Bonner school construction’s back on

THE ACT Government and St Hilliers Construction has come to a formal agreement to recommence works on the Bonner Primary School and Phillip Housing Development...

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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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...

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...

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

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.

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. 

Sydney lessons bode badly for Canberra’s future

"Anything in public hands is seen by 21st century governments as land banks for development… locally such dubious practices are now entrenched as building the new normal within the ACT Labor/Greens coalition," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Good governance lost to condescending spin

"ACT ministers often make announcements that people have trouble taking seriously. They look like puppets with strings pulled by bureaucrats," writes Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

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.

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...

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Green power trounces Steel’s stupid park plan

"At the core of the Coolo Park fiasco is how an unresponsive bureaucracy controls the ACT’s politicians at the expense of common sense, community aspirations and the future of this city in a landscape," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Nation’s capital city or a big suburb?

Urban Planner Greg Mews writes:

Last weekend I returned from my holiday break and caught myself staring at a lonely but nicely spray painted graffiti on the walkway that left me thinking all the way home. How would I define the place I live in to my friends from overseas?

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.

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. 

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





HomeBuilder extension comes as a ‘relief to thousands’

More than 2000 HomeBuilder applicants in the ACT have been given another 12 months to begin construction after the national scheme was extended on Saturday (April 17).


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