Today’s article in the Canberra Times (online edition) - http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/yarralumla-resident-opposition-to-brickworks-development-gathers-pace-20140707-zszft.html
highlights some of the issues, although we suggest there was probably closer to 250 attendees than 150 as reported.
Primrose Rioradn was unfortunately unable to stay until the end of the meeting when a motion was put forward and virtually unanimously carried to endorse the YRA sponsored petition requesting that the current plans be withdrawn and reworked.
The YRA has a stall set up at the Yarralumla Shops in Bentham Street most days collecting signatures. The full petition endorsed at last night’s meeting is as follows:
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, CALL FOR THE CURRENT PLANS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CANBERRA BRICKWORKS AND ENVIRONS TO BE WITHDRAWN AND REWORKED. RECOGNISING THE PROBLEMS INHERENT IN DOUBLING THE SIZE OF THE POPULATION, THE REWORKED PLANS SHOULD:
- Develop a plan in harmony with the existing dwellings and layout of the suburb that reduces building heights; is less dense; provides more green space; conserves more existing trees (including the oak plantation); retains existing walking trails
- Address the significantly increased traffic flow within Yarralumla and its neighbouring suburbs of Deakin and Curtin; build a traffic overpass near the Mint; provide adequate parking for residents and visitors within the development and increase parking at local shopping and medical and other facilities in Yarralumla and Deakin
- 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 the health and safety of residents
- Explain and illustrate how existing infrastructure for electricity, water, sewerage and storm water will cope with a doubling of demand and provide detailed information on improved public transport options, community facilities and planned new amenities