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Tim the Yowie Man: Alpine adventure

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TIM THE YOWIE MAN 12:15am Our adventurer is lured by a pair of sentinels that "guard" a secret valley at Namadgi National Park.

Plaka opening in Dickson signals new Greek age at site of ill-fated Copa

Owner of the new Plaka restaurant in Dickson, Michail Miras.

PRIMROSE RIORDAN 12:00am A 40-year-old Greek restaurant will reopen at the site of the Copa Brazilian in Dickson after a three-year hiatus.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection wants to cut 'remote allowance' and leave, but increase time at work: CPSU

Immigration and Border Protection, Canberra

PHILLIP THOMSON 11:45pm The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) wants to make staff work another 30 minutes a week.

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Government survey finds 55% support light rail in Canberra

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TOM MCILROY 11:45pm New ACT government commissioned research has found 55 per cent of Canberra residents support the construction of a light rail system for the city.

Forestry industry should put more money in to keep scientists

Retired CSIRO scientist Dr Nambiar.

PHILLIP THOMSON 11:45pm A former chief research scientist at CSIRO says the forestry industry should put its money where its mouth is to save public service jobs.

Eight storeys 'too high' at Yarralumla development

Malcolm Snow.

PHILLIP THOMSON 11:30pm Building heights the latest battleground in controversial Yarralumla plan.

CIC Australia wins award for ACT suburb of Crace

An aerial photo of the Canberra suburb of Crace.

MEREDITH CLISBY 10:00pm The Gungahlin suburb of Crace has been named as the project of the year in the ACT Property Council's annual awards night.

Chilly weather brings snow to Canberra

Snow clouds approach from the west, seen from Dairy Farmers
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Ben Westcott and Henry Belot 9:11pm A persistent cold front and sub-zero temperatures brought a rarely-seen fall of snow to the ACT on Friday - maybe.

ACT government turns to water management strategies

Water is released from Scrivener Dam at Lake Burley Griffin.

TOM MCILROY 9:02pm Environment Minister Simon Corbell has released revised information about the ACT water supply for the next 30 years.

Trainee priest not liable for hitting earphone-wearing pedestrian in Red Hill

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CHRISTOPHER KNAUS 10:19pm A trainee priest was not to blame for crashing into a PhD graduate crossing a suburban street with earphones in his ears, a court has found.

Cochlear implant inspires designers to give Arboretum a new highlight

An artist's impression of the winning design.

Ben Latham 6:24pm The cochlear implant will be transformed into a breathtaking stainless-steel sculpture at the heart of another great Australian design.

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Real life take centre stage on the big screen

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JIL HOGAN 7:07pm Paperie opens in Brisbane

WWI centenary: seamen among our first losses

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DAVID ELLERY 4:06pm Able Seaman Robert David Moffatt: shot near Rabaul on September 11, 1914, and died aboard HMAS Sydney on September 12. Buried at sea.

WWI centenary: First Australian lives lost in assault on Rabaul and disappearance of AE1

Australia’s first mass casualty event of the war came on September 14 when the submarine AE1 disappeared off the coast of New Britain with all 35 members of her crew.

DAVID ELLERY 7:01pm World War I began particularly badly for Australia. Within three days of the first shots being fired in anger over German New Guinea 42 sailors and soldiers had been killed and another five wounded.

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Olympic fish out of water in walk for mum

Felicity Lemke and mum Lynne Galvez. The former Olympic swimmer will walk 60 kilometres in the Weekend To End Women'?s Cancers in support of her mum, who's been battling cancer for six years.

FLETA PAGE 5:59pm Olympic swimmer will walk 60 kilometres in the Weekend To End Women's Cancers in support of her mum, who's been battling cancer for six years.

More than 1500 kangaroos shot during ACT government cull

Anti-kangaroo cull protesters have left flowers and a head stone in front of the ACT Legislative Assembly.

TOM MCILROY 2:36pm Animal rights campaigners have held a mock funeral for the more than 1500 kangaroos killed as part of this year's ACT environmental cull.

ACT police taskforce to crack down on bikie gangs

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, MLA and Chief Police Officer for the ACT, Rudi Lammers.

MEGAN GORREY 10:19pm Territory police will crack down on bikie gangs in the capital as part of a broader effort to disrupt outlaw motorcycle groups across the country.

