Latest ACT News

$1000 a week peace deal pay boost for parkway workers

David Ellery 12:40 AM   Union-brokered "major projects" pay rates cost taxpayers, investors, billions of dollars a year.

Barr's trade delegation hits Silicon Valley

US bound: ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr is heading to Silicon Valley.

Tom McIlroy 12:40 AM   The Chief Minister has begun a week-long United States trade mission in California's Silicon Valley.

Motorcyclist dies near Goulburn

Police are investigating the death of a 50-year-old motorcyclist near Goulburn on Sunday.

11:41 PM   A report will be prepared for the coroner after a motorcyclist died after crashing off a bridge near Goulburn on Sunday.

Road rules confuse sheep

Sheep stop at a pedestrian crossing on Boorowa's main street during the town's annual Running of the Sheep.

Katie Burgess 9:46 PM   It seems the 15,000 people who flocked to Boorowa's main street to watch the annual Running of the Sheep on Sunday may have given the stars of the show a bit of performance anxiety.

'No animals harmed in the making of this festival'

Behind, sisters Jane Douglass with Basil, and Anne Douglass, and Georgie at the front.

Katie Burgess 8:43 PM   As thousands of people drifted through Yarralumla's Albert Hall for the Living Green Festival, most of its eco-friendly vendors had a message to share on how to make for a kinder world.

Canberra teacher remembers slain father as man who put 'family first'

Curtis Cheng

Katie Burgess and Tom McIlroy 8:13 PM   Canberra teacher's father was shot dead outside NSW Police headquarters by a 15-year-old boy on Friday.

Syringe scheme for prison could take year to develop

ACT Justice Minister Shane Rattenbury.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   An ACT government and unions working group is developing a needles and syringes strategy for Canberra's prison.

What the Kingston Arts Precinct needs to succeed

An artist's impression of the Kingston Arts Precinct taking in the Canberra Glassworks proposed in the ACT government's feasibility study for the site.

Clare Colley 11:30 PM   It has plenty of possibility, but the success of the ACT's newest arts precinct will come at a cost.

ACT women with disabilities battle housing shortage

Women with Disabilities ACT convenor Sue Salthouse - housing can be inadequate or precarious and a constant worry for women with disabilities.

Megan Gorrey 12:15 AM   Women with disabilities continue to face a critical shortage of affordable and accessible housing in the ACT.

Canberra's above average spring temperatures

Anne McVily-Price, with grandson Aidan Price 17-months-old, and daughter-in-law Captain Kathleen Harvey enjoyed the warmer weather at the Old Bus Depot Markets on Sunday.

Clare Colley 5:24 PM   Canberrans at home and on the coast enjoyed above average spring temperatures on the weekend.

Telstra ACT Business Women's Awards nominee's success secrets

Telstra Businesswoman of the Year finalist, Felicity McNeill.

Clare Sibthorpe 12:15 AM   Public service leader Felicity McNeill reflects on her Telstra ACT Business Women's Awards nomination.

Mother given referral three years after visiting ED

A woman has been contacted regarding a neurologist referral three years after visiting the emergency department.

Henry Belot 12:15 AM   Elizabeth Sisley went to Calvary Hospital in 2012 after having seizures and was told to see a neurologist.

Meet the Canberra tattooist who wants to transform breast cancer survivors' bodies

Tatts On, Tatts Off owner Peter ''Bones'' Bone is offering free realistic nipple tattoos to breast cancer survivors after reconstructive breast surgery.

Katie Burgess 12:15 AM   He is offering free three-dimensional nipple and areola tattooing for women who've undergone a mastectomy.

Canberra national war cemetery plan scuttled

Arlington National Cemetery.

Tom McIlroy 12:15 AM   The latest proposal for a national war cemetery has been scuttled by the demise of Tony Abbott's prime ministership. 

Calvary Hospital accused of negligence in stillbirth case

Dr Andrew Foote is defending the civil action.

