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World tripping cyclist shows he has a big heart

Mary Lynn Mather 10:17 PM   From open heart surgery in New Zealand at the age of 4 to cycling solo half-way around the planet, Jeremy Scott has led an amazing existence.

Mums join the bikers' club


Date: 3 September 2015
The Canberra Times
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Mum's Cait Rawson of Hackett, Leonie Collis of Hackett and Nat Fairhurst of Ainslie will be taking part in the girls-only Ride the Divide ride as the popularity of cycling with women increases

Kimberley Le Lievre 10:15 PM   Women are increasingly taking up cycling in the capital.

Mollie's Block sauv blanc sets tails wagging

Robbie Makin with his RSPCA rescued dog Mollie, who hosted a dog day to launch her first wine, Mollie's Block Sauvignon Blanc.

Matthew Raggatt 10:05 PM   Five years after she was adopted, one special husky-kelpie has her own wine label.

Italo Australian Club sold for $5.65 million

Former Italo Club president Claudio Ciuffetelli hopes the Forrest club can find another home as the land is now for sale.

Georgina Connery 10:04 PM   Italo Australian Club site has sold but Canberra's Italian community won't say arrivederci to Forrest.

Golf club land sells at $25 million, bodes well for cross-border plans

David O'Keeffe, director of Woodhaven Investments, at the Ginninderra Estate on the site of the old Holt golf course.

Matthew Raggatt 10:04 PM   Blocks once part of the Holt golf club have sold for $25 million and opened a new frontier for Belconnen's west.

Government pays up for nightmare street of asbestos homes

Jay Kelly purchased his house in Kambah without being informed it was entirely made of asbestos.

Matthew Raggatt 10:01 PM   Residents of Kambah homes made almost entirely from asbestos have agreed to sell to the ACT government.

Rescue greyhounds spur on Canberra Times Fun Run team

Jodi Finn and Victoria Zhong arepair is among several friends who will take part in this year's event to raise money for Greyhound Rescue.

Megan Gorrey 9:29 PM   Jodi Finn and Victoria Zhong will raise money for rescue greyhounds in this year's Canberra Times Fun Run.

Little people find Big Things expo fascinating

Mitch and Riley,4, Gleeson of Franklin.

Kimberley Le Lievre 9:29 PM   Australian War Memorial Big Things expo fascinates young and old

Queanbeyan councillors air dirty laundry on Facebook

The Facebook logo.

Kimberley Le Lievre 9:22 PM   A rift between Queanbeyan City councillors is being played out on social media.

Canberra fathers are getting older

From left, Sam Sheedy 9, Chris Sheedy and Ben Sheedy 3 of Theodore.

Georgina Connery 8:41 PM   While you're thinking of your dad this Father's Day it may surprise you to know over the past decade in Canberra the number of dads in their 40s and 50s with newborns has almost doubled.

Canberrans caught off guard with extended paid parking hours

Sunday Times.  The carpark of the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery still full after the introduction of after hours paid parking.    5 September 2015.  Canberra TImes photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Kimberley Le Lievre 8:25 PM   Weekend paid parking has angered those using car parks in Civic on Saturday.

Enjoy birds and breakfast in the Botanic Gardens


Volunteer Bird spotting guide Jonette McDonnell at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

The Canberra Times
Date: 03 September 2015
Photo Jay Cronan

Mary Lynn Mather 8:00 PM   Breakfasting with the Birds takes on a new meaning at the botanic gardens in idyllic surroundings from mid September.

Blown Away by Canberra Wind Symphony

From left, Helen Winter 6, Ma Qiong and Rachel Winter 8 of Queanbeyan.

5:43 PM   About Town: Scenes from Canberra Wind Symphony's Blown Away at the Ainslie Arts Centre.

Bail refused after man posts explicit photos of partner


Matthew Raggatt 5:34 PM   A Canberra man who allegedly posted explicit images of his partner on Facebook hours after being charged with choking her has been refused bail. 

Special Canberra message to mark Her Majesty's record-breaking day

Australian Monarchists League ACT and region branch chairman Scott Coleman, with the vellum document.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   Australian Monarchists League ACT and region branch chairman Scott Coleman✓ said a "loyal address", a hand-prepared document made out of vellum (calf skin) congratulating the Queen and signed by more than 100 donors, would be sent to London after Wednesday's record-breaking day.

