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Raiders keen to return to 'spiritual home' of Northbourne Oval

Kyle Mackey-Laws 11:45 PM   The Canberra Raiders hope to be operating out of a new development at their 'spiritual home' of Northbourne Oval by the end of 2017.

The adventure of a lifetime

35 year old auto electrician Tim Kiernan of Wanniassa is entering his 1985 BMW K100 motorcycle in the Scrapheap Adventure Ride in September to raise money for Down Syndrome NSW.

Katie Burgess 11:45 PM   Wanniassa's Tim Kiernan is part of a team of motorcycle enthusiasts dubbed The Hillbillies riding to Urana, 100km south-west of Wagga Wagga, for the Scrapheap Adventure Ride.

Canberra man whose wife has MS contributes to $60b worth of annual unpaid care in Australia

Jim Quick, with Patricia, is one of hundreds of thousands of primary carers, most of whom provide 24 hour support for someone in need.

Clare Sibthorpe 11:45 PM   Unpaid carers in Australia provide over $1 billion worth of support and assistance each week, according to a new report from Carers Australia.

Drug overdose prevention trial a 'trailblazing success'

Sione Crawford and Carrie Fowlie have campaigned for the availabilty of naloxone for use in drug overdoses.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   An Australian trial that has equipped users with take-home naloxone kits has saved more than 50 Canberrans from heroin and opioid overdoses.

Calvary Health Care and Medibank heal rift over contract negotiations

Calvary Hospital at Bruce.

John Thistleton 8:26 PM   Insurer and Calvary patch up differences over insurance contract.

Spring warmth welcome after coldest winter in 15 years

Matilda Hodder, 4, with her parents Emma and Jarrod Hodder getting ready for spring.

Megan Doherty 11:45 PM   After enduring the coldest winter in 15 years and wettest winter in 10 years, Canberrans are looking forward to the arrival of spring - finally - on Tuesday.

About Town: Sunday at the footy in Canberra

Dianne Sheehan,  Kerry Teague and Georgia Teague of Goulburn
watching the Canberra Raiders Cup preliminary final.

5:53 PM   Footy fans flocked to support their teams at the Canberra Raiders Cup on Sunday.

Self-driving cars cheaper and better than light rail: expert

Could self-driving cars help solve Canberra's traffic problems?

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Technology for Canberra's light rail line could be superseded by self-driving cars before construction is completed and trams could be more expensive and less effective in dealing with transport demand, new research has shown 

Former staffer Chris Steel joins Labor preselection fight in Murrumbidgee

Labor preselection candidate Chris Steel

Tom McIlroy 11:45 PM   Education campaigner and former ACT Labor staffer Chris Steel will stand for party preselection for next year's ACT election.

Public servants go thirsty as depts' budgets dry up

black coffee

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Public servants in Canberra have been told to buy their own office tea and coffee as the Abbott Government's cutbacks start to bite.

Pokies trading scheme begins Monday

Poker machines.

Kirsten Lawson 11:45 PM   For the first time, clubs can buy and sell poker machines

Staff rate ANU poorly on leadership and change

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young at the Australian National University.

Emma Macdonald 11:45 PM   An internal staff survey at the Australian National University provides damning results for management.

Drivers warned as Canberra speed camera network extended

The government is assessing 30 new speed camera sites.

Tom McIlroy 11:45 PM   Speeding drivers on ACT roads have been put on notice as the government moves to expand the number of speed camera sites.

ACT government calls for a no-fly zone to stop drones delivering drugs to prison

The ACT government has called on authorities to restrict the airspace above Canberra's prison so drones cannot be used to deliver contraband to inmates.

Henry Belot   One bid to smuggle contraband to prisons using a drone occurred in Victoria with more attempts expected.

Tuggeranong DHS offices tipped to sell for $70m-plus

Selling agents say the major refurbishments have left the buildings in "as new" condition.

Matthew Raggatt   Interstate and international investors tipped to buy lakeside block.

