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Fatal crash on Monaro Highway, south of Royalla

Georgina Connery 10:59 PM   A 65-year-old man has died in a crash involving three motorcycles 5km south of the intersection with the Monaro Highway and Old Cooma Road.

Closing the book on the Read Around Canberra program


Date: November 20 2015
The Canberra Times
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
The Read Around Canberra program members Pat Horswell, Ian McKenzie, Sally Grimes and Caroline Lemerle, a book club held at several local libraries, stops at the end of the year

Mary Lynn Mather 9:09 PM   Popular book club Read Around Canberra will no longer be hosted by Libraries ACT, to the dismay of its loyal members.

Underground oil tanks to be removed from five schools

The excavation site for the removal of the two heater oil storage tanks at Erindale College.

Matthew Raggatt 9:06 PM   The program to remove or decommission 22 underground oil storage tanks from Canberra public schools will soon be completed.

Canberra shows support with red ribbon events on World AIDS Day

Sunday. AIDS Action Council patron, John Mackay and executive director Philippa Moss are promoting World AIDS Day on December 1st.?November 27th.?2015 The Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.


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Mary Lynn Mather 9:06 PM   On Tuesday people across the globe will be wearing red ribbons, in solidarity with those who are living with HIV and in memory of those who have died.

Man who stabbed woman, made kill threat refused bail

A 45-year-old man allegedly stabbed and punched a woman and swung a baseball bat at her.

Matthew Raggatt 8:48 PM   A Dickson man who allegedly stabbed a woman he was in a casual relationship with, threatened to kill her and broke a window in an attempt to escape police has been refused bail. 

Auction watch: Canberra buyers spring into action

Auctioneer Frank Pompeani at the 45 Springvale Street auction.

Georgina Connery 8:04 PM   Canberra real estate agents say this spring auction season has been the strongest yet.

Soccer beats netball as Australia's top sport for girls


Date: November 28 2015
The Canberra Times
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Players from the Bindabella Blues junior girls academy Sarah Bailey,14, Amber Lalor,14, and Nikita Hewlett,13. A new national report shows that more young girls aged between 6-14 are now playing soccer than netball.

Georgina Connery 9:00 PM   It seems there's been an exodus of young female players from netball courts across the country with new research finding more girls are now playing soccer.

Canberra Hospital calls for donations for Christmas trees

Harley Cusbert, 6, decorating a tree from The Christmas Tree Truck, which will provide 30-35 artificial trees for Canberra Hospital to be sponsored by the public.

Matthew Raggatt 9:00 PM   Artificial Christmas trees are being used for the hospital because infection control is an issue in the ward and clinical areas. Matthew Raggatt explains.

GIVIT gives charities and donors the gift they really wanted

Hepatitis ACT executive officer John Didlick, GIVIT media manager Kayla Brereton and community educator Kerrie McKenzie with the donated items.

Georgina Connery 6:26 PM   GIVIT an online platform connecting people in need with those willing to give is looking to expand in the ACT.

Community rallies around Abbie Mewburn's grieving family after vandal attack

The memorial to Abbie Mewburn, a former student of Holy Family Primary School in Gowrie, was vandalised recently. At the site is her older sister 12-year-old Micaela Mewburn of Monash and one of Abbie's school friends, Lucas Ryan, 7,  of Isabella Plains.

Georgina Connery 11:30 PM   The community has rallied around the family of a Holy Family Primary School student whose memorial was vandalised.

Two-storey Mr Fluffy dual occupancies being forgotten

An empty block of land in Torrens,where a Mr Fluffy home was demolished.

Matthew Raggatt 9:00 PM   New Fluffy blocks are offering new challenges and may destroy character it is alleged.

Night shift nurses call for equal rates after pay 'oversight'

ACT Health Minister Simon Corbell disputes the claim there was an oversight in raising a night penalty rate.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   Nurses working the overnight 12-hour shift at Canberra Hospital have attacked the ACT government for failing to fix an "oversight" which has cost them more than $1000 each a year. 

Tributes flow for a 'remarkable' teacher

Celebrated Canberra teacher Patricia Cooper made a lasting impact on the Canberra community

Clare Sibthorpe 1:27 PM   In 44 years of teaching in Canberra, Cooper touched a lot of lives.

With God on his side, or to the side?

