Latest ACT News

Art festival to expand from West Basin to the ANU

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   A much loved artistic festival is set to return to Canberra in March and expand its reach to the Australian National University, the National Museum of Australia and a pop-up village made of shipping containers on the shores of West Basin.

Education and care workers' passion awarded

9:30 PM   Some of Canberra's most passionate childcare, early learning and after school care workers have been recognised for their contributions to education and care in the ACT.

Ice-smoking driver allegedly wiped snot on police car seats

Hard drug: Methamphetamine, or ice.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   A 39-year-old man who admitted to smoking ice before driving his car is alleged to have wiped snot on the seat of a police car before making pig noises and saying “I’m speaking you language”.

Renewed push for HIV awareness

aids ribbon

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   A rise in HIV infections among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, especially women and drug users, is behind a renewed push to raise awareness of the incurable disease. 

Canberra junior cricketers pay tribute to Phillip Hughes

Coach Tony Allen gives his Eastlake U10s black armbands and some time to reflect on the life of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes.

Emma Kelly and Lee Gaskin 11:45 PM   Canberra's junior cricketers have returned to the pitch to celebrate the life of Phillip Hughes who for so many helped inspire their love of the game.

Canberra University professor arrested at coal mine protest

Civil disobedience: Professor Colin Butler was arrested at the Gunnedah coal-processing plant on Wednesday.

Scherry Bloul 11:30 PM   A Canberra University professor has become the second Canberra academic to be arrested protesting against expansion of coal mining in Australia.

Walk to raise money for brain cancer

Raising awareness: Brain cancer survivor Sarah Mamalai (wearing purple) with Wallaroo Louise Burrows and Wallaby captain and Brumby Stephen Moore ahead of the Walk4Brain Cancer event on Sunday.

Jil Hogan 11:30 PM   Brain cancer survivor Sarah Malamai was given a death sentence by doctors but seven years later she is in the 5 per cent of people with the disease who have beaten the odds.

Opera stars to come out as sun goes down

Voices in the Forest rehearsal with Peter Coleman-Wright, Simon O'Neill and Inessa Galante.

Ron Cerabona 7:53 PM   The three featured soloists in this year's Voices in the Forest concert festival have been remarkably free of diva displays at rehearsal, says artistic director Chris Latham.

Canberra-born ballerina takes out top ballet prize

Azoury beat five finalists for the $20,000 cash prize, announced on stage at the Sydney Opera House after the Australian Ballet's final dress rehearsal for The Nutcracker on Thursday night.

Sally Pryor 11:30 PM   When Dimity Azoury was a little girl, she used to look at a photo of Marilyn Rowe, Australia's first Prima Ballerina, and dream of one day being like her.

David Eastman to be retried for murder

Historical case: David Eastman's arrest at his home.

Jack Waterford 11:30 PM   The announcement comes six months after an independent review of Eastman's 1995 conviction found he had been denied a fair trial and a fair chance of acquittal.

Murderer sentenced to 12 months for prison guard bashing

Jail generic

Christopher Knaus 7:33 PM   A violent murderer has been sentenced to 12 months jail for the unprovoked bashing of a prison guard last year.

DHS says more bosses will ease its woes


Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Human Services boss to increase numbers of mandarins in the already large department.

Plane crash near Lake Jindabyne


7:14 PM   No one injured after plane crashes shortly after taking off at Kalkite.

Bolts to be checked by company in Catanzariti construction-death case

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

Christopher Knaus 7:02 PM   A company accused of poor maintenance says US-supplied bolts may offer an alternative theory.

Man charged with cheating a casino by trick

Gambling revenue in Macau has plunged 23 per cent in October.

Henry Belot 7:01 PM   A 34-year-old man has been charged with two counts of cheating a casino by trick and two other counts of cheating.

Katy Gallagher indicates support for publicly funded home birth system

Home birth.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has called for more funding and midwifery support to allow more ACT women to have properly supervised home births. 

Claims Goulburn police academy recruits unprepared to use firearms

Teachers at the Police Academy say recruits are being left dangerously unprepared for crime-fighting duties.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Lives are being put at risk on NSW streets because of a dumbing-down of teaching programs at the state's Police Academy, according to insiders at the training college.

Driving Miss Maisie

2-week-old Maisie was born on the side of Gunghalin Drive

Natasha Boddy 6:29 PM   Little Maisie Bowyer couldn't wait any longer to make her debut in the world, so her parents delivered her on the side of the road.

Theatre review

Inspiring journey through a vanished suburb

Slice of life: Members of GOLD dancing in <i>Anthology</i>.

Peter Wilkins 11:45 PM   A new site-specific theatrical installation pays tribute to the people who loved, lived and played on the land now known as Stirling Park.

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Funny business in the classroom

Piri Goodman (19) and Cecilia Martin (18) who have been accepted to study the highly coveted Bachelor of Circus Arts at the National Institute of Circus Arts in 2015.

Jil Hogan 6:30 PM   Two Canberrans have been accepted into the National Institute of Circus Arts.

ACT Chief Minister reiterates her determination to demolish every Mr Fluffy house

Ms Gallagher told an Assembly inquiry into the Fluffy buyback that she had received "very clear legal advice" that properties could be acquired compulsorily.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has restated her determination to demolish every Mr Fluffy home, and warned homeowners that if they don't take up the offer by June next year they could face compulsory acquisition.

Googong and Tralee the winners from Fluffy buyback, says real Estate Institute

Brianna Heseltine, Founder and spokesperson of the Fluffy
Owners and Residents' Action Group, appears at the hearing.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   The new NSW suburbs of Googong and Tralee will be the winners from the Mr Fluffy buyback, the head of the Real Estate Institute of the ACT, Ron Bell, has warned, with little land available in the ACT.

Canberra lights up Christmas with record display

Electrician Joshua Austin from Shepherd Electrical helps install lights that are part of the world record attempt at Petrie Plaza.

8:45 PM    With more than 1 million LED lights in its display, Petrie Plaza is the spirit of Christmas.

Canberra mothers skydiving for charity

Sky-diving mums: Maya Myers, Rachel Mallia, Heidi Porotschnig, Lauren Jackson and Kate Deakin, with baby Rachel.

Scherry Bloul 5:00 PM   Canberra mothers will jump 14,000 feet out of a plane to raise money for charity.

See your life-changing moments on stage

Canberra Playback Theatre: front from left, Ali Clinch, Ian Wood and Liz O' Neill, Back from left, Robin Davidson and Chris Stanilewicz.

Ron Cerabona 4:59 PM   Come and share your experiences and see them re-enacted live on stage.

The Lifeline Bookfair at Calwell


4:40 PM   The Lifeline Bookfair will open its doors again on Saturday for its second day.

Students treated after spill in school science laboratory

Paramedics treat students and teachers after an explosion between sugar and sulphuric acid in a year 9 class at Burgman Anglican School in Gungahlin.

Primrose Riordan 4:35 PM   Firefighters and intensive care paramedics took thirteen students to hospital after a sulphuric acid explosion.

Motorcyclist sustains spinal injuries in Charnwood crash


4:32 PM   A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital with spinal injuries after crashing into a tree in Charnwood.

Christmas Fair Fundraiser for Newborn Intensive Care at the Canberra Hospital

Canberra Hospital

3:56 PM   The Christmas Fair Fundraiser for Newborn Intensive Care is to beld at Majura Park carpark on Saturday.

Aspiring Canberra filmmaker nominated for award

Nominated: Mike Ridley made his first film when he was about 12 years old.

Natasha Boddy 11:30 PM   Canberra teenager has two movies nominated for 19th Bond University Film and Television Awards on Saturday.