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Ross Peake

Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

Adding it up: 86 polling places, 1000 workers, $950,000 in costs

Ross Peake About 1000 people will be working on polling booths in Canberra on Saturday to ensure the election goes smoothly.

Push to provide more places to shop in parliamentary precinct

Generic Canberra Photos pictured is Parliament House on Capital Hill in Canberra looking from Commonwealth Bridge today Tuesday 14th of July 2009.

Ross Peake A parliamentary committee will be given the green light to investigate the lack of shops in the parliamentary zone.

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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.

Proposed 'temporary' car park draws residents' ire

The carpark outside Woolworths Dickson.

Ross Peake Dickson residents say a ''temporary'' car park to be built on a busy corner at the shopping centre will create dangerous traffic conditions, vandalise a tree-lined park and be too far from most shops.

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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.

New Lifeline CEO Carrie Leeson says revenue biggest challenge

Carrie Leeson.

Ross Peake Lifeline Canberra’s new boss was astounded when she entered the cavernous warehouse used to sort books for the organisation’s bookfairs.

Canberra refugee protesters accuse federal government of piracy for sending back Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

Refugee Action Committee

Ross Peake The federal government may be guilty of piracy, according to the organisers of a protest on Canberra’s main thoroughfare against refugees being sent back to Sri Lanka.

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.

Trauma centre aims to give neglected and abused children a big helping hand

Ross Peake Neglected and abused children in Canberra can now go to a friendly, cosy place to see health professionals.

Gai Brodtmann supports brickworks development

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Ross Peake and Primrose Riordan Federal MP Gai Brodtmann has come out in support of a large-scale housing development in her suburb involving the former Canberra brickworks, although local opposition to the proposal is growing.

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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

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.

Richard O'Brien: the pluck of the Irish in calling Canberra home

 Former Irish Ambassador Richard O'Brien at his home in Nicholls.

Ross Peake The first thing you notice when you walk into Richard and Bernadette O’Brien’s house in Canberra is the mass of Waterford crystal sparking in the warm winter sun.

Advice to new recruits from Senate's old soldiers

senators Ricky Muir and Glenn Lazarus.

Ross Peake Memo new senators taking their places next week: leave your egos at the door, join a committee, think hard about your legacy and, maybe, put on a military uniform.

Ceremonial occasion as Mark Binskin succeeds David Hurley as Chief of Defence Force

Incoming Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin and outgoing Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley.

Ross Peake The Federation Guard took to the field for a formal change-of-command ceremony for the Chief of the Defence Force.

Grocery wars intensify as more supermarkets emerge in the suburbs

Not so super: Go Bananas fruit shop owner Khaled Alaj says he'll be forced to close with two new shopping centres proposed in Dickson.

Ross Peake As the grocery war intensifies, Canberra already has the nation’s the highest floor space for supermarkets per capita.

Grocery wars: chain reaction

Ross Peake The challenge for greater competition has been accepted as supermarket chains increase their focus in the suburbs, writes ROSS PEAKE.

Pope Benedict treated me unfairly, say sacked bishop Bill Morris

Former bishop William Morris.

Ross Peake A sacked Catholic bishop will tell a Canberra audience this week he was treated unfairly by Pope Benedict.