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Tag Archives: LDA

Is planning an issue for the ACT elections?

By 6 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When the ACT Government made its announcement that the DA for the supermarket complex in Dickson had been approved, it set off a curious chain of events.
The manner in which the announcement was handled by the government has increased the evidence of the growing gap between our elected politicians and the issues and aspirations of the voters.
I first became aware of [...]

Dickson beyond the latest ACTPLA approval

By 1 July 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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What does it take for the ACT Government to have vision for developments in and around my own suburb of Dickson?  I’ll get back to the question.
On Thursday the planning authority (ACTPLA) announced that it had approved the latest version of the application for the new supermarket complex. Sadly from the information made available, it [...]

The curious case of the Chief Minister and the CSIRO development

By 29 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Sometimes the words of local politicians are a thing of wonder. Here’s a very curious story.
Last week there were two articles in the Canberra Times about statements by the Chief Minister on the proposals by the CSIRO to develop their Ginninderra Field Station site in northwest Belconnen.

These statements were made in the context of there being a [...]

Your place in community consultations

By 18 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Here’s another sad tale about the ACT Government’s patronising attitude towards residents. This one ends with the latest evidence of an approach to Canberra’s urban development that makes it difficult for members of the community to have their say.
The ACT Government knows well that residents in and around Dickson have a keen interest in [...]

They’re ripping up parking lots

By 4 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Canberra’s planners in the 1950s and beyond delivered an infrastructure made for cars. There were even major freeways planned (a story for another day).
The road infrastructure until lately has been fairly successful and, in turn, has encouraged locals to use cars rather than public transport. Cars are part of most people’s daily lives.
We might be [...]

Seeking transparency in the ACT Government

By 14 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There are many things about the current ACT Government that are causing concerns, to me and local residents I meet with often – and I think most of us voted for them. Now that’s a worry!
If all that was not enough, then along come a couple of Canberra Times articles concerning the employment of the TAMS Minister’s [...]

Lake Burley Griffin – What would Menzies do?

By 30 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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One of the pleasures of this city is to sit down by Lake Burley Griffin in the evening to watch the light fade. For someone born on the NSW coast, it is not quite the same as watching the surf roll in – but it is a very calming experience.
The lake is a real gem. [...]

Canberra’s lost planning authority

By 9 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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The good people of Canberra, when they are in an optimistic mood, still believe there is a planning authority (ACTPLA) that consists of a learned group of experts who collectively make evidenced based and objective decisions on planning and development. Sadly this is not the reality.
Do we still have a planning authority?
About ten years [...]

Revamped Dickson DA – mediocre at best

By 7 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I don’t think the residents will be holding celebrations about what is being proposed for the new supermarket complex here in downtown Dickson.
Dickson is the main commercial/shopping hub for the inner north of Canberra and most residents would agree that it is overdue for a revamp. We know too well what the problems are. There [...]

Dickson under threat from ad hocery!

By 22 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Anyone who has been through the Dickson shops lately will have noticed an unsettling trend. The number of vacancies is increasing.
Meanwhile there are currently many proposals floating about that will have an effect on the future of this inner north Canberra Group Centre – the official title for the Dickson commercial/shopping precinct.
The most notorious is [...]

Urban Renewal – it’s coming your way!

By 10 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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
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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

By 16 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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?

By 11 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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

By 4 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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

By 29 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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

By 4 September 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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

By 31 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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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

By 28 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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

By 25 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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

By 11 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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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 http://www.lda.act.gov.au 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 [...]

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