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Ross Peake

Ross Peake is a senior reporter for The Canberra Times

Control and choice: People with disabilities granted more flexibility

Ross Peake The “biggest change since Medicare” is about to sweep into Canberra.

Impact of federal budget on the ACT

Prime Minister Tony Abbott with ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher after signing an Asset Recycling Agreement in Parliament House.

Ross Peake What is the impact of the federal budget on the ACT?

Capital's economy better placed to cope with cuts than in 1996, say business leaders

Ross Peake Canberra's government and business leaders are hoping the city's revamped economy will not sink to the levels of 1996.

Federal government will not help fund new ACT convention centre

Snubbed: Tony Abbott has overlooked the need for a new convention centre in Canberra.

Ross Peake The federal government has snubbed the ACT's bid for funding to prepare a case for a new convention centre.

Foster care changes designed to help all parties

It may come as a surprise to hear Almost 600 children in the ACT are in foster care or kinship care.

Ross Peake Big changes are coming for foster care in the ACT that will benefit both children in care and the adults who look after them.

How will ACT fare in the federal budget?


Ross Peake Katy Gallagher is bracing for Canberra to receive a "big hit" in Tuesday's federal budget but is predicting the impact will not be as bad as the federal cuts in 1996.

Canberra's possums cute and cuddly, but such pests too

A possum caught in a Canberra bedroom

Ross Peake Is there any possible way we can rid ourselves of the ''problem'' of possums in Canberra? Or are they just too cute to be a pest?

Joe Hockey attacks wind turbines as 'utterly offensive'

Not a fan: Joe Hockey and a wind farm near Lake George.

Ross Peake and Peter Hannam Treasurer Joe Hockey has attacked windfarms as “utterly offensive and “a blight on the landscape” in the latest sign that the Abbott government has support for the renewable energy...

Andrew Barr's partner goes feral over possums

Neil Harvey with one of his possum boxes outside a home in Griffith.

Ross Peake Anthony Toms, the partner of ACT Treasurer Andrew Barr, has begun a campaign to have the law changed to stop possums – ‘‘evil fur balls’’ - eating his veggie garden.

Public Service cuts take bite into ACT economy says CommSec State of the States

Ross Peake The ACT’s economy has slipped dramatically in the national ratings as cuts in the public service bite into business confidence.

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Zed Seselja has radical plan to revitalise Tuggeranong

24th September 2012, Canberra Times, News Photos by Karleen Minney. Tuggeranong valley from the top of Mt Taylor. generic

Ross Peake Tuggeranong should be extended to the west side of the Murrumbidgee River to bring more people to the region, Liberal senator Zed Seselja said.

Tuggeranong: sick lake and struggling town

Tuggeranong valley

Ross Peake Nappy Valley is turning grey - and that's bad news for the Tuggeranong Town Centre

Anzace eve peace vigil will raise awareness of earlier wars

The Australian War Memorial will stop work on its Anzac Day preparations on Thursday evening to allow a peace vigil to use the parade ground.

Ross Peake The Australian War Memorial will stop work on its Anzac Day preparations on Thursday evening to allow a peace vigil to use the parade ground.

Repeat of royal Lone Pine planting, 80 years on

Lone Pine tree being planted at the War Memorial from the pine cone sent from Gallipoli by Lance Corporal Benjamin Smith and planted by the Duke Of Gloucester in 1934.

Ross Peake The visiting royals will plant on Friday at the Australian War Memorial a sapling grown from the historic Lone Pine that was planted there by the Duke of Gloucester in 1934.

Fallen soldiers to watch over 'powerful' Anzac Day dawn service


Ross Peake Haunting images of the faces of the 40 Australians killed in Afghanistan will be projected on the wall of the Australian War Memorial just before this year's Anzac Day dawn service.

Canberra Airport awaits signal for take-off

Manager of Canberra Airport Stephen Byron.

Ross Peake On Boxing Day each year, Stephen Byron faces up to the perils and challenges of being wet and tired on a yacht racing from Sydney to Hobart

Canberra Airport feeling the pinch from federal cutbacks

Manager of Canberra Airport Stephen Byron.

Ross Peake Canberra Airport is predicting a slide in revenue from federal public servants having their wings clipped.

Badgerys Creek no hurdle to Canberra Airport's success, say business leaders

Badgerys Creek

Ross Peake The ACT business community believes Canberra Airport will be established as a hub for international flights many years before a new airport is able to open at Badgery's Creek.

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ACT plans nation's first suicide prevention safe-house

Rock legend Angry Anderson.

Ross Peake Australia's first suicide-safe house will be set up in the ACT if a nationwide appeal to be launched on Monday is successful.