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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 .


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MissChief 1:48 pm 06 Sep 11

Dacquiri said :

According to the media report, the proposals also call for removing a number of those pesky gum trees because they are messy and increase maintenance costs. Are these people, like, for real? I mean, OK, let’s rip out all the b!oody trees because they, like, shed bark and leaves and stuff. It is obviously not enough to being eyeing off every available space as a multi-storey-building-in-waiting, but those damn trees are an absolute liability.

I noticed that in the plan and wondered why they couldn’t just ensure better cleaning and maintenance. What Kambah Village needs first and foremost is a really good clean… and the problem isn’t just limited to Kambah Village. For years I’ve wondered why the Government doesn’t steam clean our pavements like they do in Europe. There needs to be more street sweeping, removal of rubbish, regular weeding and replanting of trees and shrubs around Canberra.

damien haas 12:03 pm 06 Sep 11

dvaey said :

johnboy said :

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

Maybe there should be a policy to search RA for posts relating to DAs, since when these DAs come up, ACTPLA claim to only receive a handful of comments, but those of us reading here know there is more interest than that.

Maybe the ACT govt and ACTPLA should look at ways of encouraging more public input into these changes. One example could be a way to watch for any DAs in your area of interest and receiving an email notification when something pops up. Not everyone generally cares to read the list of DAs regularly, but many would no doubt be interested in hearing of anything nearby to their interests by a simple weekly or monthly email.

As part of its community engagement, ACTPLA emails a spreadsheet with siginfiicant DA’s on it to all the Community Councils in Canberra on a weekly basis.

steveu 10:51 am 06 Sep 11

2 weeks for 15000 residents to comment is not enough time. Simple. Probably the largest suburb in Canberra may need a bit more input than that. If they are offering up all that land to the property developers then I would hope all the money made is injected directly into the redevelopment (and not be another case of selling off more public land to make the govt fiscally viable).

dvaey 10:12 am 06 Sep 11

Angelina said :

MissChief said :

I can’t decide if turning the floodway into a picnic ground is a brilliant idea or a dumb one.

As long as you’re not down there having a picnic when the torrent comes (or in the path of a floating picnic bench) you shouldn’t be too bothered…

Maybe you havent seen the area after a days rain, the whole grassed area becomes quite boggy, especially just south of the Burns Club, often with water pooled up for a day or two after we have rain.

dvaey 10:09 am 06 Sep 11

johnboy said :

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

Maybe there should be a policy to search RA for posts relating to DAs, since when these DAs come up, ACTPLA claim to only receive a handful of comments, but those of us reading here know there is more interest than that.

Maybe the ACT govt and ACTPLA should look at ways of encouraging more public input into these changes. One example could be a way to watch for any DAs in your area of interest and receiving an email notification when something pops up. Not everyone generally cares to read the list of DAs regularly, but many would no doubt be interested in hearing of anything nearby to their interests by a simple weekly or monthly email.

Dacquiri 11:19 pm 05 Sep 11

According to the media report, the proposals also call for removing a number of those pesky gum trees because they are messy and increase maintenance costs. Are these people, like, for real? I mean, OK, let’s rip out all the b!oody trees because they, like, shed bark and leaves and stuff. It is obviously not enough to being eyeing off every available space as a multi-storey-building-in-waiting, but those damn trees are an absolute liability.

Angelina 8:01 pm 05 Sep 11

MissChief said :

I can’t decide if turning the floodway into a picnic ground is a brilliant idea or a dumb one. It does seem like a great way of utilising what will be a prime “swag” of land (unfit for development) but the possibility of a torrential flood sweeping along it bothers me.

As long as you’re not down there having a picnic when the torrent comes (or in the path of a floating picnic bench) you shouldn’t be too bothered…

MissChief 6:20 pm 05 Sep 11

I can’t decide if turning the floodway into a picnic ground is a brilliant idea or a dumb one. It does seem like a great way of utilising what will be a prime “swag” of land (unfit for development) but the possibility of a torrential flood sweeping along it bothers me.

Wily_Bear 1:13 pm 05 Sep 11

johnboy said :

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/raze-to-the-ground.html

I am aware of the distinction between ‘razed’ and ‘raised’, I just think the latter is more apt. A quick excursion to the Kambah Inn would make it clear why

The_Bulldog 12:46 pm 05 Sep 11

Kambah Inn also sponsor touch footy, cricket and Gladiators Gridiron – they also host (free-of-charge), a number of fund-raising events for locals trying to raise cash for sports and health stuff…

I know ACT Gov’t mandate that a percentage of pokies revenue must be “given back” to the local community – but based on my observations (not many people playing the pokes – heaps of hand-outs), the Tav exceeds this requirement. Say what you will about the place, it’s locals or “the vibe”, but how many similar businesses shell out for their local community without a song and dance?

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.

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