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Conrad Barr appointed new head of emergency services

New appointment: Conrad Barr, photographed here in 2011, has been promoted to head the Emergency Service.

4:39 PM   Minister for police and emergency services Joy Burch has promoted Conrad Barr to chief officer of the ACT Emergency Service.

ACT police believe organised crime behind cannabis grow house network

ACT Policing charged six people and seized more than 900 cannabis plants worth $6 millionwhen they raided eight growhouses across the ACT as part of Operation Armscote. These images from Kaleen growhouse.

4:36 PM   Police have seized more than 900 cannabis plants that they say are worth more than $6 million in an investigation into grow houses they believe are linked to organised crime in the ACT.

Queanbeyan's new general manager Peter Tegart begins work

Starting work: Peter Tegart is the new Queanbeyan Council general manager.

4:11 PM   Queanbeyan City Council's new general manager Peter Tegart has started work.

ACTSport disbands after 30 years

Minister for Sport and Recreation Shane Rattenbury.

Henry Belot 3:58 PM   The peak body for the sports industry in the ACT has been disbanded after a review of accounts and the growth of commercial sporting organisations.

Attorney-General's Dept says no

Back to the drawing board: Attorney-General's Department Secretary Chris Moraitis acknowledged staff voted down the offer.

Noel Towell 3:20 PM   Attorney-General's public servants reject 1.5 per cent pay deal

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Canberra 104.7 claims top spot in radio ratings

Scotty Masters and Nigel Johnson aka Scotty and Nige from Canberra 104.7 - the highest rating station in the last survey

Georgina Connery 3:02 PM   The radio ratings are in and show Canberra's loyal listeners are tuning in for chart-topping tracks.

Investigation underway into a water leak at the National Library of Australia

National Library of Australia

Georgina Connery 2:55 PM   A team of National Capital Authorities contractors are working to isolate and contain a water supply leak at the National Library of Australia.

RSPCA wants harsher penalties for animal abusers

The RSPCA say they found "Rocky" in a state of severe neglect late last year.

Henry Belot 2:06 PM   The RSPCA has launched an online petition urging magistrates to hand down harsher penalties for Canberrans convicted of animal abuse.

Kings ransom to scuttle holiday highway tossers

Fed up: Neighbours Rhett Mitchell and Albert Veith, who live west of Nelligen, say cleaning up rubbish travellers dump on the Kings Highway is becoming an expensive and frustrating exercise.

Carmen McIntosh 1:41 PM   Kings Highway residents are becoming increasingly fed up with travellers brazenly dumping rubbish at their front gates.

Man trapped in his truck after crash in Bungendore

Snowy Hydro SouthCare: the rescue helicopter has been sent to the crash scene.

12:51 PM   The Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter has flown a man who had been trapped in his vehicle after a two truck crash in Bugendore to Canberra Hospital.

Man in Page standoff with police there to babysit: court hears

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Michael Inman 12:48 PM   A Kambah man involved in a three hour standoff with police on Tuesday had been at the Page home to babysit, a court has heard.

Transport safety staff the latest to approve wage deal

An Australian Transport Safety Bureau employee during the search missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

Markus Mannheim 12:10 PM   Just over half of the agency's workforce votes 'yes' to pay rises worth about 1.5% a year.

Public service strike could kill, warns boss

Leigh Johns defends Australian Ballet School's purchase of a $4.7 million Melbourne mansion, which was part-funded by the Federal Budget.

Noel Towell 11:02 AM   Union criticises "wild assertion" from senior public service official.

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Westpac caps LVRs on investor mortgages at 80pc

Westpac and the other major banks are taking action to curb investor lending.

Clancy Yeates 9:55 AM   Australia's biggest lender to landlords, Westpac, will require new property investors to have a deposit of at least 20 per cent.

Fire crews enter their fifth day of work at the Pialligo waste fire

Crews from ACT Fire and Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service at the scene of the fire on the weekend.

