The ISCCC and Yarralumla Residents Association had a very poductive meeting in late October with the Chief Minister on community concerns about asbestos issues at the Canberra Brickworks development. Katy Gallagher responded very positively, agreeing that the ACT Government would consult with the community after the first stage of asbestos remediation work, to enable residents to learn what was found and what this meant for stage two. She also undertook to respond to our inquiry on whether stage two could be delayed until a development application was approved. She also promised health advice and/or experts would be available at a community meeting to address any concerns or questions. Many aspects of the proposed development, such as building height and density, traffic flows and national capital issues, remain controversial.
The ISCCC is working hard on other issues affecting our community, such as the Kingston arts precinct, proposed redevelopment of several public housing developments in Griffith and Narrabundah and the implications of the Capital Metro.
The next meeting of the ISCCC will be held at 7.30pm on Thursday, November 13, at the Italo-Australian Club in Franklin Street, Forrest. The guest speaker will be Molonglo MLA Shane Rattenbury.
Chairman Gary Kent