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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Canberra’s construction boom will be a high-wire act
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
CSO releases free online lesson plans for primary school teachers
A new online resource for local primary schools will be music to the ears of teachers and their students. The Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has created free lesson packs for primary school teachers, aligned to the Australian Curriculum and now available for download. Based on the CSO’s popular Music in My School: Time Traveller program, the lessons take students on a...
Light rail Stage 2A given the green light
Light rail Stage 2A from the city to Commonwealth Park has been given federal environmental approval. The project has been under assessment since being referred to the Commonwealth under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation ACT. The decision had been expected early in January 2021 but Environment Minister Sussan Ley requested more time to assess the application from Major Projects...
Bigger role for Walk-In Health Centres but doctors say hospitals the main game
Doctors have welcomed government plans to widen the scope of new nurse-led Walk-in Centres but say the money would still be better spent on remedying the chronic problems in Canberra's hospital emergency departments. Ahead of the Budget on 9 February, the ACT Government announced yesterday (28 January) that it would add a further four centres to the five in the...
Geocon revises Gungahlin project but YMCA says it’s still too overbearing
Building giant Geocon has made wholesale changes to a Gungahlin development that pitted it against a neighbouring child care centre, but it still faces a battle over the project's size. Last August, the planning authority rejected the company's amended development application for the already approved 14-storey Establishment mixed-use project in Swain Street after the YMCA Gungahlin Early Learning Centre raised...
Australia Day honour for Region Media’s Genevieve Jacobs
Region Media Group Editor Genevieve Jacobs has been recognised in the Australia Day Honours for her service to broadcast media and the community, being made a Member in the Order of Australia (AM). The indefatigable former Canberra radio presenter was the ABC's loss but the growing digital media group's gain when she fell victim to the national broadcaster's cost-cutting, bringing...
POD aims for solar power first in big Gungahlin development
A massive mixed-use development planned for Gungahlin may be powered completely by the sun, mostly through an off-site solar farm, which would be a Canberra-first. POD Project Group's proposed four-building, 561-unit project in the Town Centre features a suite of sustainability measures beyond current requirements that put it at the cutting edge of 'green' development in Canberra. They include solar...
Gungahlin mixed-use development to swap office/retail space for motel accommodation
The developers of the approved Amici mixed-use development in the Gungahlin Town Centre have lodged plans to convert the originally proposed commercial space to a contact-free motel. Heritage Property Investments' seven-story mixed-use project on Camilleri Way (Block 3 Section 246), designed by Kasparek Architects, included 58 residential units, two lower floors of commercial/retail tenancies, a place of assembly at the first floor, and...