Once upon a time there was a single issue idealist from Tasmania elected into Federal Parliament. For argument’s sake, let’s call him Prince Andrew W.
Prince Andrew came to Canberra starry-eyed with his elevation to the highest parliament in the land and decreed that poker machines were dangerous and should include the installation of pre-commitment technology, but only those in Canberra.
Cuts to the public service flagged in May’s Federal Budget and a huge local budget deficit spell doom and gloom for the Canberra property market this year, right? Wrong!
Statistics across May & June indicate not only a slight increase in property sales by Independent compared to April, but also an increase in the number of open homes conducted to cater for a bit of extra activity in the market. Whilst the figures are not quite as high as the traditionally busier months of February and March, they are still quite promising and do not show the market decline that was predicted by many following the Federal budget in particular.
Allegiances have been made, the banners have been called and the battles lines drawn as agents around the country prepare to do battle with the power hungry king of online real estate advertising. At least that’s what you’d think is happening if you have been paying any attention to the aptly named Real Estate Agents Rebel Facebook page.
Almost everyone likes trains and trams. Even moustachioed Belgian detectives whose trips are always being interrupted by elaborately planned crimes which only they can unravel.
Despite that, the light rail system is possibly one of the most divisive topics in Canberra at the moment. You either think it’s far too expensive or that it’s going to be the best thing to happen to Canberra since roundabouts. But love it or hate it, there’s no doubt that something needs to be done about Canberra’s public transport system if we are going to meet the future demands of our city.
RL617 controls the height of buildings in Canberra’s inner suburbs, but it’s not the name of a shadowy secret society. It actually refers to the height of the base of the flag pole at Parliament House. It’s also one of Canberra’s more ridiculous planning rules.
Under the rule, buildings in the City Centre, the Inner North and Inner South cannot be higher than 617 metres above sea level. Now, it really depends on the natural ground level of the block of land, but you generally won’t see any buildings in these areas above 12 to 15 storeys.