Housing

Woden’s wasteland: community push to end urban decay

Woden Valley Community Council president Fiona Carrick said after seven years of vacancy something needed to be done about the two buildings. Photo: Jay Cronan

The Alexander and Albemarle buildings have sat vacant for seven years awaiting demolition and the Woden community is sick of living with the decaying derelict sites.

Shattered glass windows, boarded up doors and sprawling graffiti juxtapose the sleek and polished exteriors of the plaza and fresher-faced buildings in the town centre. Read more …

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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ACT Budget for Woden

budget1On Tuesday the 7th of June the ACT Government released its 2016/17 Budget.  The Government is forecasting a Headline Net Operating deficit of $94.3 million in 2016-17, a deficit of $35 million in 2017-18, and a return to balance in 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Health: The Budget will invest $99.5 Million Dollars into the upgrade and maintenance of the Canberra and Calvary Hospitals and other health facilities with an additional 54 new health staff and 21 new treatment spaces at the Canberra hospital emergency department and the expansion of trauma and neonatal care services.

Education: The Budget dedicates $41.5 million to improve facilities and administration for schools across the ACT. An additional $24.7 million to further improve the standard of education being provided to all of our students in schools across Canberra. Read more …

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 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.

Woden Green – Stage 3

Woden Green is a significant development east of the Woden Town centre bounded by Hindmarsh Drive and Callum Street.   Woden Valley Community Council has been consulted by the developers, Hindmarsh, over several years prior to and during construction.

The architects, Scott Carver Pty Ltd, advise that “following recent upgrades to the cycleway, road infrastructure and pedestrian overpass, Hindmarsh plan to deliver the next stages in the Woden Green estate.  Comprised of a series of 3-storey residential buildings, underground parking, landscaping and recreational facilities, the development will be delivered over two separate stages.

Hindmarsh have already been active in consulting with residents of the surrounding properties.  Following lodgement with ACTPLA the Development Applications will be available for public view and comment.”

Please follow the link to view plans and imagery of the proposals
The Canberra Times article of 6 Aug 14…

PHILLIP Development Application: 201425274 Address: 7 IRVING STREET Block: 1 Section: 22

The WVCC lodged a submission on this development application – click to view …

Original Proposal: MULTI DWELLING-323 UNITS DEVELOPMENT. Proposed construction of 323 dwellings contained in three towers (two 12 storeys in height and one 9 storeys in height) with residential amenities including gym, swimming pool and communal landscaped areas, with two basement levels, on site landcaping and off site works, and the relocation of an existing easement.  Period for representations closes: 13/05/2014

Click here to view the plans

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