ABC News: Compromise on Majura housing plan (12 March 2010)

ABC News Online is reporting that an arrangement has been reached with the developer of the former Australia Heritage Village site in Watson. It is understood the changes to the development will help mitigate environmental impact on the Mount Majura Nature Reserve.

The article has been reproduced below:

Compromise on Majura housing plan

The Village Building Company (VBC) has stopped a possible appeal against a proposed housing development near Canberra’s Mt Majura Nature Reserve.

The Conservation Council had threatened to mount a legal challenge against the plan to build 316 homes on the former Canberry Fair site in Watson because of fire risk concerns.

But the VBC has now agreed to limit access to the reserve, restore bushland, build a walking trail and introduce traffic control measures.

VBC CEO Bob Winnell says he is pleased a compromise has been reached with community groups and the Conservation Council.

“What you look for and what’s not always common is a constructive approach and what we got in this case is a proper and reasonable dialogue, constructive conversation and an outcome which will see community benefits,” he said.

Note: copyright of the material in the clipping resides with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Usage permitted in accordance with the Australian Copyright Act 1968, Section 42: Fair dealing for purpose of reporting news. Source: ABC News Online – 12 March 2010

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