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.

Woden is being transformed, but into what?

"What the Woden Valley community needs is a champion to work with the residents' groups to stop the central Woden precinct becoming a high-rise and very unfriendly jungle," writes PAUL COSTIGAN

NCA quietly approves tower shock on Northbourne

"Over the last six years or so the NCA and the ACT agencies have become linked in how they deal with residents and ignore people’s aspirations. The NCA has been changed for the worse," writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Chief planner’s quotes come home to haunt him

"One way to judge where things are going is to assess statements made by someone holding down what should be the most important position in shaping this city for future generations," writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

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...




Young choir doesn’t miss a beat

Reviewer LEN POWER praises Luminescence Choir for its high standards and singing abilities.


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