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Ross Peake

Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

The future of Woden's town centre: will it be heaven or hell?

Ross Peake Woden town centre is a land of contrasts, with sparkly glass-sided buildings and abandoned windswept squares.

National Capital Authority too powerful, says Liberal senator

Liberal Senator Zed Seselja believes the territory should be able to make its own decisions on new roads and suburbs without needing approval from the federal authority.

Ross Peake The National Capital Authority’s grip on all parts of Canberra should be loosened, according to Zed Seselja.

Concerns to be raised at meeting over Dickson car park

Ross Peake The plan to cut down 27 trees for a “temporary” car park in Dickson is expected to draw strong objections during a community meeting on Wednesday evening.

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Tenders called for contractor to build indigenous drug and alcohol retreat

Rod Little, chairman of the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body, said his group had been pushing strongly for the farm project.

Ross Peake The ACT government is finally taking steps to build an indigenous bush retreat for drug and alcohol rehabilitation near Tharwa.

Men's sheds: where retiring doesn't mean withdrawal

Forum. At the Tuggeranong Men's Shed. President, Ian Paterson, with an example of the wooden toys the members produce. July 16th. 2014 The Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

Ross Peake A social phenomenon that meets a need for older men is taking a firm hold in Canberra and across Australia.

Gloomy outlook for construction in the ACT

ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr said the report omitted some major projects and that the ACT government's record $2.5 billion infrastructure investment in the 2014-15 ACT budget was driving construction in Canberra.

Ross Peake All current major construction projects in the ACT will be completed by next year “leaving a stark pipeline beyond the next two years”, according to a report published on Thursday.

Tuggeranong's westward push being reviewed by National Capital Authority

NCA chief planner Andrew Smith said if new suburbs were built west of the river it would rejuvenate the  Tuggeranong precinct.

Ross Peake The push to build bridges across the Murrumbidgee to expand Tuggeranong westwards is gaining momentum with the idea now being examined by the National Capital Authority.

Push for 'more humane policy' on asylum seekers

Ross Peake The views of at least 1300 Canberra people who want urgent changes to asylum seeker policy will be put to federal MPs at Parliament House on Thursday

Fallen soldiers to watch over 'powerful' Anzac Day dawn service

ANZAC Day

Ross Peake Haunting images of the faces of the 40 Australians killed in Afghanistan will be projected on the wall of the Australian War Memorial just before this year's Anzac Day dawn service.

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.

ACT whips up debate with wind farm plans

Ross Peake Canberra's neighbouring MPs say they are being treated as ''the ACT's junkyard'' as the national capital aggressively boosts funding for wind farms in the region.

Wind farms: Canberra wants 90% of power home-grown

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Ross Peake The ACT can boast it is leading the nation in the drive to use solar and wind power to heat and cool our homes

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

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.

Roadshow hopes to attract foreign investors for ACT projects

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has defended the delay in the government's response.

Ross Peake The ACT government is about to embark on an ''investment roadshow'' to drum up support for infrastructure projects.

Zed Seselja has radical plan to revitalise Tuggeranong

24th September 2012, Canberra Times, News Photos by Karleen Minney. Tuggeranong valley from the top of Mt Taylor. generic

Ross Peake Tuggeranong should be extended to the west side of the Murrumbidgee River to bring more people to the region, Liberal senator Zed Seselja said.

Tuggeranong: sick lake and struggling town

Tuggeranong valley

Ross Peake Nappy Valley is turning grey - and that's bad news for the Tuggeranong Town Centre

Building a more vibrant Canberra city centre

 Katy Gallagher.

Ross Peake The debate over bulldozing the Sydney and Melbourne buildings is sparking a broader debate about the future of Civic that has implications for all Canberrans.

ACT alone as gloom builds in housing sector

Construction in the ACT has slowed.

Ross Peake The ACT economy may be entering a gloomy period, with building approvals slowing in contrast to national trends.

Dam years away from capacity

Cotter Dam.

Ross Peake and Peter Jean The new Cotter Dam is expected to take another two to three years to fill to its 78 gigalitre capacity.

For whom the bellwether tolls

Peter Hendy.

Ross Peake Liberal Party accuses Labor of pumping out negative messages in Eden-Monaro in a bid to hold the seat.

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