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Tom McIlroy is a Legislative Assembly reporter at The Canberra Times

Planning Minister Mick Gentleman 'calls in' Northbourne demolition

Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson Planning Minister Mick Gentleman has approved the demolition of a swath of Northbourne Avenue's public housing.

Charity consortium to provide new out of home care for children

Tom McIlroy Consortium of not-for-profit organisations wins ACT government's latest contract for out of home care services.

Capital Metro appoints NSW executive to replace procurement head Stephen Allday

ACT Liberal deputy leader Alistair Coe raised questions about Stephen Allday's departure from Capital Metro.

Kirsten Lawson and Tom McIlroy Liberals question reasons for the sudden departure of Capital Metro's Stephen Allday.

Former renter searching for her mother's wedding dress from Mr Fluffy home

Robyn Elliott holding a photo of her mother Geraldine Elliott outside her former home in Hughes.

Tom McIlroy Robyn Elliott is moving on from the pain caused by Canberra's Mr Fluffy asbestos crisis but more than a year later, a priceless possession is dragging her back.  

Petition for green waste services in Canberra unlikely to win government support

The ACT government doesn't support a push for green waste services in Canberra.

Tom McIlroy A new push for green waste services in Canberra by the National Council of Women appears unlikely to win support from the ACT government. 

Heritage protection confirmed for Northbourne Avenue public housing

The Northbourne Housing public housing precinct.

Tom McIlroy The ACT Heritage Council has given final protection approval to 17 buildings in the Northbourne Avenue public housing precinct, potentially paving the way for a new legal challenge against...

Chief Minister Andrew Barr caught in the middle on GST increase

Tom McIlroy Chief Minister Andrew Barr has found himself caught in the middle of debate about a possible increase to the GST, winning praise from the property sector and political heat from unions...

Simon Corbell says consortium bids for Canberra light rail are sound

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

Tom McIlroy Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell says two bids received for the government's $783 million light rail project conformed with the proposal.

ACT government to move 1100 ACT Health and Access Canberra staff to Woden

Woden calling: ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr with deputy Simon Corbell.

Tom McIlroy and Kirsten Lawson Woden town centre has been losing public servants in recent years. But plans are afoot to change that in 2016. 

New report finds lower rates of deaths of children and young people in the ACT

The latest annual report from the ACT Children and Young People Death Review Committee will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.

Tom McIlroy The committee charged with reviewing the deaths of children and young people in the ACT has found 2014-15 saw 29 deaths recorded, the lowest number in recent years. 

Lake Burley Griffin islands A1 and A2 get new lease of life as bird sanctuaries

The rehabilitation of the two small islands A1 and A2 off Aspen Island has began.

Tom McIlroy Two small islands near the National Carillon are being saved from decades of overgrowth and weeds and redeveloped as bird sanctuaries.

Mobile speed cameras set to launch in Canberra school zones

Mobile speed cameras will be used in Canberra school zones from this week.

Tom McIlroy Mobile speed cameras will be deployed outside nine Canberra schools from Monday, as upgraded technology allows speed monitoring in school zones for the first time.

Pedestrians and cyclists favoured over drivers in new Canberra planning strategy

Pedestrians and cyclists are favoured over drivers in a new Canberra planning strategy

Tom McIlroy Pedestrians, public transport users and cyclists are favoured over drivers in a new five-year planning strategy released by the ACT government, prioritising population density and compact...

ACT election date could be moved to December due to avoid overlap with federal campaign

Plans in place: ACT Electoral Commissioner Phillip Green.

Tom McIlroy The timing of next year's federal election could see the ACT's set October 15, 2016, polling date pushed back by two months.

Inside a Canberra Mr Fluffy asbestos home before demolition takes place

Inside a Mr Fluffy house in Scullin, ahead of demolition on Monday.

Tom McIlroy For ACT government asbestos taskforce boss Andrew Kefford, wall-to-ceiling blue paint inside an otherwise unremarkable Scullin home is proof enough of the threat Mr Fluffy poses...

ACT government looks to Sydney's Opal card for Canberra public transport

The ACT government could adopt Sydney's Opal travel smart card for Canberra.

Tom McIlroy The ACT government will consider bringing Sydney's Opal smartcard system to Canberra as part of upgrades to public transport services and the development of the Gungahlin light rail...

Airline cash key to Canberra's international flights: Andrew Barr

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Tom McIlroy Airline cash is key to Canberra's international flights says Andrew Barr

AFP seize $5.6 million in criminal assets linked to the ACT


Tom McIlroy More than $5.67 million in criminal assets were seized by the Australian Federal Police last financial year, including four homes linked to ACT crimes and a $70,000 car.

Royals dodge rainy weather for tree planting at National Arboretum

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in the Discovery Garden at the National Arboretum in Canberra as part of their Royal visit.

Clare Sibthorpe and Tom McIlroy Rain didn't deter Canberra's most committed royal watchers on Wednesday, with dozens of dignitaries and school children watching Prince Charles and the Duchess of...

Canberra Casino cashing in after 80 per cent revenue boost

Canberra vision: Aquis managing director Justin Fung has grand plans for Casino Canberra.

Tom McIlroy The new owners of Canberra's ailing casino record spike in gambling revenue.