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.

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Second man charged for Queanbeyan man’s death ten years after body was found in river
A second man has been charged over the murder of a Queanbeyan man ten years after he was murdered and his body found in the Queanbeyan River. The body of 46-year-old Danny Ralph, a chef and father of five, was located by police divers in the Queanbeyan River on 30 March 2008. Police allege Mr Ralph was assaulted after leaving a Queanbeyan...
Meet Manuka Oval’s head curator Brad van Dam as a historic summer of cricket starts
As anticipation builds for Canberra's biggest summer of cricket, think of the man behind the scenes who is tasked with one of the most important jobs this summer. Brad van Dam is the head curator of Manuka Oval and he is entrusted with the task of making sure Canberra's premier cricket venue is ready to host two Big Bash clashes, a...
Government announces plans for $30m sport complex to be built in Queanbeyan
Queanbeyan will soon be home to a state-of-the-art, $30 million regional sports complex which will have the capacity to host state and national events and keep rising athletes in the region. Member for Monaro John Barilaro, who was joined by the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall and the local sporting community at the proposed site, announced a $10 million NSW...
Canberra Raiders’ balancing act to to keep regional and local fans happy
The Canberra Raiders are working towards a new agreement with the ACT Government regarding home games in the ACT as the club looks to find the perfect balance to please both regional and local Green Machine fans. The Raiders will host the Penrith Panthers in Wagga Wagga in the fifth round of the 2019 season after the club signed a two-year...
Woman dies following head-on crash near Goulburn
A 51-year-old woman has died after a head-on crash near Goulburn on Tuesday night (23 October). Around 8:45 pm, a white Holden utility travelling north and a white Isuzu utility travelling south collided on Spring Street, Crookwell, about 40km from Goulburn. The driver and sole occupant of the Holden, a 51-year-old woman, was thrown from her ute and died at the...
Canberra’s A-league bid survives two-team cull by FFA
Canberra and southern NSW are one step closer to achieving the dream of fielding a team in the A-league after being named as one of the top six expansion proposals. Football Federation Australia (FFA) has culled two expansion proposals, with Wollongong Wolves and Ipswich Pride FC not being considered for a licence at this time. Canberra's bid will now compete with...
Cane toads in Canberra on the doorstep of southern NSW
Canberra locals are being asked to be on the lookout after a member of the public stumbled upon two poisonous rogue cane toads in Campbell last month. According to an ACT Parks and Conservation spokesperson, a Campbell resident came across the two adult cane toads near Rosenthal Street in mid-September, who then captured the toads and reported it to the conservation....
Is the Big Tulip the next big thing in Australia?
Arts & Culture
The Sunshine Coast has the Big Pineapple, Coffs Harbour has the Big Banana and Goulburn has the Big Merino and now Mittagong in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales wants to claim the next big thing. Online travel site Wotif has launched a competition to decide on and gift Australia’s next ‘big thing’ and after a two-week nationwide search that...
Meet Googong’s local fire heroes at Rural Fire Service Open Day
If your kids have always dreamed of climbing a fire ladder, trying out the giant hose or checking your handle on the emergency radio, then take them to the NSW Rural Fire Service Community Open Day at Googong this Saturday (6 October). Bring the family to meet some amazing local heroes, try their protective gear on for size and hear...
Go beyond the gates at Government House this Saturday
What's On
For most, the closest you'll get to Government House is a bike ride around the lake or packaged highlights of newly sworn-in politicians on the nightly news. But this Saturday (October 6), you have the opportunity to go ‘beyond the gates’ at the end of Dunrossil Drive and discover the house and gardens of Australia’s Vice-Regal residence at the Government...
Man who had not held a licence for 23 years caught behind the wheel in Queanbeyan
A 45-year-old man who allegedly had not held a licence for 23 years was caught behind the wheel in Queanbeyan last Friday (28 September). During a five-day police operation targeting roads in Queanbeyan, Strike Force Puma - which was established this year to target high-risk traffic offenders and disqualified drivers - made several arrests, including a man who had not held a licence...
The People’s Cup races to the Sapphire Coast as part of world tour
The Sapphire Coast will join racing history when it hosts the $200,000, 18-carat gold Lexus Melbourne Cup this week as part of the 16th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour. The Cup will tour more than 37 destinations around Australia and internationally in 2018, with the trophy heading to Ireland, UK, New Zealand and South Korea, while also trekking to Dunedoo, Katherine, Canberra, Mission Beach and Hobart...
Queanbeyan man taken to hospital after being attacked in his home
A Queanbeyan man has been taken to Canberra hospital after being attacked in his home in the early hours of Tuesday morning (25 September). Around 4 am, two men knocked on the door of a house on Stornaway Road, Queanbeyan. When a female resident opened the door, two men barged into the home and attacked a 32-year-old male resident before fleeing...
Phoenix Mapham’s mother pleads not guilty over alleged kidnapping
The mother of six-year-old Canberra boy Phoenix Mapham, who was allegedly kidnapped from his school last month, has pleaded not guilty to two charges related to her son's week-long disappearance. Tessa Woodcock, who does not have lawful custody of her son, was arrested after the mother and son were found by police in dense bushland in the Tallaganda National Park last month....
Canberra’s National Zoo & Aquarium in mourning as beloved bear Darkle passes away
Canberra’s National Zoo & Aquarium is in mourning after one of its oldest residents, Darkle the brown bear, passed away. In a statement released on Thursday afternoon (13 September), the zoo said Darkle's health had been deteriorating for the past few weeks and decided to put the elderly bear to rest. "The welfare of our animals is always the priority and...
Tharwa Bridge to close during the coming weeks for major works to improve structural capacity
Tharwa Bridge will be closed periodically for a month after recent routine maintenance on the bridge identified that further work is required to ensure its continued safety. Tharwa Bridge will be closed weekdays starting this Monday (17 September) until Friday 19 October between the hours of 9 am and 3:30 pm, weather permitting. The ACT Government said in a statement that the major...