Meetings

Expanded Paid Parking Plan for the Phillip Service Trades Area

With the announcement of the 2015/16 Budget in June last year one of the proposals was to expand pay parking throughout the Phillip Business District.

Urban Renewal Program – Phillip trade service area parking management
The Government will introduce pay parking in the Phillip trade service area to better manage parking demand. This initiative will provide for new parking machines and signage, which will come into effect from July 2016.    Capital expenditure $419 000 – ACT Budget 2015/16

Parking machines have been in the Phillip Trades’ service area along Botany Street, Melrose Drive, Altree court and the Hindmarsh Drive slip lane for several years. The ACT Government proposes to extend parking machines throughout the area with a mix of short term and all day parking areas.
Paid Parking Plan

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Woden Valley Annual General meeting 2015

Woden Valley Annual General meeting 2015  is on 7th October Woden Hellenic 7.30pm .

Call for Nominations for 2015-16 WVCC committee . All positions available for nomination. Please fill out the nomination form or copies will be available at the meeting.

With the ACT election to be held in 2016 it’s important that Woden is represented by a strong community voice that seeks to represent the Woden valley community.  The redistribution of the electoral boundaries will mean for the first time that all Woden Valley suburbs will all be within one electorate. An issue that the WVCC has been fighting for several years.

Presentation by Vaughan Cox local resident and a Mr Fluffy owner – Dec 14 Meeting

This presentation outlined the problems associated with the approximately 1021 affected houses in the ACT, touched on issues such as market values of houses for owners voluntarily “opting in” to accept ACT Government offers, independent valuations, costs such as relocation, stamp duties, block clearances, legal fees and the apparent closure of buyback offers by 30 June, 2015

Presentation by the John James Foundation for the Leukaemia foundation on a proposed respite care facility in Garran – Dec 14 Meeting

The proposed site in Garran was selected as being close to the hospital; thorough site assessment (including traffic noise, parking facilities, flood mitigation) and other environmental issues (such as walking trails and existing flora and fauna) were canvassed.

Presentation by the Goodwin Group on the proposed Farrer redevelopment – Dec 14 Meeting

Established in 1954 and one of Canberra’s largest, the Goodwin Farrer Aged Care is showing its age and requires an upgrade. The proposed improvements include: Independent Living Units, currently numbering some 73, will be increased to around 150-160; Age Care Units, (63 to about 120) all supplemented with  four and five storey apartment buildings.

AGM 2013-2014 – Chair’s Report

2013-2014 was another busy year for WVCC, in which we have reflected and represented community views on a wide range of issues. The problems of the Town Centre (at least some of which are related to its continuing neglect by government) resulted  in a high degree of media interest in September-October 2014. I was interviewed half a dozen times during this period, stressing on each occasion that WVCC was not against high-rise per se, but only inappropriate, poorly thought-through high-rise, and reiterating the case for coordinated planning. I also restated WVCC?s position regarding the bus interchange ? it should be developed by the public sector in the public interest.[teaserbreak]

Once again, the committee worked very hard ? despite our small numbers we kept up a high work-rate.  My special thanks to Deputy-Chair Mike Reddy for organising a number of the year?s meetings and to Martin Miller for his work on WVCC?s social media.

Our meetings (to August 2014)

Our monthly meetings featured a wide range of presenters and issues, including

  • Woden SEE-Change (October 2013)
  • Presentations from ACAT Members Bill Stefaniak and Linda Crebbin (February 2014) and Chief Planner Dorte Eklund (March 2014)
  • Presentation from Lydia Frommer on ?how to think about high rise? (April 2014)
  • Update on consultation results for the Woden and Mawson Master Planning exercises Ben Riches ACTPLA (May 2014)
  • Kip Tanner, George Arena and Scott Marston on Westfield Mall extension (June 2014)
  • Professor Barbara Norman on climate change (June 2014)
  • Major presentation by Capital Metro on plans for ACT Light Rail (July 2014)
  • ACT Policing update Sgt Louise Denley (August 2014)
  • Nicole Lawder (MLA for Brindabella) made regular contributions to our local members? spot.

Achievements

  • WVCC has continued to express its concern about the lack of coordinated planning for the Town centre and areas around it. Despite the effects of the economic downturn, we continue to believe Woden has a bright future, given sufficient vision and good will. This message may be starting to get through!
  • Withdrawal of the Project Facilitation Bill was a victory for community common sense
  • Improved communication and consultation is occurring with some architects and developers. 
  • Active participation by WVCC in regular meetings of the Combined Community Councils
  • Participation in the Airport Consultative Group, and ESDD?s Project Advisory Group for the Basin Priority Project (part of Commonwealth-funded Murrumbidgee Water Quality Improvement Project)
  • Regular attendance at meetings of the Planning and development Forum.
  • Regular briefing of the Chronicle?s excellent journalist, Emma Kelly ? a number of articles were published during the year highlighting WVCC concerns.
  • A special postcard mailout advertising our meeting on Canberra?s light rail, held on 2 July 2014. This was one of our most successful meetings ever in terms of the numbers coming along!

Representations and submissions

During the year (late 2013 to November 2014), the Council made submissions on the following matters:

  • Redevelopment of Strathgordon Court (to ACT Community Services Directorate)
  • Changes to the ACT Electoral Act (to Legislative Assembly Select Committee): support for new electorates and expanded assembly; reiteration of need to align electorate boundaries to ACT?s ?communities? (eg Woden/Weston; Tuggeranong etc)
  • Master Plan consultation regarding WTC and Mawson Group Centre (to ACTPLA)
  • Planning and development (Project Facilitation) Amendment Bill (to Legislative Assembly Planning Committee): WVCC objected to plans to over-ride normal application of planning rules
  • Street re-alignments related to Woden 9 (to ACTPLA): still no coherent plan for this area ? Woden community hub apparently not considered.

We also wrote to

  • The Chief Minister (on behalf of the Combined Community Councils) regarding a lack of planning for future employment opportunities in Canberra?s Town Centres? the CM?s reply (November 2013) endorsed govt?s planning approach.
  • The Chief Minister (with the Chair of Belconnen Community Council) regarding the lack of rationale for effectively no restriction on building Heights in the Belconnen and Woden Centres and the need for ?desired character? to be spelled out in Master Plans ? CM?s reply (December 2013) endorsed govt?s approach; did not address the issues raised
  • Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch regarding proposed redevelopment of the Woden CIT site ? reply (July 2013) indicated that recommendations would go from CIT to Govt after completion of feasibility study

All submissions were posted to the WVCC website.

Thanks

This will be my last AGM as Chair of WVCC. After 4 years as Chair and 2 as an active Deputy Chair, it?s time to hand over to someone with fresh energy and vision.

My thanks go to Deputy Chair Mike Reddy, Treasurer Henry Hatch, Secretary Archana Boniface; and committee members Chris Erett, Martin Miller, Bill O?Brien, Ian Trewhella; Scott Humphries, Minutes Secretary Timoshenko Aslanides and to Lance Williamson, our website manager.  

Dr Jenny Stewart

Chair

1 October 2014

Capital Metro

Here is the Capital Metro presentation from the WVCC meeting on the 4th of June.  The WVCC does not have a position on the ACT’s Government decision to proceed with Light Rail along the Northbourne Ave corridor. The WVCC is working hard to improve the current public transport facilities in the Woden Valley area.

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