ACT News

Canberra mornings: March 17, 2015

Today's top stories

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

The ACT government will trial a kangaroo fertility drug. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

The ACT government plans to begin field trials of a kangaroo fertility drug by July, to determine whether it can deliver the vaccine effectively by dart.

Environment Minister Simon Corbell said the trials would target about 200 eastern grey kangaroos across 10 sites with high female populations.

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Carried out by the CSIRO, the Invasive Animals Co-operative Research Centre and the government, the trial would be the first in the country to determine whether GonaCon could be delivered via dart.

Mr Corbell said the drug was known to be effective when administered by injection, rendering kangaroos infertile for up to six years.

Sport

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

Josh Papalii is slowly getting used to playing in the middle for the Raiders. Photo: Melissa Adams 

Canberra Raiders forward Josh Papalii is unsure whether he's in line for a permanent move to the front row, admitting the shock dropping of veterans David Shillington and Dane Tilse has reminded everyone no one's spot is safe. 

Papalii admitted he is still adjusting to the heavy workload in the middle as the Raiders pack undergoes the most radical transformation in years.

Canberra's front row rotation has gone from a wealth of experience to youth within the space of 12 months. 

Road closures

8.48am: Roads are blocked on Knoke Ave and Matson St in Gordon for a police operation.

8.20am: Firefighters are on Cape Street in Dickson, after a laundromat filled with smoke.

7.32am: A water main has burst on Torrens St and Helemon St in Braddon. Road diversions in place. Police are advising motorists to avoid the area.

Florey Drive will be closed from 9am today, between Herron Crescent and Osburn Drive, to allow for road resurfacing works following a burst water main yesterday.

Fairbairn Avenue will be closed between the Northcott Drive and Majura Road roundabouts, and Morshead Drive will be closed to northbound traffic from Pialligo Avenue from 6.30pm to 5am, until Friday, March 20 as the Majura Parkway project nears completion.

Ongoing lane closures and a lowered speed limit will restrict traffic at the Eastern Valley Way and Aikman Drive intersection in Belconnen from today until 2016 as the construction of a high rise building gets under way.

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

St Patrick's Day is being celebrating at various venues across the capital, to be sure. Check out our Canberra guide here.

The Canberra Comedy Festival Opening Night Gala will get bellies aching at the Canberra Theatre Centre from 7pm.

More smoke is expected over the ACT today with another hazard reduction burn west of Tidbinbilla, which could last up to two days. 

Canberra Life

Artist Stuart Ringholt leads a naked tour through the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney

Artist Stuart Ringholt leads a naked tour through the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. Photo: Christo Crocker

You may have seen the James Turrell: A Retrospective exhibition, but has the exhibition really seen you?

The National Gallery of Australia has announced its first ever naked tours in April, as part of a collaboration with Melbourne-based artist Stuart Ringholt.

A spokeswoman for the NGA said Turrell had suggested including a naked element to the Canberra exhibition to completely remove all material barriers between artist and audience. 

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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

Sylvia and Alan Kelly have spent 62 years in their home which is slated for demolition by 2020 because of Mr Fluffy asbestos. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Weather

Today: A cloudy day in Canberra with a possible late sprinkling of rain, a forecast minimum of 8 degrees and a top of 26 degrees.  

The rest of the week: Wednesday, possible shower - min 13, max 30. Thursday, sunny - min 11, max 32. Friday, shower or two - min 15, max 28. Saturday, partly cloudy - min 9, max 23. 

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