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. 

Don’t surrender West Basin to the developers

"Water’s-edge projects, such as that proposed for West Basin, will destroy the current habitat, remove access for ordinary Canberrans and concentrate the benefits in the hands of a few. UnAustralian!" writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

The land deal the government doesn’t want you to know about

"What Jon Stanhope was hoping to uncover through a freedom of information request were the details of the deal that was struck between the NCA and the ACT government. He received a 30-page document with about 23 pages completely blank," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Political spinners give lie to the science

"Canberra continues to be degraded through ad hoc regulations, through loopholes that developers exploit and by planning regulators who are very good at the job they do – looking the other way," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Barr bags out Geocon’s Kingston tower

"PEOPLE across Canberra stared at the drawings last week and simply could not believe it. Surely, Geocon’s proposal for inner Kingston is a joke?" writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Activated opposition to eight storeys in Kingston

"In a better and more honest world, the logical outcome would be that the Planning Directorate would have a good laugh when this one arrives and send it straight back to the developers," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Residents’ group exposes endangered dairy heritage

As the Suburban Land Agency eyes off land near The Causeway to sell to developers, the Barton and Kingston Residents Group has exposed some important, unsung heritage in the area, reports columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

When developers push the planning envelope

"Two current examples highlight the problems we have in planning and development. To what extent do the governments and the planning systems counter the greed of developers?" asks MICHAEL MOORE. 

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