ACT News

Canberra mornings: February 11, 2016

Today's top stories

Black Mountain String Band launching the National Folk Festival, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.
Black Mountain String Band launching the National Folk Festival, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. Photo: Elesa Kurtz

Taxpayers look set to be slugged $20 million to fit out a new office building in regional NSW for the Tax Office, despite the ATO still not being sure about what it will be used for.

Road closures

9.30am: Police say a crash on Barry Drive should not cause any further impacts to traffic.

9.11am: ACT Ambulance paramedics transported the male motorbike rider to Calvary Hospital with minor injuries after that Barry Drive crash. Police say the crash scene isn't completely cleared yet, so take care.

8.41am: That crash on the corner of Barry Drive and Dryandra St is between a car and a motorbike, police say one lane is slightly blocked, but traffic is able to get through.

8.37am: There's apparently been a crash in O'Connor on Barry Drive affecting traffic - we'll find out and bring you more:

The ACT government has announced a series of traffic and public transport changes to cater for the National Multicultural Festival this weekend.

  • Tocumwal Lane has been closed at the intersection with Bunda Street until Monday, 6am.

  • The following roads will be closed on Saturday and Sunday;  East Row between London Circuit and Alinga Street, Mort Street between Alinga Street and Bunda Street, Alinga Street between Northbourne Avenue and East Row. The car park at the corner of London Circuit and Commonwealth Avenue

If you see any accidents or have any info on the morning commute, let us know whenever it is safe to do so: morningblog@canberratimes.com.au or tweet us @canberratimes

What's on today

A squadron of RAAF hornets is due to fly over the RAAF Hughie Edwards VC Memorial in Canberra today between 11.15 and 11.45am to mark the 100th anniversary of the 3 Squadron Association's formation in 1916. 

Ben and Jerry's Openair Cinema is making its way to Canberra's central lakeside venue on Patrick White Lawns. Until 21 Feb.

See 2015's best political cartoons at the Behind the Lines exhibition at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. 

See the year's best cartoons in Behind the Lines 2015 at the Museum of Australian Democracy.

Today's David Pope

Canberra Times editorial cartoon

Touch or click through for more David Pope.

Weather

Today: Partly cloudy. Medium chance of showers and thunderstorms, most likely in the afternoon and evening. Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 20 km/h in the evening then becoming light in the late evening. Max 31.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. Medium chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and early evening. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds. Min 15, max 31.

Saturday: Sunny, light winds. Min 15, Max 34.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, light winds, Min 16, Max 32.