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2 weeks to comment on the Kambah Master Plan

By johnboy - 2 September 2011 26

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Simon Corbell has announced the release of a draft master plan for Kambah with a very tight window for consultation.

The master plan outlines potential improvements that could be made to the centre over time. These improvements include:
• an extended central plaza
• new circulation for traffic including provision for a street which runs alongside the swale (floodway)
• two additional sites for retail development, either large scale (such as a supermarket) or smaller shops
• new opportunities for mixed use and residential development, and
• an extension of Kett Street down to Drakeford Drive.

You’ve got until just 16 September to get your thoughts through to Kambah@act.gov.au .

What’s Your opinion?


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26 Responses to
2 weeks to comment on the Kambah Master Plan
Wily_Bear 12:40 pm 05 Sep 11

johnboy said :

@frustrated, I’m sure you meant razed? [/pedant]

No Johnboy, I think he meant it exactly how he said it

pink little birdie 11:43 am 05 Sep 11

also the Kambah Inn will provide short term emergency accomodation very cheap. After we had a kitchen fire at like 8pm at night (over by like 10 but couldn’t stay at home) we got accomodation there, clean, safe, affordable..

pink little birdie 11:41 am 05 Sep 11

I don’t know what’s wrong with the Kambah inn. The people there seem like regular people – they have crappy poker machines though… but the local liquer there is my prefered bottle shop at all times (open to 11pm bigger range than woolies)

I would like to point out that the owners of the Inn used to supply sausages and space to the local Scout group to run their sausage sizzle once other owners of the complex objected. The Kambah inn is also the sponser of one of the local AFL anc Cricket teams and ran many fundraising events for Kambah residents who lost their homes in the 2003 bushfires.

busgirl 10:25 am 05 Sep 11

motleychick said :

busgirl said :

I’ll be giving them my thoughts…a cafe or two and a dog park!!

Why does there need to be a dog park? Everyone lets their dogs roam free of leashes around there anyway. It’s ridiculous.

If you don’t like off-leash areas why wouldn’t you prefer a dog park instead? While I do like the off-leash areas so my pooch can run riot for a while, I also like the dog parks where all the dogs can socialise with each other in a controlled environment and I can sit back and laugh at their antics while sipping my take-away latte. Both situations have their pluses.

I am so looking forward to this Village upgrade…whatever they do will be an improvement and only increase the value of the area…and my little ex-govie.

johnboy 10:11 am 03 Sep 11

@frustrated, I’m sure you meant razed? [/pedant]

@dvaey, pretty sure they’re just asking people who want to have a say to duplicate their comments in the actpla process.

Frustrated 10:03 am 03 Sep 11

Eppo said :

They can do whatever they like to it, but unless they bulldoze the Kambah Inn (and remove the bogans it attracts), it’s not going to end up any better. I wouldn’t be sitting down at any cafe they put in there.

Yeah the Inn has always been a blight on the village, even going back to the early 80s when I first encountered it. Terrible tavern and should have raised to the ground decades ago.

dvaey 10:01 am 03 Sep 11

motleychick said :

busgirl said :

I’ll be giving them my thoughts…a cafe or two and a dog park!!

Why does there need to be a dog park? Everyone lets their dogs roam free of leashes around there anyway. It’s ridiculous.

I agree with the first part of your comment. Why do we need a dogpark, when there are already so many legally designated off-leash areas? The grassland behind the service station (upto Sulwood Drive) is all off-leash area. If you believe its ridiculous, then dont just complain about people doing it, plan to get the off-leash laws changed.

Apparently we’re getting 2 supermarkets (with very interesting looking restrictive loading-dock access), a whole bunch of 6-storey apartment buildings, including a new street just behind the servo on top of the floodway, with more apartments. Strangely, from reading through this master plan, it sounds like the work is already underway and theyre just waiting for the required 2-weeks before they can really bring in the bulldozers (apparently Kett St and the servo upgrades couldnt wait).

One comment that I love, is fairly early on in the report (pg 5) there is a discussion about what people currently like about the centre. The points that get raised are ‘village feel’, ‘range of services’ and ‘convenient’ (including easy and ample parking). It seems like this report wants to destroy all 3 of those things we love about the centre, in favour of bringing in more commercial and residential development. With a big increase in residential, things like the village feel and the convenient parking, will evaporate.

ACTPLAComms said :

Hey Rioters, make sure you have your say where it counts.

Does this statement mean that you will put on-hold all developments, until after people have actually had their say? Or is this comment just to make it look like youre listening to the people, when infact the decisions have already been made?

Ive heard through the grapevine that approval for some developments has already been given the green-light, and the process is simply waiting for the consultation period to expire before they can start work.

ACTPLAComms 6:51 pm 02 Sep 11

Hey Rioters, make sure you have your say where it counts. Go to http://www.actpla.act.gov.au/kambah or email the project team at Kambah@act.gov.au.

frank2112 5:40 pm 02 Sep 11

I think they’ve been a bit too close the fumes from the service station. More shops and less parking, definitely the way to go.

The_Bulldog 5:21 pm 02 Sep 11

It was only a matter of time before someone mentioned my local….

Personally I can’t see what it is about the Kambah Inn that earned it a “reputation”. That said, I have found that the people who label it rough or bogan have rarely (if ever) set foot in the place. Granted it’s probably not the kind of place you’d take your old lady on Mother’s Day, but IMHO there are far too few unpretentious pubs in Canberra. Not saying it’s perfect – but you’re unlikely to find a tight T-shirted arsehat having a crack at you for getting in the way of “their” football match down there (JB I’m looking at you).

that said, I’m also local to the area and I’m looking forward to the broader redevelopment. My feedback will focus on a safe layout and effective lighting of the area, as well as some sensible environmental design that actively discourages the bad elements from loitering after dark.

@Eppo – if you’ve not been to the Tav for a while I’d encourage you to check it out. It doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not – but the locals are friendly, the pool tables are good and the beer is cold. If that’s too bogan then hand me my flanny and uggies 🙂

motleychick 3:46 pm 02 Sep 11

busgirl said :

I’ll be giving them my thoughts…a cafe or two and a dog park!!

Why does there need to be a dog park? Everyone lets their dogs roam free of leashes around there anyway. It’s ridiculous.

Eppo 3:16 pm 02 Sep 11

They can do whatever they like to it, but unless they bulldoze the Kambah Inn (and remove the bogans it attracts), it’s not going to end up any better. I wouldn’t be sitting down at any cafe they put in there.

busgirl 2:24 pm 02 Sep 11

I’ll be giving them my thoughts…a cafe or two and a dog park!!

YetAnotherBlowIn 2:01 pm 02 Sep 11

So it looks like they plan to turn it into a rabbit warren like Mawson shops?

I’m astounded to learn that “the centre is hidden from all approaches” (pg 4). It must be some strange trick of the light that I see when I drive past every day. They also plan to redevelop the petrol station as a 5 storey multi-dwelling residence “suject to future reduced demand.” Given the petrol station is currently closed to increase its tank storage capacity (if I understood someone else’s post on RA) this seems a rather optimistic plan.

p1 10:44 am 02 Sep 11

Take off and Nuke it from Orbit?

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