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Stephanie Anderson: Here's one we'll be following up.
Plans for a new $2 million mosque in Monash have been lodged with ACTPLA.
The proposed works include a mosque of approximately 812 metre square floor space, as well as a burial wash room, library spaces and further car parking facilities.
The Canberra Islamic Centre Incorporated currently lease the site, which is approved to be used as a place of worship. The existing stage one works on the 16,045 metre square block include a multipurpose hall, as well as a central courtyard and car spaces.
We'll bring you more on this later today.
Fleta Page: The Australian War memorial is preparing messages of thanks from Australian school students to send to the First World War battlefields for ANZAC Day commemorations.
The messages, written on small wooden crosses adorned with a single red poppy, will be placed on the graves of Australian soldiers across the battlefields of the Western Front.
The initiative started in 2010 with students inscribing their message, name and school on the crosses. They’ve come from all around the country, but today it will be kids from just across the road at Campbell High School.
They'll also be meeting with the Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson.
Canberra Times photographer Colleen Petch has been filing through some pics from the scene of the prang on Gungahlin Drive. There have been conflicting reports about the number of cars involved.
According to some witnesses at the scene there were five cars however a police spokesman says there were seven. The good news is at least one lane has been cleared and motorists are now making their way to work.
The scene of a pile-up on the GDE.
George Smith of the Brumbies passes the ball during the round four Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Waratahs at Canberra Stadium on March 9. Photo: Getty Images
Chris Dutton, reporting from South Africa: I caught up with Brumbies legend George Smith today to speak about his Super Rugby return and how he's fitting in since joining Jake White's team two weeks ago.
He said he feels like he never left and that he belongs in Super Rugby. But Brumbies fans shouldn't get too excited, there's still no movement on whether he will be able to play beyond May 31 when his short-term contract expires.
He also said he was disappointed with David Pocock's injury because he wanted to learn of the Wallabies' premier openside flanker.
Smith was part of the Brumbies' last win in Cape Town in 2010. He scored the match-winning try with two minutes remaining, now he's hoping to help a new breed score a triumph.
John-Paul Moloney: Bah, who needs Paris? Proving you don’t need to got to the City of Lights for a romantic wedding proposal, this timelapse video shows the set up for a gorgeous transformation of a spot on good old Lake Burley Griffin to romance HQ.
Posted on video sharing site Vimeo, it shows Dave and his friends setting the scene up for his proposal to Jo.
We don’t know the couple, but we’re pleased to hear she said yes.
Fleta Page: Traffic ground to a halt during Tuesday morning peak hour after a seven-car accident on the Gungahlin Drive Extension above Belconnen Way closed both south-bound lanes.
Ambulance officers assessed seven patients on the scene, with one woman in her mid-20s taken to Calvary Hospital with minor injuries after the accident, which happened shortly before 8.30am.
Police are reporting oil and coolant is on the road, which will delay the clearing of the accident.
Natasha Rudra: I'm at a Property Council breakfast where the guest speaker is Rachel Botsman, technology writer and thinker.
Ms Botsman says the most interesting companies are those at the convergence between the social, local and mobile.
She predicts that in the future many of us will have portfolios of jobs rather than one job. She also says we are moving from ownership to access - where the next generation doesn't want to own physical goods, they want access to goods and services, when and where they want it.
Grant Newton: Not a great morning on Canberra's roads. We've had reports the Cotter Road is a carpark, that a 4WD has broken down on Commonwealth Avenue and Northbourne is at a crawl. We'll keep you posted.
One lane southbound Gungahlin Drive is now open. Expect lengthy delays and please slow down — ACTPol_Traffic (@ACTPol_Traffic) March 18, 2013
Expect long delays if you're travelling in from Gungahlin this morning. An accident involving seven vehicles has closed traffic in both directions. One person was injured in the smash - a woman in her mid-20s has been taken to Hospital with minor injuries ... More to come.
Gungahlin Drive closed due to collision. Traffic being diverted onto Belconnen Way.Expect lengthy delays and consider alternate routes. — ACTPol_Traffic (@ACTPol_Traffic) March 18, 2013
This just in from ACT Policing. More details shortly.
