4 November 2005

New Youth Detention Facility

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The ACT Government announced today that it had shortlisted two locations for the new Youth Detention Facility. The two locations are next to each other on Wells Station Road ( see map here which puts them across the road from Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC).

EPIC is an entertainment site that hosts the Royal Canberra Show, Summernats and National Folk Festival as well as many other Home Shows, Dog Shows and other events during the course of the year. EPIC is not the quietest place when the big events kick into gear so how will a new facility across the road impact on the operations of these events and EPIC as a whole? Harsher noise restrictions? Less Parking space?

I’ve also heard that EPIC, which is a Managed Trust that reports to the ACT Treasury, has been trying to get permission to expand into one of these blocks for years. Now they have had the rug pulled out from their feet by another department. I wonder if they were even asked to comment on the location?

On a positive note maybe this new facility will prompt the government to finally pave the pot-holed dirt road that leads to the public carpark at EPIC and put in some lights to boot.

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I have found a link to some pictures of thenew facility designed to rehabilitate our young criminals. Included are some pictures of activities that they will be doing as well.


My opinion is that any juvenile facility needs to be hard. Give them a taste while they are young and then they will never want to go back. What we have in Canberra is a resort that most of them want to go to. Also means they get to hang out with their friends and learnt new tricks.


The 3-storey block of flats will be built on the old garage site ajoining the Aislie shops. It has already been approved by ACTPLA. Do you think that there’ll be more development there jr?


Next to them? I think you are sorely mistaken… if my memory serves me correctly the A10 zoning will allow that density on the actual shop blocks and within 100-200m of it!

Yes Oldsoldier and I thought this government was the one that favoured community consultation. Interesting that the HIA is saying that “complying multi-redevelopment should not have to face neighbourhood consultation and third-party appeals”. Of course they would be very objective wouldn’t they?
And has anyone noticed how hard it is to park at the Ainslie shops? Wait ’til the 3 storey residential block is built next to them. Should be fun driving out from there in the morning!

Ainslie is 50% govt housing. And a lot of the rest are oldies who are not well off.

and Braddon? What bullshit.

Unless you consider paying $360 a week for a 3 bedroom 1930’s shack something that those “less well off” are likely to do.

Ainslie is a less well-off suburb??

Now that’s an idea seepi. Mind you, I think Mitchell is not a bad place to re-site the facility, and pleased they didn’t co-locate it with the adult’s prison. (Pity that either are needed in society – but that’s another thread).

Funny isn’t it, that most of the large, ugly and unwanted edifaces appear in the suburbs less’well-off’ … Braddon, Ainslie etc.

In today’s Canberra Times, on page 9 .. Deb Foskey is standing up for residents rights (not specifically about Goodwin). However, the Housing Industry Association says “Community sensitivity should not determine [a proposal’s] track, for example, a complying multi-unit redevelopment should not have to face neighbourhood consultation and third-party appeals”

Big Brother rules again?

Great – what more can they shoehorn into the inner north.
Anyway – I suggest buildng the six storey old folks home out in REd Hill on teh site of the former Quamby.

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