Empowerment program at Canberra’s Caroline Chisholm School helps teenage girls build confidence, community connections

Empowerment program at Canberra’s Caroline Chisholm School helps teenage girls build confidence, community connections

Reaching the end of year 10 can be daunting for any high school student, as you prepare for the unknown hurdles and challenges ahead.  But a group of girls from Caroline Chisholm School in Canberra’s south are feeling a little more ready to tackle the world, after participating in an empowerment program organised by two of their teachers. … Read more

Man accused of murdering fellow patient in Canberra Hospital’s Adult Mental Health Unit facing more charges for resisting police

Man accused of murdering fellow patient in Canberra Hospital’s Adult Mental Health Unit facing more charges for resisting police

A teenager charged over the murder of a man at the Canberra Hospital last month has also been charged with resisting police’s attempts to collect forensic material from his hands. Aleu Mapiou, 18, is accused of killing Dusko Culibrk, 38, during what police described as “an altercation” in the hospital’s Adult Mental Health Unit. Mr … Read more

Canberra Liberals promise to dump light rail to Woden if elected in 2024

Canberra Liberals promise to dump light rail to Woden if elected in 2024

The Canberra Liberals have announced stage 2B of light rail from the city centre to Woden won’t go ahead if they win the 2024 ACT election. Key points: The Canberra Liberals promise to dump light rail to Woden if elected Leader Elizabeth Lee says the project will cost $3 billion and the money should instead be spent on … Read more

Rape charge dropped against Bruce Lehrmann, who was accused of sexually assaulting Brittany Higgins

Rape charge dropped against Bruce Lehrmann, who was accused of sexually assaulting Brittany Higgins

The case against Bruce Lehrmann, the man who was accused of raping former Liberal party staffer Brittany Higgins at Parliament House, will be abandoned. Key points: Bruce Lehrmann faced trial earlier this year over the alleged rape, but that trial was abandoned after juror misconduct was uncovered A retrial has now also been dropped after … Read more

Change promised after ‘hard-to-read’ report uncovers raft of issues at Canberra’s Dhulwa Mental Health Unit

Change promised after ‘hard-to-read’ report uncovers raft of issues at Canberra’s Dhulwa Mental Health Unit

A damning report into governance and policies at Canberra’s secure mental health unit has listed assaults on staff and confusion about the facility’s purpose among a number of issues that need urgent action. Key points: The mental health unit can house up to 25 patients with complex needs A report has found certain policies at the unit … Read more

Canberra man Hayden Todkill has charges against him dropped over stabbing at Kingston Foreshore

Canberra man Hayden Todkill has charges against him dropped over stabbing at Kingston Foreshore

The ACT Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has discontinued an attempted murder charge against a 26-year-old Canberra man after a stabbing outside a pub on the Kingston Foreshore. Key points: Hayden Todkill had been charged with attempted murder and intentionally causing grievous bodily harm But today the Director of Public Prosecutions took the unusual step of … Read more

Demand so high for Canberra’s pill-testing service that 27 people were turned away ahead of Spilt Milk music festival

Demand so high for Canberra’s pill-testing service that 27 people were turned away ahead of Spilt Milk music festival

Billie* wasn’t sure about the contents or purity of the MDMA she purchased so she decided to see exactly what was in it. The 24-year-old Canberra local procured the drugs ahead of Spilt Milk, one of the city’s largest music festivals. “I think it’s really important for people to be able to test what they’ve … Read more

Canberra prisoner Kane Quinn sentenced for escaping custody when girlfriend rammed corrections car

Canberra prisoner Kane Quinn sentenced for escaping custody when girlfriend rammed corrections car

A Canberra man sprung from custody last year when his girlfriend rammed a corrections car has expressed relief after he was given a 16-month jail sentence by the ACT Magistrates Court. Key points: Kane Quinn was being driven to a medical appointment in a sedan when his girlfriend, Lila Walto, crashed into it Magistrate Louise … Read more

Plans to develop Canberra’s historic Gungahlin Homestead into retirement village, aged care home

Plans to develop Canberra’s historic Gungahlin Homestead into retirement village, aged care home

Hundreds of Canberrans have enjoyed a rare glimpse inside one of the capital’s oldest and grandest heritage sites, as Gungahlin Homestead opened to the public for only the third time in well over 100 years. The sprawling 36-hectare estate sits between the Barton Highway and Bellenden Road in Crace, and is best known in modern … Read more

Canberra man sentenced to three and a half years in jail for raping two minors

Canberra man sentenced to three and a half years in jail for raping two minors

A 20-year-old Canberra man who admitted to raping two girls, aged seven and 12, has been sentenced to three and a half years in jail. Key points: With time already served, the man will be eligible for parole in March 2023 The second assault occurred when the man was on bail for the first offence In sentencing, … Read more