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Westside Container Village 'a damp squib': National Capital Authority

Primrose Riordan and Kirsten Lawson 4:19 PM   The head of the National Capital Authority has labelled the new Westside Container Village a "damp squib" and revealed the authority raised its concerns about the West Basin development with the ACT government.

ACT's $50 million Powerball winner

Gary Baron says he won on his own lottery ticket, not with a syndicate's.

Emma Kelly 3:47 PM   One lucky person is $50 million richer thanks to a Powerball ticket purchased in the ACT.

Calling all budding songwriters

Blue Clay Creatives and Mind Body Business founder Laticia Gibson.

Jil Hogan 4:00 PM   Independent songwriters and musicians take note.

Steiner School defends vaccination program after whooping cough cases confirmed


Emma Kelly and Henry Belot 3:10 PM   Canberra's Orana Steiner School has defended its vaccination record after two cases of whooping cough at the Weston school.

Waterfront park and pavilion to start City to the Lake

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr on the site of a planned new lakefront park, the first stage of the West Basin redevelopment.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy 2:58 PM   The ACT government will begin the first stage of its City to the Lake project that will ultimately see high-rises and a swimming pool in the West Basin.

Are you Canberra's strongest man - or woman?

Canberra Strongman Andrew Fraser pulls a truck.

Chris Wilson 2:28 PM   Canberra Strongman entrant Andrew Fraser took up the novel sport to 'pick up chicks' - literally.

Hiring licence is yours to lose, APS bosses warned

"Redeployees" must be given hiring priority, even above other internal applicants.

Noel Towell 2:22 PM   Hopes of a public service jobs bonanza have been dashed.

Canberra's Matthew Davis recovers from life-changing burns

Mattew Davis was badly burnt in a fire in August.

Emma Kelly 2:17 PM   Nine months ago Matthew Davis's body was on fire. He doesn't remember the explosion, but he remembers the pain.

Dead joey stuffed in senior public servant's letterbox

Vision of the dead joey.

Phillip Thomson 2:03 PM   CCTV cameras captured a dead joey being stuffed in the letter box of a highly-paid bureaucrat.

Former Army sergeant loses Civic rape appeal

Geoffrey William Joyce leaves the ACT Magistrates Court in 2012.

Christopher Knaus 12:44 PM   A former Army sergeant jailed for raping a woman he met outside a Civic pub has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Firearm stash found in Fisher home

Police seized a number of firearms plus ammunition from a Fisher property.

12:13 PM   70-year-old man arrested after police found a stash of guns and ammunition in his house.

ACT heroin trafficker jailed after undercover police sting

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Christopher Knaus 12:07 PM   A heroin trafficker caught in a cross-border undercover police sting has been sentenced to at least eight months behind bars.

Katy Gallagher grills Jane Halton over Immigration move

ACT Labor Senator Katy Gallagher has grilled the Finance Department.

Primrose Riordan 11:14 AM   Senator Katy Gallagher demands an end to uncertainty over department's future.

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Cots to give Canberra parents one last cuddle with babies

News. 26th April 2015. Carmen McGlinn and her partner Martin Gee lost their baby Logan around eight years ago. Carmen with the help of others has raised money to purchase a cuddle cot for the Canberra Hospital.

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Emma Kelly 11:36 PM   A Canberra mother is helping families forced to say goodbye too soon spend a little more time with their children.

Veronica and Krishna: happy to say "I do'' again

With federal parliament moving towards a possible vote on same-sex marriage, Hackett couple Veronica Wensing and Krishna Sadhana are excited but wary.

Megan Doherty 11:30 PM   Hackett couple Veronica Wensing and Krishna Sadhana are excited but wary as same-sex marriage laws appear to be a step closer.

Public service boss sorry for rats, bog roll affair

A screengrab showing a rodent icon, which was replaced by a toilet paper icon.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM    DHS boss says sorry to public servants depicted as rodents, toilet paper.

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Canberra Times photographer Rohan Thomson finalist in young Walkleys

Canberra morticians Michelle Keevers and Josh Wallace.

Emma Kelly 9:13 PM   CT photographer selected as finalist in the Walkey Young Australian Journalist of the Year Awards for third time.

Advocates call for better responses to homelessness in Canberra

Social agencies are calling for better responses to homelessness in Canberra

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Canberra's leading social service agencies have challenged Andrew Barr to act on homelessness.

WorkSafe Commissioner gains new powers to combat Mr Fluffy

ACT work safety commissioner Mark McCabe has assumed the powers to cancel the licences of any asbestos contractor who breaches safety conditions.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Two new inspectors will work with another five to monitor the ACT's demolition scheme as it rolls out from next week.

Child Support Agency writes to dad - 37 times in one day

Family law groups describe the volume of letters coming from the CSA as 'staggering'.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Dads struggling to cope with the "deluge" of letters from a system that can't stop once it starts.

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Demolition of Mr Fluffy homes to begin

Head of the Asbestos Response Taskforce Andrew Kefford has confirmed the removal of  more than 100 asbestos contaminated homes will begin next week.

Emma Macdonald 11:30 PM   Five homes are poised for demolition from next week because of the Mr Fluffy scandal.

Canberra Southern Cross Club audit a warning to venues: Clubs ACT

Canberra Southern Cross Club

Megan Gorrey 11:45 PM   Clubs ACT said a forced audit of a Canberra club's finances over claims it hadn't done enough to fend off organised crime was a stark reminder that venues needed to keep up-to-date with gambling laws.

Gang-gang. Eurovision's Fowl Fans

Norwegian hero Fridtjof Nansen.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   It should come as no surprise to find that Canberra's birds took a keen interest in Eurovision.

A journey of respect for Canberra veteran

Jack Olsson is the oldest veteran to travel to Borneo next week for the 70th anniversary of the WWII OBOE campaigns.

Megan Doherty 11:30 PM   At the age of 96, Canberra veteran Jack Olsson is preparing for a journey of respect.

Woman found with guns, ammo, drugs

The woman entered guilty pleas for four charges.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Canberra woman found in possession of shotgun, air rifle, drugs pleads guilty.

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. Keep Your Sunny Side Up

Optimistic wartime woman poster

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. Mrs Gummidge.

Blogger Margaret Zhang bringing her Instagram tricks to Canberra with a special workshop

Margaret Zhang is running an Instagram workshop at Canberra Centre in June.

Jil Hogan   At only 21 years old, Margaret Zhang has gathered an impressive number of accomplishments under her belt. She's a law and commerce student, a fashion blogger, a stylist, a photographer, writer and general fashion superstar with her fingers in many pies.

STAR students take to the lake to raise awareness of domestic violence

Lyneham High School students from left Chido Nyakuengama, 15, Hannah Nandan 14 and behind from left, Tilda Barrie, 15 and Laura Mobini-Kesheh, 14.

Emma Kelly   A group of young women has used a school-based empowerment program to raise awareness of domestic violence among their peers and the broader Canberra community.

Supabarn squeezed for falsely labelling juice

The apple juice was advertised as "straight from a farm" and locally produced in the NSW town of Griffith "using the freshest quality apples".

Emma Kelly   The label said it was "straight from a farm" and locally produced "using the freshest quality apples". The truth was far from it.