Canberra Times

Print this article | Close this window

Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Friday, December 8, 2017

Tom McIlroy

Published: December 8 2017 - 6:44AM

Good morning Canberra and happy Friday. 

We are expecting a top of 23 and early showers for the end of the working week. It's going to be a warm weekend, with a top of 26 on Saturday and 28 on Sunday.

Here's all the news you need: 

Canberra couple's holiday from hell

Sam William and Shani Bourne were badly injured in a crash in Thailand. Photo: Supplied

A surprise birthday getaway has turned into a nightmare for a Canberra couple badly injured in a crash in Thailand on Monday.

Shani Bourne and Sam William were driving through Patong on a hired scooter when a car swerved towards them. As they veered to avoid it, they collided with a parked truck.

Sherryn Groch reports Ms Bourne, 25, was rushed to hospital with a fractured pelvis, a broken nose and several facial injuries as well as a brain bleed, while Mr William, 25, suffered a broken arm. 

The couple were due to fly home on Tuesday.

Canturf police operation ends peacefully

Police block off roads in Fyshwick. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos 

A three-hour-long police operation that closed a number of Fyshwick streets on Thursday afternoon ended peacefully.

Armed police had been negotiating with at least one person inside a building on the Canturf site on Cessnock Street until the operation ended about 2pm.

Sherryn Groch and Doug Dingwall report officers blocked off streets in Fyshwick from about 11am but details of the incident remain scant.

Feds bank $122.5 million from parliamentary triangle sales​

The East Block, which houses the National Archives of Australia. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

The federal government has banked $122.5 million from the sale of four properties in Canberra's parliamentary triangle, including $15.5 million for the home of the National Archives of Australia.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann announced on Thursday the historic East Block, Anzac Park West and East buildings and a development site on Constitution Avenue had been sold to developers.

In September, the West Block was sold for $6.25 million, with new owners Geocon planning to turn the historic building into a boutique hotel.

Miss Summernats pageant cancelled​

Andy Lopez, co-owner of Summernats. Photo by Karleen Minney 

Summernats has canned its 2018 Miss Summernats competition as it attempts to crack down on sexual harassment at the annual car show.

More than 100,000 motorsports fans are expected to descend on Canberra's Exhibition Park on January 4 for the 31st Summernats car festival.

Katie Burgess reports co-owner Andy Lopez said the yearly beauty pageant would not be returning.

Flashback Friday: remember Canberry Fair?

Tina Robertson and Kellie Smith at Canberry Fair. Photo: ACT Heritage Library

Remember when the silhouette of a rollercoaster used to dominate the skyline heading into Canberra from Sydney?

As a kid in the 1980s, Canberry Fair was the ultimate. You'd go with your family, on a school excursion or - if you were lucky enough - for a birthday party. 

It opened in December 1981 and was part historical village, part zoo, part theatre and dining precinct.

Bree Winchester has your walk down memory lane with Canberra's very own theme park. 

Today's cartoon 

Photo: David Pope 

This story was found at: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-now-news-in-90-seconds-for-friday-december-8-2017-20171207-h00wgl.html