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Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Friday March 9, 2018

Good morning, Canberra and happy Friday!

Just one more day of work until the long weekend (if you need some inspo for what to do, we've got you covered).

It was chilly overnight but we're heading for a top of 27 today, with 28 forecast for Saturday and 32 for Sunday.

Let's have a look at what's making news today:

Almost 30 per cent of AMC inmates report heroin use

The Alexander Maconochie centre on National Corrections Day. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

The Alexander Maconochie Centre has a culture of drug seeking. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

New findings show that almost 30 per cent of inmates at Canberra's adult prison say they used heroin while inside the prison in 2016.


The news comes as part of an investigation into the opioid replacement therapy program at the Alexander Maconochie Centre. 

The inquiry found that inmates and staff held the view that there was a "culture of drug seeking" among the inmates.

Daniel Burdon has the story here.

ACTION staff resort to industrial pressure as talks drag

A new ACTION bus timetable will begin on October 7.

ACTION bus maintenance staff have been negotiating a new industrial agreement for 10 months.

Bus maintenance staff at ACTION are resorting to industrial pressure after negotiations over a new workplace agreement reached an impasse.

Workers, represented by the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union, have been negotiating for 10 months, and have now decided on a weekend overtime ban that threatened to throw the bus timetable into disarray last Monday.

Doug Dingwall has all the details here.

Greens torn apart as Canberra City Bowling Club closes

Bob Powell, president of the Canberra City Bowling Club at the?Canberra City Bowling Club, Elder St Braddon.?The club has closed forever as the? Ainslie Group sold off the site to developers and reneged on a promise to build new greens at Gungahlin. Photo by Karleen Minney

Bob Powell, president of the now defunct Canberra City Bowling Club. Photo: Karleen Minney

This story has me singing Joni Mitchell's 'don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got til it's gone?'

The greens at the 90-year-old Canberra City Bowling Club have begun to be ripped up on Sunday night, and the club has been forced to disband after a promised move to Gungahlin fell apart. 

The Ainslie Group sold the Braddon premises to developer Nik Bulum in 2015, with plans to build new greens before the site was handed over, but that hasn't happened.

Katie Burgess has the story here.

'More Indigenous kids in care than the Stolen Generation'

Julie Tongs at Boomanulla Oval. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

Canberra Winnunga Aboriginal Health Service boss Julie Tongs. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

An alarming picture is painted in the latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, which shows that Canberra has again recorded the second highest rate of Indigenous children in state care.

The number has climbed from last year, from 197 children to 227. 

Chief executive of Canberra Winnunga Aboriginal Health Service Julie Tongs said the crisis was now "out of control".

Sherryn Groch has all the details here.

'You don't have to be Bill Gates to be a philanthropist'

Diane Kargas Bray 2018 Citizen of the Year. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

Diane Kargas Bray is the 2018 Citizen of the Year. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

This is a pretty inspiring story.

Community advocate and philanthropist Diane Kargas Bray was named the 2018 Canberra Citizen of the Year on Thursday, and she said that even though she is 70, she won't be slowing down any time soon. 

Ms Kargas Bray's list of contributions is pretty long, and includes being the ACT public trustee administering the Canberra Bushfire Recovery Appeal and work helping people access affordable housing through Common Ground (and that's just the start).

Megan Doherty has Ms Kargas Bray's amazing story here.

Today's editorial cartoon:

David Pope wide landscape

Illustration: David Pope.