Chief Minister Stanhope has announced he’s creating a new reference group to make enraged community bodies in the suburb of Hawker feel as if they’re being listened to in the re-development process.
Representatives from the Friends of Hawker Village and Belconnen Community Council are among the members of a new reference group which will help guide the development of the Hawker precinct through the creation of a Master Plan, Chief Minister and Minister for Land and Property Services, Jon Stanhope said today.
Mr Stanhope said the reference group would be chaired by Land and Property Services Chief Executive, David Dawes and include members of the local community, Hawker business owners and other key stakeholders. The group will also include representatives of the Council on the Ageing, Christ Church, professional bodies and the ACT Government Architect Alastair Swayn.
“It is important that the views of the local community are listened to and that is why the reference group has been established and the Master Plan commissioned,” Mr Stanhope said. “I am pleased that groups like the Friends of Hawker Village and Belconnen Community Council have accepted the Government’s invitation to work together to achieve the best possible outcome for everyone with an interest in Hawker’s future.”
Mr Warren Prince, spokesman for the Friends of Hawker Village, said, “Achieving sustainable outcomes for the Hawker shopping area and the surrounding community has been one of our key aims. A Master Plan will help shift the focus from uncoordinated ad hoc development towards a more considered and integrated approach.
Because it’s absolutely vital that views of the KFC remain unsullied.
In a strange move Mary Porter (who serves in Mr Stanhope’s Government) has put out a media release saying how awesome she thinks this announcement is.
Member for Ginninderra Mary Porter has welcomed the inclusion of representatives from the Friends of Hawker Village, local businesses, Christ Church and the Belconnen Community Council in a Project Reference Group which has been formed to help guide the development of the Hawker commercial precinct through the creation of a Master Plan.
“Today’s announcement by Chief Minister Jon Stanhope is most welcome,” Ms Porter said.
“Having lived in Hawker for more than 20years I have both a personal as well as professional interest in the future of the shopping centre.