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Cubby houses sell under the hammer for charity

Sonja Koremans 8:08 PM   The humble cubby has gone high end for a good cause, with Canberra's top building minds creating mini masterpieces to raise money for charity.     

Canberra auditions for performers who hope to run away with the circus

Bega's Cassia Jamieson, 18,   is put through her paces at the audition.

Megan Gorrey 6:43 PM   Lithe performers juggle to win places at the National Institute of Circus Arts.

Melba man accused of procuring sex with minor through Facebook

Man on Facebook sex charge.

Kimberley Le Lievre 6:32 PM   A Canberra man facing sex charges has had his passport confiscated to remove any risk of flight.

Cradle of Australian culture on offer as Miles Franklin’s former home Brindabella Station for sale

Mr Barlin says Brindabella's most famous resident Miles Franklin came to the property as a baby in the late 1870s.

5:46 PM   A farm which was the genesis of Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award, is entering a new chapter in its rich history.

Fire at Mitchell telephone exchange

Fire brigade

Megan Gorrey 4:39 PM   A fire broke out in a telephone exchange in Canberra's north on Saturday morning.

Pet sitters wanted as owners put holidays on hold

Tara Munro with her rescued rabbit, which she has had looked after through the Pawshake community.

Matthew Raggatt 11:12 AM   Nine out of 10 Australian pet owners have cancelled or postponed a holiday because they can't get appropriate care for their furry friend, a new survey has found. 

The music festival that reveals Gundaroo's heart and soul

Sue Windsor with her daughters Emma, left, and Jess and their puppy Bruce at their home in Gundaroo.

Megan Doherty 10:56 PM   The Gundaroo Music Festival is on Saturday, featuring a stellar line-up including Mental as Anything and Angry Anderson with the James Southwell band, lots of activities for the kids and, to cap it all off, a fireworks display.

Calvary Hospital boss warns junior staff need more support

Karen Edwards said earlier this year that misconduct was under-reported because of a boys' club mentality.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Calvary Hospital chief executive Karen Edwards believes juniors must be provided with more support.

Private Capital: Duffy's Ntasha​ Gerebtzoff a woman of steel

 Duffy mum Ntasha Gerebtzoff at the parade of nations in Hawaii this week where she will compete in world ironman triathlon championships this weekend.

Megan Doherty 12:00 AM   Duffy mum Ntasha Gerebtzoff will be running through the lava fields of Hawaii this weekend in one of the world's toughest events.

RUFUS embark on You Were Right tour

Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George and James Hunt of RUFUS.

Josephine Huynh   Josephine Huynh takes five with RÜFÜS keyboardist Jon George to get a taste of the group’s new sound ahead of their You Were Right tour.

Warm weather with a chance of rain

A swamp wallaby eating Blooms of a wattle tree in Tidbinbilla.

Emma Kelly   The first of several possible storms for the weekend passed over Canberra on Friday evening as the Bureau of Meteorology warned of a severe thunderstorm in the region.

Aspen Medical launch ambulance service in south Texas

Peggy Fonseca, Aspen Medical USA director of Emergency Medical Services; ACT chief minister Andrew Barr and Glenn Keys, co-founder of Aspen Medical.

Canberra-based company Aspen Medical has launched a 24-hour ambulance service in south Texas.

Canberra cannabis grow house accused deported despite magistrate's warning

ACT Policing has seized more than $7 million worth of cannabis as part of Operation Armscote.

Megan Gorrey   An illegal immigrant linked to a large-scale cannabis grow house network in Canberra has been deported despite concerns he could never face justice for his alleged criminal behaviour.

Man still missing from Yass property

Leonard Watkinson has been missing since Monday.

Alexandra Back, Emma Kelly   Family and police have twice searched the dam on Leonard Wilkinson's property since the Yass man went missing.

Portable cricket pitch firm helping in Floriade redesign

The company behind portable cricket pitch technology used at the MCG is working on a redesign of Floriade.

Tom McIlroy   The company behind the MCG 's portable cricket pitch technology is part of the plan to redesign Floriade, with 2016 billed as a transition year moving the festival from Commonwealth Park to the city.

Canberra launches ambitious bid to host US giant Tesla Motors

A man looks around Tesla Motors' Model S P85 in the Tesla showroom in Beijing.

Henry Belot   The ACT government has launched an ambitious bid for US giant Tesla Motors to establish a research presence in Canberra.

Rep season launch has a bit of everything

Canberra Repertory Society's season launch for 2016, Director Tony Turner, president David Bennett and director Jordan Best.

Ron Cerabona   Canberra Rep's upcoming season has plenty of variety.

A wonderful and varied collection

Slavica Zivkovic, The Stillness of Now in Exchange: Celebrating 21 years of the Southern Highlands Printmakers at Megalo.

Sasha Grishin 11:45 PM   This exhibition by the Southern Highlands Printmakers displays plenty of talent.

Solo and group displays with messages

Tony Fleming, "Aurora Base Camp" (2013) in "Antarctica" at Photoaccess.

Peter Haynes 11:45 PM   Tony Fleming's Antactic images and the PhotoAccess members' exhibition are both worthwhile.

Men linked to cannabis grow houses plead guilty

ACT Policing charged six people and seized more than 900 cannabis plants worth $6 million when they raided eight grow houses across the ACT as part of Operation Armscote.

Megan Gorrey   Sophisticated hydroponic grow house network was uncovered at houses across Canberra earlier this year.

Canberra Writers Festival to be rewritten

The Canberra Writers Festival will be back in 2016.

Katie Burgess 11:30 PM   The Canberra Writers Festival will be revived next year, as a three-day event in late August.

