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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Pandemic Budget Barr’s shot in the arm for Canberra
The 2021-22 ACT Budget bears no resemblance to the one that Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr would have handed down in August, with the COVID-19 lockdown and pandemic response blowing out its bottom line to nearly $1 billion in the red. The unprecedented budget position also shows net debt rising over the forward estimates to $9.5 billion in 2024-25,...
Fears for Casey community facilities as Government refuses to commit on blocks
There are growing fears that long-expected community facilities to support the Casey Group Centre in Gungahlin will not eventuate, as the ACT Government continues to brush off calls for more certainty about upcoming land releases. Gungahlin Community Council president Peter Elford says the planning directorate is refusing to be pinned down about the future of Blocks 12 and 13 Section...
Gentleman has given up on Gungahlin, says council
Planning and Land Minister Mick Gentleman has been accused of giving up on Gungahlin after again brushing aside continuing concerns about the lack of commercial development and jobs in the Town Centre. The Gungahlin Community Council's latest newsletter says the Minister's response to a letter citing the approval of The Establishment development as an example of the poor outcomes that...
Gentleman calls in Kenny High School project to keep it on track
The planned $85 million high school in the developing northern suburb of Kenny is set to open in 2023 after the project was "called in" to ensure there were no delays. Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman used his call-in powers to approve the development application for the 800-student, Year 7 to 10 facility. Construction will start later...
New check-in card, updated app to issue COVID-19 exposure alerts
People without a smartphone will be able to use a new, free card to check-in at sites across Canberra instead of having to sign in with pen and paper or ask a business to do it for them. The ACT Government has also announced an update to the Check In CBR app on its first birthday that will allow it to provide...
Sure, Canberra’s winter was wet but the rest may be surprising
It was a soggy winter this year, the seventh wettest on record for the ACT, with well above average rainfall across all locations. The Bureau of Meteorology's season summary says June was the wettest month, with most locations receiving at least double their average rainfall. It was the fourth-wettest June on record at Canberra Airport, although not as wet as June...
Glory days arrive for perfect start to spring
Warm sunny weather will arrive right on cue for the start of spring, with a string of 20-plus degree days forecast for the rest of the working week. After a winter marked by cloud and rain, a few days of blue skies and T-shirt temperatures, at least by lunchtime, will be welcome, especially by those in lockdown getting out for...
New public transport ticketing system another step closer
A new public transport ticketing system to replace the MyWay card could be in place by the end of next year. The timetable for the cashless fare collection solution and integrated real-time passenger information system for both bus and light rail is set out in its new two-stage procurement process, starting as an expression-of-interest approach to industry that will shortlist providers....
Aged care plans for Gold Creek Homestead on go after sale sealed
Lendlease's proposed redevelopment of the historic Gold Creek Homestead precinct in Gungahlin will move into the planning stage after the signing of sale contracts. The ACT Government named the national development group, which proposed 45 independent living units and a residential aged care facility, as the preferred tenderer for the site in March. The deal also means the original Gold Creek...
Overwhelmed drive-through testing sites shut to new arrivals
The drive-though COVID-19 testing centres at Brindabella Business Park and EPIC have been forced to close to new arrivals after being swamped by people wanting to get tested. They were expected to stay open until late tonight to clear long lines of vehicles, but Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith has announced on FM radio that the sites were now at capacity getting...
Budget 2021-22: Refreshed local shops and playgrounds, and new dog parks
Refreshed local shops and playgrounds and two new dog parks are part of nearly $30 million to be set aside for community infrastructure improvements in the coming ACT Budget to be delivered on 31 August. The $28.81 million allocation over four years includes: $17.5 million for upgrades at 11 local shops: Calwell, Campbell, Cooleman Court (Brierly Street), Duffy, Evatt, Gwydir...
Tyre carnage as unseasonal wet rains ruin on capital’s roads
Canberra's wet winter continues to wreak havoc on the ACT's roads, with crews scrambling to keep up with the number of potholes and sections of frayed bitumen. There was a time a pothole was a rare sight in the national capital, but increased traffic volumes and more heavy vehicles are taking a greater toll on our roads. Add water, which...
Overrun Gungahlin community services cry out for more funding, promised centre
Gungahlin is facing a desperate shortage of community spaces as services are overwhelmed by demand in the growing northern district. The area's community organisations have banded together to make a joint budget submission to the ACT Government, urging it to speed up delivery of the promised community centre and provide more funding for their stretched services. The joint submission from...
329 dwelling development proposed for Gungahlin Town Centre
Plans have been unveiled for a big new mixed-use development on the southern edge of the Gungahlin Town Centre as the community grapples with an over abundance of apartments and lack of commercial development. The proposal from Core Developments does include 500 square metres of ground floor commercial space but the mix of multi-storey units and town houses totals 329...
Anxious Gungahlin waits on police station study
A feasibility study for a new Gungahlin police station that could accommodate more officers is still underway as patience wears thin in the growing district. An ACT Government spokesperson said funding had been allocated in the last budget for the study and Justice and Community Services had contracted consultant GHD to look at options for police accommodation in Gungahlin. Police Minister...
New Park & Ride on track for September opening
The 170-space Park & Ride facility opposite the Well Station Drive light rail stop should be completed by September. Transport and City Services Minister Chris Steel is trumpeting Park & Ride, which will also include bike storage, as one way to entice people back to people transport and attract those who may never have caught light rail. Mr Steel said...