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Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Monday, April 16, 2018

Good morning, Canberra.

Welcome to Monday, I hope it's a good start to the week for you.

After a week of sunshine that temperature sure did drop yesterday. Today we're headed for a cloudy top of 20. It doesn't look like we'll be getting much rain again this week, with only a medium chance of rain forecast for Saturday.

Bimberi youth worker speaks out

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre. Inside one of the accomodation units.

Inside one of the rooms at Bimberi Youth Justice Centre. Photo: Rohan Thomson

A former staff member at Bimberi Youth Justice Centre has described how he was ordered to restrain a young boy, tie the boy's hands with plastic zipties, and then lock him in his room.

"The boy spent the next 15 minutes rolling around on the floor crying as he continued to trip over whilst trying to stand up with his hands tied behind his back," Mark Fletcher told Fairfax Media.


"The staff present found this very humorous for some reason."

Mr Fletcher left the detention centre in 2016 and has criticised the government's response to allegations of abuse of inside the facility.

Steven Trask has the full story here.

Canberra retiree's holiday home hell

Canberra couple Elizabeth and Robin Turnbull outside their cabin, which they will soon be forced to remove from Tomaga River Holiday?Park if a proposed redevelopment goes ahead. Photo: Kerrie O'Connor

Canberra couple Elizabeth and Robin Turnbull outside their cabin. Photo: Kerrie O'Connor

A Canberra retiree is facing a $40,000 loss after his cabin at the Tomaga River Holiday Park on the NSW South Coast was marked for redevelopment.

Robin Turnbull wants to warn others about the risks of buying dwellings in holiday parks, as they are not protected from changes under NSW legislation.

Blake Foden has the story here.

ACT public servants chauffeured to rugby in chopper

Senior Base Engineer for Snowy Hydro SouthCare, Colin Hobbs arrives with the match Ball at the Brumbies vs Reds game at Canberra Stadium
The Canberra Times
Date: 01 July 2016
Photo Jay Cronan

The Snowy Hydro SouthCare lands at Canberra Stadium. Photo: Jay Cronan

Two staff members at the Justice and Community Safety Directorate took a helicopter to a rugby match in 2016, where they were wined and dined by Snowy Hydro Southcare as "acknowledgement of services provided to the aeromedical service".

The ACT public service gift register has been obtained by Fairfax Media under freedom of information laws, with cocktail functions, dinners, and dozens of free tickets now made public.

Michael Inman and Markus Mannheim have the full story here.

ICYMI: Systemic bullying at Calvary Hospital revealed

Calvary Hospital generics. Calvary Public Hospital. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Calvary Public Hospital. Photo: Jamila Toderas

A four-month investigation by The Sunday Canberra Times has revealed numerous allegations of a systemic culture of bullying and harassment at Calvary Hospital.

Former and current staff members have blown the whistle on a toxic culture, with those who complain saying the investigation turns on them.

"I was astonished at the level of bullying at Calvary. It was quite extraordinary," one employee said.

The hospital said it takes allegations seriously and is committed to creating a safe working environment.

Read Andrew Brown's full story here.

We Tried: Glamping at the Naked Cubby

Inside The Naked Cubby, the new glamping experience at Mount Majura Vineyard. Photos: Jil Hogan

Inside The Naked Cubby, the new glamping experience at Mount Majura Vineyard. Photo: Jil Hogan

Imagine this - a five metre bell-tent, set up on a deck looking down on a vineyard. Floorboards, a rug, a solar-powered fridge and a king-size bed.

There's a catch though - the toilet is down the hill. Even though everything else sounds like the height of luxury, I'm not sure about getting too close to nature.

I'm not sure this is my kind of holiday, but I'm glad Jil Hogan tried it for the rest of us.

Today's cartoon:

Cathy wide landscape

By Cathy Wilcox