The continuing fall of the National Capital Authority is starting to read like a war and peace epic worthy of thenow defunct tropfest. Despite that there are those who are rallying to its cause as the once great bastion of planning seemingly totters on its last legs.
The ABC bring us the sagely advice of Terry Birtels, from the ADFA School of Physical Sciences. Not sure exactly how Physical Sciences include town planning but he says “Canberra will change if the city’s planning powers are handed over to the ACT Government. What we have now is that the National Capital Authority is losing any right to have real say over the planning of Canberra and it’s all being passed over to development interests of various sorts”. I’m inclined to agree. ACTPLA has come under lots of critcism in the past for its planning policy.
Others are also coming out in support of the NCA (or what could be loosely construed as such). Seems to me that the RSL are pondering how they are going to find the volunteers to now run tours of anzac parade instead of complaining loudly that NCA should stay. And in a totally non committal politcal statement, Jon Stanhope has come out supporting the need for reform, as long as he doesnt have to take any responsibility.