Christopher Knaus 12:15 AM   Woman alleges tests showing "significant risk" to unborn baby should have prompted C-section.

Replica guns, drugs and illegal knife found in Red Hill home

Two replica shotguns were found.

10:13 AM   Police seized two replica double barrel shotguns, two replica handguns in Friday's raid.

NRMA backs flyover for Canberra's worst intersection

A truck is inspected after it rolled on the ACT's worst roundabout, at Gundaroo Drive and the Barton Highway, in 2013.

Matthew Raggatt   Former Labor minister Kate Lundy has said figures on the capital's worst crash intersections back the Canberra Liberals' argument for a flyover of the Barton Highway.

Circus adventure makes sick kids smile

Katiah-Ann Tait, Sonny Tait and Jesse Tait at the  Capes4Kids special day out at the circus for 20 sick and unwell Canberra and Queanbeyan children.

Georgina Connery   Lennon Bros Circus brought beaming smiles to the faces of sick and regularly hospitalised children.

Canberra's Hawks fans celebrate three-peat?

Hawks fans celebrate the AFL premiership win on Saturday afternoon at the Southern Cross Club in Phillip.

Matthew Raggatt   Canberra's success-gorged Hawthorn supporters celebrated after watching their club take home the AFL premiership. 

Vandals threaten future of Weston Creek bushfire mural

The mural in Cooleman Court defaced by tags and graffiti

Georgina Connery   Community Centre unsure of how to combat tagging and vandalism of a mural created after 2003 bush fires.

More murals on the way as authorities embrace graffiti artists

Street artist David Chavez has been given permission by ACT government to paint a mural on a public wall in Dickson.

Kimberley Le Lievre   The ACT government is helping graffiti artists find appropriate walls to showcase their art.

Seselja says few Canberra jobs part of Gosford move

ACT Senator Zed Seselja says he expects far fewer than half of all jobs to be moved to Gosford will involve Canberra workers.

Matthew Raggatt   Liberal senator says Canberra will be spared the major brunt of the move of 600 federal jobs to the Central Coast. 

Marriage equality campaigners slam 'Turnbull's backflip'

Campaigners for equal marriage rights congregated in Civic.

Georgina Connery   Advocates of Australian marriage quality marched side by side through Civic to call for change.

Daylight saving signals need for extra caution on roads

Drivers need to be aware that conditions change with the onset of daylight saving.

Mary Lynn Mather   Is putting the clocks forward an hour associated with a greater risk of accidents on the road?

Rattenbury rules out Queanbeyan light rail link for now

Artist's impressions of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Kimberley Le Lievre   A light rail line between Queanbeyan and Canberra would be "absolutely" supported by Queanbeyan City Council.

'My potatoes are suffocating': Canberra's consumer complaint file

Fair Trading ACT has received plenty of odd complaints, including that potatoes are being suffocated.

Matthew Raggatt   From suffocating vegetables to raisin bread short on raisins, Canberra shoppers have made their displeasure heard this year.

Tough time for Catholic Church, despite 'Francis factor'

Pope Francis greets the faithful gathered for a Mass in St Peter's Square in the Vatican City with an enthusiastic thumbs up.

Georgina Connery   Evidence of the Pope's charisma reinvigorating the Australian Catholic Church is hard to find.

'Ocean liner' townhouses go up after residents' agreement

David Templeman.

Matthew Raggatt   Heights of the four townhouses have been lowered and extra privacy screens put in place.

Civic2Surf runners bound down the highway from Canberra to Bondi Beach

Australian National University students, India Bullock and
Kyle Wood will be taking part in this weekend's Civic2Surf run.

Georgina Connery   Civic2Surf runners bounded down the highway from Canberra to Bondi Beach in the name of mental health awareness.

