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Call to action! If you think the Lake War Memorials are a shocker … this is worse!

By I-filed - 25 February 2012 37

Does the Canberra public know about the ACT Government’s plans to build hundreds of flats abutting Anzac Parade, and that there’s an information session on 6 March?

Check the nca.gov.au website and also google “section 5” and “anzac parade” for a wealth of links, including a PDF that shows that the flats are going to turn the strip of trees down the side of Anzac Parade into their front garden.

This is a truly awful plan that threatens to wreck the balanced aesthetic of Anzac Parade. From the PDF for download, it looks as though sheer walls of the flats will abut the very edge of the road, unlike the existing bungalows, that are quiet and well set back.

I have been told that because the (superb) ASIO building is nearby, the flats will be allowed to reach the same height as that enormous building.

Frankly, given a choice between the Lake War Memorials and this monstrosity, I’ll take the memorials thanks!

Canberrans, with plans to list Canberra on the National and World registers, let’s protect the heritage values of Anzac Parade that we cherish so much, from the ACT Government if the NCA won’t take its responsibilities seriously.

NCA advice from its website below:
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Draft Amendment 74 – Section 5 Campbell

Section 5 Campbell is subject to the provisions of Appendix T8 of the Plan, including general principles and policies, and detailed requirements for urban and landscape structure, access and circulation, streetscape design, and building height and form.

A public information session will be held on Tuesday 6 March 2012, 6pm for 6.15pm at Campbell Primary School Hall, Chauvel Street, Campbell. The session will be run in conjunction with the public information session for the Anzac Parade and Constitution Avenue Intersection Works – Stage 2.

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37 Responses to
Call to action! If you think the Lake War Memorials are a shocker … this is worse!
mr reason 3:09 pm 25 Feb 12

Looks good to me. the area is a wasteland currently.

Thoroughly Smashed 3:01 pm 25 Feb 12

I-filed said :

I urge the public to attend the public meeting and make sure these flats are modified so they don’t affect Anzac Parade.

I’ve got a better idea: Go in with an open mind and find out what it actually is you’re ranting against.

BimboGeek 2:46 pm 25 Feb 12

My opinion is in between. Flats on Anzac Park sounds fine. Eight stories seems a bit excessive considering that it’s a major landmark and there’s only houses with nice gardens there now.

arescarti42 2:23 pm 25 Feb 12

I fail to see the issue here.

As others have pointed out, the proposed development is located along Anzac Park, not Anzac Parade, and is set back from the Anzac Parade corridor a similar distance to large buildings already in the area. It is also consistent with the Griffin Legacy plan to turn Constitution Avenue in to a major boulevard lined with mixed use development.

housebound 1:03 pm 25 Feb 12

On looking at the drawings in the pdf, perhaps go to the consultation and ask for the two blocks of flats adjoining Anzac Pde to be set back even further (perhaps just don’t build those ones?) and perhaps limited to 3 storeys (which doesn’t include basements and attics).

housebound 12:52 pm 25 Feb 12

Before going any further, you need to find out who owns the land – is it the ACT or the Commonwealth? If it is the ACT and you really do care, then put in a heritage nomination for the relevant area. If the ACT Heritage Council accepts the nomination, the place then has ‘nominated’ status, and has protection under the ACT Heritage Act.

If the place is Commonwealth land, you will need to find the relevant commonwealth legislation to see what, if any, protection there might be.

I suggest you talk to the National Trust about this. They’ll be across it very quickly and they’ll know whether there is any point in going down the ACT path.

That said, even if the place falls under the ACT Heritage Act, the Heritage Council may not be as assertive in protecting the place as it probably should be.

I-filed 12:11 pm 25 Feb 12

The “community consultation boards” have a wealth of images – but no mockup of the actual view up Anzac Parade once the buildings are there. That avoidance should serve as a warning – the public need to have visual evidence of what these buildings will look like.

The words on “heritage considerations” are dishonest:
“Section 5 Campbell is not entered on the Commonwealth Heritage List or the National Heritage List, nor is it listed on the ACT Heritage Register.”
NCA and the ACT Government are fully aware that Canberra is being put up for listing on both the National Heritage list AND the World Heritage List. Intangibles such as vistas are crucial heritage values that will be under discussion regardling these proposed listings.

The “heritage statement” prepared by consultants to the NCA ends with this gobbledegook: “the approach to built form, in terms of height, siting and mass, and landscaping will promote a fuller understating of Walter Burley Griffin’s objective for the Municipal Axis as Canberra’s ‘high street’.” – What on earth is that supposed to mean? A block of privately developed flats encroaching on Anzac Parade’s visual values is going to contribute to the Walter Burley Griffin Plan? That spells out that the consultant is simply jumping to the ACT Government’s requirements with a specious statement. The “high street” concept belongs to Constitution Avenue, not up along the side of Anzac Parade.

