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Grass is greener in Gungahlin as families move north

Emma Kelly and Katie Burgess 9:00 PM    Young Canberrans and families are overlooking the original "nappy valley" for greener pastures across the lake as Gungahlin continues to drive Canberra's population growth.

AMA urges Canberrans to avoid unnecessary ED visits

AMA urge Canberrans to avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency department with staff working overtime

Henry Belot and Tom McIlroy 8:54 PM   The ACT Australian Medical Association has urged Canberrans to avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency department and praised the efforts of staff working overtime to meet demand.

Homeowners group rejects dual occupancy plan

An Assembly committee is considering plans to allow dual occupancy on Mr Fluffy house sites

Tom McIlroy and Henry Belot 8:54 PM   A Mr Fluffy homeowners group has rejected a proposal to allow affected blocks to be split into two, describing the moves as unfair and subjecting Canberra suburbs to risk of overdevelopment. 

Driver in fatal accident had ice in his system, court hears


Michael Inman 8:39 PM   The vision of Canberra driver in a fatal accident with a pedestrian could have been affected by the methylamphetamine in his system, a medical expert says.

Fun Run goers may face fines for parking on median strips, verges or footpaths

There'll be parking enforcement in place for Sunday's Canberra Times Fun Run.

Clare Sibthorpe 8:30 PM   The much-anticipated annual Canberra Times Fun Run is fast approaching, and the ACT government is reminding people to park only in authorised areas, exercise caution when crossing roads, and take advantage of shuttle buses.

Westpac team bringing choppers to the course

Westpac ACT regional general manager Daniel Flowers, his wife, Vanessa and daughter, Rebecca,4 of Wamboin.

Jil Hogan 8:30 PM   It won't be hard to spot Daniel Flowers on the 5km course of The Canberra Times Fun Run – he'll be the one dressed as a helicopter.

CFMEU knew of Kivalu corruption allegations, royal commission told

ACT CFMEU organiser Zac Smith at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption on Wednesday.

David Ellery 7:53 PM   Secret recordings show organisers discussing whether former organiser Halafihi "Fihi" Kivalu had been "leaning on" a contractor.

'It's like a house party, but no one knows where it's happening'

'It's just a beautiful area, it should be treasured': King O'Malley's Managing Director, Peter Barclay.

Alexandra Back, Katie Burgess 7:43 PM   Urban renewal on multiple fronts throughout Canberra has been at the expense of the older parts of Civic.

Major upgrade to get Captain Cook jet pumping

The Captain Cook Jet on Lake Burley Griffin was turned off because of a failure in its pumping system.

Emma Kelly 7:27 PM   Lake Burley Griffin's Captain Cook memorial jet will undergo a major upgrade but be out of action until the first half of next year

Very woolly sheep seeking shearer

The RSPCA says the sheep desperately needs a shear.

Alexandra Back 7:06 PM   The RSPCA desperately sought a shearer after a sheep with a mammoth coat appeared near Canberra.

Overseas students to fight for more hours of legal work

International students to campaign for more legal work hours after an investigation uncovered systemic wage fraud across Australian 7-Eleven stores.

Ross Peake 6:00 PM   The body representing international students says granting them more work hours will help avoid exploitation by employers.

Andrew Barr brushes off leaked unions polling on light rail

Andrew Barr’s Labor government can “absolutely” win next year’s ACT election

Tom McIlroy 5:59 PM   Andrew Barr says he will focus on improving transport infrastructure rather than get distracted by polls.

Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra September 4-6

<i>Ghosts in the Scheme</i> at Canberra Theatre.

Jil Hogan 5:16 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Burglar used stolen van to smash through club's outdoor smoking area

The scene of a burglary at the Sports Club Kaleen, where two men in a stolen van rammed through an outdoor smoking area in a failed attempt to gain entry.

Christopher Knaus 4:06 PM   Twenty-year-old rammed through an outdoor smoking area in failed burglary attempt.

Tuned in: Feel-good factor in 1980s pop revival

The Air Force Band takes a Mystery Flight.

Dan Bigna 2:44 PM   The revival touring circuit rolls on with 1980s Australian pop music the focus of a forthcoming Mix 106.3 sponsored show at the Royal Theatre in November featuring such notables as The Eurogliders, GANGgajang and Pseudo Echo. 

See your old furniture on stage at The Street Theatre


Natasha Rudra 1:53 PM   Do you have an old tape player and a sturdy chair? If so, the Street Theatre would love to borrow it.

Rich textures conjure ominous images

Mandy Martin has a spiritual connection with the landscape.

Clare Colley 1:30 PM   Mining, fire and climate change weigh heavily on artist Mandy Martin's mind in Beaver Galleries' exhibition.

Demolition of Fluffy fire house considered

The house at Neumayer St has been fenced off.

Emma Macdonald 1:10 PM   The future of a fire-damaged Mr Fluffy home in Page is in flux with authorities seeking to make contact with the owner, described by neighbours as a hoarder.

AFP presidential bodyguard denied compo

Australian Federal Police

Michael Inman 12:20 PM   Former AFP officer who claimed he suffered depression from acting as a bodyguard to the East Timorese president loses compensation bid.

Suspicious Kambah fire destroys garage, damages home

Fire brigade

11:53 AM   Police are treating a fire that gutted a Kambah garage and damaged a home Wednesday morning as suspicious.

Capital life

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

Nicola Dickson's Bauer Brocade King Parrots.

Clare Colley 11:46 AM   A round-up of what's happening in the Canberra arts scene for the week beginning September 5.

Mr Fluffy home goes up in flames

ACT Emergency Services investigate a house fire on Neumayer Street in Page.

Katie Burgess and Emma Kelly 10:40 AM   The case of a fire which tore through a Mr Fluffy house on Tuesday night has been referred to police.

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Emergency department staff working overtime to meet demand, prompting recruitment drive

Canberra Hospital emergency department  staff are working overtime as they await new recruits.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Staff at Canberra Hospital's emergency department have been working overtime to treat an increasing number of patients, prompting management to launch a recruitment drive.

Tuggeranong 'losing its soul' while Gungahlin prospers

Emmy Yager of Isabella Plains with her daughter Phoebe at Lake Tuggeranong.

Clare Sibthorpe and Alexandra Back 11:30 PM   Canberra is witnessing the death of its original "nappy valley" as mums and dads pack up their strollers to abandon Tuggeranong, but Gungahlin's population is soaring.

Metered response to new parking fees

Veronica Trow, 21 of Curtin said every extra dollar paid in parking adds up.

Katie Burgess 10:13 PM   As foodies and families lined up at the meter on Tuesday night, reactions to the new evening parking charges were mixed.

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Blossoms putting a spring in their steps

Maureen and Phil Adam, of Curtin, are enjoying spring and its cherry blossoms.

Katie Burgess and Megan Gorrey 10:09 PM   Canberra's wettest winter in a decade has made for a spectacular start to spring.

Union polling shows Labor vote 'soft' as light rail causes rethink

Artist's impressions of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy 9:50 PM   The union movement believes the Liberals are "winning the referendum" on light rail.

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Mum and kids hit the books after Smith Family leg-up

anayah Howe of Ngunnawal with her children who attend Ngunnawal Primary School from left, Demitrio aged 8 and Tyson aged 6.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   As a foster child growing up in Goulburn, Tanayah Howe tries not to remember her unhappy and disrupted school days. Now she is determined her sons will have a much better education.