Improving the ACT Building Regulatory System

This review of the building regulatory system is part of ongoing ACT Government reforms to ensure buildings meet contemporary standards – and the expectations of the community, industry practitioners and businesses and government alike. The Government is proposing reforms to the regulatory system, with the primary focus on residential buildings—single dwellings, townhouses and apartment buildings—and management of retention and project payments. Some of the proposals also apply to non-residential buildings. Anyone with an interest in building and construction is invited to have their say on the proposals outlined in the paper For more information, go to http://haveyoursay.planning.act.gov.au/improving-the-act-building-regulatory-system

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Asbestos Response Task Force to present to North Canberra Community Council – 21 April

The ACT Government Asbestos Response Task Force has agreed to present to the North Canberra Community Council meeting on 21 April 2015. The Task Force expects to address topics including: an update on the buyback scheme what support is being provided to homeowners support specific to elderly homeowners information about the pilot demolitions how the program will affect the wider community, and the proposed territory plan variation The meeting will be at 7.30 pm at the Function Room in the Majura Community Centre, 2 Rosevear Place Dickson – click for map

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Auditor-general Maxine Cooper calls for tighter planning controls, greater monitoring of certifiers

ACT auditor-general Maxine Cooper is calling for tighter planning processes after finding some houses built in Canberra should not have been approved. Mike Hettinger from the North Canberra Community Council wants to see stronger checks by planning authorities on building projects listed as exempt. Under the current planning system, a house can be built in an existing residential area without development approval, provided a private building certifier checks it complies with certain rules. After examining seven case studies, Dr Cooper found that two of the houses should not have been approved. Dr Cooper says monitoring of certifiers was inadequate. Read

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Mediation to continue over Raiders’ Braddon Club site

Mediation between North Canberra Community Council and the Canberra Raider’s will continue over the car park at Northbourne Oval but plans for an $80 million development of the Braddon Club site could be headed for the courts. North Canberra Community Council member Leon Arundell said mediation on the Braddon Club plan hadn’t worked and they were deciding whether to pursue the matter in court.

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Information Session: Cooyong Street Urban Renewal Proposal

An information session has been organised by Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate (ESDD) for interested parties on the Cooyong Street Urban Renewal Proposal. The session will be held on 9 February 2012 between 4 to 6.30pm at Boomerang Room of Currong Apartments. You may wish to attend if you have further questions regarding the proposal.

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DICKSON RESIDENTS WIN ACAT APPEAL OVER INAPPROPRIATE MULTI-UNIT DEVELOPMENT

A team of very dedicated experts and residents have come together to stop a 10 multi-unit development in Dickson using the appeals mechanism of the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal. To read the full ACAT decision and get some appreciation of the hard work done to win this appeal click here to read the decision. The following article which provides some background was extracted from the Canberra Times on Wednesday 01 February 2012.

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Development of Land in Braddon and Reid Community Information Session

The Community Services Directorate (CSD) would like to invite interested members of the community to an information session on the development of land in Braddon and Reid on 16 December 2011. The land in Braddon is occupied by Currong Apartments, Allawah Court and buildings owned by the Catholic Church. The land in Reid is occupied by Bega Court.

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Cooyong Street Urban Renewal Precinct: proposed planning changes to land fronting Cooyong Street between Donaldson Street and Boolee Street in Braddon and Reid

The community is invited to comment on a proposal to vary the Territory Plan for the Cooyong Street Urban Renewal Precinct (draft variation 308). The area is currently occupied by the Allawah, Bega and Currong Flats and various church uses. The draft variation proposes to change the zoning and introduce a precinct code which would allow high density residential and mixed-use redevelopment of the site with some retail, community and office space.

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Tradies offers land for housing

The Tradies group has offered to relinquish vacant land in Canberra’s inner-north for an affordable rental accommodation development being considered by the ACT Government. The l500sqm block housed the former Downer Club at Dickson that burnt down last year.

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Information Session: An easier path to home ownership for public housing tenants (17/18 May 2010)

Public housing tenants can now apply to purchase their existing home under the ACT Government’s new‘ Shared Equity Scheme’. One of Australia’s largest building societies IMB Limited will provide first mortgage finance to tenants purchasing their properties under the scheme. Tenants who are unable to afford to buy the full value of their home can buy a percentage of it. Housing ACT will retain the remaining percentage until it is also purchased by the tenant. Information sessions: When: Monday 17 May 2010 (from 6.30pm – 8.00pm) Where: The Tuggeranong Library, Cowlishaw Street Tuggeranong When: Tuesday 18 May 2010 (from 6.30pm

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