Canberra Now: drones set for northern suburbs; another tower for Woden
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Canberra Now: drones set for northern suburbs; another tower for Woden

Good morning, Canberra. It's Friday!

We're heading for a top of 22 degrees today, with a mostly sunny weekend of 25 on Saturday and 28 on Sunday. Hopefully you get outside to enjoy it.

Now let's look at what's making news today.

ACT minister calls in Ginninderry electricity supply project

Planning minister Mick Gentleman has used his call-in powers to approve a new electricity project for Ginninderry.

Planning minister Mick Gentleman has used his call-in powers to approve a new electricity project for Ginninderry.Credit:Karleen Minney

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ACT Planning Minister Mick Gentleman has used his ministerial powers to bypass approval processes for a major infrastructure process to supply electricity to the new Ginninderry housing development.

It's just days after the project, which will involve a second substation and associated distribution network in west Belconnen, had been exempted from an environmental impact assessment.

"Canberrans will have a more secure energy supply following the approval of development applications that will allow work to start as soon as possible on new infrastructure and in turn protect against possible future outages," Mr Gentleman said.

Daniel Burdon has the story here.

A-G: Limits to public servant free speech justified

Michaela Banerji was dismissed by the Immigration Department in 2013 over anonymous tweets criticising asylum seeker policy.

Michaela Banerji was dismissed by the Immigration Department in 2013 over anonymous tweets criticising asylum seeker policy.Credit:Karleen Minney

This case is likely to set a major precedent for public servants' free speech, and the government has made its first arguments to the court.

Attorney-General Christian Porter launched a defence of a government decision to sack an Immigration Department worker for anonymous tweets about Australia's asylum seeker policy, and sought to justify the burden it imposed on free expression.

In a case that could weaken or entrench the bureaucracy's limits on political commentary from public servants, lawyers for the Attorney-General told the court on Wednesday the restrictions protected and enhanced responsible and representative government.

Doug Dingwall has the story here.

Drone delivery service set for Canberra's north

Wing's chief executive James Ryan Burgess with one of the delivery drones, which are set to fly in Canberra's northern suburbs.

Wing's chief executive James Ryan Burgess with one of the delivery drones, which are set to fly in Canberra's northern suburbs. Credit:Sitthixay Ditthavong

If you live in Canberra's north, you too could soon be getting burritos and painkillers delivered to your house by drone.

Canberra's northern suburbs are set to become home to a permanent, world-leading household drone delivery service.

Tech company Wing, which is trialling drone deliveries of food and chemist supplies in Tuggeranong, has secured a warehouse in Mitchell as a full-time base for its service.

It plans to initially offer deliveries to homes and businesses in nearby Gunghalin, Palmerston, Harrison, Crace and Franklin, with a long-term view of operating flights throughout Canberra, as well as other cities and towns across Australia.

Dan Jervis-Bardy has the story here.

Video of mouldy bread prompts Canberra Hospital food review

Loaves of mouldy bread were found at Canberra Hospital on the weekend.

Loaves of mouldy bread were found at Canberra Hospital on the weekend.

This is a pretty disappointing story.

Video of flies circling loaves of mouldy bread in Canberra hospital's paediatric ward were posted to Facebook on the weekend, along with videos of frozen chicken, salad and rice, which had been served to a young patient.

Now the hospital is reviewing its food safety and quality processes, but said the incident detailed on social media was an "extremely isolated circumstance".

Dan Jervis-Bardy has the story here.

Another apartment tower planned for Woden

An artist impression of The Oaks, a proposed development by Amalgamated Property Group for a 16-storey building with 156 apartments.

An artist impression of The Oaks, a proposed development by Amalgamated Property Group for a 16-storey building with 156 apartments.

Is Woden moving up in the world? Its apartment towers definitely are!

A $38 million 16-storey tower is planned as the first of three high-rise developments to replace the old Yamba Sports Club in Woden.

Graham Potts' Amalgamated Property Group has lodged a development application and wants to demolish the sports club and Southern Cross Health Club facility as well as the bowling green and parking to make way for 156 apartments, basement parking, and communal areas.

Han Nguyen has the story here.

Behrendorff's Aussie call up proof the PM's XI is still alive

The 'Dorff' is back: Jason Behrendorff has been called into the Australian team.

The 'Dorff' is back: Jason Behrendorff has been called into the Australian team.Credit:Lawrence Atkin

This is exciting - Canberran fast bowler Jason Behrendorff has been selected to play for Australia in the Twenty20 matches against South Africa and India in the next few weeks.

Not many people were watching the PM's XI match last week, but the people who matter were obviously paying attention to his 3-35 in the win against South Africa.

It's a massive step for the 28 year old, who made his international debut in India last year and has struggled to overcome stress fractures in his back.

Chris Dutton has the story here.

Today's cartoon:

The Canberra Times' editorial cartoon for Friday, November 9, 2018

The Canberra Times' editorial cartoon for Friday, November 9, 2018Credit:David Pope

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