The ACT Government has failed the pub test again with Minister Gentleman using call-in powers to fast track the media and broadcast centre for Manuka Oval. This is the second time the ACT Government has used call-in powers for Manuka Oval and it is setting an undesirable precedent for future development in the Manuka Precinct.
The ISCCC has had another eventful year addressing issues such as the proposed Manuka precinct development, various heritage interests, assisting the development of a new residents group for Forrest, making a number of submissions to both the National Capital Authority and the ACT Government. Public forums were held on the Manuka development, Canberra Brickworks development, Public Transport and Meet the Kurrajong Candidates.
The Inner South Canberra Community Council is delighted that substantial progress has been made in resolving the issues created by the proposed relocation of the Canberra Services Club and the Manuka Occasional Childcare Centre, which had distressed the local community.
Despite our best efforts, the ACT Government and the inner south Canberra community seem as far apart as ever on the Manuka land swap debacle.
For better or worse, we now know the addresses of all the 1,022 Canberra homes affected by the Mr Fluffy debacle. 68 of these homes are in the Inner South, with as many as 20 in Narrabundah, 15 in Yarralumla and 11 in Griffith.
Every year we wait anxiously to see whether the ACT Budget will provide any goodies for our local neighbourhoods. This year we welcome the Government’s announcement that the 2015/16 Territory Budget will have a ‘suburban’ focus.
Residents’ groups are often criticised as being a bunch of NIMBYs who will reject any suburban development, regardless of the merits. Nothing could be further from the truth.
For some months now the ACT Government, through the Public Housing Renewal Taskforce, has been consulting with the Inner South Canberra Community Council and local residents groups about the proposed redevelopment of several inner south public housing sites.
The Yarralumla Residents Association has issued a media release in response to the Property Councils’ enthusiastic support for the conservation and re-use of the Canberra Brickworks. More…