Canberra Now: more APS jobs leave the capital, Raiders season guide
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Canberra Now: more APS jobs leave the capital, Raiders season guide

Good morning, Canberra.

Have you been up early to watch the Balloon Spectacular yet? There's just a few days left.

We're looking at a top of 27 degrees today with a medium chance of showers in the afternoon and evening, before tops of 24 and 26 over the weekend.

Let's have a look at what's making news today.

Coalition targets 76 Canberra jobs at Murray Darling Basin Authority

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Agriculture Minister David Littleproud.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

Just when you think the decentralisation agenda may have slunk away, it's back again.

Now the Coalition government is moving 76 jobs from Canberra, with the Murray Darling Basin Authority set to give staff the choice to move to Mildura, Griffith, Murray Bridge or another yet to be announced town.

The Authority currently has 288 staff in Canberra.

Doug Dingwall has the story here.

‘The same thing keeps happening and nothing changes’

Nils Lantzke with his surviving alpaca Hercules after his other alpaca Mimosa had to be put down after a dog attack.

Nils Lantzke with his surviving alpaca Hercules after his other alpaca Mimosa had to be put down after a dog attack. Credit:Elesa Kurtz

This was such a sad story to wake up to yesterday, that a dog had attacked two of Canberra's therapy alpacas, and that one of them, Mimosa, had to be put down.

"He slept by the gate last night hoping she'd come home," owner Nils Lantzke said of his surviving alpaca Hercules.

Mr Lantzke is devastated, exhausted, overwhelmed by the loss and lifted by the response from the community. But, ultimately, sceptical anything will change in Canberra to prevent ongoing dog attacks.

Megan Doherty and Jasper Lindell explain here.

'All but powerless': Government concedes it can't stop delivery drones

ACT Attorney General Gordon Ramsay.

ACT Attorney General Gordon Ramsay.Credit:Karleen Minney

ACT government ministers and bureaucrats have admitted there's actually not much they can do when it comes to regulating household delivery drone services.

In evidence given to a Legislative Assembly inquiry looking into the Project Wing drone delivery trial, Attorney General Gordon Ramsay said the government had "very limited" ability to mitigate the disturbance.

"The simple reality is that we have very limited space in which the ACT government has the capacity to move into the regulation of drones," Mr Ramsay told the inquiry.

"The Australian government has exclusive power to regulate safety in terms of safety and in terms drone noise."

Dan Jervis-Bardy has all the details here.

Raiders guide: Q&A with Jarrod Croker and Josh Hodgson

Canberra Raiders co-captains Jarrod Croker and Josh Hodgson said the whole group have taken their leadership to another level.

Canberra Raiders co-captains Jarrod Croker and Josh Hodgson said the whole group have taken their leadership to another level.Credit:Jamila Toderas

Are you feeling very excited about the Raiders' season finally starting tonight? If you can fit in some more excitement, check out this interview with co-captains Jarrod Croker and Josh Hodgson.

There's interesting insight into the leadership group, what success looks like and how the Raiders will turn it around this season.

David Polkinghorne asks all the big questions here.

Recipients shine at the 2019 Canberra Gold Awards

Former police officer Rod Greschke received a Canberra Gold Award for living in Canberra for more than 50 years while the Immanuel Lutheran Women's Guild, represented by Diana Greschke, Jenny Bartholomaeus and Eunita Pietcsh, received a Canberra Gold Award for its 50 years of service in the national capital.

Former police officer Rod Greschke received a Canberra Gold Award for living in Canberra for more than 50 years while the Immanuel Lutheran Women's Guild, represented by Diana Greschke, Jenny Bartholomaeus and Eunita Pietcsh, received a Canberra Gold Award for its 50 years of service in the national capital.Credit:Megan Doherty

Many things get better with age, including the Canberran individuals and groups recognised at the Canberra Gold Awards on Wednesday.

Among the groups recognised were the Woden Valley Youth Choir, which started in 1969, and the YWCA Canberra, which has been going for 90 years.

The awards recognise people or community groups that have been here for 50 years or more.

Megan Doherty has the story here.

Today's cartoon:

Illustration: Cathy Wilcox

Illustration: Cathy WilcoxCredit:

Sally Whyte is a reporter for The Canberra Times covering the public service.

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