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Kirsten Lawson is the Chief Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Uriarra solar farm applicants linked to failed NSW green electricity retailer


Kirsten Lawson The men heading the controversial bid to build a solar farm near the Uriarra village were senior players in a failed NSW green-power company.

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Buy-back has not warded off legal action, as Fluffy owners consider suing

Kirsten Lawson Some 1021 Mr Fluffy homes in Canberra have owners hanging out for decisions.

ACT Electoral Commission set to start the biggest redistribution of electorates in 20 years

Lines redrawn: The ACT Electoral Commission is expected to release its proposed new boundaries for the territory in February or March.

Kirsten Lawson Splitting the ACT into five electorates for the 2016 election is a daunting task faced by the ACT Electoral Commission.

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Light Rail to deliver $1 billion in benefits: ACT Government

Katy Gallagher.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy The ACT government has released its business case for the proposed light rail from Gungahlin to Civic, saying the project will deliver $1 billion in benefits for the territory.

Breakthrough imminent in Mr Fluffy crisis, government talks today

Asbestos removal.

Kirsten Lawson The Commonwealth and ACT governments are finally set to resolve the Mr Fluffy asbestos crisis.

Who will be left to represent the central electorate?

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher could end up representing a different set of voters.

Kirsten Lawson As the Electoral Commission prepares to draw new boundaries, the central electorate looks to lose some of its elected members to outer suburbs.

First nine asbestos tests in NSW negative


Kirsten Lawson The first nine tests for loose-fill asbestos in NSW homes have come back negative.

ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman uses call-in powers to approve indigenous healing farm

Planning Minister Mick Gentleman.

Kirsten Lawson and Mark Sawa Mick Gentleman uses call-in powers to clear the way for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre.

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Water crisis after pipe burst at Macarthur reservoir

Emergency supply: SES volunteer Peter Simpfendorfer at a water refill station in Wanniassa set up after the Macarthur reservoir lost its water.

Kirsten Lawson Almost the entire storage of the Macarthur water reservoir was lost when a major pipe burst.

Greens Shane Rattenbury points to lack of consultation on Uriarra project

Shane Rattenbury.

Kirsten Lawson A hint that the Uriarra community's vehement opposition to the proposed solar farm opposite the village has sunk in at the highest level of governments came this week, when Greens Minister Shane...

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Zhenfa tests waters outside China with Canberra solar farm project

An artist's impression of the Mugga Lane solar farm.

Kirsten Lawson The Chinese company building the Mugga Lane solar farm has plans to develop a "mum and dad" solar scheme with an ethical superannuation fund run by former ACT Greens candidate Simon Sheikh and other...

Uriarra residents: we weren't consulted about Elementus solar farm

Kirsten Lawson Uriarra residents have hit back at suggestions they were consulted on the planned solar farm before a planning application was lodged, saying there were two meetings and at both the developer...

Red Hill

Red Hill high-rise developments 'out of step' with Inner South homes

Public housing.

Kirsten Lawson The redevelopment of the Red Hill public-housing precinct includes a new road and caters for up to twice the number of residents. writes Kirsten Lawson.

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Fluffy owners meet federal Minister Eric Abetz


Kirsten Lawson Mr Fluffy homeowners met federal Employment Minister Eric Abetz on Monday ahead of a decision by the Commonwealth on its contribution to a mass buy-back and demolition scheme for the...

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.

NSW expands Fluffy search as 199 request testing

Kirsten Lawson NSW authorities have expanded their asbestos search yet again after the discovery of a house in Orange confirmed to have contained loose-fill asbestos insulation before it was demolished two or three...

Capital's Solar farm opens

FRV site manager Nick Wain inspects the operational solar panels during the Royalla Solar Farm official opening.

Kirsten Lawson, Sarah Connor and Ben Westcott Canberra is one step closer to meeting its 90 percent renewable energy target by 2020 by opening Australia's largest photovaltic solar farm

ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell to share territory's green vision with Nobel laureates


Kirsten Lawson and Primrose Riordan Canberra's national leadership on renewable energy has piqued the interest of Nobel laureates.

Mr Fluffy homeowners organise fund-raiser picnic day

Brianna Heseltine with baby Marcus and supporters of Fluffy Owners and Residents Action Group.

Kirsten Lawson Mr Fluffy homeowners are to meet at Federation Mall in front of Parliament House on Sunday.

Mr Fluffy home owners to rally at Parliament House

Dr Sue Packer.

Kirsten Lawson Mr Fluffy home owners to host family picnic day at Parliament House.