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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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...
Researchers close in on kangaroo fertility control option
As the ACT Government announces another kangaroo cull, research into a fertility control method will now be continued and expanded for another two years as it edges closer to providing an alternative to shooting in some areas of Canberra. The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD) has contracted the services of the CSIRO's Dr Lyn Hinds and staff to support the...
Faster, more frequent transport network unveiled
The postponed sweeping update to the ACT's public transport network will be rolled out from 18 July and include more frequent and faster services in a bid to smooth out the wrinkles in its original design. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the timetable for the wide-ranging update's original launch in April, and the roll-out is timed to coincide with recovery plans...
July start for Tuggeranong and Gungahlin bulky waste pick-up bookings
UPDATED: Tuggeranong and Gungahlin residents can now schedule a waste collection pickup to throw out their bulky waste free of charge after the ACT Government announced a contractor for its promised once-a-year kerbside collection service last month. Collections will start from Wednesday, 15 July and are limited to two cubic metres (about the size of a small box trailer). The items will...
Path pressures: push for more data to improve network safety
The ACT's cycling lobby is pushing for the government to gather more up-to-date information on who is using the Territory's increasingly congested shared paths as pressure points build between cyclists and walkers. Canberrans have taken to the ACT's path networks as part of a cycling and walking boom during the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown, and the familiar tensions have become...
Geocon putting profit before lives in Gungahlin tower project, says YMCA
Property behemoth Geocon has been accused of putting profit before children's lives by refusing to compromise with the YMCA Early Learning Centre next to its proposed 15-storey residential tower in Gungahlin. It's the latest salvo in the row between the YMCA and Geocon over The Establishment, formerly known as Air Towers, proposed for the site bounded by Gundaroo Drive, Gozzard...
Childcare centre takes on Geocon over Gungahlin tower
A David and Goliath struggle between a YMCA childcare centre and developers has been resurrected by a new development application to amend the previously approved application for a 15-storey residential tower in Gungahlin. The new DA from Geocon and Empire Global for The Establishment, formerly known as Air Towers, on a site bounded by Gundaroo Drive, Gozzard Street and Swain...
Government land sell-off for units heightens Gungahlin dormitory fears
The Suburban Land Agency has been accused of pursuing easy money by selling off a commercial block in the Gungahlin Town Centre as a mixed-use site with an allowance of up to 350 units. Gungahlin Community Council is alarmed that the CZ1 Core block, one of five blocks in the town centre to go under the hammer on 25 March,...
Pay-by-plate parking to end light rail freeloading at Gungahlin Village
Light rail commuters be warned: the days of all-day free parking at Gungahlin Village Shopping Centre are coming to an end. Plans have been lodged for ticketless 'pay-by-plate' parking at the Wilson-operated multi-level car park on the corner of Hinder and Efkarpidis Streets, and one of the key reasons for its introduction, according to the development application, is the number...