Report supports Braddon Club site for community purposes

A North Canberra Community Council survey shows that North Canberra residents want the Braddon Club site to remain available for community purposes such as recreation, community activities or a playing field. “The Braddon Club site was part of the Northbourne Oval from 1925 until 1998. In 2006 the Canberra Raiders paid $420,000 for a lease that allows them to use the site only for the purpose of a club, and prevents them from selling it without the approval of the planning and land authority. They have closed the club on the grounds that it was not profitable. They are currently

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ACT adapting to climate change

On 21 May the ACT Government has released Adapting to a changing climate: Directions for the ACT (PDF, 1.3 MB). The paper addresses the impact of climate change on health and wellbeing, disaster and emergency management, settlements and infrastructure, water, natural resources and ecosystems and agriculture. At the launch, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development Simon Corbell explained that the Government would consult with the community later this year on an adaptation strategy, focusing on Community health and wellbeing, Disaster and emergency management, Settlements and infrastructure, Water, Natural resources and ecosystems and Agriculture. Professor Barbara Norman explained that we

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Auditor-general Maxine Cooper calls for tighter planning controls, greater monitoring of certifiers

ACT auditor-general Maxine Cooper is calling for tighter planning processes after finding some houses built in Canberra should not have been approved. Mike Hettinger from the North Canberra Community Council wants to see stronger checks by planning authorities on building projects listed as exempt. Under the current planning system, a house can be built in an existing residential area without development approval, provided a private building certifier checks it complies with certain rules. After examining seven case studies, Dr Cooper found that two of the houses should not have been approved. Dr Cooper says monitoring of certifiers was inadequate. Read

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Planning and Development (Project Facilitation) Bill

This Bill proposes major changes to the process for Territory Plan variations. It was presented to the Legislative Assembly on 20 March and referred it to the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services on 8 April. The Committee has invited public submissions, with a closing date of 22 April.

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Braddon customer parking relief on the way

RETAILERS in Braddon’s trendy Lonsdale Street may be in for some relief from parking woes soon, with the ACT government negotiating with developers to free up spaces for customers to park. Canberra Business Council chief Chris Faulks said the area’s booming popularity and construction works had put such a squeeze on car parking that the government needed to step in.

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Canberra Raiders take punt on legal precedent for Braddon Club development

Anyone passing the corner of Torrens, Cooyong and Donaldson streets, at the edge of Braddon across from Civic, on a weekday would likely notice the ad hoc accumulation of cars surrounding a deserted building. The unassuming appearance of the parcel of land belies the fact that it is subject to a legal battle, after the Canberra Raiders, backed by the ACT Planning and Land Authority, proposed a commercial-residential development, versus the North Canberra Community Council, which supports retaining the land for community use.

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Grass idea so much greener for Braddon

A surface-level car park, or grassy, open space? That is the choice being debated for the area surrounding Northbourne Oval in Braddon. With increasing urban density and record hot summers, it seems obvious to me we should be seeking to reserve our pockets of green space in inner-city areas. Read Canberra Times article …

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Clash of ideological positions for Rattenbury

Comments by Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury on the Canberra Raiders’ proposed development in Braddon raise a number of issues including the role of community councils and how the ACT government manages development applications from clubs in future. I normally do not comment on the development proposals of individual clubs but there are broader issues at stake because the Raiders’ development will not be the last time a club in the ACT seeks to redevelop land as a way of reducing reliance on poker machines. Read article …

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