Canberra houses record the highest quarterly price growth in the country

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MEREDITH CLISBY 2:48pm Canberra was the best performing capital city for the past three months according to the latest home value data.

Work starts on new Gungahlin suburb of Moncrieff

Andrew Barr with Jonathon Boyd from Brown consulting at the launch of the $150 million of civil works for Moncrieff.

MEREDITH CLISBY 8:40pm Work has begun on the new Gungahlin suburb of Moncrieff.

Coles to be built at Amaroo Group Centre

An artist's impression of a Coles supermarket planned for the Amaroo Group Centre.

MEREDITH CLISBY 10:19pm Coles has been named as the anchor tenant for the new Amaroo Group Centre.

WWI centenary: Australian War Memorial to put honour roll of names up in lights

William Williams, the first Australian to die in WWI.

DAVID ELLERY 10:36pm The first serviceman to be killed in WWI will kick off an honour roll of 62,000 names to be projected on to the tower of the Australian War Memorial from Monday.

WWI centenary: The first two Australians to die in the Great War

The anniversary of the battle of Bita Paka.

DAVID ELLERY 12:21pm They are the first of Australia's 62,000 WWI war dead whose names will be projected in letters one-metre high on the tower of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra from Monday.

Accused murderer Aleksander Vojneski attacked prison guard last year, court hears

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CHRISTOPHER KNAUS 10:19pm A prison guard has spoken of being attacked by accused murderer Aleksander Vojneski over a disputed grocery purchase.

Hustle&Scout and The Forage twilight markets find a new home at The Canberra Airport

Rachel Byron of Bingbang serves up mulled wine on a cold night at the at the Hustle and Scout and The Forage twilight markets.

JIL HOGAN 11:42am Hustle&Scout and The Forage are moving to a new home.

New online approach to screening for sexually transmitted infections

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NATASHA BODDY 9:34pm People can now go online to discreet request to be tested for sexually transmitted infections, under a new program being piloted in the ACT. 

Fire destroys McKellar house

Firefighters work to mop up after a fire destroys a McKellar house.

HENRY BELOT 12:27pm A fire has completely destroyed a McKellar house causing about $350,000 worth of damage and almost claiming the life of one very lucky Staffordshire bull terrier cross dog.

Men's sheds: where retiring doesn't mean withdrawal

President Ian Paterson with a toy truck produced at the Tuggeranong men's shed.

ROSS PEAKE 3:36pm A social phenomenon that meets a need for older men is taking a firm hold in Canberra and across Australia.

Canberra Mornings Live: Friday August 1

Canberra Mornings Live blog.

HENRY BELOT 7:00am Bringing you breaking news from across the capital and beyond. Get in touch with us as we blog from 7am to 10am: email us, tweet us or post on our Facebook page.

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The Mandarin Code: thriller rips mask from impassive, obsequious public servants

The Mandarin Code, from journalists Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann, is a fictional romp soaked in Canberra locales. It is  released this week.

PHILLIP THOMSON 12:00am The plotting of heavyweight Canberra bureaucrats and lashings of sex - the latest book from journalists Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann.

New development application search tool launched for ACT

Commonwealth Bank's PayTag, used with its banking app, turns any phone into a PayPass card.

MEREDITH CLISBY 12:00am Want to know what projects are planned for your suburb? There's now an app for that.

Ikea lodges DA for Canberra store

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JOHN THISTLETON 11:45pm IKEA has lodged a development application for its new Canberra store, estimated to cost $37 million.

Axed public servants head south

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NOEL TOWELL Adelaide is emerging as the safe haven of choice for senior Commonwealth bureaucrats sacked by the federal government.

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Flashback Friday

The garden state

(19/2/02)  At the launch of the Reflex Habitat program TV presenter Jamie Durie, pictured with school children (from left) James Seaton, 8, Amanda Hudy, 11, Shane Willoughby, 11, and Sarah Kingsburgh,8.

Flashback Friday: The Australian National Botanic gardens.

"It's a bloody mess" - Queanbeyan residents grill mayor over rates notices

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BEN WESTCOTT Queanbeyan residents slugged with unexpected backdated bills came face to face with their mayor for the first time on Thursday night.

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Photos: Graham Tidy About Town: Nikon Professional Services Roadshow.

Cannabis oil supplier defends providing Sydney mother with drugs

Sydney girl Abbey, and her mother, Cherie, have been left without access to the oil after Australian Federal Police raided the ACT home of a supplier who had contacted Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.

