Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Tuesday August 22, 2017
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Canberra Now: News in 90 seconds for Tuesday August 22, 2017

Happy Tuesday morning, Canberra. Rise and shine.

We are expecting a top of 17 after a chilly overnight low of minus 2. There's some early morning frost and fog about, but things will turn mostly sunny with light winds.

Here's all the news you need for the day ahead:

Malcolm Snow leaves National Capital Authority

National Capital Authority boss Malcolm Snow will head the new City Renewal Authority, in charge of the development of Northbourne Avenue, the city and the lakeside.

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The new job gives Mr Snow a crucial role in shaping Canberra's main gateway, with the government having declared a special planning precinct for the blocks either side of Northbourne Avenue, but no detailed designs or new planning rules released yet.

Mr Snow has lead the federal government's NCA for five years.

Kirsten Lawson has move on the move here.

Defence all set for plebiscite, says Defence

Defence says its mail systems are reliable for overseas-based personnel to vote in the marriage survey.

Defence says its mail systems are reliable for overseas-based personnel to vote in the marriage survey.Credit:Wade Laube

The federal government says it's confident existing mail systems will be reliable enough for Australia's overseas military personnel to take part in the postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

Responding to concerns that some of the Australian Defence Force's more than 2300 deployed troops could be disenfranchised by slow mail services to overseas theatres, the Defence Department said the Australian Forces Postal Office was reliable and serving members would be counted if they chose to take part in the non-compulsory survey.

More on this story here.

Canberra Hospital left off light rail map

Canberra's light rail Stage Two, overseen by Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris, is unlikely to extend to Canberra Hospital.

Canberra's light rail Stage Two, overseen by Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris, is unlikely to extend to Canberra Hospital.Credit:Rohan Thomson

The next stage of Canberra's light rail project is unlikely to extend as far as Canberra Hospital, despite more than half of Canberrans surveyed on the project backing the extension.

A report on public consultations for the stage two light rail route to Woden shows a range of "technical constraints" on the capital's main public hospital could stop the train going all the way to the hospital.

More here in a story from new Chief Assembly Reporter Daniel Burdon.

Tradesmen face court over Carwoola bushfires

The fire at Widgiewa Road at Carwoola on Friday, February 17.

The fire at Widgiewa Road at Carwoola on Friday, February 17.Credit:Jay Cronan

Two tradesmen accused of starting the Carwoola bushfires in February appeared in Queanbeyan Local Court on Monday.

It is suspected the fire was ignited because the two men allegedly used power tools on the property despite a total fire ban.

The men have been charged with causing or setting fire to another person's property and failing to comply with the direction of a minister regarding the ban.

Elliot Williams has the story.

Canberra company to kit-out Sheffield football club

Mick Spencer, founder of Canberra sportswear company On The Go, which has secured the contract to kit out English Premier League team Sheffield Wednesday.

Mick Spencer, founder of Canberra sportswear company On The Go, which has secured the contract to kit out English Premier League team Sheffield Wednesday.Credit:Rohan Thomson

When founder of Canberra sports apparel company ONTHEGO Sports, Mick Spencer, said last year he expected "rapid growth" for his company in the coming 12 months, not even he could have predicted just how rapid.

Spencer has just signed a multi-million dollar deal with English football club Sheffield Wednesday - an order of more than 70,000 royal blue and white sports items, including technical apparel and merchandise. Sheffield Wednesday competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English Football League system.

Bree Winchester caught up with Mick Spencer for this story.

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David Pope, August 22, 2017

David Pope, August 22, 2017

Tom McIlroy is a political reporter for the Financial Review in the federal press gallery at Parliament House.