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
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
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
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.
Continue reading Will your house burn?
Very strange events have been unfolding since the local ACT elections in late 2016.
Continue reading ACT labor and the need for new leadership
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.
Continue reading Remember they are people
Canberra’s planning system remains super complicated and out of reach of ordinary citizens.
Continue reading Caroline Le Couteur MLA
Sometimes you wonder just what is going on in the heads of our local government and its bureaucrats who make funding decisions.
Continue reading SHOUT and Jon Stanhope
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.”
Continue reading Land Development – who should fall on that sword
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.
Continue reading ACT Chief Planner – to be or not to be
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.
Continue reading Cherry-picking the Griffin’s 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.
Continue reading Lawyers, files and money–and those responsible for this mess