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Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

Grocery wars intensify as more supermarkets emerge in the suburbs

Ross Peake As the grocery war intensifies, Canberra already has the nation’s the highest floor space for supermarkets per capita.

Grocery wars: chain reaction

Ross Peake The challenge for greater competition has been accepted as supermarket chains increase their focus in the suburbs, writes ROSS PEAKE.

Richard O'Brien: the pluck of the Irish in calling Canberra home

 Former Irish Ambassador Richard O'Brien at his home in Nicholls.

Ross Peake The first thing you notice when you walk into Richard and Bernadette O’Brien’s house in Canberra is the mass of Waterford crystal sparking in the warm winter sun.

Canberra's possums cute and cuddly, but such pests too

A possum caught in a Canberra bedroom

Ross Peake Is there any possible way we can rid ourselves of the ''problem'' of possums in Canberra? Or are they just too cute to be a pest?

Andrew Barr's partner goes feral over possums

Neil Harvey with one of his possum boxes outside a home in Griffith.

Ross Peake Anthony Toms, the partner of ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr, has begun a campaign to have the law changed to stop possums – ‘‘evil fur balls’’ - eating his veggie garden.

Joe Hockey attacks wind turbines as 'utterly offensive'

Not a fan: Joe Hockey and a wind farm near Lake George.

Ross Peake and Peter Hannam Treasurer Joe Hockey has attacked windfarms as “utterly offensive and “a blight on the landscape” in the latest sign that the Abbott government has support for the renewable energy...

Canberra Ford Mustang fans eagerly await new model

Don Spackman of Crookwell with his

Ross Peake Canberra owners of classic Ford Mustangs are keenly awaiting the first shipment of the new model, due in Australia next year.

MPs worried about loss of local content with proposed media ownership changes

Local media.

Ross Peake MPs are concerned that changes to media ownership may result in less local content, particularly television news.

Vibrant waterfront in our DNA

Ross Peake In his first extensive interview as chief executive of the National Capital Authority, Malcolm Snow reveals his passion to ''mix things up'' a bit, Ross Peake writes.

Proposed light rail from Gungahlin to Civic is being both lauded and criticised

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Ross Peake If you live in Gungahlin, you will be able to ride on the light rail to Civic in a few years. It will be a fast, smooth ride.

Light rail link to boost Canberra, predicts urban planner

Artists impression of the proposed Canberra light rail.

Ross Peake An urban planning expert is encouraging the ACT government to proceed with its ambitious plan for a light rail to link the populous Gungahlin area to Civic.

Gallagher reminds feds of territory ambitions

Peter Jean and Ross Peake A new hospital, light-rail system and convention centre are at the top of an ACT pork-barrelling wish list Katy Gallagher has sent to Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott.

National Arboretum Canberra visitor numbers tipped to soar

Ross Peake Almost half a million people have visited the National Arboretum Canberra since its opening in February.

Casino life interesting? A safe bet

Ross Peake Bernie Morris once saw a gobsmacking $1 million bet placed on the table where she was a baccarat dealer.

Cabinet had to resolve future of Jervis Bay

Naval ships from several countries gather in Jervis Bay.

Ross Peake The Hawke government had to deal with the future of Jervis Bay as it wrestled with imposing self-government on the ACT.

Cabinet papers 1986-87: Police had concerns over casino for ACT

Casino

Ross Peake Police had serious concerns that a casino in Canberra would attract interstate criminals, professional gamblers and ''cheats''.

Greens have faith in ACT Senate seat

Greens Candidate for the Senate Simon Sheikh.

Ross Peake Greens candidate Simon Sheikh has confidence for the difficult battle to win an ACT Senate seat in the election.

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Labor launches campaign with promise of $10m for uni sport hub

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Ross Peake The Labor Party has formally launched its election campaign for the ACT with balloons, biscuits and a multi-million dollar gift.

It's Lee versus Leigh in Fraser

Lee vs Leigh

Ross Peake The jobs of the ACT's two federal MPs are as safe as houses when voters go to the ballot box in two weeks.

Battle to heat up in grab for Senate

Zed Seselja MLA.

Ross Peake The battle for the ACT's second Senate spot will intensify on Saturday when Canberra Liberals launch their federal election campaign.