Representatives of Yarralumla residents braved the cold today (Monday 4 August) to present a petition at 8am calling for the withdrawal and reworking of current plans for the Canberra Brickworks and environs.
The Yarralumla Residents Association presented the petition to Member of the Legislative Assembly for Molonglo, Steve Doszpot, who will present the petition to the Assembly this week.
The petition, signed by over 4,000 Canberra residents, challenges the poor planning in the current proposal, which would create a town-?centre scale development, with building heights of up to 8 storeys, but without the necessary infrastructure and community amenities.
The petition also questions the ACT Government’s plan to just “make safe” the heritage-?listed Canberra Brickworks, starving them of the funds needed to preserve them. “This is a recipe for managed decay of these iconic buildings,” declared Marea Fatseas, President of the Yarralumla Residents Association.
“Residents are not opposed to development,” she said. “We want to work with the ACT Government, the National Capital Authority, relevant experts, and other stakeholders to come up with a plan that is in character with the existing suburb and addresses major concerns.”
“More than 4000 Canberra residents have signed our petition, demonstrating strong interest across the ACT in planning for the Brickworks and environs,” she said. “The Government has an opportunity to create a genuinely sustainable development that provides community amenity, avoids traffic and infrastructure problems, and provides for conservation and adaptive reuse of the Brickworks.”
The petitioners are seeking reworked plans that:
Develop a plan in harmony with the existing suburb that reduces building heights; is less dense; provides more green space; conserves more existing trees; retains walking trails.
Address the significantly increased traffic flow within Yarralumla, Deakin and Curtin, build a traffic overpass near the Mint; and provide adequate parking.
Provide detailed and fully costed plans relating to the immediate preservation of the Brickworks and for the next stage of the restoration and adaptive reuse of the site.
Provide extensive public reports and costings on plans for the safe removal of asbestos and other contaminated material from the site and implications for health and safety.
Explain how existing infrastructure will cope with a doubling of demand, and provide detailed information on improved public transport options, community facilities and planned new amenities.