9:55 AM   Fire crews enter their fifth day of work putting out a smouldering pile of builder's waste in Pialligo

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

Canberra Mornings, July 8

9:00 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

Accused arsonist told 'do-gooder' to mind own business, court hears

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Christopher Knaus 7:51 AM   A Canberra man accused of lighting two fires in the middle of summer hid under a bridge and in long grass when police arrived, a court has heard.

Man being charged over modifying a BB gun to look like a firearm

Modified BB pellet gun seized in Banks on July 7, 2015.

7:09 AM   A 25 year old Banks man is being charged over the possession of an offensive weapon after police seized a BB pellet gun which had been modified to look like a firearm.

Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra July 10-12

Australian Ceramics Triennale project managers Yasmin Masri (left) and Gwenyth Macnamara with chairwoman Avi Amesbury, pictured with Bev Hogg’s work <i>Wooly Jumpers 1</i>, <i>2</i> and <i>3</i>, which feature in Craft ACT’s exhibition Stomping Ground, in the ACT Legislative Assembly gallery.

Jil Hogan 6:32 AM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Canberra Photographic Society judging

From left, Brian Jones of Chapman and David Flannery of Torrens.

9:24 PM   About Town: Scenes from Canberra Photographic Society meeting where the theme for judging was "moving water".

Light rail community reference groups to be established

Canberra's light rail line

8:11 PM   The ACT government has put the call out for members of new community and business reference group for the city to Gungahlin light rail project. 

Meet the GWS Giants

All about effort: Giants midfielder Adam Treloar.

8:10 PM   This is a money can't buy experience, where you can personally cheer them on before they take on the Geelong Cats.

Petterd Street in Page closed for police operation

Police blocked off part of Petterd Street, near Earle Place, Page for about three hours.

Henry Belot 7:55 PM   Police have taken a man into custody and rescued a baby after an incident that lasted more than three hours.

Early Morning Centre celebrates a decade of helping the homeless

Celebrating 10 years of the Early Morning Centre. Jody Macdonald who once was homeless and was provided with assistance from Early Morning Centre.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Ten years ago, Jody Macdonald was the first person to walk into the Early Morning Centre on Northbourne Avenue for a healthy breakfast after living rough on the streets

Former ANU Vice-Chancellor Nichol remembered as down-to-earth

Vale Professor Lawrence Nichol will be remembered as a down-to-earth man.

7:17 PM   Former ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Lawrence Nichol has died at the age of 80.

Union intimidation and harassment is common in the Canberra construction sector: survey

An online poll of members of the Master Builders ACT reported verbal and/or physical intimidation by the ACT branch of the CFMEU on Canberra building sites.

Michael Inman 11:30 PM   Union intimidation and harassment is common in the Canberra construction sector, a survey of stakeholders says.

University's free kick angers property sector

8 March 2011 - Pic Elesa Lee - The Chronicle - Belconnen Mall roof collapse between the 2nd and 3rd floor during upgrades in the north wing SPECIAL 1

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Retailers warn of ''bleeding out'' Belconnen Town Centre to help University of Canberra.

Cull ends early after 1700 kangaroos shot dead

The ACT's kangaroo cull has ended early.

Tom McIlroy 6:43 PM   In a surprise move on Tuesday, the ACT government's controversial kangaroo cull has ended three weeks earlier than expected after 1700 adult kangaroos had beene killed.

Man to stand trial for allegedly forcing vulnerable migrant in sexual servitude

The man maintained not guilty pleas to the charges.

Michael Inman 6:41 PM   A Canberra man will stand trial on allegations he forced a vulnerable migrant into sexual servitude.

Canberra named Australia's fifth most family-friendly destination

Reece and Amy Carroll of Dubbo visit Questacon in Parkes, Canberra on the school holidays with their children, Mia-Grace aged 7 and Chloe aged 3.

Georgina Connery 6:09 PM   Canberra has been named Australia's fifth most family friendly travel spot by Lonely Planet.