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

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. 

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.

Simon, it’s simple, no mistakes this time

The Chief Minister has appointed Simon Corbell to a second stint as Planning Minister. Political commentator MICHAEL MOORE reflects on the mistakes of his...

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...

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....

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.

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...

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). 

Planning plodders learn nothing from the past

"As is now the norm, almost everywhere across Canberra, what gets considered, and usually approved, is what the developer proposes will be great for...

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.

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. 

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.

Design panel: toothless, faceless and a joke

"Following pressure, the developers changed the design concept from a Parisian-style design to accommodate the design panel’s requests for a more contemporary federal capital look. I wonder what that is?" writes 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.

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...

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. 

Changing zoning to maximise profits in Griffith?

"Have a look at the new suburbs being built. There’s the reality of just how much our bureaucratic planners have learnt from the abundance of evidence of what to do and what not to do. They have learnt nothing!" writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

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. 

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.





Ram raiders rob five ACT retail outlets

Ram raiders have robbed five retail outlets across Canberra over the past two weeks.  


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