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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Study to probe Gungahlin’s community and recreation needs
The Gungahlin Community Council has welcomed a new study into the district's community and recreational needs, which it hopes will help remedy a dearth of facilities in one of Canberra's fastest-growing areas. The ACT Government has contracted SGS Economics and Planning to conduct a desktop audit of existing and proposed facilities in Gungahlin and bordering suburbs, a community engagement program,...
Thousands out of quarantine in ACT after Queensland ends lockdown
People in the ACT who had been in Greater Brisbane on or after 2 January will no longer be required to quarantine for two weeks after the Queensland Government decided not to extend its initial three-day lockdown. ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman also said that the ACT no longer considers Greater Brisbane a COVID-19 affected area, and thousands...
Light rail shutdown to force Gungahlin passengers on to buses
Commuters will have to swap some light rail services for buses for two weeks from Sunday as construction of the new Mitchell light rail stop continues. Transport Canberra says the light rail network will partially shut down from Sunday, 10 January to Saturday, 23 January between the EPIC & Racecourse and Gungahlin Place stops to allow the work on the...
ACT power bills set to rise as states enjoy falls
Canberrans will buck a national trend and pay more for their household power over the next three years, according to the Australian Energy Market Commission. AEMC says in its report on residential electricity price trends that annual bills in the ACT are expected to increase by 2.3 per cent or $45 over the whole reporting period to 2022-23. It says that...
Another mixed-use precinct proposed for east of Gungahlin Town Centre
The first stage of a new mixed-use precinct on the northeast corner of the Gungahlin Town Centre will rise to seven storeys and contain about 50 units. The proponent, Platinum Accounting, is planning a three-stage development for the site on the corner of Manning Clark Crescent and Anthony Rolfe Avenue, with this proposal to be built on its northwest corner. Consultation has...
Kenny to get a 160 hectare nature reserve
A 160-hectare nature reserve will be carved out of the new Gungahlin suburb of Kenny, the 39th in the Canberra Nature Park network. The ACT Government has released Draft Variation 379 to the Territory Plan, to change the zoning of Gungahlin rural block 820 and part of the Old Well Station Road to create the Nature Reserve, which will protect...
Drone delivery areas for 152-unit urban village of the future
A 152-unit, mixed-use development in the Gungahlin Town Centre aims to be a precinct of the future, even allowing for drone delivery areas for each of its three buildings. The 3196 square metre site at Block 3 Section 227 Gungahlin is located on the corner of Kate Crace Street and Efkarpidis Street, where developer Glav Corp had originally planned to build the...
New Park and Ride to accompany light rail station in Mitchell
A Park and Ride facility will be built on Well Station Drive next to the new light rail station in Mitchell, where construction is about to start. The ACT Government is seeking a contractor to build the new Park and Ride, which will cater for 179 vehicles and include eight bicycle racks for 15 bikes and a bike shelter. The...
Speed limits up for review as government moves to make roads safer
The ACT Government is considering lower speed limits on major urban and rural roads to reduce the number of serious and fatal crashes occurring in the Territory. This could mean that roads where there is currently a 100 km/h speed limit could be reduced to 90 km/h, or 80 km/h zones could become 70 km/h zones. So far this year,...
Gungahlin mixed-use proposal to deliver 570 dwellings in Town Centre
A major mixed-use development is being proposed for a prime block in the Gungahlin Town Centre that would deliver 570 dwellings across four buildings. Canberra developer POD Projects Group says its proposal for the 12,000 square metre Block 3 Section 229 will create a sustainable, world-class precinct over the next decade. The project design team includes Stewart Architecture, Indesco Engineers,...
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...