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For the love of art

Sally Pryor 5:27 PM   It's a sleepy weekday morning in the middle of a Canberra summer, and the front doors at M16 Artspace are closed to the public.

Elderly woman hospitalised following head on crash in Wallaroo

Calvary Hospital.

Georgina Connery 4:36 PM   A head on collision on an unsealed stretch of Oakey Creek Road, Wallaroo has left a driver in hosptial

Canberra tradesman takes Weet-Bix eating to next level

Kindergarten student Linkin Broers, 5, attempts to eat 20 Weetbix at his home in Gungahlin to raise money for SIDS and KIDS.

Mark Sawa 2:29 PM   Eating Weet-Bix has been taken to a new level by a few Canberrans who are raising funds for SIDS and KIDS charity at the WBC. Mark Sawa reports.

Canberra's new marketing strategy divides experts


Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   The ACT government has four separate websites to advertise Canberra to Australians -,, and

Giulia Jones talks on juggling her coming fifth child and assembly

Liberals MLA Giulia Jones has hit out at critics of Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme.

Kirsten Lawson 11:42 PM   The debate over Tony Abbott's paid parental leave policy is a disgrace, Liberal Assembly member Giulia Jones says, preparing to have her fifth child and to bring the baby into the party room, the chamber, or wherever it needs to go so she can remain at work.

Cattle farmers are in clover

Galloway cattle farmers Chris and Greg Stuart at Minto, near Hall.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   Rain causes 30 per cent spike in cattle prices and boosts beef exports.

Sick boy's wish comes true with a little help

Nicholas Antone with his new motorbike.

Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Canberra motorcyclist grants sick boy's wish.

Cash up for grabs for programs to combat Canberra's obesity epidemic

The ACT government has announced grants for programs to tackle obesity

Sally Coen and Natasha Boddy 12:01 AM   The ACT government is offering community groups, schools and not-for-profit organistions a share in $2 million for programs to tackle obesity and promote health weight. 

New restrictions planned for Canberra's Cricket World Cup matches at Manuka

The T20 Big Bash League at Manuka Oval.

Tom McIlroy and Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   Cricket World Cup matches at Canberra's Manuka Stadium will be subject to tough new rules after Attorney-General Simon Corbell issued special declarations earlier this month. 

Belconnen cyclists frustrated by conditions


Henry Belot and Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Almost 90 per cent of cyclists in Belconnen believe the region’s cycling infrastructure is inadequate and dangerous, a study commissioned by Pedal Power shows.

Motorists warned of delays as Kings Highway upgrade begins

Traffic banked up on the Kings Highway as Canberrans make their way to Batemans Bay on Saturday morning.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Work is set to start on the latest Kings Highway upgrades designed to improve safety on the notorious stretch of road between Bungendore and Batemans Bay.

Canberra firefighters consider hazard reduction burns for February

ACT RFS volunteers could start hazard reduction burns in Canberra before the end of summer.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   A mild start to summer has prompted Canberra's rural firefighters to plan hazard reduction burns weeks ahead of schedule and before the end of the bushfire season.

Popular bakery fined for food safety breaches

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Michael Inman 11:30 PM   The clean-up took only hours, but the risk to public health through potentially contaminated food has seen one of Canberra’s largest private bakeries fined $10,000.

Veterans Affairs public servants offered 0.6 per cent

Public servants demonstrating in Canberra in November last year.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   2000 department officials asked to take an effective pay cut, unions says.

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ACT kids head back to school with strike action hanging over them

Back to school for the children, while teachers consider possible  action over a new enterprise agreement.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   ACT children will head back to classes on Monday with the possibility of a teacher strike hanging over their heads, as the government works with teachers to thrash out a new enterprise agreement.

Stromlo fire ruin re-opens with new purpose

Professor Matthew Colless at the re-opening of the Mount Stromlo director's residence.

John Thistleton 11:30 PM   The Mount Stromlo Observatory director's residence has reopened after its near destruction in 2003.

Two men arrested for growing cannabis in Uriarra

Cannabis removed from Uriarra Forest.

Men claimed they were picking blackberries in forest west of Canberra.

'Feels like Autumn': Canberra's coldest January in 15 years


Primrose Riordan and Emma Kelly   Canberra has just shivered through the coolest run of January weather since 2000.

ACT groups design new HIV strategy to bring down infections

AIDS awareness ribbon.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   As new HIV infections continue to climb in the territory, the ACT government has joined with advocacy groups to craft a new framework to bring the disease under control across Canberra.

First-day nerves kick in for new teachers

Sally Kearns is starting her teaching career at St Francis of Assisi Primary School, the same school she attended as a child.

Sally Coen 11:30 PM   It might be a tough call to judge who is more nervous about the start of the school year: the graduate teacher taking her first kindergarten class or the kids themselves. 

Paper Planes film soars at the box office

James Norton shows his paper planes at the Palace Electric Cinemas Nishi building New Acton.

Georgina Connery 11:30 PM   The story began in Canberra but the new Aussie film Paper Planes has soared at the box office breaking the million dollar barrier raking in $1.7 million on its opening weekend.

Glue gun causes classroom fire

ACT Fire and Rescue

Emergency services said workmen using a glue gun caused a fire at a southside primary school.

Canberra homeowners warned over dodgy roofer

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Tom McIlroy   Canberra homeowners have been warned to be on the look out for a travelling salesman offering roof painting and restoration work. 

The Affair: he lied, she lied

Australia - The Story of Us: A rollicking yarn built on solid fact, and by that measure it works splendidly.

Melinda Houston   Here's the best of what's on the box.

Canberra brothels breach work safety laws

35 occupational health and safety improvement notices were issued to brothels in 2013-14.

Michael Inman   Canberra's sex trade compliant with industry specific work safety laws, but continue a recent trend of breaching general occupational health and safety laws.

Family denied extension, told to put grandmother in nursing home

Griffith residents Karan and Sabeena Oberoi say the government is stopping them from helping their sick mother.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   A Canberra family have been left with nowhere to turn after their request to renovate their house to help a sick, elderly relative was rejected by the government because they didn't want to "set a precedent".

Breakfast wanderlust at Perth's Boutique Travel Cafe

Liz Sheehan, Boutique Travel Cafe

Liz Sheehan   I thought I had seen everything... but a cafe inside a travel agent? Huh?

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

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A snapshot of the news you need to know about in the nation's capital and beyond.

Canberrans avoid "messy" bowel cancer tests

Ella Wallace's bowel cancer was treated successfully after early detection.

Emma Kelly   It's Australia's second biggest cancer killer. But many people are too embarrassed to test for it.

ACT ambulance response times best in Australia: report

ACT paramedics

Megan Gorrey   The territory's ambulance response times are the fastest they've been in five years.