With Canberra having such an informed and aware community, one would have thought that a community-focused government planning minister would have surfaced by now – one committed to development and the future growth of the city while simultaneously embracing the enhancement of (rather than reducing) the city’s amenities that are admired internationally.
The most disappointing aspect of recent ACT Governments has been the lack of champions for such matters from within the government. What has been witnessed is a set of government Ministers all singing from their own page – not one relevant to the communities who elect them.
The big unresolved issue for local communities remains the ACT Government’s redefinition of community spaces – green spaces, parklands, and areas of urban forests. Having such a contentious matter unresolved and with the government showing all indications that this approach will remain for the foreseeable future, the trust that people were hoping to build with the ACT Government post the 2016 election, is simply not there.