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Tom McIlroy is a Legislative Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Wittenoom Crescent residents share a deadly legacy with namesake mining town

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy The residents of Wittenoom Crescent in Stirling shrug their shoulders and smile at the irony of sharing the street name with the Western Australian mining town so contaminated by asbestos it is...

Canberra kangaroo cull activist arrested in Wanniassa

Canberra's kangaroo cull will continue until July 31.

Tom McIlroy A 70-year-old Macarthur man has become the first person arrested protesting this year's controversial kangaroo cull in Canberra. 

Capital Metro light rail and Mr Fluffy to be reviewed by auditor-general

Auditors will seek to find timely areas for improvement in delivery of the 12-kilometre line linking the city and Gungahlin.

Tom McIlroy $800m light rail line and Mr Fluffy asbestos buyback scheme in the sights of ACT auditor-general. 

ACT government fees and charges increasing from July 1

An ACT parking inspector leaving a ticket on the windscreen of a car in Civic

Tom McIlroy Today marks the start of the new financial year and increases to a range of ACT government administered fees and charges. 

Mr Fluffy: Government outlines security arrangements for vacated homes

Asbestos taskforce staff are spray painting fixtures to render them worthless.

Tom McIlroy Access to empty homes is restricted and the incentive for unauthorised entry is minimised, including through destruction of fixtures and any valuable items.

Just how much renovation blow out at The Lodge is worth

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Tom McIlroy and Meredith Clisby Many homeowners start renovation projects with big ideas and ambitious goals, only to find that reality quickly catches up to their budget. Just ask Kevin McCloud or any contestant on The Block, ever.

ACT government to lower duties for fuel efficient cars

Tom McIlroy Changes to ACT government duties on new car purchases will see drivers who buy low emission vehicles rewarded and those who choose less fuel efficient cars charged more. 

Lodge renovations costs blow out to $8.8 million

Tom McIlroy Refurbishment of the prime minister's official Canberra residence will cost taxpayers at least $5 million more than the original contract price and be completed a year later than...

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Unions ACT starts 'Canberra Needs Jobs' campaign in support of light rail

Canberra buses are set to become rolling billboards supporting job creation from the government's light rail line.

Tom McIlroy Four Canberra buses are set to become rolling billboards supporting job creation from the government's light rail line to Gungahlin, as the ACT's peak trade unions body launches a new campaign for...

The cities benefiting from light rail lines and what Canberra can gain from trams

Artist's impressions of the proposed Capital Metro light rail.

Tom McIlroy Mid-size cities in Australia and overseas have recorded increases in property values and public transport use through the construction of light rail lines, a new urban planning report from...

Telopea Park tennis courts stoush compromise being considered by Andrew Barr

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr

Tom McIlroy The childcare centre caught up in a bitterly fought dispute over tennis courts at Telopea Park School has called on Chief Minister Andrew Barr to provide certainty about its future in the...

Missing Canadian bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn likely dead: coroner

Mr Srawn's disappearance sparked weeks of land and air searches.

Tom McIlroy Coroner rules missing Canadian bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn most likely died in Kosciuszko National Park in 2013.

Unions ACT slam Canberra Liberals over opposition to Gungahlin light rail

A new Unions ACT poll finds support for light rail in Canberra stands at 38.8 per cent

Tom McIlroy The ACT's peak trade unions body is increasing pressure on Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson over his attacks on light rail and have again called for the Liberals to support...

Feel the Power all over again? Canberra's new 'age friendly city' number plates debate begins

The Feel the Power of Canberra number plates are still available.

Tom McIlroy Number plates touting Canberra as an "age friendly city" might lack the turbo-charged message of Kate Carnell's "Feel the Power", but only time will tell whether Canberrans warm to the new...

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Temporary 'shipping container court' being considered for Canberra

Converted containers, as used in Christchurch after earthquakes destroyed much of the inner city, could provide temporary court rooms.

Tom McIlroy Redevelopment of the ACT Supreme Court precinct could see a temporary shipping container facility built as the government plans how to run trials during construction. 

ACTION records boost from timetable changes on Canberra's bus network

Tom McIlroy Canberra's ACTION bus network has recorded a boost in on time running and reliability after controversial timetable changes introduced in September 2014.

National Trust launches Supreme Court challenge on Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct

The National Trust will appeal protection of the Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct

Tom McIlroy The ACT Supreme Court is set to consider the government's plans to demolish the Northbourne Avenue public housing estate after the National Trust launched a new legal challenge on...

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1500 public housing tenants to move across Canberra by 2019

Some of the ageing fixtures in Canberra's public housing.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy The ACT government has outlined the order for moving public housing tenants from ageing flats, including Northbourne Avenue..

Canberra Hospital stripped of urology training accreditation

Concerns about internal culture and

Tom McIlroy Concerns about internal culture and "significant disharmony" among staff sees Canberra Hospital department stripped of training accreditation.

Mick Gentleman says government didn't benefit from Northbourne mistake

Tom McIlroy Planning Minister Mick Gentleman has rejected suggestions the ACT government benefited from the National Trust being denied legal standing to appeal demolition of the Northbourne...