The bad news keeps coming for McGregor Hall.
Hot on the heels of Yesterday’s rejection of heritage status Andrew Barr has used his call in powers to kill off the Development Application process.
It’s only the third time the Minister has used these powers and if you read his media release it’s all sunshine and puppies:
The five to seven storey building between Marcus Clarke and Kingsley streets will provide accommodation for more than 550 students, retail and commercial space, community facilities and additional city car parking. It is to be built to best practice residential standards.
“This is an extremely important project for Canberra. It will help provide more low-cost accommodation for students, something the Government believes is important to supporting our economy.
This planning approval means the project can get underway now, making it eligible for around $66 million in Commonwealth funding that will directly benefit the ACT. The project will help deliver a more vibrant city, more accommodation in the city centre and more retail and commercial space.
They can certainly deliver joined up government when they want to.