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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No appeals for public housing tenants deemed OK to relocate
Public housing tenants refusing to be relocated as part of Housing ACT's renewal program face sudden death hearings to decide whether they can be granted an exemption. Despite Housing and Suburban Development Minister Yvette Berry portraying the hearings as informal and ongoing, it will be the end of the road for tenants if the government-appointed Tenant Relocation Exemption Panel rejects...
College lodges plans for apartments, hotel in Gungahlin
Canberra Business and Technology College has lodged plans for its three-building, mixed-use development in the Gungahlin Town Centre. It will include serviced apartments and a hotel. The college, which offers a range of vocational courses and plans to expand into the growing cyber security market, has already lodged a development application for its new Gungahlin campus on the corner of...
Housing ACT accused of using ‘loopholes’ that threaten Bush Capital character
Housing ACT is again coming under fire for trying to cram too many supportive housing dwellings onto its renewal blocks in Canberra's residential suburbs and threatening the character of the Bush Capital. The latest proposal in Carslaw Street, Chifley, aims to put six units on two blocks totalling nearly 2000 square metres, leaving little room for green space or trees. At...
How the ACT’s ‘modest’ tree canopy target will fail, and what to do about it
The ACT's 30 per cent tree canopy target is too small, but despite this, some new suburbs will struggle to reach it without changes to proposed legislation and planning rules, according to the peak architecture body. The ACT chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects says in its submission on the draft Urban Forest Bill, which aims to protect Canberra's...
Two new departments in APS shake-up
Two new federal departments will be created and two renamed as part of Machinery of Government changes in the wake of the swearing in of the first Albanese Ministry. The government said the changes would take effect from 1 July. The two new departments are the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations to implement and administer the government’s workplace relations,...
Fears for new tree rules as mapping shows canopy increase
The ACT Government has moved to allay fears that it has compromised the viability of the tree canopy targets and site coverage ratios laid out in Canberra's Living Infrastructure Plan. It came as new data showed that while all residential suburbs in Canberra have gained tree cover since the introduction of the Urban Forest Strategy last year, stark differences in...
House prices fall for first time in nearly three years
ACT house prices have done what they have threatened all year to do - gone into retreat after riding high for nearly three years. CoreLogic's latest data for May show overall residential property holding steady, edging down just 0.1 per cent, but stand-alone houses, after falls in some Canberra suburbs already this year, dipped 0.4 per cent. It may provide...
Both Gungahlin Leisure Centre pools out of action for winter
Both the 50 and 25-m pools at the Gungahlin Leisure Centre will be out of action for the winter, with the smaller program pool closing this month for maintenance. The ACT Government said routine maintenance work on the program pool was due at the end of 2022 but to reduce peak season disruption at the Centre; it would close from 16...
School violence: Berry needs to be less defensive and show she cares
Revelations that WorkSafe ACT inspected four other public schools last term, beyond the seemingly out of control Calwell High, which it shut down, should only confirm the need for Education Minister Yvette Berry and the Education Directorate to change their tune on the situation. Whether COVID-related or not, teacher shortages are being blamed for the bouts of bad student behaviour...
Government to force all APS staff to take national holidays on observed days
The Federal Government appears to have opened a front in the culture wars in the midst of an election campaign by moving to force Commonwealth public servants to take three key national holidays on the observed date and not substitute them for another day off. The move may provoke controversy as limiting the options of those who may not wish...
Dire warnings as Canberra’s rental crunch worsens
Canberra's rental crisis is deepening at a time when there is usually some recovery from the beginning of the year influx of new workers and students, and there are industry warnings that the situation is only going to get worse. The latest data from SQM Research shows the ACT's vacancy rate in March unmoved at a suffocating 0.5 per cent,...
Barr’s pitch to Commonwealth for more APS offices in Gungahlin
The ACT Government has made an official pitch to the Commonwealth about a public service department or flexible work hub setting up in the Gungahlin Town Centre. Chief Minister Andrew Barr has sent a prospectus to Public Service Minister Ben Morton and a copy to Finance Minister Simon Birmingham, selling the Town Centre as great place for the Australian Public...
On yer bike! Greens’ active travel proposals not for everyone
Active travel - riding a bike or walking - has lots of benefits. It's healthy, as long as a car or slip hazard doesn't terminate your journey and the more people who ride to work, the fewer cars or on the road. That reduces congestion, and while we have the petrol burners, it will also help cut emissions and make...
New Multimodal Network Plan in development to synchronise urban development and transport links
Transport and urban development will be more tightly linked under a new plan to build an integrated network that will guide the ACT Government for the next 30 years. Transport Canberra and City Services has contracted consultant SMEC Australia to develop a Multimodal Network Plan so it can implement the 2020 Transport Strategy which aims to develop a sustainable system with...
Gungahlin mixed-use college project gives students a place to call home
A Canberra training college has unveiled plans for a major mixed-use development in Gungahlin that will include a hotel and serviced apartments for student accommodation. Architect Judd Studio has released Canberra Business and Technology College's plans for community consultation ahead of a development application. The college last month lodged a development application for its new Gungahlin campus on the corner...
Light rail development opponents need to be part of the solution
This decade will be a significant and important one for the future of Canberra, particularly for its south side where the extension of light rail to Woden will be accompanied by new development. Despite multiple elections, an acceptance from the Canberra Liberals that the issue is settled, and now an expectation from people in the Woden Valley that light rail...