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Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra.
to adhere to speed
limits near schools
Behind the blue line
ACT Policing have reminded motorists that
40km/h speed limits are enforced in school
zones throughout Canberra as children returned
to school for the start of term three.
Speed restrictions are in place between 8am
and 4pm and police are warning motorists there
will be tough penalties for those who choose to
During the last school term 257 drivers
received Traffic Infringement Notices. A
further 179 drivers received cautions in relation
to speeding around schools.
Of the 257 drivers that received notices, two
drivers were caught speeding more than
30km/h but less than 45km/h above the
40km/h school speed zone.
One driver was caught speeding 45km/h
more than the 40km/h speed zone. The 31-year-
old female driver from Bruce was caught
speeding on College Street, Bruce, adjacent to
Police detected the driver travelling at
88km/h in a sign-posted 40km/h school zone.
She was issued with a notice for $1811 and the
loss of six demerit points.
"Children are our most vulnerable road users
who can be unpredictable around traffic and are
not always aware of road safety," Traffic
Operations Superintendent Ben Cartwright
"The 40km/h speed limit is necessary in
school zones because it gives motorists extra
time to stop in an unexpected situation," he
"Speed limits in school zones are there to
ensure the safety of our children and we will
continue to proactively target these vulnerable
areas to make sure the message is getting
ACT Policing is also reminding drivers about
their responsibilities at school crossings
following reports of drivers failing to stop or
give way to pedestrians using school crossings
when the flags are raised.
"When flags are up at school crossings
drivers must stop and allow pedestrians to cross
the road," Superintendent Cartwright said.
"Only when the pedestrian has left the
crossing area may they then proceed."
Behind the Blue Line is a column
supplied by ACT Policing
Brick Expo founder David Boddy has raised more than $100,000 for Patch, a charity at
Canberra Hospital that buys medical equipment for children.
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Worthy show for Lego lovers
Canberra man David Boddy
has built a small philanthropic
Lego empire in the capital.
From legions of Lego
animation followers on
YouTube to founding the
extraordinarily popular Brick
Expo, Mr Boddy has achieved
big things with small blocks.
His first memory of Lego
was as a six-year-old.
"I got a Lego fire engine
under the Christmas tree, he
said. "I built it, then pulled it
apart, then built it and pulled it
apart again. I did this for hours
until I didn t need to look at the
instructions any more.
"Then I started to pull apart
the other toys I got for
Christmas and they wouldn t go
The genesis of the Brick
Expo began after he started
taking his Lego trains to the
Malkara Model Railway
Exhibition. The popularity of
the Lego trains eventually led to
the Brick Expo.
Their first show was in 2010
at the Southern Cross Club in
"They had these big wooden
doors and we couldn t see what
was on the other side of it. At
two minutes to nine I
remember ... wondering if
anybody had actually come.
"We opened the door and in
five hours 6000 people had
In the past three years the
event has generated almost
$100,000 for paediatric health
services at the Canberra
BrickExpo takes place at
the Hellenic Club of
Canberra, Matilda Street,
Woden, August 23 and 24.
Tickets sell out so get in now
UNIVERSITIES AND DEFENCE
ENTER INTO JOINT RESEARCH
The University of Canberra has joined 19 other
Australian universities in signing a partnership
with the Defence Science and Technology
Organisation (DSTO) at the Department of
Defence to strengthen research. Universities
will collaborate with the national agencies to
develop science and technology useful for
security operations. "Cyber security, identity
management, intelligence analysis, forensics
and incident response are key challenges for
national security in which science and
technology can play a game-changing role,
chief defence scientist and head of the DSTO
Dr Alex Zelinsky said.
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