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SOUTH TRALEE DEVELOPMENT
Village Building Company managing director Bob Winnel looks over south Tralee.
Photo: Melissa Adams
New subdivision finally under way
Kimberley Le Lievre
Development is to start at South Tralee
more than 12 years after it was first
Village Building Company
submitted a development application
for the stage one subdivision to
Queanbeyan City Council for public
consultation, which will open next
In line with the approved concept
plan, the development application
includes plans for 127 dwellings,
ovals, tennis courts, community parks
and a dog park.
Stage one is the first of four stages,
with the development applications for
the following stages to be submitted in
the coming months. In total, the South
Tralee development will have 1227
dwellings and include plenty of open
and community space.
Village Building Company
managing director Bob Winnel said
the entire area will be known as South
Further land to the south is
currently undergoing rezoning and
will also form part of this estate, Mr
South Jerrabomberra will have
about 2000 dwellings, that includes
South Tralee. [In total] about 6000
people and about $1 billion in housing,
plus some commercial, he said.
The development was mired in
controversy from the outset, with
vehement opposition from the Canberra
Airport and lack of support from the
ACT and federal governments due to
the siting of the development beneath --
but outside -- the Australian Noise
The state government approved the
rezoning plans for South Tralee in
November 2012. Calling it a win-win
situation, the government said the
plans allowed affordable housing to be
built near the capital, while allowing
Canberra Airport to pursue
development without affecting future
residents of the proposed
Mr Winnel said the development
was down to one-third of its original
size, to accommodate the Canberra
Airport s proposed future plans for a
24-hour freight hub.
Homes at South Tralee will also be
built with strict aircraft noise-abating
It has taken a while, it s been 13
and a bit years in the process so I can t
say we re full of joy about the time it s
taken but we re relieved that its finally
happening, Mr Winnel said.
Another significant step forward
for the project, Mr Winnel said, was
the co-operation of the ACT
government in looking at a direct route
from the new suburb to the Monaro
For the last 13 years, the ACT
government has not been co-operating
on the location of that roadway.
We are co-operating with the ACT
on new technical studies to establish
what the best connection will be, he
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr
said the government had requested
further information from Village
Building Company on traffic
All parties are working co-
operatively to reach consensus, Mr
A spokeswoman for the Canberra
Airport said all their issues with the
proposed development at South Tralee
were resolved some time ago.
Master plan for future growth
A Kippax Centre master plan will be
developed to cater for the expected
growth of West Belconnen.
Minister for Planning Mick
Gentleman said the master should be
released publicly this year.
"It will incorporate the findings
from the extensive community
consultation undertaken as part of the
Riverview Group s preparation for
West Belconnen, as well as other
relevant studies and previous
consultation undertaken by the
planning directorate, he said.
"Doing a master plan now will
ensure Kippax will be ready to attract
new commercial opportunities,
facilities and services as demand
increases as new suburbs are
established in West Belconnen.
Ginninderra MLA Yvette Berry said
the master plan was a chance to
improve pedestrian access around the
With the school and Kalparrin
aged-care so close, it is important we
make sure that the centre remains safe
and accessible, Ms Berry said.
"Anyone who has grabbed a coffee
on a weekday morning knows that it is
older people who are revitalising
Kippax and I ll be looking to make
sure their voices are heard in the
master plan process."
Future coming to a desktop near you
To design your own jewellery and have
it available for wear straight away
seems futuristic, but this week that
expectation became reality at the
University of Canberra.
A new research collaboration
focusing on digital design and 3D
printing has brought together 13
researchers, including five from the
Digitally designed objects by
researchers and students were
displayed, including bells, tuning
forks and other items.
One standout piece was a
3D-printed electronic circular knitting
machine from Estonia, the first 3D
printed machine of its kind in
Australia. All proceeds from the items
it produces will be donated to rescuing
Mobile Makers is the first travelling
creative digital research laboratory in
Australia and is presenting the forum
at the university.
The collaboration is designed to
promote the potential for digital
manufacturing, particularly in small
business and for craft producers, as
well as educators and students.
On Thursday and Friday students
and researchers were invited to
workshops and information sessions
about the technology, which is
expected to grow in popularity in the
next few years.
University of Canberra researcher
and Faculty of Arts and Design
associate dean of research Angelina
Russo said the collaboration had huge
potential for the university.
"We need to get used to the idea that
this kind of technology has to be
available to [students] at their desks,"
"It gives them the opportunity to
play, practise and prototype."
Over the two days, architecture
students had the opportunity to try
their hand at using the technology they
have been learning about.
As part of the forum researchers
will also be unveiling a 3D desktop
scanner along with a desktop laser
cutter -- the first time either technology
has been used in Canberra.
Students at Torrens Primary School
will soon be able to play at school
without the worry of tripping over tree
roots or sliding in dirt.
The school, along with the
Australian Institute of Landscape
Architects and University of Canberra
architecture students, has designed a
new courtyard for the students to use.
The present area is usable but in
need of a facelift as it has not been
upgraded since the school opened
more than 40 years ago.
The new design incorporates ideas
from students in years 1 to 6 as well as
Chris Norris and Luke Duggan, the
UC students who have worked on the
Despite leaving out some of the
more adventurous ideas (plans for a
chocolate fountain and waterslide
were scrapped), Mr Norris and Mr
Duggan said many student ideas had
been incorporated in the final plans.
Something that stood out to me
was their passion and pride towards
the school, particularly the school
colours, Mr Norris said.
The furniture and trimmings on
gardens will incorporate the school
colours of red, white and black.
Some courtyard features include a
stage, a space for outdoor classes,
improved seating, and a grass mound
for students to play on.
The students suggestion of a staff-
only area was also incorporated into
Slow down at dawn and dusk or roo the day
Kangaroos were involved in 90 per
cent of animal-car collisions on
ACT roads last year.
Kangaroos were involved in 90 per
cent of animal-car collisions on ACT
roads last year, with most accidents
occurring in July and August.
According to NRMA statistics,
there were 66 collisions with
kangaroos in the inner suburbs of
Canberra in 2014.
There were 22 collisions with
kangaroos in Belconnen while 19 were
recorded in Hume, 17 in Bungendore,
and 16 in Red Hill.
According to the data, more than
800 animals including kangaroos,
dogs, wombats, cattle and cats were
injured or killed on ACT roads last
NRMA Insurance head of research
Robert McDonald said kangaroo
collisions were most likely to happen
during winter when people were
driving to or from work.
Kangaroos are most active around
sunrise and sunset when they are
foraging and this is when they are most
likely to venture onto roads, so we
encourage drivers to slow down, he
Mr McDonald said most collisions
occurred in rural areas but the data
proved kangaroos often caused havoc
on suburban roads.
How you react when you see a
kangaroo on the road can potentially
save lives so it s important to stay alert
so you have the best chance of
reducing both human and animal
casualties, Mr McDonald said. If
you hit a kangaroo and it is critically
injured, we recommend you call your
local wildlife group, Canberra
Connect or the police.
Make sure you are aware of your
surroundings, check your mirrors
frequently and scan the area around
where your car is parked before you
head off on your journey.
ANU NAMED NATIONAL
BASE FOR WEB GROUP
The Australian National University
will play a major role in guiding the
internet after it was named host venue
for the World Wide Web Consortium
Australia office. The international
consortium of more than 400 member
organisations develop standards and
guidelines for the growth of the web.
Members include Microsoft, Apple,
Google and Facebook.
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