7 car collision Gungahlin Drive southbound over Belconnen Way with both lanes blocked. Please avoid the area and expect delays.— ACTPol_Traffic (@ACTPol_Traffic) March 18, 2013
The lost pup, April. Photo: Facebook
The disappearance of this cute pooch in O’Connor in the inner north is causing immense heartbreak.
A Canberra woman, Gracie Brooks, has made an emotional appeal through social media for the return of her beloved little girl April.
And she’s appealing to the hip pocket as well as the heartstrings – posting a whopping $4000 reward for anyone who returns her safe.
"My world has just been ripped apart," Ms Brooks wrote on a Facebook post that’s now being shared widely around town.
Shonky tradesman Matthew Rixon has burnt customers from Newcastle to Canberra over several years, but it seems his antics are now catching up with him.
Yesterday the NSW Commissioner of Fair Trading slapped Rixon with a $72,000 fine and warned “We’re not finished with Mr Rixon yet’’.
The serial fraud who repeatedly lied to his victims and disobeyed Fair Trading directions to stop work will face the Supreme Court next month where the department is seeking orders to permanently prevent him from offending.
Rixon pleaded guilty to 29 offences relating to doing building work without a licence, demanding excessive deposits and doing substandard or incomplete work at homes in Eleebana, Merewether, Wallsend and other Newcastle suburbs, Newcastle Local Court heard.
Rixon, formerly of Port Stephens now of Caringbah in Sydney, is also facing sentence in the ACT for impersonating a police officer while trying to have his ex-girlfriend evicted from her home.
Clyde Rathbone with Jake White Head Coach during a Brumbies training session last week. Photo: Getty Images
Chris Dutton, reporting from South Africa: It's been a cold and wet Monday in Cape Town and Brumbies coach Jake White decided to give his players an extra day of rest by cancelling their scheduled training session. Instead the players were given free time and did more recovery after a brutal win over the Durban Sharks last weekend.
They will return to the field on Tuesday afternoon South African time to start preparing to take on the Cape Town Stormers at Newlands. The team will have Wednesday off as well and rumours are some players are considering going diving with great white sharks off the Cape Town coast.
The new lights at Manuka Oval. Photo: Melissa Adams
Fleta Page: It has been ten weeks since the six Manuka Oval light towers finished going up, and they’re finally getting a lick of paint.
The work started last week now the cricket is done, and is expected to take a number of weeks as each pole and head frame will require three coats of the protective paint,
The 47 metre-high towers are being painted by three painters in boom lifts, while the head frames are being painted by four abseilers.
But don’t expect any bright colours or feature towers, the paint is Dulux Ferrodor 810 in St. Enoch Grey - a mid-grey colour with a metallic finish.
Riders of Rte 45 (7.56am from Charnwood) are advised to catch the next service (or alt) due to cancellation. Next service is at 8.21am — ACTION Buses (@ACTIONbuses) March 18, 2013
UPDATE: Rte 11 (8am from Calwell) may experience delays. This service will still run
— ACTION Buses (@ACTIONbuses) March 18, 2013
Hang in there Calwellites. Bus is on its way.
A small update for you on one of yesterday's big stories...
This morning, police forensic officers are still on the scene investigating the suspicious death of a woman in Kambah.
The 42-year-old woman's body was found on Monday morning in the front room of her home on Broad Place by a relative who called emergency services.
Detective Sergeant Stephen Ladd said the woman's death was being treated as suspicious "due to the unknown nature surrounding her death".
We'll bring you more on this story as it unfolds.
Police investigate a suspicious death on Broad Place, Kambah after a 42 year old woman was found in the front room of the home. Photo: Melissa Adams
Grant Newton: All quiet on Canberra’s roads so far this ahead of the morning mad dash. Let us know if you if you get stuck. Email us or tweet #CanberraMornings
A story we’ll be following today …
The ACT Government has this morning released a draft planning variation to restrict retail floor space to 1000m² in Canberra shopping centres.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the primary intention of draft variation 304 was to protect the interests of smaller independent supermarkets in the ACT retail industry.
“By restricting retail floor space to 1000m² in local centres the government is reinforcing the important role that local centres play in providing convenience retailing to their local communities,’’ Mr Corbell said.
“Currently supermarkets in local centres have no gross floor area (GFA) limits, but under DV 304, the display and selling area will be limited to 1000m².”
