Latest ACT News

Karinya House gets $700k boost


Tom McIlroy 7:16 PM   Canberra's Karinya House will develop a new mothers and children unit and expand outreach services as part of a $736,000 expansion of services funded by the ACT government.

Fairy floss, animals and snow cones: show comes to town

Broni Jekyll of Drap'hyd Merino stud and Annastashya Mogil, 5 at the launch of the 2015 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show in Civic.

Sally Coen 5:44 PM   The city centre was overrun with sheep, poultry and excited children on Wednesday for the official launch of the 2015 ActewAGL Royal Canberra Show.  

Indigenous housing organisation closes, transfers six properties to ACT Government

A spokesman for Minister for Housing Yvette Berry said the six properties would still be designated for Canberra's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Henry Belot 5:40 PM   A Canberra-based indigenous housing organisation will be deregistered by special administrators after years of spiralling debt and “bad financial management”, with six residential properties transferred to the ACT government.

Parents face great lunch box challenge as children return to school

Imogen Taylor enjoying a healthy lunch.

Natasha Boddy 5:11 PM   As children across Canberra prepare to return to school next week, parents are faced with the dreaded task of another year of packing the school lunch box.

Woman arrested after Goulburn ice find could have links to outlaw bikie gang

The drug ice

4:15 PM   Woman facing Goulburn court over possession of drugs and stolen property.

'Nobody wants to go to Darwin': ACT Chief Minister steps up territorial war


Primrose Riordan and Tom McIlroy 2:33 PM   ACT Chief Minister has stepped up his attack on The Northern Territory, suggesting that our northern counterparts are attempting to "steal" nationally significant events from Canberra

Groovin The Moo line-up announced

Brisbane band Ball Park Music who have been announced as part of the 2015 Groovin The Moo lineup.

Jil Hogan 1:34 PM   Hilltop Hoods, A$AP Ferg, Meg Mac and Ball Park Music all part of the local and international line-up coming to Canberra in May.

Former ACT Chamber of Commerce head takes on new regional role

Andrew Blyth.

Phillip Thomson 1:16 PM   Andrew Blyth has been appointed chair of the Regional Development Australia committees in the ACT.

Pedestrian hit by P-plate drink driver over Australia Day weekend

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1:00 PM   A 33-year-old man is in a stable condition after being hit by a 18-year-old drink driver in Canberra on Sunday.

Canberra Grammar School describes knighthood as 'inappropriate' and 'undemocratic'

The principal of Canberra Grammar School, Justin Garrick, at the school in Red Hill.

Henry Belot 12:55 PM   The principal of Canberra Grammar School has described Tony Abbott's decision to appoint Prince Philip a knight of the Order of Australia as "inappropriate" and "undemocratic".

Kangaroo leaves cyclist clutching kidney

Public servant Neil Buttriss was cycling to work when he hit a kangaroo and sustained kidney damage and terrible bruising.

Primrose Riordan 12:13 PM   A 44-year-old public servant was catapulted off his bike by a large kangaroo on his commute to work, sustaining kidney damage and terrible bruising.

Emergency Services battle grass fire in Crace

ACT firefighters

12:01 PM   Emergency services are warning a grass fire is burning on Gundaroo Drive, Crace.

Public housing waiting lists growing in the ACT


11:00 AM   The number of potential tenants waiting for public housing in Canberra has increased by about 900 in the past four years, a Productivity Commission report has found. 

Customs officers' allowances in firing line

The Australian Customs and Border Protection vessel Ocean Protector.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Australian Customs and Border Protection officers will be forced to give up some of their lucrative allowances in return for any pay rise offer this year.

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APS outsourcing: no-one is safe, says 1990s outsourcing guru

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   No public servant is safe from the Abbott government’s privatisations agenda, one of the pioneers of federal government outsourcing has warned.

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What you need to know in the nation's capital and beyond

Canberra mornings.

10:47 PM   A snapshot of the news you need to know about in the nation's capital and beyond.

Canberra Big Issue community soccer team celebrates sweet Sydney success

Rhys Stewart, pictured at Reid Oval, has been part of the Canberra Big Issue football community for four years.

Georgina Connery 9:40 PM   The ACT Big Issue community soccer team prove players from all walks of life are kicking goals after winning the championship trophy in Sydney.

Government offers $3 million for Forrest fluffy home

asbestos, generic

Emma Macdonald and Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   The ACT Government has offered a Forrest family $3 million to buy back their Mr Fluffy-affected home. The figure is the highest price to date for any home purchased under the buy-back scheme which Chief Minister Andrew Barr has described as "on the edge of affordability" for the ACT.

Some of Canberra's poorest fork out half their income on rent

For rent

Emma Kelly 12:15 AM   Canberrans relying on rental assistance are spending higher portions of their income on housing, according to a new report.

Steve Whan slams Kings Highway upgrade delays

Traffic banked up on the Kings Highway as Canberrans make their way to Batemans Bay on Saturday morning.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   Monaro Country Labor candidate Steve Whan has accused the NSW government of "dropping the ball" on funding for upgrades to the Kings Highway and said vital safety improvements to the road had stalled.

New teachers ready for the new school year

(From left) Matthew Garratt, Ryan Devlin and Matt Eyles are just three of the new teachers welcomed into the ACT system this year.

Emma Macdonald 11:45 PM   As the school holidays draw to a close, the hoard of kindergarten students nervously preparing for their first day at ‘big school’ will be joined by 200 new public school teachers.

Doctor took hospital anaesthetic for personal use


Christopher Knaus 11:45 PM   A Canberra doctor used leftover anaesthetic from operations on his patients at Calvary Hospital.

What's on in Canberra this weekend

Former The Voice contestant Thando Sikwila is performing this weekend at Transit Bar.

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

Ski seasons under threat: CSIRO climate report

Thredbo snow

Primrose Riordan and Peter Hannam 11:45 PM   A CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology climate change report has specific predictions for temperature rises for Canberra, as well as suggesting ski seasons will get worse and fires will get more extreme.

Duke's award community defend knighthood

Prince Philip in 2014: He was born on a kitchen table in 1921.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   Canberra’s Duke of Edinburgh Award community has defended Tony Abbott’s decision to make Prince Philip a knight of the Order of Australia, the country's highest order.

Gang-gang: 150 years ago - Horror in Collector

The bushrangers (left to right) Dunn, Gilbert and Hall

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   One hundred and fifty years ago this week the brigand John Dunn shot brave constable Samuel Nelson dead.

Gang-gang: Canberra's got talons

Right, then: An exceptional Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   It is time for this opinion-forming column to give its contrary award for the unAustralian of the Year. Tremble, Australia!

Recruitment drive for school chaplains

School chaplains are confident their program will continue despite a High Court setback.

Henry Belot 11:30 PM   The leading provider of chaplains in the ACT has launched a recruitment drive, with more schools registering for services as secular welfare officers continue to face redundancy.

Youth use 'guerrilla planning' to revitalise Tuggeranong

Charlene Liau, Natalia Weglarz and Hamish Sinclair said simple acts like filling cracked concrete with Lego could help revitalise the Tuggeranong town centre.

Kimberley Granger   Pot plants in pot holes and a residential slip-and-slide are some of the unorthodox methods a group of young planners propose.