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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 August 2014) . . Page.. 2041 ..


I urge those on the government benches opposite and their directorates to take careful note of the level of anxiety, the points of objection and the suggestion to progress these issues to a satisfactory outcome. No-one I have spoken to in the inner south on this issue is opposed to development. However, all are opposed to bad planning and inappropriate development.

I commend the petition to the Assembly.

Planning—Yarralumla brickworks

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (10.07): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that the Yarralumla Brickworks and Environs Planning and Development Strategy was released by the ACT Government’s Land Development Agency (LDA) in May 2014, and replaces an earlier draft published in 2010 but not progressed;

(b) the ACT Government has provided in-principle support for development of the Brickworks area including restoration of the historic Canberra Brickworks;

(c) the 2014 Strategy proposes an increase in the number of dwellings to 1600, including a number of eight storey apartment blocks, a 4 hectare quarry parkland space, a 2.72 hectare Denham Street park and a Railway Heritage park;

(d) the Strategy only provides for an initial “make safe” modification of the Brickworks and assumes private sector investment for further development;

(e) that the staging plan is not contingent on the Cotter Road and Adelaide Avenue being upgraded;

(f) the existing traffic congestion on streets included in and adjacent to the proposed development which will be made worse both during redevelopment and when the new housing areas are completed;

(g) the uncertain extent of asbestos on the site and the costs of its containment and/or removal;

(h) the high level of community interest and the numerous submissions provided to the LDA during its recent community consultation period;

(i) that a revised traffic study is currently being conducted by SMEC and will be made available to the public in August/September 2014; and

(j) that the LDA has committed to responding to feedback and comments raised during the consultation period via newsletter by September 2014; and


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