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David Ellery is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

NBN frustrations growing

David Ellery Canberrans trying to negotiate the on-ramp to the NBN's information super highway are finding the experience more difficult than they expected.

NBN connection fixed, but only after family waited for months

NEWS: Quentin Roberts of Harrison is finally able to use his NBN after spending two months trying to have it connected. 9th JULY 2013.Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times..

David Ellery Telstra has apologised to a Harrison family after taking almost two months to move them to the NBN.

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Extension saga couple allegedly owe council $450K

Photos from the Gerondal's Bingie property

David Ellery The Waramanga couple at the centre of a horror 38-year house extension saga in the ACT owe the Eurobodalla Shire Council $450,000 in legal and clean up costs.

Saga of renovation with no end in sight

A neglected and unfinished home in Yambina Crescent, Warramanga, much to the ire of immediate neighbour, Wayne Mitchell.

David Ellery An elderly Canberra couple would rather see their Waramanga home sold out from under them than comply with court orders issued nine years ago to end a building saga that dates back to before the...

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Growing to love 'city of the lost'

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 Architect of the new section of the National Gallery of Australia Peter Tonkin with a model of the Gallery
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David Ellery Canberra is criss-crossed by roads to nowhere and hollow at its core, an architecture professor says.

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Wheelchair-bound delegate humiliated by Qantas treatment

NEWS: Anita Gordon of Harrison with the battery thats she need to operate her wheelchair with, that certain airlines have told her that it's to heavy and one even asking if she could cut it in half.  25th June 2013.Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times..

David Ellery A key Canberra delegate to the launch of Australia's $15 billion disability insurance scheme was left angry and humiliated on Saturday when local Qantas staff initially refused to check her electric...

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After 40 years, P76 draws more fans than critics

Col Gardner and Bernice Gardner with their 1974 Leyland P-76Targa Florio at his Hawker home.

David Ellery It's taken 40 years but the Leyland P76 has finally shaken off its ''lemon'' label, Canberra car owner and former motoring writer Col Gardner says.

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ACT police seize 'dangerous' synthetic drugs

Photograph shows Department of Fair Trade officials informing a local tobacconist that the sale of synthetic drugs will now bw illegal under new laws and to start destocking.Image of synthetic cannabis.Photograph by Dean Sewell.S.M.H.News.Taken Sunday 9th June 2013

David Ellery Laboratory testing has confirmed $20,000 worth of "herbal incense" products seized by ACT police contain synthetic cannabinoids.

Little book fair has bigger agenda

The Crichton family of Theodore,  Jodie and Paul with their children L-R Connor,7 and Charli,5 attend the bookfair for their first time at the Vikings Auditorium.

David Ellery Organisers say Lifeline's littlest book fair punches well above its weight.

Home building in doldrums

Housing estates in Canberra's north.

David Ellery Home building starts in Canberra are down by 32 per cent year-on-year compared to 2012-13, a BIS Shrapnel study shows.

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Visa changes affect motor industry jobs

David Ellery Draft legislation that will make it harder to employ workers on 457 visas should be replaced by more initiatives to encourage young Australians to take up a trade, Canberra motor industry bosses say.

Poll day not doomsday for ACT: business chief

David Ellery Canberra will not fall into a hole if the Coalition wins the election, says Chamber of Commerce CEO Andrew Blyth.

Engineering a better future for mechanics

l-r Romeo Balbin and Hilario Garrido are both 457 visa holders and work as mechanics at Bridgestone service centre, Fyshwick.

David Ellery Hilario Garrido is one of dozens of 457 visa workers who help keep Canberra's motorists on the road.

Hats off to officers, gentlemen and ladies

News.   Royal Military College graduates celebrate following the graduation ceremony at Duntroon.  18 June 2013 Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

David Ellery Brigadier Dianne Gallasch was a keenly interested bystander at Tuesday's Royal Military College, Duntroon mid-year graduation.

Morrison 'taken aback' by virality of YouTube speech

Chief of Army David Morrison. YouTube screen grab.

David Ellery A video showing Australia's top soldier, Lieutenant General David Morrison, ripping into sexual abuse in the army has been viewed more than a million times.

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Call to honour indigenous servicemen

Dorothy Mary Saunders (nee Banfield) and Reg Saunders. c1944.

David Ellery Next year's Anzac centenary is a chance to belatedly recognise the efforts of Aboriginal servicemen during both world wars, Australian War Memorial council member Graham Edwards believes.

Dry autumn made burnoff sensible move

News: Controlled burn at Black Mountain, Canberra. 12th of April 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths


David Ellery Controlled burn in Canberra's north a pre-emptive strike to keep residents safe come summer.

Airport's plan a stop-gap measure

Sydney Airport's draft 20-year masterplan is only a stop gap solution to the NSW capital's long term congestion problems.

David Ellery Sydney Airport's draft 20-year masterplan is only a stop-gap solution, Canberra Airport's Stephen Byron believes.

Military, PS take the most honours

OAM medal.

David Ellery Soldiers and public servants have scored the lion's share of Queen's Birthday honours for ACT and Queanbeyan residents.

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Bombs away: the final battle for Tuggeranong

Bill Mayne, a retired RAAF Group Captain was a junior bomb disposal officer in 1973 and worked to clear the area (which had been used as a practice range during the war) of bombs so it could be developed into Tuggeranong and Bonython.

David Ellery Forty years ago, Flying Officer Bill Mayne led a bomb disposal team into a sheep paddock to Canberra's south.