Australian Capital Territory

Mixed use development approved for former Jamison Inn site at Macquarie

THE ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) has approved the redevelopment of the former Jamison Inn site at Macquarie for a mixed use development that includes 322 residential units.

The redevelopment comprises eight 4-6 storey buildings with commercial and non-commercial uses allowed on the ground level and basement parking.

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ACT Government endorses Dickson Centre Master Plan

THE ACT Government has endorsed the Dickson centre master plan that has a vision to rejuvenate and renew the Dickson centre to make it a better place for residents, business and visitors.

According to the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA), the master plan follows extensive consultation with the community and opens the way for the centre to attract new retail, commercial and residential development for both day and night activities.

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ACT Government backs proposal for a world-class convention centre

ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has supported the proposal for a world-class convention centre fronting Lake Burley Griffin by announcing $1 million for a feasibility study into the development of the preferred site.

Promoted as an important element of national infrastructure, the convention centre is proposed to be a high quality, secure venue that caters for international dialogue, trade and significant national events.

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Property Council ACT rejects calls for obligatory pre-consultation process

CALLS for an obligatory new process of pre-consultation before development applications are lodged in the ACT have been rejected by the Property Council of Australia.

Property Council ACT Executive Director, Catherine Carter, said that real consultation needs to be done much earlier at the policy level to provide certainty for all stakeholders rather than at lodgement stage.

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Review of Canberra's pedestrian and cycling network released

A NEW report reviewing Canberra's pedestrian and cycling network has been released this week by Chief Minister and Minister for Transport, Jon Stanhope, who said the report contained recommendations that would make the ACT a better place for cyclists and pedestrians.

The review, commissioned by the ACT Government in 2009 and undertaken by consultancy firm Cardno Eppell Olsen, included a detailed assessment of pedestrian and cycling networks in the Civic, Gungahlin, Belconnen, Woden and Tuggeranong town centres and a review of the 2007 Commuter Cycling Network report.

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ACT Public Service changes to shake-up planning

ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope this week announced that the ACT Government will adopt the proposal recommended by Dr Allan Hawke to establish a single agency of nine directorates as the administrative basis of the ACT Public Service.

Of the changes, a new Sustainable Development Directorate, to be headed by Mr David Papps, will be responsible for planning and development, including planning policy, environmental policies and programs, heritage and the Government Architect and the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA).

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Review to assess the role and responsibilities of the National Capital Authority

THE Australian Government today announced that it has appointed Dr Allan Hawke to conduct an independent review of the National Capital Authority (NCA).

Dr Hawke will look at the roles and responsibilities of the NCA, a statutory authority that manages the Australian Government's interest in the planning and development of Canberra as the capital city of Australia.

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'Time to Talk Canberra 2030' Outcomes Report released

THE ACT Government yesterday released the Outcomes Report of 'Time to Talk Canberra 2030', an initiative launched by the government last year in an effort to stimulate conversation about the future urban form of Canberra.

According to the report, Canberrans want a more compact city that will better support a public transport system and deliver a better mix of housing across the ACT.

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Costco to open up in Canberra

THE ACT Government has welcomed plans by retail giant Costco to open a store in Canberra, with Chief Minister and Minister for Business and Economic Development, Jon Stanhope, saying the plans were good news for Canberra.

The retail outlet, to be the third in Australia and expected to open later in the year, will be set up at Brand Depot and is likely to measure 13,500 square metres.

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ACT Government to examine supermarket floor space test

ACT Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope, this week announced that a supermarket floor space test – a cap on the amount of floor space an individual supermarket operator can control in the ACT – was being examined as part of an ongoing review of competition in the sector.

Mr Stanhope said the floor space test is based on a similar scheme already operating in NSW, where applications for development by a single operator that has more than 25% of the floor space in a single industry automatically receive greater scrutiny.

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Canberra Brickworks options released

THE ACT Land Development Agency last week unveiled two final options for the Canberra Brickworks and Environs Planning Strategy, with the favoured option proposing a $136 million development of the site.

Two options were proposed, with the preferred option proposing adaptation of the brickworks site, funded by commercial and residential development. The second option, mothballing, proposes no development and retaining and maintaining all existing buildings and structures at a cost of $7 million, in addition to ongoing costs.

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Territory Plan variations proposed for Gungahlin Town Centre

THE ACT Government has proposed to changes to the Territory Plan that it hopes will attract more businesses and residents to the Gungahlin Town Centre and create a more vibrant shopping, entertainment and business precinct.

Planning Minister Andrew Barr released Territory Plan Draft Variation 300 – Gungahlin Town Centre for public consultation last week. It proposes to increase the amount of land available for retail and office accommodation in and around the Centre and encourage more entertainment, recreation and community facilities.

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Canberra universities join to create sustainable cities

THE University of Canberra and The Australian National University have joined forces to improve urban planning and address sustainability issues facing Canberra and the surrounding region.

Launched at the University of Canberra last Friday, the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) aims to build a vision for more sustainable cities and regions through research, education, seminars and information-sharing.

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