To preserve and improve the social, cultural, economic and environmental well being of Inner South Canberra and the Inner South Canberra Community.

Chairman’s column: January 2015

2015 promises to be another very busy year for the Inner South Canberra Community Council.

High on our agenda is finalising our consultations with the ACT Government on the redevelopment of the Stuart Flats, Gowrie Court and Red Hill Flats in Griffith and Red Hill. We are pleased that the views of residents appear to have been taken into account in the planning for these sites and details will be published shortly, as well as advice of further public meetings.

Maintaining the wonderful heritage of the inner south is also a key priority and we will be  pursuing with the Federal Environment Minister the proposed heritage listing of Canberra, a process which seems to have vanished into a bureaucratic time warp.     We will also be playing an active part in this year’s Heritage Festival; watch out for a Heritage Walk being developed by our Kingston Barton Residents Group.

Other issues we will continue to pursue with the Government include the proposed Canberra Brickworks Development, planning impacts of the Mr Fluffy scheme, the Kingston Foreshore Arts precinct, the need for binding precinct codes to protect the character of our suburbs, and the need to better protect community interests in the administration of concessional leases.

We will maintain our focus on transport matters including the quality of our roads and parking infrastructure, adequacy of public transport links and making sure that the inner south is not left behind in planning for future light rail extensions, if this initiative proceeds.

One issue on which we are currently consulting the community on behalf of the Government is the proposed reductions in speed limits to 40kph in certain parts of Kingston and Manuka. Please visit our website for more information.

Happy New Year to you all.

Gary Kent


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