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Reporters become firefighters

Clare Sibthorpe 3:44 PM   Media given the rare chance to walk in the shoes of Canberra's frontline firefighters.

Hot, dry winds fan fires in the region

A police officer helps to extinguish a suspiciously-lit fire at a residence on the corner of Constitution Avenue and Anzac Park.

Katie Burgess, Emily Barton 2:13 PM   Close to 30 fires burning across NSW as southern part of the state and the ACT gets lashed with hot, gale-force winds.

Sofer-Schreiber stabbed with a paring knife

Christopher Navin has admitted he fatally stabbed his former housemate, but pleaded not guilty to murder.

Michael Inman 2:11 PM   Christopher David Navin's defence barrister tells court his client first attacked his former housemate with a small paring knife.

On the road with Thomas Mathieson aka Mathas

Mathas has fond memories of a storybook tape about cowboy Lucky Luke.

2:08 PM   We chat to Perth hip-hop singer Mathas.

British India fights Australian mediocrity

British India play at ANU on November 28.

Kate Kingsmill 1:37 PM   Band leader wants to keep writing songs, hanging out and recording music, long into the rest of his life.

Warning of gale-force winds for ACT

Fast-moving cloud formations at sunset at Yarralumla Bay. This photo was submitted to the Canberra Times spring photo competition.

Katie Burgess 1:32 PM   Damaging gale-force winds are moving across the capital. But last night was the big surprise.

Photographers' artwork: atmospheric, witty and disturbing

Untitled 1 by Rebecca Worth at PhotoAccess.

Peter Haynes 1:22 PM   The three artists currently exhibiting at PhotoAccess have each been the recipient of an ANU School of Art Emerging Artist Support Scheme Award and have had a year-long residency at PhotoAccess.

Floriade must stop killing trees

National Capital Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow.

Phillip Thomson 1:11 PM   Ultimatum for Canberra's most popular event comes from planning boss.

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Brianna Heseltine meets her match in ACT Labor preselection

Brianna Heseltine: Politics is not a career for the faint-hearted.

Kirsten Lawson 1:00 PM   Despite being up against factional power plays, the Fluffy campaigner says having so many candidates in the race "only bolstered democracy".

Multi-million dollar Queanbeyan river precinct redevelopment gets go-ahead

What Queanbeyan's redeveloped central business district could look like.

Kimberley Le Lievre 12:09 PM   Queanbeyan residents could have access to a water play park at the aquatic centre by next summer. .

Arts diary: the best of visual and performance art

Detail from an image in the Face To Face exhibition at the Belconnen Community Centre.

11:58 AM   What's on in Canberra's art scene

Canberra performer steps into award spotlight

James Batchelor in his work METASYSTEMS.

11:33 AM   Canberra-born performer James Batchelor is among eight artists vying for the 2016 Keir Choreographic Award.

Surgeons to perform extra 1000 elective surgeries


Emma Kelly 11:09 AM   Doctors will perform an extra 1000 procedures in the first half of 2016 in a bid to slash the number of Canberrans waiting for elective surgery.

Lanyon Homestead piano restoration brings past alive

Lanyon Homestead is a much-loved Canberra house museum.

Jennifer Gall 11:00 AM   Visitors to Lanyon Homestead will hear the sound of mid-Victorian settler family life – a world in which the piano was the powerful voice of cultural values.

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Paul Walshe takes out ACT Heart Foundation's celebrity challenge -

Personal trainer Lee Campbell and Paul Walshe.

Katie Burgess 7:01 AM   Fourteen of Canberra's busiest people lost the combined weight of an industrial truck tyre to prove anyone can make time to improve their health.

Molonglo petrol station site sells for $5.75m

Auctioneer Andrew Cooley at Telstra Tower for an auction for a service station site at Weston Creek that sold for $5.75 million.

Alexandra Back 10:39 PM   A first petrol station for the Molonglo Valley is one step closer after its site was sold at auction on Wednesday for $5.75 million, well over the reserve.

Beach volleyball facility cost blows out over $1 million

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

Lee Gaskin 9:48 PM   It's the $1 million sand pit in the northern suburbs of Canberra that continues to divide opinions.

Canberra entrepreneur wins national award

Enabled Employment owner Jessica May has won a National Disability Award.

Alexandra Back 9:00 PM   A Canberra businesswoman has been honoured for her work connecting people with a disability with well-paid jobs.

Majura body confirmed as missing Evatt man

Andrew Carville was last seen alive on November 4.

Megan Gorrey 8:04 PM   Friends have remembered Evatt man Andrew Carville​ as a gentle soul and humble man who "wouldn't hurt a fly".

Eight bureaucrats counselled after autism cage inquiry

Opposition education spokesman Steve Doszpot questioned the tough action taken against the principal.

Emma Macdonald 7:45 PM   Eight public servants within the ACT Education Directorate have been disciplined over their role in Canberra's autism cage scandal.

Two motorcyclists injured in Snowy Mountain Highway crash

A Snowy Hydro Southcare rescue helicopter has been called to a motorcycle crash on the Snowy Mountains Highway.

7:16 PM   Two people have been injured in a motorcycle crash on the Snowy Mountains Highway.

National Trust slams Northbourne Avenue heritage "call-in" moves

The National Trust has slammed the plans to demolish the Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct.

