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What's on in Canberra this weekend

Jil Hogan 7:11 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Youth use 'guerrilla planning' to revitalise Tuggeranong

Charlene Liau, Natalia Weglarz and Hamish Sinclair said simple acts like filling cracked concrete with Lego could help revitalise the Tuggeranong town centre.

Kimberley Granger 2:48 PM   Pot plants in pot holes and a residential slip-and-slide are some of the unorthodox methods a group of young planners propose.

First day for school and students at The Anglican School Googong

Rachel Howden with her boys Kindergarten student Alex, 3, and year 1 student Toby, 6, on their first day at the new Anglican School Googong.

Kimberley Granger 2:14 PM   The doors of The Anglican School Googong were flung open on Tuesday for new starters on its inaugural first day.

Mother loses custody after repeated false claims against cop ex-husband


Michael Inman 1:47 PM   A Canberra mother who "cried wolf" by falsely alleging her cop ex-husband stalked and hacked her email during a bitter family court battle has lost custody of her daughter.

Majestic Tidbinbilla holds special memories for many Canberrans

A kangaroo warming itself in the morning sun at Tidbinbilla after a cold weekend.

Brett McNamara 1:11 PM   Nestled in a majestic valley to our west is a very special part of our bush capital.

Kambah residents in a Mr Fluffy cul-de-sac nightmare

Resident Mick Farrelley stands in the quiet Kambah cul de sac where four of the nine houses contain Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Emma Macdonald 12:00 PM   Four out of nine homes in a quiet Kambah cul-de-sac are contaminated with Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Four people attack autistic man in Chisholm shops car park

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10:57 AM   Two men and two women have allegedly attacked and robbed an autistic man after luring him to Chisholm shops car park on Monday.

What you need to know in the nation's capital and beyond

Canberra mornings.

7:18 AM   A snapshot of the news you need to know about in the nation's capital and beyond.

Bid for 38-hour public service week fails

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Noel Towell 11:30 PM   The Abbott government has lost a legal bid to force public servants to spend an extra week-and-a-half at their desks each year.

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Canberrans celebrate Australia Day with humour, sausages, and tweets

Hannah Birdsey with daughter Clementine Walsh 3 and husband Brendan Walsh with son Augusten Walsh, 5 of Watson enjoy the hottest 100 festivities at the National Portrait Gallery.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Canberrans celebrated Australia Day in different ways with many headed to the Commonwealth Park for relaxation, galleries for countdown themed exhibitions, or to the lake for a citizenship ceremony.

Canberra duo peaks a spot too soon in Triple J's Hottest 100

Canberra duo Peking Duk, who landed the No.2 and No.5 songs in the Triple J Hottest 100.

Emma Kelly   Peking Duk finish second in the Australia Day music countdown in what was a stellar result for Canberra musicians.

Antiques star shares stage with PM

New Australian Hilary Kay at the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony at Rond Terrace in Canberra.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   The Australia-loving British TV star television star, while receiving her citizenship certificate and meeting Tony Abbott, said she hoped people wouldn't bring her things to value.

Waltzing into Australia with a tear in the eye


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   One sensed that Prince Philip, just knighted by Australia, was there with us in spirit at Monday's Australia Day flag-raising and citizenship ceremonies at Rond Terrace.

'Glitoris' star calls for more women in Canberra music after numbers found to be low

Bassist in the all-girl band Glitoris Sophie Chapman performs only ''dressed'' in glitter to make a statement about body image.

Primrose Riordan 11:30 PM   A member of Canberra's answer to Pussy Riot, punk band Glitoris, is calling for more women to perform live music after her own survey of the local scene revealed just 16 per cent are women.

Day of mourning and hope at Canberra's Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Trek to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra.

Henry Belot and Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Some celebrated Australia Day with barbecues, baby pools and the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown. Those at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy united in a national day of mourning.

Rosie Batty breaks down domestic abuse stereotypes

Rosie Batty earlier this month with a portrait of her beloved 11-year-old son Luke. She says his father, who killed him, loved him as much.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Rosie Batty's Australian of the Year title would elevate the issue of domestic violence across the country - helping dispel the myth that it only happened in certain families.

Some Northbourne Avenue trees could live until 2030

An artist's impression of the city interchange for the proposed Canberra light rail.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Some Northbourne Avenue trees set to be cut down to make way for construction of the light rail line to Gungahlin could have remained for 20 years, a government commissioned assessment found in 2010.

Experts: Gardiner assisted by new friends online

Movements: In the lead up to his disappearance, Matthew Gardiner reportedly became friends online with a person who constantly posted about the Kurdish oppression.

Rachel Olding   An Australian politician who reportedly escaped the country to join the war in Syria would have been assisted by new friends he made online, terrorism experts believe.

Tony Abbott congratulates new citizens on banks of Lake Burley Griffin

Tony Abbott congratulates the Devaprasanna family - who arrived from India in 2000 - on their Australian citizenship.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   A British television star, a young family from Zimbabwe, and a Dutch scientist with dreams of becoming Australian of the Year were among 25 people who became Australian citizens on Monday.

Non-stop march around ASIO headquarters to protest indefinite detention

Inmates at Melbourne immigration transit accommodation in Broadmeadows on Sunday. (Digitally altered image)

Daniel Flitton   Protesters will march non-stop around ASIO headquarters in Canberra for 32-hours to draw attention the plight of at least 32 refugees locked in indefinite detention.

Wind farm at Gullen Range a 'mess' as matter heads back to court

The Gullen Range wind farm case has already had one directions hearing in court.

Louise Thrower   The continuing legal fallout over the Gullen Range wind farm is shaping up as a "colossal mess," says one observer.

Gang-gang: 100 years ago - Sinister Zeppelins bomb defenceless Norfolk

Namesake: Count Zeppelin with one of his dirigible airships.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   The bombs dropped on St Peter's church in Yarmouth "evidenced extraordinary potency".

She got there eight hours early to reserve a seat, but walked out after one set

Nick Kyrgios lets his temper flare during his five-set thriller against Andreas Seppi.

Chris Dutton   His mum can't confiscate his phone when he smashes racquets anymore, nor can she survive the tension of an epic match.

South Coast hit by string of home invasions

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Primrose Riordan   Three violent home invasions in the past week in Bermagui and Narooma have shaken locals on the NSW South Coast.

Man, 69, dies in car crash near Wagin

The rolled Mazda in the background flipped after colliding with this burnt out Holden Commodore

A 69-year-old Woodanilling man has died after his car collided with another vehicle, before rolling down an embankment in Wagin on Sunday afternoon.

Mental health checks for alleged BWS bandit

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Christopher Knaus   Woman who allegedly robbed a liquor store of Jim Beam and cigarettes has been sent for mental health checks.

Queanbeyan unit fire causes $50,000 damage

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Police are investigating the cause of a fire which also forced the evacuation of neighbouring units.

Women dominate Australian of the Year honours in Canberra

2015 Senior Australian of the Year, Jackie French.

Megan Gorrey   Rosie Batty, the Victorian mother whose courage shone a light on domestic violence victims, is Australian of the Year.