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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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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 8:06 AM   Dust, pollen and blow flies expected to blow in with gale-force winds on Thursday, with damaging gusts up to 80 km/h anticipated.

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 4:04 PM   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 3:01 PM   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.

1:25 PM   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.

11:41 AM   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
Photo Jay Cronan

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.

Survey finds most people say ditch the traffic

 Meegan Fitzharris called for community views on closing Gungahlin's Hibberson Street to traffic.

Alexandra Back   Most people want Gungahlin's Hibberson Street to become car-free or more pedestrian friendly.

Capital Metro appoints NSW executive to replace key official

An artist's impression of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Kirsten Lawson   Liberals question reasons for the sudden departure of Capital Metro's Stephen Allday.

Pursuing old traffic fines 'unreasonable'

Licence suspension notices are believed to have gone out to more than 1500 ACT motorists over unpaid fines.

Megan Gorrey   Authorities were advised not to suspend the licences of Canberra drivers who did not pay old traffic fines.

Police search for attacker after man stabbed in Griffith

Police are looking for a man who is about 30 years old, Caucasian and 180-185cm tall.

A man was allegedly stabbed in Griffith on Tuesday evening and remained in hospital while police searched for his alleged attacker.

Jon Stanhope appalled seat name change

Professor Frank Fenner, who died in 2010.

Ross Peake   One of the ACT's two federal seats will be named Fenner to honour Australian scientist Professor Frank Fenner.

ADFA addresses troubled past

ADFA cadets and midshipmen discuss their experiences at the academy and its accreditation as a women friendly work space.
From left, MIDN (RAN - midshipman) Kate Millward, OFFCDT (Officer Cadet) John Hensman, and OCDT (Officer cadet) Victoria Roadnight.

David Ellery   White Ribbon accreditation shows just how far ADFA has come in addressing issues.

Fundraiser turns personal tragedy into hope for newborns

Peter Cursley has raised more than $4 million for the Neonatal Care Unit at Canberra Hospital.

Megan Gorrey   A decade of helping others has helped ease the pain Peter Cursley​ felt after the death of his baby daughter.

Government allocates domestic violence funding

Fresh funding for anti-domestic violence measures in the ACT has been spread across legal, health and community groups.

Diverse groups of women who experience abuse are set to benefit from a boost in government funds.

Child witnesses expected to give evidence over alleged assaults

Three childcare workers are denying they assaulted children.

Christopher Knaus   Child witnesses are expected to give evidence in prosecutions of three childcare workers accused of assaults at a Canberra centre.  The third worker, Samantha Grutzner, 30, appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with four common assaults.  The workers are accused of using excessive force on children as young as one at the Northside Community Service Civic Early Childhood Centre.  All three childcare workers have now pleaded not guilty, and plan to fight the charges at trial, represented by Ben Aulich and Associates.    The proceedings have been adjourned to late January, when they will return for case management.  Prosecutors told the court on Tuesday that the matters were complex and would require the calling of numerous child witnesses.  The prosecution is currently reviewing the briefs of evidence to see whether it's possible to leave out some of those witnesses.  Police began investigating allegations of assault after reports were made to management in April this year.  The allegations, first raised last year, took some time to make their way from the centre to management.  A series of probes were launched, and Northside Community Services said it has moved to ensure it does everything it can to avoid a repeat at any of its centres.   

Northbourne demolition green light

The Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct.

Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson   Planning Minister Mick Gentleman has approved the demolition of a swath of Northbourne Avenue's public housing.

Stabbing lasted more than 10 minutes

Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber, left, and his accused murderer Christopher Navin.

Michael Inman   Autopsy shows Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber was alive for some time after he was lethally stabbed in the back and neck.