Tag Archives: land release

More to do on affordable housing


Housing affordability remains a hot topic with most Australians. And rightly so, given the fundamental human right for safe and secure housing.
I have previously written about the debilitating effects of homelessness and the comparatively high rate of secondary and repeat homelessness experienced by people in the ACT. This problem is made harder by the fact [...]

Release land for people, not profit to fund grandiose plans


The review of the National Capital Plan last week provided opportunities for major land releases.
In Ginninderra the CSIRO’s 701 hectare field station site beside the Barton Highway is estimated to make available 6500 housing blocks, the same number as the West Belconnen development which will straddle the ACT-NSW border.
In the south permission has been given [...]

The Arboretum – a housing estate?

By 7 March 2014

Apparently there are to be houses among the trees in the Arboretum? (I just caught a quote on ABC 7.30). The reporter said “among” the trees – did he mean “an estate next to” the Arboretum? Surely the Arboretum isn’t going to have houses actually within its treed area? If so, well, was that Jon [...]

ACT Government Committed to Unaffordable Housing

By 20 January 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

The good folk over at Macrobusiness have been doing an excellent job over the past week highlighting the ACT Government’s outrageously terrible and damaging policy when it comes to supplying land for new homes (see here, here, and here).
Despite strong population growth, stratospheric house prices, and the ACT Auditor General finding the ACT’s land release [...]

More Gungahlin childcare advances on the game board

By 27 June 2012

Joy Burch is letting us know she’s sold more land for the purpose of building childcare places in the increasingly stalinist ACT land release system:
Ms Burch said the Land Development Agency had this week sold the 3,505sqm corner block with frontage to Anthony Rolfe Avenue and Hinder Street for $2.4 million to developer Kai Wen [...]

Holt childcare centre kicks off

By 6 June 2012

Joy Burch has the happy news that the land has been sold for a childcare centre in Holt.
Ms Burch said the sale to developer Temloc Pty Ltd for $685,000 is part of the broader childcare planning strategy to ensure that Canberra families have choice in their children’s education and care, in areas most in demand.
The [...]

As Charles Conder turns in his grave

By 18 July 2011

The Land And Property Services / Economic Development Directorate has announced the start of consultations for land release in Ngunngawal, Chisholm and Conder.
Sadly the dreaded soaring bird appears to be continuing it’s takeover with even the Government bodies in charge calling it Condor rather than Conder. With albeit without consistency.

Lawson land release – when?

By 21 June 2011

I have noted with interest the various snippets over the past couple of years about the development of a new suburb – Lawson. Over the past few months I have noticed a number of intersections along Ginninderra Dr and Baldwin Dr being upgraded to allow for access into the new suburb- complete with roads currently [...]

Land releases and affordable housing in Canberra?

By 14 June 2011

I looked at an affordable land and house package at Springbank Rise on the weekend. Then I decided I’d have another look to see if there is a chance that I could get a similar deal closer to where we live now.
I discovered that the government has a policy that states that 20% of all [...]

LAPS unloads the Indicative Land Release Program

By 4 May 2011

Land And Property Services have published their Indicative Land Release Programs 2011-12 to 2014-15.
Here’s the nub of it though:

Zed savages land release

By 25 February 2011

Liberal Leader Zed Seselja has jumped on the Auditor-General’s verdict on land release in the ACT.
“This is a nine year old ACT Labor government, who keep saying we’ll now see better outcomes, when their policies have made things worse, pushing up prices for young families,” Zed said.
“Programs touted by the Government as innovative, like the [...]

Trouble with the land rent scheme

By 24 February 2011

The Auditor-General has announced her latest work: Residential Land Supply and Development.
It indicates there’s been a lot of trouble with the land rent scheme amongst other mismanagements:
– The Land Rent Scheme was introduced in July 2008 as an initiative of the Affordable Housing Action Plan, to allow buyers/lessees to make lease payments for LDA estate [...]

LDA now scaring off bogus buyers

By 4 December 2010

Back on 19 November we lifted the lid on how some companies were approaching land release ballots.
Today the Canberra Times has the happy news that the process has been tightened and seems to be scaring off the mules.
But the LDA said it put prospective buyers in the Bonner release last weekend on notice that they [...]

Intriguing tactics for getting into Gungahlin land release?

By 22 November 2010

[First filed: Nov 19, 2010 @ 11:23]
[Image courtesy of the Metro Constructions website]
We’ve had the below come in from a source, we are told it was up on Facebook but is now inaccessible. I sent an email to the address asking if they were still looking for people. It didn’t bounce, but we’ve not [...]

LDA email hilarity

By 18 November 2010

The usually reliable Androo has sent in this tale:
word comes from a colleague of mine about the LDA’s royal email stuffup this morning… emailing all subscribers for the land release with their emails in the To: field, so there for all to see!
then some wag emails them all from a made-up gmail account to say [...]

Balloting Bonner Blocks

By 27 April 2010

The Chief Minister is proudly announcing that another 349 residential blocks in Bonner have been put up for ballot in the lottery that is the housing market after all the long years he has been in power.
“The Land Development Agency will be releasing blocks in stages 2B, 3A and 3B by ballot, and registrations are [...]

Master Builders want to keep land expensive

By 13 August 2008

ABC news online is reporting that the Master Builders are concerned that if too much land is released then prices might actually fall.
They are then willing to suggest that the cost of building has only increased with the CPI in the last five years, no doubt a comment soon to be withdrawn, as it [...]

Would you like to buy your land over the counter?

By 10 August 2008

[First filed: August 02, 2008 @ 09:35
[Second filing: August 08, 2008 @ 19:28]
Mr. Stanhope has announced that “over the counter” land sales will commence from Monday, 11 August.
Over 100 blocks in Franklin, Bonner and Dunlop will be available for sale over the counter, removing the need for interested parties to register for a ballot or [...]

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