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'So, so hard to believe she's gone': family pays tribute

Canberrans have rallied to raise money for Tara Costigan's children.

Christopher Knaus 8:47 PM   Tara Costigan put her three children above all else, right till the end, her family says.

'This has touched all of Canberra': friends and strangers raise thousands for Tara's kids

 Emma Luke, of Captains Flat, with Jennelle McAppion, of Theodore, and Cass Grame, of Queanbeyan, who are raising funds in honour of Tara Costigan.

Primrose Riordan 8:38 PM   A campaign to raise money for the children of domestic violence victim Tara Costigan has spread rapidly across the capital.

Ball rolling on UC growth

University of Canberra Vice Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Parker

Emma Macdonald 8:26 PM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr and University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker will on Wednesday sign a Statement of Strategic Intent, committing the government to legislative changes that vary the Crown lease and Territory Plan to allow massive commercial growth within the university’s Bruce precinct.

Domestic violence workers see spike in demand for services after Tara Costigan death

Tara Costigan: "Our whole family is just devastated," her grandmother says.

Christopher Knaus 7:43 PM   The ACT's domestic violence crisis service has seen a spike in demand for support and information since the killing of Tara Costigan, 28.

Student remembered with Lego expo and competition

Year 10 Woden school student Jack Froggatt, 15, plays with some Lego in memory of student Mark Roberts who died last year due to complications from muscular dystrophy.

Mark Sawa 6:23 PM   A school community and Lego enthusiasts have come together for an expo and competition in memory of student Mark Roberts.

Woolworths store smashed, cash stolen in Dunlop

A screen grab from CCTV footage showing the men breaking into the Woolworths at Dunlop

6:22 PM   New video has been released after three men were allegedly involved in robbing and smashing the front doors of a Woolworths store in Dunlop on February 12.

Belconnen community responds to master plan call out

Many submissions call for better use of the lake foreshore.

Mark Sawa 6:02 PM   Residents, community groups and businesses have voiced their opinion on the direction of Belconnen’s town centre over the coming decades. More than 220 pages of recommendations were released under the Freedom of Information Act to The Chronicle.

Google Trekker meets G For George at the war memorial

Google Trekker Operator Richard Elwasfi, and Google Australia Spokesman Johnny Luu

David Ellery 5:36 PM   Every child, young and old, who has ever stared at the Australian War Memorial’s G For George Lancaster bomber and wondered what would be like to see inside can now live the dream.

Signs say no fines for parking bandits

A parking sign in the parliamentary triangle - but does it mean no parking or free parking?

Phillip Thomson 4:46 PM   Punctuation courses for public servants have come at a good time.

Stoush looms over the state of Pialligo Avenue

Stoush looms over state of Pialligo Avenue.

Kimberley Granger 4:43 PM   The upgrade of Pialligo Avenue, one of the roads that joins Canberra and Queanbeyan, is a matter for immediate attention and urgent action, according to some Queanbeyan City councillors.

Economists ignore the crowd

We are a nation of city-dwellers. Australia is one of the most urbanised countries in the world.

Ross Gittins 9:00 PM   It's remarkable how few new ideas most economists get. They look at the world the way they always have.

Dunne used Samoa trip to preach zero tolerance of corruption

Vicki Dunne used Samoa trip to preach zero tolerance of corruption

Kirsten Lawson 2:58 PM   Speaker has referred Joy Burch to standards commissioner, having delivered a critique of MPs' ethics when she spoke at a conference in Samoa last year.

Man taken to Canberra Hospital with chest pains

SnowyHydro SouthCare

2:20 PM   A man has been winched to safety by the Snowy Hydro Southcare helicopter on Tuesday afternoon after suffering chest pains next to the Molonglo River.

Fire at Access Recycling facility Lithgow Street Fyshwick

Smoke bellows from the Fyshwick fire.

1:45 PM   Firefighters have warned of possible toxic smoke from a fire at a recycling facility in Fyshwick.

Pay parking boosts Canberra's bus patronage

Pay parking has boosted patronage on ACTION buses.

