Tag Archives: LDA

Urban Renewal – it’s coming your way!


There’s a talk at the Albert Hall here in Canberra on Tuesday 16 February. The title for this session definitely sounds as though a focus group of bureaucrats have signed off on it.
The title is: Urban Renewal – a partnership with the community.
These words are meant to be harmless, non-threatening and inoffensive (well not too [...]

Public Forum – Urban Renewal – David Dawes

By 22 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE

There’s a notice in circulation for a public forum at the Albert Hall to be addressed by David Dawes who is the chief of the LDA/Directorate – the section of the ACT Government that oversees the sale of land, the development of new suburbs and the redevelopments within established suburbs.
As far as I know David [...]

A Christmas wish: urban leadership


When Jon Stanhope commented on his disappointment – or was it frustration – with the lack of the ACT Government’s achievement in delivering on social housing, it struck a note with anyone who likewise considers that the LDA/directorate is focused on land sales at the expense of urban development and issues such as social housing.
I [...]

Kingston Arts Precinct – to be or not to be?


When the ACT Government announced in October that they were putting out to tender the development of an arts precinct within the Kingston Foreshore, it did send a quiet ripple through those involved in the arts.
There are many models of precincts that could be classified as being an arts precinct, such as parts of South [...]

Reid three-storey proposal ticks the boxes


Canberra residents have noticed that whenever the Chief Minister and his LDA/Directorate bureaucrats want to send in the bulldozers into an established suburb, that they use the same propaganda. They do this despite the fact that no-one believes the spin, which is not based on an honest translation of the residents’ aspirations as expressed time [...]

Locals should be tram’s priority


Just when most locals probably thought that there have been more than enough discussions and surveys about the Canberra’s new light rail (or trams), the ACT Government has launched another consultation on the topic.
But wait – do not despair just yet – this time the focus is not about whether or not, or when or [...]

Land Development Agency’s obscure news about Northbourne

Northbourne Ave

The ACT Government’s Land Development Agency (LDA) has just circulated a media release that I think was meant to be good news and was supposed to inform us that something is about to happen along Northbourne Ave.
Apparently the LDA/Chief Minister’s Directorate is very happy about a decision by the Heritage Council to list seventeen buildings. [...]

Time to learn from planning overreach


Two planning announcements have raised a few eyebrows in Canberra recently. 
The first was that the government had taken back the running of the infamous Westside container precinct. This so called ‘experimental’ development was due to open in time for Floriade in 2014. As of August 2015, it was yet to become fully operational, despite the Chief [...]

Redevelopment of Northbourne Avenue begins


The transformation of Northbourne Avenue will soon begin with the lodging yesterday of the Development Application for the demolition of the Dickson Flats on the corner of Northbourne Avenue and Morphett Street.
Once the DA has been approved, the Land Development Agency will engage a civil contractor to undertake the demolition of the flats, and [...]

Locals snap up rare waterfront blocks at Kingston Foreshore


Two unique mixed-use sites on the Kingston Foreshore both sold under the hammer this morning to local developers.
Block 3 sold for $6.95 million to Boris Planinac of Pavillion Homes. Block 4 sold for $7.35 to David O’Keefe of Madison Constructions.
Both blocks allow for a range of residential and commercial uses, with a [...]

Campbell blocks exceed expectations with the LDA pocketing $63.75m


I was listening to 666 this morning as they discussed the section of Campbell up for auction today. Five blocks, located on the corner of Constitution Avenue and Anzac parade were going under the hammer with an expected figure of $40m hoped to be achieved. I must confess, I’m not a massive fan [...]

Carter sinks the boot in on Denman Prospect

By 12 September 2013

The Property Council’s Catherine Carter is making her displeasure with the LDA known:
The Land Development Agency should have known that Denman Prospect Molonglo would not sell in the way that it was offered to the market.
“The market has spoken”, said Property Council ACT Executive Director Catherine Carter. “It’s hardly a surprise that in the [...]

Denman Prospect not going englobo

By 9 September 2013

The Economic Development Directorate has announced the LDA will develop Denman Prospect themselves:
The Land Development Agency will develop the new Molonglo suburb of Denman Prospect rather than sell the 100 hectare site as an englobo parcel.
The decision was taken following extensive negotiations with a potential purchaser which finally proved to be unsuccessful.
“While it is [...]

NRMA Hotel Holdings buys the Kurrajong for $7,650,000

By 20 March 2013

The Land Development Agency has a listing for the sale of the historic, and very beautiful, Hotel Kurrajong.
The purchaser is NRMA Hotel Holdings Pty Ltd As Trustee for KJ Hotel Trust.
Hopefully they’ll do something great with the heritage listed building.
The ABC has more details.

LDA has no interest in helping people

By 14 November 2012

Did anyone read this article in the Canberra Times about the OwnPlace scheme?
Oddly enough, I can’t find it anywhere on the Canberra Times website now.
But I was absolutely appalled by the apathetic and unfriendly attitude of the Land Development Agency. I don’t care if it’s not LDA’s responsibility. At the very [...]

