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Buyers bid with Christmas spirit

Sold: Auction watch at 41 Greenough Circuit, Kaleen.
Auctioneer Peter Walker sells the home at auction for $780000.

Georgina Connery 7:03 PM   Six of nine properties for auction were sold under the hammer, one going on the market just eight days ago.

Rocky ride for Santa Claus with thunderstorms predicted over Christmas in Canberra

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Georgina Connery 5:58 PM   It could be a rocky ride for Santa Claus this year with rain and possible thunderstorms predicted during the Christmas period in the capital.

Security officer's redundancy delayed despite agreement

Security guard Shane Stuart 
outside ANU's Research School of Chemistry. Mr Stuart is one of the two security officers seeking to retain their job.

Matthew Raggatt 11:00 PM   The union delegate for in-house security officers at Australian National University says his redundancy deal was postponed after he represented staff at a meeting with university management.

Kambah man flips car in drink driving incident

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Georgina Connery 4:11 PM   A 24-year-old Kambah man has been charged with high range drink driving after his car flipped off the road during an accident on Friday night

Ice sculptor carves up Christmas creations

Ice sculptor Kenji Ogawa.

Georgina Connery 4:04 PM   Shavings of ice surged into the air as internationally acclaimed ice sculptor Kenji Ogawa carved up a series of Christmas creations at the Canberra Centre on Saturday.

Get the ACT economy rolling in January, says business council

Chris Faulks

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   Canberrans are urged to get out and enjoy the many activities in the city in January and to welcome the many visitors expected to flood the city, Ben Westcott reports.

One person caught speeding in ACT schools every three days in 2014

No need for speed: Three Canberrans a day were caught speeding in 40km/h zones in 2014 on average.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   Three Canberrans a day were caught speeding in 40km/h zones in 2014 on average, a figure which has left school groups despondent despite being a massive drop on previous years.

Griffith man charged with setting fire to home of 7 children

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Matthew Raggatt 3:19 PM   A Griffith man has been charged with attempting to set fire to a home with his sister inside and seven children on the premises.

Funding cut after months of uncertainty for ACT gay rights group

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Ben Westcott 1:51 PM   A Canberra gay rights groups has had its government funding cut without being told after months of uncertainty and will lose more than $360,000 of monetary support.

Canberra's Centenary Trail was referred to federal government for assessment

The endangered Hoary Sunray which could have been damaged by the original Centenary Trail.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   An ecological report, released under Freedom of Information Laws, has revealed that the original blueprint for Canberra's Centenary Trail was referred to the government for assessment because of concerns about environmental damage.

Man in court after trying to set fire to car in Gungahlin

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Ben Westcott   A 28-year-old Griffith man will face court on Saturday after he was interrupted allegedly attempting to set fire to a car parked in a driveway in Gungahlin.

Paid parking begins at Parliament House

Buying a couple of these at the Parliament House gift shop will allow you to park for free.

Parliament House visitors will pay to park next week - unless they fork out money at the gift shop.

Home destroyed in Karabar fire

The Kinsella Street home was extensively damaged.

A Karabar home has been gutted by fire on Friday.

Algae-infested Lake Tuggeranong closed - again

Blue-green algae on the surface of Lake Tuggeranong near the Wanniassa drain.

Emma Kelly   Lake Tuggeranong has been closed amid rising blue-green algae levels.

Digital audiences drive Canberra Times to record readership

Canberra Times readership has increased again.

Readership of The Canberra Times has reached a new high, the latest data tracking newspaper audiences across print, online, mobile and tablets  shows.

'Patriots' president locked up in NSW

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Christopher Knaus   The local president of a "patriots" group accused of racially abusing a man near an Islamic centre has been locked up on separate offences after NSW police raided his property.

Supreme Court dismisses Hoddle Street killer's cross-examination application

The ACT Supreme Court.

Michael Inman   Hoddle Street mass killer lawsuit against Commonwealth set to be heard in the new year.

ACT families doing it tough this Christmas

Michelle Mayer and her two daughters, Anna, 15, and Kelsie, 6, have benefited from Canberrans' generosity.

Ben Westcott 11:00 PM   After a year full of spending cuts and belt tightening some ACT residents are looking at a bleak Christmas.

Barr looks to development and innovation at University of Canberra

University of Canberra vice-chancellor Stephen Parker announces planned changes.

Tom McIlroy   The ACT Government will seek to update laws to allow the University of Canberra a greater range of development and business activities.

Jailed hit-and-run driver Justin Monfries dead

Justin Monfries killed Linda Cox when he hit her while running a red light in a stolen car.

Christopher Knaus   The drunk driver who killed hospital worker Linda Cox in a horror hit and run outside Canberra Hospital has died while serving his time. 

Female detainees stage protest on prison roof

The Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Women unhappy with prison living arrangements.

Trip the light fantastic

Master at work: Phil Jensen's home in Bissenberger Crescent, Kambah, is a symphony of Christmas lights.

Mark Sawa   Here's our guide to the best Christmas light displays around town.

Ice trafficker jailed after failing to deal with own habit

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Christopher Knaus   An ice trafficker caught after a covert phone-tap operation has been jailed after failing to deal with her own habit.

Significant risks to ACT Budget as deficit balloons

RISK: Auditor-General Maxine Cooper warns of risks to the ACT Budget.

Kirsten Lawson   ACT Auditor-General Maxine Cooper has highlighted significant risks of a ballooning deficit to the ACT Budget.

Drugs and cash found in north Canberra

Police.

Drugs worth an estimated street value of $500,000 found in Nicholls.

Small fish in a big pond: 68,000 native fish join Canberra’s waterways

Small fry: ACT Environment and Planning Directorate aquatic ecologist Mark Jekabsons and Ian Charles from Silverwater Native Fish inspect some of the 68,000 fingerlings to be released into Lake Burley Griffin and Lake Ginninderra.

David Winter   What they lack in size, they make up for in numbers. The newest residents of Lake Burley Griffin, 29,000 Murray cod fingerlings, were introduced to a murky and potentially deadly world on Friday.

NSW Fluffy families overjoyed at buyback and demolition

Queanbeyan Mr Fluffy families met on Friday to celebrate the news of the buy back scheme. (from left behind) Mike Bresnik, Maryanne Bresnik, Brianna Heseltine, Queanbeyan Mayor Tim Overall, Kieran Ferris, Edwin Casey. (front from left), Lisette Holmes, Douglas Campbell 10, and Courtney Holmes.

Kirsten Lawson   Queanbeyan famlies are overjoyed at the NSW government's decision to buyback and demolish Mr Fluffy homes in the state and to consider allowing owners to rebuild on their land, offering a concession that ACT owners have failed to secure. 

Branching out to help at Christmas

Mr Fluffy home owners unexpectedly had a Christmas Tree donated to them from the Christmas Tree Truck. Lisa and her husband Andrew Ziolkowski, and their children Natalie 9-months-old, and Jonathan 3-years-old.

Jil Hogan   When the Ziolkowski family were displaced from their Mr Fluffy home in July, they not only lost their home but also most of what they owned.

Fire near Macgregor Primary School

Firefighters are trying to douse a grass fire near Macgregor Primary School.

Firefighters are at the scene of a grass fire at Hirschfeld Crescent.

Kris Kringle calamities 'nothing short of bullying'

Luan Ho Trieu with his offensive Kris Kringle reindeer.

Primrose Riordan   Readers have written in with their own Kris Kringle disasters - with some calling for a blanket secret Santa ban.