How the government keeps failing Canberra

"Canberra is destined to be dominated by masses of boring metal and glass towers, there will be fewer trees, less biodiversity, little of cultural and heritage interest and it will be a city not designed to deal with climate change," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

The spinning Green who won’t listen to locals

"Rattenbury’s pamphlet states that the ACT Greens are committed to sustainability and the climate. Their claims are alternative facts as the reality is that their Labor agreement trumps everything else," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

New tricks, same game in Dickson development 

The government-as-developer used a different bag of tricks to convince locals how irresistible was the concept design for a new Common Ground complex to be built on the south-east corner of Section 72 Dickson (the Dickson Parklands), reports "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Arts precinct a distraction to more apartments?

 Is the promise of the Kingston Arts Precinct just a distraction for the Kingston Super Apartment Precinct wonders Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

As Canberra bursts, Kowen Forest housing calls 

"The Taxation Review found that, when combined with all possible infill options, there was capacity for additional housing for about 100 years of population...

There’s not much new in Malcolm’s ‘Utopia’ view 

"A couple of pesky residents mistook Malcolm Snow's presentation for a democratic forum and insisted on questions when their areas of interest were quickly glossed over," says Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Berry’s spin runs distraction from Dickson rezoning

"The government continues to be incapable of being transparent, lacks real listening skills and is unable to take residents with them on how such necessary developments could happen, says Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Good governance lost to condescending spin

"ACT ministers often make announcements that people have trouble taking seriously. They look like puppets with strings pulled by bureaucrats," writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

16 years on, is this Canberra’s worst building mess?

“The Tuggeranong house has been sitting there unfinished and being quietly dangerous and unpleasant for 16 years. The planning and regulatory bureaucracies have allowed this to continue unchecked. They should have cancelled the lease," writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Griffin impugned for the West Basin’s awful future

“Griffin had a vision, but bureaucrats from the early 20th century through to the present have used his name to justify their inappropriate and ill-informed planning decisions,” writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Planning’s brutal behaviour goes unchecked

“There was spin and more spin and loads of quotes from the chief planner, but nothing about what was happening with the master plan for the Manuka Oval precinct.” The inner south is angry about planning, writes PAUL COSTIGAN.

It’s not easy being green around Kippax centre

“It is not hard to imagine the bureaucracy debate: do the people around Kippax deserve all this green space. Silly question, nope! " writes PAUL COSTIGAN.

Hello, it’s Woden calling, is anyone listening?

"It was uncomfortable (but slightly entertaining) watching Minister Steven-Smith flounder so badly, trying all the usual cliched answers. None of the usual spin and avoidance tactics were working," writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN

The sensible world of centre politics

“The drivers of the Centre Alliance, such as seeking accountability, refusing to ‘horse trade’ and being willing to take on hard issues would be a huge improvement to ACT politics,” writes MICHAEL MOORE.

The capital authority’s stupid bridge too far

"The cost of following the stupid suggestion of replacing Commonwealth Bridge would be enormous. It's complex and would require complicated demolition work and be a huge disruption for the city," writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN

New towers to ‘dominate’ the Campbell vista

“Ad hocery, spin and deception are now the key tools being used to decide the future of the former CSIRO site in Campbell,” writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Dickson’s supermarket chaos ends and starts again

If anyone has questions around the Dickson supermarket chaos, please check in with your local politicians who have collectively sat back watched all this happen, writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN

Does Canberra really need this ‘CRAPP’?

The City Renewal Authority's new report portrays a mono-culture of mainly white faces. It makes no serious effort to identify the senior members of the community and their requirements. The emphasis seems to be on people no older than the Chief Minister, writes PAUL COSTIGAN.

No punishment for felling trees on public land

"The corporate body that runs the Brindabella Christian College chopped down a swathe of significant trees and has not been punished for this misdemeanor. Good government?" asks Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

The little guys beaten by a care less bureaucracy

“People are seriously starting to wonder about the current skills of the planning directorate whose job it is to make planning decisions,” writes columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.





National event puts female artists on the map

While Canberrans are gearing up for “Enlighten” the National Gallery of Australia is making a splash interstate as huge digital billboards featuring images of artworks begin to light up Melbourne’s busy CBD from today, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.


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