Future land releases in Canberra?

By 6 August 2012

I’m looking to build/buy my family home around 2016 and am interested in what land releases might be available in that timeframe (2016-2018). I’ve been to the LDA website but it really seems to be only focused on two years out. Does anyone know there is information on what long term planning there is for [...]

Ross Barrett and Susan Proctor move onto the LDA Board

By 18 July 2012

Andrew Barr has announced new appointments to the highly sensitive board of the Land Development Agency:
I am delighted that Ross Barrett OAM and Susan Proctor have agreed to join the Board. Mr Barrett, well known and highly regarded in the ACT construction and development industry, will Chair the LDA Board.
Mr Barrett, an engineer by profession, [...]

Has anyone managed to rescind from a LDA land contract??

By 19 June 2012

I am trying to get out of a Land Development Agency contract though it isnt very easy!!
Can anyone advise?

ACT winning awards for affordable housingis

By 10 March 2012

Andrew Barr is very excited that the Land Development Agency has been gonged for its affordable housing in Bonner:
I congratulate the staff of the Land Development Agency (LDA) for winning the prestigious and highly competitive Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) National Award for Affordable Development at the 2012 Awards for Excellence.
The award was presented [...]

Kingston Island – why is this private footbridge being passed off as “public infrastructure”?

By 27 November 2011

Article in the Canberra Times this morning proudly promotes a footbridge to a proposed “private island” of exclusive residences, with no public spaces as far as I can tell (there is little information online).
It has been funded by the Land Development Agency as “part of almost $18 million it is spending on the public [...]

Cabinet outcomes for June

By 12 July 2011

With little fanfare the Chief Minister’s website has pushed out the first tranche of Cabinet Outcomes, this one for June.
The ones that appear to be actual decisions rather than studies and consultations which we did not previously know about are:
– Direct Sale of Land to ALDI Foods Pty Ltd – Cabinet agreed to the direct [...]

Changes to land administration in the ACT

By 12 July 2011

Andrew Barr has unveiled significant changes to the way land is controlled in the ACT:
the Government has opted for a model that retains the independent expertise and commercial focus provided by the LDA Board while closely integrating the activities of the Land Development Agency (LDA) and the Economic Development Directorate (EDD). These arrangements aim to [...]

Bonner planning makes property council finals

By 6 April 2011

Chief Minister Stanhope is congratulating the Land Development Agency (LDA) after their work in Bonner made the finals of the Property Council of Australia 2011 Innovation and Excellence Awards.
Bonner is a residential housing estate in North Gungahlin, Canberra’s fastest growing region, and is located close to the Gungahlin Town Centre.
The suburb features tree-lined streets, [...]

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 [...]

Feedback session for the Brickworks redevelopment

By 2 December 2010

[ 4 December 2010 at 11:00 am; ]

The Land Development Agency has put out a spiffy flyer for a drop-in feedback session on their proposed plans for the 60 hectare Yarralumla brickworks site in the geographic heart of the city.

There’s more info on the plans on the LDA website.

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 [...]

Comic genius heaps praise on retiring LDA boss

By 12 November 2010

Jon Stanhope is back to prime comedic form, praising the retiring Chair of the Land Development Agency (LDA) John Haskins:
“Mr Haskins joined the LDA Board at a critical time and his industry expertise was instrumental in driving the development of new land releases and in preparing an ambitious but necessary land release program,” Mr [...]

Where’s all the LDA money going?

By 7 October 2010

Zed Seselja is asking some interesting questions of the ACT’s monopoly new release land seller, the Land Development Agency:
“There is no shortage of demand for land in the ACT, with prospective buyers camping out to secure a block of land in Canberra’s newest suburbs yet;
– the LDA’s advertising costs have increased almost $700,000 since last [...]

Gateway Apartments go to court

By 29 September 2010

The Canberra Times reports that Ms Anne Moore and the owners corporation of the Kingston Foreshore Gateway Apartments are off to the federal court seeking redress from the Land Development Agency and Bovis Lend Lease over sub-standard construction.
It must be pretty bad to draw this kind of public attention to their very expensive real estate [...]

LDA Land Releases- Be wary of a contract term that’s been added.

By 18 August 2010

Hi all,
I recently purchased land at Bonner and Wright, and I wanted to give a heads up to any buyers (in particular 1st home buyers) who are under the mistaken impression that the LDA is to be trusted with their standard contract terms.
The Bonner land contract (at least for stage 2) was very straight forward. [...]

Land Rent scheme picks up pace

By 19 January 2010

Community CPS is reporting that it has now approved more than 25 home loans on ‘rented’ land under the ACT Government Land Rent Scheme according to CT today (not online).  This is out of 120 enquiries leading to 37 applications.
The Land Development Agency reports that 21 blocks have been settled and 179 have exchanged. The [...]

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