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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Walk like a Nordic to the Finnish line, the fun new way to exercise
Community
As Kristen Pratt speeds past people during her daily walks, the two questions she hears the most are: "Have you forgotten your skis?" or "Are we expecting snow?". The questions seem reasonable when you see her walk past with long walking poles in her hands. Ms Pratt is the founder of Capital Nordic Walking, teaching thousands of Canberrans the benefits...
‘Killing the headache by cutting off the head’: Grogs Gamut writer weighs in on Banerji case
News
Public servants are pondering over the High Court's decision to uphold the sacking of Michaela Banerji for anonymous social media posts that criticised the Government’s immigration policy. But this watershed moment might never have occurred if it wasn't for a political blog a decade ago, and the former public servant behind it is happy to take some of the blame for...
Trash strewn throughout Carwoola streets, bins destroyed
News
Carwoola resident Louise Zaja couldn't believe her eyes when she drove up her street last week (7 August) and saw rubbish bins and waste lying along the side of the road. "My husband left for work early and a short time later telling me that a lot of bins had been knocked over Powell Drive and there was rubbish everywhere," Ms...
Driver dies in two-car collision in Sutton
News
A driver has died after a head-on collision in Sutton on Thursday afternoon (8 August). Around 12:35 pm, a head-on collision occurred between two vehicles on Sutton Road, Sutton, near Wattle Flat Road, with the vehicles catching fire after the crash. One person died at the scene while another is being treated. The road is expected to be closed in...
Alone with my thoughts: One man’s solo expedition causing a ripple effect
Health & Wellbeing
Spending three months alone on a river with the only companion being your thoughts and the ripple of the water would be intimidating and daunting for most, but this is the battlefield where Canberra's Marc Nieuwenhuys chooses to fight his greatest enemy. Departing on 24 August, Nieuwenhuys will kayak unassisted and with no support crew along Australia’s longest river - the...
Police investigating after driveby shooting in Murrumbateman
News
Police are appealing for information after shots were fired into a Murrambateman house earlier this year, narrowly missing a man who was in the lounge room of his home. Around 10:30 pm on 12 March, police were called to a home on Jiparu Drive, Murrumbateman, following reports shots had been fired. A man, believed to be Jason O'Mara, ACT secretary...
Australia’s next supercomputer brings ten times more firepower to ANU
News
Step aside Raijin, there is a new supercomputer in town. Australia is set to have a new supercomputer which will deliver a 10-fold increase in speed for Australian National University researchers thanks to a $70 million upgrade. Australia's current fastest supercomputer Raijin, which is also housed at ANU, began operating in 2013 but has been sliding down the global rankings in...
$1 million home to save rare pink-tailed worm lizard
News
On the border of NSW and the ACT lives a vulnerable little lizard. This lizard is no ordinary lizard; it's one of Australia's rarest reptiles - the pink-tailed worm lizard (Aprasia parapulchella). And thanks to generous developers, environmentalists and the NSW Government, the lizard will now have a $1 million home to protect it. Classified as vulnerable by the Australian Government, the...
Platypus killings raises concerns about illegal yabby traps
Community
An ecologist is calling for the "irresponsible" selling of yabby traps on store shelves to stop after an illegal yabby trap killed four platypuses near Braidwood earlier this week. A passing fisherman found the dead platypuses in an "opera house" yabby trap, which are banned in freshwater in parts of NSW. Waterwatch regional facilitator Woo O’Reilly, who is in charge of the...
Two men arrested after police seize cash, car in Queanbeyan
News
Police have arrested two men and seized a Range Rover and considerable sum of cash in Queanbeyan on Wednesday (31 July). The Monaro Police District's crime prevention unit executed a search warrant upon residential premises in Karri Crescent, Queanbeyan where they recovered a suspected stolen Range Rover, cash and a number of items suspected of being stolen. Police arrested a...
Vets issue warning to puppy owners after deadly parvovirus reported in Canberra
News
Veterinarians have issued a warning to puppy owners in the ACT after multiple confirmed cases of the highly-contagious parvovirus was reported in the nation's capital and the surrounding region. Parvovirus is a potentially fatal gut infection that causes extreme vomiting and diarrhoea leading to dehydration, lethargy, septicemia and even death in severe cases. This virus can be spread directly through...
Man and woman wanted for questioning after Dog on the Tuckerbox vandalised
News
Police have released images of a man and woman whom they would like to speak to after the Dog on the Tuckerbox statue in Gundagai was vandalised on Saturday afternoon (27 July). Around 4 pm, a motorist travelling along the side of the Hume Highway in Gundagai noticed a man vandalising the cherished statue. The dog and tuckerbox were dislodged...
Despite departure of prolific striker, Tigers still have bite in FFA Cup
Sport
Despite the departure of their prolific striker who has scored the majority of their goals this season, the club has a message for the league: beware of the hungry Tigers. Argentinian forward Nicolas Abot has left the Cooma based side for the Thailand league but that does not mean Tigers FC have lost their bite in attack, captain Mark Shields...
UC researcher wants to knock concussion recovery on its head
News
The sight of people who are unable to function in daily life after suffering successive and debilitating concussions is what drives Professor Gordon Waddington to keeps up his research. Waddington, the University of Canberra's Professor of Sports Medicine, is leading UC's Research Institute for Sport and Exercise in using balance technology to help fast-track recovery from concussion, in what is...
Strong winds cause freak accident as Thredbo skier blown off chairlift
News
A "freak gust of wind" has caused a chair on a chairlift in Thredbo to plummet to the ground, with a skier in tow. Around 3 pm on Monday afternoon (22 July), a skier was on the Gunbarrel chairlift when strong winds dislodged the chair, falling to the snow below. The skier fell several metres, but only suffered minor bruising from...
Body found after blaze tears through home near Yass
News
An investigation is underway after a body was found following a house fire near Yass on Monday morning (22 July). Around 8:50 am, emergency services were called to a house on Jerrawa Road, Dalton, about 35 kilometres northeast of Yass, following reports of a house fire. NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the blaze,...
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