Re: well done CSIRO
@Martin I lived there for some time. Happy to leave. Infested with developers and social engineers making life expensive for Joe and Joan Public so they can increase profit or create some greenie wet dream distopia.
City used to e OK. Now it is just another concrete canyon clone just like all the others in Oz, except Hobart. And the suburbs. Even the cockroaches are round shouldered. Anyone would think Oz is a tiny island, not a mostly empty continent. Unemployment might be low, but as town is full of temps of course unemployment is low when they leave. Low crime ? Just low reporting. Only place I have seen little kids holding the drugs for mums boyfriend while he deals in main streets. The major crimes are protected as it gets approved by due process across the creek in big house on hill. Community spirit ? Probably less than most places I have lived in. Try Darwin or the Alice for community spirit. Or any small place in middle of no-where. Only education mill in ACT I have not heard horror stories about is ANU which has a good reputation. No doubt some process obsessed clerk is busy rectifying that from what the staff tell me.
Open green spaces ? Oh, the proposed building sites for yet another row of empty coffee and retail shops so no-one can get to lake. Nope, crapital remains a small inward looking city with navel gazing intellectuals babbling at each other, much as I wish it were otherwise.
As for the firies, no criticism was offered. They did their best in difficult conditions. Then copped flack for not being omniscient, followed by lectures from clerks producing more rules and procedures, none of which were relevant or helpful. In a sane world, one would ask why large pine plantations were growing to edge of suburbs. Note to self. Bit more work, more caps and nearly halfway to a flame. What happened to FOTW BTW ?