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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

50-hectare solar farm planned for Tuggeranong

Workers install solar panels on the roof of the Palexpo Exhibition Center in Geneva October 2011.

Noel Towell The ACT Government says that 'big solar' has arrived in Australia after announcing plans for a vast solar farm in the territory's south.

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Canberra's tallest building may be reinvented as aged-care facility

Lovett Tower in Woden.

Noel Towell Canberra’s tallest building, Lovett Tower in Woden, looks to be heading for a genteel retirement; a possible conversions into an aged-care facility after its last public servant packs up their...

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End in sight after two years of roadworks misery on Cotter Road

Duffy resident Ron Forrester has been campaigning to have Canberra' longest-running roadworks at the Cotter Road finished.

Noel Towell The motorists of Weston Creek and Canberra’s new Molonglo suburbs have endured more than two years of roadworks misery on Cotter Road.

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Soldiers, sailors and Air Force members' pay in the firing line

Defence Minister David Johnston.

Noel Towell Australian soldiers, sailors and Air Force personnel may be facing the same below-inflation wage offer as their civilian Defence Department counterparts.

Defence public servants warned to expect long wait for a pay offer


Noel Towell The Defence Department has told it 20,000 public servants that they should expect a long wait for wage talks to begin.

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Social Services' gold-plated new digs

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Noel Towell Public service bosses at the Department of Social Services want to spend $55 million on a ''gold-plated, Rolls-Royce'' fit-out job for their new offices in Canberra’s south.

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Gold-plated? Not us, guv'nor, says DSS


Noel Towell The Department of Social Services has defended the $55 million budget for the fit-out of its new Tuggeranong building, saying the proposed spend is about right by recent public service standards.

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Customs pulls the pin


Noel Towell Canberra's struggling commercial property market has been dealt another blow.

Public servant flees town after chainsaw attack

The scene at Flax House after the incident took place.

Noel Towell A terrified Department of Human Services public servant has left Canberra in the wake of last year’s chainsaw attack at the department’s Tuggeranong offices.

No more free parking for Canberra public servants

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Noel Towell The era of free car parking for public servants in Canberra is over, no matter the part of the city in which they work.

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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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Welcome to Woe-den: tallest tower to empty as public service job cuts hit hub hard

The Lovett tower in Woden, current home to the federal environment and veteran's affairs departments.

Noel Towell, Meredith Clisby and Fleta Page Canberra’s tallest building, Woden’s Lovett Tower, is set to become a near-empty shell when hundreds of public service occupants move out in two years.

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Housing to keep the ACT afloat

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Noel Towell Economists say Canberra will have to rely on its buoyant housing market as public service job cuts begin to bite.

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It's (back) on: Libs to hold new preselection meeting

Managing director of  Village Building  Bob Winnel at his office in Civic.

Noel Towell, Lisa Cox The ACT Liberals will hold a new divisional council meeting to thrash out the bitter Senate preselection process that has divided the party since Zed Seselja's win over incumbent Gary Humphries last...

Camera speed traps put back to August

Speed Red Light Camera

Noel Towell Canberra's second point-to-point speed camera system planned for the city's south, will be delayed by at least eight months, the ACT Government has conceded.

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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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'A 007 licence to kill': whistleblowing exemptions dangerous

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Noel Towell Exemptions from new whistleblowing laws could give Australia's intelligence agencies “a 007 licence to kill” approach, according to one of the nation's leading public sector corruption...

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Even the Liberals know everyone loves Katy

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Noel Towell You've probably seen the anti-Labor election advertisements in which a typical ACT voter declares "I like Katy Gallagher but ...".

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Aircraft noise makes council lose compass

Darryl Johnston.

Noel Towell End 15-year battle over future of Tralee housing development sparks confused response from Tuggeranong council.

Grounds for optimism as cafe waits on result

Brew Bar owner Peter Giannitsios at work at the Anketell Street store in Tuggeranong.

Noel Towell Keep on brewing a decent cup of coffee, and life will go on.