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Bunda Street shared zone vies for national planning award

Megan Gorrey 10:48 AM   Civic's Bunda Street shareway has been nominated for a national award which recognises innovative planning solutions.

Theatre review

Spotlight falls squarely on performers

The Last Five Years' Fraser Findlay (left) and Vanessa de Jager.

Alanna Maclean 10:03 AM   The Last Five Years is a strange piece of musical theatre that could be accused of gimmickry.

Canberra petrol prices remain steady

It is currently cheaper to refuel in Canberra than it is in Sydney.

Henry Belot 9:23 AM   It is currently cheaper to refuel in Canberra than it is in Sydney.

Motorists urged to slow down as Canberra children return to school on Tuesday

40km/h speed limits come into effect in Canberra on April 28 as schools are back.

Hannah Moore 8:48 AM   Motorists are being warned to slow down with more than 71,000 children set to return to school throughout the ACT on Tuesday.

Canberra stung by record number of European wasps and nests

European wasp numbers have spiked in the ACT.

Emma Kelly 8:19 AM   The number of European wasp nests has seen the highest spike since they were first reported in Canberra.

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

Canberra Mornings thumb

8:05 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

Andrew Barr breaks with faction on same-sex marriage vote

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr wants a change to the party's national platform to compel MPs to vote for same-sex marriage.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr wants the Labor Party platform to move with the times, in support of same-sex marriage.

Teachers unhappy with pay deal

 A teacher at work.

Emma Macdonald 10:28 PM   ACT teachers are unlikely to accept a 12 per cent pay offer while they continue to work longer hours than Australian and international averages.

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Two jobs for Stanhope: Aboriginal health and professorial fellow

Former Chief Minister Jon Stanhope's new job reflects his longstanding interest in Aboriginal issues.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Former chief minister Jon Stanhope has joined the Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal health service, in a job that reflects his longstanding interest in Aboriginal issues and represents his first foray into the community sector.

Fears local police positions will go as funding cuts begin to bite

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Christopher Knaus 9:54 PM   The ACT government has been urged to reinstate $15 million in savings to the territory's police force, amid growing fears that positions will be cut in coming months.

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No hair, no worries as Kyrgios becomes alopecia ambassador

Christos Kyrgios has become an ambassador for Alopecia Australia, a condition where a person loses all of their body hair. Christos Kyrgios with Caitlin O'Hehir, 10,  who also has the condition.

Chris Dutton 8:59 PM   Christos Kyrgios still remembers the day a woman ripped off his hat to make fun of his bald head.

Parking chaos on post-Anzac Day 'holiday'

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Phillip Thomson, Primrose Riordan and Megan Gorrey 8:35 PM   With some Canberrans enjoying a post-ANZAC Day holiday and others not, pay parking threw many noses out of joint.

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Fight for compo is 'beginning to border on the vexatious'

Comcare compo decision

Michael Inman 8:27 PM   A Canberra public servant's marathon fight for compensation has been without substance and is beginning to border on vexatious, a judge has said.

South coast lifesavers celebrate a fatality-free season

Volunteer Lifesaver Anthony Ballette with the other volunteers watching over swimmers at Malua Bay.

Henry Belot 8:15 PM   The NSW south coast's surf lifesaving season involved more than 70 rescues, but no fatalities.

Diaries recall the secret war behind enemy lines

Katherine Barnes, author of The Sabotage Diaries.



Photo Jamila Toderas

Joseph Walker 11:30 PM   When Katherine Barnes came across a compass disguised as a button and a silk scarf printed with a map of Greece among her father-in-law's possessions she wondered if there was more to his story than she knew.

Diabetic eye disease to cost Australians $2.7 billion in 2015: Deloitte

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Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Diabetic eye disease will cost Australians more than $2 billion in lost productivity and wellness this year, according to a new Deloitte Access Economics report.

Dangers to mafia informant 'real and compelling', Eastman judge says

David Eastman on his way into court for an earlier hearing.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   A mafia informant who will provide potentially critical information in any second trial of David Eastman faces serious and dangerous retribution if his identity is revealed, a judge has said.

Head of artsACT to retire in July

artsACT director David Whitney will retire in the middle of the year.

Sally Pryor 7:20 PM   David Whitney ends his tenure at artsACT after eight years at the helm.

Gang-gang. True Blue Donations

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Ian Warden 11:45 PM   A study of which colour people are attracted to when asked to give money has vindicated our prime minister.

First look at the Benjamin Shine art installation at Canberra Centre

Artist Benjamin Shine has installed his artwork 'The Dance' at the Canberra Centre.

Jil Hogan 6:04 PM   More than two and a half months of work and 2000 metres of tulle are behind a new art installation at Canberra Centre by internationally renowned artist Benjamin Shine.

Gang-gang 100 Years Ago: This race of athletes

An Australian bayonet charge at Gallipoli.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   One hundred years ago this week, British war correspondent Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett was writing and filing his first eyewitness stories of the landing of the Australians and New Zealanders at Gallipoli.

Police seize shotgun from northside home, probe use in recent shootings

The sawn-off shotgun seized by detectives on Friday afternoon.

Henry Belot 5:31 PM   Police are investigating whether a shotgun seized from a northside home on Friday was used in a series of shootings in Canberra in recent months.

RSPCA slashes cat adoption costs

'Out of space': The RSPCA has twice as many cats as 12 months ago.

Henry Belot 5:03 PM   RSPCA has slashed adoption costs by half at their Canberra shelter as staff struggle to accommodate new kittens.

Canberra hit with first frost of the season as temperatures plummet

Frost in Canberra.

Primrose Riordan and Hannah Moore 3:59 PM   With temperatures dropping down to minus 1 degrees, Monday was the coldest day of the year yet in Canberra.

Police seek man in Daniela D’Addario murder investigation

Daniela D'Addario's body was found in the back of a car near the south coast town of Bermagui last week.

3:42 PM   Police are looking for a man reportedly seen outside murdered Canberra woman Daniela D’Addario's apartment in Bruce early last Thursday morning.

Canberra family's close encounter with blue-ringed octopus

The deadly blue-ringed octopus found in the mouth of Candlagan Creek.

Emily Barton 1:35 PM   Canberra father playing with his children catches deadly blue-ringed octopus in south coast lagoon.

DFAT apologises for cruel prank on its public servants

The hoax ''announcement'' at the Canberra DFAT office on April 1, 2015 telling public servants their jobs were to be sent interstate.

Noel Towell 12:40 PM   Department apologises to public servants, manager "counselled" after prank suggested staff had been sacked.

Red Hill garage fire deemed suspicious

ACT Fire and Rescue

A fire in an apartment block garage in Red Hill may not have been accidental, police say.

Canberra grandmother, grandson found safe in Nepal

Hamish McKee and his grandmother Riitta Korpinen are reported safe in Nepal following the April 25 earthquake.

John Thistleton   A Canberra grandmother and grandson visited the Monkey Temple in Kathmandu Valley just before it was reduced to rubble in the earthquake.

Senior Canberra doctors to protest by refusing to bill private patients

St Vincent's Private Hospital

Markus Mannheim   The specialists are concerned about what they say is a lack of pay security.