ABC News says that CSIRO and the ACT Govt are in partnership to develop a sustainable community at East Lake.
More detail from the CSIRO media release says that this is the area east of the Kingston Foreshore development, and that urban development has been on the agenda since the 2004 Canberra Spatial Plan. Their involvement will only be in the early stages of planning and development.
According to the 2007-08 ACT Budget, this partnership is only going to cost the ACT $350,000. CSIRO will be identifying “stretch targets” (whatever that means) and doing testing.
Hansard from 2006 has Simon Corbell telling the Legislative Assembly that they think they can build 6000 dwellings (I guess at least some would be apartments?) at East Lake.
Perhaps I’m just a bit cynical, but I didn’t see any commitments in the media releases that the ACT Government will stick to CSIRO recommendations on how the development should proceed if it’s going to be environmentally sustainable. Also no statement on whether the adjacent Jerrabomberra Wetlands biodiversity will also be considered in the development plan.
[Ed (GnT): The Canberra Times online has a story today.]