The ACT government’s decisions on trees are often contradictory and not in the context of long-term strategies for the bush capital. It continues to make a mess of the legacy it inherited.
There are so many stories around how the ACT Government handles significant trees and so many people who have had bad experiences because of the bureaucratic stupidity.
Click here for my piece in City News on this – these are just a few of those stories.
As with other cases like this, the ACT Government bureaucracy fails to see the logic and ignores the consequences of their stupidity. A site visit would inform anyone of the issues.
I have written
about this in City News
The news from the residential battlefront around the future of the community and cultural life of the Dickson area is not rosy. The government continues to lie…
I have written
about this in City News.
What is the difference between some bureaucrats and donkeys? Maybe it’s levels of intelligence. What do some bureaucrats share with donkeys? Both can be stubborn.
Some in the bureaucracy are not very nice people
I have written about this in City News
Canberra desperately needs a real-life planning minister who works honestly with the people of the city to get great results. Unfortunately we have one who is not regarded as being a minister who does his job but rather sits on his hands and watches the city’s amenities being degraded
I have addressed
this issue in a piece on City News
image from the Downer Community Association website
The suburb of Downer is the next inner-north Canberra suburb to be subjected to the reign of development terror from our “much-loved” planning authorities as they allow the developers free rein to maximise profits.
opinion piece on this published in City News
The ACT Government has a bad reputation in its dealings with residents and their concerns for the future of Canberra.
I have written about this topic in City News – here’s my piece –
A country run by dangerous idiots
We are still being governed by idiots – who will see the country suffer now and into the future to appease their own interests and their mates in the coal industry. The good news? They are guaranteed to be gone at the next federal elections.
here for the story.
The Conversation on urban biodiversity
The Conversation has an article recommending a change to planning to deal realistically with urban biodiversity.
Continue reading Urban Biodiversity
Things some people should not say
It came as a shock to hear a community leader class a community site as a wasteland.
Continue reading Dickson Parkland retagged a wasteland
ACT Government plays dirty
When your government plays dirty and is not transparent – things get really tough for the local residents.
Continue reading Open Space vs Social Housing
Where governments spend/not spend on culture
All cities have their city square or equivalent.
Continue reading Build more art centres
Comments about Canberra’s coffee economy
Like many cities, coffee shops/ cafes pop up everywhere that there is a new development.
Continue reading Getting high on Canberra’s coffee economy
We are not there yet
Sometimes we fool ourselves that equity is being treated seriously by most sector of society.
Continue reading Equity in the media
The ACT Government and public housing
This is a slightly revised version of a previous post of mine previously written as the government moved to close the public housing along Northbourne Avenue in Canberra as part of its Urban Clearances programs
Continue reading Remember they are people
Trump and on not being inattentive and indifferent
Rebecca Solnit has written about regimes such as Trump’s do not last forever.
Continue reading Rebecca Solnit
The dire state of heritage in Canberra
I have a new piece on City News that goes part of the way to addressing the sad state of heritage under this ACT Government.
Continue reading Heritage? What’s That?
George Monbiot on the signs of change
George Monbiot writes about the signs for change. Please make it happen.
Continue reading Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Smart city planning can preserve old trees and the wildlife that needs them
Mature trees have horizontal branches that are attractive to wildlife and birds. from shutterstock.com
Philip Gibbons, Australian National University
Continue reading Trees and smart planning
Another listing of white males
Every time this happens from within government bureaucracies, it makes you wonder.
Continue reading White Males
Seeking a new generation to step up
Once you realise how corrupted the ACT Government is – it would be so easy to get depressed and walk away.
Continue reading corrupted government planning
There’s still little trust in Canberra’s planners
I have an opinion piece
published in the City News based on the experience of attending a recent Woden Valley community meeting.
Continue reading Canberra Planning
A win for inner Sydney
Lorrie Graham has posted on her blog about a win within her area of Sydney.
Continue reading Planning battles
Jenna Price on Dogs and Dog Parks
Could not agree more with this article. We have had some bad experiences in our local wetland park.
Continue reading Dogs
Where to put a rubbish dump
Canberra once had a reputation as being a planned city. Not so any more.
Continue reading ACT Government stupidity
Essay: Dead Right, How Neoliberalism ate itself and what come next
Recommended reading for all of us as we try to work out what the hell happened with democracy and how our governments have ruined this country.
