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Kippax Fair defends plan to build supermarket on playing fields

By John Thistleton - 16 November 2016 3

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Kippax Fair shopping centre owners are planning a major upgrade , including a new supermarket to be built over public sports ovals, which has alarmed residents in the area.

The owners have engaged high profile businesses Cox Architecture and Elton Consulting to prepare a submission for the ACT Government’s master plan for Kippax Group Centre. This could trigger a fresh round of public consultation, even though public consultation on the government’s draft master plan closed in February. Kippax Fair’s public consultation closed on Monday, November 14.

Asked to explain the separate dates, an ACT Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate spokesman said Kippax Fair’s consultation was a separate process from the ACT Government’s.

“Should the Kippax Fair consultation indicate considerable community support for their proposal and that there are demonstrated benefits for the centre, the government will re-consult with the community on a revised draft master plan in 2017,’’ the spokesman said.

Some residents fear loss of green space and are questioning the different consultation dates, which they say favour the shopping centre owners.

Kippax Fair spokeswoman Anastasia Stramarcos said her family, who had owned the shopping centre for 30 years, had issued two draft proposals for their submissions to the draft master plan, in December and October.

Ms Stramarcos said her family had wanted to upgrade Kippax Fair for years and the government’s master plan, in preparation for growth including from the new West Belconnen subdivision, was a good opportunity to do so.

In addition to anchor tenants Woolworths and The Reject Shop, Kippax Fair has 30 shops, and the owners believe additional retailing should include a major discount operator, like Big W or Kmart.

The owners disagree with the government’s master plan proposal for a supermarket over a car park. This would leave four blank brick walls and issues with a loading dock, Ms Stramarcos said.

Instead the family wants the substantial redevelopment to expand to the rear of the shopping centre, where two ovals stand.

“We want to address the negativity of developing over green space, we want to develop it, we cannot deny it,’’ Ms Stramarcos said.

“We are getting good ideas what to do with the open spaces, a lot of people want a dog park there,’’ she said.

“We are engaging with sports groups and departments like Sport and Recreation.’’

Ms Stramarcos said the slope down to the shops, and being constrained by brick walls, were other issues to be addressed.

Belconnen Community Council president Damien Haas said Kippax Fair’s submission had some merit and some elements that were an over reach.

“Population in this area has grown dramatically and will continue to grow,’’ Mr Haas said.

“It is important that we have these green spaces [in Kippax]. One consultant said there was an excess of green spaces, I just laughed.’’

He said there were other options to developing on the ovals.

“Some green space may be needed, not the volume Kippax Fair want.’’

Any land that was made available for redevelopment would need to be offered for sale on the open market, Mr Haas said.

He said the community council was not opposed to private development, so long as green spaces were retained. A major concern was the ovals near Moyes Crescent were on a flood plain.

An independent candidate for Ginninderra at the recent ACT elections, Vanessa Jones , said Kippax was in a poor area of Canberra, was under-funded and needed better services.

“Dickson has more assertive people and they are getting the tram, but because they are assertive they are not getting the higher building heights,’’ Ms Jones said.

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Kippax Fair defends plan to build supermarket on playing fields
JC 10:42 pm 16 Nov 16

Vanessa Jones said :

JC said :

With a headline and article like this it is no wonder people are confused.

Firstly as discussed in the other thread on the subject Kippax Fair are NOT planning to build on the oval. What they are doing, which your article does correctly point out is they are planning a master plan submission. Two totally different things.

And as for the needs of West Belconnnen I have lived in the area on an off since 1978 and have only just earlier this year moved on. And I disagree wholeheartedly with Vanessa about supposed under investment in West Belconnen. The area is well served by Kippax, though with the new cross border development I can see the need for it to expand to cater for the growth. It is also well served by Charnwood shops too. No shortage of doctors if you look hard enough and whilst I am no fan of the K-10 school on the old Ginninderra high site it is a newish facility that is meeting the changing needs of the area.

I beleive Vanessa wants a swimming pool, and other facilities but frankly they are in their rightful place in the town centre and there would be insufficient demand for one just for West bel o even with the new development.

Tram, please! Need to understand why it is going past Dickson and a hint it is not because Dickson is ‘special’ but because of where it passes to get from a to b. An tram to Kippax would not stack up. Though the government has or plans to extend 300 series buses to Kippax giving a service every 15-20 minutes on a direct sevice plus the routes that go through the burbs to get to Belconnen and beyond. Frankly cannot see what West Belconnen is missing out on.

