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Canberra mornings: February 11, 2015

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<p><i>Ben O'Bryan, Michael Romei and dog Lulu at their duplex home in Yarralumla. Photo: Rohan Thomson</i></p>
<p>Ben O'Bryan, Michael Romei and dog Lulu at their duplex home in Yarralumla. Photo: Rohan Thomson</p>
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Ben O'Bryan, Michael Romei and dog Lulu at their duplex home in Yarralumla. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Like many other couples in the ACT, Michael Romei and Ben O'Bryan are facing the prospect of watching their beautiful Yarralumla home be demolished due to Mr Fluffy asbestos

But there's a big difference between them and the more than 1000 affected households: Mr Fluffy insulation was never pumped into their home.

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In what will be a test case for the ACT, the couple are seeking to have their home, which is one side of a two-storey duplex, saved from demolition.

Sport

Brumbies player Ben Alexander will fight for a place in the Wallabies starting front row. Photo: Graham Tidy

Brumbies player Ben Alexander will fight for a place in the Wallabies starting front row. Photo: Graham Tidy

ACT Brumbies prop Ben Alexander says he will fight to win back his place in the Wallabies starting front row and will use the Super Rugby season as a springboard for his World Cup ambitions.

But Alexander will shelve his Test plans to pursue his goal of adding to the Brumbies' legacy as he sets his sights on winning a Super Rugby title.

Alexander will become just the eighth Brumby to play 100 games for the club when he runs out against the Queensland Reds in the season opener on Friday night.

Road closures

9.46: AVOID: We are getting reports of a crash at the Glenlock interchange in lanes heading towards the city from Belconnen:

9.38: The intersection of Isabella Drive and Ashley Drive at Isabella Plains has now reopened. One male patient - the motorcyclist - has been transported to The Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.

9.35: Avoid Parkes Way if possible - there's been a crash:

9.00am: There has been a crash between a car and a motorbike at the roundabout intersection of Isabella Drive and Ashley Drive in Isabella Plains:

There will be partial lane closures for road resurfacing works at the intersection of Limestone Avenue, Wakefield Avenue and Majura Avenue in Braddon between 7pm and 6am from today until Thursday.

Meanwhile, Gundaroo Drive will be closed between Gungahlin Drive and Ginn Street/Nari Street until Wednesday, February 11 between 8pm and 5am.

If you are stuck in traffic or have any info, let us know: morningblog@canberratimes.com.au or tweet us @canberratimes

Coming up: this weekend's National Multicultural Festival will result in some road closures in place from midnight on Wednesday. More here.

What's on today

King of Triple J's Hottest 100 Chet Faker will perform the Canberra leg of his national tour at the National Convention Centre tonight from 7.30pm. 

In a full night of entertainment, stage show Sweet Charity opens at Canberra Theatre Centre tonight. The hit Broadway musical will take centrestage until February 21.

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ACT My Kitchen Rules contestants Gina and Anna Petridis. Photo: Jamila Toderas

ACT My Kitchen Rules contestants Gina and Anna Petridis. Photo: Jamila Toderas

For the second season in a row, the Canberra contestants on My Kitchen Rules have been the first to be eliminated.

Mother-daughter duo Gina and Anna Petridis were in the first group of budding cooks on the Prime7 reality show.

Tuesday night's episode saw Anna and Gina host judges Pete Evans and Manu Feildel and the other contestants - who were eager to see whether the women could live up to their own hype.

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Pic of the day

Katrina McDonald captured this photograph of barrel clouds on the NSW south coast.

Katrina McDonald captured this photograph of barrel clouds on the NSW south coast.

Weather

Today: It's set to be partly cloudy in Canberra on Wednesday with a possible thunderstorm in the afternoon or early evening, a forecast minimum of 16 degrees and a top of 31 degrees. 

The rest of the week: Thursday, a shower or two - min 16, max 26; Friday, shower or two - min 15, max 27; Saturday, shower or two - min 14, max 28; Sunday, possible shower - min 15, max 31.

 

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