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November 2002 News Article
29 November Compulsory water restrictions almost inevitable
Voluntary water restrictions are falling below target so compulsory restrictions are inevitable before Christmas without rain or a better effort on voluntary restrictions.
29 November The cheap holiday (property) is over
Recent sales on the South Coast indicate that the days of a reasonably cheap coast house are over.
29 November Multi-occupancy. Where now?
This week the ACT Government extended its limit on dual and triple occupancies to May.
28 November Tralee study to push ahead
Queanbeyan City Council said today that it would push ahead with environmental and other studies on the proposed Tralee development.
27 November Govt mandates units for people with disabilities
The ACT Government determined today that residential redevelopment of the Hungarian-Australian Club site in Narrabundah must have a minimum of 50 per cent of units as adaptable housing, suitable for people with disabilities and the area's...
27 November Housing construction up again
The value of residential construction work done in Australia increased 4.3 per cent to $7.4 billion during the September quarter, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released today.
26 November Limit on dual and triple occupancy extended
The interim limit on dual and triple occupancies has been extended to May.
25 November $2.5m works at Hobart Place begin
$2.55 million worth of refurbishment works to breathe more life into Hobart Place (which is bounded by London Circuit, University Avenue, Marcus Clarke Street and Hobart Place) began today.
25 November Plan to axe gearing tax breaks
State Planning Ministers have been discussing an approach to the Federal Government to abolish tax breaks for negative gearing on houses in the high end of the market, it was revealed today.
23 November Humphries stakes all
Gary Humphries appears to have staked everything in his bid to take the ACT Senate seat being vacated by Senator Margaret Reid.
21 November Tough new water restrictions scheme
On the spot fines of up to $1000 will apply under the ACT’s new water restrictions scheme announced today. Voluntary restrictions apply at present, but if water levels fall the compulsory scheme will be put in...
20 November ACT Govt wants more local TV news
The Australian Broadcasting Authority should demand more local news content from Canberra commercial television stations, the ACT Government says in a submission to go to the authority.
19 November Govt land sale brought forward
The second stage of the government's land development pilot project, Yerrabi 2, is to be brought forward from February 2003 to a public ballot on December 14.
19 November Assembly stays at 17
The Government has abandoned its plan to increase the size of the ACT Legislative Assembly.
18 November Humphries should quit Assembly: CM
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope said today that Opposition Leader Gary Humphries should resign from the Assembly to pursue the ACT Senate seat.
15 November ACT introduces voluntary water restrictions
The ACT Government has introduced voluntary water restrictions from midnight tonight.
15 November Size is not everything
This week the ACT Labor Government introduced a Bill to increase the size of the Assembly from 17 to 25. It will cost $5 million a year.
14 November Planning appeals shake-up
Legislation to reform the planning appeals system was introduced in the Legislative Assembly today.
14 November Corbell to ignore planning report
ACT Planning Minister Simon Corbell pledged today to press on with his Planning and Land Authority before detailed consideration of today's report by the Legislative Assembly Planning and Environment Committee on the proposal.
12 November National development standards pledged
State and Territories planning ministers have agreed to streamline development assessment.
12 November Brawl over Gungahlin shops
The Labor and Liberal Parties have divided over whether each of the new suburbs in North Gungahlin should have its own shops.
11 November Home buyers and investors get rates relief
Home buyers and investors can take comfort from the latest Reserve Bank quarterly assessment issued today.
8 November Government solar scheme attacked
Cutting greenhouse emissions from home water heating could be done at about one third the cost of present schemes, according to the Australian Gas Association.
7 November ACT housing affordability worsens
It is now more costly to buy a home in the ACT than anywhere in Australia (including non-capital cities) other than Sydney or Melbourne, according to the latest Housing Industry-Commonwealth Bank housing report issued today.
6 November Borrowers warned on fixed interest rates
One of Australia’s leading non-bank lenders, Wizard Home Loans, warned home-buyers against opting for fixed interest rates when taking out a loan.
6 November New Canberra Centre opens
The new extension to the Canberra Centre in Civic will be opened tomorrow by Deputy Chief Minister Ted Quinlan.
2 November Voluntary water saving not enough: CM says
The ACT is drafting new water-restriction regulations which will include offences and penalties.
2 November Some comfort in yo-yo housing figures
This week’s figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show a yo-yoing housing market. Nationally, building approvals dropped 19.4 per cent in September, the biggest monthly fall on record. They come after a 23 per cent...