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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Trees to screen Uriarra village from solar farm but add to fire danger: Liberal MLA Andrew Wall

Kirsten Lawson A new planting zone to screen the Uriarra village from the full impact of a solar farm across the road puts the village at risk of bushfire, the Liberals’ Andrew Wall believes.

Queanbeyan residents warned on Mr Fluffy asbestos


Kirsten Lawson Eleven property owners in Queanbeyan and tenants of a block of flats have received a letter warning them that Mr Fluffy asbestos could still be in their homes.

Simon Corbell loses planning portfolio to new minister Mick Gentleman

New minister Mick Gentleman will take on the ministries of planning, workplace safety and industrial relations.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT's newest minister will pick up one of the territory's most contentious portfolios - planning, after Friday's cabinet reshuffle.

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ACT government will require all workers who might be exposed to asbestos to complete training by September 30

asbestos removal.

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government will require all workers who might be exposed to asbestos to complete training by September 30.

Katy Gallagher sets up a Mr Fluffy asbestos crisis taskforce

Grants and other financial for families forced out of their homes will follow an asbestos taskforce.

Kirsten Lawson Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has set up a taskforce to coordinate the response to the unfolding Mr Fluffy asbestos crisis in Canberra, and says grants and other financial packages for families...

Development application lodged for Uriarra solar farm


Kirsten Lawson The company behind the One Sun Uriarra solar farm has lodged a development application this week.

Queanbeyan residents told Mr Fluffy asbestos homes are safe

Grants and other financial for families forced out of their homes will follow an asbestos taskforce.

Kirsten Lawson NSW Health advice to Queanbeyan households with Mr Fluffy loose-fill asbestos in their ceilings is in stark contrast to ACT government's response.

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Canberra's kangaroo cull to begin after challenge fails


Kirsten Lawson Two shooters are set to begin a cull of 1606 kangaroos in eight nature reserves across Canberra on Monday night after an appeal against the cull was thrown out on Wednesday.

Electricity and gas prices up almost $300 a year

Power prices are going up - unless the carbon tax goes.

Kirsten Lawson Canberrans will face a double hit from July 1, with electricity prices set to rise an average $85 a year and gas prices by an average $213.

ACT invites mum and dad investors to back grass-roots solar

Kirsten Lawson The ACT government opened another mum-and-dad solar scheme on Monday, inviting groups to set up large-scale community solar arrays which ordinary householders can buy into.

Rush hour causes 7.8 minute delay from Gungahlin to the city, say light rail proponents

ACTION buses at the Civic Interchange during the busy peak period

Kirsten Lawson You're probably acutely aware of how many minutes and seconds you lose to rush-hour traffic on the way from Gungahlin to work each day.

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Greens minister Shane Rattenbury hit by his own on planning law

Kirsten Lawson Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury faces opposition from within his own party to the fast-track planning laws he is supporting.

Jessica joyful about getting her new birth certificate

Kirsten Lawson Canberran Jessica Walsh has reached a milestone day - the day when she can change her birth certificate.

Rail extension on the planning track


Kirsten Lawson Without a sod turned on Stage 1 of the Capital Rail line, the government has appointed a consortium to investigate extending it to the rest of the city.

TAMS to cut 24 jobs in search for $2 million in savings


Kirsten Lawson Twenty four public servants in TAMS will hear by Friday whether their jobs are gone.

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Canberra kangaroo cull to shoot 1600 animals, put others on pill

More than 1600 kangaroos will be shot as part of the cull.

Kirsten Lawson More than 1600 kangaroos will be shot in the ACT's annual cull, although up to 500 more could also be put on the pill.

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Greens mates pressure Shane Rattenbury to stop ACT kangaroo cull

Clash: Greens minister Shane Rattenbury and his NSW party are at odds over the ACT government's kangaroo cull.

Kirsten Lawson Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury is under pressure from his own party to stop the Canberra kangaroo cull.

ACT's fast-track planning laws withdrawn

ACT work safety minister Simon Corbell.

Kirsten Lawson Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has withdrawn the Government’s controversial fast-track planning laws.

Light rail a grand vision, but can it stack up?


Kirsten Lawson One of the questions about light rail is a whole lot easier to answer than the other. It is beautiful? Well, clearly yes. It has the potential to transform the city.

ACT budget: Pialligo residents hit by $930 average rates rise

Fruit grower Jonathan Banks at his home in Pialligo.

Kirsten Lawson Pialligo residents were scrambling on Wednesday to understand the impact of a 35 per cent rise in their rates.

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