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Parents call for more organ donors after daughter's life-saving kidney transplant

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM    It was the ultimate gift from a stranger that gave little Ava a second chance at life.

Canberra's biggest fishing weekend hooks many

Adam Samios and Sasha Booker try their luck at Orana Bay in Yarralumla during the  Pride of the Perch fishing competition on Lake Burley Griffin.

Clare Sibthorpe 11:30 PM   Fishing fanatic Adam Siosis has travelled to most of Australia's major lakes for fishing competitions, but he's passionate about encouraging more participation of the sport in the capital.

Natural burial site opens at Gungahlin Cemetery

A natural burial site in Kemps Creek, Sydney.

Natasha Boddy, Emma Kelly 11:45 PM   Environmentally conscious Canberrans will now have the option of pushing up daisies in a whole new way and enter the afterlife as naturally as possible.

New agenda calls for action to transform Canberra's struggling CBD

Impact Comics employee Jaisun admires the street art in Tocumwal Lane. The new agenda proposes  making Civic's laneways safer, and sites for art and music.

Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   Installing a big screen in Garema Place, enlivening laneways and developing population density targets among a sweep of measures proposed to transform Canberra's struggling CBD.

ACT anti-domestic violence boss calls for better information sharing across sector

Family violence crisis support groups have called for better information sharing across the sector to help improve the ACT's response to domestic abuse.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   The ACT government will seek to strike a balance between victim safety with privacy concerns as it eyes better ways of sharing information to help combat domestic violence.

Thousands descend on Canberra for climate march

More than 6000 people turned out for the People's Climate March in Canberra on Sunday.

Natasha Boddy 6:16 PM   Thousands of people have descended on Parliament House for the climate march. 

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Government defends plans to combine public trustee and public guardian

Attorney-General Simon Corbell has defended a plan to merge Public Trustee and guardians.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Government defends plans to combine public trustee and public guardian, denying decisions will be made on cost.

Concerns illicit experimentation 'almost expected' among today's teens

Daramalan College student Sarah Larkin.

Megan Gorrey 12:01 AM   More than 29 per cent of ACT respondents aged 15 to 19 have identified alcohol and drugs as the nation's top problem.

The local software saving lives

Each year, up to 230,000 hospitalisations are attributed to medication misadventure, says Medicines Australia.

Katie Burgess 11:45 PM   A medication system developed in the ACT could save lives and millions of dollars.

'No city can survive without food'

Alpaca farming, a Canberra rural industry.

Kirsten Lawson 11:45 PM   Farmers say the 'food bowl of Canberra is being trampled' by the need for urban sprawl.

Decade-long development debacle

The Currong Apartments in the city, being demolished and offered to the market.

Kirsten Lawson 11:45 PM   Cabinet rushed to market with the Currong public housing in 2004 in the face of warnings from bureaucrats.

Couple escape injury after car rollover in the Brindabellas

ACT ambulance

The Canberra Times

10:24 AM   A couple has escaped serious injury after their car rolled in the Brindabellas on Sunday morning. 

Fatal crash on Monaro Highway, south of Royalla

Scene of a fatal crash on the Monaro Highway.

Georgina Connery   A 65-year-old man has died in a crash involving three motorcycles 5km south of the intersection with the Monaro Highway and Old Cooma Road.

Closing the book on the Read Around Canberra program


Date: November 20 2015
The Canberra Times
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
The Read Around Canberra program members Pat Horswell, Ian McKenzie, Sally Grimes and Caroline Lemerle, a book club held at several local libraries, stops at the end of the year

Mary Lynn Mather   Popular book club Read Around Canberra will no longer be hosted by Libraries ACT, to the dismay of its loyal members.

Underground oil tanks to be removed from five schools

The excavation site for the removal of the two heater oil storage tanks at Erindale College.

Matthew Raggatt   The program to remove or decommission 22 underground oil storage tanks from Canberra public schools will soon be completed.

Canberra shows support with red ribbon events on World AIDS Day

Sunday. AIDS Action Council patron, John Mackay and executive director Philippa Moss are promoting World AIDS Day on December 1st.?November 27th.?2015 The Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.


