18,500 housing sites to be released

The ACT Government has flagged another record release of dwelling sites in the territory, with 18,500 housing sites to be supplied over four years. The announcement adds 2500 sites to the accelerated release program announced in last year’s budget and will put another 4000 blocks into the mix in 2014-15.

Architect calls for developers to consult

Property developers consulting with residents before lodging applications would take much of the heat out of Canberra’s development debate, ACT Government Architect Alastair Swayn says. He said a less adversarial approach than today’s development application process, of developers meeting informally with community associations to hear concerns, could lead to better…

Shaping Suburbs for Good Health

Improving the ”walkability” of neighbourhoods and preserving green space could help improve the health of Australians, research in a report to be issued today suggests. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has synthesised research findings on a range of environmental factors which can influence human health.