TOM MCILROY A desperate mother, a dying child, the rigid law and one man's experimental drug.

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Cannabis oil supplier defends providing mother with drugs

TOM MCILROY A desperate mother, a dying child, the rigid law and one man's experimental drug.

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Growing number of older women on the edge of homelessness

Lucy Peter has struggled to find work and survives on a disability support pension for which she may soon be ineligible. ‘‘If I lose it, I’m homeless,’’ she says.

EMMA KELLY A steady income and tertiary qualifications are not enough to stem the growing number of older women on the edge of homelessness, according to the ACT’s first study of the vulnerable demographic.

ACT group The Aston Shuffle join the Stereosonic line-up

The Aston Shuffle -- Vance Musgrove and Mikah Freeman -- are joining the 2014 Stereosonic line-up.

JIL HOGAN Music festival Stereosonic will get a double shot of Canberra sounds with The Aston Shuffle and Peking Duk added to the bill.

Anzac Cove still has the power to inspire and confront youngsters


Winners of the Chief Minister'??s Anzac  Spirit Prize 2014, Merici student Mercedes Bowers and Telopea park student Peter Alliot, at the launch of the 2015 awards.

Ben Latham It's almost a century since Turkish gunfire strafed the landing beaches of Gallipoli, but visiting the battleground still has the power to confront and inspire generations young Australians.

Record wine score for Clonakilla 2013 shiraz viognier

James Halliday  described the 2013 shiraz viognier as having beautiful flavours and complex perfumes.

NATASHA RUDRA Wine authority James Halliday has awarded Canberra's Clonakilla winery a record score for its 2013 shiraz viognier - 98 points out of 100, which winemaker Tim Kirk said was the highest given to a new release vintage.

Stromlo cafe owner lashes out at bad comments on Trip Advisor

Cafe owner Simone Hunter has lashed out at the university's reliance on the reviews saying the websites were defamation magnets that unfairly relied on anonymous users being able to make unsubstantiated claims without rebuttal.

PHILLIP THOMSON Website reviews have been thrown into the mix of a long-running dispute at a spectacular Canberra location.

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Work starts on Molonglo River bridge

Construction has begun on the first stages of the Molonglo River bridge, which will pass over Morshead Drive and link the Majura Parkway with the Monaro Highway.

BEN WESTCOTT Construction has begun on the first stages of the Molonglo River bridge, which will pass over Morshead Drive and link the Majura Parkway with the Monaro Highway.

Murder victim Paula Conlon's friend said she was 'crazy' to start relationship with accused killer

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CHRISTOPHER KNAUS A friend of murder victim Paula Conlon told her she was crazy to start a relationship with a man she met at a mental hospital.

Eric Abetz dampens hope of an early decision on Mr Fluffy homes

Dmark Giersch with his protective gear on crawls into a cupboard of a house in Campbell to vacuum away dust and asbestos that may have leaked into the house from the roof through cracks at the top of built in robes. From the original removal program.

KIRSTEN LAWSON Federal Employment Minister Eric Abetz has dampened hope of an early decision on what to do with the 1000-plus asbestos-contaminated homes, as it became clear on Thursday that Mr Fluffy was known to be dangerous during the entire 11 or more years it was being pumped into Canberra homes.

Chief Minister acted appropriately in reporting medical marijuana case

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NATASHA BODDY Chief Minister Katy Gallagher had "no choice" but to report the case of a 2½-year-old NSW girl receiving medical marijuana to treat a rare genetic disorder.

Driver faces court over McKellar fatal crash

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Christopher Knaus and Megan Gorrey A man accused of killing his friend when he crashed his car while drunk will fight the charges in court.

ACT government steps up awards for preschool teachers

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PRIMROSE RIORDAN The ACT government is offering new cash for childcare workers to upgrade their skills and become preschool teachers, assistance the union says is welcome news for professionals it believes are under paid.

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Gang-gang: A horse adrift

An installation at the main entrance to the National Museum.

IAN WARDEN Whenever Superman (who has X-ray vision) looks hard at a horse, he must see something very like the life-size horse sculpture Adrift, shown off at the National Museum of Australia on Thursday.

Work stops after wall collapse injures bricklayer

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JOHN THISTLETON Intensive care paramedics treat a 28-year-old bricklayer injured when a wall collapsed on him at a Fyshwick worksite.




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