About Lottie Twyford

Lottie Twyford is an early career journalist, most often seen with a long black in hand.

She recently graduated from the ANU with a degree in International Relations and Arts where she developed a passion for all things French - particularly wine.

Having grown up in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, she is soon to call herself an Aussie, although won’t be seen anywhere near a kangaroo.

She loves telling stories, and when not writing, you’ll find her out for a run, or enjoying Canberra’s nightlife with friends.

Want to get in touch? You can reach her at [email protected]

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Flu cases increase ‘sharply’ in the ACT but government not yet considering free flu vax for general population
News
The number of flu cases in the ACT has increased sharply in recent weeks. Despite this, the Territory Government is not yet considering offering free flu vaccinations to Canberrans this winter, even though NSW and Queensland are. According to ACT Health's latest influenza surveillance report, 301 cases were reported to the directorate in the fortnight to 8 May 2022. Since the...
Dying ‘from’ or dying ‘with’ COVID? It’s more complicated than you think
News
Since the beginning of the year, 47 Canberrans have died 'with' COVID-19. To yesterday (17 May), there have been 59 deaths related to the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. They are sobering facts. And every time a death is reported, a question is raised: why do we report deaths 'with' COVID-19 and not deaths 'from' COVID-19? What's the...
Government didn’t pay enough attention to economic analysis of light rail to Commonwealth Park: Auditor-General
News
The government paid "insufficient attention" to an economic analysis of Stage 2A of light rail and should now examine the route from the city to Woden as a whole to get a better picture of the costs, the Auditor-General has warned. ACT Auditor-General Michael Harris said he believed the total cost for the next stage to Commonwealth Park - $162...
Education Minister still concerned about NAPLAN reporting as tests go online nationwide
News
Although things looked a little different for the 1.2 million students who began NAPLAN testing this morning, familiar criticisms were levelled at the often controversial assessment tool. Instead of sharpening pencils, students and teachers plugged laptops in to charge as all schools and students across the country sat online versions of the numeracy and literacy tests for the first time....
Planning shortfalls highlighted in education infrastructure review
News
A new report has found libraries and specialist spaces should not be included in school capacity calculations and the government should more carefully plan the construction of new schools to avoid construction in the first few years of their operation. The recommendations were among 35 made by the ACT Legislative Assembly's Standing Committee on Education and Community Inclusion following an...
ACT Government to investigate sick and carer’s leave for casuals
News
The ACT Government will investigate how sick leave and carer's leave could be provided to the Territory's casual workforce who, under current arrangements, cannot access this leave. Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson, who raised the motion in the ACT Legislative Assembly on Tuesday (3 May), was clear that it is just a proposal at this stage, although he believed it would...
School enrolments stall as Tuggeranong schools struggle below capacity, Northside booms
News
After almost a decade of sustained enrolment growth of around 2 per cent a year, enrolments in ACT schools grew by only 0.4 per cent in the last year to 82,175, the latest Schools Census showed. In a continuing trend, schools in Tuggeranong continued to be under-subscribed while enrolments were strong in Canberra's north, pushing some schools near capacity. The...
Long grass topped Canberrans’ concerns last year (even beating potholes)
News
It seems long grass was the bane of many Canberrans' existence last year - so much so that 16,920 requests for assistance with grass, trees and shrubs were submitted via the Fix My Street portal. A total of 46,831 requests were lodged to Fix My Street in the 2021 calendar year. Potholes and anything else related to roads, parking and vehicles...
High rents, low supply: industry questions timing of rental reform, including minimum standards
Property
The picture for Canberra's renters is not looking pretty, with the latest rental affordability snapshot showing things are getting worse, especially for those relying on Federal Government support. At the same time, the ACT Government is proposing a swathe of reforms to strengthen residential tenancy laws, including minimum standards for rental properties. But some fear this will not help alleviate...
Business welcomes eased COVID-19 quarantine rules with open arms
Business
Businesses around Canberra breathed a collective sigh of relief this morning as the relaxation of household quarantine rules kicked in. Since 11:59 pm last night, asymptomatic close or household contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases are no longer required to undergo seven days of quarantine. However, they still have a number of rules to abide by, including wearing masks while indoors...
Directorate reveals WorkSafe ACT attended five public schools in term one
News
As students returned to the classroom today, it's been revealed the ACT's work health and safety regulator attended five of the territory's public school campuses in term one. The revelations follow the highly publicised events at Calwell High School last term when WorkSafe ACT barred all year 7 and 8 students from attending campus. Inspectors found a school campus rife...
Plant two or pay up – government proposes tough new tree removal laws
News
Homeowners who remove a tree on their property would need to plant an additional two trees or pay $600 per tree they cannot replant under proposed new laws the ACT Government has put forward. Property developers would be subject to even stricter requirements to make up for lost canopy cover. Depending on the size and location of the tree they...
How a tragic death led four Canberra friends on a mission to end all refugee and migrant drownings
Community
Najeebullah (Najeeb) Rafee was only a few days shy of his 25th birthday when he fell from a raft at the Cotter Dam in October 2020. The ANU student, previously recognised for his community service by the ACT Government, was taken to hospital in a critical condition. The day the life support was turned off would have been his birthday....
Fix My Street requests take on average 52 days to complete: Minister
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It took 52.2 days on average for matters reported via the ACT Government's Fix My Street portal last year to be resolved, Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel has confirmed. In response to a question in the ACT Legislative Assembly, Mr Steel said officers may already have inspected the area and that in some cases, immediate repairs could...
New cat containment laws in force from July as ACT moves away from trap, neuter, release
News
New cat containment laws to better protect native wildlife and cats themselves have been warmly welcomed by the RSPCA. They will come into effect from July. Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel announced the Territory will also move away from the controversial 'trap, neuter, release' policy it currently employs to 'trap, neuter, adopt'. All cats will need to be registered...
Park results are in – Casey wants space to play, meet friends
Community
Casey residents want their park to have better spaces to play, meet with friends, have picnics and enjoy a barbecue, according to results of a recent survey. The survey organised by local member for Yerrabi, Suzanne Orr, asked about 500 residents what Casey Community Recreation Park was lacking and what they would like added. The results will help inform the...
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