An authority being a waste of space
The ACT’s City Renewal Authority, a 2016 bright idea from Andrew Barr, is something the people of Canberra did not ask for and is spending a lot of taxpayers’ money in one place – a selected part of central Canberra.
Continue reading ACT City Renewal Authority
Dickson development about to happen
A couple of days before Christmas, a call came through from the Coles project manager to the Dickson Residents Group convenor that the new supermarket complex was to go ahead in May/June 2021.
Continue reading Dickson Supermarket approved
How planning went wrong in MacGregor
In 2010, Dickson residents lodged objections to a unit development and eventually took the developer and the ACT Planning Directorate through the appeals tribunal and won.
Continue reading ACT Government planning mess
Yvette Berry continues her Boris Johnson moments
As the COVID-19 crisis took hold and people bunkered down, residents hoped for less stupid things by the ACT Planning Directorate.
Continue reading ACT Government attack on Dickson residents
City Renewal Authority waste money – again
In centuries past when a colonial power arrived somewhere foreign (to them), they presumed that they knew how to improve the local culture and commenced with handing around beads and trinkets.
Continue reading ACT Government burns tax dollars
oh what a planning mess – complete with strange deals and ACT Government games and incompetence. Click
here for the story in City News.
People are sick of the dumb statements that infill is necessary and therefore we must give up our cherished suburbs for high-rise. This is stupid.
The government’s real message on infill is not for residents but for developers seeking a green light to carry on as usual. Here’s my piece on this topic –
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.
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
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
The Dickson Parklands is an important site for the inner north of Canberra.
Continue reading ACT Government makes a mess of consultations
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
You will often hear commentators state that politicians are unpopular. I don’t think it as simple as that.
Continue reading Elizabeth Lee and Dickson Parklands
a story of Architecture, social housing and parklands
Local politicians, like our federal friends, love to take a key social issue and link it to another in order to wedge the residents.
Continue reading The tricks governments play
Very strange things happen in the urban design planning space in Canberra.
Continue reading A tale of two parklands
There’s significant redevelopment underway on Northbourne Ave in Canberra.
Continue reading Dickson on Northbourne
Weston Creek and public housing
There’s been some great public discussions in the media around the spin that has been put out by the government to distract from the real problems with the decisions to place new government housing developments into several Weston Creek suburbs.
Continue reading Urbanity Bites
Bureaucrats doing what bureaucrats do..
The other day we ran
a set of small stories on urban issues – one being about student parking and how it has become a nuisance in the streets near the school.
Continue reading Urban Bites
The Appeal against the recently approved development application (DA) for the Dickson supermarket complex goes to its next phase very soon (see dates below).
Continue reading Dickson supermarket–what next?