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Canberra mornings: January 30, 2015

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An artist's impression of the plans

Could Woden become the new Braddon?

The ACT government plans to transform the Woden town centre into an economic hub resembling the hip inner north suburb with the expansion of the shopping plaza and a possible extension of light rail.

Minister for Planning Mick Gentleman has launched a draft plan for redevelopment.



Andy Murray celebrates after defeating Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open semi-final. Photo: Lee Jin-man/AP.

Andy Murray of Britain defeated Czech Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open semi-final to set up a final encounter against either Novak Djokovic or defending champion Stan Wawrinka.

The Socceroos will battle it out with South Korea in the Asian Cup Final tomorrow night. 

But Football Federation Australia is about to face an even bigger battle.

A number of Gulf nations are moving to have Australia expelled from the Asian Football Confederation.

Road closures

Fallon Street in Belconnen is closed to eastbound traffic between Josephson Street and Weedon Close. The works are associated with the storm water capital upgrades project.

There are roadworks westbound on Constitution Avenue between Coranderrk Street and Allara Street in Reid.

What's on today

The University of Canberra Capitals take on the Adelaide Lightning at the AIS Arena from 7pm tonight. 

Over a bumper weekend of sport, the Socceroos will go head to head with South Korea in Saturday night's Asian Cup final at ANZ Stadium from 8pm.

Over at Rod Laver Arena, Serbia's Novak Djokovic will take on Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka tonight to determine who will face up to Murrayin Sunday's Australian Open men's final. 

The United States' Serena Williams versus Russia's Maria Sharapova in Saturday's women's final.

Canberra Life

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

The show hasn't even started yet and the Canberra My Kitchen Rules contestants have already been labelled by some as the villains, but Anna and Gina Petridis are undeterred.

"We're really nice. I promise," said Gina.

While the show is only just about to hit our screens, Anna and Gina have already returned from filming.

But they don't plan to invite the judges over for dinner any time soon.


Cathy Wilcox cartoon

Cathy Wilcox.

Pic of the day


Today: A sunny start to Friday before possible showers in the afternoon and a forecast top of 21 degrees.

The rest of the week: Saturday, partly cloudy - min 8, max 25; Sunday, partly cloudy - min 10, max 26; Monday, possible shower, min 10, max 25.