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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Plans lodged for Mitchell light rail station
A light rail stop at Mitchell is a step closer with the lodging of plans for the $900,000 project. The 14th station on the Stage 1 route will be sited on Flemington Road at the intersection with Sandford Street and will service the Mitchell business precinct. The island stop between the existing rail tracks will match the design of other stops...
Gungahlin’s election wishlist includes MLAs who’ll fight for area’s needs
Wanted in Gungahlin: MLAs who will be fierce advocates for the area and be accountable for their decisions. That's what's missing from the current bunch, according to a frustrated Gungahlin Community Council president Peter Elford, who has been calling in vain for answers to issues and a plan for how and when the growing district will be completed. The council...
North to Gungahlin, the rush is on
The rush is on. New land, new homes and new horizons. But still accessible. That's Gungahlin. As the main component of the ACT Government's indicative land supply this financial year, Gungahlin is attracting buyers armed with record low interest rates and government incentives, including the $25,000 Homebuilder grant for new homes. Real estate agents and the Suburban Land Agency are...
Booming Gungahlin leads way in trimmed land release program
Gungahlin will continue to be the boom area for new residential growth in the ACT this financial year, according to the Indicative Land Release Program announced with the recent Budget update. The northern area dominates the ACT Government land release program for 2020-21, delivering 45 per cent of the total number of dwellings expected to be built on blocks coming...
Labor pledges new community centre for Gungahlin Town Centre
A new Gungahlin Community Centre will be built in the town centre if the Barr Government is returned in October's election, ACT Labor has pledged. ACT Labor MLA for Yerrabi and Labor spokesperson for Community Facilities Suzanne Orr said that the centre would be co-designed with residents and reflect the diverse views and needs of Canberra’s fastest growing community. She said the centre could include...
Record budget deficit is necessary and affordable, says Barr
The ACT's budget deficit has blown out to a record level and will hit a peak in 2020-21 of more than $900 million as the government spends up big to counter the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy. The government has released a budget update dripping with red ink but says that without the extra spending and concessions...
Floriade may continue to blossom in the burbs, says Barr
Floriade may blossom into a Canberra-wide event even without the COVID-19 restrictions that have seen it reimagined on a smaller scale this year due to the ban on large gatherings. Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the positive response from the 90 or so community groups that have embraced the suburban plantings at sites across the city meant the government would...
Study to guide boost to waste services, recycling in Canberra’s north
The ACT Government is looking to ramp up waste services in Canberra's booming northern suburbs, including new waste facilities, greater recycling and the adoption of new technologies. Transport Canberra and City Services has issued a tender for a consultant to conduct a feasibility study into upgrades to the Mitchell Resource Management Centre and investigate other potential waste sites in the inner...
Jacka development’s heritage impact on Elm Grove catastrophic, says report
The impact of the proposed Jacka suburban development on the setting of the heritage-listed Elm Grove in Gungahlin will be catastrophic, according to a consultant's report prepared for the rural property's owner. Rural leaseholder Paul Carmody has lodged his detailed objection to the Suburban Land Agency's development application for Jacka 2, attaching three consultants reports on the heritage, Aboriginal heritage...
Follow the Floriade Reimagined tulip trail with interactive map
It will be bulbs in the burbs this year after Floriade fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing the ACT Government to cancel the annual Commonwealth Park celebration of spring that usually attracts half a million visitors for four weeks from mid-September. Instead, the government decided to spread the colour across the ACT and include the community in planting out...
Jacka stoush shows government needs to get own house in order
ACT Labor may be spruiking their green credentials after wedging the Opposition in the Assembly last week over housing affordability and the Liberals' thought bubbles about opening new development fronts west of the Murrumbidgee in Tuggeranong and in Kowen Forest in the north, but it also needs to look at keeping its own house in order. Planning and Land Management...
Elm Grove leaseholder digs in for another historic battle with government over housing plans
The battle of Jacka is about to be played out in Canberra's north as the rural leaseholder of the heritage-listed Elm Grove digs in against the Suburban Land Agency's plans for the next stages of the Gungahlin suburb. Paul Carmody has been growing wool and hay at Elm Grove since acquiring the property from the Gillespie family in 1985. He...
Woolworths urges face masks for staff and customers at ACT stores
Woolworths will urge the wearing of face masks in all its ACT stores from Monday as part of a new response to combat the spread of COVID-19 after the growth of virus hot spots in Sydney. The new guidance comes despite the fact that the ACT only has one active case and has not had a new case for three...
Record public school enrolments
Enrolments at the ACT's 88 public schools have reached a record 50,272 students, but many schools in Tuggeranong's ageing suburbs are well below capacity. The annual February school census shows public school enrolments have continued their run of rises since 2016, increasing by 1,120 students (or 2.3%) on last year, and by 5,441 students (12.1%) over the past five years. More parents...
Traditional Hindu temple planned for booming Gungahlin
A new Hindu temple - also known as a mandir - has been proposed for the Gungahlin suburb of Moncrieff to meet the spiritual, ritual and ceremonial needs of the steadily growing Hindu population in northern Canberra. The $3.3 million project is proposed for Block 5, Section 23, which fronts Mirrabei Drive and Hoffmann Street, with a reserve to the south...
ACT’s COVID-19 easing put back two weeks
The ACT Government has postponed its planned easing of COVID-19 restrictions for a further two weeks as the number of people in quarantine soar. On advice from the ACT Chief Health Officer, the implementation of Stage 3 restrictions will not go ahead and current restrictions as outlined in the ACT’s Easing of Restrictions roadmap will stay in place and be...