‘Yes, Minister’ planners review their own rules!

"The Planning Directorate would be very happy if residents were to move out of the way to allow the developers to get on with shaping this city to be just as bad as other metropolitan centres," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Slippery, tricky NCA fails the people of Canberra

"It is rare to hear praise for the management of the NCA. The perception is that it performs badly. Some see it as fairly useless, others more forgiving while being upset with the developer-focused decisions it makes," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Planning change is going to come… it is, isn’t it?

"If the ACT Greens are to build that better normal, then the Planning Directorate will have to be forced to change and to do something about addressing the long list of heritage and the environment issues that matter to Canberrans," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Tower block plan to crimp precious Belco park 

"The park is important given how little else there was previously. Now it has become a vital piece of greenery to the growing neighbourhood. Extending Margaret Timpson Park is simple logic," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Pigs totally fly when it comes to planning spin

"Anyone with experience knows that these consultations are a complete sham. They are about announcing what's about to be done in your suburb or on important urban spaces – and now you know, consider yourself consulted," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Talking to voters happens only during elections!

"Those attempting advocacy by contacting local politicians would most likely receive a 'do nothing' letter or email with reasons why, as local, elected politicians, they could do little to assist," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Talking points taking over the planning debates

"Those in the know wondered whether the 45 groups listed as members of the Conservation Council knew that their names were being used to support the work to destroy West Basin’s ecology and biodiversity," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Why West Basin’s worth a wander

"By trashing West Basin, the Labor/Greens government is considering the benefits for the developer lobby, not the benefits of climate change; open, green parkland; biodiversity and a peaceful lakeside haven," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Why won’t this deaf government listen to people? 

"This government rarely responds to the issues raised by residents – except to ignore or deflect them and to pretend that people have been consulted – as opposed to being told what is to happen and that it is not negotiable," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Planning blot on the bush capital landscape

"When bureaucratic urbanists say there's no harm losing views of the surrounding hills from West Basin or from the approaches to Commonwealth Bridge, they display an ignorance of the city’s heritage and landscape values," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Election 2020 / Deafening silence of the Greens

"A city of towers with less community and cultural facilities and diminishing greenery is not what people had expected to be the outcome of having the ACT Greens as part of government," writes"Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Why all the endless planning upset for residents?

"The Planning Directorate under this Labor/Greens government is seen as being dysfunctional and no longer capable of delivering a liveable city for the future generations," writes "Canberra matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

A city cries out for proper master planning 

"The sad news is that this government has announced that it no longer does master plans. Unbelievable! This is one of the most fundamental of jobs expected of a properly functioning and well-led planning department," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Ainslie residents oppose local park rezoning

"The Ainslie residents question the YWCA’s definition of this being under-utilised community facility when the locals have a list of ideas they would like to talk about," writes "Canberra matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Bus layover threatens parkland in Turner, says residents

In a bid to stop the city west bus layover from being relocated and built on a green space in Turner, more than 380 Canberrans have signed an online petition, which will be presented in the ACT Legislative Assembly tomorrow (August 27). 

No surprises as Mick waves through ‘flawed’ plan

"As the towers appear, people will remember that it was the ACT Greens that enabled these insulting and disingenuous processes to continue and that the Greens have allowed the government to use the call-in powers as a final insult," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Time’s up on the City Renewal Authority experiment

"The city-wide objections to the outrageous West Basin foreshore proposal have been sidelined and treated with a patronising tone by the City Renewal Authority. It is ignoring the resident groups of the inner north. This is engagement, asks "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Libs vow to pull the plug on West Basin ‘secret’ deal

THERE’S still time to save the West Basin from ACT Labor’s controversial commercial and residential development plans, says Alistair Coe, but it will involve a change in government. 

Is Barr the only hope for Canberra’s planning future?

"What will it take for Andrew Barr to realise how easy it is to work with residents and through that partnership, have a city that all of us could be proud of?" muses "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

The government spin that’s going to sink West Basin

"It remains a mystery just how easy it's been for the ACT government and the NCA to deny the facts, the science, the heritage and the potential of West Basin in favour of seeing this foreshore parkland concreted over for apartments," writes PAUL COSTIGAN. 

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