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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times.

Fluffy-insulated residents in Queanbeyan need to get out now, says agency

Emma Macdonald Peter Tighe, the head of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, says the NSW government must immediately help get families out of at least 12 identified Mr Fluffy homes in Queanbeyan and NSW.

Asbestos bombshell: Govt knew about Mr Fluffy risk 25 years ago

An advertisement by Dirk Jansen, aka Mr Fluffy, placed in The Canberra Times in 1968.

Emma Macdonald Owners of affected houses now await a decision from the ACT and Commonwealth Governments on whether they should be demolished, Emma Macdonald reports.

Birdman Rally's risks and rewards among Canberra's fond Lake Burley Griffin memories

Teenagers experience the thrill of the Birdman Rally launch platform on Lake Burley Griffin after competition finish in 1987.

Jakob Glenn and Emma Macdonald ACT work safety boss says he doesn't even want to think about some of the risks that were involved in the old Bird Man Rally.

NSW parliament to investigate the extent of Mr Fluffy asbestos contamination in NSW homes

Kirsten Lawson and Emma Macdonald The NSW parliament will investigate the extent of Mr Fluffy asbestos contamination in NSW homes, a  move that boosts the likelihood of a state-wide hunt for the deadly loose-fill insulation.

Nightmare awaits inside a Mr Fluffy roof space

Robson Environmental's Ged Keane has questioned the current advice by the NSW government.

Emma Macdonald NSW homeowners are being warned not to be complacent about the risks of loose asbestos insulation.

Mr Fluffy crisis: homeowners want action not blame

Fluffy Owners and Residents' Action Group founder Brianna Heseltine.

Emma Macdonald The founder of the Fluffy Owners and Residents' Action Group said recriminations over who knew what about Mr Fluffy asbestos must not distract politicians from finding a solution to the health and...

Plea to help Queanbeyan Mr Fluffy victims

Mike and Maryanne Bresnik outside their Mr Fluffy home in Queanbeyan.

Emma Macdonald Maryanne and Mike Bresnik are one of a small group of Queanbeyan families whose lives have been turned upside down by Canberra's now infamous Mr Fluffy insulation scheme.

Bernie Banton launch of asbestos awareness bus in Canberra

Asbestos

Emma Macdonald Canberra's toxic asbestos legacy made it the perfect location to launch a new asbestos awareness van which will tour the country over the coming months.

Sue Packer to head ACT government's asbestos reference group

Dr Sue Packer will be the chair of the ACT government’s asbestos reference group.

Emma Macdonald Former Canberran of the Year Dr Sue Packer will chair the ACT government’s asbestos reference group.

Tradies and homeowners happy with tagging of contaminated Mr Fluffy homes

No-one knows how many Queanbeyan homes might contain Mr Fluffy asbestos.

Emma Macdonald Canberra’s tradespeople will ultimately pay the highest price for exposure to Mr Fluffy asbestos, the CFMEU says.

Road planned over asbestos dump

Asbestos ready to be buried in Canberra in the 1990s.

Emma Macdonald A massive asbestos waste dump in Gungahlin that contains the original Mr Fluffy asbestos removed from more than 1000 Canberra homes in the 1980s is being tested before the ACT government builds a...

Mr Fluffy group demands crisis support and demolition

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Emma Macdonald The owners of homes contaminated by Mr Fluffy asbestos have presented a list of demands to the ACT Government.

Major changes for education in ACT budget

Generic education budget

Emma Macdonald The ACT Government has committed to a major change to the Canberra Institute of Technology, winding back the Woden campus and developing a new campus in Tuggeranong to meet demand for training and...

Culture war brews over Wig & Pen's move to ANU's Llewellyn Hall

Wig and Pen.

Emma Macdonald A culture war is brewing over plans by the popular inner-city pub, the Wig & Pen, to relocate from its Civic location to the ground floor of the Australian National University’s School of Music.

Empire Building Group site shut down in Wright

Worksafe's Mark McCabe.

Emma Macdonald A building site in Wright operated by Empire Building Group has been shut down over a raft of safety concerns.

Constitution Avenue widening shut down over safety concerns

Work on the $42 million upgrade and widening of Constitution Avenue has been temporarily halted.

Emma Macdonald Work on the $42 million upgrade and widening of Constitution Avenue has been temporarily halted by WorkSafe ACT following a number of safety concerns.

Parents in PJs: that's one way to get them involved in school activities

Students and parents at Maquarie Primary School setup for a movie in the school corridor.
(L-R) Nate Halpin (yr 4), Luke Halpin,  Clare 
Halpin (yr 3), Sophia Halpin, Oliver Walker (Kindergarten), Lianne Gyles, Nicholas Walker (yr1) Yvette Walker, and Bradley Gyles (yr5).

Emma Macdonald Macquarie Primary School principal Wendy Cave has a simple suggestion on how schools can better engage with parents: ''Turn on the lights, open the door and invite parents inside.''

Editors Edwina McCann, Kellie Hush, Helen McCabe concede influential fashion title to Duchess Kate Middleton

Harpers bazaar Ed Kellie Hush with Vogue Ed Edwina McCann at Parliament House to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Emma Macdonald Often described as fashion royalty, the editors of the country's most influential fashion magazines had to concede the title on Thursday when they came face-to-face with the Duchess of Cambridge.

CIT fashion courses bursting at the seams, but help at hand

Emma Macdonald Whether it is shows like Project Runway, the current crafting craze or the buzz of Fashfest, Canberra's ranks of would-be fashion designers are bursting at the seams.