One of five Labor candidates hoping for preselection in  Ginninderra, Gordon Ramsay, at Kippax Uniting Church on Friday.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   We talk to the Labor candidate trying to swap the pulpit for a seat in Parliament next year.

Plug-in stations, incentives could supercharge electric car use

Tesla Supercharger program manager Evan Beaver at the charge station in Wodonga, Victoria.

Stephen Jeffery 11:30 PM   Installing more battery-recharge stations would boost electric-car use in the ACT, a German research centre says.

'I have lost my kids, I will stab you'

News.  Canberra resident Goch Kot was travelling in a taxi on Thursday night when his driver was attacked by a man with a knife.

Michael Inman   Canberra man pleads guilty to injuring two people during a random machete attack earlier this month.

Dog attacks put three Canberrans in hospital every week

Canberra boy Jack Hartigan was attacked by two dogs in 2011 and has filed civil action against the ACT government.

Clare Sibthorpe and Michael Inman   Almost 250 dog attacks were reported to the ACT government in the past year, with 153 resulting in hospital treatment and 116 dogs seized.

Man flees 'suspicious' fire in O'Connor home

ACT firefighters are trying to save a house in O'Connor.

A fire which forced a man to flee his north Canberra home deemed suspicious by police investigators.

Award winners foster inclusive Canberra

'Everybody is just thinking the NDIS will fix all of this, but the truth is it won't': Advocacy for Inclusion general manager Christina Ryan.

The Green Shed, Project Independence, Canberra Community Housing, a rising young actor and a long-time disability advocate are among the winners of the 2015 ACT Chief Minister Inclusion Awards.

Canberra claims sparkling world record for most lights on a Christmas tree

Edi Lupton, 9, and Cat Lupton 11 beneath the record-breaking light-covered Christmas tree.

Emma Kelly   Another Canberra Christmas, another sparkling world record.

Sporting community backs Elijah Arranz

The sporting community has rallied behind Canberra athlete and basketballer Elijah Arranz.

Emma Kelly   Hundreds of Canberrans have raised more than $15,000 for Elijah Arranz.

Canberra public housing tenants welcome relocation to newer homes

Canberra public housing resident Laurel Dakin recently moved from Nortbourne Avenue to Ainslie.

Tom McIlroy   News of the imminent demolition of parts of the Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct this week has not worried former Owen Flats resident Laurel Dakin. 

Rescue helicopter crews gear up for summer

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter crew members Sean Orsborn, John Costin and pilot Sam Wilson will be part of boosted patrols at South Coast beaches over summer.

Megan Gorrey   Search and rescue crews on the South Coast are ready and raring to go if beach activities go awry – but they'd rather not encounter you.

Hindmarsh Drive lane closures due to road works

Road works

Drivers will have to watch out for lane closures on Hindmarsh Drive on Saturday due to resealing works.

Jackson dancer back returns to Canberra for birthday bash

Alex Carson has gone from lessons Canberra's Dance Central to sharing a stage with Janet Jackson.

Jil Hogan   It's a long way from dancing on a stage in Phillip to sharing the stage with Janet Jackson, but dancer Alex Carson has done just that.

Currong and Allawah flats sites for sale

The Currong Apartments

Tom McIlroy   The ACT government will sell the sites of the rundown Currong and Allawah flats in central Canberra in February.

The leopard of Lonsdale Street

Catlina Vera Vera (left) and Taylor Cichacz (right) with actress Margot Robbie at Rebel Muse in Braddon.

Jil Hogan   ​Aussie actress and Hollywood star Margot Robbie caused a bit of a stir when she was spotted in Braddon last weekend.

Tickled pink

Paul Walshe and Dorothy Service at the 2015 Global Illumination Pink Dinner on October 22 at Hyatt Hotel, Canberra.

Jil Hogan   Canberrans Paul Walshe and Dorothy Service have been recognised in Sydney for their contribution to breast cancer research.

The countdown is on

Saskwatch will headline the New Year's Eve 2015 celebrations in Canberra.

Jil Hogan   As the clock counts down to midnight on New Year's Eve 2015, two fireworks displays and free live music will again light up Civic.

Love is a battlefield

Artist eX de Medici (right) in front of her work 'Shotgun wedding dress' which is now on display at the National Gallery of Australia.

Jil Hogan   It's one of the newest additions to the National Gallery of Australia, and you'd certainly struggle to walk past it without paying attention.

