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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 10:53 PM   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 11:30 PM   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 9:31 PM   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 11:30 PM   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 11:30 PM   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 5:53 PM   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 10:30 PM   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 11:00 PM   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 10:30 PM   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 9:30 PM   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 11:00 PM   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 11:30 PM   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 11:30 PM   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.

10:46 AM   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 10:30 PM   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 7:34 AM   The delight of the birth of a first child came at the same time as a health emergency for the baby's grandfather.

Canberrans encouraged to clean up their act in wake of Keep Australia Beautiful report

Nearly half of the litter items you'll see tossed around the Australian Capital Territory are cigarette butts.

Katie Burgess   Canberrans are a bunch of tossers – at least, according to the National Litter Index.

Canberra Times winter photo competition draws impressive last-minute entries

Marina McDonald, of Yarralumla, took this shot of the well-loved blue boat of Yarralumla Bay

Amy Sullivan   Things are heating up for The Canberra Times' winter photo competition as late entries impress.

Christine Anu plays anniversary show in Canberra

(L-R) Daniel Nguyen of Kingston and Scherry Bloul of Narrabundah.

About Town: Christine Anu celebrates 20 Years since Stylin' Up made its mark in Canberra.

Canberrans forced to pay as late-night parking fees hiked

Drivers will be slugged with late-night parking fees in Civic from September 1.

Megan Gorrey   Canberrans will have to pay more for a night out and small businesses could suffer as the ACT government ramps up evening fees at car parks throughout the city centre.

Yarralumla Brickworks plans slashed

An indicative artist impression of the park at the brickworks.

Meredith Clisby   The ACT government has slashed plans for the redevelopment of the Yarralumla Brickworks.

New evidence threatrens industrial death trial

The Catanzariti family. Barney, Ben and Kay. Ben died in a construction accident in Kingston in 2012.

Michael Inman   The prosecution of a maintenance company over the death of construction worker Ben Catanzariti in Kingston has been thrown into doubt with new tests on bolts.

Patients in new cancer hospital speak about treatment


Date: 28 August 2015
The Canberra Times
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Director of nursing Gaynor Stevenson with patient Peter Schumacher of Forde at the Regional Cancer Centre at the Canberra Hospital celebrating the centre's first birthday

Naomi Avery   "Brave" is the best word to describe Peter Schumacher.

Sheikh won't stand at next federal election for family and business reasons

Simon Sheikh

Tom McIlroy   High profile former Greens Senate candidate Simon Sheikh won't contest the 2016 federal election, 

ACT Housing turns property developer in Deakin

Housing construction.

Kirsten Lawson   The ACT government has entered the housing market boots and all in a Deakin development, building three townhouses to sell on the open market.

Canberra man's identity theft

Police officers.

A Canberra man has been charged with identity theft after allegedly using a fake driver's licence.

WWII veterans honoured at ANZAC ceremony

Clive Gesling, whose plane landed with empty tanks, was one of 50 local WWII veterans honoured.

Amy Sullivan   Second World War vets tell Amy Sullivan why they decided to enlist.

Operation Snow Safe nets a flurry of traffic fines

Police are patrolling roads leading to the snowfields such as Perisher's front valley until october 6.

Emma Kelly   The police's Operation Snow Safe, targeting speeding, impaired driving, seatbelt offences and driver fatigue, has resulted in almost 1500 traffic fines

Ultimate team obstacle challenge Night Attack run hits Canberra

From left, Eamon Ray of Scullin and Anth Ewan of McKellar.

Naomi Avery   The ultimate team obstacle challenge, Night Attack, got off to a brilliant start at Exhibition Park on Thursday night.