Canberra Now: Inquiry launched at ACT Health and Qbn cop shortage

Good morning Canberra.

Don't be fooled by the early morning fog, it will be a balmy 22 degrees today in the capital as we leave winter far behind us.

Inquiry launched into culture at ACT Health

Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris announced the independent review on Monday. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris announced the independent review on Monday. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

After months of pressure around bullying allegations, health minister Meegan Fitzharris has announced an independent review into ACT Health.

But she stopped short of implementing a full board of inquiry, as has been called for by the Australian Medical Association and the Canberra Liberals.

'So stretched they're drowning': Understaffed police struggle with ice

NSW Police Association Queanbeyan branch chair Paul Batista, who says the drug ice has officers "so stretched that they're drowning". Photo: Karleen Minney

NSW Police Association Queanbeyan branch chair Paul Batista, who says the drug ice has officers "so stretched that they're drowning". Photo: Karleen Minney

The NSW police union has issued a grim warning about staff shortages over the border as Queanbeyan cops struggle to tackle epidemic levels of ice addiction.

The union has called for an extra 48 officers in the Monaro region to help the "stretched" force on the ground.

'Didn't think it was possible': 10 new affordable homes for Throsby

ACT Housing Minister Yvette Berry hands over the first keys to Christine Van and daughter Chloe ,15. Photo: Karleen Minney

ACT Housing Minister Yvette Berry hands over the first keys to Christine Van and daughter Chloe ,15. Photo: Karleen Minney

Seven years ago, Christine Van was struggling to find somewhere to live. Yesterday, she was given the keys to her very first home.

Ms Van's family were the first to move in as part of the ACT government's land rent scheme, which gives low-to-moderate income households the option of renting land rather than buying it to build a home.

Delivered through Community Housing Canberra, the scheme reduces the initial cost of entering the housing market as well as mortgage payments.

No bull: Canberra's growing biltong business

The Barbell Biltong team, from left, Matt Laing, Rory Rathbone, Luke Rathbone and Tom Hutchison.  Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

The Barbell Biltong team, from left, Matt Laing, Rory Rathbone, Luke Rathbone and Tom Hutchison. Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

Rugby players are investing and an economist standing by to make this home-grown biltong business big news.

But just what is a biltong anyway?

According to our resident foodie Karen Hardy, the preserved meat snack is packed with protein and popular with outdoor adventurers.

International agreement struck at Canberra zoo

On Monday, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the National Zoo & Aquarium, Wellington Zoo and Singapore Wildlife Reserves signing in Canberra. Photo: Karleen Minney

On Monday, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the National Zoo & Aquarium, Wellington Zoo and Singapore Wildlife Reserves signing in Canberra. Photo: Karleen Minney

Solo the cheetah cub presided over proceedings yesterday as zoos from Canberra, Wellington and Singapore struck their first agreement on wildlife conservation.

Today's cartoon:

The Canberra Times. David Pope's editorial cartoon for September 11, 2019. Photo: David Pope

The Canberra Times. David Pope's editorial cartoon for September 11, 2019. Photo: David Pope