Continue reading Richard Denniss
Benalla Art Gallery
This is a great place to stop –
A walk through a new Canberra park
Here’s the official spin on this new park –
click here. Watch this space for my thoughts on this park when they are published in CityNews.
Continue reading Henry Rolland Park in Canberra
New Music: Prodigal Son
There’s a wonderful group of videos on YouTube – featuring Ry Cooder in the studio performing new songs from Prodigal Son.
Continue reading Ry Cooder
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.
Continue reading Chief Minister gouges strata title unit owners
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.
Continue reading 2020 ACT Election forecast
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.
Continue reading Signs of intrigue within the inner north
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.
Continue reading Where to for Civic in Canberra?
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The Dickson Parklands is an important site for the inner north of Canberra.
Continue reading ACT Government makes a mess of consultations
I have just spent three weeks in Singapore.
Continue reading ACT Chief Minister fails urban basics
It only usually takes a moment to gauge what sort of service you are to receive when you enter a café.
Continue reading Good café – bad 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).
Continue reading Three Ministers and a Parkland
Often when posting on planning and development in Canberra, someone will comment that things were so much better when the Commonwealth, through the
National Capital Development Commission (NCDC) ran the joint.
Continue reading NCDC in context
Views of Singapore 2018
A small selection of photographs from wandering around this wonderful complex city.
Continue reading Singapore
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.
Continue reading Northbourne Avenue
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.
Continue reading Bad design spreads like a disease
A couple of weeks ago I wrote on
the threats to biodiversity caused through inappropriate developments across Canberra.
Continue reading Gungahlin – urgent climate adaptation required
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.
Continue reading Respect and Responsibility in planning and development
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).
Continue reading Put landscape and biodiversity first
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.
Continue reading Social Housing vs community spaces
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.
Continue reading Mythomania Peter Conrad
Comments have been published about
how Deakin residents have raised doubts about the development application for a 102-bed aged care facility on the former gallery site near the shopping centre.
Continue reading Problems with school parking
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.
here for the story in the Guardian.
I am not sure when my desire for mince pies and Christmas cakes and puddings started.
Continue reading Christmas Puddings and Mince Pies
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?
Continue reading Dear Minister for Town Cramming
This story starts with standing outside the Museum of Sydney taking in an outdoor display of a cottage garden – complete with vegetables and herbs.
Continue reading Gardeners at war with possums
Surprising things can happen when you are involved in advocacy with the ACT Government on urban environment issues.
Continue reading The ACT Government allows planners to plan
Life for pedestrians in Dickson is not as safe as it should be. Here’s a few events to illustrate my point.
Continue reading Pedestrians be aware – be very aware!
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.
Continue reading Marea Fatseas and Community Councils
It has been many years since I have wandered amongst the tulips of Floriade.
Continue reading Floriade – time for change
Just months ago a Luton’s auctioneer stated that the property going under the hammer was the only house for sale in Dickson.
Continue reading Dickson auctions
Some issues just do not go away. Dogs that are dangerous or potentially dangerous is such a topic.
Continue reading Danger to dogs from the ACT Government
Thanks Tom for nearly 50 years of wonderful music
Continue reading Tom Petty
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.
Continue reading Thanks for 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.
Continue reading Selling off the Parliamentary Triangle
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.
Continue reading The quest for the Pain aux Raisins
we are being Turnbulled – over and over again.
There is no doubt that the spin doctors within the ACT Government worked hard to get journalists to take a positive spin on the establishment of the
City Renewal Authority and the appointment of their CEO, Malcolm Snow
Continue reading Same old spin in new clothes
Back in 2013 plans were announced for the next stage of Canberra’s Constitution Avenue.
Continue reading architecture and constitution ave
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.
Continue reading Dickson house sales
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There are many reasons why people trek out to the Canberra Regional Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.
Continue reading Canberra Regional Farmers Market
When I was first alerted to the issues below – sadly my response was: Why am I not surprised?
Continue reading contracts for buying an apartment
The Cultural Landscape Foundation wants to connect people to the places of culture around them.
A review of Dark Matter –
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.
Continue reading Cascadia subduction zone
draft 9 August
There’s been an increase in conversations about avoiding the use of plasticized mugs for take away coffee.
Continue reading no way to treat a coffee