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Canberra mornings: January 25, 2016

Today's top stories

Sudanese refugee Atem Atem, pictured in 2012, has lived in Canberra for a decade.
Sudanese refugee Atem Atem, pictured in 2012, has lived in Canberra for a decade. Photo: Colleen Petch

Public service bosses need "political nous" to get to the top as the bureaucracy faces continued upheaval, according to the Commonwealth's workplace authority.

Road closures

9.45am: A vehicle fire on Belconnen Way was extinguished by a passerby, an ESA spokesman said. firefighters have been dispatched to ensure it's out so there may be some traffic impacts near the cross street with Gungahlin Way/Caswell Drive.

9.38am: Halley Street in Chisholm is still blocked after an earlier two-car collision. 

9.35am: A vehicle is on fire on Belconnen Way, near the intersection of Caswell Drive/Gungahlin Drive at Aranda. Watch out if you're headed that way. 

9.19am: There's also been a crash at Chisholm. Emergency crews are on scene at Halley Street, off Isabella Drive

9.12am: An ACT Emergency Services spokesman says paramedics were on their way to a crash off the Majura Parkway. It is understood a car hit a kangaroo but it doesn't appear to be causing any traffic issues at this stage.  

8.53am: Looks like there's been a prang on the Majura Parkway near the Majura Pine plantation. Emergency services are on the scene. 

Traffic on Constitution Avenue will be moved onto the southern carriageway due to roadworks from Saturday until likely mid-2016.

On Saturday February 6, traffic from east of Allara Street to London Circuit will also be switched.

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

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

The National Portrait Gallery has something for everyone to enjoy these summer school holidays with free activities inspired by Sideshow Alley for families to enjoy together. Until 24 Jan.

The Ainslie Arts Centre is hosting a week-long music workshop for girls aged between 10 and 17 years. More info here.

School holidays at the AIS means you can choose from the Pre-School Holiday Program, Soccer and Tennis Camps and a general Sports Vacation Program. Until 29 Jan.

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

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Weather

Today: Cloudy. Drizzle at first. Highchance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and early evening. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Light winds. Min 16, max 25.

Tomorrow: Cloudy. Medium chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon. Light winds becoming easterly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon then becoming light in the evening. Min 15, max 26.