About Ian Bushnell

Ian Bushnell is a career journalist and a former News Editor and Chief of Reporting staff at The Canberra Times, where he was at the centre of some of the capital’s biggest stories.

A Canberra resident since 1995, he and his partner have raised three children here and takes a keen interest in politics, urban development, health, education and sustainability issues.

He has found Canberra to be the most liveable city in Australia, and that it’s a reputation worth fighting for.

He enjoys the ACT’s bush environment and its rich cultural offerings including music, theatre and sport, although as a Collingwood supporter the Giants will always be that other Sydney team.

A lover of fine reds, he believes Canberra is blessed to have so many great wineries on our doorstep.

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Light rail patronage rebounding after COVID-19 hit
News
The number of light rail passengers has rebounded to 75 per cent of pre-COVID-19 levels, according to new survey results from Transport Canberra. The survey feedback also shows that light rail has enticed many Canberrans to try public transport for the first time, with more than two-thirds saying they were more likely to use public transport now that light rail is...
Suburban Land Agency has Gungahlin’s rampant rabbits in sights
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The Suburban Land Agency will move to control a build-up of feral rabbits in the new Gungahlin suburb of Moncrieff next week. It has more than 80 rabbit warrens in the open space area near the Amaroo District Playing Fields and the natural creek line that divides the two areas in its sights. The warrens are located along the shared...
Power bills to soar as renewable energy scheme cost triples
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The falling price of wholesale electricity due to the impact of renewable generation and the ACT's 100 per cent renewable energy scheme have collided to ironically produce an expected big hike in ACT bills from July. Under Evoenergy's pricing proposal for the next financial year, average residential customers face a 36 per cent rise (around $5 a week) in the network...
Beginning of the end as single-use plastics ban passes Assembly
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The ACT will begin the first phase of its ban on single-use plastics in July - including stiff fines, inspection rights and the power to declare the products off limits at large private events. The Legislative Assembly passed legislation on Tuesday (30 March) which will see plastic cutlery, stirrers and expanded polystyrene foam takeaway food and beverage containers banned. Next year...
Gold Creek Homestead precinct will be saved in Lendlease aged care project
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Lendlease has won the tender to develop the historic Gold Creek Homestead Precinct in Gungahlin providing new housing opportunities and an aged care facility for Canberrans. The company was awarded the tender to redevelop the site following a nationally advertised sale process. About 8000 square metres of the 4.8 hectare site is home to the remnant Gold Creek Homestead dating back...
Design for new $85m Kenny high school unveiled
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First plans for the proposed high school to be built in Kenny - the last suburb to be developed in Gungahlin, have been released for community consultation ahead of a development application being lodged. The $85 million school, expected to open in 2023, will cater for 800 students from years 7 to 10 with room for temporary expansion to accommodate...
Where the $16.5 million community infrastructure spend will go in the ACT
News
Roads, paths and community facilities across the ACT will benefit from $16.5 million worth of projects funded under the Commonwealth's Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel said that the ACT Government’s focus was to use the funding to support local jobs while delivering much-needed upgrades to local community facilities, assets and amenities....
Canberra’s construction boom will be a high-wire act
Property
The now apocryphal story about premiers counting the cranes on the skyline to gauge the health of the economy comes to mind as Chief Minister Andrew Barr oversees a Canberra that is going to be transformed over the next decade. Right across the ACT, but particularly in the city and town centres, a growing pipeline of construction projects will keep...
Feds’ tram splash puts an end to light rail wars as COVID-election loosens purse strings
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Two things became clear this week - the light rail wars are over and this is a federal election year. The Commonwealth's $132.5 million contribution to light rail Stage 2A from Alinga Street to Commonwealth Park and its likely support for the next section to Woden signals the official cessation of any lingering skirmishes on the future of the project....
Petition calls for Yerrabi Pond clean-up and new facilities
Community
Gungahlin's main water feature and surrounds are looking shabby and its ageing facilities not up to scratch, says local resident John Beagle. Still active at 89, Mr Beagle and his wife live at the Grove Retirement Village in Ngunnawal, and they have noticed how the condition of Yerrabi Pond has deteriorated. He has launched a Legislative Assembly petition calling on...
Assembly calls for more balanced development in Gungahlin Town Centre
News
Fears that Gungahlin is fast becoming a dormitory district with few jobs have been taken up by local MLAs in the Legislative Assembly, which last week called on the ACT Government to support greater commercial development in the Town Centre. The move follows repeated calls from the Gungahlin Community Council for fewer mixed-use developments dominated by apartments with some ground...
ACT Budget: Business needs ongoing support, social housing boost missing
Business
According to the Canberra Business Chamber, Canberra businesses impacted by the COVID-19 economic downturn were still in need of support from the ACT Government. Canberra Business Chamber CEO Graham Catt said the Budget could have done more for businesses hit hard by COVID-19 to help them recover. ''Now we’re in a recovery phase we need a focus on initiatives that...
ACT Budget: Red ink for years but Barr confident of strong economic recovery
News
The ACT faces a long period deep in the red despite the ACT Government's delayed Budget for 2020-21 showing a better than expected bottom line but big deficits, albeit reducing, stretching out to 2023-24. While the 2020-21 deficit is $300 million less than the nearly billion dollars forecast in the August update, at $603 million, deficits will persist over the...
New AI cameras to catch drivers on phone in the act
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ACT drivers using their mobile phones will be caught out by new cameras using artificial intelligence technology that will be introduced in the Territory in the second half of this year. The ACT Government is setting aside $10 million for the new road safety initiative in Tuesday's Budget. The move is part of the government's commitment to ‘Vision Zero’ –...
Bulky waste pick-up for all Canberra suburbs this year
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All Canberra suburbs will have a free bulky waste collection from July this year after the government announced it would fast-track extending the kerbside pick-up service. The bulky waste collection service started in July last year in Tuggeranong and Gungahlin suburbs and the roll-out to the rest of Canberra was expected to take five years. Belconnen and Molonglo were to join...
Light rail Stage 2A track down by 2024 election despite delays, says Steel
News
Transport Minister Chris Steel is insisting that track will be laid on London Circuit before the next election in October 2024 but the ACT Government remains vague about the timeline for light rail Stage 2A to Commonwealth Park after overcoming the major hurdle of federal environment approval. Neither Mr Steel nor Chief Minister Andrew Barr would be pinned down on...
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