Canberra Weekly’s 2021 in Review: November

During the wettest November ever, we welcomed the end of most Covid-19 restrictions in 2021, when the double-dose vaccination rate hit 95 percent, a man was tragically killed in a fatal car accident on Monaro Highway, Lucy McCallam was appointed the sixth chief Justice of the ACT Supreme Court, and it began to feel a lot like Christmas in the city with art installations and decorations adorning the CBD.

Face masks should be off as ACT restrictions ease from Friday

Canberran’s population was able to enjoy more liberties, with health authorities easing restrictions after the ACT reached 95 percent double-vaccinated milestone. The ACT was originally scheduled to enter the next phase of easing restrictions on November 26, but Prime Minister Andrew Barr brought the date forward by two weeks. Nightclubs were allowed to reopen with dancing that was no longer banned, while people were also allowed to start eating and drinking while standing up at venues, cafes and restaurants with permission.

Canberra’s wettest November ever, more rain on the way

Canberra rain wet weather November
Parts of the ACT received between 30-50 mm of rain on November 25, with minor flooding along the Queanbeyan River that closed the Morisset Street Bridge the next day. Photo Curry Brewer.

Heavy rains pouring down over the Canberra region led to leaky roofs, toppled trees and local floods, in the middle of what was officially Canberra’s wettest November ever. The flooding was caused due to a high moisture content in the soil, which led to overloading of the rainwater systems and floods over land. The ACT State Emergency Service received more than 100 requests for assistance.

Fatal accident on Monaro Highway near Michelago

Just before 2pm on Friday 26 November, emergency services were called to Monaro Highway near Kelly Road, Michelago, following reports of a fatal accident. Upon arrival, officers from the Monaro Police District found a motor vehicle and a truck had collided. A male driver of the car died on the spot and a female passenger was slightly injured and was taken to Canberra Hospital in a stable condition. The highway was blocked for several hours, which also caused major traffic delays and long detours.

Lucy McCallum is ACT’s next top judge

Justice Lucy McCallum, who will be the ACT's next chief justice, and Advocate General Shane Rattenbury.  Photo provided.
Justice Lucy McCallum, who will be the ACT’s next chief justice, and Advocate General Shane Rattenbury. Photo provided.

Lucy McCallum will be the sixth Supreme Court Justice in the ACT Supreme Court, succeeding Helen Murrell, who will retire in early 2022. The appointment is a return to Canberra for Judge McCallum, who worked as a public prosecutor in the ACT in the 1980s. Judge McCallum said she would focus on cementing the ACT’s reputation as a place of excellent jurisdiction.

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas in the city

cartoon image of gang cockatoo on a candlestick with a transparent Christmas tree in the background
Christmas in the city decorations are up, including a see-through Christmas tree and colorful, Canberra-inspired banners. Photo: Kerrie Brewer.

Christmas in the City 2021 was officially launched and adorned Canberra’s CBD with festive and interactive installations and events, including a translucent Christmas tree. This year’s program included art installations and decorations in the City Walk, a packed month of performances with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and on-street DJs and local companies presenting an Advent calendar with specials.

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