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Mary Lynn Mather   On Tuesday people across the globe will be wearing red ribbons, in solidarity with those who are living with HIV and in memory of those who have died.

Man who stabbed woman, made kill threat refused bail

A 45-year-old man allegedly stabbed and punched a woman and swung a baseball bat at her.

Matthew Raggatt   A Dickson man who allegedly stabbed a woman he was in a casual relationship with, threatened to kill her and broke a window in an attempt to escape police has been refused bail. 

Auction watch: Canberra buyers spring into action

Auctioneer Frank Pompeani at the 45 Springvale Street auction.

Georgina Connery   Canberra real estate agents say this spring auction season has been the strongest yet.

Soccer beats netball as Australia's top sport for girls


Date: November 28 2015
The Canberra Times
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Players from the Bindabella Blues junior girls academy Sarah Bailey,14, Amber Lalor,14, and Nikita Hewlett,13. A new national report shows that more young girls aged between 6-14 are now playing soccer than netball.

Georgina Connery   It seems there's been an exodus of young female players from netball courts across the country with new research finding more girls are now playing soccer.

Canberra Hospital calls for donations for Christmas trees

Harley Cusbert, 6, decorating a tree from The Christmas Tree Truck, which will provide 30-35 artificial trees for Canberra Hospital to be sponsored by the public.

Matthew Raggatt   Artificial Christmas trees are being used for the hospital because infection control is an issue in the ward and clinical areas. Matthew Raggatt explains.

GIVIT gives charities and donors the gift they really wanted

Hepatitis ACT executive officer John Didlick, GIVIT media manager Kayla Brereton and community educator Kerrie McKenzie with the donated items.

Georgina Connery   GIVIT an online platform connecting people in need with those willing to give is looking to expand in the ACT.

Community rallies around Abbie Mewburn's grieving family after vandal attack

The memorial to Abbie Mewburn, a former student of Holy Family Primary School in Gowrie, was vandalised recently. At the site is her older sister 12-year-old Micaela Mewburn of Monash and one of Abbie's school friends, Lucas Ryan, 7,  of Isabella Plains.

Georgina Connery   The community has rallied around the family of a Holy Family Primary School student whose memorial was vandalised.

Two-storey Mr Fluffy dual occupancies being forgotten

An empty block of land in Torrens,where a Mr Fluffy home was demolished.

Matthew Raggatt   New Fluffy blocks are offering new challenges and may destroy character it is alleged.

Night shift nurses call for equal rates after pay 'oversight'

ACT Health Minister Simon Corbell disputes the claim there was an oversight in raising a night penalty rate.

Matthew Raggatt   Nurses working the overnight 12-hour shift at Canberra Hospital have attacked the ACT government for failing to fix an "oversight" which has cost them more than $1000 each a year. 

With God on his side, or to the side?

One of five Labor candidates preselected in  Ginninderra, Gordon Ramsay, at Kippax Uniting Church on Friday.

Matthew Raggatt   We talk to the Labor candidate trying to swap the pulpit for a seat in Parliament next year.

Tributes flow for a 'remarkable' teacher

Celebrated Canberra teacher Patricia Cooper made a lasting impact on the Canberra community

Clare Sibthorpe   In 44 years of teaching in Canberra, Cooper touched a lot of lives.

Plug-in stations, incentives could supercharge electric car use

Tesla Supercharger program manager Evan Beaver at the charge station in Wodonga, Victoria.

Stephen Jeffery   Installing more battery-recharge stations would boost electric-car use in the ACT, a German research centre says.

'It was like living in a heavily armed lunatic asylum'

Major Stuart McCarthy is calling for a public inquiry into the ADF's use of antimalarial drug mefloquine.

Henry Belot 10:30 PM   Australian soldiers are being given drugs that have been deemed illegal in this country. Stuart has had enough.

'I have lost my kids, I will stab you'

News.  Canberra resident Goch Kot was travelling in a taxi on Thursday night when his driver was attacked by a man with a knife.

Michael Inman   Canberra man pleads guilty to injuring two people during a random machete attack earlier this month.

