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Sunshine blesses the National Folk Festival

Musician, Amanda Kay, from Mission Beach in Qld., puts her name down
on a blackboard to slot in a performance.

HENRY BELOT 4:27pm A weekend of clear skies and younger crowds at this year’s National Folk Festival has led organisers to predict a total weekend attendance of 55,000 people.

Garbage collection strike set to go ahead

Strike: Garbage collectors will not collect rubbish on Wednesday and Thursday.

HENRY BELOT 2:57pm ACT unions say only one day remains to prevent garbage collectors from launching strike action on Wednesday morning.

Heavy traffic on the Princes Highway as motorists return home

Traffic crawls along the Princes Highway at Kiama

HENRY BELOT 2:16pm Heavy traffic northbound on the Princes Highway is causing delays of up to 40 minutes for those returning from long weekend holidays on the south coast.

Easter long weekend boost's Canberra food trade

Prawns popular: FishCo Downunder managing director John Fragopoulos says Canberrans have been feasting on seafood this Easter. <em> File photo: Lannon Harley</em>

NATASHA BODDY 1:09pm Food retailers have reported one of their busiest weekends of trade this Easter long weekend.

Duke and Duchess spend day off in Canberra relaxing, playing with Prince George

Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George walk around the lawns of Government House in Canberra during a break in their Australian tour.

HENRY BELOT 3:36pm The royal couple have begun their designated day off by playing with young George on the lawns outside Government House.

AFP counter-terrorism officer accused of stalking ex-girlfriend


CHRISTOPHER KNAUS 11:48am Woman left AFP member after discovering he was living with a Russian bride in Canberra, but he wouldn't let her go, court hears.

AFP member arrested for stalking


8:53am A 52-year-old AFP protective services officer has been arrested for stalking after acting suspiciously outside an O’Connor residence on Saturday morning, police say.

Let's seize opportunity to revive Canberra's heart


Catherine Carter Canberra is sometimes called ''several suburbs in search of a city''.


Boulevard of royally entertaining pop ups at Folk Festival

talking cattle.

IAN WARDEN I was moved to wish that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (and their regal bub) could have been at the National Folk Festival with me.

ACT solar scientist loses fight to rid tree


JOHN THISTLETON A former NASA scientist who experimented with solar panels and cells cannot axe a mature oak tree in his Mawson garden which he says blocks sunlight from his $10,000 solar panels.

Concerns grow over ACT planning bill


KIRSTEN LAWSON The National Trust has blasted the ACT government's feedback time on fast-track planning legislation as grossly inadequate.

Housing tenant doubts Northbourne Flats upgrade will happen


KIRSTEN LAWSON After more than 30 years in public-housing unit, Alison Creet says she would move tomorrow if she had the chance.

National Archives battle to preserve nation's 'birth certificates'

At the National Archives, On display is this letter,
constituting the office of the Governor General of Australia.

FLETA PAGE Australians have the chance for a relatively rare glimpse of some of the most important documents in the country's history.

ANU mourns loss of three staff members

ANU logo

The Australian National University community is in mourning after three employees died in a single week.

Plucky role reversal as luthier son pulls strings

Andrew Doriean of Dunoon NSW.

LARISSA NICHOLSON It was a case of the apprentice becoming the master for John and Andrew Doriean at the National Folk Festival.

Repairers say filthy home coffee machines are fire risks


BEN WESTCOTT Cockroaches and water leaks are just some of the problems experts say people invite by not taking proper care of their coffee machines.

Royal rest day may be just the time to meet the 'locals'

Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik (C) and his wife Princess Mary.

MEGAN DOHERTY An encounter with the kangaroos on the lawns of Government House in Canberra seems par for the course for any visiting royal. But do the British royals have something else up their sleeve for their rest day in Canberra on Monday?

Royal tour 2014: Prince William, Catherine, Baby George arrive in Canberra

Waiting with a
gift is 8 year old Ilaria Triunfo of Dickson. April 20th.

Fleta Page and Larissa Nicholson 6:55pm The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George have arrived at Government House in Canberra for a day of rest in the national capital.

Easter church Fireworks shake Kingston

Canberra Times

NATASHA BODDY Loud fireworks shook Kingston on Saturday night, with residents complaining the pyrotechnic blasts sounded like a war zone.

Auction Watch

Sale on Sherbrooke Street close to North Ainslie Primary School

Sherbrooke Street

MEREDITH CLISBY Just a handful of auctions were held this week as the market quietened down for the Easter long weekend.

Car park developers eye potential profits as public servants forced to pay

Parking in the Parliamentary Triangle.

Julieanne Strachan Car Park developers are expected to look at Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle with fresh eyes after July 1.

From radical to Archie Roach, National Folk Festival's fun in the sun

Balloon artist Peter Karmel shows of a couple of his creations with Rory Swadling 4 from Yass.

LARISSA NICHOLSON Sydney musician Candy Royalle and her band Sloppy Joe have launched their album Frida People at the National Folk Festival.

Researchers use sound waves to treat shin splints

Assistant Professor Physiotherapy Phil Newman.

LARISSA NICHOLSON It is a painful condition which plagues runners, but an effective treatment could be within reach.

Greek Orthodox Church celebrates community, life at Easter

Alex Kalloniatis chief cantor at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

LARISSA NICHOLSON Easter is a busy time for Alex Kalloniatis, who has been singing himself hoarse this weekend.

Lanyon Homestead Easter hunt has 2000 suprises tucked away

Lanyon Homestead guide, Jim Harris, hides Easter eggs for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

LARISSA NICHOLSON Hunting for eggs at the Lanyon Homestead has become something of an Easter tradition in Canberra.

