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Matthew Raggatt

Reporter at The Canberra Times

National park trip register idea has flaws says ski expert

Matthew Raggatt Leading ski guide doubts hikers registering for a trip will be of any benefit.

Canberra Hospital Emergency Department procedures may breach nurses' standards: union

Matthew Raggatt Nurses have called for indemnity amid fears Canberra Hospital's emergency department may be pushing them to breach professional standards by seeing most patients based on waiting time...

Little Brussels still searching for replacement for Belgian Beer Cafe

Matthew Raggatt The Belgian Beer Cafe in Kingston remains without an operator four months after the sub-lease for the site went on the market.

Macedonian Orthodox Church appeal against $2 million development fee fails

The ACT Court of Appeal judgment was released on Friday.

Matthew Raggatt The Macedonian Orthodox Church must pay the ACT government more than $2 million after it lost its bid to avoid land development charges for its Narrabundah site.

Brodburger, Patissez, Cupping Room: Where Canberrans will wait for their food

The standard Brodburger with chips.

Matthew Raggatt Where will Canberrans wait longest for their food?

Urine test fail for man facing drug importing sentence


Matthew Raggatt A Canberra man who pleaded guilty to importing a commercial quantity of drugs to his front door has admitted taking a banned drug weeks before being sentenced.

Bail refused for alleged suicidal paedophile


Matthew Raggatt A Canberra man charged with incest against his 13-year-old step-daughter attempted to involve police in a suicide attempt on Wednesday, a court has heard. 

Rafters save Hilux driver after failed river cross

A kayaker looks on as an emergency officer holds the winch used to pull the stranded Hilux out of the Murrumbidgee River.

Matthew Raggatt Kayakers have come to the rescue of an elderly man who tried to drive his Toyota Hilux through the Murrumbidgee River at Williamsdale. 

Parking ticket challenges up 60 per cent but excuses fail

Matthew Raggatt The leading excuses to (try) getting out of a parking ticket

Knife numbers in Canberra Airport behind arrest rise

Matthew Raggatt Credit card knives have been seized at booming rates across Australian airports this year, with 20 times the number of 12 months ago.

Iron Man embraces steel to warm kids' hearts

Barry Armstead in his third Iron Man suit, the first to be built from steel.

Matthew Raggatt He's done it with paper and cardboard, now Canberra's own Iron Man is closer than ever to emulating the comic book-turned Hollywood hero.

'Freakshow' shakes and social media drive cafe's meteoric rise

Patissez cafe co-owner Anna Petridis with the four Freakshow shakes she invented.

Matthew Raggatt They're the overflowing "freakshakes" which have stirred Canberra's foodies into a frenzy.

Gowrie man charged with kidnap and assault over backyard shed dispute

violence alleged.

Matthew Raggatt A Gowrie man has been charged with kidnapping and assaulting his landlord after a dispute over a backyard shed turned violent.

Tuggeranong man charged with car theft

Car theft.

Matthew Raggatt A Tuggeranong man was caught with the keys to a stolen car after he allegedly failed to pay for $90 of petrol from a Woolworths Caltex store two days later. 

Threat to burn house to ground leads to mental health check

Matthew Raggatt Charged with breaching a protection order, assault, 

Liberal backs local's call for environmental statement on solar energy

This home and nearby trees would be demolished if the Williamsdale solar farm was built on the site planned.

Matthew Raggatt The Canberra Liberals' environment spokeswoman has backed calls for a developer of a 10-megawatt solar farm to go through a full environmental process, flagging support for a site move.

Canberra Starlight theatre sign contracts to be signed in weeks

Laurie McDonald, Irene Hazilias, centre, and Jay Bergmann at the site where the sign from the old Starlight drive-in theatre in Watson is expected to be re-installed.

Matthew Raggatt Contracts to repair and re-install the sign from Canberra's favourite drive-in theatre will be agreed within weeks, says Planning Minister Mick Gentleman. 

Two dollars to the pound as British tourist numbers rise

Sunday Times.  ACT Branch vice president of the Australia- British Society Greg Cornwell 77, of Yarralumla in front of the Australian War Memorial.  British tourist numbers to Canberra were up 20 per cent last year.   4 July 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Matthew Raggatt Canberra enjoyed a 20 per cent boom in British tourists last year and the weak Aussie dollar may encourage more.

How many BMWs are in your suburb?

Matthew Raggatt Two suburbs in Canberra top the list for BMW ownership - one on the northside, one south.

DFAT official lodges discrimination claim with Fair Work Commission

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade secretary Peter Varghese was questioned about the woman's case in Senate committee hearings in June.

Matthew Raggatt Woman alleges undue influence by the department after she alleged her daughter had been sexually abused at an overseas mission.