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Fluffy blocks going dual occupancy

MICK Gentleman has announced proposed changes to the Territory Plan to allow for development opportunities of Mr Fluffy blocks. “DV343 will facilitate urban renewal throughout the capital, through the redevelopment of decontaminated Mr Fluffy blocks,” Mick said. “Public comments are invited on a draft variation to the Territory Plan that proposes planning changes to residential […]


Government planning over-rides get a tick

SIMON Corbell has welcomed a report that supports the ACT Government’s proposal to limit appeal rights on infrastructure and development projects of benefit to the ACT community. “The Latimer House Principles and the ACT Legislative Assembly” was prepared by the University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis and tabled by the Speaker of […]

So what went wrong for the Northbourne trees?

THE Liberals’ Alistair Coe is asking unkind questions about the Government justifications for clear felling the urban forest of Northbourne Avenue to make way for light rail. “Simon Corbell and his assistant Shane Rattenbury need to explain why the health of trees on Northbourne Avenue seems to have deteriorated so rapidly since a report in […]

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Liberals saying no to light rail and anything that helps light rail

ALISTAIR Coe says the Canberra Liberals will show their commitment to stopping light rail by voting against a bill on Tuesday designed to expedite the construction of Capital Metro. The Planning and Development (Capital Metro) Legislation Amendment Bill was introduced into the Legislative Assembly last year and will be voted on by the Assembly on […]

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A tram for Woden? Master plans unveiled

MICK Gentleman has released the draft Master Plans for both Woden Town Centre and Mawson group centre for community comment. “The announcement of these plans shows the strong focus of improving the town centre of Woden’s public domain, pedestrian and cycle connections and encourage new development whilst allowing for Mawson to change into a transport […]

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NCA to be grilled on Parliamentary Zone paid parking

THE National Capital Authority (NCA) will be asked to discuss the effects of changed parking arrangements in the Parliamentary zone at the biannual public hearing of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories (NCET) on Thursday. The NCA manages the Commonwealth’s interest in the planning and development of Canberra and the […]

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Light rail business case and the light of day

It’s all hosannas and hallelujahs for the glories of light rail today. The long awaited business case has been released. And the ACT Government has pushed out a video on how great it will be. Tweets have been tweeted. Business case released today, @KatyGMLA addressing the media — Capital Metro ACT (@CapitalMetroACT) October 31, […]


Architects looking for ways to make compact affordable housing in Canberra

THE Australian Institute of Architects’ ACT Chapter has launched a competition set to shake up housing options for Canberra’s growing population. In collaboration with the Land Development Agency, Environment and Planning Directorate, and Defence Housing Australia (DHA), the Institute has established the New Experimental Architectural Typologies (NEAT) competition to generate ideas for innovative and affordable […]


The south is not forgotten! A job found for a Kambah company with Capital Metro

SIMON Corbell has triumphantly announced some benefit to the southern half of Canberra from his Capital Metro project with a Kambah company getting in on the action. “Capital Metro Agency today commenced a program of utility services investigation works by Kambah company Leach Steger that will provide further detail around the location of underground services […]


Northbourne flats redevelopment gets underway

ANDREW Barr has announced he’s kicking off the long awaited redemption of Canberra’s gateway along Northbourne. “The transformation of Northbourne Avenue will soon begin with the lodging yesterday of the Development Application for the demolition of the Dickson Flats on the corner of Northbourne Avenue and Morphett Street,” Andrew said. “Once the DA has been […]

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Gungahlin also wants government offices

THE Gungahlin Community Council (GCC) is calling for a share of Government offices as Tuggeranong and Woden battle to retain their own public service employment base. “The Gungahlin Community Council notes recent comments about ageing office accommodation for Commonwealth public servants in Woden and Tuggeranong and believes that new offices should be built in Gungahlin […]


Good news from down on the deck

KINGSTON Foreshore is exactly what Canberra needs. What was recently a mass of construction (with some impressive excavations) has become a nearly complete and exciting, new precinct. With its decked promenade, boat harbour, restaurants and shops, and its proximity to Kingston, Manuka and Civic (via a short bike ride) the Foreshore is going to become […]

Bonner school construction’s back on

THE ACT Government and St Hilliers Construction has come to a formal agreement to recommence works on the Bonner Primary School and Phillip Housing Development projects, after they stopped work due to the company going into voluntary administration. Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Economic Development, Andrew Barr announced today that a agreement was made and […]

Childcare gets millions in Budget

ABOUT $3.5 million will be injected into Canberra childcare, funded by the 2012-13 ACT Budget. The money will be go towards centre upgrades and additional regulatory support for the sector as it transitions to new national standards. As part of the budget announcement, Minister for Community Services Joy Burch  released the “ACT Education and Care Workforce […]

Budget boost for Gungahlin sport

GUNGAHLIN Enclosed Oval will receive $6.5 million for a new grandstand as part of the 2012-13 ACT Budget. Treasurer and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Andrew Barr made the announcement today, ahead of next Tuesday’s ACT Budget. According to Mr Barr, the already designed and approved grandstand will provide covered seating for 580 people […]

Neighbours get more info on demolitions

NEIGHBOURS will now be when a nearby demolition or development is happening before work begins. “Previously, as long as a proposed development complied with the relevant rules and exemption criteria, the house next door could be demolished and rebuilt without adjacent neighbours being informed,” Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development Simon Corbell said. “The […]