THE RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES AMENDMENT ACT – WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU?

We heard on the grapevine that the powers that be have made some alterations to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. Chances are, you saw “Residential Tenancies Legislation Amendment Act 2016” and fell asleep by the word “Amendment”. Fear not! The Perspective team has deciphered the at times convoluted legal jargon and compiled a straightforward summary of the changes that could affect you. Continue reading

SPACE-SAVING STORAGE SOLUTIONS FOR POCKET-SIZED PADS.

Nothing excites us at Perspective more than a funky phresh-looking, cleverly-furnished apartment with stacks of hidden storage space. We all want all of the nice things, and when that includes a chic (albeit compact) inner-city apartment, we need space to store our accumulated nice things to live in some sort of comfort.

We did some digging and have unearthed some absolute gems in the way of innovative space-saving storage solutions for those of us feeling buried by our belongings. Here are 5 steps to set you well on your way to that uncluttered, dream loft lifestyle we’re all chasing! Continue reading

WHAT WOULD W. B. GRIFFIN THINK IF HE SAW #CBR TODAY?

He was instrumental in the conceptualisation of our beloved city. His vision and architectural nous for urban planning were almost unparalleled in his time. He is the namesake of our lake; the mind behind our design; the master architect of our small corner of the world.

It’s been said that beside every great man is a great woman. Credit must be given where it’s due, and Marion Mahony Griffin was an absolute trailblazer in the architectural universe. Graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1894, she was one of the first women to receive a degree in architecture, and subsequently one of the first licensed female architects in the world, simply a mind-boggling achievement! She was also the first architect (male or female) to be hired by arguably America’s greatest ever architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.

With such an arsenal of experience and skill by his side, compounded by his own remarkable architectural ability, it’s no wonder he produced the winning plan for Canberra – he had two outstanding architects working together instead of one!

It goes without saying then, that we as Canberrans should finally and formally acknowledge her considerable and crucial input into the plan for the Federal Capital, as she lived in a time when the acknowledgment women received for intellectual work was sadly non-existent.

The question remains though, what would Walter Burley Griffin think if he saw Canberra today? Continue reading

They may take our jobs, but they’ll never take our city!

A dishevelled, tired-looking wisp of a man shuffles wearily down the dusty main street of a country town, somewhere in western NSW. His $800 suit discoloured and crinkled; his thick-rimmed designer glasses slightly skewed on his crooked nose. He sips at his takeaway coffee and recoils in disgust, shaking his head as he mumbles to himself, “It’s no Lonsdale St Roasters”. For he is no longer a man, but the shell of one. The shell of a man who once frolicked carefree in thriving Braddon, who once gallivanted around inner-city hubs, who once enjoyed #apslyf to the fullest extent. This destitute soul left all that behind to continue working for the Australian Taxation Office, now relocated 800km from the famous home of hipster baristas and tax-payer-funded APS degustation, the Braddon Bubble.

The Nation’s Capital

As fun as it would be watching a preppy Public Servant snarling at his perfectly acceptable morning coffee, the Perspective crew isn’t really on board with Team Decentralisation. They recently announced a policy by which “departments will need to either indicate that they’re suitable to move to the regions or justify why all or part of their operation is unsuitable [to move away from Canberra].” Continue reading

Are our houses too big?

Ed is 15 years old. He is the 3rd of 5 children and still shares a room with his younger brother and sister. Living in a 3 bedroom ex-govvie with 1 bathroom is a bit of a squeeze, he admits, but his parents, Rob and Lydia, have worked extremely hard to get where they are, and he knows it. “We just make it work,” says Rob with a laugh. “The kids are all growing so it’s a bit like the house is getting smaller, but at least they’ve still got the backyard to play footy in.”

Domain.com recently published an article We don’t need so much space that we found quite pertinent to Ed’s situation. We delved deeper in an attempt to find an answer to one of the big questions in Australia at the moment: do we need this much room to live? Continue reading