It appears that the metal bench chairs in Civic are being replaced.
The comfortable and vaguely pleasing to the eye ones are being replaced by butt ugly and very uncomfortable ones.
Does the ACT Government really have that much spare cash floating around that they need to get rid of perfectly good seating that does the job. I can think of better things to spend the money on.
Perhaps it is to encourage people to avoid sitting outside enjoying the fresh air, watching the people walk by, listen to the birds and do their duty and shop inside in the mall.