyone that crossing against the lights could have fatal consequences.

“If the pedestrian lights show a red light and the pedestrian has not already started crossing the intersection or road, the pedestrian must not start to cross until the pedestrian lights change to green.”

Changes to green bin collections

New green waste collection calendars are now available in preparation for the final stage of the green waste bins roll-out on 1 April as more than 50,000 Canberra households sign up to the service.

From Monday 1 April, the ACT’s green bins will be collected on the alternate fortnight to your recycling bin day. If your normal fortnightly recycling day is Monday, then your green bin will go out on Monday the following week.

Residents with existing green bin services in Belconnen, Tuggeranong and Weston Creek are asked to continue putting their green bin out per the current schedule up to, and including, 30 March before changing over to the new schedule from 1 April. For more information, visit act.gov.au/greenbins

Evoenergy shines a light on CFU

Evoenergy have donated head torches to the Community Fire Unit (CFU), a part of the ACT Emergency Services Agency, to say thanks for their ongoing commitment to bushfire management in the ACT and surrounding regions.

Evoenergy Works Delivery Branch Manager Clinton McAlister said many Evoenergy (formerly ActewAGL) employees were involved in helping restore the Canberra electricity and gas network after the Canberra bushfires in 2003.

“Fifty-two of Canberra’s 123 suburbs had power services disrupted, leaving 37,500 customers without electricity and 6,500 without gas,” he said.

“Recently we held a barbecue to raise money to purchase fire-resistant head torches for the CFU, to help them provide support during times of low visibility. “

ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) Service is supported by the CFU program, which has been operating in Canberra since 2003 and grown to more than 800 volunteers, distributed over 51 operational areas that are classed as Bushfire Prone Areas due to close proximity to bush or grassland.

ACTF&R is always looking for new CFU volunteers to join the program in their local area. For more information, visit esa.act.gov.au

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