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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 …

Borrowdale House Carpark

barrow1The WVCC in its submission has called for the Development Application to build a five story carpark on the Borrowdale House site next to Woden square, not to be approved under the current plans and has suggested that underground car parking be considered for the site. Read more …

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 Cemetery Master Plan

Woden cemetery masterplanThe WVCC wishes to record its objection to the proposed extension of the Woden Cemetery , on the following grounds.

  • The proposed extension alienates scarce public recreational space in the Woden East area;
  • The proposal represents a short-term fix to a long-term problem.
  • The ACT Government should, instead, fund further development of the Cemetery Authority’s 2010 proposal for a new cemetery and crematorium for south Canberra, on the Long Gully site.

The WVCC submission is available here …

WVCC Woden master plan submission

woden_master2The Woden Valley Community council has made several recommendations to the Draft Woden master plan which focuses on several key areas which includes: Transport, Building heights and Planning context, Public realm, Urban Amenity, Open space, and Sports and Recreation Facilities . The recommendations here are to compliment and provide alternative solutions that can be incorporated into the master plan.

Click to read the WVCC Woden master plan submission …

Woden Tradies Club Redevelopment – DA 201323585

TradiesThe Woden Tradies Redevelopment on the corner of Launceston Street and Melrose Drive, Section 3 , Block 13  & 15 has been approved with conditions:

  •     The building height of the residential apartments facing Melrose Dr has been reduced to 19 storeys, stepping up from 17 storeys at front.
  •     Demolition of part of the Quality Hotel building.
  •     Variation of the Crown lease for consolidation of Blocks 13 & 15.
  •     Removal of street trees as required.

A copy of the Merit Track Notice of Decision is available here …

Woden and Mawson Master Planning commences – have your say!

The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate of the ACT government recently announced two separate (but linked) master-planning processes for Woden and Mawson. Master plans aim to set out a framework for the future development of particular areas – and community consultation is a key part of the process.

You can access the ACT government’s discussion document by clicking here  A poster outlining the plans is available here

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