Tom McIlroy 7:13 PM   The National Trust has slammed fast tracked demolition plans for the Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct, calling Planning Minister Mick Gentleman's decision predictable and disappointing. 

ANU School of Art Graduating Exhibition opens

ANU School of Art head Denise Ferris, and graduating honours student Janis Lejins, with his work, <i>Doric Stacks</i>, which transposes real-time data flows into an immerse embodied experience of light, colour and sound.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   The artists in the ANU School of Art Graduating Exhibition are making work connected to the social space, head of school Denise Ferris says.

ACT unmoved on taxi plate compo in Uber era

The arrival of Uber has led to calls for compensation for owners of taxi plates.

Kirsten Lawson 7:07 PM   Taxi plate owners knew change was coming, says government

Government is paying up to $1750 each to help hundreds of public housing tenants move

An ageing kitchen in Canberra's public housing.

Kirsten Lawson 6:40 PM   Government is paying removal costs and electricity and phone connections for Northbourne tenants

Gang-gang. Zany Tony Abbott portrait enriches School of Art show.

Tawny Frogmouth family (two adults bookending two chicks) on Mt Ainslie.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   The needles on our Surrealometer and Astonishometer were whizzing.

Raped because she 'didn't cook dinner'


Christopher Knaus 6:02 PM   Woman who was allegedly raped, spat on, bitten and assaulted by her husband says it began because she 'didn't cook dinner'.

Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra November 27-29

Project manager Louise Bilston putting the finishing touches on the SIDS and Kids ACT Christmas lights in City Walk. The lights will be switched on Friday night.

Jil Hogan 5:51 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

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Capital Life: What's on in Canberra's arts scene

<i>Song for an outsider</i> by Manuel Pfeiffer in the Marsden Art Group's annual exhibition at the Watson Art Gallery.

Clare Colley 5:48 PM   A round-up of what's happening in the Canberra arts scene for the week beginning November 28.

Escaping family violence: Grants for women with no place to go

Victorian state government grants are to be made available to help women escape violent relationships.

5:35 PM   Women will be given the money they need to escape family violence, through Victorian state government grants of up to $7000 to be made available immediately.

New ANU scholarship opens doors for rural students

Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington has announced an ANU scholarship targeting rural students.

Emma Macdonald 4:56 PM   Two students from the Riverina and Wagga Wagga region will receive $10,500 each over a three-year degree to support their accommodation at Burgmann College.

Gang-gang 100 years ago: King O'Malley blamed for disastrous weather

In late November 100 years ago, severe frosts damaged Canberra gardens.

Ian Warden 4:22 PM   Canberrans may scoff at the prospect of Siberian weather in late November, but 100 years ago this week, a horrified Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer shuddered under the unseasonable weather.

Man kicked in toilet door to assault woman

Adam Beniamini.

Michael Inman 4:17 PM   Magistrate questions the remorse of a man who attacked a woman in the toilet of a southside club.

Surrendered dogs await fate following fatal attacks in Dunlop

Isabelle Goldstraw with her dog Flea after an attack by two dogs killed her other pet chihuahua in her living room and left her with an injured finger.

Katie Burgess 4:14 PM   Fate of the two dogs who were turned over to authorities after killing two family pets in a Canberra suburb remains uncertain.

'The bullied has become the bully'

Magistrate Karen Fryar said the case was sadly "a perfect example of the insidious and cyclical nature of family violence, and how the bullied has become the bully".

Christopher Knaus   Christopher Cunningham grew up watching his father beat his mother. Now he will go to prison for his own abusive crime.

Portraits of the famous and infamous – Sir Rex Nan Kivell's collection

Curator Nat Williams with a portrait of Sir Rex Nan Kivell in a show of Kivell's collection at the National Library of Australia.

Sasha Grishin   Rex Nan Kivell's quirkiness made him into one of the great benefactors for Australian colonial art.

Girls Grammar building evacuated

ACT Fire and Rescue were called to Canberra Girls Grammar School just before midday on Tuesday.

Ten teachers were removed from a school building after the smell of smoke was detected.

Two men caught in stolen car

Two Canberra men will appear before Yass Local Court charged with a string of offences.

Two Canberra men to appear before a regional court after being caught driving a stolen car with lifted number plates.

Canberra Airport evacuated for drill

Weather. Heavy fog over Canberra causes minor delays at Canberra Airport.
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Date: 01 July 2015
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Hundreds of travellers evacuated from Canberra airport as part of training drill.

Police seek identities of Barton burglars

Three people are wanted over two burglaries in Barton in October.

Images released of three people believed to be involved in two burglaries in Barton.

Turnbull shakes up public service leadership

DFAT boss Peter Varghese will resign next year.

Henry Belot   Malcolm Turnbull has announced a shake-up of the public service after department secretaries Michael Thawley and Peter Varghese resigned.

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Woman burnt after BBQ gas explodes

Fire truck

A woman suffered burns to her arm when a gas cylinder on a barbecue exploded at Canberra home.

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Dogs killed in brazen attacks

Isabelle Goldstraw with her dog Flea after an attack by two dogs killed her other pet Chihuahua in her living room and left her with an injured finger.

Katie Burgess   Families appeal for information after dogs attack and kill several pets in Canberra suburb.