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Canberra Mornings Live: Tuesday July 25

Weatherzone: ACT storm tracker

That's all from us today. Stay safe and dry Canberra and take care on the roads today.

We'll keep you up to date with the flood situation out at Goulburn throughout the day so check back into our Goulburn flood article.

As always, if you have photos or stories to share email us at

Here's a wrap of the major headlines today.

Digging up pipes and cables along the route of the Capital Metro light rail network could cost $200m.

Flooding and heavy rains have forced the closure of several roads around Goulburn.

A third push to reinstall Kevin Rudd as Labor leader is in turmoil.

And twelve-time grand slam champ Rafael Nadal crashes to humiliating first round Wimbledon defeat against a 135th-ranked Belgian.

Gillard appears safe in leadership battle

Prime Minister Julia Gillard looks set to avoid a major hurdle to her leadership on Tuesday.

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Just recapping - there are a number of roads closed in and around Goulburn today due to flooding.

We're about to wrap the live news blog.

But you can keep up to date on the situation throughout the day via our article here.

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Drivers are urged to take care on the wet roads following an accident on the Hume Highway earlier this morning.

Emergency crews were called to the highway near Goulburn after a truck jack knifed in the northbound lanes.

A NSW Police spokesman said crews had closed one lane.

Here's one that could come in handy - if it works. Basically, it's like a car with x-ray vision.

Ford has developed a new braking system that alerts drivers to potential rear-end collisions around blind corners or through dense traffic.

In the latest auto application to harness car-to-car communication, the technology warns drivers of a potential collision ahead even if their view is obstructed.

Ford braking system
Ford braking system 

The idea of politicians in leather probably may not be the greatest mental picture, but this morning MPs and senators will be getting out in support of motorcycle riders.

Riders from the Australian Motorcycle Council, Brotherhood Christian Motorcycle Council and both sides of Parliament will gather at the front of the Parliament this morning House for the 4th Annual Federal Members and Senators Motorcycle Ride.

Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and opposition roads and regional transport spokesman Darren Chester will be at the launch at 8.45am.

MPs Luke Hartsuyker, Rob Mitchell and Bernie Ripoll, and Senator Cory Bernardi are expected to take part in the ride.

Born to be wild ... Senator Cory Bernardi before the 2011  Federal Members and Senators Motorcycle Ride.
Born to be wild ... Senator Cory Bernardi before the 2011 Federal Members and Senators Motorcycle Ride. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
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Just what is a Population Health Commissioning Atlas? We'll find out later today. Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is launching the ACT Medicare Local's new publication this morning.

Gallagher says the atlas will help the ACT Medicare Local to achieve its objective of contributing "to bridging service gaps in primary health care by identifying and assessing the health care needs of the population of the ACT".


Here's a quick look at the current temperatures around the region this morning.

  • Braidwood: 8.3
  • Canberra: 10
  • Goulburn: 8.6
  • Perisher: 0
  • Thredbo: -0.8
  • Tuggeranong: 9.1 
  • Ulladulla: 14.9
Stephanie Anderson

Congratulations Canberrans, you little bookworms!

The capital has been declared the country’s most well-read city and one of the few whose top 10 titles doesn’t include the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy.

The ranking, based on sales data from Bookworld and Angus and Robertson from April 2012 to April 2013, also saw Canberra named as one of the most diversely read cities.

Out most read titled included Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals, along with Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies and Anna Funder’s All That I Am, which won the Miles Franklin Award in 2012.

Melbourne outfit Midnight Juggernauts have announced they will be heading to the Territory as part of a national tour announced late yesterday.

And they'll be bringing Kirin J Callinan and Fascinator along for the ride as well.

The band will be touring their third and latest album Uncanny Valley around the country in August and September, playing at Zierholz in Canberra on Saturday August 17.

Tickets are for sale through OzTix.

Midnight Juggernauts
Midnight Juggernauts 
Roos in the mens loos at Durras.
Roos in the mens loos at Durras. 

Humans aren't the only ones trying to keep dry with all this rain.

John Perkins, from Durras on the south coast, has sent in this photo of two kangaroos sheltering from the wild weather.

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Yesterday marked one year since our intrepid kayaking photo blogger Paul Jurak began blogging with the Canberra Times.

If you missed it, here's a retrospective of his greatest hits, photographically speaking.

See more photos on the Kayak Cameraman's Facebook page.

For the history buffs and photography fanatics, or just for the internationally aware or curious, a small new photography exhibition is set to open at the High Court tomorrow.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will set up 40 images from their archives for an exhibition celebrating a big milestone - 150 years of humanitarian action: the ICRC from 1863-2013.

The photos span the Spanish-American war of 1898, and the two World Wars, through to the recent conflicts in Sierra Leone, Sudan, Afghanistan and Syria, among others.

The exhibition runs until July 27, but here’s a sneak preview of some of the shots on offer:

Good news for seniors travelling on Canberra's bus networks, with the government bringing the qualifying age for free travel down five years.

The age for free travel for those with a Seniors MyWay card has been reduced from 75 to 70 – effected July 1.

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury said it would impact about 9000 Canberrans.

Those aged over 70 can head to a Canberra Connect with a proof of age and residency to get their MyWay card converted to a free travel card.

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After the biggest one day slide in four years yesterday, Australian shares are set to open lower with the ASX200 set to give back all of its 2013 gains, after stocks, bonds and commodities fell on Fed worries and Chinese equities entered a bear market on concern a cash crunch will hurt growth.

The Aussie dollar was strongly higher. It was recently buying 92.63 US cents, up from 91.67 US cents at yesterday's local close. It was also buying 90.47 yen, 70.58 euro cents and 60 British pence.

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All ACT Government sportsgrounds will be closed again today as wet weather continues.

Up to 6mm of rainfall is predicted for the capital throughout the day, as well as winds of up to 45km/hr.

The capital received more than 30mm of rainfall since showers began yesterday.

With the first of the winter's snow falling around the regions, the ACT Government has warned drivers to be extra cautious on rural roads, and to visit established snow recreation areas rather than informal snow areas.

People are being warned to avoid unsealed rural roads, and to be prepared for sudden changes in conditions.

The Corin Forest mountain recreation area is the best and safest opportunity for Canberrans to enjoy the snow in the ACT.

There are a number of road closures in place due to the wet weather and snow:

  • Boboyan Road (four-wheel drive access only)
  • Corin Dam Road closed at the Square Rock car park
  • Mount Franklin Road, closed at the Mount Franklin Chalet car park
  • Angle Crossing

For more information on road closures, contact Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

Stephanie Anderson

Flooding in and around Goulburn has forced NSW Police to close a number of local roads, including several bridges, as heavy rains hit the area.

A spokesman said police are looking to cut off access to Windellama and Range Roads in coming hours.

Flooding and water on roadways have also forced the closure of the railway underpass, Landsdowne Bridge, May Street Bridge, Muffets Road and Lumley Road.

Local media are also reporting that access to Towrang Bridge will be cut off at lunchtime.

The police spokesman said evacuations were not yet an issue for the region, which has received more than 100mm since showers began yesterday.

Not great morning for ACTION... or bus commuters it seems.

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