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Matthew Raggatt

Reporter at The Canberra Times

Andara Homes closer to strike-off

Matthew Raggatt Andara Homes on edge of being wound up.

Red Hill residents upset by "ocean liner" building plans

: From left, Maurice Deveze, David Templeman and Stephen Gaffey, with his son, Jim, are unhappy with  a development application for consent to replace a four-bedroom property with four double-storey townhouses.

Matthew Raggatt Red Hill residents fear traffic and privacy woes if four townhouses are approved.

Activist Diana Abdel-Rahman calls on Arabs to confront Islamic State

Diana Abdel-Rahman

Matthew Raggatt The head of a Canberra-based Islamic cultural group has backed calls by the nation's imams for Australia to stop providing weapons to Kurdish forces in Iraq.

Canberra Muslims back due process after latest Gungahlin mosque claim


Matthew Raggatt A leader of Canberra's Islamic community said it retained faith in the legal process after many followers were left shocked by a belated attempt to challenge the construction of the Gungahlin mosque.

Peter Greste: family retains hope for journalist in Cairo jail

Al-Jazeera news channel journalist Peter Greste listens to the verdict inside the defendants cage during his trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood on June 23, 2014 at the police institute near Cairo's Tora prison. The Egyptian court sentenced the three Al-Jazeera journalists to jail terms ranging from seven to 10 years after accusing them of aiding the blacklisted Brotherhood.

Matthew Raggatt There are few starker contrasts to the wide, open spaces of NSW's Namoi Valley than a cramped Egyptian jail.

Circle of life continues for merry-go-round

Civic Merry-Go-Round attendant Tony Dicrescnzo with LEAD manager Jeff Thompson outside the Merry Go Round being repaired at Garema Place.
Photo Jay Cronan

Matthew Raggatt Civic's merry-go-round to reopen in time for a spring spin.

Bike thefts spike in exception to drop in crime

Bikes at ACT Policing's Exhibit Management Centre which have been seized or handed in after being found by the public.

Matthew Raggatt Bicycle thefts in Canberra soar to highest level in nine years, with a 28 per cent jump in three months.

Rooftop solar connection numbers tipped to slide by 60 per cent in ACT

Armada director Justin Ryan with some solar panels his company installed on an Ainslie rooftop. Mr Ryan said he hoped any removal of government support for the industry happened gradually.

Matthew Raggatt The rate of rooftop solar connections set to fall to its lowest levels since 2009. 

Child carers tell Productivity Commission to leave ratios alone

Civic Early Childhood Centre director Tammi Walton with two of her three children (L-R) Jorja, 1, and Lila, 5. Ms Walton is giving evidence to this week's hearings of the Productivity Commission review into child care.
Photo Jay Cronan

Matthew Raggatt Canberra child care managers have warned recommendations to overhaul the system would compromise children's safety.

Call for law certainty for employers to quiz convictions

Archie Tsirimokos  says an explicit reference to an employer's right to ask about convictions was warranted.

Matthew Raggatt A Canberra business leader has called for a law change to enshrine employers' right to ask about job applicants' convictions.

Blockheads unite for Lego extravaganza


Matthew Raggatt It's had its own movie and scores of online tribute videos, but there's nothing quite like seeing intricate Lego creations up close.

Sex offender suspended from Canberra Centre store after hiding conviction


Matthew Raggatt A convicted child sex offender has been suspended from working at a Canberra Centre clothes retailer after he failed to inform his employer of his criminal record until two months into the job. 

Canberra's Old Bus Depot Markets celebrate 20 life-changing years

Matthew Raggatt It has united strangers, put children through private school and led to renowned restaurants, and the Old Bus Depot Markets is now set to mark its 20th anniversary.

Think, cook, run as yoga instructors join MKR boys for health expo


Matthew Raggatt The crowd at Canberra's first Wellness to Wholeness Summit left with a broad bag of tips for a healthier lifestyle.

Thor turns power poles to perfect floorboards

Thor's Hammer timber recycler Sean Carmody prepares the surface of a pole in readiness for sale. Photo by Graham Tidy.

Matthew Raggatt After decades of feeding electricity to homes and businesses from the street, the timber from old power poles has been given a new inside life thanks to a Canberra joinery.

Canberra landscapers' prices plummet

Troy Sanderson, of Chisholm, who operates landscaping business Man Van Mower, pictured on the job.

Matthew Raggatt Canberra tradies have had to drop their prices to attract work, with landscapers the worst hit, new national data has found. 

Commonwealth Games stuck with Western host bias

Brisbane should hold its place on the world sporting stage with events like the Commonwealth Games.

Matthew Raggatt Sports academic warns monopoly on hosting event is hurting the Commonwealth Games' popularity.

Noisy nurses blamed for sleep loss in Canberra Hospital study

Canberra Hospital will soon use the Yacker Tracker to monitor noise levels in parts of the hospital to help patients get a good night's sleep.

Matthew Raggatt Patients lose two hours of sleep a night at Canberra Hospital due to higher than recommended sound levels, review finds.

Starlight rescuers call for shining compromise

Starlight sign rescue committee member Laurie McDonald with a piece of the Starlight sign that the ACT government is now taking ownership of the sign and will repair it and return it to the Federal Highway.

Matthew Raggatt Chances of the Starlight drive-in theatre sign being lit have taken a blow.

Iraqi Christians call for international troops and higher refugee intake by Australia


Matthew Raggatt Head of Australia's Iraqi Christians calls for international forces to be redeployed in his homeland.