Transport for Canberra (http://www.transport.act.gov.au/) is considering adding three bus stops along Adelaide Avenue/Yarra Glen. WVCC has concerns about the increased trip times on the Blue Rapid service – a solution may be to split it into an Express (like the former Intertown 333 service) and a Semi-Fast service making more stops. Increases on service on Route 2 through Curtin would improve the viability of the new stops. A new stop at Parliament House would also be of benefit.
Since receiving ACTPLA’s Notice of Decision (dated 30 September 2011) that would ensure the protection of the pitch and putt facility while allowing for the construction of a gymnasium on the site, the WVCC has now received ACTPLA’s ‘corrected’ version of its Notice of Decision where in the first line of 1. a) the words ‘for the following uses’ have been replaced by ‘for one or more of the following purposes’.[teaserbreak]
It seems this means the Canberra Southern Cross Club does not have to retain the pitch and putt facility.
The WVCC has contacted the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, seeking clarification of the change.
The ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) has refused elements of the Canberra Southern Cross Club’s proposal to vary the lease of the pitch and putt site, including the variation of the lease to permit the use of the land for a club, commercial accommodation (eg. hotel), drink establishment, public agency and tourist facility.
The pitch and putt golf course is to be retained but the Southern Cross Club will be permitted to build a gymnasium on the pitch and putt site.
Mr Simon Corbell, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, in responding to the WVCC Survey on Proposed Residential Towers in Woden Green, has acknowledged concerns over high-rise development.
WVCC’s has lodged an objection to the proposal by the Woden Tradesmen’s Union Club in Development Application 201120044 (Block 13 Section 3, Phillip) to deconcessionalise the Club’s lease[teaserbreak]
The following is the text of the WVCC letter:
Development Application 201120044 (Block 13 Section 3, Phillip) to deconcessionalise lease
Woden Valley Community Council wishes to express its strong opposition to the proposal in DA 201120044 to remove the concessional status of the lease of the Tradesmen’s Union Club at 1 Launceston Street (Block 13 Section 3), Phillip.
Concessional leases were originally granted to not-for-profit social clubs, such as the Woden Tradesmen’s Club, for the purpose of providing social facilities to the community. The intention was to restrict the full range of activities permitted on the site, in the interests of meeting the needs of the community.
This need has not diminished. Indeed, given the loss of recreational facilities in the Woden Town Centre area, the retention of clubs such as the Woden Tradesmen’s Union Club in their current form is even more important now, than when the lease was originally granted. Removing the concessional status of the Woden Tradesmen’s Club’s lease will not ensure the site remains for the benefit of the community.
WVCC understands that the Club wishes to improve its financial position through redevelopment of the site. However, from a community perspective, this is not a satisfactory outcome. In this connection, WVCC draws ACTPLA’s attention to a resolution of the Combined Community Councils of the ACT (dated 20 March 2011) that
holders of a concessional or community facility land use lease, where the use of that land is no longer required for the original purpose, be required to surrender the lease and land to the ACT Government for community re-use as a concessional lease for the benefit of the local community. Any profits arising from subsequent re-leasing accrue to the ACT Government.
If the Tradesmen’s Union Club believes the site in its current use is not viable, it should be required to return the lease to the ACT Government.
Dr Jenny Stewart
5 July 2011
Forty km/h speed zones will be introduced in August in the Woden Town Centre as part of a trial to help improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and other roads users. The trial will run from August 2011 to January 2012 and operate on a full time basis (24 hours a day, seven days a week). Evaluation of the 40km/h area will occur at the completion of the trial to determine suitability of the boundaries, hours of operation and engineering works.[teaserbreak]
The Woden Valley Community Council will provide feedback as part of the evaluation process and we welcome your comments during the trial period.
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More information is also available in the ACT Government Media Release