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Spike in people seeking help with homelessness in Canberra

A homeless person in Canberra.

Kirsten Lawson 9:19 PM   Numbers sleeping rough remain low, but homeless services stretched

Michael Caton in Canberra to promote 'prescient' film exploring racism, euthanasia

Michael Caton

Christopher Knaus 9:19 PM   Director of Last Cab To Darwin says film will change views on treatment of Adam Goodes.

Immigration spin doctors to lose special status

Media units in Commonwealth departments have been a sensitive subject,

Noel Towell 9:15 PM   Dozens of Immigration Department spin doctors are set to lose their special public service classification.

Artist gets Henry Parkes to chill out

Glenn Smith at work on his ice sculpture of Sir Henry Parkes in Canberra on Sunday.

Kirsten Lawson 9:08 PM   Artist Glenn Smith has turned his power tools to three giant ice carvings outside the National Portrait Gallery to mark 200 years since former NSW premier Henry Parkes was born.

Fatal crash in Boorowa, north of Canberra

Police tape.

8:12 PM   Man dies after car crashes into tree to Canberra's north on Saturday night.

About Town: National Portrait Gallery Winter Festival

Social. The National Portrait Gallery Winter Festival. Publication date Thursday August 6th. Michelle Cooper of Weston Creek with her 1 1/2 year old daughter Jade. An ice sculpture of Sir Henry Parkes is at right. All correct spelling.
August 2nd 2015
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Photograph by Graham Tidy.

7:59 PM   Canberra families braved the cold to enjoy live ice carvings and performances at the gallery's winter festival.

About Town: Last Cab to Darwin film premiere

From left, Christie and Steve Flora both of Pearce.

7:53 PM   Canberrans headed to Dendy Cinema recently for the premiere of Australian film Last Cab to Darwin.

Rain hits Canberra

The wet weather continues after overnight showers. Seagulls gather on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin at Commonwealth Place.

Phillip Thomson 6:24 PM   But wetter means (slightly) warmer and cold days to come. 

Speaker ignored ban and took her husband on overseas trip

ACT Legislative Assembly Speaker Vicki Dunne

Tom McIlroy 5:32 PM   Assembly Speaker Vicki Dunne was accompanied by her husband on an overseas trip more than a year after a ban on spousal travel for territory politicians. 

Canberra's first Mr Fluffy homes demolition schedule released

The first Mr Fluffy house on Sternberg Crescent, Wanniassa during demolition.

Georgina Connery   The ACT Asbestos Taskforce has issued the first schedule of 38 homes to be demolished across 24 Canberra suburbs.

Canberra volunteer nominated for Australian of the Year

Jenifer Gray of Ngunnawal in Canberra has been nominated for the Australian of the Year for her volunteer work.

Eleanor Mackay 9:45 PM   For many volunteer-driven organisations around the ACT, Jenifer Gray is a godsend. She spends her days helping others out, while still juggling her own cancer treatments and family commitments.

Spring fashion – what's hot?

Fashion stylist and blogger Jemma Mrdak of Curtin.

Jil Hogan   Stylist Jemma Mrdak shares some tips for easy wardrobe updates, and makes some predictions for the coming spring/summer season's fashions.

A family's love of LEGO built brick by brick

Matthew, James, Thomas and Tamara Dadswell prepare Lego wonders for the upcoming BrickExpo.

Georgina Connery   All four members of the lego-loving Dadswell family are busy building works to exhibit at the 2015 Canberra Brick Expo.

Canberra man who 'stabbed' partner with scissors denied bail

The ACT Magistrates Court was forced to hear the bail application of Kristy Louise McGuckin out of court.

Megan Gorrey   Woman says man who punched her and rammed a pair of scissors into her leg was "unstoppable" when angry.

Two-thirds of Canberrans now officially overweight

Keeping fit is a priority for many Canberrans but two-thirds of the population is overweight.

Georgina Connery   ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has weighed in on how the territory has fared over the past 12 months in tackling the rising rates of obesity.