Please note that the NCA also haven’t made it clear whether they require registration to attend the March 6 consultation, or whether stakeholders can simply turn up.

rosscoact 11:44 am 25 Feb 12

I-filed said :

Bennop said :

The PDF I see (link below) does not show what you describe. The development is located on Anzac Park the road behind Anzac parade- so they are set well back, similar to the current houses already located further up and down both sides of Anzac Park already. Not that that makes them any good. But you the way you describe it makes it seem like hundreds of flats will line Anzac Parade; which ain’t true.

http://www.lda.act.gov.au/uploads/campbell%20section%205/Community%20Consultation%20Boards%2012%20Nov%202011.pdf

No – look closely – they aren’t set back – the plan has the walls of the apartment blocks right up against the boundary. Furthermore, the height isn’t specified – as there are some 600 luxury flats planned for this block, it will be a TALL building. This will definitely impinge on the sightline up and down Anzac Parade. The flats are not set back – to keep the ambience of Anzac Parade, they would actually have to be set back considerably further than the houses along Anzac Parade, because of their height.
I urge the public to attend the public meeting and make sure these flats are modified so they don’t affect Anzac Parade.

you must be looking at a different drawing. The one on the link to the public consultation does show that it’s not on Anzac parade and it shows the building heights

bd84 11:41 am 25 Feb 12

Firstly, the apartments are on Anzac Park not Anzac parade. There’s a row of huge trees between the two. Not in keeping with the area? So how are they different to the 20m or so tall Anzac park east and west buildings directly across the road? It looks like they’re putting up 3 different options for the development for people to comment on anyway.. But i suppose you will still go with your NIMBY panties in a twist.

Bennop 11:41 am 25 Feb 12

On my reckoning, going on the details of the PDF, the blocks fronting Anzac Park would be about 8 stories high. The old ABS building at the end of Anzac Parade/Constitution Ave was 7 stories high.

Bennop 11:35 am 25 Feb 12

I-filed said :

Bennop said :

The PDF I see (link below) does not show what you describe. The development is located on Anzac Park the road behind Anzac parade- so they are set well back, similar to the current houses already located further up and down both sides of Anzac Park already. Not that that makes them any good. But you the way you describe it makes it seem like hundreds of flats will line Anzac Parade; which ain’t true.

http://www.lda.act.gov.au/uploads/campbell%20section%205/Community%20Consultation%20Boards%2012%20Nov%202011.pdf

No – look closely – they aren’t set back – the plan has the walls of the apartment blocks right up against the boundary. Furthermore, the height isn’t specified – as there are some 600 luxury flats planned for this block, it will be a TALL building. This will definitely impinge on the sightline up and down Anzac Parade. The flats are not set back – to keep the ambience of Anzac Parade, they would actually have to be set back considerably further than the houses along Anzac Parade, because of their height.
I urge the public to attend the public meeting and make sure these flats are modified so they don’t affect Anzac Parade.

No it doesnt. It shows trees and green space fronting the road.

Top left of the first page of the PDF shows the height of the building.

Once again, the development is not proposed on Anzac Parade- but on Anzac Park which is the road behind Anzac Parade.

Once again, it doesnt mean I think its good- but at least describe it accurately. You do your case no good with exaggerations and misinformation.

I-filed 11:25 am 25 Feb 12

Bennop said :

The PDF I see (link below) does not show what you describe. The development is located on Anzac Park the road behind Anzac parade- so they are set well back, similar to the current houses already located further up and down both sides of Anzac Park already. Not that that makes them any good. But you the way you describe it makes it seem like hundreds of flats will line Anzac Parade; which ain’t true.

http://www.lda.act.gov.au/uploads/campbell%20section%205/Community%20Consultation%20Boards%2012%20Nov%202011.pdf

No – look closely – they aren’t set back – the plan has the walls of the apartment blocks right up against the boundary. Furthermore, the height isn’t specified – as there are some 600 luxury flats planned for this block, it will be a TALL building. This will definitely impinge on the sightline up and down Anzac Parade. The flats are not set back – to keep the ambience of Anzac Parade, they would actually have to be set back considerably further than the houses along Anzac Parade, because of their height.
I urge the public to attend the public meeting and make sure these flats are modified so they don’t affect Anzac Parade.

Bennop 10:55 am 25 Feb 12

The PDF I see (link below) does not show what you describe. The development is located on Anzac Park the road behind Anzac parade- so they are set well back, similar to the current houses already located further up and down both sides of Anzac Park already. Not that that makes them any good. But you the way you describe it makes it seem like hundreds of flats will line Anzac Parade; which ain’t true.

http://www.lda.act.gov.au/uploads/campbell%20section%205/Community%20Consultation%20Boards%2012%20Nov%202011.pdf

Ben_Dover 10:47 am 25 Feb 12

Mad as.

Cheap 10:16 am 25 Feb 12

What the? Is this a joke? Anzac Parade is the centerpiece of the parliamentary triangle! Apartment blocks would absolutely ruin it

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