My partner and I are first home buyers and have purchased a house and land package in Gungahlin. We were taken in by a slick sales pitch, by a well known real estate agency, which included a computer rendered image of the completed home on allhomes.com.au. The listing and subsequent marketing all included an impressive [...]
Simon Corbell is sounding the alarm that the hare-brained scheme to give long service leave to people performing no long service is about to run out of money as construction workers fall back on it.
To “fix” this he’s bumping up the employer levy:
The ACT Government has agreed to increase the levy for the portable Long [...]
The ABC has a new tale of woe surrounding exempt development, this time in O’Connor.
Canberra resident Kamrul Ahsan Khan says building his home in O’Connor has been the most painful experience he has had during his 18 years living in Australia.
He says he wanted to build a family home and had no intention of [...]
The Liberals’ Alistair Coe has announced a doomed run at de-railing Draft Variation 306 because he wants poor people to live in darkness.
Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Alistair Coe will today try to block Draft Variation 306 which has been widely condemned by the building industry. The Government’s changes to the planning rules will [...]
The Master Builders have announced their thoughts on Worksafe’s “Getting Them Home Safely” report.
Worksafe has been quick out of the blocks to disagree.
The MBA’s lack of unequivocal support for the report’s call for a 35% improvement in the local industry’s safety record is potentially a serious setback for local workers. In many senses this is [...]
The Canberra Times has the news that Ply ACT is singing with the Choir Invisible which will cause disruption to numerous major builds around town:
Ply ACT issued a statement late on Monday night confirming it had entered into voluntary administration with sites affected including the $550 million Nishi Complex in New Acton, the Astin Apartments [...]
A reader who wishes to remain anonymous has sent this in:
The following concerns are raised regarding demolition activity at 102 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon:
1. Unsafe building practices
No fall protection has been installed on demolished apartments. See below photo of construction worker washing out apartment without fall protection. Ground is slippery from washing out building materials and [...]
Google is totally failing me today…
I discovered that I am allowed to enclose the frontyard of my yet to be built shoebox-with-windows as long as I use “courtyard walls”. After trawling ACTPLA documents, I also discovered that the wall can go across 70% of the width of my small block. And that it needs to [...]
Simon Corbell and Chief Minister Gallagher have teamed up to announce they’re going to be taking a red hot look at safety on ACT construction sites following this morning’s tragic disaster at the Kingston Foreshore:
Attorney General, Simon Corbell, said this was the fourth death of a worker on a worksite since December last year, and [...]
The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate are making sure you all know that builders are going to have to put up big signs to let you know what they’re doing:
From today all ACT building sites that have work carried out or supervised by a licensed builder must display a sign about the work being [...]
The Auditor-General has announced the release of a Performance Audit Report on Development Application and Approval System for High Density Residential and Commercial Developments.
Perhaps to no-one’s surprise there are problems:
There has been considerable planning and development reform undertaken by the ACT Government since the 2005 ACT Auditor-General’s Office Development Application and Approval Process performance audit. [...]
One would be hard pressed to describe phases one and two of the Affordable Housing Action Plan as a raging success.
But undeterred Andrew Barr has announced Phase III and promised Labor will be “continuing to deliver on our commitment for more affordable housing”, which as strings of weasel words go is deserving of posterity.
The plans [...]
The Age brings word of the demise of another builder. This time it’s the Hastie Group which we heard on The Beast this morning has seen workers sent home from the ASIO building site on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin.
The company’s news page over the last few days has been less than re-assuring with [...]
The Business Spectator has a story on construction group St Hilliers shuffling off this mortal coil:
“The administration of St Hilliers Construction Pty Ltd is due to exposure under guarantees for debts of St Hilliers Ararat Pty Ltd relating to the Ararat Prison project in Victoria,” the company said in a statement.
The administration does not [...]
ActewAGL are letting the world know their headquarters building has been rated with a 5.5 star energy rating under the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS):
ActewAGL Chief Finance Officer John Knox said, “This is a great result for ActewAGL. We’ve been in the purpose-built building since June 2010 and absolutely love it.
“From the beginning [...]
In an eyebrow-twitching move the Australian Building and Construction Commission has sent us a media release through our contact form on what their Canberra office has been up to in the last year:
The ABCC opened the doors of its Canberra office on Tuesday 22 February 2011 to allow swift regulatory intervention and expand the ABCC’s [...]