Fatal crash on Drakeford Drive in Kambah may have been part of police pursuit

The scene of a three-car collision at the intersection of Drakeford Drive and Boddington Cresent in Kambah.  ACT Policing have confirmed one fatality.

10:17 AM   A man died in a fatal crash on Drakeford Drive in Kambah on Friday night.

Brick Expo likely to stay at Hellenic after limits breached

People queuing to enter the 6th Annual Brick Expo at the Hellenic Club Woden.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   Despite a ticketing glitch and claims of overcrowding the Brick Expo will stay at the Hellenic Club.

City revival needs to come from business

Catherine Carter thumbnail

Catherine Carter 11:30 PM   Canberrans love the city but know it needs to be revitalised.

Revitalising planning in the nation's capital

Tony Trobe thumbnail

Tony Trobe 11:30 PM   The national capital plan review is the first since it came into effect in 1990.

Man sentenced to nine months over near-fatal drunken punch

Victim Matt Pridham in Canberra Hospital after the attack.

Christopher Knaus   A man has been sentenced to nine months behind bars for a drunken punch that left his victim fighting for his life.

The Eat Local Friday markets come to Canberra

Farmers market

Natasha Rudra   The botanic gardens plays host to a new market with fresh produce from Canberra and the Riverina.

Canberra driver crashes into police station while trying to do a burnout

About 2.05pm this afternoon, the driver of a white Holden Commodore was attempting to turn the corner of Anthony Rolfe Avenue onto Gozzard Street in Gungahlin, when he accelerated rapidly in an attempt to complete a burnout and lost control of his car and crashed into Gungahlin police station. Screen grab from ACT Policing Facebook page

A driver has crashed into the Gungahlin police station while trying to do a burnout.

Speeding driver found guilty of culpable driving in fatal pedestrian crash


Christopher Knaus   A speeding driver who had ice in his system when he hit and killed an elderly pedestrian has been found guilty of culpable driving. 

International carillonneur Geert d'Hollander to play at Canberra's National Carillon

Belgian carillonneur Geert d'Hollander is in Canberra to perform at the National Carillon and inspire budding carillonneurs Kriti Mahajan,15, of Bonner and Peter Bray,15 of Curtin.

Megan Gorrey   Belgian carillonneur Geert d'Hollander​ wants Canberrans to know they could just as likely hear the tunes of Lady Gaga as those of Bach drift across Lake Burley Griffin from the National Carillon.

Police union in disarray after botched election

Dennis Gellatly, CEO of the Australian Federal Police Association, says he is 'happy to bring in mediators to go through everything'.

Scott Hannaford   The chief executive of the Australian Federal Police Association has called for a complete review of the union's operations after a botched election process saw some members sent incorrect ballot papers.

Light rail hopefuls submit final bid papers for $783m contract

Thousands of documents were delivered to the ACT Legislative Assembly on Friday afternoon.

Henry Belot   Thousands of documents were delivered to the ACT Legislative Assembly on Friday afternoon when the government accepted final bids from two consortiums hoping to win the $783 million light rail contract.

Accidentally released detainee recaptured interstate, government promises inquiry


Christopher Knaus   Man who allegedly choked, bashed his girlfriend is recaptured after accidental release.

Magpie cull prompted by theft of food from child's mouth

Rangers are culling magpies near Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin.

Katie Burgess   Authorities urge Canberrans to stop feeding magpies after birds attack people for food.

Petrol station lottery sales begin on Monday

Lottery tickets

Alexandra Back, Emma Kelly   Canberra newsagents are seeking support for a ban on lottery products being sold by Woolworths and Coles, which they fear could be devastating to their businesses.

Australian World War II prisoner of war documents published online for the first time

Australian army nurse Vivian Bullwinkel was the sole survivour of the Bangka Island massacre.

Megan Gorrey   Feigning death in the waters off Indonesia was what saved Australian army nurse Vivian Bullwinkel as Japanese soldiers fatally machine-gunned a line of women into the sea beside her during the dark days of World War II.