A public meeting in Narrabundah on 9 October has given voice to community opposition to a Vikings Club proposal to redevelop the Capital Golf Course on Jerrabomberra Avenue.
The Vikings Club, which is suffering reduced revenue from its poker machine licences, stands to reap a multi-million dollar profit if allowed to convert all or part of the Capital Golf Course for housing or commercial purposes. Vikings bought the 13.4 hectare restricted access recreation lease over site in 2004 for only $4 million and pays peppercorn annual rates and taxes to ACT Government for its use as a golf club.
Understandably, Narrabundah residents and ordinary Golf Club members are at odds with the Vikings Club board proposal. Their concerns include:
- Loss of a community recreation facility – Canberra has only two public golf courses. CGC membership comprises average Canberrians.
- Loss of community green space and wildlife habitat.
- The role of a ‘not for profit’ tax advantaged community organisation in commercial land development.
- ACT Government acquiescence to developers land rezoning proposals when they should be the ones releasing land for housing or commercial purposes.
Reducing to course to only nine holes to accommodate partial housing redevelopment is just the thin edge of the wedge for full redevelopment in the future.
What do you think, bleating nimby’s or legitimate concern?