ACT News

Canberra mornings: March 16, 2015

Today's top stories

Katy Gallagher will receive a resettlement payout, worth $30,600 Photo: Rohan Thomson

Former ACT Chief minister Katy Gallagher. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Former ACT chief minister Katy Gallagher has become the first outgoing member of the Legislative Assembly to receive a resettlement payout, worth $30,600. 

Under rules introduced by the territory's independent Remuneration Tribunal in April 2014, exiting members receive two weeks salary for each year served in the Assembly, capped at 12 weeks. 

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Ms Gallagher resigned as chief minister in December after serving as a member and minister for 13 years. She is expected to join the Senate on March 26, replacing outgoing Labor veteran Kate Lundy.

Sport

Robbie Coleman trains ahead of the clash against the Queensland Reds. Photo: Graham Tidy

Nic White passes during the match between the Reds and the Brumbies . Photo: Getty

ACT Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White admits he was "lucky to escape unscathed" after Liam Gill's WWE brain explosion, but says it's unfair to compare the incident tp the one which resulted in close mate Alex McKinnon breaking his neck last year.

Queensland flanker Gill apologised to White after lifting him over a ruck, flipping him upside down and then dumping White to the ground in the Brumbies' thumping 29-0 win against the Reds.

Road closures

9.23am: An update on that Gungahlin crash: the 15-year-old boy was actually a cyclist, not a pedestrian. He crashed with a car while riding on Gungahlin Drive, near the Burgmann Anglican School. The crash occurred around 8.40am, according to police. He has been taken to the Canberra Hospital.

8.58am: ACT Ambulance Service intensive care paramedics are assessing a 15-year-old pedestrian for injuries on Gungahlin Drive in Gungahlin near the Burgmann Anglican School, according to emergency services.

8.57am: That crash in Forrest has blocked the intersection at Arthur Circuit and Monaro Crescent. Three cars were involved in that crash.

8.36am: There has been a crash on Arthur Circuit near Monaro Crescent in Forrest, according to emergency services reports.

A water main has burst at Florey Drive. All traffic coming from Handcock Crescent can only turn left onto Florey Drive and all traffic on Osburn can only turn right onto Florey Drive.

If you are stuck in traffic or have any info, let us know: morningblog@canberratimes.com.au or tweet us @canberratimes

What's on today

There is a number of hazard reduction burns this morning in Nicholls, Calwell, on the Googong Foreshore, on Brindabella road and Blundells Creek Road in the Cotter and Coree districts and another in the Yass Valley.

Firefighters are on scene and the fires are under control.

Timor-Leste's former president Xanana Gusmao will deliver a speech at The Australian National University. The topic will be "Political transition and national unity: The Timor-Leste story".

Superstar chef Tetsuya Wakuda is headed to the Fyshwick Markets but unless you're one of a handful of lucky corporate guests or an extremely lucky volunteer, you won't be able to see him cook.

Curators at the Australian War Memorial will share the stories behind the First World War gallery at 2.30pm. More information can be found on the AWM website

Canberra Life

Coda Conduct. Erica Mallet and Sally Coleman

Christian Sheldrick and Tony Caruana from the Canberra Skateboarding Association. Photo: Rohan Thomson

He proudly led his nation through the hazards of Great War and Great Depression but now Canberra's local authorities say King George V faces a new danger – the capital's skateboard kids.

So great is the peril posed by the city's grinderz to the war time monarch's memorial that the National Capital Authority is preparing to "skateboard proof" the landmark.

The King George the V monument is the latest in a long line of Canberra's national memorials to have "skateboard deterrents" fitted, with the authority saying the work is about letting visitors enjoy their national heritage in safety.

But leaders of Canberra's skateboard community say that each time they are excluded from a site, a little piece of their own culture is lost.

MORE CANBERRA LIFE

Canberra Times editorial cartoon

Editorial cartoon by Pat Campbell

Pic of the day

Health Minister Simon Corbell is launching an audit done by the Heart Foundation on unhealthy advertisting to kids in Canberra. Samuel 5, and Grace de Carvalho, 3 of Fisher get active. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Peter Oxley of Orange has 12 dogs who compete at the  National Sheep Dog Trials at Hall. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Weather

Today: A mostly clear day in Canberra with a forecast minimum of four and a half degrees and a top of 24 degrees.  

The rest of the week: Tuesday, cloudy- min 8, max 25. Wednesday, possible shower - min 12, max 31. Thursday, sunny - min 13, max 33. Friday, possible shower - min 13, max 26.