The draft variation is available here. A formal consultation period of six weeks will begin from Saturday March 23, 2013.
A tweet from Tiger Woods.
Jenna Clarke: In some breaking celebrity couple news, Tiger Woods has taken to his official Facebook page this morning to announce he is dating champion US alpine skier Lindsey Vonn.
The 28-year-old blonde bombshell won gold at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Her good form must be rubbing off on Woods, who has recently rediscovered his winning form on the course.
Canteen food... good for your kids? Photo: Angela Milne
Emma Macdonald's story on the results of a national survey on school canteen food is attracting some interest this morning - one of our most read articles.
Canberra's school canteens get a bad wrap in a new national survey.
Just 5 per cent of secondary schools comply with guidelines.
Any parents out there?
What are your kids buying from the school canteen? Are you happy with what's on offer?
Grant Newton: Around town today …
- Arts minister Simon Crean will launch the Australian Schools Portrait project at the National Portrait Gallery.
- Workplace minister Bill Shorten will attend a demonstration of Fair Work Building & Construction’s new micro site ‘know your worth’ at the CIT at Bruce.
- There will be a joint committee Inquiry into the care of ADF personnel wounded and injured on Operations.
- Senate President John Hogg will launch the new ‘Women in Federal Parliament’ touchscreen and online exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the election for the first two women to serve in federal parliament.
Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan in South Africa. Photo: Chris Dutton
Chris Dutton, reporting from South Africa: It's not just the Brumbies players breaking down barriers here in South Africa, the club's chief executive Andrew Fagan is also in the Republic for a sponsors and supporters' tour.
The touring group remained in Durban while the players travelled to Cape Town after beating the Sharks on Sunday morning.
Fagan took this snap after meeting a Zulu warrior just outside of Durban today.
Grant Newton: A quick hit of sport …
- There is speculation a Cronulla Sharks board meeting today could lead to Shane Flanagan being cleared to resume coaching duties. The Sharks went down to South Sydney 14-12 last night.
- The Australian cricket team will travel to Delhi today ahead of Friday’s fourth and final Test against India, having gone three-nil down in the series. India regained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy yesterday in Mohali with a six-wicket win in the third Test.
- Sydney AFL premiership defender Alex Johnson is set to miss the 2013 season after opting for a knee reconstruction over LARS surgery.
Todd Carney kicks ahead during last night's clash with South Sydney. Photo: Mark Nolan/Getty Images
Grant Newton: Making news around the nation this morning …
- Independent federal MP Rob Oakeshott has written to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, saying he will be voting against all six media bills.
- A man accused of fleecing $16 million from Queensland Health will be sentenced today. Joel Barlow is alleged to have defrauded the government department while working there between 2007 and 2011.
- A 56-year-old man will appear in court today charged with holding his elderly mother-in-law in a southwestern Sydney home during a six hour siege at Raby near Campbelltown yesterday.
Actor Frank Thornton, best known for his role as Captain Peacock in the long-running BBC comedy series 'Are You Being Served?', died in his sleep on Saturday at the age of 92. Photo: Tim Whitby/Getty Images
Grant Newton: Around the world in 80 words …
In London, British actor Frank Thornton, who played Captain Peacock in the hit television comedy "Are You Being Served?" – has died aged 92. British politicians have reached a deal on a new system of newspaper self-regulation that they insist won’t restrict hundreds of years of freedom of the press. Cyprus has baulked again on putting an EU bailout to a vote in parliament. All bank branches on the island will remain closed until Thursday. In India, six men have appeared in court over the gang-rape and robbery of a Swiss cyclist holidaying in India.
Grant Newton: It’s just 5 degrees in the capital right now - heading for a top of 24. We’re in for some patchy morning fog, clearing to a sunny afternoon with light winds. There’s no chance of rain, according to the Bureau and the fire danger is low to moderate.
The outlook for tomorrow is similar, with an overnight low of 7 degrees climbing to a top of 25.
Isolated showers are predicted for Thursday and Friday.
Good morning Canberra. It's another chilly one out there!
This morning it got down to 4.1 degrees overnight - not too far off yesterday's coldest minimum for 2013 of 3.7.
We'll bring you a more extensive weather shortly.
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