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February 2003 News Article
27 February Landlords should allow pets: Stanhope
ACT landlords should reconsider the usual no-pets policy, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope urged today (Feb 27)
27 February Light rail on the agenda
Light rail is being seriously considered by the ACT Government, Planning Minister Simon Corbell said today (Feb 27).
21 February Fewer rental properties available, but rents stable
Canberra’s rental market has shown a marked tightening in the month since the bushfires.
21 February Planning recalcitrants to face fines
Landholders who breach planning guidelines will face on-the-spot fines under a law introduced by Planning Minister Simon Corbell this week (week ends Feb22).
21 February Using money tied up in housing
Australian householders have been withdrawing equity in housing, reversing a trend for the previous 10 years.
19 February Commonwealth cuts fixed home-loan rate
The fixed home-loan rates offered by the Commonwealth Bank have been cut again, by up to 0.2% pa, taking the Bank's five year fixed interest rate to 6.39% pa, the lowest in more than a decade.
19 February Property outstrips shares, survey says
Direct property investment outperforms shares over 15 year cycle, according to a survey published today (Feb 19).
18 February ACT’s population growth lower than national figure
The population of the ACT grew by 0.8 per cent to 322,234 in the year to the September quarter, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures issued today.
18 February ACT heads for deficit
The ACT Government is heading for a deficit of $43 million, according to the quarterly budget forecasts issued today (Feb 18).
17 February Design advisory service for fire victims
A new design advisory service has been set up to provide free, accurate and timely advice about new house plans for residents rebuilding after the January bushfires.
17 February Clash over Gungahlin Town Centre
The rift between the Gungahlin Community Council and ACT Planning Minister Simon Corbell over the Gungahlin Town Centre continued today (Feb 17).
14 February Land tax sense needed
This week (ends Feb 15) the High Court attacked the valuation system that underpins land tax in NSW.
13 February Renovators under-insuring, NRMA says
Residents are not adequately protecting their most valuable asset, according to a recent NRMA survey.
12 February Inquiry on bushfire property declaration
The ACT Government is looking at whether any area of the ACT needs to be declared bush fire prone following the January 18 fires.
10 February Reserve hints rates to stay stable for some time
The Reserve Bank hinted today (Feb 10) that interest rates are unlikely to rise for the foreseeable future.
10 February Downturn after a big year
Dwelling approvals are slowing in the ACT, according figures issued by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today.
10 February Fire inquiry head named
The Commonwealth and ACT Ombudsman, Mr Ron McLeod AM, is to head the Inquiry into the Operational Response to the January Bushfires, Chief Minister Jon Stanhope announced today (Feb 10)
7 February Fees go for fire rebuild
Fees have been scrapped for those wishing to demolish and rebuild after the bushfires.
5 February Reserve leaves interest rates alone
The Reserve Bank announced today (Feb 5) that it would leave official interest rates unchanged at 4.75 per cent following the regular monthly meeting of the board of the bank yesterday.
5 February Athllon Drive duplication set to go
The $8.2 million project to upgrade Athllon Drive will begin within the next couple of weeks.
3 February Major developments in pipeline
The time for public comment on half a dozen major developments in Canberra runs out this week ((Feb 8).