Land-swap shadow hangs over housing project

"Common Ground management has become linked with how this Labor/Greens coalition government has made a joke of democracy and governance," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Indigenous voices raise heritage concerns about development

In the last few days planning experts have partnered with local indigenous voices to raise concerns about the former CSIRO site’s indigenous heritage, reports PAUL COSTIGAN.

Sometimes a politician gets it right – well, almost

"In my reading of the committee’s report it becomes obvious that whatever the chief planner thought he was going to do, he did not do it," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

How poor planning is turning Canberra toxic

“There’s a long list of planning and development issues that community groups are grappling with now. Each is an astonishing example of how this city is being slowly rubbished through a lack of good governance,” writes “Canberra Matters” columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Maybe being polite fighting change is a mistake

"Depressingly for people who are proud of the national capital, the current leadership of the NCA has joined the ACT government in its rush to the bottom of how to conduct themselves," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

NCA rides roughshod over Curtin equestrians 

"The North Curtin horse owners are the unacknowledged detritus in yet another of the nasty ACT government’s development deals," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Five months to go, can’t we do better than this lot?

"The Planning Minister goes on pretending that he 'knows nothing' about the shocking treatment of community groups and individual residents. He sees no evil, hears no evil and does nothing," says "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Stunned by the NCA’s lakeside horse trading

"Residents accept that this government justifies incompetence through the use of alternate facts, that it disregards the city’s heritage, and that it operates unchecked within its own reality," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

More rubbish, more neglect, more bureaucracy

"Planning messes are being allowed to linger within the bureaucratic too-hard basket – marked as 'no action required' until nearby residents make an enormous effort to complain," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Nobody’s listening when noise ruins your life 

"Mixed-use urban precincts are now becoming common within the city’s town centres but the regulations and planning involved are inadequate and incompetently managed. Buyers beware!" writes "Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Going once, going twice… gone completely? 

"The Planning Directorate’s ad hoc approach to planning is delivering a degradation of the suburbs rather than enhancement through good design and green infrastructure improvements," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.  

Scepticism greets the ‘major’ planning review

"Having intelligent and fact-based aspirations for your suburban area has become a qualification to be ignored by the Labor/Greens cabal of Ministers for Planning, Heritage, Environment and Urban Development as well as their remote Planning Directorate," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Can we trust them to make Canberra green again?

"When questioned about how Canberra’s urban forest is shrinking, the explanations offered were higher temperatures and changes to climate. No responsibility was taken for the lack of forward planning," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

How the government spins trees in Dickson

"This is the government of tricky denials and deflections. Words are not matched with actions," writes "Canberra Matters:" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

How the minister kicked problem down the road

"This minister, who happens to be a local member, has tried to look as if he is doing something. Agreed, he has done something. Just that it is very stupid," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Talk all you like, they’re so not listening…

"If this government was serious about building quality and good design, then why is it not insisting on registration for building, engineering and landscape professionals to be involved with the total delivery of new buildings," says "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

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. 

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