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Matthew Raggatt

Reporter at The Canberra Times

Rally for Gaza calls for lasting ceasefire

Matthew Raggatt "He is not Hamas, he's not a murderer, he's never held a gun."

Starlight sign to stand into dim future

Trevor Dickinson's <em>Starlight sign</em>

Matthew Raggatt The popular sign that marked the home of Canberra's first drive-in theatre will stand again, after a donation offer from the owners was accepted this week by the ACT government.

ACT an oasis as region's renewable energy projects fight to survive

Uncertainty remains around the Renewable Energy Target.

Matthew Raggatt Planned solar and wind farms in the ACT are being sheltered from the funding drought which endangers projects across the border.

Canberra man charged over attempted fraud of NAB


Matthew Raggatt A Canberra man has been charged after he allegedly lied to obtain $145,000 cash and attempted to deceive the NAB into giving him a loan.

Hundreds potentially on wrong side of their neighbour

Consulting surveyor Peter Shaw encourages Canberrans to have the boundary lines checked on their property.

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.

Renewable energy 'dead' as industry waits for target policy

Australian Solar Council boss John Grimes says Policy uncertainty has hurt solar investment.

Matthew Raggatt Leaders of the nation's sustainable energy sector have warned the industry is doomed if the federal government fails to commit to the renewable energy target.

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.

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.

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.