Invite-only membership expands at sky-high lounge

A secluded dining room looks out to Canberra's north.

Matthew Raggatt   Canberrans have been keen on the territory's most exclusive club – if they have been lucky enough to get an invite

Builders and elderly get rare chance at private Belconnen land

David O'Keeffe, director of Woodhaven Investments, at the Belconnen Magpies Golf Club in Holt. The unused nine-hole section of the former 27-hole course is to be developed for housing.

Matthew Raggatt   The Holt Golf Course development is finally going ahead with blocks for sale at auction on Tuesday.

NCA welcomes scaled-back plan for Old Canberra Brickworks

An artist's impression of the park at the brickworks.

Georgina Connery   The community has welcomed the ACT government's dramatically scaled back proposal for the Old Canberra Brickworks redevelopment.

Bricks draw massive crowd again

"Light" rail was everywhere at the  6th annual Brick Expo at the Hellenic Club at Woden.

Matthew Raggatt   The eyes of thousands of children lit up again on Saturday as Canberra's annual tribute to the world's favourite creative building block delivered new surprises. 

Good help getting hard to find says Legacy chief

News.  Legacy Canberra president Bill Rolfe A.O. at home in Nicholls.   23 August 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

David Ellery   While age is claiming an ever-increasing number of Legacy's workers every year a new generation of helpers is stepping in to fill the breach.

Schoolmates support Tara Costigan Foundation with cinema premiere

Year 6 students, from left, Mitchell Schmidt aged 11 of Oxley,  Brianna Gray aged 11 of Monash and Lucy Cunningham aged 11 of Kambah are school friends of Tara Costigan's sons who are putting together a special preview screening of Blinky Bill the movie at Limelight Cinemas in Tuggeranong to raise money for the Tara Costigan Foundation.

Georgina Connery   Schoolmates of Tara Costigan's sons rally behind the foundation created in her memory by hosting a charity premiere screening of Blinky Bill The Movie.

Teens put heads together for business innovation start-up camp

Orana Steiner School year 7 and 8 students Grace Andlee, Josh Edye, Lucy Roberts, Adam Parinos and Will Ilbery will be taking part in a start-up camp for teens.

Mary Lynn Mather   High school whiz-kids are being offered a weekend crash course in creative business skills.

Textile artist connects with fabric of nature for park residency

Craft ACT artist-in-residence Ruth Hingston in her studio.

Mary Lynn Mather   Craft ACT artist-in-residence Ruth Hingston's work links the National Archives of Australia to the Namadgi National Park.

Canberra's winning Geek continues his fun run for the 18th year

Canberran Jeremy Reading.

Georgina Connery   Canberra's former Beauty and the Geek Australia winner Jeremy Reading will take part in the Canberra Times Fun Run as his final training event before he competes in Las Vegas at 2015 World's Toughest Mudder.

Taxi drivers face 'surrender zone' if Uber approved, chairman says

Uber's smartphone app system has provided millions of trips across Australia, despite being illegal.

Matthew Raggatt   An advocate for the city's cab drivers has warned the entry of Uber could cost some taxi drivers their jobs.

Suicide strategy promises 20 per cent fall in deaths and self-harm

Winnunga Nimmityjah chief executive Julie Tongs.

Matthew Raggatt   Suicide-prevention experts have outlined a new plan to save lives.

Spence 7 Eleven store robbed by armed man

CCTV footage of the man who robbed the Spence 7 Eleven store.

A man armed with a pistol and a hammer robbed the Spence 7 Eleven store early Saturday morning.

Blockbuster says Netflix no threat as Kingston store closes

Blockbuster says Netflix no threat as Kingston store closes

Henry Belot   Providing new releases will keep Blockbuster competitive with the likes of Netflix or Stan, director says.

Heartbeats new and old

Peter Papathanasiou and his parents with his newborn son.

Peter Papathanasiou   The delight of the birth of a first child came at the same time as a health emergency for the baby's grandfather.