Yes, I think we deserve one public pool for 45,000 people in West Belconnen- this whole area is expanding hugely ie Belconnen tall apartment buildings and Riverview new homes. The Inner North will soon get a 4th public pool, and then a 5th with the lakeside development. Let private businesses come in and improve the area, if the government will not. We can have a private business do a pool, a 7 day xray/medical centre with triage clinic, a Coles and any other facilities the public could use. There are many elderly people in the Kippax area who would benefit from local facilities, often provided by the private sector. Why hold back on improving an area? Why keep an area under resourced? Why limit investment? The government could do a bike track/bbqs/playground/picnic tables set up on the Kippax Ovals, at a low cost compared to the tram line, and the private sector could do many more things for the area. Local people want the area improved. Why not improve the area?

Well guess I am no longer local, but I have been for 20 of the past 28 years. But interesting you seem to be talking for me.

Btw all for improvement just don’t subscribe to the notion that West beclo is short of facilities. And a pool how many in Tuggeranong, Woden and Weston creek?

Vanessa Jones 3:33 pm 16 Nov 16

JC said :

With a headline and article like this it is no wonder people are confused.

Firstly as discussed in the other thread on the subject Kippax Fair are NOT planning to build on the oval. What they are doing, which your article does correctly point out is they are planning a master plan submission. Two totally different things.

And as for the needs of West Belconnnen I have lived in the area on an off since 1978 and have only just earlier this year moved on. And I disagree wholeheartedly with Vanessa about supposed under investment in West Belconnen. The area is well served by Kippax, though with the new cross border development I can see the need for it to expand to cater for the growth. It is also well served by Charnwood shops too. No shortage of doctors if you look hard enough and whilst I am no fan of the K-10 school on the old Ginninderra high site it is a newish facility that is meeting the changing needs of the area.

I beleive Vanessa wants a swimming pool, and other facilities but frankly they are in their rightful place in the town centre and there would be insufficient demand for one just for West bel o even with the new development.

Tram, please! Need to understand why it is going past Dickson and a hint it is not because Dickson is ‘special’ but because of where it passes to get from a to b. An tram to Kippax would not stack up. Though the government has or plans to extend 300 series buses to Kippax giving a service every 15-20 minutes on a direct sevice plus the routes that go through the burbs to get to Belconnen and beyond. Frankly cannot see what West Belconnen is missing out on.

Yes, I think we deserve one public pool for 45,000 people in West Belconnen- this whole area is expanding hugely ie Belconnen tall apartment buildings and Riverview new homes. The Inner North will soon get a 4th public pool, and then a 5th with the lakeside development. Let private businesses come in and improve the area, if the government will not. We can have a private business do a pool, a 7 day xray/medical centre with triage clinic, a Coles and any other facilities the public could use. There are many elderly people in the Kippax area who would benefit from local facilities, often provided by the private sector. Why hold back on improving an area? Why keep an area under resourced? Why limit investment? The government could do a bike track/bbqs/playground/picnic tables set up on the Kippax Ovals, at a low cost compared to the tram line, and the private sector could do many more things for the area. Local people want the area improved. Why not improve the area?

JC 2:29 pm 16 Nov 16

With a headline and article like this it is no wonder people are confused.

Firstly as discussed in the other thread on the subject Kippax Fair are NOT planning to build on the oval. What they are doing, which your article does correctly point out is they are planning a master plan submission. Two totally different things.

And as for the needs of West Belconnnen I have lived in the area on an off since 1978 and have only just earlier this year moved on. And I disagree wholeheartedly with Vanessa about supposed under investment in West Belconnen. The area is well served by Kippax, though with the new cross border development I can see the need for it to expand to cater for the growth. It is also well served by Charnwood shops too. No shortage of doctors if you look hard enough and whilst I am no fan of the K-10 school on the old Ginninderra high site it is a newish facility that is meeting the changing needs of the area.

I beleive Vanessa wants a swimming pool, and other facilities but frankly they are in their rightful place in the town centre and there would be insufficient demand for one just for West bel o even with the new development.

Tram, please! Need to understand why it is going past Dickson and a hint it is not because Dickson is ‘special’ but because of where it passes to get from a to b. An tram to Kippax would not stack up. Though the government has or plans to extend 300 series buses to Kippax giving a service every 15-20 minutes on a direct sevice plus the routes that go through the burbs to get to Belconnen and beyond. Frankly cannot see what West Belconnen is missing out on.

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