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Matthew Raggatt

Reporter at The Canberra Times

Hundreds potentially on wrong side of their neighbour

Matthew Raggatt Hundreds of Canberra home owners could be overstepping their title boundary, risking an unexpected loss of small parts of land if found out, a surveyor has warned. 

Carluccio the charmer draws crowds to farmers market

Italian chef Antonio Carluccio makes a star appearance at the Capital Region Farmers Market in Canberra. 
Photo Jay Cronan

Matthew Raggatt They travelled from far and wide to see the celebrity chef in action and Antonio Carluccio did not disappoint.

Decision-making is the key to snow safety: experts

Bruce Easton snowshoeing in the backcountry of Perisher.

Matthew Raggatt Alpine safety experts have called on those enjoying this year's bumper snow season to be well prepared and not allow technology to replace clear thinking.

Push for Starlight Drive-in sign to be raised to its former glory

Trevor Dickinson's picture of the decaying, but still standing, Starlight Drive-In sign.

Matthew Raggatt It was the sign that symbolised happy times for generations of Canberrans, and now the call has been renewed to bring it back.

Anglican church's first female head given warm welcome

Bishop of Grafton Sarah Macneil, a former Canberra priest, began her service as Australia's first female Anglican bishop in March. Photo by Rohan Thomson

Matthew Raggatt Australia’s first female head of an Anglican diocese said she’s had a warm welcome from the faithful she leads, four months after she began in the historic position.

Canberra latest addition to bitcoin boom with high-tech ATM

Mr Masters keys in information using the ATM. Photo by: Jamila Toderas

Matthew Raggatt Canberra is now home to a fingerprint-reading, eye-scanning teller after the first bitcoin ATM opened on Saturday.

Shotgun, ammunition seized from stolen van in Canberra

Under investigation: A shotgun and ammunition were among the items found in the stolen van. Photo: ACT Policing

Matthew Raggatt Police seized a gun, ammunition and balaclava after finding a van in Tuggeranong which was reported stolen a fortnight ago.

Inner north dogs off the leash

Canberra Times - News - July 12 2014
Camille Goodman of Lyneham with her dog Digger at the opening of new off-leash dog park in O?Connor.
Photo Elesa Kurtz

Matthew Raggatt The dogs of the inner north can now run free

Gun and ammunition seized from stolen van in Tuggeranong

Gun and ammunition seized from stolen van in Tuggeranong

Matthew Raggatt Police have seized a gun, ammunition and balaclava after finding a van in Tuggeranong

O'Connor becomes Canberra's sixth dog-friendly suburb

Another happy customer.

Matthew Raggatt The dogs of the inner north can now run free with the opening of Canberra’s sixth off-leash dog park.

Apartment owners move to stamp out short-term rentals

Liz Blakey has spent more than $2300 installing sound-proofing measures for her son Daniel, who is sound sensitive, in order to block the noise from rowdy short-term residents at New Acton East apartments.
Photo Jay Cronan

Matthew Raggatt Owners corporations in Canberra's inner south are moving to stop the lucrative practice of short-term rentals.

Archbishop backs cleaners in wage dispute

Cleaners (from left) Carlos Pavez, Linda Morrison, Liza Grealy and Fe Anave Miles meet Archbishop Christopher Prowse (centre)  who has criticised the Coalition's moves to strip guidelines that could cost a full-time cleaner at least $185 a week.
Photo Jay Cronan

Matthew Raggatt The leader of Canberra's Catholic flock has called on the federal government to protect the wage rates of cleaners.

Gungahlin growth leads to new flight path proposal


Matthew Raggatt Flight paths from Canberra Airport are being shifted further away from the city.

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Abbott puppet to lead rally cry against budget for UnionsACT

From left, concept instigator Matthew Armstrong, performer Hemlock Mejarne (masked) and director Robin Davidson work on the final touches on a Tony Abbott puppet. Photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Matthew Raggatt Tony Abbott will be seen standing tall at a rally on Sunday, but a puppet made in the 27th prime minister's likeness won't be flattering.

Canberra's Baha'i community shocked by Iranian cemetery excavation

Canberra's Baha'i community reports a Baha'i cemetery has been excavated in Iran to make way for a sports centre.

Matthew Raggatt A Canberra woman has expressed her grief at the destruction of her brother's grave as part of what is understood to be earthworks for a cultural and sports centre in Iran.

Abetz thwarts cleaners' Senate wage victory


Matthew Raggatt The federal opposition has condemned as "deceptive" moves by Employment Minister Eric Abetz to reduce future wages for cleaners at Commonwealth sites by about 20 per cent.

Andara Homes licence restricted

Homeowners Ling Palm with her husband Nicholas Palm and design consultant Angela Penhallow. The Palms had got Andara Homes to build their home in Ngunnawal in July 2013 but switched builders in December and are now owed money. Angela worked on several projects for Andara Homes is also owed money.

Matthew Raggatt A building company which has had disputes with more than a dozen stakeholders in Canberra has had its licence renewed.

Crowds descend on snow-covered ski fields

Snowboarders (no name given) battles the blizzard conditions  at Perisher.

Matthew Raggatt The wind blew heavy snow horizontally and visibility was often less than 20 metres, but no one seemed to mind as the nation's snowfields filled for their busiest weekend of the season

School chaplains expect continued funding of religious-only care

School chaplains require the same skills as social workers.

Matthew Raggatt The head of the nation’s school chaplains said he expected no change to the Abbott government’s focus on funding religious-only pastoral care after the High Court decision that stopped...

Zed Seselja backs ACT call for federal asbestos help

ACT Senator Zed Seselja.

Matthew Raggatt The ACT’s Liberal senator has backed the Gallagher government’s moves to seek help from the Commonwealth for those who own houses with loose-fill Mr Fluffy asbestos.