Wading through the fog of ‘busy words’

"Many families will first realise that they have been 'consulted' when the four-storey apartment block starts to appear along their back fences," writes columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Canberra’s big, fat fail for architecture

"All these ordinary apartment blocks and towers are not making the city streets architecturally appealing. Our main streets are becoming harsh environments of tower blocks," writes PAUL COSTIGAN.

West Basin blatantly a property deal

"Despite the best efforts of the City Renewal Authority to override the collective intelligence of residents, it is clear that the West Basin development is about money and keeping consultants and developers busy," says PAUL COSTIGAN

Party first, government second… voters a distant third

"Stephen-Smith presents as a typical ACT Labor politician... well rehearsed at skating across facts to build the dubious case for their in-house bureaucratic decisions on planning and development, writes PAUL COSTIGAN

Costigan / Protesting the Dickson promise that never was

THIS week Dickson residents received yet another bureaucratic announcement about Section 72 (Dickson Parklands) and the imminent demolition of the former union training centre....

Stanhope / Government snubs Canberra’s housing aspirations

“A staggering 79.3 per cent of the people of Canberra believe that there should be no more apartment buildings of more than six storeys built in Canberra,” reports JON STANHOPE

Mick on a world tour to learn about urban renewal

MICK Gentleman is off next week to lead business and industry leaders on a planning and Urban Renewal delegation to America and Canada. The delegation...

MyWay or the Highway. Cashless buses coming to Canberra

SHANE Rattenbury says from Monday May 18 the Route 202 that runs express from the Gungahlin town centre to the City will not be...

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...

Moore / Government’s outrageous attack on planning

"In an outrageous attack on the Territory’s planning leasehold and economic sustainability, the University of Canberra is being given a free hand by the ACT government to commercialise its land," says political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Barr and Lawder spar on housing and renewal

ANDREW Barr has told the Assembly about his plans for public housing and urban renewal. "I outlined the ACT Government’s vision to deliver urban renewal...

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...

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...

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...
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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...

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...

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...

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

SIMON Corbell has triumphantly announced some benefit to the southern half of Canberra from his Capital Metro project with a Kambah company getting...

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...





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