11 October 2018

Kambah supermarket to expand along with Government upgrades for Kambah Village

| Lachlan Roberts
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An artist impression of plans for the Kambah Woolworths extension.

An upgrade is planned for Kambah’s local shopping centre which includes a private redevelopment to expand Woolworths and a Government upgrade of the surrounding park and facilities.

The ACT Government has released the final sketch plan for the proposed $2 million upgrades to Kambah Village along with the announcement of a major private redevelopment of the local shops.

A development application has been lodged to extend the supermarket off Primmer Court, with Woolworths to be extended by 1754 square metres to a total of 3475 square metres, along with a BWS store.

The application said it will provide a much larger, modern supermarket layout offering with the potential to provide many more products for its clientele. The proposal also includes a new covered entrance at the northern end of the centre as well as new commercial retail space.

The final sketch plan for the upgraded Kambah Village. Image: Supplied by the ACT Government

The major private redevelopment of the shops will complement stage two of the Government’s upgrades to Kambah Village with a redevelopment of the existing playground, new play equipment such as a basket swing, slides, a climbing frame and trampolines, as well as a new shade sail to cover high use play areas.

Upgrades to the public areas also include newly irrigated grass areas which will form a shaded common green gathering space with new deciduous trees, gardens, a barbecue shelter and picnic settings.

Other improvements include new wheelchair compliant toilets, an additional nine car parks, a range of seating areas, new waste enclosures with an artistic screen, upgrades to the pedestrian lighting and pavements.

Over 2,000 Kambah residents signed a petition put forward by Minister for City Services Chris Steel, calling for the shops to be upgraded and Mr Steel said he was delighted to see a significant investment being made by both the ACT Government and by the shop’s private owners.

“This is huge news for the Kambah community. Kambah is one of the largest suburbs in Australia with one of the smallest Woolworths,” Mr Steel said.

“The private development to expand Woolworths will complement the $2.3 million in works that the ACT Government is delivering to upgrade the public areas around the shops.”

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Capital Retro5:47 pm 10 Jan 22

There is a great Canberra “time capsule” here: https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-1464594324/view?sectionId=nla.obj-1586057540&partId=nla.obj-1469852315#page/n119/mode/1up

The Kambah landfill is mentioned several times earlier in the report but its location is not revealed.

There is a great photo of all the car parking that was in Civic in the 1970s and also a photo of an Alitalia B747 making what appears to be an emergency landing at Canberra Airport.

The Canberra Times published an article about radioactive waste being dumped at the Kambah Tip in 1979. I lived in Kambah for almost 20 years and I’d never heard of the Kambah tip. Anyone else have any memories?

Or was an Area 51 cover up by the Fraser government made with the tip, people and radioactive waste disappearing without trace.


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