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WVCC 2017-18 Budget Submission

The Chief Minister states, in the Act Government’s document Canberra: A statement of ambition, that cities don’t succeed by accident or by leaving things to chance – they require design, good governance and great collaboration.

The WVCC looks forward to shaping our future, in collaboration with the ACT Government, to achieve the policy outcomes of economic diversification and urban renewal to make Woden a better place to live, work and socialise.

These policy outcomes will ensure that the Woden Valley is a vibrant community that is inclusive, welcoming, and open to diverse talents and determined to help everyone reach their fullest potential.

In order to attract families to our community, Woden requires additional jobs, education opportunities, sporting and cultural facilities with bars, cafes and restaurants that are close to where people want to live.

The policy outcomes that the WVCC seeks are:

  1. A vibrant community with sustainable amenity;
  2. Available housing choices, including affordable housing;
  3. Increased job opportunities;
  4. Improved access to higher education; and
  5. Better health outcomes – improved access to sporting facilities and active living amenity.

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What is the future for Higher Education in the Woden Valley Area?

Southside-campus-HubWith the recent announcement of a new Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) campus in Tuggeranong this will mean the closure of the Woden CIT campus. Most courses from Woden will be transferred to Tuggeranong in 2016 with the remaining course(s) being relocated out of Woden by 2017.

 The Woden Valley Community Council (WVCC) has sent a letter to Ms Joy Burch asking ‘what is the future of higher education in Woden’. Given its location close to the Canberra Hospital, health related courses should remain or be relocated to a Woden CIT campus.

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Borrowdale House Redevelopment Threatens Woden Town Square

Woden Valley Community Council (WVCC) has expressed its deep concern at the ACT Government’s recent decision to approve the construction of three new residential and commercial towers (24, 20 and 14 storeys respectively) on the site of Borrowdale House on the western side of Woden Town Square.
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Borrowdale House Redevelopment Threatens Woden Town Square

Woden Valley Community Council (WVCC) has expressed its deep concern at the ACT Government’s recent decision to approve the construction of three new residential and commercial towers (24, 20 and 14 storeys respectively) on the site of Borrowdale House on the western side of Woden Town Square.

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Media Release – Draft Variation 303

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The Woden Valley Community Council wants the Draft Variation No. 303 to the Territory Plan to be withdrawn.

The Council’s Vice President, Dr Jenny Stewart said ‘it was essential that there be an extensive conversation with the community and industry about the future of our established suburbs, based on proper evaluation of current residential policies, infrastructure, population and sustainability, prior to any such changes to the Territory Plan.’

Woden’s recreational facilities under threat

Changes to planning laws due to be debated in the Legislative Assembly in August could see the loss of major recreational facilities and amenities in the Woden Town Centre including aspects of the Phillip pool complex, the basketball stadium and the bowls club.

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Football Park (Phillip Oval) to get a face lift

“Yes, a good news story” was how retiring Chair of Woden Valley Community Council, David Menzel, described the news that work was about to begin on stage one of the refurbishment of Football Park, also known as Phillip Oval.

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