Canberra's cross-border real estate ventures look to be settling apace, with the news that the ACT government has signed contracts to buy another two blocks as part of the Ginninderry development.
This regional approach to Canberra's housing shortage has plenty of merit, blended as it is with the current trend for increasing density in the city's inner suburbs - a finite tactic.
But there are still many unanswered questions alongside this latest development when it comes to cross-border agreements.
And it's always interesting and often instructive to observe which aspects of the city's economy are receiving the most attention and resources at any given time.
The news of signed contracts comes hot on the heels of a story last week about a different crisis relating to our rapidly growing population.
Emergency department wait times have again blown out in the ACT as patients in the nation's capital still face the longest waiting times in the country.
Wait times in the territory's emergency departments for 2020-21 are drastically higher than the national averages and have even increased since the previous year.
This can be squarely blamed on a lack of capacity in Canberra's hospitals, due to a lack of resources and funding from the ACT government.
It's an ongoing issue that dates back well over a decade, when a new Canberra hospital was first mooted, and then promised before the 2016 election.
There is still time to learn from all the shortcomings of Canberra's twisted journey when it comes to land and property development.
So, as the city looks to be expanding beyond its own borders, it will be interesting to see how these resources - or lack thereof - are to be addressed in the planning.
There are signs all around us that the ACT government is encouraging rapid population growth, with plans to incorporate much of the infrastructure that comes with a larger population.
The expanded light rail, more international flights, new and better roads, a revitalised city plan - these are all well and good for the existing population. But what are the plans for our cross-border neighbours when it comes to schools, roads and hospitals?
The ACT government is in the process of negotiating - or at least initiating conversations - about the positioning of borders, and the shared responsibility of the cross-border precinct.
With this in mind, perhaps there are plans - or sketched provisos - in place; while Ginninderry is expected to incorporate about 30,000 residents and 11,500 homes across four suburbs, the NSW land will not be developed for about another decade, with the land bought by the ACT government to remain farming land until that time.
Then again, 10 years is both a long way away, and dangerously soon, depending on how you tilt the issue. It's a long time to wait for a promised new hospital, or plenty of time to negotiate new borders and make allowances for an increased population.
But either way, it would be useful for all citizens to have the assurance that such issues are on the table and ready to be discussed.
Rapid development and population growth aren't positive concepts in isolation, but can bring many benefits to an evolving city if handled properly and promptly.
There is still time to learn from all the shortcomings of Canberra's twisted journey when it comes to land and property development. Here's hoping some of these questions can be settled well before irreversible decisions are made.
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