Governments love putting together plans. It beats the heck out of the much harder business of executing them.
This Government is no exception, it lead the nation in announcing plans for this that and the other. The opportunities to look visionary are exceptional.
The really best thing about plans is the political cover they give. If you want to do something that’s not in the plan just ignore it. But if someone else wants to do something that you’re not so keen on you can just shake your head sadly, wave at the huge stack of rarely read books with “Canberra Plan” printed down the spine and say “I’d love to help, but it’s just not in the plan.”
With the last Canberra Plan, supposedly a vision for fore-sight, released only in 2004 it’s fascinating to see the Chief Minister announce that he’d like another go.
- “I hope all Canberrans take the opportunity to engage positively and energetically in the journey by reading The Canberra Plan – Towards our Second Century and sharing their ideas for how our city can become the place we all want it to be.”
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Canberrans can comment on the plan by visiting Canberra Connect shopfronts or ACT Government Libraries, logging onto firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting Canberra Connect 13 22 81″
I think he rather meant www.canberraplan.act.gov.au.
So policy wonks? Is this an improvement?
UPDATED: Thanks to our army of winged monkeys who have noted that “THE FULL PLAN” from the download page is a cover and a back sheet with nothing at all in between.
Did someone decide to have a second April Fools day without telling me?
ANOTHER UPDATE: For the Greens, Deb Foskey is thrilled that “sustainability” is now in the plan. For what it’s worth.
MOAR: The Chief Minister’s launch speech is positively messianic, verging on the creepy…
- Canberra has never been without a Plan.
There was a Plan before there was a city and before there was a community.
There was a Plan even before the national capital had a name.
This very first Plan – Griffin’s Plan – gave us our skeleton.
The flesh we have put on the frame over the past century has, obviously, been deeply influenced by that Plan, since we are all creatures of our environment.
- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Stanhope? Or KJV John 1:1?
One for the road: The ABC has a bit of other parties hacking and coughing at the electoral chutzpah of the timing and the advertising.