Asbestos Response Task Force to present to North Canberra Community Council – 21 April

The ACT Government Asbestos Response Task Force has agreed to present to the North Canberra Community Council meeting on 21 April 2015. The Task Force expects to address topics including: an update on the buyback scheme what support is being provided to homeowners support specific to elderly homeowners information about the pilot demolitions how the program will affect the wider community, and the proposed territory plan variation The meeting will be at 7.30 pm at the Function Room in the Majura Community Centre, 2 Rosevear Place Dickson – click for map

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Grevillea Park Master Plan – Drop-in information session 19 November

The Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate invites you to attend a drop-in information session regarding the Grevillea Park Master plan. The Master plan has been developed using urban design and planning principles to provide a vision for Grevillea Park as a recreational hub for community use. The National Capital Authority, which is responsible for the management of Lake Burley Griffin, supports the development of water-based recreational facilities at Grevillea Park.

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Chief Minister Responds to our motion on light rail stops

At our October meeting we passed a motion that called on the ACT Government, if it does build the light rail, to commit to: * building all of the fifteen light rail stops shown in the September Industry Briefing presentation unless there is a business case that clearly demonstrates the advantages of having fewer stops; * publishing the criteria that it intends to use to determine which stops to retain; and * conducting public consultation on which stops should be retained. On 4 November the Chief Minister provided the following response:

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Guide to Getting Around in Canberra for older Canberra residents

COTA ACT has just printed A Guide to Getting Around in Canberra for older Canberra residents.  The Guide provides information about all the transport options available to older people who don’t drive or who are getting towards the close of their driving career.  The booklet has phone numbers, web sites and tips on a range of things from accessible travel to social and recreational opportunities, to getting good taxi service.  You can look at the online version here …  If you’d like a copy of the Guide, please call COTA ACT on 6282 3777.

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Got a question on light rail?

What colour will the trams be? What will happen to bus routes? Will trams have right of way over cars? If you have a burning question about light rail, you can put it to Capital Metro at the North Canberra Community Council meeting at 7.30 pm on 19 November, at ACT Sports House, 100 Maitland St Hackett. If you have a question but can’t attend the meeting, please include your question in a comment on this article. The two questions that NCCC judge to be most interesting will be put to Capital Metro at the meeting. If you lodge your

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Downer light rail stop to stay.

Ben Smith of Capital Metro left a phone message on 7 October, saying that the light rail stop at the intersection of Swinden Street and Northbourne Avenue will be retained, and that some unspecified stops in other areas will not be built. I have returned his phone call twice to ask for more information, but without success. Leon Arundell Secretary, NCCC

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DEVELOPMENT Emotions run high at public housing planning discussions

By Mark Sawa, Canberra Chronicl Seven more sites have been identified as part of a broad public housing strategy stretching across several parts of the ACT. Representatives from the Community Services Directorate and the Economic Development Directorate gave presentations on the Draft Omnibus Territory Plan Variation to both the Belconnen Community Council and the North Canberra Community Council last week. The variation groups 17 individual sites together across Canberra’s north and south.

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Put land leases in spotlight

When Canberra gets its equivalent of an Independent Commission Against Corruption, almost the last of the state and territorial government systems to do so, the body should be as focused on exposing incompetence, mismanagement and failure to secure the public interest as it is on corruption. A good place to start would be investigating the public benefit from 25 years of political and administrative dealings between ACT politicians and officials, and the top levels of the four major football codes. As a priority, this could compete against mismanagement and corruption of the functions of ACT planning, and the problems created for

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Tribunal criticises planning minister’s ‘formulaic’ approval of lease changes for clubs

The government’s treatment of the steady stream of clubs wanting to change their concessional leases to allow development has drawn criticism from the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which accuses authorities of not properly considering the public interest. The planning minister is supposed to ensure the public interest is protected when community groups change their leases, but the tribunal said in a July judgment that all 13 leases “deconcessionalised” since late 2010 had been approved. None had been rejected in the public interest, and planning authorities appeared to have “adopted a formulaic approach, since all the minister’s reasons were couched

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Parkes Section 3 Community Engagement

Public comment is sought on the future development of Parkes Block 6 Section 3. The site is located at the south east corner of Constitution Avenue and Coranderrk Street and is bounded by Parkes Way to the south. The proposed design will be available for public comment from 26 June 2014 to 7 August 2014 through a range of methods, including the following information sessions:

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