As I watched the horrifying footage of the London Grenfell Tower fire, I remarked that this is what could have happened in Docklands, Melbourne, in 2014.
Very strange events have been unfolding since the local ACT elections in late 2016.
A lot has been written about the ACT Government’s announcement to establish small government housing estates on community-zoned land in Weston Creek suburbs.
Canberra’s planning system remains super complicated and out of reach of ordinary citizens.
Sometimes you wonder just what is going on in the heads of our local government and its bureaucrats who make funding decisions.
When a system is broken, how easily it is to point the figure at one person and say “It wasn’t me, it was that person over there.”
Following a couple of pieces in the local press, one would think that the ACT Government’s planning was in turmoil because key people are on the move.
At the meeting in August 2016 on the government’s proposals to redevelop the West Basin of Lake Burley Griffin, the main line taken by the government was that their proposals were based on the Griffin Legacy.
It took about three hours of argument on Friday 28th October for a decision by the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) on whether certain government planning documents should be released to those making objections to the Government’s agreement to the revised Development Application (DA) for the Dickson supermarket.