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Ross Peake

Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

The future of public housing in Canberra

Ross Peake The debate over changes to public housing in Canberra has been raging for years. While tearing down dilapidated units is undoubtedly good news for developers, what will does it mean for the...

Big yellow bus stops in Canberra R U OK campaign

Ross Peake A yellow bus will arrive in Canberra on Wednesday as its crew winds up a trip around Australia to “put mateship back on track”.

Canberra Times Fun Run 2014 raises more than $110,000 for charity

Fun run

Ross Peake The thousands of Canberra people pounding the pavement in crisp Spring weather have raised more than $110,000 for charity.

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.

Hopes for hipster precinct in revamp of Woden town centre

Bondi Hipster Christiaan Van Vuuren who is a comedian who mocks the hipster subculture.

Ross Peake Work is about to begin on several projects for the revamp of Woden town centre including the long overdue construction of a new bus interchange.

Canberra woman wins award for house warming – and cooling

Solace Creations owner Karen Porter.

Ross Peake Business entrepreneur Karen Porter says an energy efficient house is like throwing a doona on the bed.

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

Impact of federal budget on the ACT

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher after signing an Asset Recycling Agreement in Parliament House.

Ross Peake What is the impact of the federal budget on the ACT?

Canberra's Model citizens set to embrace new homeland on Australia Day

Ross Peake Almost 17,900 people from 155 countries will become Australian citizens in about 400 ceremonies on Sunday.

Labor plan was for Calvary to go private

Ross Peake The Hawke Labor government seriously considered breaking the promise to fund the operating deficit of Calvary Hospital, which would have closed all its public beds.

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.

Hotel to be built at Canberra Airport


Ross Peake A four-star hotel will be built at Canberra Airport, becoming a key factor in attracting international flights.

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Disabled are 'second-class citizens'

Maureen Caelli of Chifley is largely confined to her home due to the disabling effects of her progressive MS.

By Ross Peake Chifley resident Maureen Caelli is the human face of a national report that says many people with multiple sclerosis are battling without essential aids such as wheelchairs.

Cabinet Papers: 1984-85

Ministers braced for anger over closures

Campbell High School.

Ross Peake In April 1985 federal ministers considered closing Watson High School and three primary schools, along with increasing class sizes and reducing ancillary staff in ACT government schools.

Foreign Affairs enters embassies row

At the proposed site, Yarralumla resident, Dr Alan Cowan, is part of a campaign hoping to stop the development of diplomatic housing in Stirling Park, Yarralumla.

Ross Peake Foreign Affairs has entered the row over siting a new diplomatic enclave at Stirling Park.

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No embassies in Stirling Park, say residents

Ross Peake Building embassies in Stirling Park will permanently damage the lake environment and limit the ability of Canberrans to use it in ways they may not yet appreciate, residents will tell a parliamentary...

Stirling Park embassies will 'forever damage lake environment'

At the proposed site, Yarralumla resident, Dr Alan Cowan, is part of a campaign hoping to stop the development of diplomatic housing in Stirling Park, Yarralumla. 
1 Feb 2013.
Photo: Rohan Thomson. The Canberra Times.


Ross Peake Putting embassies into Stirling Park will damage the greater lake environment forever and impact on its ability to be used by Canberrans in ways we may not even yet appreciate, residents will tell a...

Embassies should be in Molongo, inquiry hears

DFAT's Sally Mansfield.

Ross Peake Any new diplomatic enclave should be built in the greenfields area of Molongo rather than the established Stirling Park, a parliamentary inquiry has been told.

Gallagher refuses to find role for Abbott

Chief minister, Katy Gallagher, at the launch of '100 stories', a book featuring the personal stories of 100 ACT Health workers.
7 March 2013
Photo: Rohan Thomson. The Canberra Times.


Ross Peake The ACT government will not change a centenary event to appease the federal Coalition.