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.

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....




Animal facility re-opens after virus scare

The Domestic Animal Services (DAS) in Symonston has re-opened after a contagious virus, present in three dogs at the facility, forced it to close earlier this month.


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