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Canberra Mornings Live: Tuesday June 18

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Canberra Times online journalist and producer Tegan Osborne

That's it from us this morning guys. A big thank you to everyone who shared photos on Twitter and email!

Here's a wrap of the big stories:

Reunited in the NSW Origin team, it took just two hours for Blake Ferguson and Josh Dugan to get together to toast the occasion. And now, Ferguson's playing career is in limbo after he was stood down from the NSW Origin team and had his NRL contract suspended following allegations he indecently assaulted a woman during the drinking session.

All flights in and out of Canberra have been put on hold as the city awoke to a thick layer of fog.

Treasurer Andrew Barr says there will still be cuts to territory water prices this year despite ''dramatic'' changes to the independent regulator's original plans.

And a teenager has been taken to hospital in a serious condition following an accident near the Australian National University.

Ferguson charged, suspended from Origin

Blues star Blake Ferguson is charged by NSW police on Monday over allegations he indecently assaulted a woman during a drinking session with teammate Josh Dugan.

One last one for the sports fans.

If you're headed to see the Brumbies tonight, there's a fleet of free ACTION buses to get you there.

Check out the link in the tweet below.

Congratulations to Mary Lee and Arika Errington. They are the first recipients of a new scholarship program run by the YWCA Canberra.

Ms Lee is a young culturally and linguistically diverse woman who is the training coordinator for Lifeline’s National Domestic Violence Response Training program. Ms Errington is originally a young Wakka Wakka woman from Queensland and project coordinator for the Talking About the Smokes Project for National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

They each get $5000 towards the She Leads Diploma of Management for young women.

The ACT Territory and Municipal Services Directorate will today be conducting a controlled burn at Kowen Forest, weather permitting.

The burn will be approximately 118 hectares in size and consists of forest debris piles which may take up to a week to complete.

For a map of the burn area - head here

For more details on the burn, visit the TAMS site or call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

Fog at 6.15am in Deakin.
Fog at 6.15am in Deakin. 

Another fog shot from a reader in Deakin (who didn't tell us their name!), taken early at 6.15am.

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The latest figures on petrol prices are out, and again it's good and bad news for ACT drivers.

The average price for unleaded in Canberra last week was steady at 147.1c/L, while prices were up 1.7c for the metropolitan average.  The bad side is that even with that increase, the national metropolitan average was still cheaper, at 144.2c/L.

One fabulous and two... erm, funny (?) fog shots from our readers on Twitter this morning.

Seems we have some comedians in the audience.

The sculpture of Ms Gillard, created by artist and cartoonist Peter Nicholson.
The sculpture of Ms Gillard, created by artist and cartoonist Peter Nicholson. 

Canberra’s political wonks might be disappointed to hear that Prime Minister Julia Gillard is yet to take her place alongside her 26 predecessors in the Victorian city of Ballarat.

All of Australia's prime ministers from Edmund Barton to Kevin Rudd are immortalised in a bronze bust for inclusion in Ballarat's Prime Ministers’s Avenue.

A sculpture of Ms Gillard, created by artist and cartoonist Peter Nicholson, has been in storage at the city’s art gallery for around 12 months and Ms Gillard did not unveil it during a visit last week.

Ballarat Mayor John Burt and local MP and Territories Minister Catherine King are working with Ms Gillard’s office to plan a date. 

The Prime Minister’s Avenue is in the city’s historic botanical gardens and was created after a bequest from parliamentarian and arts patron Richard Armstrong Crouch.

Ms Gillard first sat for the work in January 2012.

Mr Nicholson, famous for his cartoons and Rubbery Figures television series, has created busts of Malcolm Fraser, Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, John Howard and Kevin Rudd for the Ballarat collection.

He previously realised a photo of the working model for the sculpture via Twitter.

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Police are now diverting traffic down Fairfax Street following an accident in Acton this morning.

An ACT Policing spokeswoman confirmed officers on the ground were diverting city bound drivers on Belconnen Way and Barry Drive down Fairfax Street, following a collision between a pedestrian and a vehicle near the Australian National University.

Drivers are also being urged to remain patient during the disruptions.

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Hamish Boland-Rudder.

Regional affairs Minister Catherine King and local members Gai Brodtmann and Mike Kelly visited the Snowy Hydro South Care helicopter base this morning to announce a successful application for half a million dollars to build new training and staff facilities.

Once complete, it will be the first time the staff and the chipper team will be co-located.

Full story online later this morning.

Politicians visiting the  Snowy Hydro South Care helicopter base this morning.
Politicians visiting the Snowy Hydro South Care helicopter base this morning. Photo: Hamish Boland-Rudder
City bound traffic at a standstill on Barry Drive.
City bound traffic at a standstill on Barry Drive. 

A 19-year-old man has been taken to hospital in a serious condition by paramedics, following a collision between a pedestrian and a vehicle at the intersection of Barry Drive and Clunies Ross Street in Acton this morning.

City-bound lanes of Barry Drive have been closed and traffic is being diverted down Clunies Ross Street.

Traffic in the area is heavy and police have advised drivers to take another route if possible.

Graduates of Duntroon's class of 2012 throw their hats in the air as they leave the parade ground.
Graduates of Duntroon's class of 2012 throw their hats in the air as they leave the parade ground. Photo: Graham Tidy

David Ellery is off to Duntroon at 9.30am for the Royal Military College mid-year graduation ceremony.

We'll bring you all the shots of the pomp and ceremony later this morning.

Should be a hats in the air affair for all concerned.
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Traffic hold up on Horse Park Drive.
Traffic hold up on Horse Park Drive. 

Meantime, traffic on Horse Park Drive near Harrison has reportedly ground to a halt. 

We're looking into the cause for you. A Canberra Times staff member has sent in this photo.

Do you know what the hold up is? Tweet us @canberratimes or email online@canberratimes.com.au

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Emergency crews are at the scene of a reported collision between a pedestrian and a vehicle in Acton this morning.

Crews were called to the accident at Barry Drive and Clunies Ross Street just before 8.30am.

An ACT Policing spokeswoman said ambulance officers were on the scene, but no information could be provided on injuries.

All city bound lanes have been closed and police are urging drivers to find an alternative route.

We’ll bring you more information as it comes to hand.

Justin Monfries, 25, has pleaded guilty to culpable driving causing death, culpable driving causing grievous bodily ...
Justin Monfries, 25, has pleaded guilty to culpable driving causing death, culpable driving causing grievous bodily harm, and car theft. Photo: Supplied

The man who hit and killed hospital worker Linda Cox while fleeing in a stolen car is listed to be sentenced in the ACT Supreme Court this morning.

Justin Lee Monfries, 25, has pleaded guilty to three charges stemming from the horrific hit-and-run that killed mother-of-two Mrs Cox and seriously injured Ashlee Bumpus, then 25, in May last year.

The pair were leaving the Canberra Hospital after finishing their shifts, when Monfries ran a red light in the stolen car and hit both of them.

Assuming that hearing goes ahead, we'll bring you more as soon as he is sentenced.

Back to sport, and Brumbies coach Jake White reckons the match against the British and Irish Lions tonight in Canberra will be the perfect opportunity for his younger players to shine.

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