Why do Canberra builders shut footpaths and streets to build anything more than one storey?
When it’s only a single level they seem to constrain themselves to an arrangement of debris over the footpath, but anything over that and it’s the full fencing job.
Do they just like to spread out?
Do they revel in [...]
There’s little sadder in life than a politician trying to make a pop-culture reference.
It’s not that they can’t tell a joke, it’s more the painful way they feel the need to ploddingly explain it for the thickies in the audience.
To that end the Greens’ Caroline Le Couteur is painfully referencing Arthur Dent from The Hitchhiker’s [...]
The Economic Development Directorate is setting a potentially dangerous precedent by asking the public for their votes on a development issue.
The Dickson Centre Master Plan was released in May 2011 following extensive consultation with the community. It included a number of sites for future supermarket and retail development in the Dickson Group Centre.
The Master Plan [...]
Joy Burch has announced that designs for the Northbourne Flats redevelopment are on public display in Garema House on City Walk.
If you venture down there in person (in the manner of your ancestors) you can vote in a people’s choice ballot.
Earlier this year Ms Burch announced a national design competition to redesign the [...]
The University of Canberra have posted this video with the following note:
In this talk the ACT’s Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell MLA, outlines future directions of the ACT’s planning, transport and climate change policies in the context of the built environment and transport provision.
Simon Corbell is warning of builders borrowing licensing details.
The practice, known as „ghosting? occurs when an unlicensed builder or company enters into a contract using a licensed builder (a third party) on paperwork provided to the directorate. Usually the licensed builder is paid by the unlicensed builder for this fraudulent practice.
“There is a very good [...]
We would like an architect or designer who has experience with solar passive, is interested in recycling and who can listen to our needs and ideas and present options that meet these needs
Ok so I know these structures can look atrocious but I am sure I can make a decent looking one.
My only question is (knowing how rule-bound anything to do with building on the boundary is) can I build one on a residential block?
We have a large set-back and it wouldn’t encroach on anything. [...]
The Greens Caroline Le Couteur has expressed pleasure at this morning’s release of Draft Variation 306.
In particular they like the new rules on solar access rights, ie the right to feel the sun on your face.
“The Greens have been pushing for solar access rights for many years now, and were included in the Greens-Labor Parliamentary [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has announced that she’s generally in favour of Joy Burch’s design competition and plan to knock down the horrible Northbourne flats and try again.
But she does want the public housing numbers to be maintained.
“This is a great opportunity to reinvigorate public housing and increase density along a key transit route, Northbourne [...]
Another week, another Giralang Shops Development Application. Seems to have less Supermarket and more specialty shops.
We’ll have to see if it can survive the onslaught of the professional objectors, but for now it is live.
ACTPLA welcomes objections and comments from interested parties. If you want the DA to be approved you should put in [...]
The ACT Planning And Land Authority has released the Dickson Centre Master Plan.
China Town is now a “multicultural area” which I think is a crime against both language and humanity.
The car park next to the Library and Woolworths is going to become a second supermarket.
And looking at that image, all the blue, light grey, and [...]
This in from a spokesperson for the Canberra Airport on their coup announced overnight:
Capital Property Corporation has purchased an 8.75% share of the 500 hectares of land known as North and South Tralee, from a previous owner.
The land is in NSW and lies in a rural corridor south of Canberra Airport, under the Canberra Airport [...]
This morning Treasurer Katy Gallagher let rip at Zed Seselja for his much touted “industry roundtable” on change of use charges.
“The Government has been consulting with stakeholders over this issue for over two years now and has reached a point where we are now ready to move forward,” the Treasurer said.
“Since 2009 we have been [...]
We have a wee problem with a neighbour. They’ve built a deck that extends past their boundary and onto our land.
After the usual argy-bargy, we lodged a complaint with ACTPLA (at the advice of ACTPLA, mind you) only to be told that it’s outside their authority. This is apparently because the structure was exempt from [...]
The ABC has a story on vast tracts of asbestos in an illegal dump near Kingston which is threatening the Eastlake project.
The ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) has cordoned off parts of the area but says the asbestos is not a danger if it remains undisturbed.
It is estimated the potential clean-up bill would be [...]