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South coast lifesavers celebrate a fatality-free season

Henry Belot 11:50 AM   The NSW south coast's surf lifesaving season involved more than 70 rescues, but no fatalities.

Parking chaos on post-Anzac Day 'holiday'

Parking

Phillip Thomson and Primrose Riordan 11:47 AM   With some Canberrans enjoying a post-ANZAC Day holiday and others not, pay parking threw many noses out of joint.

Red Hill garage fire deemed suspicious

ACT Fire and Rescue

10:42 AM   A fire in an apartment block garage in Red Hill may not have been accidental, police say.

Canberra grandmother, grandson found safe in Nepal

Hamish McKee and his grandmother Riitta Korpinen are reported safe in Nepal following the April 25 earthquake.

John Thistleton 10:36 AM   A Canberra grandmother and grandson visited the Monkey Temple in Kathmandu Valley just before it was reduced to rubble in the earthquake.

Senior Canberra doctors to protest by refusing to bill private patients

St Vincent's Private Hospital

Markus Mannheim 10:13 AM   The specialists are concerned about what they say is a lack of pay security.

Man caught driving 215km/hr west of Yass

Speed cameras

8:44 AM   Disqualified driver was caught driving 215 kilometres per hour on the Hume Highway on Sunday night.

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

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8:40 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

The curious case of Canberra's $500 letterbox

Richard Allen received a $500 bill for a replacement letterbox

Tom McIlroy 7:43 AM   As if a car knocking over your letterbox wasn't bad enough, Narrabundah resident Richard Allen got a shock when he received a $562 bill from the ACT government for it to be replaced. 

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ANZAC 100: Government House now home to the historic Gallipoli oak tree

Assistant manager property and services of Government House Norm Dunn RVM, and Government House Grounds Coordinator Andrew Thompson with a Quercus calliprinos.

Susan Parsons 10:59 PM   A tree in the grounds of Geelong Grammar School in Victoria is labelled 'Gallipoli Oak acorns collected at Gallipoli by Capt. William Lampriere Winter-Cooke Ptd 4.8.1916'.

Licence to kill': 5000 kangaroos to be culled

The ACT's kangaroo cull will begin at the end of the month

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The licence authorising the ACT Government's latest kangaroo cull allows for the shooting of 5000 animals over two years, including in reserves close to residential areas in central Canberra. 

Arboretum gets royal treatment with duke's visit

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, visits the National Arboretum in Canberra.

Henry Belot 9:30 PM   On Sunday morning, the Duke of Kent, was shown around Canberra's National Arboretum and admired the bonsai in particular.

Woden Cemetery expansion plans revealed

Woden Cemetery plan

Tom McIlroy 9:30 PM   A plan to create a new three hectare extension for burial plots at Woden Cemetery could see between 15 and 20 years of additional capacity created at the site. 

ACT has second-highest homelessness rate in the country

ACT Council of Social Service director Susan Helyar says many people are in constant housing stress.

Kirsten Lawson 12:15 AM   Some may enjoy high incomes in Canberra, but others cannot afford the high rents because of the income divide.

Teachers to be offered a 12 per cent pay rise first day back at school

 A teacher at work.

Emma Macdonald 11:45 PM   Teachers returning to ACT Government schools on Monday will be offered a 12 per cent pay rise, although the Australian Education Union has yet to appraise the deal.

Major parties give tick to new electoral boundaries

ACTelectoral boundaries

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Labor and Liberal are happy with the new electoral boundaries for Canberra's parliament, with neither party lodging an objection in the second round of consultation, which closes on Tuesday.

Gang-gang: Well-travelled poppy

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM   The monuments on Gallipoli have been especially poppy-festooned in recent days. But few of the poppies there can have been as well-travelled as the one in our picture.

Public workout stations will encourage exercise

Outdoor exercise equipment is set to be constructed for three parks in the ACT.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Parks at Greenway, Belconnen and Theodore will have new exercise equipment by June.

Barr seeks savings in nearly $50 million of annual discounts

Chief Minister Andrew Barr is concerned about the increasing cost of concessions in ACT.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr has foreshadowed a crackdown on concessions and discounts, which are available to seniors and pensioners, people on low incomes, veterans, people with disabilities and students.

Two men wanted after robbing northside liquor store with kitchen knives

Two men allegedly robbed a Kaleen liquor store armed with kitchen knives on Friday night.

1:19 PM   Police are searching for two men who allegedly robbed a Kaleen liquor store armed with kitchen knives on Friday night.

Man hit by car in Dickson

Paramedics at Canberra Hospital's emergency department in 2012.

A pedestrian was knocked unconscious and suffered multiple leg injuries when he was hit by a car on Northbourne Avenue at Dickson.

Call for extra lawyer for Women's Legal Centre

Heidi Yates, director of the ACT and region's Women's Legal Centre, said federal cuts mean more assistance may have to be provided on the phone and more women will be unrepresented in court.

Matthew Raggatt   The Women's Legal Centre's funding request comes at a time of "overwhelming" demand for services.

Small food fire causes Uni Lodge evacuation

ACT Firebrigade members

About 300 people were evacuated from Uni Lodge in Civic after a fire in a student accommodation complex on Saturday night.

Large crowds turn out for Anzac Day National Ceremony

Matthew Raggatt   Large crowds have lined the Australian War Memorial grounds ahead of the national ceremony and veterans' marches. 

Canberra monarchists count down to arrival of new royal baby

Fleur Wimborne and Matthew Sait are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the royal baby.

Georgina Connery   It's that time again when the arrival of one precious British bub has the world going gaga.

Parents back nurse-led care in mainstream schools after wider criticism

Dominic McFadden, 7, has had help managing his tracheostomy and autism from a nurse-led learning support assistant at his mainstream school since March last year.

Matthew Raggatt   Parents of a student with autism say the care program has normalised school life for him.

Wet weather didn't dampen Two-Up players' spirits

Punters enjoying two up at the old Canberra Services Club site in Manuka.

Georgina Connery   Downpours didn't stop eager two-up players getting into the Anzac Day action at the Canberra Services Club in Manuka.

Mugga Lane shutdown caused by novelty clock

A suspicious package led to a road closure on Mugga Lane on Anzac Day.

ACT police closed Mugga Lane on Anzac Day after receiving reports about a suspicious package which was later discovered to be a novelty clock.

Thousands commemorate Anzac Day 2015 in Queanbeyan

Veteran George McAulay, surrounded by family.

Georgina Connery   Thousands gathered along Monaro Street for the Anzac Day Centenary march and ceremony in Queanbeyan.

ACT commuters left stranded due to lack of buses for Dawn Service

ACTION bus

Ben Westcott   Commuters were left stranded for more than an hour at bus exchanges around Canberra on Anzac Day, as demand for services overwhelmed the system.

Commonwealth property sell-off to rake in millions

Real estate agents, like all commercial enterprises, are banned from conducting business due on Anzac Day.

Mark Sawa   A program to raise tens-of-millions of dollars from selling Commonwealth property assets is underway with more than 300 hectares of land surrounding Canberra proposed for divestment.