Dog attacks put three Canberrans in hospital every week

Canberra boy Jack Hartigan was attacked by two dogs in 2011 and has filed civil action against the ACT government.

Clare Sibthorpe and Michael Inman   Almost 250 dog attacks were reported to the ACT government in the past year, with 153 resulting in hospital treatment and 116 dogs seized.

Man flees 'suspicious' fire in O'Connor home

ACT firefighters are trying to save a house in O'Connor.

A fire which forced a man to flee his north Canberra home deemed suspicious by police investigators.

Award winners foster inclusive Canberra

'Everybody is just thinking the NDIS will fix all of this, but the truth is it won't': Advocacy for Inclusion general manager Christina Ryan.

The Green Shed, Project Independence, Canberra Community Housing, a rising young actor and a long-time disability advocate are among the winners of the 2015 ACT Chief Minister Inclusion Awards.

Canberra claims sparkling world record for most lights on a Christmas tree

Edi Lupton, 9, and Cat Lupton 11 beneath the record-breaking light-covered Christmas tree.

Emma Kelly   Another Canberra Christmas, another sparkling world record.

Sporting community backs Elijah Arranz

The sporting community has rallied behind Canberra athlete and basketballer Elijah Arranz.

Emma Kelly   Hundreds of Canberrans have raised more than $15,000 for Elijah Arranz.

Canberra public housing tenants welcome relocation to newer homes

Canberra public housing resident Laurel Dakin recently moved from Nortbourne Avenue to Ainslie.

Tom McIlroy   News of the imminent demolition of parts of the Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct this week has not worried former Owen Flats resident Laurel Dakin. 

Rescue helicopter crews gear up for summer

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter crew members Sean Orsborn, John Costin and pilot Sam Wilson will be part of boosted patrols at South Coast beaches over summer.

Megan Gorrey   Search and rescue crews on the South Coast are ready and raring to go if beach activities go awry – but they'd rather not encounter you.

Hindmarsh Drive lane closures due to road works

Road works

Drivers will have to watch out for lane closures on Hindmarsh Drive on Saturday due to resealing works.

Jackson dancer back returns to Canberra for birthday bash

Alex Carson has gone from lessons Canberra's Dance Central to sharing a stage with Janet Jackson.

Jil Hogan   It's a long way from dancing on a stage in Phillip to sharing the stage with Janet Jackson, but dancer Alex Carson has done just that.

Currong and Allawah flats sites for sale

The Currong Apartments

Tom McIlroy   The ACT government will sell the sites of the rundown Currong and Allawah flats in central Canberra in February.

The leopard of Lonsdale Street

Catlina Vera Vera (left) and Taylor Cichacz (right) with actress Margot Robbie at Rebel Muse in Braddon.

Jil Hogan   ​Aussie actress and Hollywood star Margot Robbie caused a bit of a stir when she was spotted in Braddon last weekend.

Tickled pink

Paul Walshe and Dorothy Service at the 2015 Global Illumination Pink Dinner on October 22 at Hyatt Hotel, Canberra.

Jil Hogan   Canberrans Paul Walshe and Dorothy Service have been recognised in Sydney for their contribution to breast cancer research.

The countdown is on

Saskwatch will headline the New Year's Eve 2015 celebrations in Canberra.

Jil Hogan   As the clock counts down to midnight on New Year's Eve 2015, two fireworks displays and free live music will again light up Civic.

Gang-gang. City to twitch to Bollywood dance and Handel's 'Messiah.'


Ian Warden 11:45 PM   The artist confirms she thinks of Drongo as a him (cow-like teats and all).

Polly Borland and Emma Borland together at Canberra Glassworks

Diver,  by Emma Borland.

Clare Colley   Photographer Polly Borland and her younger sister Emma Borland share their quirky view of the world in a Canberra Glassworks show.

Love is a battlefield

Artist eX de Medici (right) in front of her work 'Shotgun wedding dress' which is now on display at the National Gallery of Australia.

Jil Hogan   It's one of the newest additions to the National Gallery of Australia, and you'd certainly struggle to walk past it without paying attention.