French flavour on show in Melbourne Cup cocktail event

French Ambassador Christophe LeCourtier, left, with "Casts a Shadow" and models Denzel Bruhn and Becky Patterson on the lawns of the French Embassy ahead of the Melbourne Cup preview event later this month.

Matthew Raggatt   The Melbourne Cup is just around the corner and a special event will celebrate French food and fashion.

Ice is a scourge, but heroin is the big killer

Brian and Marion McConnell lost their son to a heroin overdose in 1992.

Kimberley Le Lievre   While the nation is focused on the scourge of ice, accidental drug deaths from opioids are at the highest they have been in five years in the ACT.

Green festival opens its arms to everybody

Living Green festival organisers Tara Ward, Tracey Lofthouse and Jess Ferry.

Mary Lynn Mather   Canberra's fifth Living Green Festival promotes a gentle shade of caring.

Police cordon off area in Civic

A suspicious box was seen in the Garema Place-City Walk area beside bin near King O'Malleys.

Georgina Connery   AFP Bomb Response Team was called in to investigate a suspicious package on City Walk on Saturday which was later was deemed safe.

Hit-and-run in Canberra's south

Police car

In the early hours of Friday morning a man turned up at Canberra Hospital. Police were soon called.

Forever young

Elizabeth Dalman, ballet dancer and choreographer.

These five people have the gift of old age. They see themselves, not as others see them, but as they were in their working prime. Because they are in their working prime, forever young.

Robot soccer and Rubik's Cube solvers

Rory Wade and Ines Kušen with some of their creations. An exhibition of robotics will be held at the Croatian Embassy on Saturday.

Alexandra Back   The Australian robotics soccer team will take on the Croatian RoboCup world champions in a game this weekend while robot knights and horses "joust" for a crowd.

Warm weather in store this long weekend

Hundreds gather for the annual sand modelling competition at Broulee Beach in January. Hot weather will sweep through the NSW South Coast this long weekend.

Emma Kelly   Canberrans heading to NSW South Coast this long weekend could be in for the hottest day of the year so far.

Any increase to the GST would damage housing affordability in Canberra

Real estate.

Henry Belot   An increase to the GST would have an immediate impact on housing affordability in Canberra.

Amber and Hayley go from reality TV to real friendship

Friends and singers Amber Nichols and Hayley Jensen at the Kingston Foreshore.

Megan Doherty   Two of Canberra's reality TV stars share a special friendship.

Vision impaired enjoy Floriade through audio tour, smell and touch

Legally blind woman Cathie Morant and Isla Smith from the Royal Society for the Blind (wearing glasses that impair her vision) enjoy the smells of Floriade.

Clare Sibthorpe   Cathie Morant was a longtime volunteer at Floriade until she became legally blind in 2011.

Missing Weetangera woman found

Missing: Weetangera woman Annette Altree-Williams, 66, was last seen at 4pm on Friday.

Police say a missing Weetangera woman has been found safe and well.


How Swede it would be to imitate Stockholm's airport

Stockholm airport's arrivals Hall of Fame, with famous ABBA

Ian Warden 11:45 PM   Use our personalities of the moment hot spots to enhance the welcome at Canberra Airport.

Demolition starts on The Braddon Club

Demolition of The Braddon Club is underway to make way for the Canberra Raiders'  proposed $80 million retail and residential development which has yet to be approved. The demolition was approved separately.

Club will make way for the Canberra Raiders' proposed $80 million residential and retail development.

Immigration move out of Belconnen appears quashed

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann must sign off on any move for the department.

Phillip Thomson   The tender to build department's new headquarters has been killed.

Family centre will need room to grow in the future

Deanne Kuhn, of Bonner, (far left) and her seven month son Ethan, with Health Minister Simon Corbell and midwives Vanessa Bakker (centre) and Marguarita van Oosten, holding Reya, eight months, at the QEII Family Centre in Curtin on Friday.

Megan Doherty   New beds at the Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre mean it will be able to take up to an extra 500 admissions a year.