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ACT government funding boost for Legal Aid ACT

Emma Kelly 8:55 PM   Legal Aid ACT will get an additional $867,000 funding boost over the next two years.

Fancy owning a rough and ready tourist attraction? Old Bywong gold town for sale

A neighbour Joe Azzopardi at old Bywong Town in 2012.

John Thistleton 8:46 PM   The long-abandoned tourist facility Bywong Gold Town is now a town for sale, blacksmith's forge included.

Captain Cook memorial fountain back in action


David Ellery 8:27 PM   While Canberra's Captain Cook Memorial fountain is a wonderful thing everybody is glad to see back in action, the time may have come for the National Capital Authority to pump up the volume.

NGA visitor takes a trip on Turrell's light fantastic

James Turrell's Virtuality Squared piece appears to have 'no visible edges or corners'.

7:56 PM   A visitor to the James Turrell retrospective at the National Gallery of Australia "fell" in one of the exhibits late last year.

Mr Fluffy memories committed to film

Residents of Mr Fluffy houses who took part in the film all share a sense of loss.

Megan Doherty 7:53 PM   Older Mr Fluffy house owners feel abandoned by the buyback scheme as they commit their stories to film

Clouston and Hall shuts its city shop

Clouston and Hall owners Tom, Sally and Jack Clouston, right, with manager Rod Howell.

Ron Cerabona 7:53 PM   The Civic branch of Clouston and Hall Booksellers is falling victim to high rents and insufficient sales but its owners say the Fyshwick warehouse and mail order business will remain and they hope to run pop-up shops.

Surgeons body sets up bullying survey

The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons has hired an independent research company to conduct a survey of bullying in the medical profession.

Craig Butt, Health Reporter 7:21 PM   The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is asking medical staff to share their experiences of bullying so it can assess the extent of the problem in the profession.

Punch accused cannot remember drunken brawl, court hears

Levi Freeman-Quay leaves the ACT Magistrates Court after an earlier appearance.

Christopher Knaus 5:02 PM   Drunken punch accused had no memory of fight 14 hours later, court hears.

Gang Gang - On this day - Wednesday May 27

Even 100 years ago the bilby was rare.

David Ellery 4:37 PM   Human flesh eating bilbys reported in the Queanbeyan Age 110 years ago.

Gang Gang: Bomber Command's sacrifice to be remembered

The RAAF's No 460 Squadron was officially reformed in 2010. Members of the new squadron are with G for George which flew with 460 Squadron during World War II.

David Ellery 4:21 PM   Some of Australia's bravest are dropping in for a visit.

Injured passenger sues driver over Kings Highway crash

Court case

Christopher Knaus 3:29 PM   Passenger left with traumatic brain injury in Kings Highway crash settles with negligent driver.

Another APS wage deal crushed in vote

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood  claimed the vote as a significant win for her union.

Noel Towell 10:58 AM   Public servants at the Department of Industry have rejected a new wage deal in three-to-one workplace ballot drubbing.

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Carrot and stick

Tom Reid of Braddon at his garden plot in Pialligo.

Natasha Rudra 10:32 AM   Tom and Molly got more than they bargained for at this photoshoot.

Border Force faces pay mutiny

CPSU national secretary Nadine Flood says the anger was palpable among frontline Customs officers in particular.

Noel Towell 9:55 AM    Public servants transferring from Customs are 'going ballistic' over a move they say will leave them thousands of dollars out of pocket.

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Armed man robs northside servo

The man wanted over robbery of Caltex Service Station in Kaleen

8:59 AM   A man armed with a knife robbed a service station in Canberra's north.

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

Canberra mornings.

8:51 AM   The news, traffic and weather to get you up to speed.

Heartless cuts to special diet kids

Zakariah Adam, 3,  with his sister Nevaeh Siena, 1, mum Jasmine Matthew and grandmother Helga Rosenthal.

Emma Macdonald 11:39 PM   Three-year-old Zakariah looks like any other kid. But a lamb chop could send him into a coma.

Spending on Parliament House security shows "incompetent budgeting"

Paid parking at Parliament House was introduced to discourage public servants from trying to park for free.

Ross Peake 11:30 PM   The failure to spend money earmarked for the security upgrade at Parliament House was incompetent budgeting, a Senate estimates hearing was told on Monday.

Canberra's Captain Cook memorial jet back in action after repairs

Asset manager Jason Brown, and chief executive of National Capital Authority  Malcolm Snow give a rare insight into the Captain Cook memorial jet pump house on Monday.

Megan Gorrey 11:30 PM   The familiar sight of more than three tonnes of water being shot high into the sky above Lake Burley Griffin returned to the capital on Monday.

Man airlifted from Braidwood after snake bite

Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter

A man in Braidwood was treated for a snake bite on Monday afternoon.

First rats, then bog rolls

Toilet paper.

Noel Towell 11:30 PM   Department replaces controversial rats icon ... with toilet paper.

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Fish hooks found in dog's stomach

An x-ray showing metallic substances and fish hooks ingested by a dog.

Christopher Knaus 11:30 PM   Dog owner whose underweight pet ingested six fish hooks banned from owning animals.

Fresh palette brings life to arts centre

The director of Ainslie and Gorman arts centres Joseph Falsone, left,  marketing co-ordinator Jessica Oliver, and creative producers Mark Henshaw and Adelaide Rief inside Ainslie Arts Centre.

Sally Pryor 11:45 PM   Three years ago they were dilapidated buildings that concealed a hive of creative endeavour, behind peeling paint and antiquated facilities.

St Clare's College website hacked with Islamic messages

St Clare's College is reviewing its internet security after its website was hacked to display Arabic messages over the weekend.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   The St Clare's College website was hacked to display white Arabic text on a black background with "scary" music playing in an apparent reference to Islamic State over the weekend.

Chilling start to the week with frost and fog across Canberra

Mist hanging over Scrivener Dam.

Emma Kelly   Canberrans have woken to sub-zero temperatures this week with the run of cold mornings set to keep early birds struggling to roll out of bed.

ACT Tennis granted waiver of payout for changing its lease

Work on the ACT Tennis sports club at Lyneham late last year.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Chief Minister Andrew Barr waived ACT Tennis's payout for changing its lease - a waiver worth $860,000 to the tennis club.

Answer to housing crisis lies in greater land release: former Treasury official

Former executive director of policy at ACT Treasury, Khalid Ahmed: Housing affordability at its heart simply requires higher land release.

Kirsten Lawson 11:30 PM   Canberra is in a unique position to deal with housing affordability, but it takes strong political commitment, says Khalid Ahmed

Pressure on car parks at Parliament House escalates

Parking at Parliament House is under pressure.

Ross Peake 11:30 PM   Pressure on reserved car parks at Parliament House has risen after paid parking was introduced, including in the public car park, although most don't stay long enough to pay the fee.

Cannabis grow house discovered in Fisher

Medical marijuana is illegal in Australia but Queensland and Victoria have joined New South Wales in a $9 million trial of cannabis oil for patients suffering epilepsy, end-of-life pain and chemotherapy-related nausea.

Police say every room except the laundry, bathroom and toilet housed cannabis plants.

Gang Gang - Governor General - planting project highlighting war vets


David Ellery 11:00 PM   Sir Peter Cosgrove says his Lone Pine hospice sapling is doomed to die.