Man acquitted of raping, assaulting wife


Michael Inman   Canberra man acquitted of raping and assaulting his wife after an argument about dinner.

Squabbling erupts despite fall in work injury numbers across the ACT

A lack of co-operation is eroding workplace safety, say both the Master Builders Association and Unions ACT.

Katie Burgess   Both the ACT's peak construction and union bodies believe a lack of co-operation is eroding workplace safety. What they can't agree on is which of them is responsible for it.

Australian National Botanic Gardens granted eco certification

Australian National Botanic Gardens volunteer guide Jocelyn Fitzhardinge, General Manager Peter Byron and President of Friends Lesley Jackman are pleased that the gardens have received and eco certification from Ecotourism Australia.

Nicola Sheville   The Australian National Botanic Gardens has been granted eco certification from Ecotourism Australia making it only the second botanic gardens in the country to receive the achievement.

Tens of thousands of Canberrans will never own a house: Stanhope

Flashback to August, 2009: Jon Stanhope turns the first sod on a block in Forde as part of the launch of stage two of the affordable housing action plan.

David Ellery   More than a third of Canberra families have been priced out of the detached housing market and the situation will only get worse, former chief minister Jon Stanhope says.

Diversity ACT wants inquiry into why government stripped its funding

Minister Yvette Berry: No knowledge of pressure being put on Diversity ACT over a funding dispute.

Kirsten Lawson   Gay and lesbian support group Diversity ACT has called for a review of how it lost its funding last year, amid allegations of conflicts of interest and unfair treatment.

Navy combat to be tested in Jervis Bay

Hawk fighter jets from 76 Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown simulate an attack as they fly past the HMAS Canberra during the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet Concentration Period.

Caitlin Wheeler   A fictitious battle between enemy forces is playing out in the water off the coast of Jervis Bay this week as The Royal Australian Navy conducts its biggest field training activity in over five years.

Child witnesses horrific dog attack

Coco lost an eyeball in a vicious backyard attack last week.

Katie Burgess, Emma Kelly   Child left traumatised after witnessing a 'dangerous' dog rip out the eye of his grandparents' dog. Warning: Graphic images.

Drug-driving campaign launched in ACT after calls for greater awareness

ACT Policing Constable Ashley Knowles with a saliva swab used in random roadside drug tests.

Megan Gorrey   Canberra drivers will be warned of the risks of drugged driving as part of a long-awaited advertising campaign to raise awareness of controversial roadside tests for illicit substances.

Hot weather to continue as Canberra heads into summer

Ivy Lu's photo of a Canola field which has been enterted in the Canberra Times spring photo competition.

Nicola Sheville   Canberra has enjoyed a run of beautiful sunshine and light breezy weather this week and those hoping for a clear weekend may be in luck with a forecast of gradual heating over the next five days.

The Canberra Times news quiz for November 27

Emily Larkin dives for the ball on to the sand at the Lyneham Beach Sports Facility.

How closely have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Business to consider motion sensors in Canberra street light sale

For sale: Canberra's 78,000 streetlights.

Tom McIlroy   An audit of Canberra's street lights has found more than half date back to at least the 1980s and raises questions about government record keeping of the types of lighting in use around the city. 

Mr Fluffy health warnings – homeowners concerned for house values

Inside  a Mr Fluffy house in Scullin prior to demolition. The blue paint is from a PVA/paint mixture that minimises the possibility of airborne asbestos.

Emma Macdonald   Successive ACT governments have been blamed for failing to warn the public of the health dangers associated with Mr Fluffy homes, but new evidence shows homeowners themselves were keen to avoid health warnings so as not to affect their house resale value.

Convicted killer was on the run


Michael Inman   Police have caught a convicted contract killer who allegedly breached parole and actively avoided arrest.

Griffyn Ensemble presents The Utopia Experiment

The entire Griffyn Ensemble including Kiri Sollis, Holly Downes, Michael Sollis, Chris Stone, Laura Tanata, Susan Ellis.

If you like beautiful songs that evoke a story, The Utopia Experiment, is the concert for you, the Griffyn Ensemble's Michael Sollis says.

Damning disability abuse report uses ACT death as warning

Greens senator Rachel Siewert is calling for a royal commission into the treatment of disabled people in residential care and institutions.

Christopher Knaus, Judith Ireland and Rachel Browne   Senate inquiry calls for royal commission, while using death of Canberra woman to highlight dangers of casualisation.