Dickson Residents win over bad design
It is now part of our daily lives that people bear the brunt of increased charges brought on by large corporations inventing more ways to gouge consumers.
Observing the current government and its attitude towards the electorate, it does make you wonder about the 2016 election results and whether this will be repeated in 2020.
First an update on the 2016-2017 ACAT appeal about the proposal to remove the carpark in front of Woolworths and to build an apartment and supermarket complex.
I can only guess how many committee meetings have been held to discuss some aspect of how to improve Civic– the traditional urban centre of the city of Canberra.
The Dickson Parklands is an important site for the inner north of Canberra.
and the ship of dangerous fools
I have just spent three weeks in Singapore.
It only usually takes a moment to gauge what sort of service you are to receive when you enter a café.
A week or so ago the ACT Planning Minister announced that the government was open for consultations on the Dickson Parklands (Section 72 to the bureaucrats).
Views of Singapore 2018
A small selection of photographs from wandering around this wonderful complex city.
Update from Jane Goffman
Here’s Jane’s January 31 2018 update on goings on with planning and developments around Dickson:
A new year and already the look, the aesthetics, and the whole nature of what will be the new Northbourne Ave gateway to the National Capital is up for discussion.
My post last week on the lack of good design and planning that is evident in the more recent parts of Gungahlin definitely caught a lot of people’s attention.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote on the threats to biodiversity caused through inappropriate developments across Canberra.
Someone needs to ask the ACT Planning Minister why the planning directorate continues to encourage local residents to form residents’ associations to oppose inappropriate developments.
This post starts with being in front of our house at 6.15 am listening to the cacophony of sounds coming from what must have been a rowdy Christmas Day gathering of Sulphur Crested Cockatoos at end of the street (near the Dickson Drain).
With Canberra having such an informed and aware community, one would have thought that a community-focused government planning minister would have surfaced by now – one being committed to development and the future growth of the city while simultaneously embracing the enhancement of (rather than reducing) the city’s amenities that are admired internationally.
Mythomania: Tales of Our Times from Apple to ISIS – by Peter Conrad, Thames and Hudson
Several years ago I had listened to most of Peter Conrad’s BBC podcasts on his topic of Myths – and loved them.
I have read just a little of this book so far – but can say that it as good as if not better than listening to the podcasts of Peter’s broadcasts. It is now part of my reading for the next weeks. And there are new topics covered.
In Australia we have a small band of conservatives who work tirelessly to have their brands of religion have a greater influence on government and the country’s laws.
Luckily till now they are more of less not so successful – well most of the time.
In their last round of attempts to achieve more religious freedoms (whatever that meant) – what would have been more applicable would have been to remove religion and the influence of such religious fundamentalists completely from the workings of government.
Meanwhile in a land not far away – things are going from bad to worse.
I am not sure when my desire for mince pies and Christmas cakes and puddings started.
Neil Young’s entire catalog is available to stream for free on his newly launched archival website. Wow!!! – Thanks Neil
Why are we so unfortunate here in Canberra to have a string of planning and urban development ministers who feel that it is their duty to say something regularly to upset those who enjoy a fantastic ambience within inner Canberra?
This story starts with standing outside the Museum of Sydney taking in an outdoor display of a cottage garden – complete with vegetables and herbs.
Surprising things can happen when you are involved in advocacy with the ACT Government on urban environment issues.
Life for pedestrians in Dickson is not as safe as it should be. Here’s a few events to illustrate my point.
The 2016 ACT election was just over 12 months ago (how time flies) and the hot election topics back then included planning, development, community engagement and a host of issues around the ACT Government’s dealings with residents.
It has been many years since I have wandered amongst the tulips of Floriade.
Just months ago a Luton’s auctioneer stated that the property going under the hammer was the only house for sale in Dickson.
Some issues just do not go away. Dogs that are dangerous or potentially dangerous is such a topic.
Thanks Tom for nearly 50 years of wonderful music
Here’s a message from me – and the many others who suffered through the flu recently:
This goes out to those thoughtful people who insisted on going out into public areas when they had the flu.
for Wednesday 27th
There’s nothing new about governments across Australia selling of assets, infrastructure, land, buildings or anything that they can put on the market to make instant cash.
Among the many tempting pastries that are wonderful to eat (but probably bad for the waist-line), there’s one that remains a stand out for me.
we are being Turnbulled – over and over again.
Back in 2013 plans were announced for the next stage of Canberra’s Constitution Avenue.
The neighbourhood had their answer. The signs went up – and yet another original style (AV Jennings) house was about to be put on the market.
they lied – again
There are many reasons why people trek out to the Canberra Regional Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
When I was first alerted to the issues below – sadly my response was: Why am I not surprised?
The Cultural Landscape Foundation wants to connect people to the places of culture around them. click here
A review of Dark Matter – click here.
Bill Shorten unleashes on Turnbull
Welcome Bill Shorten, the next Prime Minister of Australia
Maybe not going to Portland for a holiday – with this disaster waiting to happen.
draft 9 August
There’s been an increase in conversations about avoiding the use of plasticized mugs for take away coffee.
Australia has been Turnbulled yet again – click here
Another mess made by Malcolm Turnbull
Our lust for originality is wrecking the city, delivering a rash of formally new but ultimately anti-urban hideous skyline baubles reducing city-making to a spectacle of super-size billboard branding gestures while inhibiting the multiplication of good ideas. Click here
Dr Elizabeth Farrelly is outraged
Populism now divides, yet once it united the working class
The words populism and populist have no simple, coherent meaning.
Architecture and all that spin
If there is one occupation that I could not imagine doing, it is being an ACT Government planner who spends most of the day looking through development applications (DA) for commercial developments.
A list of women in music – turning the tables; click here
A tour of the good and not-so-good
Have you taken a stroll around the Parliamentary Triangle recently?
Walking in on an artist’s install of their exhibition can be an interesting way to learn more about an artist and their work.
Lolo and Lola Filipino restaurant opens in Watson (Canberra)
GANG GANG arrives in Downer
Always good to celebrate when a suburban centre rises again.
special 25th anniversary edition
here’s a re-issue of some really beautiful – magnificent music.
J J Cale & Eric Clapton: Call me the breeze
A good article summing up the state of politics, where truth is an option to be discarded.
You will often hear commentators state that politicians are unpopular. I don’t think it as simple as that.
The Problem Isn’t Architecture, It’s Urban Design
Interesting read – but I think they let the architects off too easily. Click here.