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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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...
Apartment rents rise as Canberra market tightens again
Canberra's residential rental market has tightened again with the vacancy rate falling to 1.1 per cent in June. Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and Belconnen are the toughest suburbs to find a place to rent. Rents continue to fall for houses and units are on the rise but, overall, Canberra remains the second most expensive capital city in the nation to rent a...
Construction to start next month on Gungahlin cinema project
The long-awaited Gungahlin cinema development is set to break ground next month after the appointment of the company to build the $15 million project. The owner of the site on the corner Hinder and Efkarpidis Streets in the Town Centre next to Gungahlin Village, Gungahlin Lifestyle, has given the job to Construction Control, which has offices in Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane....
New generation of play spaces show kids are just naturals at it
A quiet revolution is taking place across Canberra's suburbs as the way children play, learn and interact with nature changes, or perhaps reverts to previous less complicated times. ACT families have embraced the nature play movement, in which the traditional slide and swingset playground makes way for a natural setting that makes use of trees, rocks, logs, ropes, sand and...
Gold Creek Homestead site on market again, with heritage protections
The Gold Creek Homestead site is up for sale again, but this time its heritage value will be protected through a precinct development brief put together by a community panel, including the Gungahlin Community Council. The Suburban Land Agency last tried to sell the 4.775-hectare site in 2018 but without any conditions, and a campaign by the GCC and the National Trust...
Mitchell traders welcome funding for ‘long overdue’ light rail stop
The announcement of funding for a new light rail stop at Mitchell has been welcomed by local traders who have long campaigned for the business district to be included on the route. Mitchell Traders Association president Michael Warnock said the funding, included in a joint Commonwealth-ACT Government $35 million infrastructure package, was fantastic news. Mr Warnock said the planned Sandford...
Another 160 apartments proposed for Gungahlin Town Centre
Canberra developer GlavCorp is planning a three-tower, 159-unit, mixed-use complex for an eastern section of the Gungahlin Town Centre. To be located at the intersection of Kate Crace Street and Efkarpidis Street on Block 3 Section 227, the proposed East Garden development includes three residential towers up to seven storeys high set on a two storey ''lifestyle podium'' that unifies the...