Greek Embassy opens to public art exhibition on Lemnos in World War II

Greek Ambassadrice Eva (Eyvah) T Dafaranos has curated an art exhibition focusing on Lemnos and the Greek perspective on world War II as part of Windows to the World.

Alexandra Back 11:30 PM   The exhibition actually is an honour for Australia and for New Zealanders, says Eva T. Dafaranos, the Greek Ambassadrice and curator of the exhibition

Domestic violence victim 'changed forever' after savage assault, rape

The ACT Supreme Court

Megan Gorrey   A woman viciously bashed and raped by her former partner still bears the emotional scars of the "terrifying, savage and prolonged attack", prosecutors have told a court.

Book review

Poetry of Canberra and crocodiles

Impressions of Canberra.

Peter Pierce 11:45 PM   Three new poetry books include a book on Canberra.

'They thought nothing could fix me': Sarah's decade-long battle with mental illness

Sarah Short, 23, is at the bright end of a long and difficult journey living with mental illness.

Clare Sibthorpe 11:30 PM   As a 14-year-old, Sarah thought everyone in her life was a paid actor. And it was movies that stopped her getting help.

Car crashes into wall at Bega Flats

Police car

Emma Kelly   A car has crashed into a wall at the Bega Flats Friday morning.

The Canberra Times news quiz for October 9

Christopher Pyne dines in Kingston to film an episode of Kitchen Cabinet.

How closely have you been paying attention to the news this week?

Gungahlin jewellery store ram raid accused committed for trial

The jewellery store targeted in the Gungahlin ram raid.

Megan Gorrey   A man who pleaded not guilty to a brazen ram raid on a Gungahlin jewellery store has been committed to stand trial in the ACT Supreme Court.

Music festival honours late founder

Scott Windsor with his daughter Jess at the first Gundaroo Music Festival in 2013. Mr Windsor died this year of motor neurone disease and the festival raises money for research into the disorder.

Megan Doherty   Saturday's Gundaroo Music Festival will feature Mental as Anything and Angry Anderson, kids activities and a fireworks display. And all in support of a cause close to the community's heart.

Armed man robs soccer club

CCTV footage of the man who robbed the Belconnen Soccer Club in August.

Police are urging anyone who witnessed a man steal cash from Belconnen Soccer Club in McKellar in August to come forward.

Canberra to get Australia's first suburb powered by solar

solar power

Emma Kelly   Denman Prospect will be the first suburb in Australia requiring solar panels on every home.

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Public service peace talks at last

Public service minister Michaelia Cash met with the CPSU this week.

Noel Towell   'After 18 months, it's positive that they're willing to talk': Michaelia Cash, Nadine Flood held talks in Melbourne this week.

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Refugee whistleblower to speak out about abuses on Nauru

Nauru whistle-blower and former Save the Children worker Toby (Tobias) Gunn will speak about his experiences at a protest in Canberra at the weekend.

Ross Peake   Refugee whistleblower speaks out ahead of Canberra rally

Virtuosic skill combined with erudition

Erin Helyard performs in the <i>Vienna - The Land of the Clavier!</i> concert, presented by Friends of the School of Music.

Jennifer Gall   Erin Helyard's celebration of Viennese piano technology of the 18th and 19th centuries was a delight.

Anti-Poverty Week in Canberra wants to focus on the battlers

Jeremy Halcrow, co-chair of Anti-Poverty Week ACT, outside a Braddon youth housing project run by Anglicare and Barnados.

Ross Peake 11:45 PM   Anti-Poverty Week in Canberra wants to focus on the battlers

Adam Stankevicius new artsACT and Events ACT director

Adam Stankevicius is the new director of ArtsACT and Events ACT.

Clare Colley   Former Centenary of Canberra general manager Adam Stankevicius will head up a combined artsACT and Events ACT as the new director of the two agencies.

Gang-gang. War Memorial honours 'four-legged soldiers' and handlers


Ian Warden   The genius of Ewen Coates' sculpture Evolution of the Senses dedicated at the Australian War Memorial on Thursday lies in the way in which it has a man and a dog looking lovingly into one another's eyes

Firies talk tactics to prevent repeat of nursing home tragedy

A room at the Quakers Hill nursing home after the fire of November 18, 2011.

Stephen Jeffery   Strategies to prevent a tragedy on the scale of a Sydney nursing home inferno that killed 14 people dominated discussions at a fire safety conference in Canberra yesterday .

Injured taxi driver defrauded Comcare of $60,000


Megan Gorrey   An injured Canberra worker who made false statements about his new job as a taxi driver fraudulently claimed more than $60,000 in worker's compensation, a court has heard.

Public servants brace for pension shock

The key force weighing on the market was falling commodity prices, which dragged the materials and energy sector 4.6 per cent and 3.5 per cent lower respectively.

Noel Towell   Public service retirees say any move against their pensions would be unfair and ill-informed.

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New domestic violence force for ACT police

ACT Assistant Police Commissioner Rudi Lammers with Jason Kennedy, Joanne Cameron and Rob Wilson - new dedicated family violence and community safety teams designed to strengthen the response to domestic abuse.

Megan Gorrey   ACT Policing has announced new dedicated family violence and community safety teams in a sweeping restructure designed to strengthen its response to domestic abuse.

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Westside container village left a wallflower at Floriade

Westside Acton Park on a Thursday morning.

Emma Macdonald   The promised throngs of new customers to Canberra's beleaguered Westside container village have largely failed to materialise despite high hopes from the ACT Government that Floriade would see the village rebirthed.

‘Our people need healing, not jail’

Ngunnawal elder Aunty Agnes Shea lends a hand at the construction of the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm, a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Katie Burgess   Construction is underway for an eight-bed indigenous bush retreat for drug and alcohol rehabilitation near Tharwa.