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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Campaign challenges Labor’s spending

IN an orchestrated bid in an election year, to put pressure on the ACT Government about Canberra’s liveability and housing affordability, the ACT Property Council has drawn other local business and industry groups, community groups and unions to support its “Make My City Work” campaign. The online, national campaign, described by ACT Property Council executive […]

The blight of school fences

Fences around schools are an ugly blight on the urban landscape, says MICHAEL MOORE PETER Harrison must be rolling in his grave. The proliferation of school fences simply torpedoes his vision for Canberra. From the 1960s Canberra’s suburbs were developed to have a heart with the primary school and the shops close to each other […]

Anger at ‘speed cushions’

THEIR purpose is to calm traffic, but the series of new “speed cushions” on 60kph Flinders Way near Manuka seem to do anything but calm drivers. “CityNews” has received calls of outrage from south-side residents about the seven 20kph speed bumps, which were installed in May as part of the Residential Streets Improvements Program. The […]

Free signs, a gift from Govt

With Canberra so besotted by “user pays”, FREYLA FERGUSON reveals a world of free advertising that basks in a rare burst of bureaucratic benevolence IN a city so controlling of public billboards, it is startling to discover that the ACT Government is providing free, endless street advertising, it would seem, to just about any business […]

Greg Mews: places we need

Urban planner Greg Mews writes: What connects people in a city and what determines liveability in a city that needs to respond to the challenges of the 21st century? Most urban dwellers consider themselves as individuals. Individuals have particular needs and want to be unique, which they often express through material manifestations such as houses or […]