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Development of former school sites across ACT

By mattcross - 8 June 2008 49

The ACT Government has got GHD (a consultancy) doing online consultation on the Bang the Table site to ask people what they think about recommended uses of former schools.  Some have development of houses, others commercial and others community uses.  This is a chance to speak up and to stop the over development of these precious community sites.

There are pages for 8 sites Cook, Weston, Melrose, Holt, Village Creek, Mt Neighbour, Rivett, and North Curtin.

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49 Responses to
Development of former school sites across ACT
el 10:17 pm 08 Jun 08

Put the slums next to the nuclear facilities and I might be able to afford one 🙂

Thumper 10:08 pm 08 Jun 08

Yep, more high density slums, just what we need…

Like, ah, the dives near magpies at Kippax.

No doubt, every suburb should have one….

tom-tom 9:38 pm 08 Jun 08

urban infill, put low cost townhouses on the school sites and be done with it; this is a chance to do something useful towards fixing canberras biggest problem (home affordability)

Thumper 9:12 pm 08 Jun 08

Geez El, I’d rather see a small nuclear facility.

Now, you know that really makes sense…..

ant 9:03 pm 08 Jun 08

A gas turbine in every pot! Hooray!

el 9:00 pm 08 Jun 08

A small and quiet gas-turbine power station on each and every site.

You know it makes sense.

mattcross 5:50 pm 08 Jun 08

Oh by the way – I’m crossy on the Bang the table site in case you couldnt guess! Bit of moral support over there would be good.

mattcross 5:07 pm 08 Jun 08

All good point guys, I’ve reflected some of these views in my comments to the consultation site. Feel free to make your own views known there (see links above) as I think the report to the Govt will come from the feedback there.

Thumper 4:17 pm 08 Jun 08

If there are any libs/ independents/ greens reading this then this is probably a vote winner.

Announce that you really will consult on the future of these sites, or better still, turn them into parks for community use. I’m certainly getting jack of our open spaces being rapidly filled in by this government.

ant 3:25 pm 08 Jun 08

Sepi, that was my thought too, more leash-free zones.

And yeah, Special G, what’s the bet they’ve already awarded contracts after a limited tender round? That’s how this mob operates. Make decisions, get it all going, then go off to tick the “community consultation” box.

sepi 2:29 pm 08 Jun 08

Enclosed dog runs would be another great idea.

Special G 2:02 pm 08 Jun 08

Its another consultation after the plans have already been made and finalised.

Thumper 1:28 pm 08 Jun 08

Holt oval. Once it’s built on you can’t ever get it back.

Samey same for the others.

I’d rather see tree plantings to make community parks.

sepi 1:17 pm 08 Jun 08

It is important to retain some green space within suburbs.

The govt itself has acknowledged that Glebe Park is suffering from overuse as there is nowhere else for civic people to go.

It’s easy to take green space away and build houses on it. ONce that has happened you never get it back.

ant 1:17 pm 08 Jun 08

It seems so wasteful to knock down perfectly useful buildings. They should be able to recycle them as some kind of community facilities, community halls or business incubators or a mix of such things. At least some of the open land should be earmarked to remain as such, as parks or something. If they need to finance this with a small housing (high density) development, then that could be the way to go.

flogging off the lot to developers is NOT the way to go. We’ve all seen where that leads. Some more responsible, community-minded development is now needed. The gov’t must not divest itself of immediate responsibility for what happens on these sites.

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