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Canberra volunteer nominated for Australian of the Year

Eleanor Mackay 3:54 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.

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 3:29 PM   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 3:15 PM   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.

Canberra's first Mr Fluffy homes demolition schedule released

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

Georgina Connery 3:14 PM   The ACT Asbestos Taskforce has issued the first schedule of 38 homes to be demolished across 24 Canberra suburbs.

Wind firms welcome ACT government calling second auction

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

Kirsten Lawson 12:41 PM   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 12:01 PM   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.

11:26 AM   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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Megan Gorrey 11:15 AM   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 11:05 AM   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 9:27 PM   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

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Megan Doherty 8:56 PM   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

8:25 PM   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 8:15 PM   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 11:30 PM   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 7:07 PM   The National Portrait Gallery is hoping to warm things up this Sunday, with its annual winter festival.

Why the ACT can't afford to be without an ICAC

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Jack Waterford 8:30 PM   Corruption is a cancer that slows the economy and distorts efficiency. It's time for an ICAC in the ACT.

Government official allegedly leaked contents of secret intelligence document

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Michael Inman and Christopher Knaus 6:52 PM   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 6:23 PM   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 5:47 PM   Your pooch could be a theatre star

Green family running red

Beau and Katie Green with their son Patrick.

Jil Hogan 5:31 PM   Patrick Green weighed a tiny 1.8 kilograms when he was born on July 3 at Canberra Hospital, nine weeks early.

Jail sentence for stun gun overturned on appeal

A Canberra woman's suspended sentence has been overturned on appeal.

Michael Inman 5:12 PM   A Canberra woman convicted of possessing a stun gun disguised as a smart phone has had her jail sentence overturned on appeal.

Canberra Girls Grammar School confirm man charged with child grooming taught at school

Canberra Girls Grammar School has confirmed a 26-year-old man facing child grooming offences taught at the school for two terms.

Henry Belot 4:25 PM   Canberra Girls Grammar School has confirmed a 26-year-old man facing child grooming offences taught at the school for two terms.

Decision reserved in drunken Civic punch trial

Levi Freeman-Quay leaves the ACT Magistrates Court after an earlier appearance.

Christopher Knaus 4:18 PM   Defence lawyers have argued that another man has been clearly shown striking the victim in a serious drunken assault case.

Hospital project manager slams tender process

ACT Health Minister Simon Corbell says more work is needed before a decision on redevelopment of Canberra Hospital can be made.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   A former project manager of hospital infrastructure for the ACT government has slammed the government's handling of the new hospital tender as "unconscionable" after the firm was forced to submit and resubmit tenders.

War medals stolen in raid by serial burglar

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Michael Inman   War medals among thousands of dollars worth of jewellry and electronics stolen by a serial thief.

Queanbeyan and Goulburn drivers caught drug driving

Of those NSW drivers caught driving under the influence of drugs, 46 per cent tested positive to ice; 72 per cent to cannabis and 5 per cent to ecstasy.

Emma Kelly   One in three tested Queanbeyan drivers and almost one in seven tested Goulburn drivers were driving under the influence of drugs in July.

Car crash on William Hovell Drive

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A car crash on William Hovell Drive Friday afternoon has blocked city-bound traffic leaving west Belconnen.

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Car and motorcycle collide on Melrose Drive

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A car and a motorcycle collided on Melrose Drive on Friday morning.

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