14. Adriaan Roodt remembered as a beautiful younger man
It was the information story that shocked the Canberra college group. After the information broke, numerous individuals who knew Adriaan Roodt, who tragically died after an accident on Mount Ainslie throughout college class, got here out to share what they beloved most concerning the teen. He was remembered as “a beautiful younger man” who had his entire life forward of him. He had simply bought his P plate licence and was because of have his braces eliminated.
13. Lady takes on Kelloggs and wins
Cute however highly effective. This Canberra lady took on a cereal firm in November, forcing it to vary its product packaging. Canberra lady Daliah Lee, who’s eight years outdated, introduced Kellogg’s to its knees, forcing it to place women on Nutri-Grain containers ranging from 2019.
The younger lady realised solely boys, all participating in high-energy pursuits corresponding to mountain biking and browsing, featured on the cereal containers. Daliah mentioned she would solely carry her ban on consuming Nutri-Grain, which “used” to be considered one of her favorite cereals, when she noticed the up to date containers.
12. Males arrested in drug raids
One of five people arrested over drug trafficking allegations during April was well-known business owner Brendan Baker, who in May said he would fight all 10 charges against him and entered pleas of not guilty.
On social media, Brendan Leigh Baker lived a life most his age could only dream about. But police allege he funded his lifestyle dealing drugs.
11. Tea drinker wanted
When the search went out for a permanent tea drinker, more than 45,000 people read the story. As the temperatures plummeted in Canberra and thoughts turned to open fires, cosy throws and curling up on the lounge, the most perfect job to ever exist was advertised.
The job for the professional tea drinker was advertised in May. That’s right. Someone. Got. Paid. To. Drink. Tea.
This news stunk. Literally. Rubbish collection was in October delayed amid drivers’ fears their overloaded vehicles were unroadworthy. The ACT government told residents across the city to leave their waste and recycling bins out and they would be collected within 24 hours of their usual scheduled time.
Collections of general rubbish and recycling in several suburbs did not go ahead as scheduled, affecting thousands of properties.
8. Parent killed in explosion at school
A parent, taking part in many people’s daily routine of collecting a child, was killed in an explosion. The news shocked many and affected those connected to the school and family.
The 50-year-old man was picking up a child from after-school care in Canberra’s south in August when he died after a vehicle explosion in a car park in front of St Clare of Assisi Primary School in Conder.
7. Monaro Highway closed because of crash
A story on the closure of another busy highway because of a fatal collision was also well-read.
The crash on the Monaro Highway at Mugga Lane killed one person and injured six when three cars and a truck collided in July.
6. Fatal Barton Highway crash
A fatal head on collision on the Barton Highway generated a lot of interest. Two people were killed and a further six injured when the vehicles collided on the highway in May, closing the road for several hours.
Those injured in the crash, in which a white Toyota four-wheel drive and a white Dodge SUV collided head on, included a 22-month-old girl, an 8-year-old boy, a 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl.
5. Campbell High student dies following accident
The initial news story about Adriaan Roodt broke the tragic news that a Campbell High School student from Yass died after an accident during a class exercise on Mount Ainslie in October. School students, teachers and parents were left shocked.
Adriaan was remembered as a “beautiful boy” who had the “biggest heart and the best smile”.
3 – 4. Scott Morrison becomes Prime Minster
Not again. I am sure that is what most of Australia was thinking when yet another leadership spill took place in Parliament House. The third and fourth most read stories for 2018 on The Canberra Times website were blogs on the spill, which played out over two days.
Since 2007 Australia has had six PMs, and in August Scott Morrison became Australia’s 30th Prime Minister.
Mr Morrison defeated Peter Dutton, the chief agitator of the leadership crisis, by five votes. Morrison also defeated Julie Bishop, a late entrant in the leadership race.
The leadership change saw former prime minster Malcolm Turnbull leave the Liberal Party and resign from politics, sending his Sydney seat of Wentworth to a byelection.
2. Strip club brawl
When vision of a wild bikie brawl in a Fyshwick strip club surfaced, it was no doubt going to be viewed widely. The shocking footage shows an unconscious bikie being kicked and punched by other gang members as he lay on the floor of the Capital Men’s Club about 3am on August 20, 2017.
Several gang members faced court over the wild Comanchero-on-Comanchero brawl.
1. Pierces Creek fire
With the 2003 bushfire, which killed four people and destroyed nearly 500 homes, still etched in people’s minds, it is no surprise a live blog on November’s Pierces Creek blaze, which burnt more than 147 hectares of bush land, was the most clicked story of the year.
The fire, which burnt for several days, was started by a burnt-out car near pine forrest and was at one stage burning out of control seven kilometres away from Kambah on Canberra’s south-west fringe.
Emily Barton is a producer at The Canberra Times.