The Lodge wall-crash driver had medical issue

A Hyundai hatchback crashed into the rear wall of the Prime Ministerial Lodge.

MATTHEW RAGGATT A medical problem was behind the car crash that into the The Lodge's perimeter wall in April.

Canberra's royal fans await Duke and Duchess' Easter Sunday touchdown

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

JULIEANNE STRACHAN The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to touch down in Canberra, and here's the best place to see them.

Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Services left in funding limbo by federal government

Winnunga Nimmityjah CEO, Julie Tongs.

JULIEANNE STRACHAN An award-winning Aboriginal health service in Canberra does not know if it will receive funding after June 30.

Pure Pod designers dig up a deal with Dirtgirl to fashion kids' clothing line


NATASHA RUDRA Fashion entrepreneurs Sean Watson and Kelli Donovan are about to get grubby.

Nadeem Siddiqui appointed Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health service medical chief

Executive Director of Clinical Services at the Winnunga
Nimmityjah-Aboriginal Health Service in Narrabundah, Dr. Nadeem

JULIEANNE STRACHAN The aboriginal health service in Narrabundah has a new medical chief after a two-year international search.

Fair Work Commission told of alleged bullying by former RSPCA chief Michael Linke

RSPCA Executive Manager of Animal Welfare Glenn Howie.

MATTHEW RAGGATT Canberra's RSPCA released confidential documents on the concreting of rabbit warrens "as a circuit breaker", a hearing has been told.

Canberra the backdrop in Gary Davis documentary from Woody Mann

Woody Mann

CHRIS JOHNSON For this weekend only, Canberra is the international launch pad for a movie praising one of that music's greatest ambassadors.

ACT Court told man threatened to burn his neighbours

120713 News Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy Generic photograph of the ACT Magistrates Court. 


MATTHEW RAGGATT A Narrabundah man has been granted bail after an alleged threat to burn his neighbours.

What the Dickens? An Invisible Woman?


Reviewer: CRIS KENNEDY Film review: Fiennes' Dickens was so sly and Jones' Nelly so cold I had trouble engaging with the film.

Only Lovers Left Alive's bloody brilliant


Reviewer: SIMON WEAVING Film review: Watching Swinton, Hiddleston, Wasikowska and Hurt savouring blood is breathtaking.

Canberra Airport awaits signal for take-off

Manager of Canberra Airport Stephen Byron.

ROSS PEAKE Badgerys Creek represents the latest challenge for the operators of Canberra Airport.

Consular life: Camilla de Martino's sculpted world

Artist Camilla de Martino, wife of former Italian ambassador Gianludovica.

MEREDITH CLISBY For Camilla de Martino, being an ambassador's wife is just more inspiration for her next work of art.

Hugh Laurie's 'culture' just the right medicine for blues

Hugh Laurie

SALLY PRYOR Hugh Laurie may describe his stratospheric career as just ''rattling along like a pinball'', but his legions of fans know better.

A rebel's tale and pride in baby prince three decades on

Former PSCC [Protective Security Co-Ordination Centre] member David Evans with a signed photo and letter from Prince Charles and Princess Diana at his Chapman home.

MEGAN DOHERTY One was the head of security during Prince Charles and Princess Diana's royal visit to Australia in 1983; the other cheekily evaded security, handing Di a Eureka flag

Little Oak Sanctuary: Pablo Pigcasso has moved on from his blue period

Kate and James Luke of Little Oak Sanctuary. Pablo Pigcasso has won a $15,000 grant for animal protection awareness.

JOHN THISTLETON After being rescued from the streets of Sydney's west, this young pig has a grand name and a shot at fame across Canberra's north.

Tharwa indigenous rehabilitation centre gets tribunal green light

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CHRISTOPHER KNAUS Rural landholders have lost a planning stoush with the government over the proposed indigenous bush retreat for drug and alcohol rehabilitation near Tharwa.

Canberra Airport feeling the pinch from federal cutbacks

Manager of Canberra Airport Stephen Byron.

ROSS PEAKE Canberra Airport is predicting a slide in revenue from federal public servants having their wings clipped.

How latest news on your phone is growing Canberra Times audiences

The Canberra Times mobile audience is growing rapidly.

The Canberra Times mobile audience has grown by 43 per cent, the fastest growth among major newspaper brands.

Enduring love affair with vinyl has Blake Budak in a spin

Owner of Landspeed Records Blake Budak is getting ready for the World Record Store day will be celebrated Saturday.

NATASHA BODDY Canberra is ready to put its love of vinyl on the record.

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Royal style v ACT fashion chief as Duke and Duchess visit Canberra


MEGAN DOHERTY Will the Duchess of Cambridge have some fashion competition when she arrives in Canberra on Sunday?

Badgerys Creek airport puts ACT freight hub on backburner

Qantas will struggle turning around its underperforming air-freight business.

JOHN THISTLETON Canberra region business and political leaders say Badgerys Creek's proposed airport could free up more land near the ACT for redevelopment.

Fashfest goes bug-eyed over swimwear

Eleanor Gates-Stuart, artist in residence at the CSIRO, has been chosen to create a design, to the theme of 'science' which is going to be turned into swimwear and will be on the catwalk at FashFest. Her design is inspired by insects.

JIL HOGAN While many Canberrans are stashing their swimsuits in the back of their wardrobes for the winter, swimwear will be leading the way on the catwalk at this year's Fashfest.

Several beach rescues on NSW south coast

Mackenzies Beach rescue by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter .

BEN WESTCOTT Lifesavers have rescued three people including a nine-year-old girl from dangerous surf conditions on Friday afternoon.

Fun really starts after dark at the National Folk Festival

The National Folk Festival by night in Canberra.

Chris Johnson Best kept secret at the National Folk Festival? Late nights.

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