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No parks for Crace or Casey?

By johnboy - 2 November 2010 58

The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is crying foul over what he sees to be secret plans to rob the people of Crace and Casey of green spaces.

In what some might take to be a crypto-homophopic dig at Labor’s Planning Minister Andrew Barr this is being presented as an attack on families.

“The revelation that ACTPLA and Minister Barr have secretly been developing major changes to the new Gungahlin suburbs of Crace and Casey looks like it means an end of the family home in a family friendly suburb for people in Gungahlin. In one move, Andrew Barr has taken away taken away their oval, and taken their backyards as well,” said Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth.

“In the new plans, the playing fields are gone, and hundreds of new dwellings will be crammed into the same space. No more kicking footy with the kids on the field, no more barbies in the back yard.

“Why have these suburbs changed halfway through the developments? Who made that decision? Why was the community not consulted and why was this not put forward when the suburbs where planned and sold to those people looking for a family home in a family friendly neighbourhood?

But it’s worth than that, it’s the end of the Australian dream:

“We’re not against greater density, but it has to be planned for, not sprung on people after they have bought in a new suburb. The decision and the process are both a disgrace. This secretive, underhanded move by ACTPLA and Minister Barr could turn the great Australian dream into a never-ending nightmare,” said Mr Smyth.

UPDATE: But wait! One release isn’t enough! Mr Smyth also wants Mr Barr to man up to families!

“I am calling on the Minister to show some guts. I am calling on the Minister to show the families of Gungahlin the same level of interest is showing the inner north. Come out of hiding and explain to the community why this is the right decision for the future of our city

“I look forward to hearing from Mr Barr soon,” Mr Smyth said.

What’s Your opinion?


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58 Responses to
No parks for Crace or Casey?
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Deref 5:09 pm
02 Nov 10
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More room for McMansions and faux-Tuscan villas. What’s not to like?

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Common Sense 5:31 pm
02 Nov 10
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If I had bought in Crace or Casey I’d be pretty unhappy with Andrew Barr right now. What has this government got against Gungahlin?

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Captain RAAF 5:44 pm
02 Nov 10
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Anyone who bought in Crace or Casey with the expectation of having large parks and other green areas to ‘play’ in must have signed on the bottom line without ever taking a look at the surrounding neighborhoods.

Gungahlin region is basically a refugee camp built on the sly. We’ll all be reading about that area, for all the wrong reasons, for decades to come.

Glad I got out when I did.

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Mr Evil 6:13 pm
02 Nov 10
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Gunghalin – Canberra’s own Sadr City.

I wonder if Andy will have a little cry about this round of criticism on Facebook too?

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vg 6:44 pm
02 Nov 10
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I see the renters are persisting in their Gungahlin commentary

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luther_bendross 6:57 pm
02 Nov 10
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Captain RAAF said :

Anyone who bought in Crace or Casey with the expectation of having large parks and other green areas to ‘play’ in must have signed on the bottom line without ever taking a look at the surrounding neighborhoods.

+1

It was fairly obvious what Crace and Casey we to become, and Forde to follow. If you want a backyard and room to move, take your $450k+ and move somewhere that’s not Gungahlin. If you can’t read a planning map don’t buy a house.

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housebound 7:23 pm
02 Nov 10
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I’ll have to admit complete ignorance on this – what is “a crypto-homophopic dig”? Is there something about the gay community and backyards?

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Hosinator 7:29 pm
02 Nov 10
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Captain RAAF said :

Gungahlin region is basically a refugee camp built on the sly. We’ll all be reading about that area, for all the wrong reasons, for decades to come. Glad I got out when I did.

+1

I’m waiting for the government to install a tall electric fence around that area.

Captain RAAF, any chance on having the place re-zoned as a bomb testing range for our wonderful Air Force? :-)

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affordable 8:08 pm
02 Nov 10
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they did the same in Forde, 700 blocks became 1200, the big question is if a large amount of money is being exchanged to increase the density from the original purchase of the land or is this a normal way for the developers to make 3 times more and make the desperate homebuyers live in slums

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gospeedygo 8:46 pm
02 Nov 10
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Captain RAAF said :

Anyone who bought in Crace or Casey with the expectation of having large parks and other green areas to ‘play’ in must have signed on the bottom line without ever taking a look at the surrounding neighborhoods.

Gungahlin region is basically a refugee camp built on the sly. We’ll all be reading about that area, for all the wrong reasons, for decades to come.

Glad I got out when I did.

I live in Ngunnawal, I can see a shit load of green from my window and it goes for quite a way.

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sepi 9:19 pm
02 Nov 10
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This is terrible! I thought the whole point of high density / sustainable suburbs was to have plenty of community space for exercise and team sports etc, as people will not have backyards.

What happened to ‘walkability’ John? Looks like Gungahlinites will all be driving to Dickson oval….

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Chop71 9:19 pm
02 Nov 10
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WOW, this is a shocker. When you only have on average 400m blocks and then they take away your park or oval to build more houses ….grr

I guess the saying “they don’t build em like they used too” stands true for block sizes and established houses too.

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Chop71 9:27 pm
02 Nov 10
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Do you guys reckon they will try too move the ACT border North or West for future development or keep building south of Tuggies? Are there any plans for the next satelite city? (I hope not under the airport)

maybe we might even get light rail before they invent a teleporter

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arescarti42 10:11 pm
02 Nov 10
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Chop71 said :

WOW, this is a shocker. When you only have on average 400m blocks and then they take away your park or oval to build more houses ….grr

I’m happy to be corrected, but from what I’ve read, it sounds like the oval is being replaced with “landscaped open space for local recreation”, not additional houses. I suspect they might be making blocks smaller to fit in the additional homes, or increasing the townhouse to detached house ratio.

I’d like to know why people think Gungahlin will be a future slum. I’d be putting bets on Tuggeranong, it is completely car dependent and way further out from the city than Gungahlin.

Chop71 said :

Do you guys reckon they will try too move the ACT border North or West for future development or keep building south of Tuggies? Are there any plans for the next satelite city? (I hope not under the airport)

maybe we might even get light rail before they invent a teleporter

The next satellite city will be Molonglo, north of Weston and south of Belconnen. Between Molonglo and Gungahlin, there is probably capacity for another 20 or 30 years.

After that, Kowen Forest in the east is earmarked for 8000-28000 homes (i.e. 20,000-80,000 people).

As far as a rail system in the short to medium term, as long as Stanhope is in government, I don’t think there’s a chance.

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Deref 7:28 am
03 Nov 10
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Captain RAAF said :

Gungahlin region is basically a refugee camp built on the sly. We’ll all be reading about that area, for all the wrong reasons, for decades to come.

+1

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