Page 4648 - Week 15 - Tuesday, 6 December 1994

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Canberra Womens Bowling Club Site -

Residential Redevelopment

Mr Cornwell - asked the minister for the Environment Land and Planning - in relation to the redevelopment of Section 26 Kingston, the bowling green development, approved by this Assembly in May 1993 -

(1) Is the Minister aware that local residents are concerned about the level of traffic resulting from the development which will use Gosse Street, particularly following the establishment or the retirement facility.

(2) Have the residents asked that the entrance and exit for section 26 be moved to Wentworth Avenue where driveways to the proposed complex already exist.

(3) If this was done, how many vehicle movements per day would be avoided in Gosse Street.

(4) Will this change be made and, if not, why not.

Mr Wood - The answer to the Members question is as follows:

(1) I am aware of the local residents concerns about the

level of traffic resulting from the proposed

redevelopment of the former Canberra Womens Bowling Club

for residential units. I and officers of my Department

have met with the Kingston Citizens Action Group to

listen, and respond where possible, to their concerns.

I also draw the Members attention to my response to his

letter of 2 June 1994 on this very matter.

(2) The residents have asked that the entrance and exit points to the proposed redevelopment utilise the existing driveway crossings on Wentworth Avenue. As I advised in my previous response, the two access driveways from Wentworth Avenue date back to the 1960s and, I understand, were never used for vehicular access to the site. Club members preferred to use informal parking which then existed off Jardine Street. As traffic volumes increased on Wentworth Avenue it was no longer appropriate, in traffic management and safety terms, to allow direct access from this road. For this reason, Block 50 was set aside in December 1980 to provide access from Gosse Street in the event of redevelopment of the bowling club.


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