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Tom McIlroy

Tom McIlroy is a Legislative Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Chief Minister Andrew Barr supports same-sex marriage

Tom McIlroy Chief Minister Andrew Barr wants the Labor Party platform to move with the times, in support of same-sex marriage.

Woden Cemetery expansion plans revealed

Woden Cemetery plan

Tom McIlroy A plan to create a new three hectare extension for burial plots at Woden Cemetery could see between 15 and 20 years of additional capacity created at the site. 

Kangaroo cull licence allows for 5000 to be killed

Tom McIlroy The licence authorising the ACT Government's latest kangaroo cull allows for the shooting of 5000 animals over two years, including in reserves close to residential...

The curious case of Canberra's $500 letterbox

Richard Allen received a $500 bill for a replacement letterbox

Tom McIlroy As if a car knocking over your letterbox wasn't bad enough, Narrabundah resident Richard Allen got a shock when he received a $562 bill from the ACT government for it to be replaced. 

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ACT government signs new Indigenous agreement

A new Indigenous agreement has been signed by the ACT Government

Tom McIlroy Future ACT government funding committments with community groups and service providers will include new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander criteria as part of a new agreements signed by...

Floriade founder hits out at government plans to break up fesitval

Tom McIlroy One of the founders of Floriade laments the increasingly commercial focus of the event.

Northbourne housing demolition would damage Canberra's heritage: report

Tom McIlroy The Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct represents the "pinnacle" of its architectural style and is central to Canberra's urban design history.

Kangaroo cull 'unnecessary' say Regional Friends of Wildlife

Kangaroo cull

Tom McIlroy Animal advocates say a planned two year kangaroo cull is unnecessary as natural population levels have already reduced by 56 per cent and shooting could see eastern...

Floriade 2015 will commemorate the Anzac centenary in flowers

Garden designs for Floriade, marking the Anzac centenary.

Tom McIlroy Canberra's iconic flower festival is picking up the Anzac centenary theme this year, in a reflective floral tribute.

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy has been left off the ACT heritage list

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy

Tom McIlroy Despite being included on the Commonwealth Heritage list, Canberra's Aboriginal Tent Embassy was this week rejected for provision registration on the ACT's equivalent register. 

ACT government releases review of Capital Metro light rail business case

Tom McIlroy The project's benefit-cost ratio won't be confirmed until bids are received from two private consortiums, a report says.

Canberra's young get their say - and some love - during National Youth Week

Sonione Wakabut Rogers, 20, of Kambah, was the target for youngsters who hurled coloured water soaked sponges at him at Gugan Gulwan Aboriginal community centre.

Megan Gorrey and Tom McIlroy This year the theme of National Youth Week is 'It starts with us' as communities try to listen better to young people.

Government moves to demolish dilapidated Currong apartments

The Currong Apartments

Tom McIlroy The dilapidated Currong apartments in central Canberra look set to be demolished by the middle of the year, as the ACT government calls for tenders for the removal of the eight-storey former...

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A 'disturbing lack of facts' on Canberra's Capital Metro light rail: experts

An artist's impression of the proposed Canberra light rail line

Tom McIlroy Experts slam light rail cost-benefit analysis, saying 'we simply don't have all the data to make judgements'.

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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr spends to promote policies on social media

Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Tom McIlroy Andrew Barr has shown himself to be the territory's most social media-savvy Chief Minister to-date.

Opposition calls for co-ordinated government response to ice

Jeremy Hanson has also called for co-operation with New South Wales.

Tom McIlroy A co-ordinated approach is needed to reduce ice addiction in the territory, says ACT Opposition Leader Jeremy Hanson.

Indoor lanes at Civic Pool to close for leak investigation

Canberra Olympic Pool

Tom McIlroy Indoor swimmers at Canberra Olympic Pool are the latest to face planned closures, as the ACT government continues investigations into serious leaks at the 1955 facility. 

Stoush over light rail contract reignited by East West Link deal


Tom McIlroy The ACT opposition has welcomed the Victorian government's decision to pay $339 million to exit contracts for a controversial road tunnel, saying it proves Canberra's light rail project could be...

On the Staircase artwork finds a new home at Gorman House

 April 15th 2015 The Canberra Times
Photograph by Graham Tidy.

Tom McIlroy Keld Moseholm's sculpture On the Staircase will be moved to the Gorman House arts precinct from August, after years of attacks by vandals in the city. 

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Young Australians gather for the challenge of the 2015 National Youth Conference

National Youth Conference at ANU

Tom McIlroy Climate change, international relations, diplomacy and leadership for the 21st century are among the priority areas for the 2015 National Youth Conference, underway in Canberra this week.