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Mammoth sheep gets shorn

Phillip Thomson 9:23 AM   The first tweets have appeared showing a shearing process that could take several hours.

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School accuses opponents of deception

Brindabella Christian College is asking residents to support its sports facility plans.

Ross Peake 11:45 PM   Lyneham school hits back at opponents of its oval redevelopment

Barr backs China free trade deal

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said exporters out of Canberra stood to "benefit greatly" from a China free trade agreement.

Tom McIlroy and Emma Kelly 11:30 PM   ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr says there is a lot of political grandstanding going on in relation to Australia's free trade agreement with China, when there is broad support for a deal.

Revamp planned for APS

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Noel Towell 12:15 AM   Commission to make profound changes to the Australian Public Service

Homeowners group rejects dual occupancy plan

An Assembly committee is considering plans to allow dual occupancy on Mr Fluffy house sites

Tom McIlroy and Henry Belot 9:53 PM   A Mr Fluffy homeowners group has rejected a proposal to allow affected blocks to be split into two, describing the moves as unfair and subjecting Canberra suburbs to risk of overdevelopment. 

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Rex Nan Kivell's famous and infamous on show at National Library

Curator Nat Williams with a portrait of Sir Rex Nan Kivell in a show of Kivell's collection at the National Library of Australia.

John Thistleton 11:45 PM   Famous or infamous people, rulers or rogues, collectors or liars, who would you choose? All will be revealed.

Grass is greener in Gungahlin as families move north

News. Recently moved to Gungahlin are former Belconnen residents, 25 year old Jessie Graham with her 22 month old daughter, Sienna Shepherd, having a relaxing afternoon at the Yerrabi Pond District Park. September 2nd 2015
The Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

Emma Kelly and Katie Burgess 9:00 PM    Young Canberrans and families are overlooking the original "nappy valley" for greener pastures across the lake as Gungahlin continues to drive Canberra's population growth.

AMA urges Canberrans to avoid unnecessary ED visits

AMA urge Canberrans to avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency department with staff working overtime

Henry Belot and Tom McIlroy 8:54 PM   The ACT Australian Medical Association has urged Canberrans to avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency department and praised the efforts of staff working overtime to meet demand.

Driver in fatal accident had ice in his system, court hears

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Michael Inman 8:39 PM   The vision of Canberra driver in a fatal accident with a pedestrian could have been affected by the methylamphetamine in his system, a medical expert says.

Fun Run goers may face fines for parking on median strips, verges or footpaths

There'll be parking enforcement in place for Sunday's Canberra Times Fun Run.

Clare Sibthorpe 8:30 PM   The much-anticipated annual Canberra Times Fun Run is fast approaching, and the ACT government is reminding people to park only in authorised areas, exercise caution when crossing roads, and take advantage of shuttle buses.

Westpac team bringing choppers to the course

Westpac ACT regional general manager Daniel Flowers, his wife, Vanessa and daughter, Rebecca,4 of Wamboin.

Jil Hogan 8:30 PM   It won't be hard to spot Daniel Flowers on the 5km course of The Canberra Times Fun Run – he'll be the one dressed as a helicopter.

Business and community groups urge government to prioritise Woden town centre

Woden town centre

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Business and community groups have warned the ACT government that urgent action is required to revitalise the Woden town centre.

CFMEU knew of Kivalu corruption allegations, royal commission told

ACT CFMEU organiser Zac Smith at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption on Wednesday.

David Ellery 7:53 PM   Secret recordings show organisers discussing whether former organiser Halafihi "Fihi" Kivalu had been "leaning on" a contractor.

'It's like a house party, but no one knows where it's happening'

'It's just a beautiful area, it should be treasured': King O'Malley's Managing Director, Peter Barclay.

Alexandra Back, Katie Burgess 7:43 PM   Urban renewal on multiple fronts throughout Canberra has been at the expense of the older parts of Civic.

Major upgrade to get Captain Cook jet pumping

The Captain Cook Jet on Lake Burley Griffin was turned off because of a failure in its pumping system.

Emma Kelly 7:27 PM   Lake Burley Griffin's Captain Cook memorial jet will undergo a major upgrade but be out of action until the first half of next year

ACT government says economy has 'turned the corner' despite debt worry

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr says data shows the territory is leading the nation when it comes to economic growth.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   New data has found economic activity increased by 3.1 per cent during the June quarter, with growth driven by public sector spending.

Very woolly sheep seeking shearer

The RSPCA says the sheep desperately needs a shear.

Alexandra Back 7:06 PM   The RSPCA desperately sought a shearer after a sheep with a mammoth coat appeared near Canberra.

Overseas students to fight for more hours of legal work

International students to campaign for more legal work hours after an investigation uncovered systemic wage fraud across Australian 7-Eleven stores.

Ross Peake 6:00 PM   The body representing international students says granting them more work hours will help avoid exploitation by employers.

Andrew Barr brushes off leaked unions polling on light rail

Andrew Barr’s Labor government can “absolutely” win next year’s ACT election

Tom McIlroy 5:59 PM   Andrew Barr says he will focus on improving transport infrastructure rather than get distracted by polls.

Canberra Weekender: What's on in Canberra September 4-6

<i>Ghosts in the Scheme</i> at Canberra Theatre.

Jil Hogan 5:16 PM   Your guide to what's going on around the capital this weekend.

Canberra’s live performance attendance and revenue slumps

Le Noir - The Dark Side of Cirque, featuring Jessica Anne Ritchie and Jeronimo Ernesto, toured the Canberra Theatre in April.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   Canberrans are right to feel they miss out on touring live shows, new statistics reveal.

Burglar used stolen van to smash through club's outdoor smoking area

The scene of a burglary at the Sports Club Kaleen, where two men in a stolen van rammed through an outdoor smoking area in a failed attempt to gain entry.

Christopher Knaus 4:06 PM   Twenty-year-old rammed through an outdoor smoking area in failed burglary attempt.

Tuned in: Feel-good factor in 1980s pop revival

The Air Force Band takes a Mystery Flight.

Dan Bigna 2:44 PM   The revival touring circuit rolls on with 1980s Australian pop music the focus of a forthcoming Mix 106.3 sponsored show at the Royal Theatre in November featuring such notables as The Eurogliders, GANGgajang and Pseudo Echo. 

See your old furniture on stage at The Street Theatre

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Natasha Rudra 1:53 PM   Do you have an old tape player and a sturdy chair? If so, the Street Theatre would love to borrow it.

Rich textures conjure ominous images

Mandy Martin has a spiritual connection with the landscape.

Clare Colley 1:30 PM   Mining, fire and climate change weigh heavily on artist Mandy Martin's mind in Beaver Galleries' exhibition.

Demolition of Fluffy fire house considered

The house at Neumayer St has been fenced off.

Emma Macdonald 1:10 PM   The future of a fire-damaged Mr Fluffy home in Page is in flux with authorities seeking to make contact with the owner, described by neighbours as a hoarder.

AFP presidential bodyguard denied compo

Australian Federal Police

Michael Inman 12:20 PM   Former AFP officer who claimed he suffered depression from acting as a bodyguard to the East Timorese president loses compensation bid.

Suspicious Kambah fire destroys garage, damages home

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11:53 AM   Police are treating a fire that gutted a Kambah garage and damaged a home Wednesday morning as suspicious.