Tom McIlroy 12:35 PM   Canberra's maligned bus network has attracted thousands more passengers each day since pay parking was introduced.

The Code unlocks ACT Government funding

Capital idea: The Code is a local political thriller set in Canberra.

Tom McIlroy 12:04 PM   Filming of a second season of ABC TV's hit thriller will begin in Canberra this year. 

Calwell murder victim had sought protection from ex-partner

Tara Costigan: "Our whole family is just devastated," her grandmother says.

Christopher Knaus 11:16 AM   Mother of week-old baby sought court protection from her ex-partner the day before he allegedly murdered her.

Evita sings again

Tony Falla as Juan Peron and Kelly Turnbull as Evita Peron in "Evita".

Ron Cerabona 9:51 AM   The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical returns in its first Canberra Philharmonic Society production since 1988.

Woman trapped after four vehicle crash

A woman was cut out of a car after the crash on Canberra Ave.

9:47 AM   Emergency services had to cut the roof off a car to rescue a woman after a crash involving three cars and a motorbike.

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Manuka Childcare Centre can't afford Canberra Services Club land swap

Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre pre-schoolers, from left, James Smiles, Julia Armstrong and Hugo Peat, all 4.

Emma Kelly 8:56 AM   It's the perfect piece of land just around the corner but there's one big problem: the centre can't afford to move there.

Light rail advocate new chair of the ACT Heritage Council

David Flannery

Tom McIlroy 7:58 AM   Light rail advocate David Flannery has been named as the government's choice to lead the ACT Heritage Council, two weeks after the body stymied plans for demolition of the Northbourne Housing precinct as part of the development.

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Canberra business calls for wider Comcare changes

Canberra Business Chamber chief executive Chris Faulks says private and community sector employers face "spiralling" premium costs.

Tom McIlroy   Canberra's business leaders have called for a review of workers compensation schemes after the ACT Government said it would withdraw from the troubled federal insurer Comcare. 

Canberra property values on the rise

Going: Home prices in Canberra have bounced back.

Primrose Riordan   Home prices rose 1.6 per cent in the past quarter, bouncing back after falling sharply last year.

Call for ACT government to help disadvantaged Canberrans quit smoking

A large proportion of smokers in the ACT are disadvantaged people.

Henry Belot   ANU research finds two-thirds of Australian smokers will be killed by their habit unless they are able to quit in coming years.

ACT Speaker Vicki Dunne's Samoa trip with husband costs $9000

ACT Assembly Speaker Vicki Dunne's week-long trip with her husband to Samoa last year cost the taxpayer $9000.

Kirsten Lawson   Vicki Dunne took husband Lyle Dunne on a week-long trip to Samoa in June and July last year, three months after the ban on spouse travel, the trip cost $9000, of which $4100 was for Mr Dunne's travel

Public servants face fast-track to the sack

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Canberra.

Noel Towell   More than 8000 Immigration Department public servants are to be stripped of some of their rights to unfair dismissal appeals as part of the formation of the Australian Border Force.

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Canberra Grammar gets federal funding to beef up security

A large campus and 1750 student body has prompted Canberra Grammar School to seek Commonwealth funding to install security cameras

Emma Macdonald   Canberra Grammar School is believed to have been included in an $18 million Commonwealth-funded national security upgrade for schools who face "attack, harassment, or violence caused by racial or religious intolerance".

Half a million for today's baby to pay for tomorrow's degree

High cost of university.

Emma Macdonald 12:01 AM   Living at home is the most effective way to keep university costs down, but not everybody can do that.

'Only the luck of the Irish will save them': Tough talk before World Cup showdown at Manuka Oval

Latief Mazema (left),of Jerrabomberra, and Shay Livingstone, of Ireland, will be at Manuka Oval in Canberra to see Ireland take on South Africa in the ICC World Cup cricket match.

Henry Belot 11:45 PM   Canberra’s Irish community will be hoping for the luck of their compatriots when their cricket team takes on the South Africans at Manuka Oval on Tuesday afternoon.