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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

500 public servants bound for Gungahlin

Noel Towell More than 500 ACT public servants will be working in the heart of Gungahlin by mid-2015, the territory government has promised.

Parking in the Triangle, it's a lottery

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Noel Towell A ballot will be used to allocate precious spaces to DFAT public servants.

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Public Trustee poised to sell elderly woman's home

85 year old Louise Haberkorn, outside her
home in Downer, with her daughter, Petra McManus of Gungahlin.

Noel Towell The ACT Government has tens of thousands of dollars of Louise Haberkorn's money, now it wants to sell her house.

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Canberra City Bowling Club likely to be sold

Canberra Bowling Club, Braddon.

Noel Towell Another piece of Canberra’s early history looks set to be lost, with the Canberra City Bowling Club to be bulldozed or sold off.

Changes to Land Rent scheme a boost for newcomers

James Petterson, with his wife Sarah, and 16-month-old Rachael, outside their home in Bonner.

Noel Towell Households earning up to $160,000 a year can now get a taxpayer-assisted helping hand into Canberra's housing market, courtesy of the ACT government.

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Crace home owners score stamp duty win over government

L-R  Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozbeh Araghi of Crace have won a court battle over stamp duty and are set to receive $20,000 back from the Government.

Stephanie Anderson and Noel Towell Having a $17,000 bill slashed to $20 is reason to celebrate in anyone's language but for one Canberra couple it's a financial boon that has come with a fair bit of stress not to mention cost.

ACT government loses stamp duty case

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Noel Towell The ACT Government could be hit with demands for refunds of millions of dollars it reaped in stamp duty on house-and-land packages in Canberra's north after accepting defeat in a landmark legal case.

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Dream homes turn into nightmares for Canberra buyers

Tanya Nguyen of Wright (front), Bethany and James Liddall, Subhash Rewal,  Thuy Ha and her sister Thi Ha and Lorraine and David Anderson have been left with unfinished houses after paying Sublime big money to build their dream homes.

Noel Towell and Matthew Raggatt The net is closing on a Canberra building company accused of leaving home buyers in the lurch with unfinished houses.

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Canberra's gang-gang cockatoos under threat from smugglers

Noel Towell The Canberra region's beloved gang-gang cockatoos are being targeted by criminals who smuggle native birds out of the country.

Green light given for Canberra water projects

The ACT and federal governments will finally sign off on an $85 million plan to save Lake Burley Griffin and Canberras other polluted waterways.

Noel Towell The ACT and federal governments will finally sign off on an $85 million plan to save Lake Burley Griffin and Canberra's other polluted waterways.

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Master Builders Association calls for inquiry to root out rogue operators in ACT

Jerry Howard, Deputy Executive Director of Master Builders Association of the ACT.

Noel Towell and Matthew Raggatt An independent inquiry into Canberra's building industry is the only thing that can rid the capital of the "rotten apples" ripping off home owners, suppliers and tradies, the peak builders' body says.

Another company accused of failing Canberra home owners

Homeowners Ling Palm with her husband Nicholas Palm and design consultant Angela Penhallow.

Noel Towell and Matthew Raggatt Another Canberra home builder is accused of leaving a trail of debt disputes and half-built houses around the city.

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Exodus of public servants from Woden gathers pace

Lovett Tower in Woden.

Noel Towell and Tom McIlroy ACT government says it can do little to stem the bleeding of jobs from the precinct.

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Debts of failed builder Sublime may soar to $2.5 million

Tanya Nguyen of Wright a long with other homebuyers throughout Canberra back L-R ,  Bethany and James Liddall , Subhash Rewal,  Thuy Ha and her sister Thi Ha and  Lorraine and David Anderson have been left with unfinished houses after paying Sublime big money to build their dream homes.

Noel Towell Failed Canberra builder Sublime Developments may owe up to $2.5 million to home buyers, tradesmen and suppliers around the capital, according to the company's administrator.

AusAID staff complain of machine gun miming amid DFAT takeover

Peter Varghese.

Noel Towell Friday's "hostile takeover" of AusAID by Foreign Affairs was never expected to go smoothly but nobody thought DFAT public servants might want their new colleagues dead.

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Late pay and long hours, workers say

Several dozen Filipino and Korean building workers on 457 visas say they are being exploited and intimidated on building sites throughout Canberra. L-R KP Pro Contracts Manager John Phillips ,Justin Jo site supervisor for KP Pro experts painting and Chikmann Koh  from the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union.

Noel Towell Dozens of foreign workers in Australia on 457 skilled visas have allegedly been exploited by a Canberra company on building sites around the capital.

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Woolworths 'in ACCC probe'

A customer leaves a Woolworths supermarket in central Sydney July 21, 2010.

Noel Towell Woolworths is being investigated over the way it does business in Canberra, according to a rival operator.

Canberra's first people still a matter for debate

News . Generic. Parliament house, Old Parliament house, Anzac parade, Australian war memorial, from Mt Ainslie lookout. 3rd January 2013. Canberra Times photo by Karleen Minney.

Noel Towell The long-running battle over Canberra's indigenous heritage may never be definitively settled, a confidential ACT government briefing says.

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No compo for woman who wouldn't work until boss was sacked

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Noel Towell A Canberra public servant who refused to go to work unless her boss was sacked has lost the latest round of her fight for unfair dismissal compensation.

Family's marching orders trouble YWCA

Connie Parkes and her six children are about to be evicted from their home in Gungahlin.

Noel Towell The YWCA of Canberra has had enough of Connie Parkes and her children.