Wind firms welcome ACT government calling second auction

Environment Minister Simon Corbell at the Acciona wind farm at Gunning last year.

Kirsten Lawson   Interest in whether first auction's focus on price will be repeated.

Queanbeyan company milks coconut boom to revive Solomon Islands industry

Kokonut Pacific founder and managing director Dr Dan
Etherington at the social enterprise's Queanbeyan factory.

Megan Gorrey   It was a question of social justice that sparked Dan Etherington's​ quest to revitalise the Solomon Islands' small-scale coconut industry.

Gilmore woman to face court over motor vehicle theft

Police are pleading with the community to be vigilant and responsible after an increase in thefts from motor vehicles.

A 25-year-old Gilmore woman has been charged with burglary and motor vehicle theft as part of a police investigation into a spate of car thefts during July.

Canberra cancer patient would rather embark on bucket list quest than be a 'hero'

Sunday. 30th July 2015. Elizabeth Caplice has inoperable bowel cancer that spread throughout her body and has endured months of operations, chemotherapy and other complications and treatments.

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Photo Jamila Toderas

Megan Gorrey   National Library archivist says she has a narrow, but temporary window where she feels fine and she is determined to enjoy it.

Father saves son after heart-stopping moment on the basketball court

Thomas Rowsell (pictured with his parents Cheryl and Daniel) is thankful for his dad's quick thinking and first-aid knowledge.

Eleanor Mackay   A 15-year-old Canberra boy suffered a cardiac arrest while playing basketball. What his father did next may have saved his life.

Suburban Utopia reimagines Aranda shops

A model of the Aranda shops.

Natasha Rudra   The Aranda shops are in the middle of the biggest makeover in theirits history and students from the University of Canberra want to be part of it.

80 per cent increase in thefts from motor vehicles Canberra, say ACT Policing


Megan Doherty   There has been an 80 per cent increase in thefts from motor vehicles in Canberra, with almost 850 thefts occurring in three months.

About Town: Art show launch at the National Zoo and Aquarium

News. 28th July 2015. The National Zoo and Aquarium will be holding its annual Art Exhibition and Sale in the Aquarium with the opening night on 31st July (5.30-7.30pm) until 2 August inclusive to raise awareness and funds for our conservation partners TRAFFIC and Free the Bears. Meerkats working on some paw paintings for sale at the exhibition.  

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Photo Jamila Toderas

The National Zoo and Aquarium recently hosted the launch of the 'Wild' art exhibition and sale.

Thousands of dodgy public servants dobbed-in

The government is a prime target for various types of fraud and scams.

Noel Towell   New report shows public servants are the unsung heroes in the battle against corruption. But there's an emerging risk.

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Canberra wine district reaps the fruits of labour despite national challenges

For Nick Spencer, the winemaker at Eden Road vineyard  north of Canberra,  the 2015 season was "just perfect" with the Canberra district shiraz likely to be an award-winner.

Henry Belot   The Canberra wine district was one of few regions in Australia to enjoy a bumper 2015 vintage with the fruits of winemaker's labour beginning to pay dividends.

All pompoms welcome

Alana Sivell from the National Portrait Gallery ahead of the pompom world record attempt.

Jil Hogan   The National Portrait Gallery is hoping to warm things up this Sunday, with its annual winter festival.

Government official allegedly leaked contents of secret intelligence document


Michael Inman and Christopher Knaus   Government official accused of leaking contents of secret intelligence document to face ACT trial.

Forty years on Picnic at Hanging Rock remains a mystery

Anne-Louise Lambert as Miranda in Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Jil Hogan   It's the classic Australian flick that poses more questions than it answers, and next week it turns 40.

Could your dog be a theatre star?

Is your dog ready for his closeup?

Natasha Rudra   Your pooch could be a theatre star

Green family running red

Beau and Katie Green with their son Patrick.

Jil Hogan   Patrick Green weighed a tiny 1.8 kilograms when he was born on July 3 at Canberra Hospital, nine weeks early.