About Lachlan Roberts

This Canberra born and bred journalist sits on a variety of sidelines, keen to reflect the depth of local and regional sport.

When he isn’t cheering on the Raiders, Liverpool, or Essendon, Lachlan loves to investigate, write, listen and analyse.

Got a story idea? Contact him at [email protected]

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Businesses to only sell gift cards with three-year expiry dates under new laws
News
All gift cards purchased from 1 November 2019 will now come with a minimum three-year expiry date, and expiry dates will need to be prominently displayed under new national laws enacted just in time for Christmas. Last year, the ACT Minister for Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury agreed to implement a national scheme for the regulation of gift cards, no matter where...
Buyfromthebush campaign bringing business to drought-affected towns
Community
It was just two weeks ago, on 16 October, that Grace Brennan started the Buyfromthebush campaign, hoping to encourage people to support small rural businesses struggling in the severe drought by buying their Christmas presents from the bush. The idea was simple: provide an easy way for city people to support their country kin who are doing it tough. Now two...
Why UFC champion Rob Whittaker is swapping the octagon for Canberra Theatre
What's On
Australia's Rob Whittaker is a bona fide warrior, dubbed 'The Reaper' due to his sharp jab and devastating left hook. Though he has held the mantle of UFC Middleweight champion, a battle outside the octagon has been his toughest fight. For 12 years, Whittaker has been struggling with depression but it wasn't until recently that he admitted to himself that...
Mother calls for Australia to follow ACT’s lead with festival pill testing service
News
A grieving mother has called for the festivals around the nation to provide pill testing services, saying her son would still be alive if the service had been provided. Since her 34-year-old son Daniel died of a drug overdose at a Victorian music festival in January 2012, Adriana Buccianti has been a fierce advocate of pill testing. Ms Buccianti retold her story...
An orange bandanna is Chantelle’s symbol of hope
Community
When 13-year-old Chantelle Pellegrini was told in January 2012 that her Dad had a brain tumour, she thought her father would be back at home cooking or working in the vegetable garden just like he always had. That the doctors would do some surgery, they would give her Dad some pills and life would go back to normal "It was...
Canberra’s iconic Skywhale returns home
News
Canberra's world-famous Skywhale balloon is returning home and this time, it's for good. Thanks to an anonymous donation to the National Gallery of Australia, the gigantic hot air balloon will call Canberra home and will reappear in the capital's skyline in March. Commissioned by the ACT Government to mark the Canberra's centenary in 2013, the balloon has attracted its fair amount of...
Safety warning issued to caravan owners due to faulty water heaters
News
Access Canberra is warning caravan, motorhome or camper-trailer owners about the potential safety risk when operating new water heaters in suburban recreational vehicles after a fault was discovered. Seven separate water heater models, which were manufactured between 4 April 2018 and 1 August 2019, have been affected and have potentially fatal consequences. Access Canberra spokesperson Ben Green said that people who...
ACT ordered to pay over $7 million in compensation to David Eastman
News
The ACT Government has been ordered to pay David Harold Eastman more than $7 million in compensation for his wrongful imprisonment for the murder of Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester. Justice Michael Elkaim found that Mr Eastman was owed $7,020,000 plus costs after he spent 19 years in prison for the 1989 murder of Colin Winchester. The compensation is less...
Milky Way has dinner date with ‘cannibalistic’ neighbour, ANU astronomer finds
News
A long time ago in a galaxy not so very far away, a violent and hungry galaxy took its first bite into its neighbour. Now nearly 10 billion years later, that same 'cannibalistic' galaxy has set its sights on the Milky Way as its next main course. Her name is Andromeda, and she is 2.5 million light-years from Earth. Thankfully, Andromeda's...
David Eastman seeking $18 million in compensation for wrongful imprisonment
News
David Harold Eastman is seeking at least $18 million in compensation from the ACT Government for his wrongful imprisonment, the ACT Supreme Court heard today. Mr Eastman spent 19 years in prison for the 1989 murder of Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Colin Winchester, before he was found not guilty of the murder in November 2018 after a retrial. Mr Eastman is...
A South Australian wind farm helps the ACT create history
Environment
A wind farm in South Australia has helped the nation's capital create a piece of history, as the final infrastructure has been put in place to help the ACT reach its 100 per cent renewable electricity target. Consisting of 99 wind turbines located between 8 and 24 km north of Jamestown in South Australia, stage three of Hornsdale Wind Farm...
How an unopened email started a ‘sophisticated’ cyber attack on ANU
News
On 9 November 2018, an email arrived in the inbox of a senior Australian National University staff member staff. Despite no one clicking on links in the email, a hacker gained access to 19 years' worth of private information of staff and students. For over a month, a hacker – or hackers – had access to the university's online system without...
Government pumps cash but no heart into Canberra’s adopted team
Opinion
As I was driving into work early on Friday morning, I counted five different people wearing lime green jerseys as anticipation reached a fever pitch for the Canberra Raiders-South Sydney preliminary final at GIO Stadium that night. In recognition of the Raiders' biggest match in nearly two decades, the buildup throughout the week had been extraordinary. Canberra landmarks, including Telstra Tower, the...
Bus crashes near Harden, injuring 28 people
News
Twenty-eight people have been injured after a bus crashed near Harden, 125 kilometres north-west of Canberra, this morning. NSW Ambulance said it treated 26 with minor injuries, a 14-year-old male with varying fractures in a serious but stable condition. A 65-year-old female is in critical condition with head injuries. All patients were transported to Harden Hospital for assessment. More to come. Original...
Possession of small amounts of cannabis now legalised in the ACT
News
In a development described as "an evolution, not a revolution", possessing and growing small amounts of cannabis for personal use has now been legalised in the ACT, allowing Canberrans over 18 years of age to possess 50 grams of cannabis. The ACT Legislative Assembly passed Labor backbencher Michael Pettersson's bill on Wednesday afternoon (25 September) after a long day of debating...
Video captures happy platypus grooming himself at Tidbinbilla
News
In a sight very few Canberrans would have ever seen, a lucky nature lover has captured footage of a happy platypus sunning and scratching himself at Tidbinbilla. Canberra local Keighley Sutherland said she was wandering around Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve last Wednesday afternoon with her sister when she heard a noise coming from under the boardwalk. "It was the weirdest thing,"...
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