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Coles' car park plan a 'backward step'
Pedal Power ACT members Julia Widdup, of Lyneham with Gillian and Keith Helyar, of Watson, saddle up at
the proposed Coles development site in Dickson.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Canberra's peak cycling group has
attacked a proposed supermarket
development in Dickson claiming it is
at odds with the ACT government's
Transport for Canberra plan.
Pedal Power ACT executive officer
John Armstrong said supermarket
giant Coles had misunderstood the
needs of the community and the plan's
"At a time where more people in the
inner north are embracing active
transport -- walking or riding to and
from their destination -- Coles has
proposed a major underground car
park that will increase the number of
cars and funnel traffic into the heart of
Dickson's current pedestrian corridor,"
Mr Armstrong said the result would
be a development that increased traffic
in the area and made it harder for
people to ride or walk to Dickson
"Far from being a progressive
development that reflects Canberra's
aim for sustainable, active transport
and recognises the significant number
of people in the inner north who ride or
walk to Dickson, this proposal is a
Meanwhile, North Canberra
Community Council chairman Mike
Hettinger lashed out at the timing of
He described the call for public
comment over the Christmas/New
Year period and school holidays as
ridiculous'' and outrageous''.
"It is not just your simple
development application,'' he said.
"It is a major change.''
Mr Hettinger said at a time when
residents were looking to enjoy a
holiday and recharge the government
expected a response to a major
"It was ridiculous to release this just
before the holidays,'' he said.
"It is just outrageous.''
Mr Hettinger believed the proposal
had unstoppable momentum.
"All we can do is kind of guide this
boulder and minimise the damage it
could do,'' he said. The period for
public comment was to close on
January 27 after just 18 submissions
were made but the ACT Planning and
Land Authority stepped in to extend
public comment to Tuesday, February
10. An ACTPLA spokeswoman said
the additional two-extension was on
top of the one-week extension already
provided for comment on the DA. A
week is added for submissions over the
Christmas holiday period. She said the
ACT government would assess
whether the plan was at odds with its
transport plan after public submissions
had been made. The spokeswoman
said the government had no control
over when a development application
GARDEN CITY VALUES
Our inner south Canberra suburbs are
nearly a century old. If they are to
survive for another 100 years we need
to ensure we have a planning system
that helps to maintain their distinctive
amenity -- garden city values and
heritage in the face of inevitable
pressure for redevelopment.
We are disappointed the ACT
government has reneged on its
previous commitment to safeguard
our suburbs through the adoption of
new precinct codes for the inner
It would have kicked off with pilot
proposals in Deakin and Yarralumla.
The codes would have bound
decision-makers to protect the unique
characteristics of each
neighbourhood in any development
Instead, the government has
proposed to issue a new statement of
planning intent later this year, which
will identify its planning intentions
Planning Minister Mick
Gentleman has invited ISCCC to
participate in the consultative process
leading up to the adoption of the new
But we remain sceptical this would
be a better solution than specific and
binding rules for each suburb.
Further detail on this issue is
available on our website:
The ISCCC has decided not take a
position on whether Canberra should
have a light rail system for the
moment. Our priority is ensuring that,
if the project goes ahead as is current
government policy, the inner south
plays an active part in discussions on
future network options.
I was pleased to attend the recent
launch of a new book by Lenore
Coltheart at Canberra's cherished
Albert Hall -- one of the most iconic
buildings in the inner south. The book
will undoubtedly bring back
wonderful memories for many.
The next public meeting of the
ISCCC committee is being held on
Tuesday, February 10, from 7pm at
the National Press Club.
I hope to see you there. Gary Kent
FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE
LOBBYING FOR CANBERRA
Andrew Blyth, the new chairman of
the Regional Development Australia
committees in the ACT, has promised
to stand up for Canberra in the
corridors of Federal Parliament.
Mr Blyth resigned as chief
executive of the ACT and Region
Chamber of Commerce and Industry
in August, after the organisation
merged with the Canberra Business
Council. At the time he said the
merger was positive for the Canberra
business community but it meant he
had been worked out of a job''.
Regional Development Australia
consists of a national network of 55
committees designed to focus strongly
on regional economic development
and facilitate local projects.
My job will be to lobby for federal
funds on issues such as renewable
energy, tourism, innovation and for
first-class universities,'' Mr Blyth said.
Plans aim to co-ordinate future vision
Draft master plans for Woden town
centre and Mawson have been
released in unison by the ACT
government to provide a co-ordinated
vision between the two areas.
A focus on boosting activity on
both streets and in public areas is at
the heart of the plans.
Woden's vision aims to improve
the town centre's public domain,
pedestrian and cycle connections and
increase the level of new
Transport is a focus for Mawson.
Its aim is to establish it as a
transport hub with vibrant and active
Woden Valley Community Council
chairman Martin Miller said the
plans, which took more than two
years to realise, had several positive
aspects but lacked detail on much-
needed civic projects.
"We were hoping there would be a
re-establishment of a sporting
precinct," he said.
"Also the community centre and
proposed locations for that is touched
on but there isn't much detail."
Mr Miller said pedestrian safety
and connectivity were two high-
The Mawson master plan draws
attention to difficult connections for
pedestrians and cyclists.
"The recent upgrade makes it like
slalom for pedestrians who now
spend most of the time in the middle
of that intersection," he said.
The council intends to submit a
suggestion to implement a universal
40km/h zone across the core of the
town centre and call for countdown
timers to be installed at major busy
Mr Miller said the combined draft
master plans tackled negative
community feedback that the centres
felt isolated, rundown and unsafe.
"Along with increasing residential
development there needs to be mixed-
use sites for cafes and restaurants that
encourage activity outside of
shopping centre times," he said.
"Particularly for Woden, if you are
going to attract people to live in the
core of the town centre they need
Public consultation on both plans is
open until March 15.
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