Italo Australian Club plans

Canberra Times 28 June 2015

The Forrest land which is home to the Italo Australian Club has been put on the market following the ACT government’s decision to change lease conditions for the site.

Italo Club board president Angelo Damiano says the club is there to stay but will likely become a boutique offering as part of a new plaza and integrated community centre.

Under the removal of the concessional status of the lease the land on Franklin Street can be redeveloped but a lease exists that protects the club’s short-term future on the site.


Concessional Lease Variations

The Chief Minister has responded on 26 June 2015 to the Combined Community Councils’ letter of 25 November 2014 that suggested improvements to the management of concessional lease. The response indicates that a review of the policy for the release of land to community organisations and direct sales is well underway, that further consultation will occur and that some issues raised by the CCC are being considered. More…

Inner South residents want school to retain land

The Chronicle 16 June 2015 Georgina Connery

Inner South residents are urging the ACT government to assess several alternative sites for a childcare facility currently slated to be built on the sports fields of Telopea Park School. Inner South Combined Community Council president Gary Kent said it was important an alternative solution was found soon as the lingering issue was aggravating the community. “The matter wasn’t handled well from the beginning,” he said. Continue reading

Canberra Urban & Regional Futures seminar: 22 June 2015

Canberra Urban and Regional Futures is holding a very topical 90 minutes seminar on ‘Rebooting Town Centres’. The seminar is scheduled for 5.30 pm on 22 June 2015 at Canberra University. The guest speaker is Malcolm Snow, CEO of the National Capital Authority.

When: 5.30pm to 7.00pm Monday, 22 June 2015

Where: Ann Harding Conference Centre, Building 24, University of Canberra

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New look for Inner South: More flats, less parking

Canberra Times 11 June 2015

Resting in the shadow of Parliament House, Deakin, one of Canberra’s oldest and most affluent suburbs, is quietly undergoing a transformation.

The introduction of the RZ2 scheme to the suburb in February last year allowed for the development of more low-rise units and townhouses close to the Deakin Court shopping precinct, as long as they are in keeping with the suburban character.

And now the tensions are starting to show. More…

ACT Government plans for new public housing

Canberra Times 17 May 2015

The ACT Government has outlined plans for 1288 new public housing dwellings around the city over the next five years, mostly in small developments of 14 to 25 homes.

Housing Minister Yvette Berry said while much of the public housing was currently in the inner south and inner north, the renewal would spread it much more evenly across the suburbs. More…

Deakin residents concern at multi unit developments

Canberra Times 7 June 2015

Deakin residents concerned that the suburb will be flooded with multi-unit developments have failed to stop an application they say could set a worrying precedent.

The plan for the development of seven two-storey three-bedroom units in Deakin has been approved despite concerns from local residents about privacy breaches and a negative impact on traffic and parking in the area. More…