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ACT elder abuse figures "underestimated"

The ACT Council of the Aged is carrying out a wide-reaching new study into elder abuse.

Primrose Riordan 7:40 PM   The ACT council of the aged believe the latest figures on elder abuse in the ACT are understated, and believe there is a huge amount of abuse of elderly people going on, particularly financial abuse. They are doing a new study to find out more.

That Gelato Place in Weston closed after flood

A light plane has reportedly crashed off North Stradbroke Island.

3:53 PM   A gelato shop in Weston was closed by a flood on Sunday afternoon.

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Natasha Rudra 3:08 PM   Thousands of Aussies have flocked to Eurovision - but just a few years ago it was unheard of.

Police arrest bikie suspects, seize shotguns

Police also took possession of shotgun shells.


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John Thistleton 12:02 PM   A man arrested after a shotgun was discharged and weapons seized in Tuggeranong on Saturday night had the words "Rebels" and "forever" tattooed across his eyebrows.

Five-minute calls to Centrelink come with a catch

Centrelink employees face a range of issues when answering speaking on the phone with customers.

Noel Towell 11:08 PM   Centrelink phone lines have their best day in years - while the heat is on.

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Centrelink staff overworked and feel unsafe

The efficiency of Centrelink comes under fire in a national audit.

Primrose Riordan 11:05 PM   Centrelink is asking the public for more empathy as insufficient staff numbers are causing longer wait times and aggression towards workers.

Light rail to get $50 million in budget

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell at the official launch of the consultation on the government's light rail urban designs.

Kimberley Le Lievre 10:49 PM   Canberra's light rail agency to get more than $50 million in 2015-16 ACT Budget.

Canberra breast cancer survivor transforms scars to serenity through tattoos

Breast cancer survivor Sherry McGregor and her tattooist, Ben Angelidis, of Freestyle Tattoo Studio. Sherry had her breasts tattooed to cover her scars.

Natasha Boddy 10:49 PM   The friendship between a tattooist and a breast cancer survivor seems an unlikely one. 

Raising a Smile in memory of Gabby

Craig Robberds, who lost daughter Gabby to cerebral palsy, at the Raising a Smile fundraising dinner.

Kimberley Le Lievre 9:20 PM   Exactly five years ago on Friday, Craig Robberds lost his little girl Gabby to cerebral palsy. In tragic circumstances, the two-year-old suffered a massive seizure, from which she never recovered.

Joanne Metcalfe welcomed to UC's governing body

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8:30 PM   The authority governing the University of Canberra has welcomed Joanne Metcalfe to a position on the council, to share her expertise in business, architecture and construction.

Pine Island to host rabbit control measures

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8:22 PM   Public urged not to interfere, and to closely mind pets at Pine Island reserve during rabbit cull.

Call to keep patients out of ED as federal health cuts to hit hospital waiting times: ACT health groups

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Primrose Riordan   Health groups are calling for a territory budget targeted at keeping GP visits out of hospital emergency departments in the wake of dramatic federal health cuts laid out in the May budget.

Should Canberra be listed as a National Heritage site?

Sunday. Gary Kent, Chair of the Inner South Canberra Inner South Canberra Combined  Community
Council chair Gary Kent would like to see Canberra
become world heritage listed

Georgina Connery   ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has written to the federal Environment Minster asking him to refuse a submission to include Canberra on the National Heritage list.

In her skin: how Sherry McGregor found serenity in her scars

Sherry is thrilled with the finished tattoo.

Natasha Boddy 10:30 PM   It has been the longest time since Sherry McGregor could bear to look at the woman in the mirror. 

Nerds converge at Gamma.con pop culture conference

Andrew Piper dressed as a Stormtrooper at Gammacon at the Hellenic Club, Woden.

Primrose Riordan   Video games buzzed in through the halls, 'magic' enthusaists danced cards across on tables and hundreds of wig wearers itched as Gamma.Con, an annual pop culture convention ramped up on Saturday.

The end of Gorman House markets a 'crushing blow' for the community

Gorman House markets operator Cathy Lippmeier is devastated at the closure of the markets.

Kimberley Le Lievre   In a "crushing blow" for the community, the 28-year Saturday morning ritual of the Gorman House markets has come to an end.

Man charged after hitting ex-partner with iPad

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Primrose Riordan   Man, 29, allegedly fled from police after assaulting ex-partner in front of children.

Bushfire rebuilds under watch a decade later

There were 487 homes destroyed in the January 2003 bushfires.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   All but seven of the nearly 400 urban homes destroyed in the devastating 2003 bushfires have been rebuilt.

Rebirth for region's renewables after RET deal

A swathe of planned renewable energy projects across the region may soon become a reality after a bipartisan deal on the Renewable Energy Target ended 18 months' uncertainty. Pictured is the Capital Wind Farm, operated by Infigen Energy, in Bungendore.

Matthew Raggatt 11:30 PM   The deep freeze for the ACT region's wind farm projects appears over.

Gang Gang: Book of Hours

Virgin and Child on a crescent
moon and The seven joys of
the Virgin in the
Rothschild Prayer Book.

David Ellery 2:46 PM   How do I love The Rothschild Prayer Book? Let me count the ways.

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The Queanbeyan Age in 1905 was advertising the cure for whatever ailed you.

David Ellery 11:00 AM   110 Years Ago in Queanbeyan poverty was a crime and hard labour was considered an act of mercy.

On the road again

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David Ellery 3:47 PM   Former Canberran Erwin Feekin can give the Leyland brothers, and quite a few others, a serious run for their money in the `I've been everywhere man' stakes.

Cannabis kids: the long wait for change

At the home of Cherie and Trevor Dell who treat their 3-year-old daughter Abbey with cannabis oil to treat CDKL5, a rare genetic condition.

Scott Hannaford   Across Australia increasing numbers of families are turning to cannabis to relieve their children's suffering. But it's still illegal.

Exhibition gives Canberrans a sneak peek at IKEA store

Staff prepare for the opening of the exhibition on Friday night.

Megan Gorrey   A pop-up exhibit filled with Byholma armchairs, Hektar pendant lamps and jars of Lingonberry jam has opened to give Canberrans a first taste of what to expect when IKEA hits in the capital.

Car crash closes Kings Highway near Bungendore

General direction: Rapid population growth on the city's outskirts is set to increase congestion.

Two people have been injured in a head-on crash that closed the Kings Highway in both directions east of Bungendore on Friday.

Author Hazel Edwards at ALIA House

Diana Richards of New Acton, Belle Alderman of Kingston, Jane Carstens of Weetangera and Anna Comerford of Monash.

About Town: Scenes from reading by Author Hazel Edwards at ALIA House in Deakin.

Canberra pensioner pleads for government to keep her in her home

Stroke victim Margot Harker fears that funding changes may force her from her home.

Megan Doherty   More than 20,000 people have signed a petition started by a Canberra disabled pensioner calling for the Federal Government to halt funding changes that could force her from her home.

Police seek witnesses to Fyshwick hit and run

Police believe the driver of this dark-coloured Holden Commodore ute could have witnessed a collision between a man and a car in Fyshwick on Friday.

Megan Gorrey   A Conder man was injured when he was flung over the bonnet of a car in a hit and run in Fyshwick on Friday. 

Mushrooms business on the market

An expression of interest campaign is being explored for Canberra Mushrooms.

John Thistleton   Mushrooms grower calls in administrator.

Why the empty guardhouses at Parliament House?

Four unused security guardhouses on the perimeter of Parliament House are unkept and dirty.

Ross Peake   Why are new gatehouses being built at Parliament House as part of a $108 million security upgrade when four of the original guardhouses are disused?